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Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 VOLUME LXXXV ISSUE IV SINCE 1935

New webpage catalogs incidents

Administration responds to students’ request for notifications

Out-of-service elevators prove to be inconvenience for community Heather Clark Managing Editor

JoAnn DeLauter Editor-in-Chief The Office of Communication and Marketing unveiled a webpage dedicated to informing students of campus safety after the Oswego State Student Association passed a resolution last semester to inform students of sexual assault on campus Tuesday. “The administration really listened to students’ concerns, investigated and evaluated our options and actually delivered something that we feel responds di-

rectly to students,” said Wayne Westervelt, Oswego State’s chief communications officer. “We understood that the students really desired to be notified.” The webpage is titled “Commitment to safety” which can be found at the footer of the homepage under “Campus.” It allows students and faculty to access resources and information about campus safety and incidents. “The creation of the new campus bulletin resulted from listening to our students,” Oswego State President Deborah Stanley said in a statement. “Their input was the basis for our efforts to create

a web presence dedicated to enhancing communications and incorporating a broader perspective of our campus’ shared commitment to safety.” The webpage also includes links to the Annual Security & Safety Report, the Daily Incident Report, formerly known as the Police Blotter, and the most recent addition, a “Campus bulletin” site, which is located on the footer of “News and Events” under “more information,” that hosts NY-alerts, messages from the Oswego State president and campus no-

Elevators in the high rise residence halls have been experiencing technical difficulties throughout the academic year. Onondaga Hall has had one elevator out since November, which was recently fixed, but is still experiencing issues. Hart Hall often has one working elevator out of three. Seneca and Funnelle Halls’ elevators have also had varying technical difficulties. The contract for elevator repairs is with Schindler Elevator, a company based in Switzerland, with headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey, and an office in Syracuse. Elevator repair workers are on campus every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. “The elevator contract is a statewide

contract, it’s not just SUNY Oswego,” said Vice President of Residence Life and Housing Richard Kolenda. “SUNY wanted to save money and have the colleges buddy up and do multiple contracts. We buddy up on these things so you can get a better price and share services.” Oswego State has had a contract with Schindler Elevator for more than 15 years. The contract is paid for using the room and board bill students pay to live in the residence halls. “It’s pretty expensive to have a person here three days a week,” Kolenda said. According to Utilities Manager Kevin Knopp, the elevators in Onondaga and Seneca Halls have had some upgrades which make certain, sensitive components time out or break, causing the elevator to be out of service.



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The elevators in Onondaga Hall are some of many that have gone out of service throughout the academic year.

New quarter course evaluates fake news, addresses trending, prevalent topics One-credit class inspired by current events, President Donald Trump’s tweets toward ‘fake news media’ Lydia Goerner Staff Writer

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Issues of fake news have gained increased attention from professors and students in the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, sparking multiple panels and discussions on how to spot what fake news is.

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With the subject of fake news so prevalent in politics, Oswego State will be offering a course focused on evaluating news sources during the fourth quarter of the spring semester. The course, ENG 395, is titled Evaluating News Sources: Good, Bad, and Fake. Two sections will be offered and the one-credit class begins in March after spring break. There are no prerequisites to take the class. The sections are currently about halfway full and the English professors teaching it are encouraging students from all majors to enroll. One of these professors, Michael



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Murphy, said the class will be beneficial for any students who want to better participate in civic discourse. “I think we all need to be effective citizen readers,” Murphy said. “We need to be able to evaluate the news that we all get pretty much 24/7.” Murphy said faculty were inspired to offer this course because of current events. President Donald Trump’s tweets have included the term “fake news” multiple times in the last few days. “Give the public a break,” one of Trump’s recent tweets read. “The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!” Another tweet accused the media of lying, saying, “FAKE NEWS media, which makes up stories and ‘sources,’



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is far more effective than the discredited Democrats- but they are fading fast!” Last week, Trump called out mainstream news organizations as “fake news,” including The New York Times, CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC, calling them “the enemy of the American People!” A Pew Research study found the millennial view on national news media has grown more negative. Only 27 percent of millennials believe the media has a positive impact on society. But fake news stories have been getting more attention. Buzzfeed found that in the last three months of the U.S. presidential campaign, fake election news stories on Facebook had more engagement than news stories from major


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Mark Catalone, 53, was arrested at 1:17 p.m. on Feb. 16 for petit larceny when he did steal property from Fastrac.


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Solomon Salisbury, 70, was arrested at 3:20 p.m. on Feb. 17 for public lewdness while at Aldi in the City of Oswego. He was released on an appearance ticket.

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Vanessa Miranda, 24, was arrested at 11:45 p.m. on Feb. 17 for violating the City of Oswego's open container ordinance after she was found to be in possession of an open bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey while on a public street. A l e x a nd e r M a k i n , 2 1 , w a s arrested at 1:27 a.m. on Feb. 18 for public urination. He was released on an appearance ticket. C a m ro n S p u rl i n g , 1 9 , w a s arrested at 9:07 p.m. on Feb. 18 after stealing property from Price Chopper.

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Justin Manwaring, 23, was arrested at 11:20 p.m. on Feb. 18 for third-degree criminal mischief after he was found to have intentionally damaged the property of another person. He was also arrested for thirddegree criminal tampering after he was found to intentionally tampered with the property of another individual. Z a c h a r y B a l t z e r, 2 2 , w a s arrested at 11:29 p.m. on Feb. 18 for violating the City of Oswego's open container ordinance after he was seen consuming an open container of alcohol. Baltzer was released on an appearance ticket. **Blotter information provided by the Oswego Police Department.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK Trump is propagating the idea that there's no one you can trust, no one's telling the truth in the media, don't believe any of the media. That translates to 'just listen to him' and that's a threat to democracy."

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Author, activist, TV personality speaks to students Kevin Powell focuses on diversity, histories of minority groups Alexander Gault-Plate Assistant News Editor On Feb. 16, the Oswego State Alumni Association hosted noted speaker, author, activist and television personality Kevin Powell as part of the “I Am Oz” series of presentations. “I Am Oz” focuses on diversity and allows for minority populations in the Oswego State community to have their voices heard. Powell opened his speech by talking about his experiences following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. He related this to a sense of American unity that he believes must grow and shape the country, not just in a time of distress, but always. He then moved to the topic of Black History Month and the histories of black Americans, as well as other minority groups. “Black history is American history. Women’s history is American history. Queer history is American history,” was a mantra Powell repeated throughout the speech. Powell referenced how so many rules and regulations in American politics and law still relate to the days of slavery, mentioning Senate Rule 19, which prevents senators from speaking poorly of the character of a fellow legislator. Powell said it was used to prevent abolitionist

Open skate, noon, Friday in Marano Campus Center Ice Arena. SUNYAC men's basketball finals, 4 p.m., Saturday at Max Ziel Gymnasium. Planetarium show: "The Calendar," 7 p.m., Sunday in Shineman Center, Room 223. Dori Gronich | The Oswegonian Kevin Powell talked about his experiences following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

senators from discussing the involvement in slavery that many Southern senators had before the Civil War. Powell then mentioned the achievements of black Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries, such as inventing the modern streetlight and the gas masks used in World War I. He then began talking about his personal history, growing up poor in New York City, the son of a single mother. “My mother had to raise me in the kind of poverty I wouldn’t wish on anyone,” Powell said.

Dori Gronich | The Oswegonian As part of the "I Am Oz" speaker series, author, activist and TV personality Kevin Powell spoke on Feb. 16.

Powell mentioned how, for a time, he was angry at white people as a whole, confronting them on the sidewalks of his university and even going so far as to avoid eating white bread. Powell said he learned the difference between constructive anger and reactionary anger, and believes his anger toward all white Americans while in university was reactionary. “Racism isn’t going anywhere until y’all address it, and all the other ‘-isms’ aren’t going away until we address them,” Powell said. Throughout his speech, Powell frequently made references to black, queer and women’s histories and how one can best learn understanding and equality when they know the histories of more than just what they may have been taught in primary school. “It was honestly really life changing,” Imani Cruz said. Cruz is an Oswego State senior, as well as a member of “Voices of Diversity,” a campus club promoting minority voices in media. “As soon as I leave here, I’m going to look up things I can do to empower those in my community,” Cruz said. Powell has spoken at many colleges and universities around the world, having spoken at San Jose State University in California prior to appearing at Oswego State. Another Oswego State student who attended the event was Lamont Sadler, a senior. Sadler attended the event because he knew of Powell and was interested in his message. “What stood out to me was his emphasis on inclusiveness,” Sadler said.

an interactive presentation about the effects of drugs and alcohol. It will be held March 23 in Marano Campus Center. The AMA club requested $410 to send members to the National AMA conference in New Orleans, as well as to host their own conference at Oswego State.

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Artist talk: "Picturing Climate," 4 p.m., Monday in Shineman Center, Room 122. Open skate, noon, Tuesday in Marano Campus Center Ice Arena.

Lesson from Tragedy, 4:45 p.m., Wednesday in Lanigan Hall, Room 101. Irish-American Heritage Month kickoff, 6 p.m., Wednesday in Marano Campus Center Activity Court. Movie: "Paradise," 7 p.m., Wednesday in Marano Campus Center, Room 132. Open skate, noon, Thursday in Marano Campus Center Ice Arena. Sportsman Day Symposium, 2:20 p.m., Thursday in Lanigan Hall, Room 103. both the attorney general and the solicitor general. They will work in tandem within the Student Association Supreme Court.

SA is currently searching for a student to fill the SA's Director of Finance position. Spanning the fiscal year instead of the academic year, the position can be taken by any full time Oswego State student. Applications are due to Emily Nassir, SA President, in her mailbox in The Point, by noon on March 3.

Representatives for Johnson Hall requested $221.50 for postage and a College Store gift card to assist them in organizing the "Bidd i n g B o n a n z a ." T h e p r o gram, "Bidding Bonanza," is an auction held by Johnson Hall to raise funds for their Johnson Hall Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to one student in the First Year Residential Experience program. This year, they will also be donating money to the Oswego Humane Society.

A4 NEWS National, international trips offered for alternative winter, spring breaks THE OSWEGONIAN FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017

Students travel to spend 1 week dedicating their time off to various volunteer projects benefitting communities Jamie Aranoff Staff Writer

Since the winter of 2009, Oswego State’s office of community service has given students the opportunity to use their vacation time to make a lasting impact in underdeveloped communities. Trips are offered in the country and internationally during the school’s winter and spring recesses. The community service department is offering four trips during this

upcoming spring break. Places students will be able to dedicate time in are: Detroit, Michigan; Waterloo, Iowa; Florence, Alabama; or internationally in Nicaragua. “I was really nervous about going, because I was a freshman, and felt that I would be treated differently because I was younger, but after the initial car ride I was comfortable with my group and by the end of the week we were all good friends,” said Julie Loney, a sophomore who participated on the spring 2016 Meridian, Mississippi, trip.

Photo provided by Jeremy Galvin Oswego State students traveled during break to build a house as part of Habitat for Humanity.

