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350 faculty, professional staff sign campuswide email statement about harassment

Oswego State staff informs students they are ‘allies’ against the hate speech that has ‘come to infect our campus’ Jamie Aranoff Staff Writer Over 350 Oswego State faculty and staff signed a statement regarding harassment and intimidation as a response to the harassment taking place on campus. The statement was signed by faculty and staff throughout every academic corner of the university and sent out to all stu-

dents in a campuswide email on Nov. 10. The letter stated, “We expect SUNY Oswego to prosecute behavior that violates the Student Code of Conduct, Section 4., specifically the prohibition of conduct that incites violence or targets individuals or groups.” Lisa Glidden serves as the chair of the faculty assembly and had a major role in the creation and the multiple revisions of the statement. “I had spoken via email to President

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staff) stand against acts of injustice wherever they happen in our community. Consider us your allies." - Letter from Oswego State faculty and staff

Stanley and knew they were working on a statement, but I thought that it was important that the faculty and staff have a statement as well since we have so many interactions with students and we have a statement separate from the administration,” Glidden said. “Many professors want their students to feel supported and the signing of the petition allows for students to recognize their support. The petition was started when a targeted student disclosed to a

faculty member about a threat received in a residence hall.” Glidden said the faculty member was concerned and wanted a statement to be made. Not long after the student revealed their fear, Glidden began a rough draft of what became the faculty and professional staff statement on harassment and intimidation on campus. From there, the


Mandatory fees cost students

Scales Hall residents prepare to Multiple fees charged to bill amount to thousands annually relocate for spring semester closing Lydia Goerner News Editor



road-based fees, sums charged to all students, make up over $2,900 of charges on Oswego State students’ bills each year. Most of these charges are mandatory, but students can choose to opt-out of several others. Victoria Furlong, Oswego State’s assistant vice president for finance and budget, said students can

waive the insurance fee, which is $700 per semester, as well as the alumni, arts and sustainability fees. Some students are not aware of what the mandatory fees go toward, though they are obligated to pay each semester. Furlong said each fee provides students with the availability of services, but it is up to students to take advantage of these. David Hite, an Oswego State freshman, said he did careful research on each of the fees on his bill. “My father said that if I was going to

pay for my college education, I should look into what I’m paying for,” Hite said. He called the admissions office to talk about the more “obscure” fees listed on his bill. “I don’t want to do what a lot of students would do and say, ‘Oh, since it’s on my bill, I’m just going to throw $100 out there,” Hite said. “I feel that a lot of students today blindly pay for their education without being concerned as to where

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Food, clothing pantry opens in Penfield Library for students in need Natalie Brophy Chief Copy Editor

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Oswego State opened the college’s first permanent food pantry on Nov. 1. The pantry, called S.H.O.P., Students Helping Oz Peers, is located in Room 3 in Penfield Library and is open Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. According to Angela Brown, the director of the Mary Walker Health Center, there has always been a small food pantry located in the counseling ser-



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vices center for students in need, but it was not very well known to students. The idea to create a permanent food pantry at Oswego State came from a conversation between Dean of Students Jerri Howland and Student Association President Emily Nassir. According to Nassir, the two developed the idea during the 20152016 academic year and began gathering people from departments across campus throughout the year to form a committee, made up of Howland, Brown, Nassir, Counseling Services Center Director Katherine


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Brandon Wright, 19, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop for speeding.

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Angel Lackey, 36, was arrested at 8:28 a.m. on Nov. 19 for assault i n t h e s e c o n d d e g re e a f t e r punching a male in the face, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs in a domestic dispute.

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Justin Bergen, 22, was arrested a t 1 1 : 4 9 p . m . o n N ov. 1 9 o n West Mohawk Street, near the corner of West Fifth Street, for possessing an open can of Miller Lite beer on a public sidewalk with intent to consume. He was issued an appearance ticket to Oswego City court. Paul Kilmer, 26, was arrested at 5:38 p.m.on Nov. 23 for unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop. He was issued an appearance ticket to Oswego City court.


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I was adamant about not paying for something blindly. If I got a bill from a restaurant at the end of the meal and it said 'athletic fee' at the bottom, I wouldn't just pay for it without asking about it."

-David Hite, Oswego State student

Deaf entertainer, comedian inspires, delights Jones encourages students: 'If you care enough you can make it happen'


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Our weekly list of what to do in Oswego Del Sarte dance recital, 7 p.m. on Friday in Tyler Hall, Waterman Theatre Women's ice hockey vs. Canton, 7 p.m. on Friday in Marano Campus Center Arena. Theater performance: "The Pillowman," 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Tyler Hall, Lab Theatre. Concert: SUNY Oswego Wind Ensemble and College Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Sheldon Hall Ballroom. Open skate, 6 p.m. on Sunday in Marano Campus Center Arena.

International Coffee Hour, 3:30 p.m. on Monday in Marano Campus Center, Room 255. Photo provided by CJ Jones told an engaged audience that he was told he could not do certain things because of his disability, but he found his passion in stand-up comedy.

Mara Engelmann Staff Writer On Nov. 30, deaf comedian CJ Jones came to Oswego State to spread his infectious humor to students. Jones’ personality and sense of humor filled the room with laughter. He got the crowd involved and had most of the audience laughing by the end. “He did an awesome job by walking around using a combination of both sign and speaking,” Oswego State student Kim Corrie said. “He brought people on stage which was really nice. I loved how he got everyone involved.” During his performance, Jones brought five American Sign Language (ASL) 101 students to the stage and had them do

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some sign language. After this, he created a game of telephone using sign language instead of verbal communication. This showed that ASL is another language and it gets confused during a game of telephone the same way other languages do. During his comedy act, Jones told the audience that being deaf or mute is not bad because one can learn sign language like any other language. He made a lot of jokes about when he was younger and people tried to hold him back, saying he could not do things because of his disability. Jones demonstrated that no matter what disadvantages a person has, they can accomplish anything they want. “When he was telling us about growing up and his story and how he has

overcome everything, it was really inspiring to other people,” Oswego State student Kelly Caldwell said. Caldwell said she enjoyed the performance because Jones did not just teach about the language, he also taught about the culture. As a student who studied sign language, Caldwell said it was nice to learn about the lives of those with hearing loss. Jones discussed the problems he has had getting a job because people thought he could not do certain things. “Anything you really want, just go for it because if you care enough you can make it happen,” Jones said. “Anything is possible and you should never doubt yourself because people say you can’t do something, because they’re wrong. You can do whatever you set your mind to.”

Alex George, director of legislative affairs, said he wants to advocate on behalf of all students across the system a n d t o b e re p re s e n t e d officials across campus. Part of George's plan is to make textbooks more affordable, continue support of childcare centers, address mental health funding, student assembly funding and increase commitment to college preparedness.

O s w e g o State President Stanley said in regards to renovations on campus, she would like to complete the School of Business and then finish the back of Tyler Hall, completing some of the smaller departments and perhaps renovating Hewitt Union for the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. SA passed a re s o l u t i o n , forming a new club on campus. College

Open skate, 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Marano Campus Center Arena. Movie: "Salvador," 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Marano Campus Center Auditorium.

Open skate, noon on Thursday in Marano Campus Center Arena. Concert: SUNY Oswego Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Tyler Hall, Waterman Theatre.

Democrats is now a collegerecognized club that is a safe space for college-aged Democrats or any one else interested to discuss political issues and current events. Stanley was a guest of the senate. Senators brought up college hour, winter tuition fees and the advisor pilot program for her comments and thoughts. Stanley said that "college hour is conceptually a good thing."

SA passed a resolution that requests Oswego State recognize Black Solidarity Day as a holiday. Students will be allowed to observe the day by ensuring that no graded material, tests or examinations are assigned or due on the first Monday of November and students are not held accountable for their class absence as long as they inform their professor in advance.

A4 NEWS Students can choose to opt out of some fees Letter from faculty seeks to Oswego State mandatory fees add up to around $1,500 per semester encourage peaceful speech THE OSWEGONIAN FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016


the money is going.” Since Hite is a freshman, he had to pay a mandatory orientation fee, which he was not happy to do. “I think an orientation is more of an informative experience and I don’t think we as students should necessarily have to pay for an introduction to our college experience,” Hite said. The first mandatory fee all Oswego State students are billed for is called the college fee, which is $12.50 each semester. Though departments look at their budgets every year to determine how much they will need from students, the college fee has not changed in “forever,” Furlong said. The college fee is used for the upkeep of buildings, to bring them up to code and for repairing damages done to buildings, according to Oswego State’s website. Next, students pay a health center fee of $178 per semester. This fee is different from the health insurance charge and it is mandatory. Furlong said this money goes toward students needing immunizations, physicals, medicine and counseling. It also funds programming supplies, advertising, marketing and the salaries of those who work in the Mary Walker Health Center. This means that if a student went to the health center every week during a 15-week semester, each visit would cost an average of around $12. The center receives an additional sum of roughly $50,000 from New York State and students provide the rest of the center’s annual budget of around $2 million per year, according to Furlong. Furlong said though some students do not use the health center as much as others, it is a crucial service to provide. “You may never go to the health center all year,” Furlong said. “You may never need counseling services; you may never get sick. You may just never utilize that availability, but it’s there for you and the choice was yours to or to not use it.” Students will also see an athletic fee of $214 on their bill each semester. This is the highest mandatory fee. Furlong said a lot of students feel they should not have to pay an athletic fee because they do not take part in an athletic team on campus. “That’s the one that most kids are like, ‘Why do I have to pay that?’” Furlong said. This fee goes toward funding the 24 competitive athletic teams at Oswego State, including supplies, transportation, paying coaches, hosting events and maintaining facilities. “There’s great pride in having a number of athletic teams on this campus,” Furlong said. “That brings the student service aspect sort of full circle.” The athletic department receives approximately an additional $5,000 of funding from New York State and the rest of their budget is provided by student fees. Students pay a student activity fee of $111 per semester. This funds Student Association and the clubs they sponsor. The revenue also goes to the Centro routes that go into Oswego and Syracuse, OzFest, hockey tickets and other services for students. “By funding the main source of extracurricular involvement for students, we are enhancing the college and learning experience,” SA president Emily Nassir said. Nassir said the senate votes to raise the fee when they feel it is necessary. This fee has been raised twice over the last two years, from $97 to the current $111. Every two years, the whole campus votes on whether to make the student ac-

tivity fee voluntary for students. SA is able to receive donations, but Nassir said they “typically don’t receive much in donations,” so most of SA’s funding comes from the mandatory student fee. Students still have to pay for some activities and tickets to events because the SA fee does not fully cover all the services offered by SA. “The truth is that the demand for more will always be beyond what we have,” Nassir said. “So we ask that students contribute to make these experiences possible.” The other mandatory fees students are billed for is a technology fee of $205 each semester and a transportation fee of $25. The technology fee is “solely spent on upgrading, providing and serving the needs of our students,” Furlong said. It helps update software, improve labs and add wireless access points. The transportation fee, which was not billed to students until 2014, provides funding for the intercampus bus loop. There are additional fees each semester that students are automatically billed for, but they have the option to opt out. One of these is the alumni fee, which is only charged in the fall. This fee goes toward alumni programs that benefit students such as homecoming, the Future Alumni Network and the Alumni Sharing Knowledge program. “This helps us take care of our students while they’re here, but also letting them know that these are the things we’re doing for you now so when you do become an alumni, there’s additional benefits,” Furlong said. Furlong advised that students contribute to the alumni fee with their $25 each fall semester. “If you’re a very active student, the alumni fee is really a great benefit,” Furlong said. “The more students that participate in it, the more they can do for the current student body.” In the spring semester, the alumni fee is replaced with a $25 arts fee that goes to ARTSwego and helps fund gallery exhibitions, plays, visiting artists, film screenings and performances. Each semester, students are charged $5 for sustainability, a fee they can choose to opt out of. This money helps increase sustainability across the cam-

