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Cultures flourish at SUNY Plattsburgh

The Global Education Office collaborated with student clubs and college departments to bring to campus a series of events to mark International Education Week, nation ally recognized Nov. 14 to 20. These events included mini language lessons and diverse cuisines offered at Clinton Dining Hall.

Students were encour aged to mark places of their birth or cultural heri tage by placing a push-pin on a map hung up at the H.U.B. in Angell College Center Monday. The day

also featured an informa tive session on study op portunities in Canada.

Students of culturallybased clubs — Fuerza: Black and Latinx Student Union, the Muslim Stu dent Association, the Japa nese Cultural Association and the Desi Club — tabled and offered brief lessons in various languages Tues day. Many of the lessons included greetings and in troductions, while Fuerza offered positive affirma tions in Spanish. Visitors also had the opportunity to see their names written in another language. Lan guages featured included French, Hindi, Japanese,

Malayalam, Mandingo, Sindhi, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu, among others, exceeding GEO’s goal of five. Ten of the featured languages were brought to the event by the Desi Club, one of SUNY Plattsburgh’s newest clubs. This was the first event they participat ed in on campus.

Wednesday marked Wear Your Culture Wednes day, a day where students wore clothing that rep resents their heritage or a place they have been to. If a student followed GEO’s Instagram page (@ geo_plattsburgh) and up loaded a photo of them selves in front of the world

map in the H.U.B. with the hashtags #MyPlattsLife and #PlattsAbroad they would be entered into a raffle to win a gift card to the Campus Bookstore. A Study Abroad session was also held at Redcay Hall, focusing on programs for studying sociology.

There was a Cultural Open Mic Night on Thurs day. The event marked one of the first uses of Burghy’s Lounge, also called Burghy’s Den, since the completion of renova tions over a month ago. To day, Clinton Dining Hall is offering international food from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.. The switch from lunch to din

ner will happen at 4 p.m. Student Association Sena tor for Global Education Nilay Vaidya from Mum bai, India, said he was the most excited for the food to be offered at Clinton.

The goal of the event is to bring awareness to the international students at SUNY Plattsburgh. Inter national students are a population that has his torically made up over 5% of students at higher education institutions, ac cording to International Student Assistant Heather Garcia and Oscar Cedeno, graduate assistant for In ternational Student Ser vices at GEO.

“The purpose of Interna tional Education Week is really to celebrate students who come from all parts of the world to seek educa tion in the United States and abroad,” Garcia said.

Vaidya shared his expe rience with international education.

“I know the value that education brings,” Vaidya said. “When you go to a different country, you ex plore. You have a different perspective on life, I think, when you return back, and that is the thing that makes me passionate about Inter national Education Week.”

Students discuss 2022 midterms

The day following the election, Daniel Lake, as sociate professor of po litical science, hosted a discussion to review the campaigns leading up to election day as well as the election results.

November: Time for giving

With the holiday season approaching, many shift their focus to giving back to those around them. There are several events happening on campus dedicated to giving back.

Joy-FUL, a group on campus run by Chartwells, hosted a campus food

drive. It ran from Nov. 1 to 15. Students were able to drop off canned goods they wished to donate at the Chartwells office lo cated on the first floor of Clinton Dining Hall.

Another event set up by the college is the AdoptA-Friend program. This is where students can donate money to help local fami lies in need for this holi day season. Several sports

teams are also involved in this program. Each team received a local child that they would “adopt” and buy holiday gifts, such as clothes or toys for.

Along with the sports teams, the residential staff has gotten involved as well. Each dorm building had its own incentives to raise money for Adopt-aFriend. As advertised on flyers in Hood Hall, Com


A large focus in this discussion was polling across the country and how it may affect the elec tion. Polling is when a polling office calls peo ple from all age ranges, states, ethnicities and any other defining factors to collect a wide sample of data in regards to who the recipient may vote for in the election.

Lake expressed con cerns about the polling process and how accurate it is.

“It is virtually impossi ble to poll me,” Lake said.

“My home phone will go straight to voicemail and if I don’t know the num ber on my cell phone, I’ll ignore it.”

Other participants in

volved in the discussion agreed with Lake in the difficulty pollers face in getting accurate num bers. This is concern ing because these polls can affect who shows up to vote. If the polls show that a certain party should win by a land slide, then those in the opposing party may show up in fewer numbers as they will be discouraged, feeling as though their vote will not matter.

There is also the prob lem of people lying to a poller, giving the polls false data.


Genie Babb, an English professor at Plattsburgh, expressed her thoughts on exit polling as well. Exit polls are done in person when leaving the voting building, and she believes that people are more likely to lie in exit polls because they are face-to-face, and people may be wary to say who they voted for if the poller was of a certain race or ethnicity.

SUNY Plattsburgh’s independent student newspaper since 1997 ALEKSANDRA SIDOROVA/Cardinal Points Arshita Pandey explains the spelling of names in Hindi. ALEKSANDRA SIDOROVA/Cardinal Points Ivonne Diaz, event coordinator for Fuerza, helps Justin Duval read a positive self-affirmation in Spanish.
Advocate Vladam iere Perry will shave his head publicly if the staff in Hood collected $200 dollars for the cause. De Fredenburgh Hall paid to pie the community advo cates and Community Di rector Zane Bazzano in the face with whipped cream. Mason Hall held a bake sale Nov. 12. BRYN FAWN/Cardinal Points A table at Clinton Dining Halls displays some nonperishable foods donated to the Thank-FUL Food Drive.

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Phishing scams get ‘crafty’

An alert warning users of scam emails was issued on the MyPlattsburgh portal at 11 a.m. Thurs day, Nov. 10. Up to 200 faculty and staff members received targeted emails attempting to scam them out of email login creden tials, Chief Information Officer TJ Myers said.

Scam emails are nothing new for SUNY Plattsburgh or any other college — five to 10 get reported to Myers every week. But scammers are “getting more crafty as the days go by” with their emails, Myers said.

Phishing scams are broadcast messages packed with enticing con tent to trick the viewer into clicking a link and po tentially sharing informa tion or money with them.

The anti-spam algorithms built into the Google software which serves as SUNY Plattsburgh’s email platform are usually able to filter these messages. What becomes harder to filter is spear phishing attempts — targeted mes sages mimicking a sender the recipient would know and usually correspond with. Myers said he once saw a spear phishing email using the name of a professor who no longer teaches at the university. Spear phishing attempts are more successful be cause they can look like regular emails.

The most recent, most real-looking scam email re cently sent to 50 to 200 fac ulty and staff members was one that alleged the school was transitioning to a Micro soft-based email platform and required recipients to

set up their account before a deadline. Another example of a convincing scam is a Google Drive link prompt ing recipients to enter in formation into a document.

Students are especially vul nerable to scams offering low-effort jobs for high pay, often assistant positions for professors who do not exist.

A number of protective measures against phish ing scams are in place.

Within the past year, emails not originating from SUNY Plattsburgh’s domain contained the “[External]” marker in the subject line. Addition ally, students have been removed from the pub licly accessible university contact directory, and can now be viewed only upon logging into the portal. This measure has signifi cantly reduced the num ber of scam emails that make it directly into stu dents’ inboxes. However, this leaves vulnerable fac ulty and staff, whose in formation is still publicly available for ease of con ducting college business.

Two-factor authentica tion through the applica tion Duo also improves campus security. Trouble comes only when scam mers try to trick people into completing the twofactor authentication for them. No students have been scammed out of money since two-factor authentication has been implemented — a “huge win,” Myers said.

“I know it’s a pain,” Myers said. “We’ve heard various complaints and issues over the last couple of years about the use of Duo, but it actually is a very good protection — it’s another layer of defense to help against getting your account compromised.”

There are also factors SUNY Plattsburgh can’t help. If an account at an other college is hacked, the hacker has access to the emails in the account’s contacts, including some SUNY Plattsburgh stu dents, faculty or staff. If a compromised account is discovered, Myers notifies the institution.

While the safety mea sures help, there are only so many that can be imple mented without blocking legitimate emails. The My Plattsburgh alert is a new mechanism Myers decided to try with the recent scam email attack, but it will not be used frequently.

Myers routinely sends out emails with advice on avoiding scams, but em phasized the importance of user education.

“What I’d really like to see is some sort of man datory training,” Myers said. “There are so many scammers out there, there’s so much infiltra tion right now. User edu cation, I think, needs to ramp up.”