The power of group work and spending a week together are of the best parts about the alternative break, Loney said. Teamwork and group projects contribute to successful volunteer work. According to the United Way, over 4,000 students have dedicated their spring breaks to benefitting communities. “From building houses to tutoring children and helping with disaster recovery, students have volunteered 130,000 hours of their time to make a lasting impact on the lives of others,” said For Oswego State students, the organization running the majority of the alternative spring break trips is Habitat for Humanity. “A lot of the trips we do are through Habitat for Humanity,” said Jeremy Galvin, the Coordinator of Community Services. “It builds houses for low income families that might not be able to afford a house.” In addition to Habitat for Humanity recent trips have spent time helping with whatever the community needs, working in community centers or even doing yard work.

Photo provided by Jeremy Galvin Students participate in multiple trips, nationally and internationally, during breaks to aid those in need.

Two trips went out over the winter break. One worked with Project Lazarus, a community-based opioid overdose prevention program. The other was Hope House, which works with those that are HIV positive. Galvin encourages all students to take

advantage of the minimal cost for donating a week of their time to volunteering. For those interested, there are spots still open for the spring trip to Detroit, Michigan, and more trips will be open for next winter, or early fall 2017.

National health honor society Office of Communications and Marketing builds page offers solution to transparency on Oswego State campus coming to Oswego State in fall Resource WEBSITE from COVER

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Oswego State has a new national honorary society coming to campus in the fall of 2017. Eta Sigma Gamma, also known as ESG, is a national health honorary society recognized by employers worldwide. This program is aimed toward students in the health field to help project the highest ideals of professionalism as well as representing high academic achievements. “It acknowledges their growth in their discipline and encourages different activities and learning and service learning,” said Jessica Harris, the chair of the honorary society and a health promotion and wellness professor. Harris was first inducted into ESG at the University of Maine at Farmington as an undergraduate and she showed excellence in her major. Harris was also a part of the national health society as she obtained her master’s degree in health science from the University of Arkansas. “It’s an elite group of people,” Harris said. “You’re able to network with individuals and companies because you are now part of an organization that others who are in the field are part of.” Students in colleges around the United States are able to publish into the health educator journal at no cost and get their first publication, Harris added.

Within this program students will support health education advocacy, promote networking activities among health educators, and meet other students and professionals with similar interests in the health field, all which assist in professional growth. “Through Eta Sigma Gamma anyone who wants to work in the health field like health care administration or for a pharmaceutical company may have connections already because of mutual involvement in the honorary society,” said Gaellie Duplessy, president of the honorary society on campus. Duplessy said it is beneficial for students because a lot of people don’t know about the major on campus. “For the most part they just think of bio majors, so there isn’t a lot of recognition in the school of education for our major so it’ll help people with this major to do better and thrive to work harder towards it,” Duplessy said. “We also do a lot of community service which is beneficial to our campus.” As this is a selective society, students must meet the criteria of having a cumulative GPA of a 2.7 with a major in wellness management or minor in health science. Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2017 semester, the deadline to be considered for this program is April 28. Applications can be obtained in Park Hall 105 at the administrative assistant’s desk.

Haofeng Deng | The Oswegonian Eta Sigma Gamma is aimed toward students in the health field to aid professional growth.

would directly impact the campus. “I think the campus community was very focused on sexual assault reporting but it would be short-sighted if we didn’t look at communications overall, holistically, as far as our students, faculty and staff,” Westervelt said. Over winter break, Westervelt researched how other colleges communicated these incidents, including Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ithaca College, Marist College and other SUNY schools. “I looked across the board,” Westervelt said. “I noticed that some had campus safety related pages, some had most of their alerts and communications on a university police page and some had it on a safety page. But what I noticed was a lot of the communication was solely crimereport based. They didn’t look at things, overall. We wanted to go beyond that.” Westervelt presented this information in front of a wide collection of students, faculty and staff to find a solution to how Oswego State can offer transparency to the campus community. “We wanted to find a middle ground of a way students could be notified if they wanted to be but not where the whole campus was being blasted with something and without their choice of whether or not they wanted to see it,” said SA President Emily Nassir, who was one of the students represented in the process of making this new communication platform. The Office of Communications and Marketing built a landing page that “talks about being committed to safety on our campus and committed to providing resources to students,” Westervelt said. According to Westervelt, one of the first changes they made to improve communication was to rename, what was formally known as the Police Blotter. “We truly believe that the reference to and the way University Police had ‘Police Blotter’ on their webpage was misleading,” Westervelt said. “We wanted to remove that perception. I think in general when people think ‘police blotter’ they think that a crime occurred. Whereas a ‘daily inci-

Taylor Woods | The Oswegonian The new webpage is a resource for students to visit in order to learn information about incidents on campus.

dent report’ is a more accurate reflection on what reports University Police receives on a daily basis. They are legally required to post all reports, more than just sexual assaults.” The content of this report has not changed and is still listed on University Police’s webpage. It is updated every day to not only list the date, time, location and type of incident but the current status of the report and whether it is closed by investigation or if it is pending investigation. According to Westervelt, the webpage “puts the control of communication in the hands of students, faculty and staff.” It is used as a record and to stop the spread of rumors and limit the amount of emails students receive. With the past communication process being restricted to email, students become desensitized to a campus-wide email, Nassir said. “If you ask most students they would say, ‘Oh, I just delete it because I assume it is CTS,’” Nassir said. “There is this issue that we are sending out to much to begin with so we were dealing with the issue of some students wanting to be informed and some who don’t.” For future use, the Office of Communication and Marketing plans to add descriptions and summaries to the webpages to create more of an understanding of the pages’ use.

“We are trying to enhance our communications, but our job is not done,” Westervelt said. “We still have things to do.” As of now, students like freshman Kerri McGovern think the webpage is effective. “I think it is a good idea to do so that if there is a victim, they wouldn’t be reminded every time a notification is sent out,” McGovern said. Junior Max Ross agreed and said although he would not want anyone to be negatively effected by it, he thinks it would make people more aware and feel more safe on campus. “I think it is cool that you have a webpage you can bookmark on your phone or something and see what goes on as people are walking around campus at all hours of the day,” Ross said. Nassir hopes that the future of this webpage will have a positive impact on students. “I hope people will take advantage of it,” Nassir said. “I hope the impact that it has is that it allows students to be more involved and learning what is going on and for the ones who don’t want to learn, it gives them some sense of relief that it is not in their face.”

A5 NEWS Independent filmmaker visits Oswego State Seneca, Onondaga Halls left with Alex Méndez Giner speaks to students about creative elements multiple out-of-order elevators THE OSWEGONIAN FRIDAY, Feb.24, 2017


Issack Cintron Copy Editor As cinema and screen studies students at Oswego State prepare to enter the film industry, the cinema and screen studies program does its best to bring in established independent filmmakers to offer their insight. On Feb. 16, Alex Méndez Giner, an accomplished independent filmmaker by way of Venezuela, visited Oswego State presenting his 2015 film “The Book of Judith” before students and faculty in Room 122 in the Shineman Center. “Alex Méndez Giner is a brilliant independent filmmaker with a lot of knowledge in cinematography, directing and screenwriting,” said Jacob Dodd, an assistant cinema and screen studies professor at Oswego State. “I think he did a fantastic job bestowing both the creative and the practical elements of filmmaking.” “The Book of Judith” was a project Giner revealed to have spent twoand-a-half years creating, with the influence for the film’s plot stemming from the religious book of the same name. The idea of a female lead character appealed to Giner, with the story’s central character, Judith, being a widow. Giner is also an assistant film professor at Syracuse University. While teaching screenwriting, Giner would often cover the plotline, the hero’s journey in screenwriting and some elements that intrigued him. “When we talk about the hero’s journey, it’s a popular concept, but that hero we talk about is male,” Giner said. “We’re describing a male going through this journey and I was wondering, ‘Would it be the same thing having a female hero?’ That was something that was on my mind and I started to do some research.” Giner’s research led him to a

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Problems with the elevators can occur from two things, according to Kolenda. Behavioral problems occur when students cause the sensitive parts of the elevator to time out. Mechanical issues are problems within the elevator equipment itself. Things that can short out an elevator include overloading, jumping, bouncing, banging on the elevator, prying the doors open or holding the doors open for an extended period of time. “Students have to realize that those safety mechanisms are for them to be safe in that car,” Kolenda said. "It's becoming a major inconvenience for everyone throughout the building and what we hoped would be a quick fix is turning out to be a lasting problem," Matthew Cancel said. Cancel is a resident in Onondaga Hall. Students who are found to have purposefully damaged an elevator will be held liable for the destruction they cause. University Police monitors the cameras that are found in every elevator on campus, Kolenda said. Students who are stuck in the elevators can be assisted by either University Police or the fire department, depending on the placement of the car when it breaks down. When an elevator is out of service,

it can take a very long time to repair them, Kolenda said. “Sometimes, like an issue we’ve had in Onondaga, there were a couple of circuit boards that had to be replaced and refabricated,” Kolenda said. “Then [the repair company] found something else, then they found something else and sometimes the repair person doesn’t know what’s the problem so they call in other people to help troubleshoot the issue.” Being an international company, Schindler Elevator can use any of its manufacturing facilities to produce the parts needed for the elevators. “Most parts for [the Onondaga Hall] elevator are proprietary parts made to order, not stocked items,” Knopp said. “Meaning they have to be fabricated and are only available from the manufacturer, they are located in California.” This is also the case in the Seneca elevators. Maintenance staff at Oswego State have been trained to troubleshoot certain problems that occur when the elevator repair company cannot be on campus. However, if there is an emergency, the elevator repair company can be called day or night. “We are at the mercy of the contract,” Kolenda said. “If Schindler is not doing their job then, like in any contract, the college and the state have methods to make it right.” If students have any issues with the elevators and would like to voice their concerns, they can contact Kolenda.

Alex Méndez Giner is an assistant professor of film in the department of transmedia at Syracuse University.

graphic painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio “Judith Beheading Holofernes,” which depicted the former decapitating the latter. The vivid and realistic nature of Caravaggio’s painting resonated deeply with Giner and inspired him to adapt the story for the screen in a modern-day setting and to strive for lighting similar to the work of Caravaggio and Dutch master painters. “I’m interested in this Dutch time,” Giner said. “What [Dutch masters] did

Photo provided by Peter Mahan Students listened to Alex Méndez Giner as he spoke about cinematography, filmmaking and screenwriting.

with the construction, the idea of not being an actual picture but something more of a human process than [simply] putting it on a canvas, that’s something I was interested in.” Giner’s adaptation possessed what is known as an experimental narrative, which also placed a heavy emphasis on the visual presentation Giner had presented with his Dutch mastersinspired lighting and cinematography which captivated students in attendance like junior cinema and screen studies major Victoria Jayne. “It was beautifully shot,” Jayne said. “The lighting was amazing. I literally was [in awe] the entire time. There wasn’t a bad shot in the entire film, and I liked the dream quality of it. [The presentation] was very informative.” The film’s success has seen it be selected to nine different film festivals, including international festivals in Italy, Romania, Greece and South Africa. Although Giner described the two-and-a-half year process as a “difficult endeavor,” he expressed his passion for the project and his filmmaking career. “There’s this desire,” Giner said. “I just love the image, to tell stories and to make visual experiments with my stories.”

