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Freshmen without credits face registration snag Luke Parsnow Asst. News Editor On Monday, seniors will being to register for spring classes, followed by juniors, sophomores and, later, freshmen. The current system considers the number of credits a student has to determine their registration time. Many students in the same academic year may register long before their peers, which is sometimes the result of bringing in college credits they obtained through high school. The National Center for Education Statistics released a report in March saying that about 1.3 million U.S. high school students took classes for college credit during the 2010-2011 school year, a 67 percent increase in the last eight years. In addition, almost 15,000 public high schools enrolled students in 2 million college courses, 4,000 more than in 2002-2003. When a high school student is admitted to Oswego State, confirming if they took any college credits while in school is done early on by the admissions office so they can set up a student’s schedule for their freshman fall semester. “For incoming students, we do them by request at the point of admission, or automatically after a student deposits,” said Dan Griffin, interim director of admissions. “The turn around time is usu-

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Following last weekend’s Laker Showcase, Oswego State will open up with its first SUNYAC action against SUNY Fredonia Friday night, followed by a game against Buffalo State Saturday night. The roster, containing 19 freshmen, will see its preparedness put to the test right away against the Blue Devils and the Tigers, who sit just outside the national rankings.

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ally a week or two, but often we are at the mercy of the sending institution, as we only determine transfer credit based on official transcripts.” A lack of college credits upon entering college can result in failing to get into certain classes, some of which may be prerequisites for other classes in students’ majors, which might make them fall behind. Courtney Lindon began at Oswego State in the fall of 2011, but had enough credits already to classify herself as a sophomore. At Romulus High School in Seneca County, she took college level courses in psychology, sociology, physics, geology, Spanish, calculus and two courses of American history. “I think it is fair that students with more credits register earlier,” Lindon said. “Getting into classes is much easier the earlier you are able to register, and with more credits comes less time to complete your degree. From my experience as well, students with no high school credits are rarely held back from completing their degree on time simply because they couldn’t get into their classes. If they are unable to register for a class they need, they often can take it another semester without pushing back their graduation.”


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The Oswego City High School is attempting to tackle the obesity problem that is affecting its students by creating more opportunities for fitness and offering a variety of programs in its curriculum. The epidemic of obesity in the city of Oswego is nothing new; in fact it is nothing new to the nation. According to America’s Health Ranking, an annual report that measures the overall health of the United States, obesity in the United States was at a consistent rate with about 12.7 percent of the population up until the late 1990s. But 2012 data shows a majority that the states, including New York, have a 24.1 or higher percentage of the population estimated to be obese. Childhood obesity has followed this growing trend throughout New York counties. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes obesity as “having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water or a combination of these factors.” The CDC also states that in 2010, “more than one third of chil-

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dren and adolescents were overweight or obese.” The numbers vary depending on race, ethnicity and income status. According to the New York State Department of Health, 31.2 percent of elementary school students in Oswego County are overweight or obese, and 46.1 percent of middle and high school students in Oswego County are overweight or obese. The CDC also reports that Oswego County has one of the highest rates in the state, with obesity among low-income students more than 20 percent. These numbers do not surprise Dave Gryczka, dean of students and director of physical education at the high school. Gryczka, who is in charge of planning the curriculum of the physical education classes at the Oswego High School and who also performs evaluations of staff throughout the district, believes that improvements have been put into action to help solve the obesity problem among Oswego youth. “We offer a variety of programs, ranging from individual sports, team sports and cooperative games,” Gryczka


Imani Cruz Contributing Writer Carrying signs and chanting, Oswego State students assembled and marched from Hewitt Union Tuesday night to demonstrate their support for a significant cause – putting an end to sexual violence. This event, held by the Women’s Center on campus, gathered students to march for a cause that they were passionate about. It was made clear that not only were they there in protest of sexual violence, but to serve as a voice to the many voiceless victims of sexual assault. There was a feeling of family as the women, one by one, approached the podium with words of support and encouragement for anyone who felt they needed a safe haven to voice their experiences regarding any form of sexual violence. The word “anyone” was stressed, as co-president of the Women’s Center Victoria Brodeur explicitly stated that the Women’s Center is for everyone, not just women. Brodeur, an anthropology major and senior, decided to join the Women’s Center

Photo provided by Women’s Center Marchers at Oswego State’s “Take Back the Night” display signs in protest of sexual violence Tuesday night.

during her freshman year after attending previous ‘Take Back the Night’ events, and also had friends who were victims of sexual violence. She described her decision to join the committee as a personal one. “Sexual assault is something that’s not talked about in a safe setting … People just aren’t aware of the resources,” Brodeur said.

Junior Public Relations representative Kendi Kajogo expressed her frustrations with the stigma attached to sexual violence. “Women should be able to wear what they want and still feel comfortable walking the streets alone… women are promoted not to dress promiscuously when society



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Peter Hanley Contributing Writer It is no secret that Oswego State does not have a mascot that comes on the ice during the hockey games to get the crowd pumped up for the Lakers. There is one thing, however, that gets the crowd on their feet and cheering every hockey game, without fail. That thing is a miniature Zamboni that shoots T-shirts into the crowd. The miniature Zamboni is the product of a student group on campus called Team Mini. Team Mini was started in 2003 by professor Dan Tryon. Tryon came from West Virginia University and was used to seeing mascots at the Big East football games. When he arrived at Oswego State, Tryon noticed that there was no mascot to get the crowd excited. “Although I wasn’t too keen on the mascot… we could be doing more at games just to build the environment and atmosphere and create something unique,” Tryon said. “So being in the technical field, I had this idea.” Tryon decided, that instead of a mascot, the Lakers needed a remote-controlled robotic miniature Zamboni. Tryon and some students got right to work and came up with a design for the machine and then decided to pitch the idea to the school. “We went over to see the athletic director and said ‘What do you think?’” Tryon

Senate holds sixth meeting of semester The Student Association Senate held its weekly meeting Tuesday in Lanigan 103 at 6 p.m. Two new members joined the student senate this week. Twelve senators were in attendance, including the two new additions, allowing the student senate to meet quorum. The student senate motioned to amend the minutes from the previous week to change names of who nominated another senator to a committee in order for it to reflect the correct information. The amendment passed unanimously and the minutes were also approved. A motion was made to alter the agenda to state the correct date. The motion was taken as a friendly and the date was changed from Oct. 29, 2014 to 2013. The agenda was then approved. There were no guests to the student senate and no public comment. The president addresses senate President Anthony Smith addressed the senators and started off by discussing binders that contain information for senators. The binders were distributed to the senators before the session. They contain senate documents of importance and senators can store agendas and copies of legislation in them. Smith told the student senate that as part of Humans vs. Zombies, they were helping host a “war” betweens the humans and the zombies in the Academic Quad and South Lawn. Participants paid two dollars for a headband to partici-

said. They got the permission, but they also needed to clear the design with the Zamboni company. He then called the company and the company gave them permission. The team then set about building the machine. They measured every single part of the real Zamboni to get an idea of the scale and came up with the scale of one-third the size. “From then it was probably about a year and a half, almost two years, of building, experimenting, trial-and-error to get the whole thing to come together,” Tryon said. While it is perhaps best known for its miniature Zamboni, Team Mini has a lot more to offer. According to Team Mini President Andrew Wager, a junior technology education student, there are three main groups within Team Mini. One group focuses on maintaining the miniature Zamboni, another is working on designing and creating a new and improved miniature and the last group is working on planning a robotics competition. At a typical Team Mini meeting, members will break off into their respective teams and begin work. “We let our members choose between the three groups and those groups will conquer individual tasks,” Wager said. One of the most important tasks is maintaining the miniature Zamboni. According to Team Mini Treasurer Alex Elkins, “That’s everything from making sure the tires are at the right pressure to full on electronics and changing the batteries out

and troubleshooting circuits that go faulty,” Elkins said. However, Team Mini is hoping to fix a lot of the recurring issues the miniature Zamboni has with the new model that is currently in the works. “It will be the same size as the current one, but a lot of the systems will be more advanced and more foolproof,” Elkins said. The new miniature is still in the design phase according to Wager, but the group is making steady progress. The newest aspect of Team Mini is the incorporation of VEX Robotics. VEX Robotics is a company that provides robotic parts to students, as well as adults, that are easy to use and a great gateway into the world of robotics. “It was sort of a natural progression of let’s expand our robotic expertise by getting involved in it,” Tryon said. The group is busy registering a team with VEX as well as planning a tournament for November. “We’re holding the Oswego Nor’easter VEX Robotics Competition on Nov. 16,” said Wager. The competition is set to host 16 local high schools. Wager also hopes the addition of the VEX Robotics aspect of the club will serve to pique the interest of other students who may not be initially interested in the club. “It is a group for everybody,” he said. “We’re really looking to pull more people in from any major who want to come out and play with robots.”

pate and the money goes to charity. Smith told the senate that SA sponsored a night of scary movies on Wednesday in Campus Center 205 as an alternative for going out and drinking. The two movies shown were “Insidious” and “Jeepers Creepers.” He also suggested to senators that they attend Open Mic Night in Lake Effect Cafe on Halloween. Smith updated the student senate on Oswego State adopting the Campus Safe application, which would be called Laker Safe. He said that the application has been proposed to administration and is “almost completely built.” Smith displayed the working application on the overhead projector. He showed how users can input emergency contacts and that the phone number for University Police would already be programmed into the application. The application contains a GPS and report system, where users can request assistance from UP. The application turns the traditional blue light into a blue button that notifies UP when held for a certain amount of time. Smith said that the application works off campus too. Smith said that SA purchased finance and voting modules for LakerLife. Smith said the voting module will be helpful during general elections in the spring. The module shows live updates of election results, just like a ticker would show on television. Smith also discussed how surveys to students could be collected more easily through the module.

Vice President Benjamin June addressed the student senate briefly. He talked about how a member of the newly created Human Computer Interactions organization would like to take an overnight trip to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in November. However, the organization has no budget and would like to request financial assistance from SA. Senator Neely Laufer volunteered to work with the club on the bill to request money. June also reminded the senators to use their binders.

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Director of Finance addresses senate Hassan Al-Shareffi, director of finance for SA addressed the student senate about their accounts. All the accounts remained the same except account 6502, the account for organizations, which will reflect changes once money designated last week to goes to the Latino Student Union for their annual dinner. Al-Shareffi discussed how with the new module he will be going over how to submit budgets for next year with organizations. He said the process is similar to last year, except everything will now be in one place. He said that he is taking care of day-to-day tasks and contacted the insurance agency and lawyer to figure plans out for a bike club. The director of finance also discussed how he is working on laying out criteria for his position which will need to be filled for next year. He said that a search committee will be formed

Attend the men’s ice hockey team’s first game of the season against Fredonia, Friday 7 p.m. at the Campus Center Ice Arena

Partake in Safe Trick-or-Treat at the Oswego campus residence halls, Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dress up in a costume and go to a Halloween party

Check out the College Choir and State Singers concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Oswego

Attend prize-winning writer BK Loren speaking about her novel during the Living Writers Series on Monday at 3 p.m. in Campus Center 132

Attend the 2013 Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit panel discussion in Waterman Theater, Wednesday at 3 p.m.

and he will work with a human resources person from Auxiliary Services to search for the right person to fill the role. He expects to have the person begin shadowing him next semester. Other directors address the senate Director of Student Affairs Rhay Guillen told the student senate that he plans on holding a direct assembly on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in Campus Center room 114. He called it an opportunity for students to be heard. He also said that he is meeting with people to organize the leadership conference. He updated the student senate on the anti-hazing program set up for athletic clubs. Buttons that read “Don’t Haze Me Bro” are being distributed in Campus Center. Guillen also discussed a Halloween weekend cleanup to give back to the community, especially after the littering of the Flat Rocks during Harborfest. Christopher Collins-McNeil, civic engagement director, told the student senate he is organizing a “big event” before Thanksgiving. He is planning a civil rights panel and hopes that panelists will include Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of the 8th District of New York and Ilyasha Shabaz, Malcom X’s daughter. Committee Reports The Rules and Judiciary Committee approved a timeline for the election and are reading more on the SA code to see if anything needs to be changed. The committee meets every

Monday at 7 p.m. in The Point. The Finance and Appropriations Committee did not reach quorum to hold an official meeting. The committee meets Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Lanigan 103. The Involvement Committee participated in more tabling to let students know they are there and to hopefully recruit senators. They are working on posters for the residence halls so that students know who their senators are and what they look like. Senator Anthony Perez reminded the student senate to dress nice next week for photographs for the posters. Legislation brought to the table

A bill from last week that requested $100 for ten tickets for the Go Green Team to attend the “Campus Life Peer Sustainability Educational Round Table” on Nov. 2 at Cornell University. An amendment to the bill was proposed since the club would only need four tickets. The amendment passed, however the bill did not. Al-Shareffi pointed out that even if passed, the money would not be transferred in time to fund the trip. He also noted that the organization has $1,000 in its budget and that the organization said the money it asked for was to save their budget for later on. The bill failed 1-11-0. The elections timeline was brought to the floor. This legislation sets the timeline for the elections that begin next semester. The bill was passed by general consent.

