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The Students’ Newspaper
Friday, April 26, 2013 • Vol 88 Issue 11
Alumnus calls off informal tradition
Mounting problems between city, organizer lead to event’s cancelation By Darina Naidu associate news editor
After a long wait for a last blast before the end of the semester, many students were disappointed to find out the annual Springfest will not take place this year. Springfest has been held at the Naked Turtle, a restaurant bar on Dock Street, in recent years, but the owner decided to take a stand and not host the event this May. John Parmelee, manager of the Naked Turtle, said the decision was made due to safety reasons. “We had to measure the liability … and basically, based on the pros and
cons, that measurement was to not do it,” he said. Parmelee said that after evaluating the risks of hosting such an event, he concluded that a lot of potential things could happen, which one could expect from the dynamics of such a crowd. “We would love to do the business, but we just want to be safe,” he said. City Police Chief Desmond Racicot said it’s a good thing bar owners understand their liability. “It’s all about risk management,” he said. Eric Poelma, one of the students
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Higher Education reps visit PSUC SA approves travel expenses policy
By Teah Dowling staff photographer
Two representatives from the New York state Assembly and the Higher Education Committee came to Plattsburgh State for educational purposes April 19. Deborah Glick, member of the 66th District and chair of the Higher Education Committee, and Janet Duprey, assemblywoman of the 115th district and member of the Higher Education Committee, visited PSUC on April 19 to witness the school and its surroundings. “We walked through different buildings,” Glick said. “We had an opportunity to walk with professors and administrators and students in different settings.” “I talked with the president to talk about the different programs that we would show her,” said Keith Tyo. President John Ettling’s assistant who helped set up the tour.
By Brian Molongoski associate news editor
Plattsburgh State student Alex Guerrero welcomes Deborah Glick to the Nina Winkel Sculpture Court. “We wanted to show how we’re helping students and put her with students.” Duprey had convinced Glick to visit the North County schools after she had gone to other SUNY campuses such as Potsdam, Stony
Brook, Canton and Jefferson Community College. “I haven’t visited them all yet, but I am working on it. It is a big state with a lot of campuses,” Glick said. See REPS, A7
“The Winter’s Tale” 2.0
Ready for playoffs
Plattsburgh State students put on “The Winter’s Tale,” a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, tonight in the Hartman Theatre. Read more on Page B9.
The Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team prepare to fight for a playoff spot this season. Read more about their remaining games on Page B1.
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The Student Association recently approved an adjustment to the Finance Board Policy, which only allows a certain amount of money to be allocated to the traveling expenses of clubs and organizations. According to the new policy, aside from sports clubs, the annual budgets for individual clubs won’t include money for conferences, competitions or over-night field trips. For clubs that need travel funds, the SA will provide money for transportation and lodging. However, the SA will fund up to only $2000 per trip. SA Vice President for
Finance Joseph Nagiub said the change was made as an update to the 36th Legislation policy, which is out of date. In recent years, more clubs have also been going on more over-night trips. On top of that, Nagiub said there are more clubs on campus now, and many of them increased their budgets this year, so more adjustments had to be made. Aside from the cap, the new policy also makes transportation money a priority, and expenses will no longer cover food costs, allowing students to pay for food out of pocket. Email Brian Molongoski at brian.molongoski @cardinalpointsonline.com
Tragedies at home Should Americans pay attention to only their own tragedies, or can they learn from international suffering? PSUC students debate the issue on Page A8.
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New program recognizes good deeds Cardinals Care to start sorting through paper, online entries in May By Dan Stimpfle contributing writer
Those who have made student’s experiences at Plattsburgh State better can receive official recognition with the Cardinals Care: You Made a Difference Recognition Program, the newest initiative made by the Promote Community Building committee at PSUC. Starting in May, the committee will read through submissions from both online and paper forms available throughout campus. Every month, those mentioned will be
recognized for things they had done that have made a positive impact for others. Those chosen can be students, professors, or any staff member on campus. Those nominated will be announced on the daily digest, while staff can receive the recognition in their human resources file. Committee member Marguerite Adelman explained that the goal of the new award is to be an informal way to recognize people on campus. Unlike the many awards given by PSUC that recognize professional excellence
or volunteer work, the recognition program is “a way people can give credit to those who have been helpful on campus, whether someone helped explain something to you or if they were just polite,” Adelman said. She hopes the program will be a way to break down barriers throughout different groups on campus such as professors, administration, custodians and students. Gina Doty, a records manager and committee member, said the idea for the program originated from the United University Pro-
fessions Union, which is one of several unions that PSUC are a part of. The union hosted a self assessment survey on campus work environment among the union members, and the community building was shown to need improvement. In response, the Promote Community Building Committee was formed, which has begun with members of the UUP union and has expanded to accept all members of the campus. The committee, since its start in Fall 2011, has been making efforts to get people on campus active
in community building. The committee has hosted guest speakers about workplace civility, held a poster contest where the winning poster was distributed around campus and has advertised lists of different resources for community building. The newest development has been the You Made A difference Recognition Program. Meanwhile, committee members are looking forward to expand on the current recognition project. “We are looking forward to adding some kind of small reward for those who
are nominated, although we are still working some other details out right now as well,” Doty said. She said the committee is also considering different ways to promote and to give recognition to those nominated. “I hope it will be a big hit” said Susan Millett, who is a campus programmer and committee member. “I have been here for 25 years, and it seems that we have always strived to move forward,” she said. Email Cardinal Points at cp@cardinal pointsonline.com
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PSUC News Geologist coming to discuss repair project Daniel Michaud, a certified geologist and RondoutWest Branch Tunnel repair program manager for the Bureau of Water Supply in New York City, will discuss the repair project at 10 a.m. today in the Alumni Conference Room.
Best-selling author to discuss book
Dr. Jonathan Gottschall, author of the best-selling book “The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, will discussing the book at 7 p.m. in Krinovitz Recital Hall April 26.
Shakespeare play to be featured throughout the weekend
Shakespeare’s, “The Winter’s Tale,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Hartman Theatre of the Myers fine arts building. Directed by Dr. Shawna Mefford Carroll, the production tells the story about a king who believes his pregnant wife is committing adultery with his best friend. Tickets will be sold at the ACC information desk and cost $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and Plattsburgh State staff and faculty, and $2 for PSUC students. The play will also be featured Saturday and Sunday night at the same time.
Concert series happening April 27
The biannual recital series, Karen Becker and Friends Concert, will feature the Adirondack Trio April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Giltz Auditorium. Featured artists including violinist Eric Grossman and cellist Lawrence Zoering will join pianist Karen Becker to perform classical works from Beethoven, Shostakovich and Schubert.
Sorority hosting Gatsby-themed dance in the Warren Ballrooms
friday, april 26, 2013
College connects to Cusco
Trip will allow students to explore Peruvian culture By Heidi LaPoint staff writer
Students looking to sharpen their Spanish skills and surround themselves in another culture have the opportunity to visit Cusco, Peru for a ten day trip from Jan. 13 to Jan. 23, 2014. Cusco is filled with artwork from pre-colonial times to the present, and students will study the buildings, paintings and textiles throughout the surrounding communities. Modern Languages and Cultures Professor Isabel Arredondo, who will attend the trip to assist the group, said the idea is not for students to go as tourists and compare Peruvian culture with their own, but instead be part of it while they’re there. “Something that you don’t see when you’re studying art is you’re studying a painting, and you have a photograph on the screen, but your relation of who you are to that painting needs to be in the space, otherwise you perceive it differently,” she said. Modern Languages and Cultures Lecturer Diana Sarabia agreed. She said the students immerse themselves in culture happening around them, such as music and other traditions. Plattsburgh State student Brooke Callioras is excited to attend the trip because she has wanted to go to South America her whole life. “I thought it was a really good op-
portunity to go and learn and go to all of the places that they offer,” she said. Students may live in a dorm or with another PSUC student in a Peruvian household, depending on the type of experience they want. There will be a required threecredit online course, Latin American Art, which will be taught by Arredondo in the fall 2013 semester. The course will cover three main topics: architecture, painting and textiles. Those who are interested will be able to sign up for the course in the Global Education Office in the Kehoe Administration Building. It’s open to students in any major and satisfies the art component of the general education requirement, or it may be taken as an elective. To attend the trip, students need to have completed an elementary Spanish course or Introduction to Latin America before January 2014. This may be taken concurrently in the fall with Latin American Art. While in Cusco, students will review what they’ve learned in the course pertaining to that day and then visit buildings, such as Catholic churches, Incan monuments, palaces and more. They will also observe differences between past and present artwork. Students will take pictures of artwork that captures their eye the most and present it to the group at the end of the day to relate it back to the course material. They will also keep a daily journal of their findings
and observations. “Cusco will become the classroom for us,” Sarabia said. Sarabia assisted Arredondo in the planning and preparing the trip and class. “I’m very excited about this course,” she said. Arredondo said the trip will not only strengthen students’ Spanish skills, but also help them understand Peruvian culture through their perspective. She said many students will be speaking Spanish for the first time, and it will open doors to other study abroad programs. One of the main reasons Callioras is going is to improve her Spanish skills. “People will be impressed by it,” she said. “It kind of gives you an upper hand over other people because you’ve been there, and you did it, and you saw everything, and you learned about it.” Arredondo believes it will also help students who stay in the United States to work after they graduate because they’ll have more cultural knowledge. “The same mechanics they have used to understand art, they can use it to understand people they’re working with,” Arredondo said. “Art doesn’t just appear. It’s the product of a lot of social tensions and privileges.” Application deadline for the trip is May 3. Email Heidi LaPoint at heidi.lapoint@cardinal pointsonline.com
Sigma Delta Tau is hosting a Gatsby Gala April 29, which will feature dancing, music, refreshment, card games and more. Free walk-in dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. in the Warren Ballrooms, and open dancing is from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Costumes are encouraged.
Film about drug laws being shown Thursday in Hawkins
A film, titled “The House I live In,” that chronicles the implications of U.S drug policy from the dealer through the court and prison system will be shown in the Giltz Auditorium at 6 p.m. May 2.
Journalism professionals to talk about ethics in the media May 2
Journalism professionals will be coming to speak about Ethics in the Media: Selling Journalism Without Selling its Soul at 7 p.m. in Krinovitz Recital Hall May 2. Teri Thompson, managing editor for sports at the New York Daily News, and James Herre, former managing editor at Sports Illustrated will be in attendance. The forum will be followed by a Q and A session. Admission is free.
Quebec education to be addressed
Michael Goldbloom, principal and vice chancellor at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, will speak about Quebec’s higher education at 2 p.m. in Krinovitz Recital Hall May 2 as part of the Distinguished Quebec Address series.
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Mary Isbister speaks at the From Here to Now presentation, where she received the Distinguished Visiting Alumna Award Thursday in Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall.
What are some videos CP’s staff produced this week? Eco movement
No more rape
Sex and the SUNY
Concert features the Blind Owl band, the Standard Deviants and the Uke-A-Dooks.
A forum discussing the culture of rape. It will focus on the Ohio Rape Case.
Find out how the humans survive and the zombies feed in this game of “survival.” Page B9
Stan asks students how far they will go to make their relationships work Page B6
SUNY colleges receive awards ALBANY — The Research Foundation for SUNY announced Monday the first recipients of the SUNY Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program awards. Five projects that involved 12 campuses across the state were each awarded $25,000. Launched as a pilot in January, the EIR program supports campuses in securing the time and skills of privatesector entrepreneurs who bring experience to SUNY research. The colleges who received the awards include SUNY ESF, Cobleskill, Stoney Brook, Fredonia, Buffalo, Brockport and Geneseo. SUNY Vice Chancellor for Research Tim Killeen said EIR supports entrepreneurial skills needed to start up and sustain research ventures. “The quality, creativity, and inclusiveness of these projects reveal the unique scope, scale, and diversity of SUNY entrepreneurship and innovation,” Killeen said.
