The Men’s Basketball team needs just two more wins to claim a SUNYAC title. For an inside look at how they plan to beat sharpshooting Geneseo, see page B1
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PSUC takes in students from around the world. Now it is working to bring in fresh faces from South America’s largest country. For the first time, Plat tsburgh State will have the opportunity to expand its presence in Brazil with its recent selection as one of 14 schools nationwide that will focus on making academic connections with South America’s largest country. Upon being accepted into the program, which is through the Institute of International Education (IIE), faculty members will be developing a survey and a strategic plan to help prepare the faculty for a trip to Brazil in May. There, they will meet with representatives from Brazilian institutions and decide which will be the most compatible with PSUC.
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Students attend largest environmental rally in US history By Franco Bastida associate fuse editor
Among a sea of protesters’ heads, the only thing visible in the distance was the Washington Monument. Last Sunday, an inspired multitude of more than 40,000 people gathered in front of the White House to chant, “Hey, Obama. We don’t want no climate drama,” making their voices heard. “I went down there because rhetoric is one thing, but true purpose is revealed by action,” Ross Treistman, one of the six PSUC students who attended the rally, said. Organized by the Sierra Club and 350.org, the biggest climate rally in U.S. history gathered young and old to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline, a project by Calgary-based energy corporation TransCanada that wants to establish a major pipeline from Canada to Texas. According to DownstreamToday.com, a website specializes in oil and gas industry news, TransCanada would establish a 2,148-
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Assistant Vice President for Global Education Jacqueline Vogl and Assistant Director of International Enrollment Services Cody McCabe both helped write the application. “(Brazil) is a country that is unfamiliar to us,” Vogl said. “Brazil has a booming interest in partnerships with institutions in the United States. It’s an interesting destination for study abroad.” McCabe said most academic partnerships between PSUC and foreign countries are formed through informal connections, such as somebody from the college knowing someone else. However, this partnership is different. “This is probably the first and by far the most formal process for finding connections to institutions,” McCabe said. What also attracted McCabe to the See GLOBAL, A5
Upward Bound director retires By Darina Naidu associate news editor
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Yvonne Chu (left), Colleen Corrigan (center) and Karyn Ehman share their thoughts on attending protests of the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington D.C. mile pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Cushing, Okla., passing through Nebraska and later connecting with other existing pipelines in the United States. Awaiting government approval, the $7 billion project has remained a controversial topic for activists, Native American tribes, college students and politicians because of its possible environmental
and economic implications. TransCanada claims the pipeline would create 20,000 direct construction and manufacturing jobs, and reduce the dependency of the United States on oil imports from the Middle East. However, many do not believe the benefits are long-term However, according to a 2011 report by the Cornell University Global Labor In-
stitute, no more than 2,500 to 4,650 temporary construction jobs for two years would be created. The report also suggests the majority of the oil would end up being exported and not consumed internally, which opposes the corporation’s claim. Knowing this grey scenario before undertaking See RALLY, A2
After 26 years as the Upward Bound director at Plattsburgh state, Elaine Leavitt decided it was time for her to move on, and Feb. 5, Brian Post, who had been assistant director at the time, became the new director of the program. The Upward Bound program is a federal program that focuses on lowincome, first generation high school Leavitt students and supports and prepares them for their higher education. Currently serving a total of 209 students in 18 school districts, PSUC’s Upward Bound program is the largest in New York and the fourth largest in the nation. Leavitt was the counselor of the program in the ’70s, and she was appointed as the director in the late ’80s. “I loved that we could supplement what the students needed, and that we
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were not constrained by regulations.” Elaine was also appreciated by her co-workers. “Elaine is a very vivacious individual, and she’s very dedicated,” Office Manager of Upward Bound Jaye Riddle said. “I have worked with her for 11 years. She was full of life and an excellent director, and she became a friend. Needless to say, I miss her.” About four years ago, Leavitt decided she wanted to retire, and Post was hired to replace her. “I worked with him for four years and trained him for the position. He was doing a great job,” Leavitt said. “If I wasn’t confident about his skills, I don’t think I would have left.” However, sometime while she was working with Post, Leavitt realized she was not ready to retire after all and decided to apply for the position as the See LEAVITT, A7
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▪ friday, feb. 22, 2013
PSUC braces for Semester at Sea By Camille Daniels staff writer
and Darina Naidu associate news editor
If the idea of wanting to study abroad has been a goal while in college but has not been achieved due to time, then the study abroad program Semester at Sea may be an option. It is affectionately described as “a floating campus.” Semester at Sea takes a different approach to semester abroad. Instead of being on a campus in a different country, students will be traveling to multiple ports around Europe on a ship. The current Semester at Sea program will take place this summer, and students will be traveling to England, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Latvia, Denmark and Germany. The program will last for three weeks from May 24 to June 16 and costs a total of $4,500 to $5,000, depending on whether the students are a graduate or undergraduate. Julia Davis, associate professor of Counselor Education and Student Affairs counseling program coordinator, is the instructor for the trip. Davis was also the professor and leader of the group during the last Semester at Sea winter break 2011. Danielle Dunas, student, is going on the trip and said she found out about the program at this semester’s study abroad fair. “I went to the study abroad office in Kehoe and applied for the program,” she said. “I needed to give a deposit of $100, fill an application with all my information and do health
stuff like if I have allergies.” While some study abroad programs are geared toward particular majors, the program is open to all. “It is offered at either the undergraduate or graduate level,” Davis said. “We will look at the different education systems in the countries we visit, and how the history and culture have influenced the different education systems from Kindergarten through college.” Students will be taking the plane to Heathrow Airport in London and meet the group at one of the terminals. “Then we will be taking a shuttle to the cruise ship and sail to Norway first,” Dunas said. Davis said students will explore how the creation of the European Union has changed education throughout Europe. “We’ll also compare these education systems to the one we know in the United States,” Davis said. “I think it’s really invaluable,” Jamie Winters, Study Abroad and Exchanges manager, said. “Not everybody can do a semester away or can afford it or have it fit into their schedules. So, for reasons of finances or flexibility or interest, I think it’s really a good alternative option.” Graduate student and study abroad intern Laura Cook agreed,
cial to her future career.
“We will look at the different “Seeing how classrooms are set education systems in the countries we visit, up in Europe and the strategies and how the history and culture have influ- they use will really benefit me a enced the different education systems from lot,” Dunas said. kindergarten through college.” As the ship will be sailing to Julia Davis, student affairs counseling program coordinator
and said the Semester at Sea was the right program for her. “As a graduate student, I found it hard to study abroad because of my strict curricula, but this study abroad program fits into my schedule perfectly,” Cook said. This will be Cook’s second semester at sea. “Last time, we went to eight places, including the Bahamas, Brazil and some Caribbean islands,” she said. “I was able to travel between nine countries during a span of three weeks. This allowed me to experience different cultures, learn about how study abroad programs work, and have unique experiences and memories to last me a lifetime.” This year, Cook is going as one of the leaders of the group, and she says her biggest concern is student safety. “Get there safely, travel safely and come back safely. That’s what matters the most to me,” she said.
Students will have classes, discussions and seminars while on the ship and learn about the different countries. The ship will then stop at each country for about two to three days, and students will be going on excursions and field trips in groups. “Our class will probably last for about 90 minutes every day, but there will also be a lot of informal classes,” Davis said. “Students will have to keep a journal to keep track of what they’ve been doing. They will be graded on their journal, participation in the classroom and during activities. They have to do a paper on the educational system on any of the countries we’ll visit, and then a final reflective paper about their overall experience.” Davis said there will be a lot for the students to do the ship. The students will have two dining halls, a fitness center, a beauty salon and spa, a computer lab, a library and a swimming pool. Students will be sharing a double or triple bedroom cabin, depending on their choice. Each cabin has its own bathroom and mini fridge. Being a childhood and special education major, Dunas thinks the trip will be benefi-
different countries throughout its month-long voyage, there will be plenty of opportunities for the students to go explore on their own. “The interesting thing is that you have a culture on the ship, and then you get off and experience another culture of the country you are in,” Cook said. “You come back a different person.” Davis is hoping the students will learn a lot from their experience. “My greatest expectation is that students really learn to appreciate the differences and similarities between the different cultures around the world, and I want them to have a really good time.” Dunas is also excited for her first study-abroad experience. “It’s such a great way to travel and see so many different countries in only a month.” But, she also advises students not to get used to their cellphone. “You will have to turn it off at sea,” she said. “There will be Internet on the ship, but it is not fast. So, don’t get attached to technology.” However, speaking from her experience, Cook said the trip is a one-time experience that “cannot be compared to anything else.” Email Camille Daniels at camille.danials@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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PSUC News Black History Month Banquet today Akeba, the Black Student Union, presents: Ubuntu, the 5th annual Black History month banquet Feb. 22. At 6 p.m. in the Warren Ballrooms. Tickets are sold at the ACC information desk. The cost for one is $8 and for couples it’s $15.
Entrepreneurial Olympics contest
An entrepreneurial innovation and creativity contest will be held March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is open to all students. Nancy Church can be contacted for more information.
Music Trio to perform in Krinovitz
The Plattsburgh State Music Department presents a faculty recital with the Key Winds Trio on March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Krinovitz Recital Hall in Hawkins. Members of the recital include clarinetist Janine Scherline, oboist Janice Kyle and pianist David Carpenter. The trio has also performed in local areas including Peru, Essex, and Vermont. The event is free and open to the public.
Plattsburgh State Ski Night at Beartown Ski Resort Sunday
Join Plattsburgh State students at the Beartown Ski Resort on Beartown Road, Plattsburgh on March 3 for SUNY Plattsburgh Ski Night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Resort will have skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Admission is $10.
Friends of Art Luncheon lecture and lunch to happen March 7
Friends of Art Luncheon and Gallery talk with Jacques Duval will be held March 7 from 12:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Following a lecture, students are welcomed to have lunch with the Plattsburgh State Art Museum Friends of Art in the Winkel Sculpture Court for $18. The deadline for registration is March 4.
Bra drive fundraiser in the ACC
Free the Girls is hosting a bra drive in the ACC lobby March 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a bra and money to help support girls who have been saved from sex slavery.
SUNY News SUNY announces new positions ALBANY – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced that SUNY Canton Interim President Carli Schiffner will be taking on her new role as vice president of instruction at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Wash. “Carli Schiffner has been a tireless advocate for SUNY Canton both as provost and interim president, and should be commended for her accomplishments,” Zimpher said. “Dr. Schiffner’s guidance and her belief in shared services were of great benefit to both her campus and the entire system.” Along with SUNY Potsdam President John F. Schwaller, Schiffner has implemented a shared services model between Potsdam and Canton, which has lead to the appointment of a shared chief financial officer, which helps save money across many administrative services and the appointment of a joint veterans affairs director to work with the military population in the area. With the recent resignation of Schwaller, the SUNY Board of Trustees will receive nominations for the SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton Presidential positions by Zimpher. Candidates will be appointed to the positions before July 1. Both schools also announced three new administrative jobs that will expand the shared services model between the schools that will bolster economic and operational opportunities. The positions include vice president for advancement and vice president for student affairs.
