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Oswego State ranks 5th in paying students for part-time jobs Stanley hosts

Recent study shows high compensation compared to other colleges in New York State Gionna Fanti Contributing Writer

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Junior Nika Brailosky works five days a week, including weekends, for a total of 15 hours, between her two jobs at Mary Walker Health Center and Penfield library. A recent study, conducted by Student Loan Report, showed Oswego State as a leader in providing students with part-time jobs on campus. Oswego State ranked No. 5 in student compensation among all other universities and colleges in New York State. Student employment has proven to be beneficial towards academic excellence. The study showed $3.3 million was paid to 1,588 parttime student workers at Oswego State in 2015-2016. “The experience I get here is really hands on by dealing with different kinds of people and how to handle different situations,” Brailosky said. “I think advice from people who are older than you and have been in the work force longer than you, want to help you out and see you succeed.” Brailosky finds her jobs to be beneficial in more than one way. She is premed and wanted exposure to healthcare, which she was able to through student employment. She also needs a job to support herself during college.

Multiple students attended the first town hall meeting of the semester on Feb. 8 to discuss issues they felt were important and should be brought to President Deborah Stanley’s attention. Stanley urged students to speak up about what was on their minds at the meeting, where various faculty members were there to answer students’ questions that Stanley did not know the answers to. The first topic discussed was President Donald Trump’s recent executive order. Brian Krosky, a junior, started the discussion by asking how many students were affected by Trump’s ban. Stanley responded by stating “very few students” were directly affected, but encouraged anyone to reach out. Stanley also said that she signed a letter along with other higher education leaders about the ban. “Leaders of higher education spoke out because we wanted to make sure that our voices were being heard,” Stanley said. She said that there should have been more of an explanation from Trump as to why the ban occurred. Nathan Hornbostel, a senior, attended the town hall meeting to bring attention to the petition circulating the internet to make all SUNY locations a sanctuary campus. Karla Cano | The Oswegonian

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Mike Flaherty, General Manager of Auxiliary Services, said students that work for various facilities on the Oswego State campus have learned real-life skills.


Cuomo announces Excelsior Scholarship program Post office decreases services, Stanley supports plan for SUNY, CUNY college affordability new campus delivery methods Maria Pericozzi News Editor


Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with the support of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, announced his new financial plan on Jan. 3 for students attending public colleges and universities in New York State. According to Cuomo, the Excelsior Scholarship program is the first of its kind in the nation. The goal is to alleviate student debt while enabling thousands of students to receive a quality education and gain the skills they need to succeed in today’s global economy. “College education is not a luxury,” Cuomo said in a SUNY press release. “It is an absolute necessity for any chance at

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economic mobility, and with these first-inthe-nation Excelsior scholarships, we’re providing the opportunity for New Yorkers to succeed, no matter what zip code they come from and without the anchor of student debt weighing them down.” In order to receive the scholarship, students must be enrolled at a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year college fulltime and come from a household making less than $125,000 per year. The plan will help more than 940,000 middle class families and individuals and will cost approximately $163 million per year once fully phased in. The plan will be phased over three years, beginning in the fall of 2017. New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually

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As of Jan. 23, the campus mail department is responsible for the sorting and campuswide delivery of all mail sent through the USPS system, on top of its original responsibilities for academic mail. Packages are now taking longer to reach residence halls or are being delivered to the wrong hall altogether. Residence halls have even been changing the times they say that mail is placed in resident mailboxes, pushing them back by an hour or more. This change to the mail system can be attributed to a service decrease by the Oswego Post Office.



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The new system has seen a shift of responsibility for campus mail from the Oswego Post Office to the Campus Mail Department, based out of the commissary building across West Seneca Street. According to Kathy Smith, head of the mailroom department, “Deliveries on campus for the residence halls require upwards of three to five runs [to the residence halls] per day.” The post office justified its actions to the mailroom by stating that there is no real money available in the sending and management of letters and they must focus more on packages to keep finances clear and positive. However, the changes have not made it easy for the campus mailroom to manage


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Diana E. Soler, 19, was arrested at 12:06 a.m. on Jan. 29 for an open container violation. She was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Oswego City Court.

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Ludwing M. Espinal Vidal, 22, was arrested at 12:06 a.m. on Jan. 29 for an open container violation. He was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Oswego City Court.


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Anthony J. Martin, 19, was arresred at 1:47 a.m. on Jan. 29 on a bench warrant. Upon arrest, he was found to be in possession of marijuana and metal knuckles. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

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Elizabeth K. Hernandez, 20, was arrested at 3:40 a.m. on Jan. 29 for petit larceny after she stole a dog from a yard in the City of Oswego. Christopher Gibbs, 23, was arrested at 1:58 p.m. on Jan. 30 for petit larceny following an investigation by the Oswego Police Department. Keivan C. McCauley, 20, was arrested at 12:50 a.m. on Feb. 3 for public urination. He was issued two tickets for using a license belonging to another person.


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QUOTE OF THE WEEK I think if we're responsible we will have a plan, we will think it through and that's what I am hoping we will do as a collective for this campus."

-Deborah Stanley, Oswego State president

The College Cut welcomes back first hairstylist

Williams plans on updating salon with desk for manicures, pedicures Ali Renner Contributing Writer The College Cut welcomed back Maria Williams, the first hairstylist at The College Cut, after 21 years. Williams first started working at The College Cut in 1990, when the hair salon first opened. She served as the only hair stylist on campus for six years and left to pursue her master’s degree in criminal justice. Now, she is ready to get back to her roots and start out again in the familiar setting of the salon in the basement of Hewitt Union. “We’re thrilled to have Maria back," said Susan Raby, The College Store Director. “She kind of does everything. She does hair, eyebrows [and] nails.” Raby was a supervisor to Williams the first time she worked at The College Cut and is excited to see her talent back on campus. She thinks that students will love the results of Williams’ work, just as they did before. During her time away, Williams worked at JCPenny's in the Carousel Mall, now known as Destiny USA, as a Master Hairstylist for two years before moving to Oregon to be a social worker. She then moved to South Carolina where she continued working in cosmetology before coming back to the Oswego area. Williams took this job after a friend told her that the position had opened up again and recommended that she return. She then got in touch with Michael Falkner, the Director of Auxiliary Services at Oswego State, who knew her work ethic and was more than happy to welcome her back. Williams is excited to be back. She has plans to update the salon and make a desk for manicures and pedicures. She said cosmetology is her "first love.” She dreams of opening her own salon one day. Williams received her cosmetology training in 1988 at Phillips Cosmetology in Syracuse. “I’m well equipped," Williams said. “I continue my education, I’m constantly looking to upgrade my education and keep up with the new trends.” Many students are apprehensive when thinking about going to get a haircut by someone other than who

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Our weekly list of what to do in Oswego Men’s ice hockey vs. SUNY Canton, 7 p.m., Friday in Marano Campus Center Ice Arena. Rice Creek Ramble, 11 a.m., Saturday at Rice Creek Field Station. Women's ice hockey vs. Buffalo State, 3 p.m., Saturday in Marano Campus Center Ice Arena.

Planetarium show: "The Calendar," 7 p.m., Sunday in Shineman Center, Room 223. Open skate, noon, Monday in Marano Campus Center Ice Arena.

International Coffee Hour, 3:30 p.m., Monday in Marano Campus Center, Room 255.

"Penfield Loves You," 11 a.m., Tuesday in Penfield Library lobby.

Panel Discussion: "Fighting Fake News," 6:30 p.m., Wednesday in Sheldon Hall Ballroom. Karla Cano | The Oswegonian Maria Williams returned to The College Cut and plans to update the salon and make a desk for nails.

they are used to at home. Williams encourages students. “I’m experienced," Williams said. "I’m not someone who just came out of school. I’ve been doing this for a long time.” Williams only uses professional brands, such as Matrix and Mazini, for

her hair products She provides a variety of services including hair design, professional coloring, perm services, waxing and nails. Williams is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for appointments or walk-ins. Her hours vary depending on appointment times.

A national Latino fraternity, with a chapter on Oswego State's campus, hosted an event on Feb. 9, entitled "We Are America." The goal of t h e r a lly w as to unif y a t t e n d e e s a n d p ro t e s t against President Donald Trump's proposed immigration ban announced on Jan. 27 and racism throughout the United States. The rally was held in the Marano Campus Center Food Court.

Oswego State's Outdoor Club requested money for new equipment, planned trips to the Adirondack mountains, white water rafting and certifications for their members and officers. The club requested $2,000 for the upcoming fall semester. The SA Presidents Cabinet has proposed to amend the way Oswe-

Movie: "Ixcanul, Volcano," 7 p.m., Wednesday in Marano Campus Center, Room 132. Speaker: Kevin Powell, 6:30 p.m., Thursday in Sheldon Hall Ballroom.

go State's Getfood service works. The cabinet seeks to add delivery merchants, and push for more local restaurants to take Laker Dining Dollars in their locations. Currently, only three delivery merchants offer Getfood service. Four Supreme Court Justices were appointed to the SA court. The justices are Ben Laine, Brian Monahan, Kerisha Lewis and Sarah Gamarra.

A new legislation was passed by general consensus. This legislation authorized an AfricanAmerican mens support group, named "AAmen" to seek official club status. An SA authorization for club status is only one step in the process of becoming a club on the Oswego State campus. The club was first formed at Buffalo State in 1996, but has no similar clubs on Oswego State campus.

A4 NEWS Oswego State's MBA program tied 27th nationally, highest of any state institution THE OSWEGONIAN FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017

School of Business is only public state school on U.S. News' 2017 list's top 100 'Best Online Degree Programs: MBA' Leah Wolf Staff Writer Every year, the U.S. News & World Report ranks college programs nationally and by state. This year, Oswego State’s Online MBA program had the honor of being ranked 27th nationally and first in the state. “It’s great, when you take a look at a mid-sized public institution, to be ranked nationally at 27th by US News & Reports, we’re very proud of it,” Dean of Business Richard Skolnik said. Oswego State beat out programs such as Rochester Institute of Technology, Clarkson, Syracuse and Marist University. It is the only public school in New York State to be on the list. Recent graduate Floyd Backes completed the course through a mix of online courses, classes on the main campus of Oswego State and the Metro Center in downtown Syracuse. “I found the strategy, management and decision making courses to be the most useful in my professional life,” Backes said. “These courses gave me new perspectives and tools, from both the curriculum and fellow students, to improve my ability to make well informed decisions.” Online programs offer a new way to further education for non-traditional students. Most students in the MBA program

came from different colleges and had already moved on with their careers. Oswego State has a long history of excellence in the MBA program, both online and in the classroom. It has been offered since 1997 and was the first SUNY school to do so. The U.S. News & World Report ranked it in 2014 and 2016, and the Princeton Review named it a Best College in the Northeast in 2014. The School of Business is AACB International the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business, accredited. Oswego State was one of the first schools in the Open SUNY Initiative. “We applied and five schools and seven programs, were accepted for this first way of Open SUNY,” Skolnik said. “We were one. We actually had two programs – it was the online MBA and the online MBA in health service administration.” Open SUNY is a program that allows students to get a world-class online education. “The campus has been a leader in online from early on,” Skolnik said. “So, SUNY Oswego had made a commitment early on, as a college, to online education. We started offering MBA classes online – a course here, a course there, whenever teachers were interested.” This snowballed into more and more online classes. “That made it very convenient, especially for working professionals,” Skolnik said. The online MBA program serves a

Issack Cintron | The Oswegonian Oswego State's MBA program was recently ranked 27th nationally on the U.S. News' 2017 list's top 100 "Best Online Degree Programs: MBA."

large working class. It has helped 20 percent earn a promotion once they graduated and helped 32 percent of the students earn a promotion while in the program. About 14 percent of students left their current employer for a better job either during the program or upon graduation. Backes was one of those students.

