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Occupying Philly Botony going viral By Javier Simon staff writer

Ruthann Alexander/Cardinal Points Over the weekend, numerous Occupy protests happened across the nation. This scene is from the occupation in Philadelphia. One occurred in Burlington, Vt., last weekend and Plattsburgh will have its own this Saturday.

CP on the other side of the picket line By Ruthann Alexander staff writer

“In school. In debt. Bail me out,” one protestor’s sign read. “Dumbledore would not stand for this sh*t,” another sign said. Glancing around carefully, tents could be seen set up across the steps of Philadelphia’s city hall as well. The protestors were indeed occupying Philly. People of all ages gathered to fight against the economic injustices that have hit Americans time and time again. While 1 percent of the people

Civil Rights presented in new light

in the United States don’t pay taxes, the rest are fighting for those they say have to suffer knee-deep in debt of one kind or another. Protestors shared their accounts as students concerned with their future loan debt or those graduates who are already buried in it. “The problem is that you can’t get a good job without a degree, but you need a job to pay off the student loan debt,” a protester named Jason said. Many students were coming together, reassuring each other that their not alone in their mission to solve their debt crisis. It

Occupy Plattsburgh When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Trinity Park, City Hall Place between Court Street and Trinity Place

painted a home-hitting image of what so many others their age nationwide were suffering, better than any media-provided image ever could. Other protestors expressed that the American people needed to gain back their voice to fight back against the 1 percent that oppresses them economically.

“My main concern is that while we have the right to vote, our voices are not heard by those in power,” Michael, a Camden County student, said. “I am here because I feel the voice of the American public has disappeared.”

Sharing hope


By Ruthann Alexander staff writer

How much do you think you know about the Civil Rights Movement? Well, you can find out if you attend award-winning author James Loewen’s talk today. Studying at the Smithsonian Institute, Loewen found much of the history taught to students in school is “an embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism and plain misinformation,” the press release for the event said. Unfortunately, what Loewen found is indeed true for many schools in the United States. Loewen’s goal is to get students across the nation to challenge what they read in history textbooks rather than regurgitate it, a press release said. A report done by the Southern

Gregg Twergo/Cardinal Points Last Wednesday, members of the Plattsburgh State community passed around candles for the candlelight vigil sponsored by S.O.U.L. and the Multicultural Alliance to honor those who have been subjected to bullying because of their sexual orientation.


Ceremony honors new Fulbright position By Elizabeth Reff associate news editor

On Monday, Oct. 17, the Institute on Québec Studies at Plattsburgh State will hold a signing ceremony and press opportunity for the organization of the Fulbright distinguished chair in Québec Studies. Fulbright is an international scholarship program for students. Assistant Director of Québec Studies at PSUC Amy Sotherden said the Fulbright chair is a prestigious way to develop new research on a topic that relates to Québec. “There’s all sorts of research chairs that Fulbright sponsors,” Sotherden said. “The fact that this one is specifically dedicated to Québec studies is what makes it special.” Sotherden said that at the ceremony, there will be many speakers to give full information, including Michael Hawes, CEO of Fulbright Canada; John Parisella, the head of the Québec government office in New York studies; and President John Ettling. “They will spend some time at SUNY Plattsburgh to undertake some research on a topic that would reach Québec studies,” she said. “We’ll have some scholars from some previous Québec universities.” SEE CHAIR, A3


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Mystery microbes inside a plant digest intoxicated ants on the first episode of “Plants Are Cool Too,” a web series starring Plattsburgh State Botany Professor Chris Martine. Martine plans to travel the world with other botanists to produce episodes about the most exotic plants. “I want to make a dynamic show about plants that can compare to the programming you see about animals on the Discovery Channel,” Martine said. “If we want to promote plants as exciting organisms worth learning about, we don’t need another gardening show.” Martine traveled to Louisiana with botany expert Maggie Koopman to shoot the 13-minute pilot for “Plants Are Cool Too,” which can be found on YouTube. The episode is about the Pitcher Plant, an elongated plant that uses nectar and narcotics to lure insect prey. Insects follow the smell of nectar up to the narcotic-laced leaf where intoxication causes them to fall into the plant. Fluids and microorganisms inside the plant help it digest

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PSUC News 2011 hall of fame will honor new inductees The 2011 Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Luncheon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at noon. This event will be honoring new inductees: Paul Dingman ‘69 (baseball), Tony Haslam ‘78 (men’s track and field), Chris Panek (men’s hockey), Laura Ray ‘96 (women’s soccer) and Chris Verkey ‘01 (men’s track and field). The cost is $17 and the event will take place in the Warren Ballrooms in Angell College Center.

Softball game to be held on Saturday

The alumni softball game will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. Alumni from all over the country who have played since the program was created in 1999 will come together for this annual event. This event will take place in the Cardinal Park on Rugar Street.

Killiam fellowship presentation aims to teach students about program

The Killiam Fellowship Program Presentation will be held Monday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m. This event will teach students about the Killiam Fellowship Program, which awards $5,000 per semester (in addition to a health insurance allowance and up to $800 (Canadian) for incountry travel) to a full-time, American undergraduate studying in Canada. This will take place in Room 206 in Yokum Hall.

Theater class to perform in Myers

The scene study class will perform “Spoon River from the Grave,” selections from Spoon River Anthology and the contemporary scenes on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. This event is free and will take place at Hartman Theater in Myers Fine Arts Building.

Study abroad workshop will help students establish future skills

The Study Abroad and Your Career Workshop will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, at noon. Study away alumni have the opportunity to learn how they can develop both their resume and interview skills by study away experiences that employers value. This event will take place in the Cardinal Lounge at Angell College Center.

‘Edward Scissorhands’ to be shown as part of CDPI film series

“Edward Scissorhands,” will be shown as part of the Center for Diversity, Pluralism, and Inclusion Film Series. This event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. There will also be a discussion following the film. This event will take place in Room 200 at Yokum Lecture Hall.

SUNY News Albany’s SUNY Plaza fights domestic violence with color

ALBANY — State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced that the SUNY Plaza building in downtown Albany will be lit with purple lights for the entire month of October, as part of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign. “SUNY is proud to participate in the ‘Shine the Light’ awareness campaign and join the hundreds of agencies, businesses, and individuals who are taking a stand against domestic violence,” said Chancellor Zimpher. OPDV Executive Director Amy Barasch said, “OPDV wants to thank the State University of New York for their continuing support of the “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign. It is so important, when 32 percent of college students report dating violence by a previous partner, and 21 percent report violence by a current partner, that educators join in these efforts. The purple illumination of the glorious D&H building in downtown Albany will serve as a true beacon for everyone.” The SUNY Plaza flood lights that shine on the building will be tinted purple every Monday through Friday night in the month of October, beginning Monday, Oct. 3. In addition to participation at SUNY System Administration, many of the campuses across New York will also raise awareness for domestic violence in the month of October.

CP Corrections

In “ROTA expands variety with new showcases” in issue 4, it is stated that only one band (Hollowed Bones) played, but there were three performances that night. Hollowed Bones was the second band to perform, not the only. Cardinal Points regrets the error. If you see an error in Cardinal Points, email

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Not having a choice Students upset Some programs by not getting to leave no room for pick professors schedule change By Elizabeth Reff associate news editor

There have always been students who have issues with certain professors, but what happens when those issues begin to affect a grade? But students need to take specific classes for their major, and sometimes they are only offered with one professor some students don’t necessarily like. Some luck out. Plattsburgh State Student Melissa Finegan said she has never had any issues with her previous professors. “I haven’t taken any classes where I’ve had problems with so far,” she said. She said a student’s relationship or the ability to get along with a professor may factor into a student’s grade. “I think it does have an effect,” Finegan said. “Sometimes taking a class with a professor that you don’t get along with or don’t agree with might affect your grade.” Sometimes students sign up for their classes based on whether they work well with the professor. PSUC Student Thomas Sholnich said he signed up for a class with a professor he enjoyed working with. Instead, the professor ended up not teaching the class and the new one was not as good. “I got stuck with another professor,” Sholnich said. “He didn’t talk the same way and I got very confused during the course.” He also said it is possible for a student to fail a course due to disagreements or issues with one’s professor. “It depends on how the professor teaches,” Sholnich said. “Each student has a different learning habit, and if the professor is completely differ-

ent than what a person would be used to, then they might not pass with him or her.” Some students believe their professors play favorites in the classroom. Sholnich said that when a favorite student answers a question in class almost correctly, the teacher gives effort points. But if another student did the same, he or she wouldn’t get the same. PSUC Student Shawna Armstrong said she currently likes all of her professors, but she didn’t necessarily in the past. “Now that I’m a senior, I know which ones to take classes with if I have the option,” Armstrong said. She said the reason some students fail certain courses may not be a bad student-teacher relationship, but more to do with the professor’s teaching style. “I know a lot of times the teacher is unforgiving and makes them do things that they don’t quite understand or get and they can’t pass,” Armstrong said. “I know a lot of kids who have stressed their entire semester out because they are failing just because they don’t like the teacher in that class.” PSUC Student Oliver Opitz said it would be good if students had the option to choose a professor, but they don’t necessarily fail solely because their professors “hate” them. If the professor is not a good teacher, then there are other ways students can pass. “I think there’s always a way to still achieve your goals when the professor is not as good as he should be,” he said. “You can also get the info you need from books. A professor can help you to achieve your goals, but if your professor is crappy you should still be able, if you want to be an academic, to get the info from other sources.”

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Most Plattsburgh State students are given the opportunity to choose their own classes and professors, but there are a select few who have no say in the matter. They have classes preassigned to them. Chair of Nursing and Nutrition JoAnn Gleeson-Kreig pre-assigns classes to nursing majors. She said this is done to meet accreditation standards in which classes are planned to meet these requirements. However, she said she could understand how it could be a drawback for students to be in the same section of nursing. “They are going to be with the same people throughout the time,” she said. “That can be good because you get to develop some community, but could be bad because you might wish to meet other people and branch out some.” Also, she said the low number of electives students are able to choose from can be negative. “It doesn’t let you explore some areas that you might be interested in,” she said. For this reason, GleesonKreig said she is thankful for the new general education program because majors who have a lot of required credits allow students more choices. She said students benefit from having pre-assigned classes as well. If students chose classes designed in one field, they wouldn’t be prepared for the working world. “The pre-assigned classes allow us to create a wellrounded professional with the skills and knowledge that they need to work in various settings,” GleesonKreig said. PSUC students whose majors require them to take pre-assigned classes showed mixed feelings. “I think, personally, it puts you at a disadvantage,” PSUC student Matt Hart said. He is a childhood education major — another program that pre-assigns classes. Hart said he doesn’t fault the teachers, but he has a certain learning style. “That’s just who I am,” he said. “If I can’t choose who to have, I might not learn as much or be able to grasp concepts as easy as I would with another professor. It’s not a bad thing. You can overcome them, but it just makes things harder than it has to be.” Gleeson-Kreig said she agrees this is an argument students may have. “The argument is that it only prepares them for that one job, but it may not prepare them for other jobs,” she said. Maggie Manaco, another childhood education, agrees

“They are going to be with the same people throughout the time. That can be good because you get to develop some community, but could be bad because you might wish to meet other people and branch out some.” JoAnn Gleeson-Kreig Nursing and Nutrition Department Chair she should be able to choose her classes and professors. She said she feels stressed knowing that she can’t control the classes she takes and believes this puts her at a disadvantage compared to other majors. “If I’m paying my tuition like everyone else, why can’t I (choose)?” Hart asked. “I’m contributing the same amount to the school.” Joiele Coplin, another PSUC student who has pre-assigned classes, said knowing someone else picks her classes is frustrating. “It feels like high school,” Coplin said. But PSUC student Alex Fauchet said he believes he is at an advantage. “Personally, I think it’s a good thing because it’s so much to know and so many different aspects to take in to account,” Fauchet said. He said he doesn’t mind having pre-assigned classes as long as he can choose general education classes that are relevant to him. But PSUC students and faculty agree this approach will prepare them for the professional world. Gleeson-Kreig said preassigned classes are advantageous to students because it reduces the possibility of picking classes irrelevant to what they want to do. “You do end up learning different styles,” Hart said. “That actually can benefit you because you will be able to learn which style works for you.” Monaco said pre-assigned classes are beneficial because it allows her to see different points of view and pushes her to do what she isn’t accustomed to do. Fauchet agrees. He said he benefits from learning different teaching methods because the teachers are going to teach you what you have to know in the end anyway. “The benefits are getting what faculty think you need — people who are supposed to be experts within that field,” Gleeson-Kreig said. “You’re taking classes that they’re pre-determined will be beneficial for you.”

