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In her first year as a Lady Cardinal, softball outfielder Kristine Gay already shows leadership on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. See her strategy on Page B3.

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Policy affects travel funds By Brian Molongoski associate news editor and Ian Tully editor-in-chief

When the Student Association approved of the new finance policy that would go into effect this Fall, it was met with mixed criticism. The policy, which puts a new money allocation cap on the travel expenses for club and organization trips, allows a maximum of $2,000 be given per trip, which will let up to 10 people at $200 per person attend a conference or competition away from Plattsburgh State. Along with the cap, the policy also included several other provisions, which include making transportation costs a priority, limiting conference trips to only one per semester and emphasizing that clubs fundraise to help supplement travel expenses. SA Vice President for Finance Joseph Nagiub said the new policy is an update of the 36th legislation finance policy that has been used for the past 15 years.

Shattering the silence

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Plattsburgh State students hold signs against “slut shaming” at their Take Back the Night protest Tuesday next to Redcay Hall. This rally was a response to the insults yelled at participants during Take Back the Night Saturday.

PSUC community responds to Take Back the Night insults By Brian Molongoski associate news editor

In light of the recent Take Back the Night situation, which occurred Saturday night, University Police Assistant Chief Jerry Lottie said details regarding the investigation cannot be shared. They have yet to confirm that a crime was committed. During the Take Back the Night march Saturday, students in the

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march were subject to demeaning language and banter as they turned the corner at the intersection of Beekman and Brinkerhoff streets sometime after 10 p.m. “We just turn the corner here when the window opened and we heard a group of male voices chanting ‘slut, slut, slut,’ and someone started yelling ‘shut up sluts,’” said Gender and Women’s Studies Department Chair Si-

mona Sharoni, who attended the march. Since the incident, members of the march have accused the fraternity Alpha Chi Rho through Facebook posts as being responsible for the comments. In response to the accusations, AXP President John Mastronardo said the fraternity is trying to handle the situation as professionally as possible.

“I understand the seriousness of everything that is going on but we just want to feel respected and work in a positive and proactive way,” he said. “We do respect the people who were involved with Take Back the Night and we do not condone any of that language.” At the time of the incident, Mastronardo said he was not present in the house and that he was next door.


Bill Laundry handed key to city by mayor, City Council By Darina Naidu associate news editor

Bill Laundry, vice president of Student Affairs emeritus, has recently added the key to the City of Plattsburgh to his list of achievements spanning a 44year career. Last week, at the students’ recognition award ceremony, Laun-

dry was asked to come up to the podium by the mayor Pro Tem. On the behalf of Mayor Donald Kasprzak and the City Council, Laundry was presented with a golden key to the city, with his name engraved on it. “(President John Ettling) was there, and usually the mayor is there, and there’s a lot of recognition of students’ efforts to

do community service for the community. So, the last thing I was expecting was that I receive an award,” Laundry said. “I was very surprised. That was a very nice honor to receive. I was touched.” Mayor Kasprzak said Laundry has been involved with the City of Plattsburgh during his lengthy tenure at Plattsburgh State.

“He has been a liaison as well in many areas where we needed to work together,” Kasprzak said. “I felt that his excellent service to Plattsburgh State and the community deserved a small appreciation for everything he has done for the community.” Kasprzak said the key to the city was a thank-you gift.

Laundry said he appreciates his home. “I think we’re very fortunate to have this almost-classic little city to have our college in,” he said. Bryan Hartman, vice president of student affairs, said he is happy for Laundry, who he has known for many years.

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Road to the finals

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Should our college become a tobacco-free school? Read what our students think about smoking on and around campus, and how a ban would affect their lives on Page A8.

The lacrosse team will head to the finals soon for the championship game. They will be playing Cortland Saturday. Check out more details on Page B1.

News Briefs ......................... A2 Police Blotter ....................... A4 SA Soundoff ......................... A5 Opinions .............................. A8 Editorial............................... A9 Sports ................................... B1 Scoreboard ........................... B2 Sex and the SUNY ................. B7 Reviews ............................. B8,9 FUSE ....................................B10

From speed dating to Internet dating, students have many different dating options on campus. Find out more on Page B9.

This new program helps peers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder understand what they go through. Read more on Page A4.

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Plattyslack to hold festival today

Plattyslack, a slack-lining club, will be hosting a “Slackfest” in front of Hawkins Hall today starting at 10 a.m with a group yoga session. Slacklining involves balancing on a tight strip of webbing that is attached between two trees. The event will have a barbecue lunch and will feature professional slackliners who will give workshops to teach tricks. All students are encouraged to attend regardless of experience.

Annual Jazzfest happening in Giltz

Professor Rick Davies will direct the Mambo Combo along with the jazz ensemble for the 37th annual Jazzfest in the Giltz Auditorium today from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The concert will feature numerous special guests, including saxophone player Ray Vega and will feature selections including “Birth of the Cool” by Miles Davis. General admission is $8 and will be $5 for faculty and students.

New trail in Beekmantown park is hosting dedication event

There will be a dedication of the Philip Walker Nature Trail from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, May 4, Saturday at Point au Roche State Park, Beekmantown. The event will feature a bird walk, a 5K run, guided beaver dam walks and trail clean-up.

ACB Trips committee hosting Saturday white-water rafting trip

The ACB trips committee is hosting a white water rafting trip Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $35 and are being sold at the ACC information desk.

Gospelfest to be held Sunday

The Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir is hosting its annual Gospelfest May 5 at 5 p.m. in the Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall. Admission costs $8 for students and general admission costs $15.

Public relations senior forum will be featured next week in Yokum

The Public Relations Students Society of America is hosting a senior forum where all, are invited to learn how to be successful in public relations, journalism and marketing. The forum will start at 9 p.m. May 8 in Yokum 206

Students to present projects at event

The Ringing Down the Curtain “Performers in Progress” event will provide the opportunity for performers to present their class projects in front of an audience. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Hartman Theatre of Myers.


SUNY renews agreement

SUNY recently renewed and expanded its agreement with Banco Santander, one of the world’s largest banking companies, to continue support for the UCosmic A Consortium and SUNY’s Center for Collaborative Online International Learning. The original agreement was made in 2009. The UCosmicA Consortium is an international open-source software initiative that establishes a collaborative platform for members to collect data and form standards needed for strategic planning. It also forms a network of IT groups to share resources and to help develop software. The collaboration between 20 universities from around the world, which are a part of the Santander University network, will also continue. The agreement will also continue its support for COIL, which supports a global learning network campus faculties and the development of online learning methods. With funds from the agreement, COIL will develop eight partnerships between SUNY and Santander Universities in Latin America. “Santander Bank’s support of higher education is unmatched internationally and this agreement will enable SUNY to extend several initiatives in which we provide unique, valuable tools for students and faculty as well as our colleagues and partners around the world,” SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said.

CP Corrections

In the news briefs in Issue 11, the correct date for “House I grew up in” was May 1. In the music listings in Issue 11, Ben Aleshire and Tavish Costella at Open Mic Night at ROTA Gallery performed Thursday, April 11. In “Track heads to Troy as Gadway looks to break records” in Issue 11, Mike Rabbitt is from Cornell University. Also, in the same story, Ben Depo was behind an athlete from Cornell University. If you see an error in Cardinal Points, email

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Former Plattsburgh State vice president of Student Affairs Bill Laundry was recently given the key to the city by Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak and the City Council.

KEY: ‘That was pretty exciting’ From Page One “He’s well-deserving of a happy retirement. He has worked non-stop for many years,” he said. “He has been a great support while I transitioned into this role.” Hartman said he will never lose contact with Laundry and that he misses him. Along with the key to the city, a few weeks ago, Laundry learned he and his former associate Cheryl Hogle will be receiving an outstanding service award at the commencement ceremony this May. “My associate, who has retired for several years, will be flying out from Florida, and we’ll be on stage receiving our awards together,” he said. “That was unexpected. It’s very nice to receive that, too.” As someone who has worked for so long, Laundry said he is realizing that retirement is a learning process. He added he doesn’t think anything more could surprise him after the unexpected key to the city and service award. So far, Laundry said he has had to acclimate to

not working. He said he is do, and I’m trying to enjoy learning to live a different having the free time to do lifestyle — that of a retiree. what I want to do.” “You would think that Laundry is the adviser of you’re working, and then the Student Association Figet up one day, and you’re nance Board. He is also on not working and life goes the Judicial Appeal Board on as usual. But, it and helps in camdoesn’t,” he said. pus community “You find other relations, Hart“I used things come into man said. to read a your life in a difLaundry said chapter a ferent way than he has also been they did before. day, but now, doing a few All of a sudden, if I want to, I things he didn’t you become more can read half have time to do available than you the book.” while he was were.” working. Once he Bill Laundry, However, Launwent to Montredry said he is not vice president al, where he atof Student completely divesttended an exhibit Affairs ed of his college and spent the day emeritus connection since with his friends. his retirement in “That was January. He has pretty exciting,” been helping different de- he said. “That’s one thing partments and is still on I’ve done that I can say is campus a few times a week. different from normal.” Laundry said he is still doHe has also been taking ing what he has been, only a basic computer course more. twice a week at the Senior “But, if you’re not careful, Citizen Council Center in what can happen is you get Plattsburgh. He said he’s swamped with obligation, also had time to read more so I’m trying hard to not than he used to. have that happen,” he said. “I used to read a chapter “I still want to enjoy those a day, but now, if I want to, things I like doing. I enjoy I can read half the book,” the volunteer work that I he said. “What you also

find when you retire is the things that you used to just squeeze in around work, those things can now fill up the whole morning.” However, Laundry said he has yet to do much travelling, which he is hoping to be able to do during the fall or winter. “Maybe a week or two here and there. That would be nice,” he said. Laundry said he has been treated very well by the people around him and he feels very fortunate. He received a letter from the New York Senate on his retirement, a certificate from the New York Assembly and to his surprise, a congratulatory letter from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Laundry said he also received a very thoughtful and personal letter from Kasprzak who will also be retiring soon. “I’ll have to do something nice for him. It’ll be interesting to think of something that would be appropriate,” he said. “I can’t give him the key to the city,” he laughed. Email Darina Naidu at darina.naidu@cardinal

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A mile in her shoes Sex and the SUNY

Plattsburgh State students hold a rally in response to the events of Take Back the Night. Page A1

The annual Plattsburgh’s Got Talent features the hottest performers across campus.

Theta Alpha Lambda sorority hosts a fundraiser to stop domestic violence.

Stan asks Plattsburgh State students how important sex is to them. Page B6

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RALLY: ‘We all need to recognize’ From Page One “From my knowledge, and from my member’s knowledge, the windows were shut and there were not a lot of people in the house at the time,” he said. “I didn’t hear anything about the situation until I heard about it through a media outlet.” Mastronado added that he is working closely with the Plattsburgh State administration and public relations to find solutions.

HEALING RALLY Tuesday, a rally was held next to Redcay Hall, across the street from the AXP house, to protest the comments. Students who participated in the march along with many other students, faculty and community members joined in the protest, many of which were carrying signs asking for an end to sexual harassment culture. Sharoni argued that the purpose of the rally wasn’t to point fingers at who was responsible for the comments, but rather rally to offer more healing for victims. Vice President of Student Affairs Bryan Hartman, who spoke at the event, said while the incident was unfortunate, it gave “an opportunity to further our educational efforts and to try

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to continue to shift people’s thoughts and the culture on this campus around this issue.” “We all need to recognize that there are many approaches to address the challenges we collectively face in reaching the goal to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual violence in our community,” he said. “SUNY Plattsburgh is committed to initiating new and supporting current educational efforts to create an environment where all members of the community will feel conCardinal Points/Alex Ayala fident to speak up against Plattsburgh State students hold up signs at the Take Back the Night protest next to Redcay Hall, Tuesday. These sexual harassment and students express their feelings about the insulting words yelled at them at “Take Back the Night.” sexual violence.” University Police Chief Arlene Sabo said she hopes the incident will spark big changes on campus. “This will spur us all to sit together and come up with an action plan,” she said. Email Brian Molongoski at brian.molongoski@cardinal

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(Above) Gender and Women’s Studies Department Chair Simona Sharoni addresses the protesters at Tuesday’s rally. (Right) She, along with other faculty members, spoke to participants to help encourage them to remain vocal about their rights.

“This will spur us all to sit together and come up with an action plan.” Arlene Sabo, University Police Chief

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April 22 10:57 a.m. — Parking Lot 18 — A resident student reported that her windshield was broken while her car was parked in lot 18. It appeared that the window may have been broken by a golf ball. A service report was filed.

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investigation is continuing. A crime incident report was filed.