In “Clayton gets sworn in to Senate seat” in Issue 10, Johanceli Rojas’ name was misspelled. Also, the petition needed to be handed in after two days, and Kevin Clayton had only three days to campaign. If you see an error in Cardinal Points, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Harrington Hall renovations almost done By Elizabeth Reff news editor
needs of the building. However, they are still planning on addressing As Harrington Hall reno- these left out projects such vation comes to an end, de- as bathrooms. Fredenburgh Hall will go The bathrooms in Haroffline this June. rington Hall will be renoVice President of Student vated as a smaller, summer Affairs Bryan Hartman said project. Right now, the sumthe construction workers mer projects are focused are finished with the major on finishing the roof on work, and they’re finishing McDonough Hall. Hartman what they call “finishes.” said that project should This includes the painting, take about two summers, putting in the floors, tile and then they will deal with work, finishing up suspend- the Harrington Hall bathed ceilings and putting in rooms the following sumlast minute fixtures. mer. This year, Harrington The construction team’s Hall has underplan is to comgone changes plete the bathand upgrades “For the average rooms in one throughout the student, they’re building per summer, and entire building. just going to then move on Construction see it as an to the next Project Development and Field inconvenience. building. LaPoint said Oversight Pro- For the students fessional, Jules the bathroom that struggle LaPoint said the projects will with tracking be main difference funded from the Hood their packages through their Hall renovation and things like 074 money, was that the winwhich is their that, they’re dows were not campus dolgoing to be replaced because lars from the thrilled because dorms. they would not we’re not going fit in the budget. “Its all the to have that An elevator rental incomes was added for that come in issue.” student use. Bryan Hartman, to pay for evThere was alon vice president of erything ready an existing campus which student affairs service elevator is utility cost of in the building, the buildings, but it will be upthe upkeep graded to a passenger el- of the buildings,” LaPoint evator. said. “That’s what we’re doOriginally, there were ing now, we’re using some only lounges on the first of those dollars for those floor and the basement smaller projects. The larger level, but Hartman said ones, we can’t fund that way. a lounge will be on every So we bond the money. So floor now. Also, there will they get done in time, and be a kitchenette on every it allows the campus to pay floor other than the first. those bonds off over time.” During the renovation BUDGET INFORMATION of Hood Hall, the project “Similar to Hood hall, went about $500,000 over we’re doing as many sys- budget because there was tem changes as we can,” not enough asbestos testing Hartman said. “But with all completed by the workers, these renovations we have Hartman said. to work in a tight budget.” He said there were specifHartman said the bud- ic laws dealing with asbesget for Harrington Hall’s tos abatement, and they did renovation was about $3.5 not have a choice. Theremillion. Since it is a low rise fore, they were forced to go building with less square over budget. footage than high rises, it “Since that experience came with a cheaper bud- we’ve been very deliberget than Hood Hall’s $6 ate about doing additional million. When it’s time for testing so that we have a deFredenburgh Hall’s reno- much better picture going vation, they will work with into this of what asbestos a larger budget as well. we need to disturb, address “We’re actually working and abate,” Hartman said. out the bids for deFredenburgh right now,” Hartman FUTURE RENOVATIONS said. “deFredenburgh’s goHartman said eventuing to come in at about $7.3 ally, the plan is for each million for its construction residence building to have cost.” a different quality to it such He said it can be difficult as the fitness center in Hood for the school to stay within Hall. the budget, and they have Harrington Hall will have had to make some hard a room dedicated to stuchoices regarding what to dents with disabilities along leave out of the initial proj- with an entry ramp outside. ect based on the primary The study lounge in de-
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Plattsburgh State construction workers have almost finished the Harrington Hall renovation for the year. This June, the building will be officially completed, and deFredenburgh will go under construction.
Fredenburgh Hall will be turned into study/music rooms for students to practice in without disturbing anyone else on campus. This is because of deFredenburgh’s large study lounges. Although these rooms will not be completely soundproof, they will be heavily insulated with sound deadening material. Mason Hall’s basement lounge will be turned into a central mailroom for all oncampus students. Hartman said students would not be getting their mail in their building any longer once Mason Hall is complete. “For the average student, they’re just going to see it as an inconvenience,” Hartman said. “For the students Plattsburgh State construction worker Dmytro Malamin places floor tiles in the that struggle with tracking empty dorm rooms. their packages and things like that, they’re going to be thrilled because we’re not going to have that issue. So, we’ve got an obligation to fix this problem that we’ve got and this is how were approaching it. By creating a central mailroom.” Moffitt Hall, which will be renovated in three years, will be adding about 32 single rooms in the building. Hartman said he excited to see how Harrington Hall will turn out. “It’s great to be able to continue this master plan to upgrade our facilities because at the end of the day, it’s all about providing students with the best living environments that we can to support their academic pursuits and social pursuits here,” Hartman said. Email Elizabeth Reff at news @cardinalpointsonline.com
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FEST: Plans for 2014 under way From Page One
April 14 12:10 a.m. — Mason Hall— University Police arrested Victoria Tompkins of 51E Banks Hall and charged her with a violation of unlawful possession of alcohol under 21. She was released upon an appearance ticket.
1:16 a.m. — deFredenburgh Hall — University Police and the Plattsburgh Fire Department responded to deFredenburgh Hall for a fire alarm. Upon arrival, the building was in full alarm and evacuated. The cause appeared to be burned popcorn in the microwave in the first floor lounge kitchenette. The alarm was reset.
arrival, the building was in full alarm and evacuated. The smoke detector in the electrical room inside the basement mechanical room was activated. No apparent cause could be found. The alarm was reset and a service report was filed. April 18 8:39 p.m. — Amitie Plaza — A resident student reported his bicycle stolen. He had chained it to a bench in Amite Plaza, and when he returned five hours later, it was gone. A crime incident report was filed.
8:50 p.m. — Mason Hall— A resident student reported the theft of money from his 1:52 a.m. — Broad Street room. A crime incident re— Plattsburgh Police arrest- port was filed. ed Christian Balacco of 30C Whiteface Hall and charged April 19 him with criminal nuisance. 9:44 a.m. — Memorial He was released upon an ap- Hall— A student reported pearance ticket. his wallet stolen from the Memorial Hall gymnasium 5:08 a.m. — Broad Street on April 17. A crime incident — Plattsburgh Police ar- report was filed. rested Marquis King of 72 Brinkerhoff St. and charged 11:13 a.m. — Fieldhim with a violation of ha- house— A contractor rerassment second degree. He ported a set of forklift forks was released upon an ap- stolen from the Field House pearance ticket. south east parking lot sometime between April 9 and April 15 April 19. The fork assembly 1:39 p.m. — Macdonough is estimated to have a value Hall — University Police of $2000. A crime incident assisted the Clinton County report was filed.. Probation Department to attempt to locate a student. 1:12 p.m. — Hawkins Hall The student was not located. — University Police and A service report was filed. Plattsburgh Fire Department EMS responded to 1:50 p.m. — Moffit Hall — Hawkins Hall for a male who University Police responded was feeling dizzy. The male, to 832 Moffitt Hall for a re- who is a literacy volunteer, port of two females arguing. was transported to the hosUpon arrival, the females pital via ambulance. A serinvolved were no longer on vice report was filed. the scene. A service report was filed. 4 p.m. — University Police — An off-campus student 10:08 p.m. — Kent Hall — went to University Police to University Police responded report on-going problems to Kent Hall for a report that a with her ex-girlfriend who male was harassing a female also resides off campus. As student. Upon arrival, the the events took place off male student was no longer campus, the student was in the area. The female stu- referred to the Plattsburgh dent wished only for the male Police Department to file a to cease contact with her. A criminal report. A service service report was filed. report was filed. April 16 12:25 p.m. — Angell College Center — University Police and Plattsburgh Fire Department EMS responded to Tim Horton’s for a Chartwells’ employee who had passed out. The individual was transported to the hospital. A service report was filed.
9:08 p.m. — Macomb Hall — University Police responded to 342 Macomb Hall for an odor of marijuana. Four students were located inside the room. A marijuana grinder was observed in plain sight in the room and the residents allowed officers to search the rest of the room. Marijuana and other paraphernalia were located in the room. College charges were forwarded and a crime incident report was filed.
7:13 p.m. — Adirondack Hall — University Police assisted the Plattsburgh Police Department in locating a student involved in a minor motor vehicle accident offcampus. A service report 9:53 p.m. — Rugar Street — was filed. University Police responded to Rugar Street for a student April 17 who had been hit by a mo6:55 a.m. — Hudson Annex tor vehicle. The student was — An employee reported transported to the hospital that there was an intoxicated via ambulance. The investigamale with a head injury near tion is continuing. A service Hudson Annex. University report and an MV-104A (a Police responded and locat- report of a motor vehicle aced the male in a landscaped cident) were completed. area near the west entrance. The male was intoxicated April 20 and had hit the back of his 11:22 p.m. — Mason Hall head on a rock and sustained — University Police arrested a laceration. The Plattsburgh Nancy Armitage of 003 MaFire Department responded son Hall and charged her and transported the individ- with a violation of unlawful ual to CVPH. The individual possession of marijuana and is not affiliated with the col- criminal possession of a conlege. An incident report was trolled substance seventh filed. degree. She was released upon an appearance ticket. 8:17 a.m. — Moffit Hall — University Police and the Plattsburgh Fire DepartThis is the full ment responded to Moffitt police blotter. Hall for a fire alarm. Upon
who helped organized Springfest, said several issues arose this year. “We just had a lot of pressure and couldn’t get anything done,” he said. Ryan Corry, the main organizer of Springfest, who is currently in France playing hockey for the Lyon Hockey Club, contacted Cardinal Points via email. Corry said venues were reluctant to host the event this year because of the stigma surrounding Springfest. “We also could not meet some of the high monetary requests from businesses because of the uncertainty and changes surrounding this year’s event,” he said. Corry said the different venues in town had been pressured by the City Police, and thus he and the other organizers had no choice but to cancel the event. “It really put us in a hole organizing it this year,” he said. “We couldn’t get a location big enough to support the demand, and the City Police was all over everyone.” However, Parmelee said the staff at the Naked Turtle was not issued any directives. “The decision was strictly made internally,” he said. “If we had decided to do it, then we would have gone to the police to make sure we are on the same page.” Moreover, Racicot said Corry has not contacted the police department this year. “We did not pressure anyone and the only person I talked to was Chris Dumont, the owner of The Green Room,” Racicot said. “He (Dumont) is a fantastic partner with the police department. He asked me if I supported having the event at his venue and I said I didn’t. He then chose not to have it.” The chief said he understands that students want to have a good time, but only if it remains at that. “You can certainly have a party, but when you have an event like that, there’s a lot that gets into it and there’s a lot of things we need to think about,” he said. “You have to meet the requirements of the liquor authority and the requirements of the local laws.” Corry said there was an incident during the previous Springfest, but a minor one. Halfway through the event last year, he was informed the Alcohol and Liquor Authority and City Police showed up at the Naked Turtle. “They said we were not allowed to just hand out beer despite the beer being covered by the ticket. We looked at the law, and the law stated that we could provide alcohol if the event was private. Because we sold T-Shirts prior to the event and students were allowed in only with the event shirt, we still believed we were working within the law,” he said. Racicot said the incident that happened last year was quite significant. “There are rules to be followed,” he said. “You can’t have unlimited drinks in a bar. They have to make it into something reasonable. It’s not really a private event if it’s open to Plattsburgh State.”
Because of liability concerns, The Naked Turtle has decided to not host Springfest. This, along with other challenges, have resulted in Plattsburgh State alumnus Ryan Corry cancelling the unofficial event. Racicot said there had been a few fights as well last year. “Noise complaints, underage drinking, students needing medical attention and getting into risky situations— when you get so many people together, those are the things that could happen.” However, Corry said the beer incident was the only issue they had in two years with Springfest, and there were no fights, vandalism or illegal activities. “Maybe one or two underage students got picked for fake ID’s, but that happens every weekend,” he said. Corry said when he came to Plattsburgh State, Springfest was then an unorganized backyard gathering mostly organized by a collaboration of the athletic and fraternity bodies to ring in the end of the semester. “We have taken Springfest over the last three years and turned it into a safe, legal, responsible and successful event that has promoted countless musical talents, been a stepping stone for performers to get signed and driven tens of thousands into the local economy,” he said. Corry said what most upset him was that the parties involved with the organization of Springfest were already aware of the setup for the event. “They failed to mention that including beer could work against the law or that we needed to charge a certain price for the beer,” he said. “The fact that I met with the police in 2011 and explained to them the setup and neither side brought any attention to the way beer would be handled, really disappointed me.” Poelma said the organizing group tried to have a bar crawl as an alternative but failed because of a lack
of time and funding. “The crawl is what we tried to do because we couldn’t get a venue for Springfest, so we were trying to do just a bar crawl,” he said. “We were going to have different performers at different bars, get T-shirts and ask for $15 for tickets. Drinks wouldn’t have been included and only those who are 21 would go. But, it was too expensive to do.” Orin Conn, a PSUC student who was looking forward to the event, said he was able to convince the manager of an electronic music duo to come to town and play for Springfest. However, he had to call them up and tell them the event had been canceled. “I told him (band manager) that he should still come and make it open to all, like 18 plus or something, and he said that because drinking is such a major part of the event and they traditionally target the drinkers, it wouldn’t be ideal for them,” he said. Conn added he doesn’t think alcohol was necessary for the event to happen as “kids are going to drink before a non-alcoholic event anyway.” He said getting rid of alcohol and hiring extra security instead would have solved the issues that prevent Springfest from happening. “UVM does this extremely effectively,” Conn said. “I’m literally about to try and take it into my own hands because I’m very confident that I could come up with an agreement with the city officials that would benefit everyone.” Corry said there is a lot of incorrect information about what the organizers had been trying to do over the past two years. In the article about Springfest, which was
published in the Press Republican, it was mentioned that the event took place at Gilligan’s Gateway in Plattsburgh, but Corry said Springfest was at the Naked Turtle. “This article was so erroneous and poorly researched,” he said. “It blew my mind when I read it.” According to the PressRepublican article, many people who attended Springfest planned for violence and a wild time and six people were arrested. Corry said the information was wrong. “Our events were fun, but there was zero violence. No one was arrested, despite the article saying there were six,” he said. “We have had zero injuries and damage to any facility where Springfest was hosted.” Corry said he wants the city to recognize that while the event is still called Springfest, it has no connection to any of the illegal or disruptive acts of events under a similar alias in past years. Despite several issues and this year’s cancelation of Springfest, Corry said there will definitely be an event next year. “It will be safe, professional, responsible, fun and everything the city and students are looking for,” he said. “I am going to be in Plattsburgh at the start of May and hope to meet with the mayor and demonstrate the reality of our hard work and the reasons why Springfest should be a mainstay in Plattsburgh.” Meanwhile, Parmelee said he apologizes to the students on behalf of the staff of the Naked Turtle for not being able to host the event this year. Email Darina Naidu at darina.naidu@cardinal pointsonline.com
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Students act as spies as they ride the shuttle to verify how the shuttle services function.
