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Communication the key for FM Lady Raiders by Jeremy Stanzel Pete Fiorell, last year’s assistant coach, will be replacing Amber Delmata as the head coach of the Fulton Montgomery Community College women’s soccer team this year. According to Fiorell, he doesn’t plan on approaching anything different. He said that they are still focusing on “technique, skill and conditioning.” Said Fiorell, “[Communication] is one of the most important things I emphasize at this early point of the season.” Abby Kilmer, one of the Raiders starting midfielders, understands his approach, admitting that good communication is a necessary component for success, and believes it is working thus far. “The four Japanese players we have can make it difficult to communicate with them at times, but they are very

Raiders' volleyball hopeful for success Members of the FMCC women's soccer team are announced during the pep rally that took place Monday, Sept. 11 in the cafeteria.

intelligent and have picked up everything we've been telling them from the start.” With only three returning players from last years team, Ashley Cirillo, Megan Polumbo and Sarah Rouse, the chemistry isn’t expected to be there right away. However Kilmer says otherwise.

“From the first day of practice our team has gotten along like sisters. We would get yelled at constantly to stop giggling. I think that made me feel like we were going to be able to bond easily and work together well.” The Lady Raiders have been making steady improvements following a 4-10 season in 2004.

Shoemaker scores honor Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s soccer goalie Brian Shoemaker has been named NJCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Defensive player of the week, according to a news release. Shoemaker, a Valley Falls, N.Y., native, allowed just nine shots on goal over the team's last three contests. He tallied ten saves last week in 245 minutes in front of the net. With a goal against average of .228, Shoemaker currently ranks third in NJCAA Division III.

Student government President Steven Balogh poses with the men's soccer team during a pep rally that took place at the FMCC cafeteria Sept. 11.

Raiders successful early in season by Christian Wanyemba The Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s soccer team started its preseason on August 16. The team was named the best defending team after the tournament that took place at the college in late August. Although early in the season, the Raiders are showing promising signs of a successful season after winning 1-0 against Clinton Community College, 41 against Jefferson Community College and 2-1 against Mohawk Community

Members of the FMCC men's soccer team warm up before their game against Mohawk Community College on Sept. 11. The Raiders won the game by a score of 2-1.

College. Head Coach Chris Rogers has been involved with the team for six years and he said that he is hoping that the team will make it to the regionals this year. The team has a number of returning players, including Tim Carroll, Benjamin Dankwah, Roy Howell, Brian Shoemaker, Can Sonderfan, Kenji Sumita, Jun Takayanagi, Christian Wanyemba and Kevin Wood. The team has a mixture of local and international players and many players feel the team is in a good shape.

FMCC fencing club begins new season The Fulton-Montgomery Community College fencing club began its thirteenth year of existence in September. After a successful 2005-06 campaign which resulted in David Hamilton placing in the Division II and Division III Fencing Association Nationals, the club looks to continue its success through this year’s season. On October 28, the fencing club will participate in the Fence for Food tournament, where the club looks to raise money and food for local food pantries.

by Scott Weil After a fantastic campaign resulting in a 22-win and 5-loss record, the Lady Raiders volleyball team will reload in hopes of completing another successful season. The team is coached by twin sisters Holly Livingston, head coach and Heather Loucks, assistant coach, both alumni of FM. The Lady Raiders finished with 15 wins and 2 losses in the Mountain Valley Conference last season and ended their season in fifth round regional play. The team and coaches are looking to shoot even farther this year and improve in conference play as well as postseason play. There are three key returning players for the ladies this season: Jessica Weaver, an outside hitter/setter, Amanda VanSlyke, an outside hitter and Rebecca Fahey, a middle hitter. Of the returning players, Livingston said, “These three players bring a lot of talent and knowledge onto the volleyball court. These three athletes are dedicated and are great team leaders.” The aforementioned are also the tricaptains of the team this season. Accompanying the three returning players are eight new additions to the team. They are Brittany Brooks, a setter, Kendra Wilson, an outside hitter, Amanda Stevenson, a middle hitter, Tabitha Egnor, an outside hitter/setter), Linae Brown, a defense specialist, Emily Howard, a middle hitter and Yu Tsuha, a setter. Livingston also said, “This group of athletes are very motivated and eager to play” after losing six players last season. The team’s regular season play will begin September 9 at The Mohawk Valley Tourney and is scheduled to end October 18 at Broome Community College. The home opener will be September 14 against Herkimer Community College. “Heather and I are looking forward to the upcoming season. We have a dedicated team that gets along both on and off the volleyball court. They are a great group of girls who are hard workers and devoted to the sport,” said Livingston.

