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VOLUME 106 - ISSUE 12
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022
UP officer sues BY ALANA PENNY Editor in Chief
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Garrett Collins, Sydney Hakes, Olivia Bousquet, Alana Penny and Jess Johnson read old Cardinal Points issues. See more CP photos on A6.
Cardinal Points moves online dinal Points will be able to do many exciting new things with the digital forAfter printing hand-held mat, like publishing breaknewspapers for the past 53 ing news stories.” years, Cardinal Points will Financial decision become a solely digital news source starting in fall The biggest reason the 2022. SUNY Plattsburgh paper has decided to transtudents, faculty, staff and sition to an online format alumni will continue reis financial circumstancceiving the weekly edition es. While Cardinal Points through a digital medium. receives roughly $18,000 “We will miss holding the physical copies, but from the Student Associawe will be joining many tion every year through a papers that have success- block subscription, the pafully made the transition per used to make the mainto the digital age,” Alana jority of its money through Penny, editor in chief of advertising revenue. The Cardinal Points, said. “Car- revenue would help pay for BY OLIVIA BOUSQUET News & Managing Editor
basic operations including circulation expenses, technology and insurance. From 2009-10 to 2020-21 tax years, there has been a 96% drop in advertising revenue. In the 2008-09 fiscal tax year, Cardinal Points made more than $40,000 in advertising sales. Again in the 201516 fiscal tax year, the paper made more $40,000 in advertising. Throughout the years, there had been some high advertising sales while other years provided less, such as 2016-17 tax year with roughly $15,000. These sales are made by SUNY
Plattsburgh students in the advertising program. However, the past fiscal tax year brought in no money from advertising. “But that’s the situation that Cardinal Points was in — it was too expensive to print,” Cardinal Points adviser Shawn Murphy said. “There was not enough income coming in from advertising revenue, and the block subscription had gone stagnant, actually gone down over time. And so it was, this should have been done years ago, and I was hopeful.” Cardinal Points yearly total estimate of incoming
revenue is $24,750. However, the total estimated operating expenses are more than $42,000 with printing being the largest expense.
New format Every Friday, stories from the printed paper are uploaded to the Cardinal Points website and a newsletter would be sent to online subscribers. A PDF flipbook of the printed edition is also uploaded to the platform Issuu, which can be accessed from the Cardinal Points website. PAPER l A5
A University Police Lieutenant filed a lawsuit against the SUNY Plattsburgh assistant director of human resources. He filed this lawsuit after he was disciplined, when the human resources department found out he has been in a romantic relationship with a student since March. In March 2022, Darren Barcomb matched with a SUNY Plattsburgh student on Tinder, a dating app. Barcomb said in the lawsuit that he did not know she was a student until they met in person. He said they met in person March 10, and decided to begin a “consensual romantic relationship.” Barcomb said he never met with the student while on duty. On March 30, Barcomb escorted the student to her dormitory after a date. He was not on duty and was not in uniform. Soon after they got to her room, four UP officers arrived and questioned her, making “snide” comments about their age difference and whether she “consented” to their relationship, according to the lawsuit.
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Journalism program’s founder retires BY ALEKSANDRA SIDOROVA Staff Writer
Dr. Ronald Davis, founder of the journalism program at SUNY Plattsburgh, is retiring at the end of the semester after 51 years of teaching. According to the two remaining journalism professors, Jack Downs and Shawn Murphy, the college does not plan to fill Davis’ position. “Losing [Davis], like losing so many other people we’ve lost recently, is a big blow, of course, but not unexpected, nor is it unexpected that the college is not filling the position — that was to be expected, too,” Downs said. According to Davis, academic departments college-wide are experiencing reductions in faculty due to the college’s efforts to become “more financially sustainable.” Davis said a third instructor is necessary for the journalism program to maintain its strength. “I think the program is still strong. The college is cutting programs college-wide: whenever someone leaves, the position is usually not being filled,” Davis said. “We’re down to two faculty positions. We have a good program with two, but we really need three to have the program that’s going to flourish the best.” Downs said the department
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Dr. Ronald Davis smiles in his office before his retirement. He has been teaching for 51 years at SUNY Plattsburgh and founded the journalism program. had started taking measures to make the department easier to manage even prior to Davis’ retirement. The department worked to reduce the three journalism majors, which were newspaper, magazine and multimedia, it offered in the past to a single journalism major, as well as to revise the major’s cur-
riculum. Downs said that with one fewer instructor, students will notice journalism classes offered less frequently, and suggested they take the classes when they are offered. Some courses have become “obsolete” with no one to teach them, prompting journalism students to deviate in their studies. “Maybe it’s not exactly the
same education, but it’s probably as good or better,” Downs said. Downs said he was primarily concerned with the ability of transfer students and students with multiple majors to complete their degrees in time, which may also require deviations. “I’m sure the administration probably isn’t happy with the number of deviations we do,
but I think, honestly, it’s service to the student. It’s trying to make things work out for them and trying to help them get through in the right number of years. We are not the kind of department, not the kind of program that says to students, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, that course won’t be offered for another year, so you just got to stick around,’” Downs said. “We try to make things work out, and it does require deviations sometimes.” Downs said there is a silver lining to having only two fulltime professors in the department: it makes for a better faculty-to-student ratio. Murphy noted that the number of students in the journalism program has decreased as well and makes managing the department easier. It would also help the two professors build closer relationships with students. “With just [Downs] and I teaching journalism courses, I’m certainly going to get to know the students — all of them, I’m sure, and that’s an advantage, I think,” Murphy said. Davis’ retirement raises concerns among students as well. McKenzie Murphy, a freshman majoring in journalism, said losing another faculty member in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations was “scary.” RETIRE l A2
News Editor Olivia Bousquet
Friday, May 13, 2022
SA senator organizes protest purchase of frames. The money would cover the cost of the frame and shipping for two paintings that As the end of the semester draws the SA received last semester. The two paintings will likely be near, the Student Association senate meeting May 4 had little new business to discuss. Senator Mary Stockman presented a resolution to the senate to condemn the Supreme Court’s draft decision for overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case which protects a pregnant person’s right to have an abortion. Stockman also organized the student protest Monday, May 9 at noon in the courtyard between the Angell College Center and Myers Fine Arts building. “As an American, as a woman and as a person, I am disgusted,” Stockman said, about the contents of the leaked draft resolution. The resolution to condemn the in a rotation exhibition in Myers. draft was unanimously agreed However, Balader Herrero plans to request the art be placed in the SA upon by the senators. In other SA news, Coordinator for office in the ACC. The senators voted, and the the Arts Pilar Balader Herrero re$756.70 was approved. quested $756.70 for art acquisitions’ BY OLIVIA BOUSQUET News & Managing Editor
May 4 A student reported damages to the rear of her vehicle upon exiting Redcay in Lot 4A. The matter is still under investigation.
May 1 A cleaner reported someone brought a leaking sandbag into Mason Hall, which required cleaning. A student was identified and referred to Student Conduct.
In the senators’ reports and announcements, it was announced that the finance board is looking for new members to recruit. It was also announced that pre-finals week activities will be held throughout the week, and some refreshments will be in the library. In the adviser’s report, Jacob Avery stressed the importance of transition notes for the 60th legislation, and he said senators should try to meet with as many of the newly elected members as possible. Avery also recognized Senator Mac-Olivier Lalanne as the only senator who served pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID. Avery thanked Lalanne for being a strong senator to pass on “institutional knowledge.” Avery also thanked former Senator Ryan Ferguson for his knowledge of the SA and said Ferguson was “good for you all” to the senators. Email OLIVIA BOUSQUET firstname.lastname@example.org
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Caregivers at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative pose together. ALEXA DUMAS/Cardinal Points
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Caregiver program gets grant BY LARAIB ASIM Staff Writer
SUNY Plattsburgh’s Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative celebrated in mid April the approval of a $8.25 million grant from the New York State Department of Health. The grant allows Caregiver Support to expand a series of free programs aimed for caregivers and people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. The official website lists the mission of this initiative: “Our goal is to reduce caregiver financial, emotional and physical distress. The long term benefit would be to improve caregiver health and quality of life, which results in a reduction in care receiver emergency visits and delayed or avoided institutional placement.” The initiative was set
up in 2016. At the time, the State Department of Health had approved a $7.5 million grant, which was used to set up various free services across six counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington. The main services provided include care consultations, education programs, community outreach and support groups that take place every Tuesday. In Clinton County, the support group is organized in various locations including Sibley Hall, located at the far end of the college campus. Memory cafes provide a warm, welcoming environment to families who are caregivers of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. They have been available for use in Plattsburgh, Queensbury, Malone and Keene Valley throughout northeast New York since 2017.