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photos by Ruthann Alexander/Cardinal Points Students and many others hold a variety of signs voicing their frustrations with the state of the U.S. economy as part of the Occupy Wall Street protest in Philadelphia.

OCCUPY: Philly protest one of many nationwide From Page One It was hard to disagree with him. People will complain within the walls of their workplace or to their peers of the corporate greed in this nation, but it wasn’t until Sept. 17 when the Occupy Wall Street movement began in New York City, that those people were actually seen standing up to it outside of these places. Occupy Philly, and so many other Occupy protests nationwide, have proved that Americans still do have a voice and they are fighting to reclaim it. Being thousands of dollars in debt come time to graduate is not the kind of future students want to look forward to after graduation, as many of those protesting have expressed. In fact, many said they dread graduation because they know they will have to worry about getting a job when the market isn’t doing well. The anxieties pile on

one after another. If you need to get a job to make loan payments but can’t get one to begin with, how do you pay anything off? Do you just keep deferring until you can no longer defer? A volunteer named Jerico said she graduated in 2010 and has not been able to pay any of her loans back yet. “I have been in deferment since 2010, and I was expected to pay it back six months after graduation,” Jerico said. “I am out here today because of the rampant joblessness and stagnant economy. I’m not even sure when I will be able to pay those loans back.” Anxiety festered as more students told similar stories of the issues they were facing. I was worried for them, and for myself. It was becoming obvious how inevitable it is to go to college and come out with too much debt to handle. Some said it almost didn’t seem worth it anymore with the cost of education inflating.

There was a Gulf War veteran named Rocky, who was more than happy to share his story about how he was on the verge of homelessness after serving in the war. “I served in the Gulf War from ’79 to ’94,” Rocky said. “I was homeless for three years until the V.A. helped me to get into transitional housing.” Rocky also sold a newspaper, “One Step Away,” made by and for homeless people and veterans in need. “‘One Step Away’ is dedicated to helping homeless people to find jobs and transitional housing,” Rocky said. “By selling the paper, they have a chance at getting help.” He also has a daughter who was born with a mental illness due to the side effects of the sarin poisoning he was exposed to in the war. “It gave me nervous problems,” Rocky said. “The V.A. told me it couldn’t be sarin poisoning because it wasn’t used during the war, but I was experiencing the

symptoms of it. So now I am going for treatment for (post traumatic stress disorder).” Listening to Rocky’s story makes one think about how the government is supposed to take care of its people and provide for those in need. Yet Rocky, who served his country, was denied the help he needed. Everyone at the protest was in need, whether it was getting a home they needed or getting a job to pay back bulls they desperately need to. But where is the government now to bail out the students in debt or help the men and women like Rocky?

(above) “Capitalism demands the best of every man — his or her rationality — and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the product of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as far as his ability and ambition will take him.” (below) Many tents were set up as people camped out on the city streets of Philadelphia for this cause.

QUÉBEC: PSUC becomes first university to adopt position From Page One Sotherden said it would be a five-year commitment. This establishment will be the first Fulbright chair to be founded at any college or university, public or private, in the country. She also said the Institute is the first comprehensive educational initiative dedicated to Québec studies at an American college or university. It is actively engaged in planning and sponsoring a variety of significant program activities. “The Québec government is very excited about this opportunity because

it will be the first Fulbright chair in Québec studies,” Sotherden said. “It will be the first chair to be founded at any college or university in the United States. It’s specifically dedicated to Québec studies.” This ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Institute on Québec Studies on 133 Court St. “This is for students and also for faculty to create new research in the field of Québec studies,” Sotherden said. PSUC student Kristin Conway said the ceremony would be good for those who are interested in Québec studies. For example, PSUC student Conrad Keeton’s

friends agree. He said they are interested in Canadian studies, and this ceremony should also be good for the language programs at PSUC. “It’s good to know about the country above us,” Keeton said. Sotherden said she is glad the chair’s position will given them the opportunity. “We’re very grateful for the government of Québec’s support,” Sotherden said. “They’ve been partners with us for many years. We have a wide variety of programming, and my thought is that the establishment of this chair is a true privilege for everyone at SUNY Plattsburgh, and we’re just thrilled that we’re able to make this happen.”


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Feminist pedagogy makes way to PSUC Oct. 2

12:05 a.m. — William Street — City Police arrested Daniel J. Roth of 9 William St. and charged him with a violation of the city noise ordinance. He was released upon an appearance ticket.

2 a.m. — Brinkerhoff Street — City Police arrested Brandon W. Levine of 68 Broad St. and charged him with a violation of disorderly conduct. He was released upon an appearance ticket. 2:01 a.m. — Brinkerhoff Street — City Police arrested Sean M. Brock of 125 Brinkerhoff St. and charged him with a violation of the city noise ordinance. He was released upon an appearance ticket.

3:05 a.m. — Macomb Grounds — University Police responded to the courtyard in front of Macomb Hall for a reported fight in progress. Officers located the individuals who stated they had been having a heated argument but not a physical altercation. College charges were filed for disorderly conduct. A service report was filed. 1:40 p.m. — Macdonough Hall — A resident student reported that someone had entered her room without her permission and disturbed the contents. A suspect has been identified. The investigation is continuing. A crime incident report was filed. Oct. 3

5:15 p.m. — Moffitt Hall — University Police received a report that a resident student might have weapons in her possession. The student consented to a search of her room. Two folding knives were located and secured at UP. A service report was filed. College charges will be filed. Oct. 4

11 a.m. — University Police — University Police arrested Brittany R. McKean of 71 Champlain St. and charged her with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. She was held for arraignment at the Plattsburgh City Court. Oct. 5

7:08 p.m. — Whiteface Hall — University Police responded to a report of 11 resident students being stuck in the even elevator. A service technician responded and the individuals were released. The individuals had been jumping in the elevator before it

stopped. A service report and college charges were filed.

9:03 p.m. — Macdonough Hall — University Police responded to Macdonough Hall for a student having a seizure. The student was transported to CVPH via ambulance. A service report was filed. Oct. 6

10:35 a.m. — Wilson Hall — University Police received a report of a laundry basket that was missing from the laundry room. A resident student was identified as having taken the basket. A crime incident report and college charges were filed.

2:04 p.m. — University Police — University Police initiated an investigation into a fraternity and sorority having possibly violated the risk management policy. A service report was filed. Oct. 7

8:44 a.m. — Lot 5 — A resident student reported that someone entered her vehicle and stole a memory card and her Plattsburgh State parking permit. The vehicle had been left unlocked. A crime incident report was filed.

10:11 a.m. — 134 Court St. — An employee reported that someone pulled two landscape light posts and some plants from the ground. A crime incident report was filed.

10:22 a.m. — Off Campus — An off-campus student reported that she has been receiving unwanted text messages from her former boyfriend who is a former student. The individual was contacted and told to stop all communications with the student. A crime incident report was filed. 4:36 p.m. — Sibley Hall — University Police and the Plattsburgh City Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at Sibley Hall. The building was in full alarm and had been evacuated. A pull box had been activated in the gym for no apparent reason. The alarm system was reset. A crime incident report was filed. Oct. 8

12:02 p.m. — Banks Hall — A resident student reported an acquaintance had sex with her without her consent. The student was transported to CVPH. A crime incident report was filed. An investigation is continuing. The suspect is a Clinton Community College student.

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

By Ruthann Alexander staff writer

tions about feminism. “For example, if you have heard a lot of negative things about some subject matA new concept is making its way ter, it is hard to critically think about it at around the gender and women’s studies the beginning,” Branagan said. “Just about department that will redefine the way all students are positive about when they feminism is taught in classrooms and need to step back and think about what how students and faculty think about it. they’ve been told.” This concept is feminist pedagogy, and it Kristyn DeMartinis, a teacher’s assistant will be incorporated into the way GWS in- at Plattsburgh State, teaches a class called structors teach and think about feminism. sexuality, power and relationships where “Feminist pedagogy is a blend between the students are encouraged to think and feminist theory and critical pedagogy,” talk about issues that are usually uncomSimona Sharoni, chair of the department, fortable to talk about, such as sexual assault. said in an email. “We are looking for a transformative To unscramble the jargon, critical peda- journey for this weekend class,” DeMargogy means not just to teach people, but to tinis said. “It’s really about the students teach people how to better themselves and learning how they can apply feminist pedthe world around them. agogy to their own lives.” “It’s a process that DeMartinis said she focuses on empowering doesn’t believe that stustudents to find their dents will be challenged voice and passion and by the critical thinking “I began to notice make a connection beaspect because in the resistance, especially classes, they talk about tween the material and their own lives, but also everyday things which are around issues of to ask critical questions present in everyday life. power and privilege, about the state of the “These are things as well as when I world and explore the people already see but challenged some ways to transform it,” don’t have the language widely accepted Sharoni said. to articulate what is going For example, if a stuon, such as homosexualnational myths.” dent makes a comment ity, what is healthy body that exhibits sexism, racimage, healthy relationSimona Sharoni ships,” she said. “We focus ism or homophobia, the Gender and Women’s on the college hookup culprofessor will stop the Studies Department Chair ture because I think these class and so it can reflect on what was said and use things touch a college stuit as a moment to learn. dent in some way.” “It used to be called ‘political correctIn the weekend course Sharoni teaches, ness,’ which has a bad reputation,” Kay she works in small groups with students Branagan, a lecturer in the GWS depart- and said she finds this method of teachment, said. ing to be better in connecting with such a Sharoni said that while students find large and diverse class. this approach to teaching both refreshing “Coming into college, we are blind to and engaging, some students become de- these issues that society has,” said Byfensive when you correct them after they ron Spencer, a PSUC student in Sharoni’s use words with derogatory meanings. course. “With these conversations, we get “I began to notice resistance, especially the knowledge to deal with these issues.” around issues of power and privilege as Sharoni said the book “Pedagogy of the well as when I challenged some widely ac- Oppressed” by Paulo Freire is what really cepted national myths,” she said. “In Israel, launched her into the concept of feminist about the history of the Palestinian-Israeli pedagogy and still inspires her today. conflict, and in the U.S. about Thanksgiv“Freire contrasts critical pedagogy ing, U.S. foreign policy, racism, militariza- with the ‘banking method’ of education, tion and the prison industrial complex.” which unfortunately still dominates both Feminist pedagogy is not only about K (through) 12 education and institutions feminism, but it is about looking at the of higher education worldwide,” she said. different perspectives of sexism, racism, Sharoni said the “banking method” of classism, homosexuality and homopho- education is the traditional method where bia, Branagan said. the students repeat what they have heard Susan Mody, an associate professor in rather than digest it and make a personal the GWS department, said feminist peda- connection with the material. gogy relies not so much on the strategies “When you go to the bank, it is usually of teaching, but on other factors like the a one-way transaction,” Sharoni said. “The size and the duration of the class. traditional method is that the students “It is a creational context,” Mody said. just spit the knowledge back. There is an “You can build community effectively based assumption that knowledge is neutral, but in size, duration and workshops. If I really education is a transformative process.” want to disrupt their biases, we will need a Janelle Jahanbakhsh, a PSUC student longer time together than just a semester.” and a teaching assistant, said small conShe said time is a factor and building versations are going to be the true test as that sense of community requires the to why things change. sense of commitment on the part of the “My experience was really moving bestudents, not just the instructor. cause I had students asking me for ad“I try to get students to do a critical vice,” Jahanbakhsh said. “It shaped me analysis of articles,” Branagan said. “It is and what I want to do in life.” probably difficult to get students coming DeMartinis said this is exactly what from many different high school settings feminist pedagogy is supposed to do. to be critical about articles because read“I think the most important thing to take ing articles critically is not a main focus in out of it is the application to your own life,” many high schools.” she said. “Teaching these classes opens up She said a lot of students come into the a door of communication so the students class having heard a lot of misconcep- can find someone who can support them.”

