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VP Laundry announces plans to step down By Ben Rowe editor-in-chief

It was like a scene from a movie, Vice President of Student Affairs Bill Laundry said. Standing at the top of an escalator at an alumni reception in New York City in June, Laundry was greeted by a stream of former friends, colleagues and co-workers as they made their way into the event. “Coming up the escalator are

people from all the years. Here’s would end with his retirement efsomebody from the ’70s, here fective Jan. 1, 2013. comes somebody from The decision to retire the ’80s, the ’90s. Somecame at a time when times I could recognize Laundry said he felt conthe person, sometimes I fident enough, both in his couldn’t but I was sort of a own condition and in the common denominator for condition of the school, all these people,” Laundry to step down and rethink said. his academic involveThe surreal scene Laundry ment. Laundry said the helped cap Laundry’s 43-year ca- current stability of the academic reer at Plattsburgh State, a career which he announced Wednesday See LAUNDRY, A8

The Laundry years

Though he won’t retire until Jan. 1, here’s a look at Bill Laundry’s accomplishments during his tenure at PSUC.

► He has held five positions ► In 2006, the Student Assosince 1969 — vice president for ciation suite was renamed the student affairs is the most recent. William D. Laundry Suite.

► In 2005, Laundry was ► Laundry was presented named the seventh honorary the Eldrige W. Roark Jr. Award PSUC alumnus in history. for leadership last winter.

MAKING THE LISTS

Package theft leaves student puzzled

G.l. Jobs tabs PSUC as military friendly school By Willie Santana staff writer

In 1971, John Ettling had to make a decision many veterans encounter when returning from service— choosing where to get their higher education from. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, he chose Harvard University. More than four decades later, Ettling, now president of Plattsburgh State, was glad to hear that PSUC had secured a spot on G.I. Jobs magazine’s 2013 list of military friendly schools, which is a guide for veterans and military stu-

dents to use when seeking higher education. “We have, for several years now, made concerted efforts to provide a welcoming atmosphere and supportive atmosphere for military veterans,” Ettling said. Ettling said he understands the change from military life to college life and wants to make that transition as smooth as possible for PSUC students. Only the top 15 percent of more than 12,000 Veteran Affairs-approved schools made the list, though

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The ROTC program at PSUC is one of the factors that helped the school to earn a distinction as one of G.I. Jobs magazine’s military friendly schools. ROTC students like Robert Matzelle (above left) train and learn in the classroom, like Tom Martin (above right).

Plattsburgh makes best schools list for fifth straight year By Elizabeth Reff news editor

World Report’s best colleges for the fifth year in a row. According to a PSUC press rePlattsburgh State has been lease, U.S. News & World Report ranked one of the U.S. News & magazine publishes a section

titled “America’s Best Colleges,” University of Pennsylvania for which ranks colleges in various the top regional universities in categories every September. the northern United States. This year, PSUC tied for 26th position with Slippery Rock See RANK, A8

Plattsburgh State student Khaldun Shabazz said he received an open package that was missing items. Shabazz said he went to get a package Sept. 6 in the Whiteface Hall mailroom that he thought would contain a book, a coat, some headphones, a non-driver identification card and a bank statement. However, when he received it, he noticed it had been opened, and the bank statement and identification card were missing. Director of Housing Cathy Moulton said it sounds as if the package was opened in transit, and because of the heavy traffic in both the warehouse and mailrooms, students could not look at every package to check that they had not been tampered with. Warehouse Stores clerk Sharron Belanger said she agreed that, because of the high volume of mail coming at the beginning of the semester, it was most likely that an opened package could have been overlooked by workers. She said they often receive packages, especially from Amazon.com, that are crushed and open. Once, the warehouse received an empty plastic bag addressed to a student. However, she said she didn’t think it happened on campus. “We try to be careful here,” Belanger said. Shabazz said the box did not appear to be crushed or tattered, but the tape had been removed, and there were holes in the top of the package.

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Preserving the lake

Getting back on track

Bluegrass moves north

The Champlain Sea Grant, a cooperative program between Plattsburgh State and the University of Vermont, achieved the next level of recognition. Page A3

The Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team has fallen on hard luck recently. But a three-goal performance last weekend could be the start of a turnaround. Page B1

A pair of PSUC alumni have made it big as musicians in a genre you may not know. But local music lovers are trying to teach you more. Page B8

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PSUC News Faculty reception to take place Friday Plattsburgh College Foundation Faculty and Staff Reception will be held Friday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. at the Cardinal Lounge in the ACC. Faculty and staff are invited to join colleagues for refreshments and conversation and celebrate the beginning of the fall semester. In addition, the co-chairs of the 2012-2013 Faculty Staff Campaign will be introduced briefly.

Fuerza event to be held in the ACC

The Fuerza History event will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Warren Ballroom in the ACC.

Alzheimer’s Walk will raise funds to support PSUC disease center

Alzheimer’s Walk to Remember will be held Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1.30 p.m. The funds raised will be used to support the SUNY Plattsburgh Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center and the Third Age Adult Day Centers in the tri-county area. Registration for the walk will start at noon in Sibley Hall. For more information, call 518-564-3371 or look for Plattsburgh Alzheimer’s Walk on Facebook.

Faculty Recital to happen at 4 p.m.

A faculty recital will be held Sunday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. in the Krinovitz Auditorium. Jo Ellen Miano, music faculty, will be performing a voice recital. Karen Becker, Marilyn Reynolds and Janine Scherline will also perform for the night, and works by Foster, Saint-Saëns and Puccini will be played. The event is free, with limited seating.

Presentation will display ways stu-

dents can get engaged in school

TJ Sullivan will be presenting “The Apathy Myth: Real Answers to Unmotivated Members,” a presentation on ways to get engaged in school, Monday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. in the Warren Ballroom, ACC.

‘Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

director will visit Plattsburgh State

Byron Hurt, director of documentary film “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” and anti-sexist activist film maker, will be discussing his work and mission Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Warren Ballroom, ACC.

SUNY News U.S. Secretary of Labor Visits MCC

Rochester – U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today visited Monroe Community College’s Applied Technologies Center Sept. 24 to celebrate and point up a $14.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to the State University of New York community colleges. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and MCC President Anne M. Kress hosted the event. Community leaders in business development and advanced manufacturing and elected officials were also part of the visit. “This federal support will help grow SUNY’s already powerful capacity to prepare students for careers in hightech and advanced manufacturing fields where there is such a high demand in New York and across the country,” Chancellor Zimpher said. “I applaud our congressional delegation for working so diligently in securing these funds and for their continued partnership and recognition of SUNY’s ability to drive economic development and job growth across New York.” “Monroe Community College is proud to lead this initiative coordinating all 30 SUNY community colleges in preparing more New Yorkers for viable advanced manufacturing careers,” Kress said. The grant, brought out as part of the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, will enable all SUNY community colleges to create and provide a strategic technique to job training and education for industries such as nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing and facilitate job placement. The grant is also part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, which encourages improvement of skills and facilitates employment in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation, health care, technology and engineering through partnerships between training providers and local employers.

CP Corrections In “Cheating on the rise, no cases at PSUC,” from issue 3, the article refers to only five cases of academic dishonesty being sent to the dean of student’s office. Actually, all cases are sent to his office. In “Fighting for a dream,” in issue 3, Holly Kernozek was identified as Andrew Kernozec’s mother. She is actually Christian Kernozec’s mother. If you see an error in Cardinal Points, email cp@cardinalpointsonline.com

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Young students encouraged to vote By Franco Bastida staff writer

Apathy, broken promises and negative campaigning are diminishing young voters’ intent to cross the ballot this upcoming presidential election, a recent Gallup poll suggests. Conducted to 30,952 registered voters and released on June 2012, the poll revealed only 58 percent of young U.S. voters between 18 and 29 years of age intend to vote on Nov. 6. Results signify a major downturn when compared to previous elections, where voting intentions had been higher. In October 2008, Gallup recorded 78 percent of young voters would definitely vote, while in 2004 the percent was 81. Plattsburgh State’s Political Science Chairman, Harvey Schantz, explained one of the reasons the percentage has decreased is because of negative campaigning, which is effective in turning young voters away. “When you come of age, you’re more susceptible to the other trends. Sometimes those trends mark you up for life,” he said. Schantz said the generational effect is the impact of the effect that takes place in the impressionable years of voters, from 17 to 26 years old. “Each generation begins with a lower voting turn out,” he said, “as they get older, they vote more.” Kelly Martin, freshman and nursing major at our college, said negative campaigning does have an impact on the young vote, and thinks some young people away from home will not vote because they don’t know how absentee ballots work. “People look at negative things easier. They both (the candidates) attack each other instead of concentrating on what’s important,” Martin said.

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The above chart shows the voter turnout by age from 1972-2008. Out of 30,952 registered voters, only 58 percent of young U.S. voters between ages 18 and 29 said they intended to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Aside from negative campaigning, there are other explanations for the decrease in the intention of vote. One of them is grounded in human nature and youth itself. As Schantz mentioned, younger voters are the less frequent voters, ones who lack the habit of voting, so it is not that young voters don’t want to vote. Schantz said there are systematic changes and human patterns that can’t be ignored, and a maturation process that needs to take place. “Right now, younger voters are concerned in their social lives and career futures,” he said. “The higher the age, the higher the voter turnout.” It is also worth noting the percentage of people who say they will vote in polls is actually lower than those who actually vote, and this applies to the electorate under 30 years of age. Shannon Ferguson, senior and childhood and special education major, said part of the problem with voting is a lot of people believe it doesn’t matter. “We’re in a self-centered and self-gratifying culture. If people don’t see the immediate benefits of their actions, then they’re less inclined to take direct action and vote,” Ferguson said.

2008 was the year of the young vote, and voters stood out more than in any other election. This year, intentions around the country seem low. On campus, however, opinions among students seem divided. Maxwell Gottfried, fitness and wellness leadership major and sophomore, for example, will not vote this election. He is politically uninterested because each presidential term changes things too much and little things get accomplished. “There has to be somebody making the constant right decisions and only multiple presidents going in the right direction can do that,” he said. Royston Peters, political science major and part of the Political Advocacy and Awareness Committee, said some students are lazy and look after their benefits, missing the opportunity to vote. “If something is not beneficial to them, they don’t get involved,” he said. For the President of the Student Association, Charles Sanchez said, 2008 was different because it was the first time an African American had a real chance of becoming president of the United States. He said a lot of voters are being dissuaded from vot-

ing because they don’t have faith in the candidates. “The perception for young voters is the political system is broken, and no matter who is running the system there is not going to be any change,” Sanchez said. Currently, the Political Advocacy and Awareness Committee and the Student Association are trying to make efforts to raise student-voting registrations. A registration barbeque held on Sept. 15 by the Political Advocacy and Awareness Committee saw how 80 students registered for voting. Students are highly encouraged to come and register at the tables the Student Association will set up on Oct. 1, 2 and 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Angell College Center. Absentee ballot forms may also be found online at http://www.elections. ny.gov/Voting Absentee. html or at the Student Association office. “Some students have come to the office by themselves and picked up forms for them and their friends,” said Noemy Brito, vice president of student affairs. The deadline for people who want to register in New York is Oct. 12.

research methods in communication. Lemza said by offering Starting this fall, Platts- students a stand-alone burgh State officially offers major they will be able to a sole bachelor’s degree in compete with public relapublic relations. tions students nationwide. Previously, the public re- She said the major was lations degree was created with the split into two possiintent of seek“You’re ble concentrations: ing certification either pre- for the program public relations and advertising pared to go from the Public or organizational into PR, or Relations Socileadership comyou realize ety of America, munication. Each an organization concentration re- this isn’t for of over 21,000 me.” quired a different public relations Christopher set of core classes and communicawith the only extion professionHuntley ception of CMM PSUC student als, who help 304, which was provide developincluded by both. ment, establish The electives were similar standards and maintain except for a few classes. ethics for its members and Colleen Lemza, a com- the global public relations munications assistant field, according to prsa. professor, said the major org. combines basic entryLemza said PSUC might level theory with mul- apply for certification in the tiple opportunities for spring semester, and she students to get a hands- is confident that PSUC will on experience through meet the expectations for their core courses. She the certification. said students get a blend Christopher Huntley, of experience, theory, a senior public relations ethics and research. The major and president of the core courses for the major PSUC branch of the Public include public relations Relations Student Society campaigns, public rela- of America, said courses tions management, and like public relations prin-

ciples, CMM 311, which is one of the core requirements for the new public relations major, helped prepare him for what he will encounter once he leaves PSUC. “Classes like that are hands on and actually give you an experience of what you’re going to have to deal with once you graduate really enhance your education,” Huntley said. He said the public relations major was needed because some students don’t really know what public relations is about, so the classes help students realize whether or not they truly want to go into public relations. He said having a separate major gives a clear understanding of what the work is and the classes that are in the major. “You’re either prepared to go into PR or you realize this isn’t for me,” Huntley said, adding that after taking a few classes he realized PR was for him. Stephanie Durr, a public relations student and PRSSA member, was pursuing a leadership organization concentrated public relations major before she changed over to the new major. She wanted to get

more into the marketing side of public relations, and she said the leadership organization concentration was missing the marketing aspect. Meanwhile, she said students who were pursuing a public relations/ advertising concentration told her it was missing the organization aspects of public relations. “There were definitely some aspects that were lacking in the two separate majors and by blending them they kind of brought together a better understand of what PR really is,” Durr said. “I think it opened a lot of opportunities for a lot of students.” Durr said she wished the major would contain more writing courses because of how important writing is for public relations. She said she doesn’t know if the writing courses included in the major are enough to prepare students. However, because she was an English major her freshman year, she said she doesn’t have to worry about her writing skills.

