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MyPlattsburgh Flood claims Yokum offices Worker drenches first floor by leaving hose on for 6 hours changes have ups, downs By Yessenia Funes staff writer

By Gabrielle Beauregard staff writer

The redesigned MyPlattsburgh Web portal launched Jan. 22, gaining both praise and disapproval from members of the campus community. The site offers content similar to the former portal, along with features intended to enhance facultystudent communication. Dean of Library and Information Services Holly Heller-Ross said the basic layout of the portal has not been restructured and changes should appear minimal to users. “The navigation tabs of the site were directly recreated,” she said. “We did not want to lose the value of what we were originally providing.” PSUC student Eric Adams said the changes do not interfere with its maneuverability. “It’s still easy to use,” he said. But other students disagree, as they criticize the program through out-

lets such as Facebook and PlattsMemes Facebook Page. Heller-Ross said MyPlattsburgh’s new content was inspired by social networking and ANGEL, a program faculty members once used to create online communities with their colleagues and students. Students can access these features by selecting the My Communities tab after logging into the portal. Once there, they have the ability to join a variety of groups. Some require the permission of the group’s founder, and others are open to all. Heller-Ross also said the community feature of the portal would improve how staff communicate with one another. “Faculty members can organize committees with this new feature,” she said. Along with the creation of the community feature, small changes have been made regarding the Plattsburgh Daily Digest and logging in to the site. See PORTAL, A5

Do you like the new MyPlattsburgh?

Yes, 47 No, 41 No Opinion, 17

Information gathered by Gabrielle Beauregard and Brian Molongoski

Cardinal Points polled 105 students around the Angell College Center on whether they liked the changes to the MyPlattsburgh portal.

Ready for flu season Ready for flu season, the health center has developed free selfhelp packages for students. Page A3

Emmerling overcomes Rookie forward Kevin Emmerling has faced adversity on his way to the Cardinals. Page B3

It’s no surprise when one sees a waterfall out in the wooded, natural Adirondack Mountains. But a campus building is definitely not where anyone would expect to see or hear the whooshing flow of water. However, around 7:30 a.m. Friday, this was the case. “I could hear it before I could see it, and I remember thinking it sounded like a waterfall,” said Colleen Lemza, a Plattsburgh State public relations professor. Lemza discovered water pouring out of Yokum’s ceiling and two inches of water soaking the carpet in the communication and journalism offices. Journalism Professor Ronald Davis saw the waterworks second. The wet carpet soaked several employees’ shoes. Lemza decided to walk barefoot for the rest of the day, while Rachael Jurek, assistant professor of public relations, bought some new socks for the day. “I figured the only way to dry my socks was to take

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Water flows through a flooded room in Yokum Hall last Friday leaving furniture and the carpet soaked. Many offices around this area has damage as well. them off, so I was barefoot for the day,” Lemza said. Daniel Mariano, head of the janitorial department, said a water leak on the third floor, above the offices, was the culprit. A hose was left inside a floorcleaning machine for six hours overnight. Though Lemza immediately called University

causing $11,000 worth of damage. It’s a blow the school must absorb because the insurance doesn’t cover state property. The ceiling tiles where the waterfall streamed out were also ruined, along with anything left on the floor of many offices. See FLOOD, A5

Students take up gun control debate By Brian Molongoski associate news editor

“I don’t think it’s necessary, but I don’t think it’s a burden either,” Plattsburgh State senior Michael Zucker said regarding the ownership of firearms. Fellow senior Jacob Green agreed, saying he can see why people would want to own guns. In light of the recent shootings across the country and the new state gun control legislation in response, there are mixed feelings among Plattsburgh State students about whether they would own guns after they graduate. A recent article posted by the Kansas City Star described a survey that suggested 60 percent of high school and college students have contemplated owning, or plan to own weapons after they graduate. The author of the study was quoted saying the blame falls upon the “post-Columbine world” that young

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kids in,” Gaget said. people live in. “Absolutely not,” Stepanik said. “It Dean of Students Stephen Matthews said it’s normal for students to consider just creates an unsafe environment.” While some students believe firetheir own safety when a shooting occurs. “Whenever there is one of these arms welcome danger, others are not school shootings, whether it’s on cam- against the idea of gun ownership. “I don’t have anything against pus or anywhere, it’s a natural For owning one myself,” sophomore human reaction to immediately think about your situation,” Mat- more Jason Regruit said. on gun Sophomore Sean Murphy thews said. Some PSUC students said they control agreed, saying that he might consider owning a rifle. would never want to own guns see “It would be more for protecafter graduating. page tion than anything,” Murphy said. Senior Alex Hilker said that A2. Seniors Andrew Plachecki and owning a firearm would not Liam Ward, both of whom own guns and make him feel safe. “The more people that have guns live off campus, argued that it’s their secincreases the risk of accidents,” Hilker ond amendment right to own firearms. said. “It does more harm than good.” “It’s your right to own firearms,” Sophomore Loulou Gaget and senior Ward said. “This new legislation just Jill Stepanik both agreed they wouldn’t makes the state look bad.” want to own guns. Email Brian Molongoski at brian. “If I’m a mom in the future and there are guns in the house, I would not let

Only weeks after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, a viral video was posted claiming the event was a hoax. Opinions Editor Lara Dufresne thinks otherwise. Page A6

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Police, and carpet extractors and wet-dry vacuums picked up the water, items were inevitably damaged during that time. The most damage happened upstairs where the hose was. Kevin Mundy, a staff associate in the computing and media services department, said 25 projection screens were destroyed,

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Celebrate Chinese New Year Saturday

The Chinese Association will be hosting a Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Alumni Conference Center. Tickets are $3 and are sold at the ACC information desk.

Win pillowcases for children Feb. 11

Students have the chance to win a pillowcase of their choice at the 101 Pillowcases for Kids event Monday, Feb. 11, from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Warren Ballrooms. Prices are $1 for one raffle ticket and $5 for six tickets. All proceeds will go to Providence House in New York.

Craft bird feeders with the SUNY Plattsburgh Wildlife Club

The Plattsburgh State Wildlife Club is participating in the ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ on Feb. 13, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. All students are invited to attend and make homemade bird feeders to be hung around campus.

Wellness at Work will be its hosting biannual Wellness challenge

Faculty and staff can participate in the Wellness at Work Spring Challenge. The challenge is an eight-week program that encourages participants to improve their overall health. An informational sign-up meeting will be held on Feb. 12, in the Alumni Conference Center at Noon An event will follow the meeting that will help participants manage stress. The challenge begins Feb. 18, and ends April 14.

Fraternity presents Latin American art discussion in Cardinal Lounge

The Alpha Delta chapter of Phi Iota Alpha presents Viva El Arte Latinoamericano, a discussion about Latin American art throughout history on a global perspective. The event will be held in the Cardinal Lounge on Feb. 19, and will feature history Professor Ryan Alexander as a guest speaker.

Study abroad with Semester at Sea

Semester at Sea is a short-term study abroad program catered to students who are unable to participate in other study abroad opportunities. The program will bring students to various places in Europe, from England to Russia. Applications to join the program are due today.

‘Around the World’ event will showcase various cultures Feb. 28

Students will have the opportunity to experience different cultures, try new food and learn about study abroad opportunites Feb. 28, in the ACC meeting rooms.


SUNY launches career alliance ALBANY—State University Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced the New York Cradle to Career Strategic Alliance, which will help support cradle to career networks across the state and develop new partnerships with communities. “The Alliance will provide invaluable support to existing partnerships and to those under development, as communities in every region begin to embrace their capacity to collectively impact the delivery of public education and quality of life in New York,” Zimpher said. Vanessa Threatte, founder of the Brighter Choice Charter Middle School for Girls was appointed as the Alliance executive director. “Vanessa is the ideal candidate to lead this charge and we are thrilled that she has joined the SUNY team,” Zimpher said. The Alliance will provide coaches to the cradle to career partnerships who will help leaders and staff throughout the state sustain a cradle to career network. It will also help networks manage and collect data to improve how they can see what benefits children in each community. To avoid difficulties and make community development more successful, the Alliance will also share strategies from each partnership with networks statewide. An Alliance advocacy agenda will be put in place to support networks and show leaders and supporters which strategies work. Communities in Albany, Rochester and Clinton County have already started cradle-to-career networks with the help of SUNY. More Communities, including Brooklyn, Harlem, Queens, Yonkers, and the Mohawk Valley, are also working with SUNY to start networks.

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Officers participate in training By Brian Molongoski associate news editor

important that victims stay out of the way of police during a shooting. Over the winter break, “If you’re in a building University Police conduct- where something is haped active shooter training pening and police are reexercises to help officers be sponding, don’t run at the more prepared if a school police,” Sabo said. “Stay shooting happened at out of the way of police, Plattsburgh State. make sure they don’t think University Police Chief you’re a threat, and expect Arlene Sabo said that them to go toward the given the size of the cam- shooter.” pus, there could be a time Along with being able where only one officer can to stay safe in a shooting respond to a situation, Sabo shooting situasaid it’s impera“The point tion. The courstive that stuof these es, which were dents and faculscenario based committees is ty help prevent exercises conto get people shootings from ducted in Wiltogether, the happening as son Hall, trained well. stakeholders officers to indiStudents vidually handle from different may exhibit a shooting situwalks of the “red-flag” beation on their campus life, to haviors that own should a could signal a see what has future shootpotential shooting occur where been going on. ing, which Sabo reinforcements Stephen Matthews, said should be are not immedi- Dean of Students reported to UP ately available. immediately. Members of “In most situthe state police and Home- ations, the shooter has land Security also joined told someone they want to University Police in the shoot people,” Sabo said. training. “It’s really important to “Prevention is where we share that information need to be on all fronts,” with University Police. If, Sabo said. “We are equipped for any reason a student, and do train to respond if faculty or staff member need be.” isn’t coming to University Officer Robert Light, who Police, I’d say first of all, devised the exercises, said get over it. Come in or call it’s a slim chance that of- us.” ficers will have to go into Sabo said there is a cama shooting situation alone, pus behavioral assessment but they now have the op- committee that meets evtion to do so. ery week, which includes a Should a shooting situ- broad representation from ation arise, Sabo said it’s different departments to important that students discuss prevention. and faculty know how to Committee member and react. Dean of Students Stephen Sabo explained that if vic- Matthews said the comtims have the opportunity, mittee is a way for the they should get out imme- campus to connect the diately. If not, they should dots regarding potential find somewhere to hide and threats. stay quiet. Lastly, if no other “The point of these comoptions are present, victims mittees is to get people should fight. together, the stakeholders “If you’re in the class- from different walks of the room or in the dining hall campus life, to see what has or wherever, and if you can’t been going on,” Matthews run or hide, fight,” Sabo said. said. “That’s the last and If the committee detects worst case scenario and a pattern of alarming behopefully it’ll never come to havior in a student, Matthat.” thews said they will reSabo added that it’s also spond and help that student

GUN CONTROL THROUGH THE YEARS 2004 — The law passed in 1994 ban-

ning possesion of magazines hold ing more than 10 rounds of ammunition expires.

2007 — The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled to allow Dick Heller, a licensed district police officer, to keep a handgun in his home in Washington, D.C. The defendants petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

2008 — Congress passed legislation to

require states provide data on mentally unsound individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

2008 — The U.S. Supreme Court agrees

the D.C. handgun ban is unconstitutional in District of Columbia v. Heller.

2011 — Jared Loughner opened fire at

an event, killing six and injuring 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Resulting attempts to push gun control legislation proved fruitless, with neither proposal gaining a single GOP co-sponsor.

2012 — Trayvon Martin was gunned

down in an event that some believed would bring increased scrutiny on the nation’s Stand Your Ground laws. Lawmakers were quick to concede that they had little faith the event would effectively spur gun control legislation.

2012 — After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new gun-control bill. The laws fortify New York’s existing assault weapons ban, limit the number of bullets allowed in magazines and strengthen rules that govern the mentally ill, which includes a requirement to report potentially harmful behavior.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Reff so police intervention is not a first case scenario. Matthews also noted that he feels comfortable with the way student behavior is being monitored on campus. “I think we have been very lucky that we’ve convinced our campus, and this goes from the faculty staff and students, that let-

ting us know something is going on is a better response than worrying about getting someone in trouble,” Matthews said. “You have to rely on the community to take a little bit of ownership.” Email Brian Molongoski at brian.molongoski@

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New packets help students during flu season By Darina Naidu associate news editor

Students no longer have to wait hours in the lobby to see a doctor. The sign says, “Our New Year’s resolution is to help you lose the wait!” With it being the cold and flu season, the center for Health and Psychological Services is at its busiest. However, the center now has a new station where health packages are available for students to treat health problems such as cold, cough, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, allergies and more. Students can now come in, grab a packet and go. Director Kathleen Camelo said the idea of the self-care station came from a recent visit to SUNY Geneseo where the health center has a similar system. “It’s very popular with the students there, so we decided students here would like it as well,” she said. However, Susan Sand, a physicians’ assistant at the health center, said they added more variety to the packages such as for a sprained ankle and dry skin. Camelo said some of the staff members at the health center did some tabling last Wednesday at the Angell College Center to get students’ reactions. “We got a very good response, and we also put it on our Facebook page,” she said. “I know RAs (Resident Assistant) are spreading the word as well. We really want to get the word out there.” Monica Lattrell, who works at the health center front desk, said that so far, students have loved the self-care station.

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The Center for Student Health and Psychological Services now offers free self-care packages for Plattsburgh State students. They allow students to treat their own cold, flu and pain related problems such as allergies, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and body pain without scheduling an appointment. “It’s a way to treat yourself without having to wait over an hour to see a doctor,” Lattrell said. The self-care packages also include condoms for both boys and girls. Lattrell said give the advantage of being private, especially for students who are not comfortable asking for condoms. “It helps save time,” Lattrell said. She added that students have said the new station was “convenient and great”. However, students are only allowed to take one package per health issue.