5:03 p.m. — Rugar Street — University Police responded to Rugar Street for a two-car property damage motor vehicle accident. One driver was issued a ticket for failing to 1:30 p.m. — Sibley Hall — yield the right of way. Service Clinton County 911 dispatch and accident reports were reported that an ambulance filed. responded to Sibley Hall for an unresponsive female. Uni- 5:56 p.m. — Clinton Dinversity Police responded. ing Hall — University Police The individual was conscious and CVPH EMS responded upon arrival. The individual is to Clinton Dining Hall for a a client of the Third Age Cen- Chartwell’s employee who ter and was transported to was experiencing abdomiCVPH via ambulance. A ser- nal pain. The individual was vice report was filed. transported to the hospital via ambulance. A service re5:53 p.m. — Off campus — port was filed. University Police received a report that members of the American Marketing April 26 Association Club at Platts- 10:55 a.m. — University burgh State consumed al- Police — University police coholic beverages while at arrested Jacob Ruderman the American Marketing As- of 40C Whiteface Hall and sociation International Col- charged him with possession legiate Conference in New of a forged instrument. He Orleans between March 21 was arrested again later in and 23. The president of the the day at 1:30 p.m. for makclub was interviewed and ing a punishable false written admitted that club members statement. He was released did consume alcoholic bev- both time upon an appearerages on the trip. College ance ticket. charges were filed against the club for violation of the 12:55 p.m. — University Student Association Club Police — University Police and Organization Risk Man- arrested Jonah Schaffer of agement policy. A service re- 21H Wilson Hall and charged port was filed. him with possession of a forged instrument third degree. He was released upon April 23 an appearance ticket. 11.25 a.m. — Memorial Hall — An employee reported that a package containing April 27 three lacrosse team jackets 1:27 a.m. — Angell College had been stolen from the Center — University Police conference room at Memorial and the Plattsburgh Fire DeHall. A crime incident report partment responded to the was filed. college center for a fire alarm. Upon arrival, the building was 11:54 p.m. — Kehoe in full alarm and evacuated. A grounds — University Po- pull box in the Sun Downer lice arrested Bruce Behar of Café had been activated by an 7 Williams St. and charged unknown person. The area him with operation of an un- was checked and the alarm inspected motor vehicle and reset. A crime incident report possession of a forged inspec- was filed. tion certificate. He was released on tickets. 11:01 a.m. — Rugar Woods — A staff member reported the remnants of a party in April 24 the wooded area behind the 2:57 a.m. — Off campus — Field House. University PoUniversity Police responded lice extinguished a smolderto assist City police with a ing fire and took photos of foot chase at the intersection the scene. A service report of Wall Street and Crete Bou- was filed. levard. The individual was in custody upon arrival. A ser- 4:21 p.m. — deFredenvice report was filed. burgh Hall — University Police and the Plattsburgh 3:26 a.m. — Off campus — Fire Department responded University Police responded to deFredenburgh Hall for a to assist City Police with a fire alarm. Upon arrival, the suspicious vehicle on Ad- building was in full alarm doms Street. No assistance and evacuated. Steam from was needed upon arrival. A a shower in the 61 suite acservice report was filed. tivated a heat detector in the hall. The alarm was reset. A service report was filed. April 25 7:06 a.m. — Fieldhouse — 10:38 p.m. — Broad Street University Police responded — University Police and City to the Field House for a re- Police investigated a domestic port that a flag pole had been dispute that involved two resiknocked down overnight. A dent students but occurred off crime incident report was campus. Both parties made filed. physical contact with the other but no injuries were sus2:17 p.m. — Hood Hall — tained. City Police completed University Police responded a domestic incident report. to Hood Hall for a report of A service report and college damage to a room door. The charges were filed.

Because of a lack of entries from University Police, this is the complete Police Blotter. Way to go Plattsburgh State!

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Patricia Egan (right) meets with students (left to right) Kelsey Hanrahan, Emily Baldwin and Andrea Martino, who are members of Egan’s autism research group. The student volunteers work with autistic children on a weekly basis as part of a training program that prepares them for careers after college.

Program teaches peer acceptance By Heidi LaPoint staff writer

Not enough children are aware and understand Autism Spectrum Disorder, Associate Professor of Psychology Patricia Egan said. The Peer Network Program at Plattsburgh State is set out to change that. Egan described autism, in general, as a disorder where the person has a hard time understanding social expectations, social interactions — how to make eye contact, appropriate facial expressions and where to stand while in conversations. Egan said ASD includes three types of autism. At one end of the spectrum, Asperger’s syndrome is a less serious case of autism. These children present social challenges but usually have average or above average IQs. On the other end of the spectrum is autism. These children have severe social challenges — poor social skills and little language — which, in turn, present intellectual challenges. In the middle of the spectrum is something called Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Egan said there has been ASD training for parents and teachers at Plattsburgh State, but not for peers. “No one pays attention to these kids who sit next to them in school,” she said. The program’s goal is to help peers of children with ASD understand the disorder and to help them include their classmates in more activities and protect them from being bullied, Egan said. She said it helps the peer look out for the child with ASD and let his or her friends know, “this kid is pretty cool.”

Every year, seven chil- the program. dren are recruited from Zoe is now a peer partNexus, a social compe- ner to a boy with ASD in tence program at PSUC for Rabideau’s class. children with Asperger’s Rabideau said Zoe and syndrome, or through her friend have gone on school staff and service one play date so far and coordinators from agen- have already begun a cies. friendship. The selected children “It’s been very good, I are between the ages of think, for both her and 7 and 15, and spend most him,” of their day in general She has always tried to education classes as op- teach Zoe to be open and posed to special educa- understanding of others, tion classes. even if they act differently. Once the children are “She has always been selected, they go pretty good, but to each child’s I’ve found that “For school she asks a lot teacher and school psycholo- psychologists, more questions gist, and they about autism it’s really nominate a peer now,” she said. good for them who is more Rabideau said to get some Zoe’s friend has mature, understanding and good training shown noticeempathetic to be in Autism. It able changes partners with helps them according to the classmate his family. He get a job.” with ASD. talks about his Patricia Egan, peers more and The first part associate of the program reaches out to professor of consists of Powothers. psychology erPoint lessons There are a to teach the total of seven peers about ASD, play dates rewhich is followed by a piz- quired, then, at the end of za party where they meet the program, which usualtheir partners to discuss ly lasts one semester, they likes, dislikes and chal- talk about how they will lenges and participate in maintain their friendship. activities. Every play date is chapAfter the children are eroned by one PSUC underacquainted, they begin graduate student and one scheduling play dates out graduate student. Most in the community. A popu- are psychology majors, but lar place is the Comfort Inn some are from the educabecause the children can tion, social work, communiswim, play miniature golf cation disorders, and human in the arcade, and eat, Egan development and family resaid. lations departments. “Our goal is really to help Graduate student for the develop friendships be- School Psychology gradutween these kids,” she said. ate program Whitney Amy Rabideau, special McRobbie is among the education provider in chaperones. the fourth grade co-inte“It’s really awesome to grated classroom at Peru see kids grow as friends,” Central School, signed McRobbie said. her daughter, Zoe, up for Egan believes the pro-

gram is good for PSUC students because it gives them hands-on experience and helps them “better formulate some of their life goals.” “For school psychologists, it’s really good for them to get some good training in autism,” Egan said. “It helps them get a job.” McRobbie agreed. “I’ll have a lot of experience on how to start a peer network and hopefully will be able to influence them in my future school,” she said. Egan believes it will also help undergraduates get into graduate programs in psychology. “When grad schools see the type of training that they have, I think that makes our students more marketable,” Egan said. Students are welcome to volunteer for the Peer Network Program. There are opportunities to do field work, receive credits and do research. Stipends are available for graduate students. McRobbie said students who are interested should have a clear understanding of ASD, be comfortable initiating interactions and be good with children. The Peer Network Program, which was created last year, is now on its second set of children, Egan said. She believes this program gives students the tools they need to interact successfully with children with ASD. “So far, that seems to have worked really well,” Egan said. Email Heidi LaPoint at heidi.lapoint@cardinal

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SA: ‘Everyone deserves equal opportunities’ From Page One The policy gave $125 to five students for a total of $625. However, because more clubs are participating in conferences and competitions in recent years, there was a need for the cap to be raised. “The policy was out of date, and that was before clubs were even going on conferences,” Nagiub said. Nagiub said the recent growth of clubs that travel as well as the growing number of new clubs created a need to update the policy. Growing numbers caused the SA to over–budget, so money allocations had to be adjusted. While the cap raises the amount of money that can be given to clubs to cover traveling expenses, it added a 10 person limit per trip. Nagiub said that not every member who goes to a conference actually competes. Ben Rosner, a member of Model United Nations, said the new policy negatively affects the clubs ability to travel to conferences across and out of the state, including the Penn State conference it participated in earlier in the semester. Most of the participating members

received awards. Rosner argued that limiting the number of participants in a conference is unfair because every member has a role in the conference. “Everyone that goes competes, so it’s not like we are sending people just to send them,” he said. “We are sending them because everyone gets to play.” Rosner said the change jeopardizes the academic opportunity of some club members, and that the policy does not take the value of a trip into account. “They are restricting how we can better our education here or how we can build our résumé,” he said. “Obviously everyone deserves an equal opportunity when they come here, but there are students that have different opportunities than others.” Nicole Stock, executive vice president of the collegiate chapter of the American Marketing Association, said that the changes in the budget were not the most desirable, but that they were probably necessary. In March, 11 members traveled to New Orleans to compete in the AMA’s International Collegiate Conference where they won

two awards. Stock said attending the conference was the most educational experience she had in the club, as she was able to listen to speeches made by the marketing directors of companies such as Baccardi, Google, McDonald’s, Yahoo and YouTube. To send those members, club representatives petitioned the SA senate twice for allocations to fund their registration fees. Stock said the club originally asked for $4,470 but that their first proposal was denied. After receiving two executive grants that amounted to $500,

which was supplemented by the club’s own fundraising efforts, they once again asked the senate for money. The reduced amount of $3,295 was approved, but under the new policies no club will be able to ask for additional allocations again. “I am not against it,” she said of the changes to the travel expense funding. “I understand why, and see the reasoning behind their decision.” SA senator Victor DelRegno said some of the provisions work, but thinks others were not fully thought through. While the cap increase is in response to the

growing number of clubs, club travel will be more constricted. DelRegno also added that the process for which clubs now receive money was not explained enough, and it takes the SA Senate’s role out of the allocation process. “Before, it (allocations) would come before the senate. Now it’s just going to the finance board, and it doesn’t seem like there is an actual process in place to decide if one trip deserves money more than another trip,” DelRegno said. “You do want to be equitable, and you do want to give all students that chance, but there

are going to be some trips that are going to have more academic or social value than other trips.” Nagiub said that letting the finance board be in charge of money allocations for club trips makes the process easier, and said clubs won’t be denied money if they want to go on a trip. The policy will also urge clubs to start fundraising more. Email Brian Molongoski at brian.molongoski@cardinal Email Ian Tully at cp@cardinal

Dancing in the sun

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Johnny McCarthy (left) and Anthony Gonzalez point to the crowd as they perform a dance at the Sigma Chapter of Omega Phi Beta’s 2nd annual Yard Show.

Student Association Soundoff FRIDAY, MAY 3


Jedi Dance Productions Presents: Seven Deadly Sins, 6-9 p.m., Warren Ballrooms

COAB Leadership Toolkit Series, 4-5 p.m., Cardinal Lounge.

Amazing Race at Late Night Weekends, 9 p.m. to midnight, Sundowner


Project HELP Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cardinal Lounge


ACB Trips Committee Presents: Whitewater Rafting, $35 tickets at ACC Info Desk

Academic Affairs Board Leadership Showcase: “A Tiger Can’t, But a Zebra Can” featuring Dean of Students Steve Matthews, 5 p.m. ACC Meeting Room 1

Camp Night at Late Night Weekends, 9 p.m. to midnight, Sundowner

Akeba Forum, 5-8 p.m., Alumni Conference Room ACB Coffeehouse, 9-11 p.m., Burghy’s


SA Senate Meeting, 10:15 p.m., Cardinal Lounge


SA News -The Student Association is hiring a secretary for its executive council and senate meetings. Stop by the SA Office for more information.

Clubs and Organizations Awards Ceremony, 1-3:30 p.m., Warren Ballrooms

NYSSLA Volleyball Tournament, 7-11 p.m., Memorial Hall SA Executive Council, 10:15 p.m., Alumni Conference Room

-The last day the SA will be receiving encumbrance forms is Wednesday, May 7. Have a great weekend!


