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Organization encourages student voting By Javier Simon staff writer
enable students to work with campus administrators and local election offiYoung people between cials to facilitate the voting the ages of 18 and 29 will process. The organization account for a quarter of also said it would provide eligible voters during the students with information 2012 presidential election. on the best practices to inNonetheless, college stu- crease overall voter turndents throughout the na- out for future elections. tion will face old and new “Even though there were obstacles to the ballot box- reports of an increase in es this year. Organizations young people voting durlike the Campus Voting ing the 2008 election as Project (CVP) are mobiliz- opposed to the 2004 elecing to help. tion, young people were According to the CVP, still vastly underreprewhich launched this sented,” said CVP spokesmonth, college-aged vot- man Joshua Spaulding. ers are turned away at the According to Rock the voting booths Vote, the voter because they “It’s important to turnout for moved to a young people inhave your voice different state heard. If you don’t creased by only vote you don’t or county 2 percent during have an opinion for college, the 2008 presiJosh Davis or they lack dential election. PSUC Student knowledge Although the of registraCVP is not curtion rules and rently collabodeadlines. Due to recent rating with PSUC, the orlegislation, many college ganization has partnered students will also not be with various campuses able to vote due to lack of and student organizations government-issued identi- such as the U.S. Student Asfication documents. sociation and the Hispanic Students who moved Association of Colleges from different counties and Universities, which is and states to live in Platts- active in 400 colleges and burgh State dormitories universities. can fill out absentee bal“It’s important to have lots to vote absent from your voice heard,” said their permanent resi- PSUC student Josh Davis. dence, where they are reg- “If you don’t vote you don’t istered to vote. However, have an opinion.” as reported in a past CarStill, some students dinal Points article, only 4 don’t expect to participate students returned proper- in the upcoming presidenly filled out absentee bal- tial election. lots to the PSUC Student “None of the candidates Association after it issued really appeal to me,” PSUC hundreds. student Danny Ye said. The voting process is The CVP’s website offers harder when you’re not a free toolkit offering tips living where you’re regis- to increase college-aged tered to vote,” said PSUC voter turnout. These tips student Max Magill. Magill include is a registered voter from Massachusetts. SEE VOTE, A8 The CVP says it would
Empty SA senate seat to be filled By Ruthann Alexander associate news editor
The question remains of who will fill the empty seat in the Student Association after the previous liaison of off-campus relations resigned. Plattsburgh State student, Alice Cohen, said the SA told her she was their nominee. Cohen was a part of Senate fall semester, so she said she has a leg up in the elections because of her prior experience. “I saw a second opportunity, and I jumped
right on it,” she said. Because it is midway through the election, SA executive vice president Ashley Tyree said the SA advertises for the open position on campus. “Anyone who is interested in the position, we will interview. It’s also not a campus-wide election,” Tyree said. The Student Vacancy Committee needs to have three regularly scheduled senate meetings in order to nominate someone to take over the
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Student Association President Charles Sanchez talks about his plans and goals during the State of the Student Association address.
Sanchez shares goals
State of the SA address outlines future plans By Yessenia Funes associate news editor
Charles Sanchez, president of the Student Association (SA), was voted into office on Nov. 29, 2011 with an election that held the highest voter turnout in Plattsburgh State’s 49 years. He set forth his presidential goals in his State of Student Association speech on Feb. 21 in the Alumni Conference Room. In a new plan to maintain SA sustainability, a team of students would make up the SA Master-Planning Task Force. Though named the “SA” Master-Planning Task Force, the team will be composed of SA officials, students not affiliated with the SA and administrators. This team will set the framework for future SA
councils and outline objectives for the next five to seven years. “The idea of the SA planning for the future is great for conformity,” John Ettling, PSUC president said. Because new leaders are appointed each year, they bring in new plans and the old are often forgotten. This team hopes to address this issue by laying out long-term ideas and plans. “We hope that if we layout something concrete, legislatives afterwards can be compelled to follow,” Sanchez said. Another aspect of this team is it will bring in student involvement and feedback, which Sanchez said is “critical feedback.” The Student Outreach Program, another program promoting student involvement and feedback, received
its final approval in the Feb. 20 Executive Council meeting and will be effective immediately. “I think his [Sanchez] goals are realistic, and I wish him well,” Ettling said. “Especially in the goal of reaching more students.” By sending SA officials to club and organization meetings, the SA is getting out of the office and meeting faces. Eighteen said no, and 30 said they had to discuss it with the rest of their club. The SA officials asked those who attended the club officer training session on their opinion of an SA official attending their meetings, and 111 clubs said yes. There is an idea for SA officials to distribute surveys at SEE SPEECH, A8
PSUC alumna tells her story to students By Erin Burdick contributing writer
Students are looking for inspiration to know that there is something more for them beyond the realm of Plattsburgh State. Given the current economic uncertainty, it is nice to know that with the right mind set and determination, those dreams we never thought obtainable can be achieved. Raghida Dergham provides this inspiration. As part of the Distinguished Visiting Alumni Series, Dergham, class of 1973, returned back to her alma mater this past week in meeting with fellow students and faculty to discuss life after PSUC and her view on the Arab Spring. Named as one of the world’s most powerful Arab women in 2011, Dergham is a notable columnist and senior diplomatic correspondent for the London-based Al Hayat. She is a political analyst for NBC, MSNBC and the Arab satellite LBC,
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has contributed to such papers as the New York Times and Washington Post, and serves on the Board of the International Women’s Media Foundation. In addition to covering crucial summits on Middle Eastern affairs through her work at the UN, Dergham has conducted exclusive interviews with over 50 prime ministers, George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Colin Powell. As an international student from Lebanon, Dergham came to PSUC with aspirations of becoming a journalist. However, at the time of her admittance, the college had yet to offer journalism as a major. While most students would be discouraged and rather pursue a different interest, Dergham took a stand and working alongside the late Al Montanaro and Ron Davis formed the creative writing and journalism major. In her Arab Spring presentation last Thursday
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PSUC alumna, Raghida Dergham, speaks on campus about her journey as the first journalism major. night, Dergham expressed how she believed that her Plattsburgh experience as a whole was a marvelous journey through education and a wonderful opportunity with people who cared. “In Lebanon, everything is so structured. Plattsburgh allowed me to think independently, Dergham said. When they didn’t have what I wanted, they created it for me.
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The flexibility was thrilling.” For those faculty that were lucky enough to know Dergham as a student couldn’t seem to say enough good things. As a student who not only managed to graduate a few semesters early, was also PSUC’s first journalism major. Dergham did not surprise her SEE ALUMNA, A8
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PSUC News Banquet honors past and inspires future The Multicultural Alliance’s Black History Month is hosting a Black History Month Banquet: “Sanfoka: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future” on Feb. 24. It is cosponsored by AKEBA, the Black Student Union. Tickets are being sold at the Angell College Center information desk. $8 for one person, $15 for two. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Angell College Center’s Warren Ballrooms.
AKEBA co-sponsoring Multicultural Alliance’s presentation on Monday
Co-sponsored by AKEBA, the Black Student Union, and as a part of the Multicultural Alliance’s Black History Month, there will be a presentation on Feb. 27. “The N Word: Is There a Message in the Madness?” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Warren Ballrooms in the Angell College Center.
African film playing in Yokum 208
“Nothing But the Truth” free film part of the African Portraits Film Festival on Feb. 28. The film is about the complex dynamic between the blacks who stayed in South Africa to fight the segregation and those who returned victoriously after living in exile. It will be in Yokum 208 at 7 p.m.
Student speaker educates students about her eating disorder
“Eating Disorders: What’s the Scoop?” presentation on Feb. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will be held in the Alumni Conference Room. The presentation is sponsored by the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services and Delta Phi Epsilon.
Honoring Black History Month with film series and WRAP session
As part of the Multicultural Alliance’s Black History Month, a film series and WRAP session: “The Help” will be held on Feb. 29. The film series will be in Yokum 200 at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by CDPI.
Business Etiquette Seminar Series holds presentation on March 1
Jackie Vogl, director of International Student Services at PSUC, will hold a presentation on international travel and meeting etiquette on March 1 at 5 p.m. It is a part of the Business Etiquette Seminar Series and will be in the Cardinal Lounge in the Angell College Center.
‘On the Verge’ premieres Thursday
“On the Verge,” a play by Eric Overmeyer will be playing from March 1 until March 3 in the Hartman Theatre in Myers. Tickets are for sale in the Angell College Center information desk. Ticket prices range from $2, $8 and $12 for PSUC students, PSUC faculty/staff/seniors and general admission, respectively.
Performers visit four SUNY campuses New York City – The State University of New York announced that the Sichuan University Troupe, one of the earliest university troupes in the western part of China, will offer a series of performances for the Chinese New Year at four SUNY campuses, including Maritime College, the College of Optometry, Binghamton University, and University at Buffalo. “This is a great opportunity to foster partnerships within the SUNY system and to highlight the work of the Confucius Institutes,” said Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs Mitch Leventhal. “The Sichuan University Troupe provides a remarkable glimpse of the language and culture of the western region of China, and we are pleased to bring their performance to our campuses.” The troupe showcases classical songs, music, dances and the Sichuan opera. Performances will be held Feb. 10 at Maritime College; Feb. 13 at College of Optometry; Feb. 16 at Binghamton University; Feb. 18 at University at Buffalo (Co-hosted by Buffalo State). The Troupe will also perform at Alfred University on Feb. 19. Performances were organized by the Confucius Institute for Business at the State University of New York and supported by the Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) in Jiangsu Province, New York State’s sister state in China. Each of the host campuses, with the exception of Maritime College, have a Confucius Institute, which is a partnership between the Hanban and the host university to promote cross cultural understanding. SUNY operates more Confucius Institutes than any educational system in the world, with locations at Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, Levin Institute, College of Optometry, and Stony Brook University.
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PSUC student Shawna Eccles met Rita Dove, a poet laureate and Pulitzer, winner on a short study abroad at sea. Dove requested to meet with Eccles after hearing one of her poems.