“We’ve been monitoring the usage of the packages, and we’re tracking the quantity that is going out,” Camelo said. “But, we have been trusting the students about it. It’s been going well so far.” PSUC Student Cassi Burgin, student, thinks the selfcare packages are another way to help keep students healthy. However, some students think the self-care packages have their disadvantages, and Ben Jaquish is one of them. “It isn’t really a good idea because then stu-

dents can begin “I like to get evalto self-medicate “It’s a way uations,” she said. themselves, and “If I’m sick, I would to treat they may not be still like to see a yourself treating themdoctor.” without selves for the But, Bogner said having to the packages could right thing,” he said. “It could be wait over a be useful for stua lot more serious hour to see dents even though than they think, a doctor.” she would not use and it could turn them. Monica out worse if they However, CameLattrell, are taking the lo does not think wrong medi- health center the packages employee cines.” could be a disadPSUC student vantage for stuMaddy Bogner dents. said she would “Inside the packnot use the self-care pack- ages are detailed instrucages either. tions, what are the symptoms



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Former Librarian leaves PSUC $470,000 in her will By Heidi LaPoint staff writer


and what to do if they do not get better.” Camelo added that the packages can be educational for the students as the information provided in them helps them stay aware of how to treat themselves and remain healthy. She said the staff at the health center encourages the students to approach one of the nurses at the front desk and ask for help or more information.

Former librarian Phyllis Wells left the college $470,000 from her estate after she died Jan. 23. The $470,000 will be distributed between the Phyllis Wells Endowed Scholarship and the Wells Endowment for Special Collections in the Feinberg Library. An estimated 75 percent of the donation will be used for scholarships and put into the unrestricted endowment pool, which the college can use to support academic achievement awards, residency awards and other awards Director of Student Financial Services Todd Moravec, said. Moravec said every four out of five students rely on financial aid, and one out of every four or five full-time, undergraduate students have some sort of scholarship. He believes the donation will not only benefit the students, but the college as a whole. “Every dollar more that we get that she donated is a dollar less that the college has to spend on that program,” Moravec said. “That frees up that dollar to spend on other things: classrooms, faculty, staff, education, resources … and it’s great to see.” Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement David Gregoire estimates that the scholarship

money will not be ready for use until the 2014-15 academic year. Putting this donation into an endowment pool allows the money to grow every year and live on in Wells’ name, said Gregoire. The rest of the donation will go toward the Wells Endowment for Special Collections in Feinberg. Debra Kimok, associate librarian, described Special Collections as a program that aids in the preservation of many different materials relating to local history — mostly Clinton County, but sometimes Franklin and Essex counties, along with Lake Champlain, and the Adirondacks. She said the money received from Wells will be used toward materials and supplies needed in order to preserve original documents, such as acidfree boxes used to store older paper so it does not deteriorate, yellow or crumple. “We’re preserving the history of the college … it really helps students to get their hands on primary documents to support research to learn about the importance of going to primary sources,” Kimok said. Special Collections will not only benefit history majors, but it will help students in every kind of major, she said. “When I say local history, it’s not just for history

students because within that history, all kinds of topics are covered from politics, anthropology, art, music, general history … there’s poetry,” Kimok said. Anne Whitmore Hansen said that Wells had a strong connection to the college and considered it her family since she did not have any in the Plattsburgh area. “She built her career at the college, all of her friends were connected to the college, and she had a great sense of family here … it was really one of the most important parts of her life,” Hansen said. Hansen remembers Wells by her focus and dedication, both on local history and any goal she had, like this donation. “She lived her life in a very modest way … she used to tell me about how happy she was that the gift she was going to give to the college was growing. She was saving and trying to grow it — over her retirement years even,” Hansen said. “She was just thrilled to be able to help the college in this way,” she said. “It was something that she really took a lot of pride in and was excited that she was going to be able to do this for the students and for the library.” Email Heidi LaPoint at heidi.lapoint@


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Editor’s Note: Normally, we keep the weekly police blotter to a sidebar on A4. Because we have not published a paper since December, we felt it was necessary to put as much of this winter’s police blotter in the newspaper as possible. Next week, we will return to our normal slot on the left side of this page. For additional blotter entries, please visit

Dec. 9 12:17 a.m. — Macdonough Hall — University Police responded to a report of an intoxicated male on the third floor of Macdonough Hall. The male was identified as a resident student. The individual was bleeding from his upper lip. The Plattsburgh Fire Department ambulance was dispatched. The student was uncooperative during transport. University Police accompanied the ambulance to CVPH. A service report and college charges were filed.

2:03 a.m. — Broad Street — University Police arrested Holly Jensen of Macomb Hall and charged her with driving while intoxicated and failure to obey a traffic device. She was issued an appearance ticket and was released to a third party.

2:07 p.m. — Fieldhouse — An off-campus student reported that a motorist struck his parked vehicle on Dec. 7 at approximately 9:30 p.m. and left the scene. A witness provided a license plate number for the vehicle. A crime incident report was filed. The accident is being investigated.

9:15 p.m. — Rugar Street — University Police arrested Matthew Murray of 97 Maine Road and charged him with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a registration suspension. He was released upon an appearance ticket. He is not affiliated with the college.

Dec. 11 12:47 a.m. — Parking Lot 18 — University Police observed a vehicle parked in Parking Lot 18 with three occupants. University Police checked on vehicle and detected the odor of marijuana. A small amount of marijuana was located in the vehicle. College charges were filed against all three occupants. A crime incident report was filed.

3:48 a.m. — Macdonough Hall— University Police arrested Eufemio Quintero of Mohegan Lake and charged him with criminal possession of stolen property fifth Degree. He was released upon an appearance ticket.

Dec. 12 4:20 p.m. — University Police — University Police received a report that the Plattsburgh City Police had arrested an off-campus student for Sexual Abuse in the first degree and forcible touching. University Police interviewed a reporter from an on-campus forcible touching reported in September 2011 involving the same suspect. University Police responded to the Plattsburgh City Police station and arrested the student for Forcible Touching regarding the 2011 incident. The individual was arraigned on all charges, failed to post

bail and was remanded to County Jail. The individual was issued a letter of interim suspension. College charges were filed.

Dec. 13 10:50 a.m. — Rugar Street — An off-campus student reported that her vehicle was struck by another vehicle as she was turning onto Rugar Street. The other vehicle stopped briefly then continued on. The complainant’s vehicle sustained minor damage. A MV 104 and a crime incident report were filed.

5:32 p.m. — Mason Hall — University Police were notified of an odor of marijuana. Upon investigation, the odor was found to be coming from an unoccupied room that contained several burning candles and a marijuana pipe. College charges were filed against the resident. A crime incident report was filed.

Dec. 14 2:07 a.m. — Banks Hall — University Police and Central Heating Plant personnel responded to a report of people stuck in the elevator. The elevator was reset and five individuals were let out on the basement level. The elevator remained in service. A service report was filed. 9:26 p.m. — deFredenburgh Hall — deFredenburgh Hall staff reported finding three knives in room 312 while conducting room checks. The knives were confiscated. College charges and a service report was filed. 9:52 p.m. — Wilson Hall — While on foot patrol, University Police located a damaged exit sign near room 91C in Wilson Hall. There are no suspects as the majority of the building had already left for winter break. A crime incident report was filed.

Dec. 16 1:36 p.m. — Fieldhouse — University Police responded to the Fieldhouse for a visitor who had fallen while ice skating. The male had struck his head on the ice and sustained a cut above his right eye. The male declined medical treatment. A service report was filed. Dec. 17 1:26 p.m. — Macomb Hall — An employee reported that she received a disturbing telephone call from a room phone at Macomb Hall. An unknown caller yelled at the employee about stealing his newspaper and said he was going to her house. A telecommunications incident report was completed. Telecommunications investigated the call and determined it was a spoofed call from an unknown off-campus number made to look like it came from an on-campus phone. An incident report was filed.

Dec. 18 4:57 p.m. — Broad Street — University Police attempted to stop a motorist for a traffic infraction on Broad Street near Beekman Street. The motorist failed to stop until reaching Oak Street. The motorist was found to be an unlicensed driver. Three uniform traffic tickets were issued. An incident report was filed. Dec. 19 8:49 a.m. — University Police — City Police notified University Police that they had received a report

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regarding a posting on Facebook from a page with Plattsburgh in the name. The posting indicated a desire to commit school violence. The message was posted in California and has been removed from the page. The report is being investigated. New York State Police was notified. An incident report was filed. 11:31 p.m. — Macomb Hall — University Police and the Plattsburgh Fire Department responded to Macomb Hall for a fire alarm. Upon arrival, the building was in full alarm and had been evacuated. Burned food in the director’s apartment caused a smoke detector to be activated in the area. The area was cleared, and the alarm was reset. A service report was filed.

Dec. 22 12:37 a.m. — Parking Lot 16 — University Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle City Police was looking for in conjunction with a hit-and-run accident that occurred minutes earlier in the city. City Police responded and arrested the driver for drinking while intoxicated and several other traffic violations. The driver is not affiliated with the college. A service report was filed. Dec. 27 12:11 p.m. — On campus — Contractors reported a burglary and vandalism at the School of Business construction site. Sometime over the weekend, an individual entered the building, discharged two fire extinguishers and removed several welding cables. A crime incident report was filed. Dec. 28 2:00 p.m. — Broad Street — University Police and City Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Broad Street. A campus vehicle had struck a light pole while removing snow from the sidewalk. The light pole was removed by the Plattsburgh Municipal Lighting Department. A service report was filed.

5:58 p.m. — Fieldhouse — University Police responded to the Fieldhouse ice rink. A visiting hockey player had sustained a neck injury. The visitor was transported to the hospital via ambulance. A service report was filed.

Jan. 2 4:54 p.m. — Yokum Hall — An employee reported that someone stole a set of keys from her office desk. The employee had left the office unattended for a few minutes. The key ring had personal and campus keys on it. The employee also reported that her iPod was stolen from her office sometime between Dec. 21 and Jan. 1. A crime incident report was filed. Jan. 6 10:15 a.m. — Hood Hall — University Police responded to Hood Hall for a fire alarm trouble signal. A resident of room 414 had removed the smoke detector head in his room in order to burn a candle. The candle was not burning upon arrival. The smoke detector head was put back and the trouble signal cleared. A service report and college charges were filed. Jan. 8 4:44 p.m. — Parking Lot 7 — An employee reported that her vehicle had been vandalized while parked in Parking Lot 7. There are no suspects at this time. A crime incident report was filed.

Jan. 10 1:33 p.m. — University Police — A member of the cleaning staff turned in a small unmarked container of pills that was found while cleaning Banks Hall. The pills were kept for disposal by University Police. A service report was filed.

1:55 p.m. — Rugar Street — University Police arrested Daniel Niemann of 35 South Peru Street and charged him with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a uninspected and unregistered motor vehicle. He was released upon an appearance ticket. He is not affiliated with the college.

Jan. 12 8:50 p.m. — Fieldhouse — The EMT working for the hockey game at the Fieldhouse requested University Police to dispatch an ambulance for a student athlete who sustained a shoulder injury during the game. The student was transported to the hospital by Plattsburgh Fire Department ambulance. A service report was filed and a copy was provided to the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services.

Jan. 14 11:55 p.m. — Macomb Hall — University Police responded to a noise compliant at Macomb Hall. Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams were engaged in a water fight. A cleaner responded to assist with removing water from the hallways and stairwells. Nonresidents were asked to leave the building. A service report and college charges were filed. Jan. 15 5:10 p.m. — Parking Lot 16 — University Police responded to a property damage motor vehicle accident in parking lot 16. A motorist backed into a parked vehicle. Accident and service reports were filed.

Jan. 17 8:44 a.m. — University Police — A cleaner reported to University Police that she had an order of protection against another person. She was concerned the person may attend a sporting event at the Fieldhouse that weekend when she was scheduled to work. Patrols were notified and the employee was told to call police if the subject is seen. A service report was filed.

Jan. 19 9:55 p.m. — Banks Hall — University Police and Central Heating Plant personnel responded to a report of three individuals stuck in the even elevator at Banks Hall. The individuals were released from the elevator. The elevator was taken out of service. A service report was filed.

Jan. 20 10:55 a.m. — Construction Site — University Police responded to a report that some scaffolding at the GNU construction site was moving due to the wind. The SUCF Site Rep was notified and responded. The contractor was advised and sent in a work crew. A section of scaffolding was deemed unsafe and was removed. The Plattsburgh City Police was notified and responded. Cornelia Street was closed to traffic from Beekman Street to Draper Avenue while the scaffolding was removed. A service report was to be completed.

Jan. 27 2:12 a.m. — Cornelia Street — Plattsburgh City Police arrested Maria Peralta of 117 Brinkerhoff St. and charged her with driving while intoxicated. She was released to a third party upon an appearance ticket.

4:03 a.m. — Wilson Hall — University Police and CVPH EMS responded to the Wilson Hall seventh floor guest bathroom for an intoxicated student. The student was transported to the hospital via ambulance. College charges were forwarded. A service report was filed.

12:55 p.m. — Saranac Hall — University Police responded to the College Store for a report of a student who had attempted to steal textbooks from the store. Upon investigation, it was learned that the student had purchased the textbooks online and had not followed the proper procedure to pick up the books. A service report was filed.

Jan. 28 8:14 p.m. — Fieldhouse — University Police and the Plattsburgh Fire Department responded to the main parking lot at the Fieldhouse for a vehicle on fire. The fire was extinguished and the vehicle towed. The owner is not affiliated with the college. A service report was filed. Jan. 29 2:30 p.m. — Saranac Hall — University Police arrested Selome Abera of 242 Kent Hall and charged her with petit larceny. She was released upon an appearance ticket.