CP Corrections In “Wild takes stand against hazing” in Issue 2, PSUC graduate student Sarah Wild was quoted as calling fraternities and sororities “frats and soros.” She did not. She also received the Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Award, not the Frank Anti-Hazing Hero Award. In the cutline, the Greek Life Office mentioned is actually the Fraternity/Sorority Life Office. In “Olympian Rupp inspiration for track” in Issue 2, track and field coach Nick Jones was quoted as saying Olympian Galen Rupp already broke the American record. The quote should say he almost broke the record. In “Goalie takes initiative off the ice” in Issue 2, Larry Soroka should have been listed as the former expeditionary studies department head, not Jon Trzepkowski. If you see an error in Cardinal Points, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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RALLY: ‘No climate drama’ From Page One
a one-hour car drive to Vermont and then a 12hour bus ride to Washington, the members of PSUC Environmental Action Committee were more inspired than defeated during the rally. Yvonne Chu said the camaraderie in the bus toward Washington was enjoyable. “They gave us muffins. One of the girls who worked as an intern for 350 actually baked muffins for the first people on the bus. They were homemade,” Chu said. “We didn’t even pay the full amount to take the bus down (to Washington).” Even though the bus ticket cost $75, 350.org adjusted to the budget of several riders. They would let riders go even though they didn’t pay the full amount, she said. Jeanelsy Rodriguez said she was impressed by everyone’s solidarity. She gave the example about how a 3-year-old girl had her own sign up in support of the cause. “There was a lot of young kids of out there that probably didn’t know what was going on, but their parents had them out there to support,” Rodriguez said. Colleen Corrigan said she felt overwhelmed at first because of the amount of people in the rally, but her excitement made her get on her tiptoes to try and see everything. “I was hoping that I could see the crowd and how many people were there, but it was hard to really see,” Corrigan said, emphasizing people weren’t yelling but rather demonstrating their discomfort about the issue. For Karyn Ehman, the water conservation speech of Chief Jacqueline Thomas, indigenous leader of the Saik’uz First Nation, was memorable. “It really goes back to hydrofracking (rock fragmentation through water pressure), it really relates to pollution in general, not
A protestor holds a book of the Constitution while wearing a blindfold at the climate rally in Washington, D.C. just tar sand, to our duty to an American flag blindfoldpreserve the natural envi- ing his eyes. On his hands, a ronment and not exploit it,” book of the Constitution reshe said. “I had never met mained open. He stares at it, a tribal leader or had ever being unable to read it. heard one speak.” “He represented how the The Ogallala Aquifer, government nowadays has which supplies gotten so far water for 1.5 mil“I was hoping away from what lion Nebraskan our founding that I could fathers meant residents, could be affected by the see the crowd for this nation,” proximity of the and how many Treistman said. pipeline, risking The day thoupeople were cont a m inat ion sands of protestthere, but it because of spills, ers energetically was really the Cornell rerallied in front of hard to see.” his door, Obama port suggests. Jason Flaster, Colleen Corrigan was far away the sixth student from home. PSUC student who went to the According to rally, did not want the Huffington to comment about the rally. Post article “Obama Golfed THE PRESIDENT’S DECI- With Oil Men As Climate ProSION testers Descended On White A man dressed as a mo- House” released Wednesday, nopoly character stood out the same day thousands among thousands of people, were rallying in Washington, singing a jingle about Presi- Obama was golfing in Palm dent Barack Obama. On his City, Fla. with Jim Crane and guitar a legend was writ- Milton Carroll, two promiten, “Water, you crazy?” nent oil and gas industry Another man, dressed as a businessmen. patriot from head to toe, had “We would’ve assumed
that the president would’ve been informed about the large gathering of climate activists in front of the monument. No one came to make an address,” Treistman said. Recalling the image of the patriot, Treistman said industries that take as much natural resources as they can jeopardize the ideals about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The goal of a corporation is to maximize profits for shareholders, not necessarily to look out for the public, he said. Obama’s rhetoric has promised America will go in the direction of a clean and friendly future, but he has not taken a clear stance on the issue. “I think it is a fiscally responsible thing to do to preserve the environment. Without clean water, what good is in the economy?” he said. Email Franco Bastida at franco.bastida@ cardinalpointsonline.com
What are some videos CP’s staff produced this week? V-Monologues
Ancient art event
Sex and the SUNY
Students participated in this award-winning play focusing on sexuality and strength.
The Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team played the Oswego Lakers, last Saturday.
Phi Iota Alpha showcased pre columbian to modern latin American art and under represented artists.
Does being single bring the best sexual experience? Page B6
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New position helps veterans By Dan Stimpfle contributing writer
The 1972 American and Russian men’s hockey teams compete in the World University Games.
February 22, 1972 The seventh biennial World University Games (FISU) were held at Plattsburgh State in its newly constructed field house. This also marks the first time the games were held in the United States.
February 25, 1976 The SUNY Board of Trustees voted to close eight of the remaining campus schools in the university area. The closing affected 278 children from nursery school to eight grade.
February 27, 1952 After the death of Plattsburgh State President Charles C. Ward, Dean Edward E. Redcay became acting President. February 28, 1974 Marjorie Morrison becomes head librarian following the retirement of Dr. Frances Breen.
On the sixth floor of the Kehoe building at Plattsburgh State, one can find the latest addition to the office of student affairs. There, Tracy Guynup holds the position of Student support services coordinator, a position that is intended to foster veteran student retention and success. With the new position, PSUC gained the status of being military friendly through G.I. Jobs magazine, a major publication for men and women who are transitioning from military life to student life. Their website hosts a list of the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students. Plattsburgh has joined the ranks with other SUNY schools such as Albany, Fredonia and Stony Brook according to their site. Guynup elaborated on his role in making the campus military friendly by listing some of his roles and responsibilities. Some of these include making sure veterans are being identified as part of the admission process, informing veterans of the processes of application and admission, walking some through their GI bill and referring them when issues arise, finding help for veterans who are affected by post traumatic stress disorder, overseeing whether other offices in the school are fulfilling the needs of veteran students and helping with accommodations for those who are still in the military. Guynup gives an example of a student who might get
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Tracy Guynup, student support services coordinator at Plattsburgh State, talks about his various roles in helping to make the campus military friendly. called out for duty while attending classes. Many often don’t even have the time to inform their instructors, and that’s where Guynup would help. He is also there as someone who can just point them in the right direction as they adjust to a new way of life, whether it’s something outside of school that can be affecting their performance “Anything from academic to home life can be on the table,” Guynup said. The idea for better accommodations was mentioned by many faculty members at the college including Associate Professor of Military Studies Lt. Col. Douglas Goodfellow. He said it can be difficult for many who are leaving a highly structured back-
ground. “Your day is generally planned out ahead of you in the military, and in a student’s life, it’s more liberal and can be confusing at first,” Goodfellow said. “Many veterans are very focused and know what they want to accomplish” While a guidance counselor can be helpful, it is better to have someone who is specifically familiar with what their needs are, and who can point the student in the right direction. Moreover, many veteran student have more responsibilities than other students like families, employment and different goals in mind such as finishing a bachelor’s degree in three years to get the most out of their GI bill
while moving on to a master’s. Guynup said the idea to create this new position was pursued by William Laundry, the previous dean of students who recently retired. While he was in his office, Larry Allen discovered that Clinton Community College had a successful program, and Guynup was working with their veteran affairs. He was able to help him get hired part time at PSUC for his current position in January. Since then , he has been overseeing the admissions process, contacting student veterans, and has been in contact with other faculty. Goodfellow said there are plans in the works to greater the veteran community. There have been talks between both Goodfellow and Guynup about recruiting current Plattsburgh ROTC students to assist with nonprofit programs such as The Honor Flight, an organization created to honor American veterans. Veterans would be driven by limousine and flown to D.C., where a restaurant is reserved in their honor with supporters greeting them along the way. The students would be traveling with the veterans and would be helping them into limousines and on board their flight. Steve Matthews, the current dean of students who is overseeing Guynup’s position said he is looking forward to what will be done for military students, and for those who are part of military families. Email Cardinal Points at cp@cardinalpoints online.com
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Feb. 10 1:12 a.m. — Lot 18 — University Police arrested Michael Marvin Jr. of 90G Wilson Hall and charged him with a violation of unlawful possession of marihuana. He was released upon an appearance ticket.
1:56 a.m. — Hood Hall — University Police responded to the Hood Hall fitness center for an exit door alarm. Upon arrival, officers located the student who activated it. She stated she wanted to see what would happen if she opened the alarmed door. The student was advised not to use the exit door except in case of an emergency. A service report was filed.
2:44 a.m. — Wilson Hall — A resident student requested her room code to be changed after breaking up with her boyfriend. Upon arrival at the room, officers were advised that the male had already entered the room and damaged an item. The male was located in his room and admitted to entering the room and damaging the item. College charges were forwarded and a service report was filed.
Feb. 12 5:59 p.m. — Feinberg Library — University Police responded to the library for a report of a disruptive male. The male was located, and a warrant check revealed the male was wanted in both South Florida and Syracuse for misdemeanor charges. Both wanting agencies were contacted and declined extradition. The male, who is not affiliated with the college, was issued a 72-hour trespass warning and left campus. A service report was filed.
6:03 p.m. — Wilson Hall — A member of the dorm staff observed four resident students smoking marijuana outside Wilson Hall and notified University Police. A crime incident report and college charges were filed on all individuals involved. 10:11 p.m. — Memorial Hall — A former student who was at Memorial Hall reported the theft of her iPhone and wallet containing debit and credit cards and personal identification. The property was located and found a short time later and returned to the owner intact. A crime incident report was filed.
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Alumnus knows adventure a copy was provided to the health center.
10:28 p.m. — Moffitt Hall — Dorm staff reported that a resident student hadn’t returned to his room since Feb. 12. Officers determined that the student had been transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation on Feb. 12. A service report was filed. Feb. 14 12:15 p.m. — Rugar Street — University Police arrested Hanna Sauve of Malone and charged her with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and driving while using a portable electric device. She is not affiliated with the college and was released upon an appearance ticket. 2:35 p.m. — Court Street — A student reported receiving unwanted emails from an ex-boyfriend. The student requested to only have the messages documented and no further police action to be taken. A service report was filed.
9:53 p.m. — Feinberg Library — A student reported her laptop stolen from her backpack when she left it un9:46 p.m. — Memorial Hall attended in the library. A crime — A student reported his cell incident report was filed. phone stolen from his gym bag while he was playing basketFeb. 15 ball in Memorial Hall. A crime 12:29 a.m. — Wilson Hall incident report was filed. — University Police and Plattsburgh Fire Department 10:51 p.m. — Moffitt Hall — EMS responded to 61E WilUniversity Police responded to son Hall for an intoxicated a report of an odor of marijuana student who had fallen and on the ninth floor of Moffitt Hall. cut his head. The student was A resident student was inter- transported to the hospital viewed and turned over a mari- via ambulance. College chargjuana pipe and a baggie contain- es were forwarded, and a sering marijuana. A crime incident vice report was filed. A copy report and college charges were was provided to the Health filed. Center. Feb. 11 9:32 p.m. — Wilson Hall — University Police arrested Sean Nihill of 31E Wilson Hall and charged him with a violation of unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released upon an appearance ticket.
6 p.m. — Memorial Hall — University Police and the Plattsburgh Fire Department ambulance responded to Memorial Hall for a faculty member who had become dizzy and passed out while on the rowing machine. She was transported to CVPH and a service report was filed. 9:13 p.m. — Renaissance Village — Plattsburgh City Police arrested Ciara LeClair and Jake Agveman of 1 Renaissance Village Way and charged them with a violation of the city noise ordinance. They were released upon an appearance ticket. 11:39 p.m. — Broad Street — Plattsburgh City Police arrested Marc Plante of 50 Broad St. and charged him with a violation of the city noise ordinance. He was released upon an appearance ticket.
Feb. 16 1:52 a.m. — Adirondack Hall — University Police responded to the area outside the handicapped entrance of Adirondack Hall for a report of a female who passed out on the sidewalk. The resident student was located highly intoxicated and incoherent. She was transported to CVPH by the Plattsburgh Fire Department ambulance. A service report and college charges were filed.
11:29 p.m. — Court Street — Plattsburgh City Police arrested Edward Cobelli III of 74 Court Street and charged him with a violation of the Feb. 13 city noise ordinance. He was 8:50 a.m. — University released upon an appearPolice — University Police ance ticket. transported a student and a n employee to the hospital for To view the a mental health evaluation. A full police blotter, visit service report was filed, and cardinalpointsonline.com
Plattsburgh State alumnus Ian Ash, now an award-winning filmaker who has been living in Japan for 12 years, has mentored and inspired many students at PSUC.