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CP Corrections In Issue 11, the article “JEDI Dance production hosts showcase” incorrectly defines stroll dance. The correct definition is a form of to show off African culture and is a long-standing tradition of multicultural Greek life. Strolling is a visual representation of the bond that ties members together in a fashion close to stepping and modern dance. If you see an error in Cardinal Points, email email@example.com
Continued from page A2 “Am I going to be able to graduate in time? If one teacher decides to leave, what happens to our department?” Murphy said. “Just having two professors — what if they get overwhelmed?” Davis’ retirement prompted McKenzie Murphy to consider transferring to a different institution, but it is not yet in her intention. “I love the program here. I don’t want to leave,” McKenzie Murphy said. McKenzie Murphy also expressed admiration for Davis’ “legacy.” When Davis first came to SUNY Plattsburgh in 1971, he taught English. Upon noticing an interest in journalism among his students, he dedicated the sum-
“The memory cafes provide time for a caregiver and care receiver to spend time together through music, dancing, craft activities and meeting other families. It is important for caregivers to realize they are not alone in their caregiving journey,” Kimberly Comisky, the assistant program director, said. Care receivers are entertained and feel safe in a relaxed environment, and caregivers have the opportunity to share their experience and advice with other caregivers. Another service that Caregiver Support provides is project lifesaver. This is a service wherein a transmitter that emits radio frequencies is attached to the care receiver. It is used to locate any missing patient that may have wandered off by the Sheriff’s department. The Caregiver Support’s most popular service is
mer of 1976 to postdoctoral studies in journalism at Syracuse University. The program Davis created placed a “unique” emphasis on grammar and writing, as well as helped produce a tight-knit community. “I think one of the strengths of the program is, and it always has been, the relationship with the students,” Davis said. “Students become a community as they don’t in most majors because they work together on publications like Cardinal Points and DoNorth, and also have a closer relationship with the faculty. And that community carries over after they leave here. We have so many students who take pride in the program and having learned their skills from here and remain in contact with us.” Journalism alumni have shared their sentiments for Davis’ retirement in the Official SUNY Plattsburgh Journalism Alumni Group on Facebook.
called respite care. “We provide a service where we have independent contractors that work with us and they go in and agree to provide care and we pay those respite providers, so that the caregivers are allowed a break to do whatever they want,” Valarie Drown, the project director at the Caregiver Support and a caregiver herself, said. She highlighted the importance of mental breaks that caregivers should receive. Caregivers are dedicating their time and effort to care for a loved one, but at times, they can be emotionally overwhelmed. This service exists to prevent issues such as a delay in admission to a nursing home or poor care management that can stress both the parties.
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“Congratulations Ron on a truly impactful career,” Joe LoTemplio, editor in chief for Press Republican, commented. “You have helped mold so many journalists over the years and their work has made a difference in the world. I can’t believe it’s been since 1985 that I stopped by your office on graduation day to say thanks for all you did for me. There are still days at work where I refer to something you taught me in class all those decades ago. Thank you for all you’ve done for me and the journalism community and may you have a wonderful retirement.” Davis said he looks forward to his retirement. He plans to devote his time to outdoor activities and writing and publishing books with his wife, Nora Montanaro-Davis. Email ALEKSANDRA SIDOROVA
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022
‘DWD’ shows different side, Harry Styles BY JESS JOHNSON Opinions/Managing Editor
Calling all “Directioners” and “Harries” – Harry Styles, an unproblematic and multi-talented king, has done it again. Over the past seven years, Styles has come out of his shell, transforming his fashion sense and music style into his most authentic self, as fans watched in anticipation of his next music, project and merchandise drop. Since his coveted band One Direction went into hiatus in 2015, the tremendous growth shown by Styles going solo, no longer under the reins of Modest Management, is providing the brown curly-haired, goofy singer more opportunities in the music industry and now, the film industry. Fans took every social media platform by storm once Style’s posted the trailer for “Don’t Worry Darling” on his social media platforms, May 2. The film is set to release this year, and will be shown in theaters Sept. 23. The film, directed by Olivia Wilde, is Styles’ first lead role, as his first minor-role film debut was in “Dunkirk,’’ released July 21, 2017. Dunkirk centered around World War II, while the new film centers around his role as a husband in the 1950s. The wife, played by Florence Pugh, discovers a disturbing truth, and her husband holds dark secrets. According to Us Magazine, “In this context, it’s been a really nice opportunity for me to be able to get very much out of my comfort zone and kind of start again,” Styles said in a Us Magazine article. “It’s been a lot of fun. … I was very lucky to have a trusting relationship with the people we were working with and that kind of came first.” Among other excited One Direction and Harry Styles fans, Ann Beauchamp, a senior art major, began supporting Styles’ artistry in 2020, during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She discusses loving his “Fine Line” album era, and how his growth
over the years is enjoyable. “He’s doing things that interest him,” Beauchamp said. “Why not just let him be? Dunkirk was good. I assume this next movie will be good, he doesn’t really flop on the projects he does. If the lines are written bad, it’s going to be bad. It’s all circumstantial.” She’s also excited to listen to his upcoming album, dropping May 20, titled “Harry’s House.” The album will be broken up into two sides, with seven tracks on one side, and six on the other. Some of the songs include titles such as, “Matilda,” “Little Freak,” and “Daydreaming.” Styles’ has already released a song titled, “As It Was,” March 31, and a music video containing a sparkly jumpsuit and dance moves similar to the high intense energy concerts he puts on for his fans. Although the lyrics are a bit sad, the beat feels freeing, and it’s only a small, anticipating insight into what will be on the album. As Styles grows through life and fans have been able to see his journey since 2010 when he started his career on U.K.’s X Factor, it’s clear through the quality of his music and the diverse projects he takes on that Styles’ passion for his fans and artistry grows by the day. “I’ve listened to ‘As it Was’ on repeat,” Beauchamp said. “I’m very excited. Without a doubt going to listen to that one all summer. I’m really excited to see what else he creates in the future. He’s going to keep growing. He’s talented.” In November last year, Styles’ also released his own beauty brand, titled ‘Pleasing.’ The tagline is “Find your Pleasing,” and the overall mission statement is “to bring joyful experiences and products that excite the senses and blur the boundaries.” The brand includes a variety of colorful and out of the box shaped products, its first drop being “Perfect Pearl,” a pearly white nail polish and top coat. With the release, buyers could also purchase a hybrid eye gel and matte lip oil called the “Pleasing Pen.” According to The Cut, a culture magazine, “It was a fun little
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project, but during the pandemic, and when we eventually named it Pleasing, it felt like it was so much more than nail polish,” Styles said in an article in The Cut. “I’ve always found that the moments in my life which have brought me the most joy are the small ones, whether it be, you know, the end of the night under the stars or a bite of food, or sitting with your friends thinking, ‘Oh, I’m never gonna forget this.’” The biggest thing in being a fan of Styles is seeing the constant diversity and inclusivity in his music, his brand and his style. Like many people, he grew through the COVID-19 pandemic and truly found himself. It’s difficult for fans to see the criticism of Styles’ doing what he loves, because it’s something that’s helped people get through rough times during the past few years as well. Whether it’s through listening to his lyrics, attending his “Love on Tour” concert dates, wearing his “Pleasing” merchandise or carrying around a “Treat People with Kindness” tote
bag, his message has impacted many lives, and helped fans find themselves as well. As he breaks barrier after barrier in the industry, the biggest criticism Styles’ received was when Vogue magazine unveiled their December 2020 issue, in which Styles’ was on the gender-fluid cover, clad in a frilly, lace, long light blue and black gown with a black suit jacket. “I loved how angry people got about it, because it’s literally not a big deal,” Beauchamp said. “It’s just someone in a dress. The amount of influencers and people with platforms that made comments about it, ‘O.M.G. bring back manly men’ — he ran with it and said, ‘F—k it, bring back manly men.’” Referring to the ignorant Twitter comment made by conservative Candance Owens in November, after the covers’ release, it sent fans into a frenzy, feeling the need to defend the fact that anyone is allowed to wear what they want as clothes do not have a gender.
