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PSUC looks to improve fire safety By Daniel Stimpfle staff writer

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Students and community members sit in on an education reform forum in Yokum 200 Nov. 14 The forum addressed important issues in New York state’s current education system.



Forum addresses flaws in education system By Maggie McVey associate news editor


Alumni of any New York state public school are familiar with the graduation requirements set in place by the NYS Board of Regents, entailing participation in specific courses that prepare students for high-stakes state testing, which begins in elementary school and lasts until graduation. On Nov. 14, the North Country Alliance for Public Education, a group of concerned parents and educators, held a forum in Yokum 200 that focused on what they considered the most pressing topics in the current New York state educational system. These included common core, Race to the Top, No Child Left Behind, high stakes testing and funding.

The panel for education reform discussed the issues of NYS’s education system. Key points were brought up including:

Students fight for clean energy

• Lowering college tuition costs • Backing off from over-testing • Engaging students’ creativity • Limit allocations spent on technology • Reforming Board of Regents

EAC spearheads call to action against fossil fuels By Tawnee Bradham staff writer


Minds matter to concerned PSUC students, faculty By Maggie McVey associate news editor

Plattsburgh State professors James Armstrong and Jurgen Kleist hosted an open forum Nov. 20 to discuss the current state of public higher education in the United States. They focused on the problems faced in direct connection to the State University of New York. The event, Minds that Matter, which took place

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in Yokum 200 and was sponsored by the PSUC honors program, was the most recent of several past campus-wide national issues forums that have allowed faculty and students to convene and present their opinions on specific issues which are decided on prior to the meeting. Among the subtopics on the agenda, the group of roughly 20 PSUC faculty and students See MINDS, A2

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candles or cooking material, the dangerous use of extension cords and misStaff at Plattsburgh aligned doors. State are hoping for imIn response to these proved fire inspection results, last spring semesresults this year after ter became the beginning last year’s fire inspec- of a pro-active approach tions revealed to reduce the 650 violations “I think it has amount of viothroughout the lations. Karen campus. The raised aware- McKinney of ness among highest viothe Department lations were employment. of Operations, found in Now you have was assigned to Hawkins with 1,000 people placing red tags 38, Adironwherever there dack with 37, checking rath- were fire code er than one.” violations McDonough on Bryan Hartman campus in order with 22, Banks with 28, Fein- vice president of to raise awareberg with 32 ness of fire codes student affairs and the Fieldamong the camhouse with 38. pus community Fire code viand to get ahead olations range from offices of fixing violations. with too many stacked Vice President of Student books and paper, obstruc- Affairs Bryan Hartman tions to room exits, the said he believed the use of hazardous items in student’s rooms such as See FIRE, A5

Plattsburgh State students are joining in on a movement that’s finding its way to colleges nationwide. Students from more than 300 campuses have been fighting to remove school investments from fossil fuels , such as coal, oil and gas This process is known as divestment and it has led to a national movement, mainly among college students.

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Last month students from PSUC attended Power Shift, an annual youth summit, in Pittsburgh, where some were inspired to start a divestment campaign on campus. The summit provided attendees workshops and trainings that revolved around divestment and how to run a successful campaign. “It really inspired us and we wanted to start our own campaign on campus,” said Colleen Corrigan, vice

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PSUC News Students able to Skype chat with CEO As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Plattsburgh State students will be able to participate in a Skype chat with Kisstixx CEO Dallas Robinson, former student of Laurent Josien, when Josien was at Utah Valley University. Robinson created his own company as a class project (, and after a lot of hard work, he and his business partner were featured on the TV show “Shark Tank,” where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a group of investors. They succeeded, and now have Marc Cuban as an investor in the business. Robinson will discuss his experience through a Q-and-A with the audience Friday from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in Room 116 in Ausable Hall.

Event provides international fun

PSUC’s annual Night of Nations will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall. The event is a showcase of student acts from around the world. For more information, contact Ken Tan at 253-8644 or

Holiday train rolling into Plattsburgh

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be traveling into Plattsburgh this Thanksgiving day around 9:15 p.m. at the Amtrak station. The train will be decorated with Christmas lights along with entertainment in the boxcar. The train also functions as a fundraiser againts poverty, and onlookers can make food and money donations. In the past, the train has collected over $7 million and three million pounds of food. The train may arrive a few minutes early.

PSUC music professor to direct ensemble concert in Hawkins Hall

PSUC professor Elizabeth Gorevic will direct the Sinfonia Chamber Ensemble in full concert Sunday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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NEW YORK — SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced last Friday a plan to bring greater accountability and transparency for compensation of SUNY Leaders. Zimpher will propose amendments to SUNY’s current Salary and Compensation Plan that reflect higher standards of compliance, accountability, and transparency by channeling all leadership compensation through statecontrolled funding sources, among other measures. Zimpher’s rigorous new procedures will include verification that presidents fully explain all external compensation, establish a lack of any conflict of interest for such activities, and obtain approval from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) for such compensation. The SUNY Board of Trustees today endorsed the chancellor’s review and asked that recommended changes to the plan be presented for approval at the Board’s January 2014 meeting. “The taxpayers of the state of New York deserve nothing less than a regular and comprehensive review of the university’s salary plan for its highest officers,” SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall said. “As our policies and procedures for compensation are cast into the spotlight as a result of recent events, it is critical that the chancellor’s review be conducted thoroughly and promptly, and I commend Chancellor Zimpher for taking this swift and decisive action.” “SUNY’s compensation policies and practices must be re-examined and strengthened in order to reflect the highest levels of accountability and transparency,” Zimpher said. “By moving all compensation for campus presidents and other SUNY leaders through state funding channels, we can tighten our controls to ensure that our policies are strong, open, and competitive.” The salary plan was last revised by the Board on September 15, 2009. Draft revisions to the plan have been discussed throughout the last year or more, at meetings of the Board’s Ad Hoc Committee on Personnel and Salary Plan, and have been discussed with GOER and DOB, among others, but changes have not yet been implemented. SUNY’s recent practice under Zimpher’s leadership has been for the Board to approve total compensation for presidents upon initial appointment, which some-

CP Corrections In Issue 10, “Barber spends time on her design masterpieces,” we did not intend to compare Marie Barber’s costumes to those of “Lord of the Rings” or “Harry Potter.” In Issue 9, “Cross-country teams perparing for Regionals,” we said both placed 7th, but women were 7th and men were 8th. In Issue 10, “Bidding for affordability,” it was reported that PAVA put on the art auction when it was actually hosted by PSUC’s Art Department

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PSUC student Aldis Isaac shows off her hair during AKEBA’s Fashion Show Nov. 16 in the Warren Ballrooms. The event also featured vocal performances from other students.

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discussed student loans, the role of adjunct lecturers, and pushing for universal education in the model of countries such as Germany. While Armstrong, anthropology professor and head of the honors program, and Kleist, a professor in the modern languages and culture department as well as the honors program, acted as facilitators for the forum, a majority of the time was dedicated to discussion between audience members — a mixture of students who are currently experiencing an increase in tuition and other fees and faculty and staff whose jobs have been affected by New York state’s inability to adequately fund SUNY schools. Beginning the dialogue, Kleist said that in 1975, approximately 90 percent of the SUNY budget was funded by the state. However, by 2012, only 25 percent of SUNY’s budget was provided by state funding. “SUNY tuition has in-

creased well above inflation rates since the institution’s inception [in 1963],” Kleist said. “Because of this, student debt has roughly quadrupled in the last decade alone.” The handful of students in attendance came to the consensus that if it were not for the importance placed on a college degree in the current job market, many would have decided against attending college. Many faculty members also agreed that increases in tuition, which lead to students needing to take out larger loans, were discouraging and brought up the idea of American students being able to attend university for free, as in many European nations. “It’s a sort of bait and switch,” Armstrong said. “As these students are growing up, they are told over and over that in order to lead a successful and fulfilling life, they must attend college. But they are not told that will cost them.” Kleist said he could not foresee any positive change for the American public university system unless the

students and families that agreed, however, that if pay to keep those schools it were possible, colleges afloat decide to make a would get rid of their entire full-time staff and hire only statement. “Educational debt essen- adjunct lecturers in order to tially makes you a modern cut income costs. While it is impossible to slave,” Kleist said. Armstrong said Wednes- know what the future of day night’s forum was the public higher education will first held in a while, as they look like, Kleist said it is imhad not been seen as com- portant to remember that education is not pletely effective. just about the “We would “Educational present three debt essentially information being distributed, v iew point s, makes you a or the job being which were not mutually modern slave.” pursued, but Jurgen Kleist, about the longexclusive, and spend our time PSUC professor of term process. “What you resolving them. modern languages do is learn to Now, it is more and culture and of an open disPlattsburgh State use your mind in different cussion, with honors program ways,” Kleist no false opsaid. “We need position, which didn’t always serve a pur- to become more open to the idea of creative thinking, pose.” Adjunct lecturers were not factual knowledge.” Armstrong said the honanother hot-button topic that sparked conversation ors program is planning anduring the forum. Kleist other open forum for next said that while roughly 50 semester, but much of the percent of American uni- information has yet to be versity teaching is done determined. by adjunct lecturers, they Email Maggie McVey at typically only make about maggie.mcvey@cardinal $20,000 a year. Many faculty members

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Finding use for waste

Institute hosting event to discuss dairy industry By Willie Santana associate news writer

Nov. 10 1:00 a.m. — Brinkerhoff Street — Plattsburgh City Police arrested Christopher Guzzetta of 72 Brinkerhoff St. , and charged him with a violation of the city noise ordinance. He was released on an appearance ticket.

pus conduct by individuals at a college fraternity house on Nov. 9. A service report was filed. It is being investigated.

11:02 a.m. — Parking Lot 12 — University Police responded to a twocar property-damage motor vehicle accident in 1:00 a.m. — Brinkerhoff parking lot 12. A service Street — Plattsburgh City report and DMV accident Police arrested Denis Po- report were filed. bric of 72 Brinkerhoff St., and charged him with a vioNov. 13 lation of the city noise ordi- 12:34 a.m. — Rugar nance. He was released on Street — University Police an appearance ticket. arrested Andrew T. Russell of 5 College Ave. and 1:00 a.m. — Brinkerhoff charged him with failure Street — Plattsburgh City to signal and aggravated Police arrested Brendan unlicensed operation of a McNamara of 72 Brinker- motor vehicle third Degree. hoff St. and charged him He is not affiliated with the with a violation of the city college. He was released on noise ordinance. He was tickets. released on an appearance ticket. 2:26 a.m. — Rugar Street — University Police arrest1:00 a.m. — Brinker- ed Jacob C. Ford of 106 Pine hoff Street — Plattsburgh St. and charged him with City Police arrested Frank failure to signal and aggraMauro III of 72 Brinkerhoff vated unlicensed operation St. and charged him with a of a motor vehicle third violation of the city noise degree. He is not affiliated ordinance. He was released with the college. He was reon an appearance ticket. leased on tickets. 1:00 a.m. — Brinkerhoff Street — Plattsburgh City Police arrested Andrew Tralongo of 72 Brinkerhoff St. and charged him with a violation of the city noise ordinance. He was released on an appearance ticket.

11:49 a.m. — Parking Lot 21 — University Police investigated a one-car personal injury motor vehicle accident in parking lot 21. A vehicle struck the concrete base of a light pole. An adult female and a juvenile female were transported to CVPH by private vehicle for treatment. A service report and DMV accident report were filed.