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Manufacturing Council chair to speak at PSUC By Darina Naidu associate news editor

Mary Isbister, a 1986 alumna of Plattsburgh State who graduated as a chemistry major, has become a successful business owner. Currently the chair of the U.S. Manufacturing Council and president of GenMet, a small metal fabrication company in Wisconsin, Isbister visited PSUC last week to talk to students about her journey from being a college graduate to a successful professional. Joanne Nelson, director of alumni relations, said that during Isbister’s three days at PSUC, she got to know her better. Nelson said she found Isbister to be a very hard-working and creatively intelligent person. “We had her go to six classes and talk to the students. She is a very good listener,” she said. “She is also very energetic. She had an honest desire to serve her college.” Edward Miller, distinguished service professor in the chemistry department, said Isbister was in his class about 25 years ago. “She was a great student and very involved in other activities on campus and off campus,” he said. “She has taken the skills learned here, plus the many more skills she has learned along the way to become a successful entrepreneur.” Miller described Isbister as being an articulate, knowledgeable, personable and impressive professional. “She was very generous with her time when she visited the students,” he said. “I think Plattsburgh is extremely proud to call her one of our alumni.” After she received her degree in chemistry, Isbister went to graduate school at the University of Vermont, where she studied for a year and a half before she decided to go in the work industry. Isbister said one of the challenges she faced during her

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Alumna Mary Isbister, president and owner of GenMet, visited Plattsburgh State to talk about her journey during from here to now presentation. path was what her expectations were. However, she said she was lucky to join Pfizer Inc., a company with a good training program, where she also had a mentor to help her in the process. After being a chemist for about three years, Isbister decided she wanted more of a challenge. She then started to work in critical research for the same company. “I was lucky to work in an organization that really acknowledged people who work hard and had the potential to do other things,” she said. “So, I was able to actually switch careers at the same company.” Isbister said she had worked with people who have helped her learn and succeed very quickly, so she became a valuable employee to the organization. Another three years later, Isbister decided to try new horizons. However, in order to do so, she said she needed to be more knowledgeable, so she reenrolled herself in school for an MBA.

“The challenge there was to work full time and go to school,” she said. “Finding that balance was sometimes difficult, especially in a career where you are pretty involved and responsible.” Isbister said she was also traveling a lot at the time; however, she managed to make ends meet and was able to take another job at Pfizer and move up in her career. At that stage in her life, she decided to have a family. “At the time, I changed into my third career, I got married and a couple of years later, I had a child,” she said. Isbister said that around the time her child was born was when she realized she wanted to be a professional person and commit to put the time and effort in what she wanted to do. However, she also wanted to be able to have a life outside of work with her husband and child, another challenge she faced. Isbister said she was determined to be successful, and so

she had to find a way through the hardships. After her husband took a job in the Midwest Isbister moved out of Connecticut and joined a consultant career for five years at Synergy Solutions. “Being a consultant was different from working for a company, so I had to find a way to navigate those differences,” she said. “As a consultant, you work even harder than when you work for a company.” About a year and a half into the business, Isbister’s husband, Eric, asked her to join him in his business, GenMet Corp., a metal fabrication company he owned. Isbister said joining the business was the biggest challenge she had to face. “We had basically used all our savings and invested all we had in that business, so it had to be successful or we were going to lose everything,” she said. Owning a business also proved to be difficult, she said. However, the accounting and finance class-

es she took during her MBA program helped her in learning how to manage her business. Isbister is now the president and owner of GenMet in partnership with her husband. “We have now been in the business for 14 years, and luckily, it is successful,” she said. “We have 75 families who work for us. We live in an economy that is not stable, so it’s important to make good business decisions.” Isbister said what she learned during her journey is that if one wants something bad enough, one can do it. The sole decider of one’s success is oneself, she said. “It’s the amount of effort that you apply and your dedication to being successful,” she said. “You’re totally in control in how successful you want to be. You just need to work hard enough for it.” During the time she spent with Isbister, Nelson said she noticed the alumna is very clear about good work being its own reward. One quote that has always helped Isbister in her career is, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” Isbister said fear should not get in the way of being successful because, otherwise, it will be hard to move forward in life. The last thing is to be thankful, she said. “Not everybody has the opportunity to go to college, so be grateful for that,” she said. Isbister said students should appreciate their professors who are genuinely interested in their students’ success, something she did not realize while she was in school, she said. “They have different ways of showing it. Some of them are really harsh, but they are like that just because they know you can do it. They are hard on you because life is hard on you,” she said. Email Darina Naidu at darina.naidu@cardinal

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Online privacy law in works By Teah Dowling staff photographer

na) through a district attorney,” Lottie said. “Once they know it is about to be issued, they are pretty Law enforcement officials may cooperative.” not be able to track phones, emails Under the law currently in or social media without the use of place, law enforcement officials, a warrant. ranging from local police to the On April 25, the bipartisan Sen- FBI, need a subpoena to access ate committee voted unanimous- email or other electronic comly to advance the privacy reform munications stored online that bill, which would require all law are older than 180 days or have enforcement officials to get a war- already been opened. So if people rant for all types of electronic sur- use web-based cloud email, such veillance regardless of whether or as Google Drive, Dropbox and not they had been read by the user SkyDrive, their emails can be acand no matter how old they are. cessed by law enforcement. The Online surveillance and Law enforcement officials are Geolocation Protection was intro- able to access multiple different duced to the House of Representa- types of technology and web, intives March 7, which would allow cluding phone records, location law enforcement to issue a simple data, IP addresses, emails, email administrative subpoena for the drafts, text messages, cloud data content of electronic communica- and social media. Most require tions and require police officers only a subpoena. to get a warrant when “The way society they want cellphone locaworks, people value secution data. rity over their freedom,” “People On March 19, senators said Alex Orts, criminal will find Patrick Leahy and Mike justice major. “I would Lee introduced legisla- loopholes be surprised if someone tion to strengthen email around this got mad at officers checkprivacy protections, no matter ing emails anonymously pushing reform, and up- what. With without a warrant.” date the Electronic ComRight now, the searches probable munications Privacy Act that require a warrant incause, you clude listening to phone of 1986. can do “I certainly think that it calls and access to recent should’ve been reviewed emails. Also, Facebook almost so that people can keep anything.” requires a warrant to disup with technology,” said close a user’s messages, Matthew Jerry Lottie, assistant photos, videos, wall posts Strizak, chief of Plattsburgh State and local information. Criminal University Police. However, there are ways Lottie said for on-cam- Justice Major around warrant use. pus investigations, some “People will find looprequire a warrant, which holes around this no matis a longer process than obtain- ter what,” said Matthew Strizak, a ing a subpoena. To get a warrant, criminal justice and sociology mait has to go to the assigned judge jor. “With probable cause, you can for review, explain and get a sig- do almost anything. With elecnature. After, it has to be brought tronics, you can wiretap without back to the site to finally start the the government knowing.” search. It is a process that can Besides what Strizak said, there take up to an entire day. However, are other ways to get around warto get a subpoena, it is a simpler rants. For example, anyone can process. look up a person’s Facebook if the “We need to request it (subpoe- security settings allow every-

thing to the public, besides messages. For text messages, some carriers charge fees instead of requiring a warrant. For example, Sprint charges $30, and Verizon charges $50 per text. A similar bill was introduced last year. However, it did not come up for a vote on the Senate floor. So far, three states have approved this bill. There are 35 states still pending, and one of them is New York. The American Civil Liberties Union, a strong advocate of updating the ECPA, set up a forum on its website asking people to join them in asking Congress to update the privacy law. According to the forum, they want to protect all personal electronic information, safeguard location information, institute appropriate oversight and reporting requirements, require a suppression remedy and craft reasonable explanations. Organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans for Tax Reform, and online organizations like Amazon, Apple, eBay, Google and Twitter support the reform. Some PSUC students support this, as well. “It’s a good thing that the government is recognizing that they should impose limits on themselves regarding the internet,” Orts said. However, Strizak feels differently about the ECPA reform than Orts. Strizak said that with an event the size of 9/11, it’s more important than a person’s privacy. He also believes it is reasonable for police officers to be required to need a warrant for electronic communications. However, higher officials shouldn’t. “I think the ECPA is the most idiotic thing people could ever do,” Strizak said. “It’s just going to go into chaos.” Email Teah Dowling at teah.dowling@cardinal

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French honor society welcomed at PSUC By Camille Daniels staff writer

preciating it,” Clermont said. Like any other academic organization, the members want to be the place to help mold the passion and interests of its members, he said. Being the place where people of similar academic interest can go to express themselves. This is something one of the new members Johnson is hoping to get out of it. “An association of students where we can learn from each other and be closer to each other and be closer with our professors and the society will allow us to focus further on our French studies,” Johnson said. Sam Urbon, a French student, is not a member, but he attended and was an interpreter at the ceremony. He believes this chapter at PSUC will help make the French department well known. “I think it’s really a key into putting the very worthy French department on this campus on the map. I think any honors society that we can have that will allow us to network with other campuses will definitely boost the profile of the French department here,” Urbon said. Pi Delta Phi came to PSUC to acknowledge the hard work among students and to celebrate the interests some might have for the French language and culture. “The decision to start Pi Delta Phi, the French Honors Society, now stems from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures interest in promoting and celebrating the academic excellence of our students and the commitment of the faculty who guide them in discovering and living their passion for the French language and the cultures associated to it,” Ouedraogo said in an email.

A new honors society has arrived at Plattsburgh State. This new organization is Pi Delta Phi, the French Honors Society. It is for anyone studying French at PSUC. Right now, the requirements to be part of the society are still being decided. So far, selection is based on those who are part of the top 10 percent of their class. The Plattsburgh State chapter of Pi Delta Phi is Omicron Kappa and is the 369th chapter of this organization. The alpha chapter of Pi Delta Phi is located in Berkley California and was founded in 1906. “I hope what the students get is that they are being recognized by the department. It is a mark of honor for their academic performance,” said Jean Ouedraogo, professor and chair of modern languages. For the students who are now members of the first inducting class, it has been a unique opportunity to be part of the chapter’s history, Ouedraogo said. “I think it’s an honor,” Donald Clermont, a French student said. “The few students that are with me, I think, are great kids. It seems like it’s a tight knit organization.” Although it is a new organization on campus, the members do hope to become involved with the campus community. “The hope is that as we build a wider membership throughout the years and to have regular implication in promoting and that the students who are members become ambassadors throughout the campus,” Ouedraogo said. “I suppose that it shows some sort of ambition that I care to join it. And that my enthusiasm learning the language and ap-

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What would you open with a key to the City of Plattsburgh?

Kayshia Desoysa Junior Psychology

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Tobacco affects even non-smokers By Brittany Shew staff writer

— compiled by Edwina Bien-Aime

Stepping outside of the library with a clear mind, happy to be free of school work, I am constantly greeted with a blanket of lingering cigarette smoke from students outside taking a smoke break. Nothing frustrates me more than those little butts being flicked by my flip-flops or a drift of smoke straight to the face, clouding my vision and suffocating my lungs. The SUNY system is inviting us to join their movement in fighting for all SUNY campuses to become tobacco-free. Becoming a 100 percent tobacco-free campus means allowing absolutely no tobacco at all.

In 1994, Plattsburgh State became a smoke-free campus. Smoking was banned from all buildings and enclosed spaces on campus, any vehicles owned or operated by the school and the bleachers at the athletic fields. In 2007, the policy was revised so that smoking within 25 feet of any building was banned in hopes of limiting the contact of second-hand smoke. This is a rule that is loosely enforced by most authority figures on campus. Stoops outside of dorm buildings and entrances to academic buildings are high-traffic areas for smokers. Instead of walking the extra 20 feet to get away from the building, smokers will sit outside the entrance and blow smoke in as you

open the door, robbing students of their right to fresh air. Why would they go find an alternative smoking spot when they know they can take their pack of cigarettes and slip through the cracks of the school’s disciplinary system? Society has come a long way from 1994. We are learning how much smoking can affect us, even if we aren’t the ones with the cigarette in our mouths. According to a CNN article, second-hand smoke kills 600,000 people worldwide annually. As students, we should take all measures possible to avoid becoming part of those numbers. The goal is not out of reach. We can join the 1,159 tobaccofree campuses in the United States to become a stronger, healthier PSUC.

While the smoking population on campus can easily argue that it is their right to be able to smoke where they please, the non-smokers are fighting back for their right to be able to breathe clean air. Students are not going to stop smoking because of this policy, and this is not a prevention movement. The ban of tobacco products will only affect SUNY campus property. Student will not be able to lounge on school benches or relax on the picnic tables outside of the Angell College Center anymore, but will have to seek out city property. The message is not “stop smoking,” but “please, smoke somewhere else.” Change is coming, students at Plattsburgh, and it’s coming in a big way. You are invited and encouraged

to jump on this tobacco-free bandwagon. To the smoking community, you will not be left in the cold. You will be supported, just not with access of the easy smoking areas anymore. It is important to keep our arms extended to these students because they are just as important to the campus as the nonsmokers. The school needs and wants their support, admission and happiness. It’s time to step up, embrace change and follow our fellow SUNY schools like Cortland, Buffalo, and Canton to become a tobacco-free campus. Until then, we will continue our fight for air. Email Brittany Shew at brittany.shew@cardinal

“I would open a theme park.”

Sharmeen Mehri Sophomore English Literature

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“A world food street.”

