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CAS refutes SA BY AARON HUNECK Contributor

The Student Association has been working on a range of issues that affect student life with College Auxiliary Services, a non-profit organization that manages a variety of campus services. The SA has been fielding complaints and concerns from students who have been dealing with problems ranging from rising prices at campus eateries to confusion around shuttle service hours. In one example of the latter issue, several KAYLA LESTER/Cardinal Points students were temporar- Laura Cronk, an education specalist and extended time testing coordinator for TRIO, works at her desk in Macomb. ily stranded at Market 32. “We want to keep the shuttle running as efficiently as possible, and something like the Marspecific amount of students. AcDay said, “Honestly, I think just tion student at SUNY Plattsburgh, ket 32 thing happening is BY ALEKSANDRA SIDOROVA cording to SSS Academic Coach about every student at one point or and had received help from anContributor unacceptable, so that’s a Rachel Day, every SUNY school another needs help with that stuff. other program under the TRIO concern,” SA President Midterms can be a challenging has some kind of student support We just put it right at the forefront Student Support umbrella — the Ahmed Metwaly said. program. On average, the num- for Student Support Services.” Educational Opportunity Program “When we hear about and stressful time for all college ber of students that the program She also noted that the COVID-19 (EOP). She notes that the program problems we will bring students, but it can be especially takes ranges between 100 and pandemic had strengthened the acbears some similarities with SSS, them up and do our best difficult for students with disabili200, but SUNY Plattsburgh’s SSS ademic need among students. as they both provide support serties. According to the National Cento solve them.” is one of the largest in the SUNY “I’m sure every student can revices for eligible students in need. CAS is utilizing the ter for College Students with Dissystem, supporting 386 students. late to this: they have a question in According to the EOP page on the Coding Club to jumpstart abilities (NCCSD), as of 2017, 19% “Every single one of those spots class that they’re too afraid to ask,” university website, it is a program the “Shuttler App,” which of college students have a disability are filled, and we have a waiting Day said. “That’s where I come in — for students “ineligible for admiswould allow students to — most commonly, one that affects list,” Day said. ask me those questions, and then sion under traditional standards,” get real-time updates on learning. Despite their constant Students can turn to SSS for any I can the middle person and has been running since 1969. busy schedules, the departments, the shuttles’ locations. kind of help regarding academics, for students who haven’t quite yet “I know what that feels like to “CAS and our shuttle dedicated to supporting students personal finance and planning. found their voice in the classroom.” have struggles,” Day said. “Having drivers strive to ensure that in need — Student Support Services Services include academic advisDay has been working at SSS walked that line — you don’t know our students are aware (SSS) and Student Accessibility Sering, tutoring, assistance in findsince 2016, but has been on camhow to do your FAFSA, you don’t of the shuttle’s regularly vices (SAS) located at Macomb Hall, ing jobs and internships, as well pus since 2012. Before that, she know how to sign up for classes, scheduled hours as well in front of the Health Center — are as workshops and classes focused was a high school teacher. you don’t have anyone you can reas any last-minute chang- as dedicated to their work as ever. on practical college skills, such as “When the position opened ally ask that question to in your SSS has been part of the SUNY es that may occur,” Dana studying, time management, budat Student Support Services, I family. We become that family here. Kellerman, the executive Plattsburgh campus since 1978, geting, planning for the future, and jumped in with both feet. I want We become the answers to those director of College Auxil- and SSS is part of a larger federal program called TRIO. Because facilitating personal growth. There to be able to give back, and help questions.” iary Services, said. the program is grant-funded, it is even a food bank for those strug- where I can when I can,” she said. Day herself was a first-generaCAS l A2 can only provide support for a gling with finances and meals. SUPPORT l A5

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Carless students seek a ride home BY SYDNEY HAKES Staff Writer

The closing of the North American border that separates the United States and Canada has complicated the lives of many Plattsburgh students. With the return of in person classes, students are once again flooding the campus and populating the city of Plattsburgh. A large portion of SUNY Plattsburgh’s population comes from downstate, often in and around New York City. Many of these students do not have cars. The question of public transportation to get these students home and back to school is a largely unanswered one. Tom Martinelli, publisher at New York by Rail, said “Due to the border closing and the pandemic, the service has been suspended north of Albany as Montréal is the largest ridership destination of this route.” College Auxiliary Services provide a single bus to and from the city for the beginning and end of the semester and every break. It’s a $140.00

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, transportation options for students living downstate have been scare. Many students are stuck on campus without a ride home. round trip on a first come, first serve basis. Dana Kellerman, executive director of CAS, said there are buses and trains between Albany and the city, but nothing provided north of the capital. Senior Alicia Fisher, who lives in New York City when not at school, remembers a time before cardinalpts

COVID-19 where she could easily find a cheap bus ticket or train ride home any weekend of the year. Now she can’t even find a way home for the break without asking someone to drive five hours to pick her up. “I wanted to go home for fall break, but they only provide that one bus at

that specific time,” Fisher said. “It doesn’t work into a schedule for a lot of us, like student athletes. I had a volleyball tournament the first day of break, but it still would have been nice to go home for the days following that.” Living efficiently without a car is an issue present in most towns and


smaller cities in the United States. For students at SUNY Plattsburgh and other upstate colleges, being able to go home and visit their families should be more accessible. Removing public transportation services due to a smaller population using them is an issue with federal and state budgets.


Those living or traveling to more rural areas have had to suffer the consequences of these shut downs. Multiple attempts to contact Amtrak gave way to no new information. The email address on the Amtrak website went unresponsive to three emails sent over a week-long period. When trying to find a phone number to call, there were no numbers listed online for individual stations, only the customer service number. This led to a train of automated questions, promising that a representative will get back to you as soon as they can. Looking toward the future, there is hesitance with the announcement of the Canadian border reopening in November. No official statement has been made by Amtrak or any public bus service. Martinelli said restoring the services in the Adirondack region “is a decision made by the New York State DOT Rail Division in conjunction with Amtrak.”



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Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

Oct. 6 An on-campus student reported to University Police of laundry theft in Harrington Hall. The investigation is closed.

Oct. 12

A student reported a stolen bicycle that was locked at a bike rack by Saranac Hall. University Police is still investigating this.

Oct. 16

A student was struck by a car while walking in the crosswalk to Amity Plaza, and the vehicle left the scene. University Police and Plattsburgh Police found the vehicle off campus and cited the driver for leaving the scene of a personal injury motor vehicle accident.

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A performance of the “Rocky Horror Show” at the Strand Center with Riff Raff, played by Beth Abair, singing up front.