pus through education and initiatives such as the water bottle fountains being installed on campus. “This gives students an opportunity to be a part of that, to contribute to that, to be a part of what it means to be a green campus,” Furlong said. Hite said he chose to opt out of the alumni and arts fees, but he paid the sustainability fee because he is “environmentally-minded.” Asia Godzwon, an Oswego State graduate student, was only required to pay the technology, sustainability and college fees since she does not take classes on campus during the day. When she needs to go to the health center, Godzwon pays for it out of pocket. Last year, when she took her classes online, Godzwon said she was more reluctant to pay mandatory fees because she felt she received fewer benefits from the school. “It’s like they’re getting free money from me,” Godzwon said. She believes certain fees should be optional if a student lives a certain number of miles away from campus. Every year, each of these departments submits an annual budget of their needs. Furlong said her office assesses whether the fee students are currently charged is enough to cover any increase in costs among the departments and whether the fee will be increased. This decision is usually made early in the spring semester. The Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) is an index that determines how much the cost of these fees can be raised each year. This helps regulate the inflation of fees. There have been increases in the cost of broad-based fees in some of the main categories over the past five years. The health fee increased from $164 to $178 in the 2012-2013 academic year. In the same time period, the athletic fee was raised $23.50. The technology fee increased $33.50. Hite said he believes it is important for students to be informed about what services they are paying for. “I was adamant about not paying for something blindly,” Hite said. “If I got a bill from a restaurant at the end of the meal and it said ‘athletic fee’ at the bottom, I wouldn’t just pay for it without asking about it.”

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LETTER from COVER statement went through several revisions with the help of peers, and was finalized for The Oswegonian deadline at 4 p.m. on Nov. 16, and sent out to students by the president’s office as a campus announcement on Nov. 17. Since the initial letter was sent out, several faculty members who had previously missed the petition have added their names, making the statement a continual work in progress.

In addition to Oswego, many schools have taken similar strides to reduce harassment on campuses. “Within SUNY, every school has a few representatives depending on the number of students, and of the faculty senate they also put out a statement,” Glidden said. The need for the petition was a response from the multiple harassment cases on Oswego State’s campus during the fall 2016 semester.

A5 NEWS Counseling Center hires first Residence hall looks ahead to renovations psychiatric nurse practitioner Scales Hall resident: 'We are being forced to meet new people' THE OSWEGONIAN FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016

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Alicia Hughes Contributing Writer This spring semester, students will have a new resource on campus in the form of a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Counseling Services Center, whose services will be available once a week. Julie Yankowsky, the new psychiatric nurse practitioner, came from sheer need, according to Counseling Services Center Director Katherine Wolfe-Lyga. “We have had an increase in need for psychiatric services over time,” Wolfe-Lyga said. “Our psychiatrist has a full-time position in the community, so would not be able to add any days to offer her services here.” A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also called a mental health nurse practitioner, are able to diagnose mental illnesses and prescribe medications. Many college campuses have started providing more psychiatric help to their students by using non-physician prescribers to support their students. Wolfe-Lyga said Oswego State’s administration has been very supportive in their endeavor of offering this additional day of psychiatric services each week. Yankowsky is addition to campus will bring more services to students. Her position will equip the Counseling Services Center to provide a wider range of help to those students who need longer term care. While the counselors on staff, who include social workers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors, will continue to provide the majority of counseling service to students, Yankowsky will expand these services by offering, when required, an evaluation and medication management to students who need the extra support in decreasing the intensity of their symptoms. Jane LeBlanc, one of the licensed mental health counselors, said that providing additional access to a professional able to provide medication management related to mental health will be a great added benefit to the Counseling Services Center. LeBlanc said this will bring psychiatric resources to students more quickly, as the closest psychiatric referral source to Oswego State is in Syracuse. “In Oswego we do not have the psychiatric referral sources that larger communities have," LeBlanc said. "The closest being Syracuse, so being able to initiate medication services and then in time refer to an outside

Haofeng Deng | The Oswegonian The center's new hiring choice provides more services.

provider is ideal for our students. Medication is not our first line of services but when students ask for this service it is nice to be able to meet their needs.” Margaret Choroser, an Oswego State human development major, said she is glad extended help will be offered to students with the psychiatric nurse practitioner. “I think it’s beneficial to have a tool to provide students access to medication when needed and longer term help,” Choroser said. Many students come to campus with preexisting prescriptions and connections with doctors. This addition to the Counseling Services Center will give these students access to further help. “It is nice for our staff and student body to have the expertise on campus [with] an additional day for consultation, new treatment and education,” LeBlanc said. “Julie brings that expertise. Dr. Mutabdzic, our psychiatrist, is such a gift to our campus and Julie Yankowsky is the bow on top.” This extra support is important for students to have, Wolfe-Lyga said, as “students are presenting more frequently with mood disorders or other concerns that have an opportunity to be treated with psychotropic medications to support their success in college and in other area of their life.” While Yankowsky will be available to students for new psychiatric assessments beginning in the spring semester, services are limited. The Counseling Services Center welcomes people with questions to call them for more information about the parameters of their psychiatric services.

Scales Hall will undergo a $13.1 million renovation scheduled to begin Dec. 19, the last of four lakeside residence halls to receive a facelift and forcing residents to move elsewhere on campus for the spring 2017 semester. “It is more about the people than the building itself,” said David Kear, a sophomore Scales Hall resident who originally moved into Scales his first semester at Oswego State. Currently, there are about 50 to 60 Scales Hall residents who will not be returning to campus next semester, leaving about 110 students to be moved to different halls, according to Assistant Vice President of Residence Life and Housing Richard Kolenda. ResLife noticed students last spring of the renovations and made an effort in the beginning of the semester to move residents in who had plans for staying one more semester due to the foreign exchange program, graduation, studying abroad or student teaching. The remain-

ing students will be given first priority to move into the renovated building in fall 2017. The foundation of Waterbury Hall, which was renovated during spring 2015, is the same as Scales Hall, so the restoration plans for both buildings date back to 2012, when focus groups of students and faculty discussed their vision of the project. “The design and what goes into it, students have had a great impact on that,” Kolenda said. “It is just that this group of students have not had the impact, it was previous students. The process to put this in takes several years.” The new setup of Scales Hall, including the exterior, will be similar to Waterbury Hall, with some differences due to student feedback ResLife received last year such as the design of the first floor lobby. Scales Hall will have different materials and a different color scheme, as well as no balcony between the third and second floor lounges. The front desk will be in a different location. Scales Hall will move the computer lab to the first floor, allowing card access

instead of computer technicians the labs have now. “[We] had to do the same kinds of things in both buildings but [we] still wanted to make them unique,” Kolenda said. According to Kolenda, ResLife hired a moving company that will move students’ possessions to their new housing assignment with the exception of valuable items which students are encouraged to take home over winter break. Kolenda said the moving company will take students’ belongings after exam week and take them to climate controlled warehouse. Although students recognize the need for the 55-year-old building to be renovated, they are reluctant to distance themselves from close friends. “You are splitting up the friend group that you live together with and everyone is going to go all around campus,” freshman Chris Deriovio said. “We are being forced to meet new people.” Others are excited to see how the outcome of the renovations. “It is obviously the one that needs it,” junior Josh Beniamino said. “I would definitely come back when the facilities are updated.”

Dalton Patterson | The Oswegonian Scales Hall is getting ready for full renovations to be completed by fall 2017. The changes planned require the building to close for a semester and students to move out.

A6 NEWS Planetarium anticipates new seasonal shows New campus pantry provides Shineman Center educates on stars of winter during December needy students easy access THE OSWEGONIAN FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016

Leah Wolf Staff Writer Oswego State students will have a unique opportunity this December. The planetarium, located in Shineman 223, is showing “The Stars of Winter,” an astrology show based around the stars that are visible in December, January and February. Planetarium director Scott Roby will be running the show. “We start out by showing which stars you can see in December, like around midnight, and then you see the same stars in January around 10 p.m., and then you can see the same stars again in February around 8 p.m.,” Roby said. He explained that the reason the stars move is because of the path the Earth takes around the sun. The shows will be offered at 7 p.m. for the first three Sundays of December, which are Dec. 7, 11 and 18. The shows are free and the planetarium seats 35. “The winter constellations are the biggest and brightest of the year,” Roby said. As for the show itself, Roby said they will be concentrating on Orion. Other constel-

lations that can be seen include the Gemini Twins, Canis Major, Canis Minor and Auriga. “We’re telling these Greek mythologies and then tend to be tragedies,” Roby said. “I am doing this for a family audience on Sundays and so I try to make it more lighthearted.” “The Stars of Winter” is not the only show that is offered in the planetarium. “We do new shows every month,” said Professor John Zielinski, who runs some of the shows. “I gave one about the constellations that you can see from the southern hemisphere.” Year-round, people can watch a 45-55-minute show on the stars. “This year, my first show was about the autumn constellations,” said Zielinski. Planetarium shows are offered nearly every Sunday from September to June at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. The planetarium is also used for teaching classes. “For the astronomy course, we can teach certain parts of the course here,” Zielinski said. Other classes also make use of the planetarium, with biology, chemistry, geology, philosophy and history of sci-

ence students all getting the opportunity to have their sections of study taught through the planetarium. “The faculty that teach the class ask, and then I design the show,” Roby said. The classes can all learn something from space, be it astrobiology, the origin of the elements, fusion, or the geological features of Earth and Mars, and even the constellations in literature. “The show I just finished now was about astronomical subjects that are mentioned in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Julius Caesar,’ and Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace,’ and Mark Twain’s ‘Connecticut Yankee’ and ‘King Arthur’s Court.’ We show film clips of all these and then simulated all these,” Zielinski said. The planetarium also offers “The Stars of Spring” and “The Stars of Summer,” which are shown in the spring semester. The stars of the season series runs in September, December, March and June, with shows being offered at the same time as regular ones. “This is one way of reaching out to the community and letting them know what is current in astronomy and science,” Roby said.

Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian Dry food items are kept in the new food pantry, along with clothing items, all available to students.


Wolfe-Lyga and Director of Campus Life Earnest Washington. The pantry has nonperishable foods, toiletries and some winter clothes available to students. Those in need of supplies from the pantry are welcome to come in, no questions asked, fill out an intake form and take what they need. According to Nassir, there is no real concern that students will abuse the pantry. “We need to trust that our students are responsible and respecting enough to not take advantage of a service that is meant to assist students in need,” Nassir said. “We do our best to ensure that students receiving items from S.H.O.P. really do need them, but in the end it comes down to honesty and integrity. It’s up to our students to uphold that honesty and integrity for the sake of our community.” Nassir was the main student involved in the development of the pantry, but more students are currently involved as volunteers who staff the panty. Nassir said there is the potential for a student internship position at the pantry in the future. According to the Oswego State website, Devin O'Shaughnessy | The Oswegonian $4,000 was raised in the spring of 2016 to start "The Stars of Winter" will be showing through December as a free opportunity for up to 35 students per show. Winter constellations are the brightest of the year. up the pantry. A majority of that money, nearly

$3,200, was raised through SA’s Miss-a-Meal fundraiser. The Oswego College Foundation made a $710 donation. Anyone who is able to can donate nonperishable foods, toiletries and winter clothing at the S.H.O.P. site. They can also bring their donations to Mary Walker Health Center, the Counseling Services Center and the Campus Life office. According to Nassir, the pantry is grateful for anything students are able to donate. “How can you be successful if you can’t feed yourself?” Brown said. “There are truly students on this campus who have to choose between food and books, food and tuition, who really cannot afford a meal. Or they have to choose a meal plan where they only get one meal a day. I think it’s very beneficial to the campus because it is great to be able to help fellow students in need who are not as fortunate or do not have family support, whatever the situation is that has put them in this position.” According to Brown, the committee picked hours when students are least likely to have classes. If a student needs to come to the pantry at a different time than the available hours, they should contact the pantry at or 315-312-2446.