SUNY sticks butt in personal choice By Jennifer Franke staff writer

Dinai Robertson Sophomore Business Marketing

“I would open the door to equality and world peace.”

Jonathan Szafir Junior English

“A bank”

Raquel Whitmore Sophomore Public Relations

“A treasure chest.”

At the age of 18, one takes on more privileges in life and makes his or her own decisions. One of those decisions might be whether they should smoke cigarettes. According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States have gone tobacco free on campus. So far, Plattsburgh is not one of the many schools listed. Students are aware of the long-term effects of smoking cigarettes, and if they know that and still choose to do so, that should be their own choice. I believe in compromise when it comes to finding a solution to a problem.

Completely banning tobacco from our campus is too drastic of a change. There should be clear tobacco zones with signs saying where people can smoke so that others won’t get second-hand smoke. If someone has a problem with the smoke, it is his or her choice to move from the area, but smokers should have a privileged section for themselves. Now, there are boxes for cigarette butts outside of most buildings on campus, but they don’t tend to be noticeable or convenient to students. There should be more effort to correctly place cigarettes so they don’t ruin the environment, but at the same time, aren’t banned.

If the campus chooses to go tobacco-free, students will do it anyway, except they will hide it. It’s inevitable. If you tell someone not to do something, it only gives them more of a reason to. Smoking cigarettes on campus is a choice of the student involving his or her freedom of speech. A tobacco-free college might even affect the number of students who apply here and, therefore, might be missing out on the potential they would have to offer. We pride ourselves on the fact that we have a large number of international students here, but once they are told not to do something they have permission to do in their own country, they might feel otherwise.

An advantage of being an adult will be taken away from them if they come here. Isn’t college supposed to be about being an adult and doing things the way you have finally wanted to for 18 years? Instead of worrying about tobacco on campus, colleges should spend more time banning other things like fatty foods and sugary drinks that cause similar effects on student health in the long run. A ban will not stop students from smoking. It will only draw them to other areas around Plattsburgh to smoke, and how is that helping our emerging “smokefree society?” It would be like banning alcohol from the campus. Students won’t

stop drinking, and they won’t stop smoking, either. A ban like this will only lead to criminalizing more students. Even though the campus can choose to ban cigarettes, this is an act of personal choice that can be hurting students and employees. The only way to a happy medium is to provide designated areas for smokers. No matter if students are tobacco free or not, cigarettes are still legal. As an adult entering the new world of college, students should be able to engage in activities if they choose to or not, so butt out. Email Jennifer Franke at jennifer.franke@cardinal

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Women judged for morning after pill By Lara Dufresne opinions editor

In a crunch for time, most women turn to the morning after pill within two days after having sex. In the past, a woman would get this pill from any pharmacist, but the FDA has made it available on store shelves, like picking off of an apple tree. A pharmacist will help you decide what brand to choose. When the pill gets distributed to the shelves, women will less likely turn to pharmacists to ask their questions. But, without the help of one, they wouldn’t know not to take more than one brand of ECP, or that nausea is a side effect but vomiting means you should see a doctor. Not only is it unsafe to entrust a frantic person looking for an emergency contraceptive by aisle shopping, but when they are sold next to condoms and pregnancy tests, they will begin to receive the same unwelcoming stares.

Women should be able to buy the morning after pill without being ridiculed for their indefinite actions. Bringing the pill to store shelves would create even more disgust for young girls who have no alternative than to seek help from an emergency contraceptive pill. A woman shouldn’t have to hide her pregnancy test while in line to check out, but many do for fear of being shamed. There is nothing shameful about checking up on your body. Too many times have I been asked to buy a test for a friend and received an unwelcome response from the checkout lady. That person doesn’t know me, or my circumstances. This test wasn’t even for me. A cashier doesn’t have the right to judge a girl bringing condoms or a pregnancy test up to the register, but their scornful eyes have a look of disdain anyway. The same look would be cast down on a girl for bringing a morning after pill through the line.

Pharmacists keep patient confidentiality when women receive the pill behind the counter. As far as anyone knows, it’s just another prescription. Pharmacists can be more forgiving than a store employee, who knows only the context in which he or she sees it and not enough about the drug facts. According to a study by Princeton University, there are more than 100 contraceptives available for purchase. However, making all these available on store shelves would confuse most unknowledgeable customers. Most have been declared safe for use as ECPs, but only “ella, Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, Next Choice and Levonorgestrel Tablets are the only dedicated product specifically marketed for emergency contraception.” Women aren’t made aware that their current birth control can have the same effect as the morning after pill. Depending on your prescription, the next four or five pills in your month-long pack can be used as an

emergency contraceptive. It’s best to check with your doctor before using any birth control as an emergency contraceptive, but this should have been explained by your doctor before he or she prescribed it. Some daily birth control pills contain two hormones, progestin and estrogen. Depending on the brand, they can be taken in two doses or one. Gynecologists explain all the pros and cons of a drug to their patients when they prescribe it, but they fail to explain the benefits of using their BC as a contraceptive. Birth control as a morning after pill is cost-productive and better in the long run. You wouldn’t have to choose between a hundred different brands of ECPs, or be looked down upon for buying what you’re considering a necessity. This would happen in the privacy of your own home, and kept to only yourself, if you choose to use it. Email Lara Dufresne at opinions

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Empty accusations soil reputation The editorial board of Cardinal Points would never write in defense of demeaning insults. If the individuals who shouted insults at Take Back The Night marchers were not aware of how idiotic and malicious their words were at the time, the response they received from all corners of our campus should give them ample indication that their words were not funny, appropriate or acceptable. It takes a certain lack of decency, as well as other factors such as the cover of darkness and the expectation of anonymity, for comments like these to take form. In our opinion, these comments always seem to evaporate in the light of day, which is unintentional admission of how misguided they are and always will be. The outcry of support those marchers received in the days that followed is proof that the mentality those comments espouse has been marginalized, and will


Editorial Cartoon/Lauren Moore

continue to be shown for what it is: Cowardice. We support those who support a woman’s right to walk safely at night, without being the recipient of catcalls, unwanted attention and insults thrown for insults’ sake. With that being said, until all of the facts surrounding this incident have come to light, accusations will serve only to distort the truth of that night and hold accountable an organization whose members may not have even perpetrated this verbal assault. In their haste to rush to the support of Take Back the Night, many support-

Mental illnesses often overlooked By Maura Danehey staff writer

Imagine a doctor telling a patient who found a lump on her body, “Just go home. I do not think that is cancer.” Imagine a nurse removing a hospitalized child after 30 days of treatment for leukemia, even though the disease still flows through his body. Imagine an insurance company refusing to pay a patient’s bills after someone had his or her appendix removed because it had not exploded yet, because it could have been much worse. Sounds ridiculous? It is, but for people who do not have physical proof of illness, this response is commonplace. The brain is one of the body’s most important organs, yet illnesses that affect the brain are often scoffed at or misdiagnosed. Insurance companies commonly take advantage of the stigma that accompanies mental illness and refuse to cover treatment costs. Eating disorders are some of the most controversial medical diagnoses. They are complex illnesses that can affect a person’s physical and psychological stability in tandem. Although grouped into an umbrella category, eating disorders are diverse diseases. Symptoms vary not just by type of eating disorder, but also by individual. As a result, each patient’s treatment should be modified to fit his or her needs. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, of the approximately 24 million people in the United States who battle eating disorders, only 10 percent receive treatment for their disease. Within the last 10 years, the stigma against eating disorders has started to dwindle. However, patients and their families still feel a sense of shame, a need to hide the diagnosis and the painful recovery process. Insurance companies take advantage of these moments of vulnerability. While victims and their families find suitable treatments and come to terms with disease, insurance companies deny coverage based on terms of medical necessity or non-coverage of mental health issues. Many insurance companies base medical necessity on body mass index — a subjective, easily misconstrued determinant. If BMI is low enough, patients may receive financial benefits. Yet, low BMI does not accompany all eating disorders, such as buli-

help to comfort the afflicted, but rather drag names through the mud when there is no evidence offered to condemn them. As heinous as those shouted insults were, they were words. They were ill-chosen, they were hurtful and they served no recognizable purpose, but they were words nonetheless. To be offended and upset by such invective lends legitimacy and weight that it does not deserve. The individuals who shouted those things were trying to upset and enrage the marchers who attended Take Back The Night. We believe, the ultimate revenge is to make sure they do not achieve their desired effect. Such ignorant comments deserve to be ignored. However, the right to say them should always be protected. By protecting the rights of those who we vehemently disagree with to express themselves freely, we are defending our own rights to do the same.

mia and binge eating. Insurance companies also set extreme BMI standards. The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration established a 17.5 BMI equates to anorexia. Many insurance companies require a 15 BMI to qualify for inpatient benefits. If a person does receive benefits, inpatient coverage lasts 30 days. Then out-of-pocket payment or discharge is required. Limited or no outpatient/specialist benefits are provided. If a patient relapses, insurance companies do not provide additional financial support, countering that if past care did not successfully treat the disease, future care would have identical results. Advocacy organizations, such as the Eating Disorder Coalition and ANAD, work to increase awareness of the diseases and establish legislation that provides families and individuals financial supports throughout treatment. Individuals like former Miss USA Kirsten Haglund and specialized treatment centers like Renfrew offer scholarship programs for those seeking treatment. However, even these programs are shortfunded. Anorexia is the third most common “chronic illness” among pre-teens and teenagers. ANAD classifies it as a chronic illness, not a mental illness, because it affects all of the body — both the brain and the physique — and does not just disappear. Recovery is a long and consistent follow-up, and support is necessary to prevent relapse. If treated early, the chance of relapse decreases. Monetary constraints and insurance denials often prevent early, consistent treatment or force families into financial ruin. It is past time for that to change. If a facility discharged a cancer patient unable to pay treatment costs and denied medical benefits, media would devour the story, fundraising efforts would begin and the insurance agency would be admonished as unethical. The same standards should hold true for eating disorders. It is time society acknowledges the brain as part of the body. It is time we recognize illnesses that affect the brain, illnesses not visible to the naked eye, do exist and deserve of treatment. Email Maura Danehey at maura.danehey@cardinal

ers have accused members of Alpha Chi Rho of being the ones who shouted those insults. At this time, Cardinal Points has been unable to determine whether AXP was innocent or guilty of what they are accused of, but what is more troubling is that we cannot say a crime even took place. As University Police would not provide us with any details they may have gathered in their investigation into the incident, we must conclude that a crime did not take place and that the push for this fraternity to be punished without a charge amounts to a witch hunt. This push will not



• YAY to students creating interesting clubs. Plattyslack is slack-tastic. • NAY to painful sunburns. Extra sunscreen for us sensitive skinned people. • YAY to the Plattsburgh’s Got Talent competition. Campus is full of you talented kids. • NAY to finals week. Long hours in the library


really put a damper on this sunny weather. • NAY to procrastination. Papers and projects pile up when you’re having fun. • YAY to being close to Montreal. Weekends there are always memorable. • YAY to our readers. You’re the best. Composed by Brittany Shew

Buildings resemble gray skies, dull life By Dan Clark contributing writer

Spring time in Plattsburgh is a beautiful thing. The weather is nicer and the people are happier. It’s an overall great atmosphere to be a part of. Usually, spring means rejuvenation, color, happiness and a feeling of well-being. I guess the buildings on campus didn’t get that memo. Plattsburgh is definitely a winter-oriented town. Given the location, love for hockey and proximity to the mountains, it is haven for winter lovers. It’s just gray and red brick everywhere. Amite Plaza is just one giant sea of gray. My friends and I used to joke that the campus looked like a 1940s Ukraine. All of the tall, gray high rises remind me of guard towers. They all look exactly the same. Change it up a little bit. The low rises are the same way, too, with the same red brick and layout. The red and gray make the campus look so depressing. I suppose in winter, the campus fits the dismal mood. But, during this time of the year, it seems that it’s just bland and uninspiring. Yokum Hall is worse on the inside more than it is on the outside. There are zero — yes, zero —windows in any of the classrooms in the entire building. I get pretty bummed out when I have to spend a class in there on a nice, spring day. It helps when you are in a class where the window is open so you can feel the breeze. This is not possible in Yokum. The art on campus had always confused me. I am not an art connoisseur, but I believe a big

part of art is color. There is absolutely none of that on campus, and it doesn’t really look all that inspiring. A lot of the art looks like scrap metal thrown together. Maybe it’s up for interpretation, but at least some color and liveliness could make it more appealing to the campus. It would make it stand out and maybe give the campus an identity. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose. Of course, there are exceptions. MacDonough Hall is a nice looking building that doesn’t look like every other building. Hawkins Hall, of course, is really beautiful, which is probably why the Plattsburgh website and mailing brochures seem to feature only Hawkins. Even Champlain Valley Hall has a nice, classic look to it, which could be part of a brochure. The rest of the buildings do not. I know of people who were planning on attending school here, but didn’t because of the gloominess of the campus. There are steps that could be taken to liven up the campus a little bit. I suggest some sort of public garden with colorful flowers to reflect the mood of the students in the springtime. It could be placed in the Amite Plaza, or another place students would see it often. If the tallest, most visible buildings weren’t the same and gray, it would add some variety to the campus. Earth tones would make the place look nice in any season and not as gloomy. Email Dan Clark at dan.clark


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The light from the newly renovated Hudson Hall shines on the Hawkins Pond last Friday night.