“I made my latest move during the MBA program from the director of operations for Davis-Standard, to my current role as VP global operations for PPC,” Backes said. Oswego State earned the ranking for a variety of reasons, including the training faculty has received, how it is reviewed by its peers, student services and tech-

nology and how selective the admissions process is. One of the biggest advantages of the online program is the 24/7 concierge, Skolnik said. It allows students to go to one person for all their needs, instead of getting passed around by various offices.

$163-million dollar plan is first of its kind in United States; according to Cuomo

Oswego State President Stanley is proud of Gov. Cuomo's leadership, proposed Excelsior Scholarship program TUITION from COVER will qualify, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, eventually reaching $125,000 in 2019. “I am very proud of Gov. Cuomo’s leadership and proposed Excelsior Scholarship Program,” Oswego State President Deborah Stanley said. “SUNY Oswego applauds and supports his effort to help make college more affordable to a greater number of

New York students and families.” Some students at Oswego State believe that college should not be free, but should be more affordable. “Costs are way higher than they should be for the average individual and hinder them for years after they graduate,” sophomore Nathan Bates said. “College is an investment, but not everyone’s college experience is the same, so I believe we need to make it overall more af-

fordable for the masses.” Alex Masterson, an Oswego State sophomore, also believes that college is an investment in the future. “The whole reason behind going to college is to get a higher education and to gain access to the jobs that pay well,” Masterson said. “I believe that the price of college is too much, but that free college is too extreme.” Stanley said the scholarship program will help expand access to many more deserving students and the proposal does not suggest that any institution in the SUNY system will compromise on quality or adjust admission requirements. She said that Oswego State is committed to increasing access to academically talented students.

soldiers, there are trades that need to be done that don’t require people to go to college, along with other careers,” Gantz said. “By making tuition free, people will be more inclined to go to college instead of looking into these other careers which may suit them better than college would.” Sanders said he strongly supports Cuomo’s plan and urged New York legislators to pass the important proposal and become a model for the rest of the nation. “If the United States is to succeed in a highly competitive global economy, we need the best educated workforce in the world,” Sanders said.

“With exploding technology, and with most of the good paying jobs requiring more and more education, we need to make certain that every New Yorker, every Vermonter and every American gets all the education they need regardless of family income.” Oswego State sophomore Ryan Cobane is in favor of Cuomo’s plan and hopes that if it passes, he will be around to see it. “Tuition-free state universities are a great resource for members of low income families,” Cobane said. “They offer the opportunity for people to break out poverty, rather than following the typical pattern.”

SUNY Oswego applauds and supports [Cuomo's] effort to help make college more affordable to a greater number of New York students and families." - Deborah Stanley Oswego State president

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“With support in funding from the legislature, we can provide a high quality, affordable threshold to a prosperous and satisfying future for many more New Yorkers,” Stanley said. James Gantz, a sophomore, disagrees with free tuition because he believes that it will promote more people to go to college, while not every career requires a degree. “The military will always need more

Photo provided by flickr Multiple government officials spoke in favor of Gov. Cuomo's free tuition college plan for middle-class families.

A5 NEWS Student Association wants to make 'D' Bus safer Campus mail department now THE OSWEGONIAN FRIDAY, Feb.10, 2017

Local service for Oswego State students notices harassment


Jamie Aranoff Staff Writer Recently, Oswego State Student Association President Emily Nassir met with the owners of the “D” Bus, along with the dean of students to discuss harassment issues and solutions to prevent harassment on the buses. The Oswego “D” Bus is a family owned and operated shuttle service that has been running since 2003. According to their website, they take great pride in being part of the local community and spend a lot of donated time giving back to the community through various events. The “D” Bus itself is not affiliated with the college, however it is frequently used by Oswego State students and has a positive affliction with the school, Nassir said. This positive affliction is why the student association is stepping in to help prevent harassment, so the “D” Bus will remain a part of the community. “We’re going to work on getting training for the “D” Bus drivers and the employees that are on the bus,” Nassir said. “We’re going to do a whole list of different trainings. I think we’re going to do Title IX training [and] diversity and inclusion training.” Much of the harassment seen on the bus is verbal, according to Nassir. One of the biggest concerns for students riding

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Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian Some students have taken notice of the aggression and intoxication prevalence on the "D" Bus.

the bus is racial harassment, which she believes stems from the way society is changing and people are encouraged to speak their minds.

Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian The "D" Bus is a family owned and operated shuttle service that has been running since 2003.

Nassir believes this harassment also comes from a development of speaking out with little repercussion. In a publication by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there is a direct correlation between consuming alcohol and verbal abuse. In a study conducted by the institute, there was a finding that alcohol facilitated aggressive behavior. However, this aggression was rarely brought up unless a person was provoked or threatened. “Alcohol may encourage aggression or violence by disrupting normal brain function," the institute reported. According to the disinhibition hypothesis, for example, alcohol weakens brain mechanisms that normally restrain impulsive behaviors, including inappropriate aggression. Students have taken notice of the aggression and intoxication prevalent on the “D” Bus. “I think the “D” Bus expects the people riding to have a certain level of respect for each other and, due to the fact that many people are usually intoxicated, that level of respect is often forgotten”, Oswego State student Keegan Murphy said. For now, SA is in the process of brainstorming ways to make the buses safer and prevent the reoccurring harassment that takes place. One idea is the instillation of cameras on buses. Any students, faculty or staff with proposed ideas to make the buses safer are welcome to voice their opinions by contacting Emily Nassir and the Student Association.

their new delivery methods. The mailroom has four full time employees, counting the department head, and relies on a fair deal of student assistance. Scheduling assistance to coincide with post office deliveries to the mailroom has proven difficult, as the mail is not delivered on a regular, repeating schedule. On Feb. 6, the mailroom received its delivery at 10 a.m. and was finished sorting it all at 2 p.m., for a total of four hours of sorting, Smith said. With the deliveries coming in at non-uniform times every day, mail can sometimes not be sorted until well into the middle of the afternoon. The residence halls have needed to push their completed mail times back by hours. This change does not affect just the mailroom staff, as students and residence hall staff are feeling the strain as well. “There’s so much mail, so there are two shifts sorting it,” Johnson Hall desk attendant Sean Ryan said. “That’s where mistakes behind the desk get made.”

Michael Korzelius, a resident in Waterbury Hall, has had two packages delivered over the course of the semester. “It’s really inefficient,” Korzelius said. “All the packages come in late. Especially with textbooks, you want those on time.” When informed that the changes were not the result of a new college policy directly, but rather were a reaction to a drop in service from the local post office, Korzelius said, “I think it’s ridiculous that USPS is doing this. It’s their business to sort and deliver mail.” The mailroom has changed its policies to better protect student’s incoming mail and introduced a system where the student is emailed when their package arrives on campus. While it does not tell a student when their package is available for pick-up in their residence halls, this measure is meant as a peace-of-mind for students who may be expecting their packages on a certain day, which cannot be guaranteed at this point. This change in delivery method does not extend beyond USPS services. Mail sent through UPS, FedEx or other private delivery companies will continue to be delivered to the residence halls by the companies themselves.

Issack Cintron | The Oswegonian Some of the residence halls have needed to push their completed mail times back by hours.

Online guide helps advisors for organizations connect with students, give guidance 'One stop shop' for faculty, club officers, members to get resources, information, responsibilities, roles Kassadee Paulo Contributing Writer In the fall 2016, Michael Paestella, director of student involvement at Oswego State, posted a guide on the Laker Life webpage to aid faculty advisors in establishing a relationship with student organizations. The Registered Student Organization Advisor Guide is a document Paestella created to provide a set of guidelines current and new advisors can follow for advice on their involvement with the student organization they oversee. The guide provides resources, information regarding Laker Life, the common roles of an advisor and their responsibilities, as well as an excerpt from the student handbook. The given information was compiled from different sources so the advisor would be able to have a “onestop shop,” Paestella said. Advisors then can follow the links in the guide with further questions on specific topics. According to the “Student Organizations: Organization Advisors” section from the student handbook, the general purpose of an organization advisor is to provide insight and guidance that assists a student organization in furthering its purpose and enhancing the meaningfulness of organization membership. “Some people have the inate ability to see people, see situations, give advice and work on things and that’s something

that I don’t think necessarily matters what your field of study or work is,” Paestella said. “Some people just have a knack for it. For other people, it’s one of those things where they got it, but it just hasn't been triggered.” According to the guide, the relationship of the advisor to the organization will vary according to the organization’s needs. One organization may rely on their advisor to help oversee the set-up of events, and others may want a hands-off relationship with their advisor. The guide takes this variation into consideration and includes suggestions for how an advisor and the officers of the student organization can settle on what kind of relationship they would like to have for that semester, especially if there has been a transition of officers. “I think it’s a balance,” Paestella said. “Some organizations need a little more help from someone who knows the field. Say it’s for a science major and they have an advisor who is a professor, they may be able to get some insight and some guidance. But if it’s a special interest group, it may be a little different.” The guide does not only benefit advisors, but officers and other members of an organization as well. Especially with new student organizations, the guide can give a new president ideas on what to talk about with the advisor of their choice to establish the relationship and proposed roles. Dionisio Burgos, publicist for Vocal Ef-

fect, said their student organization has a completely hands-off relationship with their advisor. The vocal group organizes its own rehearsals, performances and holds its own auditions without an active role from their advisor. “Our advisor gives us our space to

work on our own,” Burgos said. “Everything we’ve done was our decision and we figured it out. I feel like we really don’t need one because we work. We’ve successfully worked without an active advisor.” According to Burgos, Vocal Effect’s

President has been in the group for eight semesters so they ask the president any questions they may have. Burgos said if there comes a time after the older members graduate and they need a new advisor, they will consult the guide.

Criselda Mapoy | The Oswegonian Michael Paestella, director of student involvement at Oswego State, created a document to provide a set of guidelines for current and new advisors.

A6 NEWS President Stanley discusses Oswego State leads in part-time employment THE OSWEGONIAN FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017

immigration ban with students

Students seek academic, monetary benefits through work on campus JOBS from COVER

Sean Maphia | The Oswegonian Omar von Reenan (far right) brought Stanley's attention to a letter signed by 356 Oswego State students.

STANLEY from COVER “I’ve come to present this petition to you and to ask you formally, on behalf of the Oswego community, to adopt all platforms stated there,” Hornbostel said. “I realize some of these may be more difficult and require funding, but there could be some negotiations.” Stanley responded by saying that she would be happy to accept the petition but needs to look into it more. She said the situation is changing daily but they are watching and waiting for the results. “I am bound to uphold the laws of the land,” Stanley said. Stanley encouraged students to express themselves within the system that exists and she also encouraged peaceful demonstrations to convey thoughts. “We are often pushed in directions to express ourselves violently, to express ourselves with crude, inappropriate, harmful and hurtful language in order to abridge anyone that doesn’t have a similar idea to us,” Stanley said. “It diminishes our worth. So when our voice stays powerful and positive, our voice can be heard.” Omar van Reenan, an international student, also attended the meeting to bring Stanley’s attention to the SUNY letter. Van Reenan said that 356 Oswego State students signed the letter to make SUNY campuses sanctuary campuses.