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Lakers rise to top of Div. III

First lines pace Div. III hockey in No. 1 ranking does not alter gameplan going into home-and-home with Morrisville State offensive output something right,” head coach Ed Gosek Ryan Zalduondo Staff Writer

Cole Parzych Sports Editor Not every day do you see both men’s and women’s hockey teams own the highest point-producing line in their respective conferences. So I turned to a Twitter poll. Question: “Which first line is more directly related to their respective team’s success?” The results: Out of the 22 Twitter users who voted, 12 elected to go with the men’s hockey top line of Shawn Hulshof (3-9-12), Alex Botten (3-10-13) and Kenny Neil (6-5-11). The other 10 voted for women’s head coach Diane Dillon’s top line of Olivia Ellis (5-11-16), Alexa Aramburu (7-7-14) and Jacquelin White (8-6-14). Putting aside the difference in gender of the sports, the question was based around both teams not having their top line and what team would be able to continue to have more success than the other, if, for whatever reason, either team found themselves without its top line. Hulshof, Botten and Neil currently hold a slight lead in points in the SUNYAC over SUNY Geneseo’s top line of Stephen Collins, Trevor Hills and Anthony Marra. The Collins-Marra-Hills trio has amassed 34 points, compared to the Hulshof-Botten-Neil line who have a combined 36 points seven games in. Could the men’s team still win games without these three? Lets hope we do not have to find out, but there certainly seems to be enough secondary scoring on that roster to still be competitive. This is not saying that the men’s team would still be the No. 1 team in the nation without these three, obviously they would not, but the men’s team has the secondary scoring to keep them in games, and it is tough to argue that the women’s team does. It is hard to see Dillon’s roster being able to beat many teams in the ECAC Women's West without the brilliant top line of Ellis, Aramburu and White. After those three, the next highest point total is seven from junior forward Andrea Noss. That big disparity in points would leave the women’s team without a pure goal scorer in the lineup. Men’s head coach Ed Gosek’s roster only has a one-point drop off from the fourth leading scorer in Stephen Johnson, and a three-point difference from the next two scorers, Matt Galati and Chris Raguseo. With freshman like Jody Sullivan emerging as a forward that can get on the scoresheet with regularity, and junior Mitchell Herlihey producing at a point-per-game pace in his first five games back after an injury, the men’s team should be able to at least compete in the SUNYAC without its top line. Johnson currently leads all Laker defensemen in points and is tied for the top spot in SUNYAC with SUNY Geneseo defenseman Cam Russell with 10 points to lead that category. Raguseo has seven points and is fifth in the SUNYAC among defensemen in scoring as well. The 44 combined points tallied in 10 games from Ellis, Aramburu and White is what is making this team a mustwatch on the weekends. The three have the ability to take over a shift whenever they please and take over games as well, but without them the rest of the lineup would not be able to sustain enough offensive pressure throughout 60 minutes to beat many teams. Ellis, Aramburu and White are pretty much irreplaceable at this point in the season. This leads me to believe that the top line on the women’s team is more directly related to the success of their team and without those three, the offensive production and win total would dip drastically.

As of Nov. 28, the Oswego State Lakers men’s ice hockey team is ranked No. 1 in the nation by both the D3hockey and USCHO polls. After impressive wins over SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Plattsburgh, the Lakers took the holiday weekend off and saw last week’s No. 1 St. Norbert fall to Manhattanville College and No. 2/4 Wisconsin Stevens-Point fall to No. 4/3 Adrian College. All the chaos at the top of the polls led the Lakers to the top spot, and the team hopes to continue their undefeated ways through this weekend when they split a home-andhome series with Morrisville State. “It means that you’re doing

said. “Obviously you haven’t lost a game so people are giving you respect.” The rankings were not very significant to the veteran coach, however he said they can be used as a powerful recruiting tool. Their current priority is to keep winning and the rankings will follow. “We don’t want to let a ranking affect the way that we play, the way that we work, the way that we approach things,” Gosek said. It took the Lakers five weeks to reach the top spot and they have done so climbing after being unranked in both preseason polls. This was the frist time in men's Div. III history that a team started the season unranked and moved to the No. 1 spot. “It doesn’t mean we have to be harder on them, it doesn’t mean we

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Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian Andrew Barton (26) has been reliable at the faceoff dot in his seven games played this season and has tallied three points.

have to ease up on them, or they don’t push themselves the way that they have,” Gosek said. “It’s just having the same hunger with something to prove that we started the year off, where we weren’t ranked by anybody and we’re coming off a subpar season.” It’s been a long road back to the top for an Oswego State team who suffered their worst season last year since the 1996-1997 campaign. “We don’t talk about it,” Gosek said. “Whether we’re ranked, not ranked, ranked number one. The only time we really talk about it is the very end of the year.” The two biggest reasons the Lakers have risen to the position they currently find themselves in is their two massive wins over SUNY Geneseo at home and SUNY Plattsburgh on the road. Clearing those mental hurdles has gotten Oswego State back into

a winning mindset and is allowing the veterans to get back to where they used to be and the younger players can follow suit. The players took a similar approach to Gosek about the new rankings, particularly senior captain Chris Raguseo. “Our goal wasn’t to be first now, our goal is to be first in March,” Ragueso said. “Obviously, it’s nice to be recognized like that, but at the same time we got to look at what got us here, and that’s the way we got to keep playing, obviously, if we want to hold that spot and ultimately be there in March.” Raguseo’s biggest focus is this weekend’s games against Morrisville State. The 1-6-2 Mustangs, despite their rough season so far, present a challenge to the Lakers just like any other team would.

Two shutouts, 48-save performance from Madrigal helps put Lakers at No. 7 in Div. III Jesse Mura-Pelkey Staff Writer Rolling out the best start in program history, the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team’s success this year has allowed them to rise to the No. 7 spot in both major Div. III hockey polls. An impressive overall record of 9-1-0, Oswego State’s dominance this year is enforced by the player responsible not for scoring goals, but preventing them. Mariah Madrigal, a junior from Michigan, tends the net when the Oswego State Lakers take the ice and does so with remarkable talent. Posting a save percentage of .925 through the first eight starts, including two shutouts, Madrigal’s play in net is a large reason the Lakers are tasting a high level of success. In fact, six of the nine Oswego State victories this year have come in games where Madrigal has only allowed one goal or less, further establishing the incredible importance Madrigal brings to this team. Going into this season, Madrigal knew this year would revolve around her consistency. “I knew what we had to do coming into this season,” Madrigal said. “Having a lot more new players, it’s about getting on the same page, getting focused. Coming off last season, I knew I wanted to continue off that and I made some goals and stuck with it.” Sticking with what works has shown its value to Madrigal and the team, as they ride a three game win streak into Friday night's matchup against SUNY Canton. Shutting out Williams College last Sunday, while posting 32 saves in the process,

Madrigal has been able to string together big-time performances at critical times, a trait that those in net seemingly either have, or don’t. Madrigal is refreshingly humble and does not over complicate the little things. When asked about Sunday’s shutout win over Williams, Madrigal chalked her performance up to concentration. “Just staying focused, that was key with the one goal lead,” Madrigal said. “I was in the zone, not even thinking about it.” Madrigal has been in the zone this year, as the stats mentioned earlier prove, with six wins and allowing only one goal or less. The reliance of this team on Madrigal’s play however, is nonexistent, as the entirety of the team has proven elite. The team has nearly doubled the amount of goals scored so far this year as compared to last year, notching 34 goals through ten games this season as opposed to 18 goals through the first ten games of last season. This team does not rely solely on Madrigal necessarily, but her importance is unmistakable. Madrigal knows her role on the team and recognizes her impact on the team through consistent performances, which allows for the growth of confidence. “It definitely helps,” Madrigal said. “I think it makes me more confident, going in, having strong games.” The strongest of which came on Nov. 20, when Oswego State defeated SUNY Plattsburgh, the No. 1 ranked NCAA Div. III women’s hockey program, for the first time in program history. A staggering 48save performance against the top team in Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian


Mariah Madrigal took over the starting job this season and has not disappointed, earning seven wins in eight starts.

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SUNYAC Standings Men's Hockey Oswego State Fredonia Buffalo State Brockport Cortland Geneseo Plattsburgh Morrisville Potsdam

Women's Hockey Elmira Oswego State Plattsburgh Buffalo State Potsdam Utica Neumann William Smith Chatham Cortland Men's Basketball Brockport Buffalo State Cortland Geneseo Plattsburgh Oswego State Fredonia Potsdam Oneonta New Paltz Women's Basketball Geneseo Fredonia Oneonta Plattsburgh Buffalo State New Paltz Potsdam Cortland Oswego State Brockport

Overall 7-0-0 3-3-1 6-2-1 3-4-1 3-5-0 6-1-1 4-3-0 1-6-2 2-5-2 Overall 6-0-0 9-1-0 9-1-0 5-4-1 5-3-0 3-4-0 3-6-0 3-4-1 1-6-1 0-6-0 Overall 4-0 4-0 3-1 3-1 3-1 4-2 2-3 1-2 1-3 1-4 Overall 4-0 4-1 3-1 3-1 3-2 3-2 1-2 1-3 1-4 0-4

Conference 5-0-0 3-2-1 2-1-1 2-3-0 2-3-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 1-4-1 1-4-1 Conference 6-0-0 5-1-0 5-1-0 3-3-0 3-2-0 3-2-0 2-4-0 1-4-1 0-5-1 0-6-0 Conference 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Conference 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

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Men's Basketball Women's Ice Hockey Points Saturday, Nov. 26 Sunday, Nov. 27 10 7 5 1 0 67 63 4 Aramburu: 1 goal Sortino: 21 points White: 1 assist Ferebee: 12 points OSW: Sortino: 6 assists OSW: Ellis: 1 assist 4 Madrigal: 32 saves Krecko: 3 blocks 4 Fucillo: 5 S.O.G Gilmore: 18 points CLB: Stewart: 14 points WIL: Stokes: 3 S.O.G 4 Anderson: 28 saves Steiner: 2 blocks 3 Men's Basketball Women's Basketball 3 Tuesday, Nov. 30 Sunday, Nov. 27 Points *ECAC Women's West 12 10 71 46 70 78 Sortino: 26 points Hebert: 17 points 10 18 points Mazzella: 12 points OSW: Schupp: Tyson: 2 steals OSW: Windhausen: 4 assists 6 Krecko: 3 blocks Ameele: 3 steals Hoffman: 22 points 6 17 points 18 points CAN: Laroche: HAM: Grassey: Saltus: 4 assists, 4 steals Dwyer: 10 assists 6 Pittman: 2 steals 4 Upcoming Matches 3 1 Women's Ice Hockey Men's Ice Hockey 0 Friday, Dec. 2 Friday, Dec. 2 Streak @ vs. W4 7 p.m. 7 p.m. W4 W3 OSW: (7-0-0, 5-0-0) OSW: (9-1-0, 5-1-0) MOR: (1-6-2, 1-4-1) CAN: (4-2-0, 2-2-0) W2 L1 Men's Basketball Women's Basketball Saturday, Dec. 3 Saturday, Dec. 3 L1 L1 vs vs W1 2 p.m. 4 p.m. L3 OSW: (1-4, 0-0) W1 OSW: (4-2, 0-0) CRT: (1-3, 0-0) CRT: (3-1, 0-0) Streak W4 L1 L1 W1 L1 L1 L1 L2 W1 L4

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This will open SUNYAC play for the two teams.