Rocky Horror at the Strand BY MIA MORGILLO Associate News Editor

It is officially spooky season, and the City of Plattsburgh is filled with festive activities for all to enjoy this Halloweekend. The cult classic “Rocky Horror” will be live Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 31 at midnight. Filled with boisterous energy, sexual innuendos and creatures of the night, the production is sure to be a night of laughs and thrills for any enthusiastic audience participant. Adirondack Regional Theatre will be directing and producing “Rocky Horror” at The Strand Center. The show includes local talent from community members, Plattsburgh alumni, and current students, with

2014 graduate Matthew Tetreault as the director. He describes the show as “needed, open and exciting,” and tells people to expect to see things they wouldn’t expect to see. While COVID-19 inhibited the production from recurring in 2020, the cast is thrilled to put on a show just as wild as the company’s first at the Strand in 2019. “The idea of Rocky Horror is for people to come out and have fun,” Producer Tom Lavin said. Lavin emphasized this is the live show of Rocky Horror and not the Rocky Horror Picture Show. He stressed to “bring the costume and leave the props at home,” as the Picture Show often involves throwing rice, toast and even hotdogs.

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The CAS has been struggling to recruit qualified shuttle drivers as the organization deals with a tight budget and a competitive labor market. “That challenge is why some campuses have completely outsourced their shuttle service or no longer offer a campus shuttle, requiring students to utilize public transportation only,” Kellerman said. One issue was resolved early in the semester by the CAS after the SA started receiving a lot of student complaints surrounding late-night deals at the Sundowner. Loaded-late nights had seemingly replaced the original late-night menu, and when the SA raised this issue to CAS, it was resolved fairly quickly and the usual late-night deals at the Sundowner were restored. Other campus problems brought up by students and the SA have yet to reach such an easy solution. Many students are running into problems with limited hours on the weekends at different dining options around campus. “We also asked for extended hours during weekends,” Metwaly said, “[CAS] hasn’t given me an actual answer on if they plan to do it or not.” Kellerman responded to student complaints about weekend hours. “We have not changed our standard operating weekend or late-night dining hours,” she said. “While we are also experiencing supply chain challenges and labor shortages due to the pandemic, we continue to find ways to provide a variety of menu items while keeping our venues open.” Besides limited hours, dining options have also decreased around campus. Both dining options in Burghy’s

“It is not just a musical, it is a cult classic,” Lavin said. Angel Martinez, a SUNY Plattsburgh senior theater major, is Dr. Frank N Furter in the show. When he heard that Rocky Horror was going to be produced at the Strand, he instantly thought “Frank N. Furter, but with a budget.” Martinez was one of many in the show who was in SUNY Plattsburgh’s production of “Rocky Horror” in 2016, growing from a phantom in the cast to the star of the show. Sarah Cohen, a music and vocal performance graduate from SUNY Plattsburgh, was in the 2016 SUNY production, the 2019 Adirondack Regional Theatre production and is back again as

Lounge have closed during the pandemic and have yet to be replaced. “I miss being able to get Subway, or something besides the Downer when I’m at the library,” Gus Graspointner, a senior expeditionary studies major student, said. “When are they going to put something else in there?” When asked about the plans to fill the vacancies at Burghy’s, Kellerman said, “At this time, there are no plans to add restaurants to the Burghy’s space. There are ongoing discussions regarding the best usage of that space and the Sundowner regarding prospective renovations and new dining concepts.” While students are faced with fewer

dining options and decreased dining hours, complaints to the SA about rising food prices are common. “We were told by students that they weren’t happy that the prices had gone up,” Metwaly said. “The value of the meal plans went down technically because of the increasing prices, but some things have lowered prices, the CAS kind of reshuffled those items. ” According to Metwaly, the price changes can again be attributed to pandemic-related employment and supply chain problems the CAS is facing. In response to this issue, CAS pointed to rising food prices nationwide, but also defended the value of student

Columbia this year. Cohen carries the same electric energy as the rest of the cast, and advised audience members to “expect to have the best time.” “This is definitely not a G-rated show at all. It is a risqué night out,” Cohen said. Eager for the performance, Cohen believes “it is all about dressing up, having fun and being hot.” Adirondack Regional Theatre is an acting company which performs out of many different theaters in the area. They will return this December to put on “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Strand Center for another round of theatrical holiday enjoyment.


meal plans. “I disagree that the value of our student’s meal plans have suffered,” Kellerman said. “While other campuses continue to increase their meal plan rates while closing venues, we are proactively managing our program, launching new venues and meal concepts all while still providing excellent value for overall dining services.” Kellerman cited the opening of Kent Cafe in 2020 during the pandemic, “Scoops” shakes returning to the Sundowner, the addition of a fresh made sushi option, and the opening of both Absurd Bird and Tortilla, two new dining venues in Clinton. Kellerman also mentioned the introduction of Rock Bot, a free app that allows students to control the music in the dining halls. “I’m happy with the response to late nights for sure, that was solved fairly quickly, and I’m understanding of their position at the moment with the supply chain and employment problems, but I’m not letting up,” Metwaly said. “I’m going to keep bringing it up until they give me something that I feel is good for the students and would make students happy.” CAS and the SA will continue to work together on issues that affect student life, though both sides mentioned that communication between the two organizations could be better. “They definitely respect the SA and they definitely want to hear what we have to say because we’re their customers, if we’re not happy, they shouldn’t be happy. The CAS needs us as students, so whenever we bring up something it definitely carries some weight. I would encourage any and all students, when there are issues, to reach out to us at the SA,” Metwaly said.


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Craig says farewell to ‘Halloween Bond in ‘No Time to Die’ BY CAMERON KAERCHER Contributor

In 2006’s “Casino Royale,” Daniel Craig ushered in a new era for James Bond. The blondehaired, blue-eyed secret agent became more respected with this iteration after Pierce Brosnan played James Bond in the late nineties and early 2000s. Those films were ridiculous and Craig’s performance was seen as a return to form for the long-running franchise. The latest installment, “No Time to Die,” will be Craig’s final time playing James Bond. After leaving the British intelligence agency at the end of 2015’s “Spectre,” James Bond is enjoying his life of peace in Jamaica. His new paradise is interrupted by his former coworker Felix Leiter, played by Jeffery Wright. Leiter comes with distressing information that a bioterrorist known as Lyutsifer Safin, played by Rami Malek, has kidnapped a prominent scientist and plans to use his work for world domination.