Student’s work noticed by poet Eccles’ poetry lauded by Rita Dove during trip By Yessenia Funes associate news editor
Beginning with newspaper journalism, Plattsburgh State student Shawna Eccles looked into pursuing law, psychology and broadcast journalism. Deciding that none of these majors were for her, Eccles finally looked into public relations, which she ultimately chose. However, Eccles is more than a public relations major. She is an artist of words. “I didn’t call myself a poet until someone else called me a poet,” Eccles said. On the semester at sea passage through the Amazon program from Dec. 22 of last year until Jan. 12 this year, Eccles had the opportunity to visit the Bahamas, Puerto Rico Grenada, Brazil, Trinidad, Barbados and Dominicana. What Eccles did not expect on her voyage, however, was meeting Rita Dove, a Poet Laureate and 1987 Pulitzer winner. “She [Eccles] felt privileged,” said Leah Valensi, Eccles’ roommate for the duration of the trip. “We all felt privileged being on a boat with so many people who did so many great things.” Dove was a guest lecturer on the boat and requested to meet with Eccles because of a poem Eccles read during a talent show on the boat. “Everyone in the audience was in awe,” said PSUC student Mark Sanders, who also studied at sea for two weeks. “I’ve seen Shawna read before, but to see everyone else experience it, they were shocked to see a regular person and this powerful poem come out of her mouth.” The poem titled “Pyramids on Paper” is about the black community and how they “do what they do,” said Eccles, such as selling drugs and prostitution, because
they do not know about “It was so beautiful, and to their history. see Shawna’s expression “They had everything in and how focused she was, Africa!” Eccles said. “They I knew this is what Shawna were kings and queens, but really wants to do.” they lost it all with slavery.” The only criticism from Valensi elaborated on the Dove was Eccles’ ability to title of the poem and said impact her readers in the it derives partly from the same way as if they read black woman’s struggle to her poems themselves vermake money. Dollar bills sus her reading it to them. have images of Egypt’s pyr“There’s a difference beamids, which were built by tween writing for the page and for Africans, which is and writing for the stage,” described in the poem. Eccles said. “I’m working “It was an honor to meet to give that same impact on with her [Dove] and talk to paper as on the stage.” her about poetry,” Eccles Eccles also said Dove told said. her she must sound strong, Eccles said but not aggresDove told her sive, while read“Everyone in the she was off to a audience was in ing to her audigreat start for ence. Dove gave awe. I’ve seen a 21-year-old. Shawna read be- Eccles encourDove also told fore, but to see agement and her her poetry needs everyone else ex- email address perience it, they no instruction in case Eccles is were shocked because it is a to see a regular ever stuck on a form of expres- person and this poem and wants sion, and one powerful poem to reach out. should express come out of her “I was really mouth.” it however feels excited for her Mark Sanders, right to the indi[Eccles] to meet PSUC Student vidual. with someone “I’m slacklike Rita Dove ing on hands-on stuff, like and for her [Dove] to recdrawing and braiding, but ognize Shawna and become I make up for it through a mentor for her,” Sanders my writing and thinking,” said. Eccles said. Eccles said was not alDove shared her poem ways one to share her poprocess in a presentation ems, however. Her poetry on the boat, which consist- career began in junior-high ed of organizing her poems school. She did not begin in different colored fold- performing until she joined ers based on their present Freedom Academy High state. Eccles adopted this School in Brooklyn, N.Y. organization idea to her because of a high-school own poems. teacher, Venice Richards. Eccles said Dove also Richards asked Eccles what read her poem titled “Pars- was the point of words if no ley,” which took her years to one could hear them? write. Eccles said contrary Once Eccles reached to what most people be- PSUC, she began writing lieve, a lot of thought has to poems her freshman to go into a poem – it does not junior year for clubs and just come to the poet. She organizations such as the said her poems sometimes Organization of Women’s take hours, days or weeks Ethnicity (OWE), African to write. Unity, Club Caribbean, Mul“Rita had a poem read- ticultural Alliance, AKEBA ing, and I sat with Shawna and Fuerza. to hear it,” Sanders said. “I write poems everybody could relate to and enjoy,” Eccles said. Even though Eccles writes poems specifically tailored for an event, she said she writes from what she knows and her points of view. As a black woman,
Eccles said she can relate to most of the clubs and organizations she has written for. Eccles had taken a break from writing poetry fall semester of the current school year in order to focus on applying to graduate school. However, meeting with Dove inspired her to, once again, pick up her pen and paper. She did not imagine debating whether to stay an extra semester to get a double major in English writing arts. Eccles is planning on spending one semester at PSUC and another semester studying abroad in London. “She [Dove] encouraged me to keep writing,” Eccles said. “I could always make it my fall back plan and have a career that’ll make me happy.” Eccles said she knows she may never have a career in poetry, but she does not mind because public relations is almost like her spoken-word poems. She said she is a good public speaker and it is something she really wants to do. “If for nothing else, I’ll write for God,” Eccles said. “God gave me a gift, and I won’t let it go to waste. Poetry will find a way to fit into my life”
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Student’s work selected for exhibition Dane Winkler’s prints to be judged in national show By Javier Simon staff writer
his father’s slides on the wall and then traced the projected image onto a Looking through photo piece of paper, while payslides his father took de- ing close attention to the cades ago, Plattsburgh color scheme of the image. State student Dane Win- Then, he traced the image kler thought the set would onto a piece of Plexiglas serve as a good starting which served as the tempoint for his print-making plate class projects. The end To vary the color of results got inducted into certain sections of his the 2012 Excellence in image, Winkler cut out Printmaking Exhibition those sections from mulat the Washington Print- tiple pieces of paper to makers Gallery create a series “He is a very talin Maryland. stencils. ented and com- of “I found a mitted student, Then, he ran connection bethe Plexiglas, a and I felt his tween the pho- work would stand different stentos he took as out on a national cil and a single level.” an architect piece of paper Diane Fine and the images through the I take now, Winprinting bed kler said. multiple times to bring Until February 26, Win- the piece to life layer by kler’s prints, “The Meet- layer. ing” and “Undercity,” will “By the end of the probe among the work of 39 cess, I must have put the other undergraduate and piece through the printing graduate students from press 15 to 20 times,” Winthe greater Mid-Atlantic kler said. region. “The Meeting” and “UnWinkler created both dercity” are 18 by 24 inches pieces through his favor- and 14 by 22 inches respecite print-making process, tively. monotype. This technique Winkler hopes that his involves drawing on a work’s next stop would piece of Plexiglas, rolling be the PSUC Senior Art ink on it, placing a piece of Show. He intends to compaper on it and then put- bine ten prints, which ting the Plexiglas through would be based on his a print bed. father’s photo slides, into Winkler, however, added an accordion book. to the process. “The book zig zags back He started out one and fourth, so you can open piece by projecting one of it like an accordion and see
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Dane Winkler’s prints were selected and displayed at the Excellence in Print Making Exhibition. The pieces were selected by Joann G. Moser, Senior Curator of Graphic Arts at the Smithsonian museum. every page at once,” Winkler said. Each page would be about 14 by 22 inches. Winkler said he owes a lot of credit to his print making professor Diane Fine. “He is a very talented and committed student, and I felt his work would stand out on a national level,” Fine said. Since the beginning of the semester, Fine has informed Winkler of multiple programs looking for art submissions. “I saw the call for the WPG exhibition and immediately thought of Dane,” Fine said.
PSUC student Noah Dodds said Winkler provided him with help during a sculpting class. “He spends hours on his work” Dodds said. “I don’t think I’ve ever missed him at the studio.” Before coming to PSUC to pursue a BFA in sculpting and a compliment in printmaking, Winkler had no experience with printmaking. Although his older brother and sister studied art in college, Winkler said he did not plan to attend college when he was completing high school. Nonetheless, a high school professor encour-
aged Winkler to apply for PSUC. “I’m really happy I came here,” Winkler said. “Who knows what I’d be doing otherwise.” The prints displayed at the Excellence in Print Making Exhibition are all eligible for first, second and third-place prizes awarded by the WPG and its partners. The pieces were selected by Joann G. Moser, Senior Curator of Graphic Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Moser will also judge the WPG contest The first prize winner will receive $500 and a
one year gift membership to the WPG. The winner’s print will also be reproduced in the Washington Print Club Quarterly. A one year subscription to the quarterly will be awarded to the art department active at the student’s school. The second and third prize winners will receive a one year gift membership to the WPG as well. These students also will be awarded $50 and $25 gift certificates, respectively, for Plaza Art Suppliers. A date for the award ceremony had yet to be announced by time of publication.
Clock survey discusses time on campus By Ben Rowe editor-in-chief
Could you tell the time on a campus without clocks? That was one of the questions raised by a recent faculty survey discussing the condition of time-telling on campus. On Feb. 6, a committee of PSUC staff and administrators sent out a campus survey asking faculty their opinions about clocks on campus. The survey discussed a proposal by PSUC to replace 150 clocks on campus with a synchronized time system costing approximately $50,000. The survey came about as the result of years of frustrations by Vice President of Administration John Homburger on the inconsistency of the clocks on campus. “I was and continue to be frustrated with our inability to maintain the clocks out there,” Homburger said, explaining that in 2010 he de-
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On Feb. 6, PSUC faculty received a survey discussing a proposal to replace many of the clocks on campus. cided it was time to push the issue and begin considering the importance of clocks on the PSUC campus. To begin, Homburger wanted to gauge the feeling among the PSUC staff towards clocks on campus and determine exactly how many staff members felt the need to have a clock available. “I know that there was
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some faculty that wanted to have a clock but I was not sure if it was one or 100,” Homburger said. In response to his concerns, Homburger proposed a committee to examine the clock situation on campus and determine their value in the modern classroom. From this committee came an examination of possible solutions
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to propose to the faculty. These solutions were eventually condensed down into the two proposals present on the survey. The new synchronized system would work to constantly maintain the current time across networked clocks placed in campus classrooms, labs and common areas. Along with the installation fee,
the system would require $8,000 in annual maintenance costs. For Homburger, though, having a clock on the wall is only part of the oversight involved in maintaining a clock on campus. Though a professor may have a clock in the room, there’s been no guarantee that the time displayed is always correct. The effort needed to maintain this consistency, then, falls to the PSUC staff. “There’s been a long history of them not all being the same time and having maintenance associated with them to get them all in sync,” Homburger said. As an alternative to price of the synchronized system, though, the survey also asked faculty their thoughts on a potential plan to instead remove clocks from classrooms completely and rely on alternative methods for telling the time. The survey asked faculty members to rate their level
of dependence on clocks during class time as well as their opinion toward a number of alternate time sources from wristwatches to computer monitors and cell phones. “There’s a readout on the telephone in the classroom, everyone has cell phones, lots of people still have watches,” Homburger said, “So is it really worth the effort? Have clocks in classrooms become passé, become obsolete?” That question remains to be answered. So far a total of 242 faculty members have responded to the survey, said Holly Heller-Ross, Interim Dean of Library and Information Services and member of the team that sent out the survey. The deadline for final responses was Feb. 13 according to Heller-Ross and the results of the survey have not been released as of press time. Stanley Blow III contributed to this story.
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Feb. 12 5:26 p.m. — Macomb Hall — A resident student reported receiving several unwanted telephone calls from another student. Although the calls were not threatening in nature, the student requested the caller be contacted and advised to cease all contact. The caller was advised. A service report was filed. 7:59 p.m. — Clinton Dining Hall — Chartwells staff reported that a backpack containing a small amount of marijuana was found in Clinton Dining Hall. University Police responded and took possession of the backpack. A crime incident report was filed.
10:41 p.m. — Fieldhouse — University Police and the Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the field house. The building was in full alarm. The alarm panel indicated that a pull box had been activated in basement stairwell No. 2. The area was checked and no pull boxes were activated. The alarm system was reset. A service report was filed. A copy was forwarded to Maintenance and Operations.
Feb. 13 7:56 a.m. — Wa rd Hall — An employee reported that someone had pushed in the window air conditioner at 106 A Ward Hall. The air conditioner fell to the floor and was damaged. It did not appear that entry was gained. A crime incident report was filed.
10:20 a.m. — Macomb Hall — A college electrician reported that someone tampered with a smoke detector in room 321 Macomb Hall at 10:10 p.m. on Feb. 6. The tampering caused a trouble signal and would have prevented the detector from activating the alarm system in the event of smoke in the room. The electrician corrected the problem. College charges and a service report was Feb. 14 9:25 a.m. — M o f fitt Hall Grounds — A resident student reported his bicycle had been stolen from the bike rack outside Moffitt Hall sometime between Dec. 2011 and Feb. 3. A crime incident report was filed.
8:18 p.m. — H u d son Hall — University Police and the Fire Department responded to Hudson Hall for a report of an individual having a seizure. A resident student was transported to CVPH for treatment. A service report was filed.
10:08 p.m. — Wilson Hall Grounds — A resident student walked in to University Police to report falling on some ice in the woods behind Wilson Hall and striking his head causing a small laceration above his left eye. He declined ambulance transportation and was transported to CVPH by private vehicle to seek medical attention. A ZAP report and service report were filed. Feb. 15 4:49 p.m. — Park-
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ing Lot 18 — A resident student reported that her vehicle received a mark on the driver’s side rear quarter panel from another parked vehicle’s passenger door. A service report was filed.
6:52 p.m. — Angell College Center — University Police responded to the Subway eatery in the ACC for a resident student who had passed out. Upon arrival the student was awake and declined medical assistance. A service report was filed. Feb. 16 12:55 a.m. — M a c donough Hall — University Police arrested Colin J. Steinauer of 102 E Macdonough Hall and charged him with disorderly conduct. He was held at the Police Department for morning arraignment at City Court. College charges were filed.
6:54 p.m. — H u d son Hall — University Police and Fire Department responded to Hudson Hall for a resident student who had passed out in room 206. The student was transported to CVPH. A service report was filed. Feb. 17 12:03 a.m. — Draper Avenue — Plattsburgh Police Department arrested Michael A. Lilien of 206 Kent Hall and charged him with a violation of the city littering ordinance. He was released upon an appearance ticket.
7:23 p.m. — Campus Wide — University Police conducted checks of the campus blue light emergency phones. All phones were working properly. A service report was filed. A copy was forwarded to Maintenance and Operations and Telecommunications. 10:13 p.m. — Kent Hall — A resident student reported another resident student had grabbed her shoulder and slapped their buttocks while passing on the stairs. A crime incident report and college charges were filed. Feb. 18 12:10 a.m. — Brinkerhoff Street — Plattsburgh Police Department arrested Andrew A. Locascio of 88 Broad Street and charged him with a violation of the city open container ordinance. He was released upon an appearance ticket.
1:27 a.m. — University Police — A resident student reported being harassed telephonically by another resident student. A crime incident report and college charges were filed.
2:20 a.m. — Macdonough Hall — University Police and the Fire Department responded to Macdonough Hall for a male passed out in the first floor west side hall. The male was intoxicated and was transported to CVPH via ambulance. The individual is not affiliated with the college. A service report was filed. College charges were filed on the resident student host.
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Local construction workers come together to protest the outsourcing of construction jobs to out-of-state workers. They held this protest outside of Hood Hall Friday afternoon.
