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Middle States closes tour
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Investigation ends with unofficial praise for PSUC By Yessenia Funes associate news editor
The Middle States visiting team departed from Plattsburgh State’s campus March 28. Before its departure, however, the team presented an oral report to lay out the highlights of their visit. In the unofficial report, the evaluation team reassured the campus by informing its faculty, staff and students that it felt PSUC had met all of the Middle State’s 14 standards. The Middle States calls these 14 standards the Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education, according to its official website. Bryan Hartman, director of residence life, said the evaluating team was specific in the questions the members asked. “The meetings and questions were focused around the standards,” he said. “They were trying to confirm what we said (in the self-study) through dialogue.” Hartman said the campus should be proud because the reality is that institutions like Middle States are getting stricter in accountability and about meeting all those standards. He said it is common for institutions to not meet all standards or have some follow-up and PSUC re-prepped for that. See EVALUATION, A8
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Students from Francophone Africa skate at Stafford Ice Arena Wednesday night. The students are visiting PSUC through the Program for African Growth through Education and the Youth Leadership Program with Francophone Africa. The students will tour the Plattsburgh region before heading to Albany and Washington D.C.
African students visit PSUC’s corner of the globe By Stanley Blow III associate news editor
A cultural swap is currently taking place at Plattsburgh State. African high school students from Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger will be in the United States as part of a three-week exchange program through the Program for African Growth through Education (PAGE) and the Youth Leadership Program with Francophone Africa (YLPFA). Two PSUC professors, Jean Ouedraogo and Marguerite
Adelman applied for a U.S. State Department grant to start the YLPFA. Adelman said she did not think they would receive this highly competitive grant, but is glad they did. She said 24 students will be spending their first two weeks with host families in Plattsburgh and will be traveling to Albany and Washington, D.C., for the last week to learn about American government. Adelman said that while the students are here, they will be taking workshops whose curriculum focuses on
attributes like leadership and community service. She said this curriculum will teach them the skills to go back to their countries and start service projects in their home communities. Theresa Bennett, a home stay coordinator of the YLPFA, said that not only are the students learning new things, but the staff is learning more about these African countries. Both Adelman and Bennett said this was a unique opportunity for these students because they do not have access
to computers or the Internet in their home countries. According to a schedule Adelman provided, the students will be attending a variety of events, including: mini golf, ice skating and a potluck dinner. Adelman said the students arrived Saturday night and had to wake up early Sunday morning. “I can’t begin to tell you what wonderful moods they were in when they got here,” she said. See PAGE, A8
Rolling Stone writer shares story with students By Ian Tully opinions editor
Michael Hastings knows what it is like to live in a warzone. He has woken up to exploding car bombs close enough to rattle his windows, and he has not only seen firsthand the horrors of two American Wars, but has perhaps changed the course of one through his reporting. The reporter visited Plattsburgh State last Wednesday and spoke to an open audience in the Cardinal Lounge. He began with a brief summary of his journalism career, from writing controversial columns that compared principals to Jabba the Hutt and Mickey Mouse for school newspapers to receiving his Bachelor of Arts from New York University in 2002 and being taken on as an unpaid intern at Newsweek magazine. He was hired on at a paid position in 2003 and soon after volunteered for a travel assignment to Baghdad. “Going to Baghdad, in the first
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three weeks I learned more than I did in three years working out of an office,” Hastings said. He reported from Iraq until returning to the U.S. in 2005, where he began covering politics in Washington D.C. After following the campaigns of Rudolph Guliani, Mike Huckabee and Hillary Clinton in 2008, Hastings decided to leave Newsweek and his political beat. He candidly likened Washington D.C. to “Hollywood for ugly people,” and said he was not a big fan of the 24-hour cable news cycle or the anchors who delivered it. “Cable news employs a real high class of idiot,” he said. After leaving Newsweek, Hastings had pieces published in GQ. He interviewed with and was subsequently hired as a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine. He spoke at length about “The Runaway General,” the famed Rolling Stone article that resulted in the ouster of Army General Stanley McChrystal as the top commander of American forces in Afghanistan. For those who have not read
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the article, it is a carefully crafted profile of Gen. McChrystal’s unorthodox career, his persistent disrespect for both civilian and military authority and his disjointed relationship with President Obama and other administration officials. The reporter said the article required three months of extensive research and more than 30 hours of interviews to write. Hastings fielded numerous questions regarding his experiences with the general and his time in Afghanistan, and responded to each query thoroughly. He revealed to the audience that his access to the general and his staff began with an emailed interview request that he believed was a shot in the dark. Hastings said he first met McChrystal in a Parisian hotel, and he recalled for the audience that the general asked to be put on the front cover of Rolling Stone Cardinal Points/Gregg Twergo beside Lady Gaga. The reporter Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings has covered two foreign went on to mention specifics wars in the Middle East. His story about Army General Stanley McChrystal resulted in the resignation of the then commander of See SPEECH, A8 forces in Afghanistan to resign.
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PSUC News Plays directed and written by students The CTA is hosting a CTA Student Night of One Acts. The event is a student directed and written one-act plays. It will be on Friday and Saturday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. It will be held in the Black Box Studio Theatre, but tickets will be for sale at the door and the Angell College Center desk for $4.
Math club sponsors alumna to meet
Alumna Megan Paddack will visit PSUC on March 30 to present Making Meaning: The Interplay of Teacher’s Knowledge of Mathematical Proof and Their Classroom Practices. It will begin at 3 p.m. in Hawkins 249.
Field house Relay for Life features Late Night Weekends for games
Late Night Weekends will be at the field house for this Friday’s Relay for Life. There will be trivia, video games and prizes. They are encouraging students to come dressed in pajamas for their pajama party.
Students invited to enjoy free tunes
Music professor Richard Davies and the PSUC Mambo Combo will perform downtown in Irises Cafe on March 30. The performance will be from 9 p.m. to midnight. Students are invited for free to enjoy jazz, Latin, funk and original tunes.
Jedi holds dance show on Saturday
Plattsburgh State’s Jedi Dance Productions are holding a dance show. The show will be on March 31. It will be from 7-10 p.m in the Warren Ballroom.
Free piano concert played by associate music professor Becker
Karen Becker and Friends will perform A Musical Life’s Journey. The concert will be on Saturday. It will go from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall for free. Instruments will include piano, violin, viola and cello.
Fraternity holds annual barbecue
Zeta Beta Tau is hosting its annual Stag Barbecue on March 31. The barbecue is in memory of Josh Szotak, who was found murdered shortly after going missing a few years ago. It will take place in the Newman Center from 2-6 p.m. The Cheechako Taco truck will be parked outside. A can jam tournament, QUAKE disc jockey, bakesale, raffles and more will be offered.
NYC trip Saturday views Avenue Q
Activities Coordination Board presents the NYC trip to see Avenue Q. Tickets are for sale at the Angell College Center (ACC) desk for $55. The bus departs from the ACC at 6 a.m on March 31. The bus leaves NYC at 9 p.m. The performance will be at 2:30 p.m.
SUNY officials discuss budget ALBANY – State University of New York officials issued the following statements regarding the 2012-2013 New York state budget agreement announced today by governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate majority leader Dean Skelos, and assembly speaker Sheldon Silver. SUNY board chairman H. Carl McCall said: “With their continued support of SUNY, especially our community colleges and academic medical centers, Governor Cuomo and the Legislature send a clear message that higher education is a priority in New York State, and they ensure that all New Yorkers will continue to have access to an affordable college education of the highest quality. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and our legislative leaders for this unprecedented level of support.” SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said: “Once again the Governor and Legislature have made the prudent decision to prioritize the State University as a catalyst for New York’s revitalization. Their investment in community colleges and academic medical centers will help to build a workforce prepared for the 21st century knowledge economy. We truly appreciate the work of Governor Cuomo as well as our legislative partners, Senator Lavalle and assembly member Glick, in their steadfast commitment to higher education.” SUNY Student Assembly President Kaitlyn Beachner said: “SUNY students are pleased that Governor Cuomo and the legislature have made efforts to address critical needs across the University. The additional per student funding at community colleges and additional state support for our academic medical centers will help to ensure more students can enter the workforce prepared to drive New York’s future.”
CP Corrections On the jump page for the story “Family Affair” in issue 5, Ashley Marshall, starting pitcher of the softball team, was misidentified as her sister Brittany Marshall, the team’s shortstop. If you see an error in Cardinal Points, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of Alpha Phi Alpha gather together and show their letters. This fraternity was recently recognized by PSUC. This is a historically black fraternity but is not a black-only one.
SA revokes money from frat By Stanley Blow III associate news editor
Greek life organizations are not able to receive money from the Student Association. The Upsilon Kappa chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. respectfully declined money awarded to them because it was discovered that fraternities and sororities are not covered under the Student Association’s insurance policy. The chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. approached the Student Association to ask for up to $950 to help them send members to a regional convention on March 29, Chapter President Edmund Adjapong said. Bryan Hartman, the associate vice-president of student affairs at Plattsburgh State, said at an emergency Student Association Senate meeting that he and student affairs wanted to help Alpha Phi Alpha but were unable to because of a restriction on the Student Association’s
insurance preventing them from funding events for Greek organizations. Adjapong said they were asking for only a small percentage of the total money they needed, but they were unaware of the insurance company’s policy regarding Greek life. Isaac Eshun, the vice president of the chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. said they would never do anything to offend the Student Association. Eshun said Student Affairs and Bryan Hartman helped a lot to overcome the issues caused by the Student Association’s insurance policy. “We’d like to thank them,” Eshun said. The reason this chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. asked for help from the Student Association is because they are a new fraternity on campus and could not come up with all the money they needed. Adjapong said that since he has been here, he has been working on bringing the fraternity to PSUC.
He said the process to declare a chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. takes such a long time because it is such a large organization. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. was founded on Dec. 4, 1906, as a black fraternity at Cornell University, Adjapong said. He said he wanted to bring the fraternity on campus because he had family members who were members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Adjapong said he saw how his family members changed and grew in the organization, and he wanted that too. Eshun said he had similar reason for wanting to be part of the organization. He said he has friends who were in the fraternity. He also said he wanted to join because of the high profile members who have been in the organization. Some of the famous members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. included Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, Jesse Owen and Thurgood Marshall, Eshun said.
Adjapong said PSUC’s chapter was nationally recognized Jan. 20. When the chapter received the news, Adjapong said it seemed like it could not be true. He said he felt very excited to get the fraternity on campus. The six members of the chapter became recognized members March 17 and did not have very much time to get money to attend the convention, Adjapong said. They were able to send four members to the convention this week. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is not a black-only fraternity, Adjapong said. “It’s (fraternity) not only for people of color,” he said. “It is a black organization, but we accept everybody. Any race, color, creed.” Adjapong said the fraternity will be starting to put on events, starting with a candlelight vigil with AKEBA for Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black male shot and killed in Florida by George Zimmerman, a nonregistered neighborhood watch member, April 5.
Borrowers offer new plan Student Loan Forgiveness act aims to reduce debt By Yessenia Funes associate news editor
Moravec said the college, state, government or parents will have to take on the responsibility of paying more Imagine if Americans who have for student education in order for stumade student loan payments equiva- dent loan debt to decrease. lent to 10 percent of their discretionAccording to finaid.org, an awardary income, annual income exwinning website providing “There are student financial aid inforceeding 150 percent of the poverty line for an individual mation, total student loan plenty of or a family, for 10 years were debt is increasing at a rate bills that given the opportunity to have of about $2,853.88 per that student loan debt forgiv- should have second. The national stupassed and dent loan debt total is alen. some that most reaching $1-trillion. Congressman Hansen Clarke introduced the StuThe Student Loan Forshouldn’t dent Loan Forgiveness Act of giveness Act also states have 2012 on March 8. According the bill imposes a maxipassed.” to his official website, it does mum debt forgiveness of Jarem Bagnato $45,520 to new borrowjust that. Amending the Higher Education Act of 1965, the PSUC student ers, giving students incenStudent Loan Forgiveness Act tive to make sound financial gives borrowers the option to enter decisions and encouraging colleges this 10/10 loan repayment plan. and universities to lower their tuition Todd Moravec, director of student cost. financial services, said this bill is good “The only thing holding you back for students. However, Moravec said from achieving a dream is money,” he does not think the bill will pass. PSUC student Cassandra Sauveur “Somebody’s going to lose some- said. where,” he said. The bill would not allow federal Plattsburgh State student Jarem Ba- loan interest rates to go above 3.4 gnato said he hopes the bill does pass. percent. This is the current interest He said raising the taxes of people rate for subsidized Stafford Loans, making $250,000 could allow the bill but it is supposed to increase to 6.8 to pass. percent for the 2012-2013 academic “There are plenty of bills that should year. have passed and some that shouldn’t “Dropping caps (maximum amount) have passed,” Bagnato said. rates would have a huge impact on
campus,” Moravec said. He said the average student-loan debt for PSUC graduates for the 20102011 academic year was $25,267. With the current interest rates, students have to pay back $4,525 more than their principal cost. If interest rates increase 6.8 percent, students will have to pay $9,524 more. The passing of the Student Loan Forgiveness Act could save incoming freshman $5,000. “I do think student debt is out of control,” Moravec said. “I think 6.8 (percent of interest) is too high.” Moravec said some may argue that this bill could increase student debt because students may take on more debt than they would have otherwise knowing the bill would forgive them. In order to prevent this, Bagnato said eligibility for the bill could be geared toward professionals who are pursuing a master’s degree or are in graduate school. “The way they could monitor that (cheating) is (choosing) people with certain GPAs,” Sauveur said, She said this could ensure aid is provided to driven students who are going to college for the right reasons — not because their parents are paying for it. However, Sauveur said she is aware that any student is capable of taking advantage. “There are people who get 4.0s and don’t do anything,” she said.