BUF: (6-2-1, 2-1-1) NAZ: (4-6-1, 4-2-0)


The Oswego State women's basketball team notched their first win of the season on Tuesday night against SUNY Canton. The Lakers won 71-46 and had huge performances from Courtney Ameele and Heather Hebert. They combined for 28 points while also shooting above 45 percent from the field. The Lakers will go for win number two on Saturday against rival SUNY Cortland.

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The Oswego State women's ice hockey team is off to an incredible 9-1 start and a crucial reason is the play of goaltender Mariah Madrigal. She already has seven wins through the team's first 10 games and has notched two shutouts early on in the season. She had a total of 28 saves in her second shutout of the season which came against Williams College on Saturday afternoon.

Alexa Aramburu Women's Ice Hockey Senior, Glenn Rock, New Jersey

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Senior Alexa Aramburu of the Oswego State women's ice hockey team tallied four goals over the weekend, including a hat trick in Saturday's 7-2 win. Aramburu now has a total of seven goals and seven assists on the season and is tied for second on the team with 14 points. The Glenn Rock native has been key to the success of the Lakers' hot start and will look to continue putting up points as SUNY Canton comes to town on Friday night for a 7 p.m. matchup.

Sophomore Kade Andrews was a big reason why Oswego State picked up a win over the weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Andrews won both of his matches in the heavyweight division. He beat Pete Andrich from nationally ranked Stevens Institute of Technology by a 4-1 decision, which helped the Lakers win the meet 39-7. The Felt Mills native hopes to continue dominating the mats for the rest of the season.


The streak hits seven. 7-0 is the current record of the Oswego State men's hockey team who sits at No. 1 nationally in the latest polls. The team is off to an incredible start and has been balanced throughout the season. They have shown their ability to win and grind out games on the road. Their biggest win of the season came on Nov. 19 on the road against SUNY Plattsburgh, who was also nationally ranked.


The number of points combined the three-headed monster of Olivia Ellis, Jacquelin White and Alexa Aramburu have scored for the Oswego State women's ice hockey team. White leads the team with eight goals while Ellis has notched 11 assists, most of them being on goals scored by White. If these three can keep up this production it is going to be a long season for opposing teams who have to face them come playoff time.


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Krecko's newfound offensive output gives Oswego State another element to its starting 5 in early going Luke Scoville Staff Writer The t a l l e s t pl aye r i n D i v. I I I basketball, at 6’10’’, is off to a great start as the center for the Oswego State Lakers men’s basketball team. The senior Mykelle Krecko is finding more opportunities in the offense and waving the finger on defense. Krecko, through six games, is averaging a double-double with 10.5 points and 10.5 rebounds a game. Known for being an exceptional rim-protector, Krecko is also averaging 3.5 blocks per game. “It comes with the senior status,”

Krecko said. “Coach tells us as seniors we got to be leaders and as a senior you got to step up and play your part.” His best performance so far came against Clarkson University, where he scored 21 points and grabbed 15 boards in a 72-71 victory. Krecko earned Oswego State Athlete of the Week honors that week, along with being named to the Max Ziel All-Tournament Team. In the championship game in this year’s Max Ziel Tournament, Krecko swatted away seven shot attempts to go along with his 13 points and 14 rebounds in an 83-75 victory over SUNY Canton. “Shot blocking is like an art, it’s very precise,” Krecko said. “You gotta know when and where to be at the right time.”

Jim McGregor | The Oswegonian Mykelle Krecko has developed more of a scoring touch inside for Leone's team, averaging 10.5 points per game.

This is Krecko’s second season as a Laker here at Oswego State. After having a magnificent career at Clinton Community College, he transferred to Le Moyne College and red-shirted his first season. After deciding to leave Le Moyne College, he found a permanent home here in Oswego and a chance to play for head coach Jason Leone. “Coach Leone’s energy, his passion for basketball is what got me here,” Krecko said. “Coming off a season that he did really inspired me to come here and try to get another ring for this school.” Nobody was more excited than Leone after Krecko’s decision to transfer here. His sophomore year at Clinton Community College he averaged 16 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game. According to Leone, recruiting Krecko to Oswego State was a smoothprocess considering that Le Moyne is only an hour away from Oswego State. “[Krecko] and I really hit it off,” Leone said. “He wanted an opportunity to have an impact and get his degree at a school like Oswego I think he’s glad that he found us, and we’re certainly glad we found him.” Krecko worked hard during the offseason on his game and more importantly on his strength and conditioning. It has helped boost his minutes on the floor and an increase of touches on the offensive end. “He’s able to play for longer stretches with better effort,” Leone said. “I’m happy that he’s off to this start, he’s got a long a way to go still, but his impact as a leader this year has been quite significant.” With the Lakers' revamped roster this season, Krecko’s leadership on both ends of the floor is critical for the team’s success. He has been an answer to some of the questions about who will step up on the Lakers offense this season. “Because [Krecko] has gotten bigger and stronger, and has gotten in better shape, he’s getting more opportunities for putbacks off the glass, and in transition,” Leone said. “He has become more of a focal point.” One huge thing Krecko got out of his first season as a Laker was the experience of playing for a historic team and the experience that came with a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Div. III Tournament. The hope is to get that kind of feeling going throughout the season, gain c on f i de nc e , c he m istr y a nd momentum to build off the team's 4-2 start heading into the SUNYAC portion of the schedule. “We got to come in and work hard everyday,” Krecko said. “Seniors got to lead, new guys got to buy in to the program.” Oswego State men’s basketball is off during the week, but will play this Saturday as the Lakers prepare for its first SUNYAC contest of the season. Krecko and the Lakers will take on SUNY Cortland at 2 p.m. at Max Ziel Gymnasium here in Oswego.

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Contact NO. 1 from COVER “Our biggest thing, for us, has been about faceless opponents,” Raguseo said “I think as long as we handle our business, we know we have the talent and the effort and the attitude in that dressing room where if we play our game, we’re concentrating on achieving our own goals, and the bigger success that comes with that, that’s secondary.” Gosek echoed that sentiment from Raguseo, stressing that his team can not go into this weekend taking the Mustangs lightly. “They tied [University of Massachusetts Boston], beat Utica [College], who hadn’t lost, they’ve played a lot of teams tough, they’ve shown they have the ability to score goals,” Gosek said. Since the team is coming off a week of rest, two games against a lesser opponent can quickly become detrimental if the Lakers are not able to get their legs under them and lose the momentum they have had so far early in the season. “I would normally say that the break came at a good time, but when you’re playing well and guys are having fun, it wasn’t like it was work,” Gosek said. “Guys are coming to the rink excited. We can’t control the break and we had the week off and guys were good [at practice].” Consistency is key for the Lakers at this point in the season along with building on what brought them to being ranked as the top Div. III team in the country. This weekend presents a new challenge for the team as they now have a target on their back and it will show their true colors on how they respond. The home-and-home begins at Morrisville on Friday night at 7 p.m. and comes back to the Marano Campus Center Ice Arena Saturday night at 7 p.m.

I think as long as we handle our business, we know we have the talent and the effort and the attitude in that dressing room where if we play our game, we’re concentrating on achieving our own goals, and the bigger success that comes with that, that’s secondary.” -Chris Raguseo Men's ice hockey captain

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SPORTS Men's, women's swimming & diving off to 3-3 starts Cassandra Para Contributing Writer

Alex Salvarezza Asst. Sports Editor The 2016-2017 season for both the Oswego State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are reaching the midway mark of the season as both teams sit at 3-3. The men have won their last two meets after dropping three of their first four meets on the season. The women are coming off a loss after winning three consecutive meets following two defeats to start the season. Head coach Mike Holman is pleased with how both teams have performed to this part of the season and both are sitting right where he expected them to be in the standings. “In swimming you know what’s going to be the outcome,” Holman said. “We didn’t necessarily have a turnaround, but in swimming you are what you are and you expect the results even before the meet.” It is very easy to predict the outcome of the meets beforehand because of the times that go along with the swimmers. Holman knew that the first two meets of the season were likely losses for the Lakers. “We weren’t going to win those meets and we knew that we just wanted to go out and compete,” Holman said. The main focus for Oswego State early on in the season has been to improve their conditioning and start preparing for the in-conference meets that come up later in the season. Athletes typically are not in the best shape right when the season starts and Holman said that his team can definitely improve on their conditioning. “We’re always going to start out at a certain spot in the beginning of the season where we’re certainly not in the best shape,” Holman said. “We’re just getting started and our goal is to get better individually meet to meet and although this is a team sport, it comes down to individual races that can


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Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian Coach Holman putting his team through a freestyle set at practice to prepare for the Hamilton Invite this weekend.

sometimes decide a win or loss.” Oswego State has an invitational meet with other members of the SUNYAC this weekend. It will be a good measuring stick as to where the team stands at this point. “Everyone is swimming their main events this weekend,” Holman said. “I’m looking for us to swim well and be faster than we have been so far, but this is a midseason barometer.” Freshman Daniel Rodriguez of the men’s team is a native of Spain and is currently swimming in his first season as an Oswego State Laker. Holman has been very impressed with Rodriguez so far and is excited to be his coach for the next three seasons. “It’s been a process from the beginning and I think [Rodriguez] has handled it very well,” Holman said. “It’s tough being away from home especially for him because of how far away it is, but he’s adjusting to it very well.” Rodriguez said adapting to the American lifestyle was not as difficult as he thought it

would be. “Adapting to the American lifestyle wasn’t that hard for me because my mother is actually American,” Rodriguez said. “The thing that was hard for me was being so many miles away from my parents.” One big difference in swimming for the Oswego State Lakers than in Spain is the length of the pool that Rodriguez has to swim in. “I’m used to swimming in long course meters which is a 50-meter pool, but this pool is 22.9 meters [25 yards],” Rodriguez said. “There’s a huge difference and I have a lot more flip turns to do so if I improve on them I think I can cut my time down a few seconds.” Jalen Buckhout of the women’s team is very pleased with how the first six meets of the season have went and is looking forward to the rest of the season. “It’s been good so far, but the training has been rough up to this point,” Buckhout said. “Other than that, the races have been fun and the meets have been positive with a lot of cheering involved from our teammates.” Buckhout has been with the Lakers for two full seasons now and knows what it is like to go into meets against a team in which you are far behind in time projections. “It’s very difficult because it provides a lot less motivation,” Buckhout said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that we don’t have positive energy, because we do, it's just tough for your mind.” Both the men’s and women’s team will travel to Clinton New York this upcoming weekend to swim at the Hamilton Invite.

Co-rec Basketball champions have been crowned in a game that people can not stop talking about. The championship game was held on Nov. 16 in Campus Recreation’s Lee Hall Gymnasium. It was Team Hoopmixtape versus Team OVOO and only one team walked away with the title and championship shirt. As students gathered around the court anxiously awaiting tip off, both teams huddled together for one last pep talk. After a long-fought season, and barely making it into the playoffs, Team OVOO stayed optimistic going into the final game of the season. “All you need to remember is that defense wins games,” Palexenia Babb said, Captain of Team OVOO. “Let’s pass the ball and never [get] too ahead of ourselves. We got this.” The whistle blew and five members of each team walked on the court. Throughout the first half of the game, Team Hoopmixtape carried the lead. Shooting guards George Dzagali and Quayshawn Parker were knocking down three-point shots, while forward Andrew Leo controlled the paint with layups and pull-up jump shots. Team Hoopmixtape ended the first half of the game with a 10-point lead.