4:25 p.m. — University Police — A resident student reported three unauthorized charges on her debit card between Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. A crime inci- 11:14 p.m. — Whiteface dent report was filed. It is Hall — University Police arrested Eric S. Nazinitsky being investigated. of 60C Whiteface Hall and charged him with a violaNov. 11 11:54 a.m. — Wilson tion of unlawful possesHall — University Police sion of marijuana. He was responded to Wilson Hall released on an appearance for a report of a student ticket. stuck in the elevator. The Nov. 14 student was released, and 10:20 p.m. — Hood Hall the elevator was taken out — A resident student was of service. A service report arrested after he was found to be in possession of a was filed. small amount of marijuana. 4:20 p.m. — Angell Col- He was released on an aplege Center — University pearance ticket. A crime Police and Plattsburgh Fire incident report and college Department responded to charges were filed. the Sundowner Café for an unconscious student 10:29 p.m. — Hood Hall who had passed out in the — University Police arrestcheckout line. The student ed Hunter Williams of 844 was transported to the Hood Hall and charged him hospital via ambulance. A with unlawful possession of service report was filed. Marijuana. He was released A copy of this report was on an appearance ticket. provided to the Student Health Center. Nov. 15 2:11 a.m. — Palmer 10:18 p.m.— Mason Hall Street — University Police — University Police and assisted the Plattsburgh Plattsburgh Fire Depart- City Police in securing a resment EMS responded to idence after it was reported Mason Hall for an intoxi- that a subject possibly had cated student in the third- a gun. The area was cleared floor hallway. The student by police. A service report was transported to the hos- was filed. Nov. 16 pital via ambulance. College 1:04 p.m. — Hawkins charges were forwarded. A service report was filed. A Pond — University Police copy of the report was pro- responded to a report that vided to the Student Health someone placed pumpkins over the fountain jets at Center. Hawkins Pond. The pumpkins were removed. The Nov. 12 9:47 a.m. — Hudson fountain jets did not appear Hall — University Police to be damaged. A service reand CVPH Ambulance re- port was filed. sponded to Hudson Hall for a female having a seizure. The resident student was transported to CVPH. A service report was filed and forwarded to the Student Health Center.

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good for the environment.” The Institute will be holding its annual Dairy Day Food waste that ends up Dec. 3, and several institute in landfills could turn out staff members will discuss to be a source of protein prevalent topics in the dairy or starch for cows, estab- industry, including Richard lishing costGrant, the presieffective aldent; Kurt Co“Those type ternatives to tanch, the forage traditional of things that lab director and feeding foods. Dann. come out of “We are lookDann, who manufacturing teaches ing at some stufor our needs non-traditional dents from the ways we can still have nutri- University of use stuff that Vermont, said tive value.” are a waste to farmers need Heather Dann, the human food alternatives to Miner Institute industry, said foods they curscientist Heather Dann a rently use beresearch sciencause they’re tist at the William H. Miner concerned with pricey foods Agricultural Research In- like corn, which serves as a stitute. traditional source of starch “How we can incorporate for cows. those into these diets of “Those type of things that cows and still be beneficial come out of manufacturing for the cow, beneficial for for our needs actually still the farmer from a profit- have nutritive value, and ability standpoint, and also can be used in cattle, and

at times can be very costeffective while providing a good nutrient profile for that animal.” Dann said if alternative foods are used in the diets of cows, they need a transition period just like humans. “A cow during her life, just like a human growing or an athlete, we have different needs for types of foods or nutrients during different times in our life depending on how active we are if we are training for example for a marathon or some athletic event,” she said. Dann said there will be farmers, agriculture business people, nutrition professionals and some students at the event. She said farmers will benefit from dairy day because they will receive tips that they can implement soon. Students, Dann said, will be provided with a networking opportunity with all the farmers present.

The two guest speakers will be Tom Oelberg, a dairy field technical specialist and Julio Giordano, an assistant professor from Cornell University. The event is free and open to the public. Food is available for $5. For more information, contact the event coordinator Wanda Emerich at 518-846-7121 or Dairy Day is just one of several outreach programs that the institute holds every year. The institute also holds an EquiDay, which is also free to the public and involves horse topics. Crop Congress is another event, and that involves corn crops. The institute also holds workshops and programs for high school and middle school students. Email Willie Santana at willie.santana@cardinal

Performance memorializes JFK By Daniel Stimpfle staff writer

Friday marks 50 years since Nov. 22 1968, when the unthinkable happened: the 34th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. This year Plattsburgh State’s Symphonic Band will perform a memorial concert dedicated to his historic presidency. The performance will consist of music celebrating the President’s tenure and will feature solo violinist, Gabrielle Beauregard and 3rd-grade boy soprano, Mason Miller. Dan Gordon, chair of the music department, said the music chosen will cover various aspects of Kennedy’s presidency that remain in many American’s memories, from his inauguration speech “the Camelot era”, his involvement with the United States space program and his funeral. “It’s a landmark frozen in your memory,” Gordon said, referring to Kennedy’s death and time in office which saw the first Moon landing, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay Of Pigs Invasion, and America’s emerging involvement with Vietnam. Gordon said the assassination was one of the most important moments in time for his generation. Much like 9/11 for millennials, his generation has a profound memory of the assassination. “My generation has the vocabulary associated with the kennedy assassination as a permanent part of their memory,” he said. “Daily plaza, lee Harvey Oswald, the grassy knoll, the schoolbook depository, Abraham Zapruder, Jack Ruby, Parkland Memorial Hospital.” Mason Miller, a third grade student at Oak Street Elementary school, will be performing during selected movements of Symphony

No.3 JFK. The young soloist called for in the piece is meant to evoke the image of JFK’s son John Kennedy Jr., whose image at his father’s funeral is one of the most powerful images of the JFK assassination. Gordon said Mason was selected after he contacted the elementary school asking for their “best boy soprano.” Morgan Wilkins, Miller’s mother, said that she feels “very honored, very proud.” Wilkins said her son feels nervous and excited to be performing in front of such a large crowd. “He’s nervous, but it’s good because he needs to be serious about being on

regard will be joining the band with her own creativity. The music given to her did not have any time measures indicated, leaving much of her rhythm to her own judgement and creativity. “It was interesting,” she said. “It was a great opportunity, and completely different from what I am used to.” Beauregard said she enjoyed working with the band. “My memories of the band are great,” she said. “I hope I get another opportunity to work with them again before I graduate.” Gordon said the concert was planned a year in advance as he was planning the semesterly Symphonic Band concert. “When we were planning our calendar last year I saw that Nov. 22 was a Friday, and the actual 1963 was a Friday also,” he said. “So I thought, ‘oh man this is too much to pass up.’ I requested the concert on that date.” Gordon said he has been taking the opportunity to educate his students about the president and the assassination to help give them an understanding of the significance behind the music they will perform. “Often students will approach it (the music) as dots and lines on a page and just execute the dots and lines on a page,” he said. “I want them to understand something about the person or circumstances behind the music.” Gordon said that he hopes the performance will convey the strong mood of the historic event. “If you chose the right music for the right occasion that’s when it has its most meaning,” Gordon said.

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stage,” she said. Even though he is still in his first year of chorus, Wilkins said her son loves to sing. “He loves to sing all of the time,” she said. “He loves to sing anything on the radio. He even likes to sing in the shower.” Miller said he feels good about his upcoming performance. Gordon said he is excited to hear Miller’s performance in such an important part. “That boy is going to be a hero,” he said. Performing with Miller will be solo violinist, Gabrielle Beauregard. Beau-

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FIRE: Faculty hoping for better results From Page One new practice has helped raise awareness and has contributed to a seemingly positive inspection so far. “I think it has raised awareness among employees,” he said. “Now you have 1,000 people checking rather than one.” Hartman said he feels good about this year’s inspections. He said the inspector, Chris Taylor, who works for New York State’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, let them “slide” on minor violations after noticing visible improvement during his visits to the campus. “He was lenient because we showed him that we improved,” Hartman said. Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety Kathy Eldridge also said she thought the new practice helped minimize the amount of fire code violations. “So far there seemed to be fewer per building,” she said. Eldridge said her department has been taking steps to help bring more awareness to students and staff about some of the most

common fire code violations around campus. Her department has released a pamphlet for students about different fire code regulations regarding student living spaces and what to do in the case of a fire in different settings around campus. Memos have also been issued regarding some of the most common violations committed by staff. As part of her position, Eldridge addresses what she calls “behavioral” violations of both students and staff. Eldridge said she often goes to address these issues with individuals who have been directly violating the codes. “If someone has stored too much combustible material too close to the ceiling we’ll go to that person’s office and catch them there,” she said. Eldridge said hoarders are usually the most serious fire violators. “Some have hoarded books and papers for years and feel they are all critically important,”she said. “One was full of books and papers, there was just one path through, every surface was pretty well stacked.”

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Gaming culture

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(From left) PSUC students Meghan Ryan, Ingrid Morales and Zolzaya Jangalsaikhan play Barnga, a card game that gives them a sense of how interactions with other people change from culture to culture.

Eldridge said one of the campus’ biggest concerns for student safety is the maintenance of fire doors, which are meant to keep fire and smoke contained. “Fire doors are a big problem. They have to swing shut and close fully,” she said. For these reasons, PSUC has two full-time employees dedicated to maintaining all doors on campus. Assistant Director of Residence Life James Sherman,

who accompanies inspector Taylor on his visits to residence halls, said this year’s inspections weren’t out of the ordinary except for an unusual increase in candle use. “Candles was the odd thing, typically students don’t have candles. If they do they don’t have them out in the open. It was significant this year,” he said. Sherman said that highrise residence halls usually have the most violations,

not just because they tend to have the most students, but also because of the room’s designs. “It’s an egress problem,” he said. “In our high-rises it tends to happen a lot because in low rises the closets are next to each other and door is on the side. So they put stuff in that egress area.” The latest figures released by the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency

Services showed a general decrease in fire code violations among most of the 21 buildings inspected. Except for McDonough, which saw an increase of 16 violations and Wilson hall with an increase of 33 violations. Fire inspector Chris Taylor denied comment due to legal restraints in his position. Email Daniel Stimpfle at daniel.stimpfle@cardinal


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FORUM: Current education ineffective From Page One The forum featured a panel of seven people, ranging from government officials to high school students, who each spoke about personal experiences with the NYS educational system and what changes he or she would like to see. NYS Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, who represents the 115 Assembly District — Clinton and Franklin counties — was the keynote speaker. Duprey said that while she did not have any experience as an educator, she had listened to many concerned citizens who felt that the current educational programs were not conducive to effective learning, and instead were creating an unhealthy learning environment. “I’ve had parents come up to me and tell me that their middle school students are crying before they have to go to school in the morning for the first time since they got out of kindergarten,” Duprey said. Duprey said a couple weeks ago, she met with approximately 60 students, all from within Clinton, Essex or Franklin counties, who discussed at length with her the stresses that the common core and standardized tests place upon them. “I didn’t count it, but I

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The education reform panel featured a variety of different speakers, including government officials, teachers and high school students. Each offered their own thoughts regarding the quality of education in New York. was taken aback by the number of students who told me, ‘School just isn’t fun anymore,’” Duprey said. Duprey said one of the biggest problems NYS public schools face is being

evaluated and given allocations based on student performance on standardized testing. This places pressures on faculty and staff who are then unable to teach much else other than what to expect on

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the test at the end of the school year. Sophia Stevens, a ninth grader at Saranac Middle School, said since the beginning of the school year in September, she had already taken over 40 tests

a long time ago.” Because teachers have a limited amount of time to teach their classes and all of the material needed for the exams, Stevens said much of the fun and creativity has been taken out of learning, and instead has been replaced with nonstop testing, which causes students to dread going to school, and moreover, disables many students from retaining the information long-term. Duprey said this will undoubtedly be an issue when these students then enter college and must re-learn the information. While the panel, which also included Kevin Mulligan, retired Chazy superintendent and Katherine Brown, an English teacher at Chazy Rural, acknowledged that they alone could not solve the issues they are facing. The large attendance of Thursday night’s meeting, which totaled nearly 400 people, proved that it was worth pursuing further. The forum was only the first of several that the North Country Alliance is planning to host. The next date has yet to be announced, but they are all free and open to the public.

in preparation for the Regents exams in June. “I understand that some testing is needed, but there’s a fine line between gauging our knowledge Email Maggie McVey at maggie.mcvey@cardinal and over testing,” Stevens said. “We crossed that line

Fireplace only occasionally used By Willie Santana associate news editor

Grounds crews in the past would gather up wood to light up the fireplace in Flynt Commons. It was messy, requiring ashes and any leftovers to be picked up. Now the fireplace is rarely used. Scott Johnson, former director of the Angell College Center, said there was Warm Wednesdays, which had on-duty supervisors start the fireplace with duraflame fire logs. He said there was, at one point, free hot chocolate given out. “The idea was to use the fireplace more because it’s never used,” he said. “And most students never even see a fire in their whole four years here unless they go to a senior reception or something.” Johnson said the fireplace would also sometimes be turned on when students asked. He said they would keep a good amount of logs available. Now the fireplace is rarely used.