3:08 p.m. — Wilson Hall — A resident student was transported to CVPH after falling and striking her head causing a laceration. The fall resulted from horseplay with another student. A service report was filed and forwarded to the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services.

7:45 p.m. — Broad Street — University Police arrested Carmen Melendez of Chicopee, MA, for third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. She was also ticketed for operating an uninsured, unregistered and uninspected motor vehicle. She is not affiliated with the college. She was released upon an appearance ticket. Jan. 30 10:45 a.m. — Parking Lot 18 — University Police arrested Brandon Bleyl of 413 deFredenburgh Hall and charged him with a violation of unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released upon an appearance ticket.

8:31 p.m. — Hood Hall — University Police assisted the City Police to locate two students who were wanted on Plattsburgh City Court bench warrants for failure to appear. A service report was filed.

10:30 p.m. — Hood Hall — A faculty member requested University Police complete a welfare check on a student who had been acting strangely. The student was located and did not appear to be in distress. A service report was filed. A copy was provided to the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services. Jan. 31 5:44 p.m. — Broad Street — A student reported dam-

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age to her vehicle while it was parked on Broad Street. Strong winds caused a tree limb to break off and fall on the vehicle. The limb dented the roof and broke the rear window. A service report was filed. 11:48 p.m. — deFredenburgh Hall — University Police arrested James Read of 931 deFredenburgh Hall and charged him with a violation of unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released upon an appearance ticket.

Feb. 1 11:57 a.m. — Yokum Hall — An off-campus student reported the larceny of her cell phone from her jacket while she was in class in Yokum Hall. A crime incident report was filed.

1:25 p.m. — Canadian Studies — A staff member reported damage to the doors of the garage building located behind the Center for the Study of Canada. It appeared someone tried to gain entry to the building but was unsuccessful. A crime incident report was filed. 3:48 p.m. — University Police — University Police transported a resident student to CVPH for a mental health evaluation. A service report was filed and forwarded to the Dean of Student Office for LifeLine consideration and to the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services

11:55 p.m. — Couch Street — Plattsburgh City Police arrested James Milano, Wonil Yang, Christopher Cuzzola and Jeffrey Carpenter of 46 Couch St. and charged them with a violation the city noise ordinance. They were released upon an appearance ticket.

Feb. 2 2:24 a.m. — Macdonough Hall — University Police and the Plattsburgh Fire Department ambulance responded to Macdonough Hall for a 911 call reporting an intoxicated female. The female, a resident student, was highly intoxicated and belligerent. She provided false information and refused to comply with EMT requests. She was eventually transported to CVPH. A service report and college charges were filed. 10:45 a.m. — University Police — University Police arrested Cierrah Forte of 039 Kent Hall and charged her with third degree assault and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree. She was arraigned at Plattsburgh City Court and released on her own recognizance.

12:10 p.m. — University Police — University Police arrested Markus Dixon of 343 Mason Hall and charged him with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree. He was arraigned at Plattsburgh City Court and released on his own recognizance.

8:34 p.m. — Wilson Hall — University Police received a complaint from a resident student that another resident student had entered her room (she provided her code) and removed a lock box. The box was returned a short time later with nothing missing. The student admitted removing the box to show his mother over Skype so she could get him one to store his passport. A service report and college charges were filed.

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Jurek’s office was one of them. She said everything and anything touching the floor was wet. A sofa-chair she kept in her office was soaked and ruined. Bags with papers and work samples from her professional life were completely destroyed. Yet, she was not that upset about it. “I feel bad for the employee because we all do things that, after the fact, of course, it wasn’t what you wanted to happen, but sometimes you forget,” Jurek said. “And I kind of feel bad that this has turned into such a big deal because it’s water and it can be cleaned up.” Davis’s office wasn’t as affected as others, but some books, folders and papers were damaged. All the offices from Davis’s to the All Points North office weren’t affected. The Cardinal Yearbook office was slightly affected, and the adjunct office was affected in only certain

spots. However, nothing was damaged. Meanwhile, Damien Quinlan, a lecturer in the communications department, had his computer tower on the floor. Lucky for him, Lemza and Davis immediately thought to check his office and removed his slightly submerged computer tower. After Quinlan left it off and sent it over to ResNet Services, his computer was ready to use by Monday. “If it weren’t for Dr. Davis and Colleen, I don’t know what else would’ve been damaged, so great thanks,” he said. Lemza and Davis also checked Journalism Instructor Jack Downs’ office. His office, along with Quinlan’s, was most affected. However, Downs had many equipment bags in his office, but they were on the couch. Even so, as was the case with others, a lot of paper and books were destroyed. Downs said he’ll miss a lot of his books, particularly textbooks he’ll have to replace

and stylebooks he could never replace. However, he’s unaware if the school is providing funds for replacing lost material. Even with all these losses, several professors worried most that mold would build. However, Mariano said the fans and dehumidifiers weren’t going to let that happen. By drying and dehumidifying, Mariano said mold wouldn’t form. Jurek even brought in her dehumidifier from home. All the office doors were left open to allow air to circulate through as well. “I’m willing to have my things stolen, but I can’t chance somebody taking the school laptop or papers that have peoples’ grades on it, so I had to shove everything into these drawers and lock them,” Jurek said. The offices were almost completely dried out by Sunday. Email Yessenia Funes at yessenia.funes@

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The flood in Yokum Hall leaves journalism and communication offices soaked after a janitor left a hose running overnight, causing at least $11,000 worth of equipment damage.

PORTAL: Aims to make communication easier From Page One The Daily Digest, which was once sent via email, is now displayed in its own section of the MyPlattsburgh portal. PSUC student Jannerys Pichardo said moving the digest was a good idea. She said she was happy that she could read it if she desired, but it would not be taking up space in her inbox. Heller-Ross said she had plans in mind when planning out the login function of the site. She said she aimed to make the process as simple as possible. “The single sign on feature is a really big thing with MyPlattsburgh,” she said. “Users can access all of the services they need without having multiple passwords to remember.” Not all features of the new portal have been revealed. Heller-Ross said there is a component in progress that would allow department chairs to communicate with their students directly through the portal.

“Students will be able to log in to the portal to find information pertaining to their specific major,” she said. The Web portal was redesigned due to changes in the software used to maintain it. Heller-Ross said she once preferred the Luminus software but decided to use software created by Campus EAI instead. “As we were waiting for an updated version of Luminus, I began to wonder if it catered to our needs,” she said. “I discovered other SUNY schools used Campus EAI, and I liked what it had to offer.” Adams said he has not accessed the new features yet, but the content should catch students’ attention as they explore the new portal. “The website is still new to students, but in time, I’m sure people will get used to it and see what it has to offer,” he said. Email Gabrielle Beauregard at gabrielle.beauregard@

Student Association Soundoff a.m., ACC Lobby handmade, colorful pillowcases No More! V-Men Workshop, made for Providence House, 7-9 p.m. a not-for-profit organization founded by the Sisters of St. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13 Joseph that helps transform the Coffeehouse, 9-11 p.m., lives of homeless, abused, and Burghy’s formerly incarcerated women and their children in NYC. Enter the raffle for your chance to win THURSDAY, FEB. 14 Center for Women’s a pillowcase of your choice. All Concerns V-Day proceeds will be donated to Informational 6-9 p.m. the organization. There will be SATURDAY, FEB. 9 beverages and snacks. Late Night Weekends: Edible Tickets are now on sale for: Crafts, 9 p.m. to Midnight, SUNDAY, FEB. 10 Sundowner SATURDAY, FEB. 16 Make a craft and eat it, too! Identity Thief, 7 p.m., Snow Tubing, 9:30 a.m., Gore Cumberland 12 Tickets are still on sale for very Mountain MONDAY, FEB. 11 Spend a fun day tubing reduced price. Tickets include Amnesty International The for only $8! See the ACC Dark Side of Chocolate, 6-8 p.m. a drink and a small popcorn! Information Desk for more Visit the ACC Informational information. Desk for more information. International Business Club’s Whiteface Mountain Shuttle 101 Pillowcases for Kids, 6-8 Only $5! Runs Feb. 9, Feb. 16, p.m., Warren Ballrooms TUESDAY, FEB. 12 Feb. 23, March 2 ACB Novelties: Lip Balm, 11 Come by to view 104

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What do you do to avoid the flu?

Carly Macken Sophomore Nursing

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Funky fonts add Kinks have yet personalization to be untangled By Yessenia Funes staff writer

“I wash my hands a lot.”

Elizabeth Gates Senior Biology

“I get my flu shot.”

Mark Dawson Sophomore Music & Biology

“I constantly wash my hands and I have Purell all the time.”

John Crepean Senior Business Demonstration & Applied Management

I’m sure all Plattsburgh State students logged in to their MyPlattsburgh the Sunday before classes to check where they’ll be heading the next morning without much thought. The first day of classes started the next day, and they wished to get there on time. Boy, were they in for a shock when their screen lit a bright red instead of the dull, white light they’re usually welcomed with. I sure was. It wasn’t the bad kind of shock, though. It was more of a, “Oh, what’s this?” kind of shock. That, “This looks pretty effing cool,” kind of shock. I’ve seen a few Facebook complaints about the change. The PlattsMemes Facebook page even made a meme about the warning “A break-in was detected” that students see when they open an old window from a session they didn’t log out of properly. I found that warning comical. It’s more amusing than whatever it used to say before. I can’t even remember what it used to say. I remember only that the website suffered this flaw even before the change, but it didn’t report it as witty. There were a few problems the first day. It wouldn’t let you log on. The website wouldn’t load. But those were the first few days. The tech dudes were still working on the site, and now the issues have stopped. Everything looks tidier and organized on the new site. The home page has helpful information readily available such as the student’s Banner ID. The events are easier to read now, too. The new icons for Banner, Moodle, Webmail and My Files provide an attractive design element to the website. Besides the cool colors and simple, easy-to-use design, the new MyPlattsburgh has some new fea- Email Yessenia Funes at yessenia. tures. The Language tab seems

Conspiracy video lacks valid proof By Lara Dufresne opinions editor

“I usually try to wash my hands a lot, but I end up getting it anyway, so I try to keep it to myself..”

Justin Lavarnway Junior Criminal Justice

“I took the flu shot, but I still got the flu.”

useful for the array of international students here. It’ll make their lives a lot easier to read in their first language. There is a flaw, unfortunately. When one clicks on the flags and language name, the site doesn’t change to the language — for me at least. Right next to the Language tab lies the Fonts tab. We’re all different students and enjoy different visuals. Perhaps Sofie is more of a Carbon Block kind-of girl. She enjoys seeing the heavy marks on her screen. Then, there’s Clarissa, the more elegant of the two. She may prefer to see the eloquent strokes of Monotype Corsiva. Students can pick from Carbon Block, Monotype Corsiva, Calibri, Dum Italic and Linden Hill. The default resembles Tahoma, but I could be wrong. I use the default, but at least there’s the option for change in case I want to add some funk to my MyPlattsburgh. But the coolest new feature on MyPlattsburgh is that you can link it to your Facebook. You can’t say that’s not cool — unless you don’t have a Facebook. (Kudos to you for that willpower if you don’t.) Imagine you’re checking out your schedule, and you have an epiphany for a Facebook status. Right then and there, you can post it on your wall. That’s right, through MyPlattsburgh. There’s a blogging feature, too. I prefer Blogger for that, but it’s something one wouldn’t expect. I like surprises. Change is good. Whether students like the changes, they’re here to stay. So quit whining about it and wishing the old site was back. Embrace the new one. Nothing stays the same forever. Change is inevitable. That’s one of life’s many rules. Lucky for us, this change didn’t hurt us. It helped us.