Local workers hold protest By Ruthann Alexander associate news editor
Local union protesters gathered outside Hood Hall Friday afternoon to protest the outsourcing of construction jobs to out-ofstate workers. Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Sheet Metal Workers International Union and Progressive Coalition of New York were on hand to speak out about the hire of Vermont workers for jobs in New York. “Our taxpayer dollars should remain in the state of New York,” Lee Eck, organizer for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades said. “Workers in Vermont don’t reinvest their paychecks here.” Workers wore signs with messages stating “Local jobs for local people” and “Our projects should employ Clinton County construction workers,” among others. The protest stemmed from Vermont workers benefitting from the wage laws in New York, Phil Stenglein, a marketing representative for Sheet Metal Workers International Union, said. “One thing that gets me is we have prevailing wage laws in New York state,” Stenglein said. “The people in Vermont could get their own prevailing wage laws if they fought hard enough for them.” Plattsburgh State allows companies to bid for jobs with the lowest bidder receiving the right to work. Construction project development and field oversight professional Jules LaPoint said the bidding system affects both sides of the market, not just those on the New York side. “There is always commerce back and forth,” he said. “It works both ways.” Additionally, the con-
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The protesting workers wore signs with messages stating, “Local jobs for local people.”
struction projects involving “We want to keep the tax the renovations on dorm dollars in New York state so halls are not funded by tax we can better educate our payer dollars, LaPoint said. children,” Larry Hebbard, “The revenue generated a protester with the Sheet from the rents of the stu- Metal Workers International dents pays for Union said. those projects,” What this “(A cost saving LaPoint said. “It’s analysis) would means in layensure guarself-sustaining. man’s terms is if antees of local I really don’t see people being put the workers from how this affects to work by either Vermont are the campus.” employed here, local or out-ofstate contracHowever, the they go back to tors. Where most their homes in protesters did important it’s the not share in workers coming Vermont withLaPoint’s views out paying a from the suron the situation. rounding area.” penny in taxes to “To the pro- Lee Eck, organizer the Plattsburgh testers, this is for the International community. Union of Painters about keeping However, if and Allied Trades the tax payer more locals dollars in the are employed state of New York,” Eck said. on construction projects, Other protesters shared more tax payer money their views on keeping the will be invested within the tax dollars within the state community to better eduof New York. cation as well as other pub-
lic services. As a representative of the Progressive Coalition of Northern New York, George Baker said that they want to reach out to the local unions. “We want to support them in our struggle for economic justice,” Baker said. The protesters expressed they also want to entertain discussion between PSUC and the building trades to implement cost saving project labor agreements, Eck said. Before the project labor agreement is assigned or implemented, a cost savings analysis is done, Eck said. “This would ensure guarantees of local people being put to work by either local or out-of-state contractors,” Eck said. “Where most importantly it’s the workers coming from the surrounding area.” One example of one of these cost saving projects was the Crown Point Bridge which was finished ahead of schedule and below the budget, Eck said. The project labor agreements also ensure that labor disputes and labor unrest doesn’t happen. “Such things can be costly to or even stop a project,” Baker said. “The university construction companies and workers can all prosper in harmony.” There have been other labor protests on campus and there are likely to be more, Eck said. “This should upset the whole community,” Baker said. “It works against the entire locality.” Nelson Charron with the Plumber’s Union expressed that he wants to see a strong union turnout on the SUNY Construction Fund look over its jobs better. “I’m right with these guys,” Charron said. “I want to see a strong union turnout on the SUNY construction jobs.”
friday, feb. 24, 2011
news editor elizabeth reff
SIFE students to attend business plan competition By Yessenia Funes associate news editor
For the first time ever, Plattsburgh State’s entrepreneurship club, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), is hoping to attend the NYS Business Plan Competition in Albany, N.Y. offering more than $100,000 in prizes. Students from all majors are invited and encouraged to submit business plans by the March 29 deadline. “This is the step pushing PSUC’s entrepreneurship program forward,” said SIFE adviser, Richard Gottschall. Gottschall said all of the competition winners have gone on to start their own business, usually with the money they won. The four first-place winners receive $10,000 each, four second-place winners receive $5,000 each and the four third-place winners receive $1,500 each. Then, the four first-place teams compete for $40,000, so one team leaves with $50,000 total. “This is a vehicle to actual start-ups,” he said. A workshop was held Feb. 20 to help students prepare their business plans for the competition. The competition covers health care, information technology/software, nanotechnology/high tech, clean energy/sustainability, products/services and social/non-profit, so the workshop consisted of students from different majors such as science, business and entrepreneurship. Though some students were required to attend the workshop for class, others went on their own free will. PSUC student Max Feffer said he was required to go for class but figured he would take it seriously because he was going to be there for three hours.
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Agnes Heyerdahl and Richard Gottschall talk during SIFE’s introduction of a water filtration machine in the Angell College Center. The group is gearing up for the NYS Business Plan Competition in Albany, N.Y. His business plan focused on a composting program, although he does plan on submitting it for the competition. “No one really took it seriously, and it pissed me off,” Feffer said. “People got up and presented seriously, but they didn’t take their planning seriously.” Feffer said because most students’ grades depended on their attendance, it did not seem like they really cared about the workshop’s purpose. However, Feffer said he believed it was important for people to get the knowledge and education they were there for. “I think it is an excellent opportunity for people to get ahead and actually do something,” he said. “But it’s just a shame that students don’t take advantage.”
SIFE president Agnes On the other hand, PSUC student, Chris Lyons, went Heyerdahl said it is importo the workshop because tant to get students from all he figured it would be departments involved with something useful for the this opportunity because future. He will enter his the more perspectives business plan for the com- working on a business plan, the more professional, conpetition. “The whole reason we’re vincing and marketable it is. “Entrepreneurship is paying so much money is more than just to learn, and if starting a busithese workshops “I think it is an Heyerare available and excellent oppor- ness,” I’m paying col- tunity for people dahl said. “It is lege tuition to be to get ahead and about creativactually do someity, innovation, here, I might as thing. But it’s well get some- just a shame that taking charge students don’t thing out of it,” of your own life take advantage.” and using your Lyons said. He is an inter- Max Feffer, PSUC brain to make student national busiconnections.” ness and busiHeyerdahl ness administration major said a lot of people do not and is taking one step at a know what entrepreneurtime. Lyons said he hopes ship really is, so she hopes everything else falls into the competition can bring PSUC’s newest business place.
program to light. PSUC is the only SUNY school with a four-year entrepreneurship degree program. “I really want to see it [entrepreneurship program] grow,” said SIFE vice president Kathryn Piacentino. “It’s important to have one-on-one’s with professors in any major because that’s how you see things grow.” Piacentino transferred to PSUC in the fall semester, and said she is really pleased with PSUC’s entrepreneurship program. Lyon and she are part of the same team, and the competition is her first time doing anything of the sort. Heyerdahl said she has high hopes of their business plan getting accepted into the competition.
Gottschall said business plan competitions are a very popular thing taking place nationwide, and it is an important part of entrepreneurship education. “I really see SIFE in this as trying to get SUNY Plattsburgh to get involved in these national opportunities,” he said. Gottschall also said one cannot teach or push entrepreneurship. He said he used to believe all anyone needed to start a business was money, but it takes more than that now — it takes grand ideas, Gottschall said. “Even if you don’t win, it’s the experience you’re going to take with you,” Piacentino said.
Student Association Soundoff A message from Student Association Executive Vice President Ashley Tyree
Next week, Wednesday, February 29th, the Executive Council and Senate will be holding a joint session. This will occur the last Wednesday of every month. This is enacted due to the new Student Association Outreach Program that was unanimously passed by both bodies. This is a way for students to address all elected officials at once. In the near future, Wayne Duprey, from College Auxiliary Services (CAS) will be doing a presentation about the upcoming meal plans for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Senate Vacancy Search Committee has put forth a nominee, to fulfill the Open Senate Seat. The committee identified Alice Cohen as the best candidate. Beginning on March 1st, the Student Association Memorial Scholarships will be available. Please stop by the SA office for more information. The Student Association will be taking students down to Albany on March 6th for SUNY Palooza. SUNY Palooza is open to all SUNY schools to rally and talk with legislators. If interested in attending, please stop by the SA Office for more information or to sign up! Finally, the Political Advocacy and Awareness Committee will be hosting a Voter Registration program on the 27th to the 2nd of March. We will be providing students will Registration Forms, Absentee ballots, also organ donor forms. It is from 11:00 am to 1:00pm in the ACC. If students don’t have time to fill the forms out, they will be provided a quarter sheet with instructions and the website to complete the form. If you are looking for more information about the SA and what is going on, stop by the SA Office or speak to an official. Have a great week! Best regards, Ashley Tyree Executive Vice President
opinions editor ian tully
▪ friday, feb. 24, 2012
- compiled by Rob Schulz and Gregg Twergo
What’s your state of the SA? Matthew Rusek Freshman Biology
“Pretty good. I don’t hear much about it. Maybe [there should be] more information about it.” Sharmeen Mehri Freshman English Literature
“It’s good but they could have the shuttle more.”
Sandu Karunarathne Junior Biochemistry
“They are really helpful. I wish they would have more free events.” Todd Drake Sophomore Environmental Science
“I think it’s doing a lot better. A lot more organized. [It’s] way better now.” Casey Dunn Junior Graphic Design
“It’s doing good. I voted to keep the budget [fee] mandatory.”
Student could use smartphone often By Gabrielle Bilik fuse editor
Smartphones are awesome. Any student would be lucky to have one. Since I am not that lucky, I regularly find myself wishing I had one. To fully understand how the absence of a Smartphone negatively impacts the life of a student, here is a walk through my day. I wake up and come to campus. Turns out I’ve missed an important meeting with my professor because I had to come to campus to follow up on his emails that should be speedy because of high-speed internet. However, the Charter Communications service at my apartment cut out, and now the conversation has spanned a few days instead of hours. I missed the email telling me he was available that day. I reply asking him to reschedule. Then I get into class. A current events discussion begins, but I cannot participate, since I was unable to read the news on my phone during my morning commute, or while I waited in line for my coffee. By the time I get out of class, it is beginning to snow, something I had not anticipated since it was sunny when I left my apartment. Suddenly, my thin pleather jacket seems highly impractical. If I had been able to check the weather while in line at Tim Horton’s, I could have ran to my car and grabbed my winter coat between classes. Instead, I spent my time in line socializing with someone I did not want to talk to, a person whose advances I could not shirk because I don’t have an application on my phone that sends me fake texts when I need them.
By the time I get to a computer, I’ve already missed a second meeting with my professor, and I’m developing a cough. It’s still snowing. The only thing getting me through the day is a song I heard through someone’s headphones earlier that day. I only know the melody of it, and I can’t Google the words. I may never hear that song again. My next class goes without a hitch, but I did not know a word that the teacher said, and I couldn’t go to Dictionary.com to find it. That was five minutes of confusion I could have done without. A meeting with my coworkers goes well. I even learn what a PlattsMeme is, after pronouncing it wrong, and learning that everyone knew what it was already. Some of these things may seem like I’m not Bilik missing out. Maybe you think I should just get to a computer more often, or have the sense to wear a jacket in Plattsburgh because it’s cold and the middle of winter. True. What’s also true is that technology is advancing rapidly. Information is more readily available through a wider variety of media than ever. Getting my information from a computer or my phone is essentially the same thing, but in a society where headlines, tweets, text alerts and other important information is released in an instant, I could miss out on something essential. Wasting a smartphone’s capabilities by looking at porn is not productive, but when used wisely, smartphones are an effective and practical study tool.
Foolish phobias flay our freedoms By Ian Tully opinions editor
New York City needs to make a fundamental decision. Are Muslims welcome to participate in a pluralist society, or will they always be treated as suspects for a trial that never happens? Though this column comes on the heels of newly released information that the NYPD conducted extensive covert surveillance on Muslim student associations between 2006 and 2007, let us not pretend this is an isolated incident. In 2007, a veteran schoolteacher of Yemeni descent named Debbie Almontaser was the founding principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, the first NYC public school specializing in a bilingual, English/Arabic education. She was ousted from that position after she attempted to describe the meaning of the term “in-
tifada” in a New York Post interview. Her words were taken out of context, her character was publicly assassinated and she was forced to resign from a position she had worked her whole life to attain. The principal that replaced her could not even speak Arabic. Three years later, an Islamic community center dubbed the “ground zero mosque” met strong opposition for its proximity to ground zero. It was attacked by conservative bloggers for being a “victory mosque,” that mocked the victims of 9/11 and their families. In May 2011, Rep. Peter King, a congressman Nassau County held congressional hearings on radical Islam and homegrown terrorism in the United States. While advocates of these hearings argued they helped to open a dialogue, they were largely a waste
Tech gadgets make people disconnect By Bailey Heinzerling staff writer
few texts and subdue any guilty emotions about not keeping in contact. What’s stopping us It’s insulting to think a piece of from picking up the phone and plastic is better company than a saying hello? human being. Perhaps we don’t have anyWe live in an era where mobile thing to talk about because we’ve technology is impossible to es- already read it in wall posts, or cape. Cell phones used to be the maybe it’s just a nasty habit of size of a shoe. They have gradual- poor communication. ly miniaturized to become comWe have begun to eradicate baputers that could fit on a playing sic conversation imprisoned ourcard. selves by removing the need to There’s no doubting that even see people anymore. There smartphones have drastically are actually couples that have met changed the way we conduct online but have never met each our lives. With a galaxy of ap- other in person. plications and Google searches It used to be the case that you to discover it’s easy to get couldn’t get a hold of lost in the endless black your friends unless you hole that is the Internet. walked to their house Being a former android and knocked on their owner I can speak from exdoor. Maybe you had to perience. Having a smart dial a landline even got phone is one of the most a busy signal and had addicting things I’ve ever to call back. Now we’re indulged in. I rarely needapprehensive to drop Heinzerling in on someone without ed to ask anyone a question or inquire about the weathgiving them a heads up er for friendly banter. No need to to make sure it’s a good time. carry around the iPod that I had We broadcast our lives over spent days sorting through with the Internet instead of engaging Pandora radio and an unlimited relationships that exist outside data plan. I had an application for of technology. We fall in love with everything. I was unstoppable—I our iPhones and BlackBerrys. was also kind of a loner. Smartphones are supposed to be A device that’s supposed to an outlet for us to discover curconnect us to the outside world rent events and keep connected has led us straight into an intro- with the world, but instead, it’s verted existence where nobody just giving us an excuse to stay speaks to each other face to face. cooped up in our rooms. I notice when people pretend Conversations in 160 character increments suffice to make most to be on their phone. It’s lame, of us feel like we’ve kept in con- and not discreet I might add. Talking to a stranger isn’t as tact with someone, and there’s scary as it seems. Smiling at somesomething wrong with that. Weeks, almost months will go one in passing is much more of a by and I don’t talk to some of my kind gesture than hiding behind a friends on the phone, but every phone. Let’s put the phone down now and then we’ll exchange a and have a friendly conversation.
of time and money that accomplished nothing. That is exactly what these surveillance operations were. They wasted time, money and manpower on a project that operated outside of city limits and yielded no results. I am not surprised that the NYPD profiles individuals because of ethnic and religious ties This practice is their tradition, and it continues to deceive both the police and the public into thinking we are safer as a result. Racial profiling is easy to do, but it is too often misconstrued as being useful. It is not. Categorizing people by race, creed or color creates dangerously inaccurate stereotypes. Those stereotypes wreak havoc in emotionally charged situations, making 9/11 and the subsequent suspicion and persecution of Muslims the perfect storm of cultural ignorance and popular bigotry in the United States.