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Sea grant becomes ‘Coherent Area Program’ By Stanley Blow III associate news editor

A cooperative program between Plattsburgh State and the University of Vermont has been granted the status of “Coherent Area Program,” which could mean more funding and more notability on the national level. The Lake Champlain Sea Grant, one of 32 Sea Grant programs across the country, is centered on the preservation and protection of the Lake Champlain basin area, and education and outreach ton both sides of the lake, Co-director of the Lake Champdlain Sea Grant and PSUC Professor Timothy Mihuc said. e The Sea Grant programs are funded by the National rOceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA), -Administration which is — according to the o website — “an agency that genriches life through science” by doing everything from monitoring the climate to lmanaging fisheries and supsporting marine commerce. t The advancement of the Sea Grant from a “project” status -to “Coherent Area Program” results in a higher status eacross the country and will -make it more stable than it has sbeen in the past, Mihuc said. - Sea Grant Extension Specialist Mark Malchoff said -the promotion will result in -the program being “a little -more institutionalized” and pwill have a slightly larger 1budget with which to work. “The money is more of a sure thing,” Malchoff said. Up until now, Malchoff said, the Sea Grant was more e of an annual project, where . . -

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Mark Malchoff (second from right), Lake Champlain Research Institute Sea Grant extension specialist, works with a team of institute and Sea Grant members to surgically implant a radio telemetry tag into a bass fish as part of a bass behavior study. The Lake Champlain Sea Grant is centered on the protection and preservation of the Lake Champlain basin area. funds would have to be reapplied for every year in order to do research and outreach. However, with a Coherent Area status, the program will receive larger chunks of money every two to four years, instead of every year. Malchoff said PSUC works relatively closely with the UVM half of the program, as they meet on a monthly basis. However, due to lack of funding in the past, the Plattsburgh side has not been able to participate as much in their youth educa-

tion and outreach aspect of the program, but he said he hopes to do more of that if the budget will allow. “We did some of that (youth education) early on using graduate students,” he said, “but we don’t have the money anymore over here.” On the Vermont side, UVM Assistant Professor and Director of Outreach and Education Jurij Homziak said he handles more of the educational aspect in Vermont to raise awareness, especially among youth. Malchoff said a major

concern for Lake Champlain that the Sea Grant is actively researching and educating the public about is the introduction of invasive species such as the zebra mussel and Asian carp. Malchoff said his job is to educate mostly adults in the City of Plattsburgh, the bait and tackle industry and non-profits who deal with invasive species by making brochures and flash cards with important information regarding “nuisance species” that are bad for the

lake’s health. Upon learning of the advancement of the grant, both sides of the lake were pleased, and hope to do more with the extra funds they will receive. Homziak said the UVM half of the grant was satisfied with being recognized nationally for the work it has done in the lake. Malchoff said that, with the more permanent status, the grant can do “longer range thinking and programming” because there is no need to

reapply each year. “It should improve both the quality and the quantity of what we do,” he said. Homziak said the Vermont side of the grant hopes to be able to give pay raises to faculty and staff who have not received one recently. He said the Sea Grant has been “pretty stretched” when it comes to supporting its faculty. Email Stanley Blow III at stanley.blow@ cardinalpointsonline.com

Adjunct lecturers honored for teaching excellence By Willie Santana staff writer

Plattsburgh State awarded two e adjunct lecturers and a lecturer n with the 2011-2012 Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct faculty and Lecturers. The recipients were: Richard Aberle, english; Erin Mitchell, english and gender and women’s studies; and Gillian Crane-Kramer, anthropology. Each received an award certificate, and $500, which can be used for travel, training or teaching supplies. “This award is intended to recgognize these critically important dfaculty members in the same way -that full-time faculty members nare recognized for their excelglence in teaching, research and services,” Stephen Light, associ-ate vice president for academic aaffairs, said. - Adjuncts and lecturers are not rconsidered full-time faculty. That -is why the award was issued by -PSUC not SUNY, which honors full-time faculty throughout the ySUNY system with an annual eChancellor’s Award for Excele g t ” d a

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lence. Nominees for the award were chosen by a three-member committee, consisting of former PSUC chancellor prize-winners. The nominees were sent to James Liszka, provost and vice president for academic affairs, for approval. Lastly, PSUC President John Ettling provided the final approval. Nominees were considered based on their recommendations from faculty and students, student evaluations, syllabuses and teaching ability. “What it is says is that these are people who students think very highly of,” Light said. “Their courses are very creative. Their syllabuses show they have very high standards in their classroom.” Aberle has been a part of the English department since 2010, teaching English 101, English 295 and English 161. He has been a basketball coach at the high school and college levels. Currently, he is a coach of the men’s lacrosse team at Lyndon State College. Before coming to PSUC, Aberle taught English and history in Los Angeles at Washington High School, a predominantly AfricanAmerican school. Also in Los Ange-

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les, he taught English and history at Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School, a predominantly latino school that had some refugees from wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Aberle said he enjoys Skiing, hiking, sports and academics. His broad interests and teaching experiences can be attributed to his “restless spirit,” which is always hungry to learn more despite numerous undergraduate and graduate degrees. This constant desire for knowledge is what he aims to spark in his students, so he is always challenging his students because he has faith in them. Aberle said he enjoys teaching literature because it forces people to put themselves in another person’s shoes. “Literature teaches empathy,” Aberle said. Mitchell has taught almost two decades at PSUC. She has taught an array of courses in English and gender and women’s studies, such as modern Short History and feminist theory. Reading and writing were passions for Mitchell at an early age, so becoming a teacher was an easy choice for her. Before arriving at PSUC, she

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taught composition at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where she received a master’s in English, and at DePaul University. Mitchell said she makes her classes more of a discussion with a community environment. Her teaching style demands a lot from her students, who often earn the “Erin Mitchell mercy bump-up” which refers to a higher final grade instead of usually lower grades on papers that she grades with an iron first. “Get by me, and you can get by anyone,” Mitchell said. However, she said her sense of humor, combined with her ability to read and edit papers, and hard work, is why she thinks she was awarded. How has her teaching improved after over 20 years? She said she has become a better human being because she has become kinder and wittier over the years. “When you’re a teacher, you have to be an actor, a comedian, a disciplinarian, a riot girl, a revolutionary more or less… and their

mom,” Mitchell said, chuckling. Crane-Kramer also thinks it is important for classes to be engaging because she said students learn from each other, and she learns from students. In her classes, she emphasizes critical reasoning and good writing because those skills will help students succeed. She has been an adjunct instructor at PSUC since 1999 and a lecturer since 2007, teaching numerous courses in anthropology. CraneKramer has also developed new courses in her field. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, a master’s degree in science from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D from the University of Calgary. Crane-Kramer acknowledges that her classes are not easy, but said students learn more when they are challenged. “I really do feel students rise to the level of expectation,” CraneKramer said. Email Willie Santana at willie.santana@ cardinalpointsonline.com


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‘Crowdfunding’ experts speak at PSUC By Brian Molongoski staff writer

Sept. 16 12:30 a.m. — On Campus — University Police arrested Zane Abdelmeged of 542 Moffitt Hall and charged him with a violation of unlawful possession of alcohol under 21. He was released upon an appearance ticket.

12:36 a.m. — Broad Street — City Police arrested Erik Tangen and charged him with violations of disorderly conduct and possession of a forged instrument. He was held in lieu of $100 bail.

10:07 p.m. — University Police — A resident student reported that another resident student may have unlawfully disposed of some of her property. An investigation is ongoing. A service report was filed.

Sept. 20 2:31 p.m. — Wilson Hall — A resident student reported harassing messages and pictures written on the dry erase board on her door. An investigation is ongoing. A crime incident report was filed.

4:06 p.m. — University Police — A counselor from Psychological Services requested a welfare check on a resident student after the mother of the student contacted her with concerns. The student was located and transported to the Student 1:50 a.m. — Prospect Av- Health Center to speak with enue — University Police ar- the counselor. A service rerested Michael Brosnan of 333 port was filed. Hood Hall and charged him with driving while intoxicated. 11:21 p.m. — Hood Hall — He was issued an appearance University Police and the City ticket and released to a third Fire Department ambulance responded to Hood Hall for a party. report of an intoxicated male 1:56 a.m. — Moffitt Hall — vomiting blood. It was deterUniversity Police responded mined the blood was from a to Moffitt Hall for an intoxi- student’s teeth bleeding after cated student. The student brushing. No transport was was transported to the emer- necessary. A service report gency room by CVPH ambu- was filed. lance. College charges were forwarded. A service report Sept. 21 8:31 p.m. — Moffitt Hall — was filed. A resident student reported 2 p.m. — Mason Hall — Uni- laundry stolen from the Mofversity Police responded to fitt Hall laundry room. Officers the third floor of Mason Hall located the items in the launfor graffiti. Several door name dry room and notified the stutags and dry erase boards had dent. A crime incident report vulgar messages written on was filed. them. The incident occurred sometime after midnight. A 9:32 p.m. — Kent Hall — crime incident report was University Police responded to 218 Kent Hall for a student filed. who may have received a concussion while playing football Sept. 17 12:30 a.m. — Amite Plaza earlier. The student was trans— An employee reported six ported to the hospital by prior seven individuals dam- vate vehicle. A service report aging the bushes in Amite was filed. Plaza. University Police responded and located six in- 11:31 p.m. — Macomb Hall dividuals on Rugar Street. — University Police and CVPH The individuals admitted to ambulance responded to 204 running through the bushes. Macomb Hall for an intoxicatA crime incident report was ed student. The student was filed. College charges were transported to the hospital via filed against two resident ambulance. College charges students and four off-cam- were forwarded. A service report was filed. A copy was propus students. vided to the Student Health Center. Sept. 18 2:20 a.m. — Court Street — City Police arrested Joseph 11:45 p.m. — South CathGullo Jr. of 74 Court St. and erine Street — City Police charged him with violations arrested Jared Docking of of the city noise ordinance and 5090 South Catherine St. and unlawful possession of mari- charged him with a violation juana. He was released upon of the city noise ordinance. He posting $100 bail. was released upon an appearance ticket. 12:47 p.m. — Macdonough Sept. 22 Hall — A female resident student reported that an un- 3:15 a.m. — Off Campus — known male had entered her University Police assisted City room through the window Police in dispersing a large at 5 a.m. on Sept. 16. He im- crowd on Margaret Street. A mediately exited the room service report was filed. into the residence hall. The incident is being investigated. 8:51 p.m. — Memorial Hall A crime incident report was — University Police and the City Fire Department EMS filed. responded to the Memorial 2:39 p.m. — Service Build- Hall Fitness Center for a feing — University Police assist- male who was complaining of ed the Clinton County Sheriff’s dizziness and nausea. The feDepartment in executing a male declined transport to the bench warrant on an employ- hospital and signed a release. ee. The employee was taken She is not affiliated with the into custody without incident. college. A service report was A service report was filed. filed. 12:57 a.m. — Brinkerhoff Street — City Police arrested James Costello of 143 Brinkerhoff St. and charged him with a violation of the city noise ordinance. He was released upon an appearance ticket.

Sept. 19 8:07 p.m. — Myers Fine Arts — University Police and the City Fire Department ambulance responded to Myers for a female with an injured ankle. A resident student was transported to CVPH after injuring her ankle rehearsing for a theater production. A service report was filed.