Women’s Center holds Take Back the Night TBTN from COVER should be promoting stopping sexual violence against them,” said Kajogo. “It’s important to raise awareness. Sexual assault can happen to anyone at any point and events like ‘Take Back the Night’ give an outlet to reach out and talk about it.” One student chose to share a poem in which she described in detail the molestation she endured during her childhood by a person close to her. She spoke intensely, as she said how this person “used her to please him every night” and her confusion about whether what was going on was indeed right or wrong. There was a solemn moment of silence as she finished her poem and a strong applause ensued as she read the last line, with advice for all to not turn a blind eye to sexual assault. She also expressed her distaste for the ineffective habit of throwing victims around the judicial system. She ended her speech by quoting the character Dumbledore, a famous headmaster for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the “Harry Potter” book series: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times.” The Women’s Center’s board members informed the crowd that there are many resources available on the Oswego State campus, including the Counseling Services Center located in the Mary Walker Health Center. They stressed that the Women’s Center is also a safe haven for people to share their personal stories and ensured that no further action would be taken unless the person decides to seek it. “We have the power / We have the right / The streets are ours / Take Back the Night,” students and faculty chanted as they marched into nightfall. For further information, email the Women’s Center at




Incoming college students bringing more college credits High schools offering different amounts of higher education classes can cause registration issues CREDITS from COVER Where Lindon had an advantage getting ahead in college and eliminated a number of general education credits doing it, there are a number of high schools that offer less or no college credit courses for their students. Remington Fiscus, a freshman, went to Red Creek Jr. Sr. High School in Cayuga County, which offers little college credit courses. She took English, Spanish and geology. “I think schools are doing what they’re capable of with the budgets they have and the resources available,” Fiscus said. “Red Creek was lucky to have its selection, and the college we worked with was not the friendliest either. And yeah, there is a marked advantage for those who can and do take more, even if it’s looking better on college applications in the first place.” Some people claim that bigger schools have the upper hand when it comes to advanced courses because they usually offer more. It seems that geography can play a role in determining college success, which is a concern for people. This may be an unfair circumstance for high school students who will become college students. “I don’t know about fair or not, it is the way of the world I suppose,” Griffin

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said. “For instance, the wealthier district that offers lots of extracurricular opportunities versus the poorer district that offers few.” Lindon also pointed out that she graduated with a class of 30 students so school size or wealth may not be the biggest factors all of the time. “It is unfortunate that some students do not have the opportunities to take college courses in high school,” Lindon said. “However, I’ve never heard anyone say this held them up in

registration. If anything, I believe the real disadvantage lies in the flexibility of their schedule during college. For example, if a student has taken courses in high school and fails a course in college, they will likely be able to retake it without worrying about the credit requirements. However, a student who has not been able to take courses in high school who fails a course in college may need to retake it over the summer or winter break because of overload policies and required credits

for graduation. The effects on registration in college are very minor.” This unequal distribution raises the question of whether or not schools should require college credit courses or not. “Requiring college courses to be taken in high school erodes the very line between high school and college, for better or worse,” Fiscus said. “Schools should be required to offer, just to give everyone a foot to stand on if they so choose. And it is important to remember that even in my high school setting, college courses cost money.” Lindon said that requiring students to take college credit courses in high school is unreasonable because there are many students that do not go to college and it takes them away from other alternatives. “Programs like BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) allow these students specialized skills that can benefit them and give them an edge in the workforce directly out of high school,” Lindon said. “Mandating students to take AP courses would not only make these programs difficult to attend, but would emphasize the dangerous idea that academic intelligence is of more worth than other types of knowledge, which I believe to be false and damaging to students who do not ‘measure up’ in that respect.”

2013 Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit; Steve Levy returns Oswego State welcomes back successful alumni for 9th annual panel discussion this year on sports broadcasting

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Seamus Lyman News Editor SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy will be on campus Wednesday for the 2013 Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit. This will be the ninth media summit Oswego State has had since 2005, when Louis A. Borrelli Jr., class of 1977, donated funding for the event. A panel discussion headlines the media summit and typically hosts panelists from the media industry. This year’s theme for the summit is sports, with the slogan, “Get in the game.” Borrelli will be moderating the panel of John Kucko, class of 1987, Jay Beberman, class of 1989, Donna Goldsmith, class of 1982, and Levy, class of 1987. Kucko is currently a sports anchor at WROCTV in Rochester, where he has been since 1991. Since 1989, he has covered sports for the Rochester area and covered four Buffalo Bills Super Bowl teams, the 1989 U.S. Open and 1995 Ryder Cup, as well as the 85th PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

Beberman comes from Bloomberg News, where he is the managing editor for sports and has been since 1994. He has led the company’s coverage of sports throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Beberman began covering sports for Bloomberg in 1992 when he ran the sports team in North America. He began with ABC’s “Good Morning America” as a researcher after earning his bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Oswego State. Goldsmith was named Forbes’ second most powerful Woman in Sports in 2009. She is known for her brand-building knowledge, negotiating and leadership skills. She worked on global licensing and merchandise with both the National Basketball Association, where she was vice president of consumer products, and World Wrestling Entertainment, where she was chief operating officer. Starting in February, Goldsmith worked with LeadDog Marketing Group as managing director until October. She helped the company incorporate their new San Francisco office with their

headquarters in New York. Goldsmith was also the general manager of operations for the NY/NJ 2014 Super Bowl host company. She implemented plans for projects for the events leading up to the 2014 Super Bowl at Met Life Stadium. Levy, for whom the Campus Center Ice Arena press box is named, is currently a SportsCenter anchor on ESPN, which he joined in 1993. From 1995 to 2005 he did play-by-play for the NHL on ESPN. In addition, he handled play-by-play for college football on ESPN 2 from 1999 to 2002 and the NCAA Division 1 men’s ice hockey semifinals and finals in 1998 and 1999. Levy was also studio host for The NFL on ESPN Radio and would cover football games on Sunday during the season. Levy worked as an anchor/reporter from 1992 to ‘93 at WCBS-TV and hosted Sports Desk on the Madison Square Garden Network in 1989. Levy worked at The Oswegonian as the sports editor. Marissa Sarbak, a junior, is one of two student event directors who have been working on the event along with professor David Moody.

“Dr. Moody has been working on [the media summit] longer though, with Lou Borrelli and the rest of the committee,” Sarbak said. “Each year the planning begins pretty soon after the last one ends.” Janelle Francisco, a senior, is the other student event director and has been involved with the summit since her freshman year. She said the event is a great opportunity for students. “Bringing in the panelists, the topic of conversation and informing students, I just think it’s all fun,” Francisco said. Sarbak said that the team of students working on the summit is roughly 45 members strong, but that Moody plays a big part in organizing the event. “Obviously, I would say that Dr. Moody plays the largest part in making the summit possible. He’s the event director. Janelle and myself are the student directors and we’ve all been working very closely to create a great event,” Sarbak said. “It’s definitely a combined effort, though, between the communications department, the alumni office, Lou Borrelli and the rest of our committee. Plus, of course, the student team.” Francisco said that a big reason sports was chosen for the topic was the Super Bowl was being hosted in New Jersey, where two New York teams call home. “A lot of big sports things are coming to New York/New Jersey, so why not make it sports broadcasting?” Francisco said. “There was a sports theme four or three years ago, so it was time to bring it back.” Sarbak said that each of the panelists are carefully selected based on the theme and that each of this year’s panelists and career connector has

a background in sports media in their own way. Francisco said that Borrelli is moderating the event in order for students to learn more about Levy, who was originally asked to moderate. She added that at 8 a.m. on the morning of the summit, Borrelli and Levy will be in the Campus Center room 132 (the auditorium) for a breakfast, “Wake up with Steve and Lou” event. Anyone is welcome at the event and Francisco said that students can ask questions and socialize. The panel will begin at 3 p.m. in Waterman Theater in Tyler Hall. Students will ask questions to add to the discussion, and after there will be career connectors in the North Gallery to talk with students about getting jobs in the industry. “We’re very excited for this because so many of our students are really interested in his line of work,” Sarbak said. Both student event directors hope the event will draw student interest. “Students should definitely come to the summit this year because, as usual, the professionals coming to give their time and knowledge to the students are truly impressive. We’re also very proud that every single one of the panelists and career connectors that are coming are Oswego alumni,” Sarbak said. “This is the first time that this has ever happened. We hope that students understand how each of the professionals started off right where we are now, as a student at SUNY Oswego, and worked their way up to the success they’ve had.” Francisco said that she expects the theater to be packed full and there is even an overflow room. She suggests students arrive around 2:30 p.m. to ensure they get a seat.

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Oswego High School provides students revamped fitness room PHYS ED from COVER “We offer a variety of programs, ranging from individual sports, team sports and cooperative games,” Gryczka said. But during the winter, space is a challenge. He explained that when weather permits, students may play on tennis and basketball courts outside. “Everybody in the state has to be enrolled every year in physical education while in school,” Gryczka, said. He further explained that in order to graduate high school, students must complete two credits of physical education over the course of four years. According to Gryczka, changes in school lunches and teachers incorporating activities outside are helping to handle the problem. He also said the high school invested $150,000 in a new weight/fitness room available to current high school students. Frank Bahamonde is the full-time strength trainer in charge of this room. Bahamonde designed what he calls a “female-friendly” facility because students can easily adjust the weights and settings. Students can also engage in cardiovascular exercise and strength training under Bahamonde’s guidance. According to Bahamonde, just in the month of September more than 1,200 people have used the room. The fitness room is also available to faculty and staff, but Bahamonde has noticed that the majority of people using the room are female students. Bahamonde keeps a series of strict rules to maintain the fitness environment. Students must have clean sneakers, wipe equipment after use and no food or hanging around is allowed. He believes the presence of this room has helped in the coaching for healthy lifestyles.

“They [students] got enough friends, they need people to guide them and to mentor them to the next level,” Bahamonde said. “They might not go DI (Division I Intercollegiate Sports), they might not even go to college, but they can get something out of here that they can take into life.” Physical education teacher, Brian Parrotte said he believes that participation is the biggest challenge that teachers face in the gym setting, but that the fitness room is helping solve this problem. Parrotte said that students can come during study halls, free periods, lunches or after school to make up missed classes. Parrotte noticed that in past years he typically failed 77 out of 200 students. Since the opening of the fitness room, the number of failures has gone down to fewer than 25 students. “The kids really value this room,” Parrotte said. “This is a tremendous luxury. A lot of schools don’t have full-time strength trainers.” To former Oswego High School student, Karly Babcock, the physical education classes were a chance for fun times with friends, but she noticed that some of the girls would not participate. “The teachers would provide the opportunity and try to get students to participate, but often times they would give up on those students,” Babcock said. “They left it up to them and when they didn’t participate, they’d fail.” Dave Gryczka believes that the work of physical education teachers does not get enough credit. “We are trying to equip students with skills that they can use for everyday life,” Gryczka said. “They [students] don’t want to recognize that the one thing you’re gonna have to use everyday for the rest of your life is the ability to take care of yourself.”




Brewing company to open in Oswego

The Cellar Door moves into rennovated basement of Woodruff Building

Ryan Deffenbaugh Editor-in-Chief The basement of Oswego’s historic Woodruff Building was buried in rubble and flooded with groundwater three years ago, but it will soon be the home to a brand-new brewery. As part of a full-scale renovation of the Woodruff Building, located on the corner of West First Street and Cayuga Street and one of the oldest buildings in Oswego, The Cellar Door Brewery plans to open next spring. Tom Millar, the developer of the project, grew up in Oswego and said that he was bothered to see so many of Oswego’s historical buildings not being used when he returned home from working as an engineer at sea three and a half years ago. “There is so much potential here, and it just kills me that there’s buildings that were just sitting here undeveloped,” said Millar, who also purchased the former Coleman’s building, which was built in 1828 and is Oswego’s oldest commercial building. The process of actually developing those buildings, however, has proved to be more than Millar first expected. Millar said that when he first purchased the Woodruff Building it was mostly being used for storage and required complete renovation, including new floors, plumbing and walls. Along the way, Millar has dealt with everything from swarms of bees living in the walls to steady flooding of the basement. “We had to hand-dig it out,” Millar said of the rubble and flood water that once soaked the space. “I lost about two buddies out of it, like never wanted to talk to me again.” The work has started to show dividends, though, as Millar edges closer to his original vision. The building will contain six residential apartments and commercial and office space, including a recently-opened deli and a second floor yoga studio. The brewery was not originally a part of that plan, but was instead something Millar decided to do after an initial renter for the space fell though. With the space open, Millar decided a brewery would be a good way to bring something new to Oswego. “I’m not trying to compete with the restaurants, I’m not trying to compete with the bars. Oswego has enough bars,” Millar said. “This town doesn’t have a brewery, which is weird because it is right on the water.” Millar views the brewery more as a place for

Aimee Hirsch | The Oswegonian The Cellar Door Brewing Company will be opening in the spring and provide an escape from the typical bar.

co-workers to stop for an after-work drink or to purchase freshly-brewed beer. “People can come, have a pint or two, have a growler instead of a six-pack, and go off,” Millar said. “Leave the 11 to 2 in the morning stuff over there at Gaslight and Old City and just have this for the day. You want to get out of work, come over, grab a pint, take a little tour, that’s what this will be.” The brewery will open at a time when the craft beer industry is booming, with the number of breweries around the country rising to levels not seen since the pre-Prohibition era. In 1979, there were 89 total breweries in the United States, compared to the 2,538 measured in June of 2013 by the Brewer’s Association. To help out New York’s booming brewing industry, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that gave tax breaks to New York brewers and farmers, as well as created a new kind of license that will allow craft brewers to operate similar to wineries. “They looked at ‘OK, how can we help farmers, how can we help the new craft brewing industry,’ because they are creeping in on the big guys a lot,” Millar said. Millar has applied for the farm-brewing license, which will allow him to sell growlers of Cellar Door’s beer at farmers’ markets and inside the brewery. The license requires breweries to buy a portion of materials used for brewing, such as hops, barley and wheat, from farmers in New York state. Millar has friends in Rochester who own farmland and have begun growing hops and barley. Millar also has plans to grow hops along the side of the building.

