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SA resolution calls for declaration All SUNY campuses would be sanctuaries protecting 320 students

Admissions switches from

early decision to early action Hannah Francisco Staff Writer

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Alexander Gault-Plate Assistant News Editor The Student Association voted on Feb. 28 to endorse a SUNY Student Association resolution that is headed to the members of the SUNY executive committee. The resolution calls for the executive committee, one of the head gov-

erning bodies of the SUNY system, to declare all SUNY campuses to be sanctuary campuses, with the goal of protecting immigrants, undocumented to registered, from legal action based on their immigration status. According to the resolution, the SUNY system has approximately 22,140 international students from 180 countries around the globe. Of those 22,140 stu-

dents, 320 are from countries that were named in President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel on Jan. 27. On Jan. 29 a petition was presented to Oswego State President Deborah Stanley to declare Oswego State a sanctuary campus. However, at the town hall after she received the petition, Howard

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The Oswego State admissions office unveiled a new policy to allow incoming freshmen to be informed of their acceptance earlier than before. Previously, Oswego State participated in the early decision program, which allowed students to know of their acceptance earlier, but applicants that applied under early decision and were accepted were committed to attending Oswego State. Regular applications for the upcoming fall semester are due Jan. 15 and decisions are sent out on a weekly basis after that. According to the Oswego State website, the new early action program allows prospective students to know of their acceptance by mid-December, without having to commit to Oswego. Jerome Oberst, senior associate director of admissions at Oswego State, said the change was mainly prompted by changes in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In previous years, the FAFSA could be filled out starting Jan. 1 of the current year, using the tax information from the year before, according to the Federal Student Aid website. Since many families do not receive their W-2s until the end of January, students effectively could not fill out the FAFSA until February or March. Oberst said FAFSA is now using a

“prior-prior year” model. This means that students can fill out the FAFSA starting Oct. 1, using the family’s tax information from the two years prior, instead of having to wait for their W-2s to arrive. “[The new FAFSA guidelines] could cause people to want to apply earlier, and get a decision earlier,” Oberst said. “We want to give an incentive to apply earlier, hence early action.”


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Newly built lactation rooms create safe, clean spaces for pumping breastmilk

Mothers no longer have challenges of borrowing private offices, small closets, restrooms or cars Winnie Blackwood Staff Writer

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Lactation rooms are located in various academic buildings and residence halls throughout campus to provide mothers with a private space.

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Nursing mothers at Oswego State now have the option to breastfeed or pump in private inside the newly opened lactation rooms around campus. Over the summer the process of designing and building the rooms began, but the idea to create them began to take form in the summer of 2015, with discussions about working mothers between Gwen Kay, Diana Boyer and Kristen Eichhorn, former senators of Oswego State’s Faculty Assembly. The three sat down with Oswego States President Deborah Stanley to discuss the challenges working mothers face on campus and she was

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on board with the idea and creation of the lactation rooms, Eichhorn said. “We did hear stories of the challenges working mothers had on our campus that included trying to find space that provided privacy,” Eichhorn said. “Mothers resorted to whatever resources they had.” These resources included borrowing private offices, small closets, rest rooms or their cars. Eichhorn partnered with Mitch Fields, associate vice president of Oswego State’s Facilities Services, Linda Paris, planning coordinator of Facilities Services and project manager of the lactation rooms, and Amy Plotner, assistant vice president of human resources. “The rooms are intended to provide an inclusive space to support all mothers,”


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Angel Palmer, 26, was arrested at 5:15 a.m. on Feb. 19 for disorderly conduct when she struck another person, in the presence of police, in the City of Oswego. Tyler Clark, 24, was arrested a t 4 : 2 9 p . m . o n Fe b . 1 9 f o r petit larceny after he stole merchandise from Walmart. Desmond Parsons, 28, was arrested at 4:47 p.m. on Feb. 19 for petit larceny after he stole merchandise from Walmart. Jennifer Brown, 23, was arrested at 11:37 p.m. on Feb. 20 for disorderly conduct when she made unreasonable noise following an incident in the City of Oswego.

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Edward Schroeder, 33, was taken into police custody at 8:48 p.m. on Feb. 21 for criminal tresspass and criminal contempt after entering a dwelling and remaining unlawfully as well as violating an order of protection.




Andrew MacMillen, 55, was arrested at 12:51 p.m. on Feb. 22 for disorderly conduct following an incident in the City of Oswego. Shannon Donahue, 20, was taken into police custody at 11:43 p.m. on Feb. 24 for public urination. Mark Shear, 31, was taken into police custody at 8:38 p.m. on Feb. 25 for petit larceny after stealing merchandise totaling $1.99 from Valero. **Blotter information provided by the Oswego Police Department.

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Columbine principal, Virginia Tech student discuss safety, preparedness Natalie Brophy Chief Copy Editor Nearly all 500 seats in Lanigan 101 were full on Wednesday evening for a presentation on school safety and preparedness from two survivors of two of the worst school shootings in United States history. Law enforcement officers, school officials, community members and Oswego State students attended the event titled "Lessons From Tragedy: A Conversation on School Safety and Preparedness." Frank DeAngelis, the principal at Columbine High school at the time of the shooting, and Kristina Anderson, a student survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting, spoke about their experiences and what schools can do to keep their students safe in the event of a school shooting. Event coordinator and public justice professor Jaclyn Schildkraut, who studies school shootings, opened the presentation by reminding the audience that while school shootings are tragic events, they are statistically rare. In the United States, there are 50 million students enrolled in grades K through 12 and an additional 20.5 million students enrolled in college. Of those millions of students, approximately 14 to 34 youths aged 5 to 18 are killed in schools each year, which represent 3 percent of youth homicides. “The loss of one child in a school is absolutely one too many,” Schildkraut said. On April 20, 1999, what DeAngelis called “a beautiful, Colorado spring day,” two students opened fire at Columbine High School, killing 12 students and one faculty member. DeAngelis said he remembers sitting in his office around lunchtime when his secretary came in and said “Frank, there’s been a report of gunfire in the cafeteria.” “The first thing that crossed my mind is, ‘This cannot be happening,’” DeAngelis said. DeAngelis left his office and came face to face with one of the gunmen in the hallway. Two girls were coming down the side hallway as the gunman began to approach. DeAngelis grabbed the girls and tried to run out the door, but it was locked since the school was on lockdown. DeAngelis had a ring of 35 keys in his pocket. The first key he tried opened the door. He and the girls were able to escape without injury. “I’ve tried again, and in 15 years, I was

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Kristina Anderson (left) and Frank DeAngelis (right) are survivors of traumatic events that discussed safety.

never able to do it again,” he said. “On that day, someone was looking out for me.” DeAngelis could have left Columbine, transferred to another school and tried to put the incident behind him, but he chose to stay until every student who was in the school district at the time of the shooting graduated. “I made a promise that night, to those kids and Mr. [Dave] Sanders that, even though there was nothing I could do to bring them back, they would never be forgotten,” DeAngelis said. The way police officers respond to school shootings now is a result of Columbine, DeAngelis said. At the time, the protocol for school shootings was for the police officers to secure the perimeter and wait until the SWAT team arrived. DeAngelis said he saw police officers “ready to break rank because they knew there were kids being shot inside that building.” Now, protocol is for police officers to enter the building immediately to engage the shooter as early as possible. “Things have changed,” DeAngelis said. “These kids did not die in vain.” Kristina Anderson was a 19-year-old college student on April 16, 2007, running late to her French class on a Monday morning at Virginia Tech. She and her friend got to Room 211 in Norris Hall after class had already started, so they took seats toward the back of the classroom. Moments later, the shooter entered the building, chained the doors shut and began shooting. He killed 32 people that day, 12 of them in the same room Anderson was in. Anderson and her friend were both shot, but survived because they were in the back

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of the classroom and the shooter could not get to them. Anderson was shot three times: once in the back, once in the butt and once in the toe. Anderson remembers not really knowing what was going on during the attack. She described it as “quick, intentional and methodical.” The attack lasted around 10 to 12 minutes; from the time the shooter began firing to the time he took his own life. “I never thought I was going to die,” Anderson said. “I just wanted the event to be over.” Anderson returned to Virginia Tech the following semester. She and the other survivors kept in touch and acted as a support group for one another. She called them “the club you never want to belong to.” In December 2007, Virginia Tech created a threat management program to help identify students who could be a threat to the school’s safety and get them the help they need. “There are many events that are prevented and stopped that we never hear about, thankfully,” Anderson said. “There is somebody probably planning another Virginia Tech right now. I hate to say that. But we can intervene.” In the years following the shooting, Anderson formed the Koshka Foundation, named after her childhood nickname meaning “little cat” in Russian, with the goal of improving campus safety and informing communities about plans for responding to tragic events, as well as how to recognize the warning signs so similar events can be stopped. She also designed an app called “LiveSafe,” which allows individuals to anonymously report suspicious behavior and send the user’s locations to others and police for tracking. “That ‘what if’ is not worth it in the end,” Anderson said.

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Men's lacrosse vs. Ithaca, 4 p.m., Wednesday at Laker Turf Stadium. Movie: "Aquarius," 6:45 p.m., Wednesday in Marano Campus Center, Room 144. Concert: "Re-Nekt," 7 p.m., Wednesday in Sheldon Hall Ballroom. Women's lacrosse vs. Sage College, 4 p.m., Thursday in Laker Turf Stadium.

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The Student Association took a vote on both a new attorney general and solicitor general, positions which advocate for and against organizations accused of breaking the SA Constitution or bylaws. Sen. Robert Davies was confirmed as attorney

SA President Emily Nassir repor ted on the status of the OzFest planning. According to Nassir, the acts that will be performing at OzFest this year will be released to the public in the week following spring break. OzFest is set to occur approximately seven weeks after spring break this year, according to Nassir.

The Student Association w e l c o m e d a n e w s e n a to r to its ranks this week. Sen. Alex Gillingham took the oath of office during Tuesday 's assembly to fill his office as senator at large. A senator at large must present a petition to take office signed by 100 Oswego State students. A senator at large represents the entirety of t h e s t u d e n t b o d y, r a t h e r than a specific body of students, either in a residence hall or off campus.

A4 NEWS Mental health counseling program meets 156 standards, opening new options THE OSWEGONIAN FRIDAY, March 3, 2017

National CACREP accreditation necessary for Oswego State students to take extra classes, obtain licenses Kassadee Paulo Staff Writer

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Oswego State’s mental health counseling program received national accreditation opening new options for graduate students seeking a license to have a career in the field. In the fall of 2016, the mental health counseling program within the Counseling and Psychological Services Department met all 156 standards set on a national level by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs. The master's program on campus at Oswego State and in the Metro Center location in Syracuse is a 60-hour program designed to prepare human service providers to deal with problems and general concerns of human service agency clients and employees, according to the counseling and psychological services webpage. “The program has been amazing,” said Allison Meyers, a graduate student in the program. “They focus mainly on not just the academic part, but the person as a whole, what they are capable of and finding out who you are as you continue

on through the program.” Students take a combination of theory based classes, internships and practicums. The program has a strong student focus and incorporates a large amount of experience-based learning with field placements to ensure students get training for counseling skills in a real life setting. Possible routes a graduate of the program can take include play therapy, alcohol and substance abuse counseling and general mental health counseling. “I was afraid to do it because of taking the GRE, but the coordinators of the program are so amazing and look at a person for their whole self instead of looking at just grades, so just to hear that from my advisor was a weight lifted,” Meyers said. Michael LeBlanc, department chair for counseling and psychological services, said the program is student focused. “The faculty is very responsive and they interact with students, I believe, more than most other programs,” LeBlanc said. The mental health counseling program decided to apply for CACREP accreditation a few years ago and spent that time writing a self-study explaining the program and that it could meet all 156 national standards. Rep-

resentatives from CACREP visited Oswego State last fall to determine the outcome of the program’s application. “The big reason that we did it is that some insurance companies only reimburse counselors who graduated from CACREP accredited programs,” LeBlanc said. “They came for three days and looked through our program, interviewed people and went through our records and gave us accreditation.” Since the program has been nationally accredited by CACREP, graduates of the program are able to obtain their mental health counseling license in any state with more ease than before the program was accredited. For graduates in a mental health counseling program without national accreditation, it is necessary for them to take extra classes and time to achieve their licenses, especially if they decide to move to another state. “My goal is to be a play therapist, and in order to do that, I have to have a license in mental health counseling, so that’s why I did it at first, but since I’ve started the program, it’s been a blessing in disguise,” Meyers said.