10:39 p.m. — Off Campus — University Police assisted City Police in locating a male who was reported to have been in possession of a rifle on South Catherine Street. The male is not affiliated with the campus. A service report was filed. To view the full police blotter, visit

With crowdfunding, small business owners and innovators can help attract investors to push their ideas and businesses onto the market. Crowd funding is a form of social commerce which allows people to donate and pool resources to help start a business or sell a product. It can also help a company to raise money by selling equity to those who want to invest. In a seminar on Sept. 26, students and faculty gathered in the Cardinal Lounge to hear business experts explain how crowdfunding can help raise money to manufacture original products as well as start and expand small businesses. David Drake, chairman of LDJ Capital and founder of Soho Loft Capital Creation Event Series, explained how certain start-up sites can be used to sell innovative and original ideas. Kickstarter.com, Indiegogo.com and RocketHub. com are just a few sites in which anybody can present their ideas for a new product. People can donate money to help get the product manufactured and onto the market. If enough money is raised to get the product mass produced, donors may receive some sort of reward depending on how much was donated individually. One such product is the Pebble, a customizable watch which can be connected to smartphones. Through kickstarter.com, the Pebble raised over $10 million through more than 68 thousand donors. Those who donated enough money would be given a free copy of the watch. Drake explained that crowdfunding can help innovators discover what kinds of things customers are interested in and looking to invest their money toward. “The beauty of crowd funding is that it’s inexpensive and everybody can do it,” Drake said. “It’s like

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Enzo Villani, CEO of Villani Advisors and professor of marketing and entrepreneurship, speaks to PSUC students and faculty about how crowfunding can help small business owners during a presentation in the Cardinal Lounge Wednesday. putting an infomercial on TV but without having the product available yet.” Enzo Villani, CEO of Villani Advisors and professor of marketing and entrepreneurship, said crowdfunding strategies can also be applied to local and small businesses. “If someone wants to open a small bakery here in Plattsburgh, they can raise money through friends and family rather than getting a loan from the bank,” Villani said. “Once the bakery opens, investors could receive a free cupcake, or they could own part of the business.” Villani said that if people own a small piece of a business, they’ll want to buy more products from that business. Jamse Ward, owner of the Cheechako Taco restaurant in downtown Plattsburgh, said using crowdfunding strategies would allow him to not only sell more food, but also sell apparel and merchandise. “The needs of the customers are at the heart of any business,” Ward said. “Customers will be able to put their money where their

mouth is.” Villani said that it’s important for entrepreneurs and business majors to understand how to raise capital in the most effective way, so they can help innovators and business owners sell their products. “Crowdfunding is a way for start-ups to quickly raise money,” Nancy Church, chair of marketing and entrepreneurship, said. “This is going to help a lot of entrepreneurs get going.” According to WebFinancial LLC CEO Christine Landon, crowd funding can also benefit women and minorities involved in business. Landon said it’s less common to find women business owners and that crowdfunding allows for greater equality between men and women in the business environment. “Crowdfunding presents unique opportunites for women and minorities to gain access to capital in nontraditional ways,” Landon said. “It also gives them the chance to bring out skills that are assets to businesses.” While crowdfunding can present many benefits for

businessmen and innovators, taxation and fraud are issues in the process that have yet to be regulated. It’s also still illegal for businesses to sell equity to investors. “This stuff is so new that it’s not regulated yet,” Villani said. “There is always going to be the risk of fraud, so these business portals have to be able to manage and disclose their information.” Drake said that after the SEC finishes writing the rules and regulations surrounding crowdfunding, buying and selling equity will be legal by summer 2013. Even with these issues, Villani believes that crowdfunding will benefit the economy in the long run. “At the end of the day, I think (crowdfunding) is going to revolutionize the way capital is raised,” Villani said. “Hopefully this will happen within the next six months and help drive the economy forward.”

position—were selected. “We had to present ourselves at the SA meeting, and we received petitions,” Dominiguez said. The candidates also had to get 250 signatures from the students in two weeks and go back to the SA meeting for a general vote and approval. It will bring a new energy, motivation and fresh faces in the group, Sanchez said. However, the SA senators are already half-way through the legislation, and now Dominiguez and Lil-

libridge have to find their place and where they fit in. Lillibridge has been appointed to be the liaison between Housing & Residence Life and the SA. “It is cool because I am a Resident Assistant in Adirondack Hall and also and administrative to my Resident Director,” Lillibridge said. Sanchez met Lillibridge during student orientation in the summer. “He was an orientation leader, and he did an awesome job,” he said.

Lillibridge is also involved in the Minor Adjustments Club, Food Group and UkeA-Dooks on campus. “I want to work with Kim, the environment awareness senator, and help reduce energy cost. That’s a path I definitely want to go down,” he said. “There is still a lot for them to learn, and I am here to support and help them if they need me,” Sanchez said.

Email Brian Molongoski at brian.molongoski@ cardinalpointsonline.com

Two new SA senators recently appointed By Darina Naidu associate news editor

“Two senators have recently been appointed by the members of the Student Association (SA) at Plattsburgh State: Ben Lillibridge and Maria Dominiguez. The two new members had their first full meeting Wednesday, Sept. 26 as official senators. “They are excited,” Charles Sanchez, president of the SA, said. “They have been very enthusiastic in their roles.” Dominiguez was appointed as the ex-officio for activities and Lillibridge is the new ex-officio for Housing & Residence Life at PSUC. “I am the person who goes to the Activities Coordination Board and who is the senator for films, entertainment, coffee house, novelties and special events on campus,” she said. Dominiguez said she found out about the openings through her friend, Ashley Tyree, who works with her at Feinberg Library. Tyree is also the executive vice president on the SA board. “She mentioned it, and I thought it was something I wanted to do,” she said. Dominiguez has been part of the Activities Coordination Board, the trips committee and the Coffee House since her freshman year at PSUC. “So, I know a lot about those, and I am willing to help with whatever the SA needs me to help with.” The candidates interested in the openings had to do an interview and only two candidates— one for each

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Shuttle driver leaves 3-year job behind By Javier Simon contributing writer

lently banged their heads against the windows. “It’s a lot easier to interact with college students than it is with inmates,” Ledwith said with a smile. Some college students, however, got more than a conversation out of Lediwth. In fact, he met three students outside of work to help them acquire their driver’s licenses. He found out about their problem while discussing it in the van. Two of the students passed the required exam after taking it for first time. Some students also got the opportunity to win cash inside the shuttle van. “We played Plattsburgh State’s version of Cash Cab,” Ledwith said with a chuckle. “The easy questions were five dollars, the hard ones were impossible.” The students also gave back to Ledwith “I knew there was diversity in the college,” Ledwith said, “but I never realized how much.” I heard so many different languages and met people from all over the world. Nonetheless, Ledwith had to leave the job behind after a few problems with management’s decisions. During the fall of 2011, Ledwith lost the option to drop students off in places like Jade Buffet and

Laughter, conversation and music were common inside the Student Association shuttle van when Tim Ledwith was behind the wheel. Last Saturday, Ledwith left that scene behind. “I always have and always will enjoy the interactions I had with students,” Ledwith said. “I can’t think of one episode in the last three years where I had an issue with a student.” Plattsburgh State student Matt Goldweber said he appreciated the conversations he’s had with Ledwith. “I’ve felt comfortable making small talk with him,” Goldweber said. “We talked about what was going on in campus” PSUC student Gary Tibbs also remembered speaking with Ledwith. “I was alone one time, and he r strike up a conversation about l school, so the ride wasn’t silent and awkward,” Tibbs said. Before stepping into the SA - Shuttle for the first time, Lede with’s job offered the kind of int teraction he wasn’t satisfied with. . He worked as a corrections of- ficer. An important aspect of his - job was transferring inamates. Sometimes, the inmates were also w mental health patients who vio” k s o By Claire Durham important around campus, r staff writer what makes Plattsburgh and students special.” e She has worked at Ithaca s “Life is like a box of chocoglates, you never know what College as associate director of career services, at St. Lawdyou’re gonna get.” y Tracey Cross-Baker, the rence University as associate new director of the career director of career and leader,and development center be- ship education, at Plymouth -lieves in this famous quote State University as a career emade in the “Forrest Gump” counselor, and at Clinton movie. Community College as direcI “I always have a jar of choc- tor of career services. Cross-Baker has first-hand solate. You can make friends, ehave conversations and keep experience being a graduate of Plattsburgh State, com-things in perspective.” s She was appointed as the pleting her Certificate of Adenew director on August 8, vanced Studies in Counselor Education in 2009. p2012. She has worked in student - “It’s a lot of fun getting to know students and what’s affairs for the past 20 years,

HSBC Bank because they were off the predesignated route. “When we had 14 students in the van while parked in Angell Center, I had the liberty of asking kids where they were going,” Ledwith said “So, I could plot the most strategic route that will put the students on the side of the road they needed to be on and still make it to Target, the first predetermined destination on time.” This semester, management installed Global Positioning Systems inside the SA Shuttle Vans, so students could locate the van via a mobile application. Ledwith also saw it as a way for management to monitor the drivers. He said a letter sent to him read, “Any variation from the predesignated route would result in disciplinary action.” Still, Ledwith drove off the route when he felt a student’s physical health could be in danger. “Any student who has tried to get across Cornelia Street on foot knows the danger involved in that,” Ledwith said. Nevertheless, the installation of the GPS system eventually made Ledwith decide to look for another job. “At that I point, I realized that if they [Management] were more

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Tim Ledwith waves a final goodbye to the students who enjoyed his shuttle rides for the past 3 years. interested in monitoring a driver than the safety of the students, it was time for me to look for something else,” Ledwith said. Now, Ledwith is seeking a seasonal job with United Postal Service. If hired, he’s positive he will make as much money in a three month period as he would by driving the shuttle for a semester. In fact, Ledwith is retired. To the best of his knowledge, he believes the rest of the SA Shuttle drivers are retired as well.

Still, Ledwith said deciding to leave Plattsburgh State was a tough call. “On one occasion, I got in the van at four in the afternoon to see the whole van erupt in clapping and cheering,” Ledwith said, “I thought it was so cool.” “It was their way of saying they were glad to see me. Those are the kinds of things you can’t buy,” Ledwith said. Ledwith made his last Shuttle round last Saturday between 4 and 7 p.m.

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and she follows the former director who committed 40 years to the position. “Career services have a chance to work with anyone and everyone. I really like that aspect.” The Career Development Center provides career counseling, student employment services, networking with employers, Cardinal Connections with alumni and students, and other supportive resources and programs. Along with these services, Senior Career Counselor Sally Urban said about the Career Development Center, “It’s career planning, but it’s also college planning.”

Students can do internships, join clubs, and work part-time jobs while they are in school, which can give them a broader and richer college experience. Barbara Barry, another senior career counselor, said, “I really enjoy my job and enjoy learning new things and helping students explore their interests and researching career fields is always new and exciting.” Cross-Baker is excited about her new position and she hopes to strengthen and expand programs in the future, one of them being connecting students and alumni. “(We) have an opportunity

to be more intentional to connect students and alumni.” The Cardinal Connections program does just that. Among its benefits includes organizing alumni events, having career and networking opportunities for both alumni and students, and helping alumni and students connect and stay connected with each other. Joanne Nelson, the director of alumni relations, said “(It’s) Any connection we make that’s mutually beneficial within the cardinal community.” The Plattsburgh Alumni Community, referred to as the PAC, was introduced

last year, and it’s one of the leading resources of Cardinal Connections. Kerry Chapin, assistant director of alumni relations, said, “The database (PAC) is an online directory of alumni names and alumni connecting with other alumni. It allows students to log in and tap into the alumni community.” The $15 alumni fee students pay every semester goes into a pool and it’s for the association’s budget. One of the programs that directly benefits from this budget is PAC. Email Claire Durham at claire.durham@ cardinalpointsonline.com

Student Association Soundoff A message from the Plattsburgh State Student Association

SA PARLIAMENTARIAN POSITION OPEN The Student Association is looking for a parliamentarian, which is a paid position. For more information, contact Tim Maggio at tmagg001@mail.plattsburgh.edu MONDAY, OCT. 1 Register to Vote, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. The Political Advocacy and Awareness Committee will be organizing and encouraging voter registration in the Angell College Center lobby. TJ Sullivan Speaks, 5-10 p.m. TJ Sullivan presents “The Apathy Myth: Real Answers to Unmotivated Members.” He will give a presentation on ways to get engaged and stay engaged in school in the Warren Ballroom, Angell College Center. TUESDAY, OCT. 2 Register to Vote, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. The Political Advocacy and Awareness Committee will be organizing and encouraging voter registration in the Angell College Center lobby. “Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” 8-10 p.m. No More! welcomes speaker Byron Hurt, American activist, lecturer, writer, and award-winning documentary filmmaker to discuss his work, mission and anti-sexist activism in the Warren Ballroom, Angell College Center. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3 Fondue Festival, 7-8 p.m. The Student Affairs Board’s Diversity Committee invites students to a fondue festival to learn more about diversity in Meeting Room 8, Angell College Center. THURSDAY, OCT. 4 Register to Vote, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. The Political Advocacy and Awareness Committee will be organizing and encouraging voter registration in the Angell College Center lobby. FRIDAY, OCT. 5 Columbus Weekend Vacation Buses, 3 p.m. The Student Association will sponsor two vacation buses for students traveling over Columbus Weekend. One bus will stop in Newburgh and Penn Station, and the other will stop in Brooklyn and Garden City. The buses will leave from the Angell College Center at 3 p.m. Stop by the Student Association office for more information.


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Why is it important to vote?

Morgan Hill Senior Psychology

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Use any tool when Impersonal dating questing for love hides real dangers “It’s important to educate yourself so your voice is heard.”

Johnny McCarthy Senior History

“It’s easy to do and you might as well have your voice heard.”

Cara Lee Senior Public Relations

“You should definitely vote to give your input into important matters and make sure your voice is heard.”

Craig Miles Senior Radio and Television

“So that you can choose a politician to represent the same belief that you represent.”

Dustin Ryan Junior Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

“It’s important because everybody should have some insight into what they want the future to be.”