Styles’ did quickly clap back with an Instagram post Dec. 2, 2020, stating, “Bring back manly men,” as he stands in a baby blue and white suit, eating a banana, the frilly cuffs showing fluidity in his fashion sense. Many critics online were upset about the cover, feeling like it was breaking barriers on a high platform that can influence any generation. However, that quite literally was the point. Everything Styles does, and is, is to continuously grow in a constantly changing world. He is accepting of himself, and everyone around him. He is a leader in the sense that what he preaches in his actions, helps those become more comfortable in their own skin, no matter the age. “He’s definitely become a lot more open,” Beauchamp said. “He used to sing ‘Medicine,’ kinda shy and not like dancing. And now he grabs a pride flag every concert, and shakes it around. With his fashion, it’s gotten a lot more sparkles, feathers, a lot more bright colors — kind of embracing femininity more. Especially with the nail polish line [because] you can definitely see that.” For some that have a hard time embracing a side of themselves due to the backlash that may ensue, it’s refreshing to have someone with this big of a platform to keep going, regardless of what those think of him. Styles is doing what he loves and what makes him happy, and that’s something a lot of people find resonance in, the reasoning behind his fan base keeps growing. Styles’ intentions are pure with everything he does, and for fans since the beginning, it’s heartwarming to grow up with him through his actions, seeing his internal and external growth, and see him reform his “womanizer” image he was branded from during his time in One Direction to show his true self. He’s not censored anymore by a team that wishes to control who he is, and that’s what matters. DARLING l A4
Tyler, the Creator vinyl, music tops charts BY JEREMY BINNING Staff Writer
Tyler, The Creator, has been in the lives of young adults since he burst into the scene in early 2009 with the release of his debut mixtape “Goblin.” Since then, he has shown his true potential in music by seemingly beating out his previous albums whenever he released a new album. Most notably his last two albums both went number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in “Igor” and “Call Me If You Get Lost” as well as won a Grammy for best rap album in 2020 and 2022. It seems Tyler has finally peaked in the music industry and it’s getting harder to not put him at the top of the rap game with his second straight No. 1 album still doing numbers. He recently released “Call Me If You Get Lost” on vinyl off his website and has since been named the biggest rap album on vinyl since 1991. On top of that, the tour dates have already sold out. He has come a long way since creating Odd Future and has blossomed into the megastar many people didn’t think he’d ever be. Tyler is known for his outrageous humor, mainly from his show on Adult Swim, “Loiter Squad.” The show featured other members from Odd Future and would carry out various skits. The show brought Tyler into the mainstream light as fans were already buzzing about him from his music.
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His early work was classified under “horrorcore” which is a genre in rap that is darker and aggressive. This gave both good and bad publicity as many fans loved how raw he was. However, others felt his lyrics were too gory and homophobic at times. He has been open about his sexuality and has identified as bisexual. However, fans still felt that he shouldn’t have used some of his word choices. This has come back
to haunt Tyler as it had banned him from the United Kingdom for three to five years as he revealed in 2015, because of lyrics off his mixtape “Bastard” that was released in 2009. Kevin Wright, a senior majoring in TV production, has been a fan of Tyler since 2012 and has been a big supporter of the growth the artist has been through. “I feel like if he didn’t change his style up, he would have been
left in 2015,” he said. “That style he had was good for the moment, but I like the grown-up version of him too because it shows he actually cares about his craft and making the best music possible, which he’s been doing his whole career.” Much like other Odd Future fans, Kevin feels that he still hasn’t reached his full potential. Whether it’s in acting or even dabbling more in fashion, Ty-
ler has become an icon through all the work he has been doing. His brand Golf Wang has been increasingly become popular due to the colorful aesthetic it brings out. No matter what Tyler’s next project is, it is sure to be a masterpiece as he has proved countless times he only gets better with age. Email JEREMY BINNING firstname.lastname@example.org
Opinions Editor Jess Johnson
EIC waves goodbye, graduates In the fall of 2018 I moved to Plattsburgh from Anchorage, Alaska to attend SUNY Plattsburgh. I didn’t know anyone. I didn’t know the area, I just knew I wanted to study journalism. At the beginning of the semester, I sent out emails to all the campus publications, asking how to get involved. Ben Watson, the editor in chief of Cardinal Points at the time, was the only one to respond. That Monday, he and the rest of the editorial board enthusiastically welcomed me to my first meeting. Emma Vallelunga, who was the news editor at the time, immediately drew me in and gave me my first story assignment, covering the study abroad fair. I had no idea what I was doing, but I know Vallelunga could tell based on the email she sent me later that outlined every single step of writing an article. A year later I moved on to be FUSE editor, then FUSE and managing, then EIC. Before I came to CP, I knew I wanted to be a journalist, but I didn’t really know why. CP has helped me figure that out. Being a journalist is about constantly learning new things. Every day you have the opportunity to hear someone’s story, go to events you would have never thought to, look into what your adminis-
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Alana Penny sits at her desk for her last CP layout night May 11. tration and government are doing and bring that information to your community. Journalism is about making information accessible to everyone, so they can build their own thoughts and opinions on the world around them. That is what we do at CP every day, and that is why I am a journalist. I learned the majority of my most important journalist lessons so far at Cardinal Points. Getting over interviewing anxiety, learning what questions to ask, learning how to tell what information needs to be high up in stories, taking and giving criticism. But aside from the
practical skills Cardinal Points has given me, it has also given me some of my closest friends. I will always cherish my memories of late nights in the office, going on trips for conferences and Shawn Murphy’s critiques. Finding a group of people you can get huge amounts of work done with, and done well, throughout the week and then still wanting to spend your free time together is rare and I feel extremely lucky to have found it with the CP e-board. I am grateful to have had mentors like Fernando Alba, Windsor Burkland, Mataeo Smith and Emma Vallelunga. They
were all older and more experienced than me when I first became an editor but made me feel welcome and capable the entire time. Seeing their incredibly different leadership and writing styles helped me find my own. Our adviser Murphy has also been a great inspiration to me. He is one of the most consistent and reliable people I have ever met. He has given more to this paper than most understand. He works incredibly hard to make sure the students who run CP have the freedom and independence they need to do so. CP is truly student-run and Murphy helps make that possible by being our greatest critic and our greatest advocate. Every EIC hopes they leave the paper in a good place and in capable hands that will keep the paper moving in the right direction. There is no doubt in my mind next semester’s eboard will be able to do this. The editors who will be sticking around, Olivia Bousquet, Sydney Hakes and Jessica Johnson, are some of the most hardworking, dedicated and passionate people I have met in the journalism department, and I know they will do amazing entering their CPO era.
platform for these stories back in the day, depicting anything from shipping the members of the band together to fans writing themselves into a story, where the five of the boys were baby-sitters. As any fan would say — if you know, you know. Continued from page A3 The anticipation to see the film is building, and the hope that Styles’ is able to fulfill the role well is the biggest imporBesides the fact of how Styles’ has grown as an artist, he tance of it all. For those who believe he can do it all, he truly is only going to show how much more he can take on as now is a force to be reckoned with. an actor.
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After seeing the intense trailer for “Don’t Worry Darling,” many fans on social media are making the jokes that it’s a fan-fiction coming to life on screen. In the trailer, viewers see a scene where Styles’ is performing sexual acts on one of the main characters. One Direction fans used to have a huge
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BY MATTHEW WENDLER Contributor
It is the middle of the night and you have just woken up. The dark outline of your bedroom can be made out as your eyes finish adjusting. Though you try to sit up, it becomes apparent that you are unable to move. Panic and confusion fill your thoughts as you struggle to raise your limbs, but it’s no use. The only thing you can move is your eyes. In the darkness, someone is heard whispering to you. You examine the room and notice a shape that fills you with dread. A tall, dark figure leers at you from the edge of your bed; a perfect silhouette in the moonlight. It starts moving closer to you and you suddenly find it hard to breathe. The words of its whisper become audible; “I’m here to kill you.” This unsettling phenomenon is known as sleep paralysis. During REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, dreams occur and the brain shuts down the body to presumably keep it from acting them out. When someone suffers from sleep paralysis, the brain is conscious and awake, but the body is still in REM sleep. A person will be aware of their surroundings, but won’t be able to voluntarily move. Throughout these episodes, muscle tightness may occur, causing a choking pressure on the person’s chest. People who suffer from sleep paralysis often report having to hear strange sounds such as static, whispers, and growling. Some experience nightmarish visual hallucinations, as though their dreams have merged with the real world. Throughout the middle ages, these symptoms were attributed to the workings of black magic and demonic forces. The presence of shadow people has often been linked to sleep paralysis. These entities are described as the dark humanoid silhouettes, generally without distinguishable characteristics; a living shadow. Many have reported seeing such entities in their peripheral vision while awake, but the figures would disappear before they could get a good look. During sleep paralysis, the full body apparition of a shadow person may become visible. Most witnesses claim the figures would just stare down at them, as though they were observing
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the individual. The sound of a voice may be heard as well, but it’s not always clear as to what’s said. While many people believe they are just hallucinations, there are some who attribute these figures to the paranormal. They are often perceived as demonic entities that feed off negative emotions such as fear. A large number of people have strangely claimed to have seen a similar shadowy figure during sleep paralysis. It is described as being a tall, dark man wearing a brimmed hat and a trench coat. The entity has been named as the Hat Man and while some perceive him to be pure evil, others see the figure as a warning or a bad omen. Another common anomaly reported is that of an old hag. People have described the figure as a withered, elderly woman with witch-like features. The hag will either stare directly at her victims or crawl on the bed and attempt to choke them to death. She is often said to smile during these encounters and give out a cackling laugh. A variety of folklore from different cultures is believed to have been inspired by sleep paralysis. Much of these tales describe different variations of an entity known as the Mare, to which the name is believed to be the origin of the word “nightmare.” It is said that the Mare rides upon people’s chest as they sleep and afflict them with either night terrors or death. In Nordic and Scandinavian folklore, this entity is known as the Mara and has a possible origin from a piece of literature written by Snorri Sturluson called “Ynglinga Saga.” In the story, the abandoned wife of a king bribes a witch to conjure a spirit