Along with the materials, the Cellar Door’s brew master will also come from Rochester. Millar said they have already planned recipes for a stout and a copper ale, and praises the soon-to-be brew master’s ability to take existing brewing recipes and deconstruct them to create new tastes. “He’s the Walter White of beer, that’s what I call him” Millar said, adding that the copper ale has always been popular when brought to events. While the brewery will not serve food, Millar plans to structure the basement in a style similar to popular brew-pub chain Gordon Biersch and Syracuse’s Empire Brewing Company. The brewery will include a glass enclosure that will allow customers to see the brewing process and Millar has plan for a floor that will be tiled with thousands of pennies. Millar said his primary focus is currently finishing off the rest of the building, so he is bringing the brewery along at a slower pace as he waits for his license, which was delayed by the government shutdown. The plan is for the brewing equipment to be in place by January, when brewing will also begin. As the brewery waits on the license, Millar plans to host charity events that will allow people in Oswego to come and taste the beer before the brewery fully opens to the public. “It’s a good way for us to start opening it to the public but not be open, tweak it, see if they like the copper ale or the stout,” Millar said. “Get feedback from everybody. In the meantime the money can go to some people who need it.” As for the actual opening, Millar is eyeing April 1.

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Lakers close book on 2013 season

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Men’s soccer falls 5-0 at home to Cortland, says goodbye to six players on Saturday’s Senior Day

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Andrew Pugliese Asst. Sports Editor The Oswego State men’s soccer team (0-10-5, 0-5-4 SUNYAC) capped off the 2013 season last Saturday with a Senior Day defeat at home against SUNY Cortland (10-6-1, 6-2-1 SUNYAC), 5-0. The Lakers had a pregame ceremony, during which the senior players, accompanied by their families, were recognized in front of the home crowd at Laker Field. The six members of the Class of 2014 are Mike Naab, Brendan Beisner, Eddie Silvestro, Ryan Tibbetts, J.J. McLoughlin and Brandyn Peters. McLoughlin and Tibbetts both recognized how time has passed over their four years at Oswego State. “Most of the seniors have played here for four years and every year you go through the seniors and they say, ‘It goes by fast,’ but you don’t really realize it until you’re actually a senior,” Tibbetts said of his time in Oswego coming to an end. “It’s crazy. You never think it’s going to hit you until the Senior Day comes, it comes fast.” “It’s very surreal,” McLoughlin added. “Every year it happens and you never expect it to be you, you never think your time’s going to come and when it does it’s a weird feeling.” Once the festivities were over, the Lakers and the Red Dragons went to work on the field, with the Cortland playing to a 2-0 advantage at the half. In the second half of the contest, Cortland stayed aggressive on offense and managed to push across three goals to add to its lead.




Perry Kennedy | The Oswegonian Oswego State senior captain Mike Naab looks to control the ball during Saturday’s game against SUNY Cortland. The game was Naab’s final one for the Lakers.

Gosek takes pride Oswego State ready for playoff battle in hometown’s ice Women’s socccer team prepares for postseason match against Brockport hockey tradition Andrew Pugliese Asst. Sports Editor

“We were in the game till the 68th minute,” McGrane said. “Then the wheels fell off.” Though a bit disheartening, the Lakers have not let the Cortland game get them down. “Anytime you lose games and a chance to put yourself in a better situation, there’s always disappointment, but knowing you’re in is a lot nicer than being like ‘OK, we have to win this game to get into the postseason,” McGrane said. “You maybe feel bad about it for a couple minutes or a couple hours. Then you got to realize ‘OK, we have to prepare for the next game.’” Their next game will undoubtedly be a tough one. The Golden Eagles are an experienced team with a great goalkeeper, an explosive offensive and a winning culture which will serve them well this postseason.

Men’s ice hockey head coach Ed Gosek lives by the belief that a person should give back to the community where he or she grew up. A native Oswegonian, Gosek was the youngest of four children to a Oswego fireman and stay-at-home mother. He was taught good values growing up, including how to treat people, which he has carried on throughout his life. Growing up, Gosek played his minor and high school hockey in Oswego before heading to North Country Community College for the 1979-1980 season. After one year up at Saranac Lake, he returned home to finish his collegiate career for Oswego State under head coach Don Unger. Before coming to join Unger ’s staff in 1990, Gosek started as a coach in Oswego minor hockey. Gosek was originally unsure if he would ever want to coach, but once he started he was successful, winning four state titles with Oswego minors. As an assistant at Oswego State, he started a 13-year tenure with six years under Unger and finished with seven years under George Rolls. While working under Rolls, their two families developed a friendship that has outlasted their time as coworkers. Rolls, Gosek, their wives and their daughters are all the same age and, in fact, their daughters are roommates at Nazareth College in Rochester where Rolls coaches now. In 2003, Gosek took over as head coach and since then the Lakers have made the postseason every single season, including five NCAA tournament appearances. While Gosek’s squads are famous for their success on the ice, the Oswego State head coach is also well known for what he and his players do off the ice. The Lakers are involved with the Make-A-Wish foundation, Team Impact, Oswego minor hockey, working with the elderly in the community and helping alumni whenever they need it.



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Perry Kennedy | The Oswegonian Oswego State defender Katie Schulz (20) heads upfield for the Lakers. The team finished the season 10-6 and will face off in the postseason against Brockport.

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Torrin Kearns Staff Writer The Lakers are preparing to play The College at Brockport in the quarterfinals of the SUNYAC Tournament Saturday at A. Huntley Parker Jr. Field in Brockport at 11 a.m. The Lakers defeated the Golden Eagles 3-2 in overtime the last time they faced off on Oct. 18. That game was also in Brockport. The Lakers are in the SUNYAC Tournament for the first time in 11 years, a fact that had Oswego State head coach Brian McGrane beaming with pride for his players. “It’s a great accomplishment for them and it shows how hard they worked in the offseason and throughout the season to get here,” McGrane said. “For the few of them that have been here for three or four years, they deserve this opportunity

because they have gotten better every year and they’ve worked hard.” The Lakers booked a ticket into the tournament after at 10-6 season in which they won five conference games and posted a dominant 5-2 record at home. All of that represents the best season the Lakers have had in McGrane’s eight-year tenure. This too was not lost on McGrane. “We had some tough losses in previous years,” McGrane said. “So, it means a lot personally and it means a lot to this school and the Athletic Department. I know it means a lot to the girls that are participating.” Despite the success, there is a bit of disappointment among the Lakers at not having a home playoff game. They had a chance of securing the fourth seed in the conference and a home game as they entered last Saturday’s game against SUNY Cortland. With the team needing a single point, the Lakers fell to the Red Dragons, losing 5-1.

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Quote of the Week People think we’re crazy for how we get involved, but we think it’s important. -Ed Gosek, men’s ice hockey coach, on the team’s involvement in the community

Men’s club hockey earns hard-fought 2-0 win against Syracuse at the Campus Center Ice Arena

Women’s Soccer Oswego State fell in its final regular season match at SUNY Cortland last Saturday, 5-1. Junior Amanda Heberger scored the Lakers’ only goal in the 53rd minute, which was assisted by junior Georgia Traynor. Sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Glasshagel had three saves for the Lakers.

Volleyball Oswego State finished off SUNYAC pool play with a defeat in straight sets at the hand of Buffalo State. The sets went 25-12, 25-16 and 25-16 respectively. The Lakers were led by Stephanie Bailey and Sarah Meredith, each with six kills, as well as Lauren Edwards who finished with nine assists. The team will finish its season with the Oswego State Triangular this weekend.


Field Hockey Senior, Whitney Point, N.Y. Collins helped the Lakers to a 2-0 victory against Nazareth early in the week with a goal and an assist. Collins found teammate Rachel Johnston off a penalty corner in the first half to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead, and in the second period took matters into her own hands, scoring off a penalty corner in the 64th minute for her fourth goal of the season. Oswego concluded its season with a 3-0 loss to Oneonta on Sunday.

David Armelino | The Oswegonian The Oswego State men’s club hockey team hosted Syracuse on Sunday as part of “Pink the Rink” weekend in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The Lakers won 2-0.

Clayton Votra Contributing Writer The Oswego State men’s club hockey team finished its 2nd “Pink the Rink,” weekend with 2-0 win against Syracuse University on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Lakers improve their record to 5-5-1 on the season. The Lakers started “Pink the Rink” weekend last season when the team raised over $1,200. The proceeds go to the Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse. The connection that started the tradition was coach Jay Peacock, Oswego State’s head coach, as he works at Upstate Medical. “The players wanted to do something special to give back to the community,” Carla Peacock said. This year they came close to raising the same amount as last year, raising a little over $1,000. The players, coaching staff and supporters are overjoyed that they could help contribute to this cause. “Honestly, it’s awesome. The majority has someone we know or someone in our family who has suffered from breast cancer so it’s nice to give back to the community,” freshman Michael Pisarevsky said about the weekend’s fundraiser.


In the Lakers’ first meet of the season, Rusakov competed in the 50 (22.63 seconds) and 100 yard (49.65) freestyle events finishing second and first respectively. Against Oneonta in the team’s second meet, he helped the Lakers relay team to a first place finish with a time of 1:41.70 with an individual split time of 21.82 seconds. Rusakov also came in first place in the 50 (22.43) and 100 yard (49.76) freestyle events.

“It doesn’t get any better than that,” Peacock said. “The staff we have just give, give, give and they are just fabulous.” The game started with a quick pace, as the Orange was called for a penalty at the 18:58 mark in the opening period. Syrcause was called for two-minute minor for the Orange having too many men on the ice. The Orange would kill that penalty off. Syracuse received another penalty at the 16:30 mark. It was another two minute minor for cross checking. Syracuse’s Tim Elie was credited with the penalty. The penalty was caused by a strong Laker defense and a frustrated Orange offense. This penalty was also killed off by the Orange. Excitement was raised at the 6:00 mark when Syracuse sophomore forward David Nardoni weaved through the defense for a one-on-one chance with sophomore Laker goalie Dylan Niewiemski. He skated in and tried a backhand shot but Niewiemski forced the Orange forward to shoot the puck high, up and over the net. “To score a 2-0 shutout with 36 shots is just tremendous,” Peacock said about his sophomore goalie’s performance on Sunday.

The first period came to a close after a pair of Orange penalties. These penalties included a two-minute minor for tripping by senior forward Russell Suskind. The other was a two-minute minor by sophomore forward Mitchell LeSeur. Both penalties were handled by the Orange. The second period began with the teams switching roles. The Lakers began to pick up penalty after penalty. The first of the Laker ’s four penalties in the second came at the 16:46 mark. Good passing by the Orange led to a twominute minor hooking penalty by Laker senior forward Jordan Alhart. The penalty would be killed off by the Laker. The second came at the 14:24 mark when Laker freshman right wing Nicolas Epping was called for tripping. Epping started making a good play in the Laker offensive zone taking the puck away from the Orange defender. The defender took the puck back however, and Epping tripped him up with his stick before he got away. The Lakers were then two men down when freshmen defender Austin Frost picked up a two-minute minor for slashing. The Laker defense killed off these penalties as well.

“Power plays were the key. We didn’t score any, but neither did they. We killed penalties very, very well,” Peacock said. The Lakers would finally put one up on the board at the 7:24 mark when Michael Pisarevsky was able to send a shot that slid underneath the leg pads of the Orange goaltender. Freshman Devin Smith was on the left side of the rink when he found fellow freshman Kegan Storjohann behind the net. Storjohann then found Pisarevsky at the bottom of the left circle. The Lakers would quickly find themselves down a man again when senior forward D.J. Mazzoni was called for hooking at the 5:17 mark. The period ended with the Lakers getting off one shot. This resulted in a goal. The Orange got 24 shots off in the period, resulting in no goals. The Lakers were quickly on the penalty kill again at the 19:35 mark to start the third period. Kegan Storjohann received a two-minute minor penalty for kneeing. The penalty occurred away from the puck when the Orange defender and Storjohann collided, drawing the penalty. The Lakers would kill that penalty just to receive another at the 14:10 mark. Freshman defender Matthew Peters was called for holding, receiving two minutes in the penalty box. The Lakers then would go on the power play at the 10:02 mark as Orange forward Alex Rajaniemi was called for tripping. The Orange stood tall and killed off the penalty. The Lakers received another penalty at the 8:10 mark for having too many men on the ice. This would turn into a 4-on-4 as Orange forward Mitchell LeSueur was called for tripping. The Lakers would make it 2-0 at the 4:49 mark. The goal was scored by graduate Chris Timmons and assisted by sophomore defender George Scouras. Scouras, who was at the blue line, wristed a puck into a cluster of players in front of the Orange goaltender and Timmons found the rebound and banged it in the goal. The Lakers received another penalty at 4:32 of the period when Storjohann was called for hooking, but the game ended with a final score of 2-0 and Oswego State improved to 5-5-1 on the season. The Laker power play unit finished the game without scoring any goals despite six chances. “We gotta get the puck in the goal,” Peacock said. “It’s going to come. It is just a matter of when.” This victory made Oswego State’s record for the weekend 2-1. The Lakers will go on a crucial fivegame road trip before they return to the Campus Center Arena to play Cornell. The game, which is the Fall Senior game, is on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.