May 4, 1961 min Feinberg introduces an act The Feinberg Library, Saranac that establishes SUNY. Dining Hall and Macomb Residence Hall all receive dedications. The Plattsburgh Common Council votes in favor of letting May 5, 1948 Plattsburgh State construct New York State Senator Benja- more college buildings in a por-

tion of Macomb Park between blockade of North Vietnamese Rugar Street and the Saranac harbors and to continue air River. and sea attacks, 500 Plattsburgh State students march to May 8, 1972 the federal building in downIn response to President town Plattsburgh. Once there, Richard Nixon’s orders to they held a vigil.

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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.”

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Cards earn program’s first playoff win Lacrosse to face No. 2 Cortland By Willie Santana staff writer

With “I love it” by Icona Pop booming in the background, the Plattsburgh State lacrosse team celebrated. The roars and cheers of players echoed in the locker room. PSUC (14-3, 5-1 SUNYAC) had finished playing its first home playoff game, which resulted in a 15-7 victory. It was the first playoff victory in program history. The win came after the Cards had set a new season-high in wins the previous game. A date with No. 1 Cortland (16-0, 6-0 SUNYAC) in the SUNYAC championship awaits. Head coach Ryan Cavanagh savored the win. “These guys have been working toward this since their whole time here,” Cavanagh said. “It’s nice when hard work pays off. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.” The first test for the No. 19 Cards against the Red Dragons came in the Cards’ first conference game of the season, which ended in a 1512 win for Cortland. Heading into the final period, the game was tied 10-10. A five-

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Plattsburgh State’s Brett McClelland works against Brockport’s Oliver Oswald in the Cardinals’ 15-7 win Wednesday. The Cards now enter the SUNYAC championship game against the No. 2 Cortland Red Dragons. goal final period by the Red Dragons sealed the win. Coming into the championship bout, Cavanagh said the Cards don’t know if they will be able to score 12 points on the Red Dragons again, so to be successful

they will need to hold Cortland under 15 points. To do that, Cavanagh said, the Cards will need to possess the ball, win the faceoff battle and capitalize on opportunities with quality shots.

Unlike the Cards, the Red Dragons have been in this position before. In the last five seasons, the Red Dragons have made it to at least the NCAA quarterfinals. In that span, they have three NCAA final appearances.

Cavanagh said his team will need to make up for its lack of experience with high intensity at the start of the game. However, he said his squad will need to play hard, but with focus. “We don’t want to run out

there like a bunch of chickens with our heads cut off and just acting crazy,” he said. In the last matchup, Cavanagh said, they didn’t play

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Softball enters conference tourney After another

record week, SUNYACs next

By Ricky St. Clair staff writer

The stage is set for the Plattsburgh State softball team. Four days removed from the regular season’s conclusion, the third-seeded Lady Cardinals (22-14, 126) travel to Brockport to compete in the 2013 SUNYAC softball tournament. PSUC went 5-5 against the five SUNYAC institutions in the postseason — Brockport, Cortland, Geneseo, New Paltz and Oswego. Stephanie Zweig, whose team enters the doubleelimination tournament as defending champions, is excited for the opportunity to defend the conference crown. “It’s definitely different than last year in terms of the year we’re having so far,” Zweig said. “We continue to grow and just try to be competitive each and every time we step on the diamond. I think we’re in a good spot to be successful.” The Lady Cards just finished the month of April with a 13-7 record, but they entered the postseason losing three of their last four contests before defeating

By Chris Picaro staff writer

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Morgan Anderson winds up for the pitch in a game against Oswego on April 14. The Lady Cardinals find themselves in the midst of the SUNYAC tournament. Geneseo 7-4 Thursday. “Every day is a new day,” pitcher Ashley Marshall said. “We have to forget what happened in the past. Hopefully, it’s not our last weekend. We’re going to do

everything we can to advance.” After splitting with Fredonia on Saturday, PSUC dropped consecutive games to Ithaca 6-4 and Union 6-2 on Sunday.

Brockport clinched the No. 1 seed and will play host to the postseason tournament. The Lady Cards are 7-8 in neutral site games.

“When I pitch, I don’t go stretch with the team. I won’t run with them. I’ll sit at the dugout and just relax before the game,” Burns said. “Then, a half hour before the game, I’ll go out by myself, start stretching in the corner and running a little bit, then Burns start throwing.” However, his routine doesn’t end with the first pitch of the game.

“Every half inning after I come off from pitching, Steve Corea always holds a towel for me. Then, when I come off, he wraps my arm with the towel. Then I put a jacket on, and I always have to have a Gatorade in between innings,” Burns said. “For some reason I need to have a Gatorade. If I don’t have a Gatorade, I’m freaking out

looking for one,” Burns said. “During the games I stay by myself, and always, for some reason, wrapping the towel around my arm became part of my superstition.” The Gatorade and the rest of the routine have been working well for him this season, as his numbers keep improving. The senior, who finished last season with an ERA of 3.71,


Plattsburgh State athletes have own pregame routines By Matheus Honorato staff writer

Every athlete has a different pregame routine he or she carries throughout his or her career. Some professional players are known for their unique routines, but Plattsburgh State’s athletes own some unique routines themselves. PSUC baseball pitcher Brian Burns has his own way to warm up and get ready for the games.


The Plattsburgh State track and field teams finished the RPI Capital District Classic in Troy with two broken school records, one within inches of falling and many more first-place finishes. A consistency in the track teams’ season thus far has been the record-breaking performances of Amanda Gadway, who once again broke her previous record in the hammer throw with a toss of 46.83 meters. This marks the fifth straight week in which she has broken a school record. With the record breaking toss, she took second place, and also finished in first place in the discus with a throw of 38.05 meters and fourth in the shot put at 11.14 meters. Gadway was not the only member of the team finding success in the field. Seth Allen found himself in first place after his second javelin throw of the event measured close to 52 meters. During the final throw for each participant, Mark Grimes from RPI marked a throw of 54.40 meters to take the lead. “Seth (Allen) was the last person to throw and he really needed to have a decent throw to win the competition,” head coach Nick Jones said. On the final throw of the event, Allen threw 57.11 meters, which was just 4 inches short of the 25-yearold school record and the first ECAC qualifying mark for the freshman.

“I see her (Schermerhorn) coming down the last 50 meters of the home stretch with a big smile on her face because she crushed the record. That was awesome to watch.” Nick Jones, head track and field coach

“The week before, at the same track, I was beat on the last throw, so this week I didn’t want it to happen again. I knew that I needed a good throw to win it,” Allen said. Amanda Schermerhorn was successful on the track, taking first place in the 800-meter with a time of 2 minutes, 13.71 seconds, breaking the previous school record by almost a full second and beating the next competitor by over nine seconds. “I was at the finish line and just finished watching Seth,” Jones said. “I was excited walking up the hill and I see her coming down the last 50 meters of the home stretch with a big smile on her face because she crushed the record. That was awesome to watch.” Rosi Cummings also had a good day running as she finished first in the 400-meter with a time of 58.33. Coming into the event, she was ranked 10th in the SUNYAC, but after the win, she is ranked first and moves up to 10th in ECAC rankings.



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Men’s Baseball (Final) Men’s Lacrosse Saturday vs. Cortland @ 12 p.m.

Track and Field Sat. @ SUNYAC Outdoor Championships Sun. @ SUNYAC Outdoor Championships

Softball Sat. vs. Buffalo (DH) @ 3 p.m., 5 p.m. Sun. vs. Fredonia (DH) @ noon, 2 p.m.

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Lacrosse School Cortland Plattsburgh Brockport Potsdam Oswego Geneseo Oneonta

Record SUNYAC 16-0-0 6-0-0 14-3-0 5-1-0 6-9-0 3-3-0 6-8-0 2-4-0 8-7-0 2-4-0 5-8-0 2-4-0 3-11-0 1-5-0

Softball Lacrosse Goals Cardinal Points/Alex Ayala

The Plattsburgh State baseball team hosts “Brian Mehan Be The Match Day” April 28 in the Angell College Center Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

School Player Plattsburgh Joey Kramer 43 Brockport Jesse Elliott 36 Plattsburgh Brendan Damm 35 Plattsburgh Tim Lawrence 30 Geneseo Sam Thompson 26



The pitching record PSUC softball player Ashley Marshall has finished the season with.

Brendan Cefalu lacrosse

Gordie Gehring lacrosse

Cole Andersen lacrosse

Tim Lawrence lacrosse

Player Chris Miles Stefan Sloma Mike Kaminski Byran Martin Corey Banwaree

197 161 140 138 128

Baseball Batting Average (min. 40 AB) Player Zack Graczyk .426 Max Rosing .388 Donny Castaldo.385 Mike McMullen .376 Jake Nowak .375


ERA (min. 20 IP) School Player Plattsburgh Ashley Marshall 1.89 Brockport Korey Kibling 2.12 New Paltz Amber Carrozza 2.30 Brockport Jamie Berger 2.43 Buffalo Maddie Coneys 2.43

Record SUNYAC 31-9-0 15-3-0 16-17-0 12-6-0 23-13-0 12-6-0 18-14-0 7-11-0 12-25-0 7-11-0 20-15-0 6-12-0 12-23-0 4-14-0

Baseball April 30

PSUC 8, Canton 0

April 28

PSUC 5, Castleton 4


RBI School Geneseo Cortland New Paltz Oswego Geneseo

Record SUNYAC 21-14-0 15-3-0 13-5-0 24-14-0 10-4-0 17-13-0 22-14-0 12-6-0 20-17-0 11-7-0 16-18-0 9-9-0 15-19-0 8-10-0 10-23-0 5-13-0 8-28-0 4-14-0 11-21-0 2-16-0

April 21 (DH)

Player Ithaca College 6, PSUC 4 SamanthaTrapasso 42 Ithaca College 2, PSUC 6 Alica Hibbard 34 Marissa Monaco 33 Tori Trovato 32 Lacrosse Lexi Williams 24

May 1

PSUC 15, Brockport 7


The respect and support he is receiving from every angle raises one question though. Why did it take so long? I understand this world is cruel, especially this country, but one person standing up is always a start. It was only nine years ago, May 2004, that Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. We have come a long way, with nine states currently allowing same-sex marriage and eight more legally allowing civil unions. There is no problem with gay men playing sports. There must be some who don’t feel the same way, since it took until 2013 for someone to step up, and Collins will go down in history for doing so. But how does the fact that there has not been a known active gay player in the four major American sports affect to high school and college athletes? If a million-dollar player who plays the game he or she loves isn’t comfortable with who he or she is, I doubt a young athlete from Plattsburgh State will be either. A door was opened, and hopefully this means our society is growing and becoming more comfortable with homosexuality. If this man can do it, hopefully it shows us all what can be done with support.

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If you search Jason Collins on Google, it isn’t until the tenth link that you find his professional basketball statistics, bio, or game logs on His Wikipedia page shows up second from the top, behind a news section giving articles from New York Times, ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Last week, few knew who this sevenfoot basketball player was. Jason Collins, whether he wants to be or not, is going to be seen as a beacon of hope for all gay athletes out there. Being the first active professional male athlete to come out as homosexual has blown up. He has been shown an amazing amount of support from his colleagues and from many other celebrities. Kobe Bryant, Lance Bass, Spike Lee, Bill Clinton, Dwayne Johnson, Neil Patrick Harris and Howard Stern; the list goes on and on of those who have reached out to Collins in support of his decision to come out. There should be no reason for a lack of support, and I think our society is moving in a forward direction in at least one way. There are obviously going to be those out there against homosexuality, but Collins standing up and letting everyone know who he really is has to be one of the biggest steps a professional athlete has made in a while.