We all know the stereotype peddled to us. Because traditional Islam is painted as clashing with older world religions and Western society, it never has been popular in our country. In North America, Islam is associated with radical, violent even militant beliefs because of the acts of a few individuals with these violent, militant beliefs. I challenge Michael Bloomberg to take a definitive stance on this topic. He is mayor of the largest multicultural metropolis on the face of the Earth, and though he publicly embraced the Islamic community center by calling attacks on its location unAmerican, he also touts the NYPD as the “seventh biggest army in the world” and condones its biased surveillance of one religious group over others. Which is it? Are Muslims, like all American citizens, innocent until proven guilty, or are they suspects
in the global war on terror? I believe the NYPD cannot conduct investigations objectively if they are busy chasing shadows. They are responsible for ensuring the safety of millions of people, and they cannot do that effectively if they are wasting resources on wild goose chases such as the one that sent an undercover policeman on a whitewater rafting trip to record how often Muslim students prayed. Even the premise of the last sentence seems ridiculous. I agree there should be an open dialogue on the subject of Islam in the United States but not in the form of any sort of investigation. A dialogue, by definition, includes two parties. Thus far, dialogues on the subject have really been monologues. The American public is told to fear the most extreme fringe minority of Muslims as if they were the whole, and American Muslims have yet to be invited to the discussion.
friday, feb. 24, 2012
opinions editor ian tully
Senate vacancy committee skips students
Student governments operate the same as any representative democracy. Our Student Association’s Senate is the legislative branch of our student government, one which is awarded the discretion authorizing a budget of how to spend money collected from our tuition. As students elected by their peers, they are supposed to represent the interests of the constituency. The logic of this system speaks for itself. However, that logic is upset by the prospect of an internal selection. While appointments expedite government process, they do not offer the greatest degree of representation. This semester, the 50th SA Senate seeks to fill a position left vacant by the departure of Senator Josh Muno. The SA constitution stipulates that a vacant seat requires the senate to form a vacancy committee that advertises
Cartoon by Roger Ackley
the open position, interviews applicants for the position and selects from that pool of applicants. Though the SA senate is following its bylaws word-forword, it is the opinion of this editorial board that an open election be held for this vacant seat. If the SA’s constitution must be amended in order for
Women athletes butt of unfair stereotypes By Melanie Rivera contributing writer
Stadiums and arenas are meant to be filled with cheering fans. Every seat should be filled and excitement should be radiating throughout the entire stadium. However, when female athletes are in a stadium it isn’t filled, ecstatic and radiating like for men’s events. My uncles would lean forward on the couch and anytime the ball was stolen, the moans and yelling would start immediately when each opposing basket was made. My brother was just as bad. In separate rooms across the apartment I could quote him word-for-word as he yelled at the TV, as if the players could hear him. My first basketball game was a New York Liberty game. At the time I wanted to be a basketball star. I figured, what better way was there to become a basketball player than by watching female professionals. I remember looking around the arena and noticing there was a pretty good amount of open seats compared to what I saw when my brother watched Knicks games. It looked very strange to me at the time because, in my world, I was one of the guys. Since the 19th Amendment established equal rights for women passed, women are still in search of gender equality. Women had to fight for their right to vote, and equal opportunities in the workforce. Now they are fighting for their recognition in athletics. We’ve all heard the negative sayings; “You run like a girl” and “Take it like a man.” I’ve always wondered how one runs like a girl. Do we run like Pamela
Anderson on Bay Watch? Male athletes promote products and raise awareness in commercials. All I hear is talk about doing the Brady, which is sitting down and looking depressed like Tom Brady, or rising star Jeremy Lin and “Linsanity.” I don’t hear media coverage for female athletes that often. I’ve always heard excuses. I have been told women are not as physically strong as men or not as vicious on the court or field. If women can do the same drills and play the same sports, no doubt they can play as hard as any man can. I went to the Plattsburgh State men’s hockey game against Brockport University this past semester, my first hockey game ever. I was amazed at how brutal the game was. I was curious to see how rough, loud, exciting and violent the women’s games were, and I told my friend we should attend one. He told me that he would not, and explained they’re not the same. He told me there is more violence in men’s games, and that women’s games aren’t worth watching. Despite the fact women’s hockey team is not as violent, PSUC seems to be doing just fine in the standings. PSUC’s Monica D’Ippolito, women’s soccer team goalkeeper, said she has never seen a big crowd like the men’s soccer team has. To D’Ippolito, even the men’s try outs seem to have more of a turn out than the women’s. Men can be bigger and faster, but she said she thinks when it comes down to skill, women are just as good. She could not have said it any better. Men might be bigger or more vicious, but that doesn’t mean a woman cannot compete just as fiercely.
this to happen, so be it. It is not for sitting senators to determine who can serve in their ranks. It is the duty of the voters that elected them. Currently, only executive council positions undergo special elections in the event of an unanticipated opening. That rule should be applied to all elected positions in our
student government. While Cardinal Points does not accuse the SA of any foul play, and we believe they do their best to put forward a model democracy that listens to the needs of its people, the senate vacancy committee has the outward appearance of a shortcut. It is our belief that there are no shortcuts in democracy, and whomever the committee selects could just as easily win an open election. The process of internal selection, no matter how organized, speedy and allegedly impartial, is susceptible to the preference of colleagues. Last semester two senate seats were removed from the legislative body in the interests of what President Shah said was “efficiency.” The removal of two offices necessitates a special election for this vacancy, unless the SA intends to further diminish student representation in their own government.
Health Center ignores eating disorder symptoms I would like to share a story with you. It is about a freshman girl. She was trying to find her niche on this not-so-big campus. She would wake up and judge herself against a roommate who treated her like furniture. She chose to skip breakfast. She would stop for a little serving of yogurt for lunch, if it was a good day and she was following her rules, or she was shaking from the lack of nutrients in her diet. She would avoid the dining halls at all costs, for if others saw how she ate — the disgusting action of putting nutrients in her body to survive — she would be judged for admitting her weakness (and subsequently wasted an ~$1,800 meal plan). She would cover up her stomach pains by gulping down water — they were loud enough to hear in a quiet lecture hall. She slowly deteriorated. The hair that she had constantly been complimented on began to fall out rapidly. She barely had the energy to walk from Yokum to the fourth floor of Beaumont Hall. She constantly thought about how worthless she was, how she was a waste of space. Her thoughts all stemmed from what number the scale read in the morning. She lost 63.2 pounds in the span of five months. I am she, and I am not ashamed of this. What I am ashamed of is the way that the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services treated my case. I came to seek support while this monster was taking over my life, and I did not receive the help I needed. I was more than cooperative. I am the one who admitted I had a problem. I would bring up my fears of eating, eating in front of others, the anxiety of seeing the scale say that I gained weight in some way. I was met with questions that were unrelated to my cry for help. I asked myself if was I “sick” enough to receive services, and if the counselor I saw actually heard me. I am not the only person who did not receive proper treatment at the Center for Psychological Services. I have close acquaintances who went for their services and instead of feeling as though they were being put back on the correct path after a few sessions, they were treated that their mental disorder all stemmed from the typical “college student stress” and all their bad feelings should disappear when the summer comes. So, an eating disorder is born from a moment of typical stress? What about selfmutilation? What about suicide? Maybe these stereotypes are perpetuated by the people who are supposed to be treating us, not the people suffering
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from these disorders. I question the commitment that the Health Center has to the mental health of this campus. For the past two years, the sisters of Alpha Epsilon Phi have hosted the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, a walk to raise donations and raise awareness for those loved ones lost to suicide. It is meant to open a community dialogue to discuss something that is not openly talked about. Each year that this walk has been hosted, the Psychological Center has been invited to the event to show the campus community resources for students feeling unsafe and depressed. Each year they have declined. I understand it’s on a Saturday afternoon (April 28) but at the same time, a mental disorder does not rest. Showing their support for such a cause would help break the silence for all disorders. By the time this letter is posted, the Health Center will have already hosted an event with Delta Phi Epsilon to break the stereotype of people with eating disorders. While I’ll honor another organization’s philanthropy, I dislike the Center getting credit for speaking about mental disorders people on this campus suffer from without actually treating them. I challenge the Health Center to break their stereotype. I challenge them to be known for more than just allowing six sessions a semester (understandable that it isn’t their fault due to budget cuts, but again, why wasn’t this fought?). I encourage them to listen with sensitive ears to the students that use their services, because the quietest plea for help from a student may be a scream of despair on the inside. I am not asking for the community to avoid the Physiological Center at all costs, but I urge to please speak about this. It’s time we talk about the services provided to us as a community. If there is no demand for change, things will slide on as usual. Life is a beautiful thing and we all have a place here. I hope that the Health Center will focus on this philosophy as they treat those who need their services. Megan Ward Junior, PSUC
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▪ friday, feb. 24, 2012
SPEECH: SA reaches out to all students From Page One these meetings to receive feedback and assessments of how the clubs think the SA is doing. SA officials will also bring a list of weekly talking points, chosen by the Executive Council, to the meetings. “We will work diligently to keep what works and get rid of what doesn’t,” Sanchez said. Sanchez also said he hopes to assess and advertise the SA services such as the shuttle, learning center and legal services. The mandatory SA fee all students pay goes back to
the campus through these the fall 2012 semester. services, and Sanchez said One concern of several SA he hopes more students members, however, was take advantage of them. reaching out to fresh“Charles is one men outside “We will work of those people of these halls diligently to who whatever he and off-campus keep what says he’s going to works and get students. Sanrid of what do, he’ll get done,” chez said the doesn’t.” said Michelle CarSA will hold Charles Sanchez pentier, Sanchez’s events more SA president mentor and Edutoward the cational Opportunity Pro- edge of campus and more gram (EOP) director. community events for the The Outreach Program entire community – inalso outlines the Student cluding locals – to join. If Senate holding a sched- the events are more on uled session in the fresh- the edge of campus, stumen residence halls, dents living off-campus Whiteface and Wilson and in the Macdonough halls, in the beginning of and Harringon halls will
feel more compelled to attend. Sanchez always keeps an open mind, however, of the possibility of not reaching every student. “It’s okay to not reach every student because they might be interested in something else like athletics or art,” Sanchez said. Another new idea Sanchez is bringing to the table is the Internal Control Program. This is a program that has been in the making since last semester. Students are required to go through a process in order to finalize purchases. The goal is to make
this process easier. The program lays down each step in the process and centralizes everything so there is no miscommunication with students and SA officials – as well as within the SA office. “A student may come to me and I’ll direct them to the VP of Finance,” Sanchez said. “But then, they’ll tell me that the VP directed them to me! We want to cut out a lot of that confusion.” The Internal Control Program also assess risks right from the start, so students do not have to waste their time going
through the process if their idea does not pull through. The question Sanchez and the risk manager ask during this risk assessment: Is it possible? However, the SA hopes to take risks of their own this semester in attempts to reach their students and meet their goals. “We’ll get nowhere if we stress on what could go wrong,” Sanchez said. Check out more coverage at cardinalpointsonline.com
VOTE: CVP supports on-campus voting This event will take place at the Angell College Center from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. According to the New York Times, 7 states have passed laws requiring all voters to present a government issued ID at the ballot box. Legislatures in 27 states are pushing for similar laws even though 27 million citizens have no government issued ID’s. 12 percent of voters have no such documents according to New York University’s Breenam Center for Justice. Supporters say they are taking such action to limit
voter fraud. While speaking to a group of Tea Party activists, New Hampshire State House speaker William O’Brien said young people are “foolish” and “vote their feelings” while lacking “life experience.” His statements were initially reported by the Washington Post. CVP is part of the Fair Elections Legal Network. FELN says it’s a national non-partisan organization dedicated to removing barriers of registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituents.
tics. She was persistent though, expressing to professors with her ac- students and faculty how complishments. she had a hunger for what “She was an exception- she did and never settled al student. She for what she knew what she was given, but “In Lebanon, wanted to do and everything is instead strived had the power to so structured. to achieve Plattsburgh pursue it. A stumore. Dergham dent like Raghida allowed me to says that it comes once in think indepen- was with the dently. When a lifetime.” said curiosity that they didn’t professor of jourshe had eating have what I nalism and de- wanted, they herself up that created it partment foundshe became the for me. The er, Ron Davis person she is flexibility was about his former to this day and thrilling student. achieved the Raghida Dergham Ever since things she was leaving PSUC, able to achieve. Dergham has Dergham fought to get to where is is a role model for those now, never taking no for an wishing to make it in the answer. world—whether they wish “If you take no for an to pursue journalism or answer, don’t become a not said students precedjournalist.” Dergham ad- ing the Arab Spring prevised students. sentation. As a woman, Dergham “I am thankful for liswasn’t taken seriously at tening to her story. It was times, being allowed to helpful in trying to decide write articles as long as on what I wish to be.” said she never touched poli- Alli Dillenbeck, sophomore
journalism major at PSUC. Even for those that aren’t going to follow Dergham into the world of journalism, they still found her journey to be aspiring. Maureen Mott, a PSUC English education major, found her to be a fascinating woman even though she wasn’t completely aware of what was occurring in the Middle East. “I am inspired to learn more about politics and journalism now.” said Mott. So let Dergham’s story be a lesson to those wishing to make it in the world. If you want something, you have to go out and get it. Like any good reporter, you have to be the one to make the move; land the story first. Don’t let life pass you by and know that there is something waiting for you once you graduate from PSUC as long as you have the willpower to pursue it.