Oswego State falls at home to Cortland on Saturday SOCCER, from B1

Swimming and Diving Freshman, Eastchester, N.Y.


Lakers win ‘Pink the Rink’ match

The Lakers’ volleyball squad started off their final day of SUNYAC pool play with a victory over The College at Brockport with a score of three sets to one. Oswego State dropped the first set, 25-21, but rallied to grabbed the last three, 2523, 25-14 and 26-24. The team was led by Meghan Russell, who had eight kills, and Lindsey Champitto, who had 16 assists.

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The Red Dragons opened the half quickly and worked toward some promising scoring chances. At 47:40, Cortland sent in a corner, which caught a head in front. Oswego State’s Zack Saccocio stepped up to make the save after kicking the shot off the goalie line. Just under two minutes later, the Red Dragons were back at it, as a falling Chris Barbosa sent a shot over the crossbar. However, Barbosa got his redemption minutes later, when the senior got on the end of a Joe Buffolino pass in the center of the box. Barbosa settled the ball and buried it for his first goal of the year, giving Cortland a 3-0 lead. Before the clock hit the half-hour mark, Cortland found its fourth score of the match. Freshman Daniel Friend sent home a shot from the right side of the box. After Friend’s goal, it appeared the Red Dragons added their fifth and final goal off the foot of junior Thomas Nocito. In the 59th minute, Nocito took a pass from senior Bryan Merlos and ran toward the goal. He chipped the ball over Lakers’ goalkeeper Todd Lawson for the score, giving his team a 5-0 lead. The assist gave Merlos sole possession of the team-leader in points with 16.

Oswego State head coach Robert Friske took his seniors off the field for the last time of their careers to a standing ovation at the 12:15 mark. Beisner passed off his captain’s band to junior Jim Manton, signaling a new era of Oswego State soccer. Beisner and Manton are best friends and are from the same high school in West Islip, N.Y. “Jim’s been a buddy of mine. We went to the same high school and he’s a hell of a player,” Beisner said. “He’s one of my best friends and he deserves it. He’s worked hard and there’s no one else out there I’d rather give the band to.” The Red Dragons got off to a quick start in the first half, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead. Cortland notched its first goal of the afternoon in the 12th minute, when Merlos found the net. Manton did well to thwart the Red Dragons’ first attack on goal, but out of bounds for a Cortland corner kick. The corner by junior Chris McBride came in short, but after bouncing around, the ball found its way to Merlos, who put a bullet past Lawson for what would be the game-winner. The Red Dragons added another goal after a controversial yellow card was called on Lawson. The net-minder raced out to cut off a run by McBride and was carded for the

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Senior captain Mike Naab played his final game for the Lakers after four seasons with Oswego State.

ensuing collision in the box, setting up a penalty shot attempt for the Red Dragons. With three minutes to play, sophomore Robby Reiser sent the chance on frame and Lawson took it off his hands. He was not able to keep it out, however, as it rolled out of his reach and crossed the line to give Cortland a 2-0 lead.

The defeat marks the end of the Lakers’ 2013 season and the end of the careers of the six seniors, but Friske does not think the numbers tell the whole story. “The mark of a good team isn’t necessarily its record, but the type of people that were on it and I think this might be one of our best teams ever,” Friske said.




Lakers to put season in rearview mirror Oswego State bids farewell to six seniors following 2013 campaign, looks forward to improved results in fall 2014 Andrew Pugliese Asst. Sports Editor Oswego State men’s soccer started out with a game that would come to epitomize the team’s season: a tight game that just did not go its way. The Lakers tied Houghton in their season and home-opener and would go on to finish in last place at the Oswego State men’s soccer tournament after falling to Alfred University the next day, 1-0. The Alfred loss was the first of a seasonhigh eight-game losing streak. The streak was filled with closely-contested matches though. Oswego State lost five of the eight contests by one goal and seven of the eight by two or less. The Lakers had a lead in half of these games, but could not secure a victory, a struggle which sophomore Patrick Sprague saw as a major problem. “We have to put the ball in the back of the net, no matter what it looks like. No matter how we get it, we have to start putting the balls in the back of the net because one goal a game isn’t going to cut it,” Sprague said. “We’re not going to win enough games scoring one goal. So, we have to work on our finishing and composure in the final third. The goals will start coming when we all start getting confidence because not a lot of us had confidence with no wins and not a lot of goals. Once it starts coming, goals will start flowing and everything will come together.”

The squad took three of its games to at least one overtime period, but only grabbed the tie in the season-opener versus Houghton. To break the losing streak, Oswego State finished off its second tie of the season against SUNY Potsdam in their third double overtime game of the season. Naab said the overtime games put a strain on the team. “We almost had nine overtime games and that’s something that puts a drain on you physically but mentally as well,” Naab said. The Lakers started to turn the corner after their game against Potsdam. Including that game, Oswego State recorded four ties in its final six matches to grab all four of its conference points. The perseverance of the club was something senior captain Brendan Beisner felt should be commented. “We had a good season. I don’t think any other team could’ve come back from how we started,” Beisner said. “We were mentally tough. Even though we didn’t get a win, it was a very exciting season, one that I’ll never forget.” Among the games that defined the character of the squad was its clash at Laker Field on Oct. 18 against The College at Brockport, a team that was nationally-ranked in the top-25 just a few weeks before it journeyed to Oswego State to play the Lakers. Beisner mentioned what such a performance said about his team.

Perry Kennedy | The Oswegonian Junior Jim Manton fights for the ball with a Cortland player in Oswego State’s 5-0 loss to the Red Dragons.

Perry Kennedy | The Oswegonian Oswego State senior midfielder Ryan Tibbetts controls the ball for the Lakers. The team finished the 2013 season with a 0-10-5 (0-5-4 SUNYAC) record.

“We got a tie against Brockport, who were ranked in the nation at one point,” Beisner said. “Overall this was a successful season for me and the team too.” The 2013 season could have played out quite differently if a few of the ties Oswego State strung together down the stretch had gone its way. Going into Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend against Brockport and SUNY Geneseo, the Lakers needed, at worst, a tie and a win to stay in postseason contention on Senior Day last weekend. Oswego State played to a draw in both games. Bad luck was a common theme among the players for why their season ended without a bid to play in the 2013 SUNYAC tournament. “We were positive all the way through, even when we were getting bad results,” senior J.J. McLoughlin said. “We were in every game except for two, Oneonta and this game. For 50 percent of our games we went to overtime and we just couldn’t sneak one of those out. If we sneak one or two out it would be a different season.” “We had five ties. If any of those were wins, we’re making the playoffs right now,” senior Ryan Tibbetts said. However, even though the season ended last Saturday, the clock is already ticking down to the 2014 season. In 10 months, the returning 25 players, along with new recruits, will be back on the pitch preparing to start a new chapter of Laker soccer. Junior Zack Saccocio knows the importance of starting to work now. “Tomorrow, the offseason starts and we realize there’s a lot of things we can do better,” Saccocio said. “That’s almost a good thing. There’s areas we can improve on. We’re all hungry to make sure we can use this as a learning curve to get better.” Saccocio’s fellow junior Mike Fuss understands that the team needs to recognize what must be worked on in order to compete next year.

Coach’s Oswego State roots run deep GOSEK, from B1 This tradition of giving back has been in place since the program’s beginnings in the late 1960s and Gosek continues it because he understands the importance. “I think it’s a common theme here that Oswego’s a hockey community and so the community gives you great support,” Gosek said. “In the long run, those relationships with people in the community and what it means to the community, we take that very seriously.” Oswego State assistant coach Mark Digby commends his colleague and “mentor” for keeping the team so involved in the Oswego community. “In this day and age, when there’s so much going on with kids having five sports they play and all the different school and community things they do, he’s been able to keep the program in forefront of the community,” Digby said. “Which I think is really important because this community has always been involved in the team.” The growth of ovarian cancer awareness is a cause Gosek has become involved in because of the personal impact it has had in his family. With his wife Mary battling the disease last year and now understanding the toll that it can take on a family, Gosek does not want others to have to have a similar experience. “The support of the college and the support of the hockey staff last year when Mary was going through a hard time, with the surgery first, and then all the treatments and all the follow up, starting from the top of our college, it certainly helps when you have the support of everyone,” Gosek said. “Then when you’re fortunate enough

to get through that with the support of many great people, you want to try to help other people so that they do not have to go through that.” Gosek also realizes that the public is not as familiar with some forms of cancer, such as ovarian cancer, and wants to change that because everyone is affected by cancer in some way. “With ovarian cancer, it’s more about trying to raise awareness amongst all our student population, especially the females on campus, and then spread that throughout the community,” Gosek said. “Breast cancer has done a wonderful thing with all the pink stuff, but there are many other cancers that we want to make sure everyone has awareness. It’s not always about giving financially but giving awareness.” The third pillar of Gosek’s off-ice philosophy, along with charity work and service, is academics. The men’s ice hockey team has won the award for top grade point average among the sports teams on campus several times. “It’s a priority for me to bring in the best student-athletes we can,” Gosek said. “There’s probably more rules in place for academics than there are for the mistakes being graded on the ice. It has to be handin-hand. We expect them to sacrifice and be dedicated on the ice, so they have to sacrifice and be dedicated off the ice.” Gosek understands that if his players do not take their academics seriously and work hard in the classroom, then the school will not come out to support them on Friday and Saturday nights. “If they walk around campus acting like they’re better than everyone else there are going to be few students who want to support them,” Gosek said.

“If they go to class with an air about them, that they think they’re above what the teacher is expecting and think they deserve special treatment, then that’s wrong. They should be respectful. They should be humble. They should be there to learn just like any other student.” The focus he has on his players stems from a belief he and his wife share about how they should treat the athletes on the men’s ice hockey team while they’re here in Oswego. “People think we’re crazy for how we get involved, but we think it’s important,” Gosek said. “Every parent wants what’s best for their own kid. When we develop relationships with them we’re trying to make them good students, athletes and people while they’re here. Lakers junior Eli Kim-Swallow is grateful for the way the Goseks have treated the players, himself included. “With Coach Gosek and his wife Mary, their family being so strong, you see someone behind your bench being so strong with something outside of hockey; it translates into his coaching as he’s a passionate guy and a passionate coach to this team it was something that we all looked up to and still look up to,” Kim-Swallow said. “He and Mary are very important to us. It’s a family for us. So them being strong makes us stronger and vice versa I feel.” Being from the Oswego community, Gosek knows well the tradition of the men’s ice hockey program and is proud to be a part of it. “For me, it was a chance to carry on tradition, more so as a care taker,” Gosek said. “It’s my turn to keep the program going in a positive direction. I hope my legacy’s not just winning a national championship and being in the top of the national rankings for winning percentage. I hope it’s more that the players were good people. They carry on the values we set place here in their own lives, proud to be alums.”

One of the most important needs is goal scoring. The Lakers recorded just 11 goals in 2013, seven of which coming from outgoing seniors. “One of the biggest focuses is continuously off the field, working out, getting bigger and in training sessions learning how to knock the ball around a little better,” Fuss said. “Also, someone really needs to step up, a goal scorer.” Freshman Paul Kwoyelo felt his year sitting behind Naab helped him plan how to contribute to the offense in 2014. “I think from sitting on the bench and seeing a senior start in front of me, I learned a lot from watching him play,” Kwoyelo said. “Next year, I’ll step up in my game and try to play as hard as I can every time I step out there, hopefully something great will come out of it.” On the other side of the pitch, Oswego State strengthened its defensive play in the second half of the season. The ability of the freshman goalie Jon Runge and sophomore net-minder Todd Lawson to work with the back four was crucial to the number of ties in the season’s latter games. Next season, Oswego State will return their center backs, juniors Eric Widanka and Jim Manton, in addition to freshmen fullbacks Josh Yager and sophomore Andrew Mayrick. The fullbacks will step in for outgoing seniors McLoughlin and Eddie Silvestro. The soon-to-be senior center backs are ready to work hard and are optimistic for their final season at Oswego State. “I’m looking for us to win the hard tackles,” Widanka said. “Defense has to win the balls they’re not suppose to win. We have to win every header and not let anybody get past without getting a bump on them. Let in the least amount of goals as possible. We had a big freshmen class and there’s only improvement from there. I’m excited for next year.” “I think we just have to be more solid throughout the year, be more consistent,” Manton said. “I think we have that with the depth we have on our team. We’re going to

have a lot of seniors starting next year, especially on defense and I’m excited for that.” Shifting to the guys who will stand in the box behind the defensive line, the goalies for Oswego State were both new to the school this season but feel their experience was beneficial. “I think starting nine games this year, I just took a lot of experience out of it, getting use to the style of play in college and using that to move forward,” Runge said. Lawson believes the duo will take the experience into the offseason and put in the hard work to improve. “We’re going to try to get all the offseason workout in very, very hard,” Lawson said. “We’re going to get touches on the ball over the season, get the group together as a whole and build team chemistry.” The determination and poise of the returning players will be crucial, as Oswego State will look to have its first winning season since 2006. The SUNYAC was a strong conference in 2013 and the top teams will be returning pieces, meaning the Lakers will need to work hard to earn a top six spot next fall. Naab said he is confident that the returning players are set to make some noise next season. “The only way they can go is up,” Naab said. “I have a lot of faith in these guys. They’ve battled alongside us in practice everyday. They’ve showed me a few things in practice as the season went on. I’m sure me and my fellow seniors have shown them a few things.” Head coach Robert Friske thinks his squad is on the cusp of becoming a legitimate contender in 2014, not just for a postseason berth, but for the title as well. “Our performances this year were better than last year, but our record wasn’t,” Friske said. “As we move on our performances will combine themselves with wins and this will quickly become one of the better teams around.”