that would murder her husband. The entity visits the king as he sleeps and treads upon him. She crushes his legs and presses down on his head until death. In Germanic folklore, a demonic creature known as the Alp is described to sit on the chest of mainly sleeping women. It controls their dreams and creates nightmares, feeding off a person’s fear until it’s crushing weight awakens them. A similar creature is depicted in a 1781 oil canvas painting titled “The Nightmare.” It was painted by a man named Johann Heinrich Fussli and shows a sleeping woman lying on her back with a short demonic entity sitting on her chest. A horse with white eyes peeking out from behind a curtain is also featured in the painting, to which “mare” is another word for an adult female horse. The majority of tales that describe a creature or entity afflicting a person in their sleep are mythological. People are more likely to attribute the shapes seen during sleep paralysis as disturbing hallucinations and nothing more. Despite the rationality of this explanation, there are some things about it that seem off. Why are there claims of shadowy figures appearing outside of sleep paralysis? Why have so many people reported seeing the same entity wearing a brimmed hat? Hallucinations may be an effect of sleep paralysis, but the world is full of unanswered questions and strange anomalies that can’t be explained. Perhaps at times, there is a separate force involved. Email MATTHEW WENDLER email@example.com
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PAPER Continued from page A1 All of this will remain the same. A new issue will come out every Friday with 11 issues in the fall semester and 12 in the spring semester. The only difference is that readers won’t have a traditional paper to hold. Murphy said newspapers across the country are transitioning to a digital format. Even the New York Times used to be delivered to the college, but can only be accessed online now. “The students, who all have smartphones and laptops, this now means CP will be delivered to them,” Murphy said. “They no longer will need to go to campus and hunt for a paper issue on a rack. Instead, CP’s newsletter and social media will alert them to new issues and breaking news.” Cardinal Points is following the trend of other papers and finding a better way to reach the student body. According to a 2021 survey from the Pew Research Center, only 3%
OFFICER Continued from page A1 On Oct. 9, 2018 SUNY put a system-wide policy requiring all SUNY campuses to develop a sexual and romantic relationship policy by March 1, 2019. SUNY Plattsburgh’s policy states: “SUNY Plattsburgh professional staff or other college personnel, are prohibited from entering romantic relationships with any undergraduate students for whom such staff or personnel have current supervisory, instructional, or other professional responsibility.” The policy says violations may result in disciplinary charges up to and including termination. According to the lawsuit, Barcomb is currently on alternative duty assignment and cannot come to campus. On April 4, Trombley gave him a letter forbidding him from contacting any SUNY Plattsburgh personnel or students until further notice. The lawsuit said Assistant Director of Human Resources Michelle Trombley, “rep-
of U.S. adults ages 18-29 preferred to get their news from a print source. Yet, 77% of this age bracket said they preferred to get their news digitally. In a 2022 Poynter article by Taylor Blatchford, she addressed these stats by writing, “this means if you’re focusing your time and energy on your print publication, you’re ignoring the preferences of nearly all of your student audience.” How the SUNY Plattsburgh campus will receive the e-edition every Friday is still being figured out, but will be resolved before the first issue in the fall.
NEWS Hall. A student had been smoking in his room and caused roughly $150,000 in damages. Cardinal Points covered the story and interviewed the student for the upcoming issue. “That’s when the SA tried to censor the paper by saying, ‘Look if you run the story with the student’s name in it,’ — which the paper planned to do — ‘Then we will suspend your funding,’” Murphy said. The Press Republican offered to print that issue for free as a public service. From that moment, the paper took the opportunity to negotiate and became incorporated.
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the times and being true to the trade,” Jennifer Coffey Mischinelli commented. Penny has been working for the paper since her freshman year in fall 2018. She said it was when she made friends with students in the major through the paper. “You can’t get that type of practical experience from your classes,” Penny said. “You could study journalism for 5,000 years, but you won’t necessarily understand the process of writing, reporting, deadlines, editing and laying it out on pages and getting into the printer on time.” She also said laying out pages, the process of creating the paper, is essential for the journalism field. Editors lay out the pages every week, and this process will continue for the e-edition. While papers will be digital, editors and staff writers will continue using the same process of creating the paper every week. SUNY Plattsburgh campus can expect breaking news and more content from Cardinal Points Online next semester.
stated that Barcomb had been subjected to a “campaign of constant harassment” by Sabo. One example given occurred June, 26, 2005, when menacing charges were filed against him by an exgirlfriend on Long Island, and he was suspended without pay from the SUNY Plattsburgh police. According to the lawsuit, the suspension was lifted by an arbitrator from the Public Employees Relations Board in December 2005, claiming the charges pending against Barcomb were not credible. The arbitrator gave Barcomb back pay and ordered he be reinstated. He said Sabo and Lottie violated his fourth amendment rights by arresting and transporting him for a crime he was accused of in Long Island without providing him the opportunity to appear before a local court first. In January 2006, Barcomb said he was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint by a New York state trooper. At some point in their interaction Barcomb mentioned he was a police officer. He was still suspended at this time and was arrested for impersonating an officer. The case
was dismissed in court. Barcomb claimed in the lawsuit he experienced irreparable injury, claiming the arrest was “motivated by bad faith and malice.” In January 2007, Barcomb was a passenger in a car driven by someone else. The lawsuit says the car slid off an icy road, and Barcomb was arrested for allegedly drunken driving. The other man in the car provided several statements to the state police that he was the one driving. Charges against Barcomb were dropped and the other person was arrested for driving while intoxicated, according to the lawsuit. Sabo suspended Barcomb after he was arrested, refusing to lift them until the charges, which were still pending, were lifted. According to the lawsuit, Sabo also attempted to reopen a workers compensation case from October 2002. The case said he broke his arm falling down stairs on the job, but Sabo claimed he injured it at home, fighting with an ex-girlfriend. The Workers’ Compensation Board said there wasn’t sufficient, reliable evidence to undo a claim from almost
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Penny informed journalism alumni May 9 in “The Official SUNY Plattsburgh Journalism Alumni Group” on Facebook that the paper was transitioning to a digital platform. With a majority of comments expressing their sadness for the change, they understood. “Another knife in my heart as a lover of print… but as an editor that made tons of changes myself and feared whether they were right decisions, I applaud Email OLIVIA BOUSQUET firstname.lastname@example.org you all for keeping with
resents the machinations of a tyrannical, small-minded bureaucrat, which are patently violating a Police Officer’s constitutional rights.” The lawsuit, filed April 15, claims Barcomb’s first and 14th amendment constitutional rights were violated. It accuses Trombley of taking away his right to have intimate relationships and friendships. He said Trombley is motivated by bad faith and malice. The suit claims this has left Barcomb “irreparably injured.” In addition to a judgment in his favor, Barcomb is asking the court to grant him a monetary award for attorney’s fees and other legal fees associated with filing the lawsuit as well as compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by a jury. Barcomb has been a university police officer for 23 years. He received SUNY’s 2021 Professional Service Award by the SUNY Police Chiefs Association. He is also the union representative for the SUNY Plattsburgh Police Lieutenants. After reaching out to University Police, human resources and Barcomb, all requests were forward-
ed to Heather Haskins, the executive director of strategic communications and marketing. Haskins said: “SUNY Plattsburgh is also committed to promoting fairness in grading, evaluation, and career opportunities. In order to achieve this, it is vital that all college personnel maintain professional boundaries with students, and with employees over whom there is or will be a supervisory relationship.” She also said they cannot comment on pending litigation. This is not the first lawsuit Barcomb has filed against a SUNY Plattsburgh employee. Barcomb filed a lawsuit in 2007, against Arlene Sabo, SUNY Plattsburgh Chief of Police at the time; Jerry Lottie, assistant chief of police at the time; Lawrence Mills, director of human resources at the time; William Laundry, vice president of student affairs at the time; Roger Johnson, assistant vice chancellor at the time; Shawn P. Murphy, trooper for the New York state police at the time; and Mary Dupell, a sergeant for the New York State Police. It
Continued from page A2 “My grandfather passed away years ago from Alzheimer’s Disease, and my mother, his caregiver, was alone in providing care with limited guidance and support. These services are in place to alleviate some of the burden that caregivers are carrying,” Comisky said. After working on an additional grant request since July 2021 and submitting this request in October 2021, the Caregiver Support now includes additional resources that are focused on helping those who are underserved. This includes the economically disadvantaged and those who reside in rural areas and are struggling because of lack of resources. The caregiver wellness support service is a huge addition to the services provided. It
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allows caregivers to take care of themselves for example by joining a gym or taking a yoga class. The Caregiver Support functions under the SUNY Research Foundation of SUNY Plattsburgh. Their main forms of advertisement includes social media platforms, setting up ads in local newspapers of various small towns and participating in public events to increase awareness of the program so that those in need can reach out to them. “We have a lot of very rural pockets [to reach out to]. From what we have been told from talking to New York State, they cannot believe the numbers of families that we are able to reach,” Drown said. More than 6,000 unduplicated caregivers received these services in the region from April 2016 to December 2020.