SA fills long-empty position

The Student Associa tion Senate approved three people to various positions within the Student Asso ciation, including the longempty position of Board of Elections Chairperson when it met Wednesday, Nov. 9.

proved and subsequently sworn into his role as sena tor of campus health and safety. After taking his oath, Maldonado-McCabe took his seat among the other senators and shook the hands of two senators sitting to each side of him.


The SA also approved a student as a member of the Writing Across the Curricu lum Committee and granted the club House of Divinity provisional status. The lat ter was not originally on the meeting agenda, but was in stead suggested to be added at the start of the meeting.

The first person to be ap proved was Myles Maldo nado-McCabe, a first-year who said he is “super inter ested” in involving himself in the community “and even more in government.”

Maldonado-McCabe spoke of his experience partici pating in student govern ment in high school. He was unanimously ap


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International Education Week also celebrates the various cultures represent ed at SUNY Plattsburgh.

“I think that sharing culture is important also because we learn so much from one another, and we learn from our similarities and differences, and those similarities and differenc es have a value that’s just immeasurable, really,” Garcia said.

Cedeno said the emer gence from COVID-19 is the ideal time to host a cultural ly-centered event like Inter national Education Week.

“Everyone has isolated themselves from every thing and everyone over the last two years,” Cedeno said. “Culture couldn’t be

Next to be approved was Aidan Masten to the position of student rep resentative for the Writ ing Across the Curriculum Committee. Professor Mi chelle Ouellette represent ing the committee at the Senate meeting said the committee aims to deliver high-quality instruction in writing. Part of the com mittee’s work is the set ting of writing education standards to be met across the college. The committee is also responsible for the advanced writing require ment needed to complete a degree program. Ouellette said Masten is an English student and a good writer, and thus a fitting candi date for the committee.

shared the way it should have been. Zoom was op tional, but it didn’t capture the full meaning.”

Vaidya also said it is im portant to bring interna tional students together, especially at a small and rural campus such as SUNY Plattsburgh.

“I feel like the inter national community in Plattsburgh, as compared to other universities, is quite small,” Vaidya said. “If you’re in the city, you can always rely on the local community. You will always have some one from your country in the city. But since we are in Plattsburgh, I don’t think that the interna tional people have that support system outside the university, so I think that whenever there are these kinds of events on campus, it is especially important that they are

The position was unani mously approved. Accord ing to SA Adviser Stephen Matthews and Vice Presi dent of the SUNY Student Assembly Michael Casey, all members of commit tees within the college have to be approved by the Student Association. How ever, it is uncommon for these processes to occur at the Senate meetings.

Following the approval of Maldonado-McCabe and Masten was the approval of Sebastian Alexandre as photographer and vid eographer for the SA. In this position, Alexandre would help with filming government processes and SA events. Alexandre said his work for the SA would help him further build his portfolio, but his work has already won some awards and recognition.

Senator William Donlon asked to see examples of Alexandre’s work, which he was unable to show at the meeting.

In response, newlyappointed Senator Mal donado-McCabe said the awards Alexandre men tioned are a mark of the quality of his work. Sena tor Dineshreddy Channa pareddy stepped in saying Alexandre was selected as the best of three people interviewed for the posi tion. Channapareddy said he believed Alexandre had already “shown everything he needs to.”

Senator Aissatou Lo confirmed this.

“He’s not just coming up here without going through the processes,” Lo said.

Alexandre was unani mously approved as pho tographer and videogra pher for the SA.

The last position the SA filled that night was the Board of Elections chair person, which had been empty since the semester started. The position went to Mary Stockman.

informed and they are in volved in it.”

Cedeno, Garcia and Vaidya all hope to see more events for International Education Week in years to

come, even if Vaidya grad uates before then.

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SSS, SAS recognize first-generation students

College has become a large stepping stone in American society. It’s seen as a necessity to obtain a job and climb the social and professional ladder. Yet, with many factors, not everyone can make it. Not everyone will walk across the stage, diploma in hand. These people do not simply disappear. They work, shop, cook and eat, have families and try to make do. Then their kids go to college, and suddenly it’s so much harder than first imagined, especially when their parents can’t assist.

That’s what Student Support Services and Student Accessibility Services have spotlighted this November. On Insta gram, SSS shared photos and testimoni als from students who identified them selves as first generation. Each student ranges in their race, gender and major.

“November is First-Generation Celebra tion month and we wanted to honor some of you! We are so proud of you and cannot wait to see where your futures will take you,” SSS wrote in its Instagram post.

Being a first generation student is something often left forgotten or on the sidelines. It is something you can’t infer from someone’s appearance or manner isms. Yet, according to Bankrate, an in dependent publisher with resources on financial literacy, one-third of all col lege students are first generation.

“Roughly 60% of first-generation stu dents were also the first sibling in their family to go to college during the 2015-16 academic year,” Bankrate states on its website. “Only 27% of first-generation students finish college within four years.”

Twenty-seven percent of students fin ish within four years. Thirty-three per cent of first-generation students drop

out of college, according to the Educa tion Advisory Board. Too many of these students are failed by their schools, and forced to fall into the same cycle as their parents. The cycle continues on, forever damning the family to poverty as it’s no secret a degree is necessary to climb the socio-economic classes.

SSS and SAS are taking a step to stop that cycle. Part of SSS’s criteria is to be a first generation student, alongside having a disability and/or meeting the financial requirement. SSS provides classes designed and catered to this de mographic. SSS offers a half-semester course for college readiness, including

financial literacy — which is knowledge critical outside the classroom as well.

SSS assigns an adviser to a student as well. These advisers can make or break some of these student’s semes ters. These students cannot turn to their parents for help or for advice. Their par ents have no knowledge of college ex periences, especially those for juniors and seniors. These advisers, then, take the place of parents and help guide stu dents to their best ability.

SSS and SAS also constantly hold events in the Relaford Room in Macomb Hall. De-stress events, study halls and seasonal parties are all events they hold

often. The atmosphere at these events is one of belonging and understanding. The people that host and attend these events fall from similar trees, and know what it’s like to work hard to achieve their aspirations. Many faculty in SSS and SAS are first generation themselves. Being a first-generation student means something. It means breaking the cycle of poverty. It means fighting against systems that oppress. It means making one’s family proud. It means building a brighter and better future, not just for the student themself, but their children and family.

These resources are integral to prevent the never ending cycle where the poor get poorer and the rich only continue to profit more. Everyone deserves access to higher education, the ability to achieve their dreams and to live comfortably with a job they can at least tolerate.

Even then, these students still face the same pitfalls as more fortunate students.

Debt, crises, burn out, tricky professors, deadlines and all the other stressors of college. It only piles on further to their difficulties. SSS is so integral in these situations, providing resources and sup port. Quitting feels like such a simple and easy escape, escape out of the hell that is college, yet it only dooms stu dents to a rough future due to how the American “meritocracy” is built.

First generation students deserve rec ognition, especially with all the hassles and obstacles meticulously placed in their path. They deserve to be under stood and helped, and they deserve to be able to walk across that stage for the first time in their family line, achieving such a great honor.

Critically viewing Black Solidarity Day

Black Solidarity Day was held on campus, Monday, Nov. 7. Students of all different back grounds and majors gath ered in the largest lecture halls and rooms to attend teach-ins and activities. Students were able to en joy lunch as food trucks arrived. The day ended with a keynote speaker.

Black Solidarity Day, like many other holidays dur ing our two semesters on campus, was not given off. Although many would like to see the day given off, it does not need to be.

The day itself was packed full of events and talks that students could attend. An abundance of students

attended different speak ing events across campus. This year’s event is just one of many to come. In particular, this year is the first official Black Solidar ity Day on campus. It rep resents a step forward for many people, including many students and pro fessors of color, in what would otherwise be just a normal day. The day is able to help them better connect and communicate with the community.

The day itself was filled to the brim with a wide va riety of different speakers. The topics were diverse, ranging from science to the importance of reli gion. Being able to com municate on such a wide variety of topics allows for people to stay engaged

and interested throughout the day, and it also shows just how much unshared information there really is. There was a lot of focus on historical figures and how their contributions influ ence people to this day.

On Plattsburgh’s cam pus in particular, there is always a lot of freedom of choice. A lot of students on campus will, without any doubts, choose to participate in Black Soli darity Day events, regard less of whether or not the day was given off. Classes became redundant be cause many professors gave the day off for stu dents to participate and to give themselves the chance to partake as well.