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Women’s soccer clinches No. 5 seed Recreational Sports Report WOMEN’S, from B1 Brockport has been in the SUNYAC Tournament three of the last five years. In 2011, when the Golden Eagles were not in the tournament, they fell to the Lakers in the ECAC Championship game. “They have a few advantages over us already,” McGrane said. “They’re at home and we beat them, so they’ll be even hungrier and all their players have had some sort of postseason success.” There are four players in Brockport’s lineup with more than 10 points that the Laker defense will have to deal with. Freshman forward Chelsea Stahl is leading the Golden Eagles with eight goals and 17 points. She scored both Brockport goals in their loss to the Lakers back in October. Even with Stahl’s success, McGrane says the Lakers are not going to give her any special attention. “They have two very good forwards in Vanessa Gillette and Stahl. They also have Katie Gildemeyer, who’s at times is either a third striker or an offset forward,” McGrane said. “If you give one special attention, then the other two are going to burn you and we know that. We’re focused on doing the best we can with our 1-v-1 defending all over the field and, if we can do that, we’ll be there in the end.” With the threat of such a diverse offense, a lot of responsibility will fall on the Lakers’ defense. The combination of defenders Raquel Vescio, Georgia Traynor, Katie Schulz, holding midfielder Amanda Heberger and goalkeeper Alyssa Glasshagel will need to come up big on Saturday. This defensive quintet surrendered only 25 goals the entire season, 13 of them coming against tough teams in Hamilton College, SUNY Oneonta, and Cortland. “They’ve been an important piece to our team all year,” McGrane said. The Lakers’ offense will also have their work cut out for them. Brockport has surrendered only 15 goals this season, thanks in large part to their goalkeeper Laura Thompson. Thompson is 11-4-1 with a goals against average of 0.96. “She’s definitely a good kid to have on your team,” Joan Schockow, Brockport head coach said. McGrane is not worried though.

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Perry Kennedy | The Oswegonian Senior Nikki Liadka will look to score in the playoffs after recording 10 goals in the regular season.

“We got players that can score,” McGrane said. “The question is, will they buy into what we’re doing come game time. Brockport has a really good goalie, but we scored on her three times in one game.” Once again, all eyes will be on Laker senior forward and co-captain Nikki Liadka. She is the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals and 20 points, despite not having scored in seven games. McGrane said it is less a matter of his star player being in a slump and more a matter of good, detailed scouting of Liadka and her versatility. “She didn’t score against Fredonia and we won. She didn’t score against both Rochester teams and we won. The thing is, when we get in games that we have a lead, our first thought is Nikki goes to the back,” McGrane said. “She’s just a versatile player. Yes, she hasn’t been successful scoring in the last few games, but she hasn’t had very many opportunities. In this conference, everyone knows who she is. When other teams do scouting reports, she’s one of the focal points of those reports.” Word from all the players is that they

are not worried about the tough team standing in their way and they are confident and ready to play. “I think the team is very pumped,” Liadka said. “It was a little upsetting finding out that we were not going to be able to have a home game, but I think playing on their field makes us that much more excited to beat them.” Vescio, a co-captain and senior, agrees. “I have a lot of confidence about our team going into the game against Brockport,” Vescio said. “Brockport is one of our big rivals and I truly believe everyone will be ready and excited to play and to change history for SUNY Oswego. I definitely think we will come out on top against Brockport.” A victory for the Lakers will mean a date with Oneonta in the SUNYAC Tournament semifinals. McGrane believes his team can make a run. “As a coach, you’re always looking ahead to the next game,” McGrane said. “When I was talking with the other coaches I said, ‘Any team in the SUNYAC Tournament has a chance to win it.’” We will see on Saturday afternoon.

It is officially basketball season in Lee Hall, as intramural basketball has opened in three different divisions. Twenty-three teams are competing in the men’s competitive division, while the men’s recreational league fields 11. The co-rec competitive division is compiled of six squads. In the men’s competitive division, the favorites for the season look to be Jellyfish, who is set to return the majority of last season’s intramural championship. Jellyfish won the intramural league last fall, as well as the spring tournament. However, the squad will be challenged by a number of teams looking to make an impact this season. Lee Hall Legends reached the semifinals last year, and has come out of the gates strong this season after winning its opening contest against the Abusement Park 91-35. Monstars, HOOLIGANS, Hoosiers, Team Figure it Out, The Oswego Unathletics, Channel 5 News, Storm in a Teacup, Donkey Hammers and The Dirty Flamingos also won their season-opening contests to start the 2013 season in the men’s competitive league. Meanwhile, in broomball, teams are sliding their way toward the postseason in the Campus Center Ice Arena. Eskimo Family, The Crimson Panthers, and The Broom Brawlers have stood out thus far in the co-rec competitive division, going a combined 8-0 on the season. Sitting at 2-0, Broom Brawlers has two games remaining in the regular season against Waterbury Bears and Spank that Donkey Kong.

The Crimson Panthers and Eskimo Family will face off in their final game of the season. The two undefeated squads will face off in a potential playoff preview on Nov. 3, where the winner will finish the regular season unbeaten. In the co-rec league, it has been tough to separate the teams at the top of the standings thus far. Thirsty Turtles and Ice Holes are sitting at 2-0 and are tied for first place, but are only slightly ahead of The Peter Northstarz, who sit at 2-0-1, and Fireballz, who has gone 1-0-1. Ice Holes had an impressive 3-2 win over The Horde last week, while Thirsty Turtles defeated the same team 4-1. In the men’s competitive division, there is a level playing field, as no team has managed to stay undefeated, showing that the title is up for grabs come playoff time. Snipe Chirp Cele has come close, going 3-01 in the regular season after outscoring its opponents 20-4. Spank that Donkey Kong kept Snipe Chirp Cele’s explosive offense grounded in their regular season matchup, playing the league leaders to a scoreless tie. Spank that Donkey Kong will try to ride that momentum and its 2-1-1 record into the playoffs. Also in the hunt are Charnugs who have proven to be a top-notch team, finishing its regular season schedule with a 2-0-1 record. That record included an impressive 4-3 win over the defending champions, Derp Dynasty, who is also a team to watch going into the playoffs after concluding the regular season with a 3-1 record. Play is set to resume this week.

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REGISTRATION APPROACHES It’s that time of the year again: students are scrambling for PINs and pushing the bandwidth of the campus network with visits to It’s registration time. Registering for classes comes with a bunch of complications, and here at The Oswegonian, we want to make this process a lot easier for our peers. Before we go further, lets emphasize the most important thing to know: your registration date. If you are reading this right now and you do not know when you register, that is a big problem. Nothing is worse than missing your registration time. You don’t want to end up with that 8 a.m. class every day of the week. First, you are going to want to get familiar with your adviser. Upper classmen, be sure to jump on your email and set up a meeting. For freshmen, advisers should have been getting in contact with you, but that is not enough. Just showing up to the meeting will not really accomplish anything if you want to be engaged in your

future as a freshman and beyond that. We know some people are not fans of their adviser but, as a student, you have got to think of them in another light. Advisers are supposed to make planning for the rest of our college careers easier, yes, but if you show up without an idea of what to do, what do you expect? These professors are teaching multiple classes, and it is pretty sad on their end to see a student completely disengaged with their future. Here is how you prep for this meeting. Head to myOswego, which you can search for on the school’s general website, and look up some classes you are interested in. Thanks to DegreeWorks it is now much easier to see what you have to take and what you already have out of the way. Remember to check on the status of your classes too and have a back-up plan ready. Now with this bundle of classes you have, map out your schedule. This will make things far less stressful. Being able to see your schedule puts you in the mindframe of it being an actual schedule, and

not just a class you want to take. For example, those two-hour gaps seem great, but what are you going to do during them? Camping out in the lounge or the library seems like no big deal, but it can get old real quick. Think it over. Lastly, keep two tabs open: myOswego and Rate My Professor. Rate My Professor is one of the best gifts the Internet has given students. Walking into a class without any knowledge of the teacher is rolling the dice, anything can happen. But beware, do not take every single review seriously. If a professor only has three reviews and is rated poorly, that is not much to go off of. Read all the comments too, because let’s face it, some teachers are getting bad ratings for just giving work. Not all of our fellow students are the most dedicated scholars. A sad truth, but a truth nonetheless. With all these tools and tips, registration is yours to conquer. So go forth and pick your classes and pray there are seats left.


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Ronel Puello Asst. A&E Editor Most people come to college knowing for the next four (or five) years that they will more or less have to take care of themselves. And for most people, living in dorms isn’t much of a challenge. Doing your own laundry isn’t rocket science, it’s more about the fight for a washer/dryer on a weeknight. You’ll get used to dining hall food quicker than you think, and your shower shoes will quickly become your best friend. We’re all in this together as students living in dorms. But apparently, some people don’t real-

ly get it. These are dormitories, where a lot of other people have to live too. Last time I checked, the dorms on Oswego State’s campus are not some amusement park for you to trash with your friends whenever you’re drunk and think it’s funny. I’m not talking about guys leaving the seat down and still going for it or delivery containers being lazily placed on those tiny bathroom trashcans. Those are somewhat forgivable transgressions when put into perspective. Over the last few weeks, toilets on my floor have been clogged to the point where the water spreads all over the floor, mirrors have been smeared with the contents of dining hall to-go cups, and every weekend without fail, the floors of every elevator in my building are filled with empty beer cans, crushed cups, and covered in sticky, wet, God knows what. Who does this? How old are you? What would possess you do this to the place that you and other people have to live for months at a time? I would very much like to think that your mothers raised you better than that. I find it absolutely disgusting that not only do some students do this and think it’s hilarious, but that they then pass off the job of cleaning it up to our school’s custodial staff. The saint-like resolve and

diligence that these men and women exhibit day in and day out is nothing short of amazing to me. I don’t even like thinking about what they have to deal with on a Sunday morning because it upsets me that much. You should take the time to find your floor ’s cleaning person and personally thank them for what they do; it’s the least you can do. A lot of students don’t take the time to think about how their bathrooms magically clean and repair themselves day after day. This is what leads to the pervasive attitude of “this is OK for me to do, because it’ll get cleaned up eventually by someone else.” And that is not OK in the least. Being at this school is an immense privilege for a lot of people and behavior like this ruins it for students just trying to better themselves and broaden their horizons. We already have a bad enough reputation among the people of Oswego, so why trash our on-campus homes? At this rate, I won’t blame the administration one bit for placing surveillance cameras in elevators or in the tunnels connecting dining halls. The people doing this know who they are and hopefully this will serve as a wakeup call to them. Grow up. You’re why we can’t have nice things.


The Oswego State Men’s ACHA Division I hockey team would like to thank the Oswego community for its support during our second annual Pink the Rink weekend, which was held Oct. 25-27. We raised $1,003 for the Upstate Cancer Center, bringing our two-year donation total to $2,203.00. We could not have done this without the help of others. A big thank you to our honored pink puck-droppers Greg Molfese, Christie Casciano from ABC News channel 9 and Mary Gosek. We would also like to thank Bridge Street on channel 9 for promoting our weekend and WTOP at Oswego State for the live broadcast of our game on Sunday. Special thanks to the staff of The Oswegonian for all of the great articles on our team and for the promotion of the Pink the Rink Weekend.

Thank you to the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena for the use of their rink for two of our games and to Tara, Ashley and Easton, all music majors at Oswego State, who sang our national anthem at the games. A big thank you goes to the Oswego State women’s figure skaters for their help on Sunday with the chuck-a-puck contests. We would like to recognize our opponents for the weekend—Niagara University, St. Bonaventure University and Syracuse University—who also participated by pinking their sticks and skates. A special thank you goes to St. Bonaventure for its generous team donation to the Cancer Center, which they presented to us on Saturday. We could not have done this without the support of our fans and, especially of our

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parents. They brought items to raffle off, spent countless hours at the rink setting up and selling tickets and provided help when we needed it. You are all the best. As a team, we realize how lucky we are and we feel very fortunate that we are able to give back to our community in some small way. Even though our pink jerseys and socks are being stored away until next season, we are already looking forward to next year when we hope to raise more funds to help this worthy cause. Real men do wear pink. -Jay Peacock, Head Coach Greg Molfese, Justin Smith and Brian Young, Assistant Coaches The Players of the Oswego State Men’s ACHA D1 Hockey Team

◊ those who live off campus and don’t give candy to trick-or-treaters.