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Where would we be without online dating? We would be in a world with a lot more single and miserable people running around. The Pew Research Center is a website dedicated to compiling facts, trends, and statistics that shape our world. Their research showed that by 2005, 37 percent of internet users had used online dating sites. They also found that of all the relationships formed in Wood the United States between 2007 and 2009, 22 percent of those couples met online, which was only second to people meeting a partner through friends. There are many ways that people can meet a soul mate or a one-night mate. One could go downtown to the bars and hope their beer goggles treat them right at the end of the night. Others can check out events on campus in an effort to meet some new compatible people. These social settings, however, are not for everyone. That is the exact reason why there is online dating. Online dating allows people to connect with others on their own accord and also control what people they interact with. The options are also plentiful online. In just a few minutes, one could look through hundreds of men or women’s profiles in hopes of finding a gem among rocks. This is possible because sites like eHarmony and Match.com ask a ridiculous amount of questions to help match you up with those fitting a certain criteria. Also, many people just don’t have the time to invest in finding that special someone by going out to

bars, restaurants or services like speed dating. Online dating allows the super busy a chance to scope out some prospects and shoot a quick message rather than take a few hours going out trying to talk to people. Going on actual dates cost money, lots of it over time. It’s a pretty smart financial step going the online route and saving money until the big meet up. Another plus to online dating is that you can get to know someone better, before you actually have to meet them. Most daters don’t just hop on a bus and go see their dates. They trade emails or texts and get a somewhat better understanding of an individual. How well does a person really know someone they just met in a bar? There is a chance that you just hooked up with a parasitic clinger. These can be weeded out online by seeing how they interact with you before you meet them. Online dating has also soared with the rise of social media. People are connecting through Facebook, Twitter and Craigslist. This route can be a little dangerous. Remember the Craigslist Killer? However, that is a risk that the daters are willing to take. It is no secret that there are creepers out there, and that not everybody tells the truth. At least if you use a pay site you’re more likely going to get others looking for the same thing. You really get what you pay for. With all the demands and time constraints put on students and adults alike, online dating is a saving grace. You don’t have to worry about the embarrassment after a one night stand. You run out the front door only to realize they sit across from you in class.

Modern adversity requires past unity By Ian Tully opinions editor

You would have to close your eyes to avoid the monumental battles and landmark court rulings between employers, employees and labor unions that have been going on across the globe. From teachers in Chicago that went on strike Sept. 10 to the NFL’s somewhat -televised contractual dispute with its professional referees, the recession has made the debate between management and workers that much hotter. How hot you ask? Hot enough to force people working tough, low-paying jobs in inner-city schools to strike at the same time that tough, high-paying jobs on the gridiron are being locked out. An examination of the newest NFL lockout is the perfect representation of how our country regards

labor disputes. We don’t care about them until they are noticeable. We do not care about a referee lockout until a call gets blown for our team, or a mass transit strike until our train does not arrive at the station. Not only does the American public avoid noticing a labor issue until it sees a picket line, but the popular perception of these disputes is that employees need to quit their bellyaching and get back to work. What many do not understand is that labor in this country has reasons to be discontent. In modern America, organized labor has been vilified and shunned as something which resembles organized crime. And why not? News coverage of strikes is negative for reasons that are obvious. Anyone with a brain can understand why big-money media out-

By Teah Dowling staff writer

Online dating is nothing but a desperate and dangerous attempt to find quick compassion, security and love. I don’t get why people need to have an online other. If you think about it, they probably have 10 more online boyfriends and girlfriends, and possibly a girlfriend or boyfriend who they can see on a daily basis. Online dating is danger- Dowling ous and stupid. You don’t know the people online, you’ve never seen them, and you don’t know if they are sexual predators or serial killers. I’m sure people who have online profiles and the person who is looking at their profiles believes every word it says. However, there is one thing that people are overlooking. People lie! Even in real life people lie to make themselves look better. The big difference is that you can’t tell whether they’re lying. In person, if someone is lying you can tell by body language or a change in the tone of his or her voice. How can you tell online? By looking how they type their words? A relative, who shall remain nameless, was once sexually abused by a boyfriend she met online in the parking lot of a nearby mall. She had met him through an online dating site, and decided to meet him in a public setting. She went alone. She met him around noon in the middle of the mall, and he wanted her to go out to his car. She accepted, and she was sexually abused. She was 16.

lets would want to portray strikers as rabble-rousers and anyone with enough patience to read “The Grapes of Wrath” would understand why they are not. If the average workingclass American took heed of the cases these unions plead, and their pleas from days long past, they would understand that many things we take for granted now were the hard-fought victories of hard-pressed unions. The 40-hour work week, overtime pay, pensions, sick leave, lunch breaks and laws preventing discrimination in the workplace would not exist if not for past strikes. The recession in this country began in the end of 2007. According to an article in the Atlantic titled “How the Great Recession Proved, Beyond a Doubt, the Value of a College Degree,” between December

Another one of my friends has been online dating since she was 16. She used two virtual dating sites and one video dating site for most of her dating experience. Her last online dating experience was with a guy who, after six months, wanted to propose. She went down to Missouri with her mom to meet him. She got off the plane and found a guy who knew her, but she didn’t know him. This guy used his brother to talk to her on video so that she wouldn’t be “scared” of him. He was about 20 years older and 10 times as creepy. Thankfully, her mom was there to get her away from him. She hasn’t dated anyone online since. Ever heard of the lifetime movies “The Wife He Met Online,” “Deadly Web,” and “Selling Innocence”? How are Lifetime movies a reliable source? “Talhotblonde” and “The Craigslist Killer” are two Lifetime movies based on true stories. Talhotblonde is based on an Internet love triangle that eventually turned into murder. The Craigslist Killer was about a medical student who used Craigslist’s erotic services section to perform armed robbery and to get sick pleasure from the girl’s embarrassment. Out of his three victims, one of them was murdered. I’ve seen people who have dated and met online. Some of them worked. However, even that isn’t promising for everybody. There is a chance that you could be matched with someone dangerous. Be careful with the decisions you make online and never fully trust others online.

2007 and January 2010 approximately 5.6 million people with a high school diploma or less lost their jobs and through February of this year had yet to find another. I cannot make sense of why so many Americans think of unions in such a negative light, but I tend to think it is because they are labeled as socialist. And you know what? They are. So are public libraries and public schools. It is time that this country realizes that no ideology is devoid of good ideas. Labor unions are the acknowledgement that an individual can be paid off, dismissed or summarily silenced, but that together people are able to accomplish anything. This is by no means the promotion of a utopian commune where everybody owns the same clothes and eats the same

food. This is simply an open mind saying that hero worship is more dangerous than villainy. Hero worship leads people to believe that somewhere, someone exists who can solve all their problems. Hero worship convinces people that John Wayne will ride out of the sunset to duel the Great Recession mano y mano, and that cooperation is counterproductive. Labor and democracy go hand in hand, and while both are far from perfect they at least give everyone a chance. Am I telling you to join a union? No. I am asking you to understand that in a sport that is projected to raise $7 billion there is enough money to provide a referee with a pension and that teachers at struggling schools should not be punished or threatened with pay decreases because of standardized test scores. Let’s help each other out.


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Important event ruined by ugly process There have been enough accusations, complaints, smear ads and money spent in this election cycle to turn the stomach of any attentive U.S citizen, but the process has not yet run its course. In the first week of October, this election season enters its most important phase. At 9 p.m. this Wednesday the first of three presidential debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be held at the University of Denver, and it will be broadcast on every major news and broadcast network. The debate will focus on the candidates’ stances on domestic policy, will be 90 minutes long, and will be moderated by Jim Lehrer, the host of PBS’s NewsHour and a veteran of eleven presidential debates. He has been around the proverbial block when it comes to talking to candidates, and does not beat around the bush with his questions. He is not afraid of ruffling feathers, or leading stubborn elephants and donkeys to adequate answers. A vice presidential debate

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will be held Oct. 11, and the two remaining presidential debates will be held Oct. 16 and 22. Each will begin at the same time, but will be held in Danville, Kentucky; Hempstead, and Boca Raton, Fla. respectively. Cardinal Points would like to take the time to encourage every person able to watch or listen to these debates to do so, not only for this election but every one thereafter, even if you are not registered to vote, do not plan on voting or

do not care who wins. The reason for this is simple. After a hotly contested primary and election season, this is finally the chance to see two candidates debate on an even playing field, in the eye of media storm. While preludes to this debate are certain to be rife with speculation and endless amounts of statistics, we’ve reached the part of the election that actually matters. The political barbarism, spin and decadence that seem to have

taken precedence in every aspect of these campaigns are difficult to smuggle into two minute answers, and the issues being debated will be, quite literally, close to each of our homes. In other words, we are in are in line for two different rides despite whether we want to be. We might as well watch them and make decisions based on our own judgments. There is nothing that can be lost watching these debates but a whole lot of knowledge to be gained, not only about these two men, but about the fast-changing world we live in. This editorial is not meant to guilt you into watching the them. We are not marking down your attendance, grading your notes or testing you the next day on what went on. We are simply recommending that you dine on the true meat and potatoes of this election, instead of the canned crap we have been fed over and over for who knows how long. By watching or listening to these debates you can only come out wiser.

Plattsburgh winters warrant preparation By Teah Dowling staff writer

Students new to the area have asked me many times when winter starts, how cold it gets, and what to wear. Well, I’m here to inform you. I’m from Au Sable Forks, so I know how the winters can get. Usually, for people who are from here, the cold starts in middle to late November. For the people who aren’t, the cold starts from early to mid-October. It does get cold. When it does, the temperature ranges between the 40s and the 20s. During the nights, it sometimes gets below zero. It’s a scary

thing to mention the snow up here. During the winter months, starting in November, it does snow a lot. Last year, the highest amount of snow we received was six to eight inches in one storm. Also, the one sad thing about Plattsburgh is that there are hardly any snow days. So, you have to go out in it. For the cold up here, you need to be prepared whether or not you’re used to it. I’m talking about coats, boots, gloves, hats, scarves and possibly more depending on if you’re really sensitive to the cold. With coats, you should get ones made of wool or polyester. If you want

warmth, go with wool. If you’re active in the snow and enjoy snowboarding, skiing, sledding or snowball fights go with polyester. The coats to stay away from are mock coats such as hoodies, fall jackets and vests. If you wear those, you will freeze. Boots are the next essential winter item to have. Boots are important because you’ll be walking around campus possibly all day, every day. Even if the sidewalks look plowed, there could be missed spots or slush to walk through. Take it from me, you don’t want wet and cold feet. Get boots that reach

above your ankles that fit snugly. Don’t get loose top boots or else you may get snow on the inside. Also, double up on your socks. Just in case of a snow blower blowing snow in your boots. Trust me it’s not pleasant. Lastly, try to get a coat with a hood. If not, and your head and neck are sensitive to the cold, and then get a hat and a scarf. Perhaps the most essential purchase is gloves. Gloves are important because you use your hands constantly. Your teachers won’t accept the “my hands are numb” excuse. I have tried it before, and it doesn’t work.

The two other winter articles are hats and scarfs. Baseball caps and silk fashion scarfs do not count as winter wear. Try to get a hat that will cover your entire head and ears. Also, try to get a scarf with heavy material to keep your neck warm. This is only for the people who don’t have a hood on their coats, or who are sensitive to the cold. Do yourself a favor, and don’t second guess the winters up here. They are cold and snowy. Dress properly and you won’t regret coming here. Email Teah Dowling at teah.dowling@cardinalpointsonline.com

Anticipated smartphone barely changes By Lara Dufresne staff writer

I am not a smart phone user, but there is so much hype being built up for a product that has hardly any reason to debut. The iPhone5 comes with no new technology that isn’t already out on other phones, making it hardly worth the long wait. It took them five times to finally put aluminum casing on the back instead of glass. I guess too many iPhones shattered in the past four generations that they thought it was finally time to make the phone durable too. Yet, ceramic and pigmented glass still remain on the sides. Don’t worry, that will be incorporated into iPhone6. Am I supposed to gawk at the diamond-cut beveled edges? Or be envious of the diamond-like quality of the camera lens? I’m

not interested in how much money Apple has to spend on making their products. None of these plead the case that the iPhone5 is mechanically better than the Samsung Galaxy S3. In fact, the Galaxy S3 has updated technology that lets users touch phones to swap playlists. That is a reason to buy a new phone, not having face-recognition camera abilities. On the list of improvements, I see only physical changes. Of course there are 4G LTE capabilities and an eight megapixel camera, but that comes with the territory. Users will be expecting general enhancements like that over the year. What users need is a new invention to help them handle their phone easier. On top of that, they spent their whole commercial talking about how they re-invented the ear bud,

not the phone. I’ve never had a major problem with the shape of an ear bud, but Apple says it’s an issue. They decided to spend all their resources redesigning it. If this were another development for an iPod, which actually needs headphones to function, I can see the benefit of wasting ad space. But not for a phone that was meant to be held up to an ear. Forget about loaning your charger to a friend with the old versions. The 30-pin universal Apple charger has been changed to a lightning connector. But don’t worry, they have the coolest adapters for that. It’s just another thing you have to buy. Give them credit, it took Apple five generations to finally make the port magnetic like their laptops. The phone is also not compatible with the existing micro-SIM cards found in the previous gen-

erations because they changed to a nano-SIM. On top of buying an adapter for your dock, iPhone5 users will have to move over all their information from one SIM card to another. What the iPhone5 didn’t improve was its hardware. The battery life is only 225 hours on standby. In fact, that’s less than the iPhone4, which has 300 hours of life. Although it has an improved 1136-by-640 resolution, the pixels-per-inch didn’t follow suit. Good job Apple, your screen got bigger but your graphics got worse. What’s new about the iPhone5? It’s hard to say because I’m distracted by the flashy nonsense cluttering my commercials. Email Lara Dufresne at lara.dufresne@ cardinalpointsonline.com