Combating violence against men in society

Feminism is the fight for equal rights between the sexes and genders. It often focuses on female and nonbinary strug gles, yet men are still a large part of this discussion. They can be pained as much as they can perpetuate the pain. It has gotten to the extent a day has been cre ated to highlight these struggles. Inter national Day for the Elimination of Vio lence Against Men is Nov. 18 this year.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Net work reports that for every 10 rapes, one victim was a man. Women can rape men also. Yet, the rape of men is often seen as a joke. “Don’t drop the soap” is a cultural phenomenon. It’s in so many American shows and movies, even SpongeBob, yet it’s mocking rape victims.

“No conclusive national data exist re garding the prevalence of prisoner-onprisoner rape and other sexual abuse

in the United States,” Human Rights Watch stated. “Unsurprisingly, when corrections officials are asked about the prevalence of rape in their prisons, they claim it is a exceptional occurrence rather than a systemic problem. Yet a recent academic study of an entire state prison system found an extremely high rate of sexual abuse, including forced oral and anal intercourse. In 1996, [a professor and her colleagues in New Mexico] concluded that 22% of male inmates had been pressured or forced to have sexual contact against their will while incarcerated. Of these, over 50% had submitted to forced anal sex at least once.”

Prisoners aren’t the only men who face violence and abuse. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence re ports that one in nine men experience severe domestic violence physically by their partner.

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Americans suffering

In modern times, many on the left side of the political spectrum have gripes with former President Ronald Regan. Due to Reagan’s policies, the federal minimum wage no longer coincides with the cost of living. If it had, federal minimum wage now would be around $21.50 an hour, ac cording to the Center for Economic and Policy Research. That’s an additional $14.25 an hour, nearly two hours worth of federal minimum wage.

Rebecca Parson, a Democrat running for Congress in Washington, tweeted: “The median annual pay during the Great Depression was 22% of the cost of an average home. Today it’s 14%. That means pay relative to home cost made it easier to buy a home during the Great De pression than right now. This is absurd.”

In the third quarter of 2022, the average price of a home was $542,900, according to the Federal Reserve Economic Data. With the federal minimum wage being $7.25, it would take roughly 74,883 hours of work, not accounting for taxes. That’s roughly nine years of straight work, 24/7. In the demographic of Americans 35 and under, only 38.1% own homes, according to the census. In opposition, 75.7% of those 55 to 64 own homes and 79.3% of those 64 and up own homes. 61.9% of young Americans — 35 and un der — rent or at the very least do not own the property they stay on, meaning any money that goes towards the home, such as rent, will never be seen again. That money does not add to the investment of the home, at least not to the tenant. The homeowner, the landlord, profits off of the necessity of a home, and continues to do so while work is being done and the housing market crashes.

Homes aren’t the only luxury either. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the price of food inflated a total of 8.2% from September 2021 to September 2022. Families, students and


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The majority of classes were either canceled, or students retained an ex cused absence. There are some that might choose not to participate.

Giving everyone the day off might defeat the purpose of the day if some people just see it as a day off, instead of a day to talk to and commemorate the people of color here on our cam pus. Black Solidarity Day is meant to be more of an informative and edu cational day, not just another holiday that people wait for so they can have the day off. The integration of Black Solidarity Day into the campus means a lot to our campus, and also the com munity. There are, and always will be, mixed opinions on the matter. Some see the introduction of Black Solidar ity Day as something that might have been missing, something that should


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adults are now struggling to pay for their weekly groceries. The USDA also states: “The food-at-home (grocery store or supermarket food purchases) [cost] increased 0.6 percent from August 2022 to September 2022 and was 13.0 percent higher than September 2021. The foodaway-from-home (restaurant purchases) [cost] increased 0.9 percent in Septem ber 2022 and was 8.5 percent higher than September 2021.”

When the pandemic hit, so many were reliant on services such as GrubHub and Doordash to get meals delivered as it was unsafe to go to the grocery store, espe cially for those immunocompromised or treating the sick. Prices have skyrocket ed. What used to be able to feed a family of four might feed two. Nutritious foods are only more expensive, which will in evitably lead to the less fortunate being

have been with us in past years. Many on campus see it as a new way to com municate, and also perhaps educate people on topics they may not know about. Some see it as a day that doesn’t mean too much to them, which is com pletely understandable. Not everyone on campus is as invested or interested in the teach-ins, some may be too busy with school work.

Many professors across the campus required some form of attendance for Black Solidarity Day, with some having graded assignments associated with talks, and the event as a whole. This is not the right thing to do. Similar to the whole “giving the day off” situation, making assignments and required at tendance for Black Solidarity Day may cause a lot of people to miss the whole point of the day.

For the community and the town as a whole, having this day hosted on campus may bring about incentives to make the event more mainstream. There’s no doubt that Black Solidarity Day has a lot of history, some may want

sicker, malnourished and in debt to the medical system. It’s a never ending cycle. America is facing a new recession, again, and there are few signs of what politicians plan to do. It doesn’t affect them. Lobbyists will continue to line their pockets with thousands of dollars, and those multi-multi million dollar corporations will report record break ing profits, again. Meanwhile, the lower classes will scrounge up any penny they can to get crumbs of a meal while killing themself at their nine to five minimum wage job.

Workers need to unionize, even as union busts spread across the nation. Workers need to stand up and demand better working conditions, better pay, or it’ll be us, the working class, who will pay for it.

to be able to share that with a larger base — such as people in our surround ing area — rather than just everyone on our campus.

If students across campus are re quired to attend, and especially if they have assignments associated with the event, they may see the day as more of a chore or a burden than what is meant to be. Students should certainly not be forced to attend. Having people attend talks for the sole purpose of doing as signments is not what Black Solidarity Day is supposed to be for. It is definitely not the intention of those who brought it to campus.

Many of these forthcomings will be decided in the next few years. The fu ture of Black Solidarity Day, at least here on campus, is solid. Its impor tance will remain and resonate with many people, yet how it was handled and its future still falls into question.

of “manliness.” Toxic masculinity plagues society for both men, women and even those off the gender binary. Disman tling its hold on societal expectations is one of the steps to help support victims and prevent future ones, while also bettering everyday interactions and lives as a whole.

Still, their struggles and pain are often forgotten and left behind in media coverage and conversation.

After the trial of Johnny Depp against Amber Heard, the masses exploded. Some concluded that Heard had done nothing wrong, as women can’t be oppressors. Some con cluded that Heard was proof feminism was somehow “flawed.” Others used it as an example to prove men are victims as well. However, the line is drawn. It reignited the conversation on male victims.

In regards to the conversation of preventing abuse and saving people, men must be a part of the conversation. Most assailants are men, but that does not suddenly shield all men from victimhood. This day also highlights the issue of toxic masculinity. Toxic masculinity is preconceptions such as men cannot be raped, women cannot rape, men must be tough and cannot show emotion and all other factors

If anyone on campus experiences any form of assault or abuse, they can report to University Police or Title IX. If any one witnesses a crime of any sort on campus, dial 911 im mediately. There are services available to victims, like the crisis counseling center alongside regular counseling in the Health Center near Macomb Hall.

Many carry a scar and a would we are unaware of, and that is why days like International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men are necessary to witness and uphold. Activities for the day can include: advocacy, beginning con versations, hosting circles — akin to Alcoholics’ Anonymous — and providing resources for those afflicted.

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Lake also focused on the demographic of peo ple that showed up to vote this year. He said that upon research into the age demographics from voting places across the country, there was a significant rise in young er voters compared to the past several years.

A student attendee speculated that this rise in younger voter turnout may have been caused by the overturning of the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade. She believes that the younger generation saw what happened and want ed to have their opinions heard in government.

The race for sheriff was on the ballot for Platts burgh residents. David Farvo ran unopposed for the position of sheriff, winning the election and

becoming sheriff for his sixth consecutive fouryear term.

In state elections, Elise Stefanik won re-election for New York’s 21st dis trict house representa tive. All of New York’s 26 seats have been decided, earning 15 house seats for the Democrats and 11 seats for Republicans.

Also in New York was the race for governor. Kathy Hochul won the race with a majority vote of 52.9% followed by Re publican Lee Zeldin who ended with 47.1% of the votes. Hochul has been the governor of New York state since 2021.