Former student films natural disasters in Japan By Yessenia Funes staff writer
focused on the children. The first Fukushima documentary, “In the Grey Moving to Japan to teach Zone,” which gained Ash English sounds like an ad- the Filmmaker of Future venture. Serving as a min- Award at the 2012 Rhode ister for Las Vegas style Island International Film weddings in Tokyo for a Festival, involves the unfew extra bucks could def- certainty of the children’s initely be one. But adven- future health. After finishtures aren’t only for kicks. ing that, Ash discovered They can be meaningful. the radiation had already Plattsburgh State alum- caught up to the children nus Ian Ash knows all in the form of thyroid cysts about such adand cancer. ventures, from “My brother“What we had the lighthearted been worried in-law said to to the heartabout in the first me, ‘You’re a film breaking. actually film maker. came true,” he A storyteller and award-winsaid. Why don’t ning filmmaker, These children you get off Ash has lived were stranded in the sofa in Japan for 12 the area between years. Though he and make a the evacuation film?’” originally moved zones and where Ian Ash, to teach English, people could live his storytelling PSUC alumnus normally. This has taken over. area gained the Growing up title of the gray with a mother who told zone. It was 12 to 20 miles stories and a priest as a away from the disaster, so father, Ash was destined they weren’t evacuated. to tell stories with a mis- They were ordered to resion, ones that would tug main indoors. With no at his viewer’s hearts. His money to leave, locals were PSUC bachelor’s degree in forced to stay. Ash said it English and his University was a gray zone of constant of Bristol master’s degree fear. in film and television made A particular five-yearthe filming even easier. The old group stained his topics he’s covered, how- mind. These children were ever, are not so easy. telling Ash about the radiAsh films disasters oc- ation in their playground. curring throughout Japan. He remembered the chilHis first was the tsunami. For the first two days, he, like the rest of the world, was in shock. Ash said he watched in horror. Eventually, encouragement struck. “My brother-in-law said to me, ‘You’re a film maker. Why don’t you get off the sofa and make a film?’” Ash said. So he got to it. Ash focused on the food and water shortages following the disaster. He documented the panic-buying happening in Tokyo. However, his heart is devoted to a new atrocity now: the Fukushima nuclear meltdown’s children. “My parents said to me, ‘You’re not going to go to Fukushima, right?’” Ash said. “And, at first, I didn’t think I would, but when I heard there were still children in the zone, I couldn’t stop myself from going.” A month after the meltdown, Ash entered the zone. He films in Fukushima where he has been for the last 18 months. His documentaries have
dren being so young that they couldn’t pronounce radiation correctly. This, he said, echoes in his mind. “These little kids talking about something they shouldn’t even know about,” Ash said. “They can’t even pronounce it, and yet they’re telling me about it and teaching me about radiation. It’s really haunting.” His documentary in the making, “A2,” documents the horrid health effects grudging the children. A2 is the name of the type of cysts the children have developed. Ash feels this is his calling. While none of his Fukushima films make any money, he doesn’t care. He only wants to get the word out. One of his former PSUC English professors Jon Chatlos, said he wasn’t a bit surprised about Ash’s adventures. “That’s who Ian is,” Chatlos said. Since Ash’s PSUC days, he has held that courage of conviction, Chatlos said. It’s something that’s always been there, he said. It’s something that pops out to Chatlos in Ash’s films. Like his writing, Ash’s films carry voice. Ash’s former employer and coworker Jacqueline
Vogl, assistant vice president of the global education office, described Ash as someone who was passionate about his work, whatever it would be. She recalls him teaching himself American Sign Language to communicate with a new friend who was deaf. Not to mention, Ash didn’t know any Japanese when he arrived to Japan. That summer with Vogl, Ash became a mentor for many students. Upon visiting PSUC, Ash inspired Chatlos’ students as well. His students wrote Ash letters confessing their new found inspiration. Yet there’s one lesson Ash has learned that he hopes stays with PSUC students most. “I learned that no matter where you go, you are the same person. That your problems, your faults and your shortcomings have nothing to do with where you are or where you’re from. They have to do with who you are, and until you realize that, it doesn’t matter where you run away to, you’re going to be the same person,” Ash said. “As soon as you figure that out, it doesn’t matter where you are. You will succeed.” Email Yessenia Funes at yessenia.funes@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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Music mania Now charged for using card By Madison Harrison contributing writer
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The Consortium Ardesa concert was held last Wednesday in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium.
ments will not endanger losing customers because they implemented these fees, Read said in the email. Read owns Champlain Wine Company in downtown Plattsburgh. “We pay between 2 percent and 3 percent to the credit card company for most transactions. We won’t be passing the fees along,” Read said in the email. Dan Harpp, the manager of Zuke’s in Plattsburgh, confirmed that the credit surcharge would not be passed on to customers. Harpp and his business may still have to absorb the credit transaction fee. This could raise prices in general. “The consumer will spend more but we won’t make more,” Dan Harpp said. PSUC Professor of Economics and Finance Neal Duffy said these fees are
nothing new. “Merchants have fees that they have to pay to the credit card companies so just because it doesn’t say it on your bill that they’re assessing the charge, I believe they already are,” Duffy said. “I know there are a lot of people, a lot of vendors, especially small-time people, that weren’t using credit cards because they didn’t want to increase the prices to their customers.” Customer knowledge of this possible charge could have an effect on how customers pay. “If customers know they’re getting charged, they’re going to start paying with cash or they’re going to use debit cards,” Duffy said. PSUC student Jory Dean disagreed with the possible credit card charge. “I don’t think it’s right that we should have to pay an extra surcharge for using a credit card when we
already pay an interest rate that could already be massively high,” Dean said. “Some people can’t even afford that so adding more would only increase debt to people.” According to an article on NYDailyNews.com, the fees that could be given to customers are still illegal under New York and Massachusetts state law. The article did not mention how this would affect Vermont residents. However, since the settlement effects only purchases with credit, it could motivate customers to use cash and debit instead of credit. With debt problems sweeping the country for citizens and the government alike, this could encourage people to spend more within their limits rather than put off payments until later.
I’ve worked who have conwith have no nections with “When we idea how imBrazil was also partner with mense Brazil formed to help Brazil, that is,” Davis said. bolster the would be “It’s a wonderpar t nership process. smart if we at ful chance to open up a brand Associate least offered new world for Professor of beginners our students Counseling Portuguese. in ways they Education Julia I wish there would never Davis, a memthink of.” ber of the comwere more Davis added mittee, once opportunities that finding opvisited Brazil for language portunities dewith PSUC stulearning.” pends on which dents. While Julia Davis, institutes PSUC on the trip, Davis noticed associate professor partners with and that stuthe high level dents will have of cultural and geographical diversity Bra- different learning experiences depending on which zil has. “In my experience, people part the country an institufrom the U.S. and students tion is in.
For example, Davis said the Amazon River and how students who attend an institute close to the river can study the size and importance of the Amazon ecosystem. Davis also said urban areas could offer learning opportunities for students studying sociology and criminal justice. Davis emphasized the importance of understanding multiple foreign languages other than French and Spanish, and the lack of emphasis on language education puts students at a disadvantage in a global market. In her travels to Brazil, which is a largely Portuguese-speaking country, Davis said people do not want to converse in Span-
ish. She said travelers can get into trouble for speaking Spanish because it’s insulting. “When we partner with Brazil, that would be smart if we at least offered beginners Portuguese,” Davis said. “I wish there were more opportunities for language learning.” Davis concluded that the opportunity will show that PSUC is active in increasing its global outreach. “It will be a kudo for our campus to participate in something like this, and it really shows that we are committed to global education,” Davis said.
MasterCard, Visa and several large retailers settled on a case involving surcharges on credit card purchases. The case came as a result of an antitrust lawsuit against MasterCard and Visa with businesses pleading that the companys’ credit processing fees were too high. Because of the settlement, merchants who process credit can now put up to a 3 percent surcharge on customers using a credit card, according to an article on NBCnews.com Professor Colin Read, the chair of the economics and finance at Plattsburgh State, said in an email that he does not believe the settlement will affect most businesses besides those that make only a small profit from each transaction, such as gas stations. Competition establish-
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GLOBAL: ‘It’s an interesting destination for studying abroad’ From Page One partnership was IIE’s encouragement for universities to implement study abroad opportunities that are more than just bringing students back and forth between countries and more about making transformative partnerships that generate common goals. Vogl said the process for partnering with an institution can be long, and that they have to look for an institution that has something to offer PSUC, but also have something that PSUC can offer back. The process includes looking at which majors the college has that are compatible with Brazilian economy and culture. If finding the right in-
stitution is difficult, Vogl said they will have to rethink the objectives and criteria to find a new partnership. “We are just looking for the right partner, as we all are in life,” she said with a laugh. McCabe pointed out that having connections with Brazil will pay because of its growing strategic economic and political presence as well as its initiatives to help strengthen connections in terms of science, technology, engineering and math. Vogl said there are plans to send out a survey or an email to students to see if they have any kind of connection with Brazil. A committee of faculty members
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Student Association Soundoff FRIDAY, FEB. 22 Ice Skating at Late Night Weekends, 9 p.m. to midnight, Field House Take advantage of free ice skating! Ice skates and transportation will be provided. SATURDAY, FEB. 23 Whiteface Shuttle Need a ride to the slopes? This one is only $5! See the ACC Information Desk for details. Videogame Tournament at Late Night Weekends, 9 p.m. to midnight, Sundowner Put your gaming skills to the test with SWAT for a chance to win prizes! SUNDAY, FEB. 24 The Crazies, 8-10 p.m., Warren Ballrooms Wind down with the undead and a free movie! Brought to you by ACB Films Committee and the Zombie Defense League. MONDAY, FEB. 25 Multicultural Alliance Multiculturalism Forum, 6 p.m., Alumni Conference Room. Get enlightened, and learn more about culture and the Multicultural Alliance. Faculty Showcase with Dr. Richard Robbins, 7 p.m., Cardinal Lounge Join Dr. Robbins to find out: Is Sustainability Possible? And if Not, Why? Attendees will have a chance to win $25 in Cardinal Cash! State of the Student Association, 10:15 p.m., Alumni Conference Room Join your 51st executive council and SA president, Vanessa Cappon, as she discusses upcoming plans for this legislation. All are encouraged to attend! TUESDAY, FEB. 26 Kenneth Xclusive Paryo, 8 p.m., Warren Ballrooms
Come see this dancer, entertainer and comedian who has appeared on America’s Got Talent! Brought to you by the ACB Entertainment Committee. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27 Coffeehouse Presents: The Speed Bumps, 9 p.m., Burghy’s Check out this folksy band, and enjoy some sweet treats! THURSDAY, FEB. 28 Community Service Club Food Drive, 6 p.m., Warren Ballrooms Donate and participate! Marketing Club Presents: Social Media Etiquette, 5-6 p.m., Cardinal Lounge Learn proper online etiquette with Mr. Fiorenzo Villani. Refreshments will be served! Senate Meeting, 10:15 p.m., Cardinal Lounge Stop by to see what your 51st senate legislation is up to! All are welcome. On-Going Services for Students: Visit the SA office for more information $12 Ski and Snowboard Rentals Shuttle to Burlington Student Professional Development Grant College Level Examination Program For more information about the Student Association or how to get involved, visit www.plattsburgh.edu/SA www.facebook.com.PlattsburghSA www.twitter.com/PlattsburghSA
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Global warming affects climate at PSUC By Ana Marina Alcantara staff writer
“It’s freezing!” This is the phrase most students say and/or hear while walking around Plattsburgh State. However, temperatures have not been as high as the accepted norm for the area. Environmental changes have been occurring all over the United States and Plattsburgh, being no exception, has been affected by warming climate change. According to the Lake Champlain Committee, warming climate change can bring about biological, chemical and physical changes to the lake. The higher winter temperatures due to global warming affect the fish population in Lake Champlain. Trout, salmon and bass are three different species of fish that can be found in the waters of the lake. If temperatures continue to increase, the trout and salmon population would decrease greatly because these fish live and thrive in coldwaters. This biological change would give warm-water species like bass a chance to increase in population. Despite this biological change, no species of fish would be able to survive in Lake Champlain if the chemical changes take on full effect. Global warming is now causing ice on the lake to melt faster. This longer duration of summer stratification is likely to lead to the decrease in oxygen in the deeper levels of the lake. On the Lake Champlain Committee’s website, they state that “... before the 1950s it was highly unusual for Lake Champlain not to freeze over on any given year,” but this isn’t the case anymore. Less and less the lake has been completely freezing over and a study done in 1979 showed that the stratification process in the
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An erosion wall on a section of Route 9 north that runs alongside the east fork of the Ausable River, shows the water line during Hurricane Irene about 8 feet above street level. main lake used to begin in early June but now it begins as early as the beginning to mid May. Generally, when talking about global warming we tend to stress the negative effects it has on nature, but the people of Plattsburgh, to some extent, also have suffered from the changes in temperature. The warmer winter temperatures for the past few years have made it nearly impossible for the people of Plattsburgh to enjoy a beloved hobby, ice fishing. The ice cover on Lake Champlain has been too thin or nonexistent for fisherman to risk going out on the lake.