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LAUNDRY: Search will go until July 1 From Page One

location on campus when the office of the Student Asbudget as well as PSUC’s sociation was renamed the recent reaccreditation by William D. Laundry Suite, the Middle States Commis- an ode to his involvement sion on Higher Education with the organization. strengthened his decision Hartman said he believes that it was time to leave. Laundry’s relationship with Assistant Vice President the Student Association and of Student Affairs Bryan his help in developing its Hartman was chosen as in- role on campus are some of terim vice president while a Laundry’s most notable canational search is conduct- reer accomplishments. ed to find a replacement for “In terms of how the Stuthe position. dent Association works Laundry said he intends with the college administo remain actively involved tration, that relationship with campus affairs and is owed a lot to Bill and his said he will enjoy the flex- leadership and his modibility to help wherever he eling of that leadership,” feels needed. Hartman said. “It’s not as if I’m going Having worked directly cold turkey,” he said. and indirectly with LaunLaundry said he would dry since joining the camlike to become more in- pus staff in 1993, Hartman volved in alumni affairs and said he is glad that Laundry attend more alumni events is exploring new opportuniat which he said alumnae ties but will miss his prescan reconnect. ence on campus. While Laundry’s lengthy “I just am so blessed for the career has given opportunities he him a long list of has provided me, former colleagues this institution “We are to reconnect with, has provided me, different he said he began and I give him, if his career at PSUC people, but I not all, most of the in 1969 unsure of think I value credit for that,” if he was fit for his Hartman said. many of the position as housHartman said same things it will be a unique ing director. that he It wasn’t until challenge to fill he was appointed values, but by the position, director of resi- the nature of but he hopes to dence life that maintain the staLaundry began him stepping ble department down, it’s to feel that he had environment going to enough responsithat Laundry has bilities to remain worked to build. create committed to “We are differchange.” his continued inent people, but Bryan volvement with I think I value Hartman, PSUC. many of the same associate vice That involvethings that he president of ment led Laundry values, but by student affairs to a number of difthe nature of him ferent positions, stepping down, from dean of stuit’s going to credents to director of campus ate change,” Hartman said. life. PSUC President John “My hope is to be sensitive Ettling said that throughout to that, to work with my Laundry’s career he always colleagues and try to make worked to provide for and re- this as smooth of an interim spect the students he served. time as possible and allow “He’s given his life to the search process to unfold. them. He’s up on the campus We’ll see what the more perall the time, he stays late at manent future will hold afnight, he comes back after ter the search process.” going home for events in the Ettling expressed confievenings, on the weekends, dence in Hartman that he will and he’s been doing this for use his experience to serve over 40 years and that’s ex- well in the position until a retraordinary,” Ettling said. placement can be found. To describe how long he “I’ve worked with Bryan had been a member of the since I’ve been here, and campus staff, Laundry re- I’ve grown to respect him called being hired by former and to value his service to Assistant to the President the college and his advice,” Olive Flynt, for whom the Ettling said. Flynt Commons are named, Ettling said the search for and working under former a replacement for the posiPSUC President George An- tion is expected to be fingell, for whom the Angell ished by July 1. College Center is named. In 2006, Laundry was Email Ben Rowe at cp@ awarded his own namesake cardinalpointsonline.com

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GI: List will be published in Oct. issue From Page One roughly half did not participate in the voluntary survey distributed this spring. Survey results were computed mathematically to determine a final score based on nine categories, and Ernst & Young LLP, an accounting firm, reviewed the results. Military support on campus (30 percent) and academic credibility (20 percent) account for 50 percent of the final score; percent of military students, 14 percent; academic credit for military service, 10 percent; flexibility for military students, 10 percent; veteran graduation rates, 5 percent; government approvals, 5 percent; student tuition assistance, 5 percent; Student Survey and Employment Rates and Military Spouse Policies, 1 percent. Veterans attending a school can also provide their own insights for the survey. An academic advisory board for G.I. Jobs magazine helps with the design of the questions and how much each question weighs. David Watson, a board member and director of general studies in the online division at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, said the list is a helpful tool. “If I was looking for a school as a veteran, it would be one of the first places I would start,” Watson, a 30year Navy veteran, said. Watson said he thinks the most important factors when considering military-friendly institutions are whether a school is accredited, gives credit for military training, accepts exams for credit and

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Chair of military studies Douglas Goodfellow teaches a room of ROTC cadets Tuesday. The program is one reason the school was chosen as military friendly. gives veterans and their dependents discounts. He said from his experience the biggest concern for veterans is the transferability of their credits. Watson said the fact that PSUC has an ROTC program weighs heavily because there is a military organization on campus. ROTC cadets can receive credit for basic training. PSUC participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement program, a program that covers the difference between in-state tuition and out-ofstate-tuition. The college also participates in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, which provides assistance for the education of spouses of active duty members. The college also offers an honors seminar for military students. Douglas Goodfellow, chair of military studies and ROTC instructor, said

the military support is generous because the program has the full support of faculty and the administration. “I have been at two other different campuses,” Goodfellow said. “The support was good, but it wasn’t like it is here.” Glendon Crawford, an ROTC cadet and a National Guardsman, said he decided to transfer from Castleton State College because he was not happy with its ROTC program. He had to drive about an hour from Castleton for his military studies. Military studies are held on campus at PSUC, and he said he is happier with PSUC’s program. “There is a presence on campus,” Crawford said. “Nobody really knew what ROTC was at the other school. People that knew about it didn’t even know that Castleton supported an ROTC program.” Assistant Dean of Students Larry Allen, who organized PSUC’s survey,

said it was good PSUC participated in the survey because it gives the campus a renewed focus about what it wants to do for veterans. G.I. Jobs magazine is owned by Victory Media, a veteran-owned media firm that owns several media entities relevant to the interests of military personnel, veterans and their families, according to victorymediainc.com. The magazine will run an in-depth print and digital form of the list along with a story, which active and former military members will receive in early October. Ettling said he wants PSUC to do whatever it can to retain the designation. “We here are ready for them,” Ettling said. “We honor their service to our country and we are here to help them achieve their academic goals” Email Willie Santana at willie.santana@ cardinalpointsonline.com

RANK: ‘It is really nice to have been recognized’ From Page One “It is really nice to have been recognized,” PSUC President John Ettling said. “The other SUNY schools like Plattsburgh are also in there. It’s better to be there than not to be there but the fact that we are there just confirms what most of us who worked here for years already know, which is that we’re a good school.” PSUC student Kerri Zimmer was also pleased with the ranking. “I really like this school,” Zimmer said. “I feel like the classes are very serious and I feel like I will be prepared to get a job when I graduate.” The full list of rankings can be found on the U.S. News & World Report website. According to the site, rankings are based on an evaluation of students, faculty, alumni and university resources. Stephen Light, associate vice president for academic affairs, said a survey was sent by the U.S. News & World Report to the office of academic affairs along with other offices on campus. The survey contained more than 600 questions. Light said the num-

bers and answers from the survey were used to determine the results for the magazine. “We check with the Institutional Research office, and we look at the various reports and we give our best estimate as to what the figures would be,” Light said. The survey included questions such as how many graduating seniors have a double major, are international students, are involved in clubs and organizations and many others categories. The office of academic affairs go through these questions and find the percentage of graduating seniors who fit into each category, Light said. “I ask various offices like the registrar office to give me reports. The computing services office in the Kehoe building will write computer programs to look at the student database if there’s a number that we need, that we don’t already create a report for,” Light said. Light said that the office of academic affairs tries to report the results as accurately as they can. Light said the school does not make any effort to influence or change the results. “We look for ways to improve, but not to raise our rankings,” Light said.

“We’re always looking for ways to do a better job.” Ettling said being recognized as a top college is a good way to attract the attention of high school students deciding which college to attend. PSUC student Stephanie Kraker agrees. She said this ranking will ultimately help students’ majors and organizations grow by attracting more students to enroll in them. “I think that it’s (the ranking) going to boost our horizons,” Kraker said. “It’s going to help people’s areas grow.” However, Light disagrees. He said that he thinks students who go online to look at PSUC already have a basic idea of the type of institution PSUC is and its academic reputation. However, Light said the rankings could still provide information for students wanting to learn more about the campus. “I don’t think a ranking in U.S. News & World Report survey or any other websites necessarily will change a person’s mind, but it might give them an idea if they’re looking at colleges,” Light said. Email Elizabeth Reff at news@ cardinalpointsonline.com

MAIL: ‘I doubt there is a possibility that items may have fallen out’ From Page One Upon asking the workers in the mailroom what had happened, Shabazz said their response was that it could not have happened in mailroom. Shabazz closed his bank account and called University Police to report the theft in case anybody tried to use his identity. Moulton suggested the items could have fallen out somewhere in transit.

“Logic tells me, if they (potential thieves) wanted to steal something, they would have stolen the coat,” she said. Shabazz was not convinced. “I doubt there is a possibility the items may have fallen out,” he said, “it just seems too strategic to be an accident. “Of everything in the box, my state I.D. and bank statement just randomly slipped out?” he said. “The package was definitely tampered with.” Shabazz said that shortly after

receiving his package, his mother received a package containing his bank statement but not his nondriver identification. Moulton said she did not see why anybody would want somebody else’s bank statement and non-driver identification, since bank statements have very little personal information and would have no use to anybody other than the intended recipient. Moulton has since shared bright-green labels with both the warehouse and campus

mail center that say, “Received damaged or open at SUNY Plattsburgh. Please contact shipper or sender,” for any packages that have been received open so there will be no confusion when the damage occurred. Belanger said this has been a problem in the past when students called the warehouse complaining of receiving open packages. Now, because of the labels, the students will know the packages arrived at PSUC

in the condition they received them in. In addition to the labels, the mail center, which handles first class mail, calls students whose mail had been opened and ask them whether they would still like to receive their packages, even though they are open, Senior Mail and Supply Clerk Kim Gillette said. Email Stanley Blow III at stanley.blow@ cardinalpointsonline.com


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Lady Cards break scoreless streak; have SUNYAC showdown at home By Zachary Ripple staff writer

It took a while, but it finally happened. The Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team broke out of its four-game scoreless drought with a 3-0 victory over Potsdam last weekend to open conference play. Following four straight 1-0 losses, the team was in big need of a goal. While PSUC (5-4, 1-0) started slowly, things picked up after Macee Maddock broke the

ice, lobbing a shot over the goalie off a pass from Olivia Hopeck. The goal came with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, and PSUC head coach Karen Waterbury noticed an improvement in the way the team played following that goal. “The first goal allowed us to take a deep breath,” Waterbury said. “I think in the second half it was more one-sided in terms of the scoring chances.” See WSOC, B4

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Cammey Keyser hits her stride as she carries the ball up field during Plattsburgh State’s 3-0 win over Potsdam. Macee Maddock’s first-half goal ended a fourgame scoring drought for the Lady Cards, who had lost four consecutive games.

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that’s exciting and that will be a race to watch,” Krug said. “I think it will help moForty teams all aiming for tivate the kids. I think it will o one goal – to compete. fuel their fire a little bit for e And all 40 will be look- the race.” n ing to finish ahead of one Krug said the Cardinals another today at the Paul have learned from runs Short Invitational in Beth- ning the grueling 6k and r lehem, P.A. The 8k courses at t teams consist the Yellowjacket of national Divi- “I think it (D-I Invitational held s sion I, II and III competition) Sept. 15 in Rochr runners, some ester. Now they will help a of whom Platts- motivate the can apply their m burgh State will kids. I think it knowledge to an” be looking at for ticipate upcomwill fuel their ing times they the first time. Some larger fire a little bit want to set. schools that will for the race.” But if that isn’t be participating enough fuel, Andrew Krug, are Princeton, perhaps the rePSUC Villanova, Tenturn of the PSUC cross country nessee and Mistandout perhead coach ami universities. former Ryan Mild Still, PSUC lar — a player head coach Andrew Krug Krug has called his “secret eremained seated with his weapon” — will be. tarms folded and a clever Millar missed three esmirk on his face as he talk- weeks due to a nagging ked about the teams. injury of his lower left l “We’re talking some big ,names D-I programs, so See XC, B4 r e

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Plattsburgh State’s Matt Martin gets ready to fire a ball into the box Tuesday as Utica College’s Brett Kaplan chases him down during the Cardinals’ 1-0 victory over Utica.