SA recruits student spies By Tawnee Bradham contributing writer
The Student Association will start sending student “spies” on the shuttle to observe and report on how the shuttle system runs. The main purpose of the shuttle spies is to see if any improvements can be made to make the shuttle a better experience for the students who ride it. “We don’t get too many complaints about the shuttle,” said Susanne Fenton, SA vice president of student affairs. “The most common complaints are on the size of the shuttle and the frequency at which it runs.” There are two shuttle vans that run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and one van that runs on weekdays. On Tuesdays the shuttle especially crowded, Fenton said. Budgets for the SA are currently being worked on, and it is being discussed whether the SA should add another shuttle Tuesdays or buy a bigger van. “We’re looking to add an-
other bus on Tuesday but need the research to back it up,” Fenton said. “Shuttle spies is how we’re going to do it.” “The shuttle is crowded a lot of the time and there are a lot of people pushing to get on,” said Kara Waldermaier, a sophomore at PSUC. “I think it’s good that they’re looking into running another shuttle.” The students who will act as spies will also look for anything else that can be improved on, including cleanliness and driver’s habits. “It’s a better way to know what is happening on the shuttle,” SA Senator Johanceli Rojas, said. There will be no revelation by the spy during their time on the shuttle. They will observe while riding the shuttle like other students. “I think it’s a good idea,” Kaitlyn Coffey, a junior at PSUC, said. “The outcome will be beneficial to everyone who rides the shuttle.” Email Cardinal Points at cp@cardinal pointsonline.com
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The Environmental Action Committee hosted the first Earth Day Concert. The Standard Deviants, The UkeA-Dook club and The Blind Owl Band played.
April 26, 1932 The first nine of 24 men are hired to start landscaping around the new Normal school building under the New York State Unemployment Relief Act.
April 29, 1967 The dedication of the Margaret M. Sibley Educational research and development center. April 30, 1959 The first time the “Ballad of Lt. Korby” is performed on campus to commemorate the 350th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s discovery of Lake Champlain.
Each week, Associate News Editor Brian Molongoski compiles facts about Plattsburgh State history with the help of PSUC Historian Douglas Skopp’s book, “Bright with Promise.”
Student Association Soundoff FRIDAY, APRIL 26 Bingo at Late Night Weekends, 9 p.m. to midnight, Sundowner SATURDAY, APRIL 27 ACB Trips Committee Presents: Paintballing, 11:30 a.m., Tiger Stripes Paintball CWC’s Take Back the Night, 6 to 10 p.m., Warren Ballrooms Incredible Egg Drop at Late Night Weekends, 9 p.m. to midnight, Sundowner
SUNDAY, APRIL 28 ACB Films Committee Presents: Warm Bodies, 9 to 11 p.m., Alumni Conference Room MONDAY, APRIL 29 SA Executive Council, 10:15 p.m., Alumni Conference Room TUESDAY, APRIL 30 Multicultural Alliance Presents: Tunnel of Oppression, 5 p.m., Multicultural Suite- 3rd Floor ACC MUN Club and Economics Club Presents: How Should the United States Treat China?, 6 to 8 p.m., Alumni Conference Room ACB Entertainment Committee Presents: Plattsburgh’s Got Talent, 8 to 10 p.m., Giltz Auditorium WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 ACB Special Events Presents: Spring Carnival, 4 to 8 p.m., Clinton Dining Hall Diversity Committee and CDPI Present: “The House I Live in”, 6 p.m., Giltz Auditorium ACB Coffeehouse Presents: Open Mic Night, 9 to 11 p.m., Burghy’s SA Senate Meeting, 10:15 p.m., Cardinal Lounge SA News The SA is hiring a secretary for the VP for Finance. Applications are due May 2 by 4 p.m. in the SA office.
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SUNY movement could mean smoke-free PSUC By Brian Molongoski associate news editor
Plattsburgh State students may find themselves walking around campus breathing cleaner air sometime in the next few years. As part of SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s new strategic plan to promote a healthier New York, she is advocating a need for the state to pass a law banning tobacco use on state college campuses. The ban would encompass all forms of tobacco delivery products, including cigarettes and chewing tobacco. PSUC Vice President of Student Affairs Bryan Hartman said the policy would affect all SUNY colleges except for community colleges. Hartman added that while SUNY has continually tried and failed to get a tobacco-ban law passed by the state, he thinks it will eventually become a reality, and PSUC needs to prepare for it. “SUNY, as well as most colleges, recognizes that to make this shift, the people that have put their time and energy into it … think that the best way to accomplish this is through having this law,” Hartman said. In order to prepare for the impending change, Hartman enlisted the help of PSUC graduate student Kayin Queeley, who is working to develop a response plan as part of a summer internship.
DIFFICULT TRANSITION “Changing culture is never easy,” Queeley said. “It’s a longterm process, and it requires patience.” Queeley said there is no way to avoid the ban if it does become a state law, and his goal is to find ways to make the transition easier for both students and faculty. The biggest challenge, Queeley noted, is finding ways to en-
The black lines mark sidewalks Vice President of Student Affairs property and would not be affected by the anti-smoking law. force the law without being too brash. Hartman agreed. “We need to approach this civilly,” he said. “We are not going to go out and hire special people to
be the smoking police.” Both Hartman and Queeley looked at CVPH Medical Center, which recently went tobacco free a few years ago. At the hospital, people can give a card to those
about the rules. SA Senator Joel Wood said that while the move is a good idea, it would be too big of a change too fast, and the college should focus on enforcing the rules it already has. “It’s a good thing for campus, but the problem is that we are not enforcing what is here now,” Wood said. “The biggest issue is us enforcing the stipulations and the rules that we already have in place now. They are not enforced.” While the ban will pertain to SUNY campus property only, any city properties that lie within the campus can still allow tobacco use. For instance, Hartman said some sidewalks on campus are Plattsburgh city property, therefore allowing a place for students to still smoke. Queeley said property has been taken into account, but it is too early and difficult to decide which areas on campus are designated as city property. To get more people involved in the process, Queeley said he has held focus groups with students and faculty. Wednesday, Queeley held an open forum with students to inform them of the possible change and to discuss any ideas of how it can be handled. “We want to ensure that we get the information out there,” he said. “We don’t want students and faculty to be sidelined.” Queeley also said it’s important to recognize that those who use tobacco products have an addiction, and there needs to be ways to accommodate that, such as Map data ©2013 Google more support groups for those Bryan Hartman believes are city willing to quit. “They need to have some support in that area,” Queeley said. caught smoking, which asks them “We don’t want to leave them high to stop without drawing too much and dry.” attention. Queeley said the campus needs Email Brian Molongoski at to develop a culture where peobrian.molongoski@cardinal ple aren’t afraid to speak up pointsonline.com
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college to provide support to academic departments.” Cross-Baker said expanding both the office and its staff is a priority. Currently, only three members make up the career development staff. Because of SUNY policies, the CDC cannot hire more staff members. However, the center can hire graduate students to fill graduate assistantship positions. The graduate staff will coordinate a peer adviser program along with online program management. Cross-Baker expressed interest in expanding the center beyond its office in the Kehoe Administration Building and into the Angell College Center, giving students easier access to resources. “Moving to a satellite space in the college center, which should happen if nothing else changes, is going to put our resources more front and center so that we can begin to make sure you know about the resources that can come from these investments,” she said. While developing the proposal, Cross-Baker understood that adding another fee could be a strain for some students, and the career center has been exploring several options. Ultimately, she said the fee will be worth it. “We have the opportunity to make some changes to support you,” Cross-Baker said. “When all is said and done, we think the fee is an incredibly fair request given the investment it creates and what we can deliver to you in return.” Ettling was at first unsure about adding another fee to rising tuition costs and left the decision to students. “I was skeptical of adding another fee,” Ettling said. “I didn’t want to approve of another fee unless students had their input. If students supported it, I wasn’t going to stand in the way.” When Hartman brought the proposal to the Student Association, the support for the fee was unanimous. “It was a sign to me that this is important to students and they welcome the idea that somebody is really trying to move this forward,” Cross-Baker said. SA Senator Joel Wood said the CDC is helpful in developing online resources for student careers. “The $10 is only going to help students in the long run,” Wood said. “If you think about it, it’s not that much.”
President John Ettling approved of a new $10 fee that may be tacked onto tuition this fall. The fee is awaiting its approval by SUNY before it can be officially added to tuition, which will help expand the Career Development Center’s student outreach program. “We need to be proactive in this difficult environment,” Ettling said. “Students and graduates are having difficulty finding jobs. We want the office to work more closely with students to be more proactive.” The fee will be used to establish several new programs and implement new technology for career connectivity. According to the proposal, the goal is to implement 21st century job and internship tools, which include a Web-based recruiting system, an internship database with offerings in more than 20 industries, a peer adviser program and career exploration programs. The proposal also emphasizes more collaboration among career development personnel, academic departments and alumni. Director of career development services Tracey Cross-Baker, said Plattsburgh State’s career center is “not yet fully equipped to serve students in the 21st century.” The current career center budget allocates only $1.63 per student to put toward providing services for students. Cross-Baker put emphasis on implementing more online-based resources for students, which they could access at any point in time without going to the CDC. “Students should be able to have those resources at anytime, but we are just not there yet,” she said. “I want to be able to support that when you’re on break, on summer break and when you’re awake at 10 at night during your prime work time.” Vice President of Student Affairs Bryan Hartman, who helped develop the proposal, said there is an increasing demand for more individualized career counseling on college campuses. “We need to enhance what we are doing for what comes beyond SUNY Plattsburgh, whether that’s graduate school, work, internships, whatever,” Hartman said. “To accomplish that, there needs to be a combination of technoEmail Brian Molongoski logical tools, outreach at brian.molongoski programs and for the @cardinalpointsonline.com
Duprey said that after multiple phone calls and planning a time that worked for both of their schedules, they were able to set up times and dates for the visit. She said the purpose of the tour was to show Glick what the colleges were doing and to see them in action. The visit started at 9:30 a.m. with an overview of PSUC in the President’s Conference Room. The tour consisted of visiting the Hudson Science Complex, Winkel Court, Burke Gallery and the Senior Art Exhibition. The tour also consisted of discussions with Student Support Services and the Educational Opportunity Program, Center for Neurobehavioral Health and Project CONNECT. The tour ended with lunch at Clinton Dining Hall with the Cabinet, deans, one member of the College Council, Presiding Officer of the Faculty Wendy Gordon, Faculty Senate Chair Sandra Rezac, United University Professions Chapter President David Curry, Civil Service Employees Association President Ethel Facteau and Student Association President and member of the College Council Vanessa Cappon. “They were fabulous,” Glick said. The day before, Glick and Duprey visited North Country Community College, and after they had finished touring PSUC, they went to visit Clinton Community College, as well. Duprey’s purpose for the day was to show Glick the different parts of the school and the unique programs that they offered. “We wanted to show her how close our colleges work together,” Duprey said. “It was more of a learning tour. There was no absolute goal.” Duprey wanted to emphasize how NCCC, PSUC and CCC all had unique programs that other SUNY schools did not offer. She showed and explained to Glick the uniqueness of the Canadian studies and nursing programs at PSUC, as well as the electrical, wind and turbine technology at CCC. She also explained the easy transition between NCCC and CCC when transferring their credits to PSUC. She said it was an easier process for the students. “From the discussions we had, she (Glick) was very pleased and thought we were doing a good job for the students and the community,” Tyo said. However, Glick and the rest of the committee are still concerned about student’s experiences in any SUNY system.
A Plattsburgh State student speaks to Deborah Glick, member of the 66th District and chair of the Higher Education Committee about nexus and alzheimers program.
“We want to make sure the students have a good education and are able to pursue the careers they are interested in. Then they can pay taxes to help fund education for everyone else.” Deborah Glick, 66th District assemblywoman and chair of the Higher Education Committee
“We want to make sure the students have a good education and are able to pursue the careers they are interested in,” Glick said. “Then they can pay taxes to help fund education for everyone else.” Duprey said with the number of the different programs, many of the community colleges from the area transfer over to PSUC. On the other hand, funding and tuition in SUNY schools is making the transition a more difficult process.