Reported child abuse increasing in Oswego County Resolution to create sanctuary Organizations working together to combat problem, raise funds campuses will effect all of SUNY Jamie Aranoff Staff Writer

In 2016, more than 3,200 child abuse cases were reported to the state from Oswego County, an increase in recent years, according to the Oswego County Department of Social Services. Christine Patrick, the director of services at the Oswego County Department of Social Services, has seen many of these cases related to poverty and a myriad of other issues. “Poverty has a lot to do with some of our cases,” Patrick said. She also stated that lack of education, inadequate living conditions and a lack of money were all factors aiding to child neglect. “I think there’s a really big correlation between poverty and child

abuse,” Patrick said. “People have a hard time meeting their own needs, and subsequently have a hard time meeting their children’s needs. They turn to other things, such as selfmedicating, which in turn leads to drug use.” A study conducted by the International Journal on Child Abuse and Neglect found that child abuse and neglect increased during the recession. In addition, Patrick said that as family sizes increase, often times the distribution of families and children not living together increase. The number of cases increases as a result of these factors. In 2015, the National Children’s Alliance published that an estimated 1,670 children die from abuse annually. There are 700,000 abused children

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yearly in the United States. Many organizations in the Oswego area are working to combat this by teaming up to raise awareness and funding. The brothers of the Oswego State chapter Delta Kappa Kappa and the Oswego State men’s ice hockey team are working together as part of an organization known as For The Kids. Together, they work locally to donate to the Oswego Child Advocacy Center. Over the four years the organization has been running, the two groups have raised over $30,000. After realizing the situation in Oswego, the two groups knew they had to start something with the school, and are continuing to do so today, said Shawn Hulshof of the men’s hockey team. To help parents get back on track to help their children, the Department of Social Services offer at-home counseling. The department works and holds contracts with outside agencies that directly go into the homes where care is needed. “We contract with various service providers in the community to provide counseling, drug treatment, parent education and individual counseling,” Patrick said. Treatment and counseling services, such as the ones offered, allow for parents to properly and appropriately care for their children, Patrick said. For families needing service, there is no charge. The money comes as a reimbursement from the state, as well as from the county through taxes on citizens. For those interested in helping abused and neglected children in the area, the Department of Social Services is looking for foster parents to act as caregivers to children when their primary guardians no longer can. The center provides training and classes for those interested and qualified.

SUNY from COVER Gordon, an executive assistant to Stanley, said there is no legal definition of a sanctuary campus. As such, there is no way to take specific actions to fulfil that declaration. “The issue is that there isn’t a definition to sanctuary campuses and that’s where a lot of the issues are coming from,” said Oswego State SA President Emily Nassir. The phrasing of the resolution does not offer insight to the problem, stating “that in undertaking these actions, the Student Assembly of the State University of New York urge the State University of New York Board of Trustees to take further steps to protect the right of all students enrolled at the State University of New York to pursue a higher education” as one of its resolutions. The resolution was authored by Oswego State Sen. Eusebio Omar van Reenen, University College representative Conner Wolfe and SUNY Plattsburgh SA President Vrinda Sharma, and has so far been endorsed by the SA of SUNY Plattsburgh and Oswego State. “The resolution will be presented at the SUNY Student Assembly spring conference, where all 64 represented campus student governments will vote to pass the resolution and solidify what SUNY SA’s affirmation is on the right to higher education for all our 600,000 students,” said van Reenen. Van Reenen said he decided to work with the other authors of this resolution because he is an international student

from Namibia. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, who oversees all SUNY campuses, included a memo that detailed her support for the resolution and her reasons for why she supports it. “The proposed resolution affirms the support of the State University of New York for its undocumented students and its strong commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion across the entire State University system,” Zimpher said in her memo. The SUNY SA system works in conjunction with the individual student associations of individual SUNY campuses and senators in any individual association can sponsor bills through SUNY SA. Legislation sent through SUNY SA effects all SUNY campuses, if it is passed. “To my knowledge, resolutions to this degree have not been very common for SA in the past,” Oswego State SA Vice President Dalton Bisson said. "This year’s group of senators are incredibly passionate and very civically engaged.” The SUNY legislative system has two legislative bodies to represent members of the various campuses to the larger state university system, one being SUNY SA. The faculty members are represented in the other body, the University Faculty Senate. That faculty senate approved a similar resolution, to petition the SUNY Board of Trustees to make SUNY campuses sanctuary campuses, on Jan. 21.

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A5 NEWS State law requires creation of Web-based tools launched in over 100 languages on-campus lactation spaces SAVR developed to provide state, local resources for students THE OSWEGONIAN FRIDAY, March 3, 2017

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LACTATION from COVER Eichhorn said. Paris said it is a New York State law for nursing new mothers to have a place where they can pump that is clean and safe at work. Oswego State took this a step further

The hope is as these become more publicized, and that they become more widely known then students will educate themselves on what it means to be a nursing mother and how, quite frankly, difficult it is to balance work and being a mother, while providing breastmilk for your child. - Linda Paris planning coordinator of Facilities Services, project manager of lactation rooms

by providing dedicated spaces and instead of only one, there are 11 around campus in academic and residence buildings. “This campus is on the cutting edge when it comes to so many lactation rooms for such a small area, and we are really trying to support our mothers, whether they are staff or faculty,” Paris said. Students and visitors are also welcome to use the rooms. Each room consists of two different styled chairs, so mothers have options, depending on what is more comfortable for them, at least two working surfaces,

such as desks and a power outlet. Signage is also up so nursing mothers know where to find the rooms. The sign posted outside the designated room in Onondaga Hall, however, was stolen, Paris said. Measures are being taken to make sure this does not happen again by reattaching the signs more firmly. “The hope is as these become more publicized, and that they become more widely known then students will educate themselves on what it means to be a nursing mother and how quite frankly how difficult it is to balance work and being a mother, while providing breastmilk for your child,” Paris said. Selena Miller, an office assistant in Oswego State’s School of Education, is a nursing mother and utilizes the lactation rooms. Prior to their creation, Miller used restrooms or her boss’ office, which could be accessed by others. While breastfeeding is a cost effective option, it requires a commitment in order to feed the child when their mother is not present. Some mothers have to pump two to three times during a work day, Paris said. “I really appreciate the support of the college to provide these rooms to give me a clean, private, secure place to do that,” Miller said. Paris is a nursing mother herself and utilizes the lactation rooms when she is around campus, and her office primarily, to pump. The lactation rooms can be found in the following areas around campus: 121 Rich Hall, 35E Hewitt Union, 188 Shineman Center, 117 Sheldon Hall, 10 Lakeside Dining Hall, 305 Penfield Library, 235 Marano Campus Center, a room in Mackin Hall and the lower level of Funnelle, Onondaga and Seneca residence halls. Wilber Hall, Scales Hall and Tyler Hall will have lactation rooms built during their renovations. The goal is to have a designated room in every building on campus, Paris said.

SUNY expanded their Sexual Assault and Violence Response (SAVR) resources by translating the Affirmative Consent, Amnesty and Bill of Rights provisions of Enough is Enough legislation into more than 100 languages alongside recently added web-based tools. "We developed SAVR with SUNY students in mind, but the information is relevant to all New Yorkers, in particular in how it provides local and statewide resources," Joseph Storch, SUNY associate counsel and SAVR project coordinator said in a statement. "At the same time, with the additional translation work, both our international students, their families back home, and people traveling to the U.S., have access to this critical information." This is an addition to web-based tools that were launched in September for students to look up resources pertaining to their zip code to reach victims on and off campus as well as statewide. This site, which can be found on the SUNY website, also features an “Exit Now” button that instantly clears the search history and redirects viewers to the Google homepage to protect the victim’s privacy. When it was originally released in September, the “SAVR for Immigrant” feature, which provides resources specific to international students, only included 20 languages. Now the site gives resources in over 100 languages, including Bosnian and Serbian. Services to Aid Families (SAF) advocate Kelsey Gillett, who works closely with the Oswego State Title IX office, admits as someone who is trilingual and has studied abroad in four different countries, this resource is a huge benefit. “Navigating the system and understanding options is hard for victims

Photo provided by Lisa Evaneski Evaneski hopes having resources translated into so many languages will provide greater access.

to do in their native language,” Gillett said. “To have to work through translating a second or third language is just one more barrier that SUNY has dismantled.” SUNY worked with immigration law experts from throughout the country to develop a resource specific to immigrant and international student victims and survivors of violence. The Visa and Immigration resource uses simple language to provide additional information to non-citizen students including specific visa statuses for victims of violence and trafficking and where to find immigration attorneys. According to Gillett, this allows students to send translated resources to their support system back home. SUNY educates students from over 180 nations through their foreign exchange program. “This shows that SUNY acknowledges that every student has the right to access the support they

need,” Gillett said. Gillet describes the online resource as “transparent and thorough.” It explains which resources are confidential, available 24/7, provides medical care, offers legal services and more. According to Title IX coordinator Lisa Evaneski, Oswego State is advertising the resource on the website and social media more and encouraging victims and survivors to access the site. “We are working with SUNY to assist with a marketing campaign so we can get it out there so people will see it,” Evaneski said. Evaneski said this will widen the scope of people that will take advantage of this new resource. “By having the information translated into so many languages, it will provide greater access to our students, employees and visitors if they are searching for resources as well as reporting options,” Evaneski said. “We encourage people to go to that page regardless of where they are in New York.”

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A6 NEWS High school seniors apply early Oswego County provides alternative to landfills action to reduce stress, gain time Energy Recovery Facility burns residents' trash, produces no methane THE OSWEGONIAN FRIDAY, March 3, 2017

EARLY from COVER Oberst said that since prospective students can fill out the FAFSA earlier and know how much financial aid they will receive from the federal government, “they want more information and we want to give them that.” He also said that “our college is known for giving a lot of information” and that the goal of this program is to inform students of the full benefits of Oswego State as soon as possible. Oswego State has seen 2,700 potential students apply under the early action program, versus roughly 300 per year under the previous early decision program, according to the Oswego State website. According to the school’s website, some reasons high school seniors applied using the early action program were reduced stress about applying, more time to consider financial concerns, more time to apply for scholarships and knowing early on that they wanted to attend Oswego State. The program also gives prospective students more time to tour the campus, check out the surrounding area and research what Oswego State offers before paying their deposit. This program starts with the prospec-

tive class of 2021. Currently, the program is “geared towards freshmen admitted for the fall semester,” Oberst said. There is no equivalent geared toward transfers, non-traditional students and those admitted for the spring semester, according to Oberst. Oberst also said that the largest group of people admitted to Oswego State each year are freshmen admitted for the fall semester. Prospective student Allyson Werner said she thinks every school should have the option of early action. "Not everyone has the financial luxury to lock themselves into some $50K per year school without knowing how much the school will give them in scholarships and loans, along with the FAFSA loan," Werner said. Meghan Keaney, a prospective student, said early decision took the stress away. "I found out about my acceptance sooner and was able to finalize my decision, giving me a lot more free time to enjoy my senior year of high school," Keaney said. "Ultimately I think all students should attempt to apply early action because it takes a lot of the stress away when you know early on if you've been accepted to a certain college or not."