◊ Steve Levy for bringing it back home.

◊ those who destroy the carved pumpkins put on display in front of houses.

◊ those who dressed up on Halloween and went to classes.

◊ all the girls in “sexy cat” costumes. Use your imagination.

◊ those who participated in “Take Back the Night.”

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Campus computers disposal can improve Kimberlyn Bailey Staff Writer I’ve been at Oswego State long enough to become attuned to small changes on campus. One of these is the periodic upgrading of campus computers. This made me wonder: what is done with the computers that are replaced? I spoke with the Associate Director of Campus Technology Services (CTS), Nicole Decker, who told me that CTS currently sorts its computer into two groups: scrap and nonscrap. Non-scrap computers are deemed as suitable for use somewhere at Oswego State. Scrap computers are four to seven years old, and though they may be functioning perfectly, they are determined to be of lower quality

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than all other computers on campus. CTS sends these machines to a recycling company for safe disposal. I am not here to criticize disposing of things in a way that is kind to the environment; however, I don’t think we should be disposing of things that still have value. After all, the best way to recycle something is to reuse it. When

During my research, I got the impression that the staff at CTS thought the SUNY policy mandated that any computer which is no longer useful on campus must be disposed of.” I found out that my college sometimes throws out a four-year-old computer, my kneejerk reaction was that there must be a better alternative. It struck me that my own computer, that I depend on and treasure, is just about as old as that. Initially I suspected that the disposal of older computers is simply mandated by SUNY rules. However, Kevin Donlon, University Controller of the SUNY system, informed me that the SUNY policy for obsolete computers is to either sell them on eBay (for curious readers, the seller name is nysstore), give them to another state institution that could use them, or donate them to

public schools through the CREATE program. To me, this sounds like a pretty sensible policy. The reason why Oswego State gets away with doing none of these things is because CTS has the leeway to classify any computers that are no longer useful to Oswego State as “scrap,” even those that could be resold for decent money. After my conversation with Decker, I found some reasons to be optimistic. She has only been in her position for two weeks, and seems prepared to review some of the previouslyimplemented CTS policies. For example, she told me that her office will look into donating some of its computers through the CREATE program. This could be the perfect destination for Oswego State computers. Those of us who have been through the New York state public school system know that our schools could use more and better machines. Public schools would also probably be less shy about selling older computers, which could generate muchneeded funds. Still, it is disappointing that it took this long for CTS to consider a better use for its older computers. During my research, I got the impression that the staff at CTS thought the SUNY policy mandated that any computer that is no longer useful on campus must be disposed of. Luckily, this is not the case. If only someone there had double-checked with SUNY administration, I have a feeling that many of our computers could have been spared a premature death.

Freshman makes adjustments as October come to close Samantha Fasolino Staff Writer Well here we are, another month gone by here at Oswego State. If I thought that the first month of my freshmen year of college was an experience, my second month was a whole different thing. The second month of college, in my opinion, is a time where you really get to get a feel for your classes and see if your major is the right one for you. It is also a time to make important decisions and keep yourself healthy. Unfortunately, I had to learn that the hard way. There are always rumors going around before you get to college that you will most likely get really sick. Since I didn’t get sick right away, I thought I was in the clear. It wasn’t until the second week of October that I started feeling under the weather. I went to Mary Walker and was told that I only had a

cold, but that turned into me taking a visit to the ER and discovering that I had mono. One important thing that I learned this month is that it is really great to have friends that will constantly take care of you, regardless of if they get sick or not. That is the most important thing I think I have learned so far in college: the importance of friends that will help you no matter what because they care about you that much. Another thing I learned in my second month of college was that getting used to college level classes is not easy. As a journalism major, I am taking a couple of media classes which involve being online a lot, writing several papers, and doing a lot of projects. As a freshman, all the work you are not used to can get really stressful. You never know how long it will take you to get used to college work, but you can always get help by going for tutoring, talking to your adviser, and taking the time to study. At one point, I was thinking about

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dropping out and going home. I thought I couldn’t handle it. However, I decided to stick it out and try and do my best, which is what every college student should do. With all these things that have happened to me during the month of October, all I want to do is say farewell to October. It was a very stressful month, but I found ways to get through it. The hardest part of freshman year is over, from my point of view. Now that I know what college is really like, I can say goodbye to October and hello to November.

Surprising off-season wraps up as NBA season begins Issack Cintron Staff Writer It was in the summer of 2010 that LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, and in three seasons with the Miami Heat, King James has essentially made his very own kingdom down there. Alongside him are his aces of Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen, a Jack in Shane Battier, and even a joker in Chris Andersen. For about three-years the Miami Heat regime has reigned supreme in the NBA, making three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning the most recent two. This poses the question: will they finally be dethroned? We will survey the landscape of the league and find out whether or not King James II will be crowned King James III. The first order of business would be to discuss the state of the Eastern Conference entering the 2013-2014 season. In short, the Celtics went on a fire sale, Brooklyn loaded up and Miami gained another quality player, believe it or not. The once-forgotten first overall draft pick Greg Oden signed a one-year deal to join Miami and possibly assist the franchise in taking the next step into becoming a dynasty. Oden, who had been out of basketball since the LeBron era began in Miami, has had a career highlighted with injuries that have prevented him from having an impact on the NBA. He is one of many big-name players returning from extended absences due to injuries. The Indiana Pacers, who fell one win short of reaching the NBA Finals last year, will see the return of their star small forward Danny Granger, who only played in five games all of last year thanks in part to patellar tendinosis. Granger, 30, initially suffered the injury during the 2012 playoffs and aggravated it in the start of the 2012-2013 season. He looks to return and take the Pacers to the next level. In the past two post-seasons the Pacers have taken steps in the right direction, pushing the Miami Heat to the limit in both the 2012 semifinals and the 2013 Conference Finals only to fall short. The Pacers appear to be creeping up on Miami. The same could be said for another familiar Miami foe. For the Chicago Bulls, last year was a statement year to say the least. The Bulls captured No. 5 seed in the playoffs, a first-round upset against the Brooklyn Nets, snapped the 27game win streak of the Miami heat, and posted a 15-13 record against the top four seeds (Miami, New York, Indiana, Brooklyn). What

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Derrick Rose hopes to bounce back from a knee injury that sidelined him for the entire season. makes last year a statement is that they accomplished all of these feats without their star point guard, Derrick Rose. Rose suffered a torn ACL in the first round of the 2012 playoffs and missed the entire 2012-2013 season to nurse the injury. This year he returns in full stride and looks to cause problems for the Heat. Another team that reloaded during the offseason includes the Detroit Pistons, as they acquired Brandon Jennings from Milwaukee, signed the always-exciting Josh Smith and reacquired Chauncey Billups, who won a NBA title with Detroit in 2004. These acquisitions, along with new head coach Maurice Cheeks, look to place Detroit in a good position to make an impact in the Eastern Conference. A fun note regarding the Western Conference: with the exception of the 2012 Finals, the only teams to win the Western Conference since 1999 include the Lakers (seven times), the Spurs (five) and the Mavericks (two). That’s just to give an idea on how tough the Western Conference is, and in 2013 it should be no different. In recent years we’ve seen the emergence of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers as forces to be reckoned with, with the Thunder making the finals in 2012. But then there comes the younger teams that begin to form identities and prove to be just as tough. Last year in the playoffs, the Memphis Grizzlies upset both the Clippers and Thunder in consecutive rounds to reach the Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, where they were swept. They may look

to make another post-season run, but that depends on whether or not they can also handle the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors, who both have emerged into their own. Don’t forget the Houston Rockets who enter the Dwight Howard-era, following his abysmal year in Laker-land. Howard joins a team that consists of Jeremy Lin, James Harden and Omir Asik, making this lineup look very respectable on the court. Some even go as far as to say they will establish a big-three similar to Miami, New York, Indiana and San Antonio. But you essentially cannot mention the Western Conference without talking about the San Antonio Spurs or the Los Angeles Lakers, especially this year with the second coming of Kobe Bryant. Bryant is returning from a season-ending Achilles injury that slowed down the Lakers as they worked toward the postseason as an eight seed. There is no confirmation that Kobe will be ready for the Lakers’ season opener against the Clippers, yet one can only assume that he is going to return no less than what he used to be, with the rumors that this could be his final NBA season. On the flip side, the San Antonio Spurs are still the team to topple in the West, following their tremendous run to the NBA Finals, where Tony Parker and company fell short to LeBron and the Heat. Parker, Duncan, Ginobli, and head coach Greg Popavich put together a solid season as they always do, and look to repeat their success and hopefully capture a NBA title in the process. When it’s all said and done, can LeBron and the Heat be topped? The East isn’t as light as it was last year, with the returns of Granger and Rose, the revamping of Detroit and Brooklyn and even the fire that the Knicks and Boston both bring. The same could be said for the Spurs, however their path to the finals may not be as daunting as Miami’s. With that said, there will be a new NBA Champion in my eyes, but it will be the familiar faces in San Antonio, and their opponent will be the upstarts in Indiana. The MVP will go to Carmelo Anthony, who is in an all-important contract year, while Derrick Rose will garner the comeback player of the year. In Brooklyn, head coach Jason Kidd will walk away with coach of the year honors while down in Orlando, Victor Oladipo will rise up as rookie of the year. The NBA can be unpredictable, but one thing that is for certain: we are in for a special treat this season.



Turn down heat A crash course in heating by a frustrated student

Collin Leadbeater Managing Editor It’s that time of year. The leaves are changing, snow is coming soon and nobody knows how to work a damn thermostat. For some reason, everyone decides that it is appropriate to turn up the heat as high as possible to counteract the chilly weather outside. This is not only an incorrect move, but a dumb one. But fear not, as I am here to help those in need. Not only do I have a guideline as to how to properly heat your living quarters, but I also know why you feel the need to turn up your thermostat to the point where even Satan asks you to crack a window. But let’s start with why people decide to crank up the heat to unnecessary levels. That can be explained in one word: summer. In the summer, the oppressive heat causes everyone to blast their air conditioning on full power. That is the correct protocol. But for some reason, that

Sixty-eight degrees is perfectly acceptable. It’s warm enough to keep you from shivering but cool enough to make you comfortable in your winter gear.” mindset has transferred over into the fall and winter months. That is incorrect. The difference is that heat needs to be defeated. Heat needs to be pummeled into the ground until you are practically living inside an igloo. Summer is war. Winter, however, is the opposite. Winter is peacetime, when we all should embrace the cold and use it as an excuse to spend a Sunday inside watching movies and drinking hot chocolate. Winter is when we all break out our comfy clothes and take it easy. The problem is, if everyone is wearing thermals and jeans, the temperature inside should adhere to that, and more often than not, it does not.

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How many times have you walked from your dorm to class in the cold and immediately after you sit down, you start shedding as many layers as possible because it is too hot? If you’re not saying “every day,” you’re a damn liar. I don’t have the statistics to prove it, but I’d guess that most buildings on campus have the heat set to at least 75 degrees. Unacceptable. I’m not wearing my hoodie as a sweat sponge. I’m wearing it for comfort. No thermostat should be set over 70 degrees from mid-October through at the very least the end of February, but go ahead and push that into March for safety’s sake. But even 70 could be pushing it. Sixty-eight degrees is perfectly acceptable. It’s warm enough to keep you from shivering, but cool enough to make you comfortable in your winter gear. And sure, there are extenuating circumstances in which that might have to change, but that is your base-level guideline. If you feel too cold, feel free to turn it up a few degrees, and vice versa. I probably won’t be where you are, so I won’t complain. But please, for the sake of all of us, don’t get out of control. I understand you spent 15 minutes outside brushing snow off your car, but cranking the heat up solves nothing. You’ll be cold for 10 seconds less than you were going to be, then you’ll get too hot, and now look what you’ve done. These rules are here for everyone’s comfort, which is something I am a big proponent of. And on a personal note, if someone who handles the Campus Center ’s thermostat is reading this, please turn down the heat. This newspaper ’s office is always insufferably hot and I can’t take it anymore.