Men face tough test on weekend trip By John Green staff writer

The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team is already three games from matching its win total from a season ago, and it will be looking to close in on that total this weekend as it takes on Cortland Friday and Oswego Saturday. When No. 17 PSUC (10-00, 1-0-0) heads to Cortland,

the Cardinals will be running into a red-hot Cortland team that has won four straight games, including recent victories over SUNYAC opponents New Paltz and Oneonta State. The Red Dragons’ (4-4-0, 2-0-0) recent play has caught the eye of PSUC head coach Chris Waterbury. “They’re playing real good soccer right now,” Waterbury said. “They’ve

come out of just an incredibly great opening weekend in the conference.” Waterbury said he believes the Red Dragons are just beginning to get used to their new coach, Steven Axtell, who was named head coach in June after serving five months as interim head coach. Axtell, who played soccer at Cortland, was also an assistant coach for the Red

Dragons in 2010 and 2011. Axtell said he believes his young team has a lot of ability but his players need to learn to control their post-game emotions. “They’re a little bit too low when they lose, and a little bit too high when they win,” Axtell said. “Skill-wise, they’ve got a ton of potential, and I think

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Volleyball looks for turnaround from SUNYAC letdown at St. Michael’s By Ricky St. Clair staff writer

After jumping out to its best start in nearly a decade, the Plattsburgh State volleyball team is hungry for a win in the midst of a five-game losing streak. The Cardinals (7-9, 0-4) lost four consecutive SUNYAC games last weekend before falling to St.

Lawrence University in five sets Tuesday night. PSUC head coach Dena O’Connell said her team will go back to the drawing board before traveling across Lake Champlain for a non-league contest against Saint Michael’s College Oct. 3. PSUC lost its lone matchup with the Purple Knights (7-3) at Memorial Hall Sept. 14.

“We’re going to watch game film and hopefully figure out why we’re losing and what we need to do to get the job done,” O’Connell said. “Each practice counts because you play like you practice and each player understands that. We’re going to treat this week as if we are preparing for the SUNYAC Championships.” O’Connell pointed to a lack of ex-

ecution during the five-game skid. The Cards concluded last weekend’s SUNYAC pool play winning just three of 18 total matches. “We have to be patient in our offense,” O’Connell said. “Sometimes we watch instead of react, so we absolutely need to be consistent. Right now, we’re up and down. We were opportunistic earlier this season, but we’ve

floundered a little bit.” Junior libero Amanda Wickers said she is comfortable that she and a cast of five seniors can rally the team’s spirits and utilize this weekend as a turning point during the regular season. “Overall, as compared to past years, we’ve really come out as a

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Men’s Soccer Friday at Cortland 4 p.m. Saturday at Oswego 1 p.m.

Volleyball Wednesday at St. Michael’s 6 p.m. Tennis Friday vs. Johnson State 3 p.m. Saturday at Oswego 2 p.m. Sunday vs. St. Lawrence 1 p.m.

Women’s Soccer Friday vs. Cortland 4 p.m. Saturday vs. Oswego 1 p.m.

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The Plattsburgh State Men’s Rugby team crowds together for scrummaging drills during practice Wednesday afternoon as Coach Sean Morgan looks on. The men’s team will face the Colgate University Rugby Club at home Saturday at 11 a.m. while the women’s rugby team will face SUNY Oswego starting at 1 p.m.

School Plattsburgh New Paltz Geneseo Oneonta Oswego

Player Fabian Chaparro 5 Mateo Cordini 4 Alex Stephan 3 Daniel Josepher 3 Ryan Purdy 3

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“I remember one time, when I first started playing, I got out of the car and I realized I had no sneakers,” she said as she chuckled. “I was running around trying to play in my bare feet.”

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Player Tim Beauvais 42 Ian Huntoon 29 Nick Voggell 25 Joseph Glackin 23 Daniel DeBottis 22

Women’s Soccer Goals School Brockport Cortland New Paltz New Paltz Plattsburgh

Player Vanessa Gillette 8 Emma Whittle 5 SamanthaAbravanel 5 Chelsea Weir 4 Renee Egan 3

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stronger team following losses,” Wickers said. “We’re all there to pick each other up. It’s all due to the solidarity of our team.” The non-conference matchup takes away a little more pressure off the Cards as compared to a SUNYAC contest that could potentially affect the standings. Nonetheless, Wickers said it could be a pivotal point during the 2012 campaign. “We know it’s going to be a competitive game and they’re a strong team,” Wickers said. “Going over there, it’s a little less pressure because there are no expectations that we should automatically win. There’s also that element of redemption after losing three straight matches to them a few Nason weeks ago.” Wickers said the morale of the team remains optimistic. “We’re trying to work

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said her team is happy to recuperate during a weekend that doesn’t feature a game on the schedule. “This is definitely a recovery period for us,” Nason said. “We just played five games over a four-day period, so we’re physically exhausted. We’re anxious to get back at it. But for now, it’s time to regroup.”

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Player Ava Hintz 3.47 Sam Parente 3.02 Ashley Coyle 2.96 Lindsey Olson 2.86 Becca Borquist 2.76

Assists per set School Player Cortland Kristen Guercio 11.3 New Paltz Marissa King 9.76 Fredonia Kelly Edinger 7.78 Buffalo State Kelsey Bashore 7.75 Potsdam Jenna Blujus 7.18

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Player Paige Pendleton 1.4 Natalie Zacpal 1.15 Erica Darpino 1.02

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on little things like picking up coverage on a ball after it’s blocked and tips,” Wickers said. “The coaches have been positive throughout. It’s all about how we can limit any unforced errors and play aggressive around the net.” Setter Kayla Nason finished with 19 assists in PSUC’s loss to Cortland Sept. 22 last weekend. She

Player Jaime Durant 54 Meghan Meszaros 40 Stephanie Vega 34 Emily Varonier 33 Julia Sanger 32

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Men’s Soccer School Brockport Cortland Plattsburgh Fredonia New Paltz Oneonta Buffalo State Geneseo Oswego Potsdam

Record 3-5-0 4-4-0 10-0-0 2-8-0 5-3-1 4-3-1 ?-?-? 1-4-1 1-6-0 2-6-0

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

Record 7-0-1 5-2-2 5-4-0 6-2-0 7-2-0 4-3-1 1-6-2 0-6-2 3-4-0 2-6-0

SUNYAC 2-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-1 0-1-1 0-2-0 0-1-0

East Division School Record Cortland 17-1 New Paltz ?-? Potsdam 10-8 Oneonta 12-5 Plattsburgh 7-9

SUNYAC 4-0-0 ?-?-? 2-2-0 1-3-0 0-4-0

West Division School Record Buffalo State 15-3 Fedonia 9-8 Oswego 7-8 Geneseo 1-3 Brockport 4-10

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

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Tennis East Division School Record New Paltz 6-0 Plattsburgh 5-3 Oneonta 5-3 Cortland ?-?

SUNYAC 3-0 2-1 1-2 ?-?

West Division School Record Geneseo ?-? Fredonia 5-1 Brockport 3-4 Oswego ?-?

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Cortland 3, PSUC 0 Oneonta 3, PSUC 1

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Potsdam 3, PSUC 1 New Paltz 3, PSUC 0

Tennis Sept. 23

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Sophomore Engebrecht steps up as leader By Colin Bentley staff writer

The Plattsburgh State tennis team is going through a transition that is all too familiar, and sophomore Samantha Engebrecht has taken on a role that a pair of her C teammates recently left. Two years ago, Rachel Hodnett and Jessica Paquette found themselves leading a team they were not veterans on. As sophomores Hodnett and Paquette played No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. The duo also served as the No. 1 doubles group. Although the now senior captains still lead the team, Engebrecht has slipped into the role of the young, skillful leader. Engebrecht played No. 2 singles throughout her freshman year, while flip-flopping at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. So far this year she has continued with that same pattern. Hodnett said she can relate to being a young leader and the pressure that comes with it. “You’re much more looked at as an example on the team,” she said. With more than half of her sophomore season in the books, Engebrecht is 5-2 in doubles play and is 3-3 in singles play. Though Engebrecht is still young, her tennis experience and memories are deep-rooted. She began playing when she was about 6 or 7 years old. “I remember one time, when I first started playing, I got out of the car and I realized I had no

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Samantha Engebrecht has slipped into a leadership role as an underclassman, the same role her teammates Jessica Paquette and Jessica Hodnett played two years ago. sneakers,” she said as she chuckled. “I was running around trying to play in my bare feet.” Engebrecht said tennis has always been in her family. Her father, Kurt, played for Division I Northwestern University. As a senior in high school, Engebrecht and her partner were ranked fourth in Section V. They won sectionals and went on to the state tournament, where they won a few more matches. Tennis isn’t the only sport Enge-

brecht has a passion for. Growing up in the Rochester area, she is used to the winter months, and she has been skiing just as long as she has been playing tennis. Engebrecht said she was on the varsity ski team as early as seventh grade. “It’s probably my favorite sport out of the two,” she said. Though Plattsburgh does not have a ski team, the nearby mountains covered in fresh layers of powdered snow are what attracted Engebrecht to the area. If it

weren’t for Plattsburgh’s location, she may have never applied. Engebrecht was recruited by Geneseo — which is only a half hour away from her hometown of Pittsford — as well as Plattsburgh, but she said her decision to come to Plattsburgh was for the best. “I got recruited by Geneseo but I didn’t get in there,” she said. “I’m glad I didn’t go there because I really like our coaches here. ... And I kind of wanted to try something new like get away from home.”

Engebrecht hopes to stay healthy while on the slopes, as she knows all too well that offseason injuries can affect her tennis season. As a freshman in high school Engebrecht had reconstructive surgery on her ACL and missed nearly a year of sports. She then injured the same ACL during her junior year in high school. She also has had a mouth injury as the result of falling and biting her tounge. The injuries are something that PSUC head coach Mark Stata is looking to see Engebrecht avoid. Stata said Engebrecht was recruited out of high school and was a pleasant surprise once she made it to Plattsburgh. He added that she came to Plattsburgh with a good doubles game, which is unusual because the best players tend to play only singles in high school. “You could tell right off the bat when we put her in a doubles match that she knew how to play doubles,” said Stata. Stata also has encouraged Engebrecht to be a leader, and he said her skill has helped show other players how to do certain things. With three games left on the Cards’ schedule before the SUNYAC tournament, Engebrecht wants to finish strong. She said she is looking to continue being a leader and help bring the team go farther in the tournament than last season. Email Colin Bentley at colin.bentley@ cardinalpointsonline.com

Long trip could wear on Cards by end of weekend schedule By Colin Bentley staff writer

The Plattsburgh State tennis team traveled a long way to lose a close match at Union College last weekend. The Cardinals (5-3) started the match by winning two out of three doubles matches. After five singles matches were finished the match score was tied at 4-4. That left the final chance for PSUC to score up to No.4 singles player Stephanie Omlin. Omlin started the match by losing the first set and bouncing back to win the second. Omlin lost the third set, giving Union College the match, but something happened that cannot be seen on paper. PSUC head coach Mark Stata said Union College head coach Mark Buddle used his injury timeout in the third set when it appeared his player was winded. Stata said both players played a great match and Omlin’s opponent was reluctant to give up, even after being so worn down. “Sometimes they just don’t fold, and it makes it harder on the person who’s not injured because they’re expecting them to,” Stata said. “You see it happen in pro matches as well.”

Union may have been somewhat better than PSUC expected, but injuries also played a role in the match. Senior captain Rachel Hodnett injured her knee in her No. 1 singles match and that may have affected the outcome. “It definitely would have been closer. It would have been a better match,” she said. “I would have hit better.” Hodnett said her injury was just a contusion and she will be playing this weekend, when the Cards play their final three regular-season games. The Cards will be playing at home, away, and then back at home again. PSUC will play against Johnson State in Plattsburgh today — a makeup for a game that was rained out a few weeks ago. Stata said the Cards seem to be the better team, but he said they can’t count a team out before the match is played. “Seeing as we have a lot of the same returning players, we look at last year’s results, we should fare well against them but that’s why you play the matches,” Stata said. On Saturday, the Cards will be spending more time on the bus than they will be playing tennis. The team

is traveling to Oswego and back in the same day, so they can be prepared for their home match Sunday. Oswego is a SUNYAC team, but the game will not affect the SUNYAC tournament standings for either team because of the pool play setup. PSUC will face off against St. Lawrence University Sunday. Not only could the team be rundown from traveling and playing, but Stata said St. Lawrence may be the most skillful of the three, making for a tough final game. Though the players are happy to finally have some home matches, the weekend traveling is not something they are looking forward to. “This weekend is kind of rough because we have to play a home match and then drive all the way to Oswego the next day, play them, drive all the way back, and then we have a home match on Sunday,” Engebrecht said. Hodnett agreed. “It’s hard to play after sitting in the van for four hours and then going back in the van,” Hodnett said. “We’re going to be exhausted.” Email Colin Bentley at colin.bentley@ cardinalpointsonline.com

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Plattsburgh State’s Sam Fasciano lunges for a ball during a recent tennis practice. Fasciano and the Cardinals will have two games at home this weekend that will sandwich a game on the road at Oswego. The traveling may make it hard to play. “We’re going to be exhaused,” Rachel Hodnett said.

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Maddock not only broke a 0-0 tie with Potsdam with her goal midway through last weekend’s game, she also ended the Lady Cards’ scoring drought, which was up to four games. The goal was also Maddock’s first of the season.

Baker’s goal against Potsdam lifted the Cards past the Bears, 1-0. It was also the first of the senior defender’s career. That game was Baker’s first start of the season, which was followed by another start against Utica College Tuesday.


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Plattsburgh State’s Marcelle Schepisi looks to keep the ball in bounds as Potsdam’s Chloe Hay gives chase during the Lady Cardinals’ 3-0 victory over the Bears Sept. 22.