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five years prior. The lawsuit said Sabo was trying to drive Barcomb out of the department and destroy his career in law enforcement. He claims in the lawsuit that being suspended without pay is in violation of the collective bargaining agreement between SUNY and his union. The lawsuit also claims “the harassment, suspensions, arrests and prosecution of Barcomb was in direct response to his efforts to organize, lead and sustain the union that represents his fellow police officers at SUNY Plattsburgh.” The lawsuit also accuses Laundry and Johnson of not properly supervising and/or disciplining Lottie and Sabo. All causes were dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Gary L. Sharpe, May 6, 2011. Barcomb appealed the decision Aug. 9 2012, but the appeals court affirmed their previous decision.
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This Week in Photos: CP through the years Photos Provided CP Alumni
Provided by Melissa Hart Above: Shawn Murphy, Melissa Hart, Monica Paticci and Stephen Sowley at the end-of-the-year reception party in Monopole in 2000.
Provided by Jameson Lee Above: Two editors taking a power nap in the Cardinal Points office during layout.
Provided by John James Above: Cardinal Points staff celebrating after being named an All-American Newspaper in 2001. Provided by Shawn Murphy Above: Photo editor Alex Ayala taking a photo of the editor wall memorials before the newsroom relocated in 2013.
Provided by Ben Rowe Above: Cardinal Points Christmas party in the newsroom in 2010.
Photo by Olga Muka Provided by Shannon MacCue Kavanaugh Above: Four Cardinal Points editors smiling together in the old Below: Current Cardinal Points editors hold the last print editions of the paper before going digital. newsroom in 2002.
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Baseball breaks playoff drought BY COLIN BOLEBRUCH Staff Writer
For the first time in a decade, the Plattsburgh Cardinals men’s baseball team is playoff-bound. This past weekend the Cardinals eked out a SUNYAC tournament bid. On Friday, May 6, the Cardinals lost to the Brockport Eagles (30-6) at home by a score of 0-10. The next day, Saturday, May 7, Plattsburgh lost 0-1 in the first game of the home doubleheader. The Cardinals won the second game of that day by a score of 14-9. Simultaneously, the New Paltz Hawks were at home and in Oneonta taking on the Cortland Red Dragons (2810) for three games in their battle for a spot in the tournament. Going into the weekend, New Paltz and Plattsburgh were neck-and-neck for the fourth seed, with a 6-9 SUNYAC record each. New Paltz lost all three games by a combined score of 13-38. Prospects were not high for Plattsburgh after a difficult first loss on Friday to Brockport. The Cardinals failed to bring in a single run and accumulated only four total hits. The game was a manageable 0-1 through the bottom of the third, but a three-run fourth inning put Plattsburgh in a hole. After it received no response, Brockport brought in six more runs, bringing the score to 10-0 at the bottom of the fifth. Through the last four more innings, there were a combined two hits — both from Plattsburgh. Shortstop Christian Lent led Plattsburgh with two hits. First baseman Steve Messerschmitt recorded nine putouts and catcher Jacob Hutton tallied eight. Lent and Messerschmitt tied with two assists apiece. Both Peter Gregory and Logan Alvin pitched three strikeouts. Gregory took the loss. For Brockport, left fielder Ryan Mansell led with three hits and center fielder Nicholas Pastore had a triple. Pastore also batted in three runs. Catcher Jake Sisto had nine put outs and shortstop Justin Pangburn had three assists. Pitcher Andrew Huffman recorded a win with seven strikeouts. Going into Saturday, the Cardinals knew that it needed to step up. Designated hitter Christian Ott said that
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Peter Gregory (13) scored four runs in seven hits vs. Brockport May 6. Head Coach Sam Quinn-Loeb made sure everyone knew that this was a must-win with the season on the line. Plattsburgh continued the defensive effort in Saturday’s first game, letting up only a single run— the least amount by any Cardinal opponent all season. The lone score came at the top of the second inning when a single brought a Brockport runner in. Plattsburgh let up only six runs all game. “We all played hard, defensively… we made the plays that needed to be made. Some balls ate us up, some bad throws, but you can’t let them capitalize on it,” third baseman Conner Gonzalski said. “Unfortunately, they had one of the best pitching staffs in the country. We did put balls in plays, we just couldn’t scrape any across…” While the defense was on point, there was no action on offense, being shut out for a second straight game. The Cardinals recorded only three hits, all from Ott. He
had a single in the second inning, followed by a double in each the fifth and seventh. Messerschmitt and Hutton both recorded five putouts, and Lent and Veit had two assists each. Veit pitched for the whole game, totaling four strikeouts and a loss. Brockport second baseman James Houlahan and third baseman Brian Tietjen had two hits each, and one of Tietjen’s was a double. Mansell had nine putouts and Houlahan had two assists. Pitcher Tom Kretzler was on the mound for all seven innings, throwing nine strikeouts and earning the win. After two scoreless games, changes needed to be made. As the last day of the season, the senior day ceremony took place before the season’s last game. Whether it was the formalities or something that Quinn-Loeb said, something clicked. “I thought we got pretty comfortable in game three with facing a good pitcher in game one and a good pitcher in game two. We were used to the tempo and the pace that their pitchers were throwing at. The guys just kept their composure,” Quinn-Loeb said. In the final game, Brockport struck first, bringing in a single run at the top of the second inning. When the teams switched sides, the Cardinals did something that they hadn’t done all weekend: score. Outfielder Mike Rasquin doubled to center field, bringing in two runners and the environment exploded. “[The energy] definitely shifted a little bit. We came out flat game one, didn’t really have a lot of hits and we were just able to piece it together today,” Rasquin said. Gonzalski agreed, “It erupted. It went from everyone playing tight to everyone playing really loose and having fun.” The Cardinals were on the board when it needed it the most. Two at-bats later, it happened again; shortstop Alex Kornblau singled bringing in another two runners. The inning was soon over but the Cardinals had the spark that it needed. “I think [the play] was huge because we knew that we were going to need more than two runs to win the game and we just had to keep adding on,” Kornblau said.
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The Cardinals line up for a scrum against the Sienna Saints in the TNT championship. The Cardinals would win the championship game in overtime 29-24.
Rugby punches ticket to nationals BY LIAM SAMPLE Staff Writer
The Plattsburgh men’s rugby team’s “miracle” run continued as they finished the regular season by winning the TNT Tournament at Memorial Field April 29. This was followed by the National Collegiate Rugby announcing the Cardinals will officially appear in the May Madness National Championship at the end of May in New Orleans. The TNT Tournament is one of the climaxes of the rugby season, as the team does not get many opportunities to play at home. The tournament is sponsored by both the mens and womens team and was created as a memorial for Anthony (Tony) Santandrea, Trevor Green and Billy Erwin former players and alumni who passed away during 9/11. “This was an amazing tournament.” captain Tyler Callahan said. “Energy was up and everybody was ready to ruck and roll.” One of the unique factors of the tournament is the alumni of the program create a team to play against the competition. “Plattsburgh TNT Rugby Tournament is like no other tournament,” junior inside center Kevin Graber said. “We got to spend time with alumni and learn the true meaning of what TNT is about. Going into the tourna-
ment, we were going to face some tough competition.” The Cardinals first game was against a well known rival: the alumni team. Played with 15 players on both sides, the current team came around after a rough start to take down the alums 10-7. This first game put on display the Cardinal’s defensive skill along with their grit. Graber mentioned how despite this rocky start being in such a close game, it set the tone for the rest of the day. Their next game was against Sienna’s B Team, as the college split their rugby program into two separate squads. Plattsburgh has matched up against Sienna multiple times this season, to poor results. They have only three losses this season and one of them have come against the Saints, which is also a Division I program. This time was different for the Cardinals, as they made a statement by downing the B Team 29-19 to advance to the finals. Plattsburgh had their hands full for the final game of the tournament, taking on Sienna’s A Team, which is the 10th ranked team in the nation. After a back and forth battle, regulation would not be enough with the game going into overtime. For a moment in overtime, it felt Sienna would come on top and continue their season success against Plattsburgh. However, a rapid possession change led junior Noah Lederman, nicknamed “lighting” by the team, to put his speed on display to tally the win-