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Dr. Jon Gottschall examines a legal textbook in his office in Hawkins Hall. Gottschall is working alongside professors James Coffey and William Peters to establish a legal studies minor at Plattsburgh State.
New minor focuses on law By Stanley Blow III associate news editor
Want to go to law school, but don’t know where to start? Plattsburgh State may be introducing a new legal studies minor in the near future, said James Coffey, one of three professors behind the new course of study. The minor will include a new class called Introduction to Legal Studies, Coffey said. This class will be available next semester on an experimental basis. Jon Gottschall, another faculty member behind the course of study, said the minor will not fit in any department, instead, it will be an interdisciplinary course of study. Gottschall said it is seeking final approval this semester, but all of the courses are in place and students
will be able take them next to law school. William Peters, another semester. He said though the pro- professor behind the major, gram has not yet been ap- said this course can be benproved, it is very likely it eficial for anybody to learn. “There is immense value will be this semester. Coffey said the courses are in understanding law,” Peters said. good for a student who has any inter- “There is imGottschall est in legal studies. mense value said this course He said some in understand- of study will give students may ing the law.” students a better come to the con- William Peters idea of what it is like to be an atclusion that they PSUC professor torney. do not want to be Though many an attorney. “To go to law school is an students who study law expensive proposition,” he come from the political scisaid, “and you’re talking by ence major, he said, it doesn’t the time you get past the Bar matter what major a student (exam), you’re talking three- comes from. Gottschall said it would and-a-half years to four years. You put yourself, your be best to come from an career way back, and you en- unrelated major. courage tremendous debt.” In fact, other than IntroHe said this course acts duction to Legal Studies, as a gateway course that all of the other courses allows students to try the are from different departcourses before committing ments, he said.
PSUC is not the only SUNY school to offer options in legal studies, Gottschall said. SUNY Canton has a prominent pre-law program, but this is the first time PSUC has had one. The lack of a pre-law program has not stopped alumni of PSUC from going on to attend law school. Gottschall said that approximately a third of the political science majors have at least some interest in law. “The college thought we needed this, and we agreed,” he said. “We think that it’s a very worthy addition, and I think most people who have seen the program also have been having some enthusiasm about it.” If students have any questions regarding the new legal studies minor, Gottschall said he urges students to contact him, Coffey or Peters.
says Ryan Jones, freshman at PSUC, when referring to the withdrawal fee. Although he has yet to drop any classes, he said he has friends who have. People have legitimate reasons for wanting to drop a class, whether it’s a lot of work or not having a liking to the professor, he said. Dr. Carol Lipszyc, English professor and adviser at PSUC, said when students are taking courses for a potential career, it takes professionalism, maturity, and responsibility. She said that common reasons for students to withdraw from a course are having a lack of discipline (such as having several absences) and failing. Lipszyc also states that after four absences,
her students receive a serious warning. “They’re not showing me they’re serious about the teaching profession,” Lipszyc said. She also said she believes students are not only wasting money, but time and investment as well. Students tear themselves out of a learning environment by withdrawing. Mike Walsh who works in registrar said there are two types of withdrawing a student can make. There is withdrawing from a course, which appears as a ‘W’ on transcripts, and a withdrawal from the college entirely, which appears as a ‘WC.’ Each semester at PSUC, 5 percent of these students make up the W and WC.
Class withdrawal causes student debt By Amanda Cranny contributing writer
For the 2012 spring semester, Plattsburgh State students have until April 13 to successfully withdraw from a course. Without being charged taking a full term course, and wishes to withdraw without a $20.00 fee, should have done so before Feb. 6. However, students do not realize that dropping a course actually costs much more than $20. By withdrawing from a course, students are losing the money spent on textbooks, but the tuition associated with the class. In the 2011-12 school year, each credit hour costs about $220 for in-state students and even more for those out-of-state.
Considering that students need 120 credits minimum in order graduate, students need to pay more money for the credits needed to make up for that withdrawn class. This is in addition to textbooks, as well as any other costs a student may have. In the 2010-11 school year, an estimate of 1,325 undergraduate students graduated. Between these students, there was a total of 186,282 credits attempted, only 174,965 earned. That is 11,317 credits which were essentially thrown away. Therefore, if each credit cost $220, that’s approximately $2.5 million in classes which were unused. “It is a little bit overkill,”
With the Student Association Vice President of Activities chair open, the Senate presented the three candidates for the position on March 29. The first candidate presented was Emma Gleason. She is currently the cochair of the entertainment committee and has been since last semester. Gleason said she helped make Plattsburgh’s Best Dance Crew and Plattsburgh’s Got Talent come to life. “I have been dedicated to ACB (Activities Coordination Board) for the past two semesters now,” she said. Gleason described herself as open-minded, friendly and organized. “I’m always there,” Gleason said. “You want to be able to help anyone who needs help.” Gleason said, although she would miss hosting events on campus, this move would help her learn more skills. Gleason said Theta Alpha Lambda, a sorority she joined last semester, has helped her develop leadership skills and personal initiative. She said she decided not to run last semester because she did not want to become frazzled with her new membership in her sorority, and wanted to know she would do the job well. On the other hand, the second candidate, Tanya Lovely, ran for the 50th Legislation but lost to Alexander Huff. She said she hopes to show how determined she is by running again. Lovely has experience in the Student Association because she was its past off-campus relations senator. She said she learned how to deal with student complaints. Her two main goals are to advance the athletic committee and create a Cinderella Project. Lovely said she feels many students are not involved with the athletic committee, so she hopes to make it as prominent as the other committees. The Cinderella Project will go hand-in-hand with the President’s Gala. This project aims to help teenage girls who are not financially
capable to buy prom dresses. The idea would be that whoever is willing to donate their President’s Gala attire could gift it to teenage girls to use for their prom. Because Lovely moved offcampus last semester, she said she has lost her on-campus connection and hopes to reconnect if she is elected. However, if she is not elected, Lovely said she plans on joining other Student Association boards because the connection must remain. When asked about her weakness, Lovely said she needs to be more optimistic. She said she tends to plan for the worse, but if she expects the best, perhaps the best would come. The last candidate for the open vice president of activities chair is Joshua Bu , a junior and political science major who transferred to Plattsburgh State last semester. Because he is a transfer, he has no experience in ACB, but he is involved in PSTV. Bu said his goal is to get more students involved. He said although he did not feel welcomed when he first came to PSUC, the first person to speak to him in his orientation was a senator. This sparked his interest in the Student Association. “Without a good student life, you won’t get a good academic experience,” he said. Bu emphasized how he felt the Student Association was the best club on campus because it organizes everything on campus. Bu said he would like to model the Student Association’s government to more open forums to get more student input. He said he hopes to incorporate student participation and ideas. An area where Bu said his leadership has shown is through his role as team captain for the mock trial. He said he is also used to a managerial setting and is part of Amnesty International. Personal professionalism. Bu said he uses this term to describe being fun, charismatic and interesting while remaining professional. All candidates have a week to campaign. Elections will be held on April 3.
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March 23 10:25 a.m. — Parking Lot 16 — A student reported that she struck a vehicle in Parking Lot 16 when she was parking her vehicle. An March 20 MV104A and service reports 7:45 p.m. — Parking Lot were filed. 18 — University Police responded to the area between 12:51 p.m. — Banks Hall Parking Lot 18 and the Sara- Grounds — A resident stunac River for a fire. Officers dent reported that his bicycle observed a group of males had been stolen from the in the area around a fire pit. Banks Hall bicycle rack someThe males were instructed to time over spring break. The extinguish the fire and were bicycle had been secured to advised of the city ordinance the rack with a chain. A crime prohibiting camp fires. A ser- incident report was filed. vice report was filed. 1:00 p.m. — Adirondack March 21 Hall — A parent notified Uni1:13 p.m. — University Po- versity Police that he was unlice — An off-campus stu- able to get in touch with his dent reported receiving un- son. Officers were able to lowanted texts from another cate the student and advised off-campus student. The stu- him to contact his father. A dent wanted no action taken service report was filed. at this time. The texts were reviewed and not threaten- 3:25 p.m. — Angell College ing. The complainant was Center — A Chartwells emadvised of safety tips and to ployee notified University re-contact police if the texts Police that an unknown male become threatening. A ser- had stolen food from the Sundowner on 3/19/12. A crime vice report was filed. incident report was filed. 6:26 p.m. — University Police — A resident student 10:00 p.m. — Off Campus reported that her credit card — University Police assisted number had been used with- the New York State Police out her consent to purchase with a domestic disturbance items from a German web- at 281 Rugar Street. Officers site. The card was cancelled assisted in checking the propand her bank requested a po- erty for a suspect who was lice report be filed. A crime not located. A service report incident report was filed. The was filed. investigation is ongoing. 11:12 p.m. — Harrington 7:48 p.m. — Wilson Hall — Hall — An off-campus stuUniversity Police responded dent reported her iPod stoto Wilson Hall for a dry chemi- len from the Harrington Hall cal fire extinguisher being dis- lobby. An unknown male was charged on the eighth floor. A seen taking the iPod. Officers cleaner was called to clean up were unable to locate anyone the powder residue. A crime fitting the description proincident report was filed. The vided. A crime incident report was filed. investigation is ongoing. March 24 9 p.m. — College Center 12:21 a.m. — Cornelia Grounds — University Po- Street — Plattsburgh Police lice arrested Vaughan J. Jack- Department arrested Matt J. son of 60G Banks Hall and Brekne of 50 Cornelia St. and charged him a violation of charged him with a violation the City Open Container Ordi- of the City Noise Ordinance. nance. He was released upon He was released upon an appearance ticket. an appearance ticket. 9:50 p.m. — Rugar Street — Plattsburgh Police Department arrested Timothy J. Sternberg of 30G Wilson Hall and charged him with violations of Unlawful Possession of Alcohol Under 21 and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. He was released upon an appearance ticket.
1:30 a.m. — Broad Street — Plattsburgh Police Department arrested Nicholas V. Capone of 1 Champlain St. and charged him with misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and a violation of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. He was released to a third party.
11:29 p.m. — Macdonough Hall — University Police and the Plattsburgh Fire Department ambulance responded to Macdonough Hall for a report of a female having a seizure. Upon arrival, the off-campus student was alert and coherent. She declined transport and signed off. a service report was filed.
4:17 p.m. — Macomb Hall — A resident student reported receiving unwanted Facebook messages from a former acquaintance. The student later returned to University Police and stated there was no problem and wished for no action to be taken. A service report was filed.
9:50 p.m. — Rugar Street — Plattsburgh Police Department arrested Steven L. Deroziere of 30B Wilson Hall and charged him with violations of Unlawful Possession of Alcohol Under 21 and the City Open Container Ordinance. He was released upon an appearance ticket.
March 22 8:48 a.m. — Sibley Hall — A faculty member reported a window in his office had been broken. Several feathers were found in the area. It appeared a large bird had flown into the window causing it to shatter. Maintenance was contacted for cleanup
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March 18 5:47 p.m. — Banks Hall — University Police responded to Banks Hall for a person stuck in the elevator. A resident student was released when the elevator was reset. A service report was filed.
12:52 a.m. — Angell College Center — University Police responded to the Angell College Center first floor men’s room for a report of breaking glass. Upon arrival, the room was empty however a fluorescent light bulb had been smashed on the floor. Crime Incident Report filed.