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Leah Wolf Staff Writer The average American produces about 1,500 pounds of trash a year. In Oswego County, that translates to about 94,000 tons a year. With all that trash, landfills can be filled to their limit. In Oswego County, there is an alternative to landfills. Down the road from Oswego State, there is an Energy Recovery Facility, or ERF. They take the trash Oswego County residents produce and burn it. The waste is sorted in a separate facility first, then transported to the ERF. It goes through four incinerators and what was once waste is reduced to ash. “That reduces the burnable waste to about 25 percent of the garbage,” Patrick Ryan, chief facility operator of the Energy Recovery Facility in Fulton, said. “That’s important because landfill space is expensive.” Using an ERF also cuts down on emissions. Since ash is inorganic, it produces no methane, which is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. “I think it’s a viable way to eliminate trash because it reduces not only the mass but the volume of trash that needs to be stored,” biochemical student Kyle Pollicove said. In terms of other emissions, such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, all of which are pollutants that destroy the ozone layer, the ERF has strict guidelines about how much they can produce. “Any of the volatile gasses will burn off in the upper chambers,” Ryan said. In the 1990s, the federal government changed the emissions controls on power plants. “They put in bag houses, which are air filters, and scrubbers, which takes any acid gases out," Ryan said. "They have pretty strict limits on how much the acid gases that go out of the stack, acid rain and all the particulate matter gets taken out pretty much.” Emissions are not the only way that ERFs reduce pollution. It is also used to

Alexander Gault-Plate | The Oswegonian The Energy Recovery Facility takes the trash out of Oswego County and burns it to reduce landfill space.

burn illegal drugs, prescription drugs, confidential projects from Lockheed Martin and invasive species. “It’s not a good idea to throw prescription medication into the garbage because it will end up in the water table," Ryan said. "We have agreements with Kinney Drugs and the police will burn illicit drugs.” In addition to limiting pollutants of all sorts, the Energy Recovery Facility also produces electricity in the forms of heat and steam. The ERF makes four megawatts per hour. However, the energy is sold to other companies as part of an agreement with the New York State government. Even though the Energy Recovery Facility is an effective way to reduce emissions and trash volume, and produce energy, Tim Braun, a professor who specializes in biofuels and green energy at Oswego State, argues that it could operate even more efficiently. In Volney, there is another ERF. It is set up next to an industrial plant that it sells steam to.

“It has a higher efficiency, because not only is it selling eight megawatts of electricity on average, but it also giving steam heat to the plastics plant right up the road from it,” Braun said. “It’s got a higher efficiency, which is the way to set those plants up.” Despite the good that comes from ERFs, some people are still resistant to use them. They cite the fact that it still produces harmful emissions. “They’re not set up to handle things like selenium, cadmium, some of these other moderately toxic metals that occur in consumer products,” Braun said. Braun said although the detractors are correct, the plants produce a small enough amount of emissions that it does not weigh out the benefits, such as lack of methane produced and not having to pay for extra landfill space. In general, the public is not aware of the benefits of Energy Recovery Facilities. “I didn’t know about the local ones," Pollicove said. "I learned about it in my environment class. I don’t think many people know what they are."








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Sortino, Lakers take SUNYAC Championship Final on home court to win third title in last six seasons

Alexander Simone | The Oswegonian The Oswego State men’s basketball team holding the 2017 SUNYAC Basketball Championship banner after taking down the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons 75-70 last Saturday at the Max Ziel Gymansium after 53 first-half points.

Luke Scoville Staff Writer The Oswego State Lakers seized the 2016-2017 SUNYAC Championship on their home-floor on Feb. 25 with a 75-70 victory over the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons. This marks their third SUNYAC title in the last six seasons under head coach Jason Leone, their seventh in program history, and another trip to this year’s NCAA Div. III Tournament. Brian Sortino scored 27 points in the championship game, just hours after completing a SUNYAC playoff game record with 48 points in the semifinals against Buffalo State. His historic weekend earned a spot on the All-Tournament team and the SUNYAC Tournament MVP. “Hopefully I can play like that every game

for my teammates and just win for them,” Sortino said. “I think that’s what every senior wants, I got to cut down the nets in front of friends and family. It’s an unreal feeling.” Ian Schupp and Tyler Pierre were also named to the SUNYAC All-Tournament team for the Lakers. Schupp scored 22 points in the championship game against his former team, SUNY Oneonta, and knocked down a total of eight three-pointers in the tournament. “I was just fired up being able to play in a SUNYAC Championship game,” Schupp said. “I just wanted to step up and give everything I had. I definitely wanted to enjoy it at the same time and not be too serious about it, but I was just able to play my game and have fun, and it all worked out in the end.” The Laker sophomore Pierre played 17 minutes in the championship game and totaled 15 rebounds in the tournament to go with 12 offensive boards. He has turned

Alexander Simone | The Oswegonian Brian Sortino (11) posted a game-high 27 points in the SUNYAC final, including four three-pointers.

into a reliable role player off the bench and fits into many of the smaller lineups that Leone uses. It was a season about finding their own identity. To go with nine new players on the roster, they returned experienced seniors such as Sortino, Mykelle Krecko, and Keith Tyson, but knew it would take some progression from the newer players to succeed. Through the first 10 games for the Lakers were 7-3 overall and 3-1 in SUNYAC. Even with the decent record, they were still were not playing great offensively and relied more on defense. Perhaps it was a turning point to pull off a 71-70 victory against Buffalo State before winter break as the Lakers began to thrive offensively, averaging 83.5 points per game against SUNYAC opponents in the new calendar year. Since their loss to SUNY Oneonta, the Lakers were the hottest team in the SUNYAC, winning 12-straight conference games, with their most notable win being a 78-75 victory over the College at Brockport to take over first place in the SUNYAC standings. Along the way, some of the additions progressed into larger roles, including junior-transfer guard Jamir Ferebee moving into the starting lineup. Ferebee scored season-highs of 21 points against SUNY Cortland and SUNY Potsdam, and was second on the team in scoring in 2016. “I want to make sure our guys enjoy what’s going on here, they worked extremely hard throughout the course of the year and we really improved,” Leone said. “When they’re happy we play better. When they enjoy being around one another as much they do and enjoy seeing each other do well I think that building of comradery and confidence is something I think we can take with us.” For the semifinals last Friday the Lakers got a third date with the Buffalo State Bengals, in which they beat them

by one point in each of the previous two matchups. Despite Lovell Smith’s spirited performance of 29 points for the Bengals, Sortino’s 48 points for the Lakers would be too much for Buffalo State and Oswego State escaped with an 84-83 overtime victory. In a game all about scoring for Sortino, his assist over the doubleteam to a wide-open Ferebee with seven seconds remaining won the game for the Lakers and advanced them to the SUNYAC Championship against SUNY Oneonta. SUNY Oneonta beat the No. 2 seed College at Brockport convincingly in the semifinals that Friday evening, 85-72. The Red Dragons were coming in hot with two of the best scorers in

the SUNYAC in Mikey McElroy and Lawrence Coleman. Showing no signs of fatigue, the Lakers reached out to a 53-38 lead at halftime shooting 50 percent as a team behind Sortino’s 20 points. Reality kicked in just a bit in the second half as SUNY Oneonta made it a game and reduced the deficit to two points at 72-70, but missed free throws and the Lakers’ defense slowing the game down had the Red Dragons coming up short. “The game slows down the deeper you get into the season, things don’t come as easy offensively or defensively,” Leone said. “Mistakes are magnified so the hardest part is trying to play much of a mistake-free game as possible.”

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The winner will move on to the round of 32 and inch one step closer to a national title.

Three members of the Oswego State men's basketball team were named to the SUNYAC All-Conference Team. Brian Sortino was named SUNYAC Player of the Year and to the first team. Keith Tyson and Mykelle Krecko were named to the third team. All three players played a pivotal role this season and contributed greatly to the Lakers making the Div. III NCAA Tournament. Head coach Jason Leone also garnered SUNYAC Coach of the Year honors.

The Oswego State wrestling team placed fourth out of 19 teams over the weekend at the Mideast Regional, hosted by York College on Sunday afternoon. A real positive coming out of last weekend for the Lakers was that three players qualified for nationals. Those three are Jordan Bushey who is in the 184-pound weight class, Rocco Russo (157) and Evan Corso (133). Nationals take place from March 10 to 11 in Wisconsin.


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The women's track and field team had the indoor SUNYAC Championships over the weekend and Tylea McCarthy-Walker set a new personal record in the triple jump leap, as well as an Oswego State record in the long jump. In the long jump, Tylea jumped 5.31 meters (17' 5.25"). The previous record was 5.29 meters, set back in 2002. The track and field teams will be off until April 1 when they return to action outdoors. They will travel to Geneseo and compete in the Geneseo Early Season Invitational.

Brian Sortino of the men's basketball team was nothing short of fantasic over the weekend in the SUNYAC playoffs. The senior dominated, scoring a total of 75 points in two pressure packed games. On Friday night against Buffalo State, Sortino dropped 48 points, which was one point shy of the Oswego State record. He had a huge second half and was very successful at getting to the free throw line all night. The Fairport native then dropped 27 points on Saturday night against SUNY Oneonta to help clinch an NCAA berth for the Lakers.


Freshman forward Jacquelin White of the Oswego State women's ice hockey team was named ECAC West Rookie of the Year. White totaled 28 points in her first season at Oswego State. She scored 15 goals and tallied 13 assist, which is the highes total in program history for a freshman. The Lakers lost in the first round of the playoffs to Elmira, but with the success of White, the Lakers have someone they can build the program around for the next few years.


Brian Sortino of the Oswego men's basketball team had a performance for the ages last Friday night agaisnt Buffalo State in the SUNYAC semifinals. The senior dropped 48 points on 1325 from the field and nailed 17 of his 19 free throws. Without the monster second half from Sortino, Oswego State would likely not be moving on to the NCAA tournament this weekend. Sortino now has his sights on a Div. III basketball national championshp.