ning score. After overtime, The Cardinals won 29-24 to claim the TNT Tournament and finish the regular season with a 22-3 record. “The highlight of the tournament was getting revenge on Sienna,” said Graber. “Our team played with their hearts and left everything on the pitch. Sienna put up a great fight.” Former president and current player Luke Ovadias mentioned that it was the first time the team had won the tournament in the past decade. It was a perfect regular season ending moment to a historic season for the team. “An absolute thriller of a match going into OT and giving Sienna our complete best, this was the most competitive game I’ve played in my career,” Callahan said. “That game summed up the blood, sweat and tears we put into our season. It proved that when you have all the right pieces and players who have the will and grit as an edge, we will succeed, and that’s exactly what we did.” The tournament also displayed the Plattsburgh women’s rugby team, with the alumni also forming their own team to compete. “The tournament is always so much fun because it’s at our campus and it’s surrounded by so much rugby pride. People come together to play a sport that they really care about which gives the game so much more depth,” said alumni Maddy Nemac, who graduated last December. RUGBY l B3
Sports Editor Garrett Collins a beast all year, we knew he was going to be able to close it out for us. That’s when we were ready to just Continued from page start jumping around evB1 erywhere and celebrate,” Kornblau said. At the top of the third, Concurrently, New Paltz Brockport responded was down 3-12 against with singles that brought Cortland. While the game in two runs, making the wasn’t over just yet, anyscore 4-3 Plattsburgh. The one could guess how it Cardinals didn’t sit there ended. Brockport’s Panand take it. With their gburn struck out swingnext opportunity at hand ing for the final out of and with the bases loadthe game and celebration ed, Rasquin bunted, and took over the field. There Messerschmitt scored. was embracing, running Hutton made it to first at and yelling. The Cardinals his next at-bat and aneventually settled down other runner scored, and enough to take a team phothe Cardinals now led 6-3. to and just a New Paltz inPlattsburgh flipped its ning and a half later, it was playoff odds on its head. playoff-bound. In the fourth, Platts“We were all just ecburgh quickly put out static. I think it meant three Brockport batters the most to the seniors on without a hit. this team who have been “We were much better on the team for a while defensively today. That’s and never made it to a what we have to do. When playoffs… it was great for we lose games it’s because them,” Kornblau said. we beat ourselves, we Plattsburgh’s Rasquin make mistakes and other and Melfi each had three teams capitalize. We were hits with two of Rasquin’s able to limit the defenbeing doubles. Hutton led sive errors today and the in runs batted in with four, free runs that they got,” just ahead of Rasquin and Quinn-Loeb said. Melfi’s three. Rasquin conA single from Nolan De tinued his great game, putMelfi brought in another ting out seven. Kornblau runner. A wild pitch on the had four assists. Pitcher next at-bat had everyone Sean Malamud recorded rotating again, bringing in the win, striking out two. another. At the next at-bat, Brockport’s Mansell, third baseman Nick Cergol Kretzler and Pastore had singled, bringing in the last three hits each with a tritwo. The score now stood ple from Kretzler. Pastore 10-3 Cardinals, but it wasn’t and Kretzler each batted in done yet. Before the inning two. Catcher David Belsito was over, singles from Hutand Kretzler each put out ton and Kornblau finished seven and Pangburn addout the inning with a score ed three assists. Brockport of 12-3 Plattsburgh. split up the pitching duties Scores at the bottom of and pitcher Matt McGowan the fifth brought the score secured the win with two up to 14-3 Plattsburgh. strikeouts and fellow Brockport mounted a pitcher Matthew Colucci comeback at the top of added four strikeouts. the sixth, with five runs in Rasquin attributed the the inning. The Cardinals accomplishment to the didn’t panic— this was its team’s resilience. They game. Another Brockport could’ve just “rolled over”, score at the top of the but they worked out, eighth brought it to the ground out the fall ball and final 14-9. just got better. Quinn-Loeb “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. said that the clinching win I think in the ninth inning felt “really good”. He said when we had [Chris] Santic that they knew they had a on the mound, he’s been
good chance of earning a tournament spot this year, but it felt “really good.” In just Quinn-Loeb’s first year at the position, the Cardinals were able to end the 10-year-long drought. In each of the last two fulllength seasons, the Cardinals missed the playoffs by a hair, coming down to the wire each time. This wasn’t something that it wanted, it was something that it needed. “[Coach] just talked about how hard work can really get you anywhere and like, we had guys on the team who weren’t playing at all in the beginning of the season and they stepped up when we needed them to and help us make a playoff push,” Kornblau said. Now through the ups and downs of the season and the dramatics of the last weekend, Plattsburgh is ready for the challenges that the tournament will bring. As a team with no playoff experience, there is no precedent for what it will bring. Ott said that the job is not done. The team is excited, but if they all play like they always do, the pieces will fall into place. Rasquin agreed, saying that the playoffs felt like a fresh start, but if they just play nine perfect innings as they did against Brockport, they’ll succeed. The Cardinals travel to Oswego to take on the Lakers (28-8), who are ranked 11th in Division 3, in its first playoff game. Oswego swept the Cardinals earlier in the season, but it can’t stand down now. “We know who in their lineup can really hit the ball, we know their pitchers and what pitches they throw. Going in there and playing our game, just playing fundamental defense,” Gonzalski said. “[We’re feeling] excitement… the energy is really up.”
Baseball SUNYAC Tournament May 12-14 Oswego State
Men’s/Women’s Track AARTFC Championship May 18/19
Women’s Lax Season Over
Men’s Lax Season Over
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School SUNYAC Geneseo 16-2 Cortland 14-4 Oneonta 13-5 New Paltz 12-6 Fredonia 9-9 Plattsburgh 9-9 Buffalo State 7-11 Brockport 6-12 Oswego 4-14
Softball Season Over
Record 34-4 26-15 22-13 27-17 14-26 14-19 15-21 13-19 9-26
Alex Kornblau Christian Lent Connor Gonalski
Alex Kornblau Kyle Cremin Connor Gonalski
Softball 36 35 31 41 38 37 .394
Lindsey Guzzetta Caroline Noia Emily Caoili
Emily Caoili Caroline Noja Maddy Garcia
Claire Palmer Alexa Murray Kristen Langdon
23 17 16
Kristen Langdon Julia Golino Claire Palmer
41 32 29
Top Average Kristen Langdon
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25 24 21 16 9 8
Stephen Kane John Eiseman Zach Gill
Zach Gill Srephen Kane Micheal Swift
45 17 14 26 12 9
School SUNAYC Record Oswego 16-2 28-8 Cortland 15-3 30-10 Brockport 13-5 31-7 Plattsburgh 7-11 21-17 New Paltz 6-12 14-22 Oneonta 5-13 13-23 Fredonia 1-17 10-24
School SUNYAC Record Cortland 7-0 13-6 Geneseo 6-1 9-8 Brockport 5-2 10-5 Oneonta 3-4 4-11 Oswego 3-4 8-6 Potsdam 2-5 5-8 New Paltz 1-6 3-11 Plattsburgh 1-6 4-12
School SUNYAC Cortland 9-0 Geneseo 8-1 Brockport 7-2 Oneonta 5-4 Oswego 5-4 New Paltz 4-5 Plattsburgh 3-6 Potsdam 2-7 Buffalo State 2-7
Record 15-4 14-3 11-6 8-9 6-11 6-10 5-9 7-9 6-9
Cardinals beat Saints BY MELANIE LANZO Staff Writer
St. Lawrence University and the Plattsburgh Cardinals have a long history with previous back-to-back losses the Cardinals have experienced back in 2021. For this game, the Cardinals bounced back and used a complete team effort to beat the Saints in a 5-3 victory at Tom Fay Field. It was a rocky start but with nine innings in total, sophomore pitcher Jack Scardino took the victory home after the pace picked Email Colin Bolebruch up in the sixth inning. firstname.lastname@example.org “At first, both our team and theirs started off hitting slow,” said Andew Viet. “It was a back and forth game that eventually we strung together some timely hitting and took the lead and never looked back, something that we’re used to doing many times.” For one and a half innings it was a complete baseball shutout until the Saints broke through in the bottom of the second to make it 1-0. The game cruised along at 1-0 until the top of the fifth, and that’s when the Cardinals OLGA MUKA/Cardinal Points took the lead. Adam Wein (00) is all smiles after contributing one run to help the Cardinals secure a Plattsburgh ended the much needed win vs the Saints. fifth inning with 2-1. The
Cardinals shortstop Conner Gonzalski is to thank for this advance, as he grounded out and an intense run batted in let sophomore Alex Kornblau advance to second, continuing the play Michael Ascanio advanced to third and Andrew Veit scored. “When playing with the same team for a while, you really stress the resiliency that must be present throughout the entire team and dugout. When we went down 1-0 in the second inning, we knew we’d have to score anyway so there was no reason to get nervous or down. We played confident and got the win,” Veit said. The beginning of the sixth inning was when things got more intense as the game was tied until the bottom half of the inning. Aaron Roman doubled to left field and by the end of the inning, Steve Messer scored, making the score 3-2 with the Cardinals in the lead. The Cardinals continued to carry the game with doubles of runs batted in while the other run was brought across by a wild pitch. There were no new scores in the seventh and eighth inning, as the cardinals were still in the lead
but both teams kept their scores as 5-2. The Cardinals had one hit, two errors, and one left on base by the top of the eighth inning. St. Lawrence got one run back towards the bottom of the eighth as Brian Comerford (Saints) came to second to pinch run for Drew Courtwright (Saints) and he then did a double off the left-field. Comerford (saints) stole third, Burke struck out swinging. The score now finished 5-3, and Even though St Lawrence got a run back in the eighth inning, Chris Santic closed out the game in the ninth inning, finalizing the win for the Cardinals. “Overall, I’ve been working on my mental strength over the season,” Veit said. Of course I’ve been working on my hitting, fielding, strength, etc. but baseball is such a mental game that it can be hard at times to play your best when you’re not fully confident or there mentally.” The Cardinals now have an overall victory of 20-15, having a high final record.