Nationally, 413 seats out of 435 have been of ficially called for the Sen ate race. The Republican party holds the majority of seats with 211 and the Democrats holding 202 seats after the midterm election. This year, the Democratic party has lost seven seats and the Republican party has

gained six seats. To hold the majority in the House of Representatives, 218 seats are needed.

The other national race voted on in the midterm elections was the Senate race. Each state gets one representative in the Sen ate. The New York race has been called, with Demo crat Charles Schumer win ning the majority vote with 56.4% followed closely by Republican Joe Pinion who received 43.2% of the vote.

There are two states that have yet to be called, in cluding Alaska and Geor gia. Alaska remains un determined because there are mail-in ballots that still need to be counted.

The race in Alaska is different from every other in their undecided elec tion. The two majority leaders are both Republi can with the next closest candidate being democrat Patricia Chesbro, who has received only 9.5% of the vote. The front runner is Kelly Tshibaka, hold

play cornhole,” Jones said. “You could go grab food. There was abso lutely delicious catering.”

ing 44.2% of the majority followed closely by Lisa Murkowski who has re ceived 42.8% of the vote.

The final undetermined state for the Senate is Geor gia. No candidate in this state won the required ma jority of votes, therefore, the election will go into a runoff election four weeks prior to the general elec tion. The candidate with the lead in the general election was Democrat Ra pheal Warnock with 49.4% of the votes. Following close behind, with only a .9% deficit is Republican Herschel Walker.

There were 35 seats up for election in the midterm election, 32 of which have been decided. These results leave the democrats with 48 seats, the Republicans with 48 seats as well and other parties with two seats. The democrats gained a seat in the Senate while the Re publicans lost one.

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Stockman is a junior double majoring in crimi nal justice and law and justice, areas related to po litical science. She spoke of her experience as for mer senator of campus health and safety and said she personally knew the people who held the Board of Elections chairperson position before her. Stock man also referenced the initial failure of the SA fee referendum, emphasizing the importance of promot ing elections and educat ing student voters.

SA Vice President Saran Kaba asked Stockman how she would handle conflict of interest in regards to SA elections. Stockman ad mitted she is friends with some current SA mem bers, but said her duties as Board of Elections chair person would come before her friendships.

modeling. Training would occur weekly based on models’ schedules.

The club would also provide student models opportunities to model and do modeling work, in Plattsburgh and beyond, including other SUNY schools. Hall said no one would be turned down. Furthermore, the club will work to bring out ev ery member’s own beauty without conforming to so cietal beauty standards.

The club plans to hold its student models ac countable through sign ing contracts for their par ticipation in model shows, but will always prioritize academics over modeling. The club will offer some academic support includ ing grade check-ins and study sessions.

House of Divinity was unanimously approved for provisional status, and will hold its first meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Conference Room at Angell College Center.

However, fraternities and sororities host the most philanthropic events as community service is a foundation of Greek Life organizations.

One event hosted by Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity a couple of weeks ago was nicknamed TKE-saw. This tradition required brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon to stand in Amitie Plaza outside of the Angell College Center for 24 hours collecting dona tions in exchange for a ride on the seesaw. According to newly-appoint ed Tau Kappa Epsilon President Da vid Jones, this event raised a little more than $300, all of which went to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Another event involving not only Tau Kappa Epsilon, but every other fraternity and sorority on campus was the No More Cancer Rally Kick off, sponsored by the Inter-sorority and Inter-fraternity Council. The event took place Nov. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. In order to attend, every mem ber had to raise $25, which was do nated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

At the event, there were games such as musical chairs, Connect Four and a Twister competition.

“In-between events, you could

Another attendee, Theta Alpha Lambda Sister Kristyn Penera, said that her favorite part of the event was the informational video about the St. Jude Children’s Hospital that described what kind of work the hos pital does in its research and what their donations get put toward.

“I felt like it definitely went over why we were doing what we were doing rather than just walking in and thinking, ‘Oh, it’s just an event and we’re just going to have food,’” Penera said. “It felt rewarding to know why we were getting to be part of the event.”

Other fraternity and sorority orga nizations that have become involved in philanthropy this semester are Zeta Beta Tau and Alpha Epsilon Phi. They will be hosting a volleyball tournament tomorrow, Nov. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Each player must pay $4 to enter.

Half of the proceeds will be going to Alpha Epsilon Phi’s philanthropy Sharsheret. Sharsheret was founded four months after a Jewish woman named Rochelle Shoretz was diag nosed with breast cancer and ovar ian cancer. The other half will go to Zeta Beta Tau’s philanthropy, Jewish Women International, which is an

“Honestly it’s just been amazing working toward supporting a great cause,” said Zane Ovitt, Zeta Beta Tau’s chairman of philanthropy, community service and academic committees. “The logistics of this tournament have been challenging, but I absolutely love it because it is allowing me the opportunity to work on something much larger than my self. That is something that I really appreciate and I believe reflects the values that Zeta Beta Tau works to install in all of its members.”

Like Chartwells, Fuerza: Black and Latinx Student Union, is host ing a canned food drive. This event was held Nov. 1 to 17. Any donations can be brought to the donation box in the H.U.B. Fuerza believes that, although the “season of thanks” should occur all year long, the up coming holidays encourage people to be more giving and this is how Fuerza can ensure the community is taken care of this season.

There are many opportunities to help the local community this holi day season for anyone willing to give.

Stockman said she would reinstate the use of photos for election ballots because she personally relies on seeing a person’s face to remember their name, as do a number of students on campus. The removal of candidate pic tures from election ballots was the previous Board of Election chair’s “personal decision,” Stockman said.

Kaba said the lack of pho tos promoted informed voting. Senator Nilay Vaid ya thought the discussion of the specific policy was unnecessary for the ap proval of Stockman to the Board of Elections chair person position.

A vote followed, and Stockman was unani mously approved.

Lastly, the modeling club House of Divinity re quested approval for pro visional status. The two representatives at the meeting — President Jus tice Hall and Vice Presi dent Lauren Sealy — said the club would teach stu dents interested in model ing the skills for runway, ballroom, hand and face

Many senators’ reports talked about the social justice teach-in in honor of Black Solidarity Day Nov. 7. Channapareddy said he heard criticism regarding the overlapping events of the day, which gave students “a hard time attending the events they wanted.”

Senator Munashe Chi kukwa said professors were receptive to the events of Black Solidarity Day, and many gave the day off. Chikukwa said he was “impressed with the attendance.” Matthews said the celebrations of Black Solidarity Day at other SUNY schools were not as “successful.”

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This Week in Photos: Thank-FUL

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Photos by Bryn Fawn Above: Students enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at familystyle tables. Markers were provided to draw on the table cloth. Above: Student Kaden Douglas-Iaduke makes candy apples to order with different toppings to add like Oreos, M&Ms or nuts. Above: The DJ enjoys the bountiful salad bar. Below: A staff member carves a large turkey for guests. Above: Local resident Eric “Woody” Wood comes to the Thank-FUL event every year at Clinton Dining Hall. It was held Nov. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. Below: SUNY Plattsburgh members and locals peruse the diverse selection of food as a DJ plays music. Above: Campus Dietitian Sarah Yandow hands out prizes, like hats, stickers, notebooks or totes, to those who spin the wheel.

Men’s hockey routs Brockport, ties Geneseo

The Plattsburgh Cardinals men’s hockey team (3-1-2) be gan a four-game in-conference home stretch last weekend, beating the Brockport Golden Eagles (3-2-0) 9-2 Nov. 11 and ty ing the No. 3 Geneseo Knights (4-1-1) 2-2 Nov. 12.

The matchups were the Car dinals’ first home games in al most a month. Before hosting Brockport, Plattsburgh’s most recent game at Ronald B. Staf ford Ice Arena was an exhibi tion match against the Castle ton Spartans Oct. 15.

“These are really big games for us, really important games

for us,” Head Coach Steve Mof fat said. “As the season goes along, the games get more and more important.”

Last weekend also marked parents’ weekend, an event each season where players’ family members join the team for the games and other festivi ties. The influx of fans led to an average attendance of 1,321 over both games.

Six players scored goals against Brockport, including two each from defenders Ryan Hogg and Jack Ring and forward Ben nett Stockdale. Forwards Luk Jirousek and Brendan Young and defender Jacob Modry added one goal each. The puck was evenly distributed, with 11 different Car dinals recording an assist.