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Baseball benefits from early season weekend trips Depth, veteran leadership key tools for return trip to NCAAs Ryan Zalduondo Staff Writer Over spring break, the No. 18 Oswego State baseball team will take their annual trip to Florida to play a slate of games to get tuned up for the SUNYAC play. Though the team graduated a lot of production with last season’s senior class, there is an impressive incoming class that will help shoulder the load. Upperclassmen will be taking over the heaviest on-field responsibilities and assuming leadership roles as well. “I try to lead from example, do whatever it takes to win the game,” senior third baseman Eric Hamilton said. “One guy to the next, just do whatever it takes to win the game. I try to be the voice in the dugout, try to keep the energy high and keep it throughout the whole game.” Hamilton is the fulcrum of the Lakers’ offense and already has three home runs through the first four games of the season. The third baseman is coming off a historic season. In 2016, he led Oswego State and the SUNYAC with a .399 batting average, 69 hits, 55 RBIs and 13 home runs. The Lakers have already begun their season with a road trip to Maryland and Delaware last weekend, compiling a 2-2 record in series splits with No. 24 Salisbury University and Wesley College, suffering both losses in walk-off fashion. “It’s tough,” head coach Scott Landers said. “We came out strong. I think we did a lot of positive things from an offensive standpoint. We had some blunders and some things we gotta work on. Getting walked off on in two games is hard.” The Lakers’ upperclassmen have a lot of experience to draw from and teach the younger members of the team, being a top SUNYAC contender for the last several years, only falling to perennial national powerhouse SUNY Cortland in the SUNYAC title game last season. “This weekend, obviously Eric [Hamilton] hit really well,” Landers said. “Wes Randall was a spark plug for us at the top of the lineup, John Barnes hit very well behind Eric. Lukas Olsson stepped in as a freshman in his first college weekend and had a huge weekend and did a damn good job.” Though the team brought in some freshman to be groomed, the majority of production lost will be replaced by in-house

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Men's hockey vs. SUNY Plattsburgh Saturday's game is the perfect story line for these programs, but more specifically, for the senior class. SUNY Plattsburgh caught fire through January and ended the season on a tear, earning points in nine of its last 10 contests. Goal scoring has been somewhat of an issue this season for the Cardinals. Until the 5-2 win in the SUNYAC semifinal over SUNY Geneseo, the Cardinals have failed to score four or more goals dating back to Jan. 21 in an 8-8 tie to Morrisville State. Cole Parzych SUNY Plattsburgh is sixth in the SUNYAC this year with 3.38 goals per game in conference games. Oswego State is sitting at 4.81 goals per game in conference play. A loaded set of offensive line combinations get the Lakers by nearly ever game. The defense is every bit as good, but the offense can bail them out on so many occasions. But in games against SUNY Plattsburgh, especially on Whiteout Weekend, the Cardinals seemed to force Oswego State to vary its style of play. It is hard to put a finger on it, but for some reason SUNY Plattsburgh can get the Lakers off their game. Looking for evidence? Oswego State scored five or more goals in five games leading up to Whiteout. They managed to score only one that night.

Andrew Pugliese | The Oswegonian Now an upperclassmen, Eli Holton (24) will be relied upon more to provide production in the lineup.

talent and transfers. “We’re not depending on freshmen too much,” Landers said. “Kyle Dinges is our first baseman and he’s a transfer so he already has some seasoning. We got Kyle Simmons back in the middle to replace Brian Hamilton, we just kept rolling with the same guys and replenished with other guys that were transfers.” Hamilton graduated in May 2016. The biggest strength this year for the Lakers is their depth, which allows practice to become a ground for healthy competition among the team for playing time and forcing players to earn their way to playing time. “We’ll always use two catchers, but I think [Olsson] has solidified himself in one of those roles at this point,” Landers said. “From a catcher standpoint, we have enough infielders to where we can move them around and do some things, so from my point of view, day after day,

it’s competition.” “We have four catchers that are good defensively and can hit a little bit, so as of right now I won’t be back there, but whenever I get called upon if I need to go back there, I can,” said Hamilton, who spent some time catching when not playing third base last season. The outfield shares a similar scenario, with an abundance of outfielders battling for playing time. “We have a lot of outfielders that are very capable of playing, that would start for most programs in the country,” Landers said. “They’re always battling.” The Lakers are looking to improve on last season’s 35-11 record and NCAA tournament appearance and they are prepared to do so with the amount of star power and depth they have compiled going into the season.

The No. 2 Oswego State Lakers and No. 13 SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinals took completely opposite paths to make it to the SUNYAC title game this weekend. Oswego State was dominant from beginning to end, compiling a 21-4-1 record. With the exception of a midseason three-game skid and a Whiteout Weekend loss to the Cardinals, the Lakers have been nearly perfect. SUNY Plattsburgh was sitting below .500 in early January, Ryan Zalduondo on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. The Cardinals rattled off a 6-1-1 SUNYAC record from that point forward, propelling themselves over SUNY Geneseo to take the second seed in the tournament and a first round bye.With the Lakers having home-ice advantage for this game, they figure to have an edge going in. Oswego State has been rolling as of late and they finally found a lineup that clicked. With Matt Zawadzki looking like the starting goalie, the Lakers will ride through the postseason. Oswego State seems invincible.

Men's basketball vs. the University of Scranton The Oswego State Lakers clinched yet another bid to the NCAA Div. III Tournament after going on a historic run to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2015 tournament. This year’s Laker team may be significantly different in certain areas, but still have last year’s star of the show: Brian Sortino. Sortino is coming off some of his best scoring performances, including 48 points in their overtime win over the Bengals. In last year’s NCAA tournament run, he averaged 26 points per game. Luke Scoville The Lakers are going up against a team in the University Scranton that plays in a different style than most of the teams in the SUNYAC. The Scranton Royals (21-6) won the Landmark Conference Championship last week over Moravian College, 68-63, and are coming in the tournament having won 10 of their last 11 contests. The Royals offense runs through their 6’9” senior center John Vitkus, who is averaging a team-high 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. It will be a very intriguing matchup between Vitkus and the Lakers very own 6’10" senior center Mykelle Krecko. Krecko is known for playing great defense against big men and is averaging 2.7 blocks per game this season. If the Lakers can take away that reliable option the Royals have in Vitkus, then they should be on their way to the second round once again.

Dillon reflects on her hockey path after growing women's hockey program Women's hockey has seen growth from first season in 2006 after numerous strides taken this past season Samantha Longton Staff Writer Head coach Diane Dillon has been with the Oswego State women’s hockey team for 11 seasons. Dillon grew up around hockey and developed a passion for the sport at a very young age. According to Dillon, her families life revolved around hockey. Her father coached for a few teams and Dillon recalls helping out on the ice as a kid. “We didn’t go on family vacations, we went to hockey games,” Dillon said. When it came to actually being able to play, Dillon did not have very many opportunities to start out as a female hockey player in western New York. “I’m probably one of the first generations that got to take advantage of Title IX,” Dillon said. In other words when I was in junior high and in high school I had the opportunity to play sports I wasn’t allowed to play with the boys, but there was no organized girls hockey back then.” Dillon’s dad decided to take initiative and put an ad in the paper calling any girl that was interested in playing girls’ hockey. “My father is actually responsible for girls hockey in Western New York.” Dillon said. The girls’ team her father formed started to practice once a week on both indoor and outdoor rinks. Since the team was just starting out, they did not really have much equipment so most of the girls skated in figure skates while wearing football jerseys as uniforms. Dillon got her first taste of collegiate coaching after taking the assistant coach job at her alma-mater, Cornell University, in 2001. “I’m a coach’s kid so I think any coach’s kid had the approach where you think about the game a little differently,” Dillon said. While Dillon was coaching at Cornell, the opportunity to start up a women’s hockey program at Oswego State arose. The Marano Campus Center was opening up the new ice rink and Oswego State President Deborah Stanley wanted both a women’s team and a men’s team on the blue line to break in the rink. Dillon’s older brother played for the Lakers while she was growing up so she was already familiar with the Oswego atmosphere. “I was a little kid coming to watch his games in Romney,” Dillon said. “My big brother was everything so I use to come to Oswego with my parents.” Dillon applied for the job and in the spring of 2006, she was hired to put the first Oswego State women’s ice hockey team on the ice. According to Dillon, forming the original

team was a task in itself. The recruitment season was nearing its end and a lot of women’s players had already committed to other schools. Dillon formed an original team of girls that had a passion for hockey and were ready to become the first women’s ice hockey team for Oswego State. According to Dillon, the team hit a few rough patches in the beginning. Being so new, the program was still trying to work out the kinks to be a successful team. “We had a very interesting group when we started,” Dillon said. “These were the kids that set the foundation and they hold a very special place in my heart.” Dillon said she has seen the program grow immensely since the beginning in 2006. She has worked harder to develop teams of players that could not only handle

the puck, but could bring speed to the team as well. This past season, Dillon had found just that with her freshman recruits. The chemistry between the players this past year has contributed to their success. Dillon is looking forward to bringing in the next freshman class in replacement of the powerhouse seniors that are graduating. “We’re looking to even out the classes and optimally I’d like to bring in about five to seven kids in per year,” Dillon said. “We’re realizing that speed really works in this league and we’re going to be looking for some bigger and stronger players.” Dillon hopes to see the program improve more and more every year and she is incredibly proud with how far the program has come since its start in 2006.

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Lakers land Royals in first round matchup Kane nabs head coaching gig, With automatic bid Oswego State hits the road in return to big dance brings fresh start to men’s soccer Jesse Mura-Pelkey Staff Writer Following their triumph in winning their second SUNYAC Championship in three seasons, the Oswego State Lakers men’s basketball throttle into the NCAA Div. III tournament at a breakneck pace. With less than a week between Feb. 25, the 75-70 victory over SUNY Oneonta in the SUNYAC Championships Final, Oswego State has drawn the University of Scranton Royals. Playing at 5:30 p.m. at Chandler Gymnasium in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Oswego State looks to advance to the second round of the Div. III NCAA Tournament. Oswego State was able to extend their season into the Sweet Sixteen last year, falling to the College of Wooster 65-66 at the Max Ziel Gymnasium. Oswego State at that point had already travelled to Marietta, Ohio, and defeated not only Delaware Valley University but Gwynedd Mercy University, with the latter victory coming down to a single point, 78-77. Current seniors Brian Sortino and Keith Tyson led each game for Oswego State in scoring, with Sortino dropping 39 points to advance past the first round and Tyson’s 19 to squeeze past Gwynedd

Mercy University. Sporting an overall record of 21-6, the Royals defeated Moravian College for their seventh Landmark Conference title within a 10-year span last Saturday. The University of Scranton’s primary success this season has come mostly on their own turf however, maintaining a record of 12-1 as opposed to 6-5 on the road, with their remaining three victories occurring at neutral locations. “We don’t know a ton about them,” Lakers head coach Jason Leone said. “I coached in that area for four years at Keystone College, so I had an opportunity to watch their team play quite a bit. Their coach, he’s a terrific coach and their program is one of the blue bloods in college at the Div. III level.” The University of Scranton’s best player remains their only listed senior on the roster. Center John Vitkus averages 17 points per game. Vitkus attributed for the game-high 27 points in their conference title game, on an impressively efficient 11-14 from the floor. Vitkus lists at 6’9”, providing Oswego State’s Mykelle Krecko with his first size-comparable matchup of the year. “That will be a challenge,” Leone said. “Typically Mykelle is the biggest, strongest guy at his position on our schedule. It is

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going to be an intriguing matchup.” Krecko feels he is up to the challenge. “I’m excited to see what he’s got,” Krecko said. “I’ll be ready for him.” Scranton’s ability however, to play as a team and avoid mistakes is considered to be the reason for their high level of success in only ten years as an erected program. Quite simply, the Royals win games because they make their shots and they do not turn the ball over often. For the year, the University of Scranton Royals shoot nearly 50 percent from the floor, a percentage of .492 encompassing all shot attempts, while turning the ball over only 12 times per game. While 12 turnovers may seem average, especially since Oswego State’s rate stands at 11.1, what proves critical to keep in mind is their differential. Oswego State averages 11.1 turnovers per game, which is actually .07 more than their opponents. The University of Scranton however, turns the ball over nearly three times less per game than their opponents. At a seasonal rate of 14.6 times per game, teams that face Scranton turn the ball over 2.6 more times per game. Individually this is not an incredible statistic, until we draw out the length of the collegiate regular season and understand these turnovers then turn into points, which then begin to add up over the course of 27 games. “They’re very simplistic, but very effective,” Leone said. “They’re very responsible with the way they play they take care of the ball and don’t beat themselves. They don’t turn the ball over.” Oswego State’s matchup with Scranton will largely be a matchup of unknowns, as it will be the first matchup against Scranton in Lakers’ program history. Sticking to what works and following through on fundamental aspects remain Oswego State’s best chances of advancing past the first round in this year’s NCAA tournament. No one knows this better than Sortino, who looks to cap off his sensational college career with a journey through the tournament, the likes of which this college has never seen before. “We definitely want to get back into the Sweet Sixteen and even farther,” Sortino said. “We just have to take it day-by-day, and be ready for Friday.”