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“Me and coach (Joe) May don’t go into the office to look at each other every single day for eight hours and then to go to practice together to be satisfied with just making it to the SUNYACs. We want to win a championship, and that’s what we’re here to do.” -Ryan Cavanagh, PSUC lacrosse head coach (on the work of the coaching staff this season)

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Rookie outfielder leads on defense, offense By Jill Tardelli staff writer

A strong leadoff hitter and a leader in the outfield, Kristine Gay expresses her strength on both the offensive and defensive side of the softball field. “It is more competitive, and the work ethic is a lot harder, but it is easy to adjust to,” Gay said. Coming to a Division III school for the first time, she experienced some changes, but with such a wellmeshed team, she said they were a huge help to make her more comfortable with the game. “We may all have our own groups, but we all come together, and we are one big team. I love all he inside jokes, it’s one of the biggest parts of a team,” Gay said. Gay knew she wanted to come to Plattsburgh State because a player on the team influenced her to come. She said she was excited to join such a successful and collective team and is happy with her decision. Gay said the hardest part of taking on this sport is juggling schoolwork, practice and games. Head softball coach Stephanie Zweig explained that they host study hall both in the fall and spring. While Gay seems to have gotten the handle on schoolwork, and she is also able to help command the outfield. “With the growing pains of just stepping up to the

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Freshman outfielder Kristine Gay has taken command on both sides of the ball. Now leading off for the Lady Cardinals, Gay owns a .293 batting average in her first season and owns a solid .939 fielding percentage on defense. plate and being able to get it done when we need it, that’s a hard thing no matter what year you’re in. I think she has done a very good job of doing that,” Zweig said. Zweig became interested in Gay when she realized Gay was a solid outfielder and a natural with a good swing.

“Anybody that can do both of those things and have a passion to play is what attracted me to her,” she said. Gay described her role on the team as a positive one, and it shows on the field. Gay holds a .293 batting average and a .939

fielding percentage. Kayla Rabideau, a junior on the team out for the season with a knee injury, is able to see the talent Gay brings to the team. “She is very good at leading in the outfield. As a freshman, she is good at that. Now she is leading off

at batting, and she is doing great at both spots. She is a consistent hitter, and that is a big thing for us,” Rabideau said. Gay has a great personality with a goofy side, Rabideau said. She knows when to separate silly from serious, and come game time, her

head is in the game. As the Lady Cards head into SUNYACS this weekend, Gay and Zweig are nervous, but they are ready to take on the competition. Email Jill Tardelli at jill.tardelli@


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LAX: Cards looking for first title UNIQUE: Players

admire pro routines

From Page One disciplined early on. The Cards allowed five goals in the first period. After the game, Cavanagh said players weren’t in the positions they needed to be in. “We weren’t playing smart lacrosse in the first five minutes,” he said. “Against a team like that with very good sticks and very good lacrosse players, if we don’t play smart lacrosse, they’re going to make you pay for it.” Although they lost, attacker Tim Lawrence said the Cards realized that they could compete with Cortland. He said the Red Dragons earned the victory by making adjustments in the final period. Defenseman Ryan Phillips said that although the Cards don’t have the playoff experience the Red Dragons do, they will play every game as if it is a championship game and will need that type of intensity to pull out a win. The Cards will be facing a team that has lost only five home games the last five years. Cavanagh said the coaches and players have put in too much work to settle for only a championship appearance.

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Tim Lawrence, Brett McClelland and Ryan Hastings celebrate after one of Lawrence’s four goals on the day. The Cardinals will now face Cortland in the finals. “Me and coach (Joe) May don’t go into the office to look at each other every single day for eight hours and then to go to

SBALL: Lady Cardinals look to defend crown From Page One

“I think that our focus was to do well in conference play, and we managed to do that,” Zweig said. “Our region isn’t as strong as usual, but we’d like to control our own destiny.” The Lady Cards are led offensively by junior first baseman Brianna Clarke. The Manorville native is batting .407 with 48 hits and 25 RBI in 118 plate appearances. Nicole Milano and Megan Price have also been key offensive pieces. Milano is sec- Zweig ond to Clarke on the team with 17 RBI, and Price is tied for a team-high 21 runs scored with Brittany Marshall. Ashley Marshall was named SUNYAC Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 28. The honor marks the fourth of the season for the PSUC standout. Last week she broke another program record, setting a new mark with 65 career complete games. She now owns 10 program pitching records. “It’s anybody’s game,

really,” Ashley Marshall said. “I don’t see us having any problems unless something catastrophic happens. As long as we bring our best, we’ll be fine.” PSUC has two SUNYAC championships in program history: 2006 and 2012. In 2006, the Lady Cards knocked off perennially powerful Cortland in 10 innings for their SUNYAC crown before defeating the Red Dragons a season ago in a one-run game. For Zweig and the Lady Cards, the ultimate goal is to go back-toback and reach the national tournament. “If we win the conference tournament, we’ll receive an automatic bid to NCAA postseason play,” Zweig said. “If we don’t, an atlarge bid depends on our strength of schedule, and I think we’ve played a lot of tough teams. We’ve done everything we can. We’ll approach this stretch one game at a time.”

practice together to be what we’re here to do.” satisfied with just making it to the SUNYACs,” he Email Willie Santana at said. “We want to win a willie.santana@ championship, and that’s

has improved that number to 2.72 this season. Interesting pregame routines are not exclusive to baseball. PSUC men’s basketball guard Mike Mitchell has his own way of preparing mentally and physically for his games. “Usually what I will do is I won’t get fully dressed up. I’ll usually just put my shorts on and a regular Tshirt with my shoes,” Mitchell said. “I’ll go and stretch a little bit upstairs, maybe shoot around during that day way earlier before the game.” In high school, Mitchell’s pregame routine was different from the one today. “My high school routine was definitely much different. It wasn’t as organized,” Mitchell said. “Usually we [the team] hung out after school until our games. Just hung out and did nothing really. Before our games, we would go over into the locker room and just relax.” Mitchell personally liked to go into the halls of the high school and jog around them a couple times before

the games started. Although they have different routines and play different sports, both Burns and Mitchell have their favorite warm-up routines of professional players in their respective sports. For Burns, his favorite is Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer. “Trevor Bauer’s warm up routine is pretty unique. I love watching that,” Burns said. “He does a lot of band work and then a lot of crazy stretches. Then he long tosses foul pole to foul pole, which is unheard off. You have to have ridiculous arm strength to do that.” For Mitchell, the pregame routine he most admires is the Miami Heat’s Ray Allen. “He is usually known to be the first person in the gym taking 500, 800 shots before the game,” Mitchell said. “I think it is really cool because he is the first person in the gym way before the game, taking 500 shots, and he’s not even tired by the time game time comes around.” Email Matheus Honorato at matheus.honorato@

TRACK: SUNYACs this weekend, ECACs next From Page One

Ryan Millar won the 5,000 with a time of 15:28.75, and he was the only male PSUC athlete to win an event besides Allen. Kelley Driscoll also finished first in the 5,000 with a time of 18:21.98, and beat the nearest runner by over 22 seconds. PSUC took first in both the women’s 4x100 and 4x400. The 4x100 relay team, made up of Roxanne Grolley, Bryanna Mustapich, Lauren Carlino and Kelly Siry, finished with a time of 52.03. The mile relay, made up of Schermerhorn, Cummings, Jasmine Boncore and Megan Schweizer, finished at 4:11.56, 16 seconds faster than the second-place finishers. Colleen Coon came up just short of first place in the 1,500. She finished in second with a time of 4:54.55, less than four seconds behind the winner in the event. This meet ends the regular season, and will have the Cards going to the SUNYAC Outdoor Championships, which are held at Cortland. “We are kind of cutting

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Bryanna Mustapich leaps over hurdles during practice April 18. The track and field team heads to the SUNYAC Outdoor Championships this weekend. back a little bit this week because of the days we are competing,” Jones said. “I don’t think people are used to competing Friday and Saturday.” “We feel confident that

we will have some conference champions and as many as possible first and second place performances. Just keep things going and having nice weather and the kids are getting

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Amanda Schermerhorn Schermerhorn broke the school record in the 800-meter run that had stood for more than 25 years, finishing first place with a time of 2:13.71. The senior will now head to the SUNYAC Championships with the rest of the track team this weekend.

Tim Lawrence Lawrence, who was recently named SUNYAC Lacrosse Player of the Week, netting two goals in the final game of the season against Geneseo. Lawrence then scored four times in the SUNYAC semifinals against Brockport on Wednesday.

excited about that. The work is done, so it is time to perform.” Email Chris Picaro at chris.picaro@

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Baseball looks to youth for next season By John Green staff writer

The Plattsburgh State men’s baseball team finished its season on a high note, defeating Canton 8-0 Tuesday. Although the team finished strong, it was a rough year overall for PSUC (14-23, 4-14 SUNYAC), as the team was never able to gain much momentum during the course of the season. The Cardinals started out the year on the wrong foot when the team’s first three games were either postponed or canceled due to inclement weather. From there on, the Cards were unable to weather the storm that was their season. The team didn’t get its first victory of the season until the fourth game of the year, which was in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. PSUC defeated Washington and Jefferson College (22-11, 15-6) 3-2 in the second game of its doubleheader against the Presidents. At the time, Washington and Jefferson was ranked No. 22 in the country and it seemed as if the Cards were heading in the right direction. However, the team would only win two more games during its 10-game stint in Winter Haven, Fla. As a result, the team found itself with only two wins in its first 14 games of the season. Head coach Kris Doorey said it was tough for the team to rebound after such a slow start. “We knew going into the year that, position-player wise, we were going to be extremely young and that certain things were going to

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Shane Houppert dives into home plate to beat the throw as Mike Mulvihill waves him home in the team’s 8-0 win April 30. With the win, the Cardinals finished with an overall record of 14-23. have to fall in place for us to have a really good season,” Doorey said. “When you start your year and you lose a whole bunch of close games, that tends to continue on for a while. If you start the year and you can win a couple of those close games, then everybody believes a little bit more instead of pressing, and you just have a totally different season.” Doorey went on to talk about the team’s struggles in close games this season, and he said he believes that

the team’s inability to win close games was due to its young and inexperienced roster. Out of the team’s 37 games, 24 of the games were decided by three runs or less. However, PSUC only managed to win 11 of those 24 games. Senior pitcher Brian Burns, who will not be returning next season, said he believes the team’s inability to win close games was due to a lack of execution by him and his teammates. “It’s hard to say some of it was bad luck because you


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can look at some of the ways we lost games, especially early on down in Florida,” Burns said. “We get guys on in the last inning, and then we just can’t get a bunt down. We pop a bunt up and a guy will get doubled up at first base, and that ends a rally.” However, Burns, who finished fourth in the SUNYAC conference with a 6-3 record and an ERA of 2.03, said the number of inexperienced underclassmen that were on the field for the team this season also con-

tributed to the team’s lack of success. Despite being inexperienced, PSUC’s young talent shined at times, with four of the top five batting averages on the team belonging to underclassmen. One of those players is shortstop Brian Latulipe, who was second on the team with a batting average of .288. Latulipe, who went to high school in Plattsburgh, said he knows that the team had its fair share of struggles this season, but said he believes

there are things that the team can build on for next season. “The hitting that we’ve had in the non-conference games (is good). We’ve been hitting really well and we’ve all been happy and (have) had a really upbeat attitude, instead of when we’re losing and we’re all kind of down ourselves. I guess we can try and hope to carry that on (into next season),” Latulipe said. “We have a really young team and if we all get together and have each other’s backs and help each other out, then I think we should have a really good team next year.” Given the fact that the team is young, there is reason to believe the team may be able to improve upon its disappointing record this season. Aside from Burns, the Cardinals will be losing Jimmy Rosario, Kyle Kelly, Mike Doughtie, Steven Corea, Mike Mulvihill, Casey Brighton and team manager Eric Gissendanner to graduation. After looking back on his career at PSUC and the careers of the other seniors, Burns had some advice for the players who will be returning next season. “If I could tell our guys one thing, it’d be play with a chip on their shoulder,” he said. “Every time you go to the gym and you pick up a weight, think about when you pitched bad and let that motivate yourself, or our hitters. Show (coach) that you’re going to be the best guy next year.” Email John Green at


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Silky black and red flapper dresses billow in the air and feet adorned in shiny black T-strap heels scuttled and stomped across the dancefloor at Plattsburgh State’s Gatsby Gala Monday night. Top hats and long strands of white pearls were given out at the door for guests to further costume themselves in full ’20s wear. Black and white films with dancing, smiling groups of flappers played on a huge projector in the background as PSUC student Kym Taylor taught lessons in the Charleston and Shim Sham, which are types of dances Classic swing songs such as Fletcher Henderson and Her Orchestra’s “Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie,” rang out from the radio, creating a genuine 1920s air in the Warren Ballrooms. Young men and women, as well as children, lined up in front of Taylor as she stood on a platform and demonstrated the intricate foot and dance patterns of the Shim Sham: Left, right, left, left, rest, hop, hop. “She’s amazing at it. She’s one of the best dancers and teachers who I’ve encountered anywhere,” said Maeghan Mcdonald, a dance student and close friend of Taylor. Mcdonald has taken dance with Taylor since she was nine years old. She said Taylor is a huge inspiration to her. Taylor, a single mother with two kids, graduated from Clinton Community College