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Alice Cohen is the Student Association’s nominee to fill the empty senate seat. She was part of the SA senate last semester and was chosen because of her experience.
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vacant position, Tyree said. Tyree said there are currently other students also running to be nominated to fill this position. ‘That position involves meeting up with the Student Action Committee and getting people off-campus involved with on-campus activities,” Tyree said. Besides getting people off-campus involved with on-campus activities, whoever holds the position acts as a liaison between the campus-city coalitions, the City of Plattsburgh Mayor’s Office, other boards and committees responsible for college and city relations and the SA Senate. The position also provides voting privileges on the campus-city coalition and requires assistance to the Vice President for Student Affairs in communicating with Plattsburgh City officials. Cohen said she can easily connect to people and be personable, which, she said, are important traits for this position. “I have no problem going into situations I’m unfamiliar with,” she said. Additionally, the students interested in the position have to get 250 signatures on petitions from SA fee-paying members, which are PSUC students. “I did it [get signatures] in a week last year,” Cohen said. “I know it can be done again.” However, when she ran for elections last semester, Cohen was required only 25 petition signatures. If Cohen fails to get 250 in the two-week time frame, the
Senate Vacancy Committee will look into other candidates and choose another nominee. According to the SA Constitution, anyone nominated to the Student Senate also needs to obtain a two-thirds vote in favor of approval by the senators present and voting to be confirmed by the student senate. “We also ask the students to get a few more signatures than 250 just in case one doesn’t go through,” Tyree said. The signatures include the students’ names and their Net ID’s to verify each student who signed the petition. According the SA Constitution, the student senator nominee must gather the signatures on his or her own. “The petition cannot be in the hands of anyone else,” Tyree said, “They cannot hand the petition over to their friends to gather signatures for them.” However, the student nominee is allowed to have someone sponsor them, Tyree added. Cohen said she plans to simply go up to students and explain her role as offcampus relations senator if she gets elected. Once the SA receives the petition, there will be two scheduled senate meetings to approve or deny the candidate. According to that section of the SA Constitution, if the student nominee were to fail to receive a two-thirds vote or fail to acquire the required signatures, he or she will be rejected. Not having a student sen-
ator impacts the way the SA interacts with the community off-campus as well as with the Student Action Committee. “It makes it difficult,” Tyree said. “We have to have someone attend those meetings. The person filling the seat will need to get caught up with everything and with this legislation.” However, the SA is a very close-knit group and is welcoming of any students that come into the office, Tyree added. Cohen said she plans to get in touch with other people who have been in her position to smoothen her transition back into Senate if she gets elected. Because it is already mid-election, she said she it depends on the communication between her and others. Cohen already knows executives, senate members and the risk management director. “It’s just February,” she said. “I have a lot of time, so I’m looking forward to that.” The SA Constitution also states if by chance a nominee cannot meet the requirements to get appointed to the vacancy, they may start the process all over again, but not in the same student senate meeting. People have come in midway through the legislation last semester and the SA wants anyone entering the SA office and senate to feel welcomed, Tyree added. “We are here to serve the students and that’s what we’re doing,” Tyree said. Yessenia Funes also contributed in this story
as important dates for upcoming elections. A two minute video clip delivers step by step instruction. Though voting regulations in New York State are not as strict as in Wisconsin, many legislatures have enacted or are pushing for various legislation that blocks many students from the voting booth. From Feb. 27 to March 2, the Political Advocacy and Awareness Committee will be sponsoring an event to help students register to vote.
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Friday, Feb. 24 2012
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Lady Cards take break
Cole hopes to add size to team in offseason Josh Silverberg staff writer
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Plattsburgh State’s Kyle Kudroch (center) stick handles in the offensive zone during a game against Buffalo State Feb. 4. The Cardinals beat the Bengals, 1-0. PSUC will take on the Bengals again this Saturday as part of the SUNYAC semifinals.
Cards host semifinal Saturday
Face Buffalo State in rubber match of season series Eric Gissendanner contributing writer
Playoff hockey is back in Cardinal Country. For the 21st consecutive season, the No. 4 Plattsburgh State men’s hockey is making its trip to the SUNYAC playoffs. The Cardinals (17-4-4, 12-3-1 SUNYAC) earned a second seed in the tournament and will play third-seeded Buffalo State (13-112, 8-7-1) in the semifinals Saturday at 7 p.m. at Stafford Ice Arena. The Cards secured a first-round bye while the Bengals advanced by beating Potsdam Wednesday night. Saturday’s game is also a rubber match between the teams. Buffalo State won 4-3 at home Nov.
12, but PSUC returned the favor Feb. 4 with a 1-0 victory. On the stat sheet, the games were polar opposites with Buffalo State squeezing out the first win despite being outshot and going 0-for-6 on the power play while PSUC outshot the Bengals 42-15 to win the rematch. The Cards’ lone goal was scored by Jake Mooney. PSUC head coach Bob Emery said both games were closer than stats may have read. “They (Buffalo State) were there the entire game and were one shot away from tying it up and making it a different game,” Emery said. “They’ve got a good goalie so we’re just focusing on getting pucks to the net and making something happen.”
Few teams have been able to beat Buffalo State’s Kevin Carr as of late. The sophomore netminder has won three of his last four games and was named second team All-SUNYAC earlier this week. In 16 conference games, Carr posted a 2.70 goals-against average and a .917 save-percentage. Buffalo State head coach Nick Carriere said Carr’s solid play is what any team competing for a championship needs. “Kevin gives us a chance to win every game and that’s what you look for as a coach,” Carriere said. “He’s a hard-working and competitive guy who will make the great save when you absolutely need a stop.” Facing an all-conference goalie
does not faze the Cardinals, PSUC forward Ryan Craig said. Craig missed the last two games because of an injury but will be back in the lineup Saturday. “You face good goalies every game,” Craig said. “Some may make more saves than others but we’re not too worried their goalie. All we’re focused on is our play and how we can beat them as a whole.” The PSUC strategy has been the same all season and Saturday is no exception, Emery said. Defensive and disciplined hockey is Cardinal hockey. PSUC is fourth in the nation in defense, allowing only SEE MHKY, B2
Men’s basketball falls short in SUNYACs Brian Cremo staff writer
Holding his thumb about an inch and a half away from his pointer finger, head coach Tom Curle expressed just how close he thinks his team is to once again being a major threat in the SUNYAC. “I told the team, ‘We’re this far away, but it is amazing how hard you will have to work to go from being where you are to make this much difference.’” Plattsburgh State’s season ended Tuesday after a quarterfinals loss in Cortland, 75-60. The Cardinals (8-18) were able to keep within 10 points of Cortland (20-6) for a majority of the game, cutting the deficit to two after a Cardinal Points/Ben Rowe Shavar Fields grabs a rebound over Fredonia’s three-point play by Jordan Johnathan Herrera. The Blue Devils beat the Cards 63- Moody at the 7:10 mark. 60. Their season came to an end Tuesday, when they But missed free throws down the stretch hindered lost to Cortland in the SUNYAC playoffs.
the Cards just like it did all season as Cortland ran away with the victory. PSUC shot 22.2 percent (2-9) from the charity stripe in the second half. During the season, the Cards were fourth in the league in getting to the line, but ninth in free throw percentage (60 percent). “What it really comes down to is making freethrows,” Curle said. “Getting to the line should be a reward for good effort. Instead, it’s almost like a turnover for us.” The Cards have been among the bottom two in free throw percentage, during Curle’s only two losing seasons as PSUC head coach. Ketema Brooks also attributed part of the loss to a lack of focus on defense and “losing shooters in the corner.” Brooks, the only returning player to aver-
age more than 11 minutes per game (24.4) made note of this year’s educational process for the sophomores and freshmen. “We’re a young team with a lack of experience,” Brooks said. “It was a learning year for the young guys.” The season’s end also marks the end of Brooks’ collegiate career, along with Junghoon Roh and Josh Bruno. “It was a great experience,” Brooks said.” I played with some great players. I played with young guys that are coming up. I was able to sit in the middle and just play with great players and young players who will be great one day too.” Brooks leaves as the school’s all-time leader in assists. See MBALL, B4
The seventh seeded Platsburgh State Lady Cardinals (10-15, 7-11 SUNYAC) season has come to an end with a first round loss in the SUNYAC tournament to second seeded New Paltz (18-8) by the final score of 81-69. Kathleen Payne led the Lady Cards in scoring with 22 points and grabbed nine boards. Freshman Brittany Marshall was second in scoring with 14 points and six assists. She also recorded three rebounds and two steals. We definitely felt we were ready, and we played very hard that day we just didn’t come out on top,” Marshall said. The Lady Cards were outrebounded 51-40 and also allowed 26 of fensive r eb ou nd s for New P a l t z . Shanay Seward Bradley led New Paltz in the game with a double-double in the game scoring 22 points (10-21), and 12 rebounds (nine offensively). Hawks coach Jamie Seward believes that even though they play third seeded Red Dragons (17-8, 14-4) Friday, he has coached the most talented group yet in his sixth year with the team. “Thus, when it is all said Cole and done, hopefully I will be able to say that it is the best team as well,” Seward said. Head coach Cheryl Cole said that even though the season ended, she feels her team can learn from it and rebuild. “It always hurts when it’s over and that’s the cruel thing with it being one and done, but there is ton for us to build on for next year and we have a lot of talent coming back, a lot of youth, and a ton of experience coming back.” Senior Kerri Salisbury, who scored 10 points against the Hawks, won’t be coming back next season. “Kerri did the intangibles,”Cole said. “It may not show up on the stat sheet, but the little things you want from a senior, the heart and guts, to be able to speak her mind and call out her teammates.” See WBALL, B4
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Points per game
School Brockport Morrisville Owsego Buffalo State Oswego Cardinal Points/Mike Zucker
Plattsburgh State’s Vick Schlueter collides with Buffalo State’s Clay Lewis during a SUNYAC hockey game Feb. 4 at Stafford Ice Arena. Schlueter and the Cardinals will host Buffalo State again this Saturday in SUNYAC semifinal action. The winner will play the winner of Fredonia at Oswego.
Player James Cody 19 Todd Hosmer 17 Jon Whitelaw 17 Trevor McKinney 16 Luke Moodie 14
Assists School Potsdam Fredonia Brockport Oswego Oswego
The men’s hockey team’s record over the last four games after going 10-0-4 in its previous 14 games.
“When his career is over, I am sure he’s going to be mentioned in the same breath as (Rick Strack, Nick Sundberg and Bryan Hince). But I measure success by championships, and those goalies have quite a bit of championships. We have a lot of hockey to play ahead of us, and hopefully he can lead us to some championships.” Bob Emery, men’s hockey coach (on goaltender Mathieu Cadieux and his future as a member of the Cardinals)
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thing we work for,” Carriere said. “We have to find different ways to score than 1.92 goals per game. The Cards have also just shooting the puck and trying to beat drawn just 76 penalties all season which their goalie one-on-one. Our skaters are is fewest among Division III ranked going to have to get pucks on net and teams. hope for rebounds.” “Our approach every game is to play Rebounds and goals will not be easy disciplined hockey,” Craig said. “Unnec- to come by against PSUC goalie Mathieu essary penalties are a killer. Cadieux. Cadieux was named Coach preaches smart hockey to the All-SUNYAC first team “It doesn’t every day.” after posting the second-best matter if we When the Cards do have to score five goals save-percentage (.931) and kill a penalty, though, they or one. As long goals-against average (1.84.) as we have more are good at it. PSUC’s 92 perHe also has the third-most at the end of cent penalty-kill percentage that game is all shutouts (3) among all D-III is best in the country. The goalies. that matters.” team has allowed only one Bob Emery, PSUC “He’s a solid goalie with a power-play goal in its last men’s hockey head good glove,” Carriere said. coach eight games. Attacking such “Anything can happen, a defensively-sound team though.” will be Buffalo State’s biggest chalAnd anything can happen. After all, lenge, Carriere said. The Benthe Cards secured a second gals have scored 4.06 goalsseed and lost three conference per-game against conference games despite scoring only 54 teams, second-most in the SUgoals in SUNYAC play. PSUC is NYAC. the only SUNYAC team to not Trevor McKinney, Justin Knee have at least one player score and Drew Klin are all in doubleat least 10 goals. Kyle Kudroch figures for goals scored. Klin was leads the Cards with nine goals named third team All-SUNYAC and 12 assists. with 12 goals and 12 assists. Emery “It doesn’t matter if we score McKinney leads the team with 16 five goals or one,” Emery said. “As goals. long as we have more at the end of the “We’re going to have to earn every- game is all that matters.”