Michaela Taylor Contributing Writer The Oswego State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the hiring of Dan Kane as the new head coach for the men’s varsity soccer team, replacing former head coach Bob Friske. Kane has been coaching the men’s soccer program at Wells College for the past eight years. He played four years of soccer during his undergraduate career at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He started coaching local teams in the DC area and served as an assistant coach while working on his master’s degree at Goucher College. The combination of that background brings 12 years of coaching experience to Oswego State. Kane repeatedly demonstrated his excitement to build this program and said he looks forward to starting on April 3 for the spring season, along side the returning assistant coach, Scott Brown, a 2006 graduate of Oswego State. The men’s team is eager to have a winning season and win a playoff game, which are some of Kane’s major goals. Before that, he first wants to focus on the process and avoid looking too far ahead or too far behind. “I’m looking forward to spending these next couple weeks learning as much as I possibly can about the team, school and athletic department,” Kane said. “So, I think step one of this process is to stop talking and listen.” He plans to play on that observation strategy to bring the most out of the team. “I think that’s what they want too,” Kane said. That process has begun with individual meetings held on Monday to gain a sense of who the players are on and off the field. “I want us to be a team that doesn’t beat themselves, you don’t beat yourself by clearing the ball well and creating set pieces” Kane said. Ultimately it is hard for a team to win a game if they are not scoring goals. “I look forward to being a team that can have great passing combinations through the midfield, isolating players one versus one in wide areas, giving great service, and getting runners into

the box,” Kane said. Kane said he is looking forward to the challenge of finding the best ways to implement his style of coaching with the team here.

I’m looking forward to spending these next couple weeks learning as much as I possibly can about the team, school and athletic department. So, I think step one of this process is to stop talking and listen.” -Dan Kane incoming men’s head soccer coach “I don’t want to come in here with any thoughts about what this team is, or what they were,” Kane said. “The one thing I do know is that this team is eager to work hard, come together as a unit, learn and to push each other. As a coach, it’s hard to ask for much more than that.” Kane said he has two goals as a coach. “Number one is I’m going to genuinely care about these guys and put my heart and soul into the team,” he said. “Number two is I will be there to solve issues when they arise.” His attitude is supported by determination to focus on correcting errors and getting back on track. Kane is looking for players with “minimum level of technical ability, tactical awareness and athleticism is a must.” He quickly moved away from describing skills and put an emphasis on players suited for team cohesion. He feels that dedication is an attribute that can separate good technical players from successful team players. “How much are they willing to sacrifice,” Kane said. “Will they come together on those difficult moments? Do they eat, breathe, sleep soccer? Do they love hanging out as a team or family? I think if our guys are willing to do that, we have great days ahead of us.”


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CALLING ALL WATCHDOGS The media is a service. It is here to represent both sides and to “seek truth and report it.” O n Fe b . 2 4 , t h e W h i t e H o u s e barred some major news organizations from attending a press briefing. These “fake news” outlets included CNN, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and Politico. Other news sources, such as The Associated Press, boycotted the press briefing in solidarity with fellow news outlets. This is how only a part of a story gets told. This is how the media begins to be more biased.

Some news organizations are biased and they are not afraid to show it. For example, CNN tends to be extremely liberal, while Fox tends to lean toward the right. By choosing to let the organizations they view as factual into the press briefing, Trump’s administration only allows part of the story to be published. The New York Times, which prides itself on its factual reporting, released a television commercial, titled “The Truth Is Hard,” during the Oscars that promised to report the facts, whether they show someone in a negative

light or not. How do the people of the United States get exposure to all sides of the story when parts of the media are shut out and silenced? Shutting out media organizations will only further the divide between media and politics. At The Oswegonian, we strive to have moderate content and get all sides of the story. We make sure that information is publishable and encompasses the whole story, instead of choosing one side over the other. Just as the media checks the government, the media must check itself.


Opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not always reflect those of The Oswegonian.

ResLife runs resident assistants ragged Overly taxing job, equally stressful school work drains students

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What do you think is most valuable in a sports team? “Teamwork, perseverance and definitely the fans.”

Holly Reitmeier senior, business

“Definitely sportsmanship and teamwork, you know if you don’t have good communication then it’s not a good team.” Kimberly Smith junior, geology

“I think number one it’d be team chemistry, number two, a close second it’d be discipline and I guess number three would the home crowd.” William Nunez graduate student, chemistry

“Leadership, chemistry and passion.”

Sophia Mocciaro senior, marketing

“Teamwork, leadership and the chemistry.”

Dylan Digrazia freshman, chemistry

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Sammi Flavell Web Editor Residence Life and Housing provides numerous wonderful opportunities for students to become resident assistants. This position helps to foster leadership, time management, responsibility and also helps make college affordable to students who may not otherwise be able to pay. Despite all of these wonderful positives, sometimes ResLife simply asks too much of their RAs. For instance, the duties of an RA include holding numerous programs to help educate building residents, as well as community enrichment events aimed at help-

ing residents connect with their RA as well as with each other. While in theory this is a wonderful notion, residents as well as their RAs have busy schedules and good relationships are not going to be made by RAs desperately trying to get residents to go on adventures or hang out with them around everyone’s busy schedules. Community is important, but the more natural the encounter, the more realistic the relationship. Sometimes the “Hi, how has your day been,” in the bathroom can make more of an impression than an out of the blue knock on the door and “I need someone to hang out with me to fulfill a requirement.” RAs want to get to know their residents, but the ways in which we are asked to do so are unnatural and ineffective. ResLife should be promoting discussions with residents, but not make it another chore to check off the list of RA duties. If having to talk to residents becomes as routine and mechanical as rounds, then the whole point of having a real, genuine conversation with someone that naturally arose from shared interests and heartfelt effort is lost. RAs act as the front-line defense for whatever happens inside of residence halls. Whether that be broken elevators,

a new slow mail system or someone passed out in the hall on a weekend. Some on-call days are light and others are emotionally draining. Yet, ResLife still forces us to go to programs, stressing their already busy RAs more by having to fit another thing into their schedule. This is not a fair thing to add on to an RA’s list of duties. Yes, we should all want to support each other and if RAs were not forced to go in these situations, many would still attend the events and more than likely have more fun since they are doing it out of free will and not because they have to. If each hall is forced to make a team for lack of interest, RAs are forced to pick up the slack of yet another task. It is unfair. There are many roles of an RA and you never truly clock out of work while you are in school. ResLife needs to take a second look at what they are asking of their RAs and next time they need to force halls to make a team to ensure attendance, remember what it is that RAs have between school, work and clubs and rethink forcing them to add another task to try to fit into their schedule.

Democrats killed compassion

Conservatives fixed messes with progressive attitude, not harshness Madlyn Schafer Contributing Writer In a recent New York Times article, author Charles Blow calls out conservatives and President Donald Trump, saying compassionate conservatives are extinct. He believes Trump and his “backward-thinking devotees killed it.” Blow not only attacks our sitting president, but he also attacks his voters. Something killed compassionate conservatism. One could make the argument that no one person defines a political party. Nov. 8, 2016 proved that Democrats across America believed Hillary Clinton was not the face of their political party, so why must Trump be ours? How can Trump be to blame for the racial divide, the hatred and countless other problems in America when the man has only been in office for 27 days? If Blow wants to blame someone for killing compassionate conservatism, maybe he should take a look at the man who spent the last eight years in office. Blow’s “strong and stable” Barack Obama administration left his inner cities to die, left the Constitution behind and made decisions that put Americans in the position of choosing a wealthy businessman or a murderer to replace him. Trump is nearly a repercussion of what Blow’s strong and stable Obama Administration left in its wake. Under eight years of Obama, Republicans gained control of the Senate and House of Representatives, just the first sign of things to come. The American people were speaking with each election, they were telling the government they disagree with Obama’s ideals and actions. When people insult and anger Republican voters, they do not terrorize cities, they do not burn buildings and become violent protestors. They take themselves to the ballot box each November and

Samantha Boyle | The Oswegonian People have recently started a debate over whether Democrats or Republicans are more heartless.

vote for change. Obama left office knowing the problems that plagued his administration were now Trump’s problem, such as the sky rocketing illegal immigration rates and the terror threats Obama, his former secretary of state and the rest of his party failed to identify. He left Trump the mess of Obamacare, the failed health insurance plan that taxed businesses and the American people for not following. Democrats so upset about the election results scrambled for someone to blame and even if Trump was not their president, Obama’s predecessor would still be to blame. Alike to how liberals still blame George W. Bush for many of Bill Clinton’s mistakes. Blow is nothing but an opinionated journalist whose only job is to keep riots and protestors fueled with hate, while saying that resistance against the president is the only way to get compassion back. It is people like Blow who killed compassionate conservatism, because it’s people like him who call out for violence, hate and separation, which makes conservative politicians step in and be the bad parent.

Before readers begin to wonder why conservatives have no compassion and are mean, cruel humans with a dark view of the world, think of their rational differently. If that does not help, then take solace in this: There are plenty of ways compassionate conservatism is still alive within the Republican party. There are plenty of Republican congressmen and women fighting against President Trump’s mass deportations and other extreme ideals. There are plenty of Americans who voted for Trump who did not agree with all of what he said during his campaign and yes, there are plenty of Republicans that did not want Trump to become our president. However, this is what happens when a weak Democratic leader takes the country and weakens it: an extreme Republican comes to office. This is merely history repeating itself. Looking back to Carter and Reagan, Nixon after Johnson or Eisenhower after Truman and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. If compassionate conservatism is dead, it is because the Democratic Party killed it a long time ago.



Early action better for prospective Tip of students that are still indecisive the hat...


◊ people who harass others. ◊ Trump for closing out media organizations. ◊ Trump for rescinding transgender bathroom rights.

◊ the mental health accreditation. ◊ implementation of early action. ◊ the college for setting up lactation rooms for mothers to use.

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Abolish bathroom boundaries Samantha Boyle |The Oswegonian Early action enables students to find out which colleges they move closer without locking them into going there.

Clare O’Brien Staff Writer While the spring season typically evokes happiness from college students around the country who look forward to their week-long breaks, high school students may feel differently. May 1 stands as the universal deadline for college decisions to be made, forcing prospective students to choose what school they will attend. Before the appropriately titled “National College Decision Day” comes, prospective students fill out the always popular Common Application and apply. Application deadlines differ when high school students must factor in the possibility of applying with early action or early decision. Many students may ask themselves, “What is the difference?” Early action is the option for students to apply earlier than regular admission, thus receiving an admission decision earlier than other applicants. If a high school student applies with early action, they will be notified of their acceptance, or lack thereof, in January or February, as opposed to later in the spring. Early decision holds some of the same qualities as early action, with an earlier application deadline and subsequently an earlier admission notification, typically in December.