Heading into the second half of the game, Team OVOO was not ready to throw in the towel just yet. They started playing as a team, as well as playing solid defense. Forward Carlan Bridge had two blocks that helped set the tone in the final few minutes of the game. Team OVOO had managed to narrow down the score to a two-point deficit. Point guard Emmanuel Agyapong fed the team assists along with making three-point shots. Guards Theron Richardson, Jyeisha Reyes and Babb provided great team work both inside and out of the paint. However, center Glassford Crossfield carried the team in the last few minutes by dominating rebounds and converting his free throws. During the last 20 seconds of the game, Crossfield was fouled twice, allowing him to take four foul shots, which he made, sending them four points ahead with a final score of 47–43, with Team OVOO becoming the fall 2016 co-rec basketball champions. In other Intramural sports action, co-rec broomball league is down to the final four with the Average Joes taking on Special Cay for a chance to earn themselves a spot in the finals. Special Cay earned their playoff spot by having an impressive 3-0 record in the regular season. However, this may be the game of the week with Average Joes having 2-0-1 record in the regular season. They both get the chance to show who the better team is in the upcoming match.

Photo provided by Mic-Anthony Hay Team OVOO was able to overcome a 10-point deficit at halftime to knock off Team Hoopmixtape in the co-rec basketball final.

Steady play in net gives team extra boost of confidence Madrigal first goaltender in program history to knock off Cardinals MADRIGAL from COVER the nation, Madrigal stood on her head en route to a 3-2 victory. Cited as her favorite win so far this season, Madrigal looks to the performance as a confidence booster heading forward. “Having 48 saves and beating the number one team in the nation is pretty huge for us considering we’ve never beat them before,” Madrigal said. This is a special season, the best start to one in program history and head coach Diane Dillon knows why. Resounding team play, along with timely net minding by Madrigal and the cohesion of the unit as a whole helps to continue to build towards the success they are achieving. Madrigal’s play however, is especially appreciated by Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian those who run the program and head coach Nicholas Weber, a freshman from South Carolina, holds the top 200-yard freestyle time on the team this year. Diane Dillon is no different.

I think one of the reasons [Madrigal] has been so successful this year is her work ethic. She’s very focused, very methodical in her approach I think the numbers prove it, when you look at the fact that her save percentage is almost 93 percent, averaging one goal a game against." -Diane Dillon Women's ice hockey head coach

“I think one of the reasons [Madgrial] has been so successful this year is her work ethic,” Dillon said. “She’s very focused, very methodical in her approach I think the numbers prove it, when you look at the fact that her save percentage is almost 93 percent, averaging one goal a game against. That allows a team to be in every game. We’re off to the best start in program history, we’re in the position where when [Madrigal's] in the net her teammates think ‘We got this’ and anytime you have that kind of confidence within your team, it changes everything.” Madrigal’s stellar play in the crease this season has allowed her team to climb into a promising position. Standing at 9-1-0 with 15 games remaining, the sky is the limit for this exciting program and their superlative goalie, who will look to continue their run as one of the most successful teams in program and school history.


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FACULTY: WE THANK YOU To the faculty and professional staff who signed the “Faculty and Professional Staff Statement on Harassment and Intimidation on Campus:” Thank you. Since the results of the presidential election were announced, tensions have been high around the Oswego State campus. There have been peaceful protests and discussions held in classrooms centering around the election’s results. That does not mean that people can personally attack those whose beliefs are different from their own. Unfortunately, on the Oswego State campus, some people feel that it is OK to target certain people based on their beliefs or their political views. The faculty and professional staff at Oswego State have signed a letter stating that the targeting, intimidation and exclusion of any group or anyone will not be tolerated. Professors across all departments have united in the fight against intolerance. According to the campus wide announcement sent on Nov. 10, the “Faculty Assembly passed a resolution to counter implicit bias earlier this semester.” The email states: “This presidential

election year was, for many members of our campus community, their first experience with the political process. This year’s presidential election season was unlike those in recent years in terms of a normalization of biased and racist rhetoric. This hate speech, not new but newly legitimized, has come to infect our campus. As faculty and professional staff at SUNY Oswego, we are as committed to academic freedom and protecting the freedom of speech as we are standing up to harassment, threats and incitement.” Students need role models who value their rights to freedom of speech. Sure, professors can have their own beliefs, but it is good to see how open they are to the ideas of their students rather than enforcing their own ideas in the classroom. It is their job, as professors, to have respectful discussions to bounce ideas off of one another. They are here to help. They are here to listen. They have come together in this petition to make it known across campus. The petition is a demonstration of the impact the election had on this campus by the full range of academic and ad-

ministrative departments that are represented. This list continues to grow as more faculty members become aware of the message. Two students, Emily Nassir, Student Association President, and Dalton Bisson, SA Vice President, represented on the list, feel that this is such an important statement that it should be open to the whole campus community. People can have varying opinions in regards to politics but when it comes to harassment or actions that negatively impact other students, everyone should agree that this type of behavior is unacceptable. Coming into college, it should not be the expectation to be harassed in any way based on a personal beliefs and ideas. This is college. Students should be free to express themselves without the fear of judgement. It should be an enjoyable time filled with memories they are willing to look back on. It is comforting to know we have such a diverse and caring faculty and professional staff that would come together in this time of unrest. Once again, thank you.


N-word should never be spoken, period History of vile word still holds meaning for many African-Americans

Zachary Rombough senior, sociology

"Hanging out with friends after studying, drinking coffee [and] eating good, delicious food."


Issack Cintron Copy Editor The N-word. What can be said about it? It is a nihilistic word that was formed out of hatred and oppression, ultimately utilized to label and dehumanize an entire group of people. It is an instigative word that elicits negative emotional and occasionally violent responses when spoken in an insulting, derogatory context. It is a word that originated in the United Kingdom, but was popularized in America during a time when white Americans had enslaved, tortured and held-back people of darker skin complexions while stripping and denying

their basic human rights. While black Americans have been freed from slavery for over 150 years, they are still held cap tive by this disgusting word. To make matters worse, this word has since been glorified by modern society, primarily by blacks themselves. During the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in March 2016, host Larry Wilmore controversially referred to President Barack Obama as his “Nword” as a form of endearment, rather than as an insult. There are many debates regarding the use of the N-word in today’s culture. Some claim it is used to describe an acquaintance. Others claim the word still possesses the same hateful label of its origins. In the hip-hop genre, the N-word has often been utilized to reclaim the word from its oppressive origins as well as bring authenticity to the lyrics of rappers. During a 2009 interview with rapper Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey explained her distaste for the N-word. “There was a generation before me that fought for civil rights and that word carries such a sense of hatred and degradation,” Winfrey said. “I think about black men being lynched

and that’s the last word they heard.” In black culture, the word is indeed used among fellow blacks similarly as “dude” or “buddy.” Yet the word is unfortunately not exclusive to black America, as the usage of the word in mediums such as music, film and television has encouraged non-blacks to use the word in their everyday life. During my childhood I experienced kids of Hispanic, Latino and white ethnicities use the word as often as the words “if” and “the.” The polarizing nature of the Nword have seen debates occur that place emphasis on its pronunciation, with the N-word’s -a ending being more acceptable than its -er ending. The discussion should not be about the word’s pronunciation, but how it should not be used at all. For no usage could ever distance it from its ignorant origins or alter its discriminative meaning. Universally, the word should be forbidden. More effort should go into denouncing its existence and eliminating it from the English language along with our culture. The word does not deserve to be celebrated or embraced. If you have a friend, call them “friend,” “buddy” or “homie.” Not a dehumanizing, hateful word.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR When we first come to college, we are full of anticipations, expectations, anxieties and fears of what the college experience will be like. We are all in a new environment and unsure of what to expect or what to make of it all. We have left our old friends behind and many of us are away from home for the first time ever. For some, including myself, their outlook on college was going to parties and do the things you were not allowed to do back home. However, everyone has a different perspective about going to college. Some go to parties and have a great time, but not everyone makes it back to their dorm safely. I personally have already witnessed a close friend of mine become a v i c t i m o f s e x u a l a s s a u l t . I h ave heard more stories than I would like to and know other people will become affected by the outcomes of sexual assault, whether becoming a victim or knowing a victim. It leads me to question if this is the college experience. Will I have to endure four years of consoling friends who have become victims of horrors

we never thought would affect us? We hear the stories, but we never think of ourselves or someone we know becoming victims of this atrocity. Will I have to accompany more friends as they see counselors, and police, asking questions trying to find an excuse that some guy was innocent? We ask the victims questions, examining every part of their past and present, trying to deduce whether or not they are telling the truth, whether or not consent was present. This is not an attack on the party life of college students and I am not against going out and having a good time, but I do have a problem when someone takes advantage of someone else. They strip them of not only their clothes, but of their innocence and purity. They went to the par ty to have a good time, but someone changed that and took away a part of them that made them unique. Now they live in fear; of what was supposed to be the best four years of their life. Assault is never an accident. No one has ever accidently sexually as-

saulted or raped someone, so do not try to use alcohol as an excuse. Was alcohol a factor? Yes. However, it never allowed permission to violate another human being. Women are not objects, they are human beings. 1 in 5 women will be sexual assaulted during college. The statistics are unfathomable and disgusting. Real change needs to occur and it star ts here on college campuses. College is a time when we not only learn in classrooms but learn who we really are, but if 1 in 5 women will leave college being victims of sexual assault, then that’s 1 in 5 women forever changed and these are just the reported ones. We are equal and no one deserves to be a victim. These numbers are a reflection of not only our community, but our environment, and the only way to truly change this is to start putting efforts towards changing our environment.

Max Percent Oswego State freshman



Food pantry helps students, Tip of gets them involved in community the hat...


◊... to fake news circulating social media. ◊ people who use the N-word in any way. ◊ unneccessary mandatory student fees.

◊ the opening of the food pantry. ◊ The Oswegonian’s last issue of the semester. ◊ the faculty for taking a stand against harrassment.

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Castro’s death stirs emotions Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian The food pantry, which is located in Room 3 of Penfield Library basement, opened on Nov. 1.

Sammi Flavell Web Editor Oswego State is working to relieve some of the stress from college students’ budgets during the holiday season by offering a food pantry on campus. The pantry was opened in October and provides food, toiletries and winter clothing to meet the needs that some students face. In these colder months, there is a great need for donations as the holiday season is supposed to be one of kindness and giving. It is a time of great joy, not a time in which people should be worrying about whether they can afford their next meal or if they have warm enough clothing to stay comfor table throughout the winter. While it is important to help those in need year round and whenever possible, it is especially important to sacrifice a little this time of year in the spirit of giving to help those in need. The campus food pantry is a wonderful opportunity for college

students to donate and help out those they encounter on a daily basis and to be able to see face-to-face the difference that they are making. Not only does the on-campus food pantry make it easier and more feasible for students to be able to donate, it also works to make it more accessible for students in need to have a close, resource to turn to and to ensure that they are prepared and healthy. Often, people are unable to obtain the help they need because they do not know of proper resource s . H av i ng t he o n - c a m p u s o p t i o n is a wonderful resource because it provides a more comfortable environment for students to get the help that they need w ithout having to worry about needing transportation to get there. The on-campus food pantry is w o rk i n g b o t h to g e t s t u d e n t s i n volved in community service and to provide a safe and convenient outlet for students in need to turn to. One in which they can feel comfortable and safe enough to ask for and accept the help that they need.