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Softball goes 1-2 in playoffs BY JESSICA LANDMAN Staff Writer
The Plattsburgh softball team had a sunny start to their SUNYAC tournament on Saturday where they faced the SUNY Geneseo Knights. The team had previously faced Geneseo and lost both the games so the Cardinals were looking for a comeback. They, however, did not reach the victory they were aiming for, losing the game 3-4. Junior, Kristina Maggiacomo said, “I guess something that I was hoping to see in our game were some more hits and just a lot of energy from the team.” The Cardinals started out on a low note, hitting at the top of the first inning. The Geneseo pitcher pitched three outs, without so much as a hit by Plattsburgh. The bottom of the first inning went much better for the Knights. Their first hitter struck out but the second hitter singled. After a fly ball from the next hitter, the first hitter advanced onto second base. The Knights ended the inning with one run and two left on the base. The second inning did not pick up for the Cardinals as all three hitters did not advance to a base again. Geneseo, on the other hand, scored their remaining points in this inning. The fourth hitter in line grounded out as one of her teammates advanced to third and another made it to the home plate, scoring yet another for the Knights. The next hitter reached first base off of a fielding error, also allowing two more Geneseo players to score. The scoreboard at the end of the second favored Geneseo with a score of 0-4. SOFT l B3
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After falling to Geneseo in the first game, the Cardinals were able to win their first SUNYAC game since 2018.
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“The fact that it’s a tournament in honor of players who passed away too soon, it makes you embrace all the bumps and bruises just as much as the laughs and beers.” Due to the uncertainty of getting the national bid, many of the seniors thought this would be their last time playing. Ovadias said it felt like the perfect ending to the season. After facing some funding issues, it was officially announced this week through social media that Plattsburgh will be attending the National Championship May 28 to 30. While it was initially thought that they would be competing among the Men’s Small Colleges like other Division III schools,
it was declared that the Cardinals will be playing in the Division I club bracket in New Orleans. In their group for the championship will be Florida Atlantic University, Purdue University, Salisbury University, Sam Houston State University, University of Connecticut, Tulane University, and University of Massachusetts Amherst. “This season was unlike any other, everybody just understood what we had to do to be successful and we pushed our limits to make sure we came out on top,” Callahan said. “Good teams put in work to be successful, but championship teams do whatever it takes to be successful. Plattsburgh State rugby is the definition of a championship team.” Email LIAM SAMPLE email@example.com
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Outside center Noah Lederman passes a ball to wing Benny Canales (18) during the men’s alumni game. Current Plattsburgh students would beat the alumni.
scoring or any hits. The Knights did better with one hit but no runs. One hitter advanced to first but Continued from page B2 did not go any farther leaving the score at 2-4 with The third inning began Plattsburgh still trailing. to look up for the Cardinals The top of the fifth inas Mikayla Manalo singled ning was similar to the as the first hitter and ad- fourth inning with no runs vanced to second base and no hits for either team. as her teammate got out Two Plattsburgh players after hitting to first base. grounded out and the third Alexa Murray doubled flied out to left field. Genas Claire Palmer crossed eseo’s first hitter groundhome base. Murray scored ed out as the second two a point of her own as Kris- struck out effectively endten Langdon singled. The ing the fifth inning with no top of the third ended with change in score. two runs from Plattsburgh. The sixth inning held In the bottom of the third, more action from both Geneseo had one hit allow- sides as Plattsburgh starting one player to advance ed off with a single from to second, but the team Langdon. Rebecca Diller reached all three outs be- singled as well with Langfore she was able to score don advancing to second. a point leaving their score However, Sam Gentile at four. struck out ending the top The fourth inning was of the fifth. Geneseo also uneventful for both teams. had luck while hitting, Plattsburgh’s first three getting to first from a field hitters did not advance to error. The final out was OLGA MUKA/Cardinal Points any bases and ended the earned by Plattsburgh Sam Gentile (2) contributed to one run in the Cardinals’ drought breaking in Geneseo. top of the inning without from catching the Gene-
seo runner stealing second base. The sixth ended with Geneseo still in the lead with a score of 2-4. The top of the seventh inning looked bright for the Cardinals as Alex McKearin made it to first base. On the next hit, Palmer singled and McKearin advanced to second. On Langdon’s hit, she singled allowing Palmer to advance to second and McKearin crossed home bringing Plattsburgh their final run of the game. Losing this game meant they were eliminated from the SUNYAC tournament making this their final game of the season. Diller said, “ I think honestly we can only go up from here because a lot of us will still be around next year and this was our first full season back together.” The team ended with an overall record of 14-19 and a conference record of 9-9.
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‘Nefarious’ premieres at Platts BY MCKENNA BRAZIE Contributor
The SUNY Plattsburgh theater department’s “Nefarious” closed out a strong year of performances April 28. Directed by Shawna Mefferd Kelty, “Nefarious” is a superhero-themed comedy written by Kristen Ritter. Plattsburgh’s performance was the world premiere of the play, and playwright Ritter came from Anchorage, Alaska to see the run of shows. “Nefarious” takes the classic trope of a coming-of-age story in which the protagonist chooses a new path in life against the parents’ wishes — only this time, it’s in a world of superheroes and villains. The plot follows ReGina Sutphen as Darkana Deathbringer, an 18-year-old who has been raised her entire life by her super-villain parents, played by Riley McQuade and Caleb Eugley. Her parents are appalled as she goes to Hero College and ends up dating hero-to-be Prince Taran, played by Al Merle. Later, Darkana’s classmates and Prince Taran are held captive by her own Uncle Buckley, played by Bennet Lahar, and Darkana has to rescue them. She realizes that has to prove to the school, her parents and mostly to herself, that she can be the hero she strives to be. In true comedic fashion, jokes and one-liners delighted the crowd during much of the college-life scenes, which included class lectures on consenting to be rescued and how to spot a villain. Kelty stated that she had been interested in performing this play since 2020, but COVID-19 had prevented this from happening. However, she stated that the messages within the play ring are more true then ever. “What does it mean to be a hero? In addition to a coming of age play, this world also challenges us to think about what and who we value and what does that actually look like?” Kelty explained. “It asks us to question and trouble binary thought, to see the world only as either/or rather than as both/and.” Overall, the cast was somewhat small, consisting of
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Darkana, three classmates, her parents, her uncle, her professor and some henchmen. Other characters included classmates Trent, played by Gavine Perrini, a rich joker with an inflated ego, and Patricia, played by Bella Anderson. Laughs were uncontrollable when these two characters spoke in the college class on consent to be rescued. Actress Miranda Velez, portraying one of the “hench peeps” stated how wonderful the work environment was during the production of the show as well. “Every person in the cast and crew were able to express themselves and we were all treated equally important to the show,” Velez said.