“We are concerned about the funding for the schools,” Glick said. “We are interested in seeing that schools have support needed to upgrade facilities.” Glick said it is the Higher Education Committee’s responsibility to deal with the budget and that it can sometimes be a challenging process. “Tuition has gone up a bit each year,” Glick said. “However, we got some additional money into the opportunity programs
and community colleges have gotten an increase.” Duprey, being in charge of all Franklin and Clinton County, included education within her 2013-14 state budget, which was passed at the end of March. The main purpose of the trip was more about the learning experience and the importance of the SUNY system to both the Higher Education Committee and the New York State Assembly. “Long before the Power of SUNY became a marketing tool, we believed in it,” Glick said. “SUNY has been the heart of many communities, and we want to see that it continues in that role and improves in that role.” Email Teah Dowling at teah.dowling@cardinal pointsonline.com
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Tragedies affect Looking at other US citizens more countries valuable By Brittany Shew staff writer
Lately, the country that gives us opportunity has been in shambles. It has beloved states and cities, but one are that is greatly loved is Boston. Most of us recited the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school while growing up. We are told from a very young age to love and care for the place we live. After the bombings, I saw all sorts of mixed messages on Facebook. Some posted “pray for Boston” and others shared links to an article from CNN featuring deaths in other countries, saying “Iraq bombings kill at least 25, wound more than 170.” Yes, America has its flaws, but does that mean we should feel guilty when our hearts ache after being threatened by terrorists? No. We shouldn’t ignore the tragedies that happen in other countries, but we also shouldn’t be penalized by our neighbors for showing tears and worries for our motherland. We need to stay united. We cannot compare tragedies. Each life is precious, and each death is sickening no matter the race, religion, gender or country you were born in. This is not like any other tragedy. The United States thrives on events like the Boston Marathon. Our people look forward to these kinds of days the entire time leading up to them. To allow someone to jeopardize these precious moments we have, and to let it pass by without a fuss is unthinkable. The people who commit these atrocious crimes walk among us every day, and when they choose to strike we must push back with the force of many angry, upset Americans. The past year has been a rough ride for the United States. We have had the same negative comments from people claiming that we spent too much time focusing on our own country. The most recent catastrophes were at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the second deadliest mass shooting in American history, and a movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. Other incidents that caught major media attention this year range from a college student beating his girlfriend to death in her dorm room, an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant and a man on a shooting spree in Herkimer County, N.Y. These incidents are happening every day. We need to start looking after our own country before we focus our attention on the problems of others. These gruesome attacks and accidents are not any more important than earthquakes in China or bombings in Baghdad. Some simply catch more media attention than
others, but it does not make any incident more prominent than the other. We react so strongly to the shocking events happening in our country because it hits so close to home. The people dying all around us are our brothers and sisters. Some people get so worked up about the problems of the world and take to their social media platforms. They claim the media and their fellow Americans “don’t care” or are selfish. But, if it doesn’t get covered, you don’t care about your country and if it’s covered enough, you don’t care about other countries. As President Barack Obama said in a recent speech last Friday recalling America’s past week, “All in all, this has been a tough week, but we have seen the character of our country once more.” Email Brittany Shew at brittany. email@example.com
By Jennifer Franke staff writer
The footage was heart wrenching. Yet again, a joyous event was turned into an “act of terror” where many were injured and few were killed. People questioned why would someone do this and when all of these attacks would end after hearing the disturbing news of the Boston bombings April 15. Not only should we ask these questions, but we should also be concerned about the fact that this is happening in other countries besides ours. It’s not that this event or any other tragedy in the United States is unimportant, but what is happening in other countries is equally important and everyone should be paying attention to international catastrophes, as well their own.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston bombings, was arrested last Friday after a complete shutdown of the city of Boston. The manhunt search led to an arrest of a suspect and the death of the second suspect and brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, due to a shoot out last Thursday. Now, the public is waiting for the charges on Tsarnaev to be determined. Ever since 9/11, the “counterterrorism cooperation,” an effort to try and eliminate terrorism, has been a rollercoaster between Russia and the United States, causing an unstable relationship between the two countries. It is still unclear what the intentions of the Tsarnaev brothers were and if it is linked to the Russia/U.S. on-going conflicts. Since the bombings, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin came together to express their condolences and stress that the two sides should work together. The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi are approaching and security will be tougher than previous years. If people were more aware of our international relations, then they would know that our ties with Russia are stable. The United States and countries such as Russia need to strengthen their bond because the intelligence services remain weak due to temperamental diplomatic ties. Hopefully, the aftermath of the Boston bombings will result in closer ties between the two countries. It seems to be a never-ending cycle of blame that is almost always because U.S. citizens are ignorant to what is really going on outside their country. We need to open our eyes to the world because ignoring it will come back to bite us, and then more innocent citizens will be killed. Moscow’s National Defence magazine editor Igor Korotchenko said in an article from Channel News Asia, “The main lesson the United States should draw from all this is that they should strengthen their cooperation with Russia in their fight against terror.” According to NPR, “The Tsarnaev brothers were ethnically Chechen. The central Asian region of Chechnya has a troubled history. It has also seen some of that region’s most notorious terrorist incidents in recent memory.” Countries that have had issues with terrorism in the past will most likely have problems happen again if we don’t correct these problems right away. Everyone should be more concerned with what is happening worldwide rather than just the after effects of it that the United States is suffering from. Email Jennifer Franke at jennifer. firstname.lastname@example.org
To read about the Boston bombings and what PSUC students think, go to Issue 10: “Oh My God, this is not good.”
Learning crumbles with bad economy “Bigger rooms. I feel Macdonough is good for the size but not others like Freshman and Sophomore dorms.”
Anthony Bryan Junior Biology
“Change the bathrooms because the shower heads are always dirty.”
By Lara Dufresne opinions editor
Financial literacy. I never learned this phrase nor the nitty-gritty details of the economy, and neither have most students in the United States. High school has pushed its pupils into the real world without the most important piece of information: how to maintain a literate financial perceptive. Since the recession in 2008, students have not made a dent in the understanding of economics. During that time, students should have been growing in knowledge of the crumbling economy around them. But since then, only 34 percent of high school seniors in a study by Discover credit card said that they feel “very confident” in their ability to manage their own finances. High school education is unfulfilled if not all ground is covered in its curriculum. If the prospectus calls only for history, math, govern-
ment and a foreign language, we are missing something imperative. One of the basic functions in the world is the trade between people. We look at how it thrives and how it dies, and gauge our monetary decisions on what we know about it. If we’re not taught anything, then our decisions will make us poor. It needs to be mandated that economics and personal financing is a course necessary for a well-rounded education and beneficial future. April is Financial Literacy month, dubbed by the Council for Economic Education — an organization dedicated to teaching students about the economy. In a recent 2011 Survey of the States, the CEE found that only 22 required economics to be taught in high school. The challenge therein lies with creating another requirement while still retaining the same number of courses. This could be accomplished by taking away the number of electives, but then schools would have to out-
line when to teach the class. As it stands, less than 20 percent of teachers say they are competent enough to teach personal finance to their students. Research from the National Endowment for Financial Education found that young adults were more likely to pay off credit cards in full every month, less likely to max out them out and more willing to take average financial risks if they had previous financial coaching. In fact, the number of states that requires students to take a separate economic test has decreased by three since 2009. All 50 states require their state standards to include economics, but only 40 states have those standards required to be implemented. If a state has a required economic test needed to pass for graduating, schools would be forced to teach the subject in school to maintain high scores. As a broke college student, my personal finances would have ben-
efited if my economics class had taught us tricks to manage our own assets, in addition to understanding the national economy. What I know are things that I’ve been lucky to learn from my parents, as for many other successful college students. I’ve learned to keep two separate bank accounts for checking and savings, as well as keep a minimum in each. Discover reported that only 68 percent of seniors put away money in a savings account. I’m old enough to know the basics that will get me by, but naïve enough to expand upon anything else. I, along with 65 percent of high school seniors, didn’t know if cancelling your credit card would hurt your credit score. And frankly, I don’t believe anyone should judge that if they weren’t taught it in high school. Let me ask, how much do you know about economics? Email Lara Dufresne at opinions @cardinalpointsonline.com
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Compassionate acts of kindness revealed By Maura Danehey staff writer
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Spring tradition slips into decay As far as established traditions go, Cardinal Points is reluctant to call Springfest a part of campus history. The circumstances surrounding this year’s proposed end-of-the-academic-year shindig go even further in distancing the event from the minds of Plattsburgh State students, who deserve better than the distrust of their community’s leaders and the excuses of the event’s organizers. There will be no Springfest this year, and whether that is because of communal opposition or poor planning, it leaves PSUC students without an event that other campuses enjoy. PSUC’s official participation in the event was discontinued in 2008 when the Student Association’s Activities Coordination Board found that it had spent $61,000 on the entertainment for the 283 people who attended. Our college severed its ties to the spring celebration and, instead, was in favor of hosting a concert series and weekly coffee houses. Since then, Springfest has turned into a hodgepodge of somewhat-official bar parties. It’s imposter events, such as the riot that broke out at Gilligan’s Getaway last year, give Springfest and its organizers a bad rap among locals. The college’s administration is conspicuously absent or silent. Although current students and alumni are the primary organizers of the event, the college has moved neither to condemn nor condone the events. As a result, there are two distinct camps within the community who either portray Springfest as a congregation of drunken disorder or as a soiree for law-abiding students looking to ring in the beginning of summer. Neither of these viewpoints are entirely true. It is unfair to characterize anyone who ever bought a Springfest T-shirt as a drunken vandal, and it is unfair to portray Plattsburgh businesses as unaccommodating. However, all coverage of this non-event seems to be skewed one way or the other. The reasons are disputed and muddled, but one thing is perfectly clear: This cancellation was not hard to foresee. It is the culmination of a deteriorating relationship between students looking for a good time and a community of people who will not forget past misdeeds. What is also clear to the editorial board of this paper is that the event is doomed to mediocrity and failure so long as our college’s administration and SA do not offer guidance in the event’s organization. In 2008, Springfest was on the heels of several disappointing years marked by low attendance. Rather than view this as an indication of poor planning or not-so-attractive musical acts, the SA chose to view the event’s decline as inevitable. However, when the event was hosted at the Fieldhouse, there were years when its attendance was more than 2,000. In 2004, O.A.R. was the headliner, and a total of 2,260 tickets were sold. Sure, there were years that it did not succeed as planned, but there were also years when people had a great time in the safety of a campus-run event. It is not our place to demand that PSUC provide upperclassmen with a spring-time party with live music and alcoholic beverages, but students are quite obviously seeking less-structured events that many locals regard as disruptive.
Tests, papers and the struggle for balance fill the final weeks of spring semester. The days repeat themselves and life’s monotony lulls time forward. Then, in a moment, the world seems to stop, and the uniformed lullaby of life crescendos into a synchronized, chaotic jive. On April 15, my steady song ended as bomb blasts shook Boston, my home for the past three summers. The afternoon was filled with trying to find family and friends, and helping them safely navigate home through the bleeding city. As the days march forward, the bombings become dated news and horrid memories, but it serves as more. The aftermath is a reminder that love and kindness do exist in this world. Families were torn apart and pain ensued; yet throughout the horrific time, millions of compassionate acts occurred. National media is now saturated with stories about EMTs rushing to help blast victims, strangers donating money to fund survivors’ medical expenses and neighbors establishing memorials for the three people killed. Messages from friends and family continue to crowd my inbox. People I have not spoken to in years tracked down my contact information and wanted to know if I was running that day and if I was safe. These thoughtful acts create powerful swells of emotion that seep through my physical being, invigorate my soul and metastasize in smiles and tears. Kind deeds are manifested by surrounding events, but born from people and require only time and compassion. Fall 2011, I lived in Ireland with a quiet host mother who refrained from emotional expression. During my time there, a friend in the United States lost her mom to cancer. Devastated, I told
my host mother, expecting nothing more than an “I’m sorry.” Instead, this normally reserved woman embraced me as tears sprinkled her cheeks. She talked with me instead of heading to meet her friends for golf, her traditional morning routine. Our relationship did not change. In the months that followed, she quietly kept to herself, but in my moment of need, she shared my pain and overwhelming feeling of helplessness. That memory became one of love and compassion I can cull from my arsenal in moments when I feel alone. I despise the phrase, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” The overused idiom invalidates healthy feelings such as sadness that are associated with traumatic events. I cannot describe any of the aforementioned moments as positive, as having a “silver lining.” Instead, let’s adopt a new phrase: Every cloud brings golden people. Although not rooted in a historic poem like its predecessor, it is grounded in experience. Life includes moments of pain and times of joy through which people who care about us emerge, reminding us we are loved and that life will improve. Forgotten friends — people I thought had forever left my life — continue to call, concerned about my family and me. The bombing is long over and reporters have returned to their original beats, but people remain hard at work spreading kindness to both friends and strangers. Like Claude Debussy’s “Claire de Lune,” life’s tempo changes. Just as the song’s airy, beginning cadences continue into heavy-chord phrases, happy moments eventually beat away times of sadness. Our job is to continue living, loving and remembering moments and the kind people who fill them. Email Maura Danehey at maura. email@example.com
First impression makes or breaks internship, job By Dan Clark contributing writer
A cover letter is the first glimpse a potential employer will have of you. It is essentially the key that will make them look at your resume. If your letter is sloppy and unorganized, they aren’t going to take a look at your application. Writing a resume is a valuable skill that could ease landing a job. The cover letter distinguishes your personality, as well as the intangibles. You can have an outstanding resume, but there will be other candidates who could have the same credentials or better. If written correctly, it can convey an enthusiastic and personable approach. It is a first-hand look of knowing a person as a whole. One of the most important things you can do before you write your cover letter is to research the company you are applying for. You want to focus on abilities and skills that will benefit the employer. Demonstrating that you are familiar with the company will let them know that you have done your research, are serious about applying and are willing to go the extra mile. A cover letter will be very bland if you just re-state your resume, so you have to personalize it. It is one thing to say, “I possess strong writing skills.” Employers have seen that saying many times before and will toss it to the side. Write a different cover letter for every job you apply for. Do not send generic cover letters to each job. Employers can spot small mistakes very easily, and it will benefit you to carefully think out everything you write. They want to know what you can do for them specifically, not just generic skills you have. Do not ramble. Make your cover letter concise and to the point. Only state things that are relevant to the job.
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Section To find out how Plattsburgh State baseball catcher John Casten helps his team behind and at the plate, see page B3.