Deborah Brunner, the assistant director of the Angell College Center, said the fireplace is used every December for senior receptions. Johnson said there used to be a lot of reserved events in Flynt Commons, but the college advisory board decided to leave reserve events to the Warren Ballrooms and designate Flynt Commons as a common area for students instead of taking away the area when the room was reserved. Johnson said a big reason why the fireplace is not often used is because of fuel. “The fireplace isn’t used too much, to be honest, just because there’s not a never-ending supply of fuel up there,” he said. “It would be nice to someday have that setup with a natural gas line or propane and put an artificial unit in there and glass it off.” Johnson has seen other colleges with fireplaces that turn on via switch and are gas powered. Johnson said it would be difficult to set up the fireplace with

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The fireplace that sits in the Flynt Commons has been around since the Angell College Center was built in 1974. It was once used every Wednesday, but it’s currently used only for senior receptions. a gas line because of the location of the fireplace. He said installing a line through either the roof or from below would likely result in violations of fire codes. “To have a tank somewhere, it has to be a certain amount of distance from the building,” he said.

“It would be tough to pipe something in because it’s so centralized in the building. “Logistically, there hasn’t been a good, easy way to do it, so that’s kind of why it hasn’t happened,” he said. Remembering when real wood

was used as fuel, Brunner said the process could be tedious and the duraflame logs just have to be thrown in and are ready to go. Email Willie Santana at willie.santana@cardinal


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By Reggianie Francois staff writer

The communications department in Yokum Hall is starting to see brighter days with new equipment donated by Plattsburgh State alumnus Joseph Walsh. Walsh, a producer at WXXA Fox23, donated two old television sets that WXXA no longer needed, as well as expensive equipment that the department was in dire Photo Provided by John Chew need of. PSTV welcomed three Plattsburgh State alumnus Joseph Walsh, a producer at an Albany-area news station, donated two used television sets — one of which pedestals, backdrops and curtain is pictured above — to the student-run television station. The college is investing $1.2 million to install them. tracks to their studio. Fox affiliates in Albany are merging its studios with anoth- tion costs, into redesigning er studio, said John Chew, the PSTV’s studio next year. This PSTV studio manager. There summer, the entire area will be was a whole TV set of equipment reconstructed and refit digitalthat, Chew estimated, was about ly to fit all student and faculty 10 to 12 years old. needs. Because the PSTV studio is “It’s time to move on,” Chew quite small, the department will said with a laugh. “The world have to chop up some has gone digital. of the equipment in We’re working in the order for it to fit and “The world has analog world,” he work effectively. gone digital. said, talking about “To have it donat- We’re working the tapes the stued, free of charge, in the analog dents and instrucis fantastic because tors still use. world.” then students can The faculty hopes Joseph Walsh simulate a profesto be transferring Fox23 producer files on servers sional environment as if they are worksoon rather than reing in a commercial winding worn out television station,” and temperamental Shakuntala Rao, the chairper- tapes to analyze and critique son of Communication, said. students’ work. “Like all other alumnus, (Walsh) “What the faculty is teaching is very dedicated to PSTV.” is almost timeless—no matter Walsh said a lot of people he met what medium you’re using,” at PSTV have built good friend- Chew said. “It’s evolving and ships with him. He thought it was I think students are evolving a good opportunity to give back. with it.” “I had such a great experience there,” Walsh said. Email Reggianie Francois at PSUC is investing about $1.2 reggianie.francois@cardinal million, not including

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president of the Environmental Action Committee and campaign group member. PSUC receives endowments, which are then invested in the stock market, said Karyn Ehmann, president of the Environmental Action Committee and member of the divestment group. The college currently has around $14 million invested. “I don’t think people realize that the money they invest isn’t going directly into the school, it’s being invested,” Ehmann said.

What is divestment? Divestment is a movement to decrease the amount of money invested in fossil fuels. Students at PSUC recently joined hundreds of other colleges across the nation taking part in the movement. It is common among colleges and universities that endowments are invested into the fossil fuel industry because of its large return. However, the value of fossil fuel stocks has been decreasing over time, ac-

cording to the New York Times’ “Beyond Fossil Fuels” series. The goal of the divestment campaign is to remove any money invested into the fossil fuel industry and reinvest that money

into something like sustainable or renewable energy, which has a steadier stock market growth. Because PSUC’s financial investments are not transparent, it is unknown at this time whether the school even has money invested in fossil fuels, but the group is being proactive. Ehmann predicts that the divestment campaign will take approximately two or three semesters to achieve the final goal. This semester and next semester will be dedicated to putting together a team to educate the cam-

pus on the campaign and divestment. Next fall will be dedicated to presenting the campaign to administration and trying to gain their approval. If they say no, the following spring will be used for students to take action to try and get administration to change their minds. At this point in the campaign, a working group is being assembled. Working group is usually used to describe environmentally focused committees and how they differ from clubs with no power structure. Everyone in a working

group has power. The PSUC divestment working group will be under the Environmental Action Committee and some of the EAC’s budget will be used to help with the campaign. “I hope students realize that we’re not just fighting for divestment, we’re fighting for our futures,” Corrigan said. “We are going to be the ones who have to live with the effects of fossil fuels so it’s really important.” Email Tawnee Bradham at tawnee.bradham@cardinal


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I’m a wine enthusiast. A wine-o if you may. After tasting everything from chardonnay to merlot, I believe reds are without a doubt the most preferable. This probably goes back to my appetite for strong foods. I’ve always enjoyed my black coffee, dark chocolate, dark beer, aged cheese and dark roasts. While some prefer the sweeter, sugary flavors of lighter selections, I don’t think anything compares to the thick, alluring, bitter taste of reds that has the ability to put your mind, body and soul in a fermented grape coma. Don’t get me wrong, I do sometimes enjoy my pinot grigios and moscatos every now and then, but nothing compares to the chills I get while sipping a

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seen someone play slap the bag with red wine? No, because you’d be doing it wrong. Not to mention you can chug an entire box of Franzia white zin in two days — tops. One, if you’re big into drinking games. Game changer: If you use pink wine to play tippy cup, it has the same effect as beer and you get to cheat because it goes down so easily. Want a dry flavor? Rosés are capable of that. The sugary flavors you’re thinking of are the cheap, white zinfandel bottles. There are plenty of other wines capable of having a rich intensity much like the red and white counterparts, you just have to pay a little more. Although it’s not red or white, rosé is simply misjudged for its playful color. Pink is no where close to being the middle sibling of the pack, and it

It’s flirty. It’s girly. It’s pink — pink wine, that is. I’m not ashamed to say the Shirley Temple-looking drink gives me a tingly feeling inside. The bubbly personality in one glass of moscato has gotten me in a lot of trouble. But like Shirley Temple, I have fun with life. Pink wine, more formally known as rosé, can be mixed with a variety of other drinks to make a lemonade or spritzer, which is terrific if you want to spice things up. Even Jess from the show “New Girl” prefers pink wine, and I’d like to think our quirky personalities are similar. You find your inner child in a glass of sweet moscato. Fun is pink’s middle name, of course. Have you ever

bitter glass of these dark substances. It is like being transported to another world where your mind is overcome with peace, and your worries evaporate into a sea of calm. Some may call this world drunk, but I’d like to think of it as a destination of delight and happiness. However, while their delectable flavors may seem irresistible, those who are virgins in the wine department must be careful — the savory venom may act quickly. For those who wish to consume this magical potion, know your limits, because while you may not feel the effects at first, they could hit you so fast it will make your head spin — literally. Aside from its majestic taste, this beverage is graced with myriad health benefits. According to Fitday. com, reds are the healthier choice. Also, the stronger the wine is, the

more it can affect one’s body heat. As a Plattsburgh State student without a car, walking everywhere, from stores to bars, can be quite chilly. Red wine has the ability to provide heat throughout the body, making you feel like a heating pad has been installed under the lining of your skin. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, families are ready to pop the corks on their various bottles. Nothing makes you feel more like a classy goddess then pouring yourself a glass full of cabernet — or whatever your preference is. Not only will it make you discover your palate for a mouthful of deliciousness, but you’ll finally feel like you’re not at the kid’s table anymore. And honestly, that’s all anyone really wants, right? Email Elizabeth Reff at fuse

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isn’t a cross between the two at all. Made from red grapes, rosé gets its color from how long the skins soak. According to an article by Forbes magazine, rosés aren’t expected to age, which means the bottle you buy right off the shelf from that year will be the best flavor it could possibly get. Instead of waiting around and guessing when will be a good time to open that $100 bottle of chardonnay, you can pop the top and enjoy the best of the year’s pinot noir. A man’s drink? Not in the least bit. But I respect a man who sips it as if it was his scotch. It means his taste buds aren’t chock-full of prestige, and he has a little bit of humility. If a man can suck up his embarrassment and drink pink with me, I’ll marry him. Email Lara Dufresne at managing

When in doubt, white wine it out

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Smooth, sweet and just straight up delicious. Kick back, relax and grab your cork screw, because nothing hits the spot when relaxing like a few glasses of white wine. The sweet, light flavor of white wine goes down smooth and easy, compared to a darker colored counterpart. White wine is the choice to go with if trying to avoid that heavy, head-splitting hangover that wine is known for. Celebrations, nice dinners or relaxing and watching television, wine is always right for the occasion. I prefer that sweeter flavor of white wine. When getting into the debate of flavors and preference, everyone is different, but there are also so many

different flavors of white wine that anyone could find one they like. My only problem with white wine is how delicious it is. It goes down so easily that I find myself breezing through each glass, which I severely over-poured. Thankfully, white wine doesn’t give me that heavy, groggy feeling that makes me feel like my head is being squeezed like red wine gives me. White wine goes with a smaller meal. It doesn’t leave you feeling fuller than you want. It also has a sweet flavor that goes well with food compared to a bitter one. Not only does wine taste delicious, but it has also been connected to lowering the chances of heart disease and cancer. It helps in lowering stress, which is a big reason why I consume wine. I wouldn’t consider myself a

“wine-o,” but I do love me a nice, huge glass of the stuff. It doesn’t have to be served cold, but I definitely prefer it out of the freezer. Since it is made with white and green grapes, the flavor isn’t as strong as the red, but some red wines, like the ones out of the box, are way too strong. I can still drink it, but I don’t have an easy time getting that first glass down. Also, Champagne is a type of white wine. Champagne. One of the classiest beverages of all time. When the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, did they spray red wine all over the locker room? No they did not. They were viciously shaking and downing white wine straight from the bottle. Email Chris Picaro at chris.picaro

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Girls just want to have pink By Lara Dufresne managing editor

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College students become java junkies By Brittany Shew opinions editor

Hi, my name is Brittany Shew and I’m a coffee addict. That’s right, I just compared drinking coffee to being an alcoholic. Admit it, I’m not that far off, am I? I’m proud to say that I live in the motherland of the beautiful brown grounds. My kitchen smells of heavenly dark and light roasts daily. I own a Keurig for those on-the-go cups and a coffee pot to feed my obsession in mass quantity. I started my love affair with the brown sea of dreams when I entered into my freshman year of college, and I’m sure I’m not alone. I can’t be the only Plattsburgh State student relying on coffee’s warm and sometimes iced affection to make my long day bearable. We rely on the good stuff to get us through our stressful college days, so much so that we abuse our brewed best friend. I’m guilty of losing track of how many cups of joe I drink per day, let alone in a week. Americans have this mind set that if we sip on coffee, we will be able to stay awake and make it through our 9 a.m. classes and all-nighters. We use the comforting crutch as a Band-aid for our sleepy minds. The first thing most of think of when we wake up is, “Where’s the coffee?” I sometimes wake up so tired with

such a strong coffee craving in my belly, that I wish my shower would spray Vanilla Biscotti coffee instead of water. I think that I could swim in it if it were possible. The lines in Campus Express and at Tim Horton’s are packed with sleepy students trying to get a cup of that magical potion at all times of the day, especially bright and early and right after the sun goes down. After I chug down my second cup of the day I think, this can’t be healthy. And I am correct. Like any other addiction, it’s hard to kick the habit. As you know, college students are not the best at following the golden rule: Moderation is key. So, when does this casual relationship become dangerous? According to a study on, too much coffee can cause students to have symptoms like the jitters, irritability, dehydration and headaches. Short-term effects aren’t the only problems avid coffee drinkers may face. The same study claims that the long-term effects from drinking multiple cups everyday can result in chronic illnesses and ulcers. But alas loyal coffee-drinkers, there are actual health benefits that can come from your habit. debates that the liquid of champions fights off a number of diseases such as diabetes, gallstones and liver disease. Yes, our bodies love being greeted by

the warmth of a hot cup of Dunkin’ Donuts with both creamer and that pesky sugar, but we need to learn how to control our sometimes evil cravings for the brewed beauty. It’s hard to kick the juice when the media shoves down advertisements for the newest latte and flavored coffee creamer. Starbucks, Dunkin’ and Tim Horton’s all taunt us as we try to turn over a new coffee-free leaf. The first step on the road to recovery is admitting you have a problem. So, if you’re one of those students who is drinking a copious amount of coffee, then maybe it’s time to think about finding an alternate form of energy. Switching from coffee to a healthier form of energy may be easier than you think. Exercising more often may actually boost your energy levels, though it may take a while to get used to the process. Different forms of tea, like ginger tea, which also helps your digestion, are tasty and easy to make. Peppermint tea, although it has no caffeine in it, has a strong, refreshing kick to it that can keep you awake and focused. I prefer the soothing chamomile tea as a form of relaxation at night. Personally, I have acknowledged my coffee problem, and am happy to say that I am two days coffee-sober. Email Brittany Shew at opinions