A recently posted viral video discusses in length the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as a conspiracy. It was made with extreme skepticism of our government and, frankly, I see none of the cheap accusations as being a worthy reason to watch the 30-minute rant. According to the video, it is “one of the most saddening acts ever committed in the U.S.,” and they’re right. This event is so real it’s unbearable. These people that believe a conspiracy is possible are so sickened by what happened that they’re trying to make something out of nothing. The sound of the U.S. government putting their own people in harm is absurd. There were accusations of the public being misinformed about the facts, such as the type of gun being used. To answer this, do

your CSI work. The police do their investigation and don’t always get it right on the first try. They have to go back and rework their angles to figure out what the cause of death is. Only the show CSI does this in a one-hour time slot. We’re talking about policemen trying to gather as much information as they can while panic is spreading and then relaying it to the public in as little time as possible. We know this: There were guns and people were killed. The details may be iffy, but the entirety is a hard subject to grasp. Imagine the damage the government could do if they start accusing and linking anyone to the shootings without a valid reason. Listeners blew up at the misinformation of Ryan and Adam Lanza. Officials had to be correct before they disclosed any further information. Fact is: Gene Rosen is not part of the Actor’s Guild but

By Brittany Shew staff writer

“Change is good.” This is a concept pushed on everyone, especially college students. But even on this campus full of transformation, there was always one thing that stayed loyal to the students of Plattsburgh State: MyPlattsburgh. With popular social media platforms like Facebook always changing up the format on us with different designs and colors, it was comforting to know we had our easy-to-navigate MyPlattsburgh page always staying clean and simple with just a plain white background and blue fonts. It sounds like such a simple thing, but when most students log into their accounts every day to check up on their classes and get their student information, those little things make a big difference. It was quick and easy to log in. You knew exactly where to get what you needed and logging out was no problem. It was a very routine process students would go through. That was not the case when I logged in the Sunday before spring semester classes. I was bombarded with bright red and blue colors and a completely different format. My eyes were darting back and forth across the page trying to figure out what was the same and what was different. I found that the links are all basically the same but rearranged around the page, making it confusing to get what I need. All I needed was my CAPP report, but instead, I spent 20 minutes getting acquainted with the new page. An objection I have heard around campus more than once is the continuous “system error” that keeps popping up on

someone with the same name is. Even if this were true, what is wrong with local actors in the area gaining a little on-camera action because there are truck loads of camera crews conveniently in town? Last time I checked, furthering a dead-end career wasn’t a conspiracy. While she is not a kindergarten teacher, Adam Lanza’s mother is a kindergarten volunteer, which explains why there was confusion. Yet, the video doesn’t clear this up. It just accuses the witness as being “delusional” and doesn’t try to prove otherwise. The video also goes on for a couple minutes about how phony the medical examiner was for laughing. Might I add that this is a laugh of uneasiness. It’s as if no one has ever been hysterically nervous to be on camera and be thrown questions they might not know the answer to. He may be trained to know the differences

the Student Services page, and when this happens you have zero access to the page. Another complaint? The change-up from the reliable to, which goes along with the other additions on the page, is another aspect that the site messed with. But the most common complaint I have heard is that it’s not accessible on smartphones. With students being glued to their phones, this is a big problem that students don’t want to deal with. While talking with a faculty member, I realized it was not just us. She was upset with the page because it caused problems for her job that were not present before the page change-up. Before the change, she could log in to MyPlattsburgh and remain logged in while going from page to page but now it constantly boots her off, which is a major thing that has not been improved. Is the fancy new login page worth it if we lose time we do not have and become stressed when we already live in a stressful environment? I am someone who likes embracing change but starting a new semester is change enough. You have new classes, new professors and new books. The list just keeps going on. The new login page takes a while to get familiar with. It is another thing to add to the list of things you need to invest your time in, not to mention dealing with the errors. Aren’t we always complaining about being “too busy?” It’s understood that the Internet is something huge right now, and that change is going to happen, but what’s so wrong with keeping certain things the same in this constantly changing world we live in? Email Brittany Shew at brittany.

between types of bullet wounds, but a small town like Newtown, Conn. is not the place where a medical examiner would have a lot of experience with it. Robbie Parker, the father of a girl who supposedly died, also appeared on camera and was subject to torment because he laughed moments before he entered the press area. We expect these people to be distraught 24/7, but when they’re in public, they are supposed to gain their composure and front a stable look, not be embarrassed for crying. If he did lie about his child dying, it was only to gain publicity and maybe scam people out of donation money, not for a government cover-up. If anything is possible, it’s these conspiracy groups planting all these “findings” on the internet. Writer Jaclyn HollandStrauss said in her blog that it is “disgusting that these

people in Newtown are forced to suffer two tragedies; the initial death of many of their community’s children, and now they are accused of being a town of actors.” It is outrageous that a whole town could pull off a scam like this for the sake of banning guns in the U.S. Local police and community members would not have ordered the death of children knowing the kids they had seen around town, either riding their bicycles down the street or playing on the jungle gym with their own kids, would have been put to death. If no one can believe our government in times of crisis, then let our patriotic unity crumble. Many still cling to those values that built our country and we shouldn’t question it in times of need. Email Lara Dufresne at opinions@cardinalpoints


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Same old words still shooting blanks The article in the front of this section titled “Students take up gun control debate” was not meant to ruffle feathers or prove a point. Reporting like Brian Molongoski’s is an important element that is missing from the debate over the responsible regulation of firearms in the United States. Our country’s traditional lack of a dialogue about this complex issue has resulted in unimaginable horrors, ones that can no longer be ignored or explained away with bumper sticker slogans. Whether it is pro-gun advocates saying the shootings in Newtown, Conn.; Minneapolis; Oak Creek,Wis.; Aurora, Colo.; Seattle; Oakland; and Norcross, Georgia are unstoppable, natural forces or antigun advocates arguing that a wide scale ban on firearms is the only way to prevent these tragedies from occurring, both sides are woefully incorrect. This issue is not black and white.

d e r m u , r r . t h r t . y t e s . g n e By Maura Danehey y staff writer - With January over, reality hits. Long nights, stresseful days, cluttered emails tand group work frustrantions are here for the next -17 weeks. s Across the country, proafessors read rosters and .attempt to match faces to -names. Universally, they tmiss one: seasonal Influenza, i.e. the flu. e The flu is determined to rmake the most of its free uride to college this spring. oIt attends as many classes and extracurricular ac-tivities at as many universsities and colleges as posssible. d Colleges across the na,tion are taking measures -to combat the disease’s nspread, but one critical link dneeds to be added: professors’ flexibility. Included in the daunting syllabi professors distribute is an attendance policy. They vary to include such phrases as “two freebies,” “NO absences allowed,” “expected to attend every class” and “unexcused absences are not allowed.” Many professors discourage or do not accept pink slips. Instructors have a great opportunity to create a true simulation of the professional world, but policies need to change. Although there are not acceptable excuses for


This caustic argument has kept us from making meaningful changes in the past, and it will continue to prevent us from making them in the future. We have heard both sides of this argument too many times to think there can be a victor, so rather than belittle ourselves in shouting matches why don’t we discuss the matter at hand? That matter is simple. There is too much gun violence in this country and not enough effort to stop it. How is it that the term “gun control” is almost as distasteful “gun violence?” To say that “gun control” means taking firearms out of the hands of responsible owners is hogwash, a willful attempt to make defense of the many into an affront on the few. The right to own and bear firearms is one embedded in our Constitution, and even

before the second amendment was passed, people in this country have treated that right as a privilege that they fortify with care and respect. There are also many that have abused that right to the dismay and doom of others. Adam Lanza’s mother was one of them. Although critics will dismiss the following statement as perfect hindsight, or being a Monday morning quarterback, this newspaper believes that Adam Lanza’s mother was unfit to own a semiautomatic weapon. She was unable to keep her firearms out of the wrong hands and, as a result, paid the ultimate price along with 27 others. One errant assault rifle and a semiautomatic pistol in the misguided hands of a confused young man ended 28 lives in the most violent fashion imaginable, quicker than anyone else with a gun could react.

Is it so unreasonable to think that if Adam Lanza had not access to the most efficient, and deadly weapons on this earth, perhaps even one of those 28 victims need not have died? While the Constitution guarantees a right to bear arms, it does not say which, and for good reason. The right to bear arms does not entitle someone to own an attack helicopter for purposes of self defense, and it should not allow one to own an assault rifle either. Hunting rifles and weapons that require each round to be manually loaded make each bullet a decision. While we understand that the proliferation of deadly weapons is only a piece of this puzzle, which includes the accessibility of mental health care and the security of those who cannot defend themselves, people should not have to live in fear of when and where the next weapon will wind up in the wrong hands.

Flu rates rise from lack of healing time neglecting to complete tasks, absences are sometimes necessary, even encouraged by companies. Creating a functional, efficient and competitive workplace is a prime business goal. If an employee is sick, managers do not want him or her to infect others, and it is still the employee’s responsibility to complete his or her work at home or catch up when he or she returns. Likewise, ill students attending class promotes the spread of viruses. They should be encouraged to remain at home and should not fear negative repercussions. This winter offers a lesson on responsibility. It is a student’s responsibility to meet with professors and classmates to discuss missed material, to produce assignments within a suitable time limit and to ask when they need help. It is the professor’s responsibility to promote academic excellence and effort, to offer assistance when asked, and to provide flexibility and understanding when unforeseen circumstances arise. According to Thomas Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s flu is “worse than average.” The New York Depart-

ment of Health categorized the disease as “widespread” and reported positive medical test results for this week are three times more than the same week last year. February is traditionally a peak month for the virus, and rates of illness are likely to increase with students reconvened on campus and sharing germs with fervor. Certain steps can limit the spread, though. The CDC suggests people take a minimum of 24 hours after their fever naturally ends before returning to work or school. Professors should motivate students to diligently study and participate in the course but enforce that they do not want sick students to attend. This semester, professors need to teach a lesson about flexibility, discretion and responsibility. Students, in turn, need to meet the challenge by dedicating time to their studies, making mature decisions and responsibly taking care for themselves. For more information about this year’s flu season and health information, visit the Health Center or about/season. Welcome to spring semester. Email Maura Danehey at

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Roomie clashes most likely futile By Dan Clark contributing writer

Conflicts with roommates can sometimes become a major inconvenience in one’s college life. Whether it is two randomly assigned roommates during freshman year or best friends in an apartment who have known each other throughout college, it is still good to establish a mutual respect so things can go as smoothly as possible. Room courtesy is not always the case, though, and unexpected things come up. The question is: When does one brush off something and keep it to oneself or confront the person about it? Obviously, you do not want to nit-pick everything your roommate does that you don’t like. That could make the situation very awkward, and even cause the closest of friends to resent each other. Everyone is occasionally going to leave a dish in the sink or come back late at night and make a little noise while his or her roommate is sleeping. If these instances are few and far between, it should be no problem, but if these small issues persist, they can turn into big issues. The best way to prevent these things from happening all together is to establish basic rules early. Now, I’m not talking about rules like, “No noise or friends over after 10:30 p.m. because I like my quiet time at night.” I’m talking about the basic guidelines. These are mutual agreements based on common courtesy that we all learned in preschool. However, things can get a little awkward if, one day, he or she is wearing your favorite shirt without permission, and that should be dealt with accordingly. On the other hand, saying things like, “We’ll draw an

imaginary line down in the middle of the room, not even so much as a sock can come on to my side and nothing of mine will be on your side” is probably not the best of ideas to get along. Communication is the main factor in these situations. With open communication established, and everyone on the same page, a roommate should have no problem with saying, “Hey guys, I have a two tests tomorrow and the first is at 8 a.m. Try to keep it down tonight.” Living with someone includes sacrifices, and that should be expected. You shouldn’t be blasting music or talking on the phone loudly while your roommate is studying or trying to do homework. All it takes is a simple, “Hey, could you please turn that down?” Sometimes, you get one of those bad apples who, no matter what you say, continues to not listen, even when you ask him or her nicely. Situations like this are tough, but they can be dealt with. I recommend trying to keep it between each other. If you tell too many of your friends, it could get back to your roommate and just make things worse. If he or she doesn’t listen, try to be reasonable and reach an agreement that can benefit both of you. Try to make things right by being respectful of one other. If worst comes to worst, it may be time to move out. This should be the last resort, but some people just aren’t compatible. Having a good relationship with your roommate can make your college experience go by much more swimmingly, I know it has for me. Email Dan Clark at dan. clark@cardinalpoints

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Construction project comes to an end By Jennifer Franke staff writer

The $4.2 million construction of the School of Business and Economics and Computer Science is coming to an end. The reason for the construction was to expand the space for business and computer science programs that are currently located in Redcay Hall. The goal was to ensure more handson learning for students to work more closely with the faculty. The 43,000 square-foot building was originally supposed to be ready this semester, but there were setbacks in the construction process. “With a brand new building, there’s going to be a lot of small obstacles,” Capital Project Manager Rick Larche said. He said there have been a lot of underground utility delays during the construction and the extreme low temperatures have been hard to deal with. “Delays start adding up, but they’re to be expected with construction,” Larche said. There were issues last semester with the throughwall flashing in one of the walls. Because of this, Plattsburgh State officials did not sign off on the wall because it did not reach their standards. Meyers Fine Arts Building was experiencing unexplainable leaks in the past

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Two construction workers mix cement inside the unfinished School of Business and Economics while snow falls around them, Tuesday, Feb. 5. The building was supposed to be ready for this semester, but due to a few setbacks, it should be ready for use by fall 2013. and officials did not want a repeat of that due to the lack of through-wall flashing. Larche said the building has been designed to meet the state requirements of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s silver standards. Instead of moving faculty into the new modern and environmentally friendly building over the winter break, the plan is for faculty to move from Redcay after spring semester grades are put in. “We have the summer to make sure everything’s ful-

ly ready. That way if there is anything that comes up to delay the process, they’ll have the time in the summer to fix it,” Larche said. The building will include a 63-seat classroom with video conferencing capabilities, a 40-seat accounting lab and trading room with a stock market ticker, two 30-seat computer labs — one for computer science and one for management information systems — a 48-seat and a 20-seat shared classroom, a 48-seat conference room, a 12-seat seminar conference

room and two student commons, which will be equipped with computers and multiple four-person study rooms. Larche said there has been no change in the use of space. The first floor consists of a trading room to train business and economic students as well as computer science classrooms fit for computers and teaching space. The upper two floors will be faculty offices and student study rooms, which will be scattered throughout the rest of the building.