The Press-Republican released an article covering the return of the ice fishing season, Jan. 31. It stated that this winter has brought cold enough temperatures for the lake to freeze over. In their article a Moriah resident, Thomas Baker, was interviewed. He said, “The ice is a good 11 inches thick. It’s good ice fishing for a change.” Residents are rushing to Bulwagga Bay, a hot fishing area on Lake Champlain, trying to get as many biters as they can. Hitting a little closer to campus, Environmental Science student Karyn Ehmann talks about
how global warming has affected Plattsburgh as well as her personal life. “I am a fairly avid skier and have noticed throughout the years a general decrease in cold winter days in Upstate New York. Every year, the season begins later and ends earlier,” Ehmann said. “I attribute this to global warming because it’s the winter season as a whole being warmer.” Ehmann also expresses her concerns on the subject. “As I’ve spoken to Plattsburgh locals and professors, they mention that Lake Champlain used to freeze over in many areas,” she
said. “One even said that he could snowshoe out to Valcour Island at one point. The fact that we no longer have the extended winter months of frigid cold temperatures and snowstorms makes me believe that global warming is true.” The Lake Champlain website also states that global warming has become a major concern for everyone today. It affects the community, the environment and the individual in different yet equally important levels. Email Ana Marina Alcantara at anamarina.alcantara@ cardinalpointsonline.com
‘Dead Talks’ spurs conversation Club focuses on By Danielle Attanasio staff writer
The Feinberg Library is hosting a series of active discussions called The Dead Talks. They will be held in the reading room on the third floor of the library and the final two scheduled events will be Tuesday, March 26 at 11 a.m. and Tuesday, April 16 at 5 p.m. Cerise Oberman, a distinguished librarian at Plattsburgh State and the organizer of The Dead Talks, said this opportunity allows people from different majors and lifestyles to come together through intimate conversation. Oberman said she thinks of The Dead Talks “as a way of building an intellectual community outside of people’s majors.”
The inspiration, she explained that it was difsaid, was closely linked to ficult to narrow down the The Ted Talks on YouTube, multitude of topics while which are brief, national simultaneously considering the interests of a large presentations. The first two events will amount of the campus population. be facilitated Feb. 19 by a faculty “There is an the member, but intimacy that is marked premiere of this students will be created by the series. World leading the topic with points environment of Religions Adthe Feinburg junct Lecturer and counterpoints. Each reading room.” Becky Kasper led the occaparticipant will Becky Kasper, be given five to adjunct lecturer sion under the eight minutes theme “Is peace to speak his or among reliher opinion on the subject gions dead?” Kasper said and the ultimate goal is to there was a full house, spark a larger conversa- which included students, tion. faculty and community Oberman also said when members. planning these arrange“It was particularly rements, the main question warding to see all these at hand was “How could people engage in an imporwe frame a number of is- tant conversation about resues around this general ligion. We need more of that notion of being dead?” She to happen,” Kasper said.
The reading room was chosen because of its small and intimate nature, Oberman said. The shape of the room allows chairs and furniture to face the center. This ambience helps to make these events personal, comfortable and inviting. “There is an intimacy that is created by the environment of the Feinberg reading room,” Kasper said. PSUC student Carly King said that although she did not attend the first session, she was interested in participating in March. “The format seems interesting and I would love the chance to talk about important issues in a comfortable setting,” King said. “Students should know that a college is not just about taking classes, but more fundamentally about becoming part of an intellectual conversation with their peers, faculty and community that can serve to help them develop into well-informed and responsible global citizens,” Kasper said. The Dead Talks are intended to facilitate this “intellectual conversation.” If one missed the debut of The Dead Talks, March 26 marks the second topic: “Is feminism dead?” facilitated by Simona Sharoni, professor of gender and women studies, and her students. “The library is sort of a crossroads and we like to think of it as an intellectual gathering place on campus,” Oberman said. The idea is that, no matter how different each individual at PSUC is, everyone is a member of academic life and can come together in a comfortable setting to engage in this, in a “cultural exchange,” Oberman said. Email Danielle Attanasio at danielle.attanasio@ cardinalpointsonline.com
graduate students By Camille Daniels staff writer
There are many clubs and organizations that cater to all sorts of student interests at Plattsburgh State. However, there are not many organizations for graduate students here at Plattsburgh State, unless it includes the newly created Graduate Association. The Graduate Association is a new organization founded for the purpose of filling the void for graduate students at PSUC, Graduate Association President Heather Bartlett said. “To my knowledge, the Graduate Association boasts the debut organization specific to graduate students at SUNY Plattsburgh,” Bartlett said. This will allow graduate students from the various academic programs at PSUC to be able to come together in one place. “There are about 475 graduate students,” Marguerite Adelman, director of Graduate Admissions, said in an email regarding how many graduate students are currently enrolled. At its first event to spread the word about the organization, there were 45 students in attendance. One way of communicating is by using social media such as Facebook. “As of last week we had reached 284 people,” Bartlett said about the current status of the group. The Facebook group has been in existence for only a month and is the secondary way of communicating for the organization. Word-of-mouth has also been helpful,
such as texting each other or making announcements in class. “Word-of-mouth has actually been the best way of communicating,” Bartlett said. Beside being a social avenue for graduate students both at the main campus and the Queensbury campus, it is important to be able to address the concerns of graduate students. “Graduate students can look forward to meeting students from other disciplines, participating in interdisciplinary and extracurricular social and professional development events, and really taking advantage of the opportunity to have a voice in the programmatic and administrative processes that affect them,” Bartlett said in an email. The executive board members represent all the current graduate programs that PSUC offers. “We have a strong board of representatives from the majority of our graduate programs, and it is an eclectic and incredibly talented cast of characters,” Bartlett said. “One of our attendees speaks Chinese, one has danced for most of her life and one representative is an accomplished musician. Another is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Maine come next fall.” Although the organization is geared toward graduate students, undergraduates who are interested in graduate school are also welcome to attend the events and meetings. Email Camille Daniels at camille.daniels@ cardinalpointsonline.com
friday, feb. 22, 2013
SA surveys campus Members look at numbers as way to improve, grow By Brian Molongoski associate news writer
The Student Association (SA) recently conducted a survey regarding student knowledge about the organization. It revealed how little students know about Plattsburgh State’s student government. And one such question, which asked students to rate the SA’s performance on a scale from one to five, revealed most students were “somewhat satisfied” with the SA. SA Marketing Director Cara Lee, who helped implement the survey, said she was surprised at how little students knew about the SA, including the mandatory fee paid with their tuition. The majority of students who answered thought it was $10 to $29. The fee is $79. Students were also unaware of the SA executive and Senate meeting schedule and of their social media sites. Though she wasn’t satisfied with the survey results, SA President Vanessa Cappon said they show how the SA can improve its presence on campus, particularly in raising student awareness. “It’s good to get responses like that,” she said. “We really just need to build awareness on what the SA really is.” Cappon said the SA is looking into reevaluating the services it provides and strengthening them rather than implementing new ones. “Right now, we are spreading ourselves too thin by adding more and more rather than focusing on what is working, and what’s still working,” she said. Lee said students have little knowledge about the SA because they have a misconception of the role it plays, thinking members are simply officials who wear polos. To help educate students and bolster its campus-wide image, the SA is devising an awareness campaign. It is currently in development, and Lee said it will be officially announced after spring break. “(SA officials) are more than willing to serve students,” Lee said. “We are hoping that this awareness campaign can break that wall and show everybody that it’s not just people in this office that are in the SA.
The SA is really the entire campus.” With the referendum vote coming up in the fall, Lee plans to keep the campaign going into next semester to increase student participation in the vote and understand its importance. “It’s really important when students vote on that fee, and we want students to know what it’s going to do, and what they could lose if they vote no,” Lee said.
STUDENTS SHARE THOUGHTS While the SA is working to increase student interest in its work on campus, some students have firm opinions about the organization while some have little knowledge. PSUC students Jimmy Jordan and Annie Vag have ideas on how the SA could improve. “I think what would probably help is if you had some sort of collaboration with the student body because no matter what the organization is, whether it be student government or anything on campus, you have to get everyone’s opinion so you can make an informed decision based off of that,” Jordan said. Vag said student government needs to better market themselves across campus. “I think the SA doesn’t really put themselves out there as much as they can,” she said. “I hear very little about the SA, and I think they should present themselves a lot more.” Some students didn’t understand how the SA works to serve them at all. “They do a lot on campus, but I don’t know exactly how that benefits me,” PSUC student Danielle Tiso said. PSUC student Joseph Albrecht said while he isn’t currently aware of the SA’s work, he hopes to be more informed in the future. “As of right now, I don’t really know how the whole thing works,” Albrecht said. “In the future I would like to find out more information about what candidates that are running and what they plan to do, so I could eventually vote for them and make an informed decision when I vote.” The survey consisted of various questions designed to see how much students knew about the SA and what it could do to be better connected with students. Email Brian Molongoski at brian.molongoski@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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effects of our actions and to plan the appropriate steps necessary to ensure our environmental efMembers of the SUNY Student forts make a huge impact. This Assembly recently met to converse is a tremendous step toward SUthe removal of trays in SUNY cam- NY’s efforts on becoming more pus dining facilities to take a step green.” toward being more environmenPlattsburgh State is already tally friendly. ahead of the game. During the meeting, the Student Wayne Duprey, Executive DirecAssembly’s Environmental Affairs tor of Collage Auxiliary Services, Committee suggested this idea said PSUC’s dining program ceased while discussing the best practices using trays at the end of spring seand standards for mester 2008. SUNY schools. “Plattsburgh chose According to a to eliminate trays “Plattsburgh press release, these chose to eliminate to be more environefforts are hoping mentally conscious trays to be more to improve “student including less water, environmentally health, water and cleaning chemicals food conservation conscious including and less electricity,” and institutional less water, cleaning Duprey said. money savings.” Kevin Rea, Presichemicals and less In the press redent of the SUNY electricity.” lease, Gwendolyn Student Assembly Wayne Duprey, Nieves, Director of and a member of CAS director Environmental Afthe SUNY Board of fairs for SUNY StuTrustees, said in a dent Assembly said: press release: “I am “The environment has been long proud to be able to announce our neglected and it is time for SUNY support as a part of a larger enviinstitutions to take a more ‘green’ ronmental movement across the stance on water conservation, country. We have been pursuing student health and food waste. It this for a long time now, and we is important to educate our stu- think this is a great time to addent body on the environmental dress real solutions to helping
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Services and events most students are interested in: Trips Shuttle Vacation buses ACB events Food Music events Zumba Movies
— Courtesy of the Students Serving Students 2012 Survey by the Student Association.
reduce our impact on the environment.” Rea also said that this opportunity will continue to become more environmentally conscious for both SUNY and our planet. SUNY Oswego has a different outlook on the tray-removal suggestion. “Going tray-less in Resident Dining doesn’t really fit with our style of customer service,” said Michael Flaherty, SUNY Oswego Auxiliary Services general manager. Flaherty said most ‘customers’ have two or three plates and one or two beverages. Therefore, not having a tray to hold these items would be very inconvenient or require multiple trips. He said there is also a concern with sanitation. “Each time a tray is used, we wash the tray to make sure it is free of germs,” Flaherty said. “Without a tray customers could be putting their silverware on the table that could possibly not be as sanitary as a tray.” He said students do have the option of not using a tray in the dining centers, SUNY Student Assembly and are currently working on a poster to remind them of this option.