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Think twice before rioting in Plattsburgh

Several students described it as the greatest party in SUNY Cortland history — the “Project X” of college. City officials and community members likened the festivities following the 2013 Cortaca football game between Cortland and top rival Ithaca College to a riot in the streets. Given the approximately 80 arrests, according to news website, Cardinal Points would have to agree with the latter. The yearly drunken mess that normally coincides with the big Division III game crossed many boundaries when house parties along student-populated Clayton Avenue spilled into the streets. Fights and general rowdiness put students and the general public at risk. Cortland police reportedly struggled to keep crowds in check as students and other football fans stormed the streets, rocking cars as they drove by, fighting amongst each other and destroying property. It is appalling to see college students who are supposed to be responsible adults acting in such a manner and having no regard for the community that sur-


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rounds them. The worst part: Many of the students saw nothing wrong with their actions. In the days following the game, SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum released a statement apologizing for how the students at his university acted. Though some students took to social media to express their regret, many remained steadfast in their beliefs that people were just having some good, old-fashioned fun. One such person was Cortland student Alex Orlich, who used his Twitter account to show his disapproval of Bitter-

baum’s apology. “Bitterbaum apologized on behalf of the school for cortaca. Speak for yourself bitterbaum #SorryNotSorry,” he wrote. Is this really how we want community members to view college students, as drunken hellians whose only goal in life is to party? No. When these students graduate from college and start families of their own, they may have some explaining to do. As children do, they may begin to wonder why. If their parents could do something like this, the why can’t they? How do the parents justify

Fire. “May the odds be ever in your favor.” • NAY to the global wine shortage, even if it’s only 5 percent. • YAY to the men’s basketball team starting their season last weekend. Cardinal Points wishes you a long and successful season. • NAY to the lack of snow. It’s freezing but where’s the white • YAY to seven class days left stuff? Come on Plattsburgh, in the semester. Let the count we’re ready for snowboard and down begin. ski season! • YAY to the premiere of The Hunger Games sequel: Catching Composed by Brittany Shew

Vacation causes distraction By Amanda Velez staff writer

As I work on my homework, I find my mind drifting. I minimize Microsoft Word so I can change the song on Spotify. I then open Google Chrome, where I have 6 tabs open: Facebook, so I can catch up with my friend Cisco while working, Ebay and Amazon, so I can compare prices for my parents’ Christmas gifts, Sephora, so I can pick out what to put on my wish list, Amazon Local, so I can find out which kickboxing class I want to take in December and Google Scholar, so I can start researching information for my assignments — note the keyword start. Overwhelmed with all this work, I wonder where this semester has gone. I realize this semester went by so fast because I went home so much. Fall semester always feels more stressful for me than in spring because of all the vacations we have. It doesn’t help that I kind of gave myself two extra weekends of vacations, which is why I’m so far behind in my work, but I know I’m not the only one whose mind is on our next vacation. It’s a blessing and a curse because even though planning a vacation gives us something to look forward to, which is good for our health, it can also distract us from taking care of things in the present moment. We spend a lot of time thinking about when we’re leaving, where we’re going, how we’re getting there, what we’re going to do there or who we’re going to see there, and the last thing we think of planning out is how we’re going to finish our homework before then. It’s hard to believe that we have only

three weeks left in the semester, and one of those weeks is finals week. Although I’m happy to see this semester go, it’s stressful because it’s crunch time. I know as soon as I come back from Thanksgiving, I’m going to have what the American Management Association (AMA) describes as the “post-vacation blues.” AMA took a poll asking people how they felt about returning to their normal routines after vacation. While 30 percent said they felt relaxed and enthusiastic, about 50 percent said they felt stressed and about 25 percent said they felt depressed and unmotivated. Since Thanksgiving break falls unusually close to winter vacation, this concerns me because many students may not be able to readjust to the routine fast enough before finals week begins. National Public Radio reported vacations contribute to a happier and healthier self, but these feelings of well-being fade quickly once the regular routine starts again. Still, our brains need these days off to switch it up a bit. In the fall, we have a vacation to look forward to each month, except for September. In the spring semester, we get one week off in March and then we look forward to summer break in May. The days we get off from spring break may equal those of Columbus and Thanksgiving breaks, but the difference in how these days are spaced out will make the spring semester feel like forever. Since we have fewer breaks to plan and look forward to, we will have less distractions and more time for our studies. Email Amanda Velez at amanda.velez

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these actions to their children? Perhaps they don’t even try justifying it. Instead, they choose to explain to their children how they made stupid mistakes. We hope that this will at least be a teachable moment for college students here at Plattsburgh State. Take a good, hard, long look at the events that transpired only one week ago. Pay special attention to the damage that was caused and the people who were arrested, and never let this happen at PSUC. It’s OK to enjoy a good sports game, and it’s even OK to celebrate a win, but just be sure to do so in moderation. All such intense partying did was make city and college officials question whether the game should happen again. It’s hard to blame the Cortland City Council. Why would they want to subject themselves to further embarrassment? Before inciting a riot on our campus, we advise you to think it through a little bit. Think of the ever-important relationship between the college and the town, think of the children you may be bringing into this world, and for your sake, think of your future. Don’t let this happen to us.

Women’s hockey equally important By Paige Passman staff writer

If you ask anyone on campus what their favorite Plattsburgh State sport is, I bet they would say hockey. You can see that the students love going to the hockey games by the large lines you see when you get to the field house the night of a game. I’ve been to a lot of hockey games at this university, and the questions I am always wondering is: Why does the men’s team get more attention than the women’s? Last March, the women’s hockey team played in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals, which in that year was their ninth appearance in the quarterfinals. The athletic women finished third in the NCAA Division III year overall, while the men’s hockey fell to Oswego last year in their appearance in a SUNYAC championship game. To be fair, there are differences between how the women and men play their hockey games. In women’s hockey, you can’t check another player into the boards because that would result in a penalty. In men’s hockey, they can hit another player and the referees are more lenient with handing out penalties. Even though you can’t technically fight in men’s hockey, they commonly tend to get into aggressive tussles with the other players. In women’s hockey, if they get too aggressive they can get sent to the penalty box. Sure, the men’s and women’s hockey team have different types of rules they have to follow, but those

rules shouldn’t affect the amount of students and community members who show up to the game. If you want to get a good seat for a men’s hockey game, you need to be at the Fieldhouse at least an hour early. If the men are playing their rival, Oswego, you need to the game at least three hours early just to get a ticket. If you wanted to see the difference between how many people show up to either the women’s or the men’s hockey game you could check and see how many tickets are sold per game. Wait, when you go to a women’s hockey game, you don’t even have to get a ticket to watch them. The community and the students of PSUC should want watch the fierce hockey women play just as much as they want to see the men smash each other into walls because they are both amazing teams. If the roughness and excitement is what’s stopping them from heading to the Fieldhouse to see a game, you would think that they would at least want to go the games to support the university because each team is an important piece of the school’s pride. I would think that students of the university would love to support their school team, even if it’s a less aggressive game. Personally I go to both because I love the sport and knowing that I could support my school’s team is always a bonus. It doesn’t matter which hockey game you go to there is always someone in the crowd to cheer on your Cardinals. Email Paige Passman at paige.passman@cardinal

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Great defense keeps PSUC soaring By John Green associate sports editor

The Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team is coming off dominating performances against Buffalo State this weekend, and the Cardinals will be looking to continue that trend when they take on Neumann Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Although the team wasn’t necessarily worried about losing to a struggling Buffalo State team last weekend, No. 1 PSUC (6-0-0, 3-0-0 ECAC) was more concerned about its recent inability to connect on scoring opportunities. Against the Bengals, the Cards seemingly remedied that issue, as the offense exploded for 15 goals in a two-game stretch. In addition to finding the back of the net on offense, the Cards continued their dominance on the defensive end by not allowing a goal for the sixth time in six games this season. Head coach Kevin Houle said he has been pleasantly surprised with the way his team has responded early this season. “We’re off to a good start. We have a couple of quality wins for sure with Norwich and Manhattanville to start the season,” Houle said. “Am I surprised that we haven’t given up a goal? Yes. Am I surprised that we beat Norwich 6-0? Of course, but you can’t get ahead of yourself here. “You have to take it one game at a time. That’s the kind of the approach we’ve always had.” Forward Jenny Kisnter, who scored a hat trick in Saturday’s 7-0 rout of the Bengals, knows the Cards won’t be able to continue the shutout streak for the entire season. The team’s ability to light up the scoreboard after failing to

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Plattsburgh State forward Mel Ames, left, and Buffalo State defender Emily Cornett, right, battle for the puck in the Cardinals’ 7-0 win Saturday. PSUC stays home this weekend for a pair of matches against Neumann. score more than one goal against a less-talented Castleton team the previous week was a positive for Kistner and her teammates. “All of the scoring was varied throughout the roster, which is

always good,” Kistner said. “You want to see a lot of people getting goals. “It was definitely good for everyone to get a goal in there and build some confidence. That’s al-

ways important.” The Cards also got to see a few different bodies in net this past weekend, as Houle decided to rest senior goalie Sydney Aveson. Junior Ally Ross and freshman

Cami Leonard protected the net in place of Aveson, and the two goalies fared well as neither surrendered a goal.

Cards facing rare two-game series By Zachary Ripple sports editor

After coming away with three points during a road trip to Fredonia and Buffalo State, the No. 4 Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team enters this weekend with an unusual challenge. Typically, the SUNYAC schedule consists of weekend sets where a team faces two different teams, either both at home or both on the road. This weekend, however, the Cardinals (40-1, 4-0-1 SUNYAC) head to Morrisville (1-4-1, 1-4-1 SUNYAC) for a two-game series. With nine teams in the conference, teams are usually in pairs for home and road series. While Morrisville had been a one-game weekend in the past, that’s been changed this season. Morrisville’s SUNYAC matchups are now all twogame weekends against the same opponent, which means teams that play at Morrisville never face the Mustangs at home. That’s the case for the Cards this weekend, and PSUC head coach Bob Emery acknowledged the unusual challenge his team has of playing the same opponent in back-to-back games. “It’s tough to beat someone in back-to-back game in their own rink,” Emery said. “We’re going to have to have leadership this week- Emery end to come out with four points. “Anything less than four points against Morrisville, I don’t care where we’re playing, isn’t good. If we

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After 2-1 start, men get time off By Josh Silverberg staff writer

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Plattsburgh State forward Luke Basleshta, left, fights for the puck with Brockport forward Brendon Rothfuss, No. 21, during the Cardinals’ 6-0 victory Nov. 9. PSUC defensemen Brandon Beadow, left, and Barry Roytman, right, help goalie Mathieu Cadieux, center, against Rothfuss and Jake Taylor, No. 22, in the final minutes of the game. don’t come away with four points this weekend, we don’t have good leadership.” The Cards are coming off a successful weekend, especially considering the team’s recent struggles in their trips to Fredonia and Buffalo State. After a 4-2 win Friday night, PSUC fought to a 1-1 tie with Buffalo State. While earning three points out of a possible four isn’t too bad, forward

Kevin Emmerling said the team was hardly satisfied with the outcome. “We understand that it’s a hard trip there,” Emmerling said. “It wasn’t a terrible weekend by any means, but obviously the goal going into any weekend is to come away with four points. There’s a lot to take out of that and a lot to learn from.” With the focus now solely on Morrisville, Emmerling said it will definitely be strange to play the same team on consecutive nights. He said the chal-

lenge will be working with how each team adjusts to one another after the first match. “It definitely is a little different,” he said. “Everyone has video of each other, but it’s always different when you can play a team, so you kind of know their tendencies for the next game you get to play them.” Despite a 1-4-1 record on the season, the Mustangs have gone 1-1-1 in their last three contests. They also demonstrated the difficulty of teams locking down two consecutive games

“If we don’t come away with four points this weekend, we don’t have good leadership.” Bob Emery, PSUC men’s hockey head coach

against the same opponent, as they came back to beat Buffalo State in the second game of the weekend 5-3 after dropping the first match 7-5. See MHKY, B4

The Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team has started the year with a 2-1 record and now looks to carry a strong start through a lengthy layoff. After winning the first game against Bridgewater State University 78-70, the Cardinals lost the next day to Stockton University by a score of 78-74 and won Tuesday night against St. Lawrence 82-69. Head coach Tom Curle said he was pleased with the way his team played, despite the issues they had. “The good news is we came out with a lot of intensity,” Curle said. “We made a couple of mistakes, but the great news is that it’s early in the season and we can correct those mistakes. “We did some good things, but we have a lot of room for growth.” As far as the players being happy with the way it ended, forward Ezra Hodgson said he was not thrilled with how it unfolded and was not happy with the way he played either. “Our energy is there,” Hodgson said. “Our drive was there, but in the end we just didn’t execute in the little things, and that is something we have to execute in the long run.” PSUC has been correcting those mistakes in practice.