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Hit shows returning to TV this fall by Molly Chester This fall, several network television shows are set to begin new seasons of their hit TV shows that have in the past proven to be major successes in terms of ratings. This fall on Sundays, viewers will be able to connect with their generous sides, while still indulging in their guilty pleasures. Premiering Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC will be “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,� where a team of constructors and designers rebuild the homes of needy families. Following “Extreme Makeover� will be “Desperate Housewives,� which also premieres on ABC September 24 at 9 p.m. For reality TV fans, “The Amazing Race� will premiere Sunday, Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. on CBS. Mondays this fall, viewers can get their action fix with two FOX dramas, “Prison Break� and “Vanished,� which each premiered in late August and begin at 8 and 9 p.m., respectively. On CBS, the drama “CSI: Miami� premieres Monday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. On Tuesdays, ABC will premiere their second season of the ratings smash “Dancing With the Stars� at 8 p.m. with the Results Show appearing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. “Dancing With the Stars� debuted September 12. On FOX, the medical drama “House,� which premiered on September 5, will be shown Tuesdays at 8 p.m., followed by “Standoff,� a new drama chronicling the lives of FBI hostage negotiators. Wednesdays, ABC looks to score

big with the smash “Lost,� which will debut October 4 at 9 p.m. “Lost� narrates the stories of passengers of an airplane who landed on a deserted, remote island. NBC will premiere its third season of “The Biggest Loser,� a reality TV weight loss show, on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.

Thursdays, NBC will look for laughs as it premieres “My Name Is Earl� for its second season September 21 at 8 p.m., and “The Office� September 21 at 8:30 p.m. The third season of ABC’s ratings smash “Grey’s Anatomy� will debut at 9 p.m. on September 21, while CBS will debut “CSI� at 9 p.m. Fridays this fall will feature “Crossing Jordan� and “Las Vegas� on NBC, both debuting on October 20 at 8 and 9 p.m., respectively. FOX premiered “Nanny 911,� on September 8 at 8 p.m., and will premiere “Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy� on October 6 at 9 p.m.


Fall music releases feature pop, rock, comedy by Molly Chester Kicking off the fall season, the music industry looks to expand on high summer CD sales by releasing albums by high-profile artists. September 19 will mark the return of American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, who will release his sophomore CD titled, “A Thousand Different Ways.� The album will feature mostly covers of well known songs from the ‘70s, '80s and '90s. Elton John, who has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, will release his new CD titled, “The Captain & the Kid� on September 19. The album will feature 10 new songs. Country singer Kenny Chesney will recreate the songs that made him famous on September 19 with a live compilation album titled, “Live Those Songs Again.� The album will feature 14 of Chesney’s greatest hits performed during live shows spanning his career. September 26 will feature an album release from R&B singer Janet Jackson with her 16-song album titled, “20 Y.O.�

The album features guest appearances by Khia and rapper Nelly. Comedic musician Weird Al Yankovic will release his new album titled, “Straight Outta Lynwood� on September 26. Yankovic, who parodies popular songs, will include song titles such as “Don’t Download This Song� and “White and Nerdy� on the new album. The late Beatle George Harrison’s album “Living in the Material World� will be re-released September 26 in a remastered version that will include a bonus DVD and 40-page booklet. October 3 marks the highly-anticipated sophomore album of rock band Evanescence with the album “The Open Door.� This 13-track disc will feature their new single, “Call Me When You’re Sober.� Another band that scored well on their previous disc to release a new album on October 3 will be The Killers, with their album “Sam’s Town.� The album will feature their new single, “When We Were Young.�


Action movies headline fall movie releases


by Molly Chester Despite slumping box office revenues, the movie industry hopes to score big with movies in September and early October. September 22 will feature the release of “Fearless,� rated PG-13 and starring action star Jet-Li in his final martial arts film. The MTV creators of the series “Jackass� will release a sequel to the movie based on the antics shown on the television show. Rated R, this film stars Johnny Knoxville, Bam Marera and Steve-O. September 29 will feature the re-



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Learning Center available for help

Student housing study prepared

by Kozue Aiba Instead of asking their professor for help, students at the college can seek academic help from student tutors at the Learning Center. What began as a center for students to improve their study skills, the learning center now has a wide range of services that can help students in their academics. The Learning Center, located on the second floor of the FMCC Evans Library, has three laboratories: math, accounting and writing. Many students are there as tutors, who each have at least a 3.0 grade point average and a professor recommendation. In addition, the Learning Center will hold workshops about study skills on Wednesday, Sept. 13, note-taking skills on Wednesday, Sept. 20 and testtaking skills on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the large lounge of the College Union. Students can find more information online at The office hours of the math lab at L201 are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. The writing lab at L207 is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The accounting lab at C127 is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.

by Chris Van Husen Fulton-Montgomery Community College sent its Housing Task Force to Herkimer College, Hudson Valley Community College and Oneonta University on an information-gathering tour of their student housing facilities to assemble financial and staffing information. The Housing Task Force, a committee comprised of members both on and off campus, then prepared and released a proposal based on observations, insight on student housing activities and services on student housing, and market analysis to be done by an independent firm. The study will include the types and costs of housing compared to housing available in the surrounding area, including the housing used by most FM students, Campus Green. The Task Force received six offers to do the study and after its review, the force will make its recommendation to the Board of Trustees on which company to award the contract to. A student survey on the issue was also distributed during fall registration with over 400 responses coming in to give the Task Force the student perspective.

