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Athletics celebrates Title IX anniversary

The NCAA and SUNY Plattsburgh are celebrat ing the 50th anniversary of Title IX this year. Title IX is a federal civil rights law signed in 1972 that prohib its discrimination based on gender in educational settings and educationrelated programs that re ceive federal funding.

Plattsburgh women’s cross country, ice hockey, soccer, tennis and vol leyball teams are recog nizing the golden jubilee during games at differ ent points in its seasons.

The volleyball team, for example, hosted former Head Coach Lisa Vicen cio and raised a banner in celebration of her time with the team.

Interim Title IX Coordi nator Ann James said the primary attention around Title IX is with collegiate athletics. Before the pass ing of Title IX, James said men’s and women’s sports opportunities on campuses were “hugely disparate,” but they’ve “improved greatly” since then. Despite the prog ress, she said you can still find stories about the lack of gender equity. A recent example was the notable size and qual ity differences between the men’s and women’s locker rooms at the 2021 NCAA basketball tourna ments, as noted by Cheryl Cole, associate athletic director and senior wom an administrator.

Current Cardinals are preceded by generations of pioneers and staples of women’s athletics at Platts burgh. Of the 132 individual

members of the Platts burgh State Athletics Hall of Fame, 45 are women.

Ellen Turkel is one of those women. Turkel ar rived on campus in the fall semester of 1972 — just months after Title IX was signed into law. She made history as the

Boost takes off, changes dining scene

Boost Mobile is a phone application that allows students to order food on the SUNY Plattsburgh cam pus online, a convenient alternative to ordering food in person, but is there a cost to convenience?

Chris Mihalyi is resident director of Chartwells, the company that runs campus dining operations.

“I tell everyone it’s a fancy title for me in oversight of all dining services on campus,” Mihalyi said.

He works closely with Kelly Santor, Chartwells’ operations controller. The pair have worked together to ensure a smooth intro duction of Boost services across campus. With over 12,000 orders from the start of the semester to mid-November, Boost is

no doubt growing in pop ularity. Mihalyi described the increase in popularity as a “crescendo.”

“The students are em bracing it much more this year,” Santor said.

Campus dining locations are sometimes swamped with hundreds of Boost orders, so is it sustainable for on campus workers to fulfill an entirely different set of orders while ensuring the in-person line flows smoothly?

Across campus, the popularity of Boost has become much more ap parent this last semester.

In some locations, such as Tim Horton’s and Kent Cafe, students have experi enced longer lines, which they believe to be caused by Boost orders increasing the workload of employees across campus.

first woman to compete in both track and field and cross country.

Turkel experienced her share of teasing through out her career, but she felt nothing but welcome at Plattsburgh. Growing up, she felt like boys had “more fun,” and Platts

burgh gave her that op portunity. She approached the men’s coach, Tim Hale, and joined the team with “no resistance.”

“I was a kid. I just want ed to do what I wanted to do. I wasn’t going to go to court or anything,” Turkel said. “If I was going to do

it, I was going to do it. I mean, all I can do is hang on, keep on running.”

Since her time at Platts burgh, Turkel has com peted in the Boston Mara thon, ran in the Olympic trials and now coaches cross country at San Diego City College.

“It’s been my life. It’s my ability to express who I am. I express who I am through movement and then I share that expres sion with other people who also enjoy it as much as I do,” Turkel said. “It’s who I am.”

Title IX and Plattsburgh athletics allowed her to do this at a high level and it shaped her life, and now she’s using her experience to help shape others’ lives.

Turkel is impressed with the “level” women have “come up to” regarding athleticism. Watching the Olympics, she’s been “de lighted” to watch these “amazing athletes.”

She does think there is more to do to ensure fair ness between men’s and women’s sports. The first step, she believes, is to distribute funding more evenly. Turkel specifical ly cited large programs’ high salaries for men’s coaches and the other sports that money could be used to fund.

Cole is also a giant in Plattsburgh women’s sports. She was hired as the women’s basketball head coach in 1997. Now, two years after leaving the po sition, Cole now holds two administrative positions in the athletics department.

She is a vocal proponent of women’s issues.

Her Twitter account beams support for the release of Brittney Griner — a WNBA player sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison and fined 1 million rubles, or $15,920, for smuggling less than a gram of cannabis oil.

Platts studentparent count not yet certain

dating of her missing class to take care of her two boys, 5 and 8, who were sick with a cold. Not all of them, though.

While there are Title IX regulations for accommo dating students through pregnancy and childbirth, there are no regulations specifically addressing a situation like Cathcart’s.

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health counseling, shared their struggles and hoped to receive more support and recognition from the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.

It may also be in SUNY Plattsburgh’s interest to support the student-par ent population, currently of an uncertain size, to boost enrollment, reten tion and student success.


In a previous interview, Cathcart said most of her professors were accommo

Interim Title IX Coordina tor Ann James said that if she received a report about a professor refusing ac commodations for such an instance, she would email them asking to accom modate the student, but there is nothing more she can currently do. James hopes new Title IX regula tions, which have been in the works since May 2021 on an executive order from President Joe Biden, will do more to support student parents beyond pregnancy and childbirth.

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As workers share friendly smiles with stu dents grabbing food, a pile of boost orders sits ready to be picked up for those who want to skip the backed-up queue, one student described.

Senior Brian Yu noted the longer lines in addition to the convenience of Boost.

“I think it’s great be cause I can order online instead of waiting in line,” Yu said.

Regarding longer lines as a result of Boost, Yu said: “They don’t seem to have separate workers for boost orders. That’s what they need.”


If there aren’t enough people to handle two sources of incoming or ders, then which ones take priority, and will the inperson queues get longer?

Oftentimes a boost order requires little interaction between students and employees. At Kent Cafe, the friendly service provided by the workers is a large draw for many students who order from the location. Interaction is an everyday part of ordering in person; it can establish positive relations between regular customers and workers.

There is no guarantee that in a Boost-oriented environment there would be as social an experience.

Chartwells and Kent Cafe have declined an in terview regarding Boost and student feelings to ward the topic.

Boost is still a relatively new addition to the SUNY Plattsburgh campus, and


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Power outage strikes

Nine buildings on the SUNY Plattsburgh cam pus were without electric ity when a power outage occurred around noon Wednesday, Dec. 7. An email sent on behalf of Provost Anne Herzog an nounced classes after 2 p.m. in Myers and Yokum Halls, two buildings left without electricity, were canceled. The location for the Lav ender Ceremony, which you can read more about on page B4, was moved from the Alumni Confer ence Room at the affected Angell College Center to the Krinovitz Recital Hall in Hawkins Hall.

Power returned to all buildings affected, except Memorial Hall, at about 3 p.m., an email sent on be half of Facilities and Emer gency Management read.

Griner was released yesterday.

Cole’s main gig, though, is supporting the women athletes at Plattsburgh.

Cole said there hasn’t been a difference in what men and women athletes receive at Plattsburgh during her time with the school. The “laundry list of things,” including practice facilities, hotels and uni forms, are equal.

She’s never had to fight for anything that “makes sense,” but a number of years ago she experienced

Chartwells is still working to integrate the service into campus. On the topic of Boost’s slow introduction to the campus over the last year, Mihalyi mentioned the idea of “Boost-exclu sive” items being added to menus across campus to attract students to the Boost system. As Boost grows, it is yet unclear how students prefer to order

a Title IX discrepancy in her mind. The men’s ice hockey team had a fulltime assistant coach when no other team did. She and others “made that case” that the women should have one too, and the issue was resolved.

As a player, she feels as if women need to “prove themselves” more than men do.

“Just go out there and be tougher than them. Just go out there and show them, don’t be intimidated,” Cole said. “I always talk to my players. Play against guys. They’re always big ger, stronger, faster be cause of nature, but it doesn’t mean they’re bet ter basketball players.” She said more men than

their food.

Santor invites students who have problems with Boost let Chartwells know if there are any issues. Unfor tunately, without opinions from service workers rather than management, the true extent of how Boost has affected campus dining is conveniently veiled.

“As much as our worlds are transitioning to more digital platforms, we do

women play at pickup bas ketball sessions, but no one questions whether men can play. Cole said women need to prove themselves to even “be there.”

“No one’s looking to take the opportunity away from the guys,” Cole said.

“Women just want the same opportunities.”

The precedent and sup port set by former and senior Cardinals have resonated with current Cardinals. Alicia Fisher is a graduate student and volleyball player at Plattsburgh. She didn’t play team volleyball until college, but she’s spent the last four seasons in Cardinal Country.

When Fisher first joined the team, she felt as if

enjoy that face to face in teraction,” Santor said. Ultimately, whether campus dining becomes Boost-oriented is up to how Plattsburgh students, dining employees and Chartwells respond to the platform’s growth.

the team didn’t receive as much attention as the other teams on campus, something she said is consistent through wom en’s sports. Through her years on campus, she’s proud of the work the team has put in.

“Everybody’s effort to bring their friend and tell people about the games and it’s just building stepping stones for the future,” Fisher said. “I feel like if I came back to a volleyball game five years from now, we’ll have full stands, more hype and more people on the team.”

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GOP struggles for political control

Ron DeSantis is the infamous Floridian Governor. This year alone, he has pushed for the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, trafficked immigrants to Martha’s Vine yard, and now may be the next presidential candidate.