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Brittany Marshall women’s basketball
Yazmine Lewis women’s basketball
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School Buffalo State Morrisville Fredonia Potsdam Brockport
School Player New Paltz Matt Devine 21.5 Buffalo State Jake Simmons 20.7 New Paltz Harris Wichard 17.3 Oswego Chad Burridge 16 Oswego Hayden Ward 15.7
School Oswego New Paltz Potsdam Brockport Oswego
Player Hayden Ward Matt Devine Curtis Pierce Kyheem Green Chad Burridge
School Oswego Brockport Oneonta Cortland Plattsburgh
Player Sean Michele Derek Klein Frankie Kelly Jesse Winter Ketema Brooks
Points per game
School RIT Potsdam Plattsburgh Plattsburgh Elmira
Player Kolbee McCrea 16 Annmarie Lewis16 Teal Gove 15 Emma Rutherford13 Tori Charron 12
Assists School RIT Utica Elmira RIT Plattsburgh
School Oswego Plattsburgh Buffalo State Geneseo Fredonia Potsdam Brockport Cortland Morrisville
Record 21-2-2 17-4-4 13-11-2 13-12-1 12-11-3 8-16-2 9-13-3 6-18-1 5-19-1
SUNYAC 14-0-2 12-3-1 8-7-1 7-8-1 6-7-3 6-10-0 5-9-2 4-11-1 4-11-1
Women’s Hockey School RIT Plattsburgh Elmira Oswego Neumann Potsdam Utica Buffalo State Cortland Chatham
Record 23-1-1 17-5-3 20-4-1 10-13-2 9-12-2 11-9-3 10-12-3 7-16-2 5-16-1 0-18-0
ECACW 16-1-1 15-1-2 15-3-0 8-8-2 8-8-2 7-8-3 7-9-2 4-13-1 3-14-1 0-18-0
Men’s Basketball 5.2 4.4 4.3 4 3.6
School Player Fredonia Becky Hebert 20.5 Plattsburgh Kathleen Payne 19.8 Cortland Brittany Cohen 15.6 Oswego Kayla Ryan 14.9 Buffalo State Bianca Smiley 14.2
Rebounds per game Player Kristina Moss 22 Megan Myers 19 Lindsay Mitchell 17 Kourtney Kunichika17 Teal Gove 16
Saves School Cortland Chatham Nuemann Buffalo State Utica
8.9 8.4 8.3 7.8 6.9
Assists per game Player Kevin Carr 678 Colin Breen 645 Mark Friesen 642 Kevin McFarland571 Oliver Wren 531
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Rebounds per game Player Sy Nutkevitch 31 Bryan Ross 26 Ian Finnerty 25 Paul Rodrigues 22 Jon Whitelaw 20
School Player New Paltz Shanay Bradley 9 Buffalo State Bianca Smiley 8.8 Plattsburgh Kathleen Payne 8.5 Fredonia Jaimie Warren 8.2 Fredonia Liz Wierbinski 7.3
School Oswego Cortland Geneseo Brockport Buffalo State Fredonia Plattsburgh New Paltz Potsdam Oneonta
Record 23-3 20-6 14-12 14-12 18-9 13-12 9-17 9-17 5-20 3-22
SUNYAC 18-0 14-4 11-7 11-7 11-7 8-10 6-12 6-12 3-15 2-16
Women’s Basketball School Buffalo State New Paltz Oneonta Geneseo Cortland Oswego Plattsburgh Fredonia Potsdam Brockport
Record 24-2 18-8 17-8 16-10 16-10 12-14 10-15 10-15 5-20 4-21
SUNYAC 16-2 15-3 14-4 11-7 10-8 7-11 7-11 6-12 3-15 1-17
Assists per game Player Katie Double 610 MeganBuchanan 496 ShannonDonnelly478 Jordan Lee 435 Jennifer Hamel 334
School Player Cortland Brittany Cohen 5.5 Fredonia Nicole Calbi 5 Buffalo State Barb Kiliszek 4 Buffalo State Kala Crawford 3.6 Plattsburgh Catherine Cassidy3.5
Men’s Hockey Feb. 17
Oswego 3, PSUC 0
PSUC 3, Cortland 2 (OT)
Men’s Basketball (final)
Points per game
Player Kyle Kudroch Ryan Craig Nick Jensen
Player Shavar Fields 13.5 John Perez 12.3 Shamoy McIntosh 7.1
9 8 8
Assists Player Kyle Kudroch Jared Docking Mike Grace
PSUC 4, Middlebury 4 (OT)
Brockport 87, PSUC 67
Rebounds per game 12 11 11
Player John Perez Reggie Williams Shavar Fields
6.3 4.5 4.5
Geneseo 75, PSUC 53
Cortland 75, PSUC 60
Assists per game Player Ketema Brooks 3.6 Mike Mitchell 1.6 Shamoy McIntosh 1.4
Women’s Basketball (final)
Points per game
Player Teal Gove Emma Rutherford Chelsea VanGlahn
Player Kathleen Payne Brittany Marshall Brooke Reifinger
Player Mathieu Cadeiux Josh Leis Sam Foley
484 100 10
18 14 12
Assists Player Teal Gove Alyssa Parke Allison Era
PSUC 75, Brockport 69
20 16 15
Player Kathleen Payne Dana Nucaro Yazmin Lewis
New Paltz 81, PSUC 69
19.8 11.1 7.8
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8.5 5.1 3.4
Assists per game 450 22 18
Player Catherine Cassidy 3.4 Brittany Marshall 3.3 Kerri Salisbury 1.4
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Geneseo 72, PSUC 29
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Saves Player Sydney Aveson Kelsey Neumann Ally Ross
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Cadieux cool on ice; brings team comfort Willie Santana staff writer
At first glance, Mathieu Cadieux’s 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pound frame protecting the goal is hard to miss. What spectators may not notice is the cool presence behind the mask, chest and arm protectors. “Big, calm guy” are the first words that come to Plattsburgh State forward Nick Jensen’s mind when he talks about Cadieux. Jensen said Cadieux is a professional who works hard and knows what it takes to win. “He has fit in really well,” Jensen said. “He’s the calm guy that doesn’t say too much, but he shows more with his effort on the ice. He’s very calm in the net and doesn’t over play anything. He lets the shooter make the move first, and then he reacts. He knows that he needs to be calm behind us because it makes us calm. It makes us trust him.” Being calm in the net is what Cadieux said sets him apart from other goalies. He stays calm the entire game, and he displays it on the ice. “I don’t let anything get to me, and it projects throughout the team,” said Cadieux. “I try to limit my movement and let the puck do all the work.” PSUC head coach Bob Emery said Cadieux is a very steady goaltender with good size and position who gets the job done every night. “He’s very calm and doesn’t get too anxious or overcommit himself at all,” said Emery. “He gives us a chance to win every night,
or 5-year-old does back home,” Cadieux said. “Your parents put you in hockey, and if you like it, you keep playing. And if you don’t, you find something else to do.” Cadieux did not have to find something else to do. Having played five seasons in the Ontario Junior Hockey League and one season at Quinnipiac University, a Division I school, Cadieux arrived at PSUC with experience. He said playing in a junior hockey league was a growing experience because it helped him mature as he faced more competition. He also learned what it’s like to be away from home. Cadieux said the Cards were a good fit because he wanted to play for a competitive Division III school. After he was recruited and got to watch the Cards play, Cardinal Points/Mike Zucker he set his mind on PSUC. Mathieux Cadieux kicks out his leg for a save during Plattsburgh State’s game against Buffalo Cadieux continues to imState Feb. 4 at Stafford Ice Arena. prove his game. One of the areas Cadieux has worked on all season the Cardinals, he has posted a and has seen improvement in is 14-4-3 record (.738 winning “fighting to see the puck.” percentage) in 19 games as a Emery said Cadieux can finish starter (21 games). Cadieux finhis career and be mentioned in ished second in goals-against the same sentence with Cardinals average (1.80) in the SUNYAC. like Rick Strack, Nick Sundberg Only three goalies in SUNYAC and Bryan Hince, standout goalplayed more minutes than ies who have all won conference Cadieux. His 484 saves and champions with PSUC. .931 save percentage both put “When his career is over, I am him second in the SUNYAC. The sure he’s going to be mentioned Cards (17-4-4, 12-3-1 SUNYAC) in the same breath as those finished ranked No. 4 in deguys,” Emery said. “But I meafense, with a 1.92 goals-against sure success by championships, per game. and those goalies have quite a Cadieux’s experience can be bit of championships. We have a traced back to Oshawa, Ont., and that’s all a coach can ask from Canada, where he was playing where he has remained for the lot of hockey to play ahead of us, his goaltender.” and hopefully he can lead us to defense at 4 years old. At 7 years rest of his career. In Cadieux’s first season with old, Cadieux switched to goalie, “It’s just something every 4- some championships.”
Lady Cards get bye week before ECAC semifinals By Ricky St. Clair staff writer
After 25 regular season games, Houle hopes the bye week acts as a recovery period for his team. Everyone needs a break from the daily “We obviously want to be well-rested,” grind, and the Plattsburgh State women’s Houle said. “However, there’s a fine line hockey team is no exception. between being well-rested and falling out After RIT swept Cortland this past of skating shape.” weekend, the Lady Cards have secured PSUC is 6-1-1 versus the four teams the second spot in the ECAC West Wom- participating in Saturday night’s quarteren’s playoffs. The Lady Cards (17-5 2, final round. However, there is uncertain15-1-2) will recuperate with ty as to who they will play. a bye week before traveling Senior co-captain Helen Gir“I think we to March 3 for the conferoux said that she and her fellow played a very ence semifinals. They’ll go on teammates will treat this week good regular to face the highest remaining season, and we as if it consisted of a regular seed from Saturday night’s probably could’ve weekend slate of games. come up with quarterfinal games, which “We, as a team, are going to more wins, but will be among Neuman (9-12, try to keep it as normal as posthat’s hockey. We 8-8-2) Oswego (10-13, 8-8-2) have to deal with sible and worry about who we and Elmira(20-4-1,15-3-0). play when the time comes,” Giwhat we have PSUC head coach Kevin Houle and where we’re roux said. We’re going to be imat. We’re going proving on all of the little things will utilize this week to work into next week- and not just one area of which on various facets of the game end with the that the Lady Cards normally goal of winning we’re weak in.” wouldn’t have time to focus on, a championship, The NCAA released its seche said. and that’s a big ond batch of regional rankings deal. “We want to prepare for the this season Tuesday. Used to Kevin Houle, team who we think we’re going determine both NCAA tournawomen’s hockey to play,” Houle said. “We’ll also ment bids and seedings, these head coach prepare as if we were to play this rankings are the second of weekend. There are certainly a three that will be issued. Coach couple of things that need to be tweaked a Houle and Giroux aren’t entirely focused bit. We want to continue on a normal sched- on their No. 6 ranking in the East Region. ule, and keep everything going in terms of “We don’t talk about it, and it is what it competitiveness and staying sharp.” is,” Houle said. “I think we played a very
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Allison Era attacks with the puck in the Lady Cards game against Norwich. Now the Lady Cards rest for the bye week before playing Oswego, Elmira or Neuman. good regular season, and we probably could’ve come up with more wins, but that’s hockey. We have to deal with what we have and where we’re at. We’re going into next weekend with the goal of winning a championship, and that’s a big deal. That carries an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.” Giroux, who accumulated two goals and three assists this season, agreed with her head coach. “We don’t really talk about [the rank-
During the loss to New Paltz Tuesday, Marshall finished with 16 points and six assists. She is averaging 3.28 assists game, ranking seventh in the conference. She is also fifth in 3-point field goals made with 1.33 a game.
Grace was named to the first AllConference Team for the 2011-12 season. He finished the regular season of 11 assist, 10 from conference play. His team has allowed only 48 goals, holding opponents to 1.93 goals per game, second in the SUNYAC.
ings] at all,” Giroux said. “We’re trying not to look at them, and get too worked up. What matters most is who shows up ready to play on game day.”
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Track teams set for SUNYACs MBALL: Will By Zach Ripple staff writer
With some of its stars taking the week to rest up for the championships, the Plattsburgh State indoor track teams gave the rest of its players a chance to come up with star performances at last weekend’s Marc Denealt Invitational. Junior Josh Garren placed ninth in the 200m dash with a time of 23.38. Senior Justen Johnson of Mansfield finished first in the event with a time of 22.34. Garren also finished 11th in the 400m dash with a time of 53.09, good. He finished 12th in the long with 6.48 meters. Interim track and field head coach, Nick Jones, was impressed with Garren’s first attempt at the long jump. “He had a great first jump,” Jones said. “His second jump was even better, but he dragged his foot a little bit.” Sophomore Mike Schram, who Jones said has been working very hard, placed 12th in the 1,000m run with a time of 2:50.31. Cortland State sophomore Cody Amengual won the event with a time of 2:30.62. Dustin Scott had a strong performance last weekend as well. Although injuries have limited his time on the field this season, he showed up healthy and had a strong performance in the high jump. “He finished seventh at the meet, and now he is ranked third going into the conference championship,” Jones said. “He was a standout, definitely.” Senior Josh Mitchell had a great performance in the 3000m run, finishing seventh with a time of 8:54.44. He also helped the 4x800m relay team to a sixth place finish with 8:13.16 For the Lady Cards, sophomore Jasmine Boncore, who has been held
Amy McCasland of the women’s indoor track team sprints down the track. McCasland and the women’s team will compete in the SUNYAC championships in Geneva this weekend along with the men’s squad. back by injuries during the season, got a chance to show what she can do. In the 800m run, Boncore placed 16th with a time of 2:30.31. She also performed well in the onemile run, finishing 5:30.24, placing 14th. Freshman Briana Maginn and junior Erika Ozols also had strong performances in the one-mile run, placing 19th and 25th respectively. Maginn finished in 5:58.48, and Ozols had a time of 6:24.32. Cornell freshman Marianne Collard placed first in the event with a time of 5:03.01. Freshman Christie Joseph finished 27th in the 60m dash and 24th in the
200m dash. With the regular season in their rearview mirror, the teams now shift their focus to the upcoming SUNYAC Championships this upcoming weekend in Geneva, NY. For the Lady Cards, Jones said Boncore will be running the 800m or the onemile run this weekend. Top-ranked Amy McCasland, who set the PSUC record for the women’s 800m run last weekend in Boston, will be competing in it again this weekend. “She should have a shot to run real well,” Jones said. Joanna TeRiele will also be competing this weekend in the hurdles and the 400m dash, while both
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Kelly Driscoll and Stefanie Braun will be competing in the distance events. All three women’s throwers from PSUC will compete in the throwing events this weekend. Jacquelyn Boyea and freshmen Ashley and Amanda Gadway will be in both the women’s shot put and weight throw. “That’s huge for us because we didn’t have anyone in the women’s throwing events last year,” Jones said. For the men, junior twins Dustin and Devin Scott. Dustin will be competing in the hurdles. Kevin Mercer will be competing in the 400m dash, in which Jones said he should do well. Garren will be joined by juniors Nathan Williams and Brian Drollette in the 200m dash, with Drollette and Williams also competing in the 60m dash. Ryan Millar will join Josh Mitchell and Mike Schram for the distance events this weekend. The men’s 4x400m relay team will consist of Ben Depo, Garren, Kevin Mercer and Jason Pageau, a unit that the coach said will compete well against highly-ranked Oneonta. “That’s a pretty strong team,” said Jones. “The team will be in the fast section along with Oneonta.” Coach Jones said that last week his players were dealing with some injuries and were resting this week in preparation for the championships. “This is the first weekend they’ve had off in a while, and it was good that they had some downtime,” he said. Despite the week off, Jones said he doesn’t expect his players to be rusty. In fact, he said he believes the much-needed layoff will give his players an edge. “They’re ready to race,” Jones said. “They’re hungry. They want to compete.”