Howard Gordon, executive assistant to the president, is currently looking into the term “sanctuary campus.” Gordon said that there is no legal definition of a sanctuary campus and it does not protect anyone. “The term sanctuary sounds good, but doesn’t carry much weight,” Gordon said. Stanley said she is happy that multiple students in the room cared about Oswego State becoming a sanctuary campus. Daniella Rosario, a senior, asked Stanley how to go about reporting events based on discrimination if students were afraid to go to campus police or members of the administration. Stanley encouraged Rosario to share with other students that they should have no fear coming to her about the events. Other topics discussed during the meeting were residence halls, sidewalks and streets on campus and Scales Hall’s closing. Stanley encouraged students to think about the first amendment because in the next few weeks she will be asking students how they want to respond to events that occur in the nation. “I think if we’re responsible we will have a plan, we will think it through and that’s what I am hoping we will do as a collective for this campus,” Stanley said. “Think through a plan that is respectful of our first amendment rights, respectful of all our values as well.” Haofeng Deng | The Oswegonian

“If I didn’t have this position here then I would definitely work off campus,” Bailosky said. To qualify for employment, an undergraduate student must maintain 12 credit hours, whereas a graduate student must maintain nine credit hours. The employment process varies depending on employer, but it can be rather simple. For example, if a student would like to work at the dining hall, he or she will fill out an application with personal information, as well as availability. Students get paid bi-weekly and can choose to be paid by check or direct deposit. “They do better academically and they do better in terms of retention so they are more likely to be engaged with a college,” said Michael Flaherty, General Manager of Auxiliary Services. This could be said for student employees of other offices as well, such as senior Seqouya Fitzpatrick, a Facilities Attendant since fall 2015. “There is always a way to relate what you do here to a job in the future,” Fitzpatrick said. “It has also given me

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an opportunity to work on homework. Since there is no usage of cell phones, it really forces you to focus, which is great.” According to Flaherty, 1,318 student employees were issued W-2 tax forms in 2016. Flaherty said students that work for Auxiliary Services do a variety of jobs including working in the dining centers, cafes and catering. Students also learn more real-life skills. “They learn things like cooking to managing money to customer service,” Flaherty said. A dinging hall employee, senior Matthew Drexler said working on campus helps with time management. “You have budget everything because there’s only so many hours in the day and only so many things you could do between your extracurricular [activities] and your school work,” Drexler said. “It’s big on time management.” He said another benefit of working at the dining halls is eating before or after working a shift, without having a meal plan. “I think part-time jobs on campus are a really good opportunity especially for freshmen and sophomores who don’t have cars and that need to pay for school because they don’t have to go far,” Drexler said. “The campus is understanding with

your schedule, so I think it’s really better to have an on campus job than anything off campus because they won’t care about what your outside life is.” Maria-Ray Ossino, a junior, works as a student assistant at Penfield Library and said the experience has been valuable for meeting new people. “I can network with a lot of students from every major that come in and out of the library, especially the really determined ones,” Ossino said. “Those are the ones you want to network with.” Maria-Ray works three days a week and about two to three hours a day at the library. “It’s great because right after you work you leave the desk and stay in the library so you don’t have to convince yourself to walk over to the library, you’re already here,” Ossino said. Senior Morgan Atwood has worked as a Desk Attendant in the Sheldon-Mackin Complex for almost a year and she said she can benefit from her experience after graduation. “My boss and I have a really good relationship built up,” Atwood said. “If I have a problem, I tell him about it or if something is not going right at the desk or anything, I always go to him and I have built a rapport with him and I know I can use him as a reference later.”

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Home-court advantage in reach

Women’s hockey climbing ladder of Final four games prove pivitol for Lakers trying to clinch top seed for first time since 2012 success this season the College at Brockport.

Cole Parzych Sports Editor One of the most impressive storylines in all of Oswego State’s winter sports surounds the women’s ice hockey team. Last season’s disappointments are now an afterthought considering what the team is accomplishing now. This season is a completely different story from last year’s 12-11-4 overall record. The program has accomplished things they have not done in the 10 previous seasons under head coach Diane Dillon. First, they took the long bus trip up to Plattsburgh and got the first ever win in program history over the No. 1 Cardinals. Next, the team was able to rebound and grab their first ever point on the road in a two-game weekend series against Elmira College and the best goalie in the conference, Kelcey Crawford. This year’s women’s ice hockey team is doing things they have never done before, and that just might mean these Lakers are closer to the top than most thought at the beginning of the season. This may also leave the door open for a team like Oswego State to make a run at the ECAC Women’s West title. “I think it’s anybody’s game,” Dillon said. “Elmira and Plattsburgh have kind of been the elite of the league for a long time. Obviously they both won national titles, but the rest of the league is catching up. I mean, we knocked off Plattsburgh this year. We’ve played hard against Elmira, and we did that both in their rinks. We beat Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh and played very, very well and took a point from Elmira on their own ice. Not many teams can do that. So for Oswego, it means that we’re that close. We’re one of the top teams. We can fight. Any given day, that W can be ours.” In both series against Elmira College and SUNY Plattsburgh, Oswego State lost on the first day and earned at least one point the following day. Getting better results on such short rest, especially against two powerhouse teams, is something this group should build on as playoff time nears and is a credit to the coaches’ ability to make minor adjustments, practically on the fly. If they want to continue to climb the mountain that is the ECAC Women’s West, efficient special teams and the success from the trio of Alexa Aramburu, Oliva Ellis and Jacquelin White need to keep coming. One of the biggest problems with this team last year was the lack of consistent scoring from anywhere in the lineup. This season, that is all changing. To put it into perspective, there was not a single Oswego State skater inside the top-20 of the ECAC Women’s West in total points last season. But this year, Oswego State has the same number of scorers (three) within the top-10 as SUNY Plattsburgh. Elmira College only has one. Alli Ullrich is helping quarterback the top power play unit, with two goals and eight assists in 21 games, which is tied with Ellis as the third-highest power play point producer within the conference. Ullrich has also already surpassed her power play point total from last season. The Lakers’ power play is improving, in part, because of this. The power play has jumped from being 15-92 last year to 20-90 this season. They are just barely drawing more penalties, but they are making teams pay more often, which is one of the most important aspects of winning hockey for teams that struggle to generate goals from other parts of their lineup. This season has been filled with success stories and new heights, but it is far from over. Every team starts fresh in the playoffs and nothing would be sweeter than seeing this program knock off Elmira College or SUNY Plattsburgh when it counts. They seem to be in the right spot to do just that.

“Anytime you go on the road, you got to play good defense,” Leone said. “You can’t just rely on making shots because you can’t always control when shots go in, and when they don’t.” The last point of focus is taking care of the ball. This will be another crucial need for the Lakers in order for them to find success. In their four SUNYAC road games, the Lakers have done a model job managing turnovers, averaging 11.8 per game in that stretch. “We don’t want to hurt ourselves and give the other team easy shots because of our turnovers,” Leone said. The Lakers know the value in clinching home court for the SUNYAC tournament, but really emphasize the importance of not setting their sights too far down the road. “[The] main focus is the game on Friday against Fredonia, we got to take it step-by-step,” senior forward Keith Tyson said. “We got to take it one game at a time, if we start looking ahead we might falter.” Last season the Lakers finished 11-7 in the SUNYAC. They captured the third seed and defeated the hosts SUNY Plattsburgh in the semifinals, only to come up short in the championship game to SUNY Cortland. This season the Lakers have seemed to bring a sharper and more determined squad that carries winning experience with them, led by senior star point guard Brian Sortino. Sortino has averaged 23.6 points in the last five games and is heating up at the right time. Help with shooting and scoring from Jamir Ferebee and Ian Schupp has opened up the opportunities for the Lakers to thrive. The two other senior starters, Mykelle Krecko and Tyson, may not be scoring like they did in the beginning of the season, but have still been the anchors on the defense, with rebounding the ball and leading the team. All their hard work has led them to this point, but keeping a stable mindset and finding ways to improve shall keep it going. “We still have another level I think we can get to, it’s a back-handed compliment,” Leone said. “There’s still some improvement that needs to happen in the next couple weeks. Our guys, to their credit, have a lot of buy in. They expect more of themselves than probably the coaching staff does.” Two wins and a Golden Eagles loss this weekend can clinch home-court advantage for the Lakers, but there are still plenty games left to prevent the Lakers from hosting, something they Katherine Zenteno | The Oswegonian have not done since 2012. Keith Tyson (23) is averaging 9.9 points per game, which is fourth highest on the roster, bolstering the Lakers’ offensive rotation this season. “That’s what we’ve been planning since our freshman year,” Sortino said. “Me, Pat, Matt and Keith that’s what week of preparation and execute on as he averages 14.1 minutes a game. Luke Scoville both ends of the floor in order to get this “One of the reason’s I chose here was we’ve talked about. We want to win it in Staff Writer thing done.” how successful they were last year, after front of our fans. We want to give it back It has been nearly two months since the Sweet-16 game actually I committed to Oswego, so that’s our ultimate goal.” the Lakers last played Fredonia and to come here,” Gartland said. “Coach The Oswego State Lakers men’s Buffalo State in the same weekend. At Leone’s a good coach and has a winning basketball team faces one of their Max Ziel Gymnasium they gutted out two attitude so it’s been fun.” toughest stretches of the season with close victories, which began their current Leone sees three simple keys for a four-game road trip to finish the We still have another level. 12-game SUNYAC win streak. success in this final stretch, the first regular season. They start things off One of the perks of winning this many being to stay connected and poised as I think we can get to, it’s a backthis weekend with matchups against consecutive conference games for the a group. SUNY Fredonia on Friday and Buffalo handed compliment. There’s still Lakers is that they have been able to With playoff spots on the line, the State on Saturday. improve in areas Leone has highlighted Lakers will likely face some rowdy some improvement that needs to The Lakers (17-4/13-1), currently this season. crowds and stiff competition. Each of the hold first place in the SUNYAC with “Some of our newer guys have grown four teams left on the Lakers’ schedule happen in the next couple weeks. a two-game lead over the College at accustomed to what we are doing have lost to them, putting the revenge Brockport. Unless they fail to clinch Our guys, to their credit, have a systematically,” Leone said. “They’ve factor into play along with their homehome-court advantage the next three become more comfortable and more court advantage. The Lakers have only lot of buy in. They expect more games, next Saturday’s rematch confident, in particular on the offensive played four SUNYAC road games this against the Golden Eagles could decide of themselves than probably the end. Certainly in the last two months season, so poise will be vital. this year’s host. we’ve seen a tremendous amount of Second, Leone would like to see some coaching staff does.” “We got to prove we can consistently growth with our new guys, which has areas of the defense improve. The Lakers defend on the road, that’s going to be -Jason Leone improved our depth and scoring balance.” have been spotty with their second half a big challenge for us,” head coach Freshman Brandan Gartland has defense, letting some big leads slip away Jason Leone said. “We’re going to men’s basketball coach turned into a reliable option of the bench like they did against SUNY Cortland and have to be very focused, have a good

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Shore Report


SUNYAC Standings Men's Hockey Oswego State-X Geneseo Plattsburgh Buffalo State Fredonia Brockport Cortland Morrisvile State Potsdam-E

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

Overall 16-4-1 14-4-3 13-8-1 15-5-1 11-8-2 9-11-1 9-11-1 4-16-3 6-14-2 Overall 15-2-4 20-1-0 15-5-1 15-5-1 11-8-1 11-8-1 5-11-5 6-12-3 2-18-1 5-15-1 Overall 17-4 16-5 15-6 13-8 14-7 12-9 10-11 9-13 2-20 1-19 Overall 21-0 13-7 13-8 16-6 10-11 7-14 9-12 7-14 6-16 2-18

Conference 11-2-1 8-3-1 8-4-1 7-4-1 5-6-1 5-7-0 5-7-0 3-9-2 1-11-1 Conference 12-0-2 13-1-0 10-4-0 9-4-1 7-5-1 6-6-1 2-8-4 2-9-3 1-12-1 0-13-1 Conference 13-1 11-3 10-4 10-4 8-7 7-7 6-9 6-9 1-14 0-14 Conference 14-0 10-4 10-4 10-5 9-5 6-8 5-10 4-10 3-12 1-14

Oswego Scoreboard

Points 23 17 17 15 11 10 10 8 3 Points 26 26 20 19 15 13 8 7 3 1 *ECAC Women's West Streak W8 W1 W4 W3 W1 L3 L2 L1 L3 L15 Streak W21 W8 L1 W1 W2 L1 L4 W2 L8 L8

Women's Ice Hockey Friday, Feb. 3

Saturday, Feb. 4

Men's Ice Hockey

Women's Basketball



Saturday, Feb. 4


78 69 BUF: (14-7, 8-7) NPZ: (1-19, 0-14)



Saturday, Feb. 11

Oneonta will look to continue its dominance within the SUNYAC.