This 25th James Bond film continues to deliver on what makes the spy series iconic. The locations are beautiful with trips to Italy, Norway, Scotland, the aforementioned Jamaica, and of course, the United Kingdom. Bond drives the classic Aston Martin DB5, this time it is equipped with tiny machine guns behind the headlights. Unlike the one-dimensional women in previous Bond films with giggleworthy names such as Xenia Onatopp or Holly Goodhead, the women in “No Time to Die” are better written. Ana de Armas makes a quick appearance as a CIA agent sent to work with Bond and her performance as Paloma gives the action some swift choreography and humor. Lashana Lynch, as Nomi, a secret agent vying for James Bond’s previous position, is whip-smart and would make a more than deserved successor to Craig. “No Time to Die” may have all the hallmarks one looks for in a spy flick, but it never lives up to the best of Craig’s films. However, his performance is touching, and it is clear that he loves

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this character. His send-off BY CAMERON KAERCHER to 007 is fitting and the film Contributor leaves the audience interested in what comes next In 2018, the long-runfor the character. ning “Halloween” franchise received a reboot Email CAMERON KAERCHER from Blumhouse ductions. The film was

a blockbuster hit with a $250 million gross, ensuring that two more films would be made to create a 21st Century “Halloween” trilogy. “Halloween Kills” picks up at the tail end of “Halloween” (2018). Michael Myers, played by both James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle, is trapped in a burning house after being outsmarted. Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, and her daughter and granddaughter, played by Judy Greer and Andi Matichak, respectively, are fleeing the scene after trapping Myers. Since the movie still needs an antagonist, Myers emerges from the burning wreckage to continue his killing spree. This opening set piece is rightfully gnarly. Myers is as intimidating as ever as he takes on a whole group of firefighters equipped with axes, hammers and a buzz saw. A lot of this impact is due to the phenomenal score by John Carpenter. Here, Carpenter combines powerful synths that feel like an engine

revving, with the classic “Halloween” piano theme hovering above it. In fact, seeing this in the theater might be worth it to some just to hear the music on a large-scale sound system. The story gets tied into a pretzel to shoehorn in a message about mob mentality. It’s a “Halloween” movie and the only story line should be, the bad guy kills a bunch of people. Every time Myers is on camera and killing people, it is exciting and when the film returns to the other characters it feels mundane. It is also difficult to take any fights seriously while knowing that another “Halloween” is on the way, so it’s understood that Myers will live to kill another day. “Halloween Kills” is currently available in theaters as well as streaming on Peacock Premium. The violence may make this a worthwhile experience for fans of the series. However, those who are looking for a good horror movie will be left disappointed. Email CAMERON KAERCHER

Gruden resigns, comments made public BY CARLY NEWTON Associate Opinions Editor

After being hired in 2018, the Las Vegas Raiders’ Head Coach Jon Gruden has resigned five weeks into the NFL season. Oct. 11 marked his resignation after his years-old emails containing homophobic, sexist and racist language were made public. The emails were accidentally found. In July 2020, an investigation began into the Washington Football Team regarding their treatment of women in the workplace. According to a CBS article, this ongoing investigation has led to 650,000 emails being examined closely, and that is how Gruden was caught. What can be said that hasn’t been said already? It’s never easy to judge someone for mistakes they made years ago, but Gruden was a grown man and his comments were recurring. Gruden’s emails were ongoing from 2010-2018, so this was not a lapse in judgement one or two times, this was a major character issue in one of football’s most respected coaches. In one email, Gruden used homophobic slurs to describe the commisioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell. It was also to be believed that Goodell pressured the Rams to draft Michael Sam — the first openly gay player to be drafted. Ironically, the Raiders have the only openly gay player in the NFL on their team — Carl Nassib. Nassib, who plays defensive end, came out in June and received tons of support from the league. These emails disgraced and disrespected Nassib, the NFL and every single player that Gruden has coached. The NFL has been trying to become more progressive and supportive of their players, and the Gruden situation has made that difficult. After the emails were leaked, it became clear that there was no way for the NFL and the Raiders to move past this situation gracefully, especially with Gruden as the head coach. Simply, he had to go.


Another leaked email revealed racist undertones when he said, “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michelin tires.” This comment was referring to NFLPA Chief DeMaurice Smith, who is Black. When the majority of NFL players are Black, this comment stings. Gruden would have never had the opportunity to coach if it weren’t for the players he was insulting by making a comment like this. His inability to realize this inevitably cost him his job, and hopefully the situation will humble

him. As far as his career in football goes, he should be done forever — there’s no redemption story here. Gruden had also been receiving topless pictures of Washington Football Team cheerleaders from Washington Executive Bruce Allen. This was probably the most disgusting part of the email scandal. It’s disheartening that comments like this are still being made, and it makes someone wonder why he was so comfortable writing those emails to begin with.

This situation is not just a Gruden problem, but an NFL problem — it would be naive to believe that he is the only NFL personnel who holds these beliefs. As doubtful as this seems, no other emails have been released that would have incriminated anyone else. There certainly could be more people involved, and it would not be surprising. This situation is far from over.


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No more stolen sisters

For a country that prides itself on diversity, most cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women get swept under the rug. The National Crime Information Center reported 5,712 Native women and girls were missing as of 2016. This number is projected to be higher since there has not been a reported update. The scariest fact is, Indigenous women face violence three times more than white women and these cases rarely make the news. As defined by wearenative. org, “the MMIW movement exists because a large number of Native women go missing and are murdered each year compared to women from other groups.” Violence toward Indigenous individuals is on the rise since discrimination toward women and minority groups still looms over the United States’ dark past. A huge step in the fight for


justice in MMIW cases is the presidential proclamation of Indigenous People’s Day Oct. 11. President Joe Biden recognized the pain associated with “Columbus Day,” and recognized the large contributions

that Native Americans have made in the United States. “Our country was conceived on a promise of equality and opportunity for all people — a promise that, despite the extraordinary progress we have

made through the years, we have never fully lived up to,” Biden wrote in his official statement. “For generations, federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures. Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society.” Unsolved cases of MMIW go back decades. In the recent events of the Gabby Petitio case, it has been brought to national attention that native women are still missing. Law enforcement continues to fail women who fall victim to murder simply based on their race and heritage. Without the help of police and media attention, stories of indigenous women become obscure. Fight for all women, not just the larger majority. No more stolen sisters.

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune ‘Be Careful Unearthing the Past’ BY JONAS WARD Staff Writer

“Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” was the first of many in the beloved series. Development started in 2005 by Naughty Dog who also developed the extremely popular “Crash Bandicoot” games and “Jak and Daxtor” games. Developed under the codename “Big,” Naughty Dog was preparing to drop the most favorable actionadventure game of all time. The story of “Drake’s Fortune” is spectacular. Nathan Drake is a self-proclaimed treasure hunter who grew up in Spain as an orphan. He is a direct descendant of Sir Francis Drake, who was a real sailor and explorer. Drake was able to obtain a family heirloom, a ring inscribed with clues, which led to a coffin that contained the journal of Sir Francis Drake. After Drake obtained the journal of his relative, he was able to discover a treasure map that led to the location of an ancient Spanish treasure called El Dorado. Drake later traveled to an island, which was infested with pirate hunters looking for the same treasure. Drake later realizes that the treasure of El Dorado is not what everyone thought. Players have to fight their way across the island, solve many puzzles and help people along the way. The story is action-packed, suspenseful and movielike. Players are gripped by suspense, which keeps them plowing through the story all the way to the end. The gameplay of “Drake’s Fortune” is marvelous. The game is a third-person shooter, so players see the character you are playing as all the time. When playing as Nathan Drake, you climb, shoot,


punch, drive, run and swim your way through the terrain with utmost ease. The controls are incredibly easy to learn with basic combos that allow players to take out enemies without it being too easy, yet also entertaining. Scaling terrain is common in this game. Drake swings on chains, ropes and vines like Tarzan. Players are able to control him to climb gigantic obstacles throughout the game, which really adds to the fun factor. The controls