Former President Donald Trump has been radicalizing his base since losing the election. He remained silent on running again, that is until Nov. 15, when he an nounced he would be running in 2024. However, the Grand Old Par ty has not fully endorsed Trump. The party has become split.

The Former Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, told ABC: “I am a Never-Again-Trumper. Why? Be cause I want to win, and we lose with Trump.”

The Chair of the Republican Party, Ronna McDaniel, reported to The Hill, a government-focused news publication, that the GOP could not pay for Trump’s legal fees if he was to run. Yet those in the GOP fear the backlash from the Make America Great Again fanbase if they are not to back Trump’s endeavors. A large con cern is the outcome from the find ing of Trump’s mishandling of cru cial governmental documents.

“That’s part of the problem for his candidacy is the earlier he does it is the more time he gives a Glenn Youngkin or a Ron DeSan tis to bide their time, see where the opening is and see where he is around late second quarter,” a former Trump campaign adviser

told The Hill.

That leaves the party with De Santis, a well-liked candidate. In Florida, 64% of voters approve of DeSantis, according to a new poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Re search. DeSantis is less radical in views, pulling the more tame Re publicans’ votes.

While DeSantis is still trans phobic, racist, homophobic and xenophobic, so is Trump. Both are open in their bigotry. Yet, DeSan tis never called and orchestrated an insurrection. DeSantis also did

not try to reason why Americans should terminate the Constitu tion, unlike Trump.

Trump, in his unending genius, tried to reason that since his elec tion was “stolen” — a provably false claim — that the Constitution has been null and void. Mitch Mc Connell pushed back against this argument, but he may inevitably cave and support Trump in the presidential run.

The midterms also weakened the party in general. What the GOP believed would be a “red

wave” turned out to be a sput tering whimper as Generation Z voters overwhelmed the GOP in Democratic votes.

That is why there has been such a shift in the GOP. They fear losing. Trump has become unsteady, and “too far gone,” whereas DeSantis is reasonable. He can appease the more moderate, and still push for more right-wing legislation. The Supreme Court is already in his favor. The Senate is still in limbo with midterm results, but the Democrats control the House. Re

publicans are losing their grip in politics, especially as more Gen Z become of voting age.

While it is unlikely DeSantis would win against President Joe Biden, it still spells the future for the GOP. Trump is likely to be dropped, and DeSantis support ed, showing that the GOP is con tent with allowing bigotry being their figurehead once again.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday craze

Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping has become an integral part of many peoples’ lives. Shopping has become tradition as more people spend every year to get the best deals.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals have never been more important to peo ple. As the cost of everything goes up, being able to spend less and save more is a must for many families throughout the country.

Having great deals is not good for only businesses, it’s also good for the consumers. All businesses, small or large, see benefits from the days of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and even Small Business Saturday. Since these shopping days are a tradition for most, it’s guaranteed business.

Small business owners are without a doubt some of the hardest hit by nation wide problems such as COVID-19 or infla tion. Having a week to get some boosted profit and business is becoming more of a necessity in order to stay afloat. With the modern economy being as unpre dictable as it is, small businesses will need a lot of support.

The generic consumer also benefits a lot from deals. As previously stated, the cost of living, food, electricity, water and ev erything else is going up. People just don’t have as much money to spend on goods and services. While the main incentive of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is more behind businesses making more money, there are still many great deals for the con sumer to jump on.

The holiday season is a time to relax and celebrate. One of the biggest acts during this time is bringing joy to your loved ones. One of the best ways to bring joy is gifts. With that being said, gifts are expensive and add up over time. Having the incentive to go shopping and spend some money on good deals is a lifesaver for many people who need to save mon ey during the holiday season.

There are certainly some cons to the widespread consumerism but not on the economic side though. The chaos associ ated with people on Black Friday isn’t as true as it used to be. Black Friday, in most places, is still crowded, but a few places will get bad when it comes to people in the store. With a sizable amount of peo

ple switching to more online shopping, especially over the past few years, going out to shop on Black Friday is more of an enjoyable thing to do.

With more products being bought and consumed every year, therein lies a lot more waste to deal with. Accord ing to an article by, an on line science, research, and technology news source sponsored by Science X, over 80% of goods bought on Black Fri day end up in a landfill, incinerated or

poorly recycled. What many will say is that Black Friday traditions should end, that it’s bad for the environment or that more goods need to be recycled.

Recycling has always been seen as a great alternative to throwing things away. On paper that is certainly true, but what many may not know is that a lot of recycling isn’t actually worth it. Plastic is most often the largest cul prit and the scapegoat for why people should recycle. Surprisingly, recycling

plastic is not worth it at all. According to an article by Insider, 9% of plastic used is actually recycled. A lot of the recycled plastic products are never in demand. Products such as furniture and grocery bags are great ideas, but many end up preferring real furniture instead.

In the case of plastic bags, there have been attempts to ban them by the gov ernment for years and in New York have been banned and are gradually fading out. Recycling plastic ends up becom ing a burden rather than a benefit, and what benefits do exist, for the environ ment and greenhouse gas emissions, are very little. If the climate issues pro jected for the future hold up, people would need to do much more than just recycling plastic.

As close to redundant as recycling plastic is, there are some products that are worth recycling. Recycling metal products and glass is always seen as a good thing. The problem is that many countries around the world, the United States included, lack the required infra structure to make recycling effective.

For example, in many rural areas there are no local recycling plants for products to go. Instead, the products need to be col lected and then transported to another location, which defeats the purpose in trying to reduce emissions. There comes a point where recycling is more about send ing a message than it is about practicality. All that needs to be done is good policy, and of course a lot more spending.

Everything about recycling isn’t bad. Recycling aluminum products is good for a lot of reasons. First, using recycled aluminum takes much less energy. Ac cording to an article by Do Recycling, an online blog, aluminum recycling can save up to 95% of energy use, which can account for millions of tons of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

As gloomy as recycling, Black Friday and the environment can be, it’s im portant to stay positive, especially dur ing this time of year. Many people lack enjoyment in their lives, so being able to spread positivity through actions is something that is always worth doing. Spreading joy during the holidays is easy, and it can leave lasting impres sions and make peoples’ days.

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EIC reflects on experience, says goodbye

When joining Cardinal Points, I did not anticipate that I would be spending more than 16 hours a week dedicated to an editorial posi tion. And that number doesn’t include interviewing sources and writing stories.

However, I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities, experiences and connections the publication has given me.

I started as an opinion writer in fall 2020. This was my first serious endeavor at reporting and writing for a publication. I was nervous about broadcast ing my articles to the whole campus. I was lucky to have a great editor, Jess Johnson, build my confidence and hone my writing.

I was then asked to be a conews editor in spring 2021, which is when the real time commitment began. As an edi tor, I was in the office laying out pages Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and I was back Thursday between classes to finish around 5:30 p.m. I was writing stories, coming up with ideas for next week and communicating with staff writ ers. This was not above and beyond work either, but the expectation for editors enter ing the CP newsroom.

For the following two semes ters, I was the sole news and managing editor. I watched writers dedicate so much time to reporting stories to our campus community. Cardi nal Points is addictive once you join. I loved hearing from sources about stories, seeing the paper in stands around campus and the community, and making connections with staff and editors.

Then in spring 2022, the sad dest decision had to be made.

Cardinal Points was no longer going to print. It was a finan cial decision that needed to happen, but my heart broke. I loved reading the paper, flip ping through the pages and clipping out all my articles. It was hard to believe I was going to be at the helm of transition ing from hand-held newspa pers to a fully digital element. While we were going through this, I was, and still am, so grateful for former Editor in Chief Alana Penny. She provided me with ad vice, guidance and friendship throughout my time at Car dinal Points. I couldn’t have made the transition to EIC smoothly without her.

As of fall 2022, I became editor in chief. It was a weird experience giving up control over the layout of my section, but I was fortunate to have dedicated, passionate edi tors leading those sections. Cardinal Points has been a foundation for growth. My ex perience as a journalism stu dent would be vastly different without the hands-on work CP provided me.

This experience has not all been sunshine, but a realis tic journey. I have cried from frustration, laughed with relief and smiled at our accomplish ments. That was the beauty of working for a rigorous publica tion: we all are learning

and growing as students, as journalists and as people. I want to thank Adviser Shawn Murphy for always be ing consistent and honest with us. I learned so much from weekly critiques about what to do better, what mistakes I made and where I did really well. Your dedication to the publica tion has been unwavering, and I appreciate all the advice and guidance during my time here.

To my editors this past se mester, I know it hasn’t been an easy one, but thank you for your perseverance and hard work. You have made my last semester a great one. I will miss being there with you every step of the way next semester, but I will be rooting for you and al ways reading your work.

I am, but one EIC from a longline dating back to 1969, and I know the lineage will be add ing another great one in the spring. I have no doubt that Sydney Hakes will continue to lead Cardinal Points with vigor, passion and diligence. She has been a rock for me this past semester, and I couldn’t have done it without her help.

I want to wish the best of luck to Aleksandra Sidorova, Collin Bolebruch and Bryn Fawn as they continue pro viding quality articles to the community. Cardinal Points is fortunate to have you, and I can’t wait to see the great work you do.

Finally, goodbye to Cardinal Points. I dedicate the start of my professional career to you, as you have given me the op portunity to become a better journalist over the past two and a half years. I will forever cherish the memories I made here and the friendships I have gained.