10:41 p.m. — Wilson Hall — University Police responded to Wilson Hall for a report that unknown persons had thrown a desk down the stairwell from the eighth to the seventh floor. A crime incident report was filed. To view the full police blotter, visit cardinalpointsonline.com
The Student Association has been in the process of setting up a Burlington airport shuttle for students, said vice president for student for student affairs Noemy Brito. “We haven’t actually figured out the logistics yet,” she said. However, Brito said the goal is to have the shuttle ready for the summer. The plan is to have the shuttle run from May 17-20 for those traveling before and after graduation. “We’re going to try to see how it works for this summer and even the winter,” Brito said. There will be two fares: door-to-door and foot passenger fare. For the door-to-door fare, the shuttle will take students directly from Plattsburgh to Burlington, Brito said. The prices range from $45 to $120. It will be $90 for one passenger, $48.75 each for two and $33.75 each for three or more passengers. Brito said the foot passenger fare is much cheaper. In this fare, students are picked up from campus and dropped off at the ferry by a taxi. Williston Transportation, a professional company in charge of picking up and dropping off students that also provides services to Norwich University, will be in charge of calling in taxis for students. However, instead of taking another taxi, a shuttle will pick up students from the Burling-
ton ferry and take them “The cheaper (Student to the airport. The price Association) make it, the will be $60 for one pas- more it’ll work,” Mago senger and $33.75 for two said. “I think they (Student or more passengers. Association) should be For Student Association more creative in making it fee-paying members, there cheaper.” will be 25 percent subsiZi Wang, another PSUC dization from the prices international student, said above. What this means she usually takes the bus is the Student Association or train to New York City covers 25 percent for each to fly out of John F. Kennestudent. This is the only dy Airport, but she would cost for the Student Asso- consider traveling out of ciation, so it will Burlington once the only get charged “We’re hop- shuttle becomes when someone available. ing to make uses the shuttle. “I think it’s it cheaper great that they However, while the shut- for students. (Student Assotle service will International ciation) have the be available students are shuttle for sumthroughout the mer and winter school year, the paying more sessions because than all of that’s when most discount will us.” not. Brito said international stuthe subsidizaNoemy Brito dents come in and tion will occur PSUC student out,” Wang said. only during the Another probsummer and lem Wang said she winter sessions. has to face when she Brito said the Student travels to NYC is her parAssociation is looking to ents worrying about her help international students traveling alone on public with the shuttle service. transportation. She said She said students, especial- they would feel more trustly international, already ful and relieved if she used pay as much as it is to go to a school-sponsored transschool, so the Student As- portation. sociation is trying to help “Parents will always lower costs for them. worry about your safety or “That’s one of our main whether you’re warm and targets,” Brito said. “(The) have food to eat,” Wang international student pop- said. ulation.” Both Mago and Wang PSUC international stu- travel home to their native dent Bhishma Mago said countries, India and China he sometimes flies out of th respectively, during winBurlington airport, but is ter and summer breaks. often discouraged because They also said many inof how expensive taxi fare ternational students do is. For a one-way taxi, he the same – some even had paid $120 in the past travel for spring break or and said it was the worst Thanksgiving. day of his life. However, Wang said
she does not think many national students will reserve usage of the shuttle because, from what she has seen, most national students are from N.Y. Brito said the Student Association still needs to figure out how it will know whether someone reserving a seat is a Student Association fee-paying student. The purchasing will occur online, so that still has to be figured out. Though the online purchasing creates this issue, it also opens doors for the company to know how much luggage students are carrying and their flight information, such as airline, for proper drop-off location. Brito said if a student books a time close to another student’s time, the company will ask both students if they would like to change their time to lower costs for each student. “We’re just hoping to make it cheaper for students,” Brito said. “International students are paying more than all of us (national students).” The company has already provided the Student Association with a sample of the online website. Corrections are being worked on, Brito said. Once it is ready to launch, Brito said a link will be placed on the Student Association website. There was an attempt to create a Burlington shuttle last semester. Brito said, according to her knowledge, the service did not succeed because it was sent out too late.
Fraternity members recognized
Bran’s strong feelings towards end their traditional hazing polihazing prevention will only help the cies. board to succeed further in reaching Bellick believes that hazing was once seen as a taboo topic here on Hazingprevention.org, a nation- its mission. “Hazing is not a rite of passage,” said campus, referring to it as the “H” al organization whose purpose is to empower people to prevent haz- Bran. “Hazing is incongruent with word. ing in college and university stu- the purposes of value driven organi“Everyone knew about hazing, but dent groups, recently recognized zations; you’re breaking them down no one was willing to talk about it.” instead of building two Plattsburgh State Bellick said. them up.” students for their the efHowever, through his In addition, Tyler forts they’ve made toward help, it is now better adBellick was awardstopping hazing here on dressed at PSUC. ed the Anti-Hazing campus. Director of Fraternity/ Hero. As a member Eric Bran, a member of Sorority Life & Organizaof PiAlpha Nu and Nu Theta Gamma fraternity, tion Development, Allison as a leadership de- Eric Bran president of the Interfrater- Tyler Bellick Swick-Duttine said she is nity Council, and a leadervelopment coorproud of what Bellick and ship development coordinator for dinator for fraternity and sorority Bran have done and what they confraternity and sorority life, has been life, Bellick dedicated much time and tinue to do. appointed as student representative energy to not only end hazing in his “I’m proud of the work they have to the hazingprevention.org Board of own fraternity, but to those organi- done to eradicate the cause—both loDirectors. zations across campus. cally and nationally,” said Swick-DutAs a member of the board, Bran His presentations and work- tine. will work to further carry out the shops such as the “Become an Hazingprevention.org since its organization’s mission and ensure Anti-Hazing Change Agent” pre- founding in 2003 continues to work its stability. According the organiza- sented at the Northeast Greek with students like Bellick and Bran to tion’s site, Bran will be working to Leadership Association Confer- provide the education and resources develop policy in increasing student ence in 2011, have educated vari- needed to support the cause and end groups’ knowledge and organization. ous organizations, getting them to hazing for good. By Erin Burdick contributing writer
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Environmental science students and professors along with members of the Environmental Action Committee are currently making plans for a composting group.
Composting group funded by green grant By Ruthann Alexander staff writer
While other professors are busy grading term papers, Rachel Schultz, an assistant professor for the earth and environmental science program, is currently making plans for a campus composting group. According to the environmental website vegweb.com, composting is the decomposition of plant remains and other materials that were once alive. Together, it makes a substance that can be used to make soil healthier. “There was a meeting to get the stakeholders together,” Schultz said. “The composting group is supposed to be a student based group of which Schultz will be the faculty advisor.” The group would be using the green grant for funding, Schultz said. The green grant comes from the green fee that many students choose to pay in their tuition bills every semester. “We would hope to have a system on campus that could be sustained through the students,” Schultz said. The purpose of the composting group would be to reduce pre-consumer waste on campus, Schultz said. “We hope to close the waste stream,” Schultz said. “We want to reclaim the waste to reuse it in the garden.” It is beneficial to return the waste to the soil because it can
be broken down into nutrients for the soil through the process of composting. One of the benefits of composting is to reduce the amount of organic material that ends up in landfills. When organic materials are landfilled, they produce methane, Schultz said. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, epa.gov, methane can be a harmful gas to the environment, but can also be helpful too. As a greenhouse gas, it contributes to the warming of the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming. However, if methane is contained and utilized, it can be used as energy. “Composting rich, organic materials improves soil nutrients and vegetable production,” she said. “We do not have very good soil here,” Schultz said. There have been external attempts at composting here in the past, and it was very preliminary, Schultz said. For example, Robert Fuller, a professor of environmental science at PSUC, has been wanting to form a composting group for a while, but he was unable to get the right group of people to do it, said PSUC student Yvonne Chu, a member of the Environmental Action Committee. “Once they implement it, it should be a long-term thing,” Chu said. “I don’t think it will be hard to find people for this group with the green movement you’re see-
ing now.” There are a number of benefits to composting, which include returning biodegradable matter to the soil, said PSUC sustainability coordinator Keith Tait, who does his own composting at home. “The biodegradable matter is anything from food to paper and cellulose products,” Tait said. “So, you’re making the nutrients that were bound up in those organic materials available.” It conserves energy and therefore is a great method of sustainability, Chu said. “It’s a great idea and a great way to increase the efficiency of our school,” Chu said. “It will be nice to see the waste products we leave make the grass look greener.” Some products that can be composted include vegetable oils from the cafeteria and leftover scraps of food because these are all organic materials, Tait said. The compost in the enriched soil can be used in a garden to grow food or grow flowers, Tait said. The materials that were locked up inside of the biodegradable food are being reused. “Think about food. It’s so energy intensive in terms of how we produce food,” Tait said. “Rather than just chucking it in a landfill, you’re reducing landfill loading. So instead of throwing it in the trash, you’re decreasing the volume of trash.” This diverts the material to a
more constructive and beneficial pathway by returning it. This is all premised on the fact that people have access to soil where can compost, Tait said. “People are starting to do it (composting) in urban gardens, as well. I am sitting here in Chelsea Manhattan now, and you would be surprised by how many gardens there are in the back of the buildings,” Tait said. People are starting to do composting all over New York City, Tait said. The process of composting can be very simple, or it can be very complicated, Tait said. The simple practice of composting consists of piling organic waste, such as food products into a bucket and emptying it into a hole in the ground when the bucket is full. “I prefer the simple practice,” Tait said. “I have a composter at home in the Adirondacks, and basically, what you’re doing is bulking up your organic waste.” Don’t put a lot of paper in it, Tait said, but wood and ash can be used because of what it is made of. “I bulk that stuff up, and I put it into empty coffee cans, and I take them out to my garage and dump them into a plastic construction bucket. When I get a bucket-full, I empty it into a hole I dig in the soil.” Tait said microorganisms, such as bacteria and insects, devour organic material in the soil. A concern that people may have about the method of composting
Student Association Soundoff A message from the SUNY Plattsburgh Student Association
Brief overview of SA opportunities and main events: 1. VOTE ON TUESDAY: The SA is holding a special election, for our vacant Vice President for Activities position. This position entails chairing ACB (Activities Coordination Board); make sure to vote on Tuesday, April 3rd, from 8am-7pm at evote.plattsburgh.edu 2. PGT AUDITIONS: Auditions are on April 2nd – sign up to audition by April 1st. For further information, contact the Entertainment Committee’s chair Zuehailey Irizarry at email@example.com or stop by the. 3. PGT (coming soon): Plattsburgh’s Got Talent is on April 17th! For more information, please stop by student activities office. 4. DAY OF CARING Clubs can start registering for the Day of Caring (A day of volunteering), held on April 21st. Site leaders are needed for the event, one club representative act as a site leader for the event. To coordinate volunteering, please contact Project HELP in the Student Activities and Volunteerism office in the ACC. 5. 5 HOUR COURSE: The 5 hour pre-licensing course – sign up in the Student Association office – the courses are offered on April 16th and April 28th. The sign up will cost 20 dollars and there are limited slots. Follow Plattsburgh’s Student Association @PlattsburghSA and make sure to “Like” the Facebook page! Thank you for all the support and have a great weekend,
is that the organic material may attract rodents. However, if the hole is dug deep enough in the ground, the threat is eliminated, Tait said. “It is a continuous process in that as you generate the food waste, you’re collecting the food waste, and you’re consolidating it,” he said. He said it’s one of those things that are amazingly simple because it relies on the microbes in the soil to do the work. “All you have to do is create a friendly environment for them to do their work,” he said. Composting is a wonderful thing to do in terms of what was said about it generating this very rich product and not throwing that waste into a landfill, Tait said. Composting is an ongoing process, and the problem on campus is with the dining hall, Tait said. Because there are fewer people on campus during the vacations, it would be difficult to maintain a campus composter. “It’s labor intensive,” Tait said. “It takes people. It rakes energy to do this. It’s a wonderful thing to do.” Additionally, a campus composting group will provide opportunities for students who are interested in composting, but who are not majoring in environmental science, Chu said. “It will be fun,” Chu said. “It will bring students from other groups on campus together who want to work on it.”
opinions editor ian tully
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How would you grade Plattsburgh State? Tom Quirk Junior Anthropology
“I’d give it an A. I think it’s awesome. It’s fun.”
Jestina Eubanks Sophomore Psychology
“B. There’s a lot they can improve but good at the same time.”
Donna Comins Junior Anthropology
“I’d give it an A-. There’s a lot to do. Very diverse but yet not very educated on diversity.”
Ketema Brooks Senior Personal Training
“D or C. Being up north from the city, the weather’s colder.”
Nick Guardino Freshman Comm. Disorders and Sciences
friday, march 30, 2012
Light up big stage Excitement scarce forego small acts campus too quiet By Garrett Wood staff writer
The Ramones, Dropkick Murphys, Cypress Hill, Ziggy Marley and Jimmy Fallon all have at least one thing in common. They all performed on our campus over the years. Dating back to the 70s, Plattsburgh State has had monumental shows that would bring thousands of students and community residents to the campus. I have seen KRS One, Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Kim and De La Soul perform on campus in the ballrooms located in ACC. Wood When I wanted a little more chill music, I watched Rusted Root perform in the Field House to a packed crowd. Even Spring Fest sported a lineup of O.A.R. and Rahzel outside to an enormous show support by students. This is what I would call campuswide entertainment. These events would bring the whole campus, as well as the surrounding community, together to witness something great. Unfortunately, the events that are booked on our campus today only entertain select groups of students and not the student body as a whole. There are no awesome or epic events anymore. Just events geared toward a small amount of students. We pay a fee close to $80 a semester, which brings in several hundred thousand dollars a year for the Student Association. They feel our fees are better off divided among the 70 plus clubs and organizations on campus. These clubs put on shows they feel will entertain us. The amount of events planned is designed for quantity rather than quality. The idea is to put on many shows without risking a lot. A couple of the upcoming events include country singer Keni Thomas and Mad Chad, the chainsaw juggler. I am hard pressed to think that the campus would provide huge support for either event. I’m sure there are students who will enjoy these events. However, they are not geared to bring the whole campus together. The Thomas show is free to students and $2 for the general public. Unless he performs for free, this show seems like a financial loss already. This is the case for many of the shows presented for free to students. Instead they should focus on events that could make an actual profit by charging for admission. There are also sporadic events with comedians and performers like Mad Chad throughout the year. I’m sure they will have students in attendance, but I really do not think that support will be overwhelming. Not to discredit the performers, but what if we used the budget
from the smaller shows to bring in someone with more popularity that students might be more inclined to attend. People might argue that the reason for no events is because of all the underage drinking, drug use and unruly behavior. Out of all the concerts I have been to here, I don’t recall any major catastrophes taking place. There probably were a few arrests for various reasons, but we see these types of things every day in and around campus. If events are planned correctly, these behaviors could be curbed easily. There is still hope for some students. In certain circumstances, students can request partial refunds. Sadly, these circumstances are not listed anywhere, and the final say is done on a case by case basis. If I have no intention in partaking in any of the colleges ideas of entertainment, I should not have
Word bans have diluted education By Ian Tully opinions editor
“I’d give it an A-. Never boring, but cold weather.”