POT: (6-14-2, 1-11-1) COR: (9-11-1, 5-7-0)


Two Lakers were named conference players of the week for their respective sports. Jordan Bushey of the wrestling team and Ben Griffin of the men's track and field team brought home the honors. Bushey improved to 28-0 on the season over the weekend, while Griffin finished the 800-meter run in 1:52:82, which broke the current Oswego State record.

BRK: (7-14, 6-8) ONE: (13-8, 10-4)


Freshman forward Jacquelin White of the women's ice hockey team has been named ECAC West Rookie of the Week five times this season. She had another big weekend scoring the only two goals in the Lakers' tie with Elmira College. White now has 14 goals in her rookie season, which is top-20 in all of Div. III women's ice hockey this season.



Madrigal: 18 saves Ja. White: 7 S.O.G. Butler: 4 S.O.G.


Smith: 1 goal Hughson: 1 goal Durnell: 1 goal


Women's Basketball Saturday, Feb. 4 (Senior Day)




Hebert: 22 points Mazzella: 10 points Windhaussen: 3 blocks


Merkell: 10 points Clare: 7 points Jones: 5 points

Men's Basketball Friday, Feb. 3




Ferebee: 21 points Sortino: 16 points Schupp: 7 points


Desol-Lowry: 16 points Langley: 10 points Kane: 10 points

Men's Ice Hockey

Saturday, Feb. 4 (Whiteout game)




Neil: 1 goal Davies: 1 assist Galati: 1 assist Jacobson: 22 saves


Quilty: 1 goal Middleton: 1 goal Valente: 2 assist Rouleau: 36 saves

Upcoming Matches Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Friday, Feb. 10

Friday, Feb. 10



5:30 p.m.

OSW: (17-4, 13-1) FRD: (9-13, 6-9)

Men's Ice Hockey

7:30 p.m.

OSW: (7-14, 4-10) FRD: (16-6, 10-5)

Women's Ice Hockey

Saturday, Feb. 11

Saturday, Feb. 12 (Pink the Rink)



7 p.m.

OSW: (16-4-1, 11-2-1) CAN: (7-14-2)

3:00 p.m.

OSW: (15-5-1, 9-4-1) BUF: (15-5-1, 10-4-0)

Laker Athletes of the Week

Around the SUNYAC Men's Basketball


Heather Hebert

Mykelle Krecko

The senior reached the prestigious 1,000-point club over the weekend. She did so by scoring 13 points during Friday's 71-43 win over SUNY Potsdam. She also added three steals and grabbed four rebounds in Friday's win. Hebbert then added 22 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday's victory against SUNY Plattsburgh. The Hilton native is only the ninth player in Oswego State women's basketball history to reach 1,000 points, and she hopes to add a few more next game against SUNY Fredonia.

Krecko had a major impact on the glass last weekend, which helped Oswego State push its win streak to eight games. The senior grabbed 15 rebounds on Friday night against SUNY Potsdam and a careerhigh 18 boards on Saturday afternoon versus SUNY Plattsburgh on senior day, which is good for a total of 33 in two games. He also added six blocks on Sunday. The Peekskill native is hoping to finish the season out strong and try and help the Lakers reach the NCAA tournament for the secondstraight year.

The men's basketball win streak has now reached eight games. The Lakers are coming off a weeknd where they picked up two big conference wins. Their conference record now sits at 13-1 and are a full two games ahead of the College at Brockport. Led by senior Brian Sortino and sudden star Jamir Ferebee, the Lakers are red hot heading towards' the dance in March.

Freshman goaltender Amber Samonek of the women's ice hockey team had an oustanding performance against No. 5 ranked Elmira college on Saturday by recording 38 saves, a new career best for Samonek. She had double digit saves in multiple periods and did not allow one past her beyond the first period. The Lakers seem to have found a goalie for the future.

Women's Basketball Senior, Hilton


Men's Basketball Senior, Peekskill


FRIDAY, September 10, 2010






Seymour, Bushey impressing as season's end nears Alex Salvarezza Asst. Sports Editor After a 19-18 senior night win over SUNY Oneonta on Wednesday, the Oswego State wrestling team now has a 5-9 record, but head coach Mike Howard is pleased with how his team has performed so far this season. The Lakers started out the season a little slow, but are gaining confidence on the mat at the right time. The Lakers have six starters throughout all weight classes who are freshmen, so they are a relatively young and inexperienced team compared to other schools, but Howard said he is very pleased with how his freshmen have developed in their first season. “We got a young group of kids in the starting lineup, just off the top of my head six out of the 10 weights are freshmen,” Howard said. “We’re making progress and things are falling into place.” The big meets for Oswego State have yet to come. The two meets that all wrestlers build toward are the regional meet and the NCAA championship to finish the season. The Lakers expect to compete at a high level in these two events. “We think we can do some damage here at the end,” Howard said. “In wrestling that’s what we try and do. We’re trying to get our guys to peak at the conference and regional meets and it looks like that’s what we’re doing.” A big reason why Howard is so confident the Lakers can make some noise at those meets is No. 4-ranked freshman, Jordan Bushey. He wrestles in the 184-pound weight class and currently has a season record of 29-0. Bushey picked up first place in the team’s third place finish at the Baldwin Wallace Invitational over the weekend. “He’s quite an athlete and he does some things out there that amazes us every time he is on the mat,” Howard said. “We knew coming in that we had a special kid there and he’s doing an awesome job for us and we’re really excited for what he can do for us at the end of the year.” Bushey attributes his success this season to starting off each match at a high level and preparing just as hard off

Cole Parzych Sports Editor A road trip to Elmira resulted in an 0-1-1 record against the Elmira College Soaring Eagles last weekend for the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team. A pair of goals in the second and third periods from the Soaring Eagles, including an empty netter at the 19:14 mark, was all the offense produced in Friday night’s matchup. Sarah Hughson, Arianna Smith, Johanna Eidensten and Louisa Lippiatt Durnell all scored goals for the Soaring Eagles in the 4-0 win. Jacquelin White led both teams in shots, with seven. Alexa Aramburu finished just behind White with five shots on the night. Mariah Madrigal was given the start for the Lakers and made 18 saves on 22 shots in the loss. Kelcey Crawford earned the win in the contest, stopping all 36 shots on net for her fifth shutout of the season. After being held off the scoreboard in the first game of the weekend, the Lakers were able to respond in game two. Oswego State took a 2-0 lead in the first 10:09 of the opening period, thanks to White’s 13th and 14th goals of her freshman season. White would later earn her fifth ECAC West Rookie of the Week honors for her performance Saturday. Elmira College would answer with two goals of their own in the first period to tie it. Maddy Jerolman opened the scoring for the Soaring Eagles at 13:20. After an Andrea Noss face-off violation minor penalty, Sarah Hughson tied the game for Elmira on the power play. Johanna Eidensten and Maddy Jerolman were credited with assists on the game-tying goal at 13:54 of the first. Nobody would find the back of the net for the remainder of regulation and overtime. This 2-2 tie was the first time the Lakers were able to earn a point against Elmira College on the road. Amber Samonek started her second game of the season in the latter game of the weekend series. She would stop 38 of 40 shots on the day, including a game-high 14 saves in the second period. The junior Crawford started the second game of the weekend as well, making 23 saves for the Soaring Eagles in her 12th apperance of the season. Oswego State dropped a spot in the

the mat. “Just kind of dominating the first period and going out and getting the first takedown,” Bushey said. “I want to improve on my stamina and strength and I think I can get even better.” Another wrestler Howard thinks can make some noise at the end of the season is sophomore Troy Seymour, who is wrestling in the 157-pound weight class. “[Seymour] had a great freshman year and he’s duplicating that this year,” Howard said. “He is right there so we want

to make sure we keep pushing him so that he’s ready to go at the regional meet.” Seymour is confident that since the beginning of the season he has improved his overall game and it will help him come playoff time. “I think I’ll be able to take a big step come regional and national time,” Seymour said. The Lakers will be traveling to Cortland this weekend to face SUNY Cortland and Hunter College, which will be the team’s last meet to prepare before the regional tournament.

Each week, Oswegonian Sports beat writers give you their thoughts on each team's upcoming weekend schedule.

SUNY Canton seems to be the perfect team for the Lakers to try to get back on track against after two uninspiring performances last weekend. The Kangaroos are currently on a four-game skid, but wins over SUNY Plattsburgh and 6-6 tie against SUNY Geneseo show that this team could cause trouble for anyone on any given night. And if Oswego State is slow out of the gate, SUNY Canton could make them pay, especially in Saturday’s game on the road. SUNY Cole Parzych Canton is 5-7-2 at home this year and 3-1-1 when leading after the first 20 minutes this season. SUNY Canton is not too impressive in many areas, but the power play is not one of them. The Lakers have been struggling while a man down in this last stretch. Penalties also seem to sneak up on the Lakers at bad times too. The Joey Rutkowski major penalty and Cameron Berry’s boarding minor last weekend are prime examples of that as both penalties resulted in a goal, or two in Rutkowski’s case. SUNY Canton’s power play is currently ranked 16th in the nation at 22.73 percent this season. 30 goals while a man up is a higher total than the Lakers, but Oswego State is more efficient, at 26.60 percent. That being said, this weekend could be decided by special teams. So far this season, the Lakers have proven they can respond well coming off demoralizing losses. After dropping three-straight games in disappointing fashion back in December and January, they responded by rattling off fourstraight wins. In the current circumstances, coming off a last minute loss on home ice to SUNY Plattsburgh, the Lakers will be hoping to bounce back in a similar way. Ryan Zalduondo After a rocky Whiteout Weekend, which saw the Lakers barely squeak by a lowly SUNY Potsdam Bears team in overtime, and the heartbreaker to SUNY Plattsburgh, the Lakers managed to get a much needed conference win and a wake-up call. Coming into this weekend’s home-and-home with SUNY Canton, the Lakers will come out focused, and look to recover from their only home loss this season. A wild-card this weekend, however, is freshman goaltender Cedric Hansen. After senior Matt Zawadzki’s injury against SUNY Potsdam, there is a chance Hansen sees his first start of the season. Hansen has appeared in only one game this season, which came in a relief spot in an 8-1 win over Morrisville state on Dec. 3. Though the ‘Roos are not an easy opponent by any stretch, head coach Ed Gosek should have his team ready for the postseason run, starting with two statement wins over SUNY Canton.

Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian Howard is confident in his team's abilty to perform when this season's most important stretch arrives. rankings to the No. 8 team in the nation after the pair of games, while kept the Lakers at the No. 8 spot. Elmira College moved up one spot,


to No. 4, in both polls after the weekend series with the Lakers. Oswego State will now play the Buffalo State Bengals on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.




Elmira College Soaring Eagles

1 Oswego State Lakers

Elmira College Soaring Eagles



The Bengals swept the regular season series against Buffalo State last year. However, this season, the Lakers have kicked it up a notch by making history with their first ever win against SUNY Plattsburgh, which came on the road. The No. 8 team in the nation will return home this weekend and try to string together some more points and jump the Bengals in the standings. Oswego State is currently one point behind Buffalo State within the ECAC Women’s West standings. Both teams have played 14 Samantha Longton games, but Buffalo State’s 20 points and a 10-4-0 record holds a slim edge over the Lakers’ 19 points and 9-4-1 record. The Bengals have been hot this season as well and are currently on a five-game win streak. The Bengals are not ranked in either poll, but are receiving votes. This matchup could be the most evenly balanced all season within the conference. Jacquelin White is a key player for the Lakers, and I do not think the Bengals will be able to keep her off the score sheet. White scored two goals against Elmira College this past weekend and currently leads the team with 14 goals. Considering the records both teams have so far this season, this weekend will make for an interesting matchup.