Haofeng Deng | The Oswegonian The elevators in Onondaga Hall serve over 600 students. Overloading and jumping can short an elevator.

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Professors hope fake news class Rice Creek Field Station implements new program will be general education credit Family, pet-friendly trails teach participants about nature, science FAKE from COVER outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post. The 20 top-performing fake election stories from “hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs” got 8,711,000 shares, reactions and Facebook comments in those final three months. The 20 topperforming election stories from 19 major news websites got only 7,367,000 shares, reactions and comments. This response to major news organizations from the president motivated Murphy and other faculty to move forward with their course.

It's not an antiTrump class, but certainly what's inspired it, what made me want to teach the class, is that it's really terrifying that we have a president that's so consistently and clearly lying and doesn't seem to be at all troubled by that." - Robert Early English Department

“I find it troubling the degree that the current administration seems to want to undermine faith in news and truth and the possibility of facts,” Murphy said. The class will likely include learning about theory, readings on evaluating resources and a workshop where students can bring in news stories they find interesting to discuss. Murphy said, in his class, students will

likely lead a discussion based on readings. Faculty have the ability to develop a onetime course without any review outside of their own department, according to Associate Provost Rameen Mohammadi. Robert Early will be teaching the other section of the course. He emphasized that the course is non-partisan. “It’s not an anti-Trump class,” Early said. “But certainly what’s inspired it, what made me want to teach the class, is that it’s really terrifying that we have a president that’s so consistently and clearly lying and doesn’t seem to be at all troubled by that.” Early said Trump’s denial of mainstream media is dangerous for the country. “Trump is propagating the idea that there’s no one you can trust, no one’s telling the truth in the media, don’t believe any of the media,” Early said. “That translates to ‘just listen to him,’ and that’s a threat to democracy.” Early said this course will equip students to take part in democracy effectively. “Democracy relies on people being able to have honest conversations with each other,” Early said. “If we can’t agree on basic facts, we can’t have any kind of meaningful conversation.” Both professors said they hope the course will continue to be offered in future semesters. Murphy said he wants to see the class count as a general education requirement so students are exposed to ideas of evaluating news before they graduate from college. “If we could be sure that nobody graduated from SUNY Oswego believing that Hillary Clinton ran a baby sex ring out of a pizza parlor or some other sort of outlandish and entirely unfounded story…that would be a good thing,” Murphy said. Though ENG 102 professors have focused on contemporary social and political issues in the past, this course is unique because news is the focus, Murphy said. The course sections meet Monday and Wednesday at 1:50 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 9:35 a.m.

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Julie Loney Staff Writer The Green Route bus at Oswego State added a Saturday schedule to their usual weekday run in order to introduce students to a new program at Rice Creek Field Station. Located one mile from the Oswego State Campus, the Rice Creek Field Station implemented a new trail walk program aimed at family-friendly exploration of the 300 acres filled with forests, fields and ponds. Assistant Director Diann Jackson said it is important to see this part of Oswego for its nature, science and conservation elements. “We wanted to have a way of reaching out to the public and members of the college to invite them to come and experience this facility and its resources,” Jackson said. Each Saturday, a “Rice Creek Ramble” takes place. Trail guides, known as naturalists, take individuals or groups on hikes through four trails: red, orange, blue and green. Each trail is a different length with a different view of the creek. Participants are able to decide which trail they would like to go on. The natu-

ralist can also decide which trail would be appropriate depending on if there are young children or if they see that participants are up for more of an adventure. With trail conditions depending on the weather for the past few weeks, continuing walks each Saturday was a difficult task for the Rice Creek staff. “We never know from one Saturday to the next if the conditions will be right,” Jackson said. This issue, however, has not stopped the staff from creating new ways to continue this program for the community. They have been able to use snowshoes out on tours, further encouraging residents to experience Oswego winters. Trail guide naturalist Tim McMonagle said there is legacy and heritage to Rice Creek and that humans need the plants, animals and all of the species there to survive. “One of the best ways to realize how valuable you are is if you get a chance to experience this,” McMonagle said. On the Feb. 11 tour, McMonagle warned participants of two things; ice and poison ivy. Frozen ground left icy trail conditions, but with the right boots and patience, residents persisted. He was able to teach adventurers about the history of invasive species, the innovative craftsmanship of the beavers and the way the man-made pond was cre-

Taylor Woods | The Oswegonian With its 300 available acres, Rice Creek Field Station serves as the Oswego State center for field research.

ated in the ‘60s. Because of the snowy ground, animal tracks covered the middle of the trail. McMonagle said this is the best indication that animal activity is taking place. “You might not be able to see the animals, but you know something’s out there by the footprints, there’s evidence here,” McMonagle said. The animal activity is one of Rice Creek Field Station’s proudest achievements. In their office facilities, they hold displays containing preserved animals that call Rice Creek home, including snowy owls, wood ducks, wild ferrets and more. The staff believes that the fields and forest land will attract all individuals who seek knowledge about wildlife and their habitats. Oswego State junior Alex Masterson attended the Feb. 11 walk, where he said he was able to explore a part of Oswego he would have never known existed without the program. “I think this program was a lot of fun, I was able to see things I have never seen before like a beaver dam,” Masterson said. “I would definitely go more times throughout the year for different experiences with each season.” Masterson also credited the Green Route bus for its shuttle to and from the facilities, which made for easier travel. Masterson said he hopes more students and community members will use this service to attend the Ramble programs each Saturday. “More people need to know about this program, it gives college students something to do outside of campus,” Masterson said. This program runs every Saturday at 11 a.m. throughout the year. The trail is open to dogs on leashes and is family-friendly. The emphasis on teaching students and community members about nature and the Oswego environment was evident throughout this program, and the Rice Creek staff hopes that with warmer weather and getting their word out there, more people will be able to soak in the beauty of Oswego. McMonagle urges residents to take that adventure. “Come and walk out here, if not here, other places, get close enough to understand why it’s valuable,” McMonagle said.



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FRIDAY, Feb. 24 2017


Senior class prepares for final ride

Changes in offseason paying dividends for entire roster with refocused commitment, attention to detail Cole Parzych Sports Editor A shot to win this year’s SUNYAC Ice Hockey Championships has already begun, but for the No. 2 Oswego State men’s hockey team, this quest runs through Oswego and begins Saturday at the Marano Campus Center Ice Arena against the Buffalo State Bengals. This year’s senior class is preparing for their final shot to help bring home another SUNYAC title. All but two of the active seniors in this class were a part of the last SUNYAC Championship winning team in 2014. Sean Federow and Joey Davies were the two seniors that were not on that team in 2014 and are trying to etch their name into immortality for the first time. Oswego State has been on top of the SUNYAC for the duration of the regular season and earned a bye into the semifinal round of playoffs. But the steps the team took to improve on last season’s finish did not make for an easy path to follow. According to head coach Ed Gosek, it all started before the season got underway. “Preseason, leading up to [the season], it all starts there really with the attitude part and making sure we were on the same page,” Gosek said Each player knew from day one what was going to change to erase the memory of last year’s 14-11-2 overall record. “Right from the get-go it was all business,” senior captain Chris Raguseo said. “The coaching staff, they laid out everything for us as a team and as individuals what they expected from us and what was going to fly and what wasn’t going to be tolerated.” Gosek shouldered the blame for last season’s failures, but he realized that the program’s prior accomplishments should not let his current focus and style be affected. He preaches hard work and playing the game the right way and that is exactly what he demands from his players. “It starts with our recommitment to our work ethic or recommitment attitude and being good teammates first and foremost over being good hockey players,” Gosek

said. “So, that’s where we had to start with, that we wanted to win games by outworking teams and not having more talent than teams.” However, it was not going to be easy to get each player on board with this refocused approach. This was especially true for the group of seniors who had to adjust in their final season. “They’re not kids, they’re 24, 25-yearold seniors,” Gosek said. “They’re young men and to have a coach be hard on you,

It starts with our recommitment to our work ethic or recommitment attitude and being good teammates first and foremost over being good hockey players. So, that’s where we had to start with that we wanted to win games by outworking teams and not having more talent than teams.” -Ed Gosek men’s ice hockey head coach

especially after my shortcomings of not being hard enough last year on them, to now flip it back around. We told them it’s going to be a change. It’s going to be hard for you accept that after I allowed you, it’s no one’s fault but mine, to allow things to creep in that aren’t in our best interest last year.” Gosek said there was not a day that went by over the summer where he and his assistant coaches were not working on fixing the 2015-2016 season’s pitfalls. The Lakers started the regular season sweeping the weekend against Elmira College with 7-1 and 6-3 wins, slowly working their way up the rankings. They earned another two victories once conference play got underway with a 5-1

Haofeng Deng | The Oswegonian Chris Raguseo (front) has captained the Lakers for two years and is eying his second SUNYAC Ice Hockey Championship during his collegiate career.

win over the College at Brockport and a 5-3 comeback win over No. 4 SUNY Geneseo and jumped up the rankings some more. Oswego State won three more games and was the last remaining team without a loss or tie in the nation. With that, on Nov. 28 when both national polls were released, Oswego State was the No. 1 team Div. III hockey. “I think early on we started to see just the type of people we had in that room,” Raguseo said. “Obviously you come to this program to succeed and to be the best in the country each and every year. Especially after last season, the coaching staff brought in the right guys and we were able to find what we needed to find early on. I think once we got a few games

under our belt, we quickly realized we got something going here.” The changes made in the offseason would not have been successful without the leadership from the senior class and Gosek said the standards that were presented to them have been upheld throughout the season. “The seniors have been open to that and they want to be pushed,” Gosek said. “It’s not the opposite.” Gosek also voiced comparisons in terms of effort and attitude to the first team in Oswego State men’s ice hockey program history to win a national title. “The 2007 team, they had a similar attitude that they were going to earn it,”

Gosek said. “We had a lot of adversity that year. Things weren’t always rosy that year and yet they battled through it.” Even though the road to the Frozen Four is not on the players’ minds, the thoughts of ending this season, and Laker careers for the 12 active seniors, with a positive outcome is what everyone inside the Oswego State dressing room is envisioning. “For a lot of these guys this is it and everything you kind of put into your entire career, and I’m not just talking about four years here,” Raguseo said. “I’m talking for the 20 years that I’ve been skating and I can speak for a lot of the other guys, too. It’s a real eye opener. We want to go out on a good note, that’s for sure.”