What differs between the two is that early decision can only be used on one application for one school. Early action can be used for as many schools as a student wants, allowing them to know their options earlier than others. The catch with early decision is the requirement for students to attend the school they applied to, regardless of any other acceptances. This legally binding application may be intimidating for students who want to keep their choices open and have less pressure riding on one college. This binding application forces students to decide on their future before they know all the options available to them. If someone applies to one school with early decision, but then receives a scholarship and lots of financial aid from another after, it can be a sticky situation. Early action is a more logical route for prospective students. It allows them to know what schools accepted them sooner, but does not restrict them to one school. Deciding on a college is a huge commitment was factors, including the price, the academics and possibly athletic involvement. Early decision makes a student choose their college prematurely, interrupting the ability to pick what school they will thrive at most. Last June a friend told me, “Graduation is getting married to the rest of your life.” By applying with early decision, prospective students are eloping at the courthouse before they get to look at other possible venues.

Show gratitude toward Clinton for moving feminism forward

Silence on transgender bathroom issue does not help LGBTQ community Dawson Samson Contributing Writer On Feb. 22, President Donald Trump set up transgender students to suffer further discrimination when he decided to rescind existing protections for transgender students to use whichever bathroom matched their gender identity. Trump’s previous statements in favor of gay and transgender rights lead many people to believe he would not attempt to get rid of protections already set in place. By making the choice to rescind these protections, he is sending a message to the LGBTQ community that they are no longer guaranteed certain rights. Coverage of the aftermath of Trump’s decision has highlighted the rallies formed by gay rights activists against the stripping of transgender protections, but there are a few things that are not being addressed. Of course the rallies are interesting, but news sources should also focus on the issue alone. One argument against the protections for transgender people is that men may pose as women in order to commit sexual assault in women’s bathrooms. Essentially this has led to the idea that transgender people are sexual predators, as well as members of the LGBTQ community being labeled as a danger to everyone who uses a public restroom. Bathrooms in Canada have been unisex for some time and, according to The Huffington Post, there has only been one reported case of sexual assault inside of a unisex bathroom within the last 35 years. Men and women, regardless of their gender identity, have been sharing public bathrooms for over three decades with nearly no incident. Since there is no solid evidence of transgender people being a danger to the public, it

Photo provided by marybettiniblank via pixabay Trump rescinded Obama’s bill enabling transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.

makes no sense that Trump would choose to remove the federal guidelines protecting them. It could be that he is abandoning his previous support of the LGBTQ community in order to comply with his conservative constituents, but according to an article on The New York Times website there has been a desire among members of the Republican Party to move away from social issues like the “bathroom debate.” Regardless of what his reasoning may have been, Trump’s decision to rescind these protections has great potential to open transgender youth up to even more discrimination on top of what already exists and they are just trying to go to the bathroom in school. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos opposed Trump’s decision to take away federal transgender protections with a statement in which she urged schools to uphold their “moral obligation” to protect all students from “discrimination, bullying and harassment” according to

The New York Times. New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo shared this sentiment when he made a statement the day after Trump’s decisio declaring that New York state schools must continue to enforce the Dignity for All Students Act. Cuomo could just be looking to ensure the LGBTQ vote in the state elections, but that should not discredit the fact that he is publicly standing with transgender youth and promising them protection under state law. Whether support is a pretense or not, hopefully more government officials and public figures will stand with transgender youth. This is a time when silence will not help transgender youth avoid shame and resentment for exercising their right to do what every human being must do on a regular basis: go to the loo.

Erase discrimination from society Colleges take firmer stance on harassment, help students Ericka Solomon Contributing Writer

Photo provided by Ali Shaker/ VOA via wikimedia Hillary Clinton became the face of feminism for many women in America after becoming the Democratic nominee.

Derek Smith Staff Writer Since she lost the U.S. presidential election in 2016, Hillary Clinton will forever be synonymous with a failed, unlikable politician who wore fake smiles to state fairs, only to lose to the ridiculous blowhard who was equally unlikable. Once the face of women’s progress in American society, Clinton, in a few short months, has somehow been cast to the backwaters of American memory as a mere footnote. Some in the feminist community are now calling for a new symbol to their movement. Her failure as a candidate and ubiquity in public life the past two decades make it easy to yearn for a fresh face to lead the charge for women’s rights especially in the face of a hostile Trump and Pence administration. While the American public may have legitimate misgivings over Clinton’s ethics in public life, removing her as a significant symbol of feminism in the United States would do the entire movement a great disservice. Despite being blamed for enabling her husband’s infidelities, being accused of maniacally riding his coattails to achieve power and being told her only chance at winning the presidency was the fact that she was a woman, she became the first female candidate of a major party for president in the country’s history, less than one hundred years after women gained the right to vote. She has been the favorite punching bag of the right-wing propaganda machine for the last 30 years. While husband Bill Clinton was

president, she was attacked relentlessly for using her position as First Lady to work on a healthcare reform bill. She was Senator in New York during Sept. 11, a responsibility few would have the courage or fortitude to handle, and was continually lambasted throughout 2016 for supporting George W. Bush’s authorization to use force following the attack. She was commonly referred to as a “grandma,” “shrill” and countless other stereotypes that were based off of nothing more than her gender. Coded sexism was a large theme of the Trump campaign strategy that used slogans like “Trump that b****” and invited Bill Clinton’s former mistresses to sit front row at the debates. All public servants are subject to fair and unfair criticism by the press and opposing parties. It is the simple reality of national politics. But attempts to sift through some of the common caricatures that have plagued Clinton’s decades in public service and one would be hard pressed not to draw lines between many of those caricatures and typical sexist tropes. Of course, Clinton should still be attached to the feminist movement whether she chooses to publicly voice her support or not. In the face of vicious attacks she rose to the top of one of our country’s oldest political institutions and won the popular vote for the presidency. Many years down the road, as women look back on their progress, they will fondly remember the woman who subtly donned her famous pantsuit in white, the color of the suffragettes, accepting her nomination at the Democratic National Convention. Clinton can, and should, remain an icon of women’s perpetual search for equality in the U.S.

Michigan State University announced that this coming fall whiteboards outside students’ dorms will be banned after students were left feeling harassed due to pictures and statements left on them. The banning of these whiteboards is a step in the right direction. However, many feel that the institution needs to do more than just eliminate the whiteboards. Harassment does not come from the pen writing the hateful messages, it comes from the person wielding the pen. The university said it is working toward ensuring that students understand the importance of diversity and are accepting of differences by the time they graduate. Taking an initiative and banning whiteboards will stop some harassment, but not all. Eliminating whiteboards will make it less convenient for students to harass others. However, if a person truly believes that what they are doing is acceptable, then only taking away whiteboards is not going to stop harassment. They will find alternate routes of harassing someone, possibly in person. This could lead to dangerous outcomes. The university needs to follow up the banning of whiteboards with mandatory sessions for all students in order to inform the students about the dangers of harassment. The university may also consider tightening their policies on harassment and discrimination in order to stop the destructive behavior. This is not just a problem for Michigan State. This discriminatory trend is present at all colleges and universities throughout the country. In light of the recent presidential election, many seem to have gained confidence in their opinions and think it reasonable to express them citing the First

Dori Gornich | The Oswegonian Some students at Michigan State University received hateful messages on whiteboards outside their rooms.

Amendment of the Constitution and the right to free speech. Often times these statements are derogatory, racist, sexist and in opposition to the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately, the United States government has neglected to address the issue, become policies put in place by President Donald Trump agree with some of the discriminatory comments. Many racist comments toward people from the Middle East stem from the travel ban placed upon people from the countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Although Trump said that the ban was not a matter of race or religion and strictly terrorism, it implies that the people coming into the U.S. from these counties are the source of terrorism. In fact, after the ban was lifted Trump tweeted, “Because the ban was lifted by a judge, many bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country. A terrible decision.” The acts of the president have a large impact on the people and many citizens may now think it acceptable to spread hate. The LGBTQ community is also facing

backlash after the president enacted an order banning transgender student’s ability to choose the bathroom of their choice according to how they identify. The hate written on whiteboards across the country is because of the discriminatory actions taken by the federal government. Because many of the people reading this are likely college students it is important that students recognize these hateful messages and try to put a stop to them. One does not have to disagree with the actions of the federal government, they only have to agree that the hate caused by some of them needs to be stopped. At Oswego State students have whiteboards outside of the dorm rooms as well. If a student sees a hateful message, tell someone. See if someone can do something to ensure that this does not happen again. This can stop harassment, end discrimination and erase hate.




Open mic night evolves to benefit students


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Events Calendar

Friday, March 3 through Friday, March 10


Look at Oz: Oswego Open Mic Night evolves Lifestyles Center makes changes to benefit performers, observers

EXHIBITION: “CAESAR/X” Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Clare O’Brien Date: Friday, March 3 Staff Writer Location: Oswego State Metro Center, Syracuse MASTER OF ART STUDENT EXHIBITION Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Date: Friday, March 3 Location: Tyler Art Galery, Tyler Hall

With piles of homework assignments and hectic schedules this semester, Oswego State students may find themselves needing to step back ART EXHIBIT: “INSPIRED BY DATA” from their coffee cup laden Time: Noon - 5 p.m. desk. Lifestyles Center Peer Date: Friday, March 3 Mentor Stacy Palacious invites Location: 186 W. First St., Oswego State Down- students to “get out of their room and leave stress behind” town at Open Mic Night at Lake Effect Cafe in Penfield Library. OPEN SKATE This is Palacious’s second Time: Noon - 2 p.m. semester as the Open Mic intern in charge of putting Date: Friday, March 3 together the weekly perforLocation: Arena, Marano Campus Center mance showcase. There have been several changes this ADVANCED DIRECTING WORKSHOP WITH year, mostly involving the food LYNN CRUZ offered to performers. Time: 12:40 - 1:35 p.m. “We felt that it didn’t make sense to have greasy pizza Date: Friday, March 3 when we are promoting health Location: 123b, Hewitt Union choices,” Palacious said. Now, vegetable and SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: “NADDIE” cheese platters can be found Time: 1:45 - 3:45 p.m. next to the sign-up sheet in the cafe. Date: Friday, March 3 “But we still have coffee,” Location: Room 315, Park Hall Palacious said, “We’ll always have coffee.” SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: “MEMOThose who bring their own RIAS DEL DESARROLLO” mug can get coffee or tea for Time: 4 - 6:45 p.m. free from the Lake Effect Cafe. One of the biggest goals Date: Friday, March 3 for the Lifestyles Center as Location: Room 315, Park Hall a whole is to increase attendance at the weekly event. RICE CREEK RAMBLE “We really want to spread Time: 11 a.m. - noon the word more this semester, describing efforts by the LifeDate: Saturday, March 4 styles Center of hanging up Location: Rice Creek Field Station more posters around campus and posting more on social PLANETARIUM SHOW: “THE CALENDER” media,” Palacious said. “ComTime: 7 - 8 p.m. pared to last semester, it’s Date: Sunday, March 5 always the goal to get more people to come and hang out Location: Room 223, Shineman Center

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The Lifestyles Center strives to provide a a supportive environment to encourage student performers.

and share their talent. But if they don’t know about it, they won’t come.” The event, sponsored by the Lifestyles Center every Thursday, promotes healthy living through providing nutritious snacks and relaxing board games for students to enjoy. Coloring sheets and crayons are provided on several tables to enhance the laid back atmosphere for those who come to perform or just to watch. While performing in front of an audience can be nervewracking for many, Palacious describes Open Mic Night as “a safe place to express yourself.” Whether students choose to read poetry, play guitar or perform standup comedy, Palacious guarantees a positive environment for them to “be heard.” Stage fright, however, may hinder some students from attending Open Mic Night. Performers Cam & Jordan, a duo who play guitar and percussion regularly, advise anxious students to “have no doubts, just perform.”

