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Fourth straight on-time budget for NYS Budget includes increased STEM, scholar funding; Pre-K program funds New York state legislators have passed their fourth consecutive on-time state budget under Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The budget appropriates $138 billion for the next fiscal year. Including a 5.3 percent increase in school aid. Schools with higher-need will receive 70 percent of the $1.1 billion allocated funds. Higher education will see a total of $102 million going to opportunity programs at SUNY, CUNY, private and independent colleges. More funding will

be provided for STEM, as a new scholarship program is created with $8 million in funding. The scholarship will go to the top ten percent of high school graduates pursuing STEM careers who will work in New York for five years. The property tax reforms will provide $1.5 billion in relief through a new property tax credit. According to Cuomo’s office, the plan is to give local governments a reason to share services to lower the cost on taxpayers.

The budget has come under fire, though, as for the third straight year students in the SUNY system will see a $300 tuition increase. The Albany TimesUnion wrote a staff editorial pointing out that despite this increase in costs for students, the state budget provides no more funding to SUNY’s core budget than it did in 2012-13. The budget passed on Monday and will be in effect for 2014 until April 1, 2015.

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Swear-ins mark beginning of new SA era First week in office includes appointments, 2 bills I think it is important to make people realize that SA

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is a great outlet if you want to see something change on campus.”

- Tucker Sholtes, new president of SA

Obviously, I wish more people voted, but I’m hoping that in the next few years there will be a larger voter turnout.”

-Neely Laufer, new vice president of SA

Student launches bike-share program

Tucker Sholtes and Neely Laufer were sworn into office as the new president and vice president of Oswego State student association last Friday. Laufer led her first senate meeting Tuesday under the new position. Traditionally, the new SA president and vice president are sworn in on April 1, but the two were sworn in early due to problems in scheduling for both of them. President Sholtes was competing at the Enactus National Exposition in Cincinnati, Ohio this week, so he was unable to attend Tuesday evening’s senate meeting. Vice President Laufer assumed her role as president of the senate and led through the meeting’s progression. “I think everything went very well

[Tuesday] night,” Laufer said. “I was somewhat nervous to lead my first meeting, but I think it was a successful meeting. I’m very pleased that during my first meeting we could pass two bills.” Along with the two bills, the senate decided who would be the next chair of rules and judiciary, which was Laufer’s former position. Senator Jillian Kranz was unanimously elected to be the position and becomes the senate pro tempore. “I think that Neely did a great job for her first meeting as vice president,” Kranz said. “I think she was probably really nervous, like anyone would be, but she got up there and ran senate with no problems. I was really pumped to be voted chair of rules and judiciary by a unanimous vote. I was happy to see that my fellow senators agreed that I was the best for

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Oswego State announced through its website this week that it has launched a new bike-share program, called the SUNY Oswego Bike Share Program. The program, founded by Alex Elkins, a senior technology education major and sustainability minor, allows students to rent a bicycle for up to a semester at a time. It will also run workshops to teach students how to do maintenance and repairs on their bicycles. Elkins races mountain bikes and works in a mountain bike shop in Rochester, so he said working on the program was a natural fit. “I want to give people the opportunity to be self-sufficient,” Elkins said.

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The program currently has about 20 bikes and will run out of the basement of Hewitt Union. Several of the bikes were received through donations, as well as bicycles recovered by the University Police. UP often finds bikes left behind by students at the end of semesters, and puts the bikes in holding for 90 days before handing them over to the bikeshare program if unclaimed. The program is backed by the Facilities, Design and Construction office. Elkins was first approached by Jason MacLeod, the graduate assistant for the office, to start the program last year. Campus sustainability coordinators Jamie Adams and Mike Lotito helped the program get traction by finding a location for it and helping with other start-up duties. Adams said that developing a bike-share program has long been a goal of the sustainability office. A previous attempt, called



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Campus Cruisers, had been launched years earlier, but ran into issues with students damaging or losing bikes. One particular incident ended up with a bicycle at the bottom of Glimmerglass Lagoon. “There was a certain lack of responsibility from the students,” Adams said. “It was a great idea that was just sort-of mismanaged.” Elkins said the new program aims to combat those problems by putting more personal responsibility on the student taking the bike. Students applying for bikes will have to fill out a safety waiver and sign an agreement of responsibility for losing or damaging the bike. The program is free to students for now, but Elkins said he’d like to add a security deposit that students can get back after returning the bike in good condition.


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Stephen Gifford, 31, was arrested on March 29 at 4:14 p.m. at 141 S. First St. in Fulton on the execution of a warrant of arrest. Lawrence Getman, 51, was arrested on March 29 at 2:37 a.m. at the corner of City Line Road and State Route 104 for driving while intoxicated. Roberto Montero, 21, was arrested on March 29 at 2:16 a.m. at 138 W. Second St. for public urination.

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Denvol Haye, 20, was arrested on March 28 at 11:23 p.m. at 86 Sheldon Ave. for a noise ordinance. Haye was released on an appearance ticket.


Joseph Snyder, 23, was arrested on March 28 at 9:20 p.m. at the corner of East Bridge Street and East Fourth Street for aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell.

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Raymond Caprin III, 34, was arrested on March 28 at 11:50 a.m. at the corner of East Fifth Street and East Utica Street and criminal possession of stolen property. Caprin was released on an appearance ticket. Lori MacDonald, 42, was arrested on March 28 at 11:50 a.m. at the corner of East Fifth Street and East Utica Street and criminal possession of stolen property. MacDonald was released on an appearance ticket. Richard Erickson, 47, was arrested on March 28 at 9:45 a.m. at the corner of West Utica Street and West Seventh Street for aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Erickson was released on $100 bail.

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Peter Geary, 42, was arrested on March 28 at 3:30 a.m. at 169 West Second Street for criminal tampering. Jame Nyreen, 22, was arrested on March 28 at 2:02 a.m. at West Second Street and West Bridge Street for public urination. Tyler Bucholz, 19, was arrested on March 27 at 11:23 p.m. at the corner of Liberty Street and Bronson Street for the unlawful possession of marijuana.

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Unfortunately, the sunshine and warmer temperatures of late will fade away, as rain and much cooler air will spread into the region during the course of the weekend. While this is not unusual for early April, it will set the stage for a gloomy start to the weekend with a sunny, but chilly, finish. The highest chances of rain and warmest day will be Friday, as temperatures will get close to 50, despite lots of rain. A cold front crossing the region Friday night will usher in colder air and allow for a much cooler Saturday and Sunday. Rain showers, and perhaps a few snowflakes, will taper off by Saturday afternoon although highs will barely reach 40. Finally for Sunday, skies will be clear with highs in the low to mid 40s.




QUOTE OF THE WEEK And I really think a bike share hits a lot of those points because it provides a cheap, easy form of transportation. It’s healthy.”

- Alex Elkins, founder of SUNY Oswego Bike-Share Program



Community relays for life in arena Teams raise $29,928 to help find cure for cancer, support loved ones Emily Palermo Contributing Writer Members of the Oswego community came together to raise money for cancer research and show support for survivors during Relay for Life. On Saturday, Relay for Life took place in the Campus Center Arena. Relay for Life is an overnight fundraising event where teams of people camp out around a track. Team members take turns continuously walking around the track. This year, Oswego State’s Relay for Life raised over $29,928.11 including online contributions and had over 600 participants. There was food, games, activities and contests all night and morning long. “This year we had a tremendous increase in involvement with community and faculty, which is important because we want to expand relay to include as many members of the community as possible,” Karly Babcock co-president of Colleges Against Cancer said. “It is hard to get emotions out of the way during this event,” Tina Buckingham, co-vice president of CAC and Relay for Life co-chair said, “But creating this event is worth it because I get to see the smiles of people’s faces.” “It’s amazing to see how much the event

Shinnell Burroughs | The Oswegonian Members of the fraternity APO formed a team to participate in the American Cancer Association’s Relay for Life.

has grown in the last few years,” Kelsey Kostoroski, co vice president of CAC and co chair of Relay for Life said. “There are 100 more people and seven more teams than last year. It is important to remember that if you are driven enough, you can make a difference.” Each relay has three special events: the survivor lap, luminaria ceremony and the fight back ceremony. The survivor lap gives all cancer survivors at the event the chance to celebrate their victory by taking the first lap around the track. Other participants who

Shinnell Burroughs | The Oswegonian Over 600 participants came together in the Campus Center Arena to fundraise for Relay for Life.

line the track cheer the survivors on. At this time, Relay for Life recognizes participant’s family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and loved ones who have fought or are fighting cancer. The luminaria ceremony takes place after dark. Candles are lit inside personalized bags that are placed around the track. Participants silently walk around the track honoring those who have been affected by cancer. Lastly, the fight back ceremony gave participants the opportunity to discuss why they chose to take part in Relay for Life. This ceremony represents the commitment each participant has to fight cancer. “Relay for Life symbolizes the life of a cancer patient,” Lindsey Johnson, co-president of Colleges against Cancer (CAC) said. “The event begins at 6 p.m., during dusk, which represents the darkness loved ones feel when they or their loved ones are told they have cancer. Participants then walk around the track all night showing how cancer never sleeps. At 6 a.m., the sun begins to rise, which symbolizes the hope that all cancer patients and survivors have.” According to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life was created in May 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash. The event raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. One year later, 340 people joined in support of the event. Since then, Relay for Life has grown into a worldwide event that has raised over $5 billion to fight cancer.

SA leaders enter first week in office President and Vice President sworn in early, take over responsibilities DEBATE from COVER the job and it gives me some self-confidence starting this new position.” Although they’ve only been in office for one week, Sholtes and Laufer have been meeting and working together to discuss their plans for the next year for some time now. So far, they have talked about new director rolls and how they can improve senate for next year.  “I think that SA has been running very efficiently and I just hope that it continues to for the rest of the school year,” Laufer said. “I’m also very excited for ‘meet your senator ’ that will be happening on April 25.” The swearing in of the new candidates ends Anthony Smith’s presidential administration. Smith said he hopes the new president and vice president will

make some changes on campus during their terms. “I have confidence that both individuals will learn their role quickly and will be able to work together to reach out to the student body,” Smith said. “I am hoping that they will take my advice about formalizing senate elections such that our presence is well known around campus and I am hoping that they will work toward making the voice of the students an actual presence.” Both Smith and the new leaders are concerned about student awareness of SA and building more representation of students in the senate itself. Only about 3.4 percent of the undergraduate student body cast ballots in the SA election in midMarch. This election was also the second year in a row where both candidates ran for their offices unopposed.

“I think that the election results were fair,” Laufer said. “Obviously, I wish more people voted but I’m hoping that in the next few years there will be a larger voter turnout.” Smith said he thinks SA has had a problem with the presence among the student body for the past 10 to 15 years. “There was a time where our senators and e-board were well known throughout campus and now the president and director of finance are the only people even remotely recognized,” Smith said. “It is difficult to get the point across but the student body has to realize that the student association is made up of, primarily, students.   I believe those that want to be involved can do more to increase membership and involvement.” SA senators and directors look forward to the events to come during the next year.