The subject of last week’s word to the wise was that downtown Plattsburgh lacked a grocer that offered eggs, dairy products, green beans, steak or wild rice. That claim was incorrect. I did not acknowledge that they could be found at the North Country Co-Op and for that, I apologize. I meant no offense to that establishment, and encourage anyone seeking to buy organic foods and other goods to browse its wares at 25 Bridge St. As always, I appreciate all reader feedback, because though I am entitled to my own opinion, I am not entitled to my own facts. No one is. Cardinal Points is a learning process for its writers and editors, and when mistakes are printed in the
paper, an attentive audience provides us with the truest form of public education. New York state’s system of public education promotes pluralism and enlightenment in the face of ignorance and intolerance. Though this system is not uniform throughout, it strives to accommodate every participant despite its eternal lack of adequate resources. I am in favor of inclusion and always seeking the truth, but within our state’s education system a line must be drawn between politically correct and correct. Earlier this week the New York City Department of Education decided that in the interest of being politically correct, terms such as birthday, dancing, dinosaurs and Halloween would be banned from tests administered by the city. “Creatures from outer
By Bailey Henzerling staff writer
concert sold out within days. The show was a huge success. It was carefully planned by the StuAll over campus are signs post- dent Organization to ensure adeed displaying a variety of events quate local and campus police were sponsored by the Student Associ- there to control the show. It was an ation, some appealing, some not. outdoor event that could have easily What’s not posted, are big name gotten out of control, but it turned music attractions. out to be a regulated rave. A little This is my second semester at planning went a long way. Plattsburgh State, and the I love music. When I most exciting event the came to Plattsburgh, I exStudent Association sponpected there to be a simisored was the Amy Anderlar opportunity for shows son comedy show, which is because the campus is lothe same bit she performs cated so close to Montreal, at other colleges from an international city fawhat I’ve seen in YouTube mous for its nightlife, and Henzerling videos of her. just across the lake from I attended the College at Brock- Burlington, known for the huge port during the fall semester shows at Higher Ground. 2010, and the headlining band for Being right next to these venues that fall concert was Passion Pit. should make PSUC a prime spot for It was huge and the concert was big shows, but they’re not here. paid for by the Student OrganizaA few events coming up are the tion fee at SUNY Brockport. When Activities and Coordination Board’s the clock struck 11 a.m. and the trip to New York City, AKEBA’s canticket booth opened, there was dlelight vigil and Colleges Against line of students 30 feet long. The Cancer’s Relay for Life. All of these events are alluring and diversely entertaining for the students, except passionate music-lovers who are living in Plattsburgh. The Student Association does a great job of providing free events, but they need to realize the campus is craving something bigger, louder and mind-blowing. I feel that Student Association President Charles Sanchez should receive special recognition for the effort he is putting forth to enhance the Student Association as an entity, but there is a major issue that needs to be addressed. Plattsburgh students are bored. I went to a presentation in the Cardinal Lounge on Wednesday and stumbled upon a freshman acquaintance after the event. The core of our conversation resulted in an epiphany that I had just recently gone through a transition that she was experiencing. This was her first time away from home. She told me she didn’t feel like there was anything interesting happening, and she was considering transferring, a decision I also contemplated during my first months here. I shared with her what PSUC does offer, but I warned her most of the events were on a smaller scale. her boredom was justified considering she was used to living close to Manhattan. The fact that she was looking at other schools because PSUC bored her seemed sad and shocking. We have great opportunities on campus, but the events sponsored by the Student Association are usually organized by groups with a specific cause and don’t appeal to all students. Give us a show that everyone who pays an SA fee would enjoy. graphic design by Amanda Fruehauf
space,” homes with swimming pools, computers, vermin, junk food, abuse, terrorism, divorce, any references to disease and holidays are also banned from these tests. While I agree in principal with the idea of excluding topics which could distract or upset students, part of an education is learning how to accept ideas and concepts without necessarily adopting them. I could care less about standardized tests. They lack context and are dry enough as is. My worry is that this ban will cause teachers to censor discussion on the topics students won’t be tested on. This sort of voluntary censorship is not unique to New York City alone. All across the country people are moving more and more toward diluting public education by banning books such To Kill
a Mockingbird because it addresses the volatile subject of racism, or excluding Thomas Jefferson from lessons on the founding fathers because he was a deist, a Francophile and somewhat of a horn dog. Just because I failed to acknowledge the Co-Op does not mean it ceased to exist. Preventing students from learning about a subject is not protection, it is projection. It projects the idea that what they know is all there is to know, and when people talk about subjects they don’t agree with, the others are misinformed. This leads to more exclusion and closed-mindedness than existed before the ban. Humans, and especially young children, love to learn. They learn every day. So long as the subject matter is appropriate, we
should be finding words to add to a student’s vocabulary, not searching for words to subtract from their standardized tests. Even college students suffer from the residual effects of this brand of education sterilization. In public institutions just like Plattsburgh State, students would rather enter a classroom to argue about a fixed ideal than take the time to learn another perspective. These invisible biases are the end products of silly bans such as these. Learning absolutely does begin in the home, but to believe you cannot also learn from friends, peers, acquaintances and enemies is just being blockheaded. While social pretenses cannot be completely dispelled before entering a classroom, they can at least be examined and discussed.
friday, march. 30, 2012
opinions editor ian tully
Where people go, press coverage will follow A group wants to spread a message to more than 6,000 people, so they hold a public meeting for those people to come and hear the message. Attendance at the event is low, but those who heard the message tell their friends and the message slowly spreads. The local newspaper reports the message as well, summarizing the events of the meeting and spreading them more quickly than by word-ofmouth alone. If the group did not want everyone to know about the message, it would not have held a public meeting. It can be assumed, then, that the group wanted as many people as possible to hear what it had to say. So why would the group restrict the media from spreading the same message that was likely going to be discussed among friends and co-workers anyway? In this case, the group is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which last Wednesday barred entry by the press to the Oral Presentation preview of its evaluation. Plattsburgh State students, faculty and staff were allowed to enter the presentation, granted that they were not attempting to make a record of what was presented. According to documentation provided to PSUC regarding
the exit presentations, Middle States policy suggests that “external parties such as the press should not be present, nor should the session be videotaped or otherwise recorded.” The flaw of this system is the fact that any member of the audience could leave the room after the presentation and tell their friends and coworkers what they had heard. However, as that message travels from ear to ear, it runs the risk of changing the truth of the event. As people forget details or change them in their memory, misinformation can begin to spread. The only way to prevent this is to keep a record of exactly what was said, such as through a news report. Cardinal Points sent a reporter to the presentation in an attempt to cover the event. The reporter was allowed entrance and sat in the front row taking notes. It was only when the presentation ended that the reporter was told her notes could not be used in reporting on the event. Along with breaking traditional off the record procedures, the warning made us wonder why they were looking to block us from reporting on this particular step of the process. Perhaps the Commission, given the paranoia frequently
surrounding modern media coverage, feels that the press might warp the facts of the event or present its own spin on what was said. In the case of our coverage, all we were looking to accomplish was to report on exactly what happened at the event for those who could not attend and to gauge the reactions of the campus community. We assume the Commission, as well as PSUC, wanted to share the message of the presentation with as many members of the campus community as possible. An email from the President’s Office encouraged all PSUC faculty and staff to attend, and an entry in the Daily Digest email encouraged attendance by students. Documentation from the Commission stated the exit presentation is “often open to all members of the internal campus community,” with no indication that this visit was an exception. Yet opening an event to that many visitors guarantees that someone in the audience will share their experience in a form that resembles reporting. Anyone who posts about the presentation on their Facebook page is reporting on the event. Anyone who blogs, tweets or otherwise discusses the presenta-
Gas stations bilking credit users at pump By Lara Dufresne staff writer
My gas tank floated just over the line of being empty. As I traveled through downstate New York, gas prices averaged $4 a gallon, but across the New Jersey border I spied a sign advertising $3.67 at the nearest Sunoco. As my car approached the man who would be filling my tank, a quick glance at the sign told me the price tag still wouldn’t be cheaper in this place. I had only credit. I’m faced with the realization that without cash, I will be forced to pay more for what I’m considering a necessity. It’s unfair that my reliance on a credit card will subject me to higher prices when my bank is located halfway across the country. Of course I could have taken money out of the ATM, but then I’d be giving up $3 for each withdrawal. Those tiny payments add up quickly when I’m traveling from my hometown of Stillwater, Minn. to my roommate’s house in Levittown. Since I’m nowhere near a Central Bank, I’m forced to pay extra cents per gallon. While it looks like gas stations are charging a higher rate for people who use credit, quite the opposite
is true. What they’re really doing is offering discounts to those who pay the preferred way, with cash. The difference is hardly noticeable, but the effect is generally the same. It seems unlikely that someone would carry a wad of cash in their pocket to fill up a $100 tank. Assuming that customers aren’t going to use credit when they pay for a full tank isn’t logical, because gas is expensive enough that it’s dipping into the money we have to use for clothes and groceries. Now I face another dilemma. The $20 I have to spend on gas won’t fill up my tank nearly as much if I have to sacrifice 10 cents on every gallon to a gas station surcharge. In effect, the oil companies don’t have to take money out of their pocket for credit card fees. Gas stations are the only retail stores that charge for using credit and there’s no good explanation for it. Gas is a necessity, just like clothes and food, so there is hardly a basis for motorists to relinquish their money for a business that doesn’t often offer discounts yearround. Unreasonable cost distinctions are a nuisance for the people. All money is the same, and the people who
use credit cards are unfairly paying different prices for the same product. The fault doesn’t lie with the customer for using what’s presented to them. It’s the gas station’s problem for having credit available to everyone. Gas stations don’t have to worry about cards declining because cards have to get approved before they’re charged. There shouldn’t be an issue for these places to supply substitute payment options without creating unfair discounts. Credit card companies are doing what they can to get people to use their cards for gas. The Chase Sapphire rewards card gives 5 percent cash back for all gasoline purchases, while American Express offers 3 percent cash back on the first $3,000 spent on gasoline in a year. Without these available options, traveling customers would be forced to either give up the convenience of using credit or spend their hardearned money on pricier gas. This doesn’t mean people can’t be thrifty when scavenging for places to fill up, but they should never be penalized for the type of payment they make while at the place they’re choosing. The price on the board should be the price you pay.
tion through social media is reporting on the event. Short of confiscating all electronics and having guests sign a waiver promising their silence, the intent of the press restriction clause in the Middle States documentation seems foolhardy in the age of the citizen journalist. Cardinal Points chose to uphold the accuracy and transparency of traditional journalism by reporting on this event despite the Middle States policy. We felt that, regardless of the tone of the presentation, the campus community that had put years of preparation into this review deserved to know its early outcome. If a member of the campus community could not attend the presentation, we wanted them to know they could turn to our publication for the accurate coverage they deserved on this event. To otherwise censor that information is not only redundant in this time of mass communication, but promotes a high risk of spreading misinformation. We advise the Middle States Commission to consider that point when they inevitably face future resistance for this policy and urge their officials to allow coverage from professional and student media in the interest of transparency, accuracy and institutional respect.
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I read with interest Ian Tully’s article about the lack of a downtown grocery. While there is no major grocery outlet in downtown Plattsburgh, there are two very fine venues accessible to Plattsburgh State students, one seasonal and one year round. The Plattsburgh Farmers Market, located within the Durkee Street Parking Lot, is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from late May through early October and offers a variety of local produce, organic and non-organic, as well as local meat, honey, maple products, baked goods, plants and flowers, crafts and musical entertainment. During good weather, it’s an especially nice place to meet and socialize for a morning cup of coffee and a pastry. Even if you don’t
stay up over the summer, you have at least a month to enjoy the market once you come back for the fall session. For year round quality food, including produce and dairy items, as well as cleaning supplies, health and beauty aids, gifts and cards, go to the North Country Co-op on Bridge Street. I’m surprised Ian didn’t mention this. Since it is a co-op, you can become a working or nonworking member, which will get you discounts on purchases. If PSUC students aren’t aware of the Co-op, the Co-op is certainly aware of you. Cardinal Cash is accepted. Both sites are located just below Margaret Street, within walking distance of the campus. Enjoy!