Christmas overshadows holidays

December is a de lightful time of the year, with snow blanketing the ground, houses be gin to twinkle at night, and the stores are full of toys and gifts to buy. Once the carols begin to play, it’s evident Christ mas is here. Yet, there are plenty of other win ter celebrations held around this time. Why aren’t they offered the same courtesy?

Christmas, religiously, is the celebration of Je sus Christ’s birth. How ever, theologists specu late Christ was born around early to mid-fall, not Dec. 25. Pope Julius I was the one to declare that Christ’s birth was in December. The Bible never clearly states when Christ was born, but the selection of Dec. 25 was purposeful.

Yule, a Pagan holiday celebrating the winter solstice, begins Dec. 21 and continues into Janu ary. Many traditions in clude giving gifts, sing ing carols, kissing under the mistletoe and the Yule log.

In fact, the term “12 days of Christmas” comes from Yule, as they would burn a tree log for 12 days to ward

away evil spirits and the darkness. The tree used is the exact same type as the one found as our modern-day Christmas trees. Pagans would decorate their trees as well with candles and things such as ribbon or fruit for spirits/beings and animals.

Pagans typically cele brate every solstice, and each one in between. That’s eight holidays a year alone. These holi days’ celebrations com monly coincide with the time of year, such as celebrating the harvest, the long summer days or flowers coming into full bloom.

Pagans are not peo ple of the past, either. In America alone, there are a reported .03% of Americans that identify as either Pagan or Wic can according to the 2014 Pew Institute Reli gious Landscape Study.

Paganism is even on the rise as the rate of Chris tianity declines.

Paganism is also an umbrella term, as de pending on the region the paganism stems from the practices can vary differently. Even Irish and German Pa ganism have grand dif ferences. Irish Paganism is defined as Celtic while Germanic Paganism is

more closely related to Norse mythology.

It would be a rather strange coincidence that the holidays share so many similarities, while the likes of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are left to the wayside. There is no undeniable truth, as that is simply how his tory is at times. It still is inexcusable how Yule has now become noth ing more than a forgot ten memory or joke, as those who celebrate are often ridiculed.

Andrew Mark Henry, who has a PhD in an cient Christianity, said in a Twitter thread: “Though, rather than outright ‘stealing’ be tween Christians and pagans, scholars see this as everyone (pagan, Christian, and other wise) having a vested interest to link their god to a day already con sidered cosmologically important for half a mil lennium: the Winter Sol stice. So in the end, the topic is much more com plicated than ‘Christians stole a pagan holiday.’”

Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are also win ter celebrations of ten overshadowed by Christianity. This year, Hanukkah even takes place over Christmas.

Hanukkah is the Jew

ish celebration of a re volt against oppressors. Jews had only enough oil for their lamps to last one day, yet it burned for eight days instead. That is why their menorah has eight candles that are lit each night at sundown.

Hanukkah has been commercialized in the U.S. with decorations being sold in stores, yet Hanukkah is not a major Jewish holiday. Shabbat and Rosh Ha shanah are much more important in Judaism.

Kwanzaa is held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. It’s an African holiday cele brating the harvest and unity, and culminates in a large feast on the sixth day. Kwanzaa also has candles burned each day, in a kinara with one black, three green and three red candles.

Kwanzaa is also relative ly young, having been created in 1966.

Maulana Karenga created the holiday to “give Blacks an alterna tive to the existing holi day of Christmas and give Blacks an opportu nity to celebrate them selves and their his tory, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.”

December is not just for Christmas, and in fact hosts plenty of wonderful events to be honored, respected and celebrated. Happy holi days for everyone this winter season.

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Lecturer of Human De velopment and Family Relations Nancy Hughes said the department al lows students a full week of classes’ worth of free ab sences every semester and penalizes further absenc es. Hughes said she would approach student-parent emergencies and decide on accommodations on an individual basis, but ad vised student-parents to use the free absences.

For some professors, ac commodating student-par ents is a given.

Danielle Garneau, asso ciate professor of environ mental science, said she understands the difficulties student-parents face as a parent of two boys herself. Garneau said there have been times when she had to postpone, cancel or cut a class short due to an emer gency, and her students have been accommodating, so she extends the same treatment to students fac ing similar situations.

“I’ve been there,” Gar neau said. “As a parent, I completely understand.”

Garneau’s students can access resources such as recordings of lab work and lectures on the class Moo dle page. Garneau also said COVID-19 taught educa tional institutions they can flexibly navigate education “and still be a human.”

Hughes recalled seeing a few of her students’ chil dren at lectures, and she didn’t mind. Distinguished Teaching Professor of Geology David Franzi re called an instance about 30 years ago when a stu dent brought their infant child to a lab class.

Professors’ accommoda tions allowed Kimberly Gi ron, a second-year student of the speech language pa thology master’s program, both to start a family and to further herself in her ca reer. Giron communicated with all her professors and work supervisors since she was pregnant to arrange accommodations and fig ure out the dates and times she would have off to stay on track in her studies.

Professors sent Giron lec ture recordings and sup plementary resources and checked in with her. Her cohort — the students in her year — are a “great set of friends” who checked up on her and visited her. The support and accom modations all helped Gi ron continue her educa tion, she said.

“I believed I was impor tant,” Giron said.

Giron said professors gave her two options: to take the rest of the se mester off after she gave birth or return to class two weeks after, having made up all the work. She chose the latter and is set to graduate on time. The key was time management, Giron said.

Giron knows she is not alone: her professors as sured her it was possible to start a family without sacrificing her education, and another student in her cohort is a parent, too.

But overall, profes sors don’t see, in Franzi’s words, “too, too many” student-parents. Garneau estimates she has one to two student-parents in a school year.


SUNY Plattsburgh’s Child Care Center at Sibley Hall doesn’t see many stu dent-parents, either.

The center tries to di vide its 52 free spaces equally between students and staff, but the ratio is almost never upheld: most of the children at the Child Care Center belong to SUNY Plattsburgh staff.

Child Care Center Director Sally Girard said the center was “struggling” to find student-parents who might enroll their children, even reaching out to Clinton Community College.

“Surprisingly, the num bers are not high,” Girard said. “Where are these student-parents?”

Girard said there are cases when student-par ents call the Child Care Center expressing interest in enrolling their child, but either call at a point when all spaces had al ready been filled or even tually choose not to attend SUNY Plattsburgh at all.

There is no data on SUNY Plattsburgh’s stu dent-parent population because the college does not collect data on its stu dents’ parental status.

“There’s nobody to con tact on campus to find out who are the student parents, because people don’t collect that data,” Girard said.

Interim Director of Stu dent Financial Services Kerry Lubold did not share exact numbers, but said less than 5% of the FAFSA applicants indicate hav ing a dependent. However, FAFSA application num bers are also not an accu rate reflection of the overall student population, be cause it does not take into account non-matriculated students, international students, degree and cer tificate programs not eli gible for financial aid and students with “their own means of paying for col lege,” Lubold wrote in an email response.

In the case the FAFSA ap plications were a reliable estimate, less than 237 of SUNY Plattsburgh’s 4,738 students are parents, but the number will remain unclear until the college starts collecting such data.


In some ways, Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York, is similar to SUNY Platts burgh. Both are SUNY schools, and both have facilities to support stu dent-parents such as a child care center and fam ily friendly study rooms at their libraries. But unlike SUNY Plattsburgh, Mon roe knows how many of its students are parents and who they are, and it’s made a difference.

Mary Ann DeMario, institutional research specialist at Monroe, re searched student-parents and the issues they face for almost two decades. The college started surveying its students’ marital and parental status in 2003 — the first college in the na tion to do so.

So when Katie Ghidiu, Monroe’s library director, noticed students bringing their children with them to the library, she knew whom to tell when she set

up a family-friendly study room on each of the col lege’s two campuses in 2019. The study rooms now get so much use that there is sometimes a waitlist, Ghidiu said.

Not only were the familyfriendly study rooms pro moted directly to studentparents, but the windows into the rooms, showing colorful rugs, craft sup plies and children’s books, are clearly visible from the library’s entrance. There are also signs promoting the rooms.

The family-friendly study room at SUNY Platts burgh, although open since October, has not yet been used, Feinberg Li brary Director Elin O’HaraGonya said. There are no signs to point students to Room 315, on the third floor of the library, either.

Monroe started collect ing data on student-par ents when its child care center was applying for a grant and continued every semester, issuing surveys when students register for classes.

DeMario’s research found that student-par ents amount to 18-31% of Monroe’s student popula tion, and two-thirds are single mothers. FAFSA applications give an es timate of less than 5%, while the Institute for Women’s Policy Research finds that one in five col lege students is a parent.

Working with studentparents forms the basis for DeMario’s work.

“This population is so valuable because if we can support them to get through college and gradu ate, there’s a good chance that their kids will also want to go to college some day,” DeMario said. “And in that way we’re able to help multiple generations.”


Girard and Jamie Basil iere, executive director of the Child Care Coordinat ing Council of the North Country, have advocated for child care together for 30 years.

“The field needs advocacy, that’s for sure,” Girard said.

Girard said the pandem ic resulted in many child care professionals leaving the field, but the minimum qualifications for child care workers have been raised as well, making it more difficult for child care centers to hire staff.

“Oftentimes people will say, ‘Well, expand. There’s a need on this campus. Expand,’” Girard said. “We had a teacher position open for an en tire year. You can’t find qualified people, and we would never expand if we weren’t confident that we could find qualified staff, because then what are you providing for children?”