Myriad of lingos on campus

Luke Parsnow Asst. News Editor

With the ever-growing communications market, the world as we see it is getting smaller. We can connect with thousands of other places anywhere in the world in just a few seconds’ time. With this big worldly conversation going on, it is becoming easier for all of us to see just how diverse peoples’ beliefs, ideologies, politics, religions and daily lives are. One concept that I’ve found interesting to observe lately is the different ways that people talk. We don’t even have to talk about a global scale here either. Since I started college two years ago, I’ve began to notice more and more just how differently people talk that are from different areas of New York state. One of the things I love about New York state is its abundance of assorted geographies. In one state alone, there is one of the largest and most populous cities in the world, one of the oldest mountain ranges in North America, and one of the world wonders at Niagara Falls. The state also borders two of the Great Lakes and a foreign country. All of these areas have their own dialects that people have adopted as they’ve grown up there. Many times, I have had prolonged (friendly) arguments with friends over

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dinner about whether it’s “a large pizza” or “a large pie.” Is it “eggs over easy” or “eggs easy over?” Do you say “soda” or is it “pop?” Is it “a half moon cookie” or “a black and white cookie?” Downstaters look at me funny when I say “I love to eat garbage plates” and “chicken spiedies” and I look at them funny when they say “I live on a cul-desac” and “Stop-and-Shop.” Downstaters call this area “Upstate.” Everyone around here calls it “Central New York.” Some people “use the bathroom” whereas others “use the washroom.” People will make fun of me for pronouncing “winter” like “winner” and I will poke at them when they say “coffee” like “cuawfee.” Then there’s the never-ending battle on who actually has “the accent.” One of the things that college helps us is how to work with all kinds of groups of different people. College literally takes people from every corner of this state and places all of them in an area that is only a few square miles big. New York alone has been settled by various groups of people who came from various groups of people somewhere else. Take a listen to some of the things people say and how they say them. It’s just another factor that makes us all unique.



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Events Calendar Friday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 8

Art Exhibit: “Painterly Prints” Date: Friday, Nov. 1 Time: 10-5 p.m. Location: Oswego State Downtown, 186 West First Street Faculty Art Exhibitions Date: Saturday, Nov. 2 Time: 11:30 - 3 p.m. Location: Tyler Art Gallery, Tyler Hall COncert: College Choir and State singers Date: Sunday, Nov. 3 Time: 3-4 p.m. Location: St. Paul’s Church, 50 East Mohawk Street Planetarium Show Date: Sunday, Nov. 3 Time: 7-8 p.m. Location: Shineman Center, second floor Talk: Writer Bk Loren Date: Monday, Nov. 4 Time: 3-4:30 p.m. Location: Auditorium, Campus Center Talk: artist Melissa Cooke Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5 Time: 7-8 p.m. Location: Auditorium, Campus Center dr. lewis b o’donnell media Summit Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6 Time: 3-7 p.m. Location: Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall Film: The visitors Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6 Time: 7-9:30 p.m. Location: Auditorium, Campus Center “Graphic Flash 2” Art Exhibit Date: Friday, Nov. 8 Time: 4-5:30 p.m. Location: Lobby, Penfield Library WNYO Urban music showcase Date: Friday, Nov. 8 Time: 7-9 p.m. Tickets: $5 Location: Ballroom, Hewitt Union

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Clarkson kicks off Christmas spirit with ‘Red’VH Riley Ackley Staff Writer

In recent years, it has become increasingly popular for singers to release Christmas albums. With Colbie Caillat to Cee Lo Green releasing albums in recent years, it seemed as though it was only a matter of time till Kelly Clarkson did one as well. As the original winner of American Idol, Clarkson has reached international success in the music industry. This time, Clarkson presents the world with a new album filled with the cheers and joys of Christmas. The result is an above par album worthy of being written into the long history of classic Christmas albums. Titled “Wrapped in Red,” Clarkson’s sixth studio album is both amusing and eloquent. The varied tracks on the album

will reach out to many different audiences of all ages. Both fans of Clarkson and of great Christmas tunes will be attracted to “Wrapped In Red.” Between her powerhouse vocals and her name recognition, Clarkson’s Christmas album is comparable to other successful artists such as Mariah Carey. The major stand-out on “Wrapped in Red” is definitely Clarkson’s cover of “Run Run Rudolph.” Unlike so many of the ballad-inspired songs on the album, this rendition is a nice change of pace where Clarkson brings out the rocker in herself. In addition, “Winter Dreams (Brandon’s Song)” is one of the best tracks on “Wrapped in Red.” As one of the originals, “Winter Dreams” embodies everything that is Christmas. With a background chorus, bells chiming and Clarkson’s pure voice, this song may be a new hit for her. Between its upbeat

sound and its eerie ability to bring about the feeling of all things Christmas, it is one of the album’s best tracks. Other terrific tracks on “Wrapped in Red” include the title track, one of Clarkson’s originals. “Wrapped in Red,” is perhaps the most characteristically similar to Clarkson’s key pop style. It has a strong build, and focuses on Clarkson’s strong vocals. “White Christmas,” is one of the more dazed, slowmoving songs from the album. Being one of the album’s quieter tracks, it becomes a nice change from some of her more power driven music, showcasing her ability to go from hard, pop-inspired music to soft lullabies. The song is a classic, and Clarkson justifies her rendition. Unfortunately, Clarkson does trip up in one song on the album. With “4 Carats,” she loses some authenticity and realness as she focuses on the commercial side of the

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Mix between reality TV, narrative in ‘Grandpa’ Maureen DiCosimo Staff Writer

From the creators of “Jackass” comes “Bad Grandpa,” a raunchy roadtrip comedy full of hidden cameras and real reactions. Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville “Jackass Number Two”) has to get his grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll “Fun Size”) to North Carolina to live with his dad after Billy’s mom gets sent to prison. Unlike previous “Jackass” films, this one has an actual storyline for the audience to follow, although it is rather simple. The roadtrip storyline allows them to make stops and pull pranks on people there. A lot of them are clever, some are just silly and most of them are shocking in some way. However, the viewer always knows when a prank is coming because the camera switches from the normal camera to the hidden ones,

which are a bit lower quality. This kind of comedy is not for everyone. It is raunchy, oftentimes gross humor and is definitely not what everyone finds funny. Unfortunately, that is mostly what “Bad Grandpa” has to offer. Fans of “Jackass” will enjoy this comedy, but not everyone may feel the same way about it. The main reason it works is the shock value, which the “Jackass” crew has more or less perfected at this point. There is quite a few laugh out loud moments. It is a strange sort of appeal because as the audience, you are having the same reactions the people on camera are. You’re separated from them though, because you are in on the joke, allowing you to laugh at them. This position is sometimes almost uncomfortable for the audience. The film is a bizarre dichotomy of the genre of the hidden camera show mixed with an actual narrative. Some of the jokes do fall a little flat. There are times when it feels like there

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should be laughter, but there is none. After about an hour, the pranks get a little redundant and tedious. Unfortunately, a lot of that has to do with how much was given away in the trailer for the film. Some of the best gags were spoiled by this, one such being the beauty pageant scene, which is probably one of the funniest in the film. One of the things that is most surprising about the film is actually how much heart is put into it. Nicoll, who gives the best perfor-

mance of the film as Billy, really tugs at viewers’ heartstrings. He provides a nice emotional break in what would otherwise be a mostly one-note film. “Bad Grandpa” is an enjoyable ride, unlike anything seen in theaters in recent years. It is funny, shocking, and has a heart beneath all the crazy vulgarity. While the pranks are a surprise, the story is all in all very predictable. Still, it is a laugh-out-loud comedy with great stunts that are bound to impress. The crudeness of the comedy might be off-putting for some, but fans of “Jack-“ ass” should give it a shot. p

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VH1 film highlights life of R&B trio Shanna Fuld Copy Editor

After watching the biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” one might think it would actually be a curse to have been born a stunning, driven, talented black girl with big dreams. The movie revealed how the industry tore up a group of girls with the best intentions; girls who were just aiming for success. Although their dreams came true, it wasn’t without the consequences of having awful self-confidence, relationship troubles, unwanted pregnancy and a lack of control in their own finances and lives. The actors did an excellent job portraying the sisterhood that grew between the girls. Keke Palmer (“Joyful Noise”) portrayed Rozanda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, Drew Sidora (“Step Up”) played Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Lil Mama (TV’s “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew”) played Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. The artistic expression of each girl was an excellent portrayal of the real artists. While this movie was not quite a documentary, it was extremely revealing of the lives these girls lived. They each truly had a dream, believed in it (the most important part, if you would ask them), and made it happen. These girls faced a struggle that no woman should have to face. Rozanda was involved in an emotionally unstable relationship with her producer, Dallas Austin. She was a smart and talented girl who got

pushed around by Dallas for too long. He impregnated her twice, but he still continued to see other women behind Rozanda’s back. In fact, he even impregnated a different woman later on in the relationship. Still, Rozanda took him back after. He promised to be faithful to her after she bore his child. He even offered her marriage, but Rozanda finally stood up for herself and found the strength to walk away. Lisa also got involved with a man that was no good for her. From the first instance, basketball player, Andre Rison (Rico Ball, “Space Warriors”), is introduced to viewers, we know he is bad news. He is dressed to look like a pimp and runs after Lisa out of the club. He grabs her arm, which is alarming, and when she tells him she is not going home with him, he picks her up in his arms and propositions her by offering her “anything she wants.” Unfortunately, to Lisa, this offer sounds good because, as a girl who grew up in a rugged neighborhood, she is still not used to having expensive things. Watching the girls sign a managing contract with Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid was hard because she would soon force them into bankruptcy. Somehow they continue to find success with no pay. The location of these girl’s parents was never made clear throughout the movie. There was no one there to protect them from the hardships of show business. Yes, we see the mothers at various different parts; dropping their daughters off for rehearsals or staying in the hospital when their child was sick, but did they oversee their success at all?

In one of the last scenes of the movie, we learn of Lisa’s death. Lisa was the “crazy” in the CrazySexyCool equation. She struggled with her relationship and often relied on alcohol. In the movie, Rozanda finds out that Lisa has died in a car accident via telephone. In one of the last scenes, Lisa finds herself on a tropical island. She talks about being at peace and living in the jungle, just like she had always wanted to, as she looks out at the waterfall before her. The camera focuses on the waterfall for an extended length of time. This could perhaps indicate that Lisa actually committed suicide by jumping into the waterfall, and that the car accident was just a way to hide this. Perhaps this movie was made to suggest Lisa’s death was not simply caused by a car accident. The movie spent almost no time dwelling on her death, however it ends shortly after Lisa passes. The movie did come to a full circle, however, in an epiloguetype scene where Rozanda and Tionne meet up ten years later in the studio to record more music, providing a sweet end to the movie. Watching “CrazySexyCool” was time well spent. There is fantastic music that brings back warm memories of this big-time group, an insight on what it’s like to make albums and work for a record label, and the bumpy ride it takes to bring ideas to life. It really delves into the creativity it takes for artists to make their visions realities. These three had a vision of creativity, fun and female empowerment and they did everything they could to bring good messages and music to their adoring fans.

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T V Spotlight This show continues to follow its storytelling by going back into the past. As we see into the past of Captain Hook (portrayed by Colin O’Donoghue, “The Rite”), we learn more about who he really is. It’s always really enjoyable to find out more about a character because that’s what a story is supposed to do: build character. One of the main characters, Henry (Jared Gilmore, “Mad Men”) receives a message that he does not want to hear and a tense scenario was added in which Hook will need to make a decision. Is he go-

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Sunday’s episode of the Walking Dead reminded us why people love this show. There was action, there was suspense and there were questions answered, all wrapped up in one episode. It brought suspense to the almost death of Tyreese (portrayed by Chad L. Coleman, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), a comic book fan favorite, but no one has officially died yet. The story

is still not fully unraveled, but it doesn’t seem like they’re going to be dragging our questions out for very long. Being that viewers were unhappy with previous seasons lagging on, this is a great direction for the creators to go in. The next question on the list is who’s going to die next?


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Caribbean direction in Arcade Fire’s broad album, ‘Reflektor’ Ronel Puello Asst. A&E Editor

How do you top a Grammy Award-winning opus like “The Suburbs?” Canadian musical collective Arcade Fire has attempted to do just that with their genre-bending, border-smashing fourth album “Reflektor,” a record completely unlike their previous works. While still displaying an eye for Byzantine production value, the band produces a kind of musical iconoclasm that’s still surprisingly danceable. The shift in tone and rhythm can be traced back to two factors: lead vocalist/songwriter Win Butler soaking up Haitian culture and music when visiting recently with his wife, and band member, Régine Chassagne and the presence of former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy as the album’s executive producer.