He said there is a whole accreditation process involving points with environmentally-friendly pieces. “Things like placing a bicycle rack outside the building and having reserved parking spaces for energy efficient vehicles earns points,” Larche said. There will also be LED lights around the site, which are also located on Sanborn Avenue near Banks and Adirondack halls. They are more white than others. Larche said each building that is updated will con-

tain more environmentallyfriendly improvements. He said a gut renovation — which strips everything out except the structure — is easier to add improvements to. Not only are the academic buildings going greener but so are the dorms. Harrington Hall is currently being renovated and deFredenburg Hall will be next fall. The School of Business and Economics building, located on the corner of Draper Avenue and Cornelia Street, was paid for by the five-year plan of the SUNY Construction Fund. Larche said working with Gwathmey, Siegal, Kauffman and Associates Architects worked out well and have done a good job even with the challenges they ran into. “They’re an extensive design team and are resistant to having designs altered,” Larche said. Business student Hargun Anand agrees with the positives of the new building and said it gives students an advantage. “It gives the business school that competitive edge to attract future leaders and entrepreneurs,” Anand said. According to PSUC’s website, “this will be the first new freestanding academic building in nearly 40 years.” “At the end of the day, it’s going to be a very nice building,” Larche said. Email Jennifer Franke at jennifer.franke@

Boarding in the breeze Fraternity returns to campus By Anayely Garcia associate web editor

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Plattsburgh State student Alex Harrick drops in on a man-made snow pile for Clinton Dining Hall’s Winterfest event Wednesday. Students used skis and snowboards to ride down the pile and perform tricks off of terrain obstacles brought in from Whiteface Mountain.

itive experience so far.” One might be surprised to learn Theta Phi Alpha acWith a founding class of tually considers itself to be 26 women and still grow- a fraternity but is only open ing, Theta Phi Alpha frater- to women. Founded in 1909 nity is the newest Greek- by Father Edward Kelly at lettered organization to the University of Michigan, hit campus. They hope to the organization started gain at least 35 to 50 new out as Omega Upsilon, bemembers by the end of the coming the first Catholic orsemester. ganization on the campus. Inter-Sorority AssociaBy 1912, Omega Upsilon tion President Joiele Coplin had a low membership, said coming to and Kelly enlistPlattsburgh State ed the help of “We’re just alumni. It was and opening a chapter has been really excited t r a n s f o r m e d an ongoing pro- to be joining into Theta Phi cess. Alpha and the such a cohe- new organiza“Theta Phi Alpha and their nationals sive fraternity tion held its have been in com- and sorority first initiation munication with community.” Nov. 16, 1912. PSUC for about a Theta Phi Nikki Conroy year with the inAlpha’s misDirector of tentions of startsion, as stated Colonies ing a chapter,” on the sororCoplin said. “Last ity website is semester, national “to create close representatives came to the comradeship; to advance campus to introduce them- educational, social and selves and get acquainted philanthropic interests, with our Greek Life, and and leadership training; more specifically, the Inter- to encourage spiritual deSorority Association.” velopment and adherence One of the main reasons to the highest moral stanTheta Phi Alpha decided to dards; and to promote establish a colony at PSUC lifelong bonds of friendwas because of the positive ship.” reputation Greek life upTwo basic requirements holds on campus. must be met to join: a mini“The Greek community mum grade point average at PSUC is a very healthy of a 2.5 is required, and one place, and they were look- must be a female student ing for values-based orga- currently enrolled. nizations, so it was a really “We are looking for womgood fit for us at this time,” en who can commit with Theta Phi Alpha Senior getting the fraternity’s Leadership Consultant and foundation built on camDirector of Colonies Nikki pus,” Conroy said. Conroy said. She said they’re looking Conroy added that other for women who share the factors included the great same core values Theta Phi reputation fraternity and Alpha prides itself on. sorority life adviser Allison “Theta Phi Alpha is differSwick-Duttine has in the ent because it offers anothGreek community and the er option for women to find abundance of local support a home with women they from other chapters and share values with,” Coplin alumni associations. said. “Once chartered, we “We’re just really excited will have nine very differto be joining such a cohe- ent and diverse sororities sive fraternity and sorority on this campus.” community,” Conroy said. For some women, the idea “It’s been nothing but a pos- of joining a sorority has a lot

of negative stereotypes attached to it. PSUC student Shannon Kant said Greek life never appealed to her until now. Receiving a bid to join the organization and become a founding member of the colony has been exhilarating. “I feel like it’s exciting because I honestly didn’t like the idea of sororities before I got here,” Kant said. “Then I met a lot of friends who joined, and I still didn’t like the idea because I was afraid, but now that I joined, I like it. It’s something new.” She hopes to be able to do more community service and is amazed by the positive reception other fraternity and sorority members have shown. The fraternity’s national philanthropic initiatives include Glenmary Home Missioners and The House That Theta Phi Alpha Built. The House That Theta Phi Alpha Built varies from chapter to chapter and is adjusted to fit the local community, Conroy said. It could include going to the soup kitchen and hosting an item drive for shelters. It also supports the Glenmary Home Missioners by funding a two-week camp program known as Camp Friendship, that benefits underprivileged children. “(Theta Phi Alpha) provides goods for the children, money for the camp to function for the full two weeks and provides the children an opportunity to really enjoy being children, which isn’t something they normally do in their everyday lives,” Conroy said. In the past year, fraternities Pi Kappa Phi and Phi Iota Alpha have returned to campus after years of inactivity. PSUC will now boast nine sororities and 12 fraternities. Email Anayely Garcia at anayely.garcia@

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Allison Era (left), Jenny Kistner (8) and Lady Cards gather around Bridget Balisy following her goal on Sunday in the team’s 3-0 win against Utica. The goal secured the team’s 20th win against no losses on the season. The team continues their pursuit of an undefeated season next Sunday on the road against Potsdam.

Lady Cards rebound after Utica scare


by John Green staff writer

tain Teal Gove, the only player leaving after this season. Gove, who has accumulated 125 points during her career as a Cardinal (66 goals and 59 assists), said she can’t pinpoint what she will miss most about PSUC after graduation. “I’ve had such an amazing four years here and I’ve been so lucky to play Gove with so many amazing girls,” Gove said. “I’m going to miss, obviously, all the memories with all my teammates and I’m really grateful to Coach( Kevin

The Plattsburgh State women’s nhockey team reached a milestone rafter capping a 1-0-1 weekend w.against Utica with a 3-0 win on eSunday. The victory was their e20th win against no losses. e The Lady Cards were slowed -down a bit and almost lost out on their quest for an undefeated seagson last Saturday, tying Utica, 3-3. tHowever, the team rebounded the snext day to defeat the Pioneers .(11-7-2, 8-4-2) on the team’s sesnior night, where it honored capt s , ” o e For that reason, s by Ja’Pheth Toulson associate sports editor Curle did practice drills Wednesday that emphal A point decided the outsized scrambling back on come during their last defense and still being in meeting. good position to run oft Plattsburgh State de- fense while taking care afeated Brockport 82-81 af- of the basketball. Moving ster halting its 5-0 run with the ball inside-out and r30 seconds left, eventually not taking shots too quick eresulting in an off-mark into the shot clock is anydesperation three from its other point he tried mak-team leading scorer, John ing to his team. That’s easier said than nIvy. Now they meet again done. e tonight at 8 p.m. This Although Brockport time, though, it will be in (13-8, 8-6 SUNYAC) lacks Cardinal territory. Just the manpower to bang y one win out of their fivewith PSUC inside, it makes p pgame home stretch would up for it with speed and efsclinch a playoff spot for ficient offense. The team the Cards (13-7, 9-4 SU- leads the SUNYAC in threepointers made and holds -NYAC). PSUC men’s head bassecond place in points per , ketball coach Tom Curle game with 80.8. described the Golden Ea“We’re small, we’re s gles as aggressive and ball scrappy and we like to n savvy. shoot threes,” Brocky “They grab a lot,” Curle port men’s head basketh -said as he clinched his ball coach Greg Dunne yknuckles together. “They said. “We do like to keep put their hands on you a the floor spread. We’re a -lot, and they’re just going team full of guards, and ito play that way and you we have to do what we do ohave to get through it. You well, which is by dribble -got to handle the ball. You penetration and shooting can’t let them knock the threes. Dunne described Ivy, eball from you. They’re going to attack the ball and who also leads the SUNYwhenever a team does AC in points scored (416), that there’s going to be as a huge asset for the team contact, so you can’t let that frustrate you.” See MBALL, B2

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Houle) and Nicole (Goguen) at how much they’ve helped me develop as a player. I’ve learned so much the past four years.” Head coach Houle had high praise for the senior forward and he knows that the team will surely miss Gove’s talents on the ice next season. “She’s been a great player for us since her first game here,” Houle said. “She’s been a contributing player (and) an impact player. Obviously she’s developed into one of the best players in the country. More

importantly, she’s been a great leader (and) a great role model for all of our players whether they’re her classmates or underclassmen. She’s always been someone that you can talk to as a player and look up to. She does things the right way, on and off the ice.” Houle said he considers Gove to be one of the top players he has coached during his tenure at PSUC . Up next for the No. 1 ranked Lady Cardinals (20-0-2, 12-0-1) is ECAC opponent, Potsdam State (8-12-2, 4-8-1). In the last meeting between these two teams,

the Lady Cards defeated the Lady Bears, 8-1, at home. Despite winning by a large margin in their last matchup, PSUC goaltender Sydney Aveson knows the team can’t take anyone lightly, especially after it had to fight its way back to tie Utica College this past weekend. “I think it humbled us,” Aveson said. “We’re not invincible (and) we can’t let up at any time. Potsdam is just as good as Utica and last year Potsdam surprised everybody by beating Elmira.”

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Men’s hockey in first-seed hunt by Zachary Ripple sports editor

It’s the final countdown. The No. 7 Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team is sitting in third place in the SUNYAC, with only No. 14 Geneseo (15-6-1, 10-2-1) and No. 2 Oswego (18-3, 111) ahead in the standings. The Cardinals (14-6-1, 9-21) now have their final four regular season games to try to erase the three-point deficit separating them from Oswego and a firstplace conference finish. The Cards get an opportunity to make some progress in that department when they face off with Geneseo tonight at 7. PSUC head coach Bob Emery said the team still hasn’t established a clear identity, as he said he wouldn’t be able to come up

with a one-word answer to characterize his club. “The jury’s still out on our team,” Emery said. “We’re not consistently playing solid hockey throughout. We’ve had these mental lapses where a good defensive team can beat us.” That’s what happened to the Cards on Saturday, as Fredonia (7-13-2, 5-7-1) limited them to just one goal and was able to come out on top, 2-1. As far as strong defensive teams go, only PSUC and Oswego boast better goals-against averages in the conference than Geneseo’s 2.38 mark. Strong defense beat the Cards the last time they faced Geneseo as well, losing that contest, 3-2. For Cards forward Kevin Emmerling, he said this is a chance for his team

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Mike Grace takes the shot Nov. 9 in the Cards’ 6-1 victory over Buffalo State. They’ll need to find a way to maintain that kind of offensive production tonight when they take on Geneseo strong defense. to get some revenge. “We definitely haven’t forgot that we loss to them the first game,” Emmerling said. “We’re just gonna play our game and play hard, and I think the team that wants it the most will come

out on top.” Senior forward Jared Docking could give the Cards a boost offensively to overcome the strong defensive play of Geneseo.

Pentathlon athlete Kristie Pageau set a school record of 3,065 points, while Amanda Gadaway set a school record with a throw of 10.29 meters, good enough for a 10th place finish and qualifying spot in the SUNYACs. PSUC runner Rosi Cummings broke the facility record in the 500-meter dash, posting a qualifying

time of 1.19.48 seconds and a first-place finish. “I actually didn’t know about that,” said Cummings, who will be participating in the 4X4 relay and the 500-meter run on February 8. “I actually was aiming for a school record.” The PSUC track and field

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Track athletes set new personals by Ja’Pheth Toulson associate sports editor

Five words can sum up the Plattsburgh State’s indoor track and field team success this season. Records, records and more records. Coming off a 12th place ECAC qualifying 800-meter run of two minutes, sixty five seconds the week

prior, Amanda Schermerhorn finished with another ECAC qualifying time of 2.56.70 in the 1,000-meter run. She was the second highest Division III finisher, eight seconds faster than the ECAC qualifying mark. “We had a lot of good performances and a lot of good (personal records),” Schermerhorn said.



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Men’s Hockey Friday vs. Geneseo 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Brockport 7 p.m.

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Ryan Kerner pole vaults during practice Thursday. While this weekend’s meets have been postponed, the track and field team continues to work for when they resume play at the Deneault Invitational in Ithaca Feb. 16.

“All of our games are going to come down to probably the last three minutes because every team is fighting right now for a playoff spot, but I’m sure we’ll be able to execute.” John Perez, men’s basketball guard ( on the importance of his team having the ability to close out games down the stretch in order to secure a playoff spot)

MBALL: Boards key for PSUC From Page One because he can score anywhere on the floor. Brockport will also be using the potential of hosting a home playoff game as added motivation to win tonight. However, its chances are reduced if it can’t stop PSUC guard John Perez from crashing the boards again. He finished with a game-high 15 rebounds. He is third in the conference snatching 78 offensive rebounds. “We need to do everything that we possibly can to keep him off the offensive glass,” Dunne said. Perez said his presence of hitting the boards is essential to bringing more scoring opportunities for his club. He also added that more rebounds would tire the defensive out quicker, which could possibly slow Brockport’s offensive down as well. Perez also poses as a scoring threat, scoring 17 points against Brockport as well. “I’m definitely looking to have a big game this week because my team needs me and we’re trying to make this run for the playoffs, so we can be in place for sec-

SUNYAC 11-1-0 10-2-1 9-2-1 5-7-1 5-7-1 4-8-1 4-10-0 3-8-1 3-9-0

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Women’s Hockey


Points per game

School Plattsburgh Elmira Utica Oswego Cortland Potsdam Neumann Buffalo State Chatham

School Player Cortland Michael Lysyj Oswego Luke Moodie Cortland Chris Kaleta Potsdam Mike Arnold Buffalo State Mike Zanella

School Player Buffalo State Jake Simmons 21.1 Buffalo State Roderick Epps 20.7 New Paltz Matt Devine 20.1 Brockport John Ivy 19.8 Oneonta Zach Mager 18.5

17 15 15 13 11


Rebounds per game School Oswego Geneseo Plattsburgh Cortland Potsdam

22 19 15 14



Player Hayden Ward 8.8 Gordon Lyons 8.6 John Perez 7.9 Kevin Mcmahon 7.7 Curtis Pierce 7.2

Assists per game

School Player Buffalo State Kevin Carr Cortland Lyle Rocker Potsdam Austin Keiser Oswego Andrew Hare Morrisville JakobRasmussen