Laura Palkovic, PSUC alumna ‘74
ACP Hall of Fame Inducted in Fall 2010 All American Spring 2011, four Marks of Distinction Fall 2010, five Marks of Distinction Fall 2009, four Marks of Distinction Spring 2009, four Marks of Distinction Fall 2008, four Marks of Distinction Spring 2005, four Marks of Distinction Spring 2004, four Marks of Distinction First Class Spring 2010, two Marks of Distinction Spring 2007, one Mark of Distinction Fall 2007, three Marks of Distinction Spring 2008, three Marks of Distinction Fall 2006, two Marks of Distinction Spring 2006, two Marks of Distinction Fall 2005, one Mark of Distinction Fall 2004, three Marks of Distinction Pacemaker Recognition Fall 2010, Honorable Mention 2006-2007, Newspaper Finalist
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friday, march 30, 2012
EVALUATION: ‘College should be commended’ From Page One “Certainly, as a campus, we should be pleased with what we heard,” Hartman said. “Until we receive the actual written report in a couple of months, we won’t fully understand what the next steps are and how to react to it.” During the Student Association Senate meeting, Student Association President Charles Sanchez said PSUC President John Ettling will receive the written report within the next two weeks, but the final report will not be received until June. Hartman said: “They were all very professional. They asked some insightful questions. They certainly came here with a wealth of experience to evaluate us, so I think it was a good exchange overall.” During the oral report, Mary Cullen, the co-chair of the visiting team, had a few recommendations, suggestions and significant accomplishments. Beth Dixon, co-chair of the self-study report, said: “I was really pleased that we met all the standards, and the recommendations that were made were things that
the institution is already committed to doing — for the most part. We were commended on a couple of things the college is already doing.” Under Standard Two: Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal, Cullen asked PSUC to report any changes in the January 2013 strategic plan to Middle States. She said a significant accomplishment under Standard Four: Leadership and Governance, was that the college council meets with the college community. However, Cullen did suggest getting the faculty more involved. Under Standard Five: Planning, Cullen said she was pleased with how satisfaction within the faculty had increased through a survey. She did recommend taking the survey more frequently than ten years. Dean of library information services, Holly Heller-Ross, said: “I was pleased that they recognized the collegiality of the faculty and good working relationships with the administration. I was pleased that they formally recognized that because I believe it is one of our strengths.” Cullen said the college administra-
SPEECH: Cardinal Lounge filled for journalism talk From Page One about how McChrystal, nicknamed “the Pope,” by American forces for his all-encompassing authority over the Afghan War, was somewhat of a cowboy prone to taking risks and getting away with them. The audience also asked questions pertaining to backlash he received from the article, his views on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the current status of journalism in the digital age. The event was coordinated by Hiroshi Itoh, a professor in PSUC’s political science and Asian studies departments. Itoh is a longtime friend of Hasting’s fa-
ther, who works as a Cardiologist at Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital. Both Itoh and Brent, Hasting’s father, were present at the event, which filled every seat in the Cardinal Lounge and caused some to stand in the back. The guest speaker said he was better received at PSUC than at his previous speaking engagement and, having originally grown up in Malone, was familiar with Plattsburgh. He said he spent much time here when he was younger because of Plattsburgh’s two malls. Hastings concluded by encouraging journalism students to keep on writing and never to turn down an assignment.
tion was very supportive of maintaining open lines with the faculty. Heller-Ross said she also was pleased that the team recognized the strong student relationship with the Student Association and campus. Cullen said, “The college has developed a culture of student support.” This was also made obvious in the open forum held on March 27. Several students voiced their opinions of coming into PSUC. Student Association senator Adam Tack said he liked the size of the school. He said his professors know him on a personal basis in comparison to his twin brother’s experience at a larger college. Dixon said: “I know that in conversation, and the oral report themselves, the cochairs were very impressed by the participation of the students and how engaged they were and what they had to say in support of the education that they’re getting. They really liked to see that and were very impressed by our student body. It was a nice feature of the visit I thought.” Dixon said it was obvious that the students were genuine in their statements, and she believes the team took notice of that.
An item Cullen said she found “exceptional” was the Center for Teaching Excellence’s work. She simply recommended PSUC to implement more faculty training and develop more material for new faculty. “The college should be commended for its educational opportunities,” Cullen said. Cullen said PSUC gives a strong learning experience through its internships and various practicum programs. Heller-Ross said, “It’s always nice to hear good things about your institution.” However, Heller-Ross said she was expecting recommendations. She said she believes PSUC will always have something that it needs to keep improving and that everything the team said was right on target. “The fact that they recommended that we continue to improve is not a surprise and is a good thing,” she said. Dixon said she finally received closure after this two-and-a-half-year-long process of preparing for the team’s visit. “We could not have done this without the dedication and participation of a lot of people on campus,” she said.
Fruit of the luau
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A luau-themed night was held at Clinton Dining Hall Wednesday. Students could sample tropical fare, including fresh fruits and a spit-roasted pig. Various food displays were set up throughout the dining hall. Live music was also featured at the event.
PAGE: Welcome banquet set for today From Page One Bennett said she spoke with one of the staff members staying at the hotel with the students Sunday morning. “They had been told they had to be in the lobby at eight, and everyone was there, ready for breakfast,” she said, “They just had smiles on their faces.” The students have been attracting a lot of curiosity on campus, Adelman said. “They’ve eaten in the Algonquin dining room twice,” she said. “Each day, a Plattsburgh State student would pull me aside and say, ‘where are they from? They’re speaking a
different language. ’” Adelman said many PSUC students did not even know where the African students’ countries were. “The outpouring support...has been amazing.” Adelman said. Many community members and professors have taken the African students into their homes. “Our host families have been extraordinary,” Bennett said. “The conversations I had with them... before they (students) came were all so centered on the comfort and welfare of these people they didn’t even know.” She said the only requirement to be a host family was that at least one person in the household spoke “ad-
equate” French. Bennett said that after a week, the students seem like part of their host family now. Adelman said one of the students staying with her has been trying to teach her a regional language from her country, but Adelman was having difficulty, which her two students thought was hilarious. Adelman said they will be taking in more students from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Mauritania in the fall. She also said they have received a continuation grant proposal to do this again in 2013. The African students will be attending a welcome banquet Friday in the Cardinal Lounge.
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Returning to form
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John Hamilton leaps over the bar while practicing the high jump at the Fieldhouse Thursday. Hamilton and his track and field teammates are returning to action this weekend at the Dick Shea Open and Continental Invitational, which kick off the outdoor track and field season for Plattsburgh State. Ben Depo and Ryan Millar are two of the men’s team members expected to make an impact, while Amy McCasland, Stefanie Braun and Kelly Driscoll are expected to perform well for the women.
Outdoor team looks to build on indoor season successes By Zach Ripple staff writer
Plattsburgh State’s track and field team is coming off a successful indoor season, which included broken records and two PSUC students, Amy McCasland and Stefanie Braun representing the Cardinals at the NCAA Championships. Interim track and field head Coach Nick Jones said the team is ready to get out there and start competing after a nice break. “They’re being smart,” Jones said. “They rested up after the
final competition indoors, and they’re recharging their batteries so they’re ready to rev it up outdoors.” The team will remain intact, as Jones said they have not lost anyone from the end of last season. Jones is looking forward to a healthy season out of freshman Jason Chippy. “He only had two races indoors because he hurt his hamstring a little bit,” Jones said. “But he’s coming back real strong now and he should be running really fast.” See TRACK, B4
HEALTHY MERCER SET TO COMPETE By Ja’Pheth Toulson sports editor
As Kevin Mercer lines up for the 400-meter dash, he has already mapped out his plan. He knows where he will speed up and where he will coast. The whistle blows. It’s off to the races. That formula led him to the SUNYAC Championship each of his four years at Plattsburgh State and an See MERCER, B3
Standout Taft makes impact in new PSUC coaching role By Zach Ripple staff writer
Plattsburgh State saw one of its former track stars return to coach the school’s track and field team. 2009 PSUC graduate Jen Taft, assistant coach in charge of distance events, has enjoyed her return to the school and the program last semester. “It’s been a really good transition so far because I’m just familiar with the school, I’m familiar with the area (and) I know how the program works,” Taft said.
Baseball heads for Cortland By Matthew Hamilton managing editor
When it comes to Cortland baseball history, the tale written in recent years is one of success. The Red Dragons have taken 18 SUNYAC titles in the last 21 years, including six of the last seven, and four College World Series appearances since 2005. While the intimidating history and statistics the Red Dragons (14-5, 7-3) own may cause concern for some teams, for Plattsburgh State (12-7, 4-2) a weekend series against Goliath is just another few days at the office. “I look at it as we need wins,” PSUC third baseman Damian Tyler said. “We need to do our job. We need wins to get into the SUNYAC playoffs.” But keeping a business attitude on the surface doesn’t mean there won’t be emotion underneath. Last season the Cardinals dropped three games at home to the Red Dragons by a combined score of 7-3. In 2010 it was Cortland that sent PSUC home from the SUNYAC tournament with a 13-5 loss. And with a 12-2 record against PSUC since 2006, finding motivation to get up for this weekend’s game may be easy. “They were in the NCAA Division III World Series, and they’re in our con-
“Obviously I ran for John Lynch, so I was very familiar with his training and knew how he ran the team.” A track and cross-country member in high school, Taft took her talents to Plattsburgh after beginning her college career at Hartwick College. After her freshman year, Taft felt it was too expensive and it would be beneficial for her to go to a SUNY school. Taft said her decision came down to Oneonta and PSUC. At the
See TAFT, B3
Mentally tough Lady Cards head for Buffalo State
Zweig: ‘If we play our game ... we should come out with the victory’ By Josh Silverberg staff writer
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New Paltz’s Anthony Repetto is late to first as Plattsburgh State’s Greg Larnerd stretches to step on the base during the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory March 24. ference. We get a chance to play them every year ,” PSUC pitcher Tyler Greene said. “If you’re not excited for that kind of game, playing an NCAA World Series team, you don’t like baseball.” Even with emotions running high, the Cards will still need to execute the style of play that has put them out to a 4-2 conference start this season . In three games against New Paltz last weekend, PSUC scored just six runs total, but it was still able to scratch together a pair of 3-2 victories.
PSUC head coach Kris Doorey said the ultimate goal is to simply score more runs than the other team and said as mad as the team wants to be at its offense performance, it still took two out of three games. That style of play will carry over to this weekend’s games against not just one of the top pitching staffs in the SUNYAC, but one of the best staffs in the nation. See BASEBALL, B4
The last time the Plattsburgh State softball team went toe to toe with Buffalo State, the Lady Cardinals lost both games resulting in SUNYAC tournament elimination. Now they get another shot at Buffalo State Friday. “I think that we have been preparing well. Last year they knocked us out of the SUNYACS, but before that when we played them in regular season games we beat them both times,” first baseman Brianna Clarke said. “I think we are going to come prepared to play our game to our level, and we will see how they are. We are focused on playing our level,
not theirs.” The Lady Cards recorded only three hits from Clarke, Erin Florkiewicz and Dana Mandery. Ashley Marshall gave up five hits. Sam Strapason hit four RBI’s for the Bengals. She was the only player who brought in runs for her team. Three of her RBIs came in the first inning after homering Ashley’s pitch to right field. With their conference opener game against Buffalo State, the Lady Cards used last week off to work to develop their game to the next level. Pitcher Heather Loughran said the mental toughness is the key to helping the team this year.
See SOFTBALL, B4
sports editor ja’pheth toulson
Softball Friday at Buffalo State (DH) 3 p.m.. Saturday at Fredonia (DH) 12 p.m. Baseball Friday at Cortland 3 p.m. Saturday at Cortland (DH) 12 p.m. Tuesday vs. Oneonta 3 p.m. Wednesday at Middlebury 3:30
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Plattsburgh State’s Andrew Tralongo is chased down field by Nowrich’s Ian Mendoza during the Cardinals’ 14-3 non-conference victory March 21. PSUC is 6-3 entering today’s conference game, the Cards’ first of the season, against Cortland. The Cards have not won against Cortland dating back to 2005.
Goals School Player Brockport Jesse Elliot Oneonta JimvandeVeerdonk Plattsburgh Joey Kramer Oswego Chris Porten Potsdam Peter Pike
26 17 16 15 14
Assists School Player Oswego Cody Hoose 17 Brockport Brendon Rothfuss 16 Geneseo Steven Cregan 13 Cortland Greg Wright 12 Plattsburgh NickTravers 12
The number of games Plattsburgh State Lacrosse won before Clarkson snapped the streak in a 7-10 loss
“They were in the NCAA Division III World Series, and they’re in our conference. We get a chance to play them every year. If you’re not excited for that kind of game, playing an NCAA World Series team, you don’t like baseball.”
Player Chris Miles 89 Gordie Gehring 77 Mike Kaminski 73 Ian O’ Brien 64 Cory Banwaree 64
And the pitch ...
Brockport Brockport Cortland New Paltz Cortland
Jean Farrell 1.18 Leslie Dempsey 1.75 Lyndsay Rowell 2.25 Amber Carozza 2.20 Lyndsay Rowell 2.25
Player Joey Kramer Brett McClelland James Reed
School Player Cortland Megan Kohler 17 Cortland Abby Martin 13 Plattsburgh Brittany Marshall 13 Potsdam Jenny Jones 12 Brockport Emily Dumas 10
Player Matt Carr .445 Tory Bouyea .420 Matt June .400 Jake Cameron .400 Michael Latempa .392
School Oswego Cortland New Paltz Cortland Cortland
Player Jon Stevens 0.00 Ray Angelucci 0.63 Chris Chismar 1.35 Mike Hughes 1.63 Aaron Schuldt 2.12
New Paltz Oneonta New Paltz Cortland Oneonta
Jake Cameron Tory Bouyea Matt Carr Matt June Kevin Knack
13 10 7
Player Nick Travers Brett McClelland James Reed
Player Megan Price Allison Smiddy Brianna Clarke
Player Gordier Gehring
Player Jake Oswald Tommy Verdino Damien Tyler
627 625 392
Player Mike Doughtie Tyler Mesec Bobby Piser
667 353 333
1.93 2.25 2.69
RBI Player Damien Tyler Pedro Gonzalez Mike Mulvhill
12 11 7
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track and field
track and field
track and field
Record 12-7-0 8-10-0 14-5-1 12-7-0 12-8-0 7-9-0
SUNYAC 4-2-0 3-3-0 2-1-0 1-0-0 1-2-0 0-0-0
Men’s baseball March 27
PSUC 7, Norwich 3
New Paltz 5, PSUC 0 PSUC 3, New Paltz 2
Women’s softball March 17
17 15 14 13 11
Bowdoin 8, PSUC 0
Men’s Lacrosse March 28
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Bobby Piser delivers to the plate during Plattsburgh State’s home opener last weekend against New Paltz. The Cardinals won that game 3-2 in 10 innings. Piser pitched 5 2-3 innings and earned a no decision. Despite struggling at the plate, the Cards were able to scrape together a pair of SUNYAC wins on the weekend. The Cards take on Cortland this weekend.