Lacrosse set for Geneseo showdown Plattsburgh clinches No. 2 seed with victory By Willie Santana staff writer
The Cards will look for revenge against a team who bumped them out of the playoffs last year while dealing with the emotions of senior day. In a 15-9 win against Potsdam, the Cards (123, 4-1 SUNYAC) clinched home-field advantage and set a new record for single-season wins at 12. Although the Cards will not be playing for a playoff spot, coaches and players know the significance of playing Geneseo (5-7, 2-3 SUNYAC). Ryan Cavanagh remembers Plattsburgh State’s struggles against Geneseo during his stint as a player. Like the current roster, which consists of 10 seniors, he too has not seen a win against Geneseo. Cavanagh played for the Cards from 2005-2007. In that span, the team went 0-3 against Geneseo. The Cards’ closest game against Geneseo was an 18-14 loss on Cavanagh’s senior day. As head coach, Cavanagh is
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Plattsburgh State’s Nick Travers works against his defender in his team’s 15-9 win against Potsdam on Wednesday night. With the victory, the Cardinals clinched the No. 2 seed, and they will finish the regular season at home this Saturday with a match against Geneseo. 0-2 against Geneseo. Cavanagh said his senior day was filled with emotion. “It’s always just a big day that all the guys look forward to, and considering
we haven’t beaten Geneseo in modern time, it’s even going to be more emotional for these guys to do it,” he said. Since their first game against the Knights in 1999,
the Cards are 2-11 against them. The Cards last win against Geneseo came in 2002 under head coach John Combs. The Cards’ latest defeat to the Knights came last year in a 7-5 loss in the
Softball enters pivotal weekend By Ricky St. Clair staff writer
One week ago, the Plattsburgh State softball team departed Potsdam with back-to-back wins to keep its aspirations for homefield advantage afloat. Now, the Cardinals (19-11, 9-5) sit three games out of first place, but return home for a weekend doubleheader against Buffalo State today at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. before challenging Fredonia on Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. PSUC currently sits fourth in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) standings as the conference schedule finishes this weekend. Head coach Stephanie Zweig, whose squad is 7-1 in its last eight games, said the team needs to stay motivated during its playoff push. “We’re approaching our last weekend of the regular season, and we’re just looking to stay focused,” Zweig said. “Right now, I’m impressed and happy with where we stand with mental toughness and our ability to get the job done. “This is a big weekend, for sure. We control our own fate. We can’t worry about the other games go-
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Samantha Capobianco takes a swing in a game Saturday against Oswego. The Lady Cardinals defeated the Lakers in both ends of the doubleheader, outscoring them 11-4. ing on in conference play. Our only way to improve in the conference standings is to worry about us.” First baseman Brianna Clarke said everybody, including upperclassmen, needs to step up and contribute this weekend. “Since our talk earlier in the year, we’ve had a number of players take leadership roles,” Clarke said. “Overall, we need to keep
doing everything we’ve been doing. It’s going to be nice to honor our seniors, especially Ashley Marshall. It will be an emotional day for her and everyone else involved.” The Bengals (12-16, 6-8) sit seventh in the SUNYAC standings and are fighting for a playoff appearance. Breanna Fenski leads the team at the plate, batting .362 with 34 hits and
24 RBI in 94 at-bats. The senior from Cheektowaga has belted four doubles, three triples and two home runs on the year. Sam Strapason and Carly Knight rank second and third, respectively. Strapason sports a .344 batting average with 32 hits, while Knight has registered a .337 average and 28 hits.
Confidence is the key for his players if they want to have a strong performance. “It’s a very physiological game,” Stata said. The playoffs consist of three brackets of doubles teams, and all matches are an eight-game pro-set. Stata Stata said New Paltz is the team to beat as its players have good experience
and several players who excel in doubles competition. Stata believes his players will fare well against other teams. On the other hand, Stata’s No. 3 doubles team has little experience and that is why Stata said the tournament will be beneficial for the players in that bracket. “I think that’s the best way to play,” Rachel Hod-
nett, who will be in the No.1 bracket for the PSUC tennis team, said. “There’s no pressure for them, and they could try new things.” Hodnett finished her last doubles set against Oneonta with a 8-5 win Oct. 7. Stata said the women performed well in doubles against St. Lawrence last year, and the team has continued to practice doubles game this semester.
See SBALL, B5
Tennis enters weekend tournament at New Paltz By Ja’Pheth Toulson associate sports editor
The Plattsburgh State tennis team will head to the New Paltz Tournament to compete against four different teams April 27. “It’s kind of a unique thing I never got to do before, to have hard teams play head-to-head other than in practice, so that’s kind of a cool feature of this tournament,” tennis coach Mark Stata said.
See TENNIS, B5
SUNYAC semifinals. In the game before the semifinals, Geneseo spoiled the Cards’ senior day with a 16-10 win and earned the second seed and home-field advantage
for the semifinals. The Cards received the third seed and were forced to travel to Geneseo. After the SUNYAC semi-
By Chris Picaro staff writer
the nation, Pageau looks to improve in certain individual events to move up the rankings. “She came in third, and the girl in fourth went to nationals last year, so she beat a girl that has already been to the national championships,” head coach Nick Jones said. With only the 800-meter left, Pageau was in fourth place, behind Nicole Schafer from Cortland. With a first-place finish by over six seconds, Pageau jumped ahead of Schafer for third. Ben Depo had a strong all-around meet, finishing first in the decathlon by a narrow margin of 50 points, just in front of Mike Rabbitt from Cortland. With a score of 6,277, Depo is now ranked fifth in the nation in the event. Depo finished in the top three in nine of the events, and he placed sixth in the high jump. He won two events and took second in another four. “He had a couple of his outdoor personal bests, which is good,” Jones said. “He was second going into the final event to a guy from Cortland. He ended up beating him by enough to win the event. This was his best score in the decathlon, even though he struggled in the javelin. Hopefully, even with this mark, he will make it to nationals.” Mike Schram ran to a win in the 5,000-meter with a time of 15 minutes, 33.43 seconds, defeating the second-place finisher by 30 seconds.
See LAX, B4
Track heads to Troy as Gadway looks to break records The Plattsburgh State track and field teams overcame rough weather conditions to have some big-time performances at the Cortland Classic and Middlebury Invitational. The Cardinals saw two school records knocked down in the women’s heptathlon and discus, as well as some other strong performances. Amanda Gadway set a school record in the discus for the fourth straight week. Once again breaking her own mark, she won the event with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 139-02. Gadway also took the crown in the hammer throw (13205) and shot put (35 1/2), scoring 15 points out of the team’s 30 for the entire meet. With four straight meets of breaking a school record, there is one regular season meet remaining until the SUNYAC Outdoor Championships. Gadway could possibly set a record in every regular season meet during the season. “It’s great, but as a coach, usually somewhere down the line you have an off week,” assistant coach Andrew Krug said. “She has switched back and forth between hammer and discus, but you never know. With the right conditions, it could happen.” Kristie Pageau also broke a school record in her firstever time competing in the heptathlon, scoring 4,117 points. The third-place finish gives her hope for a run at qualifying for nationals. Currently ranked 25th in
See TRACK, B5
Vol 88, Issue 2
Experts discuss culture of online anonymity By Yessenia Funes staff writer
A new culture has risen with the Internet: the culture of anonymity. Though the Internet bestows users freedom, this freedom allows less identification and often leads to more uncivil interaction, said Bryce Hoffman, Plattsburgh State executive director for marketing and communications. “There is a lot of characteristics of online communication that favor the deindividuated, anonymous way of interacting where people feel a little freer to be a little more provocative and a little less civil,” he said. Hoffman wrote his master’s thesis on the idea of people behaving differently when not personally identifiable. Anonymity makes people view themselves and others differently. By being anonymous, people feel less constrained and can act more hostile if hostility is the extreme of their personality. However, someone else may feel free to be extremely kind online. When people cannot be picked out of a
crowd, Hoffman said they tend to be a little more extreme and lose themselves inside their group identity. Proximity has a lot to do with it, too. Anonymous users usually do not face consequences they would face if they were identifiable or in-person. “We’re all a little braver when we know that that person can’t inflict any consequences on us right here and right now,” Hoffman said. In the online community, he said people also use flimsy criteria, such as a username, gender or racial association, or nationality, to identify others online. When people know only that of one another, they tend to behave more extreme in support of their group and in the derogation of the other group. Hoffman said people treat others differently because without enough information to deal with each other as individuals, people tend to deal with each other as groups. “If they do not know what your face looks like or what your name is, suddenly, people feel free to be more outspoken, more provocative,” Hoffman said. Newspapers, in particular, always have experienced a negative impact from anonymity — even before the cyber age. When Hoffman used to write an opinion column, See ONLINE, B6
sports editor zachary ripple
Men’s Baseball Fri. vs. Oswego @ 3 p.m. Sat. vs. Oswego @ Noon Sat. vs. Castleton @ 1 p.m. Sun. vs. Castleton @ 3 p.m. Tues. vs. Canton @ 7 p.m.
Softball Sat. vs. Buffalo (DH) @ 3 p.m., 5 p.m. Sun. vs. Fredonia (DH) @ noon, 2 p.m.
Men’s Lacrosse Saturday vs. Geneseo @ 1 p.m.
Track and Field Sat. @ RPI Capital District Classic
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Lacrosse School Record SUNYAC Cortland 14-0-0 5-0-0 Plattsburgh 12-3-0 4-1-0 Potsdam 6-6-0 2-3-0 Geneseo 5-7-0 2-3-0 Brockport 5-8-0 2-3-0 Oswego 7-7-0 2-4-0 Oneonta 3-10-0 1-4-0
Oswego Cortland New Paltz
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Shane Houppert slides in to the base safely Tuesday against Skidmore. The team will finish its conference schedule with three games this weekend against Oswego.
School Plattsburgh Plattsburgh Geneseo Brockport Cortland
Player Joey Kramer Brendan Damm Sam Thompson Jesse Elliott Joe Slavik
36 32 32 31 26
School Cortland Geneseo Oswego Cortland Cortland
The number of consecutive weeks Amanda Gadway has set the school record in the discus.
School Oneonta Potsdam Cortland Oswego Geneseo
School Cortland Cortland Cortland Cortland Brockport
men’s track and field
women’s track and field
women’s track and field
women’s track and field
Player Zack Graczyk .425 Max Rosing .405 Chris Jackson .377 Donny Castaldo .371 Wesley Burghardt .370
ERA (min. 20 IP) School Cortland Cortland
Player Kyle Barkley 1.21 Brandon Serio 1.49
Brockport Cortland Cortland Cortland Cortland
Nick Bunce Max Rosing P.J. Rinaldi Zack Graczyk Chris Jackson
34 33 27 26 24
Softball Batting Average (min. 40 AB) School Fredonia Geneseo Cortland Oswego Oneonta
Player Alyssa Morgan .450 SamanthaTrapasso .449 Lucia Meola .433 Tori Trovato .430 Tricia Kendziera .404
ERA (min. 20 IP) School Player Brockport Korey Kibling 1.71 Plattsburgh Ashley Marshall 1.75 Brockport Jamie Berger 2.05 New Paltz Amber Carrozza 2.46 Geneseo Corrin Spallone 2.63
Record 18-13-0 18-12-0 10-4-0 19-11-0 18-17-0 14-14-0 12-16-0 8-24-0 8-21-0 10-18-0
SUNYAC 12-2-0 11-3-0 17-13-0 9-5-0 9-7-0 7-7-0 6-8-0 4-12-0 3-11-0 1-13-0
Baseball School Cortland New Paltz Oswego Fredonia Oneonta Brockport Plattsburgh
Record SUNYAC 28-8-0 12-3-0 16-15-0 12-6-0 18-13-0 9-6-0 7-8-0 16-11-0 10-23-0 5-10-0 18-13-0 5-10-0 11-20-0 4-11-0
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PSUC 6, Union College 2
PSUC 8, Skidmore College 4
RBI School Geneseo New Paltz Cortland Geneseo Buffalo
School Brockport Cortland Geneseo Plattsburgh New Paltz Oswego Buffalo State Oneonta Fredonia Potsdam
Player SamanthaTrapasso Marissa Monaco Alica Hibbard Lexi Williams Breanna Fenski
37 32 27 26 24
PSUC 6, Potsdam 4 PSUC 6, Potsdam 5
Lacrosse April 10
PSUC 15, Potsdam 9
Player Steven Corea Brian Burns Scott Orr
Player Joey Kramer Brendan Damm Brett McClelland
32 28 21
Assists Player Brett McClelland Tim Lawrence Joey Kramer
Struggles now may lead to success later
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183 143 128 121 114
Batting Average (min. 40 AB)
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witnessed. With a lot of good, young players, the lacrosse team is expected to be good for a while. You could even include the men’s hockey team this year. I don’t want to say it was a rebuilding year, but this team is a very young group that was able to beat Oswego twice and got some big wins this year. They didn’t make the NCAA tournament, but they had an exciting year, even if it didn’t end the way the team wanted it to. Next year should definitely be an exciting year for the young core of players. And lastly there is the baseball team. It has been a rough go of it so far, but I see this team in a rebuilding stage. They have an extremely young nucleus and, to me the team is just having a rough go of it this year. I think head coach Kris Doorey has a plan in hand for this team for years to come. Last year, his team sneaked into the SUNYACS. This year the team just doesn’t look as good, but rebuilding requires patience. Email Josh Silverberg at josh.silverberg@ cardinalpointsonline.com
Player Chris Miles Stefan Sloma Mike Kaminski Byran Martin Ryan Zaremba
-Brian Burns, PSUC baseball pitcher (on closing out conference play against Oswego this weekend)
Sometimes having a season of struggles isn’t the worst thing in the world. I know athletes can’t stand the stench of failure, but it will help in the future, unless you’re a senior. Just look at not just college teams, but professional teams as well. It helps teams out as the years go by. What makes rebuilding fail is if the players don’t turn out to be what they are. What if the players fail even though they had high hopes of being successful? They felt the plan was on the right track, but it may not work out well. Then you have the plans that do work. The plans of, say, the softball team, who were really good last year after rebuilding a tad when coach Zweig came in. Plans can be successful in the end. And now this year you have the lacrosse team. The lacrosse team has been waiting to have a season like this for a long time, and it is finally showing how much they want to win this year. They have a lot of good young players on their team and they have gotten off to one of the best starts this school has ever
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“Personally, I’m trying to make sure these guys remember my name, remember when they faced me. Hopefully the younger guys don’t want to be known as the team that got swept by Oswego and New Paltz. Right now it’s about playing for pride, playing for your reputation.”