Oswego State vying for third victory over Bengals Women’s hockey exits playoffs Home-court advantage eases Lakers’ minds heading into semifinal with 5-3 loss to Utica College Luke Scoville Staff Writer

The Oswego State Lakers men’s basketball team opens up their SUNYAC playoff campaign as the semifinal hosts this Friday night against the Buffalo State Bengals. The winner will take on either the College at Brockport Golden Eagles or SUNY Oneonta in the championship game. The Bengals advanced through the first round of the playoffs with a 6159 victory on Tuesday night over the defending conference champions SUNY Cortland. They will seek to avenge their two close losses to the Lakers this season. On Dec. 10 the Lakers defeated the Bengals 71-70 at home despite Lovell Smith’s 31 points and eight rebounds. It was the Laker seniors, Brian Sortino and Keith Tyson, who combined for 44 points to outlast the Bengals. Then, on Feb. 11, the Lakers took on the Bengals again, this time on the road. They found themselves trailing in the first half 13-1, and their largest deficit of 25-9. They scrambled back in what head coach Jason Leone said was “as gritty a win we’ve had in my six years here,” and defeated the Bengals 69-68 behind 15-point performances from Sortino and Jamir Ferebee. The Lakers are undefeated this season at home against SUNYAC opponents, will not take for granted some of the advantages they have this week, being the playoff hosts. “We’re able to concentrate more on the game-planning instead of focusing on travel plans, busses, hotels, food; things like that,” Leone said. “There’s always an advantage in playing in your home surroundings.” Buffalo State will be coming in winning four of their last five games, while the Lakers are coming off of a close loss on the road to the No. 2 seed, the College at Brockport. “I thought we really competed, I

thought Saturday’s game was a challenge because obviously there was a little euphoria that goes with clinching the league,” Leone said. “Once we did that Friday, most teams would probably have some trouble getting up for the game on Saturday, our guys really competed, we had our opportunities to win.” Despite the tough loss to the Golden Eagles on Saturday, only the victory over SUNY Geneseo on Friday night, and some help from Cortland, who upset the Golden Eagles, were needed for the Lakers to clinch the SUNYAC regular season title. Against the Golden Eagles, starting guard Ian Schupp scored a career-high 31

points with four shots from three to keep Oswego State alive. They may have come up short, but Schupp’s presence will be beneficial to the Lakers’ scoring depth. Last season, Sortino soared in the SUNYAC playoffs, averaging 26 points per game as the Lakers came up short in the championship game to Cortland. Sortino is entering his fourth SUNYAC playoff appearance, the first time for him as the home host. “For me being a senior it’s been my ultimate goal since I came here as a


Cole Parzych Sports Editor The fourth-seeded Utica College Pioneers were able to move on to the semifinals of the ECAC Women’s West playoffs with a 5-3 victory on home ice over the fifth-seeded Oswego State women’s ice hockey team. Mariah Madrigal started in net for the Lakers, but was pulled after allowing two goals on eight shots in her postseason debut. Amber Samonek also appeared in her first playoff game, but came off the bench and allowed three goals on 17 shots. Kiera Goin played the complete 60 minutes for the Pioneers and made 27 saves on 30 shots to help Utica College move on to the semifinal round. The Lakers opened the scoring, but failed to escape the first period with a lead. Jacquelin White scored the first postseason goal of her collegiate career at the 4:45 mark of the opening frame. She beat Utica College netminder Keira Goin over the glove as she broke the down the wing. Eryn Stewart and Alexa Aramburu were credited with assists on the game’s first goal. The Pioneers tied the game at one less than three minutes later. Carlie Smith scored her sixth goal of the season with assists from Lauren Patterson and Jennifer Liu at the 7:27 mark. Oswego State answered quickly to regain the lead when Olivia Ellis received a pass from Jacquelin White on a two-





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Ye Bhone Myat | The Oswegonian Brian Sortino (shooting) has played the complete 40 minutes in both games against the Bengals this season.

on-one and deked out Goin. Andrea Noss was credited with the secondary assist on the go-ahead goal. The Pioneers would even the score at two when Lauren Patterson beat Madrigal on a breakaway for the final goal of the period. After this goal, Madrigal was pulled, having made six saves on eight shots. Freshman Samonek came on in relief and finished the remainder of the game. Aramburu gave the Lakers a 3-2 lead at the 9:53 mark on the power play, but the lead was short lived. Aramburu took an interference penalty 24 seconds after her goal to send the Pioneers to the power play. Then, 10 seconds into the Utica College man advantage, Elizabeth Dohner tied the game after the Pioneers’ faceoff win. Utica College scored again to take the lead when Smith put home a bouncing puck in the slot at 16:28 in the second period. Her second goal of the contest gave the Pioneers a 4-3 lead, which they would take into the dressing room with 20 minutes left to play. Gabrielle Schnepp tallied her second point of the night during four-on-four hockey, breaking away alone with Kendall Appelbaum trailing her. Beating Samonek over the shoulder, Schnepp extended the Pioneers’ lead to 5-3 with over 14 minutes left in regulation. Oswego State would fail to answer, falling out of the ECAC Women’s West playoffs in the first round.

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Oswego Scoreboard Men's Basketball Friday, Feb. 17




Sortino: 21 points Tyson: 21 points Schupp: 15 points


Decker: 20 points Burke: 15 points Ringen: 14 points

Women's Basketball Saturday, Feb. 18




Women's Ice Hockey Friday, Feb. 17


1 OSW:

Ju. White: 1 goal Blake: 1 assist Madrigal: 16 saves


Brown: 1 goal Hampton: 1 goal Scibetta: 1 goal Salmon: 55 saves

Men's Ice Hockey

Saturday, Feb. 18 (senior night)




Hebert: 24 points Mazzella: 23 points Windhausen: 7 points Amelle: 3 steals


Neil: 4 goals Barton: 1 goal Berry: 1 goal Zawadzki: 7 saves


Rehbaum: 21 points Welch: 11 points Laux: 11 points


Colley: 1 goal Kelly: 1 assist DeLavergne: 18 saves

Upcoming Matches Men's Basketball

Men's Ice Hockey

Friday, Feb. 24 (SUNYAC Semifinal)

Saturday, Feb. 25 (SUNYAC Semifinal)



7:30 p.m.

7 p.m.

OSW: (19-6, 15-3) BUF: (17-8, 10-8)

Track & Field Saturday, Feb. 25

OSW: (20-4-1, 13-2-1) BUF: (18-7-1, 9-6-1)

Men's Baseball

Saturday, Feb. 25 (doubleheader)

@ 10:00 p.m.

OSW: (0-0, 0-0) SAL: (0-0, 0-0)

SUNYAC Championships Brockport, N.Y.

Laker Athletes of the Week

Around the SUNYAC Men's Basketball Tuesday, Feb. 21

Men's Ice Hockey

Men's Basketball



Tuesday, Feb. 21


61 59 BUF:(17-8, 10-8) COR:(17-9, 12-6) (SUNYAC Quarterfinals)

Mary Mazella



GEN: (16-6-3, 10-5-1) BRK: (11-13-1, 7-9-0)


(SUNYAC Quarterfinals)

There are now zero days left until the men's and women's track and field team competes at the SUNYAC Championships. In their last meet of the season, the team competed at the Brockport Golden Eagle Invitational. Tim Olmsted took home first place in the mile run, running a time of 4:26.98. The team hopes to get more performances like that this weekend.

Friday, Feb. 25

The winner of this game will go on to the finals of the SUNYACs.

ONE: (16-10, 12-6) BRK: (19-6, 14-4)


Five players on the men's ice hockey team recieved regular season honors from the SUNYAC on Thursday. Stephen Johnson was named the SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year after registering 30 points and a team-high +28 plus/minus rating. Johnson also earned First Team All-Conference honors along with Shawn Hulshof and Kenny Neil. Matt Zawadzki and Chris Raguseo garnered second and third team honors, respectively.

Kenny Neil

Women's Basketball Senior, Peru

Men's Ice Hockey Senior, Clarenville, N.L.

The Oswego State women's basketball team just missed out on making the playoffs, but senior Mary Mazella made sure her last two games as a Laker were memorable. The Peru native posted 23 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday against the College at Brockport, a game in which Oswego State won 73-64 in overtime. Mazella also had a positive impact in last Friday's loss at SUNY Geneseo, posting seven points, dishing out three assists and grabbing three boards. She was also perfect from the charity stripe going 7-7.

Senior forward Kenny Neil of the Oswego State men's ice hockey team finished the regular season on an absolute tear as the team prepares for the SUNYAC Championships this weekend. Neil scored four goals and added an assists in the team's 6-1 win last Satutrday night over Buffalo State. Four goals was a new career high for Neil and the first time its been done by a Laker since Paul Rodrigues did it in 2012. The Clarenville native will finish the regular season with 17 goals and 23 assists giving him a total of 40 points, which leads the team.


The 2017 season for the Oswego State baseball is getting underway this weekend, and the Lakers are ranked No. 12 in the preseason poll. After going 35-11 last season, the Lakers will look to build on last year's success and take a step closer to clinching an NCAA tournament birth. Led by an explosive offense and a solid pitching staff, the Lakers have a real chance at making some noise.


Ian Schupp of the Oswego State men's basketball team posted a career-high 31 points in the team's 80-75 loss on last Saturday against the College at Brockport. Schupp shot 10-17 from the field including four three pointers. Another Laker posted a career high on Saturday. Tyler Pierre grabbed 17 rebounds in the game, which was the most by any Laker this season. The team now heads to the SUNYAC playoffs.



FRIDAY, September 10, 2010




Swimming, diving finishes season on high note Impressive performances from underclassmen pace Lakers at SUNYACs Alex Salvarezza Asst. Sports Editor The 2016-2017 men’s and women’s swimming and diving season has come to an end after last weekend’s SUNYAC Championships meet. The men’s team finished in fifth place, while the women’s team finished in sixth place. Head coach Mike Holman was pleased with how the men’s team swam at SUNYAC and figured that his team would probably place either fifth or sixth. “I was pretty happy with the performance, I thought they all swam pretty well,” Holman said. “Obviously you want to place as high as you can, but I pretty much figured we would place in that spot.” Holman was impressed with how Alex Davie, Nick Webber, Daniel Rodriguez and Jacob Mullett swam over the weekend and credited them as to why Oswego State finished well in the meet. Rodriguez concluded his first season as a Laker and finished it on a high note. Rodriguez won the mile race in the pool, posting a time of 16:03.15. The next closest swimmer was from SUNY Geneseo, who finished 15 seconds behind Rodriguez. “He had a really good meet, but I still think there is a lot of upside to [Rodriguez],” Holman said. “Once he improves he is probably going to be on a whole different level.” Holman made it clear that winning an event at the SUNYACs was something the Lakers were hoping would happen sometime soon. “Winning an event at the tournament was big for us,” Holman said. “It’s been years since we have had a winner at this event, so that was huge for us and I think we’re moving in the right direction.” Holman was equally pleased with the women’s team. He said he believed they would finish anywhere from fifth to seventh in the SUNYAC. “Sixth place was the most likely spot,” Holman said. “Brockport beat us out by just a few points, but they scored a ton of points in diving which hurt us in the end.” Sophomore Riley Synan came in second place in both butterfly events getting touched out by 0.04 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly and a half second in the 200-yard butterfly. Holman was also very impressed with the underclassmen swimmers on the team.