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RIGHTS: Signing to help in cause From Page One Poverty Law Center found 35 out of 50 states failed an exam testing students’ knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement, said Maureen Costello, the teaching tolerance director of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “The exceptions were New York, Alabama and Florida,” Costello said. “Those states all received A’s on the exam.” The law center looks at the required content of the history curriculum of schools state-by-state, she said. “In the MAPE exam last distributed in 2010, we found that only 2 percent of high school seniors could answer a question about Brown v. the Board of Education,” Costello said. During and before World War II, states had clearer standards for history, but they have become less clear after WWII in general, she said. The Southern Poverty Law Center found that the three states that got A’s were those closer to the South and had more black students, she said. “Planning and making sure there is time to teach Civil Rights in the curriculum is important, and using materials that speak to the actual experience such Branagan as primary sources,” she said. One reason students don’t know more about the Civil Rights Movement is they are taught mainly of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks as the leaders who lead everyone to freedom, Kay Branagan, a gender and women’s studies professor, said. “In our history, we have a ‘great man’ theory,” she said. “When we talk about King, we talk as though he was a perfect person that we should emulate. We don’t tell anyone that he was changing and expanding his focus and looking at the class divisions in this country.” The “great man” theory is the idea that a great leader will rise and take the people to freedom. Students are taught about King’s leadership and his famous speech. However, King worked with the sanitation workers as part of the march on Washington for economic justice called the Poor People’s Campaign, Branagan said. “What we are often taught about Rosa Parks is she was this poor old lady,” she said. “All her life, she had been fighting injustice. It wasn’t something that just happened.” Parks and King weren’t the only significant figures. The violent death of Emmet Till is another that schools often neglect to teach us about, Branagan said. “The resistance was not only in the political arena,” Costello said. “Also, violent KKK lynchings are often underplayed in the standards of Civil Rights.” Most schools’ curriculums do not focus on the lynchings and violence, she said. “Acknowledge that racism and resistance are part of the story,” Costello said. “They act like King and Rosa Parks resisted and everything was fine and dandy. This was not the case. “It is not ancient history. It is still going on, and it’s not like a great leader will come out and save everyone.”

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Student Association Soundoff The Student Affairs Board would like to welcome everyone back from Columbus break; we hope you all had a restful and relaxing 4 day weekend! Now to get back to business, the Student Affairs Board, Diversity Committee and CAS are sponsoring a workshop series that is open to all faculty/staff and students. We will be offering an Anti-Discrimination Clinic, which will consist of 4 workshop sessions within two days. These interactive and hands on workshops are aimed to teach students how to go about educating others on issues of Racism, Sexism, Classism, and Homophobia. The entire workshop series will be hosted by Don Kao, co-founder of Project Reach, a non-profit organization located in NYC. Project Reach is a youth and adult-run, multiracial, multi-gender, grassroots, anti-discrimination, organizing center with a clear mission and commitment to challenging the destruction among, of, and between New York City’s disparate youth communities.

Anti-Discrimination Clinic Sessions Session One: Diversity and Discrimination: Is there really a difference? Identity Crisis...or An Issue of Power and Privilege Wednesday, October 26, 2011 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. Warren Ballrooms

Session Three: Homophobia/Heterosexism 101: For Straights ONLY... and anyone else who ever thought they were! Sex and Gender: the underpinnings of Sexism and Misogyny? Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. Alumni Conference Room

Session Two: Model Minority or Manipulated Minority? --The History of Racism in the U.S.: an Asian American Perspective Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Time: 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Location: Warren Ballrooms

Session Four: The Color Line: “Does skin color REALLY matter?” The “Class” Closet: Being “Out” about Race and Class Thursday, October 27, 2011 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Alumni Conference Room

**Due to a limited amount of space, we have only provided general information about these workshops, for a more detailed description please contact Diversity Co-Chair, Zuehailey Irizarry @ Thank you. Enjoy the rest of your week!


CP Opinions

opinions editor ian tully

friday, oct. 14, 2011

- compiled by Tom Cohen and Gregg Twergo

What do you think about Occupy Wall Street? Paige Molloi Senior Public Relations

graphic design by Amanda Fruehauf

“I heard Kayne West joined. I guess that’s getting pretty big, huh?” Habiba Braimah Senior International Business

“I guess everyone has a right to fight for what they believe in.” Shahbaaz Rupani Senior Business Administration

“I would love to go to it, but if I get arrested for any reason, I would get kicked out of the country because I’m an international student.” Rachel Glynn Sophomore English Literature

“Why are we attacking Wall Street? We should be heading straight to the White House.” Steven Hebert Senior Music & Theatre Major

Protests making moves; Civil disobedience goals still small, scarce can make big change By Ashley Rivera staff writer

Earlier this year, Americans watched the Arab Spring protests spread throughout the Middle East. People in those countries realized a change needed to occur when there were no jobs to be had, no right to vote for elected leaders and, as a result, no representation in their government. They held general strikes, transportation boycotts and held out from buying consumer goods. These measures ultimately led to an overthrow of their government leaders. Civil disobedience is the most effective form of advocacy. Gandhi led thousands of followers to the sea to make their own salt because salt was taxed by the British. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement by hosting sit-ins, boycotts, and bus rides. Recently, in Manhattan’s financial district, Americans realized that changes needed to occur. Americans feel more money needs to be going toward creating jobs rather than bailing out Wall Street. Protestors are holding signs that read “the only thing that trickled down was your bullsh*t.” These protests lack organization. Crowds scattered throughout Manhattan acting boorish. Rather than having a game plan so this protest can be effective, they choose to march, yell and get arrested. Protestors claim they are the 99 percent, but what do they want? They haven’t stated any demands for a government to negotiate with. I know that you are protesting corporate greed, government bailouts and the decline in the American middle class. There needs to be more organization. Workers in Mahalla al-Kabra, outside of Cairo, were working for low wages in horrific conditions in a

state-run textile company. Groups of workers were gathered to create a workers strike; they stopped buying the products produced by the company which had an effect on their economy, because of the widespread effort the company was shut down. Manhattan has become a revolution camp-site for people to act out in negative ways. People are getting arrested and dressing in costumes that have no relation to their cause. Posters are being made bashing government, but not putting enough emRivera phasis on what change needs to transpire. For this protest to be effective there should be a social media wave promoting a strike of buying consumer products, there should be a constant bombardment of letters, emails, and phone calls to the White House expressing the need for change and reform. Constituents should be involved in policy making. Consumers wishing to support the cause should stop buying products which profit Wall Street interests, whether withdrawing money from a bank with a questionable investment portfolio, or refusing to purchase gasoline from Exxon Mobil, a company which reported a $10.7 billion profit last June. Hitting these companies where it really hurts is how you send a real message. They can ignore marching, but not windfall losses. Organization is the key to the success of this protest. If this movement becomes a disciplined, determined movement, the resulting message would circulate around the country and the world.

What protesters all over are looking for By Ian Tully opinions editor

When I watch a young, bearded man walking down Wall Street toward Union Square along with veterans, poor people wealthy, black, white people and all other walks of a nation’s society in a single marching movement in multiple locations, I would say change is in order somewhere. What “I appreciate what they’re change? doing. Their protesting is These are the changes really raising awareness I would pursue. It sounds about it.” radical in this country because any idea at all seems too radical or too idealistic to take today, but bear with me for the exposition. Campaign finance reform. In this country this term is painted to look like a cardinal sin, but if we wish to expunge corporate interests from our election cycle, this demand is unconditional. The reasons that

a corporation should not have unlimited amounts to spend on the campaigns of politicians who could easily swing the scales of justice and law to benefit wealthy groups of people are endless. I don’t believe that corporations should play any role in political fund raising. I don’t think anyone should play a role in political fund raising. I think that the government should set a limit on what any campaign can spend monthly, and should monitor every penny spent In every election in this country. One percent of this country owns the debt of the other 99 percent. That 1 percent invests on Wall Street. My remedy is a 2 percent tax increase on corporate income. They must have a wealth of income if they pay executives who really aren’t

By Kevin Fellows staff writer

The Occupy Wall Street movement has been accused of being pointless and irrational by media networks and politicians. After all, they are supposedly just a bunch of weirdos damming up intersections, waving signs and complaining. I wholeheartedly disagree. This movement’s reasoning is just and their motives are relevent. Occupy Wall Street will be effective as it continues to become more organized and demand attention. What started as a small protest by college students against corporate greed and corruption has grown to unprecedented size and substance, spreading to over 100 major cities, including Washington. NYC was a solid starting point because of Wall Street’s stock market and corporate connection. The location is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Yes, it could be said that this movement would be better off moving to Washington as it is the capital. However, it is important to remember Occupy Wall Street’s humble beginnings. Since its creation, the protest has become a mishmash of groups and citizens speaking out against the current state of society. Everyone from labor unions to Lupe Fiasco has shown their support. I don’t think this reflects poor leadership, but rather a testimony to this protest’s diversity. Complaints ranging from wasteful spending on two unpopular wars to tax cuts for the wealthy have been heard. Fox News is portraying these people as menacing, uneducated and dangerous. In reality, they are simply a group of people who want

hiring much these days or creating so much business right now. I know how someone can make a profit. Our government should tax them. That’s how the relationship between government, capitalism and business works. The government is allowed to tax, and should tax those who they know are good for it. Everyone knows who’s good for it. I also propose that corporations be fined heavily for each layoff they make in the United States for the next 10 years. The end of prolonged military conflicts and resulting presences in any country other than the ones we are safely stationed in and welcomed to would also be a treat, and an increase in the budgets for Veteran’s Health Care, the GI Bill and Veteran’s support organization would be

their voices heard. Most media outlets responsible for covering the protests are privately owned corporations with their hands in Wall Street’s pocket. I don’t think these protesters are clueless and standing around just to cause a ruckus. This movement is not sweeping the nation because camping in the streets is trendy. It is growing because it has struck a nerve. People feel underrepresented and hopeless. I think these protesters are clinging to what remains of the American dream. The idea of equality in a time of government Fellows bailouts and a dwindling middle class. It is hard to understand how, in 2011, the middle class is the smallest it has been in years. In fact, 41 percent of U.S. jobs are now considered low employment according to Sherle Schwenninger, director of economic growth at the New America Foundation. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is disappearing. The United Nations Institute for Development Economics found that 1 percent of Americans own 40 percent of the nation’s profits. Because of this, the government puts their needs ahead of the other 99 percent. When will the government get out of bed with the wealthiest 1 percent and pay attention to all the rest of us? Occupy Wall Street is like an alarm clock waking up Americans, while the media and other critics are desperately looking for the sleep button. Protests can have a powerful impact. Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

the icing on the cake. I was always under the impression that those who have served and sacrificed deserve more than just gratitude, but I suppose I am just another altruist Hippie. Lastly, the most landmark change I can name to assuage disgruntled protesters across the United States would be a nationwide overhaul of our justice system. People want law. They want a fair chance, and a president that has their best interests in mind. The only way I can see any of these things accomplished is if money is subtracted from each specific equation. Agricultural conglomerates should not be able to bury farmers in legal fees before a lawsuit even goes to court. If and when due process in this country stops being a spending contest, the U.S. Dept. of

Justice will cease being an oxymoron. Lobbyists should not be allowed inside of the U.S. Capitol. That’s all she wrote. The fact that some would criticize these protesters for exercising their right to assemble and petition their government, while lobbyists and other special interests whisper into the ears of our lawmakers as they buy them lunch is laughably absurd. Can someone tell me why these politicians are so wealthy in the first place? Explain to me why they make twice as much as a policeman. I would love to hear the reasoning. My message to anyone thinking about protesting, is to shut the whole damn town down. Washington too. It’s your right. Don’t do anything stupid or illegal. Just let yourself be known. See what happens.

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Vigils lack uniqueness that ceremonies deserve Surrounded by friends and acquaintances, you huddle close to those around you to avoid the cold nip in the air. It winds its way around the outside of the Meyer’s Fine Arts Building and the Angell College Center and whirlwinds around the crowd in Amite Plaza. You look into the candle held between your hands, a tear rolls down your cheek. A scene that would normally tug at the heartstrings of students and community members alike loses its full impact when you think back to the last time you stood in Amite Plaza for a candlelight vigil. Was it for Sept. 11? A student who passed away? A deadly earthquake or other natural disaster? When looking back at the dozens of candlelight vigils that have been held over the years, the saddest part is how forgettable they tend to be. The point is not that we shouldn’t be remembering the tough times we have endured over the years, but the importance and special feeling that a memorial ceremony is supposed to stand for loses its impact the more it is repeated. While we don’t mean to criticize the thoughtfulness a candlelight vigil can stand for, wouldn’t it be nice if the memorial service for Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Japan wasn’t the same as the memorial services for Virginia Tech shooting victims and the death of Plattsburgh State Student Yee

Hao “Bryan” Chiel? If we really want to memorialize tragedies like these, wouldn’t it make more sense to give them the respect of a unique ceremony? Surely no PSUC student wants to look back at a candlelight vigil and forget which vigil stood for which situation. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens. We go to Amite Plaza or Hawkins Pond, some cry, there are white candles in small white Dixie cups and we hear a few speakers say some moving words about the incident bringing us together. Of course, it’s a nice sentiment, but it could be so much more. When the 8.9-magnitude earthquake sent massive tsunami waves crashing into the island of Japan, we could have taken pieces of broken concrete or stone and given them out to students as a symbol of both unity and destruction. When raising awareness for LGBT youth suicide and bullying, students could be provided with small bottles of rainbow colored sand to take home and keep as a reminder of the constant struggle faced by others. Instead, as was the case this last Wednesday, students were given the default flaming wax treatment. Candlelight vigils are a nice token of respect, but they lack the uniqueness that those struggling to endure the worst of times really deserve.