Quest day keynote speaker announced: Bruce Coville Amanda Bintz Chief Copy Editor Bruce Coville, former teacher, author of over 100 children’s books and Oswego State alumnus, will give the keynote speech at this year ’s Quest, the title of which has been released by Quest’s coordinator. “Ripples Become Waves: How What You Do Now May Mean More Than You Can Guess,” is all that is currently known about Coville’s prepared speech, according to Norm Weiner, director emeritus of the Honors Program and this year ’s Quest coordinator. Weiner said he thinks the speech could be about the choices students make in college and the chances they take with those choices at this uncertain time in their lives. “I think Bruce is very aware that he’s not simply talking to other writers,” Weiner said. “I think what students can gain from [the speech] is a sense that — well, I think two things. One is a sense that whatever you do there’s creativity involved. I mean, even if you’re, I don’t know, a chemist. Chemists don’t just follow books,

they think, they go, ‘wait, I wonder if this would work.’ There’s always creativity and I think that’s one of the points that he may make. And I think another point to be taken away from it is don’t be afraid to take chances.” Coville’s occupations as both a writer and a teacher have generated approval in the creative writing department for him as this year ’s keynote. Robert O’Connor, an associate professor in the department, said Coville is a good choice “for a lot of reasons.” “One of them was that he was both a teacher and is a writer,” O’Connor said. “So this is an interesting time in education right now where there’s all sorts of questions about how much testing we need, and in some ways what authors do is they say, you know, people are an exception. They don’t necessarily fit in easily in the boxes.” O’Connor also said he couldn’t recall the last time they had chosen an author as keynote for Quest in the past, but said he thought the choice of Coville was an indication of a good trend. Weiner had more reasons for why he wouldn’t budge on Coville being the keynote this year other than that he was an author, however.

“I’m the one who chose him,” Weiner said. “What I told the people that I’m answering to was that he was my only choice for keynote speaker, and if we couldn’t get him I didn’t think we should have a keynote.” Weiner went on to say he chose Coville not only because he had impact as an author, but also as an innovator and risk-taker. “I thought he was someone who the students would recognize, so that would be a draw,” Weiner said. “I thought he led a very interesting life, he started out as a teacher and then he started to write children’s books, and got successful at that, and then he started to go off into a different direction with something called Full Cast Audio, and basically it’s what we used to call books on tape. So he’s somebody who’s been creative, and he’s somebody who’s not afraid to take chances, and he’s an alum—I just thought he was the perfect choice.” Coville’s speech, “Ripples Become Waves,” will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Quest Day, in the Campus Center auditorium. The event is free and open to anyone who would like to attend.

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Our weekly list of what to do in Oswego Go to the men’s lacrosse game against Brockport today at 4 p.m. at Laker Field. Attend the Oswego State African Student Organization’s first fashion show today at 6 p.m. in Hewitt Union Ballroom. Attend the War of 1812 Symposium at Fort Ontario tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Attend the Rice Creek Ramble Saturday at 11 a.m. at Rice Creek Field Station.

Go to the Spring Carnival hosted by the Pride Alliance in Hewitt Union Ballroom on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Check out the planetarium show in Shineman Center at 7 p.m.

Cheer on the Lakers baseball team as they take on Clarkson at 1 p.m. at Laker Baseball Field.

Go and check out some of the Quest day activities on Wednesday all over campus. educational service opened Chloé Larsen Staff Writer A new online education service is now being offered to students at Oswego State. With advertisements on most of the dining hall tables, many students are familiar with the name “”., or LyndaCampus is an online program that has been recently introduced to campus. This website allows students to be able to view thousands of videos and tutorials at any time of the day from a computer, mobile device or tablet. Oswego State received a grant called the Technology Initiative Project (TIP) that is supported by the School of Communication Media and the Arts, School of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Penfield Library. The TIP grants are provided annually by the campus to fund initiatives that would benefit students and learning.’s grant was

the first joint-request from all four schools, plus the library. According to Oswego’s Campus Technology Service newsletter, the videos on “are broken down into short segments for easy navigation and allows the user to log in and out as necessary without losing any data.” The website has been used by several faculty members who say that “it is a great way to assist in ‘flipping the classroom.’” The tutorials found on are taught by professionals who span a large range of interests including business skills, design, music and video, animation, photography and web design. The website allows one to watch either entire courses online or simply just short tutorial videos, and has features that enable you to use bookmarks to keep track of which videos you have watched or want to watch in the future. To use and take advantage of the available 1,400 videos, it is as simple as logging in with your LakerNet ID.


Bike-share provides wheels to students Program in Hewitt Union aims to push campus to live greener lives BIKES from COVER Students looking to rent a bike can contact the facilities office via email at facilities@ Each bike comes with a lock, and Elkins said eventually a helmet as well. Adams said she is excited for what the program could mean for sustainability efforts on campus. “Basically a massive chunk of our carbon footprint here at Oswego is due to all our commuter and non-commuter student driving from say, The Village to Culkin,” Adams said. “And then back from The Village to Wilber Hall. Making bikes a viable form of transportation, so instead of walking a million miles, you can get to a place rapidly, it’s going to reduce our carbon print pretty measurably.” Elkins said the program encompasses all aspects of sustainability. “Sustainability is trying to balance the economic, the social and environmental aspects of a problem and trying to make sure it addresses all those and is good for all of those things,” Elkins said. “And I really think a bike share hits a lot of those points because it provides a cheap, easy form of transportation. It’s healthy. So, biking around campus or biking into town to run errands, you’re

Photo provided by Public Affairs Alex Elkins founded the bike sharing program at Oswego State, housed in the basement of Hewitt Union.

saving gas, but you’re also getting people to move around and have a more healthy lifestyle. And it’s environmental friendly. You’re just burning off your own energy.” Students looking to rent a bike for this semester are encouraged to act soon, as several bikes have already been rented. The program is also taking donations of

any unused bicycles. “We’ve already got a ton of student feedback. People are very excited about it,” Adams said. “Most of [the bikes] have already been called on. But right now we’ve actually got more people interested than bikes, which is a good problem to have. Now we’ve just got to get ourselves more bikes.”

South African activist lectures for Ernst & Young series Nick Ristoff Contributing Writer A South African activist spoke about her country’s battle with HIV, the effect the disease has on the workplace and how her fortitude has given a better life to thousands of people. Deidre Moskoff, who is currently a graduate student at Syracuse University, explained to students how having a fortunate life in South Africa created her urge to help the less fortunate. When asked what she considered her greatest accomplishment as an activist, she considered it being able to do as she feels “I just wake up in the morning and do what I feel is the right thing to do,” Moskoff said. South Africa has the strongest economy in Africa, but people infected with HIV are dis-

criminated against in the job force. Because the disease is so prevalent, job applicants are required to provide information revealing whether they are positive or not. In turn, applicants who are positive rarely get contacted or receive employment. South Africa’s population exceeds 50 million people, and of those people, more than 16 percent are infected with HIV, making it the highest rate in Africa. As a former nurse, Moskoff saw these issues first hand in her country and wanted to make a difference. She went on to found Choices, a nonprofit organization in South Africa. Choices is a counseling center for pregnant women and is intended to be a contemplation step before receiving an abortion, according to Moskoff. Choices is one of the many non-profits working together to provide education for women and children. Philanthropists in South Africa such as

Moskoff are forced to work through non-profits and private investors because of political barriers. After Nelson Mandela stepped down from command in 1999, succeeding South African presidents have ignored the ongoing HIV issue. Moskoff was invited to Oswego State as part of an effort to raise awareness by the Ernst & Young foundation. According to its website, Ernst & Young’s goal is to create a better working world by engaging with like-minded people and organizations in order to build a better working world. The Oswego State Ernst & Young coordinator, and professor of English and Women’s Studies, Susan Coultrap–McQuin was grateful for the opportunity. “It’s a good experience with non profits and it gives a global perspective to work in South Africa,” Coultrap-McQuin said.



SAT changes to affect fall ‘17 applicants Andrew Pugliese Asst. Sports Editor More specifications and sample questions will be released this month for the revamped SAT college exam set to begin being administered during the spring of 2016. On March 5, College Board President and CEO David Coleman announced the changes at an event in Austin, Texas. The new exam will have three sections: evidence-based reading and writing, math and the essay. The scale scoring the exam will also return to 1600 points, as opposed to the 2400-point scale used since 2005. According to the organization’s website, the alterations to the exam will be “centered on eight key changes.” Those changes include relevant words in context, command of evidence, essay analyzing a source, math focused on three key areas, problems grounded in real-world contexts, analysis in science and in social studies, founding documents and great global conversation and no penalty for wrong answers. While information is already coming out about the new exam, Daniel Griffin, Oswego State’s director of admissions, said he believes the time to truly discuss the changes has yet to come. “It’s really too early to say. We’re talking about the new exam being offered in March of 2016,” Griffin said. “The students taking the SAT exam in March 2016 and later, those are going to be students looking for admittance in the fall of ‘17.” That being said, the admissions’ department has been through a similar process before. When the national average was reworked about 15 or 20 years ago, it went through a situation such as this. It was a gradual adjustment, but one made smoothly. A change that has caught the attention of many has been the alterations coming to the essay portion of the exam, implemented just nine years ago. According to Griffin, College Board representatives came to the department’s conferences in the summer and did workshops to prepare them for the sections addition to the exam in 2005. He believes a route like that will likely be taken to prepare them for the adjustments coming in the next two years. The essay section, which will no longer be a mandatory part of testing, according to the College Board website. The essay was not a section which Oswego State looked at in the first place so the changes to that portion will not have much of an impact on campus. But, Griffin said

he still commends the SAT creators for taking a page from their counterparts, American College Testing (ACT). “They’re taking their cue from the ACT. The ACT has now trumped the SATs. That was a big deal and that got the College Board’s attention,” Griffin said. “It is a big money-making machine. They have redesigned their exam to reattach it to what students are learning in school.” However, Rachel Henderson, a school counselor at Oswego High School, believes the SATs are still not the lone standard to hold students to. “I can see why schools want to use these tests as a predictor but they’re not an end-all-beall,” Henderson said. “We have students that do well in school but don’t do well on these tests.” Henderson said the new changes actually made her lose more faith in the exam. Henderson actually signed up her daughter for only the ACT and not the SAT. She believes the ACT is a better test on what students learn throughout high school. “I think these tests are going to be in trouble because more schools are going test optional,” Henderson said. “Before they were just predictors of how students will do in college, but now they’re trying to test on what the students are learning in high school. But, they’re still just a predictor.” According to College Board’s website, the exam will in fact be more focused on what students learn in high school. The test will see how well students know words they have used, and will use, throughout their lives. It will “engage students in close reading and honor the best work of the classroom” and “no longer will students use flashcards to memorize obscure words, only to forget them the minute they put their pencils down.” In addition, the math portion will be broken up into three areas: problem solving and data analysis, the heart of algebra, and passport to advanced math. Current research done by the organization supports that the three areas listed “most contribute to readiness for college and career training.” The SAT will also turn some more focus of the exam toward science, social studies, “what is important for citizenship here and around the world,” and real-world application of topics. Another alteration to the exam, which resembles the ACT, is now there will be no penalty for wrong answers. Griffin said he does not see the changes impacting the admissions process very much. “I don’t really expect, from our point of view, too many changes,” Griffin said. “There may be some fluctuations and differences, but we still have some time to figure it out.”