However, Girard thinks the minimum wage in creases have created a big ger problem for hiring than the pandemic. Minimum wage has steadily been in creasing in New York state by $1 per hour every year.

“We’re giving this awe some responsibility to our teaching staff, and we’re competing with places like fast food restaurants and retail,” Girard said. “And those people are well-deserving of mini mum wage increases, but as theirs is increasing, we can’t keep up.”

Low pay for child care workers is not a new issue, either. In her folder, Girard keeps a clip from Platts burgh’s Press-Republican published in 1998, fea turing an article by Ellen Goodman from the Boston Globe Newspaper Compa ny titled, “Childcare work ers most underpaid.”

“Part of me was like, ‘This is discouraging.’ We’ve been doing this how long?” Girard said. “I love my job. I do love advocating, but I want to see progress.”

Grants and additional funding from the state are helpful, but are not a longterm solution, Girard said. The Child Care Center was able to hire six students as paid interns in Janu ary and February thanks to a grant, but the grant has not been renewed, meaning the internship program can’t continue. The temporary nature of additional funds do not al low the Child Care Center to expand its services nor

increase its staff’s salaries, Girard said.

A child care center’s only reliable income is the tuition parents pay.

For SUNY Plattsburgh’s Child Care Center, that is $245 a week per child. But “parents cannot af ford the true cost of child care,” Basiliere said.

Child care centers have to pay for staff to cover a 10-hour day, staff ben efits, heat and utilities, insurances that come at “no small price for a child care center,” food and taxes, Basiliere said. This amounts to about $11,000 a year for SUNY Platts burgh. Tuition can’t go up, either, or parents couldn’t or wouldn’t pay it.

According to Basiliere, there are also fewer child care programs and slots in the North Country, with Clinton county losing the most in the past year — the county’s child care pro viders can serve 91 fewer children — as a result of a combination of fund ing and staff issues. Some child care providers closed during the pandemic and never reopened, and some could no longer make ends meet after the pandemic, Basiliere said.

Girard lies awake at night pondering solutions to the problems the child care field faces. The only way for child care centers to hire more staff would be for governments to subsidize child care from infancy to kindergarten the way it subsidizes edu cation at public schools, Girard said.

“I think it’s the only way our country is really going to resolve the problem,” Girard said. “And how will that happen?”

“I don’t know,” Basiliere answered. “That would be a very fundamental change.”

“Yeah,” Girard nodded.

“But I think it’s going to take fundamental change to create a system that is supportive of families and supportive of the people who work in the field.”


Despite the long-per sisting problems that come with running a day care, the Child Care Cen ter can make a difference

for student-parents.

Giron’s 8-month-old daughter is enrolled in the Child Care Center. The center’s staff sends Giron frequent updates about her daughter: how her day went, how she ate, how her mood is, how talkative she is, if she needs her mom — all information Giron considers valuable. Care providers also follow up with Giron outside of daycare hours.

“That was really mean ingful to me, because it means that they care,” Giron said.

With three other babies in the classroom, Giron feels her daughter gets more attention from care takers than she would at a daycare with twice the number of babies in a class.

Besides the quality of care, money and distance also influenced Giron’s decision to enroll her daughter in SUNY Platts burgh’s Child Care Cen ter. SUNY Plattsburgh can provide Child Care Center tuition subsidies to student-parents part of the federal Child Care and Development Fund, allowing Giron to pay $30 a week in tuition instead of the standard $245.

“What an incredible gift,” Girard said. “We’ve been able to see student families graduate from col lege because we have that funding available.”

Giron is always at Sib ley working at the Speech & Hearing Center and at tending classes, so her daughter is within 50 steps of her at all times. She can visit her if she gets a spare minute.

“It gave me peace of mind that she was in good hands and that I was super close to her, so that if there was an emergency, I can go right over and be there for her if she needed me,” Giron said. “Because she’s my priority.”

Giron described a feel ing of separation she had when she dropped her daughter off at her in-laws’ house to run some errands.

“I felt like me and my baby had a piece of gum holding us together, and as I drove away, the gum kept getting further stretched,” Giron said. “Being here at Sibley, I don’t have to feel that way.”

The support Giron got from the Child Care Center, her professors, supervisors, family and peers helped her continue her education while achieving her dream of early motherhood.

“It is difficult, and it’s stressful, and it feels im possible sometimes,” Gi ron said. “You just have to stay positive and have that support system and be super confident in yourself that you can do it and that you have the ability to not only be a

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great mother, but also a great student.” ALEKSANDRA SIDOROVA/Cardinal Points Danielle Garneau, who is understanding of student-par ents’ struggles, keeps photos of her children in her office. One photo shows her son joining her in her research. Provided by Katie Ghidiu Student-parents at Monroe Community College frequently use these study rooms. OLIVIA BOUSQUET/Cardinal Points The family-friendly study room at Feinberg 315 stands empty since it opened in October.


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Above: Bride Demetria Baptiste and groom Christian Morgan hold hands as they walk past a lively crowd. They had just gotten “married.” theme for the club African Unity’s annual Ubunye (meaning “unity” or “celebration”) event was Wedding Party. The event showcased African cultures through a fake wedding, music and dance Dec. 3. The bridesmaids, part of the group AU Dance, surround Baptiste in dance. Abieyuwa “Abby” Uzamere, African Unity’s president, dances. Morgan sits down, wearing traditional attire. His groomsman stands behind him.

Athletes prepare for new season

With the close of fall sports and the approach ing end to the fall semes ter, student-athletes are looking to the spring for their official season.

Competing in the spring for SUNY Platts burgh are men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s baseball and women’s softball.

Each team has been put ting time in on the field, in the weight room and in the classroom to prepare for their upcoming season in just a few months.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams will be working through the winter with their indoor season heading into the spring for outdoor track

and field. The transition from running inside to moving outdoors changes a lot in the way these ath letes compete.

Levi Sochia, a sprinter on the men’s track and field team, said, “I just try to prepare my lungs for inside air compared to outside air and then go ing from shorter distanc es to long distance and lifting more weights.”

For NCAA Division III sports, there are certain guidelines that each team must follow for their off season. The softball team, for example, is allowed 15 official practices and one play date.

Kristina Maggicomo, a pitcher on the softball team, said they have been preparing for their season in those practices by doing a lot of scrimmaging and repeating certain plays to

make them better.

The playdate allows the team to play against anoth er school in the fall season. This fall, the softball team played St. Micheals, which is a Division II school.

Another way the ath letes have been prepar ing are frequent visits to the university’s weight room to complete lift cir cuits specifically designed for each team and what would prepare the team best for their season.

Sophomore baseball pitcher Christian Diaz said, “We have lifting groups so I go to the gym with them every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, but I still go on Wednes day, Friday and Sunday.”

After last year’s season, the baseball team is work ing to make it to the play off tournament again. In their 2022 spring season,

baseball made it to the SUNYAC tournament for the first time in 10 years. The team goal is to be able to make it back to the tour nament for a second year in a row.

The team has also wel comed a new assistant coach, Sean Guida, to their staff. He just fin ished playing three years of professional baseball for a variety of teams in cluding Gary SouthShore RailCats, the EastSide Diamond Hoppers, the Somerset Patriots, the Rockland Boulders and the New Hampshire Wild.

There has also been a change in head coach ing for the men’s lacrosse team. As of August, Darry Thornton was named the new coach for the team. Thornton has gained a great deal of experience as he has been a head

WHKY loses, then sinks rival

Winning is fun, but it can’t last forever. The Plattsburgh Cardinals women’s hockey team held a regular season conference undefeated streak of 88 games prior to Dec. 2. Now, its streak stands at one.

The No. 4 Cardinals (92) lost to the Cortland Red Dragons (5-3) 0-1 Dec. 2 in Cortland and beat the No. 14 Oswego Lakers (84) 3-2 Dec. 3 in Oswego. In a tight race for the top of the Northeast Women’s Hockey League, the Cards still stand on top with a 7-1 conference record.

Plattsburgh has finished with the No. 1 seed in the NEWHL in every year of the conference’s existence, dating back to 2017. The Cardinals have a two-point lead over the second-place Lakers. With no more conference games on Os wego’s schedule in 2022, Plattsburgh’s top spot is safe until play resumes in January.

“It’s a big loss obviously in the conference and it puts some pressure on certainly down the road, put some pressure on us certainly in the next game against Os wego to win,” Head Coach Kevin Houle said.

The loss marks the first time Plattsburgh has dropped a game to Cort land across 52 total match ups. The Cardinals led the

most recent matchup in shots and faceoff wins. Nei ther team committed a pen alty or had power play op portunities. Houle credits the loss to not showing up “100%” and that Cortland was on the “upswing” and “hungry.” Forward Mae Ol shansky agreed.

“It was just kind of like a long day of prep the day before and kind of just sitting around the hotel, because 7 p.m. that’s kind of a late game, especially when you travel the day before,” Olshanksy said. “Not blaming the refs, I

know, not at all, but there was certainly a couple of missed opportunities that we could have capitalized on, as we didn’t have a single power play the en tire game.”

Plattsburgh defender Kendall Wasik recorded a career-high nine shots against Cortland and led the team, followed by de fender Taya Balfour with three. Forward Ciara Wall won 10 of 13 faceoffs and goaltender Lilla Nease saved 26 of 27 shots.