Assistant director to take over From Page One
Schools show different opinions about dining trays By Jennifer Franke staff writer
Flaherty sent an attached email including an article of an interview in 2011 between Food-Management.com and Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab who studies human eating and behavior. When Wansink was asked about tray-less dining he stated: “Tray-less dining works — or doesn’t work — depending on what you are measuring. It does reduce waste. But if you want better nutrition, it doesn’t work. If a person or a child typically takes an entrée, a salad and a dessert, now they are tray-less, which two things are they now going to take? We found that going tray-less decreased salad purchases by 26 percent in one of our field studies. In the same study, it decreased ice cream and dessert sales by only two percent. Another problem with going tray-less is that I believe many of the measures used to show waste savings rend to be exaggerated. They often include liquids and beverages that are thrown away, and the weight of these can outweigh the waste of actual food items.” Email Jennifer Franke at jennifer.franke@ cardinalpointsonline.com
director of the Upward Bound program at the University of Vermont (UVM), which she got and is where she is now working. “We had already hired Brian to replace me, so I had to leave.” “UVM is lucky to have her,” Riddle said. “I have never met anyone with so much energy.” Julie Coon, a counselor in the program, could not agree more. “She is definitely the most energetic person I have ever met. She was very passionate about her job.” “They haven’t met my mother,” Leavitt laughed. “I do have a lot of energy. I don’t need coffee.” Fortunately, Leavitt doesn’t regret her decision of leaving and said she actually “feels good about it.” “It was time for me to move on, and I feel proud to have been part of the program at Plattsburgh,” Leavitt said. She described Post as being a great guy, sharp, quick and having “a little bit of mischief,” which is necessary when working with kids, she said. “He was well prepared for what he is doing now,” she said. Post said his transition from assistant director to director was progressive and “not a shock.” “It was intended to mentor me to be director,” Post said. “It’s the ideal way to move into a position like this.” Having worked for New York’s Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth for many years before he came to Plattsburgh, Post said he has worked with students his whole life and feels pretty confident about his new role. “It is not overwhelming, and everybody knows me well-enough already,” he said. Coon said Post’s addition to the program’s team has been nice. “He has a fresh perspective and is a lot of fun to work with.” She added that Post is very open and is willing to try new things. “He’s really been taking our insights into consideration.” Riddle is also happy with the new director, and said he was a perfect fit when he was interviewed for the job. “He loves the program, and he loves the kids,” Riddle said. “I think he’ll do exceptionally well.” Leavitt loved working at PSUC and said she does not think her 26 years would have been the same without having all the support from the school. “I worked with a lot of Upward Bound programs nationally, but Plattsburgh has a very strong advocate for our program. In terms of support, it is exceptional,” she said. “Kudos to Plattsburgh.” Email Darina Naidu at darina.naidu@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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Where would you study abroad?
Kahla Persell Sophomore English
“I think it would be cool to go to Australia.”
Tommy Di Paola Junior Criminal Justice
Kaitlin Flint Junior Elementary/Special Education
Tyler Swett Freshman Philosophy
Kristie Pageau Senior Geology & Biology
“Australia. I would also go to Italy.”
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Student feedback Seeds planted in system admirable wrong corporation By Dan Clark contributing writer
As you probably know, the food that you eat on campus is catered by Chartwells. Whether you enjoy their food is a matter of personal preference, but the fact that they have a great sustainability program and an open communication relationship with students means that they are doing their job and dedicating their services for you. When you walk into a dining hall, there are an abundance of food options to choose from. What you eat and how you choose to eat it is up to you. If you go for pizza, French fries and soda every day, you are probably going to feel like crap all the time, thus giving you the negative opinion that “this food sucks.” You are what you eat. However, if you have a balanced diet and eat the right things, you will have a more positive experience with Chartwells, whose menu definitely offers the types of foods that would contribute to a healthy lifestyle. All of the distributors and farms Chartwells gets its food from have their own food safety standards. These are kept up by a system of checks and balances. Everything you get from Chartwells is safe and of good quality. It has food-sourcing policies for purchasing sustainable food products that include 100 percent certified seafood, hormone-free chicken, turkey, pork, grass-fed beef and recombinant bovine growth hormone-free milk. If you have any questions about where the food is coming from, Chartwells will help you contact the provider they use to find out more information.
Chartwells uses many different programs to ensure maximum efficiency. They use the Trim Trax program, which is used to reduce kitchen waste; Project Green Thumb, their recycling and composting program on campus; and Project Clean Plate, which promotes food waste awareness. The food you see in the dining halls is as local as possible, and just about all of it is from New York state. Most of the food that Chartwells orders is loaded and shipped somewhere in New York. Apples and other fruits come from as close as Rulf’s Orchard in Peru. Foods such as fruits and vegetables local to the area also come from places close by. Other ingredients, such as flour, cheese and sauces, come from various producers in New York state. Chartwells is always open to listening to suggestions. There is the Dining Advisory Committee, which meets on an annual basis. They listen to the voice of the students, so if there is something you would like to see implemented into the menu, join this committee to get your voice heard. This can be done by writing on a comment card or answering a survey on the website. You can even submit your own recipe. Chartwells does much more than provide the food that they give you. They make sure that the food is of the best quality, and not to mention they are also a very big job-provider for students on campus. The staff always seems to have a smile on their face and is very personable, which I believe is important and shows that the company cares. Email Dan Clark at dan.clark@cardinal pointsonline.com
By Lara Dufresne opinions editor
It’s hard to play devil’s advocate when Chartwells is trying its best to serve local food. Despite its positive role in incorporating New York state foods throughout campus, there are some problem areas that need to be tackled. Many of which begin with its ties to Sysco and other corporations that distribute the food it gets from multiple providers. To be a totally organic and healthy campus like Chartwells wants us to be, it needs to know exactly where the food is coming from. The more it knows about the supplier, the easier it will be to keep an eye on how healthy its processes are. If Chartwells isn’t facing these companies directly, who’s to say those questions are being asked in the right way at all? When food comes from Sysco, Chartwells doesn’t always know where its suppliers are getting it from right off the bat. If someone calls to ask, then Sysco has to research to find out where its suppliers get the food from. It is a neverending cycle of asking questions and waiting for replies. The information should be directly on the packaging, saying where this food originated, if it’s not already there. Perhaps this is a beef I have to take up with Sysco, but Chartwells should be asking about this information before it agrees to buy the product. While this is a tedious process, and in most cases it’s unrealistic, it would give Chartwells a better handle on the processes that happen before the food gets to students. However, not every type of food can come from local farms, such
as the bananas that get brought in from warmer climates. In turn, this would mean that finding a supplier would get more complicated, but this is an issue that Chartwells should deal with if it wishes to continue providing local foods. Perhaps this is the time Chartwells should take matters into its own hands. Instead of letting Sysco find these suppliers, maybe it would be a good idea to find the closest source itself. Already, Chartwells will turn a local farm away for another supplier if it does not have a healthy or safe way to process their foods. Yet, if Chartwells turns away those “Tier 1” products, which is its term for the suppliers that come from only New York, it might as well try Vermont-grown foods before national suppliers are taken into account. This should come even before Chartwells looks into foods that were just packaged instate. And if not Vermont, then it should continually go state-tostate outward in search of these suppliers. In this way, food will come from as close as it possibly can while still being healthy. Agreed. It is working progressively toward state-made food. Chartwells’ plan is actually fool-proof: An original New York pizza made with every ingredient from the state. That’s improvement. Chartwells is headed in the right direction despite its setbacks. There are definitely healthy meals for students to choose from, and with some minor revisions, it could provide a totally unique service. Email Lara Dufresne at opinions@cardinal pointsonline.com
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What’s abnormal not always immoral By Lara Dufresne opinions editor
I placed my backpack underneath the seat in front of me, thankful that I had acquired a window seat so I wasn’t stuck between two people that demanded their arm rests. Every time I got on a plane, I wondered which person was going to sit next to me. Much to my surprise, it was neither the stylish woman who put my yoga pants to shame nor the family of seven kids. As the aisle cleared, a brazen man with a briefcase for a carry-on and a dark blue tie sat down in 13D. The man sat calmly, flipping through the travel magazine from the seat in front of him while following the stewardess’ instructions. The captain turned on the “fasten seatbelt” sign and I sighed at the empty seat next to me. I had my arm rests all to myself. Although the gap between the man and me created an awkward void, I was soon to dismiss it since it would become my footrest.
When the plane took off, I kept a steady face on the contents of my oval window. Half the passengers were sleeping through the ride and there were no loud conversations to eavesdrop from. The rest of the time, I resorted to the window for company, even though the city lights were covered by moonlit clouds. This would be by my distraction since I always evade friendly conversations with my neighboring travelers. I understood that most people didn’t enjoy small talk on a plane unless they needed something to take their mind off the turbulence. Halfway in to the flight and probably some thousands of feet above a fly-over state, I took off my earphones. I noticed the man on my left speak to me like a young Colin Firth, quiet and quite proper for a man going to Charlotte, N.C. He asked about my iPod, to which I responded that the games were very dull. After the conversation subsided, I diverted my attention again and stared out the window. I couldn’t
help but think about my neighbor, who appeared lonely even though a subtle smile appeared on his lips. He didn’t seem like the kind of man that would give you candy and pull you into a van. Then again, the dangerous ones were always the less suspected, or it’s what I was told all throughout my life. He seemed affluent, like the kind that would give all his money to a non-profit organization and then fly in economy to be with the poor. Still, I found it strange he was almost too kind. I looked over at the 40-something man sitting next to me, playing a bubble game that was clearly for someone half his age. He seemed to enjoy the amusement of such a thing far more than the other businessmen reading their daily politics in first class. It was then that I decided to take off my earphones and kindly give in to this curiosity. Excited about the game he was playing, he offered for me to try it. I politely declined only for him to insist that it was the best he’s ever played. I gave in again, and
took up the new high score, then passed the phone back to him after I played it a few more times after. The man in the suit started telling me about his son, or maybe it was his daughter. I can’t say I remember this part thoroughly, seeing as I didn’t think this man would be an important role on the way I think. All he was looking for was a nice conversation to complement his plane ride, and I gave in again. He was not a creep nor did he try to follow me thereafter. He was simply a kind-hearted man that would give up his belongings solely for the enjoyment of others. I never asked for his name, nor did he mine. In hindsight, he was the one man I probably should have started a conversation with in the first place. No, I don’t know if he ended up being some wealthy CEO or a prince to some throne, but he was the type of person that was genuinely kind: a man with no hidden agenda. Email Lara Dufresne at opinions @cardinalpointsonline.com
friday, feb. 22, 2013
Professors, students hold double standard By Brittany Shew staff writer
Editorial Cartoon/Lauren Moore
International ties enriching
In the courtyard between the Angell College Center and the Myer’s Fine Arts Building lies aptly-named Amite Plaza. The centerpiece of Amite Plaza is a sculpture of two figures taking the first step toward each other, which symbolizes our school’s inextricable relationship with Canada. However, this symbol not only stands for our cooperation with familiar neighbors, but also potential friends. This week, Cardinal Points applauds Cody McCabe and Jackie Vogl for their efforts to establish a partnership with a Brazilian university with the help of the Institute for International Education. We hope they are successful in forging a lasting link not only between schools, but between countries. This action is in the best interest of our college, our local community and the spirit of international relations, and we hope that other attempts at global integration like it will follow. Plattsburgh State has a reputation for diversity and interaction with the global community. There are numerous awards that attest to this fact, but no accolade proves it the same way a good look at our campus does. The students, faculty and staff of PSUC come from all parts of the world, from Keeseville to Kuala Lumpur, and Cardinal Points has reaped the benefits of diversity as much as any other organization in touch with the times. According to the Office of Institutional Research’s enrollment data from last fall, our school is home to international students from 60 different countries. A little more than 6 percent of our undergraduates are international students, and our school makes every effort to aid them in their pursuit of an education. Although we cannot speak for those international students, they have consistently given PSUC high marks for hospitality and accommodation. In 2011, students who responded to the International Student Barometer, the world’s largest international student survey, rated PSUC first in the world for learning support, performance feedback, friendliness, housing conditions upon arrival, its Office of International Student Services and visa advice. Other colleges included on this list were Oxford, George Washington University, Kent State University, Drexel University, Arizona State University and Northeastern University. To put this in perspective, 10,000 undergraduate students attend George Washington University. For our school to beat out a school of that size is stupendous, but this partnership shows our school’s administration is not content to remain simply the best. Instead, the staff of our Study Abroad office has chosen to build on their already-sterling reputation by seeking new destinations for our students to explore. We believe that as technological innovations make our world a smaller, more integrated community, it is important for people and organizations to take the first step toward communicating with and understanding our neighbors. South America has often been portrayed as being under-developed, dangerous, backward, illiterate or compromised by drug traffic and widescale corruption. While this is true about parts of almost any country, generalizations like these are rarely factual. These misconceptions conceal valuable information about an entire continent in the murky waters of misrepresentation. Allowing students to visit South America’s largest country would help to dispel popular illusions about Brazil, and promote relations between the two largest economies in the Americas. Relationships like these are what the future is made of, and Cardinal Points is thankful our school is putting its best foot forward.