“Our freshmen had an amazing meet and I was super impressed with them,” Holman said. “I was real happy with how everyone swam, it was good to see.” There is always room for improvement when it comes to preparing for the following season and Holman believes the Lakers can improve greatly from this season to next. “Our goal is to be better and that’s what it always is and will be,” Holman said. “If that’s what they want to do they

are going to have to commit to being more of a year-round athlete instead of being a sixth-month athlete.” Holman indicated that a key aspect to improving each season is bringing in a quality group of recruits to help build the program and 2016 was a perfect example of that. “We have to bring in a good recruiting class next year and I believe we will,” Holman said. “We have some good ones coming up.”

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

Men's hockey vs. Buffalo State The Lakers are chugging into this year's playoffs with, what seems like, all things going their way. The roster does not have any injury issues, besides Matt Zawadzki. They are ranked second in the nation in goals per game and fifth in goals agaisnt per game. That is higher than the Bengals' mark currently after being atop the SUNYAC in that statistic for a majority of the regualr season. Buffalo State is slowly returning back to earth and may not be the same team that handed Oswego State its first loss on Dec. 10. Cole Parzych This group is also the first Oswego State men's ice hockey team to reach 20 wins prior to the end of the regular season since 2012-2013. That very same season Oswego State won the SUNYAC Ice Hockey Championships, but lost in the NCAA finals to Universtiy of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Another interesting tid bit, the Lakers also started off that postseason run with a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo State Bengals. That is all in the past though and Oswego State has all its focus on Saturday and should be able to get the job done. After beating SUNY Fredonia 2-1 in the opening round of the SUNYAC playoffs, the Buffalo State Bengals are headed back to Marano Campus Center for the second-straight weekend. The Lakers defeated Buffalo State last Saturday in a 6-1 blowout, and it would be shocking if more of the same did not happen this weekend. The Bengals were able to escape a pesky SUNY Fredonia team on the back of a strong performance from goaltender Mike DeLaVergne, who was chased after allowing four goals through Ryan Zalduondo two periods against the Lakers last weekend. DeLaVergne can be counted on to be dominant nine out of 10 games, so Oswego State cannot bank on a repeat of last weekend. Buffalo State has only put up three or more goals just one time in their last six games and that will not fly against a surging Lakers offense, specifically senior Kenny Neil. Neil, who had four goals against Buffalo State last weekend, and a senior class who could be playing their last game on home ice, will not let this one slip away. Expect Oswego State to take control early and hold on to end the Bengals’ season in Oswego.

Men's basketball vs. Buffalo State

Alexandria Donato | The Oswegonian Riley Synan swims a freestyle set at practice in preperation for her races at the SUNYACs.

Oswego State Lakers men’s basketball team is 2-0 this season against Buffalo State, with a narrow 71-70 and 69-68 victories. The Lakers easily could have come out on the other side during both of those games, and were definitely two of the Lakers toughest games this season. After Buffalo State’s 61-59 upset of SUNY Cortland on Tuesday night, the Bengals are set to take on the Lakers for the third time this season in the SUNYAC semifinals Friday night Luke Scoville at Oswego. Buffalo State all season has been known for winning their games on mostly explosive offensive play, but have recently changed the script, holding opponents to 64.3 points per game in their last four contests. Beating a team a third time will be tougher than beating them the second time, but the Lakers will likely come out of this game with more fire power. Last time out at Buffalo State, the Lakers suffered 13-1 and 25-9 deficits in the first half. Brian Sortino for the Lakers shined last year in the SUNYAC playoffs, as this will be the fourth time he will be playing in the playoffs. He will still need plenty of help from the newer players if the Lakers want to come out on top as SUNYAC champions.

Campus Recreation Report: Bengals, Lakers clash for third time this season Co-rec basketball ends in OT Men's basketball eyes big dance but focus is centered on Friday

Michael Cicero Contributing Writer Prior to the start of the Co-Rec championship basketball game, spectators could see the participating team observing one another. As the whistle blew, signaling the tip off, anxious players took their positions on the court. The first half of the game was pretty intense as The Parkers struggled to keep up with French Toast Mafia. Throughout the first half, French Toast Mafia was able to keep a solid five to ten point lead. Timmy Mascia and Christian Melvin were determined to keep the lead as they continued making shots from both long and short range. Although French Toast Mafia had a nice lead during the first half, The Parkers also had great offensive plays. Bob Matthews and George Dzagali were on fire during the first half, along with teammates Palex Babb and Stephanie Herbert, who represented for the females with their rebounding and fast break skills. As time closed in on the first half, The Parkers and French Toast Mafia found themselves in a close game. Headed into the second half, both teams were showing that they really wanted the title of Co-Rec champions. Defensively, The Parkers managed to keep French Toast Mafia from gaining any significant leads. The intensity on the court had only grown as the clock continued decreasing toward the end of the game. The teams were going back and forth, answering each other’s shots. Then, within the last few seconds of the game, with French Toast Mafia having a three point lead, The Parkers captain Johnathan Daley ran down the court, stutter-stepped past his defender and went for the 3-point shot. Daley's shot in the dying seconds was good, sending the game to overtime. Tied at 55 - 55, the Parkers celebrated the amazing shot and then joined French Toast Mafia in a huddle around the intramural  supervisor to hear the rules of overtime. Unfortunately, overtime was not as exciting, as French Toast Mafia regained the lead, allowing them to take home the championship t-shirt, 67-60.   For the men’s competitive basketball tournament finals, OVO squared off with Size Don’t Matter 2.5. In a hard fought

game, OVO jumped to a 16 point lead, but Size Don’t Matter 2.5 battled back and was able to bring the score within reach. But it was not enough, as OVO topped Size Don’t Matter 2.5 64-51 to take home the championship t-shirt. The Average Joes put the score total in double digits with a big team effort in the Co-Rec team handball championship game. Nic Epping earned a hat trick, while Madison Bush, Spenser Iodice and Jake Urkevich all scored two goals apiece. Kyle West also had a goal for the Average Joes. Captain Bridget Rooney stated that good passing was key to their success, as the final score was 10-2. Alex Forrest and Glen Wheelock both had a goal for Caution-EXTREME HEAT. In the end, Rooney and her team were crowned champion for the third year in a row in the Co-Rec team handball league.

PLAYOFFS from B1 freshman, me and the seniors have been talking about it the last four years,” Sortino said. “I think I’m ready as I can be, it’s my last time doing it so I want to come out on top.” Buffalo State will come in playing with a lot of pride after their upset over SUNY Cortland on Tuesday, losing twice to the Lakers by a total of two points will also carry more of a chip on their shoulder heading into the matchup for the third time. “It makes you as a coach have to simplify in some of the things you do and let your guys make plays,” Leone said. “The disadvantage is the fact that there is a lot of notoriety from both teams in terms of knowing what each other like to do.” A win Friday night will inch the

Lakers’ chances of making the big tournament forward, but the only focus now is for them to defend home court and win the SUNYAC.

Oswego State gets set to take on the Buffalo State Bengals Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinal round of the SUNYAC Basketball Championship.

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SUPPORT YOUR LAKERS The Oswego State Lakers have shown resilent effort, both in hockey and basketball, as they continue into the post-season and compete to be in the SUNYAC champions. School sports have always been a part of school spirit. Yet, despite the excellence our teams have shown this season, our school community has lacked spirited support. The White Out game was the only regular season hockey game to be completely sold out this season. Although, taking school tradition in consideration, it is understandable that this is the case, but it seems that die-hard Laker fans, in any sport, are few and far between. Looking at higher education as

a whole, there seems to be a direct correlation between school pride and the success of ones’ institutions athletic programs. Despite the Lakers’ success, our school pride seems to fall short in every circumstance that is not labeled “tradition.” According to a survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Association, students who have more spirit are proven to do better academically, which transcends onto college campuses. Homecoming and “Green and Gold” Day, in reality, are not heavily invested by students outside of a group picture, yet it is up to students to take pride in this institution. The athletic program is doing

well, but the question remains, would they do better if they had the support of the student body to share the same pride as they do? Oswego State is the only SUNY school that does not have an official mascot and in failed attempts to define a “Laker,” administration has left students unable to support a symbolic figure. We should look further than defining our school’s representative as a “person who resides by a lake.” This being our own community as our own spirited representatives. Students need to harness their own school spirit and support their teams as they face a defining moment in their season.


Books offer solace away from textbooks

Students should rejoice in pages giving them escape from outside

The Voice of the People

What do you think about the Oscars this year? “I don’t really watch the Oscars, but sometimes I watch it for fun.”

Sandra Wong junior, psychology

“I think ‘LaLa Land’ should just win like seven of its 14 nominations.”

Gary Ellison senior, English

“I think it’s really cool that it’s a lot more diverse.”

Stephanie Gentz junior, graphic design

“It’s a great get together of a lot of talented people.”

Cliff Vital sophomore, bio chemistry

“I think I like the red carpet the most.”

Jenna DeBlasiis junior, communications and social interaction

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Shenandoah Briere Opinion Editor I was never the biggest bookworm growing up and it was not often you would find my head shoved into a million pages of text, unaware of my surroundings and the outside world, diluted to what the plot of my latest novel was. Nope, I was never a bookworm. I eventually found comfort in books, however, and I would say most could agree the same thing has happened to them. More often than not, the large textbook, billions of words long, with a rare graphic or photo thrown in, becomes nothing but

jumble. It is then that I find a bit of solace in something other than the explanations behind the criminal justice system or the history of investigative journalism. It is not that those do not interest me, but when boredom strikes they are not the first books that come to mind. What they can lack in emotional essence they spare greatly against with knowledge, but nothing compares to the winding road you go down when a book catches your soul. Novels unrelated to class became a great journey, an absolute getaway. Mason Cooley, a professor emeritus at the College of Staten Island, once said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.” His words never held more truth. When the stresses of college seem to riddle our brain the best thing could be taking some time to unwind and revel in that novel you started before break ended. With all the reading we do already it is sometimes hard to imagine grabbing a book and reading it without the sudden urge to fall asleep or just plain faceplant into it. It is possible though to find one you love so much that every time you open to the page

you left off you are transported to another realm altogether. This is what books are meant to do. Some are the academia kind and there to provide a rush of knowledge and others are meant to take you on a great travel. From the classics of “Moby Dick” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” to lesser known books, each has something to offer to the reader. It is the great books though that truly whisk our hearts and minds to another dimension. It is hard to find these books sometimes, but when you do they can be the ones to change your perspective on things like life and love. As cliché as some of this can sound, books are truly meant to make you think, inspire you and change you. If you read, you learn and if you learn, in most cases, you end up teaching. So when you are not reading that sometimes stuffy old book on psychological theories open a new chapter in your life and pick up a novel. Find something that interests you and that makes you wonder what will happen to a character. Grab the book, a blanket and find the coziest place and just let your mind escape for a little while.