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FRIDAY, April 4, 2014

Members of the Oswego State men’s lacrosse team (white) fight for possession of the ball in the Lakers’ 11-9 loss against Clarkson University on April 1.

Maximilian E. Principe Staff Writer The Oswego State men’s lacrosse team split its last two games, defeating Utica College 15-8 on March 28 and falling 11-9 on April 1 against Clarkson University, both non-conference games. Against Utica, the Lakers jumped out to a comfortable 9-1 lead by the end of the first period that they would never relinquish. Six different Lakers scored in the first frame, with junior Torry Whitcher tallying two goals and junior Cody Hoose recording an early hat trick just 11:10 into the game. Utica started the second quarter with hopes of making a comeback and started to rally. The Pioneers scored four goals in the quarter with Christian Reiller having points on three (two goals and one assist). The game was 9-5 at the break, eluding to a competitive second half.

The Lakers stifled any hope of a Utica rally with a strong push to start the period, scoring three quick goals to regain their cushion. Whitcher scored the first goal of the half just nine seconds into the period, completing his hat trick. Sophomore Jimmy Cordon recorded the second of the half and his second of the game while junior Connor Khammar finished the Lakers scoring for the period with a shot from the mid-right. The shot beat Utica goaltender Cory Spisak on low-stick side. Backup goalie Andrew DiOrio then entered the game for the Pioneers. The Lakers held Utica scoreless for the third quarter, ending the quarter with a 12-5 lead. Both teams recorded three goals in the final quarter. The Lakers ended the game leading in every statistical category with an important lead in groundballs. Freshman goaltender Wyatt Russo recorded the Lakers victory with eight goals allowed and 16 saves.

Hoose and Whitcher lead the team in scoring, with four and three goals, respectively. Khammar, junior Nick Giampaolo and Cordon all recorded two goals, with sophomore DJ Sellick and junior Kyle Wistner each recording one. The Lakers played a closer game at home against Clarkson University on April 1. Cordon scored just 1:14 into the game, giving Oswego State the early lead and some momentum moving forward. The Golden Knights, however, quickly took control of the 1st frame and responded with three even-strength goals, two coming from Matthew Gold. Clarkson scored again in the 3rd minute of the second period to go up 4-1. Giampaolo answered quickly, however, less than a minute later, scoring his first of four goals in the game. Clarkson and Oswego State went goalfor-goal two more times in the period,



Baseball prepares for SUNY New Paltz, looks to continue early season success Dan Lonky Staff Writer

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The New Paltz program was also honored this past week when two of their players were awarded the SUNYAC baseball Pitcher of the Week and Player of the Week. Senior Andrew Grann was named SUNYAC Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 30th after throwing a seven-inning shutout against Brockport. He currently holds a 3.86 ERA, while leading the Hawks with 25 strikeouts. Meanwhile, sophomore shortstop Andrew DiNardo was awarded Player of the Week after going 4-for-7 with a run scored and two RBIs last week. DiNardo is currently hitting .355 with a team-leading 11 runs scored, 22 hits and 10 walks. As a team, the Lakers are hitting .302 to the Hawks’ .274, but the Hawks have the edge in team ERA, sporting a 3.91 mark compared to the Lakers’ 4.77. In order to top New Paltz on Friday, the Lakers will need to continue to be aggressive on the basepaths. The Hawks have allowed 33 stolen bases this season, the second most in the conference. The Hawks will also need to look to improve on defense, as the team has committed more errors (43) than any other SUNYAC team. The series starts with a double header on Saturday, with games set to start at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. The teams will also play Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.

The Oswego State baseball team will look to continue its early success this season as it starts a three-game set with SUNY New Paltz on Friday. The three games were scheduled to be played in Oswego at Laker Field, but have been moved to New Paltz due to poor field conditions. The Lakers have yet to play a home game this season, as its previous two scheduled home contests against SUNY Cortland and St. Lawrence were postponed earlier this week, also due to poor field conditions. Meanwhile, the Hawks are coming off a doubleheader split with the College at Brockport and a 6-2 loss to SUNY Oneonta earlier this week. New Paltz will come into Oswego sporting a 9-13 overall record (1-5 in conference). For the Lakers, players to watch in this SUNYAC matchup include freshman Eric Hamilton and senior outfielder Scott Buniak. Last week’s Oswego State Athlete of the Week, Hamilton has been on a tear as of late and is currently hitting .375 with 12 hits, seven runs scored and six RBIs. Buniak has enjoyed similar success with the bat lately, hitting .372 while leading the team with 16 hits and 10 stolen bases.







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Oswego State attempts to keep focus in wake of postponements Softball has first home games canceled, still waiting for first action since opening season with Florida tournament David Armelino Photo Director The Oswego State softball team started off its season going 3-4 on their spring break trip, which took place in Clermont, Fla. The Lakers are coming off of a loss in the last game of their Florida trip against Anderson University (from Indiana) and were set to kick off SUNYAC play against SUNY Potsdam (0-10) and SUNY Plattsburgh (2-10) in two doubleheaders scheduled for last Friday and Saturday, respectively. This is where the weather of Oswego has come into play. The snow had not quite melted all the way yet, leading to the postponement of the two SUNYAC match-ups because of wet and muddy field conditions. Head coach of the softball team Casey Price said the team is disappointed they weren’t able play this past weekend, but that they wouldn’t let the unexpected break slow them down. “We continue to keep practicing as normal,” Price said. “We are definitely ready to play and have been working on the little things we saw in Florida that we needed to work on to help us improve.”

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Price also said that the team morale is skyhigh, as is the chemistry among the players. Price stated that the team captains have been hosting team dinners while looking ahead to playing a doubleheader on Wednesday against Cazenovia (1-7).

We are definitely ready to play and have been working on the little things we saw in Florida that we needed to work on to help us improve. - Head coach Casey Price Devon Nitz | The Oswegonian

This date with the Wildcats of Cazenovia would have to wait as well, however, as the games were postponed two days in advance. The Lakers have been at the mercy of the weather since their return from the Florida trip, with three straight home games postponed in advance due to poor weather conditions.

The games against Potsdam and Plattsburgh have since been rescheduled for April 20 at 1 p.m. and April 13 at noon, respectively. Despite the delay between games, the team looks to build off of the leadership of senior outfielder Sammie Schroeter who is off to a hot start, posting a .474

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batting average while starting all seven games for Oswego State. Schroeter also has seven runs scored and has driven in four runs. Junior second baseman Jessie Terrano has also started off the season strong, boasting the second highest batting average on the team with a .563 clip.


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Terrano has played in six games so far this season, and started in five. Along with Terrano’s seven runs scored, she also leads the team in slugging percentage at .688. Oswego State’s next home game will be held against Wells College on Tuesday, barring anymore setbacks because of weather.


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Quote of the Week We’re just focused to improve on what we need to as we go into SUNYAC league play. - Senior Brian Murphy, men’s lacrosse captain.



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Maximilian E. Principe | The Oswegonian The Oswego State men’s lacrosse team currently owns a 4-3 record as the 2014 season enters its midway point. The Lakers have a chance to make a move in the SUNYAC standings with six conference games remaining.


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giving the Golden Knights a 6-4 lead at the half. The third period proved to be the highestscoring quarter of the game. Clarkson scored the first two of the period, but a quick response from Oswego State kept the game within reach. The Golden Knights scored again with 3:26 left in the quarter to increase its lead 9-5.

The Lakers started to mount a comeback in the final three minutes of the game. Giampaolo notched his third goal of the game just 11 seconds after the Clarkson goal, with Hoose scoring just seven seconds later from a face-off win and fast break from sophomore Troy Crevier. Giampaolo recorded his sixth goal of the game with just six seconds left in the third quarter, setting up the fourth quarter


with the score 9-8 in favor of Clarkson. Oswego State’s Cody Hoose scored quickly to start the fourth quarter, tying the game at 9-9. Both teams were equally matched for the next four minutes of the play. However, Clarkson broke the tie with 8:49 remaining on the clock and added another goal just 24 seconds later to bring the score to 11-9 in favor of the Golden Knights. The Lakers battled hard for the remainder of the game, generating many chances and shots. However, no Laker attempts beat Clarkson goalie Harrison Washuta during the last eight minutes of the match as Clarkson secured the win. Washuta ended the game with five goals against and seven saves, while Russo finished the game with 11 goals against and 17 saves. “Russo played on his head today but our

clearing held us back, I think we were only 13 for 20,” Laker senior captain Brian Murphy said. “That’s definitely the next part of our game that we need to work on against Brockport on Friday.” Giampaolo led the Lakers in scoring with four goals on nine shots. Cody Hoose and Cordon each tallied two in the contest, while Brady Hoose notched his eighth goal of the season. The Lakers’ next game is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. at home against The College at Brockport in the team’s first SUNYAC test of the season. The Lakers currently hold a 4-3 record and will be looking to continue to improve as the season progresses. “We’re just focused to improve on what we need to as we go into SUNYAC league play,” Murphy said.