opinions editor lara dufresne
You can usually hear the sound of students rejoicing from miles away when a professor cancels class. It is very rare to hear a student complain about it. Students dream of their professor canceling numerous classes because that means a little extra sleeping time. So when does that dream turn into a nightmare? When a few classes go by and that dreaded quiz creeps up on you. That’s when you realize the only thing you have learned so far are the absent policy and your professor’s office hours. We all have had to sit through the torturous syllabus week where our professors beat into our heads that we are only allowed a few absences and they don’t want to hear our excuses because “you’re in college now.” It’s quite the double standard that if we miss a certain number of classes we get punished with an automatic fail or removal from the class, but if a professor does the same, they can still keep teaching it. When it becomes a constant occurrence, then it begins to affect a student’s ability to learn, and that’s a problem. Like students, professors are allowed to choose their own schedules. It’s simple: If
you’re not a morning person, then don’t schedule morning classes. At SUNY Plattsburgh, students pay up to $700 for a three-credit course. For example, if a professor cancels class one day, that student loses about $15. Poof. It’s gone. If a professor cancels class numerous times, that’s your money flying out the door with them. When looking at it closely, there is an incredible parallel between a student and a professor. When I miss a class, I try to think of what I can do to make up the work so that I don’t miss out. A couple professors of mine do the same, which I think should be a policy they all need to live by. There are really simple things they can do to keep the students who actually care about missing the class happy. While asking a professor of mine what the protocol was if they miss class, they informed me that they are supposed to have a colleague cover their lesson for them. It seems simple enough since they should have a work relationship with their peers. There are also easier options to keep a student content and feeling secure, such as extending office hours, posting lecture notes on Moodle or offering the missed class on another day. Right underneath the absent policy is the policy on
coming late to class. It can vary from a certain number of punishments such as deducting points or even being removed from the class. You know when you try sneaking in the door behind the professor but they always seem to catch you and then mark you down for being late, even if it’s only by a minute? How about when your professor comes in late? Again, there’s that double standard. The college supplies the rule that if a professor is 15 minutes late, the students can leave class. If professors are allowed to waltz in that late and still carry on the rest of class, shouldn’t there be a more lenient policy for students? Or at least have to mark down their absences as well? It’s about respect. That old saying “You need to give respect to get respect” is a phrase that students and professors should live by. The estimated tuition at SUNY Plattsburgh is $5,570 per year, which is about $22,280 for four years before all other charges. With all that money at stake, we should be getting the most bang for our buck. That’s what we deserve and we should never settle for anything less. Email Brittany Shew at brittany.shew@cardinal pointsonline.com
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Holiday meaning ignored By Maura Danehey staff writer
Looking for an effective way to erase American history? Ignore national holidays. Veterans Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day are all on the endangered holiday list. George Washington’s Birthday, colloquially termed Presidents’ Day, is swiftly joining their ranks. Our nation celebrated Presidents’ Day Monday. U.S. Congress was not in session. New York State Legislature had a week furlough. New York Stock Exchange put bartering off until Tuesday. Local school districts shut their doors. Plattsburgh State’s administrative offices held relaxed hours or closed. For professors and students, they continued as if the day were Monday, Feb. 18 — business as usual. This policy does not measure up. Although Feb. 22 is Washington’s actual birthday, the federal government declared the third Monday in February the national holiday in 1968. As a national holiday, all state institutions should recognize and respect the day and our nation’s history. This includes the State University of New York system. In 2011, the National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP), a test administered by the U.S. Department of Education every four years to determine students’ subject-specific knowledge levels, yielded disturbing results. Only 33 percent of fourth graders understood the Fourth of July commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Of high school seniors, only 12 percent tested proficient in history. Primary and secondary schools still acknowledge state and federal holidays. Imagine how dismal college students’ NAEP results would be. Most students I spoke with did not know when Presidents’ Day was. None
knew the official name is Washington’s Birthday. The majority of youth do not know Nov. 11, or Veterans Day, is the anniversary of World War I ending. Many people do not realize the federal government instituted Labor Day to ease negative stigma after the U.S. military killed 30 striking workers in 1894. Would we gradually ignore the Fourth of July if it fell in a less pleasing season? Granting vacation for national holidays does not guarantee students will grasp the underlying reason for celebration, but if the federal and state governments see the days as important to recognize, institutions they support should follow suit. On a practical level, beyond our shamefully low history comprehension levels, giving students and professors national holidays off could increase efficiency and decreases health issues. A study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Mind-Body Center found people who took adequate time away from the monotony of daily life and dedicated it to leisure activity suffered less blood pressure, stress, and weight issues than those who constantly worked. Breaks do not need to be long to be effective. “Most people have better life perspective and are more motivated to achieve their goals after a vacation, even if it is a 24-hour time-out,” psychologist Francine Lederer said. That is precisely what national holidays like Presidents’ Day provide: time for reflection and rejuvenation. Professors are physically worn, and students, emotionally drained. Give them a day to recharge and acknowledge the amazing country we live in. Email Maura Danehey at maura.danehey@cardinal pointsonline.com
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Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
Section Men’s hockey head coach Bob Emery can capture his 22nd SUNYAC title in 24 seasons. Find out more about the face of Cardinal hockey. See B4
Lady Cardinals ride 6-game win streak By Alex Reynolds staff writer
The Lady Cardinals are looking for playoff upset No. 2. “I think in everyone else’s mind we’re probably the underdog, but right now we think nobody can really stop us,” PSUC guard Kathleen Payne said. The Lady Cards are set to hit the road again and square off against top-seeded New Paltz tonight at 8 p.m. New Paltz defeated the Lady Cards in both regular season games this season, but PSUC is on a roll. The fifth-seeded Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team eliminated the SUNYAC defending champs and fourth-seeded Oneonta in the first round of the SUNYAC conference tournament Tuesday night. This victory was an impressive sixth in a row for PSUC,
Women’s hockey finishes undefeated By John Green staff writer
An undefeated regular season — check. The top seed in the conference tournament and the top ranking in Division III women’s hockey — check. Those are all of the things No. 1 PSUC (23-0-2, 15-0-1) has accomplished so far this season, and those accomplishments wouldn’t have happened without two victories against Neumann (915-1, 6-10-0) last weekend. However, the team was able to do just that, defeating the Knights 5-1 Saturday and then 4-0 Sunday. Despite what some may “We think, an unhaven’t defeated season was never always on the minds played of the players our best or head coach hockey, Kevin Houle when the year but we found a began. “If I were way to to look back win.” at the first Kevin couple weeks Houle, of practice head and heading coach into our season, and how we played the first couple of weekends, we won some games and some tough games right off the bat. But, I didn’t really think we were the type of team to be undefeated, that’s for sure,” Houle said. “To be undefeated at this point you have to have had some breaks, and I think we did. But, I think a lot of times you earn those breaks. We’ve been resilient and played hard. We haven’t always played our best hockey, but we found a way to win.” An example of the team not playing its best would be Friday’s game against Neumann University, where the team found itself down by one goal to the Knights after the first period of play. However, the team was able to rebound in the next two periods and went on a 5-0 run to come away with the victory. See WHKY, B3
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Plattsburgh State’s Brooke Reifinger breaks past Oswego’s Kassie Kleine (12) as she looks for the basket in Saturday’s win against the Lakers. The Lady Cards knocked out Oneonta Tuesday and will face New Paltz Friday. which has all the momen- in five games PSUC played head coach Cheryl Cole said. tum it needs to keep it alive away from Memorial Hall. The Lady Cards previousin the SUNYAC tournament. “We proved that we can ly lost to Oneonta both times This was the first time do it on the road,” PSUC the teams met up in regular
season play, but PSUC held off the Red Dragons 6652. Kathleen Payne led the way for the Lady Cards and
put up a season high of 26 points. Payne also displayed her ability to rebound by posting 10 boards, giving her a double-double. “She has been in her zone and I don’t want her to stop shooting anytime,” Cole said. “She’s becoming a more complete player this year.” PSUC proved they can compete with the Hawks earlier in the season when they took them into overtime the first time they met up in the regular season. The Lady Cards were trailing by six with about 2:30 remaining on the clock and fought back to put the game into overtime, although they ultimately lost that game. New Paltz will be competing in their first contest in a week when it faces PSUC tonight. The Hawks were handed their first lost since January
See WBALL, B3
Post-Oswego, Cards face post-season By Zachary Ripple sports editor
earlier this season. On top of that, PSUC head coach Bob Emery said the After capping the regu- Knights will likely be looklar season with a hard- ing for some revenge after earned 4-3 victory over his team passed them late Oswego Saturday, the No. in the season to capture the 9 Plattsburgh State men’s No. 2 seed. hockey team now shifts its “I think we’ve got to focus to the SUNYAC tour- play our best hockey to nament. win,” Emery said. “They’ve First up is Geneseo (17-8- beat us already this year 1, 11-4-1 SUNYAC), a team and we need to focus on the Cardinals (18-6-1, 13- that. We know they have 2-1 SUNYAC) took the opportunity down 6-1 Feb. 9 to score a lot of to leap into the goals. We’ve gotta second spot in the do a real good job conference. PSUC playing defensive ultimately held on hockey.” to the position to The Cards broke earn a first-round out offensively bye and home ice Emmerling against Geneseo for Saturday’s 7 with six goals, but p.m. game at the Field- it is unlikely the Knights house. surrender that much this Geneseo should present time around. For the seaa challenge for the Cards. son, Geneseo has a goals The Knights are coming against average of under off a 9-0 victory during 2.5 and has allowed just six the SUNYAC quarterfinal goals in its last three conmatch Tuesday against tests since the matchup. Potsdam (9-16-1, 6-10-0 The Knights have also SUNYAC), knocking out the gotten their offense back team that defeated them on track in a big way since 4-3 just two games prior. the tough PSUC defense They also handed PSUC held them to a single goal, one of its two conference scoring 18 times in the losses this year, defeating three games since. the Cards 3-2 in Geneseo However, the Cards are