Immigration arrests go too far

Enforcement crackdown does not make United States more safe Shea O’Malley Staff Writer How safe is safe? With President Don ald Trump making good on his campaign promises, a new wave of immigration arrests have been made in 11 states this week, with 40 in New York City alone. Increasing numbers of immigrants are fearful of being deported and many are taking extreme measures to make sure it does not happen to them. One such person was an undocumented mo t he r o f f o u r f ro m C olo r a d o w ho sought refuge in a church basement in fear of being deported. In another case in El Paso, Texas, an undocumented woman was arrested soon after she obtained an order of protection against her former live-in boyfriend. She sought housing at a domestic violence shelter after filing three police reports that included physical violence against her, one of which was an unsuccessful stabbing attempt. Immigration and Custom Enforcement received information of her undocumented status and came directly to the courthouse to detain her. Trump reminds us time and again that it is for the nations safety. In a tweet on Sunday, Trump concluded his rant with “Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!” In theory, this sounds like a rational statement. However, it is the “others” part that is frightening. The deportation of harmful people who pose true threats to the country is a good thing. However, using that same stereotype, bombastic statements about

Photo provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) via wikimedia ICE officers have started to fully enforce President Donald Trump’s executive order on illegal immigrants.

gang members, drug dealers and rapists as a reason to herd up 11.1 million immigrants in our country is a bit much. Trump’s Muslim ban targeted seven countries he alleged are a threat to the American people. Are they? Out of the 19 terrorists involved in the Sept. 11 attacks, 15 were from Saudi Arabia, the others from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon. None of those countries were on the list. During his campaign, Trump paraded people across the stage that had family members that had been killed by undocumented immigrants. As sad as that is, why did he not have parents from the Sandy Hook School shooting attend or families from the Emmanuel African Methodist Epis-

copal Church come across stage and talk about gun violence in America acted out by legal nationals? Tearing families apart and arresting humans who have been violated because they are undocumented is a bit much. Not having a valid social security number should not give anyone the right to do that. This article began by asking how safe people really were. A valid social security number means nothing more than a blank check in America. Look at the country, it does not feel any safer under Trump. He is not for the people in any way, shape or form and they sooner America figures this out, the less the will be stunned by his outrageous actions.



Broken elevators not big problem, Tip of plan ahead or take stairs instead the hat...

◊ broken elevators on campus. ◊ the Breitbart Editor who condoned pedophilia. ◊... to students who do not show enough school spirit.

◊ alternative breaks. ◊ the new health honor society . ◊ Communications and Marketing’s new webpage.

Samantha Boyle | The Oswegonian Students have been dealing with multiple out of service elevators, especially in buildings with more floors.

Derek Smith Staff Writer Many students who have lived in a dorm know the feeling; just out of lunch with only 10 minutes to get to class, but you forgot something on the fifth, eighth or maybe the 10th floor. So you wait patiently twiddling your thumbs or refreshing your Twitter feed endlessly only to see the buffering symbol. Time seems to be moving slowly until suddenly ding. An elevator packed full of students and their backpacks scatter out like a burning anthill and you climb in with a herd of other students as everyone barks out their floor number to the person with the distinction of standing closest to the buttons. Why are there so many people on an elevator at once? Two reasons; it’s around noon on a weekday so everyone has somewhere to be and it turns out only one elevator is in order. Now you are going to be late to class. Because not only did you have to wait for the elevator to get you from the dining hall, but after you finally grab your forgotten book from your room, you have to wait for that one single elevator to go all the way back down and up again.

Those who live in the ninth or 10th floor of dorm buildings are likely familiar with this situation. Living on a top floor comes with its perks. But a nice view of campus or the Lake can be easily forgotten at the sight of an “out of order” sign on one or two elevators. To make matters worse, some buildings’ stairs only reach the third floor. So when the stair climbing comes, you have to cross over to one side of the building on an unknown floor, ignoring the puzzled looks of its inhabitants. It is difficult not to become cynical, especially as the anxiety from running late reaches its peak. At this moment, everyone would love to complain to the maintenance guys and ask them directly why on earth they cannot keep the elevators functioning properly when you have stuff to do. This is an outrage. But it is not actually the end of the world. If some vast conspiracy to render the elevators defunct right when we needed them most is uncovered, heads will roll. That seems unlikely. Slow or non-functioning elevators are an enormous inconvenience, no question. When the inevitable elevator failure arrives, just look as it as an opportunity for extra exercise. There is no avoiding it. Plan ahead 10-15 minutes if you know that an elevator is not working, but allow yourself an escape plan down the stairs just in case of an emergency.

Yiannopoulos deserves backlash for overly disgusting comments


Wag of the finger...

Stop domestic abuse, speak out Responsibility to combat relationship violence falls on everyone Hannah Francisco Staff Writer February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an idea brought about to address the epidemic of domestic violence in the United States. In the U.S., three out of four parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence and 1.5 million teenagers are abused by their significant other. This is a problem that people need to solve and the best way to do that is to raise children who understand what abuse is and why it is wrong. Dating violence can occur in any relationship regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, religion or class. It can involve physical violence, such as beating and slapping, or sexual violence, such as sexual harassment and assault. Often overlooked, it also includes emotional abuse, like limiting contact with friends and family, belittling and terrorizing. Of course, these are not the only forms of domestic abuse. There are many different factors that cause domestic violence and the teenage years are when most people enter their first relationships. Some teens come from backgrounds where abuse is an accepted way of life. Others see positive portrayals of abuse in movies, television and social media, leading teens to think this behavior is OK. There are also teens suffering from untreated mental illnesses, causing them to act in ways that hurt others. Regardless of the reason, domestic violence is inexcusable, as the effects to the victim are tragic.

Photo provided by Zarah Olivia via flickr dating violence does not always have to be physical, but can also be psychological and emotional.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), survivors of domestic violence often experience depression, anxiety, substance abuse, antisocial behaviors and suicidal thoughts or actions. This negatively impacts families, schools and communities. Of course, college students are not exempt from the effects of domestic violence. According to, 43 percent of college women in relationships experience domestic abuse. Over half of college students say relationship abuse is difficult to identify and even if they recognize it, they do not know what to do about it. If the Oswego State campus is to be one of the greatest in the SUNY system, people need to do everything they can to help their fellow students and bring awareness to this issue. This means knowing the signs of abuse and what people can do to prevent it.

Luckily, Oswego State already has multiple resource available for victims and concerned friends, family and classmates. These include University Police, ResLife staff, The Counseling Services Center at Mary Walker Health Center, Title IX Coordinator Lisa Evaneski, Services to Aid Families (SAF) and more It is the job of each generation to try to make the world a better place for future generations. One of the problems that has impacted humanity for millennia is domestic violence. The only way people can help eliminate this problem is if everyone works together and takes an active role. February may be Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, but it is up to everyone to be aware and compassionate every day of the year.

Have fun, help people all in one

Alternative breaks very beneficial to community, students

Photo provided by OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS via flickr Milo Yiannopoulos lost his publisher and a speaking opportunity at CPAC this week after pedophilia comments.

Clare O’Brien Staff Writer In the time that has passed since President Donald Trump took office, Americans have clung to their political beliefs as a form of identity, a way to set themselves apart from those around them. From the immigration ban on Muslims to the Keystone Pipeline, the internet and news media portray America as more divided than ever. Amid all the disagreement, however, there will always be ideas on which everyone, regardless of political party, race or gender, can find common ground. Pedophilia will always find universal opposition, as Milo Yiannopoulos discovered this week. The controversial blogger has never been shy about his right-wing views, often stirring up anger and frustration on both sides of the political spectrum. On Monday, organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference canceled Yiannopoulos’ appearance after a video surfaced of the Breitbart editor condoning pedophilia and justifying sexual relationships with minors. In addition to losing his spot at CPAC, publishing company Simon & Schuster announced that it would rescind Yiannopoulos’ book deal in light of these comments. Despite claiming to only have joked about being sexually attracted to boys as young as 13 years old, Yiannopoulos resigned his position as senior editor of the radically conservative website Breitbart News, explaining in a press conference on Tuesday that the decision was his alone. In the controversial interview, Yiannopoulos said “there are some 13-year-olds out there capable of giving informed consent with an

adult.” He defends the “coming of age relationships” between “young boys and older men,” explaining that “these relationships can be hugely positive experiences for these younger boys.” In other words, the Breitbart editor “does not mind admitting” he is in favor of adults grooming young boys to engage in sexual relationships, citing statutory consent laws as a “stupid one size fits all policing of culture” and an “oppressive idea” from “the left.” Yiannopoulos has been a fervent supporter of free speech, often citing it as a reason for his bold remarks, but these views cannot be excused as use of the First Amendment. It is appropriate for CPAC to remove Yiannopoulos from their conference schedule, since his statements are neither partisan to the right nor acceptable by any means. This is not an exercise in hypersensitivity from the media or an outcry from disgruntled Democrats, but a practice in self-regulation by the American Conservative Union that organizes CPAC. Earlier this month, violent protests erupted on the University of Californian, Berkeley campus in response to Yiannopoulos’ scheduled appearance. Had the ACU decided to keep the British personality in their lineup, the ramifications could have been detrimental to the organization. If the protests at Berkeley were brutal before Yiannopoulos defended child abuse within the Catholic Church, his participation at CPAC could have been exponentially worse. Political correctness is a controversial issue at the forefront of today’s media and a topic of which Milo Yiannopoulos enjoyed testing the limits. However, describing sexual relations between grown men and young boys as being “acceptable” is not a bold statement shedding political correctness. Pedophilia is not and never will be, a political issue up for debate between the right and the left, for obscenity is nonpartisan.

Photo provided by Jeremy Galvin Students have found comfort in participating in Habitat for Humanity and other volunteer services over several different breaks throughout the academic year.

Julie Loney Staff Writer For over 25 years, Habitat for Humanity has offered high school and college students week-long volunteer trips throughout the United States. The Collegiate Challenge has given over 250,000 students the opportunity to build durable and affordable homes in areas that need love and an extra push. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with a higher education are consistently more likely to volunteer than individuals with inferior education. However, in the past decade, there has been a significant drop in volunteer rates among college students. At only 18.4 percent, 20- to 24-year-olds are volunteering less each year and the Bureau is unsure of why the drop is occurring. Whether it is an issue of time, place or opportunity to serve, college students statistically seem to be struggling to volunteer. There are, however, great benefits to

spending some free time off campus and in a new place meeting new people. Students who volunteer have a better concept of time management and tend to procrastinate less, according to The site also states that students can create a new network of friends and fellow college students who share a common interest in volunteering. Volunteering is also a sign to future employers that a student is organized, dedicated and open to new ideas and working with new people. The Habitat for Humanity programs offered through Oswego State provide these same benefits. Students are able to make new friends, learn new skills and see an area of the country they otherwise would have never seen had the opportunity to see had the option to volunteer never been presented to them. The Habitat for Humanity website home page lists their own benefits of volunteering, including the bold encouragement “get out from behind a screen and get your hands dirty.” By doing this over a winter or spring break, students have the chance to use their

free time efficiently, in ways that will benefit them in the future. The break from constant routine is so different that it makes serving much more special. Students can learn to appreciate their time and place at college and can do so by representing Oswego State. As well as alternative break trips, Oswego State offers programs throughout the semester that similarly encourage students to get involved with their community. Adopt-A-Grandparent and Mentor Scholar are both great ways for students to continue their passion for volunteering all year long and make a lasting impact on the members of the Oswego State community. There is no better time than now to increase the number of college students who volunteer each year. With all the benefits of serving, students are creating a better future for both themselves and the world. Habitat for Humanity, as well as other volunteer organizations, make it possible for students of any age to make a difference and have some fun while doing it.