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“Being in college, you’re exposed to a whole new group of people, so you’re mixed with them, and you learn from them, and your ideas might change and might be shaped by different people, and all of us are basically reflections of each other,” Bogner said. Even with this identity crisis, Judaism is something Bogner can connect with — particularly through music. Singing in Hebrew is her calm. When she is home, she said she sings a lot during temple services. PSUC student Aldis Isaac also connects with her religion, Christianity, through song and dance. Isaac sings and dances with PSUC’s Gospel Choir, which brings out the soul. She attends Plattsburgh’s First Assembly of God church, though she misses the dances she would lead at her church in the Caribbean. Even away from home, Isaac follows the Bible’s scriptures. She especially tries to follow the fruits of the spirit, such as love, patience, kindness and gentleness, and fight temptations, such as drinking. “My life is not as easy because I’m young and want to do those things, but I want to have a lot of self control and rely on God,” Isaac said. Email Yessenia Funes at yessenia.funes@

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Plattsburgh State students danced the night away at the Gatsby Gala Monday. as valedictorian. “She is top of her class,” Mcdonald said. Taylor has taught dance for more than 20 years and originally went to school for music at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Taylor went to Honor Society meetings and suggested the idea of the Gatsby Gala to provide a unique dance and cultural experience for PSUC students, faculty, and anyone else interested. “It was a really great team effort,” she said. “People are smiling, that’s all we wanted to accomplish.” Taylor also said involving family was really important to her and other colleagues with kids at the event as it promotes a good family environment for the college. In addition to the Charleston and Shim Sham, Taylor teaches ballroom, hip-hop, Bollywood, musical theatre, African, lyrical, tap, waltz, tango, merengue, swing, and

“pretty much anything I can get my hands on,” she said. After dance lessons, the group gathered around in a circle and learned classic 20’s slang terms and phrases such as “apple alley,” a drunk sailor; or “the bees’ ankles,” anything that’s good; and “cuddle cutie,” a couple who takes a ride in a bus or gas buggy. Those who guessed the correct meaning of slang terms won movie-theatre-size boxes of Charleston Chews. Megan Throne, a PSUC student dressed in a blue lace dress sat in the back watching as Taylor danced the floor. “I enjoyed the art and the movies,” she said. “I think if we had these things more often more people would start coming.” PSUC student Anthony Russo, wore a sleek black suit with a striped violet tie. “I’m not a big dancer, but I liked seeing everyone else

dance,” Russo said. He said he would also be excited to see more events like these. “I thought it was a fun opportunity to dress up,” PSUC student Tessa Valentine said. Valentine loved watching the black and white films and had she come earlier, would have jumped in for the Charleston lessons. After the slang competition, event-goers stopped over to the snack tables serving tiny tea sandwiches of roast beef, ham salad, tuna salad and chicken. Professors served fruitinfused water at the snack tables until 9 p.m. drew near. A few couples lingered, dancing intimately to slow jazz tunes on the ballroom floor as the sun went down and the night came to an end. Email Jordain Moore at jordain.moore@

Award-winning producer shares War on Drugs with campus in film By Franco Bastida associate fuse editor

Shanaqua Benitez drives through the corners of Yonkers’ poverty-ridden streets. Every day, she pushes dope and crack to make a living. In her mind, whites and minorities are the same. “Some people can afford their vices. That’s the only difference,” she says as she fixes her eyes on the road and turns the wheel around. In the background, a soulful tune begins to play: “I was born in a dump. My mother died. My daddy got drunk. They left me here to die or grow” — and Benitez knows. On a basic level, the United States is waging a drug war with itself, Christopher St. John, freelance writer and producer of “The House I Live In,” told an audience of more than 40 people Wednesday. The Center for Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion on PSUC screened the documentary, which won the 2012 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, to students, faculty and other community members at E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium. Following the story of several Black Americans and other minorities, “The House I Live In” draws out the hidden class overtones that exist in today’s drug war, relating past and present in one. From the Nixon Administration to President Barack Obama, the fight against illicit drugs has created a façade of gratification in society. While policing and stop-and-frisk practices have eroded America’s public trust on law enforcement, drug hubs in urban areas have turned into ambiguous moral centers. In dirt-poor neighborhoods where cornering lingers, drug dealers are seen as the heroes of the unprivileged, whereas the policemen are villains. “Once a system exists, people tend to take the path to least resistance and accomplish the goals that have been set up for them,” Kevin Pearson, outreach coordinator of the CDPI, said. In the escalation of the drug war, racial control became a political issue when Chinese, Mexican and Black American migrations took place in the United States in the 1900s. Since migrants took away the jobs of white Americans for less pay and benefits, they were targeted. Lawmakers criminalized the use of opiates for the Chinese, cocaine for Black Americans and marijuana for Mexicans, and the media began to hold these minority groups as responsible for the white job drought. In the 1950s, law enforcement increasingly focused on persecuting a small group of Black Americans who were addicted to heroin and dwelled in that decade’s jazz circles.

Once the mass markets in urban centers exploded in the 1960s and 70s, Black America was doomed. “Capitalism is fairly colorblind in the end. When it doesn’t need someone, it doesn’t need someone, and it doesn’t give a damn who you are,” David Simon, producer of “The Wire” and journalist, said in the film. The result crippled migrants’ stories of success. Political rhetoric ascended to the White House, leading to a disease all future presidents have suffered: the need to criminalize drugs in order to attain legitimacy and power. Nowadays, the filmmakers suggest that, even though White and Black Americans use drugs at approximately equal rates, “Black Americans are 10.1 times more likely to be sent to prison for drug offenses and represent 56 percent of those incarcerated for drug crimes, even though they comprise only 13 percent of the U.S. population.” Yet, drug abuse is just the manifestation of the problem, the film suggests. Not only does the drug war create a geographical stigma, but also economic incoherence, a loss of respect for authority and a surplus of non-violent incarceration derived from drug crimes. Distinguished Teaching Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Honors Program at PSUC James Armstrong said the conditions of despair, horror and death of the drug war emulate in several ways the Holocaust, since there is similar chain of destruction. Though not in the same context, drug users are identified, criminalized, pushed towards informal economies and stropped off of their possibilities to succeed, by the law. As David Simon says in the film: “The drug war is a Holocaust in slow-motion.” St. John said he hopes the film raises awareness about the war on drugs in the United States, since a lot of people don’t realize it is also taking place in their own country. “If you have any desire to get involved, rather than looking at it as the drug war, break it into its components. Go to www., enter your zip code and get involved. Don’t let it be overwhelming,” St. John said. Pearson said he wished students were more engaged in events that foster the growth of the surrounding community. “For four years, students live in a community whose economy depends on an academic institution and prisons. People don’t participate in the way that they could. Access some of the experience your teachers have. This is your community,” he said. Email Franco Basitda at

Sex not everything By Casey Belrose contributing writer

Watching an episode of “Scrubs” the other day, I heard the line, “no one understands how important sex is better than someone who isn’t having it.” But, is that true? Is sex that important? Of course it is, in the need to procreate, assuming that’s important to us as a species. But, is it as special, spiritual, sensational, and spectacular as it seems? Is it some gestalt, more-than-the-sum-of-itsparts experience? Full disclosure: I’ve never been someone who is having it, or ever has, for that matter. However, I suppose that gives me perspective as an objective outsider. Now, I do agree that sex can be special, if we make it so. That is true of anything. Is sex inherently important? I say no. At least, not in the sense that life becomes necessarily less complete without it. Is my sex-less life incomplete? Well, yes, most likely. But not from lack of physical relations with another person, at least the way I see it — though I can readily think of a handful of people who would quickly disagree, and seem to constantly be on my case about it. In my opinion, sex is a natural drive, which we deal with much as we do our other drives. I’m hungry, so I eat. I’m thirsty, so I drink. I’m … well, you know, so I deal with it somehow. I suspect in most people’s case this involves another person, but not necessarily. One of these needs carries no more significance than the others. I suppose my question to what I hesitatingly call “normal” people — that is, those who do think sex is an important part of life, and whom I suspect make up the vast majority of the population — is this: what’s the big deal? Particularly in a college environment, why the focus on sex? Now of course, I don’t mind discussions about sex, despite the fact that I’m usually relegated to simply nod along, every so often contributing an “Exactly” or an “I see.” But does it need to come up as often as it does? Surely there are other things to talk about, rather than

who did what to whom last night. I’m deliberately attempting to avoid coming off as some matronly prudish no-sex-until-marriage-and-then-for-procreation-only abstinence thumper. But I get the feeling I’m failing. That’s not who I am. If you want to have sex, by all means do. I don’t necessarily understand the fascination with it, but I’ve got no problem with people who do. I am aware that sex can be an intensely emotional experience, which may be part of the reason it is such a towering force in human existence. It provides a rush that many people desire. I can honestly say that I’ve found this intensely exhilarating feeling in plenty of other places. The works of Stephen Fry or Hector Berlioz, an engrossing conversation, or even something as simple as being outside on a pristine spring day have on more than one occasion stirred a certain something within me. I’m sure at this point, you’re asking, “what’s this guy’s ‘deal?’” Am I celibate? Good god no. Asexual? I don’t think so. I suppose if I had to call it something, I’d have to go with “sexually apathetic.” Yes, sex is good, or so I hear. I’m not going to chase after it like some poor rabbit eternally enticed by a carrot dangling ever-so-slightly out of reach. I think if it were important to me, I’d have actively sought it out by now. When — or if — it happens, it happens. Assuming I don’t melt on the spot from the incendiary embarrassment and awkwardness, I’m sure I’ll feel — which is another article in itself — I’ll then be able to decide for sure if it’s that important to me. I suspect it won’t be. Email Cardinal Points at cp@cardinalpoints

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‘Everything’s negotiable’ at downtown shop

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The Antique and Variety Mall is located at 12 Margaret St. in downtown Plattsburgh. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Store offers variety of collectibles, antiques; manager welcomes PSUC students By Stanley Blow III fuse editor

It is a place where all times and cultures converge. It is where one can hear British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield spewing from an antique radio and where samurai swords and Dale Earnhardt commemorative pocket knives share the same shelves. This is the world of Antique and Variety Mall at 12 Margaret St. in Plattsburgh. Wandering around the two-story shop, the wood floor creaks with age beneath your toes. You look around the shelves upon shelves of various odds and ends and see everything from a kangaroo pelt to German World War II propaganda posters and everything in between. Whether you are looking for an antique washboard to give your bluegrass band an authentic sound or a real German World War II helmet to show off to your history-major friends, it can be found in the MargaretStreet store, along with many things you probably did not know you needed. The man in the center of all of these treasures is George Gowdy, the general manager of Antique and Variety Mall. “This place is very unique,” Gowdy said. “There’s a yard-sale motif.” He said the

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store is made up mostly of things from people’s houses they want to get rid of to get a few bucks to put in the gas tank. “(Customers) take their watch off and give it to me,” Gowdy said. “The economy is not good in Plattsburgh.” Antique and Variety Mall will buy anything you have to offer as long as it’s not firearms, alcohol or pornography. Also, because of liability reasons, they will not buy baby furniture, Gowdy said.

The shop carries different items from around the world, including this 12 inch porcelain statue. He said that because of the price of gold and silver, old scrap jewelry and coins are a popular thing that people are selling. The store has sold some strange things as well. The most interesting thing Gowdy said he has ever sold was a genuine water buffalo head. Gowdy said that one unique aspect of the store is that the merchandise is split up between approximately 50 different vendors. These vendors are everyday people who want to have their own “little business,” but who don’t want to have to worry about the taxes involved in owning a small business. He said the vendors will often go to yard sales, pick up various odds and ends for a few dollars, turn around and make a profit by selling them in the store. “It makes them feel good,” he said. “Half the people in here aren’t here to make a

million. They’re having fun.” Gowdy said the shop has a close relationship with the college. Often, off-campus students will go into the shop to furnish their apartments. Then, after the semester ends, they sell it back. Gowdy said he loves it when college students come in to take photos and find items for scavenger hunts. He said he finds that the store offers a nice alternative for students who want to go downtown but who don’t want to go to the bars. “We’re 100 percent behind the college,” he said. Gowdy said he mans his post at Antique and Variety Mall six days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. He said an important thing to remember is that if someone doesn’t like the price of something, that’s not a problem. “Everything’s negotiable,” Gowdy said. Email Stanley Blow III at fuse@cardinalpoints

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Author speaks about importance of stories By Franco Bastida associate fuse editor

Since the beginning of history, humans have told stories. In an effort to provide an explanation for the world, they have done so through oral tradition, music, painting, film and writing. Ancient civilizations, such as the Greeks and the Aztecs, told stories about deities and the creation of the world. Surrealist painters, such as Salvador Dali and Max Ernst, overpowered the senses through dreamy pieces of art. But what if storytelling really is our uttermost form of survival, a simulation that prepares us for real life? “No matter where and when, or how hard people’s lives are, people tell stories,” Jonathan Gottschall, author of “The Storytelling Animal,” told an audience of more than 160 people last Friday. With a full Krinovitz Recital Hall, Gottschall highlighted the fact most people are not capable of ignoring storytelling, which “hijacks the mind and never lets it go.” The book, which has been praised by The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Book Review, attempts to explain why humans have always lived inside the storm of stories. Gottschall began the discussion of his book by explaining stories through different periods in the history of humanity. In 1895, “Train pulling into a station,” one of the first film screenings in world history, tells the story of a train arriving in the coastal town of La Ciotat, France.