Murphy’s projects have often served as the benchmark for what independent artists can do and understandably, many musicians call upon him as an influence. Arcade Fire, however, was the antithesis to Murphy’s school of New York art rock. This new influence leads into the album’s defining feature, which is the complete lack of a defining feature. This is not necessarily an absolute negative. People expected another concept album in the vein of “The Suburbs,” and, to be fair, Butler tries to marry his lyrics to his obsession with the film “Black Orpheus” and the writings of Kierkegaard, but there isn’t any overlying message waiting to be readily discovered at the heart of Reflektor as there was with “The Suburbs.” Like “The Suburbs,” the album starts off with a bang, with the eponymous title track opening as one of the strongest on the album, radiating pure David Byrne-esque swagger with disco-tinged bass lines, sweet French nothings in the lyrics,

and an echo chamber chorus. “We Exist” has a faux-Billy Jean bass line and the beginning of a harder guitar sound that we see pervading the rest of the album. “Flashbulb Eyes” is a song ostensibly about being in the public eye, but the whole song is a tiresome collision of sounds that just hit the ear wrong. “Here Comes The Night Time” is probably the best example of the Caribbean influence on the album, with an adorably twee schoolyard hook and reggae stylings felt throughout the track. “Normal Person” isn’t a bad song, but it’s more perplexing in that it almost feels like a step back for the group; its guitar hooks and chorus are filled with an early 90’s brand of alt-rock pathos reminiscent of Pavement or The Breeders. Rounding off the first LP is “Joan of Arc,” which sounds like Arcade Fire doing a kind of backwards cover of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” sans the angst. “Porno” on the second LP, stands out because it is such a radical departure for Arcade Fire as well

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as Murphy’s presence as a producer is most immediately felt. Its sounds are cold, distant, entirely electronic and jarring for devoted listeners of Arcade Fire. The second contender for best track on the album is “Afterlife”, which is probably the strongest proof of the magic that can happen when you get Arcade Fire and James Murphy in a recording studio. It’s a wonderful marriage of Arcade Fire’s wonderful ear for vocal harmonies and Murphy’s fas-

tidious attention to detail and depth in his music. “Reflektor” is by no means a bad album; it’s just sonically too big for its own good. It suffers from a kind of identity crisis, not entire-s ly knowing where it belonged orc where it was going. If Arcade Firefi shrank the size of their canvas, asi it were, and made a smaller, morep focused album, we would have got-e ten something a little less freneticc t and ephemeral. t a e

Documentary reveals child abuse in African cocoa industry

Photo provided by Directed by U Roberto Romano, “The Dark Side of Chocolate” unveils the kidnapping and child labor involved in the cocoa plantations in Africa.

Kiana St. Louis Staff Writer Imagine being taken away from your family and all that you know, and thrown into a foreign land with empty promises of wealth and prosperity. Imagine being 11 years old and being forced to work on plantation for little to no money with the sad reality that where you are can very well be where you’ll remain. Your thoughts are the reality of the young children trafficked into child labor in the Ivory Coast everyday. On Oct. 28, the sociology department, alongside the sociology club, conducted a screening of the documentary titled “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” by U Roberto Romano and Miki Mistrati. The film featured a behind the scenes look

into what happens on the other side of the chocolate industry. Romano took on the dangerous task of going undercover to find and reveal the truth following the ongoing rumors of trafficking and child labor on the African cocoa plantations. Romano began his investigation in Germany at the biggest chocolate industry gathering, where Romano spoke to different representatives from leading chocolate distributors. He found that many of these industries receive their chocolate from the Ivory Coast but none admitted to having knowledge of the illegal trafficking or child labor. In 2001, the world’s leading chocolate manufacturers such as Nestlé, Mars, Cargill Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc. to name a few, signed a joint statement on child labor to be witnessed by the International Labor Organi-

zation in prohibition of child labor until 2008. This document verified that all those who took part in the use of children workers would be unable to sell their goods in the U.S. Nevertheless, Romano found that children are not only still being trafficked for this kind of work, but are being taken from bus stations in Zegoua, Mali, a town just miles away from the Ivory Coast border. Mariam, a 12-year-old girl from Mali, was rescued by Idrissa Kentè ,a bus driver in Zegoua, from almost being smuggled. According to the documentary, a nameless woman told Mariam that she would be making an abundance of money to support her family if she followed her on the bus. In Mariam’s economic state, she believed the woman, and if it weren’t for Kentè, she would have walked right into her demise. Kentè had been a faithful bus driver and is fully aware of the trafficking that takes place. He kept a list of all the boys and girls he saved ranging from the ages of 11-14. In 2006, he saved 132 children, in 2007 140 and over 100 more in the years 2008 and 2009. Kentè told Romano that traffickers try to take 10-15 kids at a time using the same plan: one trafficker lures children to the bus stops to take them to the border of the Ivory Coast, while another traf-

ficker is waiting by motorcycle to take the children across the border and to the plantations. Many children leave Zegoua and few return. Students viewing the film had the ability to see little boys walking barefoot on the various Ivory Coast plantations in tattered clothing holding machetes the size of their bodies. The CEO of SAF CACAO, the world’s third largest chocolate delivery manufacturer, told Romano that the child labor and trafficking rumors were all untrue and he had no idea what anyone was talking about, he referred to the Ivory Coast as a “place for vacation and resorts.” The documentary revealed that not only was that a lie, but he was also aware of the situation months prior, when Ivory Coast police reported to have saved 65 children who were from Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Naija who had been trafficked to those same plantations. Students and professors who viewed the film were in awe of the number of children that are currently still undergoing these brutal lifestyles, and the fact that there are so few people taking action against it. “I was just thinking to myself, my sons are those ages,” said professor William Rose, of the sociol-

ogy department. “My kids are then same ages as some of those kids,m f it’s horrible.” Krystal Rondan, a junior andv treasurer of the sociology club, saidd she had no idea what was going onw in the Ivory Coast and had event less knowledge about the heavyL influence Nestlé and the other ma-F jor companies had on chocolate.e Michelle Winkelman, a sophomoreP and member of the club said thatt the film was beneficial in showingr people how they can get involved. “It sucks that these companies can pledge that they would protect and prevent the expense of these children but then do whatever they want,” Winkelman said. “It just shows that we have to get to them, because they have the money.” “The Dark Side of Chocolate” is just one way to spread the word about the injustices taking place in Africa. The road to ending the trafficking and child labor can begin and end with us. Students can be the influence and change that they wish to see, beginning with buying chocolate with labels that are verified to have come from child labor free facilities. These products may be more expensive, but worth it. “You all can speak up and use your voice, you’d be surprised how far it goes,” Rose said.

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’A-list cast, aimless plot fail to deliver in ‘The Counselor’

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o m As the credits roll, “The Coun-selor” claims that 13,000 jobs were rcreated during the making of the efilm. From briefly reading the credsits, it is easy to conclude that a large epart of the crew were Latino work-ers from Mexico. The film itself inccluded an unusual amount of Latino actors. It is a shame, then, that the plot of the film fell into the easy and lazy formula of Hollywood cinema in its portrayal of Latinos. Directed by Academy Awardnominated, Ridley Scott (“Prometheus”), “The Counselor” follows a lawyer who becomes involved in drug trafficking and soon discovers the risks of this harsh world. There are five major characters, three of which are played by Latino actors, in the movie: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt. “The Counselor” also features the first feature length screenplay of renowned, Pulitzer-prize winning

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novelist Cormac McCarthy who is known for writing “No Country for Old Men” and “The Road.” Portrayed by Fassbender (“XMen: First Class”), Counselor is the hardest character to define. Much like the rest of the characters in the movie, there is no back-story and a lack of motivation for his actions. His life seems to be controlled by his relationship with Cruz’(“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) character, Laura. The greed that the film suggests he possesses is not entirely reinforced by his actions. The story proposes that he joins a drug-trafficking deal out of desire for more money, but to the viewer it is clear that he does not belong in the dangerous life of his drug lord acquaintances. Counselor is a sensitive, scared character and his love for Laura comes off as genuine, but because his background is never revealed, it is unclear as to why he becomes involved in the narcotics industry.

Cruz’ character is weak and underdeveloped. She becomes the exotic and tamed prop for Fassbender to love. The opening scene of the film not only offers insight into the Counselor’s adoration for Laura, but foreshadows Laura’s feelings about him. By the middle of the film, their paths are predictable and inevitable. Cruz’ character is not far from the 1930s cinema that featured Latina actresses like Dolores del Rio and Lupe Vélez in situations of no control over their path and bodies. In “The Counselor,” Cruz becomes an accessory and we are supposed to be as in love with her as Fassbender is. It is almost impossible, because there is no real character. Interestingly enough, just like Del Rio and Vélez, through stereotypical portrayals, Cruz’ career has been immensely successful worldwide. Pitt’s character, a slick, womanizing and cowboy themed drug dealer named Westray adds nothing of importance to the story. At most, his character helps paint the world of drug trafficking within the film and adds a bit of smart dialogue. Bardem’s character, Reiner, is the embodiment of the Latino male stereotype in cinema. Dressed in over-the-top, obnoxious, colorful garments, Reiner is hard to look at and believe. His fake, orange spray tan, and sexist comments leave a knot in your stomach. Reiner’s two pet cheetahs and outrageous hair styles become a cringe-worthy masquerade of Latino males. Diaz’ character is a puzzle that is never solved. She portrays Reiner’s money-hungry, maneater girl-

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friend, Malkina. A vicious and ruthless woman, Malkina ultimately leads and controls the lives of all the characters involved. Diaz portrays the cold and decided character to perfection. Like Bardem, she plays up on the story given. Throughout the film, it is unclear whether Diaz is portraying a white woman or an exotic minority like Cruz. Malkina’s race is important because either Diaz’ Cuban background has been completely ignored, as in her other films, or Malkina falls into the fiery, seductress Latina roles that have limited Latina actresses and characters for years. Mainstream media often forgets that Latinos come in all shades, which is why actresses such as Diaz never land Latina roles because they don’t have the “typical” Latino look of dark eyes, locks and deep accents. Roles of the Latina spitfire, and sexually-wild creatures were created by this “Latin look.” It is also important to note that, because the film never gives a clear background on Malkina’s background and motives (it is suggested that she is from Barbados but never cleared up), the viewer is forced to decide on her race and most will not be able to see her as a white Latina. There was, however, great aspects to Diaz’ character. Throughout the film, Malkina is completely aware and in charge of her sexuality. Her control over her sexual desires are in some parts so strong that she intimidates the men around her, but controls them to her will. Diaz is completely aware of the male gaze and she uses it against everyone. She portrays a woman that knew what she wanted and took it. This

contrasts with the saint-like image of Cruz’ character, who became a victim to her environment. But because Diaz seems to be defined by her desires, the movie is falling into yet another trap. Women are either saints or whores. The rest of the characters in “The Counselor” also fall into negative stereotypes of Latinos. From the fat, greasy and dirty truck drivers to the treacherous cartel killers, there is a small amount of positive Latino characters. In a movie set in Mexico, the only two moderately favorable characters they could find were a random bar owner and a drug lord. There was a long scene in which this important drug lord, portrayed by Rubén Blades (“Safe House”) gives a beautiful monologue. Unfortunately, the advice given by Blades was only pretty to listen to, as it was unnecessary to the story. From the gold chains, to the jokes about illegal immigrants, the film was completely insensitive and cruel to its Latino audience. “The Counselor” featured lovely cinematography and a fantastic score. From landscape shots to raw bloody images, it was aesthetically pleasing. This was, of course, easier to do with an A-list cast. The dialogue was at times witty, but the story was hard to follow. The movie dragged on and had a predictable and unsatisfying ending. There were messages of greed, sex, love, death and money. In the grand scope, McCarthy was attempting to lecture, but through negligent writing and reinforcement of stereotypes, these implications were lost.


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Cheated for the better By Sarah Fessler

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Cheated for the better By Sarah Fessler It started with the words, “I think its time we talk about this.” The elephant in the room was starting to get antsy. It had been three weeks since that day and no one had spoken since. Someone had to grow a pair and be the mature one. I guess that was me. My inspiration, you ask: Boy Meets World. Seriously. As much as I wanted to hate him, I knew when I read the quote about Cory and Topanga during their breakup I was missing something. “If you really care about each other, you don’t just throw away your most important bond: your friendship.” It’s true. And I had to say my peace on the situation whether he listened or not. “I am not forgiving you for what you did. I’m simply being the mature one by breaking the silence and trying to salvage something from our relationship. This is not a desperate attempt to get you back, but, rather, a truce. And you don’t get to cry and feel sorry for what you did. Don’t try to pity yourself for the pain you caused. It’s not fair.” I had to make it clear. I don’t

want what we had back; it would never be the same again. Because what he doesn’t know is that I know he didn’t wake up one day and just decide he didn’t love me. I know he’s been cheating on me for months now. I know that she’s been sleeping in our bed. I know he’s been skipping class to spend endless hours with her. I know he’s been using our vacation fund on her. I know she knew about me, as I did her. I know everything. But I’m being the bigger person. Why should I spend my time going over the negatives of the situation. All I need to know is that he’s a jerk, and she’s gonna get played the exact same way. I’ve come to realize that I have the best family and friends I could ever ask for in the world, and he was always holding me back from my dreams anyways. He took an ambitious girl and held her back. I’ve cried my tears, and some days I wish I could spend my time huddled in the corner of my room for hours. But I know I have to be stronger, for me. And some days it still feels like a joke, like something temporary. But that’s what my relationship was, temporary insanity. A joke and a lie. But now I know better.


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Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22):

It could feel as if you are stepping up to the plate and everyone on the other team is pitching to you simultaneously. Others might crumble under such pressure, but you have the mind of a warrior today. You’re up for the challenge; step up and hit it out of the park.

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You’re tempted to hide out today, but reality may not be so forgiving. You have pressing responsibilities that need your attention, and there’s little room for changing your schedule

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Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 21): Responsibilities weigh heavily on you today, for others expect you to carry more than your fair share. However, just because you have things to do doesn’t mean you can’t also have a little fun as long as you don’t flake out on anyone. Taking time to think about your plan in


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Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): Your partner or a coworker may come down on you harshly today, forcing you to examine your own shortcomings. Avoid responding with an defensive posture, for that

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Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20):

Your emotions are a bit tangled and your current confusion can be disorienting. However, there’s nothing wrong with your analytical abilities. In fact, the source of your problem may be the opposite—arising from your awareness and not from your ignorance. Trust your logic.

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