677 570 428 415 410

School Player Plattsburgh Chris Manning 5.4 Cortland Jesse Winter 4.8 Oneonta Frankie Kelly 4.4 Buffalo State Anthony Hammer 4.4 Brockport Derek Klein 3.8

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School Potsdam RIT Plattsburgh Plattsburgh Utica

Player Annmarie Lewis 16 Kolbe McCrea 16 Teal Glove 15 Emma Rutherford 13 Megan Myers 11

Record 20-0-2 18-3-1 11-7-2 10-9-1 6-13-1 8-12-2 7-13-1 5-15-1 2-16-0

ECACW 12-0-1 12-2-0 8-4-2 8-4-0 6-8-0 4-8-1 4-8-0 2-10-0 1-13-0

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

Record SUNYAC 18-3-0 12-2-0 14-7-0 10-2-1 13-7-0 9-4-0 16-5-0 9-5-0 13-8-0 8-6-0 12-7-0 7-6-0 8-13-0 6-8-0 8-12-0 4-9-0 6-13-0 2-11-0 2-19-0 1-13-0

Women’s Basketball

School Player Fredonia Becky Herbert 20.2 Buffalo State Bianca Smiley 15.0 Plattsburgh Kathleen Payne14.5 Oswego Megan Stover 14.0 Cortland Megan Touhey 13.8


Rebounds per game

School Player RIT Kristina Moss 22 Utica Megan Myers 19 RIT Kourtney Knichika 19 Elimra Lindsay Mitchell 17 Plattsburgh Teal Glove 16

School Player Geneseo Shannon Mcginnis 8.5 New Paltz Michelle Valle 8.2 Buffalo State Ashley Wallace 8.1 Fredonia Jaimie Warren 7.7 Buffalo State Biance Smiley 7.7


Assists per game

School Player Cortland Katie Double 610 Adrian Brittany Zeches 579 Chatman Megan Buchanan 496 Neumann Shannon Donnelly 476 Buffalo State Jordan Lee 435

School Player Buffalo State Kelly Kell 4.6 Plattsburgh Brittany Marshall 4.4 Plattsburgh Catherine Cassidy 3.8 Oneonta Kristin Pappalardo 3.0 Geneseo Melissa Graham 2.8

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

Record 19-2-0 15-5-0 10-10-0 14-7-0 11-9-0 10-11-0 11-8-0 9-11-0 6-15-0 1-19-0

SUNYAC 13-1-0 11-3-0 8-6-0 8-6-0 7-6-0 7-7-0 6-7-0 5-8-0 3-11-0 0-13-0

Men’s Hockey Feb. 2

Fredonia 2, PSUC 1

Feb. 1

PSUC 3, Buffalo State 2

Women’s Hockey Feb. 3

Utica 3, Utica 0

Men’s Hockey

Men’s Basketball


Points per game

Player Kevin Emmerling Jared Docking Luke Baleshta Photo Credit/Alex Ayala

Shamoy McIntosh defends against Middebury Nov. 25. PSUC is a win from clinching a postseason berth. ond and get a first-round bye,” Perez said. Capitalizing off PSUC turnovers is another point of emphasis for Dunne. PSUC is leading the SUNYAC in turnover average with 16.8, a number Curle acknowledged was evident of their high-tempo offense. “We need to score off turnovers,” Dunne said. “We need to turn our offense into our defense. We’re never going to be a team that’s going to get a lot of easy buckets inside due to height restraints, so we need to make sure that we do capitalize on the turnovers on the full court.” While Brockport will be

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Mark Constantine men’s hockey

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Record 18-3-0 15-6-1 14-6-1 10-10-2 7-13-2 5-14-2 4-17-2 7-12-2 6-14-1

Men’s Hockey

School Player Oswego Paul Rodrigues Oswego Luke Moodie Morrisville Ryan Marcus Cortland Micheal Lysyj Buffalo State Nick Melligan

Number of saves PSUC men’s hockey goalie Mathieu Cadieux has thus far.

School Oswego Geneseo Plattsburgh Buffalo State Fredonia Brockport Morrisville Cortland Potsdam

Women’s Basketball Friday vs. Brockport 6 p.m. Saturday vs. Geneseo 2 p.m.

Track and Field Valentine Inv. canceled

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Men’s Hockey

Men’s Basketball Friday vs. Brockport 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Geneseo 4 p.m.

Women’s Hockey Saturday @ Potsdam 2 p.m.

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looking to shoot from beyond the arch and open the floor, PSUC aims to pound the ball inside and score second-chance points in a game that both teams are expecting to be a nail biter. “All of our games are going to come down to probably the last three minutes because every team is fighting right now for a playoff spot, but I’m sure we’ll be able to execute,” Perez said. “I’m sure we got way better than what we were back then and, we learned better how to execute games at the end.” Email Ja’Pheth Toulson at ja’pheth.toulson@

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10 9 7

Player Shamoy Mcintosh John Perez Jordan Moody


Rebounds per game

Player Luke Baleshta Jared Docking Connor Gorman

Player John Perez Chris Manning Ezra Hodgson

14 13 9

Saves Player Mathieu Cadieux Josh Leis Sam Foley

Feb. 2

PSUC 3, Utica 3

Men’s Basketball 11.9 11.7 8.8

Player Chris Manning Mike Mitchell Shamoy Mcintosh

PSUC 86, Oneonta 86 7.9 4.1 3.5

5.4 2.7 2.0

Women’s Basketball


Points per game 19 19 10

Assists Player Teal Glove Jenny Kristner Shannon Stewart

Boxers or Briefs?

Feb. 2 Feb. 1

Oneonta 56, PSUC 52

14.5 10.8 7.1

Rebounds per game 17 16 14

Saves Player Sydney Aveson Ally Rose

Player Kathleen Payne Brittany Marshall Tequila Lloyd

Women’s Basketball New Paltz 72, PSUC 60

Women’s Hockey Player Teal Glove Shannon Stewart Allison Era

PSUC 80, New Paltz 70

Feb. 10

Assists per game 396 41 33

Feb. 14

Player Kathleen Payne Tequila Lloyd Dana Nucaro

6.7 5.4 5.2

Assists per game 303 31

Player Brittany Marshall Catherine Cassidy Kathleen Payne

4.4 3.6 1.2

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Emmerling overcomes adversity to become Cards’ star


By Willie Santana staff writer

For better or worse, Kevin Emmerling’s first major injury changed the course of his life both on and off the ice. Emmerling started for the Bridgewater Bandits of the Empire Junior Hockey League as a high school freshman before a hit sidelined him for the rest of his freshman season and his entire sophomore season. Before his injury, Emmerling was already in the Ccrosshairs of a Division I program, Northeastern University, coming into high school. There was pain in his knee and around his femur because of inadequate blood flow. Doctors made holes and drilled screws into his leg. He was told to expect a full recovery. But the time off from C hockey and the depression that came with it almost kept him from entering the rink for good. “I thought about it every day,” he said. “It was a crucial point in my career as well as a down point in my life.” After his recovery, the

5-foot-9, 170-pound forward quit the junior league he had been playing for and decided to put more emphasis on his education, which he said had taken a lesser role with his time on the ice. Entering his junior year, he transferred from his hometown public high school to a private all-boys school with a 99 percent four-year college enrollment rate. Donning his new jersey for St. Johns Preparatory School, Emmerling hit the ice for the first game-minutes since his injury. But the team struggled, losing its first four games, and Emmerling noticed he wasn’t as fast or as quick. In the classroom, he struggled as well. He said looking back, perhaps his injury hurt his chances of being recruited by a Division I school or his opportunity for more playing time at the junior hockey league level, he said. Although several colleges recruited him, no lucrative offers came his way. Most of the institutions that recruited Emmerling wanted him to play junior hockey first. Before his injury, he had sights on a

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Emmerling looks for the shot Oct. 26 against Morrisville. The freshman has shown strong offensive ability in his first season with the Cards. As a forward, he leads the team in goals (10) and two of those are game-winners. boarding school in Connecticut for hockey and possibly moving onto upper-tier junior leagues before entering college, which is what most players do. But his time spent at St. Johns, he said, allowed him to come to a conclusion. “You’re a student first and an athlete second,” he said. Connor Gorman, who plays alongside Emmerling on an all-freshmen line, said

junior hockey helps transition players into college, which requires quick decision making. “You play 60 games plus depending on playoffs and I think it just trains your body and your mind for college hockey because it is a grind with all the practices, workouts, tutor sessions and bus rides,” he said. Plattsburgh State head coach Bob Emery said Em-

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matured a lot and taken it to a new level off the ice too.” He leads PSUC in points (22) The Cards could certainly use and is second in goals (9) and as- a veteran presence to guide them sists (13). He has also been a huge down the stretch, as they have a factor on special teams, large number of inexpenetting four power-play rienced players on their goals and scoring three roster. As the team is curshorthanded. rently constructed, Emery Docking entered the said only two of the 12 forseason with the secondwards he plays each night most career points of are upperclassmen, leaving any current player on the core of the team still the team. After a statisquite young. tically poor first half by While Emery said a lack “I never his standards, Docking of experience may have want to use contributed thus far to has rebounded in a big way in the second half. anything as the inconsistencies of the With just seven points an excuse. team, he said it does not through the team’s first I’m not an make that kind of play ac11 games, Docking has ceptable. excuse more than doubled his “I never want to use inexguy.” offensive production perience as an excuse,” Emwith 15 points in 10 Bob Emery, ery said. “I never want to games since. Emery said men’s hockey use anything as an excuse. the big difference for head coach I’m not an excuse guy.” Docking this year is how More experience could he has taken more of leadership help the Cards in what may be role with the team. their weakest area — close games. “He’s always been a great leader The team is 3-5-1 in games decided on the ice,” Emery said. “He’s really by one goal or fewer, having lost by

more than one goal only once. With some stiff competition ahead, Emmerling said every game is going to be important down the stretch, no matter who the opponent is. “In our league, anybody can beat anybody really,” he said. “It’s definitely a huge weekend for us. No matter really who we’re playing, you’ve gotta show up every game, you really do. You can’t really take a night off.” After a big match up with Geneseo, the Cards will have to turn around and get right back at it on Saturday at 7 p.m. when they take on Brockport (5-14-2, 4-8-1). The Cards are glad to be playing at home down the stretch, as Emery said he couldn’t ask for any better situation as far as scheduling is concerned. “If someone asked me if I wanted to be at home for the last four or away for the last four, that’s an easy question,” Emery said. “I love our fans. They’re great.” Email Zachary Ripple at zachary.ripple@

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merling is a highly-skilled player with great lateral skating and ability to escape an defender. On top of that, he can create space on the ice and knows the game well. The lack of junior hockey league experience was not a factor in recruiting Emmerling. “We don’t recruit leagues,” Emery said. “We don’t recruit teams. We

recruit players.” Reflecting on his first year with the Cards, Emmerling patted his right knee and then flexed his leg to show it’s no longer a source of worry. His transition to PSUC has been easy, he said, because his leg injury helped him grow while St. Johns helped him prepare academically and athletically for college. For the Cards, Emmerling leads the team in goals (10) and is third in points (13) through 17 games. Two of those scores have been game-winning goals. Gorman said he hasn’t seen any players with the kind of talent Emmerling has even though he played on a junior team last year that had about a dozen Division I players. He attributes Emmerling’s success to his talent, vision and his ability to score. “He’s perfect on the line with us,” he said. “I can kind of do the dirty work and grind it out, and when he gets the puck he knows exactly what to do with it.” Email Willie Santana at willie.santana@

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team will have a chance to rest up due to the impact of winter storm Nemo. The team’s schedule meets in Boston and MIT has been postponed. The Cards will return to perform on Feb. 16 at the Deneault Invitational in Ithaca. To prepare his team, head track and field coach Nick Jones rested his athletes during midweek, while having them complete light drills to preserve energy. However, Jones isn’t worried about finishing ahead of other schools, though. He emphasized the importance of continuing to improve their mark and said the team’s performance shows they are on the right path. “Pretty big competition but it helps our athletes become a little bit better,” Jones said. Ben Depo agreed. “We love it because when we go out there we have better competition, so we tell our guys to use that to thrive you, motivate you and get some good marks because it doesn’t matter what place we take there,” Depo said, who qualified for the ECAC’s after finishing fourth in the heptathlon with 4,509 points. “As long as we hit our good marks, it sets up well for our championship season.” Depo recently came off an injury and he will only be pole vaulting and shot putting during the meet. But ac-

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Fox was named Rookie of the Week following his two goals and assist game over Buffalo State and Fredonia last weekend. Fox has netted six goals for the season and recorded seven assists.