Cortland forward Mia Hlasnick scored the lone

goal of the game 10:55 into the second period against even strength, assisted by defenders Beth McArthur and Molly McCabe. For ward Grace Schnorr led the team in shots with six and forward Jayden Kelley won six of 16 faceoffs. Goalten der Molly Goergen saved all 30 Plattsburgh shots.

“I think we had a couple of slow starts,” Wasik said. “In the first period we didn’t really come out hard. We didn’t have a lot of energy.”

Though the loss was historic, the Cardinals shrugged it off. Olshansky said she didn’t know about the magnitude of it until she went on Twitter after the game. Houle said he was unaware of a streak at all, let alone it being broken.

“I didn’t know about [the streak] until the other day and I can guarantee you the girls didn’t know it either,” Houle said. “It’s just a loss and hopefully that’s moti vation enough.”

Plattsburgh and Oswe go were tied for the top record in the conference heading into its most re cent matchup. A win was crucial for Plattsburgh against the No. 15 team in the face of losing the No. 1 spot in the standings.

“It felt real good to come out with the win on that game,” Wasik said. “Ev eryone came to play and everyone gave their all and never stopped working.”

coach for 10 years.

With a new coach comes a new set of challenges, how ever, especially for the men tal health of the athletes.

Thorton understands the mental struggle of being a student athlete as he played lacrosse at SUNY Oneonta when he attended college.

Thornton said that the focus of the student should be “family, school and then lacrosse.” He also said that his athletes focus on their mental health by keep ing consistent open com munication with Thornon as well as participating in stress relieving activities such as coloring.

It is not just a change in coaching staff that tests the mental strength of these athletes. All the responsibilities from at tending classes and keep ing grades up as well as

making it to most prac tices and putting all their focus into performing to the best of their abilities on the field.

Rachel Lamar, an ath lete on the women’s la crosse team, knows the struggle it is to balance school and sports and the toll it can have on an ath lete’s mental health.

“I’ve been seeing a guy from the nutrition cen ter that is more focused on mental toughness and wellness,” Lamar said. “He’s been talking to me a lot about practicing an optimistic mindset, which I think is very important going into your season, just making sure you’re mentally prepared for it as well as physically.”

MHKY faces challenges

Team’s aren’t defined by the hardship it faces, rather the way it is able to respond. The No. 12 Platts burgh men’s hockey team is no exception to this rule, as it had its seven game unbeaten streak snapped Dec. 3 on the road against the Potsdam Bears (3-8-0).

The team followed that by traveling to Norwich to face the No.8 Cadets (8-2-1) Dec. 6, falling 1-2 in a rematch of the FirstLight Shootout Championship Game that took place Nov. 26.

With challenges can come doubts, but gradu ate student captain Matt Araujo has a simple mes sage to the team going into its next game.

“I feel the last two or three games, we could have

scored a couple more than we have, maybe could have taken better chances of our opportunities,” Araujo said. “That’ll be definitely my main message to the guys, we got to throw a lot of pucks at the net.”

Plattsburgh went into Potsdam having not played a road conference game since Nov. 5, where it beat Cortland 7-2. This did not slow down the Cardinals, according to senior forward Brendan Young. The team was “confident” going into the game. Junior forward Bennett Stockdale scored just 1:15 into the game for his fifth goal of the season.

Potsdam tied up the game less than a minute later and scored one more with 1:14 left in the first to take the lead.

Cardinal Points Archives SUNY Plattsburgh has three sports, lacrosse, baseball and softball, beginning in the spring. Track and field begins in the fall semester and runs through the spring. RYAN NISTA/Cardinal Points Graduate student Matt Araujo (18) eyes down the play. RYAN NISTA/Cardinal Points Graduate student Nicole Unsworth (20) stands on the ice.

Q&A with Eli Shiller

Eli Shiller is a first-year goaltender for the Platts burgh men’s hockey team. Since making his start Nov. 11 against Brockport, where he made 21 saves en route to a 9-2 win, he has appeared in six of the next seven of the team’s games.

He is currently 4-2-0 with a .958 save percent age allowing only six total goals over those games. He helped Plattsburgh win the FirstLight Shootout, post ing a 23 save shutout Nov. 25 against Middlebury and a career-high 31 saves in the championship game against Norwich Nov. 26. For these efforts, he was awarded tournament MVP. This question and answer was conducted with him.

Q: Walk me through your background, where you were born and then your background in hockey?

A: I was born in Toronto, Ontario, and I started play ing hockey ever since I can remember. I think I started skating when I was a cou ple years old and then you get put into the learn to skate and then have to get all the way through that. So yeah, I was a player at first but I didn’t like sitting on the bench waiting for my next shift, so then I just became a goalie.

Q: How have you kind of adapted to being a col lege student? In terms of being a student and an athlete too.

A: I went to school last year in Canada. I played rugby there a little bit, not full time, but that helped me adapt to the lifestyle a little bit more. Obviously when you’re out of school for a couple years, it’s hard to adapt. Just going back to school last year re ally helped me mature for this year.

Q: Walk me through your first start. What was going through your head while it was happening?

A: I knew we were play ing Brockport, the team that

beat us in the playoffs last year. Obviously, I hadn’t played them before, but I knew it was a more mean ingful game to the returning guys because they lost to them last year in the play offs. I wasn’t too nervous. I was pretty confident. I was mentally prepared, but ob viously your first start of the year, you have a little shaky legs, but as soon as you make the first save, you’re pretty dialed, and it also helped that we scored the first shift of the game.

Q: In terms of each game, what’s your mental preparation look like?

A: A lot of naps, a lot of sleeping. I need my sleep, and then once I’m there, de pends on the day, but I don’t like to be too focused. Just kind of keep it loose and have some fun.

Q: You talked about the [FirstLight Shootout], you got tournament MVP. Walk me through that en tire weekend, and what was it like to be named to that award at the end of it?

A: Before the tourna ment happened, I guess I didn’t really realize how prestigious the tourna ment was. I would say kind of a big deal, I don’t know, I just saw it as two more games. On the Fri day, the team played really well against Middlebury. I didn’t really have to do too much work that game, and we just played really well as a unit. Then, on the Sat urday, we knew Norwich was going to be a better team. They were on home ice. But, I think we played two of our best games all year, which was good tim

ing. We got hot at the right time and I guess winning MVP was pretty cool.

Q: What do you hope to see for the rest of your athletic career?

A: A National Champi onship.

Q: Next, are you su perstitious and if you are, what are your su perstitions?

A: I’m not that supersti tious. I used to not look at any electronics the day of a game, so I couldn’t look at my phone, my TV, any of that. But I kind of gave up on that. The only one I can think of is I like do my pads up a certain way.

Q: Like tie the knot a certain way?

A: No, they’re leather laces and then you can just pull it through or you can loop it around. For practice, I’ll just pull it through, but then for a game, I’ll loop it back around.

Q: What’s your favorite drill to do in practice?

A: I like the one, it’s like a battle drill and the play ers go one vs. one, you have to protect the puck. Sometimes, they’ll let the goalies do it, and I just dummy our goalie part ners. I just body them.

Q: Do you body Kyle [Alaverdy]?

A: Yeah, Kyle get’s bod ied even though he’s pret ty heavy. He’s probably got like 50 pounds on me, he gets dummied.

Shiller wanted to give a shout-out to Dejuan, Dylan, DeAndre, Ben and Ryan Burstein, who are friends back in his hometown.


Men’s Hockey Women’s Hockey 12/3 2-5 loss vs. Potsdam* 12/2 0-1 loss @ Cortland* 12/6 1-2 loss vs. Norwich 12/3 3-2 win vs. Oswego* 12/10 vs. Morrisville@ 7 p.m.*12/10 vs. Elmira @ 4 p.m. 1/6 vs. Wentworth @ 7 p.m. 12/11 vs. Norwich/Adrian

Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball 12/3 85-107 loss @ New Paltz* 12/3 60-74 loss @ New Paltz* 12/7 59-78 loss @ Middlebury 12/7 30-65 loss @ Middlebury 12/10 vs. Cortland @4 p.m.* 12/10 vs. Cortland @ 2 p.m.* 12/11 vs. Oswego @2 p.m.* 12/11 vs. Oswego @ 12 p.m.*

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Men’s Hockey

Women’s Hockey


Men’s Hockey

School SUNYAC Record

Oswego 5-1-0 7-4-0

Geneseo 4-2-1 8-3-2

Plattsburgh 4-2-1 7-3-2

Cortland 4-2-0 5-3-1 Morrisville 3-4-0 5-5-0

Buffalo State 3-3-0 6-5-0

Brockport 2-5-0 3-7-0 Fredonia 2-4-0 2-7-0 Potsdam 2-6-0 3-9-0

Women’s Hockey

School NEWHL Record

Plattsburgh 7-0-1 9-2-0

Oswego 6-2-0 8-4-0

Canton 4-1-0 6-1-1 Cortland 4-2-0 6-3-0 Potsdam 2-4-0 4-4-0 Morrisville 0-6-0 2-9-1 Buffalo State 0-7-0 3-7-0

Men’s Basketball

School SUNYAC Record

Cortland 3-0 5-1

New Paltz 3-0 5-2

Brockport 3-1 6-2 Oneonta 2-1 6-2 Oswego 2-1 5-2 Geneseo 2-1 5-4 Potsdam 1-2 3-6 Plattsburgh 0-3 3-6 Buffalo State 0-3 1-6 Fredonia 0-4 0-10


Women’s Basketball

School SUNYAC Record

Cortland 3-0 6-1

New Paltz 3-0 6-3

Brockport 3-1 4-3 Oswego 2-1 8-1 Geneseo 2-1 4-2 Oneonta 2-1 5-3 Potsdam 1-2 2-4 Plattsburgh 0-3 3-6 Buffalo State 0-3 1-6 Fredonia 0-4 3-6

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Forward Nicole Unsworth stepped up to the plate and scored two goals against Oswe go, tying a career-high. Forward Julia Masotta added another score. Three Cardinals were credited with an assist. Wasik blocked five pucks and Nease saved 18 of 20 shots.