Conference changes making collegiate sports a travesty By Kevin Fellows staff writer

The conferences that make up college sports are currently playing a high-stakes game of musical chairs. Football has proven to be the big money maker and schools are clamoring to get their piece of the pie. Sadly, the majority of universities reasons for moving are as ethical as Nevin Shapiro’s prostitutes at the University of Miami. I have several issues with this shuffling of the deck. For starters, there is no one in charge of this mess. NCAA President Mark Emmert has made it clear that schools are free to switch conferences as they please. Like a cafeteria monitor stepping outside for a cigarette during a food fight, the results could be damaging. In September, Syracuse and Pittsburgh left the Big East to enter the ACC. Both schools are basketball powerhouses, yet they moved for football reasons. For Syracuse fans, this means classic basketball games against Connecticut and St. John’s have lost their sting. For the Syracuse University bank account, this means moving the football program into a more compet-

itive division with more money to be made. The fans lose, the Big East is on life support and the SU basketball team is left with one angry coach. With the demise of the Big 12 and Big East on the horizon, the next step will likely be four super conferences. However, there will not be enough room if universities end up scrambling for a spot in the SEC, Pac-12, ACC or Big 10 conferences. Now school officials are left with difficult decisions. Either they scrap tradition like Syracuse, or they stay put and become irrelevant in the world of college sports. If the blame falls on anyone, it’s the BCS. This corrupt organization has been sucking money and glory from schools since its inception. Every year the BCS awards bowl games to ranked schools before charging them heavy fees for unsold seats. Bowl games should result in financial gain for programs, and yet most schools lose money by attending them. The only way to control college football is with a playoff system, not by ditching conferences. The revenues would be staggering and for once, we would truly

by left with the best team in the country. In order to do this the BCS must be abolished. Its unjust point system to create match-ups is only a deterrent to its corruption. It is possible with fewer teams super conferences, could lead to a playoff system, but with only four total conferences the situation may be unmanageable. Geographic location will no longer control match-ups, and teams will frequently have to travel throughout the states. Small schools will have an even smaller chance to compete with larger programs than they do now. The idea of only four conferences is too big, too unwieldy and too similar of the current shady system. I don’t want all of college football to go the way of the Heisman Trophy and simply become a publicity stunt. Clearly my view is not shared by the schools that have already jumped ship for more lucrative deals. Thankfully games are still fair, even if schedules are not.

Protest slated to march in city, all are welcome I encourage students to come to the first Occupy Plattsburgh demonstration this Saturday, Oct. 15. The event will be held in Trinity Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As the recession goes on, there seems to be increasing disillusionment with our economic system. With every passing day, more and more people seem to be learning these hard truths. Capitalism is based on exploitation. Society’s means of production are controlled by a rich elite to whom the rest of the population is forced to sell their labor. This elite, which does not work or does so by choice, makes its parasitic livelihood by paying its employees less than the full value of what they produce. Capitalism is undemocratic. The principle of “one person, one vote” is a sham when one individual works for minimum wage and the other is a multimillion-

aire. To believe both have equal effects on the political process is lunacy. Capitalism is inefficient, contrary to Conservitive mythology. Many people work in industries, such as advertising, which serve no productive purpose. Furthermore, millions are left unemployed because putting them to work would be unprofitable to corporations and retaining the threat of joblessness helps employers discipline the working class. Capitalism is destroying the environment. Under this system, decisions are based on the short-term profit motive of a rich elite when the only way to achieve ecological balance is by asserting the long term interest of everyone. If you’re sick and tired of this, please come to the Trinity Park demonstration on Oct. 15. For more information, please join the “Occupy Plattsburgh” page on Facebook. Jon Hochschartner PSUC Alumnus

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To Australia passing a historic tax on carbon emissions. Curtailing humanity’s carbon footprint is a difficult undertaking, but at least some countries are looking for ways to save our Earth.

To Marzieh Vafamehr, an Iranian actress who starred in an Australian film named “My Tehran for Sale” in 2009. She was sentenced to one year in prison and will be given 90 lashes due to her role in the film, which never aired in Iran. To Michelle Obama leading 450 kids in an attempt to break the Guiness World Record for most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. To witch doctors in Uganda that have been abducting children after dark to sacrifice their bodies. They perform their services for a price, and though many might think this is a fairy tale, I wish that it was.

To Javier Bardem accepting a role as the villain in the upcoming Bond movie set to debut in 2012. To the pilot of the Rena, a ship that crashed into a New Zealand reef, spilling 88 containers off its deck. One of those containers was filled with hazardous materials, but 48 others were empty. The captain and first mate have been detained for questioning.

To the beginning of Plattsburgh State hockey season. I want Patrick Jobb to score 18 goals this year.

To the blackberry servers that went down over the weekend, disrupting service to blackberry users worldwide. Information disconnect can be lethal. To fall, apple cider and apple cider doughnuts.

To whoever managed to hijack WQKE’s computer and played the Rick Roll’d song for over three hours. No one should have to be subject to that much Rick Astley for so long. We’re just glad they didn’t manage to do anything worse.

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Campus centers form Spectrum of color Different clinics on campus form Spectrum Institute for professional connection with helping community By Yessenia Funes staff writer

A spectrum is defined as a rainbow, or a wide band of colors. The Spectrum Institute at Plattsburgh State truly is a band of colors; although better described as a band of centers and people. “It’s called Spectrum because it’s a wide spectrum of people who have come together for this,” said Jeanne Ryan, director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Center and a psychology professor at PSUC. Spectrum, also known as the Institute for Interdisciplinary Clinical Research, Service and Education, has existed on campus for about two and a half years, Ryan said. PSUC is unique in having Spectrum because no other SUNY has an institute like this. Spectrum is made up of the Traumatic Brain Injury Center, the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center, the Nexus program, and the Neuropsychology Clinic. Although

each program has a different focus, they all work together in providing research to science, giving service to the community and educating students on campus.

TBI CENTER The TBI Center, established in 1994, helps people suffering from brain injuries and developmental disabilities. It has programs for adults and children since TBI can happen to anyone, even from simple tasks like falling off a bike or ladder. Car crashes and brain tumors can also cause brain injuries, as well as central nervous system diseases. According to, fostering independence of thought and action is the TBI center’s mission. Participants work on basic cognitive skills, like social and life skills and even cooking classes. “We try to reintegrate these people back into their community,” AJay Keyser, a student working for the TBI center, said. ALZHEIMER’S CENTER The ADAC is another color in Spectrum. Established in 1987, it is one of the oldest programs offered in Spectrum and provides services to those suffering from dementia. Dementia is a major focal point of Alzheimer’s because it eventually becomes dementia. According

“Spectrum is a great asset to SUNY Plattsburgh and the community. It helps build support between the college and community.”

Joshua Duntley Plattsburgh State Alumnus to, dementia is not a disease itself. It is a term describing the loss of memory, language and thinking. Sometimes, personalities just change. The Third Age Adult Day Center, a program within ADAC, works with about 20 to 25 adults. The program allows participants to stay home with their families, yet receive the attention and care they need. It provides an alternative for senior citizens suffering from memory loss, emotional problems and communication issues to nursing home placement or home care. Taher Zandi, director of the ADAC and a psychology professor, said they try to see where they can help the community and students at the same time. “Spectrum is a lifespan,” Zandi said. “We start from early childhood to old adulthood.” NEXUS While the TBI Center focuses on brain injuries of children and

adults, and the ADAC focuses on dementia with senior citizens, the Nexus program focuses on children with autism. Nexus allows children with autism to come together and socialize. Autistic children have difficulty communicating and forming healthy relationships, so this program helps them make friends and gain skills essential to leading a healthy social life. The Neuropsychology Clinic assesses children with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and mental retardation. PSUC graduate students get involved by becoming volunteers, interns and paid workers.

STUDENT SUPPORT The service aspect of Spectrum lies within the existence of its centers and programs. The education aspect lies within the students who contribute to the centers and programs. Each center has a group of about 10 to 12

students interning, volunteering or working. “I love it,” Keyser said. “It’s a really rewarding experience. I gained so much knowledge and exposure.” Students come from all different parts of the PSUC campus community. Nursing majors take part and education majors can gain experience working with children. A future psychologist could engage in research in the Neuropsychology Clinic. Having a certain major doesn’t decide whether they can take part in any of the centers. Those students focusing on research may find themselves working with Stony Brook or the University of Vermont. Spectrum works with other colleges and universities to aid one another in their research. Joshua Duntley, a PSUC alumnus, said he wished Spectrum existed back when he was at PSUC. Returning for the annual Spectrum interdisciplinary symposium on Nov. 2 and 3, Duntley will be presenting, “The Mind of a Stalker.” He will discuss theories and data as to why stalkers stalk and how victims can end it. “Spectrum is a great asset to SUNY Plattsburgh and the community,” Duntley said. “It helps build support between the college and community.”

VIDEO: Prof. shows that ‘Plants Are Cool Too’ From Page One

the insects. In the episode, Martine describes the insects as poor critters that got drunk and fell into the pitcher. For the shoot, Martine and Koopman opened up a pitcher plant, revealing pieces of partially digested fire ants. “Through evolution, the pitcher plant has developed adaptations necessary to trap insects and break them down into substances it can use,” Koopman said. “It’s a truly remarkable plant.” The crew agreed the shoot was a success. However, they ran into several difficulties. “We traveled to Louisiana on a very hot day,” said videographer Paul Frederick. “It was the first time I noticed my camera overheat.” Koopman also said she faced difficulties. “As you can see in the video, I was not too fond of the live fire ants we found inside one of the pitcher plants we cut open,” she said. The pilot was sponsored by PSUC and the Botanical Society of America. It was shot and edited by Frederick and Tim Kramer.

“In 20 years of TV production, this was one of those fun trips,” Frederick said. “We plan to make as many episodes as we receive funding for.” Martine has a list of exotic plants to explore, as well as the names of experts who study those plants. However, he is still looking for sponsors to fund the production of future episodes. The production crew also intends to generate funding to improve the quality of the videos. “We want to use technology like digital animation and microscopic filming,” Martine said. “I want people to appreciate a natural phenomenon that they can’t see with the naked eye, so I need to find another way to tell that story.” Despite a desire for better resources, Martine has been performing in front of the camera and producing video content about plants for years. In 2009, he hosted and starred in “Growing Better,” a children’s Web series about botany. The pilot for “Growing Better” was featured as an entry example by Chlorofilm, an organization that hosts contests encouraging people to create entertaining

video content about plant life. Chlorofilm also awarded Martine for that episode. In addition, he has produced video postcards about botany research conducted in Australia and Peru. “Martine is a one-take wonder,” Frederick said. “I’ve worked with well-known people in the industry, yet I’m impressed with how well Martine does on first takes.” The pilot for “Plants Are Cool Too” was first presented last summer during the Botany 2011 Conference in Saint Louis. “We first previewed the episode in a room filled with some of the most prominent botanist in the country,” Martine said. “That was pretty nerve-racking.” However, Frederick said the video received a good response from its first audience. “The episode was educational and fun to watch,” Frederick said. “It has a lot of potential” The theme song for “Plants are Cool Too,” which was written and performed by Martine, hints at future episodes about plants that make their own food, can feed the world and even help you get a girl.

Rob Schulz/Cardinal Points Chris Martine examines a plant on the Plattsburgh State campus, but in his new Web series “Plants Are Cool Too,” he studies much stranger plants.