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SADD supports sober driving BY LUCA GROSS Staff Writer
Young people are the driving force behind not-for-profit organizations such as SADD, formerly known as Mothers against Drunk Driving, then Students Against Drunk Driving and now Students Against Destructive Decisions. They have started student-run chapters across the nation. The mission of SADD is to educate and motivate students and adults to make better decisions and utilize proper leadership to bring positive change. The way they plan on achieving this goal is through student run organizations or clubs at colleges and high schools around the country to create a network of reliable leaders. “Our main focus is on the effects of drugs and alcohol and all those related destructive problems,” Kevin Dufour, SADD vice president, said. Dufour is majoring in criminal justice and minoring in Spanish. Freshman Isabella Cook is the president of SADD and has been participating since seventh grade. She is a criminal justice major with a minor in environmental science. “Cook has gone to many different statewide SADD events. If anyone ever has any questions regarding SADD, she would be able to answer them,” Dufour said. There are resources on the SADD website for mobility safety, substance abuse prevention and personal health and safety. There is also information available on the national conferences held for clubs all around the country, scholarships and awards given to students by supporters of the club, and even how to start a chapter in case your area does not have one. Parents and adult allies have access to a
range of resources as well. SADD aims to be a community aide, rooted deep in the connections of the community. A student-run operation in colleges and high schools is the organization’s way of doing that. Peer-to-peer education allows the promotion of healthy decision-making throughout life. “SADD is something that can bring the community together and give them all a goal to work toward. We are here to help in any way we can, whether that’s donations or just being there if anyone needs someone to talk to,” Dufour said. This movement is also a safe space for all those who seek to increase the health and safety of their communities. The skills and experience gained through SADD promotes great leadership within the members of the community. The organization holds many events in the name of raising awareness to mental health and other issues, as well as fundraising and food drives. Once a year there is a SADD Conference where all the chapters meet and participate in larger events and even fundraising. There are two conferences, one for the state of NY and the chapters within, another for the whole nations chapters. “We hold many events and activities along with fundraising events to help the overall community.” Dufour said. The club holds an annual football game with a twist, the boys are the cheerleaders and the girls play. This year it will be a game of rugby. “This is an extremely fun event and lets us do fundraising, while also engaging with the community and just generally having an all-around fun time,” Dufour said. Email LUCA GROSS firstname.lastname@example.org
The SUNY Plattsburgh website currently lists 42 active Student Association clubs. The SA provides funding and is the first step in getting a club started on campus. While there are groups and organizations that function independently of the SA, most usually reach out to the SA for support. Bailey Dell’Erba, the coordinator of clubs and organizations, oversees all clubs along with the club directory and club training. The directory is updated every semester, and clubs will need to fill out an updated Google form by Friday, May 13. The form can be found in the student digest email, or by reaching out to Dell’Erba. Club training consists of information sessions where topics like hazing, title nine, leadership and forum information are covered. COVID-19 took a toll on club culture the same way it did on campus life in general. Before 2020, the number of clubs on campus was closer to 100. Fortunately,
A comedy felt well placed after a year of emotionally “heavier” shows from the theater department, such as “Our Town” or “The Cake.” The set and prop design was minimal, using only wooden boxes painted in various ways. However, they were always arranged in ways that fit the plot, using them for seats during college lectures, or tables at a tavern scene. “They were all amazing,” audience member Grace Ewing said. “It was such a funny show, but it also had a sentimental message of being whoever you want to be, and parents accepting their children as what they want to be.” Also adding to the amusement of the crowd was an array of sound effects, such as a fanfare music for the “hero’s creed” recital, and background crowd noises for a tavern scene. At the Hero College scenes, the projectors were utilized so that the audience could see what would actually be on a college lecture powerpoint for that class. It seems like this is something of the crew or director’s own ideas, not something written into the script notes, making it a welcome and enjoyable idea for Plattsburgh’s production. In general, the technical aspects of the play were really well done. The lighting and music always seemed purposely placed and used to the performer’s advantage as well as the audience’s enjoyment. Programs for the show were given electronically, which was somewhat of a hassle because once the show began cellphones were expected to be off and away. So for example, one couldn’t reread through the program to see who is playing a specific character once the show began. The costumes were all flashy and reflective, setting the mood for a superhero and villain world. Most of the actors also wore glittery or reflective face makeup, which was a really interesting touch that again enhanced the worldbuilding of the play. The production put smiles on everyone’s faces.
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Dell’Erba said that she is seeing a big increase from past semesters in clubs looking to become official. In fall 2021 no new clubs reached out to the SA. In the current spring semester, there have already been seven different groups interested in becoming recognized clubs. The process of becoming a recognized and SA-supported club starts with paperwork. Interested parties can find forms outside of the SA office on the first floor of the Angell College Center. A president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and advisor will need to be named. A constitution about the proposed club will also need to be written. From there, the idea will either be approved or not by the SA, where they will then send it to the senate to eventually be made permanent and can start receiving funding. While the number of clubs may be lower than in past years, Dell’Erba said that they’ve maintained high diversity. “There is a cultural diversity with clubs like Black Onyx, African Unity and Fuerza,” Dell’Erba said. “Then there’s also a diversity of interests —
dance, business, gardening and literature are just a few topics that we have clubs for.” Dell’Erba mentioned that the most active clubs on campus are usually the cultural clubs. Not focusing on similar interests like other clubs, cultural clubs focus on similar backgrounds, lives and challenges. For a small, predominantly white town, these clubs give a voice and community to those who may struggle to find it on their own. The SA is always looking for new and unique clubs to support. They also want to motivate existing clubs to continue driving up membership through tabling and events. “Besides something to fill your time and express your passions, I think the greatest benefit a club can provide is the potential to make friends,” Dell’Erba said. “I have met some of my best friends through different organizations I’m a part of, and I hear that a lot from so many other people. In college, that’s so important.”
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Students organize protest BY BRYN FAWN Contributor
A precedent was established May 2, when Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s majority draft on Roe v. Wade court case leaked. The original case was settled in 1973 — with a subsequent case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey — which gave federal constitutional rights to abortions. The decision has not been made official yet, but could be confirmed in July if all nine judges hold their positions. The draft has many Americans questioning if their rights are in jeopardy. The current Supreme Court sits 6-3 in a conservative to liberal ratio. Alito sits alongside the other five conservative judges. Alito wrote in his draft, “The inescapable conclusion is that a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation’s history and traditions.” Alito shares his concerns about the ruling of Roe v. Wade has no foundation within The Constitution in his draft. “The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each state from regulating or prohibiting abortion,” Alito’s draft states. “Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.” Mary Stockman, student association senator of campus safety and health and criminal justice major, held a protest against the overturning, May 9. Stockman said the goal of the protest was to raise awareness Stockman worries about casting the campus in a negative light, but said that SUNY Plattsburgh cannot sit in silence. The protest was held in the courtyard between Meyers and the ACC. A Planned Parenthood representative
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Students gather outside of the Angell College Center to protest the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade. was present alongside students sharing their voice. “[Overturning Roe v. Wade] has the potential to send our country back centuries. You have to think about the impacts of overturning Roe v. Wade would be,” Stockman said. Stockman described the overturning as “opening the gates” for possibilities of more legal discrimination. Stockman expressed hope that not only women or people with uteruses would attend the protest, but men as well. “It’s scary to think what happens if I’m raped? If I have a kid I can’t financially support?” Stockman said. Stockman commented on how she is from Buffalo, New York and therefore most likely will not have her rights taken away, but did express concern for out-of-state students. Stockman commented that the SA has already passed a resolution condoning the overturning and that the resolution has been sent to President Enyedi. Stockman discussed how
she plans to speak with the health center on campus to provide more contraception options. If Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey are overturned, “trigger laws” would take place. A trigger law is designed to take effect once a court ruling is made. These specific laws would restrict or completely outlaw abortion. Twenty-three states have adopted these trigger laws, including: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. According to the Center for Disease Control, four out of five abortions take place within the first nine weeks. Due to the nature of menstrual cycles, many individuals are unaware they are pregnant until around five and a half weeks, as periods can be inconsistent. The average
menstrual period is 28 days, but it is different for each individual, and other aspects like age, stress, medications, and much more can affect one’s menstrual cycle. Overturning Roe v. Wade has Americans questioning what other supreme court cases could be overturned next. An American activist, A. H. (@a_h_reamue) posted a twitter thread exploring this possibility due to Roe v. Wade’s ruling based on privacy. She discussed that overturning Lawrence v. Texas could criminalize homosexuality; Griswold v. Connecticut could make it difficult for married couples to obtain contraceptives; Loving v. Virginia could prohibit those who could marry; Obergefell v. Hodges could make same sex marriage illegal; among many other cases. A. H. also commented on her view on the push for regulating bodily autonomy, writing in a tweet published May 3, “The terrifying legal landscape that is being opened up through
the denial of bodily autonomy to people who can get pregnant isn’t just outrageous — it also shows how far they will go to legislate uteruses.” The leak of the draft has affected more aspects of life than originally anticipated. The New York Times’s game Wordle had “fetus” as the word of the day May 9. It was soon changed to “shine.” The New York Times released an article apologizing, as the publication had claimed in the past that a Wordle solution would never be the word “fetus” as to not make the game political. The overturn would affect more than just pregnant individuals. Individuals with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome — also known as PCOS — or Endometriosis may find difficulty in receiving treatment as the most common procedure is birth control. Some states may make it illegal for birth control medication to be transported between state lines, or it may become illegal altogether. Many people depend on resources like Planned Par-
enthood for easy and cheap access to contraceptives like condoms or birth control medication. Planned Parenthood also provides thorough education on sexuality, contraception, gender identity, birth and much more. Planned Parenthood has published a page titled “Bans Off Our Bodies,” which makes this statement: “The Supreme Court is prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade. If this becomes official, 26 states could move quickly to ban abortion. Meanwhile, anti-abortion rights groups are gearing up to ban abortion nationwide. But we’re not backing down. We’re built for this fight. Join us.” Planned Parenthood also plans to hold a protest May 14. The Liberate Abortion Organization, a coalition of other pro-choice organizations to provide resources for the public, has commented on their website, “Roe v. Wade alone has never been enough to ensure people, especially Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and people working to make ends meet, can get the care they need when they need it.” Liberate Abortion also stressed the need for community in the coming times. “We need more than legality. We need a world where abortion is affordable and available in all of our communities, when people need care, with the providers they choose, and in ways that people trust. We need abortion liberated, and we’re working toward that vision together,” their website reads. Stockman commented on the future of SUNY Plattsburgh’s campus’s leadership, “I hope the next [SA] legislation will put out support for everyone.”
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New, old clubs expand campus culture BY SYDNEY HAKES FUSE Editor
While higher education is a place for fine tuning one’s skills and defining career goals, campus life plays an important role in any college experience. A large component of campus life is involvement in clubs and organizations. From cultural clubs to academic clubs and recreational clubs, SUNY Plattsburgh has a variety of involvement options.
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