School Plattsburgh Fredonia Cortland Brockport New Paltz Oswego
Batting Average Player Melanie Hayes Brittany Marshall Hannah Emery
7 7 7
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SUNYAC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
6 5 5
track and field
School Brockport Cortland Plattsburgh Postdam New Paltz Fredonia Oswego
PSUC 1, Elmhurst 0
Ashley Marshall 1.94 Heather Loughran 6.97
Record 11-1-0 12-4-0 9-4-0 7-5-0 11-6-0 6-5-1 4-5-0
March 24 PSUC 10, Morrisville 4
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SUNYAC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
Clarkson 10, PSUC 7
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Record 7-0-0 7-0-0 6-3-0 4-5-0 3-2-0 2-5-0 0-5-0
Player Anne Wasik .484 Brittany Pawlowki .444 Sami Brown .442 Brittany Lis .423 Michelle Lattner .423
School Cortland Oswego Plattsburgh Brockport Potsdam Oneonta Geneseo
School New Paltz Oneonta Cortland New Paltz Cortland
Tyler Greene, PSUC baseball starting pitcher (on this weekend’s three-game series against Cortland, which was a particiapant at the College World Series two years ago.)
Lacrosse Saturday at Cortland 1 p.m. Wednesday vs. St. Lawrence 7 p.m.
Softball School Fredonia Potsdam Postdam Fredonia Fredonia
Saves School Oneonta Plattsburgh Cortland Oswego Brockport
friday, march 30, 2012
Track and Field Friday at Dick Shea Open Saturday at Dick Shea Open Saturday at Continental Invitational
First thing that comes to your mind in the morning is?
Favorite gym workout?
What’s for breakfast?
I have to run
I don’t want to go to practice
friday, march 30, 2012
sports editor ja’pheth toulson
MERCER: ‘Always set the bar high’ From Page One ECAC Outdoor Championship appearance last season. Running track wasn’t on Mercer’s mind eight years ago though, baseball was. Mercer said the baseball team cut him his high school freshman year and to remain fit, he felt track was best for him. “They (the track team) was still allowing kids to do track and that’s when I went over to do track and I never left,” Mercer said. Mercer said he was never untalented at baseball but is more suitable for track because he is fast. He said he wasn’t “the best hitter” playing baseball. Being cut from the team propelled him to be a better athlete. Because he trains hard, he said he is completely confident in his abilities. His training consists of hard and easy sprinting, endurance and lifting workouts. This work ethic rubs off on his teammates. “I always try to help out those who need help, who don’t quite know what they’re doing,” Mercer said. “I try to go out there and do my best and give 100 percent to show them hard work pays off.” Teammates Dustin and Devin Scott noticed this leadership the moment they first walked into practice. “We came in here. We were late. He was the first person to talk to us,” Devin said.
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Kevin Mercer made the switch from baseball to track and field in high school. Plattsburgh State teammate Dustin Scott said if Mercer’s injuries heal “he is going to do huge things.” After they met, they became best friends Devin and Dustin said. “He’s got a great character.
He is a lot like us. I think that’s why we meshed with him so well. He is competitive too,
but he will help anyone out. He is not cocky or arrogant and those are some things that stir away athletes. They don’t want to be around people like that. He’ll motivate you. He’ll do whatever it takes. He’s a great friend,” Dustin said. However, Mercer has been limited this season because of a hip flexor injury and groin problems. He also suffered from mononu-
cleosis, a viral infection causing fever, sore throat and swollen lymph glands. “If he gets everything together and the injuries go away, he is going to do some huge things,” Dustin said. Working toward recovery, Mercer said he meets with his trainers before and after practice. He is using the upcoming meet at Dick Shea Open March 30 to evaluate his conditioning. “I just hope he gets healthy and runs what he is capable of running outdoors because he is a big part of our team and he is working hard and he deserves to run well,” interim head coach Nick Jones said. Jones knows what Mercer can bring to the table when he is healthy. “I saw Kevin last year, and I saw he was running about 54 (seconds) indoors, which isn’t that fast,” Jones said. “But by the time outdoor came around, he was drawing in 50 point and he made 49 (seconds) a couple times, which is real impressive to run and especially someone going from 54 indoors to 49, that’s impressive.” Mercer’s season begins Friday, and he wants to qualify for ECAC individually and relay. Add a national championship to that list as well before he graduates. “I always set the bar high no matter what standing I am in class grade,” Mercer said. “I feel like now that I’m a senior I should be setting it really high and helping my team be the best.”
TAFT: Ready to build on early team success as coach From Page One time, she had two older high school teammates who were attending Plattsburgh, and they spoke highly of their experience at the school. After visiting the campus with her friends, she was sold. While Taft majored in journalism and loved to write, her true passion was running. During her time competing for Plattsburgh’s cross country and track and field teams, she set the school record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase and qualified for the ECACs. Taft minored in coaching as a student. She took an internship at Seton Catholic Central School during its cross- country season, her senior year. She enjoyed it so much that she stayed on as a volunteer assistant coach for indoor and outdoor track, where she was in charge of the school’s sprinters. “That internship during cross-country was pretty much what made me realize
that I’d like to do coaching as a career,” Taft said. After graduating from Plattsburgh, Taft went to Cortland and obtained her master’s degree in exercise science. While in Cortland, she volunteered with the cross-country and track teams and became a paid assistant coach in fall 2011. Taft began her position at Plattsburgh as assistant coach after the 2011 crosscountry season. While only in Plattsburgh for the final weeks of the semester, Taft took advantage of having that time to get to know the members and to figure out how everything in the program works. Taft said the biggest part of her training philosophy is consistency, something she said she stresses to her runners. “It’s big in any sport, but especially with distance running and track and field,” Taft said. “Being able to get the work done day in and day out is what’s important. If you have a good two weeks of training, and then
“The internship during cross-country was pretty much what made me realize that I’d like to do coaching as a career.” Jen Taft, PSUC assistant track and field coach
you’re taking days off or missing training or not doing all of it for some reason, that can ruin your season right there.” As a former student athlete, Taft is well aware of the academic burden that student-athletes can have, and all she looks for is that her runners give their best effort. “One of the big things that I stress to my kids is just do the best you can,” Taft said. “I know that academics can be stressful, especially depending on the time of year.” Jones said it wasn’t a difficult decision when it came to choosing Taft as his assistant coach. “Jen knows what she’s doing,” Jones said. ”She’s com-
ing from a successful program like Cortland, and she was on the team that was successful here.” Jones said Taft’s knowledge, organizational skills and hard-working personality were big factors in his choice, and she has brought these qualities to her new position in a very successful first season. In addition, Jones said that they share similar coaching styles and agree on training philosophies. “I think it (having similar coaching styles) helps a lot,” Jones said. “Everybody is on the same page, so we aren’t all going in different directions, and we’re accomplishing our goals.” For now, Taft sees coaching as her future, despite
obtaining her bachelor’s degree in journalism. However, she acknowledges that while she is currently focusing on coaching, she hasn’t completely ruled out a return to journalism. “There are track and field publications that I think would be fun doing some reporting on,” Taft said. But right now I am focusing on coaching,” Taft said. Although she has not pursued a journalism career, Taft said she is glad she majored in journalism. Her experiences improved her communication skills, which she said has helped her as a coach. “Believe it or not, there actually is a decent amount of writing that has to be done,” Taft said. “Contacting crews, contacting a current athlete or other coaches... being able to write well is a skill you need to have as a coach.” When not coaching her runners, Taft runs quite a bit herself. She said she runs about 60 miles per week
The senior catcher has hit .286 already this season in 28 at bats. She is tied for second on the team in RBIs (6) and is slugging .429. She also caught Ashley Marshall’s nohitter against Lesley, which ended with a 4-0 Lady Cardinal victory.
Pescetti hit a two RBI single to right field to give PSUC a 5-2 cushion during Cardinals’ win against Norwich, Tuesday. Pescetti is hitting .258 and slugging .258 in 31 at bats so far this season. He has five RBIs.
when healthy and is hoping to compete in some road races this summer. Taft said she is passionate about what she does and she prefers to coach Division III teams as opposed to coaching at Division I and Division II schools. “I really love Division III because you don’t have to deal with some of the scholarships and extra factors that coaches have to deal with in Division I or Division II,” said Taft. “With Division III, kids are mostly out there running because they just like to do it.” Looking into the future, Taft said she is satisfied with her position right now at her old stomping grounds, and she is ready to help the team build on its successes from her first season. “My ideal job would be basically just coaching distance runners,” Taft said. “Being a head cross country coach and assistant track coach, that’s pretty much my ideal position.”
sports editor ja’pheth toulson
BASEBALL: ‘Need to expect to win’ (.392), RBIs (12) and slugging percentage (.510), the The Red Dragons’ top difference between Cortfour starters own a com- land’s staff and the pitchers bined 1.34 ERA and 12-2 re- the Cardinals faced in their cord. The team’s combined 7-3 victory over Norwich 2.38 ERA (anchored by Ray Tuesday will affect how he Angelucci’s 0.63 ERA in approaches his at bats. He 28.2 innings pitched) ranks said moving up in the box, ninth in the country. crowding the plate and just “They have two kids who trying to get on base may be could easily be pitching in things he does when he’s in Division I,” Greene said. the batter’s box. “Kids that are That style striking out 10 to of play could “It’s a great 14 kids a game, opportunity translate to the coming close to scratching, clawfor our team ing and kicking no-hitters every to make a time. I hate saythat Doorey said name for ing that it’s scary, the team needs but that’s a very to do to score itself.” intimidating runs. The Cards Kris Doorey, pitching staff. are also not shyPSUC head “I think we baseball coach ing away from need to look at scratching and it as a challenge. clawing to an afWe feel we have a very good firmative spot as one of the pitching staff, too compared best in the conference. to other teams in the SUN“It’s a great opportunity YAC, so let’s see how we do. for our team to make a name Let’s put our best pitchers for itself,” Doorey said. “It’s up against theirs, and let’s not out of the realm of posjust see who comes out.” sibility to win three games. For Tyler, who leads the We need to expect to win starters in batting average every single game.”
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SOFTBALL: Team has found identity during practices From Page One
Head coach Stephanie Zweig said even though she “We have really worked feels Brittany has a long on the mental game this road ahead of her she helps year. It’s something coach in every category with the has really incorporated in team. Brittany leads the the team,” Loughran said. team in stolen bases with a “We actually had a sports .353 batting average. therapist come to practice “She is just a very versathe other day and work- tile player, and she can do ing on routines, and play- a little bit of everything. I ing relaxed, taking deep think she still has a ways breaths, just stayto go with a lot ing mentally into “We have of her physical the game.” talents and her really Clarke agreed. mental ability, worked on but what she has “For example, when you come the mental done for us so far up to bat whether game this has been great, especially as our it’s taking a deep year.” leadoff batter. She breath, focus, get in Heather the box or when you Loughran, is usually going to score in the first get a strike called on PSUC pitcher inning, and that’s you, then you step really big for us, out of the box take a deep breath and step back and also a big reason why in. Also on the field, if you we have been winning,” make an error, turn around Zweig said. Zweig said the practice look at the foul pole, take a deep breath and get back time has let the team find to the game and shake off their identity and how they the things that bother you,” need to play. Clarke said. “I think going into this Shortstop Brittany Mar- weekend we have felt really shall said she knows ev- secure with ourselves and eryone wants the “w” and trying to figure out who working on the mental we are has been a big part game is crucial. However of playing our game. So if she had never learned how we play our game no matimportant the mental game ter who we play we should can be. come out with the victory.”
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Joanne TeRiele jumps over a hurdle at track and field practice Thursday afternoon at the Fieldhouse. The women’s side of the outdoor track and field team will feature indoor standouts Amy McCasland, Stefanie Braun and Kelly Driscoll.
TRACK: Jones hopes for healthy season From Page One Junior Amanda Schermerhorn is also returning from an indoor season, in which she spent most of her time on the sidelines due to injuries. On the injury front, Jones is only concerned with Kevin Mercer coming into the season. “Kevin is a little banged up, but he’s coming along, he’s doing rehab,” Jones said. “He should be back to race pretty soon.” Jones is expecting to see some of his players breakout this spring with strong seasons. Jones said Ben Depo could show a huge improvement from last season. “Ben Depo has been working really hard,” Jones said. “He went to nationals last year in the decathlon, and we’re hoping to do that again. He’s a lot stronger and he’s been working on his weaker events.” Jones said Josh Garren and Jason Pageau are more accustomed to the 400-meter hurdles, which they did
not do indoors, and he said they are excited to compete in that event this spring. In addition, Jones is looking forward to a couple of men competing in the steeplechase. “Ryan Millar was our individual male who qualified for cross-country nationals,” Jones said. “He’s doing the steeplechase outdoors along with Josh Mitchell. They should do pretty well this season.” For the women’s team, Amy McCasland, Stefanie Braun and Kelly Driscoll will return for the outdoor season. McCasland is coming off an incredible indoor track season that saw her go all the way to the NCAA Championships for the 800-meter dash. Along the way, McCasland broke the school record at the Valentine Invitational and the meet record at the SUNYAC Championships. Jones said McCasland may have a chance to be even faster this spring simply because there won’t be as
tight of turns outdoors as there were indoors. Braun also had a productive season in the 5,000-meter run alongside Kelly Driscoll. Jones said the two will move up to the 10,000-meter run with the move outdoors, and he believes they are two runners people should keep their eye on. “They’re even better at the (10,000-meter run),” Jones said. Looking ahead, Jones has already set a few goals and expectations for his players for the upcoming season. “They need to work hard,” Jones said. “They should keep on setting PRs (personal records), go for some school records and qualify for ECACs.” Jones mainly is concerned with the effort of his team, and he hopes that hard work will lead to the results he and his team want. “They’re looking to improve,” Jones said. “Hopefully we have some people stay healthy and make it to the national level.”