Rookie goaltender Eli Shiller was given the start against Brockport, playing all 60 min utes and saving 21 of 23 shots. His efforts were rewarded with SUNYAC Men’s Ice Hockey Rook ie of the Week.

Plattsburgh more than dou bled Brockport’s shots, taking 51 to its 23. The Cardinals also led in faceoffs, winning 46 of 81.

The Golden Eagles spent 14:46 of game time in power plays, 10 minutes more than the Cardi nals’ 4:46. Plattsburgh scored two power-play goals.

Brockport applied pressure to Plattsburgh almost immediately. The Golden Eagles took three shots in the first 37 seconds. Two were saved by Shiller and another went wide of the goal.

The Cardinals responded with a Jirousek goal just 44 seconds into game action.

The goal allowed Plattsburgh to flip the script, out-shooting Brockport 23-14 over the rest of the period. Jirousek was joined by Young and Ring, scoring goals of their own and increas ing its lead to 3-0.

Plattsburgh kept the game out of Brockport’s hands, scoring five unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period. The Golden Eagles scored its first goal by the end of the period, but it rang despondent.

“Guys are starting to learn what it takes to win and how hard it is and the little details that you have the correct prac tice habits day in and day out to

MSOC coach analyzes season

To understand the 2022 season, you need to know what has happened over the past three years.

In 2019, we lost in the SUNYAC Championship 1-0 to Oneonta. Although we were devastated to fall at the final hurdle, we felt it was the beginning of a strong period for the team. We had finished second in the regular sea son, hosted the semi-final and won it.

We were also going to be returning a strong core of the team along with a good recruiting class. Things seemed to be going in an upward trajectory and we were excited to get to work in the off-season.

Unfortunately, we didn’t play another game until Sept. 1, 2021.

When we finally re turned to the pitch, the team was different. Half of our team had not played in a college soccer game and we had a lot of rebuilding to do, but we had the talent to do it.

We then made history in the SUNYAC by becoming the first team to amass 13 points in the league and not make the playoffs— not the history we were hoping to make.

We were eliminated in a convoluted tie-break sys tem and our off-season began earlier than we would have liked.

I explain all of this as it is an important part of our 2022 season. It was all about playoffs. Nothing else mattered. As a staff, we knew we could not fall outside of the playoff pic ture for two years in a row, that would have a lasting effect on recruiting.

It was crucial that we re joined the playoffs in 2022.

There were several nota ble games in a rollercoast er season. As a coaching staff it is our job to be the emotional regulators of the team. When they are down, we pick them up. When they are up, we try to keep them humble.

This is something that we struggled to control throughout the season.

As a team we have enough talent to be considered one of the top teams in the league, but the mar gins are fine. When the competition is so tight, mentality becomes a ma jor asset and this is some thing we are still trying to improve as a group.

There were several games, mostly away from home, where we showed incredible character and

mentality. Away at Cor tland, 3-1 down with 19 minutes left, 3-2 down with 20 seconds left. The group showed amazing character to claw a result back in that game.

Away at Geneseo, we played a team in great form. We traveled without our starting goalkeeper and came away with a 2-0 victory and a “man of the match” performance from our backup goalkeeper.

Away at Oswego, down 1-0 at half time in driving rain and swirling wind.

Several players stepped up to the plate and took responsibility for the game, pushing the team to a 2-1 victory.

Unfortunately, our home form was not to the standard we demand. We dropped points from win ning positions in half of

our home SUNYAC games. A common theme in 2021 and 2022 is playing well, but not winning and this held us back all season.

As I said earlier, this was all about playoffs, and it came down to the final game. We needed points, but we didn’t know how many. It de pended on all of the other results and nine out of the 10 SUNYAC teams were still alive in the playoff race on the final day. This meant every single game had meaning.

We traveled to Buf falo State knowing a win would most likely put us in and a draw would mean we needed help. We laid it on the line to the team in training that week.

prepare for the weekend,” Mof fat said. “You can’t just show up on a Friday, Saturday night and expect to win.”

The teams traded scores in the third period to no effect on the result of the game. Plattsburgh’s 9-2 win comes after Brockport eliminated the Cardinals from the playoffs last season, in a 6-7 overtime nailbiter. The teams meet again Jan. 27, 2023.

Against Geneseo, Jirousek scored his second goal of the weekend and defender Corey Doney scored his first of the season. Four Cardinals record ed assists, including Stock dale’s second of the weekend.

Women’s hockey keeps winning

It was a testing week for the No. 3 Plattsburgh wom en’s hockey team (5-0), who kept its early season success going by winning three games in five days.

The stretch of games began with the team’s home opener at Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena Nov. 11, where Plattsburgh beat the Potsdam Bears (2-2) 4-1 in a unique style of play for the team.

The next day, the team traveled to Potsdam for another matchup for the Bears, with Plattsburgh winning 8-2 behind an of fensive explosion and hat trick from senior forward Ivy Boric.

Finally, Plattsburgh faced the No. 9 Norwich Cadets (4-1) at home Nov. 15 in a game that could have implications over the national rankings.

Both teams came in un defeated and after a late comeback from Platts burgh, the team won be hind an overtime winner from senior forward Julia Masotta. Masotta played two seasons at Norwich be fore transferring to Platts burgh to begin this year.

In the first game of the weekend, the Cardinals, who had scored a goal in the first period of each game prior, were tasked against a gritty Potsdam Bears team. The game was scoreless after the first, with Plattsburgh leading in shots 20-5.

The Cardinals initial ly struggled to get past junior goaltender Ellie Zurfluh, who made 35 saves in the first two pe

riods. Once Plattsburgh cracked Zurfluh, the flood gates opened.

“She had a lot of size to her, so I think just moving her side to side and trying to open her up,” Boric said. “Once we finally did that, she kind of broke down.”

Boric scored 19:35 into the second period, taking advantage of a rebound for the first home goal of the 2022-2023 regular season.

Graduate student cap tain and forward Sara Krauseneck followed with a goal 21 seconds later, one timing a pass from junior Mae Olshansky. After not scoring for the first 39:25, Plattsburgh tallied two in the waning seconds of the second period.

Potsdam outshot Platts burgh 13-12 in the final pe riod of the game. Senior goaltender Lilla Nease only let up one goal, finishing the game with a seasonhigh 23 saves.

“With such a close scor ing game, pressure’s pretty high, but [I’m] pretty confi dent in our team this year,” Nease said. “We’ve always been kind of a third period team with getting it done at the end of the game.”

Nease was not without help from her forwards, with Masotta scoring two goals in the final frame to lead Plattsburgh to another conference win.

Olshansky, who played alongside Masotta and Krauseneck over the weekend, said their line has a “really good abil ity of making really quick passes”, adding they can generate a lot of time in the offensive zone.

COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Plattsburgh’s Joshua Belgrave (10) beats a Geneseo defender and advances the puck up the ice. The team ties the No. 3 team in the country with 1,295 fans present.
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From the start, the entire theme of this game shifted, with Plattsburgh’s offense learning from its mistakes and not wasting any time getting on the scoresheet.

Krauseneck opened the scoring just before the eight-minute mark, with the goal coming on the power play. Boric then scored two straight in less than three minutes, with the team heading into the first break leading 3-0.

Plattsburgh let up a goal five minutes into the sec ond, but the Cardinals didn’t let up and scored five of the next six goals. Gradu ate student Holly Schmelzer and first-year Riley Calhoun scored their first goals of the season, while Krauseneck finished with two goals.

Boric went on to com plete the hat trick midway through the second period, which is her second of the season. She currently leads the team in goals with seven and said the team came in with a clear message

“I think our mentality was to bury them early,” Boric said. “I honestly don’t really remember many of [my goals.] I kind of just blacked them out and moved forward.”

Nease made 17 saves while allowing two goals as the team moved to 4-0-0 in conference and atop the Northeast Women’s Hockey League Standings.

“We came out kind of on fire,” Nease said. “The first game kind of taught us where we needed to go and how we needed to score.”

By picking up this win, Plattsburgh proved it could learn from its mistakes and in its next game, the team would have to prove it could do this against a nationally ranked opponent. Prior to

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We made every game hard and made sure the rules made it almost im possible to win, but we wanted to see character and a determination no matter what.

Before the game, I ad dressed the team and told them I was with them. This was all of us. If we failed, I failed with them, and if we were successful, it was all about them. We needed every single player to want it as bad as they have ever wanted anything.