WSOC: 13 players have goals From Page One The offense for the Cardinals took control after halftime, following up a seven-shot first half with 13 shots in the second half to outshoot their opponents 20-5 on the day. Forward Kristie Pageau said the first goal helped ease the minds of the players and allowed them to settle in and just play soccer. “I was just so much more confident,” Pageau said. “We were having fun out there, and it was clear when we were playing.” A trend that continued for the team last Saturday was the offensive production up and down the roster. The three goals for the Lady Cardinals were scored by Maddock, Marcelle Schepisi and Taylor Florio, with each player earning their first goal of the season and bringing the total number of players who have scored a goal to 13. Waterbury said

having this dynamic on offense will prevent the opposition from keying in on one player, making it more of a threat to score. “Hopefully we can continue to be dangerous,” Waterbury said. “If we continue to really put pressure on the opposing goaltenders, good things will happen.” Pageau also has been encouraged by how everyone on offense gets involved in scoring goals, no matter what their role is on the team. “It shows how regardless of the situation that anybody can come through,” Pageau said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a freshman, it doesn’t matter if it’s a person who doesn’t play 90 minutes every game. They’re still capable of getting the job done.” Monica D’Ippolito, who started in goal and made two saves, did not have a lot of pressure during the game. Despite a quieter

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game in net, she and Danielle Schmitt have limited their opponents in the number of goals allowed each game. Waterbury said the decision of who starts in goal is a game-time decision, giving the job to whoever she thinks is playing better at the time based on practices and past games. She also said each goalie has different strengths, which she Waterbury said she would like to combine them at times. While the goalies play a big role in preventing the opposition from scoring, the defense has probably been the biggest reason for the team’s overall success this season. Through the first nine games, PSUC has surrendered multiple goals in a game only once, and they won that game. Hopeck has been pleased with the way her team has been able to limit the damage each game and not let the oppo-

sition put too many points up on the scoreboard. “We obviously don’t want anyone to score on us,” Hopeck said. “If we can keep it 1-0, it’s not a huge defeat for us. It’s just something to learn from, and we take it to practice and work on it.” The team has two more home games this weekend before they go on the road, taking on Cortland (5-2-2, 2-0) Friday and Oswego (34-0, 0-1) Saturday. Though the conference games could be tough, Pageau is excited about the idea of finishing the home-stand strong. “If we win both these games, that puts us in a really good position,” Pageau said. “I’m hoping it can give us the confidence and give us the boost we need to power through the rest of SUNYACs.” Email Zachary Ripple at zachary.ripple@ cardinalpointsonline.com

a good course for all of us to run fast on and improve sacroiliac joint (which is in our team score so we can the pelvis), which caused move up higher in the him to miss each of the rankings.” team’s meets to this point. Schermerhorn was a “It was annoying,” Mil- freshman the last time she lar said. “I wish I could be ran the course, finishing in out there hurting and help- 77th place in 23:19. Now ing (the team) through the she and the other upperrace just like they’re going classman are hoping their to help me through this familiarity will help them race. I’m just glad to finally improve. be able to contribute, not “Besides from a few being so helpless on the freshmen, most of us alsideline.” ready ran the course,” Millar, who said he felt Schermerhorn said. like he didn’t lose much of a “We’ve already had the step, will be using his first experience of running in race to dust off the such a big meet, rustiness. so it won’t be as “I’m just nerve racking.” And the sooner glad to he does that, may No matter be the better. how big the meet finally be Last year, Millar though, Krug is able to was the only Card still keeping close contribute, to qualify for the eyes on SUNYAC NCAA Champion- not being competition and so helpships after finishschools such as ing 21st at the less on the Oneonta and CortNCAA Regional sideline.” land. Cha mpionships Ryan Millar, “When we go with a time of 26 up against those PSUC runner minutes, 3 secschools, it’s nice onds. He went on to see what hapto finish sixth at the SU- pens at the end of the race, NYAC Championships with where we stand against them because it will ima time of 26:15. On the women’s side, pact our rankings and that physical talent may not be could impact us at the end the only thing the team has of the year with getting an going for it. Krug said that at-large bid with nationbecause of their off week, als,” Krug said. The results may indicate the Lady Cards went apple picking, and he believes where PSUC stands in the the mental break from bunch. “Team wise we’re doing running increased morale, which will help them be- a lot better than I think come more successful on anyone expected this year and running against really the field. “It’s going to be a really fast competition, I think good opportunity for our we’ll get our confidence team to race against Divi- up,” Schermerhorn said. sion I teams,” PSUC runner Amanda Schermerhorn Email Ja’Pheth Toulson at japheth.toulson@ said. “Everybody is in good shape, so I think it will be cardinalpointsonline.com

MSOC: Cards have troubles on road at Oswego From Page One they’re starting to click and starting to form the bonds on the field that are going to help them be successful.” Although Axtell said his team has talent, he knows PSUC has plenty of talent as well, making the matchup a tough challenge, especially with Waterbury on the sidelines. “I have a lot of respect for Waterbury and what he does,” Axtell said. “I actually first made the relationship with him as a high school player in the recruiting process. I definitely value him as a coach and as a person. I think he is doing the right thing, and they’re going to be a tough team to beat.” Both Axtell and Waterbury said the game could go either way and that it will be a matter of which team possess-

es the ball more and executes better. As for the second game of the weekend, the Cards will face off against an Oswego team (1-6-0, 0-1-0) that has had its difficulties this season. However, Waterbury said he believes the Lakers are a little bit of a tougher matchup because of their size. Their field may also be a factor. “Traditionally we haven’t done well against Oswego at Oswego,” he said. “It’s a tough place to play. It’s a tough place in terms of the field, and the matchup. With our style of play, it will present some problems for us.” PSUC defender Erik Hakim knows all too well what kind of problems Oswego has caused his team in recent years. “Oswego is a very tough fixture for us,” Hakim said. “I know none of the guys on the team have actually beaten Oswego.”

Hakim said that in his four years on the team, the Cards have either tied or lost to Oswego, making this year’s matchup a big one. “That’s probably one of our biggest games of the year, to finally get over that hump, and get a win under our belts against Oswego,” he said. Hakim said the key to beating Oswego, as well as Cortland, will be doing the little things, such as winning balls in the air and communicating. If the Cards are able to do that, he said he believes they will come out on top in both games. PSUC will face off against Cortland Friday at 4 p.m., and against Oswego Saturday at 1 p.m. Email John Green at john.green@ cardinalpointsonline.com

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Casino makes for short trip

Possibility of leaving with an empty wallet and a brief stay

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a The Akwesasne Moehawk Casino sits in the nmiddle of the windmills, wforestry and farmland in -Hogansberg, NY. It is a rtrip that can last as long mas a couple of hours or as short as a couple of minwutes. It all depends on -how much money you’re ”willing to lose and how .fast you pull the lever or ego all in. n The scene inside is just ,a slice of what larger casisnos, such as the Casino de Montreal, offer. r This 50,000 square foot tcasino contains 1,600 sslot machines and 26 live egaming tables, includCing Black Jack, Roulette dand Texas Hold’em, all sof which run 24-hours -a day. A separate sevenroom Poker area is a part oof the complex, but has edesignated hours of opeeration. - The flashing lights and ,electronic melodies of tthe slot machines are the -first sight patrons are tgreeted by upon enterding. The main entrance nalso shows off the row -of table games, though the presence of the slot e e

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machines is more overwhelming. Brand-names like “Survivor,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Wheel of Fortune” blend in with the undersea, Greek god and classic casino themed slots to create a hodgepodge of choices. Machine prices range from a penny to $25, though the majority are one cent, two cent, 25 cent and $1 machines. Players don’t need to be well-versed in how to play slots to sit down and pull the lever but having an idea of how to play can help when it comes to using machines that require the player to choose the number of lines and credits to bet for each pull. Plus, understanding the game makes it a little more enjoyable. Visitors can simply insert cash into a machine and start playing, but signing up for a free Winner’s Club card, which is es-

► Summary: This trip can be more or less than an hour, depending on the amount of money spent.

sentially a rewards membership, comes with free credit to use toward slots. But it goes fast, even in the penny machines. From that point on, they rely on hardearned cash. The casino is currently constructing an attached seven-story hotel, which will have a swimming pool and spa. Nightly rates haven’t been established yet, but the hotel won’t be ready until spring of 2013, along with the new Mohawk Bingo Palace. Restaurants are available within the casino, and not only are they sit down, but they are all-you-can-eat. (Score.) Despite the casino having restaurants within, the area surrounding the casino itself, has little to offer, which restricts a visitor’s options. This makes it hard to commit a full day trip to Akwesasne Mohawk, unless you’re willing to spend piles of

cold, hard cash. If that is the case, not only do they have penny slots, but also $25 and $50 slot machines — much bigger jackpot, but don’t mistake that with a higher probability of winning; there isn’t. Overall, the two hour drive isn’t worth it if spending more time in the car than the casino doesn’t sound appealing, in addition to most likely walking away with an empty wallet. However, it shouldn’t be ruled out as a stop on the way home from a bigger destination. Email Kaitlyn Affuso at fuse@cardinalpointsonline. com

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Bass guitarist Paul Schmelz of Derive rocks out to the band’s closing song.

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Long Cat, featuring Matt Hall from ROTA on guitar, performs as the opening act.

Life lost peachiness, but love must move on By Yessenia Funes contributing writer

The fault with love is it cannot always be enough. Even though we are all programmed to believe and hope so. Where do I start? Let us rewind to 15 months ago. Life was peachy, and love was in the air. I was in a relationship with a man I imagined as my future husband. Now, let us fast-forward to the present. Life is no longer peachy, but it is OK. The sweet aroma of love no longer lingers in the mist, and I am no longer with that man I would have sworn was my soul mate, but that is the way life works. People are thrown into our lives only to be snatched right out. You feel only to forget. You love to lose. I shared countless, bittersweet moments with my ex-boyfriend. From teaching him how to kiss to teaching him how to properly put a condom on. On the other hand, he taught me much deeper things in life. He taught me about love, that not all males are as scummy as the last. There were those goodbyes followed by tear-soaked kisses. And there were hellos. Those were always my favorite. Those memories are forever burned into my heart and mind. Unfortunately for us, he stayed home as I decided to give good, old Plattsburgh State a shot. I think you all know the story from there. Things are never simple or easy in a long distance relationship. It works for some people, and it fails miserably for others. While reassurance and hope works well for some, it did not for me. Then again, if it were love, would I need to constantly reassure myself ? I honestly do not know. I sit here

and ponder whether I made the right decision. Whether our break-up will actually bring happiness my way. The truth is, I do not know. Does anyone know what is the right decision for him or her? All I know is my heart carries the remnants of lush memories, a love (though confusing) as real as it could have ever been and a dwindling, pestering throb that has yet to find a new host. Yet love is not always enough to keep two people together, especially when they both know they deserve better than missed calls, delayed texts and dry Skype calls. I have found that the beauty of a relationship is holding hands, falling asleep together and whispering soft “I love you’s” into each other’s ears. And, of course, the obnoxious moments of one tackling the other awake. None of that is possible when 300 miles stack between two individuals. But above all, the true beauty of a relationship is certainty. Certainty that this is whom you want to be with. Certainty that you are happy. Certainty that you are ready to commit to that person. That is when a relationship can reach a sort of nirvana. When both parties involved are more than certain of each other — and not just in the first few months or year. That uncertainty causing all of this remains. I am not certain that I will find happiness without him. Guess I will just have to wait and see.

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Joey Burnah, drummer for Mouthbreather and Long Cat, bangs on the cymbals for Mouthbreather.

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The new Uke-dooks are not a fluke at PSUC By Stacey Shanahan staff writer

The Student Association recognized a new club this semester, The Uke-dooks. Founder Shannon Ferguson seized the opportunity to turn a passion for the ukulele into something she could share with her peers. The Uke-dooks meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the blue room and sometimes outside on Plattsburgh State’s campus. The club currently consists of 30 people, and they are currently searching for more members. They have started their own Facebook page for the club’s information and details. “I am an education major with a music concentration, so music is something that is very important to me, but so is teaching people how to play music,” Ferguson said. Ferguson’s idea came about when students frequently asked what instrument she carried all the time, she said. The interest in the ukulele gave Ferguson the idea to start the club. After asking around, Ferguson said she discovered there were enough people interested to make the club a reality. Ferguson said students were really on board with the new club. “Music is such a form of expression,” she said. “Everyone listens to it but not everyone knows how to create it. I want to make that more accessible for people, and a ukulele sounds really happy.” Ferguson said the ukulele is a fairly simple instrument to learn compared to others in the guitar family. The Uke-dooks are waiting for approval for the funding of ukuleles. In the mean time, members of the club are sharing with each other. Club member Dylan Black is someone who had no prior experience with string instruments but said he was looking to learn. “I initially joined because I saw a friend playing a ukulele one night, so I asked what it was, and he was like, ‘Yo, Uke-dooks,’” Black said.