“Once you get up there, you have already won their [the audience’s] respect,” Cam said. “They will love anything you do because you had the guts to get up there.” The duo agreed that those who attend Open Mic Night “are some of the most nonjudgmental people out there. No one is going to laugh if you miss a note or mess up the words or anything.” During their performance in the cafe, the two musicians took requests from the audience, playing acoustic renditions of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” and Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Senior Alec Goldstein, who read an original poem titled “Implosion,” said he performs at the event whenever he can. Along with reading his own poetry, Goldstein plays guitar at Open Mic Night. He called the ambience in the Lake Effect Cafe, “better than anywhere else on campus. It gets so cold outside in Oswego, but it’s just so warm in here with all these happy people.” When asked to describe the atmosphere in one word, he

INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m. Date: Monday, March 6 Location: Room 255, Marano Campus Center

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Students showcase a variety of talents, from poetry, to comedy and even music, both orignals and covers.

said, “Forgiving.” Pelacious explained how the Lifestyles Peer Educators who work the event are open to helping nervous performers overcome their fear. “We don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable,” Palacious said. “So we tell people who are really scared to wait until the end when there are less people watching.” Those from the Lifestyles Center who run the event make sure to participate and perform. “We have to practice what we preach,” Palacious said, mentioning that her last performance a few weeks ago was singing “Breaking Free” from the movie “High School Musical.” New changes this semester include two themed nights-with Pajama Night on March 2 and Luau Night on April 27. All attendees are encouraged to wear theme-appropriate attire and partake in the fun of a special night in the cafe. “I’m bringing my pajamas to change into after my class,” Palacious said. “There’s no way I’m missing out on pajama night.” While the food options and themed events have changed through the years since Open Mic Night debuted in 2011, the overall message has remained consistent. “We want people to get out of their rooms and step out of their comfort zones,” Palacious said. She advocated that students should not view the showcase as another extracurricular to stress about, but a retreat to escape to when the college lifestyle becomes overwhelming. “Everyone should stop by at some point and see what it’s all about,” Palacious said. “Because it’s awesome. Simple as that.”


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Bassist Thundercat remains strong, ‘Drunk’ conquers Ian Saunders Staff Writer

Stephen Bruner is a musician’s musician, a man whose w o rk h a s s p a n n e d c lo s e to two decades and an extremely gifted bassist who continues to improve his craft. Going under the alias Thundercat in 2011, Bruner showcased his skill with the debut album “The Golden Age of Apocalypse.” Since then, big name artists like Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino have been clamoring to work with him and capture his unique blend of jazz and electronic music. Thundercat is known mainly for his collaborations with Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison), a renowned producer from Los Angeles and creator of the independent record label, Brainfeeder. “Cosmogramma,” released in 2010, is scattered with Bruner’s mellow vocals and signature bass progressions. His

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Thundercat continues to impress listeners with his work on his latest album “Drunk.”

style is chaotic and messy, yet there seems to be a pattern to it, as if Bruner is completely aware of every off-note he is hitting. Despite his abilities, Bruner goes out of his way to make sure that his songs sound as natural as possible. In an interview with Noisey, he explained this process in further detail. “On some songs you hear me burp or fart, or my phone goes off,” Bruner said. I think it is im-

portant for people to hear imperfections, to show there is a part of it that is human still.” “Drunk,” released this week on Brainfeeder, is Thundercat’s third full-length album. Despite its relatively short run-time of 49 minutes, the project feels longer, stringing 23 short tunes together into a dizzying, disjointed work of art. With a vintage drum machine pounding away in the background, Bruner sings his

heart out, restlessly plucking at his bass guitar. Each track on “Drunk” has an old school ‘70s vibe, as if Bruner is pulling straight from the playbook of Stevie Wonder or Kenny Loggins. In many ways, Bruner is stuck in the past. Many of his strongest influences have not had their names spoken on the radio in decades. Michael McDonald, the legendary songwriter behind The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, recently reached out to Thundercat to work with him. “I seriously almost s*** myself,” Bruner told Rolling Stone. It is his passion for older soul and R&B, and his drive to preserve that sound, that makes him stick out like a sore thumb in today’s music scene. “Walk On By ” sounds like something that would be played on an old record player in a barber shop. The bass wavers with tremolo and is plastered with all sorts of different effects. Not until Lamar breaks his way onto the track does the listener get brought back to the present day.

“Bus In These Streets,” the fourth song off “Drunk,” is a happy, uplifting tune with live drum playing and bell sounds. The lyrics cover modern issues, but the instrumentals do a great job of almost disguising that. “It’s okay to disconnect sometimes,” sings Bruner, referring to this generation’s infatuation with technology and instant gratification. “We’re out here doing the most.” T h e a l b u m’s m o s t c a t c h y song, “Them Changes,” is a wobbly, disorienting trip. Released over a year before the album came out, it still stands out as possibly one of the best tracks Thundercat has ever produced. “Nobody move, there’s blood on the floor,” sings Bruner. “And I can’t find my heart.” The video for the song is e v e n b e t t e r, p o r t r a y i n g t w o middle-aged samurais having an emotional fight to the death. W i t h no s i g n s o f s lo w i ng down, Thundercat continues to elevate himself to new heights. “Drunk” is his most ambitious project to date.

Holmes takes shot, ‘Crashing’ satisfies viewers Dominick Lioto Staff Writer

Judd Apatow should be considered one of the pioneers of modern comedy. Starting his career on “The Larry Sanders Show,” he then executive produced the short-lived cult classic “Freaks and Geeks,” which brought the world the likes of Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segal. After writing and directing several massively successful comedies such as “The 40-YearOld Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” Apatow served as a producer on many of Rogen and company’s other projects. Now, after lending his name to a variety of different projects, Apatow has teamed up with stand-up comedian Pete Holmes for HBO’s “Crashing.” “Crashing” focuses on a fictionalized version of Pete Holmes (“The Pete Holmes Show”) as he is trying to become a legitimate stand-up comedian. After catching his wife

Jess (Lauren Lapkus, “Jurassic World”) cheating on him, Pete moves out of their apar tment and uses this as motivation to make a new life for himself. The only problem is he needs a place to crash. Pete stays with actual comedians playing skewed versions of themselves. Artie Lange, TJ Miller, and even Sarah Silverman, are some of the people that let him stay the night. Apatow and Holmes are genuine fans of comedy as much as they are a part of that community. They use the guest comedians that appear on “Crashing” as mentors for Pete. Through awkward situations, they try to show Pete how to create better material, have a more prominent stage presence and frankly, to be less of a weirdo. Apatow is already part of the HBO family, serving as an executive producer on Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” another popular comedy series. This is arguably Holmes’ biggest project to date, especially with him in the starring role, and his awkwardness shines. Playing a former youth pastor in a world of raunchy, foul-

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Pete Holmes brings jokes and gags, mostly at his own expense, in “Crashing,” a joint project with Judd Apatow.

mouthed comedians makes Pete seem out of place, but that is where the best laughs of the show come from. Talking to Artie Lange and TJ Miller about their different perspectives on life and the way they rag on Holmes for being a weird guy are highlights of the script. Anyone that makes fun of Holmes gets a laugh, even from school children on the train when he tries to open up to them about his divorce. There are jokes that feel forced, but

one could link that with the growing pains of a new show. Trying out new things and discovering the true heart of the program is part of the deal. Viewers could classify this as a drama as much as a comedy. The show seems to have the comedic theme of making fun of the pain that comes from true life, which has become an Apatow staple. The authenticity of what these characters are going through and the lessons from the “men-

tors” are what really make this show feel real. Things are funnier when people can relate to them. That is why some get offended when people laugh at the expense of others. Yes, it is rude, but it is true and that is what really completes the joke. “Crashing” is comedy written from the heart. Although occasionally flawed, Holmes has created something that is able to receive big laughs while tugging at the heart strings.

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Ensemble cast boosts HBO’s mini-series ‘Big Little Lies’ Dominick Lioto Staff Writer

“Big Little Lies,” which could also be called “cool houses on the beach,” is another huge project under the HBO banner. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies” has allstars on all of its fronts. The show features a director who has been on an impressive streak for the last few years, a veteran writer and an ensemble cast. Told non-linearly, “Big Little Lies” is a mini-series revolving around the lives of upper class families in Monterey, California. When Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley, “Snowden”) and her son Ziggy (Lain Armitage, “Our Souls at Night”) suddenly arrive on time for the first day of first grade, all of the other cliquey mothers’ curiosities expand, especially when Renata Klein’s (Laura Dern, “Wilson”) daughter Amabella

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(Ivy George, “Girl Meets World”) accuses Ziggy of choking her during orientation. An accusation like that can cause serious damage, especially for a kid that is so new. When Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon, “Sing”) and her friend Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman, “Lion”) defend Jane, it creates a drift within the community that offsets people’s relationships in their

own families, brings back the horrors of the past and eventually leads to a murder. All seven episodes were written by David E. Kelley, who wrote and created the popular “Goliath” which started streaming on Amazon Prime in the fall of 2016, and directed by JeanMarc Vallee who directed Witherspoon in 2014’s “Wild” and directed the Oscar-winning “Dallas Buyers Club” in 2013.

Vallee is a genuine filmmaker, especially when it comes to creating beautiful images. An advocate of natural light and authentic shots, he is able to really showcase the humanity of these characters and the true colors of the world. Vallee especially shines in her ability to play with the incredible oceanfront California landscape. Along with the killer music choices, HBO has made another aesthetically awesome program. Along with a top notch director, the show has a massive cast. Alexander Skarsgard (“The Legend of Tarzan”) plays Perry, the distant and tortured husband of Kidman’s Celeste. Adam Scott (“Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special”) plays Witherspoon’s second husband, Ed. Not to mention, the new wife of Witherspoon’s ex-husband is played by Zoe Kravitz (The LEGO Batman Movie,”) the daughter of singer Lenny Kravitz, whose career has been gaining traction rapidly these past few years. Most of the time when that an A-list cast is attached to a

project, it is usually because the script is unbelievably good. That trend seems to continue in “Big Little Lies.” This is a uniquely written script that teases a future press conference from the police while going back to the main storyline along with glimpses of the dark moments of the past is masterfully written. This stellar cast is able to take something that is a work of art on its own and elevate it to an even higher level. Kelley has written a slow, boiling mystery that creates tension so thick that it could cause the viewer tension at points and balances that with a darker shade of humor. HBO has always been at the top of the game when it comes to original programming. Even its missteps have great moments in them. “Big Little Lies” is a gem in the respect that most people are content when shows decide to end and in the case of this mini-series another season would not sound like a bad thing.