As usual on the road, we fell behind 1-0. Panic set in. Everyone started to think of the worst case scenario: missing playoffs again. We made a substi tution, Rocky Bujaj, who had missed most of the season with injury. He came and immediately sparked us into life. He scored twice in 10 minutes to give us the lead.

At half time, we talked of closing things out and be ing professional as Buffalo State became desperate. This worked as we were

the game, Nease said play ing Norwich is always a “re ally cool matchup” and de scribed it as “skill vs. skill.”

Plattsburgh started off by tallying 18 shots in the first period, but it was Nor wich who scored the first goal of the game 12:44 into the period.

In the second, Olshan sky and graduate student Nicole Unsworth scored be fore the five minute mark of the period to gain the first Cardinal lead of the game. Cadet’s sophomore Taylor Girouard tied it up 9:04 into the second for her first goal of the season.

Goaltending was a huge factor for both sides, as Norwich’s junior goalten der Leocadia Clark fin ished with 47 saves. Nease stopped 18 while allowing four goals.

The third period started with a stoppage when two players collided, causing a Cadet to be stretchered off the ice and ambulanced from the rink. According to Eric Kerr of NBC Channel 5, the player was junior de fender Neris Archambault and no further update has been released on her status.

The game remained in a standstill until the fi nal few minutes, where Krauseneck scored the goahead goal with less than three minutes left. Norwich went on to score two goals in the next 53 seconds to take its first lead since the

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opening period.

A penalty was called around the time of the goal, leaving Plattsburgh down a player with two minutes left as it now had to tie the game. In the clutch, sopho more defender Mattie Nor ton tied the game up with 24 seconds left in regulation on a long shot that was per fectly placed past Clark.

The wild last three min utes brought this game into overtime, where a little over three minutes in, Masotta found some empty space going into the offensive zone with one defender in front of her. She used a toe drag to get into the shooting lane and went bardown to win the game and complete the late comeback.

In storybook fashion, Ma sotta managed to score the game winner against her former team, with the team getting a huge win in terms of momentum.

Plattsburgh stays at home as it plays two more confer ence games at home, taking on the Buffalo State Bengals (2-4-0) today at 3 p.m. and the Morrisville Mustangs (05-1) tomorrow at 3 p.m.


Men’s Hockey Women’s Hockey 11/11 9-2 win vs. Brockport* 11/12 8-2 win @ Potsdam* 11/12 2-2 tie vs. Geneseo* 11/15 5-4 win vs. #9 Norwich 11/18 vs. Fredonia* @ 7 11/18 vs. Buffalo State* @ 3 11/19 vs. Buffalo State* @ 7 11/19 vs. Morrisville* @ 3

Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball

11/8 76-71 win vs. Clarkson 11/12 60-69 loss vs. Wesleyan 11/11 72-75 loss @ MCLA 11/16 58-60 loss vs. Cobleskill 11/16 vs. St.Lawrence @ 7:30 11/19 at Canton @ 2 11/19 at Cobleskill @ 1:30 11/29 at Potsdam* @ 5:30

Cross Country

10/29 Men placed 6th of 10 at SUNYAC Championship* 10/29 Women placed 6th of 10 at SUNYAC Championship* 11/12 Men placed 15th of 23 at regional championship 11/12 Women placed 18th of 21 at regional championship * = conference opponent

Cardinal Stats

Goals Jack Ring 4 Bennett Stockdale 3 Paul Breyer 3 Assists Bennett Stockdale 5 Paul Breyer 4 Three players 3 Save Percentage Jacob



Assists Sara Krauseneck 8 Sierra Benjamin 7 Ciara Wall 5

Save Percentage Lilla Nease .905

Women’s Basketball

Points Per Game

Payton Couture 13.8

Mya Smith 12 Kortney McCarthy 8.3

Rebounds Per Game

Imani Walcott 10.7

Kathy Peterson-Ross 7.3 Payton Couture 7

Assists Per Game Mya Smith 3.5 Payton Couture 2 Kathy Peterson-Ross 1.8


Men’s Hockey

School SUNYAC Record

Oswego 3-0-0 4-1-0

Brockport 2-1-0 3-2-0

Geneseo 2-0-1 4-1-1

Plattsburgh 2-1-1 3-1-2

Buffalo State 1-1-0 3-2-0

Cortland 1-2-0 2-3-1

Fredonia 1-1-0 1-4-0 Morrisville 1-3-0 2-3-0 Potsdam 0-4-0 0-5-0

Women’s Hockey

School NEWHL Record

Plattsburgh 4-0-0 5-0-0

Oswego 3-1-0 3-3-0

Cortland 2-0-0 4-0-0 Potsdam 2-2-0 2-2-0 Canton 1-1-0 4-1-1 Buffalo State 0-4-0 2-4-0 Morrisville 0-4-0 0-5-1

Men’s Basketball

School SUNYAC Record

Brockport 0-0 2-1 Buffalo State 0-0 0-2

Cortland 0-0 2-1 Fredonia 0-0 0-4 Geneseo 0-0 2-2 New Paltz 0-0 1-1 Oneonta 0-0 3-0 Oswego 0-0 3-0 Plattsburgh 0-0 1-2 Potsdam 0-0 1-2

School SUNYAC Record

Buffalo State 0-0 0-3

Brockport 0-0 1-0

Cortland 0-0 1-1 Fredonia 0-0 3-1 Geneseo 0-0 2-1

New Paltz 0-0 2-1

Oneonta 0-0 1-2

Oswego 0-0 4-0 Plattsburgh 0-0 2-2 Potsdam 0-0 1-1

Scoreboard last updated 11/16

Athlete Quote of the Week

“I honestly don’t really remember many of [my goals.] I kind of just blacked them out and moved forward.”

that game were amaz ing. I have won playoff games as a player and a coach, but they are so much more rewarding as a coach. Seeing the joy and excitement on the players faces gives me a feeling I wish I could bot tle up. I know I will have experiences like that in the future, but they may not. This is what it is all about for me. When this group of players inter act with each other postPlattsburgh I know this day will come up, it will bond them forever. This is what sports do, they give us unforgettable mo ments that last a lifetime.

more dangerous in the sec ond half as the opposition took more risks. We didn’t close the deal and with minutes remaining we con ceded a goal on their first cross into the box.

We didn’t know if this was enough or not. After a 2-2 we had to wait and see if Oswego had lost or not.

We didn’t find out until 30 minutes after the game, an excruciating wait. But, we were in, that was all that mattered.

We were heading to New Paltz in the quarter finals and I believed we could win the whole thing, we had the talent. As a staff, we left no stone unturned in scouting New Paltz,

knowing every single pass they would make before they knew it. We changed our tactics, for the first time all season. We were going to play on the coun ter attack and let New Paltz try to break us down. Their field is the smallest one in the league and it would be difficult to break down a compact block. We felt they would open up as a team and when we won the ball we would have space to attack.

Before the game, our pre game talk centered around seizing the mo ment and emptying the tank. Don’t leave anything in reserve, this could be it. As a staff when you are

creating a game plan, you are thinking about all of the different ways it could go, but usually it is never perfect. In this game, the biggest game of the season, it couldn’t have worked any better.

We scored three first half goals to lead 3-0 at half time. The energy and intensity of the team in the first half was some thing special to watch. Each player knew exactly what was asked of them and they grew in stature as the game went on. We knew that we were in a great position, but there is nothing scarier than playing a team with noth ing to lose. The second

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half felt like it lasted for 2 hours as New Paltz put us under some of the most intense pressure we have experienced as a team.

We conceded two goals to make the game as tight as it could possibly get, but the team showed the type of character that will define them for a long time. When it goes to the wire in games like this, it is not about tac tics or talent, it is about what you are made of as an athlete. This group of play ers showed that they are made of some of the stron gest stuff. They had every reason to wilt and give up, but they formed one unit and got through it together.

The celebrations after

Unfortunately, we fell at the next hurdle against Oneonta, but overall this was a great step in the jour ney of this team. We lose seniors, but we return the majority of the spine of the team. It is our hope that this experience will en hance our players and they will use this to progress the team in the coming year.

2022 was a rollercoaster of a season, but it could be a springboard for the future. Returning to play offs was the goal, winning a playoff game checked another box. Now we set new goals for 2023 and challenge ourselves even further— we will be back next year.