are rewarding to use when players play through the game. Naughty Dog is known for their amazing graphics and “Drake’s Fortune” is a great baseline to experience them. The exotic island terrain, sea, boats, cars, buildings and planes are all incredible to witness. Players see materials move in front of them exactly how they move in real life. The development team really knew how to grasp and recreate how things really look in life in “Drake’s Fortune.” The human characters in this game look good for being a 2007 game. During this time, it was still difficult for developers to really make people in video games look real. Naughty Dog is a leader when it comes to motion capture technology. Most of the cutscenes in the game are recorded first hand with actual actors, then reformed into video game graphics. The whole process is amazing, and it truly shows in this game. “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” is easily one of the best action-adventure games ever produced. Three more games in the series were later produced and were large hits for Naughty Dog. If players are looking for an incredibly entertaining adventure game that glues them to the story full of suspense, action and adventure. It is an incredibly good option. The game spawned many competitive titles down the road, but it was able to hold the line for sales. “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” was awarded as the Playstation 3 Game of the Year by IGN. It sold incredibly well and continues to bring fans back even to this day.

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‘Beatnik’ literature movement remembered BY HALES PASSINO Staff Writer

Pens and voices have proven to both be mighty swords throughout history. The Beat Generation is a subculture that stands the test of time. In the post-war era, prominently the late 1940s through the 1960s, there were creative nonconformists who took a stance. What began as a small group of writers, producers and artists, whose work centered around their rejection of economic materialism and racism among others flaws found within society, transformed into a lifestyle of liberation and release they advocated strongly for. Through sexual freedom and exploration within the realm of psychedelic drugs, which were tremendously taboo at the time, they ran wild with their work. These individuals were often referred to as “beatniks” or “beats,” for short. To anyone who’s ever watched a television show or film involving characters adorning black turtlenecks, cool dark shades and berets while sitting outside cafes sipping coffee — that’s essentially the media stereotype of beatniks. They’re often depicted with this pretentious and mysterious flare.

Now, don’t confuse beatniks with hippies. There’s quite a difference with those cats. As a matter of fact, beatniks truly set the precedent for hippies. Throughout the years, hippies were typically more out and about in the public eye, and arguably even more political. Meanwhile, beatniks remained rather docile and withdrawn with small gatherings and conversations centered around art. Poets, like Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, as well as authors, like Jack Keuroac and Neal Cassayd, are just a handful of memorable beatniks who tapped into creative expression as their form of protest. The result was a multitude of beat literature with a lasting legacy like Ginsberg’s 1956 controversial poem “Howl” and Keuroac’s 1957 iconic novel “On The Road.” A notable theme of beatniks was their stream of consciousness style of writing as their thoughts streamed from pen to paper. The tones within their words elicit raw, manic emotion. For example, in “On The Road,” Keuroac doesn’t hesitate to use repetition, otherwise known as a sin in conventional writing. For Christ’s sake, a mere sentence of his exceeds the length of a typical paragraph. It’s undoubtedly

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admirable and out-of-the-box. “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” — an excerpt from “On The Road.” To Keruoac, being a beatnik embodied a not-so-glamorous lifestyle. In this lifestyle, as depicted in “On The Road,” the rough and rugged ways of hitchhiking and

bumming would expand and be graceful in its own ungraceful ways. It would be somewhat desperate, yet spiritually fulfilling. Ginsberg, on the other hand, captured themes of mental illness, poverty and the extreme lack of help at the time for those causes. Mind you, “Howl” was written back in the mid 1950s. Humbling and vital, it is. “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night,”

Ginsberg wrote in “Howl.” Beat culture stressed the importance of bettering oneself and bettering this world for others. Go ahead and dive into artistic expression, in all forms, as a matter of fact. Step on a soap box and scream truth. Publish a book about a desired reality in the quiet of the night. Expand viewpoints — everyone’s constantly learning. Do it all. If there’s any message to be received from the work of a beat, it’s that conventionality can go straight to hell. Be seen and be heard like a beatnik.


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SUPPORT Continued from page A1 All SSS employees fit one or more of the criteria for students to apply for the program: they were either a first-generation college student themselves, came from low-income families or have a disability. “Sometimes students aren’t even aware that they’re eligible for Student Support Services, and don’t end up using the services we have,” Day said. To maintain their place at SSS, eligible students must reapply to the program at the start of every academic year, and according to Day, most students stay in the program until they graduate. Additionally, students need to maintain 10 contacts per academic year, including advising sessions, meetings with staff, cultural and academic events, and others. The most recent SSS event — De-stress with SSS — was held on Oct. 15. SSS has five employees to take care of their 386 students. Day teaches a Career and Life Planning class, runs appointments and advising meetings every half hour, most of which are fully booked. “Advisement here is off the charts busy,” she said. “We usually have a line out the door of students, and it’s a revolving door the whole entire time.” Despite her busy schedule, especially during the periods of midterms and registration, Day is fully devoted to her job.

“The work we get to do is very meaningful, and I know every person in here enjoys helping the students,” she said. “To be quite honest, I know it sounds cheesy, but our students 100% come first. This isn’t an eight to four type of office: we are here all of the time… If a student emails, and it’s 10 o’clock at night, and they really need something, someone’s going to get back to them.” Day attributes such a “culture” to Michele Carpentier, who served as the director of SSS until last year. Now, she is the director of Special Programs, as well as vice president of Student Enrollment and Success. “Michele is the most wonderful, kind, giving human being on this planet, who would do anything for any single student at any time.” Day said. “She really instilled [the work culture] into us as workers. It’s phenomenal. Student Support Services wouldn’t be what it is without Michele Carpentier — I have to say that — she made this program what it is, and how wonderful it is.” While SSS is a grantfunded program that supports a limited number of eligible students from different backgrounds, the goal of SAS as a statefunded program is to provide accommodations for disabilities students may have, both permanent and temporary. The support that they can offer to disabled students includes extra time for exams, note-taking services, advocacy, referrals for tutoring, counseling and academic coaching, electronic versions of