Oswego forward Ashlyn Mc Grath and defender Amanda Zenstein each scored a goal and

three Lakers earned assists. Goaltender Lexi Levy saved 28 of 31 shots.

The Cardinals led the game in shots with 31 to the Lakers’ 20.

Plattsburgh fell behind in faceoffs, losing 27 of 49. Oswego also led in power play minutes with 7:37 to Plattsburgh’s four minutes. Both of the Lakers’ scores came on power plays.

Plattsburgh struck first when Unsworth scored the only goal of the first period after 14 minutes of play. Oswego responded nine shots and over 17 minutes later with a power play equalizer from McGrath. The game stood 1-1 un til over halfway through the third

period when Unsworth scored again. A Masotta goal just over a minute later sealed the game for the Cardinals.

“We played with confidence, we moved the puck a lot better, we defended a lot better. Everybody was sharp, we came to play and that’s the difference,” Houle said.

“Everybody in our league is cer tainly gunning for us and we have to have our best game and fortu nately we were better Saturday than we were Friday.”

The win sends Plattsburgh off on a high note, as confer ence play resumes Jan. 13, 2023, in back-to-back rematch games against Oswego.

“I think [the games] are mas sively important. I mean, obvious ly we saw Cortland drop a couple of games so it doesn’t mean that they’re going to not make those up,” Olshansky said. “Every game is going to count no matter who we’re playing against.”

The Cardinals have just two games left on its 2022 slate, com peting in the Norwich East-West Hockey Classic Dec. 10. Platts burgh will play the No. 8 Elmira Soaring Eagles (9-2) in a rematch of Plattsburgh’s 7-0 win almost two weeks prior.

“I think that’s always the big gest rivalry game for us,” Ol shansky said. “It’s just super fun

to play with them.”

The Cards’ season will then take an annual month-long hiatus dur ing winter break. The period will give the Cardinals an opportunity to rest and recover before con tinuing with the second half of its season. Play will resume Jan. 10 against the Middlebury Panthers (4-3) in Middlebury.

“I know a lot of people are hurt ing, bodies are getting tired,” Wasik said. “It’ll be a nice break and we’ll be ready to bounce back and come out strong.”

Field 12/3 @ women and men finished 4th @ Saints Holiday Relays 1/21 @ Middlebury Winter Classic @ 12 p.m. 1/28 @ St. Lawrence Invitational @ TBA 2/4 @ Pioneer Fast Trax Invitational @ 10 a.m. * = conference opponent
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Goals Jack Ring 7 Bennett Stockdale 5 Paul Bryer 4 Assists Bennett Stockdale 7 Paul Bryer 7 Ryan Bonfield 6 Save Percentage Eli Shiller .958 Jacob Hearne .927 Men’s Basketball Points Per Game Kevin Tabb 19.6 Erik Salo 11.0 Sheriff Conteh 10.7 Rebounds Per Game Erik Salo 9.3 Kevin Tabb 4.3 Ladan Graves 3.4 Steals Kevin Tabb
18 Sheriff Conteh 16 Willard Anderson Jr. 12
Goals Ivy Boric 10 Mae Olshansky 8 Julia Masotta 8 Assists Sara Krauseneck 11 Sierra Benjamin 11 Ciara Wall 10 Save Percentage Lilla Nease .929
Basketball Points Per Game Payton Couture 10.1 Kortney McCarthy 9.9 Mya Smith 8.6 Rebounds Per Game Imani Walcott 7.4 Payton Couture 6.1 Kathy Peterson-Ross 5.4 Steals Mya Smith 15 Payton Couture 11 Kathy Peterson-Ross 11
“Well it’s a Teddy Bear toss, so No. 1, we have to score a goal, [we] never want to get shutout on that night.”
- Men’s hockey graduate student captain Matt Araujo on his message to the team’s for it’s next game Dec. 10.
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RYAN NISTA/Cardinal Points Eli Shiller (33) stays vigilent as he gets set up for a save.
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RYAN NISTA/Cardinal Points Graduate student Sara Krauseneck (25) skates on offense with control of the puck. RYAN NISTA/Cardinal Points Women’s hockey Head Coach Kevin Houle is in his 20th season at the helm.

Sophomore Jacob Hearne made the start in net, stopping seven and allowing two. Firstyear Eli Shiller came in for the second period and finished out the rest of the game.

Down a goal, the Plattsburgh offense put up a highly potent pe riod, outshooting Potsdam 17-5.

“In the second period, I thought we dominated them. We got a lot of shots,” junior forward Paul Bryer said. “We just couldn’t score. I thought we played well, just bounces weren’t going our way.”

Despite this effort, Potsdam scored with only 1:20 left in the period to make the score 3-1. In the third, sophomore Jack Ring scored one to bring the Cardi nals within one. Later in the period and with the net empty, Plattsburgh couldn’t convert and Potsdam scored two in the final minute of the game to win the game 5-2.

“That was just a weird one for us, it’s one you learn from. I talked to the guys after the game and I basically said, ‘Ev ery hockey team loses, every hockey team is going to face downs,” Araujo said. “We’re just going to have to learn how

to get through all of them.”

The SUNYAC Season has been full of upsets early on in the season. The No.6 Geneseo Knights (8-3-2) lost to Cortland (5-3-1) 1-2 Nov. 19 and the No. 10 Oswego (7-4-0) lost to Morrsiv ille (5-5-0) 1-3 Dec. 2. Geneseo and Oswego were the two teams picked to finish ahead of Plattsburgh in the SUNYAC Pre season Poll.

“It taught us that anyone could beat anybody and when we take our second lap around the SUNYAC and we play every body again, I think it’s actually going to help us,” Young said.

“I can’t see us doing that again, like taking anyone lightly in the SUNYAC. We now know every team’s really good and we need to work just as hard as the team we are playing.”

Plattsburgh then traveled to Norwich three days later for a Tuesday night. Young de scribed it as a “big game.”

“We’re not used to playing on Tuesday nights,” Young said. “Norwich really wanted to beat us because obviously looking at the rankings, we beat them [Nov. 26] and they really want ed that win.”

The defenses were big in the first as the team’s went into the intermission scoreless. In the second, Norwich opened the scoring with a powerplay goal 6:35 in. Less than five minutes later, the Cadets tallied another.

“I thought we played well, it was just that five minute stretch in the second where we kind of struggled,” Bryer said. “You can’t do that against a good team.”

Araujo said that “our second period was pretty slow” and that the team needed to “stop trying not to lose the game rather than trying to win it.” He pointed out that the high point of the game was when the team needed to score and pressure Norwich’s defense, it was able to.

In the third, Plattsburgh scored just under four minutes in when Bryer was able to take advantage of chaos in front of the net. With the opposing goalie out of position, Bryer put a loose puck into the net.

“That goal was kind of a clus ter in front of the net with me, Benny [Stockdale] and [Carson] Gallagher,” Bryer said. “We were all kind of whacking away with it, I got lucky it ended up on my stick.”

Despite tremendous pressure from Plattsburgh in the final min utes of the game, the Cardinals could not get a bounce into the

net and came up with a 1-2 loss.

“It sucks because we pep pered them at the end, shots [hit] post after post and they had some good chances too.

That’s what made it a good hockey game. We had our prime chances. I’m pretty sure I had one in the slot in the first period, which I missed,” Araujo said. “We were out there giving it our all, it just came up short and that’s part of the sport.”

Shiller finished the game with 28 shots and two goals allowed. He has not let up over two goals in a game in six appearances.

Plattsburgh returns home for its final game of the semester against Morrisville in a conference game at 7 p.m. Araujo said he has been trying to keep “the guys together” to finish the first half the season by telling them to “keep pushing” and that the team will have a few weeks off for break.

The team looks for a big win to head into the break with mo mentum, on top of having an opportunity to respond to the two losses.

Saturday’s game is the third annual Casella Teddy Bear

Toss, where fans are encour aged to throw teddy bears on the ice when Plattsburgh scores its first goal. Last season, cur rent junior forward Thomas Maia scored the goal that sent the teddy bears to the ice.

All the teddy bears will be donated to the Clinton County Christmas Bureau. According to the team’s Instagram, 500 teddy bears will be available in the Field House Lobby the day of the game. Fans have the option to bring teddy bears of their own.

Along with the fun tradition of the Teddy Bear Toss, Young said to expect to see a “really strong effort” from the team.

“Everybody is really look ing forward to the Teddy Bear Toss game,” Young said. “I think you’re going to see our best game, strictly because it’s in our home arena, and we’re coming off of two losses, good teams definitely don’t lose three in a row.”