First Adirondack wedding magazine holds roots at PSUC By Arthur Cleveland staff writer

Many of the professors on the Plattsburgh State campus have worked on different projects and had other jobs outside of their college obligations. But one adjunct lecturer here on the PSUC campus has actually started her own magazine that has already been distributed around 13 states. Laura Ward, an adjunct lecturer in the journalism department at PSUC, has just started a new magazine titled “Adirondack Weddings” dedicated to weddings, marriage and related issues for the Adirondack Mountain region. The magazine is currently on sale at Campus Corner in the Angell Center. The magazine was formed by Ward and her husband Ahren Wolson, who fill the roles of editor and creative director respectively. The magazine started after the two were engaged last year when they noticed that no magazines were good re-

sources for information on weddings in the Adirondack area. “We saw this unfilled niche in the market, and between the two of us, we had the skills to put the magazine together,” Ward said. Ward, who received her master’s degree at PSUC, graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a major in music industry. In her last semester of college, she wrote for the school newspaper in hopes to get some experience with interviewing. She got an interview with a local paper, The Daily Star, who hired her shortly thereafter. “I didn’t think in a million years they would hire me because I only had one semester of experience,” Ward said. After a few years at the Daily Star, she moved back home to Peru, N.Y., writing magazine articles on a national basis. Eventually, she found herself teaching at PSUC in the journalism department. Wolson said he is happy

“We saw this unfilled niche in the market, and between the two of us, we had the skills to put the magazine together.” Laura Ward Journalism Adjunct Lecturer to be working with his wife on the magazine. “It’s great,” he said. “It’s really not like working, even though we’re busy 24/7. Much better than any other job I had. I think we make a good team. We mesh well.” photo provided Shaun Kittle, a magazine This is the cover of the first issue of the new magazine journalism major at PSUC, Adirondack Weddings, which debuted this past summer. has worked with Ward several times. Originally magazine major right now,” Ward liked so much that an ecology major, he cred- he said. “She encouraged she highly suggested he try its Ward for making him me a lot.” to have it published. switch over to journalism. While in her introduction “I had never written a “She’s probably the single to magazine writing class, magazine story before, so driving factor for why I’m a Kittle submitted an article I didn’t know I could get

things published,” he said. “It really blew my mind. It was really exciting.” Kittle would then rise up to be the editor of All Points North, the student run magazine of Plattsburgh State. He has even contributed to Adirondack Weddings, having written an article entitled “Love, Elevated,” which is about the history of Mount Marcy and the romance that earned it its name. “More so than any other professor, she encouraged me to pursue journalism,” he said. Gordie Little, a local radio host and television documentarian, has praised the magazine. “I was blown away,” he said. “It was the most professional magazine of its kind that I have ever seen. I have raised a lot of kids and we have raised a lot of grandkids, and we have 35 great grandchildren, so we have looked at a lot of wedding pictures and magazines and have never seen anything quite as slick as this.”


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Cards looking to right ship Hard Hattians take charge in cheering section

By Eric Gissendanner sports editor

The New York Yankees have the Bleacher Creatures, the Cleveland Browns have the Dawg Pound and the Vancouver Ca-

nucks have the Green Men. Now, Plattsburgh State has its own new fan section: the Plattsburgh Hard Hattians. This rowdy bunch of students SEE HHAT, B2

Ben Rowe/Cardinal Points The Hard Hattians do the wave at a Plattsburgh State men’s soccer game. The freshman group has become a staple at Cardinal games.

By Matthew Wilson staff writer

The Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team (9-2-2, 1-2-2) looks to rebound this weekend after the team’s 11-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt after dropping a pair of SUNYAC games last weekend. The Cards, who were previously unbeaten on the road, visited New Paltz, with the Hawks coming out on the wrong end of a tense 1-0 match. PSUC outshot New Paltz 1716, but could not find a way to beat goalkeeper Conor Power. Power recorded eight saves to ensure the defending SUNYAC champions could not continue their impressive streak. Power’s five shutouts are tied for second-best in the SUNYAC. If the end of their run was not difficult enough to swallow, the 5-0 thrashing that followed the day after was bitter. Top-seeded Oneonta made light work of the Cardinals as the Red Dragons scored two goals in the first half and three goals in the second to send the Cards home scratching their heads. PSUC head coach Chris Waterbury, who previously described SEE MSOC, B4

Women’s soccer heads for longest trip of year By Matthew Hamilton associate sports editor

On paper, the Plattsburgh State women’s soccer team’s goal this weekend is simple — take two wins from teams in the lower half of the SUNYAC standings. But PSUC head coach Karen Waterbury knows Fredonia (7-6, 3-2) and Buffalo State (5-7-1, 0-4-1) aren’t automatic wins. Things just got a little tougher. She also knows that both teams have very unique fields that play differently and will force the Lady Cardinals (5-3-3, 3-1-1) to adapt quickly or risk plummeting in the SUNYAC standings. Things are tougher still. Add the fact that the Lady Cards will travel seven and a half hours and 423 miles just to play Friday, and the goal is no longer so simple. “I’ve been dreading this trip for the whole Tom Cohen/Cardinal Points season,” Waterbury said. “But with that bePlattsburgh State’s Renee Egan fights off New Paltz’s Patti Bowling during the Lady Cards’ Oct. 7 home game. The Lady Cards won 1-0 and remained unbeaten at home. ing said, we are going to try to enjoy the trip.

We’ll eat well, we’ll get enough sleep, we’ll watch good movies, but this is just a brutal trip.” PSUC took the same journey across New York two years ago, on the same weekend they will this year. But this time around the Lady Cards are hoping the result is a little different than a pair of losses. “It was very frustrating because it was our last weekend of SUNYACs, and we needed to win one, if not both games,” midfielder Renee Egan said. “We will try not to repeat that again. It would be really frustrating.” Last season, PSUC beat both the Blue Devils and Bengals at home and then the Bengals again in the SUNYAC semifinals. The biggest difference between the 2009 road losses and the 2010 home wins may not be different teams. It may be different playing surfaces. The more than 400 mile trip to Friday’s SEE WSOC, B4

Men’s hockey set for test against U-18s Tennis wraps up season with 5th-place finish By Eric Gissendanner sports editor

By Chris Taylor staff writer

Going into playoffs and an encounter with top-seeded Geneseo (11-1 overall, 3-0 SUNYAC), the Plattsburgh State tennis team (7-7, 0-3) didn’t have lofty expectations. They wanted to play as much tennis as they could, and if that meant playing in the consolation bracket, then so be it. The Lady Cards returned with a 2-1 record, the one loss coming to eventual conference-champion Geneseo. Wins against Fredo-

nia and Brockport gave PSUC a fifth-place finish in conference and .500 record on the season. “The weekend couldn’t have gone too much better,” PSUC head coach Mark Stata said. “The only thing we would have liked to have had back was the Geneseo doubles game we were up 7-3.” Stata said his team was playing extremely well and took Geneseo by surprise in the No. 1 doubles match. However, a change of strategy, by Geneseo SEE TENN, B4

The Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team will play the U.S. U-18 team in an exhibition game Saturday night at Stafford Ice Arena. The Cardinals last played the U-18 team Oct. 29, 2006, and lost 5-3. PSUC kept pace with the amateur all-stars, though, as both teams entered the third period at a 2-2 tie. Former U-18 team player and current Philadelphia Flyer James van Riemsdyk scored the go-ahead goal in the final two minutes. Current St. Louis Blue Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on the U-18 team’s final goal. Players like van Riemsdyk and Shattenkirk are just two examples of why PSUC head coach Bob Emery said playing any national team is special for Cards and their fans. “It’s definitely going to be a test for us,” Emery said. “Some of those guys (on the U-18 team) have already been professionally scouted and some are potential first-round draft picks in

file photo Plattsburgh State’s Jared Docking skates down ice past Norwich players during PSUC’s NCAA quarterfinal game against the Cadets last season.

next year’s draft.” In the 2007 NHL Draft, van Riemsdyk was drafted second overall and Shattenkirk was drafted 14th overall. The skill set for the U-18 team, Emery said, is not a reflection of physical age. Five current U-18 players played on last year’s U-17 national team that won

first place at the 2010 Five Nations Tournament. This year’s U-18 team finished fifth at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The team beat the Czech, Russian and Slovak national teams. SEE MHKY, B4


Men’s Soccer Friday vs. Fredonia 4 p.m. Saturday vs. Buffalo State 1 p.m.

By Ricky St. Clair staff writer

Women’s Soccer Friday @ Fredonia 4 p.m. Saturday @ Buffalo State 3:30 p.m.

Volleyball Friday @ Hartwick Invt’l. 6 p.m. Saturday @ Hartwick Invt’l. 12 p.m.

Standings as of 10/13 Overall W L T 8 2 2 7 3 1 6 5 2 10 4 0 6 5 1 6 7 1 9 2 2 2 6 5 6 4 2 5 7 4

Oneonta Brockport Potsdam Fredonia Geneseo New Paltz Plattsburgh Cortland Buffalo State Oswego

Women’s Soccer

SUNYAC W L T 5 0 1 4 1 0 3 1 1 3 2 0 3 2 0 2 3 1 1 2 2 1 3 2 1 4 0 0 5 1

Overall W L T 8 4 1 6 5 1 9 5 1 5 3 3 6 6 0 9 3 1 7 4 1 8 5 0 5 7 1 3 7 2

SUNYAC W L T 5 1 0 4 1 1 4 2 0 3 1 1 3 2 0 2 2 1 2 3 0 2 4 0 0 4 1 0 5 0




EAST Cortland New Paltz Oneonta Potsdam Plattsburgh

W 26 15 13 17 9

L 1 8 12 9 12

W 4 3 2 1 0

L 0 1 2 3 4

WEST Buffalo State Fredonia Geneseo Brockport Oswego

W 12 15 11 11 6

L 15 9 14 15 16

W 4 3 2 1 0

L 0 1 2 3 4

School Cortland Oneonta New Paltz Plattsburgh Fredonia Geneseo Brockport Oswego Buffalo State Potsdam

Geneseo claimed the overall team title with 50 points. The Knights currently sit at No. 6 in the national rankings and could be the Cards’ toughest opponent come conference championship time. “Geneseo is real strong on both sides,” Jones said. “I’m confident our girls can run with them. We just can’t be intimidated, (PSUC has to) run smart and not think too much about stuff. We just need to race like I know we can.” On the men’s side, Chris Martin paced PSUC with a 25th place finish in the men’s 8k event Saturday. Justin Harrington had his best run of the season, nabbing a time of 27:01 for a 46th place result. Adam Shearer followed in Harrington’s footsteps with a time of 27:07. Ryan Millar (69th, 27:23) and James Biondi (73rd, 27:28) also scored points for the Cards. Bates took the men’s team title with 53 points. PSUC claimed the eighth spot with 227 points. “We definitely could have raced better as a group,” Jones said. “A couple individuals raced alright. I was a little bit surprised, and we should have been a bit faster, but I’ll allow them to have one bad race. It’s time to settle down and focus. We’ve got to be where we know we can be.” PSUC will return to Canton when regionals begin next month. The team became familiar with the course Saturday, something that will only benefit them come crunch time.

The No. 14 Plattsburgh State women’s cross country team ran to a fourth place finish in the Ronald C. Hoffman Atlantic PreRegional Invitational at St. Lawrence University last Saturday. The PSUC men’s squad finished eighth overall in a meet that featured 18 teams from across the Northeast. PSUC interim head coach Nick Jones said it wasn’t the teams’ greatest outing of the season, but there were solid showings for both sides. “It wasn’t our greatest performance,” Jones said. “I just don’t think our heads were really on straight when we were getting ready to compete for that day. I just feel like we kind of started thinking too much about the race and got psyched out from the teams that we knew were going to be there. It’s not like the training isn’t working, but we just didn’t race to our full potential.” Stefanie Braun continued her successful 2011 campaign with a second-place finish in the women’s 6k race. She was followed by Brittany Trahan, who recorded a time of 23:04, worthy of a 17thplace finish. Kelley Driscoll was the third PSUC runner to cross the line at 23:23, finishing 26th overall. Julia Warren took 28th, finishing three second behind Driscoll. Colleen Cotey rounded out the top-five PSUC runners with a 39th-place finish.

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photo provided (r-l) Kelley Driscoll, Colleen Cotey and Colleen Coon compete at the Cardinal Classic in early September. Both the women’s and men’s teams will race in the Connecticut College Invitational.

“I think they were too comfortable (with the course layout),” Jones said. “It wasn’t that difficult compared to Middlebury or Williams. They know it now.” The Cards will travel to Connecticut College on Saturday for their last event before the postseason begins Oct. 29. Jones not-

ed that the event will be important because it will be the final chance to make adjustments before conference championships begin. “It’s really important,” Jones said. “I don’t want the kids to get psyched out or anything, but I just want them to run like I know they can run and just race.”