NEWS textbooks and more. They also work to provide mobility aids and process requests for emotional support animals and housing accommodations. As Coordinator for Accessibility Services Jennifer Curry describes it, the job of the SAS staff is to negotiate accommodations with their respective departments. “We don’t feel that a student should have to negotiate with faculty to get accommodation,” she said. One way that accommodations in college differ from accommodations in high school is that some services, like assignment extensions, cannot be guaranteed and are handled on a case-by-case basis. “When [students] leave college, we want [them] to be prepared to advocate on [their] own behalf, so I work with students when I’m doing this advocacy, to teach them how they might best approach advocacy within the classroom,” Curry said. “Some students are just not comfortable doing so, and there may be other reasons why they may not, and I can [advocate for them].” Although SAS is able to serve more students than a grant-funded program like SSS, students must specifically identify their disability to SAS and request a service or accommodation. “Students that are coming in from high school assume that their [Individual Accommodation Plan] or 504 Plan, or medical information automatically transfer, and that’s not the case.” Curry said. However, once a student applies for SAS, they may use their services until they graduate, with no

need to reapply. According to Curry, SAS serves around 900 students on both the Plattsburgh and Queensbury campuses. However, not every disabled student utilizes their services. “We know that we don’t serve every student on campus who identifies as having a disability, because it’s their decision if they want to report that,” Curry said. “And a lot of students don’t realize that having a mental health diagnosis does meet eligibility requirements.” Other reasons why eligible students may not use SAS are social stigma around disability and mental health, and simply not being aware of the accommodation services available to them at the college. Curry also mentioned that in total, SAS has a staff of three: one full-time staff member, and two threequarter members. Despite that, SAS is open to serving more students. “I’ll meet with students at any point throughout the semester; any point throughout their time [at SUNY Plattsburgh],” Curry said. “I’m very passionate about self-advocacy and making sure that students — anybody — have access to what they need to be successful. Seeing people meet [their] goals… that makes me feel very happy with what I do. It makes me want to come to work and help as many people as I possibly can.” Breana Warren, a senior majoring in psychology, is in her second semester as a mentor, having joined the SSS Peer Mentoring program in the spring. So far, she has had two mentees, and is ready for

a third one. According to her, there is no single role that a mentor plays. “The dynamics of the mentorship is completely up to the mentor and mentee,” Warren said. Typically, she has oneon-one meetings with her mentees, where they do crafts, such as making slime, and catch up with each other. Mentors can also play a “buddy” role, as they tend to be paired with mentees based on their interests and fields of study. An SSS student can also turn to their mentor for advice, guidance, or help with homework. “If the mentee is having a hard time, or needs resources, or, honestly, just someone to socialize with, that’s what [mentors] are here for,” Warren said. “I think it’s beneficial for both sides.” She shared that the program helped her break out of her comfort zone by forcing her to socialize. She also notes that becoming a mentor has helped her be more aware of campus events and happenings, as well as the struggles of other students, giving her an opportunity to help more people. Warren’s mentee — Bryn Fawn, a social work major — said that mentors not only help new students transition into college, but they can help students with their careers and goals for the future. She also values the opportunity to interact with upperclassmen. “As a freshman, almost all my classes are also just freshmen, so it’s a lot harder to make friends with upperclassmen,” Fawn said. “Upperclassmen know just about ev-

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erything: they’ve been through the ringer — they know their shit. It’s basically like having an older sibling to help you out.” Eventually, Fawn plans to become an SSS mentor herself. Fawn qualifies for SSS on all three criteria: they are a disabled first-generation student from a lowincome family. According to them, their college experience would be difficult without the services that SSS provides. “Taking [the career-life planning] course definitely helped, especially with budgeting money for everyday life,” Fawn said. “When I go grocery shopping, it’s in the back of my head — what I learned. And so, I’ve been able to spend my money more wisely.” They list Day, Warren and Athena Castro-Lewandowski, the writing specialist and English tutor at SSS, as important resources for them when it comes to information and academic guidance. SAS has provided her with a number of accommodations for her ADHD, autism and anxiety, such as extended testing time, the ability to record lectures, and a single room to live in. The services of both SSS and SAS have helped Fawn so much that she makes sure to ask anyone she meets whether they are part of SSS, and tell them about it. “[SSS] really does help,” Fawn said. “It’s a very valuable resource, and I really hate that people don’t know about it.”


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This Week in Photos: Senior Athletes Photos Provided By Brian Savard To the left: SUNY Plattsburgh women’s volleyball seniors Meghan O’Brien, Alicia Fisher, Maddy Zophy, Allyssa Rock, Olga Muka, Ann Beauchamp and Kaitlyn Bjelko smile in front of Hawkins Pond.

To the right: SUNY Plattsburgh women’s tennis seniors Bri Miller and Sarah Hoeffner smile with flowers next to their head coach, Kelci Henn, and volunteer assistant coach, Alex Rine.

Above: SUNY Plattsburgh’s women’s soccer team seniors Emily Frodyma, Natalie Nista, Lauren Vellecca, Samantha Cloidt, Taylor Tous, Kieren Ritter, Allison Seidman, Kirsten Villemaire, Erin Metzger and Mackenzie Mulholland pose with boquets for senior night.


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DAKOTA GILBERT/Cardinal Points SUNY Plattsburgh’s women’s soccer team embracesa in the rain after a big win versus the Clarkson Golden Knights .

Cardinals Slay Golden Knights BY Liam Sample Staff Writer

The Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team (103-2) picked up a 2-1 win against Clarkson Golden Knights (4-7-2) Tuesday Oct.19 at The field house in a non conference match. The Cardinals were vaulted to the win behind a clutch goal from Senior forward, Kirsten Villemaire, with just over 90 seconds left to play, breaking the 1-1 tie and extending her goal streak to six games. Senior forward Emily Frodyma netted her team leading ninth of the year at the 39 minute mark. While trying a pass, a Clarkson defender knocked the ball back towards her, in which she shot it in the bottom half of the net to make the score 1-0. Plattsburgh flexed their offensive muscles throughout the match, totaling 19 shots compared to only

seven by Golden Knights. Villemaire led the team with six. Just past the 80 minute mark, Clarkson would respond. Freshman forward Chloe Hodge received the ball inside the box, after moving around she took a shot that went past junior goalkeeper Julia Ennis for her fourth of the season. Ennis made three saves and racked her collegiate career high tenth win of the season, passing her nine win effort in 2019. Freshman Molly Dicaprio started the game for Clarkson, making two saves and allowing one. Freshman Elise Almgren played the second half, saving four on five shots on goal. With the game tied and overtime nearing, sophomore defender Nora Fitzgerald dribbled through the Clarkson defense. She made a quick

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Pitctured left to right: Kayla Myers (5) Nicole Kingsley (3) Emily Froydma (10). pass to Villamare in the penalty box who ripped it into the back of the net at 88:23 to make it 2-1, which would be the final score “Nora and I have talked

about what needs to happen when she take[s] the ball up on a dribble,” Villamare said. I popped out for a pass, stayed on side and placed it in the far corner”

described the senior With this game, Cardinals bring their count up to ten on season. This was an portant rebound for

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team, which is coming off an overtime loss last Saturday against SUNY Geneseo. They have two games remaining in the regular season, with The SUNYAC Tournament starting on Oct. 30th. “This win was huge for us, especially coming off of the game this past weekend and it means a lot for the regional rankings this season…. From here we need to win our game next weekend against Potsdam and continue playing as a team and playing how we know how to, to finish the season off the way we have wanted” Villamare said. Plattsburgh travels to Potsdam to take on the Bears Saturday, Oct. 23 for its final SUNYAC game of the year. They hope to improve on their 6-2-0 conference record.