Gadway set a school record last weekend at the Ithaca College Bomber Invitational . She placed in tenth with a throw of 10.29 meters, good enough to qualify for the SUNYACS.

knowledging his success during his last meet, he is looking to remain healthy and set better performances. Schermerhorn added that Jones and assistant track and field coach Andrew Krug constantly remind the team to keep pushing forward. Other competitors credited the coaching staff for their influence as well. “I am just honored to be given the opportunity to be on the track team, and with the help and support from my teammates and coaches, I was able to work hard in practice,” Ashley Gadway said after setting a school record of 10.29 meters during the Ithaca College Bomber Invitational Feb 2. “With the result of breaking the record, I am excited for the rest of the season because I know I can throw farther and beat my personal best.” Setting personal records will put the athletes in better position for a top-16 placement in the SUNYAC. “Our conference is pretty tough,” Jones said. “Most of the athletes in our conference are ranked at the national level from other schools … so we need to take it one meet at a time and qualify at the events we need to score points in at the conference meets.” Email Ja’Pheth Toulson at ja’pheth.toulson@


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WHKY: Lady Cards hit the road for Potsdam From Page One Same thing, you can’t take anyone lightly and as long we’re focused we should be alright.” Houle had a similar assessment of the Lady Bears and with the playoffs still within reach for Potsdam, he knows they will leave everything on the ice when it comes time to put on the skates Sunday. “You never overlook anybody and Potsdam is a pretty good Aveson team,” he said. “They’re battling for a playoff spot so they’re a dangerous team, there’s no question about it.” Teal Gove also acknowledged that the

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Potsdam game will be a tough test for the team because as Saturday’s game against Utica showed, anything can happen on any given day and the team needs to play their best no matter who they’re up against. “I think (playing) Utica was a great lesson,” Gove said. “We learned that no game is a guaranteed win. I think we just have to take the next few days of practice to get ready for Sunday and make sure that we come out our absolute best this weekend.” PSUC squares off against Potsdam Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Maxcy Ice Arena in Potsdam. Email John Green at

Multi-sport athletes enjoy challenge of busy schedules By Matheus Honorato staff writer

Daily practices, individual workouts and school work are the perfect recipe for a busy schedule in the life of a student athlete. However, a few at Plattsburgh State decided to add another ingredient — they went on to play two sports. PSUC has its fair share of student athletes who live multisport college careers. Kayla Rabideau is one of them. She is a member of both the women’s soccer and softball teams. As one would imagine, her schedule is as busy as it gets. “It feels like there are no breaks,” Rabideau said. Even when injured, Rabideau stays involved with the team’s activities by attending team practices and games. The only problem with her involvement is that “it’s hard finding time,” Rabideau said. Most student athletes usually have a semester of extreme dedication to one sport, and in the other semester they get to concentrate on things regular college students

do, Rabideu said. Stu- already used to the stress dents like her don’t have of balancing academthat privilege. They have ics and sports. The most nonstop activities both important aspect they semesters. stressed about this multiThose activities also tasking lifestyle is time take their toll on class at- management. Essential in tendance. every student’s life, time Away games are some management is particuof the major obstacles in larly important to student the double life of a student athletes. athlete. Student athletes Siry said it is possible are bound to miss classes to find free time on that on a regular basis crammed schedule between playing as long as you get early Friday games your work done at and traveling for the right time. away games. While some The main issue regular college these students students actuface is the disposially have the free tion of teachers to Rabideau time to decide accept these absences, but when to do their work Rabideau said most of the and possibly slack off teachers are understand- a bit, student athletes ing about the issue and ex- have to make sure they cuse their absences as long get all their work done as they make up the work as soon as they can. some time later. With proper time manKelly Siry and Chris- agement, there is a window ten Averill are both part of free time multisport stuof SUNY Plattsburgh’s dent athletes can find bewomen’s soccer and track tween practices, classes, and field teams. They and homework. Even with both have kept that same a tight schedule, Siry said pattern of playing two she wouldn’t want it any sports before their days other way. at PSUC. “It is worth it,” she said. “We have been doing it since high school,” Averill Email Matheus Honorato at said. matheus.honorato@ For that reason, they are

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Brooke Reifinger looks for the pass against Middlebury on Nov. 25 in the Cards’ 81-73 home loss. In the midst a four game slide, the Lady Cards will look to rebound in their fight for a spot in the postseason when they take on Brockport and Geneseo this weekend.

Lady Cards need wins By Alex Reynolds staff writer

The Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team will finish up the season playing their last five games of the regular season at home. The Lady Cards (9-11, 5-8) will face off against the Brockport Golden Eagles (6-15, 3-11) tonight at 6 in Memorial Hall and then battle Geneseo (15-5, 11-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Lady Cards will face off against Brockport hoping for similar results to Payne earlier in the season when they defeated the Golden Eagles on their home court, 73-62. PSUC received large contributions from several players such as guard Brittany Marshall, Kathleen Payne and Devona Paul. Those three finished with a combined total of 41 points. Brockport’s Phoebe Byrnes put up 27 points in just 27 minutes against Plattsburgh State and knocked down four out of five three point field goals. However, the Lady Cards are barely breathing above water, as they are on a fourgame losing streak. At this

pace, they face the possibility of being bumped out the playoffs. “We’ve really struggled shooting the ball from the floor as well as the line in the last couple weeks, and it’s put us behind the eightball a little bit,” head coach Cheryl Cole said. “We just need to take it one game at a time.” New Paltz handed PSUC a 72-60 loss last week. The team struggled at the free throw line against New Paltz shooting a mere 44 percent compared to Hawks, who shot 85 percent at the charity strike. PSUC was also outrebounded 51-42. “If we would have made 75 percent of the free throws, then we would’ve been in the game,” Payne said, who put up 15 points for the Lady Cards. Cole cited a variety of mistakes that caused her team to come up short. “We got flat, missed some shots, had some turnovers and they opened up the lead and we weren’t actually able to overcome that and get a lead again,” she said. Although the Lady Cards defeated Brockport earlier in the season, they couldn’t

upset Geneseo in their 7768 loss. Now they will have their hands full, trying to slow down Geneseo and its No.1 ranked SUNYAC offense. The team also has the best record in the conference. PSUC currently sits in 9th place in the SUNYAC conference, and two victories at home this weekend would be crucial, Cole said. “They like to shoot threes and penetrate, so we’re going to have to watch out for that on offense,” senior Dana Nucaro said. “They were a little hard but as long as we come prepared and focused it shouldn’t be a problem.” The three ball has been Geneseo’s best friend this season. It leads the SUNYAC in three-point percentage with 110 threes made already this season. Now, the Lady Cards feel like there is no place like home, hoping that the crowd and Plattsburgh environment could give them the spark that they have been looking for. “We always like the home court advantage because we know the rims, court and crowd,” Nucaro said. Email Alex Reynolds at alex.reynolds@

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Members of Plattsburgh State’s Jujitsu Club stretch before hitting the mats for their meeting Monday.

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on for 20 years. The club’s president, Shannon Parker, said the club welcomes anyone. So far, no members have had to put their skills to the test ain the street, and that’s good. ’ “We start off slow, get evderybody conditioned,” Parkoer said. It is an intense sport, but Parker said its intensity makes her feel better. Jujitsu offers a fantastic workout. - During the club’s pracetices, students first must ostretch, which is largely sfocused on the legs. Then, -students work on cardio by erunning for a few minutes -and crawling across the room without letting their hknees touch the floor. - While some students’ tmovements look dog-like, dothers resemble those of gorillas. They then shrimp sacross the floor, which -means wiggling by bringting one’s arms to his or her rlegs. After these comical, but yhelpful, moves, the real acstion begins. d Then it’s time for the stuedents to learn and enhance specific moves. They have to npartner up and practice on sone another. C Shane McNulty, a member efor three semesters, said his -favorite move is the Americana, a type of reverse shoulsder lock. He described it as ea potentially super-painful emove for his opponent. - “I used to do wrestling, mand I like to be aggressive, so ethis is a good way to relieve aggression,” McNulty said. e Though he had no experieence in jujitsu before jointing, McNulty said he was attracted to the club because of wrestling. Boise said the club practices the sport form of ju-

PSUC’s Jujitsu club meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. in Memorial Hall. jitsu rather than the traditional form because it’s safer. There’s no kicking or punching. The sport form originates from mixed martial arts-type training. Though some members, such as McNulty, are used to the routine, with a new semester comes new faces. Luckily for them, Michael Flanagan, the other instructor with six years of experience and a fifth degree black belt, efficiently goes over the moves. Flanagan also covers when these positions would be helpful in real-life situations, whether in the ring or in the streets. Parker said they work on beginner level moves first to ease newcomers in. Students even offer help and guide each other during practice.

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“It’s harder to remember the names (of the moves) than the moves,” Parker said. However, even by starting slowly, it may not always be so simple. PSUC student Amanda Bliss attended the club’s first meeting of the semester and struggled, but she said that won’t prevent her from returning. Tiyana Coleman, a returning member of the club, helped Bliss and made the newcomer’s first meeting rewarding. Bliss said she hopes to learn and develop better hand-eye coordination. “For my first time, it was a bit confusing, but it was a lot of fun,” Bliss said. One of the challenges the club faces is the amount of required contact. It’s an intimate sport where one’s face

may be a few inches away from his or her opponent’s. Flanagan said not a lot of people enjoy the close proximity. It’s awkward for them, especially the females. Bliss was one out of two female additions this semester. Though the club welcomes all newcomers, Parker said she’d like to see more women practice rolling, a term used to define the practice matches. The females have to sometimes roll with males because Parker said rolling with the same person can get boring, but Boise also said girls may get an opponent in the tournament who weighs 10 to 15 pounds more than them, so practicing with a guy can prepare them. Even though giggles and goofy moments are shared during practices, rolling brings out the bright-red faces, grunts and sweat. Not to mention the head grabbing and scrunched, focused look plastered on their faces. They must take rolling seriously if they hope to win a medal at the tournament they attend every semester in Winooski, Vt. Michael Zucker, former club president, has been a part of the club for about four years. He’s won eight medals altogether: four gold, two silver and two bronzes. Mitchel Laundrie is another medal-winner. Though he’s been in the club for only two years, he’s already won three medals: one gold and two bronze. “Regardless of winning or losing, after a tournament, it sparks a passion and drive to continue,” Zucker said. Email Yessenia Funes at yessenia.funes@

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By Franco Bastida associate fuse editor

When you’re a male, the custom is you don’t have to worry about the subject. If you’re driving, you remain seated and ask no questions. Time dissociates. You drift away. Suddenly, you aren’t as strong as you thought you were. Muscles mean nothing. After the hand pump comes the adrenaline rush, skin appears to shed and she adorably treats you like her suckle. Yet, then follows a subtle moment of uncertainty. Better get used to the fact that, in this world, there are two kinds of women: those who spit and those who swallow. In my life, I have encountered and come to respect both. Because, as hysterical as it may sound, impressions misled me in the past to think not everyone cares, and sometimes all a tamed lioness needed to roam free was a little push, whereas the wild vixen was actually a sentimental teddy bear. Perhaps some will consider this fool-ridden semantics, but without generalizing, women are more sensitive than men. They also can have their favorite man on his knees, but if in their highly inquisitive, absolute-truthbearing, mystical minds, swallowing is disgusting. No power on earth will make them think otherwise. Girls take into account taste, love-binding ideals, mood, identity, compromise, feelings — you name it — in their suckand-swallow formula. Maybe one at a time, maybe all at once. Some are things men and women both know. Others are only in their heads. I suspect penis envy from

some of the girls I know personally, but let’s leave that to Freud. If anything, swallowing is a matter of personal preference. If she simply does not like it, it is better to let her be. Don’t try to make your girl swallow because you will pay. And as a debtor, you will pay back with a high interest rate. Most girls do not forget. If you decide you want to take your chances, good luck. I’ll see you on the other side. No, it is not an interest-free zone, it is more like frozen hell and a stick. Some girls desire something more than a one-night stand, which is expected out of someone who actually cares enough about her body. Those are the girls men should aim for. Think about this analogy: Would you swallow the bodily fluids of someone who you’ve just met several drinks before in a bar, even if that person is a complete stranger? What if that person is riddled with disease and you don’t have a clue? Discharge, but I don’t think so. Once you drill that into your head, life for you could be easier. Now, if we’re talking about women who in their early 20s are redefining what bite hard means with poise — well, that’s a different story, isn’t it? Email Franco Bastida at franco.bastida@

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Himalaya offers good food, taste of culture Menu includes Tibetan, Bhutanese, Nepali dishes By Franco Bastida associate fuse editor

A festival of color greets customers at the door of the Himalaya Restaurant at 78 Margaret St. Multi-colored, kaleidoscopic fans hang from the ceiling, while dragons, birds and tigers try to escape a painting by the back wall, only to be stopped by a frame. “Our restaurant is not just a restaurant. We did it to introduce our rich Tibetan culture, which is dying inside Tibet because of Chinese repression, to Plattsburgh,” Yangchen Dorjee, one of the owners of the restaurant, said in a tone that is somber yet nostalgic. Suddenly, a female customer wearing a black coat opens the door. Waiting for her takeout, she begins to talk with Dorjee. “The noodles taste really good with the sauce,” the customer said. “They are good with everything,” Dorjee responded. As the conversation continued, Tibetan music and microtonal chants in the background gradually increased. After a tinshaw cymbal crash, the crescendo of music succumbed to silence. Only the faraway murmurs of both women continued to hum in one’s ear. A few minutes later, the female customer said goodbye to Dorjee. Another customer entered for takeout. This is the regular pace at the restaurant where new and regular customers come

to try Nepali, Bhutanese and Tibetan dishes. The room is lit by five paper lamps decorated with red and blue circles. Photographs of Tibetan women, Himalayan landscapes and the Dalai Lama cover the walls. “The decoration and food represent the culture in a very rich way, especially the photograph of the women wearing a Chuma (typical Tibetan dress),” freshmen Pema Lama, 18, from Kathmandu, Nepal, said. Familiar with South Asian food, Lama has eaten at the restaurant before. She considers the photograph to be a “powerful representation of Nepali, Indian and Tibetan culture.” On the right wall of the room, two nomad children in a black and white photograph fix their eyes on the restaurant’s tables. Two big blue eyes painted on the back wall monitor any signs of activity. “Opening a restaurant is not just having a business. We cook like in our home and buy local (produce and meats). We help the community, and they help us,” Dorjee said. The restaurant’s menu advertises its support of local markets, listing where some of the ingredients are bought. One of the many similarities between Nepali, Bhutanese and Tibetan cuisine is most of their dishes are vegetable-based. All of the restaurant’s dishes are made from scratch.