Cardinal Points/Teah Dowling
Plattsburgh State forward Patrick Jobb moves the puck past Oswego defensemen Paul Rodrigues (14) and Denton King (8) in PSUC’s 4-3 victory Saturday. on a hot streak themselves, riding a four-game winning streak into Saturday night and having won nine of their previous 10 games while outscoring the opposition 41-17 during that stretch. Emery has said since the season began that the goals for his team are averaging more than four goals per game on offense and allowing fewer than two
per game on defense. Both have been accomplished by the team during the last 10 contests, but Emery identified the 17 as the number more important in his eyes. “I’m a believer in defense wins,” he said. The team will have only two full days to prepare for the specific matchup against Geneseo, as the brackets weren’t decid-
ed until late Wednesday night. While the Cards will see the nights Saturday night, the No. 3 Oswego Lakers (21-4-0, 14-2-0 SUNYAC) will host Buffalo State (13-11-2, 7-8-1 SUNYAC), a team that fell just short earlier this season with a 4-3 loss in Oswego. The winner of the
See MHKY, B5
Men’s basketball looks to cool down Knights By Ja’pheth Toulson associate sports editor
Numbers don’t always speak the truth. That’s why Plattsburgh State men’s basketball head coach Tom Curle wasn’t content after his team’s 84-62 win against the Geneseo Knights Feb. 9. “Sometimes instinct tells you to relax when you got a big lead and we want to betray that and say ‘Our instinct is to stay hungry the whole time and if we do that, I do believe we are the best, but we got to do that for 80 minutes this weekend,’” Curle said. The Cardinals will be playing a 2-3 zone defense and Curle emphasized sliding and shuffling their feet through a 15-minute film session after practice Wednesday. He described it as fundamentally sound. Another reason Curle isn’t gloating is because his last win against Geneseo was in the regular season after Geneseo defeated PSUC earlier by two points. “This is an entirely different game and what happened in the past has no bearing what’s going to happen on Friday and the biggest thing we say to our players is that we’re responsible for how hard we play, we’re responsible for our level of intensity, our level of communication, our level of commitment to defensive rebounding and our best effort,” Curle said. Curle gasped after Geneseo’s 98-80 quar-
ued in the second half with Geneseo shooting 16-of-23 from the field and 4-of-6 from downtown. Geneseo leads the SUNYAC in field-goal percentage. “You look and see Geneseo blow New Paltz out and you start to get really worried about who’s shooting the ball and then I get into the gym with our athletes and I say ‘Well, that’s not going to happen against us,” Curle said. “I have complete trust that our guys are going to make it difficult to score easily.” PSUC guard Chris Manning has been leading the defensive surge for the team. Manning leads the nation and SUNYAC in steals with 102, averaging 3.9 per game. PSUC forward Reggie Williams, who is sixth in the SUNYAC in blocks with 26, said he is looking to play tough defense. He said the team’s defense will help its SUNYAC title run. But Curle has still been stressing the importance of not over committing on defense. He said Geneseo’s strength is taking good shots, so the team must make sure to contest every shot, deflect passes and force the Knights to play at a faster pace. Cardinal Points/Alex Ayala “You got to shut down those gaps and if you Shamoy Macintosh goes up for the onedon’t, they will make you pay,” Curle said in rehanded jam against Oswego Feb. 16. gards to his zone defense. terfinals-win against New Paltz Feb. 20 for “As quick as we can shut down those gaps, we good reason. can make it really difficult for them to score.” Geneseo shot lights out in the first half — the That formula will lead to more one-on-one Knights shot nearly 80 percent from the field, missing only six of 27 shots. The frenzy continSee MBALL, B4
Vol 88, Issue 3
Bringing film back to its roots. By Stanley Blow III fuse editor
Descending the stairs to the partially finished basement, a forest of film is seen hanging from the ceiling like vines from trees in the Amazon. A door at the base of the steps leads to a room packed with various reels of 16 mm film, VHS tapes and DVDs. The walls are plastered with movie posters spanning at least 60 years of cinematic history, and sitting on a table along the far wall, one can see various tools and old projectors, reminding him or her of a bygone era in which film reigned as media king. See FILM, B9
sports editor zachary ripple
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Plattsburgh State forward Dillan Fox takes a backhanded shot to sneak the puck past Geneseo goalie Bryan Haude in the 6-1 Cardinal victory Feb. 8. The Knights return to Plattsburgh Saturday night to face off with the Cards in the SUNYAC semifinals after knocking out Potsdam with a 9-0 victory Tuesday night.
The number of points combined the women’s basketball team has outscored its opponents in its last four games.
When the winter hits Plattsburgh, the cold weather affects everyone and influences what people are wearing when doing just about anything. The cold weather can be discouraging for students who may be going to class, or even going out for a morning jog. When running outside in the cold weather of Plattsburgh, it is important to dress properly. Dylan Hedderman, a member of the Plattsburgh State track and field team, said, “On really cold days, I wear a hat, T-shirt with a thermal under it and a windbreaker over, compression shorts and spandex over them, and usually two pairs of socks. And a face mask if the snow and wind is really bad.” Track and field head coach Nick Jones said his runners “wear as much clothing as they can while still being able to move well.” Thrower Amanda Gad-
Reggie Williams men’s basketball
Kirk Ottey men’s basketball
Points per game
School Oswego Cortland Potsdam Cortland Buffalo State
Player Luke Moodie Michael Lysyj Mike Arnold Chris Kaleta Mike Zannella
19 18 16 15 15
Assists School Oswego Oswego Oswego Geneseo Oswego
School Buffalo State Cortland Fredonia Oswego Plattsburgh
School Buffalo State Buffalo State New Paltz Brockport Oneonta
Player Jake Simmons Roderick Epps Matt Devine John Ivy Zach Mager
27 22 21 21 20
School Oswego Geneseo Cortland Plattsburgh Potsdam
Player Hayden Ward Gordon Lyons Kevin McMahon John Perez Curtis Pierce
743 688 573 487 483
School Player Plattsburgh Chris Manning Cortland Jesse Winter Oneonta Frankie Kelly Buffalo State Anthony Hamer Brockport Derek Klein
Points per game
(as of Feb. 15)
Player Shannon Stewart Teal Gove Ashton Hogan Megan Myers Ashley Ryan
20 19 17 16 14
21.5 20.6 20.6 19.9 19.2
9.0 8.5 7.6 7.3 7.2
5.8 4.7 4.7 4.1 3.7
School Player Fredonia Becky Hebert 18.0 Plattsburgh Kathleen Payne 14.7 Buffalo State Bianca Smiley 13.7 Fredonia Jaimie Warren 13.2 Brockport Phoebe Byrnes 12.7
School Geneseo Buffalo State New Paltz Oswego Geneseo
Player ShannonMcGinnis 8.8 Bianca Smiley 8.0 Michelle Valle 8.0 Evelyn Josbena 8.0 Melissa Graham 7.8
Assists per game Player Megan Buchanan 713 Deanna Meunier 596 Jordan Lee 502 Shannon Donnelly 469 Bridget Smith 404
Record 21-4-0 18-6-1 16-8-1 12-11-2 7-15-3 9-15-1 7-16-2 4-19-2 7-15-3
SUNYAC 14-2-0 13-2-1 11-4-1 7-8-1 5-9-2 6-10-0 5-10-1 4-12-0 3-11-2
Rebounds per game Player Teal Gove 19 Jenny Kistner 16 Shannon Stewart 15 Sam Curk 14 Melissa Seamont 14
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School Oswego Plattsburgh Geneseo Buffalo State Fredonia Potsdam Brockport Morrisville Cortland
Assists per game Player Kevin Carr Lyle Rocker Mark Friesen Andrew Hare Mathieu Cadieux
Rebounds per game Player Paul Rodrigues Chris Muise Chris Brown Jack Caradonna Jesse McConney
School Chatham Cortland Buffalo State Neumann Oswego
School Player Plattsburgh Brittany Marshall 4.6 Buffalo State Kelly Kell 4.2 Plattsburgh CatherineCassidy 3.7 Geneseo Melissa Graham 3.0 Oneonta Kristin Pappalardo 2.8
School Plattsburgh Elmira Oswego Utica Potsdam Neumann Cortland Buffalo State Chatham
Record 23-0-2 20-4-1 12-11-1 15-8-2 10-13-2 9-15-1 6-16-1 6-18-1 2-18-0
ECACW 15-0-1 14-2-0 10-6-0 9-5-2 6-9-1 6-10-0 6-10-0 3-13-0 1-15-0
Men’s Basketball School Cortland Plattsburgh Geneseo Oswego Brockport New Paltz Buffalo State Potsdam Fredonia Oneonta
Record SUNYAC 21-4-0 15-3-0 18-7-0 14-4-0 17-9-0 12-6-0 19-7-0 11-7-0 15-11-0 10-8-0 11-15-0 9-9-0 13-11-0 8-10-0 9-16-0 5-13-0 7-17-0 3-15-0 4-21-0 3-15-0
Women’s Basketball School New Paltz Geneseo Oswego Oneonta Plattsburgh Cortland Buffalo State Fredonia Brockport Potsdam
Record 22-3-0 19 -6-0 18-8-0 13-13-0 15-11-0 11-14-0 13-12-0 12-12-0 7-18-0 1-24-0
SUNYAC 16-2-0 14-4-0 11-7-0 10-8-0 10-8-0 9-9-0 9-9-0 7-11-0 4-114-0 0-18-0
Men’s Hockey Feb. 16
PSUC 4, Oswego 3
PSUC 4, Cortland 1
Women’s Hockey Feb. 17
Don’t get discouraged. Workout at day’s peak for safety and warmth. Change wet clothes after workout to prevent hyperthermia.
Points per game
Player Kevin Emmerling Jared Docking Dillan Fox
(Information from active.com)
track team have learned from experience on what to wear, and though all runners are different, these are some starting points to test the amount of layers needed to stave off the cold and injury. Mother Nature is dangerous, and being caught outside without the proper attire can welcome some preventable injuries, so being aware of what’s needed can narrow the chances of a bad running experience. Email Chris Picaro at chris.picaro@ cardinalpointsonline.com
Women’s Basketball Friday vs. Cortland 6 p.m. Saturday vs. Oswego 2 p.m.
COLD RUNNING TIPS: •
Women’s Hockey Saturday @ Neumann 7 p.m. Sunday @ Neumann 2 p.m.
School Plattsburgh Plattsburgh Plattsburgh Elmira Oswego
PSUC track team offers tips for running in cold way said, “The runners usually wear long tights, high socks, a running jacket or long sleeves, gloves and hats.” Every person is going to be different with what they can run comfortably in and still be warm, and finding that point is important when first starting to run in the harsh weather of northern New York. “There are Olympic runners who, even in warm countries, wear two sweatshirts and a winter hat to stay warm,” Jones said. “I want runners to dress warm because if they are getting cold, they are more likely to get injured.” Keeping the legs warm is important to keep from pulling any muscles, and both Hedderman and Gadway said wearing spandex, tights and long socks are good ways to keep the legs warm. Thermal shirts and windbreakers are things Hedderman said he wears to keep his upper body warm, and they both said winter hats and gloves are popular among the runners. The members of the
Men’s Basketball Friday vs. Cortland 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Oswego 4 p.m.
— Kathleen Payne, women’s basketball guard (on her team’s attitude toward overcoming adversity on the road and being the underdog throughout the SUNYAC playoffs)
By Chris Picaro staff writer
Men’s Hockey Friday vs. Cortland 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Oswego 7 p.m.
School Plattsburgh Plattsburgh Elmira Utica Elmira
“I think in everyone else’s mind we’re probably the underdog, but right now we think nobody can really stop us.”
14 10 8
Player Shamoy McIntosh 12.2 John Perez 11.6 Jordan Moody 9.5
Rebounds per game
Player Jared Docking Luke Baleshta Kevin Emmerling
Player John Perez Chris Manning Reggie Williams
18 18 10
7.3 4.4 4.0
Assists per game
Player Mathieu Cadieux Josh Leis Sam Foley
Player Chris Manning 5.9 Mike Mitchell 2.6 Shamoy McIntosh 2.0
483 41 33
Points per game
Player Teal Gove Shannon Stewart Allison Era
Player Kathleen Payne Brittany Marshall Brooke Reifinger
21 20 12
Assists Player Teal Gove Jenny Kistner Shannon Stewart
PSUC 5, Neumann 1
Men’s Basketball Feb. 16
PSUC 71, Oswego 63
PSUC 80, Cortland 77
Women’s Basketball Feb. 16
PSUC 65, Oswego 47
PSUC 72, Cortland 60
Cards not in town?