Plattsburgh volleyball snaps losing streak BY DREW WEMPLE Staff Writer

Lady Cardinal’s volleyball team swept Northern Vermont University-Johnson at home this Wednesday. With that win, the team snapped its seven game long losing streak. In dominant fashion, winning 3-0, Plattsburgh State improved it’s record to 8-14. The team was fueled by senior Alicia Fisher who led the team with seven kills, and sophomore Payton Zophy anchored the defense with 15 digs. Senior Maddy Zophy, who started the game as libero, was also a big part of the return game with nine digs of her own. Sophomore Emma Rivers set up the team high with 14 assists. It was a slow start for the Cardinals with communication errors allowing for NVUJ to jump out to a 7-3 lead in the first set. However, the team quickly rallied and retook the lead at 17-16, from which point they never trailed again in the set; winning 25-20. “We have a tendency to start slow. We just need to get that out of our system,” said senior Outside Hitter Meghan O’Brien. “Then we got a really good kill that just rallied all our energy.” After that set, similar problems arose for the Cardinals in the second, falling behind 17-11. However, once again the team showed their fight and came back point by point until they tied the score 22-22. “We took a minute and I just told them to breathe for a second, because we were just doing a lot of things un-

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Payton Zophy celebrates her team getting back in the win column versus Norther Vermont University - Johnson.

necessarily,” said Head Coach Kelsea Healis. “We just had to kind of relax and play the game and then talk about what spots were actually open on the floor.” They were able to find enough of those open spots, as the Lady Cardinals once again came back and won the set 27-25. After losing their last seven matches and being up two sets to none Wednesday, there was a question of

how the team would come out and handle that big lead being so close to snapping their winless drought. “We were just saying, ‘let’s get out in three’ [sets],” O’Brien said. “We can’t let up.” The third set had a similar theme as the first two, as Plattsburgh fell behind early 11-6. But from that point on, it was all Cardinals, going on an 8-1 run to take back the lead at 14-12. They never lost that lead once they got it, tightening up on the NVUJ Badgers, and would go on to win the set 25-20; and the match 3-0. With that the losing streak was over, and the Lady Cardinals got back on the winning track. “It felt very good being able to do it in three, especially since they took us to five last time,” Healis said. “We recognized that we can kind of rely on our own motivation and our own guys… it was really good just to see that happen and get it done.” Moving forward, the Lady Cardinals will take on SUNY Cortland Friday, Oct. 22, in Memorial Hall looking to beat the Red Dragons for the first time since 2013. Following that the team will have just two games remaining, home versus Oswego and at Castleton, before the SUNYAC Conference tournament. “We just have to win as much as we can for the rest of this season,” O’Brien said. “We have to just play our own game and make other teams see how good we are.”


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Men’s Soccer Volleyball Sat Oct. 23 @ 1p.m vs. Potsdam Sat Oct. 23 @ 1p.m vs Cortland . Wed Oct 27 @6 p.m At Castleton Women’s Soccer Sat Oct. 23 @1 p.m at Potsdam Tue Oct . 26 @6 p.m vs Canton

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Men’s Soccer School Cortland New Paltz Oneonta Buffalo State

Record SUNYAC 12-2-1 6-1 11-3-0 6-1 9-2-2 5-1-1 4-2-4 4-2-1 Oswego 8-3-0 4-2-1 Plattsburgh 7-7-1 3-4-1 Geneseo 7-6-2 3-4-0 Brockport 6-6-1 2-5-0 Fredonia 6-9-0 1-6 Potsdam 2-11-2 0-8

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Brian Coughlan Dylan Shalvey John Hayes Assists Dylan Shalvey Provided By: SUNY Plattsburgh Brian Coughlan Yusif Okine

Women’s hockey returns BY DREW WEMPLE Staff Writer

It’s been a long time coming, but the Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team is officially back in action this Friday at 7 p.m. They will be on the road playing an exhibition game versus Saint Michael’s College. It will be the first of two exhibition games versus the Purple Knights, the second will be Saturday at 3 p.m., back at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. After almost a year and a half away from the ice, the Lady Cardinal’s hockey team is ecstatic to get back in the swing of things. Having their 2020-2021 season canceled due to the lasting COVID-19 pandemic, this will be their first game since March of 2020. “It was definitely heart-

breaking,” graduate student and defenseman Erin Mcardle said. “It was just frustrating, but there’s nothing that we can do about it. So we’re just looking forward to this year.” Their last match dates all the way back to March 7, 2020, a game versus Oswego which they won 6-1. With that win, the team moved to an astounding 26-1 record and was headed off to the NCAA Division III tournament to meet with Norwich University in the first round. However, due to the sudden rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ensuing worldwide shutdown, the tournament was canceled. “We were a close group that had worked hard and played hard all year. So to see the season end the way it did was very upsetting,” said Mcardle. “I think we

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could’ve been competing for a national champion- Volleyball ship.” Kills However, the team now Jenn Braun looks to this season and Payton Zophy will attempt to maintain Meghan O’Brien their dominance on the ice. The Lady Cardinals, having Assists won the Northeast Wom- Emma Rivers Olga Muka en’s Hockey League con- Alexys Hawks ference every season since 2017-2018, is bringing a new team to the ice this season. The returning 14 seniors and juniors are now mixed in with 11 first year and sophomore students, who will get their first collegiate action this season. “There’s a lot of talent on this team. I think a lot of the incoming freshmen are really, really talented and are coming in with a lot of confidence,” Mcardle said. “I think that they’re going to add a lot to the team.”

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School Record SUNYAC New Paltz 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


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School Record SUNYAC Geneseo 8-2-0 6-0-1 Plattsburgh 10-3-1 6-2 New paltz -6-2-2 3-1 Oswego 5-2-0 2-0 Geneseo 4-1-0 0-0 New Paltz 1-2-1 0-0 Oneonta 0-4-0 0-0 Oswego 2-0-0 0-0 Fredonia 2-1-2 0-0 Potsdam 4-2-0 0-0

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Teddy Healy had an easy game versus the Kangaroos having to make one singular save for the entire 90 minute match.

Men’s soccer on a 4 game win streak BY GARRETT COLLINS Sports Editor

The SUNY Plattsburgh men’s soccer team came into Tuesday’s game versus the SUNY Canton Kangaroos with a record of 7-6-1 and right in the thick of things in the SUNYAC Playoff Picture. Before Tuesday’s matchup, the Cardinals were riding a three game winning streak against fellow SUNYAC foes, Fredonia, SUNY Brockport and SUNY Geneseo. In order to prove that they could play with the top contenders in the conference, the Cardinals needed to prove they could lock down the opposing team’s offense. What the Cardinals were able to do on Tuesday was more than enough proof that they were a legitimate playoff contender versus Kangaroos only allowed one shot from the team the entire game.