have no seniors next season From Page One
associate coach Cameron Conover will be looking for With 91 total this season, a second point guard to go he sits alone in the PSUC re- along with Mike Mitchell, cord books with 381 over a who the team has grown four-year career. comfortable with at point, “Ketema’s been a great Curle said. With the loss person and a great player of Brooks, Mitchell is curfor the program,” Curle said. rently the only point guard “He’s all about winning. It on the team. They are also was never about Ketema. It keeping their eyes open was always about the team. for a spot-up three-point He had a great career. He shooter to join shooters like really set a standard for us. Shamoy McIntosh and Ezra It’s something he can cher- Hodgson. McIntosh and ish. It’s something he never Hodgson both shot high took for granted.” three-point percentages in Bruno, who sat out with the conference as freshman an ankle injury his junior (37.3 and 46.2 percent reseason, has been part of the spectively). program for five years. His “It’s a funny business,” impact on his teams went Curle said. “The disapbeyond the game of basket- pointment (of the season ball, Curle said. ending) lasts one day. And “You can really learn a lot right away we’re looking from him and I did,” Curle forward to next year. It’s said. “Being true to yourself far more optimism on the and your convictions and outlook than pessimism on belief system. He taught me a the past.” great deal over his time here.” Curle stressed a need Roh, who never received for a stronger focus on much playing time in his fundamentals and condiprevious three seasons, tioning, which he hopes will help the little took advantage of things that hurt the opportunity this season and “Everybody’s PSUC’s record. Free capable. throws, turnovers was fourth on the Who’s willteam in points per ing to do it? and getting stops I can’t tell down the stretch game (5.1) and second in threes made (yet). Like I all need improvesaid, we’re ment. Despite hav(26). not far away “Junghoon re- but “this” far ing one of the more athletic teams in ally stuck with away mine as well be the league, Curle it,” Curle said. “He never questioned million miles will be preach“disciplined it. He never doubt- away if we’re ing not willing to athleticism” and ed it. He really put do work.” decreasing fatigue a lot of trust in to Tom Curle, what we were tell- men’s basketball mistakes at the end head coach of games. ing him. I respect “We have the that a great deal.” athleticism, I The players leavthink, that can ing are part of the last remaining class to have compete with every team,” won a SUNYAC champion- Curle said. Curle referenced the Latship (2009-10). With nine players being either sopho- in U.S. Coast Guard motto of mores or freshman this sea- “Deeds, not words” (“Facta, son, the Cards will not have Non Verba”) when it comes to off-season training. any seniors in 2012-13. “Everybody’s capable,” “Every freshman we’ve recruited since we’ve been he said. “Who’s willing to here has won a SUNYAC do it? I can’t tell (yet). “Like championship,” Curle said. I said, we’re not far away, “This is the last class. The but ‘this’ far away might people in the building have as well be a million miles away if we’re not willing to a lot to live up to now.” This off-season, Curle and do the work.”
WBALL: ‘Get back to work March 1’ From Page One
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Jordan Moody splits through the defense for a contested shot against Julius Bryant of Fredonia in the Cards 63-60 loss Feb. 4. Moody and the Cardinals were bounced from the SUNYAC playoffs Tuesday night by Cortland, ending their season.
Lady Cards and SUNYAC leading scorer Kathleen Payne will be returning next season. She broke the record for most points in a single season in PSUC history with 476, passing the previous mark set by Donna Dixon, who scored 422 in the 1987-88 season. But scoring is the last issue Cole is concerned about. “We know we can score, we just have to limit the defense and hopefully we can recruit some size for next season,” Cole said. “When you play a team like New Paltz they take the paint away from us so it limits us to what we can do and get-
ting size is a key for us.” Coach Cole thinks resting and keeping their grades up will help the team for next season and she feels her Lady Cards will be hungrier next season. “If this is their love and this is what they want to do, we challenge them to come back better,” Cole said. “We get back to work March 1, get some rest, let them get away for a week or two, make sure they keep their academics up, because they are student athletes first, and as coaches we need rest as well so we feel fresh when we get back to work, and we can take this season as experience and get it next year.”
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By Ian Tully opinions editor
I spent Valentines Day sitting in an office. I sat in the same rolling chair, rotating from side to side ever so slightly, looking at a computer screen attempting to make sense of the digital information attempting to enter my brain. It wasn’t working, largely because I hate busy work and I was so anxious to get out of a dark room on the third floor of the Angell College Center. I knew it would be hours before 8 p.m. rolled around and I would have a lick of free time, but I was tapping my feet and unintentionally drumming my fingers on my desk all the same. I managed to sneak out earlier than I thought, and because I got lucky I was able to catch a ride with a room mate to Price Chopper to purchase the makings of a pasta dinner I hoped would be romantic. I bought bowties, sweet-basil tomato sauce, a package of chicken sausage and a box of chocolates. When I got home I was a blur. I showered, shaved, vacuumed, mopped, plugged my cell phone in to its charger, rehearsed the elvish Aragorn spoke to Arwen before he left Imladris and prepared a pasta dinner in 11 minutes. I was racing against the clock, and I assumed my special friend was probably on her way that minute. It was 8:12 p.m. when the pasta got poured into the strainer, and 2 minutes later the chicken sausages were finished too. The sauce bubbled. The table was set. I turned every burner on the stove down to low and waited. I waited. I started to think that maybe she had fallen asleep or forgotten my invitation. I looked over at my phone every 6 seconds, and in my head a choir of doubts and fears sang the dirge of
my romantic dinner. I had to be back at my office by 9 p.m., and it was 8:42 p.m. when she arrived. The dinner I had waited all day to cook tasted like ashes in my mouth, and while I tried not to let on that I was seething, she knew me better. We walked back up to the campus together and she asked me why I was angry, and I asked her why she had not come at 8. Then my voice broke and I cried like a little boy that hadn’t slept in two days, which is exactly what I was. It turned out that the text I had sent containing our dinner plans had never left my phone. It had failed to send. I was all worked up over a stupid mistake, one that I had made without noticing. Even so, my night turned out just fine, and the world did not end because I ate an overcooked, unromantic dinner on Valentine’s Day. Later that night she got me drunk and beat me up and did all the other things she knows I like, and it was all gravy. That is why I love her in the first place, and I had lost sight of that in some stupid romantic scheme I had absorbed from some sitcom. It got me to thinking about how Valentines Day is a day like any other. While it is nice to celebrate the day with bouquets, chocolates, cards, puppies, lingerie and a veritable cornucopia of kinky sex, I don’t think anything of that could have made me happier than watching the Fellowship of the Ring with her on my couch.
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Student-made memes go viral almost overnight By Kelsey Darby contributing writer
Valentine’s Day; K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid)
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The first day about 20 people “liked” Plattsmemes on Facebook, and then it kept growing from there, Adrian Rockefeller Plattsburgh State student and Plattsmemes creator said. Now with 969 likes and several contributing meme creators, the page is creating a buzz on campus. Plattsmemes started out as his way to share his frustrations about a student who asked the Student Association shuttle driver to drop him off at Macomb Hall on the way to the scheduled stop in from on the Angell College Center. Macomb Hall is only a few paces away from the ACC. “I didn’t realize people would think it would be that cool,” he said. Rockefeller started the page, thinking that a few of his friends would laugh about it, and that would be it. Other SUNY campuses, like Stony Brook, have been using their mascots, like the Seawolves, to create memes about campus and student life, which inspired Rockefeller to do the same. Students have been constantly posting new memes on the page, Rockefeller said. He said he likes to
see what others have come up with, ture.” The page brings people togethand he thinks people like their ideas er, because they can laugh about the and frustrations to be same things together, heard. Rockefeller started like an inside-joke. “It gives them a the page, thinking “It’s cool to have place to vent in a comsomething you can rethat a few of his edy format,”he said. late to,” Allardice said. friends would laugh Rockefeller said his Noelle Vetro and Kerabout it, and that ry Brown, both Plattsfavorite Plattsmeme would be it ... is by PSUC student burgh State students, Peter Backhaus of the agreed that the memes Lion King that reads are relatable. ‘everything that the light touches is Brown said, “It’s funny… You think Plattsburgh. What about that dark ‘Oh my god! So true!” shadowy place? That’s Wiggle Town; Rockefeller said he is on Facebook you must never go there Simba.’ He constantly and is always checking the said, “You have to be in touch with page to see what people have said or Plattsburgh as a city to get it, but I had added. He also monitors the page to to tell that one to my local friends.” keep things relatively clean. Ian Allardice, a PSUC student, creAccording to a Mashable.com article ated his only meme relating the movie on “20 Colleges where Internet Memes “Inception” to Yokum’s “maze”; it cur- are All the Rage,” this idea of collegrently has over 300 likes, almost 60 es and universities creating memes shares and a couple dozen comments. based on their schools’ cultures is He stole the idea from a similar Cor- spreading across the U.S. Schools from nell meme, and adapted it for PSUC. the University of Texas to Indiana UniAllardice said Yokum Lecture Hall is versity and Boston University to UCLA like a maze because it’s confusing and have participated in making meme easy to get turned around. “You can pages on Facebook. never find what room you’re looking “I think (memes) make people more for.” excited about their schools,” RockRockefeller said it’s like a “sub-cul- efeller said.
File Photo/Rob Schulz Plattsburgh State student Amin Ross displays his hat collection in Amite Plaza. Ross said he feels hats complete and outfit and are worn as status symbols.
Hats a timeless staple in casual attire By Jen Franke staff writer
While many Plattsburgh State students adorn their walls with Led Zeppelin posters and old concert fliers, PSUC student Joe Saia’s walls are decorative and practical, serving as the display case for his 13 fitted hats. Saia collects only fitted hats with professional team logos on them because baseball is his favorite sport. He said he will continue buying hats until he has all of the professional baseball teams. Until his senior year, Saia said he would collect a new fitted Yankee hat once a year. “I would consider them (fitted caps) trendy, they’re a classic piece,” said GerMichael M Cole, stylist at international fashion company ZARA said. “It can pretty much go with anything, literally, I’ve seen it dressed up with a suit, as business casual and even with jeans and a T-shirt. It goes with everything and looks good,” Cole said. There are different varieties of hats, but what seems to be the most popular of the bunch are “fitteds,” Will Combs, manager of the Lids kiosk at Champlain Centre Mall, said. On fitted hats, there are gold stickers that state the brand and size of the hat. The circumference is measured in inches. “To determine what fitted size hat you are, you just
File Photo/ Rob Schulz An assortment of fitted caps at LIDS at the Champlain Valley Shopping Center. Manager Will Combs said fitted caps are the most popular among college students.
need to test them out and try them on until they fit,” Combs said. “The stickers are kind of a new era.” Flexfit hats have elastic bands. They are considered to be a “one size fits all” type of hat. Combs said fitted hats are attractive to hat wearers because they do not get stretched out as flexfit hats have been known to do. Combs said the majority
of people, including himself, prefer “fitteds.” PSUC student Harrison Weis prefers snapbacks instead of fitted hats. The only fitted he has is a Red Sox hat. He has a variety of different snapback hats, but says he doesn’t collect them. He said likes to wear them as more of a fashion statement . Weis has a specific hat with mesh netting on the back,
which he calls a trucker hat. “The statement above all is that you really care about the status of your attire,” said PSUC student and hat collector, Amin Ross. “If you have a fitted on that matches everything else, it is the highest exterior of how much you care.” Danielle Beckford contributed to this article.
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Student Alexandra Flynn’s project depicts a story about her family, Cohen said. She uses graphics and words that he put on paper and strung to the ceiling at ROTA.