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- Senior women’s hockey forward Ivy Boric, after getting her second hat trick of the week vs. Potsdam.
The two teams meet the next day, this time in Potsdam for another con ference match. Olshan sky said the bus ride after the previous day’s game “wasn’t too bad,” and that the team “had to stop at Tim Hortons.”
The team hosts its big gest tournament of the year, the Busters Cardinal/Pan ther Classic Nov.26 and 27, which will be another test for Plattsburgh State.
Foward Tatem Cheney (11) pats teammate forward Rivers Morris (2) on the shoulder. Email LIAM SAMPLE
Chris Taylor is the head coach of the men’s soccer team. This Op-Ed reflects his thoughts on the season.
Head Coach Chris Taylor and Assistant Coach Geoff Spear discuss strategy. Taylor started coaching here in 2018.

Women’s hoops lose first tournament

The Plattsburgh’s women’s basketball team (2-2) hosted its lone tournament of the year, the Cardinal Classic, Nov. 11 and 12 at Memorial Hall. Three teams traveled to Plattsburgh to participate in the tourna ment, the Wesleyan University Cardinals (1-1), the Potsdam Bears (1-1) and the Cobleskill Fighting Tigers (1-2.)

The tournament began with the Fighting Tigers taking on Plattsburgh. An estimated 160 people were in attendance as the game started off in a close match, being tied at 26 with

three minutes left in the sec ond quarter. Plattsburgh then scored the next 19 straight points and went on to win 7450, the largest score differential of the weekend.

The team was led by 17 points from first-year guard Kortney Mc Carthy and a double-double from first-year forward Imani Walcott.

Coach Ben Sarraf said the team was getting “good looks” on shots, but the defense was the key for the win.

“The defense was kind of the catalyst of how we won that game,” Sarraf said. “We were very good on defense. Our press worked, our man to man de

fense in the half court worked.”

Sarraf added that the team managed to score big points in transition and the rebounding has improved since last season.

The next game was a Friday night showdown between Pots dam and Wesleyan, where the Bears won a nailbiter in overtime 72-68 fueled by 30 points from senior guard Dyamon Hunter.

The tournament resumed the next game by Cobleskill re sponding to its earlier loss by taking down Potsdam 80-73.

The finale of the tournament was one for the Cards, as the Wesleyan Cardinals took on Plattsburgh. Despite a close first

quarter, Wesleyan found its game and led by as much as 17 in the third quarter. Plattsburgh clawed its way back and tied the game at 47 late in the third quarter.

In a tight fourth quarter where Plattsburgh led by three with 3:39 to go in regulation, Wesley an scored 10 straight points to win 69-60, handing Plattsburgh its first loss of the year.

Sarraf said its opponent had more experience and late in the game, Plattsburgh took “ill-ad vised” shots late in the game, which Sarraf said the team will learn from.

Sarraf added that the team gave up too many three pointers early,

Cardinal Clips

The Plattsburgh Ski & Snow board Club plans to host Rail Jam Nov. 18 on the hill behind Memo rial Hall. Rail Jam is a ski and snowboard trick competition, once annual, that has not been held since 2019. Competitors and judges arrive at 5 p.m., and spec tators arrive at 6 p.m.

The club plans to shovel snow on the already-expected snow to create ideal conditions for tricks. Judges will score contestants with a points system with prizes for the top winners.

Maui North, a recreation store in Plattsburgh, has donated priz es that include a free ski or snow board tune-up. Rail Jam will also feature music, snacks and food.

“A lot of people just go there to have fun,” Vice President Sa

sha Baker said. “It’s a very good community-building event, and you get to talk to everyone and it’s just really fun.”

Whiteface Mountain will be pro viding rails for the event for com petitors to do their tricks on. Ski & Snowboard has partnered with Whiteface Mountain in the past, but in recent years, it had become difficult to find a willing provider.

“They’re doing us a very big fa vor,” Baker said. “We’re very thank ful. Whiteface helping us out.”

Rail Jam was originally scheduled a week prior, Nov. 11. Inclement weather forced a reschedule. Ski & Snowboard stressed the importance that competitors are 18 years old or older and must wear a helmet.

Competitors can sign up as late as the day of the event. Sign-up can be found on their Instagram page (@2psu.ssc). Spectators are not required to sign up.

The Plattsburgh Men’s basketball team fell to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 76-71 Nov. 11 when they traveled to play the TrailBlazers for the first time since 1983.

Plattsburgh, coming hot on the heels of a season opening win over Clarkson, got off to a cold start.

Shots weren’t falling early for the Car dinals, and the Trailblazers jumped out to an early lead. About halfway through the first half, Plattsburgh was down 1728, and that’s when the tides turned in favor of the Cardinals.

Senior Sheriff Conteh took a charge that sparked a run to bring Plattsburgh back into the game moving toward halftime.

The Cardinals would go on a 16-5 run that would give them a one point lead with little time left in the half. It was looking like it would go into halftime

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“[We need] a little more patience in front of the net,” Jirousek said. “We had a lot of them where we were just whacking them.”

Plattsburgh and Geneseo locked into a defensive battle for most of the first period. Forty-one combined shots re sulted in no scores for either team. It was until the 15:45 mark when Doney broke the ice, scoring his first goal of the season.

“All four lines were competing, if not out-playing [Geneseo’s] first line,” Jirousek said. “We’ve got all four lines going, we’ll stay fresher.”

The Knights answered with an equal izer less than a minute into the second period. The score lingered in the air, as both teams blanked for the rest of the pe riod. Geneseo outshot Plattsburgh 22-17 for the period.

“Maybe it’s a little of not being mentally prepared enough at the start of the period [that led to the score],” Hearne said. “It’s definitely something we’ll look at, but I don’t think it’s a trend.”

Geneseo opened the period with an other score, taking the lead 2-1. Platts burgh followed with a sequence that included six missed shots in a one-min

ute span. The trend continued and the Cardinals kept the puck at the Knights’ goal, shooting 23 more times before pulling Hearne for an additional skater.

The game went back to even-strength

but when the team switched to zone defense in the second half, it helped close the gap. Despite the loss, Sarraf was happy with the “grit” the team showed and the adjustments made.

“I can’t remember a game in the last 10 years where we were down that much and we found a way to take the lead,” Sarraf said. “In 10 years, that’s the biggest comeback. But we didn’t finish.”

Plattsburgh’s next game came against the St. Lawrence Saints Nov. 16, where it lost 58-60.

with a lead but a half court heave by Trail Blazers guard Noah Yearsley gave his time the lead 37-39 going into halftime.

For much of the second half the Cardi nals looked like a better team, including a 10-0 run late in the game that gave it a 63-52 lead.

However, the physical damage on the Cardinals of a full court press and in your face defense by the Trail Blazers began to show with minutes left.

Miscommunication and costly turn overs let the Blazers back in the game and allowed them to steal the game out from under Plattsburgh.

According to Conteh, this tough loss won’t hold the Cardinals down for long though.

“Team morale after the game was good,” Conteh said. “We all know what we have to do as a team to prepare for the next game.”

The Cardinals next game came at home against St. Lawrence this Wednes day, where it lost 65-77, which made the team’s record 1-2.

of the goal and scored the game-tying goal with 24 seconds remaining.

“Everybody was a little antsy,” Jirousek said. “Just to pop that one, it felt unreal.”

Overtime ended without a score, and the game ended with a draw. Geneseo was a team to be reckoned with— before Plattsburgh, the Knights hadn’t won a conference game by less than four points.

The teams play again Jan. 28, and the Cardinals look to break a six-game streak without a win against the Knights.

“We’ve got 28 guys that are all skilled players and when we play together we can be one of the top teams in this league,” Hearne said. “I think it’s play ing our top game every night and we proved tonight that we can skate with anyone in the country.”

Plattsburgh finished its in-conference home stretch next weekend, facing the Fredonia Blue Devils (1-4-0) Nov. 18 and the Buffalo State Bengals (3-2-0) Nov. 19 for Poster Night. After these games, the Cardinals will not play at home again until Dec. 10.

“We’re really trying to take it one day at a time, one game at a time,” Moffat said. “You want to try and take care of business in your own rink, and then hopefully you can go and play well on the road.”

with less than a minute left after a fiveminute Plattsburgh power play. With 34 seconds left, Jirousek took and missed a shot. The Cardinals rebounded the save, Jirousek brought the puck in front

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COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Jacob Modry (4) takes a big hit in front of the net. Brendan Young (20) looks on. COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Payton Couture (33) drives past Wesleyan Cardinals’ defenders to attack the rim. Plattsburgh (black) played in their home tournament of the season and went 1-1 for the weekend.