Plattsburgh controlled possession for most of the game, not allowing Canton to get any shots off in the first half compared to the 13 shots in the first half of the game. One of those 13 shots found the back of the net, and it came at 18:09 in the first half, off a beautiful feed from the Senior Midfielder Yusuke Tanda. He fed the ball from half field to teammate, Cameron Richards, who then chipped it to the wide open streaking Dylan Shalvey who had an easy one on one with the Canton goaltender and was able to finish to take the quick 1-0 lead early in the first half. The goal from the sophomore midfielder is now his fourth of the year and is his first entry on the score sheet since going off for a hat trick back in September against Alfred. The Plattsburgh defense had an easy first half where they didn’t have to sweat much. Goalie Teddy Healy didn’t even have to attempt a save, and Can-

ton didn’t have a single corner kick for the entire first half. The rest of first half would prove to be uneventful as Plattsburgh controled possession and the lead going into the second 45 minutes of the game. In order to get back into the game, Canton would need to find a big push from its offense to get the ball moving into the net. For the Kangaroos, it was much of the same story from the first half. The team once again could not muster up any offence being held to one shot the entire half. At 51:06 in the second half that was saved by Heaky who didn’t have any work to do the entire game. In the Latter part of the half at 82:36, first year midfielder John Hayes would find the back of the net to seal the game. That would become his third goal on the season and the third out of this eventual four game winning streak. Plattsburgh notched another massive shooting stat putting up a stag-

gering 16 shots in the second half alone. Finishing the day with a shot differential of 28 (29-1). Scoring and getting wins at the right time is something that this Plattsburgh men’s soccer team has figured out as it has won the last four games in a row and is sitting at No.6 in the SUNYAC conference. With one game left being an important game in the conference against Potsdam Saturday Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. in Plattsburgh, also being their senior night. Hopefully the pressure of this last game can help the team get a decisive win against a beatable opponent and punch their ticket into the SUNYAC playoffs.


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Purisic sprints into first year BY GARRETT COLLINS Sports Editor

The SUNY Plattsburgh men’s track and field team are competing once again this fall and with a mix of new and familiar faces. One of the new faces of the team, first year sprinter Deren Purisic, is a local out of Northeastern Clinton Central, and has come 30 miles south to continue his track career to the collegiate level. Like many athletes competing at the D3 level, it wasn’t just the program that brought him so close to home. “It was about money; all about the money,” Purisic said. Although Plattsburgh may not have been his first choice, Purisic has still found a solid group to help him through his first year not only on the track team but as a member of the club rugby team as well. This has helped him become a better runner and racer. “I like to race, I like to win, simple as that,” Purisic said. “Rugby gave me some grit and some drive and relentless force to be a better athlete.” “There are definitely guys on the [track] team that I have gotten close to even before the season. As the season goes on I’ll get closer with the rest of the guys.” Deren’s older brother Almas Purisic was a student at SUNY Plattsburgh until 2020 and was a rugby player as well and couldn’t be more proud of his brother

taking on a finance major and two sports. “It has taught me the discipline and management skills of balancing full length daily practices and alongside coursework. Deren wants to get the same experience that I had on top of taking on another sport and handling a job,” Almas Purisic said. This being Deren’s first taste of college athletics, he is hoping to bring fast success to the team, and plans to continue that success for his remaining three years as a Cardinal. “I want to experience a championship. Actually, I want to win a championship. I want to give the team a new life.” Purisic said. I want to bring an energy to the team that maybe has been missing.” Competing at the high school level during the COVID-19 pandemic makes the experience coming back to normal just a bit better. “Wearing masks and having to be outside and racing was kind of sucky,” Purisic said. “It’s good to be back to normal and racing.” The team looks to start back up in the beginning of next month, and hopefully, shapes up to be the best season yet for the Cardinals track and field team.



HOCKEY Continued from page B2 The mix of veteran presence with promising newcomers should be a big boost and help to the team’s chemistry, as well as their overall success. For many of those returning players, like Mcardle and graduate student Annie Katonka, this will be their last season of Cardinal hockey. “We’ve waited so long for this and I had to come back and do another year of college, so I think this season means a lot more to everyone personally,” Katonka said. “ We’ve been working so hard for so long for nothing and now to have something is nice.” This season will certainly hold a range of emotions

The local Clinton Central School product Deren Pursic seeks to have a great first season. for the players, with some having it be their last ride and others who are just getting started. One of which is first year forward Bridget Orr, who will make her Plattsburgh debut this weekend. “We’ve just been working really hard on and off the ice,” Orr said. “We come each day and work hard. We want to win.” That mentality is prevalent across the team, after being away for so long. But at long last Plattsburgh women’s hockey is back, and they are ready to roll, looking to continue their streak as the premier Northeast women’s hockey program.


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Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

“I love to make art that is dippy and goopy.”

Student Art Spotlight Morin Bissonette BFA with a concentration in ceramics and a complement in sculpture

“I really enjoy the physical process of making art, and the hands-on feeling.”

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Coffee House makes comeback BY FERNANDO DIAZ Contributor

Those who remember a time before COVID may recall Coffee House, a weekly event hosted by the Student Association during which students could gather, chat, and enjoy refreshments while listening to musical performances by fellow students. Now, after a year of being cancelled due to the pandemic, Coffee House is finally back. “Unfortunately, we had to cancel Coffee House and other in-person events to comply with pandemic restrictions,” Yash Ugavelkar, Co-Chair for Coffee House, said. “Thankfully, now that things are slowly getting

back to normal, we had the chance to bring it back.” So far, there have been four Coffee Houses this semester, with the first one having been hosted on September 29th. They take place in Burghy’s Lounge in the ACC at 8 pm every Wednesday. “It’s actually been really successful so far,” Lisette Linares, Senator of Activities, said. “We get more performers and more people every week.” However, it wasn’t always so smooth. At first, the SA struggled to fill up seats and time slots for the events. “It was sometimes challenging at first to attract people the first night and get performers to cover

the two hours of Coffee House,” Ugavelkar said. “But more and more people joined after that. So far, the reintegration of Coffee House has been successful.” In fact, Ugavelkar mentioned that Coffee Houses currently have more participants now than they did before COVID, and they’re much “more crowded” now. The first night, SA officers including Linares stood around the ACC promoting Coffee House, encouraging students to come attend and check the performers out. “It’s amazing to be able to interact with students and help find performers,” Linares said. “It was a little challenging at first

Left Behind Continued from page B6 Each measuring 96” x 166,” the triptychs are arranged in chronological order based on news reports, depicting the three perilous phases that occur in a refugee’s journey in finding asylum. The three works, “Land Crossing”, “Water Crossing” and “Border Crossing” refer to the obstacles that refugees all over the world face in the form of war, famine, unsafe sea voyages, conflict and antagonism. “At the time I had been studying the numerous depictions of The Last Judgement, especially those at the Yale Gallery, and that probably influenced my decision to use the language of the Baroque where many of those scenes of turmoil are so theatrically and emotionally portrayed,” says Shaefer regarding the inception of the triptychs. “Rubens’ oeuvre especially contains such a rich assortment of bodies in anguish and action that the idea of extracting various characters from a wide range of his work, and other Baroque artists, seemed an interesting compositional challenge. “ The exhibit itself is cross-disciplinary. It could be seen from the perspectives of American history, world history, anthropology, political science, immigration law, literature, art and so much more. Thus, it created an excellent opportunity for faculty across campus to use the exhibit in their courses and research. “`Altering poses and lighting in each case, and fitting the individual into a new, larger context, was difficult and compelling and I enjoyed the artistic journey immensely,” Shaefer said. “But most importantly. I hope the works convey some of the upheaval and agony that refugees all over the world face.”

because I’m new to this, but I soon got used to it. It’s a very rewarding experience.” Sohayla Erroui performed at multiple Coffee Houses. She sang covers of various R&B and pop songs. “It’s amazing to be able to perform at Coffee House,” Erroui said. “It’s such a well-organized event and the participants are so kind. I absolutely loved it.”