Shaughnessy goes from field to patrolling sidelines By Zach Ripple staff writer
Plattsburgh State baseball player Pat Shaugnessy is known as his team’s captain. For the Plattsburgh High School varsity basketball team, he is Coach Shaugnessy. As an Early Childhood Education Major with an athletic coaching minor, Shaughnessy had the opportunity to intern as an assistant coach for the basketball team at Plattsburgh High School under his old coach, Chris Hartmann. When Shaughnessy played in high school, Hartmann saw him as more than just a great basketball player. “He was a good person on and off the court,” Hartmann said. “He was a nice kid, very personable and a good student.” Hartmann said Shaughnessy created a very nice dynamic on the team because their personalities differed. “Pat was able to bring in some new ideas,” Hartmann said. “He was able to calm me down a little bit and be that nice medium between the young kids and my old-school philosophy. It was a very nice mix.” While Hartmann said
Shaughnessy came into the job relatively shy, he opened up as he got more comfortable and was not afraid to speak out if someone was doing the wrong thing. “At first, I don’t think he really knew what to do, how to communicate with them,” Hartmann said. “As the season wore on and I was able to give him more freedom in practice and more expectations, he definitely started to change for the better, be a little more outspoken when somebody was not doing what they should.” Shaughnessy enjoyed his season with the team, which was very successful. The team won the Sectional VII title and first regional game. Unfortunately, Shaughnessy was unable to attend the final game because it took place during his Florida games. Hartmann said he would be more than happy to bring Shaughnessy back, but Shaughnessy said his fall plans involve studentteaching, which may interfere, though he would like to continue. When the baseball season started for Shaughnessy and he had schedule conflicts with the basketball practices, Hartmann
learned how much the players loved him. “The first question I always got was ‘Where’s Coach? Where’s Coach Shaughnessy?’” Hartmann said. “He was a great role model to have.” Shaughnessy has found sports appealing because he simply loves to compete. He said it doesn’t matter if it’s his sports games at college or family card games, he just likes to compete. “I’m a huge competitor,” Shaughnessy said. “I hate losing at anything.” Hartmann said the best story he had about Shaughnessy’s competitiveness occurred during his senior year in a game against their rival, Northeastern Clinton. There was a packed house, and the game was extremely close, Hartman said. Toward the end of the game, Shaughnessy dove for the ball and landed on his face. He returned to the sideline and Hartmann asked him to tilt his head back to see if he was okay, only to reveal that the front of one of his teeth was missing and his tooth’s nerve was hanging out. Shaughnessy asked to stay in, and Hartmann left him in to play the rest of the
game, which his team won. “Some of the NCCS parents were pretty upset that I left him in the game because he was one of the difference-makers toward the end, and they thought I should have yanked him,” Hartmann said. “If you know Pat, you know there’s no way he’s going to come off the court.” Hartmann said Shaughnessy is extremely talented but he said his success is more reflective of his hard work and dedication. “He actually sat the bench for me the first half of his junior year,” Hartmann said. “I had a very talented team at the guard position. I think that was probably the first time he had ever sat in his life.” Shaughnessy never hung his head, and by the end of the year, he was starting. As a competitor, Shaughnessy said it doesn’t matter if he is playing baseball or coaching. The goal is to win. “I could go 0-4 with three strikeouts and our team still wins and I’d be happy,” Shaughnessy said. “Obviously I’d like to do better, but I’d still be content. Ultimately, it’s about whatever it takes to win because that’s the most important thing.”
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friday, march 30, 2012
“I’ll just do it later...”
How students stay organized during school
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By Darina Naidu staff writer
Students at Plattsburgh State have different ways to stay organized and keep up with school work, projects, events and meetings. Homework, classes, clubs and responsibilities sometimes get too stressful for students at PSUC. It can be quite hard to keep track of everything and remember what has to be done. “The most important key is time management,” PSUC student, Agnitra Roychoudhury said. “It’s impossible to get things done properly unless you are organized,” he said. “You need to know what is most important, and what is your immediate objective.” Roychoudhury is majoring in both economics and finance. He works 20 hours a week as a tutor at the Learning Center of Feinberg Library, where he can often be seen using the whiteboard to tutor his group of tutees. “I have a planner. At the beginning of the semester, I write down the schedule for my classes and then work,” Roychoudhury said. “I check the syllabus of each of my classes and write down the dates of all the exams in my planner.” Activities, meeting and events other than classes and work go in between, he said. Roychoudhury is also involved in several clubs and committees, including the Economics Club, SPE Voices and the Phi Mu Delta Fraternity. “The only thing that is not organized is my room. It is always messy,” he said with a laugh.
PSUC student Tim Maggio, is majoring in Public Relations and minoring in personal training. He is also a member of the Korean Association at PSUC, the Model United Nations and Operation Smile, and works as a Late Night Coordinator on weekends at the Sundowner. Maggio uses a planner to keep up with his busy schedule, and said he does not find it hard to keep up with everything. “I make sure I go through everything I’m doing at the end of the day and do all my work like three days in advance,” Maggio said. Maggio said he likes to get involved and meet new people. “I get involved in stuff I want to do. I still have a good amount of time to myself. I just don’t want to sit in my dorm and procrastinate. At least I’m doing something,” Maggio said. It is important to write everything down, students said. Kevin Lewis, vice president for the Arts at the Student Association, said he plans his day. “I plan my classes, meetings and stuff like that. I try to do my homework right after the class, and I use my free time for all the other stuff,” Lewis said. Along with being an executive member of the SA, Lewis is a member of the College Theatre Association, the Plattsburgh Association for Visual Arts and he works for the theatre department at the costume labs. Majoring in mathematics and minoring in theater, Lewis says that taking time out of weekends also helps a lot. “I also have a calendar.” Jennifer Mikol said it is very important to write everything down. Mikol has a planner and a “life binder.”
“My planner is for school work, and my life binder for my other schedules like meetings, events and even t schedule for the fitness center,” she said. Mikol is a resident assistant as well as an administrati assistant in Banks Hall and works at the library. “I am very busy, but I try to do things as soon as th come. Except this,” Mikol said as she tried to clean the me in her room. For some, staying organized becomes a routine after a wh For PSUC student Joseph Mhaiki “it has become automatic.” “I always remember everything now, and I know exac what I have to do every day,” he said. Mhaiki is a resident assistant in Harrington Hall, wor for University Police as a Lock Smith and also at the m room in Macdonough Hall. “I don’t hang out with friends during week days, so I st focused,” he said. However, unlike most students, PSUC student Morg Hill does not depend on her planner. “I don’t take it out enough. I always forget to wr some things down, but I use sticky notes, and I have online calendar.” Hill said being so busy keeps her motivated to do ever thing on time. “It’s hard at first, but you get used to it after a whi You will get penalized if you don’t stay organized,” Ro choudhury said. “It’s very important not to stress a freak out. It won’t get you anywhere. Just be in contr flexible and don’t procrastinate.”
Procrastination fixes offered in Learning Center By Camilla Fernandes contributing writer
Not knowing where to start, a full academic plate and a fluttering social calendar can all contribute to procrastination. Staff members of the campus’ learning center provided solutions for students struggling with procrastination. Most students procrastinate because they get caught up in the fun of college. If it’s their first time away from their parents house, there is a lot to experience socially and academically, so they don’t know how to handle all of that. Some other times, students procrastinate due to anxiety and not knowing where to start, Alison Tracy, an academic personal trainer at the Claude J. Clark Learning Center, said. She also said that sometimes the students can’t find the motivation to study because, most of the time, they don’t know why they are at college and sometimes they are even forced by parents to attend. Karin Killough, the director of the Learning Center, said that another reason leading to procrastination is students sometimes don’t know how much time they have, and there are too many temptations in college life. Students are constantly being bombarded from an overflow of social media, which leads to anxiety. She said that she understands that college life can seem hectic and daunting for students. “From an adult perspective, I think that you should set yourself up for success by working with time management and having realistic goals and a realistic plan to achieve them,” Killough said. Killough said that students should schedule their days taking into consideration big blocks of time or small blocks of time, such as 15 minutes or a half an hour to accomplish whatever they need to get done. They should plan their time accordingly so they can sleep about 8-10 hours per night, and they should attempt to go to bed and wake up every day at the same time, including weekends, for maximum performance, Killough said. Finding a balance between mind and body is crucial for academic performance. Therefore, students should schedule time to eat, as well as sleep, so they won’t skip meals and also find time to exercise. Students should start small and gradually build into improvement because working slowly toward small goals that together lead
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Learning Center director Karen Killough said when students feel overwhelmed and anxious they should set realistic time management plans. to a major one works better than simply establishing a major goal and not being able to follow the plan to achieve it. Killough said there are many online tools that students can use to help them get organized, but of those, she highly recommends two: an assignment calculator available at the Learning Center website, which leads students through all of the steps to get an assignment done before the deadline, and the Purdue Owl Writing Lab, which has fantastic resources to help students write their papers. “If you are having difficulties with getting organized, with a class, or with an assignment, come to the Learning Center for help because we have many resources to help students, and in my opinion, the Learning Center is the best thing that PSU has to offer,” Tracy said. She said there is another kind of student
that also needs help with procrastination: the over-achiever. Those are students that already accomplish a lot, but think they could do even more if they procrastinated less. She said that it is much harder to help those students than the unmotivated students. She usually works time management skills with them. An important obstacle for some of them is anxiety, especially when they don’t know how to complete an assignment. To help with that, she recommends breaking a big assignment into smaller parts, like a research paper. First, you should plan to find your topic. Then, you should schedule a day to print articles and grab research material. On a different day, you should read and mark up your resources. Finally, you should do an outline and write the paper. “Sometimes all that very driven students need to be more productive is have
some down time to rest and have som fun,” Karin said. Killough said that unexpected situatio do arise that can hinder academic succe and careful planning, like sickness. Tho situations are unavoidable, but can ha their impact diminished if the student star the semester right. It is important to meet professors a build good relationships with them. It is im portant to go to class every day and hand assignments in a timely manner. So wh those situations arise, a student alrea will have established themselves as a go student. The student should always com municate with the professor about wh ever problems they are having. If talking a professor is impossible or difficult for a reason, students have the option to call St dent Affairs, and they will contact all of t student’s professors for them.
friday, march 30, 2012
Green gadgets costly
fuse editor gabrielle bilik
By Kaitlyn Affuso associate fuse editor
With green technology becoming more popular, Plattsburgh State students expressed that they want to take part in helping the environment, but the high cost of eco-friendly electronics is a common factor holding them back. “Today’s economy makes it tough,” PSUC student Katelyn Monahan said. She said she doesn’t own any solar powered electronics, aside from her calculator, but would be interested in purchasing some in the future. She doesn’t think she would put her money toward a green-powered gadget unless she finds it to be really beneficial. According to eia.gov, the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s website for Independent Statistics and Analysis’, the U.S. energy consumption has declined from 2007 to 2009. It declined 4.8 percent between 2008 and 2009, making 2009 the lowest energy consumption year since 1996. The stride to shift electronics over to be solar or water powered is progressing and being sold in more stores than it used to be. “They’re definitely more on the front lines,” PSUC student Rachele Holt said. She said she currently only owns a solar powered calculator, but is interested in switching over to ecofriendly gadgets when possi-
Graph courtesy U.S. Energy Information Administration
As cleaner forms of energy become increasingly popular, energy consumption in Btus has decreased. New lines of green gadgets have given consumers options when it comes to purchasing equipment that powers or charges their electronics. ble. Even though she would choose a solar powered electronic versus an electric powered one, she said it’s not a transformation that can be done overnight, but is rather a slow process. Students, such as Erin Murphy, have noticed an increase in these products and trends. Murphy said she has seen houses with solar panels on their roofs in order to power their homes. Murphy doesn’t own any significant solar powered electronics, but is happy to see an increase in the invention of them. The College Store has a product on their shelves called “The Amazing Water Clock,” which is powered by water, rather than battery
or electricity. It displays the time, month and day and has a see through case, so the water level is visible. While this product isn’t particularly popular since appearing June of last year, the campus store offers more recycled products, said Michelle Marcil, merchandise manager at the College Store. The store sells recycled material clothing, solar powered calculators and even pens made out of water bottles. Brother of PSUC student Dan Stirzak owns a water powered clock and said it works great. He said he would like to purchase eco-friendly electronics for himself, but wishes that the prices would be cheaper.
Since they are always higher than an electric powered version of the product, he usually chooses the cheaper one. Many students said they were happy to see such an increase in concern for our environment, and PSUC student Peter Ruh hopes to see even more progression with the usage of eco-friendly items. “It’d be great,” Ruh said. “It’d be beautiful, actually.” Ruh said he has heard of solar-powered cell phones and loves the idea of it, although he has not looked into purchasing one due to the high costs. Something he said he hopes to see in the near future is a solar-powered car. “No more gas,” he said.