Mandatory fee deemed unfair for students who dislike sports

Some celebrate while others mourn after vicious Cuban dictator dies Issack Cintron Copy Editor

How does one accurately describe the legacy of the infamous Fidel Castro? Many are left to answer this question as the former Cuban president passed away on Nov. 25 at the age of 90. Castro’s death was polarizing to say the least. Most celebrated the death of a vicious totalitarian who crippled many generations of Cubans, while others reflected upon Castro’s rule with great loyalty, acknowledging the changes he brought to Cuba. No matter which light people choose to view Castro in, the fact remains that the impact he had on his nation shall last for generations. Anthony DePalma of The New York Times defined Castro as “the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war.” The interesting par t of Castro’s death has been the reactions from different generations of Cubans. Many Cubans of older generations have mourned his death since they lived through the height of Castro’s rule. On the other hand, younger generations of Cubans, specifically many who defected to the U.S., view his death as cathartic, for they possess a lot of animosity toward Castro.

Photo provided by Yortw via flickr Former dictator Fidel Castro who ruled over Cuba for 47 years, died on Nov. 25 at the age of 90.

The legacy of Castro is one that negatively impacted the island nation of Cuba. Economically, the nation suffered greatly under his implementation of a “socialism or death” approach. The impact from the struggling economy has also seen the nation become socially divided between those who g re w t i re d o f h i s d i c t a to r s h i p a nd those who blindly followed him. W h i l e h i s d e a t h m a rk s t h e e n d of a tyrannical era, it unfortunately does not assure prosperity for Cuba. In 2006 Castro turned over the presidency to his brother Raul, who shares

similar political views in many regards. While the nation may not be treading the murky waters under the former Castro, their future remains just as bleak. The death of Castro is bittersweet to say the very least, but one must not get completely lost in his minute positivity, for his vile rhetoric proved lethal for the nation he claimed to love and has prevented Cuba’s progression for decades. Unfortunately, his death does not accomplish enough for the people of Cuba.

Make sure trending stories are real Social media websites need to ensure fake news stories stop spreading Criselda Mapoy | The Oswegonian The Oswego State athletic fee is $214 per semester, whereas the health fee is $178 per semester.

Clare O’Brien Staff writer Tuition is the universal nightmare of college students from coast to coast. Whether someone attends an Ivy League university or a state school, just seeing the word FAFSA in an email can make any collegiate cringe. Everyone has all heard the adults in their life talk about the student loans they had for years after graduating. In reality, what is it that we are paying for? On the “student accounts” section of the Oswego State website, anyone can scroll through the numerous fees that students are required to pay. Many fees are broken down by the credit hour, revealing that Oswego State students are paying $17.83 per credit hour for something known as the “athletic fee.” What even is the Athletic Fee? According to the Oswego State’s website, the fee is mandatory in order to “support intercollegiate athletics” since “everyone benefits from the success of our [Oswego State] teams and their contributions to the college’s reputation and recognition.” At the bottom of the paragraph describing the fee, there is a disclaimer reading, “the athletic fee does not fund club sports or the fitness centers.” In other words, students will be paying over $200 a semester in addition to their fitness center membership of $55 per semester. College athletic programs definitely have the opportunity to help promote the school in a positive light with trophies and championship titles, but would it be too much for the athletic fee to include the membership fee? Without the fitness center membership, the athletic fee seems more like a season pass to hockey games instead of a way to

promote healthy lifestyles for students. However, there is another fee students must pay that helps steer them towards better wellness habits. Appropriately titled the “health fee”, this fee is “charged for services provided by the Mary Walker Health Center.” Less expensive than the athletic fee at $14.83 per credit hour, the health fee covers the costs of medications and first aid available to students. At a maximum charge of $178 per semester, Oswego State students have a facility to help them when they have a sinus infection or need a pregnancy test. The university’s website states that “the mandatory health fee pays for the health care you receive during the current semester.” These two charges, the athletic fee and the health fee, are both mandatory despite their drastically different impact on students. The health fee guarantees students health care when the infamous Oswego plague hits, directly helping them recover and get back to being successful academics. The Athletic Fee guarantees students the “benefit” of telling their parents about the amazing comeback Oswego made against SUNY Geneseo during Homecoming Weekend. These fees should not be grouped together in the mandatory fees category. Having a mandatory health fee that ensures care is common sense, especially this year with the mumps outbreak sweeping the SUNY system. The athletic fee does not hold as much weight benefiting everyone as the website claims. It is highly unlikely that every student will attend a hockey game and not every student will judge the school on its athletics. When Oswego State students receive the diploma they will spend years paying off, it is highly unlikely that many will look at that framed piece of paper and think, “Oh man, I am so glad I paid more for the baseball program than my flu shot.”

Derek Smith Staff Writer “ Tr u m p S u p p o r t e r S t a b b e d b y 21-Year-Old Black Man,” “Pope Francis Endorses Bernie Sanders for P r e s i d e n t ,” e v e r y o n e k n o w s t h e headlines. This sort of “fake news” headlines flooding Facebook newsfeeds have come under close scrutiny recently for their influence on this year’s election. Authoritative, or “real,” news outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNN have begun investigating just how influential this “fake news” was during the election and how they impacted the electoral victory of Donald Trump on Nov. 8. Never in history did people suspect that Mongolian hackers or Russian propagandists had a substantial impact on an American presidential election. But it is becoming more clear that may be the case. Truthbending and partisan spin is nothing new in politics. But how could a man who has lied so consistently for over a year on the campaign trail see “thousands of Muslims were cheering in New Jersey on 9/11” and who perpetuated wild conspiracies throughout like Ted Cruz’s dad was involved in the killing of JFK convincing millions of Americans he has the integrity to lead the free world? The answer is a combination of this new fake news phenomenon and the not-so-new phenomenon of good old fashioned misinformation. The public, as a general rule, distrusts mainstream media. Conservatives in particular are even less likely to trust the news while they dismiss most of it as nothing but an arm of the liberal

Sam Boyle | The Oswegonian During the election, social media sites were trending with an enormous number of fake news stories.

elites. Skepticism of mainstream news coverage is typically healthy, but too often we have seen those who detest traditional reporting stray further and further into the fringes of partisanship. So when a headline pops up reading “Donald Trump has the document to destroy Obama” that confirms or advances one of their preconceived notions about a candidate, why not share, right? The propaganda outlets, foreign and domestic, make money through Facebook and Twitter through advertising when their links are merely clicked on, not even read. People know that Russia and its allies were rooting for a Trump presidency for his anti-NATO comments. People also know through Wikileaks they had a concerted effort to expose damning information contained in Hillary Clinton’s emails. Thus, foreign powers were not only incentivized by the Trump presidency, but the

advertising money they could rake in by capitalizing on the lack of regulation by Facebook and other social media websites to filter out nonsense “news” articles. Trump won the election fairly albeit due to the archaic electoral college system and to suggest otherwise would be peddling the same conspiracies that Trump has been denounced for. But it would be foolish not to recognize Russia’s clear interest in this election and the loads of “fake news” they and others have injected into daily American news consumption. It is now up to Facebook and Twitter to filter out this blatantly false information from appearing on people’s timelines. But more impor tantly it is up to the people to read and watch the news critically to ensure ever yone is well-informed, well-equipped public.




Alumnus releases powerful debut album


Main cast shines in ‘Fantastic Beasts’


‘Moana’ stars keep audience hooked

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FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016

Events Calendar Friday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 9

ART EXHIBIT: “FROM MY FRONT DOOR” Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Date: Friday, Dec. 2 Location: Oswego State Metro Center ART EXHIBIT: “LAND, SKY, WATER: WATERCOLOR, ACRYLIC AND PASTEL” Time: Noon - 5 p.m. Date: Friday, Dec. 2 Location: 186 W. First St., Oswego OPEN SKATE Time: 12 - 2 p.m. Date: Fridday, Dec. 3 Location: Arena, Marano Campus Center DEL SARTE DANCE RECITAL Time: 7 - 9:30 p.m. Date: Friday, Dec. 2 Location: Arena, Marano Campus Center THEATHER PERFORMANCE: “THE PILLOWMAN” Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Date: Friday, Dec. 2 Location: Lab Theatre, Tyler Hall MOVIE: “SNOWDEN” Time: 7:30 p.m. Date: Friday, Dec. 2 Location: Auditorium, Marano Campus Center RICE CREEK RAMBLE Time: 11 a.m. - noon Date: Saturday, Dec. 3 Location: Rice Creek Field Station CONCERT: OSWEGO STATE WIND ENSEMBLE AND COLLEGE ORCHESTRA Time: 7:30 - 9 p.m. Date: Saturday, Dec. 3 Location: Ballroom, Sheldon Hall PLANETARIUM SHOW: “THE STARS OF WINTER” Time: 7 - 8 p.m. Date: Sunday, Dec. 4 Location: Room 223, Shineman Center INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m. Date: Monday, Dec. 5 Location: Room 255, Marano Campus Center

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Look at Oz: Alumnus releases debut album

Style varies from most modern hip-hop Issack Cintron Copy Editor issack.cintron@

Long Island-based altsoul artist Bobby Chucka premiered his debut album “ctrl – alt – acpt” via Facebook Live on Nov. 1. Over 5,000 users viewed the Facebook Live stream as they were audibly taken to a unique realm of music that had been two and half years in the making. On Nov. 25, the album was made available for purchase on Chucka’s website. “Ctrl – alt – acpt” is a 26-track, hour-long sonic quest for acceptance as Chucka, a 2015 Oswego State graduate, crafts a complicated debut album to correspond with his complicated mind. The music is a canvas he utilizes to paint the many layers of his everevolving personality. “I change shapes a lot, but not for you, I feel like water,” Chucka raps on the hook for the confident thumper “like water” which houses the album’s only feature in Chicago-based rapper Mick Jenkins. The line in the album’s third track serves as a bit of foreshadowing for the listener. Throughout the album, Chucka ventures through a perpetual identity crisis with emotions constantly fluctuating between bursts of pleasure seen on “baby cakes” and episodes of melancholy on “quiet down.” “The album was mostly about existence, or my small slice of existence and all the things that happen in it, good and bad,” Chucka said. “I wanted to be as honest and authentic as I could be, so I tried to use every element of the album to paint a picture of my current life.” The concept of existence is explored through a prolonged conversation between Chucka and a close female friend. like Chucka, the friend finds

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Bobby Chucka (left), a graduate of Oswego State, releases a unquie debut album called “ctrl - alt - acpt.”

it increasingly difficult to balance and understand her emotions and thoughts. The incredibly disjointed, yet insightful, conversation features discussions about death, failed relationships and the desire to creatively “express myself.” The intimacy sees Chucka shed his musical persona and allows himself to purely be Rob Dezendorf. “The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know who I was, the problem was I thought I was something. And I’m not. I’m everything,” Chucka said in “talk 4.” In March 2014, Chucka released his first project, “The Blue Tape” a ninetrack mixtape that spent a year in production. “The Blue Tape” was an impressive arrival for Chucka in the hip-hop genre, as great strides were made in production on tracks such as “Real Boy RealEyes” “Am I Right?” and “We Comin’ After You.” Two and a half years separate “The Blue Tape” from “ctrl – alt – acpt.” His days as the college boy party-hopper are gone, as he is the graduate invested in an ultra-focused lifestyle. Chucka’s maturation resonates on “ctrl – alt – acpt” both lyrically and sonically as a result. It is easier to classify this as a

hip-hop album, although it would undermine Chucka’s exceptional production. This is an experimental alt-soul album that fuses influences of electronica, neo-soul, nujazz, R&B and trip hop. The sounds crafted are hauntingly captivating through their detached nature. Tracks like “ghost ride” and “alright alone” have more in common with the eccentric sounds of alternative groups Radiohead and Glass Animals than they do with any modern hip-hop act. Then there is the more sensual and intimate song “overgrown,” a downbeat sedated love song, which would make the likes of Erykah Badu smile. “I just want to stay at home, kick the covers on/ Play your favorite song, while we’re making love,” Chucka sings in a sultry state on “overgrown.” “‘Control, alter, accept’ is what [the album’s title] stands for,” Chucka said. “After a lot of therapy, I learned that I had been dealing with most of my frustrations in life, in three stages. First, I was trying to control the situation... Second, I was trying to [alter] the situation... And lastly, my only option to ease my frustration and be at peace, was to accept my life for what it was and roll with it.” The accept stage takes

form at the back-end of the album, namely on the emotional ballad “4 u” dedicated to his late mother. “When I sing about you, no one to reach out to/Living life without you, heartache told me how to/Heal myself,” Chucka sings in a somber, reflective voice as this track is where he is able to form his most completed set of thoughts on the album. In many ways, the track is both therapeutic and revelatory. “Music has always been therapy for me and I hope that’s what this is for the people who need it,” Chucka said. “Throughout the whole process my main goal was to think as little as possible and record only during bursts of creativity when I felt present in my thoughts. I also wanted to show people that it’s ok to be honest about yourself, even if it’s a little shocking. Our flaws are what make us interesting.” “Ctrl – alt – acpt” is an ambitiously crafted, discombobulated work in progress, like Chucka himself. The album feels incomplete for the album is very artistically jumbled. Yet this is forgiven for the authenticity Chucka brings, noting that this is nothing more than the complex beginning to an intriguing journey.