The screening horrified the French audience watching the film, who thought they would be run down by the train. Nowadays, images moving towards screens at movie theaters do not scare most people. The evolution of the film industry has taught most people to distinguish fiction from reality. But at that screening, the fight or flight instinct of French women and men surfaced. They ran away. In a similar sense, kids simulate real life through stories, Gottschall said. Trouble ties with dreamland, and children learn the art of storytelling by themselves. Children often portray anarchic and chaotic worlds, full of disaster and conflict, in their stories because they’re rehearsing for life’s big show. “Dreaming is a flying simulation, a vivid, virtual reality experience,” Gottschall said. “Life is hard, but storyland is easy.” The idea of the book first struck him when driving down the highway. While he listened to Chick Wicks’ “Cinderella Story,” a song that talks about a daughter growing up and leaving her father behind, Gottschall suddenly found himself pulling over and breaking down in tears. Wick’s song foreshadowed Gottschall’s future: the story of how his daughters will eventually outgrow and leave him. Distinguished Teaching Professor of Anthropology Richard Robbins said he related to the book because

telling stories is one of the characteristics that make us human. The book’s interdisciplinary nature, which draws knowledge from evolutionary biologists, psychologists, artists and other intellectuals, experience language and behavioral patterns people follow in the course of their lives. “I can relate with it professionally as an anthropologist. It builds on the anthropological theory of language. It struck me how multiple genres affect each culture,” Robbins said. To Robbins, the book emphasizes the need to embed stories to the classroom environment. In fiction’s universal grammar, characters, predicaments and conflict resolutions compose stories. Towards the end of the presentation, Gottschall compared Leo Tolstoy’s “What is art?”, an essay about the misleading concepts surrounding art, to storytelling: both are infectious and activate the mind. Email Franco Bastida at franco.bastida@

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Jazz festival hits high note with students By Nick Cavaliere staff writer

Get groovy with Rick Davies and Plattsburgh State’s own Jazz Ensemble and Mambo Combo as they pay homage to Miles Davis and his work on “Birth of the Cool.” The festival will also feature special guest artists, The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Nonet during the 37th Annual Jazz Festival. “This particular band is a world class band,” said Davies, who is the director of the festival. “The quality of the musicians, they’re all top level.” Davies said the nonet has been playing together for about a year. Last September, the band revived their skills with a sold-out, jampacked performance at the University of Vermont. The band, which consists of mostly University of Vermont faculty members. is led by trumpeter Ray Vega, who specializes in the “cool jazz” styles of Davis. “We had so much fun at the jazz festival and thought, man. We have to do this again,” Davies said. Davies, a native from Albuquerque, N.M., has been playing jazz since junior high school after, following the steps of his older brother. Since then, he has never looked back. “It’s my job. I’m a professor of jazz here. That’s what I’m hired to do. That’s why

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I play the jazz festival,” Davies said. Recently, Davies has been nominated for an Independent music award for his Latin-inspired jazz compilations on his latest album. The nonet and Davies may be world class players, but talent can be found anywhere and can live right under our noses here on campus.

Amount of sleep, weight connected By Maggie McVey staff writer

Think back to your freshman year. Between navigating the campus and learning how to balance work and friends, eating a fully-balanced meal, exercising at least one hour a day and getting at least eight full hours of sleep per night were probably not high priorities. While taking that stroll down memory lane, you may also remember gaining a bit of unwanted weight, whether it was just a few pounds or a bit more than that. Granted, some of that may be caused by the unlimited meal swipes and unlimited access to alcohol, but a new study published by Pediatrics, a medical publication, showed a correlation between weight and the hours of sleep these adolescents were able to get each night. Specifically, the more sleep most of the subjects got per night, the lower their body mass index. The publication researched data on height and weight, and connected it to adolescents, studying 1,429 teenagers over a period of four years. Matthew Salvatore, director of the fitness center agreed with the claim “The research I have seen points to a correlation between obesity and lack of sleep,” he said. PSUC nursing student Matt Champagne said he could see the connection. “What it probably means is that less sleep causes more calorie intake and

less motivation to exercise, which would obviously make almost anyone heavier,” Champagne said. This is not to say that sleeping all day will turn you into Beyonce, but the study suggests a direct correlation between about nine or 10 hours of sleep per night and a smaller BMI. In fact, according to the New York Times, Jonathan A. Mitchell, the study’s lead author, described that increasing sleep from eight to 10 hours would lead to an approximate 4 percent decrease in obesity in American adolescents. “That’s why I always try to go to bed around the same time every night,” PSUC student Faith Stewart said. “It’s the time that your body can recharge its batteries, and I know that if I don’t get enough sleep then I’m not going to feel like getting up and going to the gym the next day.” Despite this information, it may still be difficult for some college students to find enough time to be able to catch more than four or five hours of sleep. And while it is not unusual for students to have a few cram sessions during the semester, it is not healthy to stay up all night and skip out on your sleep. While it is not an all-out remedy, the information from this study offers us a new reason to power down the laptops and hit the hay a little bit earlier every night. Email Maggie McVey at maggie.mcvey@

PSUC student Lucas Haight, a trombone player for the jazz ensemble, said it’s a wonderful experience to work with such dedicated musicians. “It’s spectacular. The people in it are amazing, and they really know what they’re doing. It’s a fun process,” he said. Haight has been playing trombone since high

school and was snatched up by Davies in a “spur-of-themoment” to play for the jazz ensemble last year. “I have a certain connection to jazz,” said Haight, who puts the genre high on his list of music he listens to routinely. PSUC student Dave Grove, alto and soprano saxophonist for the Jazz Ensemble and Mambo Combo, is also

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“Right now, in college, people aren’t looking for the real thing,” PSUC student Monique Drew said. “They just want, like, a one-night stand, and so that’s mostly what you’ll find.” Drew said she thought that being a member of a sorority or club might broaden one’s chances at finding a relationship. “That’s where it seems that most people find a boyfriend or girlfriend,” Drew said. “I think it’s because that’s where you meet the people that have similar interests as you, so you can use that as a way to get familiar with them.” However, many students no longer consider face-toface contact as the best way to meet potential love interests. With sites like Facebook, the Internet has allowed people to meet and bond without the awkwardness of unclear body language and distracting surroundings. Drew warned against using the Internet as one’s main source of social interactions, as it disallows people from getting to know one another in the context of the real world. “I saw this one guy around campus, and I thought he was

enthusiastic about playing with the band and student players. “This is my second festival at SUNY Plattsburgh, and I’m loving the whole experience,” Grove said. “The opportunity to play with so many talented students as well as guest artists is fantastic.” Grove first picked up a saxophone in second grade, but it wasn’t until eighth grade that he gained more interest and began practicing with a free form of jazz that he said he could “do more with.” “I feel a lot of freedom and relaxation through jazz,” Grove said. “It’s a great way to wind down after a stressful work week,” he said. The festival will also be paying tribute to composers and arrangers like Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker and Sammy Nestico. “Expand the knowledge of different music — different from what people usually listen to,” Haight said. “It’s great to get an exposure to jazz.” To get that exposure to this jazz frenzy, join these musicians today at 7:30 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall. After the concert, accompany Mambo Combo as they take their set on the road to play at The Naked Turtle. Email Nick Cavaliere at nickolas.cavaliere@


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What time period deserves an event on campus? David Morrison Sophomore Environmental Studies

“The 1990s. It’d be like classic, throwback cartoon shows.”

Luis Munoz Sophomore Criminal Justice

Students find love, one-night stands What, or rather who, did you do last Friday night? If your answer was no one, you are not alone. Despite being on campus with thousands of other students, it doesn’t always seem easy to find lasting romance. “Sure, finding guys at parties or in the dining hall is one thing, but that doesn’t really mean that we’re going to hit it off or end up dating,” Plattsburgh State student Jenny Butera said. “Maybe I’m not looking for a relationship, but I don’t want to limit myself and not have that option.” Butera, who is part of the Moffitt Hall Council, said Moffitt has hosted speed dating for residents in an attempt to introduce them to fellow students. “We did speed dating on Valentine’s Day to try to give people a chance to maybe find someone special, but it wasn’t a big hit. Only a handful of people came, and they didn’t stay for very long,” Butera said. So, what’s the deal? Why does the idea of dating appear daunting to many PSUC students? And why are others unable to find anyone at all?

handsome, so when I found out he was a friend of a friend, I decided to initiate a conversation with him through Facebook,” Drew said. “We talked, but after a while it kind of slowed down. Now every time I see him places it just feels so awkward. We never even talked face-to-face.” PSUC student Kim Holder acknowledged the difficulties fellow students feel toward campus relationships, “That’s not to say that it’s impossible to find a boyfriend or girlfriend,” Holder said. “Sometimes people are just a little afraid to approach someone, but in most cases, that’s the only way.” Holder offered some advice for finding somebody in the real world. “If you have a class with someone you think is cute, or maybe a person on your floor sticks out to you, don’t be afraid to just go up and say ‘hello’,” Holder said.“The worst thing someone can say to you is ‘no’. And if that’s the case, there are thousands of other students on the campus to work with.”

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“I personally like the ’60s. I think the fashion and the music is party-esque.”

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May 6 Comedy Battle IX — Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $12/15, 802-652-0777 All shows are all ages unless indicated otherwise. All times are the official show times. If you have a band that would like to be listed, contact Fuse Editor Stanley Blow III at fuse@cardinal

“The ’90s. I just like the clothing and the music.”

May 7 North by Northeast with Suncooked, Red Tin Box, Electric Sorcery and Victory Orchard — Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $5/10, 802-652-0777

May 8 Mike’s Open Mic — Monopole, PlattsMay 3 Timbre Coup — Monopole, Plattsburgh, burgh, 21+, Show: 10 p.m. 563-2222 21+, Show: 10 p.m. 563-2222 May 9 New Politics with Bombardier to Pilot May 4 Cinco de Mayo Party with Capital Zen and Dented Personality — Higher Ground — Monopole, Plattsburgh, 21+, Show: 10 Showcase Lounge, Sount Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 7:30 p.m., $10/12 p.m. 563-2222 802-652-0777 Mitch the Champ, Garretsucks, Marco The Snacks — Monopole, Plattsburgh, Polio and For the Kid in the Back — ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, Show: 6 p.m., $3 to 21+, Show: 10 p.m. 563-2222

“1920s. I like the style, the flappers and the speakeasies and the jazz.”

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“The ’80s.”

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By Yessenia Funes staff writer Plattsburgh State student Rida Maryam’s days include more than the average student’s fill of classes and coffee. Her days involve cooking halal meat, which, as a Muslim, is the only meat she can consume because the animal does not suffer and is blessed. She also prays twice a day. “I’m not a perfect Muslim, but I try to be the best I can be,” Maryam said. During her first two years on-campus, Maryam said she struggled because PSUC had no halal meat. She went vegetarian for those two years but suffered from iron deficiency because of her diet change. However, Maryam said people cannot abandon their rules every time obstacles appear. Luckily for her, moving off-campus allowed her to cook halal meat she brings from her Long Island home. Juggling classes and work also made it difficult for her to keep up with Islam’s five required prayers a day. She has time for only two a day, but she makes sure to do all the prayers she missed when she returns home. Maryam said she prays in the morning upon waking up and at night before going to bed. During prayer, Maryam must do specific poses, hold them, praise god and ask for his forgiveness. She praises god throughout the entire prayer.Once finished, she asks for his forgiveness.

While school poses challenges for Maryam, she is not alone. PSUC student Alice Cohen is a conservative Jew. She too can eat only a particular meat — kosher meat. Unlike Maryam, Cohen still lives on-campus and plans on staying for the rest of her college career, so she becomes a vegetarian while at school. “I don’t eat meat when I’m at school, but when I’m at home, I eat like a carnivore,” Cohen said. Even when she is home, however, there are certain rules she must follow as a Jew. Cohen cannot mix meat and dairy, so she has never had a cheeseburger. Seafood she eats must have fins and scales. That means no shrimp for Cohen. Pork is another no-no. Even so, not all Jews follow the same practices. PSUC student Madeline Bogner is a reformed Jew, so her rules are a little freer. Reformed Jews take teachings from the Torah and interpret the teachings to how they fit in their lives. She does not worry about kosher meat. Her identity, on the other hand, worried her during a trip she took to Jerusalem in January. Bogner witnessed the Israeli West Bank barrier firsthand, which the Israeli government has built to divide Israel and Palestine. She has Palestinian and Arab friends and identifies with them, so that caused her much grief and confusion during her trip. See FAITH, B6

Cardinal Points Spring 2013 Issue 12  

Cardinal Points Spring 2013 Issue 12

Cardinal Points Spring 2013 Issue 12  

Cardinal Points Spring 2013 Issue 12