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Lakers stay strong after recent split

Women’s lacrosse falls to SUNY Fredonia after tight win against SUNY Canton, improves season record to 5-2 Torrin Kearns Staff Writer The Oswego State women’s lacrosse team split its past two games, improving its record to 5-2. The Lakers defeated SUNY Canton on March 27 by a score of 9-8 and two days later, lost in its first conference game against SUNY Fredonia on March 29, 10-8. On Saturday, Oswego State played competitively against a strong Fredonia team. However, the Blue Devils’ second half performance proved to be too much for the Lakers. Coming out of halftime tied at five, the Blue Devils scored the next five goals to put the game out of reach. The Kleine sisters had the biggest impact in the game. Kassie Kleine, the Lakers’ fifth-year midfielder, led Oswego State in goals with three. Her sisters, Kristie Kleine, a freshman and Katie Kleine, a senior, each had two goals for the Blue Devils. The Lakers jumped out to an early lead. The elder Kleine kicked off the scoring with an unassisted goal at 27:23 of the first half. Emily Lange doubled the Lakers’ lead less than two minutes later at 25:49 with an unassisted goal of her own. The Blue Devils’ leading goal scorer, Marissa Cussins, scored her 25th goal of the year five minutes into the first half, cutting the Lakers’ lead to one. Kassie and Kristie Kleine then traded goals before sophomore attacker and leading point-scorer for the Lakers, Erannan Shattuck, scored her first of two goals midway through the first half. Fredonia continued to build its lead off the strength of two goals from Cussins and another from Katie Kleine. Kassie Kleine scored at 5:32 to bring the Lakers into halftime with a draw. The Lakers gave up five goals in 12

minutes to start the second half. Cussins and the Blue Devils Kleine sisters combined to add four more goals, giving Fredonia a 10-5 lead with 15 minutes left to play. The Lakers attempted a comeback, scoring three goals in the last nine minutes. Shattuck scored her second goal of the game and sophomore attacker Esther Gabriel added a goal with one second left on the clock. However, the Oswego State comeback fell short. The Lakers got a better result at home on March 27 against SUNY Canton. Lange scored with a little over three minutes left to break an 8-8 tie with the Kangaroos. The goal was the last of three on the day for the sophomore attacker. Despite having leads of 2-0, 4-1 and 6-2, the Lakers could not put Canton in the rear view mirror. Two goals in the last eight minutes of the first half and one 13 seconds into the second half brought Canton within one goal, 7-6. Hannah Christiansen, freshman midfielder for the Kangaroos, scored with eight minutes left in the first half. Joelle Percy followed Christiansen’s goal with one of her own, less than three minutes later. After the Lakers’ Shattuck and Canton’s leading scorer, Tressa Goolden traded goals going into halftime, Christiansen scored an unassisted goal seconds after play resumed. Oswego State head coach Brandi Lusk said she was not happy about her team’s inability to put Canton away. “We played flat,” she said. “We didn’t use our speed. We didn’t challenge ground balls. Not our best game.” Shattuck scored three minutes after Christiansen, allowing the Lakers to regain a multiple goal lead. However, two goals from Percy erased that lead. Canton’s senior midfielder scored at 15:10 and 4:09, both on assists from Canton’s second leading scorer, Keeley Rice. Kangaroos head coach Dave Bradman

David Armelino | The Oswegonian Senior Mackenzie Kjerstad (right) looks to advance the ball and evade a SUNY Canton defender during Oswego State’s 9-8 home win over the Kangaroos.

was pleased with his team’s ability to keep up with the Lakers. “Oswego is arguably the strongest team on our schedule,” Bradman said. “They have excellent athletes and they are well-coached. We had to play up to be in a game like that and I thought today was our best performance.” Lusk said Canton provided the Lakers with a great challenge. “Canton definitely played a great game

against us.” Lusk said. Lange saved the day for the Lakers with a goal at 3:13 of an assist from Shattuck. The late goal was something Lusk said she was happy to see. “We dug deep at the end of the game when it matters,” Lusk said. Starting net-minder Nikki Greco won her fifth game of the season, making 13 saves in the game and picking up a teamhigh five ground balls, in addition to

Men’s tennis defeats Keystone, earns first win of spring

forcing three turnovers. “If it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t have won,” Lusk said, glowing over the performance of her senior goaltender. The Lakers will start a three-game home stand on Saturday when they will honor their senior class before a conference match up with second-ranked SUNY Cortland. The Lakers will face another conference rival on Tuesday when they play SUNY Buffalo at the South Athletic Field.

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Oswego State defends home court, blanks Giants 9-0 in first action since late February

Photo provided by Sports Information The Oswego State men’s tennis team blanked Keystone College inside the Romney Field House, improving its record to 2-3 for the 2013-14 season.

Matthew Moran Staff Writer The Oswego State men’s tennis team picked up its first win of the spring season with a victory over Keystone College on Monday at Romney Fieldhouse, 9-0. The win comes after more than a month of not playing due to cancelations and postponements because of poor weather conditions. Head coach Robert Friske said his team was looking forward to getting

back on the court. “They’re itching to play, but it’s been a blessing to have the Romney facility to continue to practice in an appropriate facility,” Friske said. “The kids are really improving greatly because we’re practicing regularly. The wait hasn’t been too hard to handle because we’ve been able to play good tennis during practice, waiting for our matches.” The match started off well for the Lakers as the teams hit the courts. All three doubles teams won their matches in the pro-set format. In first doubles, senior Ben Weiss and

junior Mike Owens defeated Keystone’s Abraham Shagoury and Michael Hull by a score of 8-5. “We made some errors, but so did they. We were happy to pull out the match.” Owens said Junior Tim Van Hine and freshman Spencer Thorn won in the second doubles against Brandon Newsome and Dan Anderson, 8-2. In the third doubles match, Laker seniors Max McCune and Sam Carges shutout John Masten and Tyler Cavalari, 8-0. The seniors continued to play well as play turned to singles as Weiss defeated

a competitive opponent in Shagoury in the first singles match. Weiss gained the upper hand with his precision and was able to pull the match out in two sets (6-1, 6-2). McCune also won his match in the fourth singles matchup (6-2, 6-0) against Anderson. “You know, I don’t play first singles that often but I’m happy to do my part for the team,” Weiss said. “This is my fourth year on the team and this is definitely the best team we’ve had while I’ve been here.” The team continued its success for the rest of the singles matches. Owens won his match (6-0, 6-2) over Hull in the second singles matchup. In third singles, Van Hine won (7-5, 6-2) over Newsome. In the fifth singles, Thorn won (6-1, 6-0) against Masten. Then, in the sixth and final singles match, sophomore Justin D’Antonio defeated Ross Haberek (6-0, 6-0) to finish off the 9-0 sweep over the Giants. This was Oswego State’s first 9-0 win since its final match of the season last year when it defeated Keuka College on April 23, 2013. Friske said he is pleased with the team going forward and said he is happy the seniors have been leading the charge. “Ben is a great chemistry teammate, a very nice young man, you know we’re going to miss all the seniors, Ben, Max and Sam,” Friske said. “They have been really dedicated...they have given us a ton of stability to be able to develop other players like Tim, and now Spencer, as well as Justin. They’re just a great group.” With the win, Oswego State improves its overall record to 2-3 on the season and will look to win back-to-back matches for the first time this season at Utica College on Thursday. The Lakers will not take the court at home again until Thursday when they host St. John Fisher College.


Women’s Lacrosse Grad. Student, Cazenovia, N.Y.

Against Fredonia on Saturday, Kleine started the game with a goal at 2:47. This would ignite her as she had two more goals; leading the team with three points against the Blue Devils. The Lakers were down 5-4 as the half was coming to end. The Cazenovia native changed that with five minutes left in the half to tie it up 5-5.


Men’s Lacrosse Freshman, Massapequa. N.Y.

Between the pipes, Russo was critical in the 15-8 Laker win on Friday. Utica College couldn’t get much past the freshman as he came up huge with 16 saves on the day. The Massapequa Park native had a 66.7% save percentage.



Campus recreation sports report: co-rec volley champions crowned Incredibles responded with two goals by Tamoy Coke and Lucas Padilha. Gambardella put John Kane’s Muffin Top back in the lead with the next two goals. Abdul Bello of The Incredibles tied up the game with a goal to make the score 5-5 at the conclusion of the end of regulation.

In the golden goal overtime, Mike Rotolo of John Kane’s Muffin Top scored his second goal of the night, leading his team to a 6-5 victory. “Overall, it’s just a great feeling to win and push past the reigning champs,” Calliste said. “I’m looking forward to playing again next year.”

Standout players of the men’s competitive indoor soccer league championship included Mike Rotolo of John Kane’s Muffin Top and Tamoy Coke of The Incredibles. For more information regarding all Campus Recreation news and events visit campusrec or call Lee Hall at (315) 312-3114.

Photo provided by Campus Recreation No. 1 Bumpin Uglies defeated Volleybrawlers in four sets and was crowned co-rec volleyball champions.

Lauren Lasky Contributing Writer With the start of April, Campus Recreation is ready for a fast and active spring. Walking to Wellness began on Tuesday and will be in progress until April 30. The 102 participants will log their steps with a personal pedometer to reach their fitness goals. With the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four set for this weekend, the Campus Recreation bracket challenge has set their final two. Austin McGrath and Ryan Miske will battle for the crown depending on the results of the Final Four. Both of the participants have the University of Florida as their projected champion. The 6 V 6 dodgeball and team handball leagues began last week. In the dodgeball league, 44 teams combined to register for the co-rec, men’s and women’s divisions. In team handball, 15 teams are ready for action between co-rec and men’s. The last team to earn its championship in the spring volleyball league was the Bumpin Uglies in the co-rec division. The Bumpin Uglies came into the playoffs with the No. 1 seed and did not look back. After a 3-0 sweep in the first matchup, the cham-

pions were tested in the second round with a five-set victory over Ten Foot Line. In the championship game, they would square off with the seventh-seeded Volleybrawlers. It took four sets to name Bumpin Uglies as the 2014 co-rec volleyball champions. The indoor soccer league concluded Monday night with the co-rec and men’s competitive championship games. Both games proved to be a fight to the finish as players went all out for the win. In the co-rec league, Generic Team Name took the win over Team Swagger, 5-3. Captain Brandon Comden led the team with four goals. “It feels really good to win,” said Comden. “The girls weren’t afraid of anything and our goalie (Matt McDorman) really stepped up to the challenge.” Valeria Kudinov also scored a goal for Generic Team Name. For Team Swagger, two goals were scored by Tamoy Coke and one by Cruz Walcott. For the men’s competitive league, John Kane’s Muffin Top won over the former indoor champions, The Incredibles. “I’m really, really happy,” captain Marlon Calliste said. “We had a great offense and defense, which really helped us to grind out this win.” Stephen Gambardella started the game with a goal for John Kane’s Muffin Top. The

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“Maybe to help them out for school but not as a job. It’d be unfair to the rest of the students.”

The announcement of the SUNY Oswego Bike-Share Program, reported in this week’s edition, is a positive step in sustainability for the campus. The program, though still in its infant stages, has the potential to provide students a cheap, quick and healthy way to get around campus. Beyond that, it has great potential to take more cars, and their carbon emissions, off Oswego’s roads. As a state school, the fact that this will allow more students access to bicycles, who otherwise might not be able to afford them, should not be overlooked either. The Oswegonian hopes that the program will continue to grow to allow more

Cassandra Schumacher senior, creative writing and anthropology major “I don’t believe college athletes are paid because they already receive full scholarships. But there’s a gray area since the NCAA makes a lot of money of them.” Mike Nakoski junior, broadcasting and mass communications major.

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students access to bikes. The program is a positive sign that the university is willing to commit time and resources toward creating a sustainable campus. The larger campus projects, such as Shineman’s sustainability efforts, get the majority of the attention, but smaller projects such as the bike-share program have an important role as well. The program can hopefully serve as an indicator of more to come. First in the growth of the original program, and then in programs beyond it. The Zipcar system, for one, is currently underused by students and could use either expansion or review.