Craft fair successful for vendors

SUNY Plattsburgh’s Field House’s gym and indoor track was unrec ognizable this past week end as over 100 commu nity vendors lined booths around the arena.

From home goods to sauces to alcohol, there was something for every one at last weekend’s fair.

Each year the fair is developed by College Auxiliary Services, and it began as a way for local community members to showcase and sell their artistic works.

Community members enjoy the annual Arts and Crafts Fair for more than the sold goods, but to re store the importance of shopping locally.

Vanessa Staples, from Morrisville, has been sell ing her homemade hats and neck warmers for four years now.

“It’s better to have something locally made than to have something come from China,” Sta ples said. “People can buy something locally that they can be proud of. They can buy something and be proud to know it’s from the area and the money stays in the area.”

The Arts and Crafts Fair is more than a way for peo ple to purchase goods and, for some, it’s about surviv al, according to Kara Karet ser and Aubrey Buvage, lo cal teens that attended the fair over the weekend.

“There are some people in the community that maybe this is their only income and they’re very passionate about what they do and if people put

a lot of time into some thing that they love then it should be appreciated,” Karester said.

Buvage reflected on the benefits of a craft fair like this one.

“The Arts and Crafts Fair is a good way to bring the community together and promote shopping locally, and it affects us in a posi tive way,” Buvage said.

Allison Brown and Kerry Burdo, members of Delta Kappa Gamma, had a booth to promote philan thropic efforts. Brown and Burdo were selling hand made cards that were made by women educators.

Delta Kappa Gamma is a professional organization that stands for key women educators worldwide. All proceeds from the sales at the Arts and Crafts Fair would go to scholarships for future educators at SUNY Plattsburgh.

“We are thankful for the field house, they had some students help us set up. This is a fantastic ven ue and we really appreci ate being able to be here,” Brown said.

Aissatou Lo, a student intern who had a help ing hand in curating the event, was impressed with the overall outcome of the weekend.

“I think we did a good job this weekend, espe cially since we haven’t been able to host one in a few years. Over 3,500 peo ple attended and we got positive feedback from vendors and the custom ers,” Lo said.

Project HELP supports philanthropy

In an effort to assist stu dents in volunteer work and community service, the Center for Student In volvement opens the gate way to finding missions that need help on campus.

Project HELP allows students to get involved in day-to-day work that stems from their interests.

Volunteer requests can also be made by student clubs and groups, such as Ski & Snowboard Club, that’s holding a Rail Jam event Nov. 18 and needs volunteers to “load, trans port and unload snow on a hill near Memorial Hall,” Director of Frater nity/Sorority Life Allison Swick-Duttine said.

Due to Project HELP, students, faculty and the general public were able to successfully ski and snowboard down snow mounds along with per forming tricks in past years Rail Jam was held.

Last weekend Project HELP contributed to Ad missions Open House by providing students to “be tour guides and con duct ticketing for park ing.” They also worked at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Craft Fair as ticket collectors

and assisted vendors to complete their setups.

As the fall semester is coming to an end, Project HELP continues to seek volunteers for several one time events and ongoing opportunities.

A table will be set up

at the Champlain Centre shopping mall to promote the Make-A-Wish Founda tion fundraiser through out the semester. Volun teers are needed to help make critically ill chil dren’s wishes come true.

Another event taking

place at the mall involves ringing bells for the Salva tion Army between Nov. 19 and Dec. 9. The Salva tion Army bell ringers make a difference every time they ring the bells, raising funds that go to ward social services assis

tance, homeless shelters, disaster relief, children’s programs, rehabilitation services and human traf ficking prevention.

The City of Plattsburgh Holiday parade will be held Dec. 2, where vol unteers will help with

tree decoration and bring something magical to Margaret Street.

“Soup kitchens, nurs ing homes, campus blood drives and group events like the Adopt-A-Highway program, and the City Parks Clean Up Program are avail able to students frequently,” Swick-Duttine said.

Students can find all volunteer opportunities by signing up for the app Helper Helper.

The app is available in the Apple Store and Google Pay that keeps track of volunteer hours and allows them to up load photos of what they’ve done.

Once the app is down loaded, email projec for a temporary password and enable push notifications to be notified whenever a new opportunity appears.

Alternatively, students may visit the Project HELP office, located on the second floor, room 203, of the Angell College Center, as Project HELP welcomes students with desires to integrate into society at any given time.

MICHAEL HLOPKO/Cardinal Points Locals and Plattsburgh students gather in the Field House for the 50 anniversary Arts and Crafts Fair. MICHAEL HLOPKO/Cardinal Points A vendor sells quilted tapestries depicting wildlife scenery. More photos of the fair can be found on page B5.



The first pillar of Shine On! is media and marketing literacy that helps young girls understand how social media is targeted to certain audiences and the filtered background of them. Shine On! Chairwoman Taylor Edgar said: “This is helping children understand what they see in the media, whether it’s scrolling through Instagram or TikTok or what ever it may be or looking through a magazine, what they see in that media tor engaging with every day is not real. We also try to teach youth, especially young girls that they are marketed on by businesses. They want these young girls and boys to feel like in order to be cool or worthy of respect, they have to wear these name brand clothing or own an iPhone, not realistic at all.”

The second pillar is communication skills, which teaches the students to be “upstanders rather than bystanders in bullying situations,” Edgar said. The program shows the value behind com municating with one another and with authority. The pandemic made it slight ly more difficult to increase communi cation amongst the students. However, by going to the schools once a week for 40 minutes, it became easier to imple ment this pillar.

The third pillar is character strengths, which builds an understanding about seven characteristics that students will learn about. These strengths are grit, zest, optimism, self-control, social intel ligence, gratitude and curiosity. Edgar explained how having some or all of these traits can bring about success rates

more than those who don’t. The traits are shown throughout the program and why it’s important to have them.

This year’s annual overnight confer ence titled “Break the Mold: Be Brave, Be Bold” is known as the biggest sleepover in Plattsburgh and will be taking place in Memorial Hall March 4 to 5. Shine On! is recruiting 40 mentors and there will be 150 3 - 5 grade girls spending the night. After being inter viewed and selected, before the confer ence, there are two specific days in Feb ruary. Mentor Training-Child protection training will be held Feb. 5, and mentor bonding and training on the 10 differ ent workshops for the conference will be held Feb. 26. If selected, mentors can either gain volunteer hours, one public relations credit or help for fun.

Due to COVID-19, the Shine On! program has changed. They decided that even though classes were virtual, one way to help keep the program going was to send Shine On! In-A-Box, which includes nine lesson plans, videos and instructions for how teachers can still implement the pro gram in their virtual classrooms.

“It also exposes you to the real world and what having a real job and dealing with real children is like,” mentor Zoe Danville said. “I’m not an education major, but I like dealing with kids and this is a good opportunity to see if you really like kids or not.”

To learn more about how to apply for a mentor position, email Lemza at colleen. or Education Outreach Coordinator Kristen Kavanagh







ARTS & CULTURE B5 ▪ Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 ▪ Arts & Culture Editor Sydney Hakes ARIES March 21 - April 19 The Empress card represents being nurturing, creative and nonjudg mental. You may find yourself being welcoming to new ideas and people. LEO July 23 - August 22 The Nine of Wands card represents moving with integrity. Take what comes with integrity as a positive on how to continue on with your life.
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Hermit card represents being focused and balanced. You may find yourself being in a hardwork ing overdrive, but remember to take breaks and stay positive. TAURUS April 20 - May 20 The Four of Cups card represents ac knowledging feelings of anger. Know that anger is a valid emotion and what you choose to
do or how you choose to express it, shows your character.
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MICHAEL HLOPKO/Cardinal Points A vendor
homemade lamps made from pipping and various lightbulbs. MICHAEL HLOPKO/Cardinal Points Local jam and jelly makers Bonnie and Robert Gonyo sit behind their table.

Shine On! seeks mentors for 2023 conference

Shine On! is a mentoring program that was created 15 years ago by Public Relations Chairperson Colleen Lemza that has helped more than 9,000 students across the North Country. The mentorship program allows stu dents from SUNY Plattsburgh to teach young girls from 3 - 5 grade about their three pillars: media and marketing literacy, communica tion skills and character strengths. The pro gram has started recruiting mentors for their conference in the spring semester.

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