Writers construct narratives with few words By Kaitlyn Affuso associate fuse editor
Instead of endless pages filled with text telling their stories, students displayed chapters of their lives through the production of a video, a series of drawings, short comic books, or collections of miscellaneous items to demonstrate something significant. This art is the result of a final project assigned by English professor Elizabeth Cohen in the new course, graphic memoir (ENG 306). This class focuses on the key literary components and structure of memoir writing. “Work in the class was so beautiful and extraordinary that it exceeded what should be seen in the class,” Cohen said of her decision to display students’ work. Cohen, who asked students to represent “themed slices of their lives,” chose select work from students to be displayed on ROTA Art Gallery’s walls for a week-long exhibition. This course serves as a way to vent from one student to another, as well as to the professor, Cohen said. This class is not like any other and encourages the unusual, crossing lines, and finding a side of oneself that you never knew existed, she said. “It’s a huge bonding experience and a huge educational experience,” Cohen said. Students learn the main aspects of autobiographical writing, making many of the students ready to move forward with their writing, Cohen said. “They know they have the stories, and they know how to write them,” she said. Cohen said another factor needed to write a good memoir is a strong work ethic. “There’s a myth out there that young people don’t have important stories to tell, and I argue with that all the time,” she said. “Anyone can have a story — a child can even have a story. The question is, can they construct a narrative that’s believable, understandable, relatable and enjoyable to read?”
By Stanley Blow III senior staff writer
For a taste of the high life in Plattsburgh, Anthony’s is the place to be. Located in Plattsburgh, just off the Interstate, Anthony’s Restaurant and Bistro is an establishment worth visiting no matter the occasion: birthday, wedding or a Friday night dinner with the family. Anthony’s offers relatively affordable meals that don’t lack in quality. Though one would not
want to show up in a Tshirt and jeans, one does not need a full suit or evening gown either. A simple polo shirt or tasteful dress would suffice. When you first steps through the doors, you are transported to a rustic, dimly lit paradise. With its stained wood panels and natural wood beams. It almost has the feel of a cozy little cabin one would find deep in the wilderness. I made my way to the seating closest to the bar, which was buzzing with
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Kathryn Mansraj’s memoir project represents how to be a teacher. Her work is also on display at ROTA.
At the end of last semester’s class, the students’ final project was to choose an important time of their lives and portray it by using text and images. After seeing the results, Cohen wanted to pull together an exhibition to display select student’s projects in an off-campus setting. ROTA hosted the Graphic Memoir: Where Storytelling Meets Art event. The exhibition will remain on the gallery’s walls until tomorrow. Plattsburgh State student Yvonne Hayes’ work is on display, and she is very excited about it. Not only is she proud of her accomplishment, but she is also pleased with what the course entailed. “I definitely developed as a writer,” Hayes said. “That’s how it is with all of her classes.” Hayes said she was nervous about the course and the exhibition because of how personal her work was. Because of this, she was anxious to see what people’s reactions would be. Since the conclusion of the course and the opening day of the exhibition, she has felt a great deal of relief. “I may have gotten more open about things in my life,” Hayes said. “I’m more okay with people knowing
a surprising amount of activity for a Wednesday night. The back wall of the bar was covered with an impressive collection of bottled beer and wine and tasteful stained glass lighting fixtures. At first glance of the menu, I saw many things I did not recognize, but instead of just going with something I was comfortable with, I asked the server’s recommendation. He recommended the grilled tenderloin tips with
red peppers en brochette, which was $17.95 before taxes. While waiting for my food to arrive, I decided to try a slice of the bread the server left at the table and was pleasantly surprised. It was warm, fluffy and tasted perfectly fine without butter or any other kind of topping. I was not left waiting very long before the food made its appearance. Alongside the steak, peppers and onions came a side of potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas and a bearnaise sauce. Not wanting to jump right into the star of the dish, I started with a sample of the peas. Still in the pod, I bit into them and was pleased to feel the crunch of fresh vegetables. No canned food here. I then moved on to the potatoes. It was a wonderful blend of garlic, cream and parmesan cheese between layers of au gratin sweet and white potatoes. It melted in my mouth. The whipped sweet potatoes, which were served alongside the au gratin, were flavorful and creamy. Not a lump to be found. I’m normally not a big fan of sweet potatoes, but even I found myself uttering an audible “mmm,” when the
certain things.” PSUC student Katelyn Jessmer also has her memoir on display. “For me, it really helped solidify the idea that everyone has a story,” Jessmer said. “Everyone has issues that are incredibly emotional or powerful, at least to them, at some point in their lives.” Jessmer said Cohen’s course helped her develop not only as a writer, but as an artist. This was her first project that incorporated setting writing to a visual. She expressed her memoir with a graphic novel. “This was a really big learning experience for me,” Jessmer said. “It gave me the chance to explore.” Cohen said she has never taught a class that has created such inspiring and moving work like this one did. “With image, you can definitely take the words further,” PSUC student Alexander Radloff said. He said it is easier to show someone’s angst and emotion through images than through words. “You can tell a lot about a person in just five frames,” he said. Like Hayes, Radloff was nervous for his work to be displayed on the gallery walls, but is now pleased with the outcome. The biggest factor that made the student artists nervous about the exhibition was wondering what the audience’s reaction would be. “Seeing someone’s reaction to what I had hanging on the wall seemed really empowering,” Radloff said. He said this assignment really made that specific time in his life cemented in his mind, and it only became more significant when he put words and pictures to it. Cohen said she felt a great improvement in the student’s work from the start to the finish of the course, as did her students. “Everybody has an important story to tell from their lives,” Cohen said. “When you ask them to combine that story with images, a special magic can be a result.”
creamy mixture touched my tongue. The steak. Even thinking of it now causes my mouth to water uncontrollably. Served on a skewer and seared to perfection while still being tender and juicy, it threw a flavor party on my taste buds and didn’t forget to invite anybody. It was savory
with a hint of sweetness, and with the bearnaise sauce, tangy was added to the mix too. It was to die for. If you are willing to spend a little extra money for your dinner, I highly recommend Anthony’s Restaurant and Bistro. Anthony’s definitely calls for a second visit.
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‘War’ blends action, comedy, romance By Joanna McDonnell contributing writer
“This Means War” blends action, comedy and romance to create a fun movie that appeals to a wide audience. While the epic fight over a girl between two unbelievably hot men was probably more pleasing to womenwatchers, the exciting action and comedy can easily be enjoyed by male viewers as well. The plot of the film pins two best friends, who also happen to be federal spies, against each other in an intense competition over one woman’s heart. The two sexy secret agents, FDR, Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) and Tuck, played by Tom Hardy (“Inception”), are shocked to find out they are dating the same woman named Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) and agree to let her decide between them. Things escalate as they become more desperate and she becomes even more torn. Lauren can’t choose between FDR’s beautiful blue eyes and smooth charm, and Tuck’s gentle and sweet personality. Luckily, her racy best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler) is always there to offer advice that never fails to entertain. The two leading men are well casted, as Pine and Hardy can both clearly perform in funny, romantic roles. While Pine has considerable experience in this genre, Hardy continues to affirm his excellence even with fewer movies under his belt.
In “This Means War,” Reese Witherspoon garners the affections of two CIA operatives who happen to be best friends. The movie focuses on their intense and comedic competition to win her over. Witherspoon has already proved her talent with a variety of roles and with her excellence in this genre. She makes it believ-
able that these two guys would want to fight for her. Handler also delivers a great performance as Trish, the caring, but crazy,
friend, who is both hilarious and highly entertaining. She adds an amusing layer to the plot as an unusual character with witty
commentary. Audiences can expect humor from Handler that is similar to her comedy show, “Chelsea Lately.” While the idea of two guys fighting for the same girl is not entirely unique, this movie adds other elements that make it more original and interesting. FDR and Tuck’s jobs as CIA operatives spice up the plot and make their competition much more exciting, since they have more resources than the average guy. They go to extremes to get the upper-hand, and it makes for very entertaining situations. FDR and Tuck find creative ways of keeping the other from sleeping with Lauren. While one sets off the sprinklers inside of the apartment, the other resorts to shooting a tranquilizer dart in order to knock him out. Their rivalry is made even more interesting by the fact that they are essentially opposites. FDR is a smooth-talking player who has never been in a steady relationship, while Tuck is caring, thoughtful and most importantly, British. While the audience is likely to develop a favorite of the two, it is hard to root for one over the other. They are both incredible. Fortunately, the ending is surprisingly satisfying and makes the movie worth watching. Overall, “This Means War” offers a perfect balance of action, romance and comedy that is sure to entertain and amuse audiences all over.
Safe House delivers thrills, action, fast-paced fights By Darina Naidu staff writer
“Safe House” is an actionpacked, edge-of-your seat movie that guarantees excitement and suspense. Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), rogue CIA agent on the run, is in possession of all top secret files hidden in a pill, which he later injects in his skin. As he is attacked and surrounded by dozens of men who want the files, Frost thinks the best way to escape is to turn himself in to Cape Town’s U.S. consulate. He is then taken to a safe house for interrogation. Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a young CIA agent whose only job is to watch the safe house, a secured place that rarely receives visitors. Tired of twiddling his thumbs and waiting for an opportunity to prove himself, Weston finally gets his chance when Frost is brought in. However, things take an unexpected turn as some terrorists, the same people after the files, attack the safe house in order to get Frost. Soon, Weston finds himself escaping with Frost as his captive, trying
to bring the fugitive to another safe house as he is ordered, taking him on a fight-and-shoot-out journey he will never forget. As they run away through the only door that was not covered, Weston urges Frost to get into the trunk of the car while he threatens him with a gun. Weston gets in the car and starts a death race against the terrorists. When he finally gets away from them, Frost takes his turn, as he manages to get out of the trunk, and starts a fight with Weston while the car is driving at full speed. While Weston feels pressured and stressed throughout the movie, Frost always looks confident and relaxed, which makes him a character the audience loves to hate. However, as much as taking Frost to the safe house is not the opportunity he wanted, Weston actually gets better and smarter. Soccer fans will surely recognize the soccer stadium scene in the movie, which is the Cape Town soccer stadium that was used for the FIFA world cup in
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Feb. 24 One-Year Anniversary Concert — ROTA Art Gallery, Plattsburgh, 7 p.m., (518) 314-9594 Pulse with DJ Nyce — Therapy Night Club, 10:30 p.m., (518) 561-2041 Professor Chaos — Monopole, Plattsburgh, 10 p.m., (518) 563-2222 Trench Town Oddities — Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, 9 p.m., (518) 3242200 Anais Mitchell with Rachel Ries — Higher Ground, Burlington, Vt., Door: 7 p.m., Show: 7:30 p.m., $15/17 (802) 652-0777
2010. The escape through the soccer stadium is the best scene of the movie, where Frost creates a distraction and gets away from Weston. Ryan Reynolds looks sexier than ever in this thriller movie, though his character is pretty much like the deer against the wolf (Washington). Moreover, Weston has a French girlfriend, and another disappointment came with the sex scene — there wasn’t one. “Safe House” is much like “Bourne” with Denzel Washington as Matt Damon. The audience is not disappointed with the fastpaced fight scenes, especially the ones between Reynolds and Washington. However, the shaky camera during the fights only added to the long list of clichés associated with action with espionage movies. The first and most obvious is the young-guy-old-guy relationship — the young character is inexperienced, so the old guy shows him the ropes. However,
Nit Grit + Two Fresh and Dirtstax — Higher Ground, Burlington, Vt., 9 p.m., $17/20 (802) 652-0777 Feb. 25 All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic — Tabu Café & Nightclub, Plattsburgh, 5 p.m., (518) 566-0666 Capital Zen — Monopole, Plattsburgh, 10 p.m., (518) 563-2222 Ten Year Vamp — Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, 9 p.m., (518) 324-2200 Punch Brothers and Aoife O’Donovan — Higher Ground, Burlington, Vt., 8:30 p.m., $12 (802) 652-0777 Yachts with Errands and Bobby Birdman — Higher Ground, Burlington, Vt., 8:30 p.m., $12 (802) 652-0777 Feb. 26 Open Mic — Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, 6:30 p.m., (518) 324-2200
— compiled by Gregg Twergo and Rob Schulz
What’s your favorite Plattsburgh meme? Veronica Schmitt Junior Environmental Science
“I like the Yokum one. It’s about ‘Inception.”
Peter Cao Sophomore Accounting
“No I don’t [have a favorite]. They’re all pretty funny. I’ve read them all.”
Connor Woodruff Junior Biochemistry
“You need to design buildings... You can only use mazes... Yokum.”
Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a young CIA agent whose only job is to watch a safe house. Looking for more action, he gets involved with Tobin Frost’s (Denzel Washington) case, not expecting the action that ensues. when the audience gets passed the script’s short comings, they can see a movie that is not only well acted, but also entertaining.
Feb. 28 Fundamentals of Four-Part A Cappella Singing — North Country Alliance Church, Plattsburgh, 7 p.m., (518) 324-5430 Feb. 29 Open Mic — Monopole, Plattsburgh, 8 p.m., (518) 563-2222
Joseph Nagiub Freshman Business Administration
“Has to be the Yokum one.”
Kathy Kovacs Sophomore Biochemistry
fun. with Sleeper Agent — Higher Ground, Burlington, Vt., 8 p.m., $17/20 (802) 652-0777 Funkwagon with The Linguistic Civilians — Higher Ground, Burlington, Vt., 8 p.m., $8/10 (802) 652-0777 March 1 Gary Peacock — Monopole, Plattsburgh, 10 p.m., (518) 563-2222 Karaoke — Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, 6 p.m., (518) 324-2200 Karaoke Night with Sassy Entertainment — Tabu Café & Nightclub, Plattsburgh, 5 p.m., (518) 566-0666
“I like the Yokum one.”
Vol 86, Issue 2
Turn to page B5 for more on PlattsMemes, including interviews with the Facebook pageâ€™s creator and the creator of the most popular meme ...