Bicycles also are not always easy to use as a tool to get around campus, as several areas lack bicycle lanes. The same could be said about the city as well. As the program progresses, this and other issues will have to be addressed. Specifically roads. Due to the particularly harsh winter, conditions of the roads on and off campus have been poor. If a program such as bicycle-share takes off with students, which this newspaper anticipates, it should serve as an impetus for the school to examine even more ways to help students find cheap, efficient forms of transportation.


High-risk decisions have big payouts

Connor Gannan Asst. Multimedia Editor When I came to Oswego as a transfer student, I had no idea that I would be where I am today. I remember sitting in the ice arena with my candle in hand staring at all the surrounding flames and thinking to myself that I was going to do great things. Like the many other new students around me, I was still concerned about my future and development.

Transferring in the fall semester of 2013 from a community college that had roughly 600 total residential students on campus, it was quite the adjustment coming to Oswego State. Living in apartment style housing for two years, there was also the struggle of moving to a shoeboxsized dorm room setting. Knowing I had issues with claustrophobia, I didn’t think it would go well. The thing is, if I were not claustrophobic, I would never be where I am today. After my first week of living in the wonderful Riggs Hall, I knew that there was so much more around me than air conditioning. First thing was that I needed to meet people. I made up a strategy where I would sit next to someone and say, “Hi, I’m not really feeling the whole sitting alone thing. Is this seat taken?” After a few laughs, there really was nothing to it. Meeting one person after another it dawned on me that the majority of people I came in contact with were broadcasting majors and I didn’t even seek them out. Discussing past histories with these new friends on campus, I found there

was always mention of at least one student media group. So I told myself that if I applied for a position in every group, chances were that I would at least get one. Instead, I received a position in every group. WTOP, WNYO and The Oswegonian welcomed me with open arms and that is what makes each of them so great to work with. From that experience, I told myself to take my luck of the Irish to a whole new level and apply for a resident assistant on campus. After being a resident for only one semester, I was hired as an RA in Funnelle Hall for the Spring 2014 semester, given the privilege to work with an amazing staff. Being in my second semester at Oswego State, I can honestly say I couldn’t be happier where I am today and with the opportunities given to me. Those who find themselves lost and not sure which path to take in your college career, never doubt yourself. Every decision you make toward your success on a college campus should be treated as a bonus question. What do you have to lose?

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“I don’t think they should because they’re students first and being paid changes it from student athelete to employee.”

“I think it offers an interesting opportunity to reward students for working really hard. At the same time though there a lot of other students who are doing things just as well.”


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Do you think that college atheletes should be paid? “They should be paid because they make millions of dollars in merchandise for their school. Plus many schools don’t focus on athlete grades anyway.”


Luke Parsnow Asst. News Editor Do you remember those days from middle school and high school where you received those five-week or 10-week reports that showed your grades? Those reports that some of us looked forward to seeing and that some of us made sure to check the mailbox before our parents did around the time they would usually come? Yes, I remember those two. At the time, I didn’t really look at them more than once, saw I was doing fine, and they got shoved in a bunch of other paperwork, never to emerge again. But, as Benjamin Franklin once said, “you never know the

value of water until the well runs dry.” The same can be said for midterm grades in college. Midterm grades for the current semester were due by faculty on March 28. A lot of people were complaining to me about not seeing them being posted. As of now, all of those people have received all of their midterm grades for their classes. My midterm grades report remains empty. And that is nothing new. For the fall 2012 semester, I had three midterm grades given, last spring I had two and last fall I had a whomping one midterm grade. And in most cases, the classes that have been listed are ones that I know generally where I stand. To the best of my knowledge, my freshman year at Oswego State I was told that the administration had changed the rule about midterm grades for that spring semester. Previously, midterm grades were only required for 300-level courses and above. I was told that spring that midterm grades were now required for all classes. I understand that a lot of times, a student’s midterm grade is literally nothing close to what a student might actually get in the class. Only half of the class is over and only half, or maybe hardly grades at all, can be factored together to generate a midterm grade. I am a creative writing major and in most of the creative

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writing classes I’ve taken, the major grade for the class doesn’t even come until the last third or quarter of the class, meaning my midterm grade was based off a few small homework assignments and my attendance and participation. There has been a few times however, that midterm grades have kind of saved me. I can remember one particular class. I took American history to 1865 my freshman year. The only grades I had for the class was 25-question test every Friday. I was never able to find out how I scored on these quizzes. I figured I had been doing relatively well on them all along. When I received my midterm grade (it was actually one of the ones I did get) it was a “C.” I was greatly surprised and did not expect that at all. I am a history minor and was not going to allow myself to receive a “C” in a general American history class. So I was able to reverse the problem, work harder and study more, and ended up receiving an “A” in the class. I would never have known that though if I didn’t receive that midterm grade. I know it is a lot of work for professors to put together these grades to do in a small period of time. They have their own life too after all. But it is nice for us students to know where we stand midstream. Knowing where we are helps us know where to go from here.

◊ Snygg for getting uglier by the day. ◊ Omy for begging for a tip of the hat. Tsk tsk. ◊ those who don’t participate on Quest day.

◊ the new SA leaders. Best of luck with your new positions. ◊ the Bike-Share Program. ◊ those presenting on Quest day.

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‘Colbert Report’ offends


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Racially-controversial tweet from satire show stirs social media uproar Emily Cole Staff Writer

Twitter has changed the way that people watch television. Many shows have verified Twitter accounts and encourage the use of hashtags. The verified accounts tweet quotes, behind the scenes looks or about upcoming segments that will appear on the show. These verified accounts are run by people who are hired in the media department of the show, rather than the host of the show directly tweeting. In some cases this can lead to problems, as Stephen Colbert found out on March 27. Colbert is an American political satirist who hosts “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. “The Colbert Report” is known to feature some skits that offend different racial groups. However, last week it was a tweet this time that offended a racial group. On March 27, Colbert created a skit to poke fun at the owner of the Washington Redskins, Dan Snyder. Snyder refuses to change the name of his team even though it offends many Native Americans, but he tried to make himself look better by creating “The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.” Colbert’s skit involved him bringing up an “offensive” character that Colbert created named “Ching-Chong DingDong.” Colbert stated that some find this character an offensive depiction of an Asian American and he refuted this by saying that Ching-Chong Ding Dong from Guangong is a China-man who

would choke if he ever heard that he was stereotyped. Colbert stated that people wanted him to remove the character, however, Colbert didn’t want to do that, and so for compensation he created “The Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” Obviously this was just a joke, however, it offended many Asian-Americans.

Over the many years ‘The Colbert Report’ has been on television, Colbert has poked at and has said many politically wrong things. This incident is no different from any other night on this show.” A person running “The Colbert Report” Twitter account tweeted “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing The Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” without adding any content from the original skit. The tweet sparked outrage all across America. Eventually a hashtag about the tweet was started, #CancelColbert and it was started by Suey Park, a writer and activist. All it took was one tweet and soon it became a trending topic. Thousands of people all across America were demanding for Colbert’s show to be cancelled. Eight hours after the controversial

tweet was sent, Colbert’s personal Twitter account (@StephenAtHome) got involved. Colbert personally tweeted “#CancelColbert- I agree just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that though? I’m @StephenAtHome.” The Colbert Report’s Twitter (@ColbertReport) also tweeted “For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome. Sorry for the confusion #CancelColbert.” These two tweets show that Colbert does not agree with and would never send out the controversial tweet. However, it does not change the fact that the tweet was sent out and it reflects the view of the show. People still feel the same way and are pushing to have the show canceled. Starting the hashtag #CancelColbert and pushing for the show to get canceled is a drastic measure. Yes, the tweet was wrong but it fits with the nature of the show. Over many years, “The Colbert Report” has poked fun at and has said many politically incorrect things. This incident is no different from any other night on his show. People need to put the situation into perspective and realize that the tweet did not reflect Colbert’s opinion and let one of the greatest political satirists live on.

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Preparation is paramount as registration dates approach Gabrielle Prusak Staff Writer

It’s that time of the semester when everyone starts to stress out about what classes to take for next semester. Plenty of people have panic attacks, some people cry on the floor with confusion and others freak out until they get what they need. But have no fear—there are plenty of ways to not stress out about it. One way to not stress out about it is to take your time figuring out what classes you need to take. Look at the classes that are listed for next semester at least once a day. Make sure you look at your Degree Works and see what classes you need to take. Then make a list of all the classes that you need and see if they’re being offered this semester. Don’t worry if they’re not listed for the fall, as there is always the spring semester. But make sure you’re keeping track of all your classes. You should also be writing down the times and the CRN number. This will help you to make your schedule easier and quicker. Another way is to make as many different possible schedules as you can. As you go up in years, there will be more classes to choose from so making more schedules will be a lot easier. Don’t be afraid to say

“no” to a time slot if you really don’t want it. If you can’t get up at 8 a.m. no one is going to penalize you for it, especially if there is a later time. There will also be different time slots for the class during the next semester. Your adviser is also a great resource because they know how your program works and what you need to graduate with. At this point, your adviser should at least know you well enough to tell you what courses you need to take and give you some advice on what courses you will enjoy. If you don’t know your adviser well, but you have a professor that you are comfortable with, you’re always able to go and talk to them. There isn’t a professor or adviser that will turn down a student at this school. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

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from anyone. The most important thing to remember is that people do drop out or transfer during the summer. If you don’t get the class you want right away, you can always keep an eye on it over the summer. A lot of people claim this doesn’t happen, but in reality, there are people who don’t do as well as they’d thought or transferred to a different school at the last second, leaving an open spot just for you. So don’t stress over not getting into that class you really wanted right away. You have all summer to keep checking. I understand that this is a very stressful time of the semester, especially with room changes that are right around the corner, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. If you just relax, take your time with your schedule, ask for help and make as many schedules as you possibly can, you’ll be fine. Don’t forget to check over the break to see if there is a class you really wanted that is open. You don’t have freak out. You can always overload with the permission of your professor and you can always take a summer or winter course. Scheduling should be the most exciting time of the year because you get to choose the next classes you will be taking. It’s one more semester closer to graduating and one more semester of learning more things you’ll need for your future. Don’t stress it, embrace it and enjoy scheduling.