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Autumn Smith performs at Coffee House.

Tonya Cribb, the museum director of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, emphasizes the cross-disciplinary nature of the exhibit. “I like to do exhibits that are fundamentally cross-disciplinary. Sometimes, people that are not artists feel like art museums are for ‘art people’ and feel a little intimidated by them,” Cribb said. “I would like to make it more accessible to more people. When you have an exhibit that people can approach in different ways, then they see that art can talk about anything. It is one more method of teaching.” Art like that of Shaefer’s make students think about issues from a different standpoint. Overall, there has been a positive response from the students who have seen the Refugee Trilogy. According to Alex Borodin, a communications major, it showed him how prevalent the immigration crisis is in post-modern society. “You can appreciate the effort of the artist putting together parts of all these different paintings in a single frame to represent the struggle of the refugees,” Borodin said. “Even if it was from a different time, we can still see such plights now and yet ignore what refugees go through to get to a safe place and look for new opportunities.” “Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy,” is open from Tuesday to Sunday until December 10, 2021 from 12pm to 4pm in the museum’s Burke Gallery, located on the second floor of John Myers Building.


This week’s reading comes from the Good Karma Tarot deck created by Kerry Ward of Cosmopolitan Magazine.


Eight of Cups. Write it off, Aries, because some things just can’t be saved—and shouldn’t be. You’ve been pouring a lot of energy and effort into a leaky bucket, and it all just pours away into nothing. The situation isn’t going to magically improve, so it’s time to cut your losses and move on. You’re too valuable to waste time on dead ends. Go look for the action, and you’ll soon be back in business.


The Star. This is the tarot’s cosmic pass, a wonderful omen of wish fulfillment, and a chance to make your most heartfelt dream a reality. Truly, it can start right here! The higher you aim, the better the outcome will be. Brighten, bolden, and enlarge your ambitions this week. The universe is backing you, and you’re bound for success. Don’t squander this energy on something trivial. Pick a meaningful goal and set off in its direction this week.


Eight of swords. You’ve got to get out of your own way, Gemmy, and stop overthinking everything. Half the time you’re stuck catastrophizing, and it just prevents you from taking meaningful action. The Eight of Swords demands that you stop projecting your worst fears onto other people, places, or situations. You don’t know what’s really going on outside of your own life. So, stop wondering. Focus on your own circle of control and zoom in on the actions you can take. Be positive.

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May 21 - June 20


June 21 - July 22

The Heirophant. It’s a philosophical kind of week for you, Cancer. You’re questioning what (or who) you truly believe in right now, and where you align on matters of ideology and justice. The Hierophant brings the ~big picture~ to the foreground and asks you to review what you think is right, moral, true, and just. Know yourself. This week might lead to interesting actions, because when you know where you stand, you can choose to take action to that position. You go, Cancer!


July 23 - Aug 22

VIRGO Aug 23 Sept 22

LIBRA Sept 23 Oct 22

SCORPIO Oct 23 Nov 21

Ten of swords. Game over: That’s the SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 - Dec 21 message of the cutting Ten of Swords. It’s time to put on your sneakers and get out! Seriously, Leo, enough is enough. You’ve tried and tried to make things work, it’s not getting any better, and it’s not going to. It is what it is. And now, it’s time to withdraw. The relief and empowerment you’ll feel from letting go will be worth the brief angst of cutting the cord.

Nine of wands. Don’t overthink it, Cap. Whatever you’re facing, please know that you CAN overcome it, and the task will be a lot easier and quicker than you imagine. So don’t delay—get to it. You’re ready to tackle this obstacle, and you’re going to blast through it in style. The Nine of Wands is a big reassurance that you can overcome whatever stands in your way this week. Face it head-on.

Two of swords. Decision time, Virgo. The Two of Swords is a direct order to make your mind up, take action, and move on with confidence—no looking back or second-guessing yourself. Sometimes we think that no decision IS a decision because things will happen anyway. But in this case, no decision means that everything will stall. You really do need to pick a side and make a move, otherwise things might start getting uncomfortable.


King of Pentacles. An opportunity for promotion, advancement, or broadening your horizons will emerge this week, and you should take it. You can go further than you currently think is possible, and you’re about to see this for yourself. The King of Coins brings opportunity, responsibility, reward, and recognition. It’s time to step up, lean in, and get what you deserve. None of it comes for free, of course, and hard work lies ahead. But it’s ~good~ work, and it’s suited to you. Say yes to progress.


Five of wands. Hear them out, Aquarius, and then make up your mind. You can be quick to jump to a conclusion or position, and you might not have all of the relevant facts. The Five of Wands sees you in conflict with someone. Make sure you go into the disagreement with the right knowledge, the best questions, and a positive attitude. You can come through unscathed and with the relationship intact, and maybe on an even stronger footing. Argue well.

Knight of swords. You feel like you’re being tested this week, Libra, and although it feels a bit tense, it actually stirs you into action and brings out a powerful performance. The Knight of Swords is a reminder what a smart, shrewd operator you can be, and this is the week to bring all of your talents and intellectual strengths to the game. Play to win. You’ve got this. Remind yourself of what you’re truly capable of and you won’t falter.

The Knight of Pentacles. This is the hardest worker in the tarot deck. He toils away, putting in the effort to make sure his world is safe, secure, and protected. He counts pennies, crosses Ts, watches the clock, and gets where he wants to go through sheer willpower and determination. That is YOU this week, Scorpio. Don’t give up on what you need (or want) to get done. Stick with the task, see it through, and the rewards will be worthwhile. The stars promise you that/

Dec 22 Jan 19

Jan 20 Feb 18

PISCES Feb 19 March 20

Page of wand. Everything is a little chaotic and ~choppy~ ATM, and it’s making you feel on edge. The Page of Wands shows there’s a lot going on, but it’s all going in unexpected directions. Things are stopping and starting and changing on a daily basis. Take a deep breath, Pisces. Chill. Just do what you have to do, and let the rest work itself out. Don’t start anything new this week. Ride the waves of the current situation/s and see where you land. It’ll all turn out okay.

Art Spotlight B4

For Those Left Behind BY SERENA GANESAN Contributor

“Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy” is an exhibit at the Burke Gallery in the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, focusing on a series of large-scale charcoal drawings inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis. The exhibit includes individual drawings, in which Shaefer has used the baroque (combining various parts of paintings by other artists). (continued on B5)

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