The two SUNYAC games this weekend could prove to be crucial wins for the Lakers if they want to lock up the top seed for this year's playoffs. The first-place Lakers last played SUNY Fredonia (9-13/6-9), on Dec. 9 when they won a tough 70-66 battle at home. SUNY Fredonia guard Ian Helps had a good showing in that matchup with his 16 point effort. He leads the Blue Devils in scoring this season at 14.8 points per game. The offensive guard play from Sortino, Ferebee Luke Scoville and Schupp will be expected to carry the scoring load. The Blue Devils will give the Lakers their best shot at home, but should come up short once again. The Lakers pulled off a 71-70 victory the last time they played the Buffalo State Bengals, easily one of their toughest games all season. Buffalo State (14-7/8-7) has one of the most prolific offenses in SUNYAC, especially at home where they've scored over 100 points three times this season. The Lakers will have their hands full with Buffalo State's Lovell Smith, who poured in 31 points on the Lakers at Max Ziel Gymnasium, shooting 14-19 from the field. This game should end up being close, the type of game in which the Lakers have excelled at closing out, mostly thanks to Sortino who nailed the game-winning three-point shot to beat Buffalo State on Dec. 10.




Annual Pink the Rink Weekend set, partnered with Colleges Against Cancer Upcoming weekend against Buffalo State is about more than just hockey for players, coaches, community Chris Yackel Staff Writer The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team will be hosting its seventh annual Pink the Rink weekend on Saturday and Sunday against Buffalo State. This weekend will be about more than just hockey. It will be about giving back to the community and spreading awareness about breast cancer so, eventually, breast cancer will be no more. Giving back to the community and spreading awareness is something that the team and their coaches feel is important, including senior forward Alexa Aramburu. “I think that it’s very important to

get the community aware of breast cancer and that we do more as a team to support these causes and support these organizations rather than just play to play,” Aramburu said. “We play for a bigger reason and we really want everyone to come together by spreading awareness of not just breast cancer, but ovarian cancer and, in general, just spread awareness of this cause.” Overall, this weekend means a lot with Buffalo State coming to town. The Lakers will look to accomplish a successful weekend not just by spreading awareness and giving back to the community, but getting two big wins as well. “I think that this weekend means a lot and is important,” senior captain

Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian Victoria Rankin, who may play in her first Pink the Rink game, taking a face-off in the offensive zone against SUNY Canton.

Campus Recreation Report: New semester brings new seasons Mike Cicero Contributing Writer With a new spring semester comes a new season for Oswego Campus Recreation Intramural Sports. The men’s basketball tournament began Jan. 30. In the opening game, No Gimmicks lost to Straight 5’s, 63-28. The OWRFCIMBTCWNJ downed Kappa Sigma by 11 points. Free Agents also dropped the ball against United Nations 49-43. Ballers beat TKE by 24 points. On Thursday, United Nations picked up their second win against Oswego Ballaz. OVO beat Straight 5’s 66-55, while Size Don’t Matter 2.5 won their first game against The OWRFCIMBTCWNJ. Playoff games continued this week as Days In The East Vol. 1 downed PDS 5246. The Caucasian Invasion beat Daddy Dutchmen by eight and the Troy Aikey’s beat Oz Godz to win their second game. After a full season of broomball last semester, Campus Recreation gave teams the opportunity to play again. The spring broomball tournament began Jan. 29 with the first men’s game as Snowflakes defeated Twerk Team 3-2 to move on. Play continued Jan. 31, as the Metards battled The Legion of Broom. The Legion of Broom gave up the only goal scored on a shorthanded breakaway, as Zach Butler shot it between the goalie’s legs to nab the game winner. Dump and Chase defeated Teenage Turpin’ Squirtles 3-0. The Tallmans lost a close game to Snowflakes 1-0. The Devin Smiths also moved on after getting a shutout win over The Shooting Seamen, as Matthew Glasgow was perfect in net. In the CoRec bracket, the East Mafia

beat The Unsweepables 1–0. The Ice Pack moved on to the next round from a forfeit, but in the quarterfinals the Average Joes were unstoppable, shutting them out 6-0. The Average Joes will take on Special Cay in the semifinals, after Special Cay beat Menopause Pt.2 in a tough battle, 2-1. The indoor soccer season has kicked off this past week as well. In the CoRec recreational league, the Average Joe’s beat Game of Throw Ins 6-3. Timmy Mascia scored four goals, as Leander Manning and Courtney Wingerden also showed up on the scoreboard. DJ Gonzalez, Liam Krug and Jake Sauter all had goals for Game of Throw Ins. Also in CoRec recreational, PJ & Friends took on Curry Countdown. Curry Countdown had three goals from Alexander Biefeld, Drew Garen and Emily Gunn, but it wasn’t enough as Devin Durner and Erin Johnson totaled five goals. PJ & Friends went on to win. In the CoRec Competitve league, Off Sliders beat Ambassadors in a tight game 2-1. Madison Bush and Berhan Meghezzi each scored for the Off Sliders, as Collin Campbell scored for Ambassadors. ZBT fought hard against United Nations in the men’s recreational soccer league. Zachary Leo had an early goal in the game for ZBT. Samuel Cope also received a pass from Andrew Perrella and scored around eight minutes into the game. United Nations were not done yet though and came back scoring four goals in a row. Ji Un Kim passed it through the middle to Alotaibi, who was able to bury it. Quentin Lamb also had two goals. ZBT’s Ian Coscuik scored off a cross. ZBT scored another goal late in the game, but United Nations held on to win, 5-4.

Photo provided by Mic-Anthony Hay The eight-person team broomball tournament of the spring semester is currently in the semifinal round.

Alli Ullrich said. “Buffalo State is right next to us in the standings, and we need to spread awareness for breast cancer so there certainly is a lot going on this weekend.” Spreading awareness this weekend is a top priority, but connections to the Buffalo area are engrained in the Lakers’ dressing room too. “A lot of people on our team are from Buffalo,” senior defenseman Alyssa Brockmann said. “I have a lot of family from Buffalo, so just in general playing Buffalo State is huge for us, it’s always a great rivalry. We seem to always play great games against them, and its an exciting weekend to not only play for the community but give back as well.” These two teams have not played each other since Oswego State knocked Buffalo State out of the playoffs last year. Ullrich said she had fond memories about that herself. “It will be exciting since last year we knocked them out of the playoffs,” Ullrich said. “That game was so fun to play in and such a great feeling afterward so it’s going to be nice to get another shot at them.” Although the team is looking forward to the matchup, head coach Diane Dillion was quick to point out that Buffalo State “will definitely have revenge on their minds come this weekend.” This weekend is something that Dillon cares about fondly as she remembers the inception and idea of Pink the Rink weekend and also the team’s partnership with Colleges

Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian The team stands behind Mariah Madrigal during the National Anthem at the Marano Campus Center Ice Arena.

Against Cancer. The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team got involved with Colleges Against Cancer after Dillon was approached by Oswego State student Carly Babcock, an employee at the ice arena and the president of the Oswego State chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, Dillon said. “One day she actually approached me and said we have this group on campus and discussed that and I said we would love to help and that’s how it started,” Dillon said. “It was a student organization stepping up and doing the things they do well. We were thrilled with the opportunity to work

with an Oswego college group.” Dillon said Babcock will be doing the ceremonial puck drop before Saturday afternoon’s game. The team is auctioning off one of its pink jerseys to help support Colleges Against Cancer and help spread awareness to put an end to breast cancer. These pink jerseys will be worn for both games on both Feb. 10 and 11 against the Bengals. Fans can place bids on the jersey, which is number 17 this year. The bidding starts at $100 and raising in increments of $10 for the donations. The bidding ends at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 15.


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STUDENTS, WHERE ARE YOU? Oswego State hosts a lot of impactful events, but one event above all others is more significant to our immediate community, despite the lack of student attendance. E v e r y s e m e s t e r, O s w e g o S t a t e President Deborah Stanley hosts a to w n h a l l me e t i ng w he re s he a ddresses students’ questions and concerns. Yet, every semester, the attendance is still disappointing. It is our obligation as students to be informed about our own community and to be able to make a difference in it. The town hall meeting allows students to observe and be educated about what is happening in campus life or to make a difference by bringing up their own concerns. As students we go through college to graduate and become contributing

members of society, which is why it is important to start contributing to our community now. The format of the town hall meetings allows students to get answers. Stanley is not only there to answer questions, but other faculty members and administrators come to offer expertise and solutions. Professional staff members are there for a reason, but they should not be dominating the bulk of the 214 seats in the auditorium. Where are the students that come not because of a student organization or a class assignment, but because they want to be educated? It is fair to say the announcement informing students about the town hall meeting two days prior to the event was late notice. Although, the amount

of students most likely in their residence hall room not doing anything productive at the time of the town hall meeting is unacceptable. It is events like these that exist to bring the community together, but it is hard when the community is not there. The next time students are hanging out in each other’s rooms, getting ready to go out on a Wednesday or watching Netflix, they should think to themselves, “What is going on right now?” Getting a college experience is unique and only lasts a shor t amount of time in one life. Students need to harness the opportunities they have in this type of environment and be engaged in the voices of their community.


Everyone’s body is beautiful in its own way

Artistic view on nudity erases stigma, invites open-mindedness

The Voice of the People

What is one money saving tip you have for college? “If I was going to buy dining dollars I wouldn’t get taxed.”

Michael Gambro junior, technology education

“I don’t have any tips because I’m horrible at spending money and saving it.”

Madison Malone freshman, undeclared

Alex Simone Copy Editor For generations there has been a stigma against nudity. It is seen as racy and sexual and the closest it comes to mainstream is its portrayal in men’s magazines. Nudity can be so much more though. The human body is one of the most beautiful forms on Earth and it is a crime that we keep ourselves caged in clothing anywhere except the bedroom. This topic can get out of hand easily, so I will focus on the artistic aspect. Nudity in the art world is not seen as taboo; to the contrary, it is often embraced. At Oswego State, there are two

figure drawing classes where students draw using live models for reference. This is a great idea. It acclimates students with the form of the body without over-sexualizing the matter. Though I have not participated in the classes, either as an artist or a model, I have accrued a fair amount of experience with the blending of art and nudity over the past few years. My experience with nudity as art began almost two years ago in my photography class. Since then, I have done several other shoots and plan to continue pursuing the crossover between art and the body. As an artist, I have gained an appreciation for the body, regardless of body type. Whether you are a 300-pound woman or a 150-pound man, you are beautiful. This does not mean I am sexually attracted to every person I set eyes on, but every person should understand that they are beautiful for who they are. Most people wear clothes for, basically, 100 percent of their life, even though nudity is our natural state. As a result, we usually view ourselves through a flawed lens, since we rarely see our bodies in totality. This is why I often tell friends they should

try a nude photoshoot, assuming the photographer maintains a professional attitude. The first time I saw images of myself, I gained a deeper appreciation for who I am. Not only did I see good qualities about myself, I was more accepting of the physical qualities I thought I should improve as well. This is why I say everyone has beauty. An obese person, extremely skinny person and the idealized, physically fit person all have qualities about themselves that are beautiful. Not even the idealized person is perfect, however, and the aspects they want to improve should also be communicated through their images. I believe even this is beautiful though and our physical flaws should be accepted as a part of who we are. If I have ankles I view as too skinny, I should not dislike the lot I drew, but instead realize it is part of who I am. My body image problems do not stem exclusively from me being overly skinny. They may be a part of my neurosis, but they were learned from what society says is the ideal body for a man. I am not saying a more open attitude toward nudity would cure this, but the ability to more readily view our bodies in their entirety is a start toward loving ourselves.

Trump makes reasonable selection

SCOTUS nominee is reincarnation of late Justice Antonin Scalia

“Stay single.”