Simple solutions for stress problems Sarah Cuddahee Contributing Writer It’s almost that time of year again. Yep, the most dreaded time of the semester. Finals week. I can feel the panic coming from students as I walk on campus. But do not fret, there are ways to help reduce your stress and fear. Have you ever decided to take a walk around campus? I know you haven’t recently, but when it’s nice out, take a walk. Walk through the quad, by the Campus Center, or, my personal favorite, take a nice stroll down by the lake. But don’t walk on the ice unless you want to add more stress than you already have. The lake is a great place to sit and relax, shut your mind off and listen to the calm sounds of the water, swooshing back and forth. If you really focus on the air around you and the smooth sounds of peace, you will feel the stress leaving your body. It’s quite soothing. If you don’t like walking, try yoga. I personally had never done yoga before this past weekend at the gym, and it was amazing. Just let yourself go and focus on

your breathing. You become one with your body and release all the tension you’re feeling because of that dreaded 15 page research paper or the 50 question final you have to pass. Try and remember that this too shall pass and afterward you will find peace in freeing your mind. There’s also Zen meditation every Friday at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Close your eyes and tune out the thoughts that are stressing you out. You’re only as stressed as you think you are.” There’s one activity which I find to be the most effective way to find peace for a moment, and that is listening to music. Music is a gift to the soul. Put on your favorite artist, or an artist you’ve never listened to before, and feel the words. Get lost in the music and the sounds of their voice filling your ears with phrases and words you might not even understand. Close your eyes and tune out the thoughts

that are stressing you out. You’re only as stressed as you think you are. Don’t think, just listen. Walk around campus while listening to music and notice the world around you without hearing anything that’s going on. It’s just you, the music and your perception. Finals week is scary, I know. It comes at us out of nowhere and we’re left with panic and confusion. How did it get here so fast? It was just Valentine’s Day! But relaxation and comfort are felt easily through the willingness of you. Let your mind be free of stress. Do this for yourself.

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Stephanie Mirambeaux Copy Editor Porn tells us that all women look the same. Clean-shaven and so small she’s virtually non-existent. It tells us that women have sex the same way and they like the same things. Porn tells us that women are interested in the same positions and it tells us that all women like the lights on and have no qualms about their bodies. “The Vagina Monologues” tries to dispel those notions by addressing issues real women face every day. Oswego State hosted the play on Friday and Saturday in the Sheldon Ballroom. The monologues were started by Eve Ensler in 1996 and they covered topics like sex, relationships and acts of violence against women. Some people may find the content offensive but that isn’t what makes “The Vagina Monologues” so important. What makes the monologues so great is it shows there are women who share the same insecurities and who have gone through similar experiences regarding love and sex. While it’s difficult to make it more current because the performance is still the same as it was in the ‘90s, there’s the huge likelihood that women today feel the same. The show talked about real reactions from women who took time to notice their bodies, even the parts they didn’t like. They talked about how trips to the gynecologist are extremely uncomfortable and how no true effort is made for the woman to relax in that setting.

Women are made to feel like pariahs for not shaving or for having differently shaped, colored or formed body parts but, “The Vagina Monologues,” in so many ways, shed a light on that. They highlight how women are the same, but different at the same time. Those differences are a reason to celebrate. It evokes a feeling of liberation and solidarity among women. To hear that there are other people who are uncomfortable about the same thing brings out a bond. Women shy away from

What makes the monologues so great is it shows there are women who share the same insecurities and who have gone through similar experiences regarding love and sex.” talking about vaginas, like they’re something dirty, but the monologues are important because they focus on taking back female sexuality by making the word “vagina” less of a secret, something people whisper in the confines of their own homes. They’re important because it highlights the many different ways that women identify with themselves. It’s not just about living with yourself and your body, it’s about loving and accepting who you are. It’s about empowerment. “The Vagina Monologues” are important because they expose the dirtier thoughts and the vulnerabilities. They’re important because it allows for women to celebrate their vaginas and what it means to be a woman. The relationship a woman has with herself is the most important one she can strive to have.

‘Student-athletes’ merit voice

Ryan Deffenbaugh Editor-in-Chief As compensation for my work as editor-inchief at this paper, I am given around $70 every two weeks. It isn’t much, and certainly doesn’t correspond to the amount of hours put in, but it’s a nice validation of the work and helps buy a few lunches a week on campus. The idea behind paying someone holding my position (along with the majority of positions on The Oswegonian’s staff), I imagine, is that we provide a service to the school. We report on news each week and provide an outlet that contributes to campus discourse and culture. We also net a modest amount of advertising revenue. I dedicate a large amount of my own time to running a publication, even though I’m still a student, and compensated for my efforts. No one seems to mind. Now, let’s say I’m a college athlete. I too would be giving up the majority of my time toward a cause. The games I play in, especially at the Division I level, draw substantial revenue for the school, and the connection that sports create between universities and alumni (and most importantly their checkbooks) is undisputed. Certainly more in both regards than any student newspaper. I am doing all this at the expense of my own time, which could otherwise be used toward a job, internship or other activities more toward my own individual benefit. Plus, let’s not forget, through the mere act of putting on a uniform, I am putting myself in physical danger. Yet, in this scenario, I should expect only a scholarship at Division I level, and absolutely nothing in Division II or III. A sentence like ‘only a scholarship’ could easily end a conversation. It does have a certain entitlement to it, at face value. College is expensive after all, and ways to pay for it aren’t easy to come by. But compare that $40,000-per-year scholarship to the $1,300 average ticket price for the Final Four this weekend in the massive Cowboys Stadium. Consider the almost 110,000 seats in the University of Michigan’s stadium, which sells out multiple times per year. Put it against the $5.2 million that Nick Saban will be paid to coach the University of Alabama football team this year, making him the highest paid public employee in the state. It doesn’t add up. The current system is both outdated and

exploitative and has to change. Players don’t need to cash in million dollar paychecks, but they should be able to afford lunch. Watch “Schooled: The Price of College Sports,” a documentary on the subject, and you will hear story after story of players who made their universities millions of dollars on the gridiron or court, and then went home to empty dorm-room fridges. Arian Foster, a superstar running back with the Houston Texans who signed a 4-year, $52 million contract in 2012, said that while on scholarship at Tennessee, he had so little food that he had to call his coach and beg for lunch for him and his teammates. What’s worse, had his coach been caught providing that lunch, the whole team would be investigated and possibly penalized by the NCAA. Profit off the players – just don’t feed them. Something’s wrong with that picture. This is by no means a new opinion. In fact, the issue has been debated for years. Unfortunately, the people who hold all the cards, the all-powerful NCAA, have been entirely inflexible to even a discussion on the idea. A recent court ruling, however, could be a sign that the NCAA won’t be able to cling forever to the concept of amateurism and the “student-athlete.” On March 26, a regional director on the National Labor Relations Board ruled that football players on scholarship at Northwestern University are employees of the university and thus have a right to unionize. The movement had begun in the fall, when the players, disgruntled with the college football system that benefits everyone except those on the field risking their necks, began to unite. They wrote “APU” on their wristband, for All Players United. They then petitioned to unionize in January. Now, in the grand scheme of getting players paid, the ruling is a pebble thrown into the ocean. The leader of the group, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, has said that “pay-for-play” salaries are not even on the agenda for the group. Instead they will fight for better healthcare coverage, larger scholarship funds and other benefits. Beyond that, the NLRB only regulates private institutions and the majority of the largest athletic programs in the country reside in public universities. The team, by the way, is still yet to vote on whether to actually become an official union. But it’s a step, and one that sets a precedent that could allow more teams to unionize and fight for better benefits. And in a system that to this point has been under the complete and unyielding control of the NCAA, an entity with a lot to lose from having to extend larger benefits to athletes, any step that gets more players to the negotiating table is a positive one. In the meantime, players best suit up and get out there. Those alumni dollars won’t make themselves.



‘How I Met Your Mother’ series finale incites anger


COVER: Grad student’s stunning art exhibit


Slacker rock shenanigans on Mac Demarco’s ‘Salad Days’

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Art Exhibit: Generations iv Date: Friday, April 4 Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Tyler Art Gallery, Tyler Hall Art exhibition: Traditional Illustration Date: Friday, April 4 Time: 12 - 5 p.m. Location: Oswego State Downtown, 186 W. First St. African Student Organization Fashion show Date: Friday, April 4 Time: 6- 10 p.m. Location: Ballroom, Hewitt Union SPRING CARNIVAL Date: Saturday, April 5 Time: 3 - 7 p.m. Location: Ballroom, Hewitt Union African student organization dinner Date: Saturday, April 5 Time: 6 - 9 p.m. Tickets: $10 for students Location: Ballroom, Sheldon Hall CONCERT: BAROQUE MUSIC AND DANCE Date: Sunday, April 6 Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $5 for students Location: Ballroom, Sheldon Hall CONCERT: Run Boy Run Date: Sunday, April 6 Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $14 Location: McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St. Planetarium Show Date: Sunday, April 6 Time: 7- 8 p.m. Location: Shineman Center, second floor International COffee HOur Date: Monday, April 7 Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m. Location: Room 255, Campus Center Quest: Keynote speaker Bruce coville Date: Wednesday, April 9 Time: 10 - 11 a.m. Location: Auditorium, Campus Center

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Photo provided by CBS Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti in the “How I Met Your Mother” series finale. Reviews were split among fans.

Seamus Lyman News Editor

Nine seasons, 208 episodes and some legendary moments all came to an end this week when Ted Mosby met the titular mother. There will be plenty of spoilers ahead in this review, so beware. The one-hour special opens with the gang (Ted, Robin, Barney, Lily and Marshall) all at MacLaren’s enjoying a drink. It’s 2005 and Lily (Alyson Hannigan “American Reunion) tells Ted (Josh Radnor “Afternoon Delight”) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris “The Smurfs II”) that the only way she would let either one of them hook up with Robin (Cobie Smulders “The Lego Movie”) is if they married her. Back in the present, Barney is dancing with Robin at their wedding reception. Ted, who is heading off Chicago the next day, notices the bassist of the wedding band. After one last “major” salute between Ted and Robin, a creepy E.T. reference and a high-five for infinity with a “Ghostbusters” reference, Ted is waiting for his train when the old lady he was talking to points out the girl with the bass guitar standing on the platform waiting for a train as well. Ted is reluctant

to talk to her. When Marshall and Lily enter MacLaren’s feeling different because Ted is gone, they find him in their booth having a drink. Ted decided to stay in New York because of the bass player. Marshall criticizes Ted for falling in love too quickly, but Lily sees something different in Ted’s acting. Between some flash-forwards and flashbacks, it’s made clear that Ted is marrying the bassist, Tracy. She comes into the bar to tell Ted that the wedding has to be put off, but for a good reason: she’s pregnant. A year later, the gang plus Tracy are in the house Ted bought in 2010, as a reminder of his failed relationships. It’s revealed Barney and Robin got a divorce. This is where things begin to set up for the end. Barney and Robin reassure their friends that things aren’t going to change. Barney reveals Lily is pregnant with her third child. Marshall and Lily hold one last Halloween party on the roof before moving out. Robin comes to the party and, after seeing Ted and Tracy kiss, she decides to leave. She runs into Lily on her way out and they have an argument and Robin reveals that she feels she should have ended up with Ted and doesn’t feel comfortable being a part of the gang anymore. Next, it’s 2018 and Lily, Barney and Ted are waiting at MacLaren’s for Marshall.