HHAT: Group has 15 members, looking to grow From Page One

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wearing construction hard hats has become a positive and welcomed addition to PSUC athletics. “I think they’re awesome,” PSUC men’s soccer player Sean Murphy said. “They get everyone pumped up, and we get excited.” While the Hard Hattians are unique to PSUC, the concept of a loud and supportive student fan base is something freshman and president Dave “Cap’n” Grove started while at Letchworth Central High School. “Our school was undergoing some renovations, and once the contractors were done, they gave us their hard hats,” Grove said. “So that’s where it started.” He and his friends were known as the Fear Leaders and made appearances at football games during the fall and basketball games during the winter. Once Grove got to PSUC, he set out to continue the spirit and the group’s image as the ultimate student fan section. During his senior year in high school,

Men’s Soccer Goals: Pat Shaughnessy (7) Assists: Nick Parrella (4) Steve Zacharczyk (4) Saves: Andy Heighington (36) Women’s Soccer Goals: Kristie Pageau (3) Lindsey Keyser (3) Leigh Metcalf (3) Assists: Kristie Pageau (5) Saves: Danielle Schmitt (27) Volleyball Kills: Rosi Cummings (231) Digs: Andrea Kalter (238) Assists: Kayla Nason (372)

Cardinal quotes “I think they’re awesome. They get everyone pumped up, and we get excited. ” Sean Murphy PSUC soccer player (on the Plattsburgh Hard Hattians)

“We’ll eat well, we’ll get enough sleep, we’ll watch good movies, but this is just a brutal trip.”

Grove said his school’s football team went undefeated and put up monster numbers. Cheering, he said, became all he knew at athletic events. “I heard that Plattsburgh had good sports teams, so I really wanted to get something started,” Grove said. And it did not take long for the Letchworth Central hard hats to find a PSUC home. The group made itself first known to the community during the men’s soccer game against Lyndon State Sept. 27. With a large crowd already supporting the Cardinals on Breast Cancer Awareness Night, the Hard Hattians gave the fans something more to cheer about. “They’re a wild but fun bunch,” Murphy said. “When you’re not in the game, you can really hear them cheering.” Grove said that is truly what the Hard Hattians are about. It is not uncommon to hear a fan single out a player, coach or referee (which is against SUNYAC rules), but Grove said the group is about cheering and not berating. “I’ve read the rules for fan conduct, so I know

what not to say, and everyone in the group knows not to single out anyone,” Grove said. He said the group’s civility and commitment to home-team cheering has blossomed into something he never could have imagined. The Hard Hattians have gained recognition from the athletic department and were awarded a small piece in the department’s budget. Grove, along with the other Hard Hattian board members, still does not know how that money will be spent but maintained that it will only go toward furthering the community’s awareness about the group. “Right now, we’re still trying to get a solid number of people who want to show up game after game,” Grove said. “One of our next steps is maybe getting official T-shirts to distribute.” As part of the group’s recognition from the athletic department, the Hard Hattians must devote equal attention to all PSUC varsity sports. Attendance at soccer games has been at a high and Grove said the group is hoping to

“We are really more than just a bunch of people wearing cutoffs and yelling. We have a purpose, and it’s to pump up our players and let them know that there’s a group that’s always there for support.” Dave Grove Hard Hattian President band together at Memorial Hall for volleyball. The winter presents a new problem, though. The hockey and basketball teams schedule many of their games for Friday and Saturday, so it is not uncommon for teams to be playing at the same time on the same night. But Grove said that problem should be resolved by adding more participants. Currently, the Hard Hattians have about 15 members. Many of them live on Grove’s floor in Wilson Hall and traces of the Hard Hattians can be found when visiting the floor. Grove and his roommate Max “Major Max” Hoeschele, who serves as the group’s co-president, both have decorated hard hats. The fun does not stop

with decorated hard hats, though. A Hard Hattian also wears a red cutoff T-shirt with either red or black shorts. Face paint is optional but encouraged, and if fans are lucky enough, they may even be treated to seeing the “Redman,” a person wearing a red full-body suit. The Hard Hattians’ physical appearance gains acknowledgement from the crowd at the very least, Grove said. But it is the group’s cheers that draw laughs and echoing cheers from other spectators. “We really are more than just a bunch of people wearing cutoffs and yelling,” Grove said with a smile. “We have a purpose, and it’s to pump up our players and let them know that there’s a group that’s always there for support.”

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Kalter displays dedicated attitude on volleyball court By Matthew Hamilton associate sports editor

Grit, not glamour, describes Andrea Kalter’s position on the volleyball court. Kalter is a libero, which means she most often gets to dive to the ground to dig and attempt to save the ball that has been strategically placed by the opposing team to fall on the most difficult spot to reach on the court. To play that spot requires enough dedication to do anything for the team, and that just so happens to be the first word Plattsburgh State head coach Dena O’Connell uses to describe the senior. “She’s dedicated and hardworking,” O’Connell said. “I think she knows what it takes to get the job done when she’s on the court.” Kalter’s dedication isn’t something that is unique to her, however. To find the root, one must look one generation back to her mother, Rossana. When Rossana was 21, she immigrated to the United States from Peru without the English language firmly under her belt. Despite the language barrier, Rossana taught herself the English language without the help of anyone else. That isn’t the only example of dedication that Kalter looks up to, however. While Rossana was studying to become a teacher, she fell ill twice, slowing down the process of getting a degree. After finally finishing her degree, more adversity struck and she was laid off. “My mom is a perfect example of someone who never gives up,” Kalter said. “She refused to let anything stop her from finishing her school. Same with the language, she refused to let anyone tell her she couldn’t learn the language or the culture. She’s a very

hard worker.” Kalter has taken that hardworking spirit with her anywhere she has gone, especially the volleyball court. Her passion for the game began growing as she watched her older sister, Rossana, play. Soon the girl who would chase the balls down for her sister’s team got her chance to play for the Rockland Volleyball Club, a travel team. From there, Kalter went on to become a four-year varsity player at Clarkstown North High School under head coach Ann Metz. “She’s got that desire, that heart on the court and that never give up attitude,” Metz said. “The key pieces that you would put into a person, she really brings that to the court.” Kalter was also a three-year letter winner in lacrosse, but when it came time to pick a college, volleyball was going to be one of her deciding factors. So when she visited PSUC, it was only natural that O’Connell was one of the school’s biggest selling points. “When I met my coach, it just made me feel that much more welcomed,” Kalter said. “I didn’t feel that way at any other school I applied to.” What drew O’Connell to Kalter is exactly what the coach would praise her for four years later: her hard working style. O’Connell said Kalter also had the right attitude to play immediately, and that’s exactly what Kalter did. In 2008, she finished second on the team in assists (164) and service aces (38) and third in digs (248). She also played in 103 of the Lady Cardinals’ 118 sets, one of only three players that would return in 2009 to record more than 100 sets played. But while Chelsea Varin and Susan Bodkin would return for the 2009 campaign, Kalter did not because of personal matters that were going on back in New City.

“My grandma was ill, and she lived with us since I was really little so she was like a second mom to me,” Kalter said. “I just remember I was very stressed. She was sick and we knew she was going to pass away, and I wanted to be home.” But just because she was home didn’t mean volleyball stopped for her. During the fall 2009 season, Kalter became the junior varsity coach at Clarkstown North, something that she said she enjoyed because it gave her a chance to share her skills and knowledge about the game with younger players. She said coaching also helped her own game in that it taught her how to become a better leader and the patience to work with

Gregg Twergo/Cardinal Points Plattsburgh State’s Andrea Kalter digs at a recent practice. The senior leads the team with 176 digs this season.

her teammates. In 2010, Kalter returned to a team that had finished 10-25 and 0-8 in SUNYAC play without her. Though she had been away from the playing side of things, she said it felt like she had never left. Kalter logged a team-high 113 sets played, something O’Connell said is a testament to her hard working attitude. “If someone does that then 1) they work hard, 2) they’re dedicated to the program and 3) they are doing what it takes to perform,” O’Connell said. “It’s a matter of step-

ping up to perform at that level.” This season, the hard work has translated again as Kalter leads the team in digs (238) and digs per set (3.55). The one thing Kalter won’t be able to accomplish with hard work is eligibility beyond her years. But even when her eligibility is up, she plans to take the lessons she has learned from playing volleyball at PSUC with her into the community at large, including an important lesson about hard work. “(I’ve learned) that hard work pays off.”

2011 Cardinal Hall of Fame Inductees Paul Dingman: Dingman is a former baseball standout who graduated in 1969 with a majority of Plattsburgh State’s pitching records under his belt. He held the record for most games (37), starts (28), complete games (15), shutouts (3), wins (14) and ERA (2.30). His compelete game, wins, shutouts and ERA records still stand today. Dingman was named to the First-Team AllPaul Dingman SUNYAC team in 1967 and was also named team MVP following the 1968 season. He is still ranked third in career strikeouts (120).

Chris Panek: Panek is a former All-American hockey player who skated with the Cardinals from 1985 to 1988. During his time at Plattsburgh State, Panek notched 133 points, which puts him in 29th place on the all-time points list and third as a defenseman. He was named a First-Team A l l -A m e r i c a n in 1988, and a First-Team A l l - S U N YA C member three times. Panek Chris Panek was named to the Cardinal AllDecade Team (1985-1994) and signed with the Los Angeles Kings after his collegiate career ended.

Laura Ray: Ray is a former women’s soccer player that helped lead the Lady Cardinals to their first-ever NCAA appearance. The 1995 graduate was a three-time First-Team AllRegion pick between 1993 and 1995. She was also named to the First-Team AllSUNYAC team and the FirstTeam All-New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association team each year during that Laura Ray span, as well as to the NSCAA All-Region team. Rays’ teams boasted post-season berths in each of her four seasons.

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Martin finished 25th at the Ronald C. Hoffman Atlantic Pre-regional Invitational held last Saturday. He finished 21 spots ahead of the next Cardinal runner, with a time of 26:34. The finish marked the second time this season Martin was the top PSUC finisher (2nd at the Cardinal Classic).

Greiser posted two shutouts last weekend against New Paltz and Oneonta, helping PSUC to keep pace in the SUNYAC standings. Saturday’s game against the Red Dragons marked Greiser’s first start of the season. She finished the weekend with six saves.

Chris Verkey: Verkey graduated from Plattsburgh State in 2001 as a threetime All-American for track and field. Verkey captured the national title in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 1998 and is still the record holder in the 55-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles, 200-meter and 300-meter races. In 2000, he finished fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles and sixth in Chris Verkey the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Verkey was named Plattsburgh State co-Athlete of the Year in 1999.


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TENN: Finishes season with 7-7 record From Page One allowed them to tie the game and eventually win. Rachel Hodnett said nobody expected PSUC to win against Geneseo or come close to beating the Knights’ top doubles pair was an exciting moment for the Lady Cards. Stata said he was delighted with the weekend because the team was able to compete with the other opposing teams he has had a hard time in recent seasons. “We wanted to play Fredonia because it’s been a while since we played them,” Stata said. “We always want to win as a team, and it’s great when nobody loses.” The Lady Cards swept the floor with Fredonia, emerging as 9-0 winners in the first match of the

consolation bracket. Next up was Brockport. “We couldn’t find a place or a time to fit them into our schedule this season,” Stata said. “We went into that match thinking we were stronger at the top of our lineup, but we weren’t too sure about the bottom.” Stata said the most important victory of the weekend came at the No. 5 singles with Sam Fasciano as the Lady Cards prevailed 6-3 winners. Fasciano has battled through injury and wasn’t able to play much of the season. “We are real proud of her,” Stata said. “She has played through adversity with her shoulder this year.” Stata said the team’s No. 2 doubles combination proved to be important in the Brockport tilt. With all the changes in the combinations

this season, the Lady Cards finally settled on their doubles match ups and Stata said Hodnett provided one of the best performances of her career in the No. 2 game. “We figured our No. 1 doubles would handle Brockport,” Stata said. “Brockport came out on fire, but Hodnett was moving forward and stepped up hitting balls. It was a key win that pushed us over the top.” Jess Paquette said it was important for the team to finish the season with wins, and it will motivate the team going into the spring season. Paquette said it wasn’t hard for the team to pick themselves back up after losing to Geneseo because they were very motivated to face new teams from the West Division. “We just wanted to win the

photo provided Plattsburgh State’s Rachel Hodnett returns a shot during a recent match. The Lady Cards finished their season last weekend with a pair of victories, locking them in the fifth spot in the SUNYAC.

tournament,” Paquette said. “We were more nervous for Brockport, but we were just so ready.” Hodnett said last weekend was the highlight of the season as the

team reached one of their season goals. The Lady Cards are on the rise after improving their overall from last season, going 3-6-1 in 2010 and finishing this season 7-7.