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Feb. 24, 2017



FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017

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EXHIBITION: “CAESAR/X” Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Date: Friday, Feb. 24 Location: Oswego State Metro Center, Syracuse


Look at Oz: Student musican shares work Galindo discusses album, collabortaions, aspirations for future releases Ian Saunders Staff Writer

Damien Galindo, aka Sicksense, is a 23-year-old producer and rapper who just released his debut EP “2050: A Space Opera.” Born in California, he moved to the Bronx when he was a 1-yearold and has been living in New OPEN SKATE York State ever since. Time: Noon - 2 p.m. He spent the bulk of his Date: Friday, Feb. 24 childhood in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York, a cross Location: Ice Arena, Marano Campus Center of city and suburbs sprawled across the Hudson Valley. It was RICE CREEK STORY HOUR during this time in his life when Time: 11 a.m. - noon his mother bought him “The Date: Saturday, Feb. 25 Black Album” by Jay-Z, one of Location: Rice Creek Field Station his biggest influences and what he said sparked his life-long LIBRARY MAKER EVENT: MAKING KINDNESS interest in making music. Back in his hometown, GalinTime: Noon - 6 p.m. do does a lot of work with the Date: Saturday, Feb. 25 label JF Recordings, searching Location: Classroom 2, Penfield Library for talent and doing audio engineering. He hopes to apply what PLANETARIUM SHOW: “THE CALENDER” he has learned so far in college to the up-and-coming label and Time: 7 - 8 p.m. to keep gaining momentum. Date: Sunday, Feb. 26 “I used to perform a lot in Location: Room 223, Shineman Center Poughkeepsie,” Galindo said. “The first time I performed it was in front of my whole INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR school for the talent show. I’m Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m. trying to do more shows now.” Date: Monday, Feb. 27 Galindo began his college Location: Room 255, Marano Campus Center education at Dutchess Community College, majoring in communications and media ARTIST TALK: “PICTURING CLIMATE” arts. While there, he focused Time: 4 - 5 p.m. mainly on audio engineering Date: Monday, Feb. 27 and sound design. After taking Location: Room 122, Shineman Center a break from school, working in radio stations here and there, IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH KICKOFF he arrived at Oswego State to major in marketing. Time: 6 - 8 p.m. “It is good to have a balDate: Wednesday, Feb. 29

ART EXHIBIT: “INSPIRED BY DATA” Time: Noon - 5 p.m. Date: Friday, Feb. 24 Location: 186 W. First St., Oswego State Downtown

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Damien Galindo’s EP “2050: A Space Opera” features tracks produced by fellow students and friends.

ance,” Galindo said. “I would not say to sell out, but it is nice to have the cross between marketing and creativity.” Stylistically, Galindo said he tries to inhabit both sides of the spectrum. “Sometimes I can be very conscious and write consciously,” Galindo said. “But like I said, it is nice to have that balance.” The EP was released on multiple social-media outlets, such as Spotify, SoundCloud and Bandcamp. “The big part is just getting people to listen,” Galindo said. “It’s all about involvement – getting yourself out there. I’ve been sitting on beats for years. Now I am finally at that point where I’m like, ‘Let’s quit wasting time.’” “2050: A Space Opera” is a dark, moody project, consisting of five tracks, two produced by Galindo himself.

Working alongside his friend Keshane Campbell, aka Bello, the songs cover topics such as dealing with success, aspirations and personal issues. “Experiences and life in general,” Galindo said. “I would say that is what drives me to make music, you know? They say the best art comes from pain. If I am going through anything, that is when I produce my best work.” Galindo personally knows most of the producers who collaborated on his EP from his youth. Over the course of the album, Galindo utilized the production skills of Lowkey, Mitch Shaffer, Isaac Newton and Smitty Beats. Righteous, the producer of the track “Goodbye,” creates his instrumentals by sampling classic vinyls. This is something that he and Galindo did when they were in high-school together. Each song on “2050: A Space

Location: Activity Court, Marano Campus Center MOVIE: “PARADISE” Time: 7 - 9 p.m. Date: Wednesday, Feb. 29 Location: Auditorium, Marano Campus Center

CORRECTION: An article in last week’s issue titled “Look at Oz: Student Art Exhibition Awards” misspelled artist Trevor Krencik’s name.

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Performing under the name Sicksense, Damien Galindo released his EP on multiple music streaming platforms.

Opera” is filled with loads of reverb and delay, as Galindo’s hooks get bounced back and forth through the listener’s headphones. In its description, the duo write that they want to “take you to another dimension with futuristic sounds and relatable tragedies.” If there is one comparison to make, it would be to the older work of Kid Cudi, like 2009’s “Man on the Moon: The End of Day.” The EP gives off a lot of emotion and shows that Galindo is more than ready to stand out from the rest of the pack and move into uncharted territory. After college, Galindo plans on moving down South, which he claimed is the “best place” for music and a great spot to start making moves. His producer and friend Righteous is making the move there and Galindo wants to follow suit. “You have got to build your community of musicians,” he said. “Back then it was New York, but times are changing.” When asked what his dream collaboration would be, Galindo said he would love to work with the producer Timbaland or rapper Kendrick Lamar. “I would have to write my best s*** ever,” Galindo said. “I would have to be in my room for two days straight writing to ever approach something like that.” So, what does Sicksense have planned for the year 2050? “I’m trying to be one of the biggest,” he said. “I’m trying to have a label, have some talent – stuff like that. In all honesty, I don’t even know if I’ll be here.” Until then, Galindo intends to keep creating and releasing music as much as he can. He is graduating this year, and will hopefully be seeing bigger and better things in his future.


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‘Plata O Plomo’ Remy Ma, Fat Joe come back swinging Rahkiya Brown Contributing Writer

Bronx rappers Remy Ma and Fat Joe just released their collaboration joint album “Plata O Plomo.” For the Grammy-nominated duo, this album has been a long time coming. Remy Ma and Fat Joe have collaborated since the early 2000s, when they dropped the hip-hop classic, “Lean Back.” The smash-hit brought mainstream success to their legendary team, Terror Squad. However, since then they have been through some rough patches, to say the least. I n 2008, Remy Ma was sentenced to six years in prison after being connected to a shooting. On Aug. 1, 2014, Remy Ma was released from prison and made an appearance on the VH1 Hit show, “Love and Hip Hop: New York.” Fans, family and her

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Left to right: Fat Joe and Remy Ma once again collaborate on a new album.

husband, rapper Pappoose, were all happy to have her home. Since

then, Remy Ma and Fat Joe have seen major success with their sin-

gle “All The Way Up” which earned them two Grammy nominations at this year’s show. Other singles, such as “Cookin,” featuring French Montana and “Money Showers” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, have also contributed to their recent success. Remy Ma has been featured on other artists’ records as well. “Plata O Plomo,” a Spanish phrase meaning “silver or lead”, which has been said to stand for “take the bribe or I will take your life,” lets listeners know that they are in for the hardcore rap that New York is well known for. The 12-song album consists of Remy Ma and Fat Joe discussing the triumph after the storm, as Remy Ma often reminisces on the six years she spent in prison, missing her family, dreaming of the days she would be able to sell records again. The project also features artists like Sevyn Streeter, Kat Dahlia, Kent Jones and more. In a recent interview on Hot 97 in New York City, Remy Ma discussed that despite the Gram-

my loss, she still identifies herself as a winner, saying that people do not go through what she went through and be able to sit at the Grammy’s as a two-time nominee. Fat Joe, on the other hand, acknowledged the disappointment in losing, but said he was blessed to be nominated and will continue to produce hits and aim for the Grammy. Of course, they also had to discuss the long-assumed beef between Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma, which she said does not exist. According to Remy Ma, Minaj has never done anything to her and if she had a problem with Minaj, fans would know, as Remy Ma does not throw subliminal jabs. Through it all, Remy Ma and Fat Joe’s stor y is one nothing short of triumph and victory. After years of patience, hope and some trials and tribulations it is definitely nice to see the two back on their New York throne and all the way up. “Plata O Plomo” is now available on iTunes and other streaming services.

Weekly EP: Animal Collective remains different Ian Saunders Staff Writer

The Baltimore-based, genrebending band Animal Collective has never been known to shy away from experimentation. They not only think outside of the box regarding how a song should sound and be structured, they also seem to ignore that that box exists in the first place. Their debut album, “Spirit Th e y ’re G o n e, S p i r i t Th e y ’ve Vanished,” was a jangled, discombobulated pile of concepts and ideas released by one of the band’s cofounders, David Po r t n e r, k n ow n by h i s s t a g e name Avey Tare. From the getgo, Animal Collective has been purposely defying norms and confusing the hell out of casual music fans. They continue this tradition with “ The Painters” EP, the successor to their last full-length album “Painting With.” M uch like “Painting With,” their newest EP is a lush, ex travagant experience, oozing with synth samples, primitive percussion,

and the vocals of Por tner and Noah Lennox, also known as Panda Bear, fighting back and forth. Lennox is perhaps one of the most well-known musicians in the band, launching his solo career as Panda Bear a year before Animal Collective existed. He has been nothing shor t of an enormous success in recent years. His five studio albums have all been well received, for the most part, and he effectively won a Grammy for his work on Daft Punk’s single “Doin’ It Right.” He, along with Portner, are nearly always present in Animal Collective, while the other two members are often excluded for various reasons. Brian Weitz, also known as Geologist, the sound designer for the band, takes part in “The Painters” EP. Josh Dibb, also known as Deakin, only appears on five of the band’s 12 albums, and is absent on this project. The opener “Kinda Bonkers” is dense and energetic, with a bright congo drum pattern that makes it sound like something right out of “Indiana Jones.” The lyrics, a lot like ever ything Bob Dylan has ever written, are poetic, but do not make much sense. “Life is so French toast to me,” Lennox sings on “Kinda Bonkers.” “If you wait too long/It gets black

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With their latest EP, Animal Collective continues to go against the norms of the traditional listening experience.

and weak.” Le n n ox a n d Po r t n e r t ra d e syllables back and forth ad-lib style, as Weitz loads the track with bright, colorful synths. “Peacemaker” is another tugof-war match between the two singers. Backdropped by swelling pads and the sounds of old video games, the song contains no actual words. Only fragments of words are caught every now and then. The track is more focused on creating a space and disorienting the listener. Tribal percussion is present again and it is a

staple of what makes the band’s sound so unique and organic. A deep, nasally bass pounds away in “Goalkeeper,” giving the song a distinct charm. The lyrics are a bit hard to hear in the mix, which is overloading itself in every possible way with a dizzying conglomeration of beeps, blips and hi-hats. It is enough to give even the most experienced listener a headache and feels like a leftover from “Painted With” that did not quite make the cut. “Jimmy Mack” is a remake of

a classic song by the 1960s band Martha and the Vandellas, and it is actually pretty catchy. “Jimmy - oh Jimmy/When are you coming back?” shouts Portner, over roughly the same bass that was so prominent in “Goalkeeper.” It is a solid finish to the EP, that ends with Por tner screaming and howling the chorus over and over. This is a solid effor t from Animal Collective, but nowhere near their best work. Their best album, “Sung Tongs,” is a hard project to top.