Cardinal Clips

The Plattsburgh men’s basketball team (3-6) traveled to Oneonta (6-2) and New Paltz (5-2) for its second and third conference games of the season. In an extremely tight game against Oneonta, the Red Dragons won 7383, and in an offensive battle the next day, New Paltz won 85-107.

Senior Sheriff Conteh said the team came into the weekend games “with energy” and looking to “execute.” Oneonta opened the first game with 12 straight points, according to Con teh, Plattsburgh came out “flat” be cause of being on the road, but added the team “turned it up a notch.”

The Cardinals did just that, cutting the deficit to four with 9:23 remaining in the first half. Going into halftime, the Red Dragons led 42-37.

The second half was tug-and-war between the teams, with Plattsburgh tying the game up at 59 with 10:39 remaining in regulation on a jump shot from sophomore Kevin Tabb. Af ter that, both team’s pulled back and forth, for example, when Oneonta made it 69-64, the Cardinals scored to make it a two point game.

However, with 3:50 left, the Red Dragons began a run and built a 12-point lead with under a minute left, which Plattsburgh was never able to come back from.

Conteh said when the team got into the game after the slow start, the play ers saw that “we could probably win [this game] if we just buckle down, get a couple of stops and convert on the offensive end.” As the game pro gressed, Conteh described it as “tit for tat” and “as it got toward the end, we just tried to pull it away, but they came up with the win.”

Tabb, Conteh and senior Erik Salo all scored in the double-digits, having 13, 16 and 18 points, respec tively. Salo also had 10 rebounds, making it his third double-double of the year. Conteh said having three scorers above ten points is

“something that’s expected.”

The next day, both teams came into the game ready to score, after another close half of play, New Paltz led 49-41. With 14:48 remaining in the game, Plattsburgh was within seven points, but New Paltz began to run away with the game. Less than five minutes, the Hawks were winning by 18 as it held on to win.

The Plattsburgh women’s basketball team (3-6) had its first weekend on the road, facing two conference opponents on the southern side of the state.

The Cardinals opened the weekend with a Friday evening matchup Dec. 2 in Oneonta, falling to the Red Dragons (5-3) 34-55. The Cardinals then traveled to New Paltz and battled with the two-time consecutive SU NYAC Champion Hawks (6-3) Dec. 3. Platts burgh nearly completed a fourth quarter comeback, but fell short in a 60-74 loss.

With it being the first time this season the team had back-to-back road games, it was a first-time experience for many of the new players. Senior Hannah Ruberto said being on the road was “good.”

“We have a lot of underclassmen so I think everyone was getting used to trav eling and what the routine is when we do have away games,” Ruberto said.

days prior by going 22-60 from the field, and had five players with nine or more points.

Ruberto mentioned how New Paltz blew out Potsdam, a team Plattsburgh lost to, by 30 points the day before this game and that the Cardinals “competed” with the Hawks.

“Offensively, we were good, but defensively, I feel like we could have did a little bit more, we could have been more intense on the defensive end,” Conteh said. “On the defensive end, we weren’t bad. But, at the same time, if you were playing offense and no defense, then you know the out come of that.

Tabb scored 24 points in just 26 to tal minutes played, while sophomore Franklin Infante had a season-high 16 points.

Plattsburgh then played the No. 12 Middlebury Panthers on the road Dec. 7, where it lost 59-78 in a non conference match.

The Cardinals opens its home con ference season Dec. 10 against Cor tland at 4 p.m. and plays Oswego Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Conteh says the team looks to improve on both sides of the ball and is “looking forward to keep executing our plays” as it looks for its first SUNYAC win.

In Oneonta, the Red Dragons scored consistently and went into halftime with a 27-18 lead and hung on to win in a defen sive second half. While Plattsburgh had struggles with shooting, being 12-56 from the field, it allowed its second lowest total points in a game all season.

“During the game, our spacing went well, but we got our rebounded and their defense was something that we haven’t seen yet and they were able to shut down our offense,” Ruberto said. “I thought overall, we still played OK. It definitely wasn’t our best game, but it could have been a lot worse.”

Plattsburgh learned from this game quickly as it went into New Paltz and dug deep against a strong foe. The Hawks scored the first eight points of the game with Plattsburgh then go ing nearly score for score with them and being down 23-34 after two quarters.

New Paltz came out of the break strong and led 52-35 going into the fourth quarter, where Plattsburgh caught fire. The team went on a 15-4 run, cutting the deficit all the way down to eight with under two min utes to go. The Hawks were saved by the bell, as it went on to get the win.

Plattsburgh improved its shooting on the

“We were able to stay in the game the entire time and we kept it a close game all the way up until the end,” Ruberto said. “If we didn’t have that eight point stretch in the first few minutes, I think it would have been a whole different game.”

Plattsburgh’s next game was a non-con ference road matchup against the Middle bury Panthers, where the team lost 30-65.

The team has its first home conference games Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 against Cortland (6-1) and Oswego (8-1).

Plattsburgh looks for its first conference win in this stretch, with Ruberto saying if the team can perform like it did against New Paltz, “we could re ally compete the rest of the season.”

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RYAN NISTA/Cardinal Points First-year forward Riley Sutherland (27) skates on a two-on-one with senior defenseman Ryan Hogg (19). RYAN NISTA/Cardinal Points Junior forward Paul Bryer (25) attempts to get open for a pass. Email LIAM SAMPLE

Ceremony celebrates LGBT students

For the first time ever, SUNY Plattsburgh’s office of Diver sity, Equity and Inclusion and the LGBTQ+ Resource Commit tee teamed up to host a Laven der Ceremony for the fall grad uating class Wednesday, Dec. 7 in Krinovitz Recital Hall.

A Lavender Ceremony is a graduation ceremony hosted on hundreds of college cam puses around the country. The point of the ceremony is to cel ebrate the achievements and contributions that’s LGBT stu dents have made on campus.

The Lavender Ceremony originated in 1995 by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish lesbian who was prohibited from her daugh ter’s graduation because of her sexual orientation.

According to Sanlo’s personal website,, she wrote: “I created Lavender Grad uation for two reasons: first, I wasn’t invited to my children’s graduation because of my sexual orientation. Second, LGBT stu dents were telling me that their lives were miserable on campus, and they couldn’t wait to get out. I wanted their last taste of their college experience to be positive, to remind them that they and their scholarship mattered to the academy.”

Lavender plays an important

role in the queer community. Dur ing the Holocaust, the color lav ender was assigned to gay men and women. Lavender and violets were written about often by 7th Century queer poet, Sappho. Sap pho is the root word for sapphic, which relates to lesbianism.

While the office for DEI came to the LGBTQ+ Resource Com mittee with the idea for the cer emony, LGBTQ+ Resource Com mittee co-chairs Regan Levitte and Leah Sweeny jumped at the opportunity.

“The idea was actually brought to us by the Interim VP for DEI, Dr. Richard Miller, so we latched onto it as a feasible goal

to achieve while we rebuild the committee,” Levitte said.

Before attending SUNY Plattsburgh, Levitte was en rolled in a university that didn’t support LGBT efforts.

“I went to a very conservative, Catholic college in Michigan for undergrad, and a Lavender Graduation Ceremony was ab solutely not allowed. We weren’t even allowed to have a GayStraight Alliance student organi zation. For me as a young bisex ual woman, it was devastating to not have that important part of my identity celebrated when I was graduating,” Levitte said. “I am personally committed to

bringing awareness to queer joy and queer achievement.”

Leah Sweeny wants the lav ender ceremonies to be a re minder of the good in the world.

“I think it is important to have the Lavender Ceremony because there is so much darkness in the world. There are many serious is sues that need to be addressed in the LGBT community, but if we don’t have celebrations to honor the joy, the accomplishments, the achievements, the successes, and what was overcome despite all the challenges, it may be hard to see the good that still exists,” Sweeny said. “I want members of the queer community to know

there is still good in this world, and here at SUNY Plattsburgh.” Guests that attended the cere mony Wednesday were educated on the history of the Lavender Ceremony. Then watched a video recording from President Alex ander Enyedi, who wished to be there but had family obligation.

There was also a speech from Chris Chamars, the executive director of institutional ad vancement at Clinton Commu nity College, a member of the LGBT community as a trans man. Finally, winter graduates will be honored with a minigraduation ceremony where a lavender cord will be draped around their necks, following a social hour with food and re freshments for attendees.

“LGBTQ+ students deal with many barriers to their educa tion in college, from transpho bic and homophobic remarks in classes and sexual harrassment in housing situations, to being dead-named and misgendered in various college-wide situa tions,” Levitte said. “When a group is marginalized, it is thus extremely important to cel ebrate, to remind us of why we continue to be out and proud, and why we should keep push ing for acceptance in society.”

Volleyball club digs up new members

The volleyball club here on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus is an attraction for a large number of students for a pletho ra of reasons.

The volleyball club is the largest stu dent run club on campus with over 40 official members and many more un registered students that come to play. On Wednesday, they average around 40 players that show up, but the other days are around 20 people.

Fuerza spreads spirit

Fuerza: The BIPOC Stu dent Union hosted a spirit week on campus Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. The themes were different each day and encouraged students to dress up as a way to show school spirit after return ing from Thanksgiving break. Monday was sports jersey day, Tuesday was twins day, Wednesday was class color day, Thursday was meme day and Friday was pajama day.