Old campus furniture reused or sold By Kaitlyn Affuso associate fuse editor
When students move out of the dorm buildings every spring and rooms are checked, the furniture that is going to be replaced is moved out and held in storage for the end-ofthe-year spring furniture sale. The desks, dressers and pedestals that once belonged in the dorms will be put to new use by local businesses or students who are moving off-campus. Last year, they sold much of the furniture from Hood Hall to Bushy’s New and Used Furniture store, secretary of the Maintenance and Operations Center, Diane Wright, said. The date and time of this sale varies year to year, but she includes the exact date, time and location in the campus digest once the sale grows closer. It always takes place during either the months of May, June or July, Wright said. “It depends on the movement and cleaning of the buildings,” she said. “I can’t sell something until they start moving it out.” That is the rule Wright goes by when gathering the furniture and organizing the season’s sale. It only occurs once a year, that way, they are able to get rid of their bulk of furniture at one time. The dressers usually sell for $5, the pedestals for $2 and the desks are sold for $1, Cathy Moulton, director of housing said. “We make the price work for whoever’s using it,” Moulton said. Since they have to pay a company to pick up and dispose of the furniture properly, they prefer to sell it to those who need it at a very affordable price. “We’re not looking to make a ton of money on it, but then we don’t have to spend a ton of money to get rid of it,” she said. “We already have to pay to have it taken out of the building and get it to the parking lot, or pay to store
CHEAP! CHEAP! CHEAP! Ever wonder what happens to the old furniture when it gets replaced? It gets put on sale!
$5 - Dressers! $2 - Pedestals! $1 - Desks! it someplace, when you’re never going to use it again.” Even with the sale with great prices, not everything sold, so student summer workers dissembled the furniture to recycle the materials. The money from the material was put toward the dumpster bill, Wright said. Many students hadn’t heard of this spring furniture sale, such as Plattsburgh State student Nathalia Restrepo. She isn’t living off-campus next year, but said if she were going to be, she would definitely buy some of her furniture from the campus’ spring sale. Even though it is at an extremely low cost, she thinks the sale benefits both the buyers and the college, since they don’t have to dispose of it on their own this way. “We (students) should be first priority,” Restrepo said. “We pay for everything else here.” Even though it’s hard for PSUC student Monica Guervara to see how the college could profit or benefit from the furniture sale, she is appreciative of the great prices. “It’s a motive, like, ‘Hey, I can get pretty cheap furniture,’” Guervara said. She’s not sure if she’s going to be living on or off campus next semester, so she said she will most likely
purchase some furniture from this sale if she decides to get an apartment. After this sale comes to an end, the college will be vacating Harrington Hall for its renovations next year. Approximately 40-50 pieces of furniture will be moved to Wilson and Banks Hall to finish those buildings, while the rest will be transported to a storage space that is currently being built, Moulton said. “After this year, pretty much all of our stuff is going to be upgraded,” Moulton said. The next building they plan to renovate is deFredenburgh, which they plan to move all of its furniture into the new storage space until they finish construction. Unless a piece is damaged, the same furniture is to be reused. As housing upgrades the older and damaged furniture, they continue to use the same oak color and design, that way furniture can easily be moved from building to building and match accordingly, Moulton said. When it comes to the lounge furniture the cushion pads are replenished, but the cushion covers are reused year after year, she said. “We don’t get rid of that stuff very often,” she said. “Except one time someone dropped it (lounge couch) out of the eighth floor of a building. They were suspended and told ‘You are not welcome here. You are a danger to our students.’” Because of the yearly reuse of the lounge furniture, the spring furniture sales mainly consist of the dressers, pedestals and desks. When they plan to replace and upgrade their furniture they turn to the custodial staff and residents to know what pieces to purchase, Moulton said. “We look to students more than anyone else when it comes to ‘Does this stuff seem to work good?’ In most cases it’s good, sturdy stuff.”
Three’s not as much company as rumored By Bailey Heinzerling staff writer
I had the perfect night — almost. He was about to leave when he surprised me with a goodnight kiss that I had been fantasizing about and wanting for months. She was passing by and said, “you two are so hot right now,” so I invited her in. There they were, a beautiful woman in my bed and a beautiful exotic man. All of us were entwined in a hot sexual escapade. Naked and entangled in my sheets like a scene scripted for a Danielle Steele novel. The beautiful man left, although admittedly and with due credit to him, in the most respectful and chivalrous way one possibly could after fooling around with two chicks then dipping out, but the beautiful girl stayed. I walked her home like an honorable bisexual should upon leaving their lady-caller, and we indulged to each other the loneliness that haunts us behind our façade of tight clothing and desperate attempts for attention. I’m not writing this to boast about a spontaneous moment of pure innate passion, as much as it may seem otherwise, I’m writing this as a profession of my feelings, because here I am at the end of the night, alone. Alone, because the only person who meant anything to me is already with someone else, and his girlfriend is far more perfect for him than I could ever be. The night didn’t end with this hopeless romantic expressing her undeniable affection for the one person whom she can’t have. It ended with them (him and his partner) leaving together happy, in love, hand-inhand, walking out the door. The gorgeous people who stayed around to enjoy our trist made me feel attractive and adored, but
after they left, I felt emptier than I had when my apartment was packed with dozens of people just hours prior. I’m in love with love, and it’s been years since I’ve found someone to share that with. If I were in love with my ex, the one person who’s known me for years and cares about me enough to put up with my bullshit, my life would be perfect, by most peoples standards. Unfortunately, I am not. You can’t choose who you fall for. I am not passionately in love, and the person I truly yearn to be close to will never reciprocate my feelings because they’re taken. As the cliché goes, all of the good ones are. Being alone allows us to explore our independence and experience life without being contingent on another person — easier to express than follow. I’m not against being on my own. I actually broke up with my monogamous long-distance boyfriend of three years, right before moving an hour away from him, because I needed to remember what it was like to have a life outside of a relationship. I love being independent, but I’m cursed with wearing my heart on my sleeve. I have something to say, so I’m saying it. I want you and I can’t have you, and I never will. So as I sit here, contemplating on whether or not I’m going to leave this document buried in the graves with the other deceased rants in my hard drive, or send it out in an email attachment, I wonder, what do I have to lose?
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Record-breaking film satisfies
By Stephanie Winter contributing writer
The Hunger Games, which is based on the award winning book by Suzanne Collins, is a must-see if one has read the book, but it’s still enjoyable for those who haven’t. Both the post-apocalyptic thrill of children fighting to the death and the subtle love story will be a hit for both men and women. The story follows 16year- old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she is pulled from the world she knows, a small district in a post-apocalyptic world controlled by the Capitol, and placed into the annual Hunger Games. A game that involves a boy and a girl being picked from each of the twelve districts at random every year and thrown into an arena to fight to the death. The movie was well done. For example, Katniss gets stung by a mutation of a hornet and starts to hallucinate. Usually scenes in which a character is hallucinating are generally poorly done, but in this case they did it well. The audience gets a little dizzy watching her as the venom starts affecting her. The movie had some major differences from the book. One of which was seen in the trailer. It was a small part, but in comparison to the series, it was a big deal. In the trailer, Katniss is shown giving her little sister, Prim, a pin of a bird and
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“The Hunger Games” broke box office records this weekend, bringing in $155 million and earning it’s place as the third highest-grossing weekend ever, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4 million). It is the top opening weekend for any picture outside the summer movie season. Not to mention, it opened stronger than any of the “Twilight” films. telling her it will keep her safe. Anyone who has read the book will know that this is not what happened. Katniss is actually given the pin by a character not even mentioned in the movie named Madge. This is significant because Madge is the one girl Katniss consid-
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It was one of those nights. My stomach was making the rumblies only Italian food could satisfy. Nothing else would do. Arnie’s restaurant on Margaret street was the obvious choice to appease my monstrous craving. What a choice it was. Walking through the front door, I noticed the restaurant on the first floor was buzzing with activity on a Tuesday night, which surprised me. I bypassed the first-floor bar area and climbed the stairs to the dining room on the second floor. After a short wait, I was seated by a window overlooking Margaret street. When sitting in the dining room, one can tell the restaurant has been around for a long time as much of the furniture seems to be from circa 1950.
expected in the film because the book is narrated by Katniss and it would have been ridiculous if they had her saying all the small things that she thought in her head out loud or even if she had narrated the story. If people are considering, (or for hardcore fans, dying)
The wallpaper has a very elaborate pattern and matches the curtains exactly. Old Italian art is found here and there on the wall, giving it a very authentic feel. The aromas hanging in the air were pleasant and sufficiently made my mouth water. With my stomach growling, I stared at the menu. So many choices. There were chicken, veal and pasta dishes. There
were too many from which to choose. Eventually, I had it narrowed down to the chicken parmigiana and the pepper, sausage and mushroom platter. After some deliberation and weighing the pros and cons of each dish, I decided on the pepper, sausage and mushroom platter because I usually get chicken parmigiana when I go to an Italian restaurant. While I waited for my
food to arrive, I munched on some bread from the basket the server left on the table, it wasn’t the greatest, but it stopped my stomach from yelling at me. When my food arrived, I noted how much they actually gave me. I thought to myself how I was never going to be able to finish all of it. When I finally came back to my senses, I dug in. According to the front of the menu, all of the recipes were those of the owner’s mother, who brought them all from Italy when she came to the United States, which, if true, is very impressive. The flavors of the sauce definitely backed up the claim very nicely. There is no way sauce with that much flavor came from a jar. There is just no way. Whoever made my food was very generous on the amount of filling in the sauce; but, that is fine by me. The sausage was very fla-
PSUC student Louis Bastone said if he had a tablet he would choose the Nook because he really likes to read. “If you have a laptop and a Smartphone, I don’t think you need a tablet because they are basically those two combined in one,” he said. Tablets are easy to carry around, but they are also more convenient, especially for college students. “IPad’s use iBooks which has the capability of downloading the majority of textbooks students need
for school,” Frenyea said. “Instead of students spending hundreds of dollars a semester on books they carry around, they can spend half the amount in the iBook store and then just delete them at the end of the year and not have to worry about selling them back. It’s more cost efficient.” Another attraction of the tablet is the camera. Some could have a front-facing camera or rear-facing camera or both. This enables people to take photos and use applications like Skype.
“I actually saw a student down by Memorial Hall taking pictures with their iPad one day,” Gregori said. “It just looked funny,” PSUC students Katherine Otanez and Laundrie both said tablets are too expensive, but if they would go down in price, they would think about purchasing one. Adding up all of the features that tablets have to offer can be a bit pricey, but if you’re looking for great quality, that is to be expected. “A tablet can run from $100 to $600,” Gregori said. “If you don’t
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vorful and tender. I had no trouble getting through its casing as I do in other restaurants, which was good. The peppers and mushrooms were not soggy and retained their flavors very well. All together, the sauce seemed to be almost addictive. I had a hard time putting down my fork, but I felt as if I was going to rip apart at the seams. So, I decided it was time to call it a night. Arnie’s was probably the best choice for real ItalianAmerican food. It was definitely better than those chain restaurants that give you food that has been frozen and reheated. Buon Appetito!
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want to be disappointed with it, you should spend around $300 to $400 at least. They have more memory, the processors are better. Even with web browsing, the pricier new ones come with Flash players. The cheaper ones don’t, so you can’t play videos.” “Definitely do your research. A lot of people don’t. They expect a $100 tablet to work like the iPad. It’s not going to happen,” Gregori said. You should be willing to spend $200 to $400. That’s the range you should go for good quality.”
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Vol 86, Issue 6
A tablet by any other name... Retailers said the iPad is the top seller, but student opinion is evenly split
By Jennifer Franke staff writer
With at least 10 to choose from, tablets are not hard to miss in the local electronic stores. The latest technology is branching throughout the Plattsburgh State campus. Apple, Sony, Samsung, Blackberry, Android, Google and HP have all introduced tablets, but their features remain different. “What’s different about them all is the operating system. You have Apple, Android and Blackberry and then you have some secondary ones,” RadioShack’s Sales Team Associate Maurilio Gregori said. “The amount of memory they can store is also different and so is the processor, which basically is how they can act and how fast they are and what games they can run,” he said. Even though there are different brands to choose from, one in particular seems to stick out as the most popular. “Definitely the iPad is the most popular tablet out there right now,” Gregori said. “Apple is a well known brand, and they’ve been around for a long time. You can always count on them to work well and they are very user-friendly.” He said since the new iPad came out, people want to see the differences in the new generation and what more it
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has to offer. Best Buy’s Sales Team Associate Brandon Frenyea also agrees that the iPad remains No. 1. One feature that draws in potential tablet buyers is the different screen sizes, Gregori said. “A 7-inch tablet is very portable and the 10-inch is better for viewing Netflix movies, YouTube and things like that,” he said. With all of these features on one tablet, it tends to use a lot of electricity and doesn’t really benefit the environment, said PSUC student Mitch Laundrie. “Things like that usually have terrible battery life,” Laundrie said. “The iPad is the most popular tablet because of its operating system and how easily it works. They’re not as complicated as any other tablets out there,” Frenyea said. “Plus, there’s a whole bunch of applications you can purchase on it.” Choosing a certain tablet depends on what features they bring to the table. “It seems like games are the most popular feature,” Frenyea said. “But a lot more people now are using it to check their email and browse the web. It’s a lot easier to port around and a lot smaller than the rest.” See TABLET, B7