By Josh Silverberg staff writer
Player Zach Hoops Steven Cregan Cody Hoose Joe Salvik Cody Consul
Dan Erne 1.64 Brandon Mcclain 2.03 Chris Chamar 2.43
12 12 11
Saves Player Gordie Gehring Erik Howard Joe Mantovani
89 16 5
Baseball Batting Average (min. 30 AB) Player Brian Latulipe Chris Pescetti Shane Houppert ERA (min. 20 IP)
.305 .286 .276
2.49 2.64 3.46
RBI Player Brian Latulipe Mike Mulvihill Nicholas Lupo
13 12 11
Softball Batting Average (min. 50 AB) Player Brianna Clarke Megan Price Michelle Iannone
.404 .337 .315
ERA (min. 8 IP) Player Ashley Marshall Samantha Moss Anderson Morgan
1.75 5.03 7.00
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Casten takes on leadership role as catcher By John Green staff writer
In college sports, athletes sometimes make the decision to transfer from one school to another during their college career. For some, the transition to a new team and a new school can be a tough adjustment. However, for John Casten, the starting catcher for the Plattsburgh State baseball team, the transition from Division II Mercy College to PSUC was fairly smooth. Casten, a junior, transferred from Mercy this year after playing two seasons for the Mavericks under head coach Bob Greiner. Greiner, who took over the Mercy program in 2009, recruited Casten out of Valley Central High School in Montgomery. When Casten was recruited, Greiner viewed the Walden native as someone who could step in from day one and provide stability behind the plate. “We took over a very floundering program, so we were looking to get players,” Greiner said. “I saw John as being a young man who was a solid kid ... (who) could maybe catch for us right away.” However, things didn’t quite work out as planned for Casten during his time at Mercy. In his two seasons there, Casten was a solid player for the Mavericks as he compiled a .965 fielding percentage behind the
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Catcher John Casten awaits the pitch during practice, April 25. The junior transfer has found success in his first year with the Cardinals, hitting .270 with an on-base percentage of .356 as the primary catcher for his team. plate. However, he struggled hitting the ball as he only managed to accumulate a .171 batting average. After his sophomore season, things weren’t working out as Casten wanted and it seemed as if it was time to move on. Although it was tough seeing a player leave, Coach Greiner respected Casten’s decision to transfer to PSUC. “Possibly, in John’s mind, he maybe (saw) sort of diminished playing time,” he said. “You never like to see a kid leave, but under the circumstances I understood why he went (to PSUC) and
I wished him well.” One person who was a big help in getting Casten to PSUC was former player Greg Larnerd, who played for the Cardinals from 2009 to 2012. Larnerd and Casten played together in a summer league, After talking to Larnerd, deciding to transfer to PSUC was a no-brainer for the 5-foot-6-inch,170-pound catcher. “I had heard through friends that this was a very good program,” Casten said. “The fact that I heard that (PSUC) always makes the playoffs was important, and
also I kind of wanted to get out of Mercy.” Since arriving at Plattsburgh State, Casten has been one of the few bright spots on a Cardinals team that is having its fair share of struggles this year. So far this season, Casten has put together solid numbers. He is fourth on the team in batting average (.262), sixth on the team in on-base percentage (.343) and has a fielding percentage of .990. Although PSUC (9-20, 4-11) is struggling and sits at the bottom of the SUNYAC standings, head coach Kris
Doorey said he believes Casten has done a good job in his first year with the team. “We want our catcher to be our leader on the baseball field, and John does a really good job of that,” Doorey said. “Whatever he does extra offensively for us is great, and right now he’s one of our hottest hitters. He usually knows what to do at the plate.” Casten’s teammates have taken notice of his ability on the field and so far the transition of going from one team to another has gone well for him. Teammate Brian Latulipe
said Casten has been a big help to the Cardinals this season, and the hardworking mentality that Casten has is something that caught Latulipe’s eye from the start. “He’s a very good defensive catcher. He can block pretty much anything,” Latulipe said. “He’s a hard worker, too. He works hard in practice (and) gets everyone else to work hard.” Although it doesn’t come natural to some, Casten, who has been playing baseball since he was 4 years old, said he has always had a hardworking mentality that he owes all to his father. “My dad is a big influence in my life,” he said. “He used to push me pretty hard when I was young, and I just ended up really loving the game, so I have to owe it all to him I guess.” Despite the team not having a great record in his first season at PSUC, Casten said he this season is not a lost cause. He thinks the Cards unsuccessful season will lead to more improvement upon their play, and they have the potential right now to finish the season on a high note. “Everyone’s just going to work their hardest to try and win as many games as possible,” Casten said. “That’s really what we need to do. We just need to win games, and I know everyone on the team is going to bust their a--.” Email John Green at john.green@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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PSUC pitcher Scott Orr focuses in on his pitch during practice April 25. He has to put in 26 innings of work this season in his first year as a Cardinal.
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Ross Levinson winds up for a pitch during practice April 25. Levinson has thrown three innings for the Cardinals this season.
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PSUC softball pitcher Morgan Anderson sets up for a pitch against Oswego April 14 at home.
Pageau broke a 5-year school record after her 4,117-point performance in the heptathlon at the Cortland Classic on April 20. Her best event was the 800-meter, where she defeated the 11 other runners with a time of 2:35.77.
In Vargues’ last five games, he is 5-for-17 with two walks at the plate. In Wednesday’s home game against Union, Vargues picked up two hits and threw six innings of one-run ball with three strikeouts to earn the win on the mound.
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Eliminated, baseball looks to build By Zachary Ripple sports editor
With six conference games remaining, Plattsburgh State baseball head coach Kris Doorey said his team needed to win five, if not all six, to make the postseason. The Cardinals had a chance with three games against New Paltz. They won none. Instead, the Cards (11-20, 4-11 SUNYAC) suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Hawks, and they now find themselves preparing for 2014 instead of this year’s SUNYAC tournament. For senior pitcher Brian Burns, now the end of the season is a time to help prepare the young club for the future. Burns, who picked up his fifth win of the season Tuesday in an 8-4 win against Skidmore, is having the best season of his college career in his final year at PSUC. However, Burns said he would rather have something to play for down the stretch, even if the decreased pressure is helping some players perform better. “It sucks that we’re not playing for anything,” he said. “It’s kind of disheartening, but it’s also good to see that when guys aren’t
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Mike Vargues throws a pitch against Union on Wednesday. Despite getting eliminated last weekend after a sweep against New Paltz, the Cardinals will look to rebound against Oswego this weekend. pressing, they can produce.” For Doorey, the end of the season is mostly about preparing his guys to come out next year and perform better. After their weekend struggles, the Cards have won two straight heading into the weekend. After
the victory against Skidmore, PSUC came out Wednesday and defeated Union behind the strong pitching of starter Mike Vargues. After Vargues came into the season as a position player, Doorey said he identified him early on as someone who could also help
the team out on the mound. Despite hitting just .221 in 68 at-bats, Vargues has pitched to a 2.94 ERA across 15.1 innings of work, including six innings of onerun ball Wednesday. Doorey said he envisions him getting more time on the mound.
“Looking forward, he’s probably going to be more in that role as a junior and a senior,” Doorey said. “(Wednesday) was an opportunity for Mike and (first baseman) Chris Pescetti to play against their summer coach. The stakes were a little bit more for them ... and I thought Mike did a good job.” The Cards will finish their conference schedule with three games against Oswego at home this weekend, playing at 4 p.m. Friday with a doubleheader Saturday. For Burns, this series is about making a statement and leaving his teammates with some momentum for the upcoming season. “Personally, I’m trying to make sure these guys remember my name, remember when they faced me,” Burns said. “Hopefully the younger guys don’t want to be known as the team that got swept by Oswego and New Paltz. “Right now it’s about playing for pride, playing for your reputation. For these new guys, hopefully the next time they face Oswego, Oswego will remember them as the team that swept them.” Email Zachary Ripple at zachary.ripple@ cardinalpointsonline.com
LAX: Finishes season at home TENNIS: Two
From Page One final game against Geneseo, Cavanagh told players to keep their post-game feelings in mind. “Those guys remember that and remember those feelings,” he said. “The thing I said after that game was, ‘Remember this. Remember this feeling and use it for next year.’” The tables are turned this time around with the Knights fighting for their playoff spot as the Cards wait to find out who their playoff opponent will be. The Knights rank fourth in the SUNYAC but have the same conference record as Potsdam (6-6, 2-3 SUNYAC). Midfielder Mike Lind said the Cards enjoy playing at home and said fans boosted the Cards morale when they faced No.1 Cortland in their first conference game. Lind said Geneseo’s grass field affected the Cards in their last two matchups. He said his team is quick and benefits from playing on its home turf. The players, Cavanagh said, will use their senior
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Plattsburgh State’s Nick Travers wins the faceoff against his opponent in his team’s victory over Potsdam on Wednesday night. day as motivation, but they shouldn’t need it. “What I told the guys before is that ‘I shouldn’t have to go in the locker room to give you guys a speech to hype you up. You guys should be hyped up to go,’” he said. “It’s a big rivalry of ours and we’re going to be ready to go.” Cavanagh said earning home-field advantage has taken the program to new heights and he is glad to
SBALL: Final SUNYAC games From Page One
Maddie Coneys is the team’s primary pitcher. The sophomore from Clifton Park has accounted for more than one-half of the team’s innings pitched. Coneys owns a 7-10 record with a 2.79 ERA and 64 strikeouts, surrendering 112 hits in 100.1 innings. The Blue Devils (8-21, 3-11), though, rank second-to-last in conference play with just three Clarke wins in 14 games played. Alyssa Morgan has been a menace at the plate for the Blue Devils, batting .450 with 36 hits and 20 RBI. Teammate Katie Bartkowiak is the only other batter on the team hitting over .300. Alyssa Brognano is the
team’s primary pitcher. The senior has racked up 47 strikeouts while surrendering 116 hits in 75 innings. The team has been working on fundamentals in practice in anticipation of this weekend’s games, Clarke said, and the team can’t underestimate anybody. “We can’t overlook them,” she said. “Anybody can beat anybody. A team with more losses in the standings can get lucky and beat us. In Potsdam, they were hitting bloopers off Ashley (Marshall). They got it going. We can’t take anybody lightly. We’re just hoping to take care of business.” Email Ricky St. Clair at ricky. stclair@ cardinalpointsonline.com
host a playoff game after never having the chance as a player. “It’s nice to have that as a coach and to be part of the program and see where it has gone.” Although the Cards are not playing for a playoff spot, Cavanagh said the Cards will not rest their starters because the game still affects their NCAA ranking. “We are going to play ev-
ery game to win, and that’s a game that I think guys are looking toward,” he said. “We are always trying to beat Geneseo and get over that hump.” Tim Lawrence said the Cards are seeking revenge. “It’s a game we have had on our calendar the whole year,” he said. Email Willie Santana at willie.santana@ cardinalpointsonline.com
“We’re always hoping that we’ll make improvements in those areas,” Stata said. However, Stata sometimes prefers coaching doubles because there is more strategy and team position. He said two players who struggle in singles competition could have more of an advantage in doubles because of more support. PSUC tennis player Meghan Ryan is another person who can potentially perform in the tournament. “When it comes to the doubles, don’t separate,” Ryan said. “You want to gel together and move at the same pace. It does become a problem for some people because if you’re not at the same pace, there’s a lot of miscommunication.” Ryan said people who play in the tournament will need to keep their cool and not continue to worry about every mistake they make.
“When it comes to doubles, don’t separate. You want to gel together and move at the same place.” Meghan Ryan, PSUC tennis player
“If you get down in the beginning you’re probably going to have a lot harder time,” she said. Stata said the doubles game will prepare his players for the upcoming fall season because they could use tournament play as ingame experience. After the one-day tournament, the PSUC tennis team will wrap up its road trip against Farmingdale in head-to-head competition April 28. The dual matches will consist of three doubles sets and six singles sets. The team will not play any other matches until the fall. Email Ja’Pheth Toulson at ja’pheth.toulson@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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“The weather was pretty terrible in terms of getting a good time in, but he ran his old personal best from last year, and it was his birthday, so he definitely enjoyed the victory,” assistant coach Ryan Douglas said. “He is definitely, compared to last year, at a whole other level.” Other Cards who found themselves in the winner’s circle were Luke Potash in the 200 at 22.73 seconds and Dan Bennett in the discus at 131-03. Bennett’s strong throw moved him up the SUNYAC list. He also finished second in the hammer throw at 132-05. Seth Allen and Amanda Schermerhorn each earned themselves a second place finish, with Allen in the javelin throw (168-08) and Schermerhorn in the 800 (2:18.45). Ashley Gadway also performed well, finishing second in the hammer throw (131-00), third in shot put
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Amanda Gadway practices the shot put in practice April 18. The track team will head to Troy this weekend for its last regular-season meet before SUNYACs. (33-05 1/4) and fourth in the discus throw (113-06). Ryan Barcomb took third in the long jump with a jump of 21-01 1/2, finishing only half an inch behind the second-place finisher
and less than two inches behind the winner. The men and women’s teams will compete at the RPI Capital District Classic in Troy on Saturday, which is the last regular-
season meet before competing at the SUNYAC Outdoor Championships. Email Chris Picaro at chris.picaro@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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ONLINE: Anonymity shelters all naysayers
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From Page Ten he would receive anonymous hate mail. Nowadays, newspapers face this through comments on their websites. However, more newspapers are trying to ensure commenter identification because they will not be as mean with a name tied to their posts, Hoffman said. Roger Black, the PressRepublican’s Internet Services director, moderates comments published onto the Press-Republican’s website. The newspaper started taking comments on articles about four years ago and decided from the start it would take comments only if it could examine them before they go online. He said the first system gave way to more commenters because they did not need an identity, but a large portion of the comments were unacceptable. After about six months, the newspaper switched to another system where commenters had to register and identify themselves through a username. Black said fewer people were commenting, but there was also a decrease in the number of out-of-control comments. However, he and other moderators still delete about 20 percent of comments. These comments encourage violence, name-call and use insulting terms, such as idiot or stupid. “What we’re trying to do with our moderation is encourage discussion, and by ‘discussion,’ I mean intelligent discussion of a topic and discourage attacking and name-calling,” Black said. “If we see someone just slamming other commenters, we will delete it.” The new system the Press-Republican adapted encourages anonymity, but it is just enough, so people put a little more thought into their comments. Black said the newspaper does not want people using their real names because it opens a door to false identification by pretending to be somebody else. Because there is no way to check who is registering, the site’s criteria states to not use one’s real name. Michelle Ouellette, the public relations and publications director, moderates PSUC’s Facebook page. For the most part, Facebook is not anonymous, but the page will delete comments with obscene language and personal attacks. She said it seems as if each distance level peels civility levels because rudeness increases with social media compared to face-toface. Rudeness increases even more without identification. However, Hoffman said anonymity is disappearing. Websites, such as Facebook, require identification, and some even require users to log in their Facebooks. Even when one seems anonymous online, someone somewhere can track everything one does online back to his or her computer. “Overall, anonymity is an illusion,” Hoffman said. Email Yessenia Funes at yessenia.funes@ cardinalpointsonline.com
Puppy love stops, true love follows By Brittany Shew staff writer
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Plattsburgh State student Darianny Duran walks up the stage as she performs “Diamonds” at the Dance Corps’ Total Domination event. The original dance was choreographed by PSUC student Katie Laba.