Barney is ready for a “legen... wait for it....dary night,” but he’s the only one without kids to worry about. They talk about how they haven’t seen Robin in a long time, Marshall finds out that he’s going to be a judge, something he’s been waiting for after turning the judgeship down and Barney is back to his old ways of trying to hook up with numerous women. He tells them that he’s convinced that since his relationship with Robin did not work out, no relationship he has will work out in the long run. Then he informs the gang that he’s gone for the perfect month – hooking up with 31 women in 31 days and succeeded but number 31 got pregnant. When Barney meets his daughter, Ellie, he has a moment of clarity. He tells her that she is the love of his life and that everything he has and everything he is, is hers forever. This marks a turning point in Barney’s life. He’s able to become the father figure he never had which ties up the loose ends in his story. Ted reproposes to Tracy and tells her that they’re going to get married that Thursday. The gang meets at MacLaren’s before Ted’s wedding. Lily says she has now seen everything when she sees Barney tell two women to go home and get dressed. Then, Robin walks into the bar because Tracy convinced her to go to the wedding. Tracy takes a picture of the gang in their booth at Ma-

cLaren’s and they make a toast to Ted for finding the woman he would marry after nine long years of searching. Pictures of Ted and Tracy flash as if they were from a scrapbook and Ted reveals that Tracy became terminally ill, which is something that fans have speculated for some time now. Everything comes back to the Farhampton train station. Ted is looking at Tracy, who is standing in the rain. He approaches her and begins to talk to her. The two realize that their paths have crossed multiple times in the past nine years. Tracy was Cindy’s roommate. Ted accidentally taught Tracy’s economics 305 class. Ted left the yellow umbrella at Cindy’s when he dated her and they playfully argue over the owner of the umbrella, since it had been Tracy’s but Ted found it on St. Patrick’s Day one year. Their paths finally meet and the story is over. Ted says “and that kids, is how I met your mother.” The kids are disappointed with the story. They believe that the story was about how he’s crazy about their Aunt Robin. Penny tells Ted that their mother has been gone for six years now and he should call Robin and ask her on a date. Ted agrees and begins to call Robin, but then has a better idea. He shows up to her apartment with the blue French horn from their first date. The episode ends, cutting to a black screen with the show’s title. All signs have lead to this finale. Robin was Ted’s first love interest. Yes, the show is supposed to be about how Ted met the kids’ mother, but the story was always meant to end with that. While some argue that the story should not have gone any further than that, the show chooses to wrap up all the loose ends in the story. Ted getting back with Robin makes perfect sense because everyone ends up where they wanted to be all along. Agree with how the writers ended it or not, “How I Met Your Mother” does a great job of telling the story of life and growing up from your mid-20s into your 30s and beyond. The show gives us the realities of life, love and happiness. It had a great nine-year run. Although some fans strongly disagree with how things wrapped up, the story itself fits and it has been one legendary ride.

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Weekly EP Revue: Celeigh Chapman Riley Ackley Staff Writer

In 2011, Celeigh Chapman’s band, COYOL, released its debut, self-titled EP. Largely unnoticed by mainstream audiences and media, it seemed that Chapman’s band would slip through the cracks. However, the Los Angeles-based artist is new to the industry. Before the age of 18, Chapman was able to sell out Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace. She even gained some recognition after her first performance at the public level when she was 13. But, as she entered college, it seemed the young hopeful had left music forever, but Chapman hadn’t. After attending USC’s Thornton School of Music, Chapman continued to pursue music. Now, with the release of her first solo EP, “Happy Now,” which blends

country and folk sounds, she hopes to garner a little more attention. The lead track, “No Words,” is a classically simple country song that will leave listeners reminiscing of the days of artists like Patsy Cline. Filled with twanging vocals and saloonstyle instrumentals, “No Words” is perhaps the album’s best track as it showcases the power and range in Chapman’s voice. “Iowaposta” is the next best thing on “Happy Now.” Sweet and acoustically-backed, “Iowaposta” packs quite the punch for something so clean sounding. It’s the closest track to a singer-songwriter crossover and is somehow effortless in its sounds as Chapman’s swooning vocals pass over simplistic instrumentals. Folksy, yet pop-infused, the track “Happy Now” has a melodic and soothing beat. Like Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” the song offers a presence that is beautifully layered and slow-paced. As the album’s most upbeat track, “Man Down” provides di-

versity with a much more engaging tone that is both inviting and fun. It’s an energetic track that will leave listeners swaying in place. “Coming Back (To You)” is the EP’s only track that falls somewhere between indifference and worthlessness. With a sound similar to that of Miranda Lambert, the final song on the EP is a somewhat inauthentic and basic track with little promise. With so many country artists in the world, an upcoming artist must provide something new and revolutionary in their music in order to break through. With the exception of this track, Chapman does seem to have the potential to do so. Overall, “Happy Now” should definitely prove to be a step in the right direction for Chapman’s music career. It’s multidimensional with tracks that will appeal to fans of more acoustic, singer-songwriting country and to those with a more pop-culture understanding of the genre.

Photo provided by Celeigh Chapman’s energetic, fresh brand of folk music sets her apart in a hypersaturated musical landscape.

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Student artist looks to start new conversation on slavery

Tasigh Greenidge-James | The Oswegonian Mark Taitt stands in front of one of his pieces. Taitt Photoshopped pictures of slaves he found at the New York Public Library in a project aiming to glorify them.

Shanna Fuld Copy Editor The “Identity” exhibit was alive in every way at the opening ceremony Friday, March 28. Between the photographs of humans and outdoor scenes, walking through the exhibit was not just a viewing, but also an experience for the senses, mind and self. Upon entering the exhibit, the viewer is greeted by strong images of black slaves, which in itself is enough reason to stop in

your tracks to take a look. The inner walls have framed, photoshopped photographs of slaves of different ages. The black and white photographs emit a haunting feeling due to the dramatic black and white photo. Mark Taitt is a graduate student at Oswego State, studying graphic design, created the exhibit, titled “Identity,” as his final project. Taitt Photoshopped all of the people to have a halo around the head, in order to glorify that person’s existence. In the Renaissance, kings, queens and peo-

ple of higher status often were painted with halos. Taitt used this method to show that a slave could be just as important to a country as they were during the Renaissance period. “Their hands sowed the earth,” Taitt said. “These are the people that built this country. My idea is to glorify them.” The people in the photos have been Photoshopped in a way that it feels you can jump right into the picture, or extend out your hand to shake theirs. The photographs were so realistic and almost 3-dimensional that one couldn’t help but looking at the pictures from just inches away. The purpose is to show that these people are not to be swept under the rug in past history, but to be remembered as the people who built this country. “These are your forefathers,” Taitt said. The main image in the gallery is of a slave named Gordon. The photo is recovered from a physical assessment he took before going into the Civil War. His back is full of whip marks and is painful to look at. All of the other photos (retrieved from the New York Public Library) have people whose eyes are all looking in the direction of

Gordon, an intentional move by Taitt. Another intention of Taitt grouped the photos of separate people in a way they could be viewed as in a family. He wanted to target the idea of being a family, and even if the people in the pictures were not related. Taitt feels that a family dynamic is something that needs to be strengthened within the black community, and that there is a large disconnect within black families dating back to slavery. “I want people to feel like this isn’t a conversation you shy away from,” Taitt said. “I’m not mad. I’m not some angry artist. I want to break down the idea of a slave. They weren’t sassy all the time. They were multi-faceted people.” The outside walls were lined with brilliantly-colored photographs. The photos were taken by art department chair Cynthia Clabough. Photographs were of old slave quarters, outhouses, fields and landscaping from old plantation spots. The symmetry in the photographs was not only aesthetically pleasing, but created an intensity that heightened the rest of the show. Before exiting the row of landscape photos, there was a

full-length mirror, where people were able to look at themselves and evaluate. “For me, it’s really about capturing who you are inside and understand different people’s perception of who you are,” Devin Hu, spectator and friend of Taitt’s said. On the flip side of the innerl walls lined with the photographs“ of slaves, was a chalkboard wall,D where people were encouraged toa write a word that described them-“ selves. People put their organization names, words of things theya liked and titles. The most inter-i esting one was simple – “middle-s aged white woman.” e “You’re supposed to look atd yourself in the mirror,’ Hu said.a “Who are you? What would this exhibition be if this was am middle aged white woman? Youf must break down the face andt become just a person.” m If a conversation about per-t ceptual identity is what Taittc was trying to achieve, the spec-d tators were indeed buzzing. Thej faces and fields of our country’s past and present is what Taitt used to show a nation that was molded by people who we often try to forget.

‘Noah’ provides strong performances, fresh take on Biblical tale Elliot Altland Contributing Writer

There are many individuals that are skeptical about going and seeing “Noah,” myself included, because this movie is based off a tale from the Bible. However, the movie does an incredible job of staying true to the source material without forcing religion down the viewer’s throat. The acting and writing for “Noah” are top notch. While the movie somewhat overstays its welcome, this is a version of the story of Noah that’s definitely worth seeing. The best part of “Noah” has to be how great the performances are across the board. Russell Crowe (“Winter’s Tale”) and Emma Watson (“This is the End”) in particular steal the show, as Noah and Ila. They succeeded in giving the movie emotional complexity and life. This movie follows the life story of Noah but it also does an incredible job at looking at

Photo provided by studio Russell Crowe (right) gives a riveting performance as the titular Noah.

the dark side of humanity. The world of Noah seems much more of a post-apocalyptic one than one set in the past. The movie does a great job of both introducing the world and its history, and then bringing this world to life. The time spent in the slums of this society make you feel empathetic for the humans trying to fight their way onto the arc. Our villain Tubal-cain is not only a physically intimidating murderer, but also a charismatic leader. Tubalcain wants to steal the ark from Noah

for man. He believes “the creator” has left mankind to fend for itself and that man’s destiny lies in his own hands. This man, while obviously dark and a leader of a corrupt society, is at the same time fighting to save thousands of lives. “Noah” has a very simple plot, but it does a phenomenal job of looking at the issue from different perspectives. Our villain is the product of a corrupt society but still has hopes to save humanity, while our hero is condemning thousands to death,

choosing only to save his own family. “Noah” portrays the story in a way that looks at the darkness and conviction in all men, even our hero. Watson, Logan Lerman (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), and Jennifer Connelly (“He’s Just Not That Into You”) serve incredibly as our supporting cast. Jennifer Connelly is Naameh, Noah’s wife, and throughout the movie she challenges Noah and his convictions, questioning the dark actions he is forced to commit out of love for their family. Emma Watson gives one of her best performances to date as Ila, a woman unable to produce children who is thus willing to both give up the man she loves and her spot on the ark. The production value of “Noah” is undoubtedly incredible. From the thousands of animals and the massive arc to the bottomless oceans and cities of man, “Noah” consistently impresses. The world is immersive and full of life. In particular, there was one very well-done sequence showing the process of evolution as it happened over the seven days of creation. The only flaw in the film is run-

ning time. The movie is a lengthy one because it covers every part of Noah’s life, beginning to end. While it’s hard to determine what exactly should have been cut from “Noah,” the movie definitely seemed to drag on at certain points. There were also some very shallow and overlooked characters that lacked any personality or screen time, but were still integral to the story. Some of the side stories, while meaningful, seem to be in the film just for the sake of creating drama. As a religious tale, “Noah” creJ ates a story and world that will apC peal to all. The acting and writing l in “Noah” are phenomenal, and Russell Crowe’s performance is both complex and deep as he portrays the good and evil in humanity. For the most part, the supporting cast performs well and the plot and subplot throughout “Noah” are well thought-out. “Noah” suffers from issues in length and underdeveloped characters and subplots, but is still a movie worth seeing, if for no other reason than how great the performances are from the primary cast.