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Weekly EP: KEN Mode’s ‘Nerve’ matches last album’s sound Jack Roche Staff Writer

KEN Mode is a hardcore metal band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada that can most easily be described as “loud.” They make the kind of music listeners would expect from a band whose acronym stands for “Kill Everyone Now.” Formed in 1999, brothers Jesse and Shane Matthewson and long-time friend Daryl Laxdal found their sound i n a n i n t e n s e a nd d i s t i nc t blend of metal and punk. As their sound took form, so did their fan base and critical acclaim, going as far as to win a Juno Award, the Canadian Grammy, in 2012. The band’s latest full-length v e n t u r e , 2 0 1 5 ’s “ S u c c e s s ,” marked somewhat of a departure from their signature sound. KEN Mode traded in some of

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“Nerve” displays more of the style that fans of KEN Mode have come to love.

the more refined and precise qualities present on their previous records in favor of a more raw and vicious sound. The sound of “Success” was unabashedly aggressive and that same chaotic sound is found once more on the band’s latest EP “Nerve.” Every track on “Nerve” could seamlessly fit into “Success.” This should not come as a surprise, as the first three tracks on the new EP come

from the band’s “Success” sess i o n s , w he re t hey re c o rd e d the material for their last album with help from prolific rock legend Steve Albini. For one reason or another, these tracks were left off the full-length record. While these songs could be seen as leftovers from the band’s last record, that does not mean they are lacking in substance. The quality of “Nerve” is on par with the rest of KEN

Mode’s recent work. Starting off strong with the unapologetically turbulent, “German Businessman,” KEN Mode’s latest starts with high energy and keeps its relentless pace throughout the duration of the record. Sonically t h e re i s n o t m u c h v a r i e t y. Each track adopts the same confrontational and abrasive mood. Fortunately, this is what KEN Mode does best. They are in their comfort zone when they are being as harsh as possible. Lyrically, the group is impressively able to match the ferociousness of their desolate sound. Vocalist Jesse Matthewson passionately croons out misanthropic lines on each track, in a style resembling a sort of twisted ballad. Cynical standouts such as “Nothing is Sacred” are screamed in tone of bitter anguish. Surprisingly catchy hooks like these have become a staple of KEN Modes music and

are present all throughout “Nerve.” The groups penchant for contemptuous lyrics give a special flavor to their music that you really have to be in a specific headspace to appreciate. At the very least they make for memorable songs. It is hard to forget a song in which the singer repeatedly screams that he is going to “F--- your dreams.” After the first three tracks of new material, the rest of “Nerve” is filled out by various demos of tracks from KEN Mode’s previous albums. These songs provide interesting windows into the band’s progress and production that diehard fans will surely appreciate. For the more casual listener, they are just rawer versions of tracks that have been released for years now. “Nerve” is short, sweet, and to the point. As long as fans feel the urge to break things, KEN Mode will have a place in the world of music.

Metallica gives listeners new songs, old style Rob Lee Staff Writer

On Nov.18, Metallica released their 10th studio album, “Hardwired... to Self-Destruct.” The record opens with the title track “Hardwired” which starts off fast with the frantic pace and James Hetfield’s distinct vocals reminiscent of 1980s Metallica. The whole album reflects many of the best aspects of the band’s first four albums, which is exactly what listeners were hoping for. Metallica had lost a lot of their core fans during the “Load,” “Reload” and “St. Anger” years. “Hardwired” is a step in the right direction in bringing back the old Metallica, who were one of the p re mier bands in bringing metal into the foreground of music world in the ‘80s. A big part of the revitalization of Metallica is the addition of bassist Robert Trujillo who previously played with artists such as Suicidal Tendencies,

Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society. Trujillo was added to the band in 2003 to replace former bassist Jason Newsted. His playing style brings a spark back to the band that has not been seen since the days of Cliff Bur ton. Singer and Rhythm Guitarist, James Hetfield even said that Trujillo “makes the band sound better.” The new energy provided by Trujillo and the fact that the band features what is described by drummer Lars Ulrich as “simpler songs,” where they “introduce a mood and stick to it,” rather than having several change of pace and tempo, as the band has done on several albums since “…And Justice for All.” This method shows through on songs like “Atlas, Rise” which has a nonstop old-style Metallica pace from start to finish. The songs on this record explore many different themes. The title track “Hardwired” sounds as if it is describing the current state of the world and where it may be heading. “Moth into Flame” is about the dangers of fame, reminiscent of celebrities like Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton. The

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James Hetfield, vocalist and guitarist for Metallica, continues to showcase his skill in the group’s lastest album.

track “Confusion,” which is about the all too real feeling that soldiers have when they are unable to separate the battlefield from home, has lyrics such as “Leave the battlefield, yet its horrors never heal, coming home from war, p i e c e s d o n’ t f i t a n y mo re .” Then there is “Murder One,” which is a tribute song for Lemmy Kilmister, the legendary singer and bassist for the band Motörhead.

There are also several bonuses on the deluxe edition such as the “Ronnie Rising Medley” which is a tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio, as well as covers of Deep Purple’s “When a Blind Man Cries” and Iron Maidens “Remember Tomorrow.” The bonus material also features several live tracks that were recorded at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, California in April to celebrate Record Store Day.

Overall this is a very good record which will bring listeners back to the old days of Metallica or at the very least help them forget the “Load,” “Reload” and “St. Anger” years. It may not be “Ride the Lightning” or “Master of Puppets,” but true Metallica fans will enjoy this record, any who disagree will be fairweather fans, the ones who jumped on the bandwagon years ago.

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The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ displays artist’s strengths “Beauty Behind the MadIssack Cintron ness” possessing a fractured Copy Editor bl a c k a nd w h i t e pho to o f Weeknd. “Starboy’s” cover is dipped in an appetizing color pallet to coincide with In the realm of music, its colorful songs such as 2016 has been blessed with a “Rockin’” and “Secrets.” plethora of incredible albums Despite the color nature of to counteract the numerous the songs, Weeknd’s lyrical deaths of incredible high- content remains as dark as profile artists. The loss of “Beauty Behind the Madness,” icons like Prince, Phife Dawg reassuring that he is still the and David Bowie has been same drug-infatuated, sexeased by the artistry of Frank crazed deviant listeners fell Ocean, Chance the Rapper for throughout his career. and Beyoncé. “I just won a new award Closing out the prosper- for a kids show, talking ‘bout ous year for music is The a face numbing off a bag of Weeknd who released his blow/I’m like g------ b---- I third studio album “Starboy” am not a Teen Choice, g----on Nov. 25. -, b----, I am not a bleach boy,” The 18-track LP follows Weeknd sings on “Reminder.” the Toronto-based singer’s These dark messages critically acclaimed 2015 are so expertly laced within a l b u m o f s e l f i s h s e x u a l the aforementioned colorful desires, adventures of de- sounds; it is appropriate to baucher y and a romance consider this to be the madwith drugs “Beauty Behind ness behind the beauty. the Madness.” The first no“Starboy” is still as egoticeable difference in the centric as its predecessor, but two albums exists within features an interesting pertheir album covers, with sonality shift for Weeknd as

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his madness is combatted by his newfound tolerance to the prospect of falling in love. His beauty results in sensual, romance-inspired tracks such as “True Colors” where he adopts an R&B sound that would have fit right in the ‘90s or even “Love to Lay” where he uncharacteristically grows infatuated with casual sex. One of the more lovable tracks is nothing more than merely an interlude titled “Stargirl In-

terlude” which features Lana Del Rey, the song’s co-writer and one of Weeknd’s “closest friends in the industry.” “I just want to see you shine ‘cause I know you are a stargirl,” he sings on the song. Other features on the album include Future on “All I Know,” a captivating verse from Kendrick Lamar on the John Mayeresque “Sidewalks” and two appearances from the ingenious duo Daft Punk. The French

House Robots join Weeknd on the album’s synthesizer-driven futuristic title track and the uplifting, funky final track “I Feel It Coming” which feels heavily influenced by Toto’s hit single “Africa.” All the beauty and madness that coexists on “Starboy” creates a sonically pleasing album, yet lacks much innovation in a time where R&B artists such as Frank Ocean, Vic Mensa and Del Rey continue to explore new sounds. Weeknd manages to wonderfully embraces his innerPrince or David Bowie, the latter of which inspired the album’s title, yet these were qualities that existed on “Beauty Behind the Madness.” This does not take away from album’s resonance as there is still much brilliance to the madness and beauty of Weeknd’s artistry and character. “Starboy” is out of this world in spite of its lack of innovation, still cementing Weeknd as one of the premier sources for genius in music.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ pleases fans Brandon Cortes Asst. Laker Review Editor

Fans of the “Harry Potter” series will enjoy “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Director David Yates and writer/producer J.K. Rowling merged once again for the new “Harry Potter” prequel/spin-off to the original eight films. Based off of a textbook in the “Harry Potter” universe. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” takes place in the 1920s, 70 years before boy wizard Harry Potter is born. Main character Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) is an Englishman who travels to New York City, but is not alone. In his small luggage, he carries magical animals. Scamander and his friends journey to recollect es caped beasts and

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face challenges from the anti-hero American governing body of magic and other dark magic. An Academy Award-winner, Redmayne does not fail in his role as the protagonist. Jacob Kowalski, played by Dan Fogler (“Barely Lethal”), is a poor New Yorker who dreams of op en i n g a b a ke r y, b u t w o rk s u n h a p p i l y a t a f a c t o r y. His life changes forever when he encounters Sca-

m a n d e r, a m a g i z o o l o gist and is introduced to the world of magic. Both men meet sisters Porpentina, played by Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs”) and Queenie Goldstein, played by singer A l i s o n S u d ol ( “ B e t w e e n Us”). Both women develop their roles throughout the movie and are at aid for the men in their search to find the beasts. A s f o r t he i r c o u n t e r -

par ts, casting Colin Farrell (“Solace”) as the villain Pericval Graves was a risk because of his shaky performances in past films, but he shocked the audience with an excellent performance. Young-upand-coming actor Ezra Miller “‘The Stanford Prison Experiment”) brightly performed the mysterious role of Credence, an awkward and abused teenager who turns out to play a bigger role than what the audience originally expects. Other minor roles succeeded in acting, but the performance of the six main characters were what caught the audience’s eye. The beasts, all beautiful in their own way, were a joy to watch and definitely made the film fantastic. Niffler was cute and lova b l e , b u t a m i s c h i evo u s platypus type of beast that loved to steal money a nd j e w e l r y a nd c a u s e d problems for Scamander. Bowtruckle is a walking-

leaf, bonsai type of beast that has a close relationship with Scamander. Swooping Evil, Occamy, Demiguise and Erump e n t w e re o t h e r b e a s t s that made worthy appearances in the movie. It was disappointing to see t he t h u nd e r b i rd , Fr a n k , the most beautiful of all beasts, get such little screen time. Fans will hope to see Frank if he appears in future sequels. “Harry Potter” fans have to enter the cinema’s understanding that the trio cast of the original eight films will not appear, but Hogwarts, Huffelpuff and Albus Dumbledore will be referenced. It is officially announced that there will be five films in the series and all films will have the title “Fantastic Beasts and…” with a different subtitle for each film. What is not certain is if Newt Scamander will be the focus in all future films, as the exact story is also unknown.