Cellphone use increases cancer risk By Maggie McVey staff writer
wireless signals. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not happening, so it could affect the cells in your body.” If you were to casually stroll down Rugar “I think probably late ’90s or early 2000s, Street on any given afternoon, you would someone was probably hoping to do some be hard-pressed to see many college stu- research on the topic,” Battis said. “They dents without a cellphone in their hand or found a correlation between a lot of cell pressed against their ear. Being clipped by phone use and brain tumors, or if you keep a car or running into a traffic sign does not your cell phone in your pocket, there have stop students from checking been cases of tumors in the Facebook or refreshing their spot where you keep it.” “I think it’s Twitter feed. However, Sherri Williams, In fact, if you were to go (correlation between an employee at CVPH, stated pretty much anywhere now- cellphone usage and that “there is no concrete eviadays, it would be shocking dence that links cell phones cancer) definitely to see most people withand cancer.” out their cell phone out and related because it’s The National Cancer Inemitting wireless ready for constant use. stitute acknowledged that According to the Interna“although there have been signals. Just tional Telecommunications because you can’t some concerns that radioUnion, the number of cell frequency energy from cell see it doesn’t mean phones held closely to the phone subscriptions is estimated to be 5 billion globally. it’s not happening.” head may affect the brain and Logan Battis, Cellphones and other such other tissues, to date there PSUC student mobile devices have become is no evidence from studies ingrained into our culture, of cells, animals, or humans and like many other technothat radiofrequency energy logical advances we’ve embraced, there are can cause cancer.” both good and bad aspects to them. So how can we ever find out Cellphones have allowed us to remain in whether or not cell phones are a hot spot for touch with friends and family all over the an early death? world, and not just verbally. With the inven“They do a life study, like they’ll take a tion of the iPhone and its FaceTime app or group of people and they’ll document how Skype for Android phones, we can now have much they use their cell phone, where they face-to-face contact with our loved ones as keep it, and how often a day they use it,” long as a signal is available. PSUC student Rudy Guigliano said, “and But with the good also comes the bad. then they follow them throughout the years. Aside from the cultural cons attached to Later on they see, five years down the line, increased cell phone use, such as the idea ten years down the line, if they have cancer that the younger generation has become too and if it relates to their cell phone usage.” attached to the instant gratification providAlthough scientists cannot give the ed by Internet access, there is also a claim public a definitive answer on the topic that links cell phones to cancer-causing ra- quite yet, Battis said she believed that “they diation. should just try to improve the technology so “Cellphones emit radiofrequency energy that way it’s not harming us, because asking (radio waves), a form of non-ionizing radia- people to stop using their cell phones is like tion,” reported the National Cancer Institute. asking for a miracle.” “Tissues nearest to where the phone is held can absorb this energy.” Email Maggie McVey at PSUC student Logan Battis said: “I think maggie.mcvey@ it’s definitely related, because it’s emitting cardinalpointsonline.com
I felt my first heartbreak at the tender age of 16. It was the basic story of a teenage girl falling for the wrong guy for all the wrong reasons, but I can say that my story is a little bit different. While I was nursing my heart ache with the typical vices of a jaded teenager, my bearded prince came riding in on his mountain bike. We quickly fell into that fairy-tale love. I loved the way he made feel. I quickly had forgotten all of the frogs I’ve kissed in the past. He put the pieces of my mangled heart back together into a beautiful beating one. When he left for college, I fell into a deep sadness. I felt like I had been given this savior, and he was ripped away from me. We went to different colleges and spent two years longdistance. It went OK but it wasn’t always a beautiful walk in the park for us. Tear-filled Skype chats, failed phone calls and many trips back and forth filled with sad music. We were freshman in college. Everyone knows what that means. Random hook-ups at parties, drinking until you can’t anymore and late night booty calls. When I told my fellow students about us, I was constantly greeted with responses like, “Why?” “You’re crazy,” or “Wow..” Most people
couldn’t understand why I would want to be “tied down” in a long-distance relationship. It was tough. I kind of felt like an outcast. Everyone was telling me how there are many fish in the sea, but what if I like the fish I have? The distance finally got to me. It was either go our separate ways or make a change. We went back and forth in my mind about what we wanted to do. We took the risky path. The path to Plattsburgh State. I transferred because the school had a lot to offer, but I won’t lie, it was to be with him, too. I was freaked out. He had already been here for two years, and it would all be completely new to me. Again I heard constant criticism. A lot of “are you sure?” “You know how that usually turns out.” Now I’m here for my second semester and I couldn’t be happier. We’re still in honest love, but live our separate lives. Except now instead of a goodnight phone call, we get a goodnight kiss. Email Brittany Shew at brittany.shew@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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HUMANS vs. ZOMBIES
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Humans vs. Zombies is a game sponsored every semester at Plattsburgh State by the Zombie Defense League. It is open to any student who attends a safety meeting before the game begins. Humans wear their bandanas on the arm and zombies wear them on their heads.
Survivor’s persistence corrodes Human finds zombie life exciting, under constant fear of ambush cannot wait to nab perfect prey By Ian Tully editor-in-chief
Day one was easy. This survivor lives off campus, and as there is nothing in the game’s rules that stipulates players have to appear in the danger zone each day, I enjoyed the calm before the storm in the relative safety of my small apartment. By Monday we began hearing the stories. Innocents on their way to class chased down and cornered like rabbits. Some carried socks, but it didn’t matter. There weren’t enough socks in the drawer to keep you safe from the hunger of Plattsburgh State’s walking dead. There were more of them by the hour, but like a fool I continued on like the world I knew was not gone forever. Tuesday my eyes were opened for me. First came the sound of hurried footsteps muffled by the spray of Hawkins Pond. Before I knew what was happening I was running, and one of them was chasing me. She was persistent, but I had a head start of about 20 yards. My heart pounded as she fell behind, but before I could smile another head wrapped in a red bandana was hot on my tail. “You’ve gotta run faster than that!” I yelled to him, sheer bravado. Luckily he did not call my bluff, and walked off in search of easier prey. How I escaped is beyond me, but campus seemed a changed and darker place, even on that gorgeous April day. Staying alive became an active pursuit, rather than a passive guarantee. They hounded my every move. A softball game started in the nick of time to prevent me from being encompassed by a hungry horde. We lost the game, but living trumps losing every time. That night was bittersweet. Although warm blood still pumped in my veins, Stanley Blow, a good friend of mine and my heir apparent as editor-in-chief, was tagged with five other humans in pursuit of the ingredient to an antidote. He was too young to perish in such a way, but too brave to live in this coward’s world. When my head hit my pillow on Tuesday, I knew things were only going to get worse.
The next day, different paths to campus afforded me respite from those who haunt my steps. They perplex me in the way they can sense us. At times you can walk in their shadow, and they shuffle forward without smelling the easy meal behind them. Others have another sense, one which lies in wait. I have seen them wait behind bushes, rove in packs, run like wolves following a scent and although the others call me crazy I have seen them plan. In my fifth year of school, the secret ways of the Angell College Center are familiar to me. I reached into my memory to remember the ways into the library known to only those who look. Wherever I looked, however, there were redtied arms being chased by the ones with headbands. I thought I would survive Wednesday without having to flee for my life, but was once more mistaken. This time, my softball game did not start early enough. As we waited for the other team to arrive, a lanky runner emerged from the parking lot behind Memorial. There was no time. There was no door which I could run to, no cover I could seek. He pointed at me like he was picking cold-cuts at the deli. The chase began. With no time to discard my backpack, I ran with it bouncing off my lower back. I had just eaten a meatball-pepperoni sub, and was really not feeling the running thing. His footsteps fell closer and closer behind mine, and I feared that if I looked back the ghoul might have me in hand! I focused on Saranac Hall and kept my legs moving as fast as they could manage. I hit the grassy slope beside the swimming-pool side of Memorial Hall at full-speed and did not stop until the glass doors of the gymnasium sanctuary. As I searched my surroundings for my persecutor, he was gone. The zombie was nowhere to be seen, and I was left wondering if this “game” had begun to play with my mind. The sun began to set, and clouds moved in over the Saranac River, shrouding the campus in premature twilight. This day had been a long one. The phantom chase and a softball exhibi-
tion had wearied my legs, my only salvation, and with a tired heart I turned to walk home from our offices in the ACC. As I walked toward Beekman Street, just in front of the Kehoe Administration Building, one of them saw me moving. I quickly hurried to the shelter of Yokum Hall’s eastern exit. Perhaps from shock, I laughed at how close I had come to a sudden, painful transformation. My laughter was cut short as she stared into my soul and drew out a cellphone. “Cheese and rice,” I whispered in disbelief. She operated the keypad. She glanced at its screen and back toward me. She put the device to what had once been her face, and spoke in a language I could almost discern. Mortified, I fled with all the speed terror can provide. In the safety of my friend’s apartment, a bastion of humanity in this ongoing war, I cradled my legs and rocked back and forth. Now, the walkers outnumber us. We are hunted between the very buildings our kind raised, and we scurry like rats through this concrete maze. When I see other survivors, my soul cries out to them. I want to scream, “Don’t be a hero! Hide!” But all they do is smile and wave, or give me the thumbs up. Beautiful fools. I do not doubt that I will soon be running from them as well. Other survivors have told me that I’ve earned a special hatred in the mind of the hive. All told, I have eluded five biters using only my quick feet, but some of those chases were far from sure things. When the sun sets on Friday, whether I am a breathing man or a lifeless set of running legs and grasping hands, in my beating heart I hope that one human will remain to pick up the pieces. Although so much has given way to this undead onslaught, there is still much worth fighting for. All jokes aside, this game was a great idea. Playing it was tons of fun, and I recommend everyone play it next year. Thanks for the challenge, Jimmy Burdick. Humans vs. Zombies did not disappoint. Email Ian Tully at cp@cardinalpoints
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DAY ONE The warm sun beats upon my face as I look out the window of my dorm across the sprawling campus. In the distance, several barefoot students balance lazily on lowslinging slackline. With a labored sigh, I turn back to my dark, gloomy room. I can’t go out there. They’re waiting. This early in the game, the humans in the Humans vs. Zombies game had no clue how many zombies there were or what their names were. They were indistinguishable from the common rabble around Plattsburgh State. There was no way to tell until it was too late. That is why I tried to stay inside as much as was possible. That way, no zombie would sneak up behind me and claim me for the walking dead. The worst part is I wouldn’t even know until after the fact because the original zombies didn’t need to wear their bandanas for the first day. Humans had to wear their bandanas, though. I suppose I should explain the bandanas. The only discerning factor between humans and zombies is the placement of the bandana issued at the start of the game. Humans sport theirs on the arm. The zombies get to wear theirs around the head. By the end of the night, mine was still around my arm. DAY TWO Things are getting more interesting. In my opinion, today is when the game really started. No longer are the original zombies protected by anonymity. Sure, they got a few people in the first day, but I’m still alive. That’s all that matters, right? Because of my busy Monday schedule, I didn’t get a lot of play time. That said, I still had a few close encounters. The two original zombies who had been revealed this morning had dragged down four other people in the first day, and they seemed hungry. I survived. For now.
DAY THREE Tuesday has been my real first taste of the game. Today involved first being stalked on my way to my class in Feinberg Library, then being chased by two zombies from the Angell College Center to my class in Yokum Hall. One almost caught me, but by some stroke of luck, I happened to strike him with the only ammunition we’re allowed to use: rolled-up socks. I made it to the Yokum door — safety — before his comrade made it to me. I arrived at my class in one piece. However, I was very out of breath. The real fun started when I attended my first mission. The objective: to find and deliver an important ingredient to make an antidote for the zombie virus. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. A small contingent of the human resistance met in the safety of Memorial Hall overlooking the field where the objective was to take place. We had a plan: One person would get the goods when they were dropped at exactly 7:30 p.m., and the rest would cover him as he ran to one of the surrounding buildings, where he would pass off the package. I was waiting outside the Health Center. When the package arrived, I was to run to
Macomb Hall — or was it Kent? I didn’t remember. I did the only thing I could think with the zombies hot on our tails. I followed everybody else. To tell the truth, I don’t even remember which building we ended up in — I’m pretty sure it was Macomb — but that was when things started going to hell. When we found ourselves in the building, we happened upon more survivors. Through a lot of confusing talk and debate, it somehow was decided that we would make a break for it. I don’t think I’d ever heard such a bad idea. How right I was. As the 10 or so other humans and I began running for our lives, a lone zombie came up from behind dragged five of us down to the dark abyss of undeath. I quickly embraced my death because my objective has now changed. No longer do I need to evade and survive. Now I need only hunt and consume lest I starve before the game’s end. Despite my and the other recent convert’s sharing of our former mission objectives, it was too late. The humans finished their mission. Let them have their victory, I say, for celebrations will be short.