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Men’s Hockey Friday at Morrisville 7 p.m. Saturday at Morrisville 7 p.m.

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Plattsburgh State guard John Perez, left, looks to get the ball to teammate Chris Manning while defended by St. Lawrence guard Kyle Edwards, center. The Cardinals will be working to stay prepared for games during a long layoff, as they next play Dec. 3.

Women’s Hockey Saturday vs Neumann 7 p.m. Sunday vs Neumann 2 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Dec. 3 vs Keene State 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Oswego State 8 p.m. Dec.7 at Cortland 4 p.m. Women’s Basketball Saturday vs Morrisville 6 p.m. Sunday vs TBA 1 or 3 p.m.

Men’s Hockey

Men’s Basketball


Points per game

School Player Buffalo State Dan Turgeon Morrisville Ryan Marcuz Geneseo Tyler Brickler Geneseo Stephen Collins Geneseo Ryan Stanimir



“The way I got to where I am right now, I don’t think it happens for many people the way it for me, and I realize that. I realize I’m incredibly lucky, and I’m just happy that it’s gotten to this point.” Ben Sarraf, women’s basketball assistant coach (on feeling fortunate for the career opportunities he’s had so far)

School Oneonta Oswego Cortland Fredonia New Paltz

Player Zach Mager 26.3 Daniel Ross 21.3 Kevin McMahon 16.0 Robert Lyles 15.7 John Sowah 15.5

Rebounds per game

School Morrisville Geneseo Cortland Plattsburgh Morrisville

Six games into the season, the ratio of goals for to goals against for the women’s hockey team.

5 5 4 4 4

Player Mike Dolman Justin Scharfe Nick Zappia Alex Jensen Zach Bayer

8 6 6 5 5

School Player Plattsburgh John Perez 12.5 Potsdam Rob Duquette 11.0 Cortland Kevin McMahon11.0 Buffalo State Roderick Epps 8.0 Cortland Garen Spendjian 7.5


Assists per game

School Player Buffalo State Kevin Carr 222 Morrisville Chris Azzano 170 Fredonia Chris Eiserman 120 Plattsburgh Mathieu Cadieux 114 Cortland Mark Balkwill 104

School Oneonta Oneonta New Paltz Plattsburgh Potsdam

Women’s Hockey

Women’s Basketball


Points per game

School Plattsburgh Plattsburgh Chatham Elmira Elmira

Player Shannon Stewart 7 Jenny Kistner 7 Brianna Rice 5 Cassidy Delainey 4 Erin Weston 4


School Fredonia Oswego Geneseo Cortland Potsdam

Player Jack Dignan 6.0 Dan Lee 5.0 Andrew Joseph 4.5 Chris Manning 4.5 Joe Estramonte 4.0

Player Becky Hebert 25.5 Jenn Robbins 21.7 ShannonMcGinnis 21.0 Grace Williamson 18.3 Jessica Kouzan 18.0

Rebounds per game

School Plattsburgh Plattsburgh Potsdam Elmira Plattsburgh

Player Allison Era 8 Bridget Balisy 7 Brittany Lucky 7 Ashley Ryan 6 Jordan Caldwell 5

School Player New Paltz Courtney Irby 12.0 Geneseo Shannon McGinnis11.5 Buffalo State Ashley Wallace 10.0 Oswego Heather Hebert 9.7 Cortland Grace Williamson 8.7


Assists per game

School Player Potsdam Alexane Rodrigue 212 Buffalo State Jordan Lee 170 Cortland Deanna Meunier 126 Neumann Justina Mayr 117 Utica Jennifer Hamel 98

School Player Brockport Faith Welch 7.0 Potsdam Bailey Weigel 5.5 Buffalo State Kala Krawford 4.5 Fredonia Alexis Cheatham 4.0 Oneonta Alyshia Crawford 4.0

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Men’s Basketball School Record SUNYAC Geneseo 1-0 1-0 Cortland 2-0 0-0 New Paltz 2-0 0-0 Oswego 2-1 0-0 Plattsburgh 2-1 0-0 Buffalo State 1-0 0-0 Fredonia 1-2 0-0 Oneonta 1-2 0-0 Potsdam 1-1 0-0 Brockport 0-0 0-0

Women’s Basketball School Oneonta Oswego Brockport Buffalo State Cortland Fredonia Geneseo Potsdam Plattsburgh New Paltz

Record SUNYAC 3-0 0-0 3-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 2-1 0-0 2-1 0-0 2-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-2 0-0

Women’s Hockey School Record ECAC Elmira 4-1-1 4-0-0 Plattsburgh 6-0-0 3-0-0 Oswego 4-1-1 2-1-1 Chatham 2-2-2 2-0-0 Utica 2-2-0 2-2-0 Potsdam 2-4-1 1-3-1 Cortland 1-4-1 0-2-0 Neumann 1-4-0 0-2-0 Buffalo State 0-5-0 0-4-0

Men’s Hockey School Plattsburgh Buffalo State Geneseo Cortland Oswego Fredonia Morrisville Brockport Potsdam

Record SUNYAC 4-0-1 4-0-1 3-2-1 3-2-1 4-2-0 3-1-0 2-2-1 2-2-1 3-1-0 2-1-0 2-4-0 2-2-0 1-4-1 1-4-1 2-3-1 1-1-0 0-6-0 0-5-0

Men’s Hockey Nov. 16

PSUC 1, Buffalo State 1

Men’s Hockey

Men’s Basketball


Points per game

Player Kevin Emmerling Dillan Fox Mark Constantine

Nov. 9


Rebounds per game

Player Alex Jensen Luke Baleshta Dillan Fox

Player John Perez Chris Manning Shavar Fields

Nov. 17

5 4 3

114 0 0

Women’s Hockey PSUC 8, Buffalo State 0

Nov. 16

PSUC 7, Buffalo State 0

Nov. 9

PSUC 1, Castleton 0

Men’s Basketball Nov. 19

Women’s Basketball


Points per game

Nov. 17

Player Kathleen Payne 17.0 Brittany Marshall 11.7 Devona Paul 7.7

Richard Stockton 78, PSUC 74

Nov. 16

Rebounds per game

Women’s Basketball

7 7 3


Ames earned ECAC West Rookie of the Week honors after a four-point weekend that included a hat trick in Saturday’s 7-0 win against Buffalo State. The four points were the freshman forward’s first of her college career.

Player Chris Manning 4.7 Shamoy McIntosh 3.7 Edward Correa 2.0

PSUC 6, Brockport 0

Women’s Hockey Player Shannon Stewart Jenny Kistner Bridget Balisy

McIntosh has been a primary reason for his team’s 2-1 start. The junior guard tied a career high with 24 points Sunday, and he leads the team with 45 points to with 13 rebound and 11 assists on the season.

12.7 4.7 4.3

Assists per game

Player Mathieu Cadieux Sam Foley Connor Creech

Shamoy McIntosh

PSUC 4, Fredonia 2

Player Shamoy McIntosh 15.0 John Perez 13.7 Chris Manning 7.3

3 3 3


Mel Ames

Nov. 15

Player Allison Era Bridget Balisy Jordan Caldwell

8 7 5

Saves Player Sydney Aveson Ally Ross Cami Leonard

59 13 11

Player Devona Paul Kathleen Payne Tequilla Lloyd

6.0 6.0 6.0

PSUC 82, St. Lawrence 69

PSUC 78, Bridgewater 70

Nov. 19

PSUC 88, St. Lawrence 59

Nov. 17

Assists per game

Williams College 71, PSUC 53

Player Kathleen Payne 3.3 Stephanie Linder 3.0 Brittany Marshall 2.3

Nov. 16

Wesleyan College 56, PSUC 49

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Thomas returns with academic focus By Chris Picaro associate online editor

Sometimes it is forgotten that college athletes are students as well. Sometimes those athletes may forget that, too. Getting out of the student mindset can have a major effect on what happens to an athlete’s athletic season. Xavier Thomas, a sophomore on the basketball team, learned that last season. Thomas earned low grades in his classes before the start of the 201213 season, which led to his dismissal from the team for the season. As a transfer, he didn’t do what he needed to academically and was removed from the roster. This season, Thomas is back on the team after changing his philosophy and raising his grades. “Basically, I approached it with a different attitude,” Thomas said. “I just looked at it as I can’t play catchup anymore. I tried to play catch-up last year and it didn’t work out for me. “Obviously I missed the whole year with the team. Now I’m basically just strictly all about books. Books first — then it’s practice. I enjoy everything else that comes along with that, but books are opening up everything. It’s got me back to where I want to be.” Out of high school, Thomas attended Clinton Community College after being recruited by both Platts-

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Xavier Thomas returns after being removed from the team for academic reasons last year, and he’s come in with a new mindset this season. “Books are opening up everything. It’s got me back to where I want to be,” Thomas said. burgh State and Clinton. He chose to play one season for Clinton before leaving to become a Cardinal. ”When I was in high school, I was being recruited by Plattsburgh State,” Thomas said. “Anthony Williams was recruiting me for them, but he transferred over to the Clinton coaching staff, and so I went there with him. “I already thought I was going to come here after my

freshman year at Clinton anyways, but when I came here, I had messed up academically, but I got my work together and Coach kept with me and kept riding with me and now I’m here.” “With Xavier, I am really happy he is a member of our team and more importantly, he is well on his way to becoming a student-athlete,” PSUC head coach Tom Curle said. “He is somebody that has worked hard to get to

where he is and he has got to continue to work hard to stay there.” Since he wasn’t on the team for a year, Thomas faced the challenge of being rusty on the court. Not being able to practice with the team could have caused him to lose chemistry with some of the players, but he didn’t allow that to happen. “We feel like a family,” he said. “We play together as a

family. Everybody hangs out off the court, so we try to keep it rolling on to the court so we can stay together.” He also worked out with the team during the season by lifting weights with them to stay in shape and become more familiar with his teammates. “When they were away, I got in the gym and put up shots,” Thomas said. “Over the summer when I was home, I was just working

and running. I had weights in my basement, so I was lifting and trying to be in shape and ready for this year.” Since he went nearly two years without playing college basketball, he still had to work his way back into game shape and earn the trust of his teammates. He didn’t have too difficult of a time doing that. With the way he flies through the air and leaps off the ground, the rest of the team had an easy time adjusting to his playing style. He put on a show in the preseason Red and White Game when he received two alley-oop passes from near half-court. “Having ‘X’ is great,” junior forward Ezra Hodgson said. “He wants the ball and he is going to bounce and get it wherever it is, and he is going to get the ball, so we are really excited about him.” “Xavier brings excitement,” senior guard John Perez said. “You can see he can jump and dunk. He can rebound, too.” Thomas’ teammates are comfortable giving him the ball, especially when it is above the rim. It shows that this year’s team can have some excitement, along with productivity, like last season, which ended in a second-round appearance in the NCAA tournament.