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Awards not far away for ‘Moonlight’s’ powerful story Dominick Lioto Staff Writer

There are always a few films that come out each year that truly captivate audiences. They seem to come out of festivals like Sundance and Cannes and after those showings the hype of these films spreads like wildfire. 2016 had a few of these highly anticipated gems: Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” and Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight.” “Moonlight” is only Jenkins’ second feature-length film, based on a story by Tarell Alvin McCraney. It chronicles the life of a black man, Chiron, growing up in a rough area of Miami. There are three chapters; One focusing on a time from his childhood, another focusing on a period during high school and the last when he’s an adult. No matter what period of his life is being shown, the same themes resonate. Loneliness, struggle, poverty, addiction and

finding his place in a sometimes cruel world. Like a lot of independent films, this has a very European feel. Most people that see mainstream movies dislike this style. They think the movie has more to offer in visuals than it does in actual story. These people have a point for certain movies but not this one. As much as there is to offer in the visual realm, there is just as much to offer in the script. Even though there are open ended moments, I think these elevate the realness of the film. No one knows everything about a person’s life, even if you’ve witnessed a good amount of it. Not knowing everything that happens to Chiron makes him so much more because the viewers wonder what else he has been through. Chiron’s life was played out by three different actors. Alex Hibbert as the child, Ashton Sanders (“Straight Outta Compton”) as the teenager, and Trevante Rhodes (“If Loving You Is Wrong”) as the adult. This is actually Hibbert’s first and only role thus far in his career. It was powerful role to take

on as his first effort, which he ultimately succeeded in. Each actor brings something new to Chiron’s story, almost as if the audience can tell how much more he’s struggled since the last version we’ve seen. The transition between Sanders’ Chiron and Rhodes’ Black, is easily the most drastic change in the character throughout the film. It is a project very reminiscent of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” Granted Linklater’s film actually took twelve years to complete with the same actors playing their roles throughout the film but it is the transformation that is the key. To go along with this fascinating narrative, “Moonlight” has a fantastic soundtrack of booming, rhythmic, soulful tracks from African-American culture, especially from the ‘60 - ‘80s, and astounding visuals. Each scene, no matter how simple or elaborate the subject matter is at that moment, is practically hypnotic. Swirling and floating throughout the environment like a spec watching everything unfold. A true visual feast. This has to be one of the most

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The three actors bring “Moonlight’s” protagonist to life, showing his growth.

powerful films released all year. So many different players bringing something unique to the table that an Academy Award is easily in their favor. Barry Jenkins and company have created

something so visceral and real it’s almost too raw to watch. Intense to the point it makes the viewer’s mind unravel and wonder even after the picture is over.

‘Moana’ surpasses controversy, entices audiences Heather Clark Managing Editor

Walt Disney Animation Studios released their fifty-sixth feature film “Moana.” The story follows the brave and conflicted chief’s daughter, Moana, played by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, on her quest to restore order to her island and find herself along the way. Joining her is the Maui, a shapeshifting demigod out to help the human race, played by Dwayne Johnson (“Ballers”) and the brainless chicken Heihei played by Disney veteran Alan Tudyk (“Zootopia”). Cravalho is the youngest voice of a Disney princess as she was cast as Moana when she was 14 years old. Casting a native Hawaiian who is as young as Cravalho was the best choice for the heroine. Not only does she have a beautiful singing voice, but her emotions clearly shine through her performance. The scenes are absolute-

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With mesmerizing visuals and a fun story auidences can follow, “Moana” gives Disney its latest hit. ly breathtaking. Full-screen shots of the ocean and the sky are simply beautiful. Since the ocean is a character itself, the animators had their hands full giving something as vast as the ocean any sort of emotion. Yet, somehow, possibly through Disney magic, they made an emotional character out of the ocean. Some scenes that highlighted just the ocean were so spectacular. It was difficult to

tell that it was actually an animation and not live footage. T h e s to r y l i n e i t s e l f i s s o much fun that audiences cannot help but be enter tained. The chemistry between Cravalho and Johnson is great and leads audiences to root for the characters on their voyage. Although the plotline of the story is great and easy to follow, some of the music is not as good as some of the movies Dis-

ney has done in the past. While Mark Mancina worked with artists such as Phil Collins and Hanz Zimmer to produce music for “The Lion King” and “Tarzan,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, the mastermind behind the Broadway hit “Hamilton: An American Musical,” was a Disney newcomer. While songs like “How Far I’ll Go” and “We Know the Way” are sure to be Disney classics, songs like “Shiny” and “You’re

Welcome” are where the music falls flat. Typically, the best songs had a Polynesian origin, making them sound authentic and fit into the film, whereas “Shiny” and “You’re Welcome” are more pop oriented, having nothing to do with the people who sang them. The songs were just not written that well. Prior to the film’s release, it was met with controversy mainly surrounding the character Maui. People blamed the film for stereotyping Polynesians as the depiction of Maui is overweight. Along with that was the controversy that surrounded the Halloween costume depicting the demigod as it raised the question of whether it was OK to “put on” someone else’s skin. Audiences may be too mesmerized by the beautiful set design to notice quite a few Easter eggs from some of Disney’s previous animated movies including “Frozen” and “Tangled.” “ M o a n a” w i l l m a ke a u d i ences laugh, cry and put them on the edge of their seat for the entirety of the film. It is a must see for all ages.

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1. Surprise attack 5. Huckleberry Finn's craft 9. Sewn edge 12. Healing point 13. Mormon state 14. Unrefined state 15. Minneapolis' state 17. Small rug 18. Anxious uncertainty 20. Orb 23. Shadowbox 26. Author ____ Tolstoy 27. Dated 29. Southern beauty 30. Rowing device 31. Socrates' student 33. Feel unwell 34. Apt 36. _______ Quixote 37. Golder's need 38. Other 39. Mountaineer's climb 41. Immense 45. Time past 47. Expressing feelings 51. Bunny's motion 52. Flank 53. Alaskan city 54. Had a snack 55. Big Dipper component 56. Ohio lake 42. Not so much 43. Exlude 44. Baking _____ 45. Cry of surprise 46. Acquired 48. And not 49. Pierre's friend 50. Grant's foe

LAKER REVIEW creative writing How to Conquer the Fear of Death by Evan Debevec-McKenney I hope to get sick, paralyzed, fully incapacitated. So I interlock my fingers and whisper to nobody in particular, an itemized request for disease, futility, helplessness. Mornings equipped with torture devices heaving, wheezing, alleviating my heaving and wheezing.

Mikala Thompson | The Oswegonian by Evan Debevec-McKenney One week before I was born, was finals. Seven days before my beginning, was the end of three months of hard work. My mom put in three times as much. But as she began a new chapter, you were closing your book and I was opening mine. Now I’m opening yours. Well kept pages, that new book smell only older, but with the same weight. Twenty-one years and gravity has hardly changed at all. Neither has the sound of a library.

Silence hardly ever changes. Barely blemished. Maybe you were too; I’ve had my share of them. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I’ve noticed people who bite their pens often take notes in their books. I never bite my pens; you didn’t, right? But what you did write, the date, which lies departed from the column of archival notation pencilled on a slight diagonal just below right center, right above the publisher’s name, precedes my publication. We exist in the same place, not in time but through shared experiences. A book about history creates its own.



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Fill in the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 block contains 1-9 exactly once.

It is the moment you notice the leak in the boat, and your guts reach the ocean floor long before you ever will, when you realize your last best friend has beaten you in the 400 meter tar pit breaststroke and arrived first at the lip of painless nothingness.

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The office has cleared out, the time cards have all been punched out for the first and only time. Everyone awaits their deliverance: a fat paycheck to show how hard they worked. The unlucky ones will have more than they know what to do with. I don’t need to earn anything more, if I can cut this hospital bill short. I will have balanced my checks and checked my righteousness. And when every support beam has been compromised, when life struggles to hurt more than this I will be able to love and embrace my lifelong enemy.

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1804: Napolean Bonaporte is crowned emperor of Europe. 1959: Malpasset Dam in France collapses and kills 412. 1997: Academy award- winner 'Good Will Hunting' debuts. 2001: Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

BY Morgan Altl and

Aries (April 19 - May 13):

Cancer (July 20 - Aug. 10):

Libra (Oct. 30 - Nov. 23):

Sagittarius (Dec. 17 - Jan. 20):

Falling may feel like an endless sensation, the further you go the less you know if you will ever hit the ground. Find something or someone to grab onto. Just because you fall does not mean you cannot get back up.

Sometimes it is OK not to know where you are heading. The journey may be a greater story than the destination will ever be. If things get too hectic, do not be afraid to take a break or a breather.

Keep the things or the people that are close to you, closer this week. Changes they may face may require help from someone who really knows them. Show you care and will be there in their time of need.

Distance is more that space. It can be a feeling someone close to you is giving. Talk to them about how they are acting to try to regain the closeness you once had. Doing nothing only increases the distance.

Taurus (May 13 - June 21):

Leo (Aug. 10 - Sep. 16):

Scorpio (Nov. 23 - Nov. 29):

Capricorn (Jan. 20 - Feb. 16):

A sign may lead you in a different direction than you are used to. Do not be afraid to follow this beacon. As you begin to get closer to it, you may accept something you previously rejected.

Take time away from people, it can be a good thing that leads to good insight or self-exploration. However, do not remove yourself permanently. Once you find what you need, do not hesitate to let others back in.

Energy you put out has an effect on others. Approaching the follow weeks with a positive light will help those close feel that same energy. Nothing wrong with a good old fashioned smile.

Poke the wrong thing and it may poke back harder. Be cautious of what you are doing and how it may unintentionally agitate someone or something. There is safety in precaution.

Gemini (June 21 - July 20):

Virgo (Sep. 16 - Oct. 30):

Ophiuchus (Nov. 29 - Dec. 16) :

Aquarius (Feb. 16 - March 11): Pisces (March 11 - April 18):

Do not be the person how follows the shiny or pretty things in life. Find the deeper meaning or a greater purpose to drive you. Chasing the wrong things in life will lead you nowhere quickly.

Things may slowly be slipping out of control as the season begins to change. Focus on what you can control and you will find happiness. Too much thought on what you cannot control only hurts you.

Changes you made this past week have yet to become permanent. It is not too late to make changes or completely redo something you have done. The longer you wait, the harder it will be.

Repetition does not always fix a problem that has been building. Talk to someone about the problem, then try to tackle it again. It takes true strength to ask another for help when you need it.

Although things may seem like fun and games, there may be something behind the scenes you have yet to see. Look for the truth in the confusion around you. You may be surprised by what you find.

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