Joey Sweener freshman, graphic design

“I just tend to eat in the dining hall and don’t spend money on outside food.’ Camila Arredondo sophomore, adolescent education and English

“I use my friends’ guess passes at the dining hall.”

Arialees Alicea freshman, graphic design

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Samantha Boyle | The Oswegonian From left: Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Elana Kagan, Clerance Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor.

Derek Smith Staff Writer Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has been nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the late Antonin Scalia’s and Merrick Garland’s stolen Supreme Court seat. Finally, a white, male, Harvard Law School graduate will get some representation on the bench. Gorsuch was included in the Supreme Court of the United States shortlist Trump provided during the campaign. Nothing, literally nothing has been normal throughout the transition process or this administration’s first few weeks of governing up until this pick. For those that are clutching the pearls of what is to come in the next four years, they can at least take some solace in this distinguished judge with indisputable credentials despite his conservative ideology. Notwithstanding the Republican thievery of Garland’s seat, Gorsuch’s nomination, if confirmed, will essentially be a like-for-like trade-off with

Antonin Scalia in terms of judicial philosophy. While not ideal for Democrats, they should be wary of an all-out war over his confirmation. Testy hearings were the theme of the Trump transition in light of his cabinet appointees’ dubious qualifications. A former Exxon CEO with ties to Russia’s plentiful oil supplies in Rex Tillerson, a neurosurgeon, Ben Carson in charge of urban development, and an anti-public school advocate in charge of the Department of Education, Betsy Devos, presented obvious doubts about the competency of the incoming cabinet. Unfortunately, people have to beware the possibility of “outage fatigue” as the necessity for legitimate outrage seems to be growing every day. Waging a full offensive over Gorsuch, a qualified candidate, involves the already increasing risk of sounding like the boy who cried wolf. Democrats and Liberals have to be careful not to burn their chips too quickly. In order to grow opposition support to Trump’s outrageous behavior and draconian policies, they will need to maintain a consistent strategy and relentless resistance. It is an unfortunate reality. Furthermore, the fight against Trump will

not only require the full effort of lefties in Congress, but a coalition of moderate anti-Trump Republicans. Thus, they must choose their battles wisely. Gorsuch is a favorite among all swaths of Conservatives in the mainstream and, to his credit, Trump made the decision with this in mind. A full frontal character assassination or undercutting of Gorsuch’s integrity would risk losing the support Democrats need to continue the battle. Save the fighting gloves for when Gorsuch or any other Trump cohorts begin chipping away at reproductive and voting rights. Then, they will surely have people willing to join their cause. It is going to be a long four years. Democrats have a chance to regain some lost seats in the 2018 midterm elections if it is of any consolation. Even if they do, an effective Trump resistance will not be an easy task. Gorsuch is a capable judge and could likely serve on the bench for up to three decades. He can and should be subject to the same scrutiny faced by all SCOTUS nominees, but Democrats need to swallow the loss of Garland’s seat and continue refining their strategy for the next four years.



Students must have discipline Tip of for budgeting to be successful the hat...


◊ harrassment on the D Bus. ◊ “Rings” for unoriginal content. ◊... to low attendance at town hall meetings.

◊ Gov. Cuomo’s plan to cover contraception. ◊ Trump for keeping the LGBTQ rights bill. ◊ women’s ice hockey for doing so well.

Photo provided by 401 (K) 2012 via flickr When trying to save money in college students have three key aspects to remember; produce, save and maintain.

Michael Reilly Contributing Writer When it comes to being in college most people would agree having money is almost essential. Not only do students wish to have as much money as possible for social activities and such, but it is also important to practice good spending habits in preparation for the future as well as to keep from going broke in the present. Unfortunately, trying to keep a healthy bank account and control spending is much easier said than done. According to a 2014 survey conducted by entertainment company Study Breaks College Media, out of 500-plus students about 66 percent spend $1,200 or more a year on entertainment services like bars, restaurants and concerts. To help yourself achieve the goal of a healthy bank account it is important to remember these three key aspects: produce, save and maintain. It is definitely a benefit to have a part time job while going to school, but there are also a couple notable ways to help put some extra spending money in your pocket. One of these actions includes collecting extra change. Benefits to using this method could include not worrying about buying a meal somewhere when you are out and about and cannot make it to the dining hall, or you could simply live off the change to provide yourself late night snacks from the

vending machines. Look at it this way: specifically using your leftover change for quick snacks could help prevent you from using your debit card and possibly not having enough money down the road. Another simple and easy way to put an few extra bucks in your wallet is by taking your empty cans and bottles to a redemption center. Even though each can and bottle is only worth five cents, your collection will quickly grow and you will be able to muster up a couple bucks here and there and give your budget some added support. There are not many awful feelings out there that can compare to being out of money. This can be avoided by putting together a budget for yourself. Set a limit to how much money to spend in a given amount of time whether it be just a week or the entire semester. Keeping track of money with a budget is a no brainer to controlling spending and it will be a lot harder to go broke. When it comes to following through with these actions, or in other words maintaining a healthy bank account, there are two key components that will be essential in doing so: discipline and effort. Ask yourself, “How badly do I want extra money and how far will I go to push myself?” That ties into the second component: discipline. Having discipline will help fight the temptation of wanting a Pop Tart and a Butterfinger from the vending machine or blowing money when out with friends. So bottom line, follow through on producing, saving and maintaining and it is guaranteed to keep that bank account healthy.

Birth control helps women avoid pregnancies, health risks

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Uncertainty remains for LGBTQ Community should be mindful to president’s future actions Hannah Francisco Contributing Writer In only its first month, President Donald Trump’s administration has been rife with controversy. One of the areas of strong criticism has come from the LGBTQ community. According to the Huffington Post, on Jan. 31, the White House issued a statement saying former President Barack Obama’s amendment to Executive Order 11246 would remain in place. The original executive order stated that federal contractors could not discriminate due to race, color, religion or sex. Obama’s amendment stated that federal contractors could not discriminate against people due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. At first glance, this seems like a positive thing to hear. In some ways it is, but it does not mean the LGBTQ community is in the clear. It is true Trump mentioned LGBTQ Americans in his acceptance speech to become the Republican nominee. This is the first time this has happened in the GOP Although he personally does not agree with marriage equality, he considers the matter settled due to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling. Even throughout his campaign, he did not seem obsessed with LGBTQ persons’ sexualities and day to day lives, unlike other recent Republican politicians. Trump is not a saint when it comes to equality by any stretch of the imagination, but I do not think decimating the rights of LGBTQ Americans is his priority by any means. However, there are many aspects of his administration that are a cause for concern. As reported by news outlets, Vice President Mike Pence is no friend of the LGBTQ community. Despite his current agreement with Trump’s statement, his record shows a longstanding pattern of prejudice.

Photo provided by infomatique via wikimedia Donald Trump announced in his first month of presidency that he will leave Obama’s LGBTQ rights bill in place.

As governor of Indiana, he tried to enact a law that allowed discrimination against LGBTQ persons via “religious freedom.” According to Time magazine, he also said being gay was a choice and he is against marriage equality. He also opposes the repeal of the don’t ask, don’t tell policy, and refused to honor Obama’s directive on transgender students. It is very possible that Pence’s ideas could influence Trump, which would not be good for the LGBTQ community. Pence is not the only person in Trump’s circle accused of homophobia. According to the Boston Globe, Trump’s choice for education secretary, Betsy DeVos and her husband have worked against marriage equality and supported anti-LGBTQ groups. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for attorney general, has voted against hate crime laws that protect LGBTQ persons and even received a score of zero from the Human Rights Campaign. Even though Trump may not consider himself a homophobe, he has no problem putting those who are in positions where they could wreak havoc on LGBTQ rights.

Beyond whatever policies his proposed cabinet may suggest, Trump has shown he has no problem ruling by executive order. If he wanted, he could sign an order against LGBTQ people and they would have to wait it out while the courts decide what rights they have. There is also the danger of the infamous “religious freedom” bill. These have been proposed many times in state governments and basically give private businesses the right to refuse services based on religious objections. A law like this could be enacted without removing Obama’s executive order. Overall, these are going to be an uncertain four years for LGBTQ Americans. Although Trump himself has been relatively quiet, many of those close to him are against LGBTQ equality. For now, all people can do is pay attention, contact elected officials about laws they do not agree with and protest unjust laws and of course, vote in 2018.

Free tuition is new tab for taxpayers

Cuomo’s plan to make college more affordable is ill-advised Julie Loney Staff Writer

Photo provided by Nate Gregg via flickr Govenor’s proposed plan will require insurance companies cover contraception and medically necessary abortions.

Hannah Francisco Contributing Writer On Jan. 20 Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new plan to help New York women and trans men afford birth control. His plan requires that contraceptives, including hormonal pills, patches and intrauterine devices, remain covered under insurance policies without a co-pay or deductible. It also requires medically necessary abortions to be covered without a co-pay or deductible. Both of these regulations are to stay in place, regardless of what happens to the Affordable Care Act. No matter what happens federally, this plan is a positive for reproductive health in New York State. When couples have access to affordable birth control, the rates of both unwanted pregnancies and abortions go down. This was seen in Colorado, when women were offered free IUDs and hormonal implants. As stated in the New York Times, the teen birth rate fell by 40 percent and the teen abortion rate fell by 42 percent. There were similar findings for low-income adult women. When couples can plan their pregnancies, it gives them more time to be emotionally and financially ready for the child. Beyond this, birth control is cheaper than an abortion and the costs associated with childbirth. This is cheaper for both the parent and the taxpayer if the mother

needs assistance getting maternal care. Another point to consider is that many women use hormonal birth control for non-reproductive issues. The pill can help relieve anemia, cramping, irregular periods and acne. It also is used for women with polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis. Even though the pill is prescribed mainly for these issues, many IUDs, as well as the birth control shot, ring and implant help with these medical issues. For many, these medications treat problems that could severely impact a woman’s well-being. As a country that strives to be the greatest in the world, making sure all citizens have necessary medical care should be an important goal. In the end, there are hundreds of reasons birth control should be affordable. Some use it to focus on a career. Some use it because they do not want any more children. Many use it as intended, to prevent pregnancy, regardless of whether they have a monogamous partner or not. Others use it to keep life changing medical conditions at bay. Since the sexual revolution, reliable birth control has made life easier for millions. People of all sexual orientations, races, classes and religions benefit from being able to control their own fertility. This makes life easier on everyone and hopefully in New York affordable contraception is here to stay.