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Sarraf brings experience to PSUC Coach takes long path to assistant gig with Cards By Matheus Honorato staff writer

From Enterprise worker to Plattsburgh State women’s basketball assistant coach in less than six years, Ben Sarraf’s rise in the college basketball industry is no small feat, and the people who will benefit the most now are PSUC’s players and fans. In 2008, Sarraf earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Providence College and went on to find a job in the field. He started working at Enterprise, and becoming a basketball coach was never something he considered to this point. The job at Enterprise was not one he enjoyed much, but in time it would change his life. One day at work, Sarraf rented a car to Daniel Webster College’s coach. At first, he didn’t realize she was a college coach because of how young she was. When he found out, he started considering coaching as a career path. If someone that young could become a head coach, he said, so could he. However, it wasn’t until the end of that year that he quit his job and launched his coaching career. His first step was at a local high school where he worked as a substitute math teacher, and he soon became the basketball coach for the freshman team. After a successful first season, his players invited Sarraf to coach their Amateur Athletic Union team. He accepted and coached them for the

spring 2009 season. He would soon find his first opportunity at a higher level of coaching. His first job opportunity at the college level was as an assistant at Saint Anselm College under first-year head coach DeAnn Craft. “I see Coach Craft gets the job in early April. A week later, I show up to St. Anselm and she’s not there. Then a week after that, this is two weeks after the headline shows up, I go to her office again,” Sarraf said. “I have my John Wooden book at hand with my resume, and I’m planning on giving it to her if she is not there, but she walks in.” He was sitting on a bench right outside her office. After making sure it was really her, Sarraf got up and knocked on the door that would open so many others for him. He went on to tell her who he was and about his basketball experience coaching high school and AAU. Then he told her why he was there — “I would like to be your assistant.” To his disappointment, Craft said they had already filled the position, but then she offered him the job of second assistant. After receiving the offer, all he had to do was keep in touch and finish the formal interviews with the staff. Sarraf was eventually hired by St. Anselm, but it wasn’t as the second assistant either. While he was waiting for confirmation, St. Anselm found another assistant prospect with a phenomenal resume and more experience than him at the college level. They ended up hiring Josh Goldstein as their second a s s i s t a nt

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First-year assistant coach Ben Sarraf sits with senior guard Brooke Reifinger during Tuesday’s match against St. Lawrence. After working at Enterprise after graduation, Sarraf comes to Plattsburgh State with four years of prior coaching experience at the college level, bringing new plays and a different attitude to the team. coach, but Craft decided to take Sarraf as a volunteer assistant. He accepted the offer. “While I was volunteering, I was working construction for a friend of the family, and that is how I was paying my bills while I was coaching for St. Anselm,” Sarraf said. “I can’t believe she hired me. I’m indebted to Coach Craft.” During that year as a volunteer, Sarraf helped the Hawks earn a 10-17 record in their 2009-10 season, an amazing improvement from their 4-23 record the previous year. His year of learning and gaining experience under Craft also helped Sarraf take the next step in his coaching career. After a year as a volunteer, he applied for several other coaching positions and Craft called on his behalf offering positive recommendations. “That’s how I got the Lynchburg job,” Sarraf said. In a matter of two years, Sarraf had gone from Providence graduate in 2008, to working at Enterprise, to coaching high school and AAU, to volunteer assistant at St.

Anselm and, finally, to fulltime assistant at Lynchburg in August 2010. His position at Lynchburg was in danger of falling through when the coach who hired him resigned in order to take a Division I position. Luckily for Sarraf, the school decided to honor the agreement made with him even after a new head coach was hired. Putting himself in the position that a new head coach would be in, Sarraf knew he would want to choose his own assistant in his first year as a head coach. When Abby Pyzik took over the head coaching position, the phone conversation he had with her was like a second interview for the same job. “We ended up talking for two hours on that first phone call, and luckily it went well and she kept me,” Sarraf said. “Then we had a great three years, and now I’m here.” During his three years at Lynchburg, Sarraf helped the Hornets reach a conference semifinal for the first time since the 1989-90 season. After his stint with Lynchburg, the Amherst, N.H., native arrived at PSUC looking to help head coach Cheryl Cole and the Cardinals make some noise upstate. “Coach Sarraf brings four

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Hodgson said that they are working on containing the basketball. “We get a little bit too steal-hungry,” Hodgson said. “We’ll go for the ball too much or when they’re driving we get a little block-happy and we swat at it, and the refs will call that a foul. “We just have to continue to keep sliding our feet and make them take the tough shot over you. That doesn’t mean you have to try to get a steal.” PSUC doesn’t have another game until Dec. 3, and the long layoff may break up the rhythm for the team. Curle said he wishes the Cards could get some more games in, but he said they just have to play what the schedule gives them. “I would rather just keep playing, but the schedule is what it is and you just have to work with it,” Curle said. “We’ll keep working to stay in shape, we’ll make sure we practice each day that we can and when it’s time to play, we’ll be ready. We have some experienced players who know what to do when there is a long layoff to stay in shape.” Guard Mike Mitchell said he doesn’t

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Plattsburgh State guard Chris Manning works his way around St. Lawrence forward Brady Condlin in the Cardinals’ 82-69 victory Tuesday.

think the layoff will affect the team in “If it were up to me, I would rather any way. have a game every weekend because “I don’t think it makes a difference,” we love to play, but I don’t think it Mitchell said. “I think we’re going to messes up our flow at all.” come out with energy during the game because that is what we do and Email Josh Silverberg at that is how we are as a team, so I rejosh.silverberg@ ally don’t think it matters.

years of women’s college coaching experience,” Cole said. “That is tremendous for an assistant.” Sarraf has also worked with several basketball camps, including the 2012 Duke University women’s basketball camp. Cole emphasized how helpful participating in the camps can be for a coach and how valuable the experiences they come out with can be, even for the players they mentor afterwards. “Working at camps and doing those things is a great way of networking,” Cole said. “Basketball is taught and can be coached a million different ways. There are a million different ideas out there. “You’ve just got to fit it to your personnel and your strengths. The more ideas and the more ways you can look at things, the better chance you have of finding the best thing that will work for your group.” In terms of his short career so far at PSUC, Sarraf’s work ethic has already started to make an impact on those around him. “He had to learn our defense, but he likes to be prepared, so he did a really good job of learning the defense we run,” Cole said. Sarraf is also leaving his mark on PSUC’s players. With the fresh ideas he

brings, along with his passion for the game of basketball, he is helping the Cards grow both as a team and individually. “He is definitely different from our old assistant coach,” senior Kathleen Payne said. “He brings a lot of new plays and a different attitude to our team, which I think is good and will help the girls we have now.” Holding individual practices twice a week, Sarraf helps his players by breaking down scenarios and plays and showing them how to react. “You do things with individuals that you can’t do in normal practice,” Sarraf said. From breaking down pick-and-rolls to practicing post moves, he helps his players cling to and improve their strengths. Looking back on where he started to where he is now, Sarraf said he knows not many people rise so far as fast as he did. “The way I got to where I am right now, I don’t think it happens for many people the way it did for me, and I realize that,” Sarraf said. “I realize I’m incredibly lucky, and I’m just happy that it’s gotten to this point.”

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PSUC will look to continue its winning streak against the struggling Knights. Although Neumann may not have an impressive record, the team from Pennsylvania won’t back down when it takes the ice this weekend. Houle said he knows that every team will be looking to end his squad’s winning streak. For that reason, he believes the keys to success will be maintaining focus and never overlooking an opponent. “We need to continue to outwork our opponent,” he said. “The key to our success is to continue to bring the same type of work ethic to the rink every game and be consistent from start to finish.”

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WHKY: Team must remain consistent In the first game, Ross made 13 saves, and Leonard stopped 11 shots in the second game. For Aveson, seeing that duo play well assured her that they are capable of handling the duties in net if she was ever unable to play. “I was stoked for them because it’s not very often that they get a chance to play,” Aveson said. “It’s cool to see how far they’ve come. “The team has just as much confidence in our other goalies as when I’m in net. Any one of us could play on any given day, and to see them perform the way that they did, and to continue our shutout streak, just goes to show that we have three really awesome goalies.” Looking ahead to Neumann (1-4-0, 0-2-0 ECAC),

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Men’s season ends against Wheaton By John Green associate sports editor

Despite blazing through the competition en route to an unlikely SUNYAC championship, the Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team hit a wall when it met Wheaton College Saturday, and the Cardinals’ season ended abruptly as they lost 2-0 to the Lyons in the first round of the NCAA tournament. After the game, head coach Chris Waterbury and his players were admittedly upset with the outcome. PSUC was evenly matched with Wheaton, and the Cards believed they were more than capable of taking down the Lyons and advancing to the second round game of the NCAA tournament against St. Lawrence. However, the team fell short in its efforts and was eliminated in a winnable game. Looking back at the game now, Waterbury said he is proud of the way his team fought until the final whistle. “I was a little sour after the game,” Waterbury said. “I thought it was a toss-up game, but I thought it was a game that we were good enough to win, and obviously we didn’t get it done. “It wasn’t for a lack of effort from our team. I thought everybody put their best foot forward and worked hard. I was real proud of the team in that way. It just seemed like we were never really quite connected in the final product.” Although the Cards may have never given up, captain Matt Hamilton knows he and his teammates could have produced more on the field than they did. Effort was never an issue during the game, but execution was lacking for PSUC. Hamilton said he believes things would turn out differently if the two teams were to meet again. “It sucks going out the way we did,” Hamilton said. “Maybe we could have done a couple things different in practice, maybe got a little better look at what they were really about.

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Plattsburgh State forward Tom Greene plays the ball out of the air against Wheaton College’s Kevin Gil in the Cardinals’ 2-0 loss Saturday. Greene is one of four PSUC seniors who played their last game in the loss, joining Matt Hamilton, Steve Zacharczyk and Joe Aratari. “I just don’t think we really played our best game, so I think it would be completely different game if we played to the best of our ability.” Now the players and coaching staff will have the offseason to rejuvenate themselves and process what happened in the game against Wheaton. The team will be returning all of its players but the four seniors, which include Hamilton, Steve Zacharczyk, Tom Greene and Joe Aratari. Each of those players has contributed greatly to the team over the course of their careers, and Waterbury said they will be greatly missed when the team takes the field next season. “I struggle more with not the season ending, but the careers ending of the seniors,” he said.

“They just brought a lot of experience, and not to mention they were very good players. I think character is a great way to describe them. They brought good character to the team and good leadership. I’m glad they’re going out as a SUNYAC champion.” Although the four seniors didn’t go out the way they wanted to, Hamilton said they all should be proud of the careers they had at PSUC. In his mind, the time he has spent on the team has been more than just about the awards and the wins and losses. Hamilton, along with the other three seniors, have forged friendships on the team that will last a lifetime, he said, ones that Hamilton said are most important when looking back on their careers. “We’re just a bunch of guys from

all over New York that became a family,” he said. “It’s been a great four, or five years for some us. We really enjoyed our time here and we’ll never forget it. I mean, these guys will be our best friends forever.” Despite losing four key contributors, the returning players believe that they are capable of repeating, and even surpassing, what the team accomplished this season. Forward Nick Parrella, who will be entering his senior season next year, said he thinks there are players on the team who can fill the void. In his mind, losing only four players will help with the continuity on the team. If they add another group of good freshmen like they did with leading goal scorer Alexis Archilla and SUNY-

AC Rookie of the Year Nick Economou, then the team will be in good shape heading into next season. If all goes as planned, Parrella said he expects the team to be right in the thick of things when it comes time for the SUNYAC tournament next season. He knows teams are going to be looking to knock them out of contention, but he said the team will be ready to defend its conference title. “We’re defending champions, and we’re definitely going to come into next season with a target on our back,” he said. “We’re going to have a lot of tough games next year, but I think we’ll be right in the mix once again.”