Fulton-Montgomery Community College student Matthew Cooper does some schoolwork in the Math Lab of the Learning Center on September 12.

Daily class cancellations available on the FMCC website by Kozue Aiba To help students avoid making unnecessary trips out to the college and better utilize their time, the Fulton-Montgomery Community College website, at, has added a useful feature that allows students to see which of their classes have been canceled for the day. By using this system, which was incorporated late into the spring 2006 semester, students can see which professors will be canceling class and for

what duration. Using the previous system, students had to call the school to see which classes had been canceled. The class cancellations feature on the FM website is located on the homepage and is updated daily.

Swanger forsees local and academic growth

Nominations are open for 200607 Student Government Association positions for secretary and sophomore senator. Those interested should contact Brenda Darling at the College Union for an application. Elections will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the Union Lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.

cont. from page 1 of the college and the community. “When you look at the region…I think [it’s] on the upswing. When you look at the economic development that is taking place, I think we’re going to see growth,” said Swanger. “Being president of the community college and encouraging the college to participate in that growth is very important.” To students, Swanger advised work-

ing hard and seeking help from faculty and staff if necessary to achieve desired academic results, especially for incoming freshman. “It is exceedingly rewarding, as someone who has been in higher education and as president, to see students exceed and to see students grow and I think that I have the best job in the world.”

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Nominations open for Student Government

Seminar to be held for student leaders A “Leaders for Life” seminar will be conducted for all student leaders Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College Union.

Student government to hold first meeting Fulton-Montgomery Community College student Mike Messak plays Frisbee in the FMCC quad September 11 during common hour.

The first Student Government Association meeting for the fall semester will be held Thursday, Sept. 21 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Union Lounge.

Transfer fair to feature 34 colleges Fulton-Montgomery Community College will conduct a transfer fair Monday, Sept. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the classroom building. More than 30 campuses around New York State will be available to provide information and answer questions to students interesting in transferring to a four-year institution after attending FM.

Musical benefit to be conducted Sept. 23 Musicians Don Golden and Tim Keegan will perform at the FultonMontgomery Community College Theatre Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. to benefit the Susan B. Komen Breast

Cancer Foundation. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased by e-mailing or by calling 843-6986. The event will feature a raffle for an Acer laptop computer.

Workshops to help students' study skills The Student Activities Office will sponsor a S.O.S. Study Skills Workshop every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the College Union’s Large Lounge. Study skills, note-taking and testtaking are among the seminars to be conducted at the workshops, held Sept. 13, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27.

Cooking class to be featured at FMCC A special class, “Real Men Can Cook” will be featured in the Mohawk Room at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Friday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 9 p.m.

Alcohol presentation scheduled for Monday The Alcohol Council will sponsor "Victim Impact Panel" at the FultonMontgomery Community College Theatre. The event will take place Monday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Fall FM open house to be in late October The Fulton-Montgomery Community College fall open house will be conducted October 28. The open house will allow students and other visitors to visit the campus, meet faculty and learn more about the classes available at the campus. Register online at or by phone at 736-5300.

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New president anxious to meet students by Molly Chester Newly selected FultonMontgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger began his presidency July 24 and will soon meet with a strategic planning process to begin assessing what improvements can be done to the college during the next few years. Swanger, former academic vice president and provost of Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania and associate vice president for work-

force development and dean of technical education at Monroe Community College in Rochester, said he is pleased with what he has seen of the college thus far. “I’m very impressed with the faculty and staff and the dedication towards students and the dedication to the institution. I’m just very pleased and impressed with the folks here,” said Swanger.

Raised in Elmira, N.Y., Swanger has been in the higher education field for over 20 years. The purpose of the strategic planning, which will be led by Swanger, a leadership team and the Board of Trustees, is to assess what changes need to be made and what direction the college will take during the next three to five years, according to Swanger. “Once we have a framework around [the planning],

Professor transfers due to Katrina by Steven Rivera Lena Andersson has begun teaching her first year at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Andersson received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Orleans and master’s degree in English from the University of Denver. She spent 10 years as a full-time faculty member at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, La. While in her third year teaching English for Xavier University in New Orleans, hurricane Katrina hit and destroyed the school causing her to move to Houston. After the long process of relocating again, she is very content with the choice of FM because of her love of changing seasons in New York, easy access to the big cities and school curriculum with foreign students. One thing FM has that Galveston didn’t is a writing center. She certainly has no regrets and is striving to receive her MFA in creative writing.