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his proposal for free college tuition, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called the idea “revolutionary.” Throughout the 2016 election, many millennials rallied behind the senator from Vermont for this claim to fame and he is now supporting the New York governor for taking the next step in providing free public college tuition for students. According to The New York Times, students from families that make less than $125,000 each year will be eligible for free public college tuition. This includes the tuition prices from two-year community colleges, State University of New York schools, and City University of New York schools. If New York adopted this plan, it will join states like Tennessee and Oregon that have already implemented such systems. The governor’s proposal states that within three years, the program will start covering tuition for families that make less than $100,000, then covering families that make less than $125,000 in 2019. However, Cuomo says that it will not impact nearly as many New Yorkers than earlier federal proposals. According to the director of state operations, Jim Malatras, only 200,000 students would be covered by the time the system is fully implemented in 2019, leaving thousands of New York college students wondering, “what about me?” Well New York college students, do not get too comfortable. On Jan. 24, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher testified that only 80,000 students would qualify for this program in 2019, according to The New York Post. That means over 300,000 New York university-system students are left waiting for their shot at free tuition. The problem with implementing this program is that many people fail to recognize how this is not an entirely free tuition. This order is aimed to help middle to lower class families financially cover college tuition

Photo provided by Pat Arnow via flickr On Jan. 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his plan to make tuition costs free for qualifying New York State students.

costs, however, the economic spin to this debate is that New York taxpayers will have to open their wallets a little bit more. New York State school tuition costs are already the lowest in the country. With the start of this program college enrollment is said to increase by 10 percent. With more students becoming eligible for this system, more taxpayer money will be used to cover the added tuition each year, creating problems for students whose families make less than $125,000 as opposed to $100,000. Although apparently only 80,000 students are qualified, those students are only the ones whose families make less than $100,000 a year. Demographically, those 80,000 students could attend CUNY schools only, leaving thousands of students from upstate New York in the dust. According to The New York times, some state universities like Stony Brook would be greatly impacted if college enrollment increases. Classroom size, residential housing, dining, and a proportionate number of faculty all come into consideration when taking this free-tuition program into account. Also, as of now, Cuomo has not issued a

GPA or merit-based requirement for this program. If he chooses to not implement such requirement, does that discredit prior scholarships? Students that work very hard to attend a SUNY or CUNY school and receive a scholarship that is merit based could potentially be getting less money come the fall semester because of grant money that must be allocated by this new system. Existing students are protected and can benefit from this program, but what if a newly enrolled student takes longer than two or four years to receive their degree? If they take off a semester or fail, are they still covered by Cuomo’s bill? As a Oswego State student, its hard to see the enrollment size of this school increasing. Between dining halls running out of food, having to move students to “forced triple” rooms and increasing class sizes, this school can not take a huge increase in enrollment. The Cuomo bill should implement stricter guidelines pertaining to GPA requirement and a pressured time-frame of eligibility or else it will be up to the New York taxpayers to pick up the tab.




Main characters dominate ‘Santa Clarita


‘Rings’ lacks originality, copies first film


Bell Biv DeVoe brings old-school style back

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‘Santa Clarita Diet’ stars bring big laughs Dominick Lioto Staff Writer

When Netflix announced plans to expand the original programs in their catalog to cover at least 50 percent of content, a common question asked was, “How good could all of these different shows be?” It is a valid thought, with ART EXHIBIT: “INSPIRED BY DATA” so many different new series Time: Noon - 5 p.m. and movies it is unknown Date: Friday, Feb. 10 how many will be quality Location:186W.FirstSt.,OswegoStateDowntown entertainment. Luckily, what they have released so far has been pretty good overall, OPEN SKATE including their most recent, Time: Noon - 2 p.m. “Santa Clarita Diet,” which is Date: Friday, Feb. 3 easily their most outrageous Location: Arena, Marano Campus Center comedy to date. Joel (Timothy Olyphant, ART RECEPTION: STUDENT ART EXHIBITION “Justified”) and Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore, Time: 5 - 7 p.m. “Blended”) are an average, Date: Friday, Feb. 10 every day, suburban married Location: Tyler Art Gallery, Tyler Hall couple. They are real estate agents whose lives have RICE CREEK RAMBLE admittedly become a bit dull and routine. Time: 11 a.m. - Noon One morning they disDate: Saturday, Feb. 11 cover that Sheila is somehow Location: Rice Creek Field Station dead, which brings along a new energized personality, PLANETARIUM SHOW: “THE CALENDER” increased libido, very little Time: 7 - 8 p.m. self-control and a whole new appetite. Joel is a devoted Date: Sunday, Feb. 12 and loving husband, so of Location: Room 223, Shineman Center course he will stick by his wife’s side now that she is INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR sadly a zombie, even if that Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m. means becoming a murderer and an accomplice to various Date: Monday, Feb. 13 Location: Room 255, Marano Campus Center major crimes. While trying to hide the new Sheila from the cop MOVIE: “HARMONISTS” neighbors, work associates

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Left to right: Drew Berrymore and Timothy Olyphant bring the biggest laughs in the latest Netflix original.

further. Barrymore is surprisingly very funny as the zombie wife. Barrymore is not universally loved, nothing is, but she generates some of the biggest laughs this show has. Whether it is her commentary about her zombie transformation or when she has to be cannibalistic, Barrymore was a uniquely perfect choice for Sheila. Olyphant is no stranger to carrying television series. He starred in FX’s critically acclaimed “Justified” for six seasons. However, he is not as well-known for his comedic chops. He has been humorous in other roles, but those would usually be a guest spot or a lighthearted moment in one of his more dramatic projects. In “Santa Clarita Diet,” Olyphant is arguably funnier than his zombie wife, who should be the main laughing point, probably because he grounds the series. It would be crazy if someone’s wife was a zombie and they would be freaking out constantly if they were murdering and dismembering people for their wife to consume. There are some quite memorable scenes thanks to Olyphant. Having a show revolve around the zombie concept is wild, but sometimes the jokes fall flat. Zombie based puns and humor can only get a show so far and even though this first season is good, it is hard to see a whole other season skating by like this. It would just be redundant, rehashed jokes and that is Photo provided by why things would need to be Drew Berrymore struggles to control her implulses as her new zombie lifestyle changes her personality. cranked up for season two. and the public in general, Joel and Sheila cautiously involve their teenage daughter Abby (Liv Hewson, “Before I Fall”) and her friend Eric (Skyler Gisondo, “Vacation”), who has some knowledge of the undead and other paranormal activities. This first season is written entirely by its creator, Victor Fresco, who has some experience writing for other pretty goofy comedies, with shows such as “Better Off Ted” and “My Name is Earl” under his belt, and has Ruben Fleischer directing the first two episodes, while also serving as an executive producer. Fleischer already has experience in zombie-based comedy, with the 2009 film “Zombieland.” This sounds like

an oddly specific thing to have experience in, but he is able to get the show rolling right out of the gate. Barrymore already has plenty of experience in comedy, from starring in Adam Sandler films, to lending her voice on “Family Guy” and even hosting “Saturday Night Live,” but she is known mostly for her work in movies. It takes a lot to carry any series, it is a different format than film, due primarily to the content factor. Ten of these episodes equates to roughly five hours of television, which is a lot of time, more than double most movies. That time needs to be equally filled with jokes, entertaining scenarios and even some twists to elevate the series


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Copying from original film, ‘Rings’ less horrifying Morgan Altland Laker Review Editor

No audience or viewer likes to pay to view the same thing twice. This idea was slightly challenged back when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was released, but after the initial, and very unavoidable, hype died out, people began to realize that although certain aspects of the film were different, the story was the same. This trend has been seen across various genres of film, most noticeably comedies w i t h f i l m s f r a n c h i s e s l i ke “Ghostbusters,” “Pitch Perfect” and “The Hangover” where the sequel seems to be almost a carbon copy of the original, with slight changes made to highlight what made the first film so loved. This idea is even later poked fun at in the 2014

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Vincent D’Onofrio plays character too reminicent to character from the original.

“22 Jump Street,” which played off the concept perfectly to give the film an original feel. “Rings” does not do this. Many were excited to hear the popular early 2000’s horror franchise would be getting a reboot. The trailers showed some promise and showcased how it would be brought into the age

where VHS tapes seem like antiques. The film, however, manages to disappoint. The film follows Julia, portrayed by Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz (“Summertime”). Weeks after her boyfriend Colt (Alex Roe, “The 5th Wave”) goes to college, he suddenly disappears and she begins to look for him. Her search

leads her to a professor at the college, Gabriel (Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”) and a mysterious tape that he has students watch. After watching what was on the tape herself, the three begin to work together to solve the mystery of the images shown to them and the girl whose spirit tells them they only have seven days to live. The beginning was extremely promising. It starts with a scene on a plane and leads to the plot line with Julia and Colt. It is not until their investigation begins that the film begins to copy the original’s story. The female lead investigating the tape, as well as the girl on it, struggles as most of the information has been covered up to hide the secrets of those involved. The only lead they have to go on are the images on the tape, which they comb through thoroughly. After finding a location based on the film, they end up finding a location from the tape and an old man, in this film played by Vin-

cent D’Onofrio (“Daredevil”). For viewers who have seen the first film in the franchise, the twist ending in this film’s final act is the same, with added drama to heighten the situation. Although the story is terrible, the acting in the film is decent. Lutz and Roe give good performances in their roles. Galecki, although not straying too far from his “Big Bang” role, also delivers an enjoyable performance. The three are good at bringing realism to an unrealistic situation and pushing the story where it needs to go. In terms of fright, Samara (Bonnie Morgan, “Flawless,” voiced by Zoe Pessin “Doc McStuffins), the girl from the tapes, does provide a few decent moments that can scare the audience. It is just not as frightening as it could be. Many of her most devastating moments, such as the opening on the plane, are not shown fully to the audience, taking away from the havoc they could wreak.

Big Sean showcases skill, style in ‘I Decided.’ Issack Cintron Copy Editor

Big Sean has decided he is through being the underdog. T h e D e t ro i t - n a t i ve h a s been criticized for being inconsistent throughout his career, with some contesting that while Sean possesses the ability to be one of the elite rappers, he has yet to find his identity as a rapper. As a result, Sean’s name tends to get overlooked. However, Sean revealed he is not bothered during an interview with Angie Martinez of Power 105.1 in New York City. “I’m not looking at the [rapper] to my right or to my left, I’m just looking straight at that finish line,” Sean said. “I have felt myself get better, as an artist, as a person. Like I’ve been getting wiser, I feel like that’s effected the music too.” While opening for Rihanna during the European stretch of her Anti Tour, Sean created most of his fourth album “I Decided.” The album, released on

Feb. 3, indeed showcases Sean’s progression, exhibiting maturity as he demonstrates less of his selfish and braggadocios nature and allows his authenticity and compassion shine through. “Honestly I had to take the time to let my ego go/Realized that that held us back and back’s not where we need to go,” Sean raps on “Owe Me.” A majority of the album is retrospective of Sean’s shortcomings in life to this point and making amends. This is emphasized on the album’s front cover, which has a picture of two men, the one on the left being Sean in the present day and the man on the right being Sean in the future. The album is a brutally honest journey through Sean’s identity crisis, with the album’s title serving as a motivating phrase that speaks to the adage “only you can set you free.” “Imagine you going through life and you failed at everything,” Sean said. “Your love, to your dreams, family. You dropped the ball and somehow you got a chance to go back and redo it all, so you go back but you got the wisdom of your older self.” Sonically, the album maintains Sean’s hard-hitting trap-

style with popular trap producer Metro Boomin on the tracks “Bounce Back,” “Voices in My Head/Stick to the Plan” and “Sacrifices.” Boomin’s in-yourface style masterfully allows Sean to enter destruction mode. “N**** how dare you stand before me and not respect my authority/If you f*** with my glory, I’ma drop the L and get gory,” Sean raps on the album’s lead single “Bounce Back.” Along with Boomin, Sean is also joined by Jeremih on “Light,” where he raps “this the flow that got Steph Curry inspired,” as well as his girlfriend Jhené Aiko, The-Dream, Migos, Starrah and The Flint Chozen Choir. The biggest guest spot, however, is fellow Detroit-rapper and hip-hop legend, Eminem on the sinister track “No Favors,” where he absolutely spazzes out, channeling his alter ego, Slim Shady. In vintage fashion, he attacks everyone from Jamie Lee Curtis to Fergie, Lana Del Rey, Ann Coulter and President Donald Trump. “Call Shady number 81/ Surely I’m turning into the Aaron Hernandez of rap/State of emergency, the planet’s

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having panic attacks/Brady’s returning, matter of fact I may be deserving/Of a pat on the back, like a Patriots jersey,” Eminem raps on “No Favors.” “I Decided.” is projected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, according to Billboard, which would be Sean’s second consecutive number one album and his fourth straight LP to debut in the topfive. Reaching the number one spot would mean toppling the meteoric rise of Migos’ album “Culture,” proving Sean has decided to stop “taking Ls” and start dishing them out. “I Decided.” takes Sean’s

career down a new path and quite possibly throws his name into the conversation for best rapper alive. Whether he claims not to be concerned with his competition or not, Sean definitely has a chip on his shoulder and perhaps it is time he receives more respect. “I Decided.” was something his career needed, for he has had plenty of hits, but lacked that one great album. Sean comes up clutch, with his latest LP being his best work to date while discovering his identity, as he said “it ain’t about who’s better, it’s about what you’re saying.”