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‘Salad Days’ combines irreverence with distinct maturity Alain Pierre-Lys Opinion Editor

Deemed a habitual jokester by listeners of his first release, the EP “Rock and Roll Night Club,” Mac Demarco completes what has been an evolution with his third album “Salad Days.” Known for his raunchy on-stage antics, the Canadian-born multiinstrumentalist’s distinct “slacker” style has kept listeners guessing and entertained. “Salad Days” offers a different form of Demarco, matured and well-tempered. The album begins in usual Demarco style, with a simple rhythm focused on his distinct dreamy guitar style and backing instruments meant to carry the true weight of the songs. With lyrical themes including, “Missing hippy Jon, salad days are gone/Remembering things just to tell ‘em so long,” heard on the

track, titled “Salad Days,” Demarco details the transition into true adulthood with the excuse of youth fading away. The combination of these two sides of Demarco is shown best on the most recent single, “Brother.” The song acts as a plea to Demarco’s “brother,” centering on self-reflection and patience. Despite a lack of lyrics, the song still gives the listener the same comfortable feeling of a classic Demarco song, with a hint of wisdom. The combination of Demarco’s melancholic voice and the psychedelic bridge makes this track one of the standouts of the album. The halfway point of the album comes with “Goodbye Weekend,” which offers one of the album’s most lasting themes and “Let My Baby Stay,” an enticing song that is undoubtedly catchy. With “Goodbye Weekend,” Demarco furthers the point that his salad days are over, but that he will be living his life on his own terms. Lyrics including, “So don’t go telling me how this boy should be leaving his own life/Sometimes rough but generally

speaking I’m fine,” leave the listener with a definite promise of the same old Mac. Without making a dramatic change in pace or using a skit as Demarco has used in the past, the album takes a turn in a different direction. The second half of the album allows Demarco to show his growth off in every aspect. Demarco’s production, which has improved with each of his major releases, seems to come together at the end of “Salad Days.” The second half features some of the more memorable compositions, including “Passing Out Pieces.” Other standout songs from the second half include “Chamber Of Reflection,” which doesn’t seem like a Mac Demarco song, but manages to include all his best qualities, sparse lyrics put to intricate and hypnotizing melodies. “Go Easy,” the album’s penultimate, somewhat mirrors “Chamber Of Reflection” but in a much more familiar fashion. Mac Demarco explores some of the most interesting lyrical themes he’s ever explored in “Salad Days.” These lyrical themes, coupled with

Photo provided by Canadian slacker troubadour Mac Demarco, known for a distinct on-stage demeanor, builds on his persona throughout “Salad Days,” his third album.

his dreamy melodies and candid song writing, makes this possibly Mac Demarco’s most consistent album. The only weakness could be seen in the length; at 11 tracks and 35

minutes, the album comes and goes in a sitting. Without jumping too far in either direction of too tame or off the wall, this album gives this artist on the rise a solid identity.

Acclaimed string quartet, guitarist make their tour’s first stop

Moraima Capellán Pichardo | The Oswegonian Kaki King and the string quartet Ethel played a variety of songs that transcended traditional ideas of classical and pop music genres.

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String quartet Ethel and “Guitar God” Kaki King kicked off their tour “... And Other Stories” at Tyler Hall on Wednesday. The two celebrated musical acts came to Oswego State through Artswego. The tour is a follow-up collaboration for the string quartet and the guitarist hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as a “Guitar God.” Ethel provided strings on Kaki King’s 2012 album, “Glow.” Ethel was founded by violist

Ralph Farris and cellist Dorothy Lawson in 1998, and current violinists Kip Jones and Tema Watstein joined in 2012. King has performed with Foo Fighters and Timbaland, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on the score of Sean Penn’s “Into The Wild.” Ethel took the stage first on Wednesday, opening with selections from Phil Kline’s “The Blue Room and Other Stories.” The piece featured

piercing violins -resembling Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir on parts of its arrangement – and deep cello baselines. Ethel ended the piece by gradually removing instruments - first the viola, then cello –closing with the high notes of the violins. King joined Ethel next for “The Fire Eater off the Glow” album. An incredibly beautiful song, the arrangement is a give-and-take between the low notes of the guitar and the echo of strings. The first world premiere performance of the night, Ethel and King combined for Jones’ work “Seong Nyun Sa.” Jones plucks his violin like a guitar, which gives the piece a contemporary sound. Watstein leads the performance with her violin “vocals”–every note spoke the words of “Seong Nyun Sa”–and Lawson adds a perfect dig to the underbelly of the song. Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov has worked with Ethel and Kaki King over the years, and composed “Logbook” specifically for the group to perform on the “... And Other Stories” tour. One of the standout songs of the night, the composition is Vrebalov’s way of summing up war-time Serbia: a place ravaged by violence, and yet so beautiful - called home by so many. Lawson prefaced to the audience

beforehand that “Logbook” contains some of the most terrifying music they play, but also has moments of innocence, such as imitating crickets chirping in a field. King opens the piece with soft guitar accompanied by strings. With a flick of a guitar string, however, the humming of reverb opens the door to chaos. Intense dissonance between the strings hangs over a maniacal melody. The song builds to a roar, only broken up for moments at a time by sudden pauses that King occasionally fills in with more echoes from the guitar’s reverb. “Walk the Cat,” a piece written by Farris, was a crowd favorite. As Farris explains, it is about his father’s struggle with dementia leading up to his death, and Farris composed the piece so that the cello represents his father’s odd habit in later life of walking the family’s cat. Throughout the piece, the strings pull and make a sound that strongly resemble a cat hissing. “Walk the Cat” is very bluesy. The cello baseline is very much “going for a walk.” The five performers ended Act 1 with a re-imagined, contemporary version of Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 6.” King came on stage to open Act 2 by herself, playing songs from past

works. Her three original pieces, including “Fences,” were showcases of her mastery of the instrument. King has a distinct style, using the entire guitar to produce sounds. Her fingers often climb up the neck instead of picking solely in the heart of the guitar. King then welcomed Ethel back to the stage, and let them have their own solo performance, which ended up being one of the most popular performances of the night. John Zorn’s “Cat of 9 Tails,” which Watstein describes as having 12,000 stories to tell, is a loud, comical, piece that includes allusions to cartoon themes, westerns and (as the title suggests) the lives of nine “cats.” (Lawson believes that there are nine “cat funerals” within the piece as well.) The show ended with two different types of performances by Ethel and King. The world premiere of Parts 1 and 2 of King’s “Trying to Speak” is a layered, beautiful selection. The concert concluded with “Great Round Burn.” The performers referred to it as the “single” of their tour - which includes impassioned strings and feels heavily rock influenced. The “... And Other Stories” tour left Oswego for Los Angeles on Thursday morning, as Ethel and King performed together at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall Friday night.


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Green, luxurious! Whispers each strand, in the breeze, feeling freshly cut. The smell lifts a smile. You stand on the edge, toes almost touching. Only way to be is Barefoot. With each toe a distinct Imprint, a fossil to say you were there so everyone can stare. Of course, this means they will know. But if the sign that tells me not to can be harshly shoved, pushed into the soil, tearing grass from underneath, why not my Impression. A simple print in sand. A little disturbance of folding or pressing down some strands.

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Caress my toes, between, cushioned the soft bottoms of my feet like a pillow around my head. Not torn underneath, just laid on. You can’t resist. It’s an urge to be grounded, and free to touch the untouched. It’s been such a long time.

Little green, smooth, untouched, you say till now… Wrapped around you, Grass. Now, forget your shoes stand up and move on. You’ve left your Impression behind.



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Horoscopes Aries (Mar. 21 - Apr. 19): You’ve been growing distant from the people you love for some time now. The winter weeks have made it especially difficult to plan anything special. This is the week to do something spontaneous to remind someone you care about what you mean to them.

Taurus (Apr. 20 - May 20): This past month in particular has been especially stressful for you and it doesn’t seem like there is any slowing down. Remember to always keep a level head, be careful not to lash out at anyone and think before making any decisions for the new month.

Gemini (May 21 - June 21): Okay, Gemini, you’ve been procrastinating for long enough. It’s past time to take some definitive action and make some future plans. Trust your gut and you will be fine, but the uncertainty of what you are

planning on doing with your life needs to end soon.

Cancer (June 22 - July 22):

This is not the week to cheat on a healthy diet! Seek out healthier eating options this week for a happier, healthier you! Encourage others around you to seek hearthealthy options and recognize the difference in your personal happiness levels.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22):

Unfortunately, Leo, you’ve recently taken too long of a break from work and now things are starting to pile up. Before starting up anything new, make an organized list of everything that needs to get done and when they need to be done by, and cross them off one by one for better results.

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sep. 22):

Something good is coming for you, Virgo! Everything is about to turn around for you, but be prepared to make some minor

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Libra (Sep. 23 - Oct. 23):

Be careful not to be cheated out of anything this week. There is always another point of view to a situation that you aren’t able to see, and it’s important to be cautious and make sure you notice if people are putting their own benefits before yours.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 21): Try to be a little bit earlier and timely with your work and your classes this week. Slacking off can come back to haunt you if you aren’t careful. Arrive a little bit ahead of schedule to something you don’t normally do and you may be surprised at the benefits that you reap because of that small change.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21):

You have been avoiding someone lately, who is about to slip out of your life for an extended period of time. Don’t allow this to happen if you genuinely care about this person’s friendship. Go out of your way to text, call, or hang out with them by the end of the week.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19):

When given the opportunity to do something somewhat out of the ordinary this week, do it. Try a new activity or a new food and your world will be opened up giving you a much needed break from the typical daily routine you currently have.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): For quite some time now you have been unsure of many things in your life, but everything is going to start to come together after this week. The only advice is to just allow everything to happen as it’s supposed to and take things as they come.

Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20):

This week you and your love interest may go that extra step, which can be very nerve-racking. Just remember to smile and put on a brave face. Tell them what is on your mind; chances are they already knew and were thinking the same thing.

1818 – Congress adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state 1841 – William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia, becoming the first U.S. President to die in office. 1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tenn. 1975 – Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, N.M.

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