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The Himalaya Restaurant, located at 78 Margaret St., is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. They are closed Sundays. While the steaming processes make Tibetan food highly nutritional, Bhutanese food is well-known for its spices and peppers. Nepali food, on the other hand, resembles Indian food in the use of various curry sauces. The restaurant tends to tone down the level of spice in the dishes it offers to its customers. However, there are some brave souls who ask for the original flavor. “People who try the original dishes usually sweat,” Dorjee said, smiling. Freshmen Parlad Siwakoti, 18, from Kathmandu, Nepal, has eaten at the restaurant several times. He said the restaurant is mostly Tibetan, but that it does reflect some Nepali culture. “Momo (Nepali dumplings) is my favorite food. It tastes good and it is made out of vegetables” he said,

emphasizing the dish is Since Tibetans base themsteamed and served with selves on the lunar calendar spicy pickles as a side. to determine the beginning of their New Year, each year PRAYING FOR TIBET is different. In 2013, celebraDozens of Tibetan prayer tions are set to begin on Feb. flags hang from the ceiling, 11. capturing the spirituality of But this year, there will be a restaurant that is an en- no celebrations for some Titity of its own. Each flag has betans. a prayer dedicated to one of “Outside Tibet, people will the many deities in Tibetan not celebrate the Tibetan culture. New Year,” Dorjee says. “BeEvery sign has its own ing Tibetans, sacrificing our meaning. Rumors hold that celebration is nothing comthe higher the flags fly, the pared to what’s going on more likely it is for the wind inside.” to carry them away, Dorjee According to the 2009 said. Demographic Survey of Ti“Starting on Tibetan New betans in Exile and the 2010 Year, we hang them, burn in- Planning Commission of the cense and pray. Every Tibet- Central Tibetan Adminisan community gets together tration, an organization led and prays,” Dorjee says, by the 14th Dalai Lama to pointing to the different restore freedom and happiflags that block the ceiling’s ness in Tibet, approximately summit. “Back in Tibet it is 128,014 Tibetans were livthe same. We wanted some- ing in exile. thing to look very authentic.” Most of them fled Ti-

bet with the Dalai Lama in 1959, when Chinese and Tibetan tensions broke ou into conflict after a revolt in Lhasa, resulting in the death of 430,000 Tibetans and 87,000 Chinese, FreeTibet org estimates. The relationship of both countries had been esca lating for decades because China refused to leave Tibet Growing up in Bylakup pe, South India, a Tibetan refugee camp, Dorjee is con vinced her restaurant does more than offering food to its customers. “When customers come here to eat, some of them stil don’t know what’s going in side Tibet or where is Tibet, she says. “We want to give in formation about the culture to younger generations.” Email Franco Bastida at franco.bastida@

PSUC’s art department draws on fresh inspiration Students prep for art exhibit

New educator joins museum team By Ruthann Alexander contributing writer

By Nickolas Cavaliere staff writer

Select Plattsburgh State art students will display their work in an exhibit organized by the art department faculty in the newly rearranged lobby of the Myers Fine Arts Building. With its new lighting and arrangements, the exhibit opens to the public today at 5 p.m. and will remain open through March 3. The show, Student Selections, incorporates various types of media including photography, painting, drawing, print making, graphic design and computer art. PSUC student Richelle Soper, whose art will be featured, said the exhibit is composed of work that faculty and students want to show from their studio. PSUC student Justin Gunnell, who also has art in the exhibit, said he develops his work in a layering process, describing it as arriving over time. “Some people describe art to be therapeutic or relaxing,” he said. “I don’t think of it as that. It can be painful and stressful, but the end results are always rewarding.” Soper said a lot of time and hard work was put into the preparation of the exhibit, and on those late nights, it was not just the dedication, but the caffeine

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Above is a relief print by Jeannie Howard. Her print will be on display in the new exhibition today. that fueled her. “You have to give up certain parts of your life to commit,” she said. “It took me a long time to get to where I am, but as soon as you figure out your material or figure out where you want to go with that material, it’s kind of easy.” For PSUC student Marlowe Lowe, the exhibit represents the fine arts. Lowe said she is proud to include this experience within her resume as an artist. She is using the experiences of preparing and presenting it to graduate from a student to a full-time artist. Gunnell also has aspirations for his future in mind. “I’m in the process of applying to graduate school,” he said. “Ideally I would like to be a painter, sell work and make a living ... but it’s hard to do.”

He is currently looking into applying into the University of New Hampshire and the University of Delaware. Rick Mikkelson, a member of PSUC’s art faculty and a curator for the event, said the exhibit portrays the progress students have made during their schooling, as well as a representation of the professors’ teachings. “The faculty views this as an opportunity that emphasizes the quality of student work,” he said. Mikkelson is proud to present this exhibition. “Overall, it showcases the diversity of the program,” Gunnell said. Email Nickolas Cavaliere at nickolas.cavaliere@

Samantha Bellinger’s love for education and art has landed her the job of museum educator at the Plattsburgh State Art Museum. Bellinger, born in North Carolina, majored in art history at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn. When she graduated, Bellinger completed a Margie and Nate Thorne Education and Collections Management Fellowship at Shelburne Museum in Vermont. When the museum was open, Bellinger worked in education, teaching younger kids and adults. When the museum was closed, she worked in collections management and databases. “I was really drawn to the education side of it,” Bellinger said. “I had a ton of fun, and it really lined up with my whole philosophy of helping people to get excited about a collection in an alternative fashion rather than just in a classroom.” Bellinger is working on her thesis about how people learn art. She said she is focusing on how physical space in a museum affects peoples’ abilities to retain information. For example, when plants are decoratively placed in a gallery, it can affect how people recall what they learned in an exhibit as opposed to a sculpture leaning against a plain white wall with no

decorations, she said. tively, you can appreciate Lighting is another fac- all art, no matter what i tor crucial to people learn- is.” ing from an exhibit. If the Bellinger’s first goal fo lighting is dim, a person her new job is to get to may need to strain his or know all of the museum her eyes to read the de- docents and what thei scription of the art. As a interests are. Her goal is result, no one will to expand exist want to bother, ing programs pas Bellinger said. a couple days o Bellinger said weeks to a year there is a differBellinger said. ence between the She also hopes art she likes to to get both the study and the art university and out she likes to teach side communities people about. more involved. When she went Outside of he “Just back to gradujob as museum learning educator, ate school, she Bell through worked on getinger enjoys graf the art ting her doctorate fiti art, which in 17th- century she became in gives Dutch art. people a volved with in She realized college. Her inter different est started with Dutch art was not way of practical to her a class in which career because viewing the she learned abou most museums in the culture. One world.” the United States of her final proj Samantha do not have large ects was to create Bellinger, collections in that something she museum genre. She moved was inspired by educator back to Skidmore while studying, so College in Sarashe experimented with stencil art toga, where she is now in the process of Bellinger made her own earning a master’s degree stencils and used them as a template. in arts administration. While her college pro There is no limit to what she likes to teach. She said fessor encouraged her to she believes people learn work outside of a canvas quite a bit, whether the she didn’t think it was re art is abstract, figurative, sponsible. “I want to be clear that famous or obscure. “Just learning through never did it (graffiti) out the art gives people a dif- side of a canvas,” Bellinger ferent way of viewing the said. world,” Bellinger said. “For instance, if you look at a Email Ruthann Alexande sculpture and learn how at ruthann.alexander@ to think about it imagina-

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Action makes bin Laden chase real By Brian Molongoski associate news editor

“Zero Dark Thirty,” directed by academy awardwinner Kathryn Bigelow, is a raw, breathtaking true story that follows the harrowing, decade-long journey of the CIA operatives who struggled to accomplish their ultimate goal in taking down Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The film isn’t a dry, lifeless drama about the politics surrounding the killing of bin Laden, it’s very much a character-driven story. nScreenwriter Mark Boal de.,livers a script that brings the hunt to life with undeniable nrealism and colorful characdters, while Bigelow provides utsolid direction that puts the naudience right in the middle hof the action. d The film begins in 2003 an undisclosed blacksite location in the Middle East. hThe audience is introduced a-to the film’s main protagoenist Maya (Jessica Chastain), t. a young CIA agent. Maya’s p-first day on her new asnsignment immediately ben-comes a discomforting one esas she witnesses Dan (Jason oClarke), a funny but intense

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“Zero Dark Thirty” has raked in a total of nine awards since its release Dec. 19. CIA operative, torture a detainee to obtain information about al-Qaida. The torture scenes, which take up the first 15 minutes of the film, are not for the squeamish. Dan’s graphic and brutal torture methods, which include water boarding and sexual humiliation, open the audience’s eyes to the intensity of the United States’ former detainee program.

The rest of the film follows Maya on her unyielding, 10year search for bin Laden. As her story progresses, she evolves from a timid, soft-spoken agent to a focused, hardened officer. She encounters many setbacks and obstacles, including terrorist attacks, attempts on her life and the lack of confidence by her CIA colleagues, yet she never ceases to give up on her objective.

After years of tracking an extensive network of al-Qaida couriers, Maya’s search leads her to a suspicious compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Convinced the location is the hiding place of bin Laden, she immediately urges her CIA higher-ups to take action. While most of the CIA officials think it’s a slim chance, her confidence catches the attention of then CIA Director Leon Panetta (James Gandolfini), who helps put the plan of attack in motion. Even though it’s now history that the raid to kill bin Laden was a success, the compound raid scene is a serious thrill. As the helicopters carrying Seal Team Six roar through the Pakistani mountains en route to their target, the audience can’t help but feel a sense of urgency and uncertainty about what lies ahead. The raid itself is well filmed and will leave audience members on the edge of their seats until the final moments when bin Laden is found and killed, putting an end to his reign on top of the FBI’s most wanted list. At two hours and 37 minutes, the film’s runtime may seem daunting. However, it is full of different locations,

unique characters, witty dialogue and a few heartpounding action sequences. All of these aspects make it easy to get lost in the world of Middle-Eastern espionage, making the runtime seem much shorter than it is. Chastain’s top notch performance as the tough and determined Maya is, without a doubt, one of the year’s best performances and has already garnered several awards. While Chastain has the most screen time in the film, many of the other actors who have brief supporting roles also give fantastic performances, including Edgar Ramirez, Joel Edgarton, Kyle Chandler, and Mark Strong. “Zero Dark Thirty” isn’t just a film about the hunt for bin Laden. It’s a testament to the many unsung heroes of the intelligence community who are driven by obsession and determination in spite of failures and setbacks, making it one of the smartest and most brilliantly crafted films of the year.

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By Stanley Blow III fuse editor

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and Kevin Spacey certainly has the best recipe in the Netflix exclusive series “House of Cards.” The series starts off with Spaceey’s character, Congressman Franitcis Underwood, witnessing a hitand-run involving his neighbor’s ordog. As he stands over the dying ocreature, he starts speaking directmly to the camera — a kind of inner irmonologue. s “There are two kinds of pain: The t-sort of pain that makes you strong, stor useless pain — the sort of pain orthat is only suffering. I have no par,tience for useless things.” Though the dog is off-camera, sits whimpers and cries can still be eheard, followed by a sudden crack t-and then silence. s “Moments like this require people who will act, who will do the unpleasrant thing and the necessary thing.” m The dark foreshadowing taking l-place in this scene is cringe-worthy. fh nn rh h ut e je e y o d t. n s


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How many more times will he have to do the unpleasant thing throughout the course of the series? After this dark scene, the storyline begins to feel more like a traditional political drama. Following the 2012 election, Underwood is expecting to be appointed secretary of state by President-elect Garrett Walker (Michael Gill). However, he gets a big surprise when he finds out the president has decided to go instead with Congressman Michael Kern (Kevin Kilner), much to Underwood’s chagrin. After a broken table and a sleepless night spent smoking by the window, Underwood and his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), come to the mutual decision that something needed to be done. Enter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), a young, eager journalist at the fictitious Washington Herald. Barnes is first seen on the screen pleading with her editor to give her stories that would allow her to get down and dirty with the politicians on Capitol Hill and find out all their

hushed secrets. Her request is quickly shot down. So the obvious course of action is to go behind the editor’s back and get the stories anyway, and who better to leak some fascinating stories than a politician who lost out on a job he was promised? Thus began a relationship between Underwood and the Washington Herald that, in many instances, mirrored a Deep Throat-Washington Post relationship. Underwood would feed Barnes bits of inside information anonymously — information that would benefit him — and it would go to press. Through Barnes, Underwood began to manipulate the government around him without anybody being the wiser. How deliciously evil. What makes the role even better is Spacey’s dry humor and spot-on southern drawl. Most of Spacey’s humor comes out during his inner monologues in which he basically stops everything and looks up at the camera. This can take some getting used

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“House of Cards,” Netflix’s first original series, released all 13 episodes on Netflix Feb. 1.

to, but after a while, the viewer grows to expect Spacey’s devious grin or nod to the camera signifying that he’s hatching an evil plan. It’s almost like saying, “Stick around for the fireworks, folks. It’s about to get good.” In parts, however, it does seem unrealistic that a politician can so easily exploit the press without anyone noticing. That said, it doesn’t really take away from the storytelling, it’s just a minor annoyance. This series is a must-watch for anyone who loves a good political drama or story of revenge. Email Stanley Blow III at

“Tae Kwon Do.”

Melanie Vizcarrando Freshman Psychology

“Kung fu because it’s the hardest and roughest form in martial arts.”

Frederica Appau Freshman Undeclared

“Kung fu and jujitsu because I like it rough and gentle when need be.”

Club offers self defense By Yessenia Funes staff writer

One never knows when he or she may have to break out some moves. It could be a punch or a kick, but what does one do when a perpetrator is too close to punch or kick? How about learning some jujitsu? One can do just that by joining Plattsburgh State’s two-year-old jujitsu club. Jujitsu focuses on self-defense by grappling. It’s up close and personal. The club practices in Memorial Hall’s spinning room every Monday and Wednesday from 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. It’s advised by David Boise, who has a ninth degree black belt and been practicing jujitsu off-and-on for See JUJITSU, B5

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