Daugherty named new statistics professor at FM by Steven Burke Scott Daugherty is one of three new instructors who have started teaching at Fulton-Montgomery Community College this semester. Daugherty teaches basic math as well as statistics. He is originally from Virginia and lived in the South until high school. He became interested in teaching while working on his master’s degree at the University of Idaho. Daugherty likes the area, especially the Adirondack State Park.

then we’ll go around the college community and share those thoughts and get input from all sectors of the campus about what directions we will be going.” One of the issues Swanger intends to address at the planning meetings is the recent low enrollment of part-time students at FM, which he proposes to offset by introducing more distant learning courses and exploring more schedule options, such as modifying the

semester schedules. “Part-time students…are often working, raising a family and taking care of parents and doing a number of things that they just can’t get to school every week,” said Swanger. While the first month of his position was moderately clouded with budget and tuition issues, Swanger is confident that the decision to maintain the current tuition for students will only contribute to the expansion see SWANGER - page 2

FM welcomes new dean by Steven Burke Fulton-Montgomery Community College has a new dean of business technology and health professions, Susan Willette. Friday, Sept. 8 marked the end of her first week in the position. Involved in academics for over 30 years, Willette attended Hudson Valley Community College as a dental hygiene major, receiving an associate’s degree in applied science in dental hygiene. Willette received a baccalaureate in dental hygiene education awarded by the Uni-

versity of Bridgeport in Connecticut, a master’s degree in instructional media, also awarded by the University of Bridgeport as well as a doctorate in higher education administration earned at East Tennessee State University. Willette, a native of Saranac lake, began teaching in higher education on a parttime basis when she was 20years-old and was an assistant professor by the age of 24. She has over 30 years of experience in the classroom as instructor and said she always enjoyed teaching.

No tuition increases; counties to boost funding

Student Jason Venditti looks at a piece of art at the Noah Savett exhibition in the Perrella Gallery September 12.

Art exhibition on display at FMCC Perrella Gallery by Chris Van Husen Fulton-Montgomery Community College, the Perrella Gallery, Gallery Director Joel Chapin and Guest Curator Jim Gross are proud to host Sculptor Noah Savett's solo exhibition "Industrial Decomposition" this fall. This exhibition will run through October 27, with a reception to be held on Friday, Sept. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Perrella Gallery. The 56-year-old Savett was born in Utica, N.Y. and studied art at Antioch College in Ohio. Savett then started NS Associates, a successful construction company that specialized in steel working to fund his passion for art.

Savett fabricates steel, bronze and wood into “postmodern art,” where the pieces look as if the were something almost real or even alive in a distant time or place. The impact of Savett's sculpture remains the same from the inches-high "Aftermath" to the 11-foot high "Indian Pipe Dance" that is on display in the FM quad. Chapin described Savett’s work as "organic, flowing forms that move the viewer across a complex surface, some areas worn smooth as if polished by thousands of years of hands brushing across the surface, other areas scarred and disintegrated through the actions of a myriad of physical forces."

by Nate Snyder Despite recent speculation that students will need to pay out of pocket to cover expenses, the actual cost of tuition for Fulton-Montgomery Community College will not increase this year. Instead, both Fulton and Montgomery counties will increase funding by $50,000 each to pay for expenses throughout this year. “Fulton and Montgomery counties have been very supportive in the past,” said Vice President of Administration and Finance David Morrow. Both counties gave $1,295,821 last year. The increase in funding is necessary

to pay for expenses estimated at $462,799. “A balanced budget is necessary,” added Morrow. Little or no impact will be felt by students on campus, with nothing cut and programs aimed at assuring a favorable experience. One change the budget will make is having fewer employees. “The best budget would have no tuition increase, and would not go into the fund balance,” said Morrow, who has helped craft this budget since November. Many community colleges have raised tuition, some by as much as 5 percent. “It feels good that FM didn’t,” said Morrow.

Zuckerman new full-time instructor by Molly Chester Laurence Zuckerman is continuing his 13-year teaching career by beginning as a full-time accounting instructor at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. According to a news release, Zuckerman earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Drew University and his master’s degree in taxation from State University of New York at Albany. While being involved in the accounting industry for almost

all his life, Zuckerman decided to move upstate from New York City to be closer to his parents, who live in Albany. “[FM] has a beautiful campus; it’s a great location,” said Zuckerman, of what excites him about being on campus. One of his priorities in being an instructor at FM is to encourage his students to integrate the computer into their accounting. “Students here seem very eager to learn and the faculty seem very welcoming.”

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