‘Get Out’ amazes audiences, provokes deeper thought JoAnn DeLauter Editor-in-Chief

“Get Out” is a well thoughtout, stirring masterpiece that brings more meaning to the screen than any other mindless thriller, leaving audience members’ eyes open to the symbolic truth of American racism. It tells a story of a young African-American man, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, “Sicario”) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, “Girls”), who reach the inevitable milestone of meeting the parents. Although Chris is anxious about how her parents will react to their interracial relationship, he is greeted by overpowering hospitality, questionable happenings and disturbing discoveries as he learns the real reason behind his invitation four months into their relationship. Directed by Jordan Peele (“Key and Peele”), the product of this movie reaches outside

Photo provided by Daniel Kaluuya endures unforseen strife when his character meets his girlfriend’s parents in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.”

of his well-known comedy skits and into a twisted mind of “we voted for Obama” racism. It was Peele’s feature directorial debut that added a new genre to his portfolio. He showed audience members the perspective of a black man in a predominately white neighborhood and the horror of liberal racism, which has rarely been shown in this genre as a “social thriller” before. What was not a surprise from Peele’s selection was the implementation of the character Rod Williams (Lil-

Rel Howery, “The Carmichael Show”) who plays Chris’ best friend and the comic relief. His role in the movie is crucial and gives a blunt, entertaining interpretation of racist stereotypes. This contrast between Chris’ friend and Chris’ unanticipated encounters at his girlfriend’s parents’ house allows audience members to sit back and take a deep breath to really enjoy the development of the plot. The meaning behind the title “Get Out” is made clear in a plot-changing scene that offers the phrase to the main

character as more of a warning than a command. The trailer displayed snapshots of the entirety of movie’s plot, including some scenes that are not featured in the film. Yet, it still left viewers with insecurities over what to expect and a desire to know more. The film’s ending fulfills their desire with an unexpected outcome. The cinematography and music play a big role in being home, the feeling of helplessness and the question of reality. The music keeps the traditional thrill seeking shrills, yet adds a mash of eerie noises to hint at

the main character’s suspicion. Overall, it highlights the psychological phenomena in the plot, which heightens the audiences’ uneasy feelings over Chris’ presence in the house. The cinematography used teases the audience as the storyline continues. The visuals and editing are unlike any conventional thriller. The character development is mainly stagnant throughout the film, which allows the audience to guess what happens next. Some might consider it too predictable, but it takes more time to develop the plot, which allows the movie to have more meaning. Although the film leaves the viewers with questions, it allows people to think about the symbolism and meaning behind this twohour psychotic episode. It makes people consider social issues in the world that are not necessarily told in the headlines of mainstream media. It is a symbolic reference to American slavery. This piece is impactful, well thought-out and thrilling.


FRIDAY, March 3, 2017



89th annual Academy Awards acknowledge diverse artists Issack Cintron for, there is much beauty to Copy Editor be found in this rare snafu. Through the botched presentation, it is plausible that it provided the ceremony’s As the cast, crew and strongest, and most accidenproducers from the film “La tal, political statement. La Land” took the stage at Horowitz proclaimed that the 89th Academy Awards he would happily present the to accept their statues for statue for Best Picture to his Best Picture, it seemed like “friends from ‘Moonlight.’” the prototypical Best PicThis was a great demonture piece that viewers had stration of respect and proseen in the previous 88 in- fessionalism by the mems tallmen ts of the famed bers from “La La Land,” a awards show. predominantly white film, Then producer Jordan toward the members from Horowitz took the microphone. “Moonlight,” a predominant“ I ’ m s o r r y, n o t h e r e ’s ly black film. It was brief been a mistake,” Horowitz and completely unintensaid. “’Moonlight,’ you guys tional, but was a moment won best picture.” that should be recognized by In a twist that even M. the film industry as highly Night Shyamalan did not significant as it showed two see coming, an ending to races finding unity under the Academy Awards un- one common passion. like the previous 88 broadIt is almost fitting the casts had. The award for c e r e m o n y e n d e d i n t h a t the night’s biggest prize had manner, given the scrutiny been given to the wrong the Academy of Motion Picfilm. In 89 broadcasts, there ture Arts and Sciences (AMwas bound to be one in- PAS) had been under after stance of a mix-up. failing to recognize actors “ M o o n l i g h t ,” a n i n d e - of color in the previous two p e n d e n t f i l m t h a t r o d e years. In response to this a w a v e o f m o m e n t u m backlash, the AMPAS had throughout award season nominated a record-tying i n t o t h e b i g n i g h t , t o o k seven actors of color, six of h o m e t h e B e s t P i c t u r e them black. Two of them, award. The first film with Viola Davis (“Fences”) and an all-black cast and LG- Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) BTQ-centric themes to win would both walk out with the award. statues for Best Actress and For how chaotic the mo- Best Actor in a Supporting ment was, and how wrong- Role, respectively. fully presenters Warren BeBoth Davis and Ali deatty and Faye Dunaway have l i v e re d s o m e m e m o r a b l e been ridiculed for a blunder speeches, with Ali, a man they are not responsible o f t he I s l a m re l i g i o n , re -

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vealing that earlier in the w e e k h i s w i fe h a d g i v e n birth to their daughter. As for Davis, her emotional speech centered on her determination to tell stories on behalf of those who are unable to through her performances, as well as living life to the fullest, for she understood that there are people who cannot or were not able to do so. Despite the cringe-worthy Best Picture loss, “La La Land” managed to be the night’s biggest winner, t a k i n g h o m e s i x a w a rd s , including Emma Stone winning Best Actress in a Leading Role and Damien Chazelle becoming the

Photo provided by “Moonlight” cast and crew take the stage as Warren Beatty explains the mistake to the audience and viewers at home.

youngest person in history to win Best Director at 32 years old. A s f o r Ke n ne t h L o ne r gan’s “Manchester by the Sea” the film saw its share of success, walking out with two statues, one for B e s t O r i g i n a l S c re e n pl ay and another for Best Actor in a Leading Role, which was won by Casey Affleck. T he ho s t o f t he eve n t , Jimmy Kimmel, provided his share of laughs, including a pair of entertaining segments with his “rival” Matt Damon. O ne o f t he b e t t e r s e gments involved Kimmel surprising random tour bus passengers by adding the Dolby Theatre to their stop, allowing them to enter and meet some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Aniston. The bit itself did run a little long, but still provided one of the more entertaining highlights of the night, aside from the controversial ending. Unlike the Grammys or Golden Globe ceremonies, the Academy Awards ceremony did not possess as strong political statements against President Donald Trump and his polarizing administration. Outside of the sporadic jabs from Kimmel, the only

true political statement made by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi who did not show up to the ceremony in protest of Trump’s travel bans. After his film “ T h e S a l e s m a n” w o n t h e award for Best Foreign Language Film, Farhad i h a d p re p a re d a s t a t e ment which was read by Anousheh Ansari. “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations who have been disrespected by the i n h u m a ne l a w t h a t b a n s entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war,” Farhadi’s statement said. While the Academy Awards had made the correct strides in addressing their failure to recognize nonwhite actors, this ceremony does not complete exonerate them, as this should result in more consistency in acknowledging actors of ethnic backgrounds. There is some solace to be taken in the bizarre conclusion to the show as demonstrated by the cast and crew of both “Moonlight” and “La La Land.” Sometimes there are endings that not even Hollywood could script out.

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by Morgan Altland Raising the Fire All I smell is fire and blood. The battle has been going on for a few hours now, probably no more than five. The men are tired. Many of them are not used to the strain of battle. Of seeing their brothers, their friends, their family all perish before their eyes. It is nothing new. “All right listen up men!” Their eyes instantly snap back to reality. If just for that moment, there’s hope. “I am not going to let us sit here and wallow in our own selfpity. There is no one coming to save us, so we must be the ones who save ourselves.” “But Amelia…”

Fanning the Flames

“You don’t have to go,” I cry. “I don’t have a choice, Ethan. Every day I am away the battle gets closer and closer to home.” “I need you here, Amelia. Please don’t leave. If anything ever happened…” She moves in close and holds me. She gently kisses the top of my head. “Nothing is going to happen. I need to go so nothing bad will ever happen to you. If you got hur t because I wasn’t strong enough to fight for you I don’t know what I’d do. I’d never be able to forgive myself.” I smile. “You don’t always have to be my hero.” “It’s only because you’re the only one I know worth saving.” She kissSamantha Boyle | The Oswegonian es me, and for a moment, I feel safe. “That’s Commander Rein,” I yell. Ashes “Commander, there is no chance we can…” I approach the door. The flag be“The only way we lose the tween my hands feels heavier than chance to win is if we don’t even usual today. It always does when I try to fight back.” Some of the men actually have to do this. I knock. are beginning to grab their weapI hear his steps as he approachons. It’s working. es. Slowly, he opens the door. “Remember, we are not just “Ethan Rein.” I say. fighting for ourselves,” I say as I “No.” grab my weapon and rise up. “We “I’m sorry sir. Yesterday in are fighting for those back home combat Commander Amelia Rein who are precious to us, those who was shot by an enemy sniper in…” have never seen this horror and “No no no no no,” he said as he the ones we wish never would. We fell to the floor. This is the part of the cannot lose here, that is not an op- job I hate the most, the look in their tion. Now, who is ready to follow eyes when they realize all is lost. “She fought valiantly. Her words me to victory?” helped us to win the battle. I’m sorAs I raise my weapon to turn ry for your loss.” I hand him the flag, to the enemy, I feel a poke in but he just lets it hit the ground. I my forehead. It goes through in walk away, my job is done. an instant.


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1931: "The Star-Spangled Banner" becomes U.S. anthem. 1945: Finland declares war on former ally Germany.

BY Morgan Altl and

Aries (April 19 - May 13):

Cancer (July 20 - Aug. 10):

Libra (Oct. 30 - Nov. 23):

Sagittarius (Dec. 17 - Jan. 20):

A pre-established idea or object does not need to dictate how you live your life. Life is about living, everyone and everything has their own unique experiences. Allow yourself to have this with nothing holding you back.

Just because two things have differences does not mean that they are opposites. There may be more unseen that connect the two together than there is distinguishing them. Take everything into consideration.

There are greater feelings than happiness or sadness. This week may leave you feeling exhausted, as emotions may take you somewhere unexpected. Embrace what you feel in order to find enjoyment in closure this week.

Words hold a weight that you may not be aware they have until they are said. They can hurt more than any punch. Take the time to think before you speak this week, as rash action may cause pain to someone dear.

The little things in your life still deserve your appreciation. Do not take anything in your life for granted. Many would fight and some may die for the things you may overlook, so take time to realize their value.

So you are born with talent in an area, but you should not let it discourage you from working on improving your skill. Hard work may overcome natural talent. Effort must be put in if you hope to rise above and overcome.

Group settings will not always be there for friends or loved ones. Work to give yourself some one-on-one time with someone you are close with or someone you wish you were closer to. Time alone may bring you closer than before.

A break is important, but that does not give you permission to shirk on the responsibilities you have. You are defined by your words and your actions. Do not let them cost you in a negative light.

Ophiuchus (Nov. 29 - Dec. 16) :

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

One thing can speak volumes about the person who controls it. Think about the things you keep around you and how they show others who you are as a person. One thing may put you in an unintended negative light to someone close.

You may find a side of yourself you were unaware was there before this week. This unknown element may scare you or someone close to you. Do not hide from this side however, as it may fester if left unchecked.

Doing something for someone else this week will be the best thing you can do for yourself. It can be something small to show you care, or something larger to express something more. The people in your life deserve your love.

Be confident in your work. There is nothing you cannot do if you do not allow yourself, or others, to hold you back. Stand tall and get the things done you need to in order to accomplish whatever goal you set for yourself this week.

Taurus (May 13 - June 21):

Gemini (June 21 - July 20):

Leo (Aug. 10 - Sep. 16):

Virgo (Sep. 16 - Oct. 30):

Scorpio (Nov. 23 - Nov. 29):

Capricorn (Jan. 20 - Feb. 16):

Excess may plague your week as you find extras more appealing to you than just the essentials. Stay focused on your needs, not your wants. Allowing excess to take control will set you back for future desires.

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