Women rebounding from tough start By Nick Topping staff writer

This weekend the Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team will be competing on its home court in the Cardinal Classic. They will be starting off against Morrisville in a tournament that also includes Clarkson and Lebanon Valley University. PSUC head coach Cheryl Cole is hoping that her Cardinals, who shot 22 percent their first weekend, can play more like the team that beat St. Lawrence 88-59 Tuesday night. Over the weekend, PSUC faced Wesleyan University and Williams College, and Cole was not happy with the results. “We shot the ball horrible last weekend and we’re not going to win too many games shooting 25 percent, so we didn’t shoot the ball well,” Cole said. “We had a lot of good shots that just didn’t go down, and sometimes that happens.” Cole said she believes her team let the Wesleyan game slip away and that the game against Williams, who is the No. 15-ranked team in the country, was the game that was played better. The theme for the team so far this season is to protect its home court, which they were able to do against St. Lawrence Tuesday. Cole said she thought the team played much better and showed what they can do. Looking ahead to the Cardinal Classic, Cole said she hopes the team can play the entire game hard and keep improving. “Every day our challenge to our players is to be bet-

on both sides of the ball to win. “Our main focus is to execute our offense and worry about what we need to do, not so much what the other team is doing,” Green said. “Once we execute our offense, we can play against any defense. We need to execute what we are supposed to do and focus on rebounding.” Through the first three games, Green has 13 rebounds, four assists, 13 points, two steals and, as the most physical players on the team, 10 fouls. Junior point guard Brittany Marshall stressed the importance of winning at home. “One of our biggest goals this season is to protect our home court, so that is what we are going to strive to do,” Marshall said. “Right now it’s all about execution, hitting our key players, and we should be good.” Cole also said she is looking forward to the Cardinal Classic to see how the team can progress further toward conference play. “We play Morrisville, and in the other game is Lebanon Valley and Clarkson,” Cole said. “Lebanon Valley is very good and ranked No. 30 in the country, and both teams won their first games. “Our ultimate goal is to take care of business and make it into the championship game on our home Cardinal Points/Alex Ayala floor, and the first weekPlattsburgh State’s Kathleen Payne goes for the shot in the Cardinals’ 88-59 win end is progression toward Tuesday against St. Lawrence. PSUC looks to continue its rebound from a tough opening our conference on start to the season, going 0-2 in the opening weekend of the season. the road against Oswego and Cortland.” ter than the day before or in the first half. four in the second half.” the game prior,” she said. “I don’t know if we can Misha Green, one of the Email Nick Topping at “We will look to play a com- transition any better. We top rebounders on the nick.topping@ plete 40 minutes of defense, only turned the ball over 15 team, said she believes that mostly have better defense times and there was only the team needs to execute

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The Cards will also have to overcome their susceptibility to struggling on the road. After outscoring their opponents 13-1 in three home games to open the season, PSUC outscored the opposition just 5-3 in last weekend’s pair of contests. The most important thing, Emmerling said, is for the team to be focused and prepared for the game at hand. “No matter if we win or lose the game before that, it really doesn’t matter,” he said. “You still have to come out the same every night, which is coming out ready to go because there’s a lot of good teams in the league and it’s a battle every night.” Email Zachary Ripple at sports@

friday, nov. 22, 2013

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Gibson goodness

Online dating scene harsh By Stanley Blow III editor-in-chief

Online dating can be viewed as an all-you-caneat buffet of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes who are all just waiting to meet that one special someone, you. However, like all buffets, you have to question the quality of what’s being served to you. How long has that chicken been there? Are the plates and silverware really clean? I’m pretty sure that meatloaf is expired. You just never know. I began roving the online dating world about a year ago because I had heard of the success of a couple friends, and I thought myself, why not? If it worked for them, then surely it would work for me. I set out on a mission to fill out my profile with the perfect mix of truth, charm and wittiness that would surely win over anyone and everyone who read it. Or so I thought. During the first few days, it was a new adventure. Whom do I message? Who is a good match? I would scroll through the seemingly endless list of eligibles, clicking on those I found interesting and maybe sending a message here and there. It was all good fun until I received that first rejection. I messaged a guy who seemed to be a pretty good match. He was relatively close, and we seemed to have a lot in common — well, as much as can be determined based on a dating profile. I messaged him the obligatory, “Hi, how are you?” to let him know I was interested, and almost immediately, I got a response. After the initial butterflies, I opened the message with a shaky hand, and gazed in absolute horror at the response I had received: “I’m not interested. Sorry, you don’t seem like my type. I’d appreciate it if you didn’t contact me again.”

That was a bit of a slap in the face. So much so that I decided I would back off from the whole online dating world for a bit. I decided I would focus on other aspects of my life for a while and come back at a later date. Maybe I would have better luck then. Over the next six months or so, I had my share of false starts, rejections and promising prospects turned sour. The familiar feeling of doubt and self-pity started returning. Maybe I’m not cut out for online dating. This feeling was shortlived because I met someone with whom I thought I had a lot in common. He was funny and interesting. I began chatting with him on a regular basis, and we learned a lot about each other. I was convinced it was going somewhere. Fast forward a couple months. I find myself logging on and deciding to check out my suitors profile. I clicked on his image and waited for his profile to load. God, this is taking a long time. When my computer finally decided to load the page, my heart sank to the pit of my stomach. Next to his name was the fateful word, taken. I immediately dropped to my knees, and much like the conclusion of every cheesy flick when the protagonist receives bad news, I shouted dramatically to the heavens, “No! Why? For the love of all that is holy, why?” Or, maybe I wasn’t that dramatic. Sure, I may have not found the right person yet, but I’m not ready to give up. Just like any other buffet, you try a little of everything, and eventually, you’ll find that one thing you love the most. Email Stanley Blow III at cp@cardinal

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Eric and Leigh Gibson and the rest of the Gibson Brothers band members perform at Plattsburgh State as part of the Bluegrass for the Next Generation benefit concert. This event took place Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Giltz Auditorium.

CTA presents suspenseful comedy By Natasha Courter contributing writer

The College Theatre Association will be presenting their take on “The Receptionist,” which was written by Adam Brock and directed by Janine Tendy. Tendy said the suspenseful, yet comical play concerns Beverly Wilkins, portrayed by Plattsburgh State student Kiana Pollacek, who works in a fictionist company called The Northeast Office. Life seems to be easy, but things change when Martin Dart, portrayed by Kofi Badou, the head of The Central Office, pays a visit to The Northeast Office, asking to speak with Mr. Raymond, portrayed by Sam Nicastro. Things go from comical to intense quickly when Dart takes Raymond in for questioning, never to be heard from again. We soon discover the office Beverly works for is actually one of many offices throughout the nation that interrogates suspected terrorists — and even tortures them. “The show, written in

2007, is based on what had know about human torhappened in Guantanamo ture, but the fact that so Bay and how prisoners much of it goes on in the were treated there,” Tendy world, maybe it is a good said. The show is Brock’s thing many are ignorant to way of saying “it could be the situation. anyone doing these terTendy lends a line from rible things.” the play spoken by LorShawna Mefferd Carrol, raine, who is played by assistant professor in the Ashley Jovine. theatre department, said “When this happens to Brock created the play to someone you’re involved get out the complicit ac- with, you have two options that are tions: you harmful to can run, or “Although we people hapyou can act pening in oth- have done dramas as if nothing er parts of the is happening and thrillers in world. and sit there the past, we’ve Tendy said quiet as a the show has never put on quite rabbit under a show like this strong poa hedge and before. It should hope they litical themes t h r o u g h o u t , be interesting, and pass you by especially in I can’t wait to see most of the the second act. time, though the audiences’ Although there they notice reaction.”. are no vioyou sitting Janine Tendy, lent on-stage there,” LorPSUC student themes, it still raine said touches on the referring to subject of huwhat hapman torture. pens to Mr. Raymond. “The saying may go ‘igThe dark, deeper meannorance is bliss, but is bliss ing of this play is somealways a good thing?’” thing Tendy hopes will Tendy said. She refers to make people wake up and the matter at hand and realize that even though it how many people may not is not happening in their

backyards, there is human torture going on, and it happens all around there world. “Although I don’t want to necessarily startle the audience, I do want them to think about how just because you have never thought about it that way before, does not mean it doesn’t happen,” Tendy said. Carrol said that The CTA has covered a broad range of plays over the years, especially ones that deal with contemporary issues. “Although we have done dramas and thrillers in the past, we’ve never put on quite a show like this before. It should be interesting, and I can’t wait to see the audience’s reaction,” Tendy said. The play will be held in Myer’s Black Box theater Dec. 5 through 7 at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be bought at the box office; $2 for Plattsburgh students and $5 for general admission. Email Cardinal Points at cp@cardinal

friday, nov. 22, 2013

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Downtown wine venue offers taste of class Champlain Wine Company good for more than just a sip By Elizabeth Reff fuse editor

facet of the spectrum where a lot of vineyards like to stick to very sweet or very dry. We like to offer someWhen one walks into this small, thing for everyone.” one-room wine bar, he or she would He said the owners realized that immediately notice the long ar- the immediate downtown area is rangement of wine bottles cover- more financially viable to have more ing the left wall of the room. Strong of a wine bar setting rather than just smells of various wine flavors fill a tasting location. the air coming from the Aside from wine, The bar on the other side. Champlain Wine Company Open for the past “Our main goal has also been working on 2 years, The Champ- with our wines adding beer and cider selain Wine Company is is to appease lections to their menu. located at 8 City Hall “It’s still in its testeverybody. Place, and it is open eving phases,” Daugherty We don’t like said. “I think we’ve only ery Wednesday through to stick to Saturday from noon to had beer on tap really 8 p.m., and Sunday from for about a week. It’s got one facet of noon to 6 p.m. the spectrum some time before we can Elliot Daugherty, manreally see if it’s somewhere a lot of thing that’s going to be ager of The Champlain the vineyards worthwhile, but it’s defiWine Company said the main purpose of the like to stick to nitely going to help us in business was to create very sweet or our transformation into a tasting room for the a wine bar rather than a very dry.” North Star Vineyard lowine tasting room.” Elliot Daugherty, cated in Mooers, N.Y. Daugherty said there manager at The are two events held at the “Mooers seemed to be a little out of the way for Champlain Wine bar each month. Company the locals, so the owners The first one is “Free started The Champlain Advice Night,” where two Wine Company in this career consultants who place,” Daugherty said. specialize in finding jobs for people He said this wine place offers a who are having trouble. They build wide selection of wines ranging resumes, and they consult people from sweet whites to dry reds. They on where they want to go in life as are especially known for the dryer far as occupation. Every Wednesday, red selections such as Cabernet Sau- they would come to the wine bar vignon and blush wines. and answer customers’ questions as Cardinal Points/Elizabeth Reff “Our main goal with our wines is honestly as they can. Elliot Daugherty, manager at The Champlain Wine to appease everybody,” Daugherty The second event is “Singles’ Company, pours a glass of wine from behind the bar. said. “We don’t like to stick to one Night.” This mostly focuses on single

people in their 30s, 40s, 50s or 60s, but anyone can attend. Daugherty said people come to this event looking not only for partners, but companionship within the community. The other regular events at the bar are the wine tastings. Daugherty also said the bar has recently gone through a few renovations to add seating space for customers. So far, he has added about 10 more seats to the bar and lounge area. Since the space consists of a small room, Daugherty said is his job to try and find ways to make space for customers and merchandise. Right now, he is working on adding hinges to the side of the bar in order to create extra lounge space depending on how busy the bar is. Customers are also able to purchase entire wine bottles, which are available across from the bar. Along with the bottles are trinkets and wine-related merchandise including grape-shaped cutting boards, cork screws, coolers, wine glasses, wine rings, decorative wine bags, plates and silverware. While The Champlain Wine Company does not yet provide for local liquer and wine stores, they do supply local restaurants such as Irises Cafe and Wine Bar. Email Elizabeth Reff at fuse@cardinal

PSUC student shows promise as artist, businessman By Camille Daniels staff writer