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FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017

‘A Cure for Wellness’ leaves questions unanswered Dominick Lioto Staff Writer

Gore Verbinsk i has been an established director for a number of years now. He has been at the helm of major Hollywood franchises, but even with some notable titles under his belt, it seems that he has not b e e n a b l e to s h a k e o f f h i s two biggest flaws; he makes most of his movies about a half-hour too long and in terms of being a box office “hit,” his movies are usually more of a “miss.” “A C u r e f o r W e l l n e s s ” seems to be another mark in the “miss” column. Lock har t (Dane DeHaan, Photo provided by “ Th e A m a z i n g S p i d e r - M a n Dane DeHann delievers a bland performance as the lead in Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness.” 2”) is a young and ambitious executive at a major financial that he is too sick to continue ness center in the Swiss Alps. c o m p a n y. W h e n t h e c o m - working in the wake of a mas- After only spending a small pany ’s CEO, Pembroke (Har- s i v e m e r g e r f o r m i n g , t h e y amount of time at the center, r y Groener, “Diani & Devine forcibly send Lockhart to re- Lock har t begins to become Meet the Apocalypse”) writes trieve him at a voluntary well- suspicious of the center’s in-

tentions and purpose, along with the illness that Pembroke and all of the other patients suffer from. The film starts out strong, especially in terms of visuals, as this is easily Gore’s best looking movie. When the story eventually goes awry, the most interesting aspect while viewing is where the camera is going to be placed next. Ever y shot of this film could have been used for posters in its marketing and it is a remarkable viewing exper ience in that respect. Another takeaway from “A Cure for Wellness” is Jason Isaacs’ (“Fury”) performance as Dr. Volmer, the director of the facility. Isaacs’ portrayal of Volmer is an almost classic depiction of an evil scientist, which Issacs has the perfect presence for. He is big and exuberant while still having the appearance of being the sane one at times. It is, sadly, one of the few truly great per formances in the film, Isaacs truly shines in its finale. DeHaan, the film’s

supposed star, gives an arguably plain performance. Going back to Verbinski’s movies being a half-hour too long, this one felt 45 minutes to o l o n g. I t p re s e n te d to o many questions, but then decided not to answer them all. Instead, they selectively answered some mythology questions, rather than what was really going on in the hospital. Verbinski has put out unnecessarily long movies be fore. His third “Pirates of the C a r i b b e a n” f i l m i s a l m o s t t h re e h o u r s w h i l e h i s “ Th e Lone Ranger ” reboot is at a questionable two and a half hours. “A Cure for Wellness” fo l l o w s t h e s a m e t r e n d o f packing too much of so little. “A Cure for Wellness” has big competition in the box office, as “John Wick 2” and the sequeal to “Fifty Shades” released a week earlier. After a d i s a p p o i nt i n g “ Th e Lo n e Ranger ” in 2013, it appears that Verbinski’s more creative independent endeavor may also be a box office dud.

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ conveys new perspective of hero Issack Cintron Copy Editor

With the franchise in serious jeopardy, it is only fitting that an animated children’s film using Lego blocks knows how to properly construct a Batman film. “ The Lego Batman Movie,” the outrageous spin-off to the 2014 animated masterpiece “The Lego Movie,” provides the troubled Batman franchise with some temporar y relief. Fol lowing the dud “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and reports circulating about Ben Affleck being on the verge of completely dropping out of the film’s Batman spin-off, this unique and colorful twist to Batman’s world is completely refreshing. Unlike the recent incarnations of the character in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, or more recently, Zack Snyder’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Batman/Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett, Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events”) is a comedic reimagining of the popular super-

Photo provided by Portaying the character of Bruce Wayne in a different light, “The Lego Batman Movie” gives fans laughs and a refreshing take.

hero. The depressed, serious and dark nature of the character is replaced with egomaniacal, witty and cynical characteristics that make the character enjoyable for both children and adults. After a spectacular thwarting of the Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis, “Baskets”) plan to blow up the Lego version of Gotham City, along with all of his other enemies, Batman basks in the city’s appreciation of him. However, behind the doors of Wayne Manor, the hero lives in isolation, a longstanding trait of Wayne’s. It is Wayne’s inadvertent adoption of the orphan Richard “Dick” Grayson (Michael Cera, “Sausage Party”) that forc-

es him to embrace the people in his life, such as his fatherfigure butler Alfred Pennyworth (Ralph Fiennes, “Kubo and the Two Strings”) and police commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson, “Luke Cage”). This culminates when the Joker seeks his revenge for not being acknowledged by the hero as being his greatest enemy, prompting Batman to face his greatest challenge both physically and morally. While “The Lego Batman Movie” may not surpass the brilliance of its predecessor, it is definitely on par and possesses its own identity. With all of the film’s tributes to Warner Brothers’ previous

Batman films, the quick witted and sometimes risqué humor and the comedic genius of Arnett’s Batman, there is so much to enjoy about “The Lego Batman Movie.” For once, the story of Batman is not a melancholy tale of good versus evil, but is a light-hearted story with ridiculous instances, bringing color to the hero’s typically dark world. For once, Batman is entertaining for reasons beyond being a vigilante crime-fighter, he is charming and hilarious. The qualities that made “The Lego Movie” a critically acclaimed phenomenon reappear in this superhero spin-off, while managing to be unique in its own ways. Where the original possessed

themes of structure over creativity and individuality, “The Lego Batman Movie” explores themes of selfishness, appreciation and, possibly the strongest theme of all, unity. While the film is targeted for younger audiences, it teaches moviegoers of all ages a valuable lesson about what it truly means to be heroic. The morality within the colorful, ludicrous realm of the Lego universe is a wonderful trait quality that allows the films to resonate so deeply. Given the mediocre nature of “The Dark Knight Rises” and the atrocity that was “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Lego Batman Movie” is a major win for the Batman franchise, DC Comics and Warner Brothers. This non-traditional Batman film manages to unintentionally outclass many of its predecessors while poking fun at the franchise. With an intriguing team of characters and a highly engaging story, “The Lego Batman Movie” achieves the feat of being the best Batman film since 2008’s “The Dark Knight.” This animated spectacle is not the Batman movie people need, it is the one people deserve.


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by Samantha Flavell She began writing her piece. Then erased.Type. Erase. Raking her fingers through her hair, she sought the perfe c t w o r d s . T h e w o r d s t h a t would bring to life, the ideas and visions that rattled around in her head. Her pen tapping against her teeth, an unsanitary but familiar habit. Her brow furrowed, eyes squinted, staring at her screen. Blink. Blink. Blink. The cursor defiantly blinking back at her on a blank page. Her name standing alone at the top of the page. Staring back at her, daring her to type something. Anything. M i n u t e s g o b y. Lo s t i n a writer's block. A world of its own. With ideas spinning

around without forming complete, tangible thoughts that she can transfer onto a page. Sometimes the words flow easily, bleeding from her fin gers onto the page in one fluid m o t i o n , t h e i d e a s s t re a m i n g out. And then there are days like this. Where a writer's brain feels like a wasteland, devoid of unique ideas and thoughts. With only vague notions of what to write about that disappear as soon as she begins to grasp a tangible idea. The frustration sets in. The anger at the choice to be a writer. A life that is rarely consistent, with some days as easy as the words come quickly and effortlessly, to days where she


racks her brain for hours without one single workable idea coming to mind. The moments when she feels as though she will never again come up with an idea of what to write are days that make her just want to q u i t. To p i c k u p a d i f fe rent profession. Something stable, a nine-to-five job and health benefits. Sigh. No, once a writer always a writer. The lowest points of writer's block will have even the best furrowing their brow looking for an idea. She leans back in her chair, rubs the sleep out of her eyes and hunches over her computer and gets back to what she does best. Write.

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Aries (April 19 - May 13):

Cancer (July 20 - Aug. 10):

Libra (Oct. 30 - Nov. 23):

Sagittarius (Dec. 17 - Jan. 20):

Information is power, so do not allow yourself to be controlled minimal information. Take the time to investigate an issue more before you allow it to take control of your life. Misinformation can only hurt others.

Resisting can be tiring, but that does not mean you should stop. Stay true to your ideas if they are who you truly are, but be open to change. Altering your path does not take you off of it.

Information on the surface level will not always accurately reflect what is beyond that. For the person who catches your eye, you should look deeper to see who they truly are. You cannot truly love them until you know the real them.

Feeling, both the emotion and the sense, should help you get through this week. Allow yourself to listen to both of these when making choices. They will be able to guide you in the direction that is best for you.

Taurus (May 13 - June 21):

Leo (Aug. 10 - Sep. 16):

Scorpio (Nov. 23 - Nov. 29):

Capricorn (Jan. 20 - Feb. 16):

Perception of others can shape how you see yourself. This does not mean you should shape yourself around everyone’s opinion. Focus on what those you care about have to say, because they know you better than anyone else.

The past has made you who you are, but it should not define who you can be. If you wish to better yourself, then work to do so. If you allow one definition to follow you wherever you go then there will be no escaping it.

Problems you have been avoiding may rise to the surface this week. Take the steps necessary to overcome whatever it is that is holding you down. If you need help, you must be strong enough to seek it out.

Seeing a problem several times will not always make you prepared for the next time it comes. Be ready for any changes that arise when handling the problem, you are well versed in. Anything can happen.

Gemini (June 21 - July 20):

Virgo (Sep. 16 - Oct. 30):

Ophiuchus (Nov. 29 - Dec. 16) :

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

Just because a story is over does not mean the characters stop there. Endings are just parts of the larger story for yourself and the others involved. Do not allow one ending to stop you from progressing forward.

Something may need to be given up to obtain what you want. Nothing in this world comes free and you must be willing to accept this. Just be aware, if what you are giving up is greater than what you will get, why make the deal?

There will always be a light at the end of the tunnel. The long-term suffering you have endured may be close to an end, but you cannot rush toward the exit. Be slow and cautious and you will get what you want.

Time can help you rise above others who seem to stand taller than you. It may not be a quick rise, but you should not allow this to discourage you. At the end of the day, you will be able to stand tall.

Throwing your problems on others helps no one. Asking for help and forcing others to help you are two very different things. Be brave enough to ask for help and if the person is unable at the time, accept this answer and move forward.

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