DAY FOUR The life — or should I say death — of a zombie is vastly different than that of a human in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s much calmer and lacking a lot of the things like fear and constant paranoia. It was nice to be able to go outside without having to look over my shoulder every few seconds. I can take a leisurely stroll across campus, doing whatever I please. Despite being stuck in an elevator for an hour or so, I still made it a point to attend the mission. The zombies decided to meet in the first-floor lounge of Moffitt Hall, which overlooks the field we had heard the human mission would be taking place. We strategized and tried to figure out where the humans may be trying to go. Eventually, we decided to blockade their every escape method. After a little waiting at my post in front of Algonquin Dining Hall, the chase had begun. However, the chase ended up being a bit confusing, and we ended up chasing a couple of decoys for a while until we heard that the rest of the humans had decided to hold up in Macomb. That’s when we decided to do the most logical thing, completely surround the building and wait until they decide to make a break for it. We had a long wait, but eventually, a couple of humans attempted to make a break for Kent. I chased them down and almost caught one. However, one sock to the face stunned me, and they got away. After my mandatory five minutes of being stunned, I returned to my sentry duty. Eventually, I decided I had done enough for the night, so I returned to the secret lair of Cardinal Points so I could wait for the most valuable prey of them all, Editor-in-Chief Ian Tully. Ian is probably the most-wanted human in the entire game, and I am probably in the best position to nab him because I am frequently in the same room, but because of the rule against playing the game in a building, I’m also at a disadvantage. As we sit in the same room, I am so close to attaining my goal, yet at the same time, I’m so far away. I’ll get him, though. Email Stanley Blow III at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cheechako owner opens new shop on Route 3 By Jordain Moore staff writer
Bright shades of lime green and orange cover the walls and the aroma of fresh-baked cookies and hot chicken wraps fill the air as you walk into 87 Margaret St., the original home of Cheechako Taco. This year, the business expanded by adding another restaurant farther uptown on Route 3. Uptown Cheechako caters to an entirely different crowd of people with some of the regulars as well. Here the business also produces its own ice cream. “You got to try Oreo and Bits ‘N’ Pieces (peanut butter cups with Reese’s Pieces), they are just phenomenal,” Cheechako owner James Ward said. “Cheech” first came into the hands of its current owner, Ward, after Lorie Leibowitz, the previous owner, danced wholeheartedly at a show of Ward’s band “Eat, Sleep, Funk” and let him know she would be selling the restaurant. Ward told her, “I’ll buy your taco shack.” In July 2010, Leibowitz sold the business to Ward and ventured off to Oregon with her husband, the head of the Small Business Development Center. Ward had been eating at the restaurant for six months prior and felt it just couldn’t end there. He had never owned a business before, and even today, Ward is still adjust-
ing to the process. After buying Cheechako, he slowed down his musical endeavors playing bass and singing lead and sold his touring gear to invest in the restaurant. Featuring wraps, burritos, tacos and daily freshbaked cookies as of recently, the restaurant has a special place in the hearts of locals. Among a few other changes Ward has made to the restaurant, such as new food items, he also has established a separate delivery service known as Downtown Delivery. Ward said the restaurant has an important “consciousness of consumers” and has moved strongly toward locality and supporting the “localvore” movement buying from local farmers and producers. However, Ward knows that quality as well as cost is important to consumers. “People want to stretch their dollar as much as possible in this economy,” he said. He has been very conscious of keeping prices affordable for students especially. Cheechako has a contract with a food service company based out of Amsterdam, N.Y., called “Pride of New York,” a well known sustainable food distributor. The company is family owned, and Ward has met four of the family members personally so far. He said Cheechako tries to get all ingredients as lo-
cal as possible. In the past, he has worked with farms such as Fledging Crow Farms in Keeseville. Ward got a lot of help and support in continuing the restaurant from the Small Business Development Center in Plattsburgh. “It’s an unbelievable and undeniable resource for new businesses,” he said. Ward graduated from Plattsburgh State with a bachelor’s in philosophy and a master’s in English language and literature. Because of this affiliation with the college, he looks at the needs of the students first. As of now Ward, still is active in two bands: a reggae band and the funk band “Eat, Sleep, Funk,” playing shows every Thursday at the Monopole. Music has always been a huge influence and aspect of his life. Ward said his two passions, Cheechako and music, are symbiotically related and he wouldn’t be able to do one without the other. He said the bands have brought great awareness and creativity to the restaurant. The owner has gotten inspiration for the business through experience all over the world. He was born in Illinois and has lived in Canada, Rochester, Japan, as well as Hawaii. Ward has close ties with PSUC’s National Student Exchange as he paved the way for exchanges to be available in Hawaii. He studied Buddhist philoso-
phy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “I incorporate some of the working meditation into what I do at the restaurant to stay sane,” he said. Besides expanding with more possible locations throughout the country and a new brand of
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signature sauces, Ward plans to stick to the ideals and environment the Leibowitzes maintained when they first opened Cheechako. “My goal is to keep this always a family establishment,” he said. “I have no plans to add any alcohol.” The restaurant will con-
tinue to practice sustainability. Where else can you use custom reusable Frisbees for plates? “We’re very environmentally friendly,” Ward said. If you haven’t stopped in yet, Cheechako Taco certainly has flare unique to Plattsburgh’s culture and will be worth the potential wait at the door. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Email Jordain Moore at jordain.moore@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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Plattsburgh State student Evan Fazziola takes the stage in an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” The play premiers tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
PSUC offers modern twist on classic By Nick Cavaliere staff writer
Tyrannies work with jealousies in William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” adapted and brought to you by the student thespians of the Plattsburgh State theater department. “Our production is a unique adaptation,” Shawna Carroll, director of the show, said. “We kept the plot the same, but we’ve reduced it down and incorporated contemporary songs to frame the story line.” The play takes on a modern twist and is interrupted, at times, by contemporary songs that mimic how the characters feel. During the first three acts, the overall stone is dark and stressful. King Leontes of Sicilia, played by Evan Fazziola, blames everything on his jealously, which leads him to accuse his so-called “slippery” wife, Hermione, played by Jazmine Kendrick, of committing adultery with
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April 26 Black Francis with Dennis Crommet — Higher Ground Showcase Lounde, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 7:30 p.m., $17/20, 802-6520777
his close friend King Polixenes of Bohemia, played Klynt Ramjattan. Leontes seeks help from his right hand Camillo, played by Austin Munroe, who gives a rigorous performance and an emotional rendition of an indie favorite in a solo that leaves him torn between being faithful to Leontes or Polixenes. Leontes and Hermione have a young son Mamillius, played Tyyanni Torres, whose animation and childlike actions overcome her soft spoken voice and give new life to the role. In the shroud of jealousy, Leontes ignores the life he once adored and puts his humble, pregnant queen on trial. Blinded by what he thinks is betrayal, he calls the unborn child illegitimate and throws Hermione in prison. There, she gives birth to a girl, and one of the king’s men spares the child and leaves her by the coast of Bohemia, where she is picked up by a shepherdess and her son.
Wagoner is brilliant. His voice carries and takes new form in every scene. He is the all-knowing outside voice, and he uses it to his own character’s advantage. Without Autolycus, the play would be less enjoyable. At last, the characters are faced with a shocking situation following a magical awakening that bestows an ending with an uncertain twist; all is revealed. “It (the show) forwards a lot of opportunity for students. It has rich, worthwhile characters. It has comedy. It has tragedy. It’s got songs. It’s one of Shakespeare’s strongest plays,” Carroll said. If you enjoy Shakespeare with some great tunes on the side, “The Winter’s Tale” will be playing Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Hartman Theatre in the Myers Fine Arts Building. Email Nick Cavaliere at nickolas.cavaliere@ cardinalpointsonline.com
“When people do it, it’s for malicious reasons.”
Austin Munroe Sophomore Theater
“To voice my opinion without fear of judgement.”
Lindsey McNulty Sophomore Nursing
Film remake fails to outdo original April 28 Latin Quarters Dance Party with DJ Hector — Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, Vt., Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $6/6, 802652-0777 April 30 Ben Aleshire and Tavish Costello at Open Mic Poetry Night — ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, 8 p.m., $3 to 10 (pay-what-you-can), 335-3994
May 1 The Fat Peace — MonoHe’s My Brother She’s My pole, Plattsburgh, 21+, Show: Sister with Jeffrey Lewis 10 p.m. 518-563-2222 and The Rain, Beach Day — Higher Ground Showcase April 27 Lounge, Vt., Doors: 7:30 Aaron Freeman with Chris p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $10/12, Hartford — Higher Ground 802-652-0777 Showcase Lounge, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7:30 p.m., Mike’s Open Mic — MonoShow: 8 p.m., $17/20, 802- pole, Plattsburgh, 21+, 652-0777 Show: 10 p.m. 563-2222 Dopapod with Bearquarium — Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 8:30 p.m., Show: 9 p.m., $12/15, 802-6520777
The plot thickens, but the mood is lifted to a happier setting. Sixteen years pass and Bohemia is filled with citizens decked in garments from the Age of Aquarius — trading poetry and song as if it were gold. Dancing, singing, playing and merriment take over every scene and love lingers in the air. The baby is now grown into a young woman, also played by Torres, and her destiny is on the edge of unfolding itself. With the help of her new-found love, the faithful servant Camillo, and her adoptive family, the characters return to Sicilia where intensity seeps back into the atmosphere. Deceit, hatred, guilt and death consume the entire production. However, one character, Autolycus, played by Tim Wagoner, is a trickster and manipulator of the naive people of Bohemia whose purpose is to tickle the audience and lighten the overall tone.
Rebelution with J Boog and Hot Rain — Higher Ground Ballroom, Vt., Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $17/20, 802-652-0777
May 2 Formula 5 — Monopole, David Wax Museum Plattsburgh, 21+, Show: 10 with Rusty Belle — Higher p.m. 563-2222 Ground Ballroom, Vt., Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 7:30 p.m., Karen Becker and Friends $10/12, 802-652-0777 — E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Plattsburgh, Show: 7:30 p.m.,
By Stephen Wilger staff writer
Think of all the classic horror franchises from the ’70s and ’80s with modernday remakes. There’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th” and “Halloween,” just to name a few. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that this trend would eventually reach “Evil Dead.” “Evil Dead”, directed by Fede Alvarez, takes the same essential premise of the original 1981 Sam Raimi film and attempts to apply a dark, modern sensibility to the story. As the movie starts, we meet a group of 20-somethings who have traveled to a desolate and decrepit forest cabin where they are stranded from any reliable technology or contact with the outside world. In a new twist, the cabin is now meant to function as a makeshift rehabilitation center as one of our main characters, Mia (Jane Levy), tries to kick a drug habit with the help of her brother, David (Shiloh Fernandez), and friends Natalie, Eric and Olivia (Elizabeth Blackmore, Lou Taylor Pucci and Jessica Lucas respectively). Of course, the placid surroundings soon begin to take on a foreboding presence as the group traverses
the cabin’s morgue-like basement only to unearth a strange book of occult origin. It’s after this point that the movie starts to find its rhythm. Once the exposition has been rattled off and the tone has been set, the remainder of “Evil Dead” is a relentless barrage of action, jump-scares and blood – lots of blood. In fact, the most admirable aspect of this movie may, oddly enough, be its gory imagery. Because of the film’s reliance on practical special effects rather than entirely depending on computer imagery, the creative team on “Evil Dead” makes these moments all the more horrific, giving the movie a greater impact overall. Yet, the movie does have its fair share of unavoidable weaknesses, mainly in the characters we follow throughout this adventure. Through the slow, pandering introductory material, we are shown who these people are and why they’re at this cabin; yet, it’s difficult to discern what the relationships between them are and why we should care about them or their plight. Part of this has to do with rather flat performances that fuel each characterization. For instance, as Mia is going through apparent
withdrawal symptoms, one would imagine that David would be concerned and show some emotional conflict or compassion for his sister in her time of need. Instead, both of them seem unaffected by each others presence, and it’s difficult not to feel the same way toward them. “Evil Dead” is by no means a bad movie, but it does leave one to question why it needed to be remade. If anything, the lack of humor or magnetic actors like the original’s Bruce Campbell makes this remake a bit of a step down from its previous form. Fans of the original series will likely appreciate the mere existence of a new addition to the franchise, as well as its numerous callbacks to the previous films, but if they expect to find anything more than what the first film offered, “Evil Dead” may prove to be a disappointment. With that being said, if one can walk into the theater without any preconceived notions or expectations, “Evil Dead” at least succeeds in being an entertaining, albeit mindless and unnecessary way to spend 90 minutes. Email Stephen Wilger at stephen.wilger@ cardinalpointsonline.com
“Not to be judged as an individual.”
Josh Ostrander Junior Fitness and Wellness
“To stir up discussions to create a debate.”
Pema Lhakyi Junior Biology
“I’m afraid of saying the wrong thing and it being tracked back to me.”
Published on Apr 25, 2013