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MSOC: Men need positive WSOC: Waterbury says PSUC result from weekend at home needs at least one win on trip From Page One those games as the true test for his team, reflected on its performances. “I didn’t think we passed the test against New Paltz,” Waterbury said. “Quite frankly, I really thought that was a game that slipped away from us.” The Oneonta game, on the other hand, produced more positives for the six-time SUNYAC Coach of the Year. “Ironically, against Oneonta we created some of our best chances all year against a very good team, and we couldn’t finish,” Waterbury said. “All of a sudden, it’s the second half and its 2-0, and you blinked, its 3-0. Now, you’ve got to throw everything out the door because 3-0, 3-1 or 4-0, it doesn’t matter a loss is a loss.” With back-to-back losses, the Cards now find themselves out of a playoff spot and in danger of missing a chance to retain the SUNYAC crown. “It was definitely not a good weekend,” forward Pat Shaughnessy said. “Going 0-2 in SUNYACs is not what we wanted, but we can’t really let that determine our season. If we come back and play well this weekend, we can get two wins.” Midfielder Nick Parrella, who has four goals and four assists this season, mirrored Shaughnessy’s comments. “As a team, we were very disappointed,” Parrella said. “They are two very big games that we ended up losing. We can make up for things if we win the games this weekend.”

With last weekend’s losses, this weekend is all the more important for PSUC as it plays Buffalo State and Fredonia, two teams also fighting to be in the elusive top six spots. On the plus side, the Cards return to the PSUC Fieldhouse and, more importantly, the familiarity of a turf field. The two games last weekend were both on grass, and Shaughnessy, who leads the team with seven goals, said he thinks that could be one reason for his team’s poor performance. “It’s pretty difficult,” Shaughnessy said. “It is a lot different, you go from our turf where you have a true bounce, and then we go to New Paltz where the field is soggy and the balls going all over the place.” Waterbury understands and he even predicted that his team would have difficulty on the conditions. He said, that his team should not use that as an excuse. “Right now, we can’t focus on grass or turf because we tied both Potsdam and Oswego on turf, so there should be no excuses there,” Waterbury said. “At this, point it is not about our opponents, it is about us.” He said that because his team relies so much on speed playing on grass is a definite disadvantage. “We are a team built for speed, and we are very small and when field conditions deteriorate they usually benefit a bigger, stronger, less-skilled team,” Waterbury said.


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From Page One game will bring PSUC to one of its least favorite playing surfaces — natural grass. Fifty miles away at Buffalo State the field is turf much like that at the Fieldhouse Complex, but is faster because it is a different type of field. However, regardless of the field, the solution will be the same. The Lady Cards will need to adapt, and quickly. “It’s adjusting,” Waterbury said. “Against Cortland (on a grass field), the ball wasn’t getting there, (so) you’ve got to hit it with more pace, you’ve got to get it in warm-up, you’ve got to figure it out. “How quickly do we sort out feathering the pace of the pass?” One of the bright spots for the Lady Cards this weekend, may end up being something that they aren’t used to this year. Goalkeeper Alina Greiser will be back in the starting role, making her second start of the season, after being beat out by freshman Danielle Schmitt early in the season. The incumbent made 85 saves and posted an .859 save percentage en route to a 15-4-1 record last season.

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Her 11 shutouts and 0.71 goals-against average were both best in the SUNYAC. “I’m so happy to be back on the field,” Gresier said following her first official start of the season against Oneonta Oct. 8. Waterbury said Greiser won the job following her two shutouts during Columbus Day weekend against New Paltz and Oneonta. Making the most of her opportunities and supporting her teammates while on the bench were also factors in the decision, Waterbury said. “We have confidence in all three goalkeepers, otherwise they wouldn’t be on the field for us,” Waterbury said. “But Alina showed she wants to be No. 1 and did everything right and everything that we’ve asked her to improve upon.” Greiser’s first test of the weekend will be against Fredonia, a team that has already matched its conference win total from last season. The Blue Devils are currently in fifth in the SUNYAC standings and on the cusp of the playoff line with only three conference games remaining. Egan said she knows Fredonia is historically a tough team to play and is always good de-


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spite its record. Fredonia boasts a forward in Reilley Condidorio who is second in the conference in goals scored per game (0.83) and a goalkeeper in Meghan Meszaros who is third in the conference in goals against average (0.84). While the Bengals do not have any players at the top of the goalkeeping or scoring statistics, Waterbury isn’t going to sleep on a team that doesn’t have much to lose. “We played them twice, and they’re going to be looking for some revenge,” she said. “They may get their first conference win on Friday, so then they are going to be looking at, ‘Hey, we can make a run here.’” The Bengals will host Potsdam, another team that is winless in SUNYAC play, Friday. For PSUC, going winless this weekend would put them seventh in the conference standings, two places out of a playoff spot with only two SUNYAC games remaining. “Ideally, we come away with two wins,” she said. “Worst case scenario, we have to win one out of two. We have to keep ourselves in the hunt.”

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MHKY: 13 freshmen join team to replenish eight players lost from 2010 From Page One “Playing this team will help our guys, especially the new ones, with player growth,” Emery said. “They’ve got guys that are almost ready to play at the next level.” Seth Jones, a defenseman on the team, is projected to go in the first round, said Jake Wesolek, manager of communications and marketing for the U.S. National Team Development Program. “There will definitely be some good NHL prospects at the game,” Wesolek said. “Jones is just one of many players on the team that will get drafted early.” The current PSUC roster has 28 skaters, 13 of whom are freshman recruits. PSUC lost eight players from last year’s SUNYAC championship team, two of which were leading scorers Dylan Clarke and Eric Satim. The Cards also lost defensive big men Ryan Corry and Cody Adams. With shoes to be filled at multiple positions and no restrictions on the number of dressed players for an exhibition game,

Emery said players will be shuffled around on the forward lines and that the defensive pair a player starts on, may not be the same one that player ends the game on. PSUC is not the U-18’s only stop on the collegiate trail. Last weekend, the team played at the University of Denver and at Colorado College. Before coming to PSUC, the team has a Friday night game at the University of Vermont. The U-18 team plays mostly a collegiate team schedule because many of its players are D-I bound. “A lot of the guys have committed to school, and the schedule we have now tries to reflect that of a typical college schedule,” Wesolek said. “In college, you’re on the road a lot and playing in front of big crowds. We’re getting guys prepared for that.” Despite facing a formidable foe, Emery said, the Cards are ready for the competition. “We know who they are, and there’s a lot of respect, but it is a hockey game,” Emery said. “They’re going to give everything they have and so are we.”

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Imagine walking into your kitchen on a Saturday morning, the sound of cartoons in your ears and the smell of waffles wafting into your nose. It’s like being a kid again, Eric Lee, a Plattsburgh State student said. ROTA is bringing this childhood memory to life by hosting a Waffle Frolic on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is being held at the Great Adirondack Soup Company on Oak Street, and is presented by Riff Raff Kitchen. All the money From Page Eight

“Ronnie’s was established in 1959,” Rabideau said. “The original owner was Veronica Jette, her nickname was Ronnie, thus Ronnie’s Michigans. Michigans had started in the area a few years before she decided to try her hand at making a Michigan sauce.” The sauce is the secret to making a Michigan. Each establishment has its own special recipe that is usually concealed from everyone except the owner. “Ours has a tomato base flavor, different from others,” Rabideau said about Ronnie’s Michigan dogs. Michigans Plus is another local restaurant that offers a sauce exclusive to their establishment. Elizabeth Cummings, the owner of Michigans Plus, is solely responsible, aside from the help of her husband, for the preparation and making of the spice for her Michigan sauce. Not even the cooks are privy to what’s inside.

raised is going to benefit the ROTA gallery. They are asking for a $5 to $10 donation. According to the ROTA website, attendees will enjoy waffles, “eggs in a basket,” beverages and the cartoons and programming from the Saturday mornings of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.” Tavish Costello, one of the autonomous collective of individuals who run ROTA, said it is difficult for the gallery to get money, so they have been hosting different community events, such as the Waffle Frolics. They previously held one

at the Food Co-Op last September. The funds they received from the first frolic was great, he said Costello said it went extremely well. He also said they had to turn people away, because they didn’t have enough food. “This time, we are hoping to have more waffles,” Costello said. Lee also went to the Waffle Frolic in September. “There’s really good food, a friendly atmosphere and you get to meet new people,” he said. Leah Fertig, a PSUC stu-

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“The spices we use are different than any other restaurant,” Cummings said. She said they don’t use a tomato base or ketchup in

their sauce to set it apart from other sauces. They also buy vegetables from local farms to stay connected to the community. Although the sauce is


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dent, said she went to the one last month and is planning on going again. “It was pretty cute,” Fertig said , “and it was tasty.” Costello said it’s a healthy food event, since the waffles are vegan. The donations ROTA receives will go toward rent or further improvement on the gallery, Costello said. It doesn’t get any grant money, so before, if the gallery needed something, they made it themselves, or used their own money for the projects. “We want to make it a comfortable place to be, to keep (the community) coming back,” Costello said.

often compared to a chili, some feel there is no comparison. “The Michigan sauce is better than a chili. It has more spice and flavor,” said Amanda Leary, a supervisor at Michigans Plus. Another important ingredient to a worthy Michigan is the kind of hot dog a restaurant uses. Michigans Plus exclusively uses McKenzie hot dogs, imported from Vermont. Other establishments have been known to use Texas Red Hots and other types of red hots. When asked if there was precedence over which mattered more to the Michigan, the sauce or the type of hot dog, Cummings said it is a little bit of both. There is a lot of competition for businesses regarding the Michigan because so many stands offer the same menu item. However, most seem to be doing well despite this fact. With Michigans being found at many stands and restaurants located along two of the major roadways in Plattsburgh, there is never a Michigan too far out of reach.

If anyone reading this knows me, they know I love to laugh. I love everything about laughing; the way it sounds, how it changes from a giggle to a full belly chuckle, how your stomach aches if you’re laughing too much. I also love making people laugh. I always try to have a joke on hand or a good story to tell. I love cheering people up. But I’m also an inappropriate laughter, AKA a giggler. Take my first kiss for example. My real, true first kiss was on a great night of my freshman year in college with a boy that I absolutely adored. His name was Justin, and everything was going well. After walking and talking around the quad, we ended up walking the three flights of stairs to my room where I was supposed to show him how my roommate and I really did have boxes of mac-and-cheese taped to our walls (that’s another story for another day). I knew there was going to be more going on then idle macaroni chit-chat, and my stomach flopped in giddy nervousness. Soon enough, we were in my tiny room, discussing the odd things taped to my wall when I noticed his 6 foot 4 inch frame slowly moving in. When he was near enough that I could smell the faint scent of cigarettes on his clothes, I closed my eyes and let his mouth get closer and closer and closer. And that’s when it happened. My nervousness bubbled up and out, and I laughed. I laughed into his mouth. This certainly was not my first or last bout of inappropriate giggling. One of the worst times was with an old flame. He was trying to convince me to reach another base with him and, mid-kiss, just whipped it out and stood there. He seemed so proud of what he had just uncovered and looked up at me eagerly, like a puppy that

had just brought you back a stick you had thrown and was hoping you’d play fetch with it. The whole situation was just so confusing and awkward to me that I didn’t know what to say. “No sir, I do not want to see your penis” was much too formal, while slapping the thing away like it had done something bad seemed too forceful. I opened my mouth to respond and a laugh came out. And just like that, his pants were back up and he was storming off in a huff as I shouted apologetically, “I’m sorry, I’m a giggler!” Needless to say, we didn’t talk about the incident ever again. Now my inappropriate laughter was never limited to the bedroom. I still remember a random laugh that escaped during a child slavery lecture in one of my global studies classes last year. But other than that, and a random laugh that came out when I was taking my first driver’s test this summer, it’s been smooth sailing. I honestly thought I was cured of this odd habit. Until this past Monday. Now I don’t know if it was the fact that I hadn’t seen my boyfriend for two months, or that it was just that amazing and I couldn’t control myself. Whatever the cause, I started giggling mid-sex. My boy stopped long enough to ask what was wrong. “Nothing! It’s good. Really good.” I assured. “ Oh OK.” He looked at me incredulously. “You sure?” “Yes.” I insisted. “Positive?” “I can’t help it,” I shrugged and laughed again, “I’m a giggler.”