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The Uke-dooks, a new Plattsburgh State club, has been approved by the Student Association. This new musical club will have opportunities to perform; however, no prior experience is needed to join. Member Sheldin Maumkel, on the other hand, played cello for eight years and thought it would be fun. Maumkel heard about the club from his resident assistant, who is friends with Ferguson. “Ukulele is a really nice sound, and it brings people together. It’s such a happy instrument,” Maumkel said. “You don’t hear this sound everywhere; it’s more in beachy-type areas.” Black said he thinks it is difficult to find a club like this on many other college campuses. “I think it’s very unique,” he said. “I have been to two other schools, and there is no

such thing as a ukulele club.” As far as performances go, The Uke-dooks are not going to have concerts, but they will do fundraisers and collaborate with other clubs. Ferguson said there are big plans for the club but didn’t want to reveal too much. They plan to partake in community service and visit local nursing homes. “It’s about the looks on people’s faces and the expression they give to you,” Maumkel said about performing. “You really feel something by their feedback and see what you’re doing for other people.” Black said he is looking forward to work-

ing with other members. “It feels good to create music with other people. They start doing one thing and they feel that and start doing something else, and to put it together feels sensational,” he said. The main goal of the club is to teach and help others while learning together as a group. “I really want this club to stay around, even after I graduate,” Ferguson said. “The goal is to teach people something that they probably wouldn’t have a chance otherwise.”

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Bluegrass: First-ever Bluegrass festival comes to Pburgh From Page Eight The Grand Stand will also be used, which he said will be convenient if the weather is bad at certain times over the course of the weekend. So far, approximately 100 campsites have been reserved, but he said there’s still room for about another 200. In addition to the several bands performing, including The Gibson Brothers, Remington Ryde and Danny Paisley and Southern Grass, there will be open mic nights at the B and B Saloon. Gillespie said with these additional activities, there will always be music playing throughout the weekend. “There seems to be a lot of excitement about it (festival),” Gibson said. “I’m excited there’s going to be a bluegrass festival in our backyard.”

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The award-winning bluegrass band The Gibson Brothers travel back to the North Country from Nashville’s International Bluegrass Music Awards for Plattsburgh’s First Annual Bluegrass Music Festival. The Gibson Brothers perform Saturday night, and one-day passes are sold for a lower price than camping for the weekend, which allows festival-goers another opportunity aside from camping. Thursday is $10, Friday is $20 and Saturday is $25. Special prices for students are available. “If I’m going to have a bluegrass festival, I have to have the Gibson Brothers,” Gillespie said. “They’re in our backyard.” The Gibson Brothers have been around for awhile, Gibson said, growing from a three-piece to its

current five. “Things have really been clicking for us these past couple of years,” he said. “When I picked up the guitar for the first time, it was just for fun… (but) each year it got more serious.” He said as things escalated, they decided they wanted to try to make a living out of it. “We’re gonna ride it as long as we can.” Not only will the Gibson Brothers be performing Saturday night, but they will also be holding a workshop for those who attend

and bring their instruments. It will be aimed mostly toward the local high school and college students. “(The) festival provides a link between the high school and college campus,” Latin American Studies Professor Stuart Voss said. Growing up in Peru and being exposed to bluegrass since he was a child, Plattsburgh State student Steven Stansbury said he has noticed an increase in popularity of this genre. He used Mumford & Sons as an example band. He said they play a different style of music than

the norm, and all of a sudden, they were featured on radio stations that most wouldn’t expect them to be played on, like rock stations. “When it comes to music, I’m open to anything,” Stansbury said. Stansbury plans to attend the festival Saturday to attend The Gibson Brother’s workshop and set. He said he has considered pursuing the new bluegrass program that will be available on campus, and he thinks this festival may even inspire him more. This genre of music is nothing but the truth, Gibson said, and wants more people to listen and recognize this. “If you hear it live, it’ll bring you back,” he said. “There’s no lies… what you put into the music comes out. There’s no hiding… it hooks people.” Email Kaitlyn Affuso at fuse@ cardinalpointsonline.com

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New film tries to be something it’s not By Griffin Kelly contributing writer

“The Campaign” had a strong idea. Director Jay Roaches took two funny characters and put them against each other. One is Will Ferell with a George Bush impression and the other is Zach Galfianakis’s impression of his fake twin brother, Seth Galifianakis. On screen, it didn’t work out so well. The movie relied too heavily on each characters funny voice, rather than comedic dialogue. d The movie tells the story eof Cam Brady (Ferell), a North Carolina congressional incumbent with a strong rlack of actual political seryvice, and Marty Huggins d(Galifianakis), a simple family man with plans to clean pup the 14th district. Brady is the puppet of two greedy business tyn coons, the Motch Broths ers (Dan Aykroyd and y John Lithgow). As long as he plays by the rules and turns a blind eye to their

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Even with a comic duo of actors, “The Campaign” has trouble keeping the audience entertained. illegal ethics, Brady gets to remain in office. After too much negative media coverage on Brady’s affair, the Motch

Brothers need a new candidate and decide Huggins is the man for the job. The once kind hearted and dim witted Huggins is trans-

formed into a stone cold campaigning machine by his manager (Dylan McDermott). Huggins’s slogan is “Bring your brooms because it’s a mess.” Little does he know, he is paving the way for corporate greed in his district. Brady and Huggins trade blows with ludicrous smear campaigns. In the midst of all their negativity toward each other, they start to realize that they are not so different, and maybe the election is more than who looks like the bigger idiot. The film hit with some minor shock value. Ferell punching a baby and flying into a stadium while playing a key-tar is something nobody can recreate. Huggins’s awkward sense of style and the flamboyant manner, in which he cares for his two pet pugs, never gets old. The music works great whenever Brady tells his kids to put in their earphones so that he and his wife can fight. As Brady and his wife swap vulgar

insults, their kids are listening to even more vulgar rap music performed by Hypnotize Champ Posse. The soundtrack for the movie features songs such as “Gold on the ceiling” by The Black Keys, “99 Revolutions” by Green Day and “Barracuda” by Heart. All in all the soundtrack went well with the movie and made certain scenes that much funnier. However, the film tries to berate the viewer with its ridiculous humor but after the first 20 minutes, people may find themselves a little bored. The movie tried to be too much like “Anchorman” or “Talladega Nights” that it was unable to find its own style. The effort was not good and the jokes have all been done before. It seemed like Warner Bros. was just looking for an excuse to have two of America’s biggest funny men in a film together. The movie is worth waiting to rent on a rainy day, but other than that, it’s nothing moviegoers haven’t seen before.

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Years later, folk band releases core-cutting tunes By Kaitlyn Affuso fuse editor

Aw, yeah, Mumf. Guitar riff and banjo jam right at the first track, “Babel.” Good start. Fans have been waiting for this album since the first single came out in August, getting them stoked, singing along: “I will wait, I will wait for you.” It was a tease really, stretching the anticipation out for almost two months. But the bluegrass/folk/ rock that’s going on is paying off. “Ghosts That We Knew” brings listeners back to the time when they played “After the Storm” on repeat in their rooms with tears streaming down their faces. This isn’t bad though; far from it actually. This track holds a similar theme to “I Will Wait,” and really reinforces the tone for the

All shows are all ages unless otherwise noted. All times are the official show times. If you have a band that would like to be listed, contact fuse editor Kaitlyn Affuso at fuse@cardinalpointsonline.com.

whole album. While at times their music cuts down to the core, stirring up those emotions so many people try to hold in, Mumford and Sons surfaces emotions in a refreshing way — it’s freeing, really. While the album and strumming patterns get the legs bouncin’ and the head swayin’, every track is a reminder of a song from “Sigh No More,” their album released in Oct. ’09. It’s not a bad thing though because “Sigh No More” still contributes to radio stations as if they are new releases and not three years old; but no one can claim that “Babel” differs much from their old music. “Reminder” is great, grand and wonderful. It’s one of those “After the Storm” type of song too,

Sept. 30 Anais Mitchell with Michael Chorney/ Reed Foehl — Inn at Baldwin Creek, Vt., Doors: 6:30 p.m., Show: 7:30 p.m., $20/22

Trevor Hall with Jon and Roy — Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington, Vt., Sept. 28 Bloodroots Barter — Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 7:30 Monopole, Plattsburgh, 21+, p.m., $17/20, 802-652-0777 10 p.m. 518-563-2222 Oct. 2 Margaret Cho with SeSept. 29 Mr. Breakdown — Mono- lene Luna — Higher Ground pole, Plattsburgh, 21+, 10 Ballroom, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 6:30 p.m., Show: 7 p.m. 518-563-2222 p.m., $23/25, 802-652-0777 Donna the Buffalo — Ben Harper with Luke Showcase Lounge, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7:30 p.m., Spehar — Flynn Theatre, Doors: 8 p.m., $17/20, 802- Vt., Doors: 7:15 p.m., Show: 652-0777 8:00 p.m., $40

but the lyrics are more powerful than “Ghosts That We Know,” despite the repetition. But hey, there’s power in numbers. It’s effective here. “Below My Feet” drops the intensity of the banjo for a bit and lets the piano have the spotlight for more of the song than usual. It doesn’t feel as folky, and at the climax of the track, it sounds almost pop-like. Not Britney Spears pop, but maybe it’s pop for them. Why is it so great when Marcus Mumford sings the word f***? It is. It’s not even disrespectful or absurd. He somehow makes it beautiful, like in “Little Lion Man,” or in this album’s case: “Broken Crown.” It’s not often there’s beauty in the f-word, but he pulls it off. That’s true talent.

Oct. 3 Matt & Kim with Oberhofer — Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 7:30 p.m., $20/24, 802-652-0777 Great Lake Swimmers with Snowblink — Showcase Lounge, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $12/14, 802-6520777

Open Mic — Monopole, Plattsburgh, 21+, 10 p.m. 518-563-2222

Oct. 4 G-Eazy with Tory Lanez — Showcase Lounge, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 8:30 p.m., $12/15, 802-652-0777

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— compiled by Alex Ayala and Natasha Courter

What is bluegrass? Crystal Wang Sophomore Finance

“The grass that’s a blueish color.”

Danny Ye Senior Theatre

“It sounds like the construction workers by Harrington spilled their paint.”

Lawrence Lin Junior Business

“A tool of medicine.”

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“Babel” is no better or worse than their last album; it’s just as amazing. Mumford and Sons have higher standards for themselves. When someone says a track of theirs is good, compare it to another band’s standards, and it makes it fantastic.

Morgan McAdam Sophomore Nutrition

Did you enjoy “Babel?” You may like “The Carpenter” by The Avett Brothers.

Gary Peacock — MonoOct. 6 pole, Plattsburgh, 21+, 10 Wolfgang Gartner with p.m. 518-563-2222 Pierce Fulton, Popeska, Chris Pattison & Justin Karaoke — Olive Rid- R.E.M. — Higher Ground ley’s, Plattsburgh, 6 p.m., Ballroom, Burlington, Vt., 518-324-2200 Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 8:30 p.m., $20/24, 802-652-0777 DJ Shadow with Sharkat, Mushpost’s Social Club, AOct. 7 Dog, The Lynguistic CivilBen Taylor with Grace ians and Jacob Es — Higher Weber— Showcase Lounge, Ground Ballroom, Burling- Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7:30 ton, Vt., Doors: 8 p.m., Show: p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $15/17, 8:30 p.m., $27/33, 802-652- 802-652-0777 0777 Oct. 11 Oct. 5 Hug Your Farmer: An All First Friday with DJ Pre- Star Tribute to 50 Years of cious, DJ Llu and Karen Gre- the Rolling Stones — Higher nier — Showcase Lounge, Ground Ballroom, BurlingBurlington, Vt., Show: 8 ton, Vt., Doors: 8 p.m., Show: p.m., Ages 18+, $5/10, 802- 9 p.m., $20/25, 802-652-0777 652-0777 Oct. 12 The Machine: AmeriBadfish: A Tribute to Subca’s Premier Pink Floyd lime with Scotty Don’t and Tribute — Higher Ground Electric Sorcery — Higher Ballroom, Burlington, Ground Ballroom, BurlingVt., Doors: 8 p.m., Show: ton, Vt., Doors: 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., $20/23, 802-652- Show: 8 p.m., $18/22, 8020777 652-0777

“It has a banjo; a lot of it is improvised.”

Yoselin Calderon Freshman Biochemistry

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Festival aims to strum up support for bluegrass music; Gibsons featured By Kaitlyn Affuso fuse editor

There’s the cry of a fiddle and the plucking of a banjo, all added to the walking bass line; now add the twanged voice singing about the river, farmland and the outdoors, and that’s the fundamentals of Bluegrass music. “It sounds the same under a tree as it will on a stage with a good sound system,” Eric Gibson, guitarist of the Bluegrass band The Gibson Brothers said. In the early 1600s, America served as a melting pot for the music brought over from Ireland, Scotland, England and even some African American gospel music. According to the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), African AmericanS brought over

the banjo, which is a fundamental in the genre of music bluegrass. In Danby, Vt. a bluegrass festival used to be held annually; however, the past couple years it hasn’t occurred. Since then, people have gone to Glenn Gillespie, the manager of the Clinton County Fairgrounds, asking him to pick up this lost music festival. “The phone’s been ringing off the hook… it’s a good kind of crazy,” Gillespie said. He said in addition to people asking him to host this event, he also wanted to put the fairgrounds to another use than just the annual fair. He thought hosting a weekend music festival, including an opportunity for camping, was a good use for it. See BLUEGRASS, B6

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