Fuerza President Shel by Disla and her team showed up each day rep resenting not only Fuerza but their favorite teams, memes and school spirit to remind everyone in the last couple weeks of the semester to have fun, re lax and be comfortable.

“We chose these days because we wanted to do something fun and sim ple that college students would be able to partici pate in,” Disla said.

Sports is something that many students on this campus are passionate about. With the World Cup in the quarter finals, Fuer za saw it as a good oppor

tunity to allow students the right to not only rep resent their favorite soccer team, but any team.

“Jersey day gave the chance for everyone to represent their favor ite teams,” Disla said. Whether it’s a college team or a famous team in the league, this was the perfect opportunity to rep resent them or yourself.

For those who aren’t into sports, but have found a forever friend on this campus Disla said, “Twin day was a fun way to have friends dressed in the same outfit.” Twin day was a day to match with friends, fam ily or even faculty. It was something simple, but a good way to have people participate in spirit week.

Class color day was a way to not only under stand who is graduating this fall or spring, but a way for students to show everyone what year they were in and be proud.

“Class color day was a great way for the whole campus to show some pride for their year,” Disla said. Freshman wore blue, sophomores wore red, ju niors wore brown, seniors green and if staff wanted

to join the festivities their color was yellow.

Fuerza Secretary Esther Estrada expressed how she loved having spirit week because of its unity and the joy of seeing every one’s favorite memes.

“I believe spirit week was a great way for the campus to come together and bring that fun spark by participating in all the fun. I loved meme day just because it always brings a laugh to me seeing every one be on point on recreat ing memes,” Estrada said.

Meme day and pajama day was a good way to get a positive reaction out of the staff and students.

Nearing the end of the semester with finals and major projects, it’s clear that students need a breather, and Fuerza tried to accomplish that with their Spirit week.

“Spirit week was a cute, fun, distressful, school spirit week where we remi nisce about our childhood, and end our semester strong with,” Disla said.

Members attend volleyball every week for various reasons including the social as pect of getting together with others and an outlet for stress that comes with college.

“Athletically it keeps me in shape. I don’t visit the gym as much as I proba bly should and it keeps me healthy,” ju nior volleyball player Malik Lopez said. “Friendship wise as well. I’ve met a lot of new people here.”

Sophomore Hannah Lawrence has been going to volleyball for almost a full year. She said, “It’s such a stress reliever. I come here to play and have fun and try not to get hit in the face with a ball.”

There is also significant work that goes into running such a large club as well. President Thomas Wigger has been in the leadership position for the club since the spring semester of 2022.

“In terms of day to day activities, I need to put up the nets,” Wigger said. “I need to make sure that everyone is signing forms that are actually in the I need to make teams. I need to make sure people aren’t playing basketball and frisbee and make sure people are actually playing volleyball and doing hitting lines, and I need to set up IM leagues and I need to set up merch if people want merch, and I need to coordinate events with Melissa, who’s the director of rec sports.”

Although it is a significant amount of work, Wigger said that he took on the po sition to make sure the club kept going, but also to help it grow. He also took on the position because of his love for vol leyball and what playing means to him.

“I never played or knew that much about the sport before I got here to Plattsburgh, but I really enjoy it and it has really quickly become one of my fa vorite sports and I have met a lot of real ly cool people through it,” Wigger said.

The two vice presidents help with

the work of running the club as well though. Makaila Maier and Leah Will brant are in their first semester of be ing co-vice presidents. They help the president with the everyday tasks of collecting paperwork and helping with merchandise projects they have been putting together.

This is Maier’s second semester in the club. She played volleyball in high school and she wanted to continue playing but not under the pressure of playing for the school.

“I still want to show my love and pas sion for the sport and the volleyball club allows me to teach other people who don’t know how to play volleyball as well as play with other people who also have a lot of experience,” Maier said. “It gives me a wide range of people from a wide range of backgrounds.”

The SUNY Plattsburgh volleyball club meets every Sunday and Wednesday in the athletic gym located in Memorial Gym. They also play on Fridays in the recreation gym in Memorial or on the beach court be hind Memorial, weather permitting.

Sundays run from noon to 2 p.m., Fri days are from 4 to 6 p.m. and Wednes days have just recently been changed to 6 to 8 p.m.

Anyone interested in trying out vol leyball for the first time or rediscover ing their love for the sport is welcome to join any session.

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Provided by Fuerza The Fuerza graduating class poses at the end of spirit week.
JESSICA LANDMAN/Cardinal Points The club plays a pick-up game in Memorial.

Club celebrates Chinese culture

The Chinese Associa tion is one of SUNY Platts burgh’s many clubs, and offers students a unique chance to learn about Chinese culture.

The Chinese Associa tion offers opportunities for interested students to learn not only about Chi nese culture, but also lan guages, food and festivals. Although the fall semester was, and likely will con tinue to be, quiet for the club, the spring semester could bring with it many opportunities to learn about the culture through new and old activities that the club hosts.

The upcoming semester looks eventful for the Chi nese Association as Ad men Soo, the president, shifts his focus to the fu ture of the club. In addi tion to past activities the club is known for around campus, Soo said,“I’m hoping to host trips to other cities and do col laborations with other Chinese associations.”

The Chinese Asso ciation has focused on teaching Chinese culture through different medi ums. He points out that the club not only teach es Chinese language to those who are interested in learning, but also teaches about Chinese festivals and sometimes food is prepared by the

club. Brian Yu, secretary of the club, said, “the food is wonderful.”

Soo joined the club over a year ago after transfer ring to the school from home in Malaysia during fall of 2021.

“Coming to America for the first time without knowing anyone,” Soo be gan about his early memo ries on campus. “It’s only natural for me to seek ad vice from students.”

Soo hopes to provide the same welcoming ex perience to new members of the club as he received a year ago.

Jonathan Sheedy re calls how welcoming the club was to him as a new member, “I found a welcoming environment that brought people of all different backgrounds to gether.” Sheedy, like Soo, joined the club during fall 2021.

The Chinese Association is one of many clubs and organizations that stu dents have access to on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.

“Our main goal is to sup port and give everyone the knowledge people come for,” Soo said. Whether students are interested in learning about Chinese culture or even trying food, the Chinese Association is a great and welcoming en vironment to get involved on campus.


Ferris knows the Kent Gallery inti mately, having begun cataloging and labeling Kent’s work for Feinberg Li brary starting in 1976. He cataloged over 1,000 paintings and went on to work for Kent’s widow, Sally, serv ing as director of The Rockwell Kent Legacies from 1980 to 1982.

While Ferris has had a relation ship with SUNY Plattsburgh span ning 45 years, this is the first show he has put together since 2002. Despite that gap in time, Museum Director Tonya Cribb said that Fer ris has “been very involved in other ways,” including donating pieces of his personal collection to the spring semester’s exhibit, “Rockwell Kent’s Greenland.” Ferris also as sists the museum by connecting to other Kent scholars and collectors, and has lectured at various events.

Cribb has been thinking of ways to elevate the collection within the Plattsburgh community since she came into the position early 2019.

“Even though Rockwell Kent is one of the most popular artists of the 20th Century and it is extraor dinary that SUNY Plattsburgh has this very large collection of inter nationally significant and recog nized works, I had noted that the collections weren’t utilized or cel ebrated as well as they could be,” Cribb said.

Most displays in the Kent Gal lery are permanent, but many more pieces are in storage. With no cu rator employed by the museum, Cribb invited regional scholars to pull some of the works out of stor age and into a new light.

Cribb credits the idea of the ex hibit to Ferris. After looking at the collection, they realized how many original sketches and preliminary drawings for his finished works they had. Ferris said he “took many trips over the summer” to develop this collection.

A gallery talk was held Dec. 2, where Cribb and Ferris spoke about the exhibit and of Kent’s life in general. The room was filled with close to 30 faculty and community members, many familiar with Fer ris, referring to him by name with an unceremonious tone when Fer ris was taking questions at the end.

Of the concept, Ferris said it is “a very brief introduction to an emerg ing artist, and a broad sampling of the creative process behind his ma turing craft.”

Walking through the exhibition — to the left of the door when en tering the gallery — over 60 paint ings, drawings, prints, posters, let ters and even books, fabrics and dinnerware can be seen. The items literally and figuratively paint a picture of Kent’s life, evolving and developing in style and subject.

Ferris pointed out some unfin ished pieces, along with some that aren’t confirmed were Kent’s, but are thought to be based on the sig nature and style.

Ferris also made a call to faculty at the end, to not only apply what they do to the classroom, but “drag students in here.”

“This exhibition shows how to

start,” Ferris said, “You can learn about yourself, no matter how ad vanced you are when you get here.”

“Origins” can be visited Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.






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Email SYDNEY HAKES SYDNEY HAKES/Cardinal Points Scott Ferris speaks to the audience for over an hour about the exhibition and Kent’s legacy. SYDNEY HAKES/Cardinal Points The exhibition sits on various temporary walls and along the circumference of the room.

Kent exhibition shows beginnings

As the spring semester comes to an end, a new exhibition is just beginning its nine month run on campus. “Origins: The Evolution of an Artist and his Craft” will be running in the Kent Gallery on the second floor of Fein berg Library until August 2023.

Hand selected by Kent scholar Scott Fer ris, the exhibition shows how Rockwell Kent and his work matured and grew over his early years as an artist until his death in 1971.

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