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Toothless’ debut album stands weak among competition Ian Saunders Contributing Writer

Over the past decade, Ed Nash, the bassist for the band Bombay Bicycle Club, was writing his own material. Cramped into the back of a tour bus that traveled from coast to coast, he felt that he needed his own outlet – something personal to him. It was not until his band took an indefinite hiatus in 2014 that things really started taking off and these ideas he had finally started to materialize. “The Pace of the Passing” is the culmination of all of Nash’s experience – everything he learned while he was out on the road. “My plan is to do this in the same way I was doing Bombay Bicycle Club,” Nash said in an interview with DIY Magazine. “That was my life, for 10 years.” Working in collaboration with Chris Coady, the produc-

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er for bands like TV on the Radio and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as well as his old drummer and friend Suren De Saram, all the gears were set in motion. The album has a very promising start with “Charon,” a distant-sounding hymn, with vocal layering reminiscent of Fleet Foxes. Backdropped with calming, hypnotic guitar leads and churning, fast-paced drums, it is a very cinematic opening. It felt like it was setting the tone for

the whole album, but by the time the second track “Sisyphus” rolls in, that whole idea gets turned on its side. In this song it is obvious that Coady had a lot of creative control, due to the fact that it sounds like a typical Yeah Yeah Yeahs song. Everything in the mix is built around this dense, ‘80s-esque synth bass. It is unmistakably catchy, but nothing about the track really jumped out. It

sounds like something H&M would play for their shoppers while they try on skinny jeans – just dull, uninspired background noise. Unfortunately, this trend continues for the next couple of songs. “Palm’s Backside” features Marika Hackman, who harmonizes surprisingly well with Nash, but the song drags on for too long and does not deliver enough. “Alright Alright Alright,” “Midas Touch” and “Party for Two” blend into one another. Nothing about these tracks stood out or gave the listener anything new or challenging. What carried these songs and made them listenable was the drum work of De Saram, w ho d i d a n e xc e l l e n t j o b throughout this whole project. “You Thought I Was Your Friend (I Want to Hurt You)” was a pleasant surprise. The buildups were very satisfying and the brass instrumentation toward the end carried a lot of emotion and made it really stand out from the rest of the album.

The closing track “Terra” had a very unique opening. It started with a sample of what might have been Nash breathing, with an instrumental sample slowly built up over it. After that, it delved right back into what the album had been doing for most of its runtime, playing it safe with a run-ofthe-mill indie rock sound. It is a shame, really. There were parts of this album that showed a lot of promise and a lot that could have been built on, but it just never happened. It seemed as if Nash was trying to achieve a certain sound that never got fully realized or maybe he is still learning and his best work is yet to come. For a debut album, it really was not that bad, but there are a multitude of bands that work with this sound and do it so much better: Alt-J, Death Cab for Cutie and Band of Horses just to name a few. Ultimately, the mixdowns are great but the material just is not there yet. Give it time, it might be soon.

‘Three Stripes’ stays true to Bell Biv Devoe’s style Issack Clintron Copy Editor

The genre of R&B underwent quite the resurgence in 2016 thanks to the wonderful albums released by the likes of Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Solange and Anderson .Paak. As 2017 hits full gear, this resurgence gets a blast from the past from one of the most recognizable R&B acts of the ‘90s, Bell Biv DeVoe. The trio responsible for the classic single “Poison” released their first album since 2001 in “Three Stripes.” The 10-track LP sees the group p i c k u p r i g h t w he re t hey left off with their trademark sound, demonstrating that there is no school like the old school. The Boston-natives are resisting the urge to imitate the modern sounds and stick with the style that brought them so much fanfare throughout the ‘90s. Since the formation of the hip-hop genre, R&B has always

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been closely associated as the sensitive side to hip-hop’s aggression. The positive and negative outlooks on romance have accounted for much of the content in Bell Biv DeVoe’s catalogue since their formation. What sets them apart from some of the rest has been their ability to accompany Ricky Bell’s soulful vocals with the swag of Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe as rappers. This is on full display on “I’m Betta,” a track produced by Kay Gee of Naughty by Nature. Biv and DeVoe keep it real, convincing a woman to ditch the guy who has been playing

her, while Bell is the compassionate one, suggesting that he is a greater option. Production is a key highlight from this album. The group finds a way to make old trends work incredibly well. Sampling within songs like “Find a Way” and “I’m Betta,” to the effective utilization of ‘80s-style synthesizers on “Hot Damn.” But the absolute best production comes on the album’s lead single “Run.” Like “Find a Way” and “I’m Betta,” “Run” is driven by its sample of Herb Alpert’s “Rise,” which will be more recognized as the classic single

“Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G. The beat reimagines the original songs as Bell describes his dilemma of giving his all to a woman who will not reciprocate his feelings, yet will gladly accept his gifts. The lyrical content of “Run” is almost an ironic twist, given that Bell himself sung the famous line “that girl is poison” on the group’s most iconic track. It could be viewed as a modernday take on their smash hit “Poison,” yet it does not sound like anything the group has ever put out before. From the song’s obvious tribute to Biggie Smalls, with 2017 being the 20th anniversary

of his death, to its refreshing, back-to-basics nature in terms of production, this could very well be one of the best singles in 2017. The album as a whole feels like a tribute to some of the best periods of R&B, from the ‘90s to the early 2000s. Bell Biv DeVoe even teams up with other classic hip-hop and R&B artists such as Doug E. Fresh on “Ready,” Sisters with Voices on the Usher-like slow jam “Finally” and Boyz II Men in the ‘70s soul-inspired “One More Try.” The end result is an album that reminds listeners of just how incredible R&B was in its heyday, yet it is not merely about capturing nostalgia. The thing about the greats is that they find a way to exist and be successful in adapted time periods and Bell Biv DeVoe discovered a way to be successful while sticking to their guns as musicians. “Three Stripes” is a standout album that is a testament to the greatness of the old school artists while prolonging the resurgence of R&B.


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Oswegonian staff picks for the 2017 Grammy With many achievments, hits and failures, the 59th annualGrammy Awards rewards the best of the best i n t h e i n d u s t r y. T h e s t a f f memebers of the Oswegonian went through some of t he b i g g e s t a w a rd s o f t he night and determined who they believed who would win the golden statue this sunday. Here are our staff picks.

Heather Clark Managing Editor

Morgan Altland Laker Review Editor

Brandon Cortes Asst. Laker Review Editor

Issack Clintron Copy Editor

Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots

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Best Pop Solo Performance

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Record of the year

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Song of the year

Best new artist

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creative writing

Samantha Boyle | The Oswegonian by Sean Maphia “Oh God… not again…” My phone is ringing. It has been ringing for four days now. This is the fourth night. I haven’t been answering because I’m afraid of who or what is on the other line of that phone. Could it be an annoying telemarketer who wants my money? Is it someone who wants to prank call me? Do they want to make fun of me? Could it, at last, be death coming for me? Or worse… It could be my mother… The incessant ringing is getting to the point where my ears could bleed. I decide to get up from my leather chair. I slowly

walk over to the phone with every ring getting louder and louder and louder. I grab the handle with my sweaty palms and sweat beading from my forehead, dripping on the phone itself. I pick it up with hesitation, my hand shaking, and answer, “Hello?” No answer. I still hear the ringing. Now I’m even more confused and scared than ever. Then, it hit me. “Oh, it was my cell phone alarm. Silly me.” I chuckle and grab my cell phone out of my pocket. I turn off the alarm and decide to go to bed considering I haven’t been sleeping for four days as it was. As my head hits the pillow, it feels like I am laying on an angel wings. I am in bliss. RING RING RING. Dear God…


"Her Eyes/His Smile?" by Sean Maphia Her eyes, that is what catches my attention – not for the shape or color, but the story they told. His smile, that is what catches my attention – not for the shape or color, but the story they told. I have always been in love with Emily. One day she chose me as a lab partner in chemistry. I was surprised when the cutest girl in the freshman class asked me to be her partner. I caused an explosion and Emily showed concern. When she brought in her face toward mine, I looked into her beautiful, green eyes. That’s when I fell in love with her. Underneath those eyes I saw pain and suffering. I have always been in love with Peter. One day I asked Peter to be my lab partner because I was so dumb at chemistry. He seemed shocked and said yes. I guess I put too much chloride in the solution, causing an explosion that almost scarred Peter. I was so afraid, I brought my face in to his to check for anything. He thought I was being silly and laughed. When I saw that beautiful smile, that’s when I fell in love with him. Underneath that smile I saw worry and doubt. She had to let me go. He had to let me go. *** It’s been 10 years since I saw those eyes. They showed something different this time. It’s been 10 years since I saw that smile. It showed something different this time. Love.


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1763: Treaty of Paris is signed to end the French and Indian War. 1962: Soviets exchange American for a Russian spy during Cold War. 1996: World chess champion Gary Kasperov loses to IBM computer. 2014: Child star Shirley Temple dies of pulmonary disease at 85.

BY Morgan Altl and

Cancer (July 20 - Aug. 10):

Libra (Oct. 30 - Nov. 23):

Sagittarius (Dec. 17 - Jan. 20):

Allowing someone else to carry your burdens is not going to help either of you become stronger. True strength comes from facing the difficulties of life andstandingtallafterward.Somebattles must be faced alone to gain this power.

People may fade only if you allow them to do so. Even if someone is no longer with you, theycanstillbeinyourthoughts,yourmemories, or your heart. Hold on to the people that havehadthemostimpactonyourlife,asthey helped you become who you are.

Variouspeoplemayhavedifferentreasons why they are drawn to you as a friend. Learn what it is they see in you and gain a better understanding of yourself. Focus on the positives, as it will strengthen your feeling towards your friends.

First steps are often the hardest, but there is no doubt that they are the most important. Taking that first step signifies that you are ready for the challenges to come or ready to make the changes that need to be made. Do not be afraid to take it.

Taurus (May 13 - June 21):

Leo (Aug. 10 - Sep. 16):

Scorpio (Nov. 23 - Nov. 29):

Gemini (June 21 - July 20):

Simpler does not always mean better. Just because an answer is easy does not always make it the right answer, or make it the one you should choose. Explore all options before deciding what is the best course to take this week.

An opposition of opinion does not necessarily make someone your enemy. True understandingcanonlycomefromtaking the time to look at various perspectives of a problem. Talk to someone who has a different stance and see what you can learn.

Virgo (Sep. 16 - Oct. 30):

Thefamiliarmaystopyoufromappreciating something different this week. Something new has drawn your attention. Do not try to pull away just because it is different. Give yourself time to explore what it represents anddiscoversomethingnewaboutyourself.


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Aries (April 19 - May 13):

There are certain things in this life that you cannot control. One thing you can control is how you let them define you. Stand against the pre definitions others try to thrust upon you and work to define yourself on your terms.

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Capricorn (Jan. 20 - Feb. 16):

One item should not control your life. Free yourself from its control for a bit this week to give yourself a much needed break. Start off small though, as a gradual change is needed in order to truly be successful.

Numbers are just numbers. What may seem large to you seen as small to others and vice versa. Everything in life is about your perspective, so do not allow anything to make you afraid, just change your view.

Ophiuchus (Nov. 29 - Dec. 16) :

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

Love is in the air as the month progresses towardValentine's.Rememberthatloveis more than just having that special someone and it is more than something physical. Love is a feeling to be shared, share it with those close to you this week.

Overindulgence may be hurting you this week. Too much of a good thing can be bad for you, but too much of a bad thing may be even worse. Take a step away from whatever vice has its grips on you, as a small cutback may

One moment can make everything else in the world seem small, even if only for a second. However, you should not wait around for these moments just to happen. Give someone you care about this kind of moment and you may find a greater reward.

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