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Around midnight, the party was in full swing. Under the gaze of dozens, he approached the toilet bowl on display against the wall in the middle of the room. Pants forming shackles around his ankles he settled down onto the seat. No this was not a nightmare— but a piece of performance art created by Plattsburgh State student and artist, Chuk Nyte. For most people the idea of having their naked bodies exposed to a room of hundreds, while defecating, or being trapped in a barrel for three hours or being helplessly carried off by a stranger inside an army surplus sac makes them uncomfortable. Nyte has no problem with any of this. He calls it art. “Pooping — that’s totally relatable,” Nyte said. “Everybody poops. It strikes this weird chord because it’s so much a part of being an animal but we’re humans in supposed civilized society.” The well-remembered defecation took place last fall semester at an art gallery Nyte and several of his roommates hosted in their 103 Brinkerhoff St. home. The performance wasn’t an entirely planned part of the show, Nyte said, but the idea eventually evolved to the point of execution. The party had started off peaceful enough, with the artwork of about 50 students and locals on display throughout their home. But by the end of the evening, artwork had gone missing, hundreds had been through the house, people were drunk and it had grown chaotic. “It was out of control, so I had to be out of control to end it,” Nyte said. It seemed like a fitting way to end the evening and get people out while maintaining the spirit of the night, he said. Nyte’s roommate at the time, Nathan Woodruff, described how the idea for Nyte’s first Plattsburgh performance piece grew. “It was kind of funny, the whole thing came about as a joke,” Woodruff said. “It was the

week before the show and we kept advertising, but since college kids are lazy and put everything off until the last minute we had pretty much no art. It became a joke that if no one dropped off their art the whole show was going to be Chuk defecating on newspaper.” Nyte said it was easy for his friends to imagine such a thing, since he had been comfortable disrobing at parties past. Despite all the artwork that rolled in throughout the two days before the show, the idea gained momentum when Woodruff found a toilet on the side of the road the day of the show, Woodruff said. Nyte, Woodruff and their friends refer to that performance as the Moosegoose performance, because of the flyer for the event that featured Woodruff’s drawing of a goose with moose antlers jutting out of its eyes. Nyte also created a print of the Moosegoose as a result of the performance, a tradition Nyte has continued after every performance piece. “I felt for a while that I needed some tangible product or remnant of the performance,” Nyte said. “But it’s momentary — the performance is the art.” An artist himself, Woodruff also had interactive artwork at the Moosegoose show. He had a scanner set up and throughout the night he let people sit on it and scan themselves. His finished product was displayed at the ROTA art gallery downtown. “I compiled a list of different terms for buttocks and paired each scan with a term,” Woodruff said. “We just got into doing things that were more conceptual. It’s more about the process.”

photo by Krystyn Smith/ provided From Top: A linoleum print created by Nyte, the Moosegoose and last fall’s art show performance involving Nyte defecating in a display toilet in a room full of people.

Nyte performed his next piece in the spring outside of the Angell College Center. He isolated himself inside of a barrel for three hours with only a pen. Nyte said the concept was that he was isolated until someone from the outside would upon the lid. At 2 p.m. one of the viewers responded to a sign on top of barrel asking to open the barrel. After having some time to consider what he wanted to draw, Nyte immediately drew something after he was released from the barrel. “As an artist, I think he’s definitely interested in activating the viewer and trying to get the viewer to physically, as well as intellectually, engage in the work, quite differently from most people’s art,” Drew Goerlitz, Nyte’s sculpture teacher said. Nyte said he likes the idea of using readymade objects to articulate his concepts. Aside from his body, which he said he considers a ready-made object, he makes sculptures and linoleum prints. A recent sculpture he made still has an interactive element to it. He gutted an old yellow TV and put a vacuum bag inside it. On the bag is a print of an old off-air screen. The bag is connected to a hose with an oxygen mask attached to the end of it, which creates suction once a switch on the side of the TV is flipped. “The idea is that TV sucks and it’ll kill you if you look at it for too long,” Nyte said. “If you put the mask on and you don’t expect it, it’ll pull the air out of your lungs. Nyte said the TV he used was perfect and would have taken years to try to recreate. “It was my only TV I’ve ever had,” Nyte said. “My parents never let us have them in our room. So I had a TV in my room when I finally got to college. It’s beautiful — yellow stained and worn. So when I wanted to make this TV sculpture I couldn’t think of better one to use. Nyte’s next performance will be today at

1:30 outside of the ACC and is totally viewer dependent. He will be sitting inside of an Army surplus sac waiting to be taken anywhere by any outside participants. He said the idea is partially a reaction to the barrel piece, since many viewers expressed an interest in participating but could only open the barrel. This is Nyte’s sixth year at PSUC because he switched his major his junior year from journalism to art. The performance is for his last sculpture class which will earn him his Bachelor of Fine Arts. This is the concept behind today’s performance. “I’m asking people to help me get off campus,” Nyte said. “I’ve been here far too long, hopefully there are other people that can relate.” Nyte is looking forward to the performance today, especially because he said anything could happen. “Maybe someone will buy me a train ticket and I’ll be in the city without any money,” Nytes said. “I kind of hope something like that will happen but it depends on how far people are willing to take me…its sort of a lot to ask of people-carrying around a 140 pound sac. At the same time it should ask a lot of the viewer. Artists work hard — the viewer should work hard too.”

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Concept good, covers disappoint By Kaitlyn Affuso associate fuse editor

If you are one of those people who choose the bad news before the good news, or the hard part before the fun, then start listening to Tokyo Police Club’s new album “10X10X10,” starting with the last track. As if we had not heard enough of Miley Cyrus’, “Party in the U.S.A,” a respectable and talented alternative band has to go off and do a cover of it a few years after she its release. What makes this song even worse is the two-minute extension the band adds on, consisting of the theme guitar riff repeating the entire time while the band members, and some random girls, call out states and regions in the United States. This is far from entertaining and Photo Provided is dragged on a minute and 50 sec- Tokyo Police Club’s album “10X10X10” covers songs of different genres onds too long. After this boring dia- from the last 10 years, inlcuding Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA.” logue, they simply repeat the chorus. Save yourself the time and just As if one overplayed song to cov- this tacky pop-song, and all I want switch to a different track at 2:50. er wasn’t enough, they also went is for it to end. There is one line that made me for Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Rather than waiting it out, just crack a smile though. Instead of, Gone.” The title itself is annoying change the song instead. “Who’s that chick that’s rockin’ hips,” ,due to how grammatically incorIf you haven’t caught on, or they say, “Who’s that prick who’s rect it is, and then they start singing haven’t heard, this album is part of rockin’ kicks.” Aren’t they clever? All shows are all ages unless otherwise noted. All times are the official show times. If you have a band that would like to be listed, contact fuse editor Gabrielle Bilik at Oct. 14 Andrew Bird — Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Burlington, Vt., Door: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $33/36 dos, (802) 652-0777 Kings of Leon — Bell Center, Montreal, Door: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m.,

$68.75/83.75 dos (514) 790-2525 Oct. 15 Chris Dukes Band — Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, 10 p.m., (518) 3242200 Gregory Douglass feat. Monique Citro — Showcase Lounge, Burlington, Vt., Door: 7:30 p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $10/13 dos (802) 652-0777

Oct. 17 Lucid Unplugged — Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, 10 p.m., (518) 324-2200 Oct. 19 Mambo Combo — Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, 10 p.m., (518) 324-2200 Oct. 20 Circa Survive — Higher Ground, Burlington, Vt., Door: 7 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m., $20/23 dos (802) 652-0777

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the band’s “10 Songs, 10 Years, 10 Days” project, so every track is a cover of some sort. “Little Sister,” the fifth track featuring Orianthi, is the song you should choose to listen to first every time this album pops up on your MP3 player. Throughout the song, they have catchy guitar riffs, and the vocals have a dark feeling of intensity. It was impossible for me not to listen to it from start to finish multiple times. Once this track hits the 2:13 mark, a ripping guitar solo lets loose, and so will the listeners. Orianthi’s finger-dance on his fret board takes listeners to the end of the song, where they sit contemplating if they should listen to it again, or move on to the next track. “Long Distance Call,” “Kim and Jessie” and “Strictly Game” are all decent tracks, as they reflect more of Tokyo Police Club’s usual alternative and quirky personality, despite them still being covers. Overall, it was a pretty disappointing album and I do not think it will be listened to repeatedly much at all. It’s one of those albums where a song starts playing when on shuffle, and you only listen because you’re too lazy to press the next button.

Students utilize campus freebies By Danielle Beckford staff writer

As Plattsburgh State student Brian Homicz steps on stage, the audience cheers him on. The coffee is out and it’s a full house. Students sitting on the floor, close to the corners of the stage, listen as he shares his talent with his peers. This is Coffeehouse at Burghy’s, and it’s one of the many free services offered to students on campus. The Coffeehouse, organized by the Student Association’s Activities Coordination Board, is held every Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Coffeehouse committee plans the open-mic nights. Committee members Vanessa Rojano and Jackie Ferrell oversee the event. Ferrell said they spread the word about open-mic nights every Wednesday with posters and updates on Facebook. “It’s really popular,” Homicz said. “You get to find out how many musicians there really are on campus.” In between performances, the host asks trivia questions, which attendees can receive prizes for answering correctly. Usually, it’s something small, like a t-shirt. At the big trivia night in November ,students can win larger prizes, such as televisions and cameras, SA Executive Vice President Charles Sanchez said. PSUC student Sanchir Enkhmend, who also performs at Coffeehouse, said he enjoys being an audience member as well as a performer “It is a chill area, free coffee — it’s perfect,” he said. Coffeehouse was such a success on Sept. 28, that they had to turn people away from the sign-up sheet, Ferrell said. The committee is hoping to collaborate with El Pueblo for a Latin American themed night and has hopes to do more theme nights later on. There are more upcoming events that the ACB is organizing. They are showing “Crazy Stupid Love,” in the Ballroom on Sunday at 5 p.m. and Trivia night Nov.

15 in the Warren Ballroom. ACB also plans the annual scavenger hunt held during the spring semester. Some PSUC students said these activities enrich the college experience. Enkhmend said college is not just about lectures, he said it’s also about finding ways to spend free time. “You come to college and it’s more about your books, but at Burghy’s Coffeehouse, it’s not about the studies, it’s about the experience,” PSUC student Ruby Hernandez–Torres said. Also available to students are free transportation services. There are two free shuttle buses on campus: one provided by the SA, and the other funded by College Auxiliary Services. The CAS shuttle takes students to and from parking lots and also gives them a coupon for a free cup of coffee. The SA shuttle is primarily used to give students who don’t have transportation access to them. It goes around town locally and is used for shopping and getting to work in some cases, Sanchez said. The parking shuttle is used to commute students to parking lots, as well as administrative and academic buildings. PSUC student Sarah Pope said she thinks the parking shuttle is a good idea because of the construction being conducted on campus. The Center for Student Health and Psychological Services also has many services and goods free for students and faculty. With an appointment, HIV/STD testing is available free of charge. Condoms are also available at any time. According to the PSUC website, beginning Oct. 17, the HIV/STD testing will be hosted two days a week; Monday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. “I think it’s really cool that the college does this because us college students, we’re broke, and coffee gets us through the day and condoms get us through the night,” PSUC student Paige Molloy said.

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Michigan hot dogs have been a staple in the North Country for a long time, since at least 1927, when ads for the treat began running in the newspaper, the Plattsburgh Republican. At that time they were offered in only a few places, but now they are available in at least a half a dozen places in

the immediate Plattsburgh area. Ronnie’s Michigan Stand, Michigans Plus, and McSweeney’s Red Hots are all located along Route 3 to grab a Michigan if one is driving along that street. There is also Clare and Carl’s and Gus’ Red Hots located along state highway Route 9. Peggy Rabideau, manager of Ronnie’s Michigan

Stand explained that the Michigan dog has a few key components to make the distinction between it and other hot dogs: It’s a red-hot served on a stiff bun with Michigan sauce, onions— buried or on top of the dog—and traditionally with mustard. Michigan dogs have been around Plattsburgh for decades. SEE MICHIGAN, B5

graphic design by Amanda Fruehauf

Issue 5 Fall 2011  
Issue 5 Fall 2011  

Issue 5 Fall 2011