Paint, canvas, and pencils. These are the tools needed to create art work. These are just some of the tools that artist and student Denis Cruz uses for his work. Cruz, a junior and a graphic design student at Plattsburgh State is one a few students whose work was auctioned off as part of the student art auction held in Myers Fine Arts building Thursday. His work is a variety of assignments that come from different parts of his life. The pieces range from the impact his mother has had on him to his beloved pit bull. It is through the art show he hopes that things change for him for the better. “It feels good,” Cruz said. “It’s kind of a way to get my name out there, to get people to know me.” As a graphic design student

he is always creating something new. However, it seems the area of printmaking allows him to express himself in a more personal, creative way. This is why he feels confident enough to share his works with the rest of art community. “I decided to auction it off,” Cruz said. “I thought it was a way for the rest of the art community to get to know me.” Cruz, a former computer programming student, from Newburgh, is just at the beginning stages of his printmaking journey and career, but he is not allowing that to hinder him. He is instead meeting the demands of the printmaking assignments he has been given. “I’m a little behind the art program because I just switched majors,” he said. “Once we got the projects, I knew that I had to work really hard.” One of Cruz’s pieces to look for is one of a colored bird in red, white and blue known as “Jungle Fever.” This particular piece is

special to him because it is about his mother. It’s also a special piece for another reason. “This one is the only one that wasn’t a school project,” Cruz said. While he is fresh on the college art scene he is already gaining respect from educators who have knowledge and experience in the art world. One of those educators is Diane Fine an art professor at PSUC. One of the courses she specializes in teaching is printmaking. “I’ve only had the pleasure of working with Denis this semester, and I’m so impressed with his creativity he is always trying something different,” Fine said. As a purist to the world of art, someone like Fine is able to notice in his work ethic. She said his passion for the particular area is evident, and it is something that she enjoys being a witness to. “He seems to really love the process of printmaking,” Fine

said. “He is not lazy, he is willing to try and try again.” The ability to find a solution to a problem is a skill that not too many people can claim as a strong suit. In Fine’s opinion, Cruz is not one of those people. “His way of thinking is a really good match for printmaking because of the constant problem solving and there is a lot of physical labor involved and you have to not mind doing something over and over again until you get it right,” Fine said. When it comes to changing a major there are always new challenges. Some face the changes with grace and others not as much. Cruz is finding the silver lining in the changes. “He takes advantage of learning as he goes,” Fine said. Cruz is not just a student studying art, but he is also an up and coming businessman as well. He has gone into a partnership with his housemate and friend Luis Guadalupe. Guadalupe is a senior from Fort Mont-

gomery and also a graphic design student at PSUC. The business the two students have is an online art shop. It’s called Print Brothers on etsy. com. “We’re just selling some side projects from class and our own concepts. We’re trying to get to 100 pieces of work to be sold,” Guadalupe said. As a fellow artist, Guadeloupe said he can tell there is a lot of potential in what Cruz is doing so far. “He’s energetic,” he said. “He’s growing and he’s very eager to learn new things. The faculty loves him and are really happy about what he’s doing.” Outside of making his name known to the art community, it is also important to Cruz’s that his artistic style is seen. “It’s really my style, it’s very total, very detailed” Cruz said. Email Camille Daniels at camille.daniels@cardinal


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friday, nov. 22, 2013

Sinfonia concert brings community together By James Rogers contributing writer

Drawing a bow across a string on a violin creates a sound that stands on its own but also unifies an entire group of people. Every Thursday evening, Elizabeth Gorevic and her 13 students meet to rehearse for the upcoming Sinfonia concert held at the end of November. The ensemble consists of college students, high school students, alumni and community members. “I love the variety and the community feel we all have,” said alumna Heather Allen. “We’re really connected at the show, and it’s welcoming. That’s why I keep coming back.” Much like Allen, other members of the ensemble love the opportunity to per-

form every semester. “I love the pieces. For me “To not have this in my life to play my whole final conwould be like not having an cert by myself will be a nice arm or leg,” said send off.” Plattsburgh State The communal “To not have feeling of this enstudent Nolan this in my semble does not Walker. life would only reach GorevWalker has been performing in this be like not ics students. Community members ensemble since having an love to participate his freshman arm or leg.” in the annual conyear and has been provided with a Nolan Walker, cert as well. Sinfonia “It’s been a little unique challenge member while. It’s nice to for his final perpractice and play formance. Walker a finished prodremains the only Violoncello player in the uct,” Karen Visconti said. Visconti, a mother of three ensemble, and with that much responsibility comes children, loves the passion of enormous pressure. His at- playing the violin and espetitude toward the situation cially loves playing with her shows his ability to handle daughter Betsy, who also the challenge. plays in the ensemble. “When you’re by your“It’s nice, and it’s someself you need to be on top thing we can do together of your game,” Walker said. and bond,” Visconti said. “I

forced this on my kids because I believe playing the violin is good for the brain. It’s like a language in a way.” The ensemble opens to young violinists as well such as high school student Mio Ottinger. Ottinger has been a student of Gorvic’s since she first began to play. “Elizabeth has been my teacher for seven years,” Ottinger said. “She can be strict, but she challenges me.” Ottinger, a senior at Peru High School, has participated in the event for five years. Her experience has been positive. “I love playing with higher level players than a high school orchestra. It’s very refreshing,” Ottinger said. All these members love the atmosphere of working with Gorevic, who’s students truly drive her passion. Gor-

evic has been teaching for 11 years at PSUC and is the conductor of the ensemble. “The longer I’m doing this, the more passionate I am,” Gorevic said. “We play some of the most beautiful and difficult music. When you combine that with the energy of young people, it is amazing.” Gorevic understands the challenge presented to her students and her responsibility to guide them through the process. “You want to bring people to their best potential. I believe positive thinking really helps,” Gorevic said. “Playing this kind of music is almost like a figuring out a code.” Gorevic’s love for this work reaches further than just helping her students reach their potential. Her love for the music fuels her passion as well.

“I believe playing in this ensemble deals with a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual mind set,” Gorevic said. “One of the most amazing things about music is they are in the minds of someone who lived 200 years ago.” Gorevic’s excitement and admiration of her students’ hard work will be on display later this month at an event that she encourages everybody to attend. “It’s an opportunity to appreciate how much the students are given and the beauty they are showing.” says Gorevic. The concert will be held Nov. 24 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Glenn Glitz Auditorium. Email Cardinal Points at cp@cardinal

friday, nov. 22, 2013

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WINE: ‘I don’t think it will affect us’


From Page Eight “I can order anything I want, and there is never an issue,” said Rick Latour, owner of Gioiosa’s Wine & Spirits. “So, I haven’t seen any shortage of wine whatso-ever.” From several providers, wine and liquor stores obtain their wines from places such as France, Italy, Spain, California, Chile and more. Dame’s sells 3,000 different selections of wine from different countries and areas in the United States, and depends on wine producers to sell cases of popular wines such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Restaurants in Plattsburgh are also dependent on wines from providers around the world, such as Anthony’s Restaurant and Bistro and Irises Café and Wine Bar. “It’s a projective wine shortage, but we don’t sell as much European,” said Carol McLean, owner of Irises Café and Wine Bar. “I don’t think it will affect us.” At Irises, New World wine selections, wines produced outside the traditional wine-growing areas of Europe and the Middle East, are in demand by the public. Various wines from the United States, Australia, Argentina and Chile are sold the most, thus making it easier to cope if a shortage were to occur. Anthony’s specialty, however, is selling wines from California, France and Italy. Even though Anthony’s gets some wine from places that suffer from a shortage, Scott Murray, executive chef and wine portfolio manager at Anthony’s, said he doesn’t think the shortage will affect his wine selection. “I think we’re diverse

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What wine fits your personality? Courtney Taylor Senior Environmental Science

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Weather conditions around the world have affected the grape crop harvest resulting in global wine shortage. This could eventually affect the Plattsburgh restaurants and stores that are dependent on these wine providers such as Irises Cafe and Wine Bar and Anthony’s Restaurant and Bistro. enough, so we can always find the juice,” Murray said. “But if you don’t have history, you may have issues. “It’s going to come down to the people with the right relationships.” Anthony’s has been in production since 1983 and has allocations with different providers around the world to have better chances of obtaining wine that is in shortage, like during the one shortage in Bordeaux in 2009. “I’m going to guess we will be okay,” Murray said. “I think where it may hurt is people at the entry level.” Unlike the restaurants and stores who depend on providers, other wineries and growers, depend on their own fruits to produce quality


“I can order anything I want and there is never an issue.” Rick Latour, Gioiosa’s Wine & Spirits owner

wines like Elfs Farm Winery and Cider Mill. At Elfs Farm Winery and Cider Mill, they produce and sell their own wine to the public. The Frey family has been growing grapes since 2006 and selling wines, grapes, apples and other fruits since 2007. This year, they had a small shortage. “We had one-third less crop harvest because of a rainy June,” said Tom Frey, head elf at Elfs Farm Winery and Cider Mill. “Next year, it will be impacted.” These growers are not the


only ones that might be impacted next year. President of the Lake Champlain Grape Growers Association Sean Frey said the grape culture is fairly new to the area with it being its first harvest. “Everybody has gotten their grapes, but there aren’t enough grapes to supply everybody,” Sean Frey said. “So, I guess I would call it a shortage.” Right now, there are four licensed wineries on the west shore of Lake Champlain in New York and a

dozen on the east shore in Vermont. Until there’s more anchorage, for five to six years, the association will receive grapes from Long Island and the Finger Lakes regions. Sean Frey said in the next 15 or 20 years, there should be enough grape anchorage in the area. As for now, Sean Frey, the liquor and wine stores and the restaurants believe that they will be fine throughout the shortage if it does happen. “Don’t worry. Students will still have their wine,” Bardelick said with a chuckle.

“Boxed wine because I’m simple.”

Bridgit Kasperski Senior Public Relations

Email Teah Dowling at teah.dowing@cardinal

Super bass

“Merlot because I’m sophisticated.”

Ekugbe Kpeji Sophomore Psychology

All shows are for 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 Elizabeth Reff at

Nov. 22 High Peaks (rock), 10 p.m. at Monopole in Plattsburgh. 563-2222.

SUNY Plattsburgh Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m. at E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh.

“Red wine because I’m classy.”

Parachute, Plain White Ts, Tommy & the High Pilots (rock), 7:30 p.m. at Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. $20/22. 802-652-0777.

Nov. 23

Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m. at Therapy in Plattsburgh. $5. 561-2041.

Glass Onion (rock), 10 p.m. at Olive Ridley’s in Plattsburgh. 324-2200. Mister F (rock), 10 p.m. at Monopole in Plattsburgh. 563-2222.

Quadra, Mr. French, Sideshow Bob, Clean Slate (rock), 7:30 p.m. at Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. $12/15. 802-652-0777.

Nov. 24

The Devil Makes Three, Shakey Graves (Americana), 8:30 p.m. at Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. $20. 802-652-0777.

Nov. 28

Jessica Hart Senior Criminal Justice Cardinal Pointst/Alex Ayala

Plattsburgh State student Ellen Powell strums her electric bass guitar as part of the Chamber Ensembles Concert Nov. 20 in Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall.

“Pink Moscato.”

Anthony Watkins Sophomore Audio/Video Production and Theater

Gary Peacock (singersongwriter), 10 p.m. at Monopole Downstairs in Plattsburgh. 563-2222.

Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 11:30 p.m. at Radio Bean in Burlington. $3. 802-660-9346.

The Snacks (rock), 10 p.m. at Monopole in Plattsburgh. 563-2222.

“Pinot Noir.”


By Teah Dowling associate fuse editor

When drinking wine, the mouth savors the flavor. The drink swishes back and forth and leaves a spin-tingling sensation. When swallowed, the wine leaves a aftertaste that only wine lovers can experience. But, wine won’t be able to give people that satisfaction much longer. A shortage is approaching, and it might be coming to Plattsburgh. Wine production is decreasing in numbers, according to The Huffington Post, and it’s becoming worse in areas such as France, Spain and Italy with an under supply of about 300 million cases, making it the largest shortfall in almost 50 years. So far, the United States is staying afloat. States such as Washington, Oregon, California and Virginia, according to, are the biggest wine producers in the country and are retaining a steady production. Upstate New York takes a spot in the group, and Plattsburgh seems to be unaffected, for now. “There’s so much wine out there, and there’s so much juice,” said Dennis Bardelick, owner of Smithfield Liquor and Wine. “It’s crazy.” Along with Smithfield Liquor and Wine, other wine and liquor stores such as Gioiosa’s Wine & Spirits, Liquor and Wine Warehouse and Dame’s Discount Liquor and Wine have not experienced a shortage. “There was some hype about it, but we haven’t seen it yet,” said Steve Carpenter, owner of Liquor and Wine Warehouse. “If there is any shortage, it will be after the holidays.” See WINE, B9

Cardinal Points Fall 2013 - Issue 11  

Cardinal Points Fall 2013 - Issue 11