Rebounds per game 21 19 17
Saves Player Sydney Aveson Ally Ross
14.7 11.0 6.3
PSUC 4, Neumann 0
Player Kathleen Payne Misha Green Tequilla Lloyd
6.8 5.0 4.8
Assists per game 356 31
Player Brittany Marshall 4.6 Catherine Cassidy 3.6 Kathleen Payne 1.5
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If you were a villain, Favorite childhood what would you want What do you do during free time? game to be known for?
Blowing up a hospital
Listen to music
Singing next to Trey Songz
Super Mario Brothers
Go to the studio
Rachet & Clank
Talk to girls
friday, feb. 22, 2013
sports editor zachary ripple
Skill set, mentality lead Williams to success By Matheus Honorato staff writer
Basketball wasn’t always the favorite sport in the heart of Plattsburgh State’s leading shot blocker. “I wanted to be a football player,” Reggie Williams said. The 6-foot-6-inch forward out of Gorton High School began his sporting career in sixth grade when he started playing football. The former defensive end has never lost his love football. “I still like playing football,” Williams said. “It’s just not an official thing anymore.” But Cardinal fans don’t know him for his football ability. It wasn’t until his junior year in high school that Williams discovered basketball, or maybe it was basketball that discovered him. Some people noticed his height and shot-blocking ability, which led him to start playing official basketball for his high school team. Fortunately for both Gorton High and PSUC, Williams enjoyed playing the game of basketball. From the beginning, he had an idea of how good he could be. “I knew it was something I wanted to do,” Williams said. In his years playing for Gorton High, Williams had great performances, especially for a beginner still learning the fundamentals of the game. During the course of his high school career, he averaged 14.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, numbers which earned him a nomination to the all-conference team and two se-
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Plattsburgh State forward Reggie Williams defends behind the three-point arc against Oswego guard Walter Simpson (21) during the Cards’ 71-63 victory against the Lakers Feb. 16. lections as a Section I all-star. Then came college, and Williams’s next challenge would be to transition his game from high school to college basketball. “The pace of the game is much different,” Williams said. He said basketball in college is played in another gear compared to high school basketball. The game is based and decided by fast breaks and aggression.
Not only is the pace different, Curle said, but players need mental toughness to make the transition to college ball. “A lot of it is emotional maturity,” Curle said. “And Reggie brought it from day one.” Curle also stressed the difference on how physical the game is. When a player is coming out of high school, he is still a teenager. College seniors are already young
adults, and their body builds are particularly different. Today, that build is something that stands out in Williams’s game. “He’s very fit right now,” Curle said. If he manages to maintain, or even develop this level of fitness, “the sky is the limit for him in his senior season,” Curle said. Williams himself knows how
key that factor is for him, as he already plans to focus on stamina and physique training during the coming offseason. However, he also wants to become more of an all-around threat by adding new weapons to his game such as improving his perimeter game on both the offensive and defensive ends. Williams wears No. 21 on the court, and he said he does it for two main reasons — it was the day he was born and it was the number he wore during his first football game. Off the court, the tireless Williams transforms into an extremely laid-back guy, calmly walking around with his music always playing wherever he goes. “He loves his music,” Mitchell said. “He always has his headphones on.” But with this season still under way, his mindset is fully on the court and how he can help his team win right now. Known for being a prolific shot blocker, Williams’ greatest contribution to the team comes from his intimidating presence on the defensive side of the ball. Averaging more than a block per game, Williams provides a confidence boost to his guards when they need to pressure other players on the perimeter. “We know we got some help in the paint in case they get past us,” guard Mike Mitchell said. Email Matheus Honorato at matheus.honorato@ cardinalpointsonline.com
WHKY: Lady Cards have home ice WBALL: Top-seed From Page One “Obviously the first game (against Neumann) got off to a bit of a slow start, but I think Neumann scoring first was a bit of a wakeup call,” forward Teal Gove said. “We had the long bus ride and I think it just took us a little bit to get going again, and once we got the goal to tie it up we just started playing like we could and we were able to come back for that game.” The ability to regain focus and come from behind has been something that the Lady Cardinals have shown they are capable of throughout the course of the regular season. However, with the playoffs on the horizon, the team is going to have to play at their highest level every game in order to accomplish their goal of winning a conference championship. Even though the team has accomplished plenty of things this season, none of that matters now that the playoffs are beginning. “It certainly is a great accomplishment (to go undefeated), (but) now it’s play-
off time. So, it’s all out the door, so to speak,” Houle said. “I told the team today (Wednesday), (that) you got to live off those experiences that you had during the year and we’re going to do that. If we get down, we know we can come back. So, we’re looking forward to the playoffs, just taking it one game at a time.” With the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, PSUC will have home-ice advantage in the playoffs and that is music to the ears of the players. Especially since the team hasn’t played at home since Feb. 3. “It’s huge (to have homeice advantage), because we’re going to have our fans, our friends (and) a lot of family are going to be here in our own ‘barn’,” goalie Sydney Aveson said. “It makes all the difference in the world because last year we beat RIT at home and then lost to them twice on the road. It just goes to show what home-ice advantage can do.” The team will also get a first round bye in the playoffs, which can be seen as a disadvantage in some as-
New Paltz up next From Page One
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Plattsburgh State forward Emma Rutherford shoots the puck past Middlebury forward Sara Ugalde Jan. 30. pects, but Aveson doesn’t believe that the extended time off will be a problem for the team. In fact, she believes that many of the players are looking forward to the extra rest after a long regular season. “It definitely affects us the first two days back on the ice for practice, but once we get our flow back we have another week and a half of practices. We’ll be good to go,” she said. “I think a lot of us like the rest. Yeah, it’s hard not playing a game over the
weekend, but we have a clear objective in mind and that’s to win (the) playoffs to set ourselves up for nationals.” PSUC will not know what opponent it will be facing until after this weekend, but whatever team it is, the Lady Cardinals will be ready come game time. The semifinal game is scheduled for 4 p.m. March 2 at the Stafford Ice Arena. Email John Green at john.green@ cardinalpointsonline.com
when Oneonta took them to overtime and defeated them in their last regular season game. PSUC’s focus will be to shut down the Hawk’s highpowered offense. They currently average 64.2 points per game, trailing only Geneseo in SUNYAC scoring. New Paltz put up 72 points against PSUC the last time the teams met and out-rebounded the Lady Cards 51-42. New Paltz forward Alex McCullough may pose a potential threat to the red-hot Lady Cards. McCullough recently became the third player in New Paltz women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points. Although McCullough posted only five points in her previous game, it doesn’t mean she should be ignored. She posted double digits in her previous four games and has given the Lady Cards trouble in the past. McCullough dropped 18 on the Cards the first time they met up and also had 14 rebounds. McCullough also proved
Potash recorded an eight-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.69 seconds at the Marc Deneault Memorial Invitational Feb. 16. His time put him 69 seconds past the ECAC qualifying mark.
During the Lady Cardinals’ twogame weekend against Neumann, VanGlahn scored four goals. Her team took both games, winning 4-0 Sunday after a 5-1 victory the previous day. VanGlahn now has 11 goals and seven assists for the season.
to be a defensive juggernaut, posting a season-high seven blocks on PSUC. PSUC handled McCullough better the second time around, holding her to just five points and four rebounds. Cole said her team’s style of play is similar to that of New Paltz. “They’ve got a number of people who can score, they’re athletic, they scrap,” Cole said. “It’s definitely going to be a more wide-open, up-and-down game. It’s going to be which team is going to control the boards better and who can shut down the other team.” Riding a six-game winning streak is huge for the Lady Cards, and Payne said she believes the advantage will be on PSUC’s side. “Momentum is a really big factor. I think we’re all feeling good and at this point being 6-0 and beating some of the best teams in the conference,” Payne said. “We’re really confident.” Email Alex Reynolds at alex.reynolds@ cardinalpointsonline.com
sports editor zachary ripple
friday, feb. 22, 2013
Emery: Face of PSUC men’s hockey Head coach finds career after college playing days By Ricky St. Clair staff writer
Bob Emery’s enthusiasm for the game of hockey began long before his coaching tenure at Plattsburgh State. Skating on the ponds of Somerville, Mass., Emery played hockey for the Matignon High School Warriors and led his team to three consecutive state titles from 1979 to 1981. With a great deal of success on the ice, Emery enrolled at DivisionI Boston College, and in 1982 he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens at 208th overall in the 10th round of the NHL Entry Draft. He was invited to the Canadiens’ training camp and later played for the Fredericton Express, the Quebec Nordiques affiliate in the American Hockey League. He also played with the Maine Mariners in Portland, Maine. Yet, the then 24-year-old decided to take another route with hockey. “I just wasn’t good enough,” Emery said. “I was barely hanging on to what I could. There wasn’t as many options in minor pro hockey back then as there is today. I got an opportunity here at Plattsburgh State that I couldn’t pass up.” In 1988, Emery became an assistant men’s hockey coach at PSUC under Steve Hoar while studying for his master’s degree. After one year as an assistant and a 20-5-1 overall record, he was promoted to head coach for the 1989-1990 hockey season. The Cardinals would go on to
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Plattsburgh State men’s hockey head coach Bob Emery during the team’s practice Feb. 21. The face of the program is in his 24th season at the helm and is looking to capture his 22nd conference title. finish 22-10-3 and lose in the national championship game to Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Emery, however, wasn’t surprised with how well he and his program did in his first season at the helm. “Obviously, there was a lot of talent on the team,” Emery said. “Coaching is sometimes very overrated — you can have the best coaching, but if you don’t have the players, it doesn’t matter. I think as the season went on, we grew together as a team and the culture got better. We got good goaltending in the second half of the season that year.” However, following Emery’s short-term success, the program was in utter turmoil in March 1990. PSUC had been put on probation for two years for rules violations the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) said included having athletes live at the homes of boosters, while receiving im-
permissible extra benefits from their host families. The NCAA ordered all records of PSUC’s participation in the 1986, 1987 and 1988 seasons erased and could not participate in postseason play after the 199091 season. Plattsburgh State won the Division III championship in 1987, finished second in 1986 and was a quarterfinalist in 1988. “Being put on probation for that one year and have lost postseason play for that one year was really tough on the present players,” Emery said. “As it is all the time with the NCAA, current players get punished for things they didn’t do. So, it was really hard for us. We had a lot of the same guys back from the year before, we had good leadership and we got through that.” Since then, Emery’s teams have won 20 games in a season on 15 occasions, including a 32-2-2 cam-
paign in 1992 when PSUC captured its first NCAA title. The program won its second national championship in 2001, upsetting previously unbeaten Rochester Institute of Technology 6-2 on the Tigers’ home ice at Ridder Arena. Emery said the program’s success is based off of hard work. “As a coaching staff, we just try to maintain that same philosophy, “Emery said. “The one thing with coaching — you create your own standards. We’ve been very fortunate to two national championships, but once you win one, that’s the expectation — that you win one every year.” Steve Moffat is in his 13th year on the PSUC men’s hockey coaching staff. A two-time All-American, Moffat said Emery’s passion for PSUC hockey and the game itself is second to none. “He wants to win more than
anything and sometimes that’s misconstrued,” Moffat said. “Just the way he goes about things … he’s so intense that sometimes people take it the wrong way.” When Emery’s not recruiting in the off-season, he’s organizing events such as the “Spinathon,” an annual event where members of the team ride a stationary bicycle for seven hours to raise money for the North Country Down Syndrome Association. “That’s all Bob’s vision,” Moffat said. “Obviously, the community is a huge supporter of Plattsburgh State Athletics and the hockey team, too. It’s always great to give back to them and a win-win situation for both parties by being involved with the community and trying to give back.” Emery said Division III college hockey as a whole has grown in recent years and the parity is better than it has ever been. “In the first years, there were maybe five or six teams that could beat you, now anyone can beat you,” Emery said. “It’s really so competitive. The bottom teams have really come to the middle of the pack and the middle teams have come to the top of the pack. It’s much more competitive than it used to be.” After Emery’s second national title in 2001, he received job offers from Division I programs and was in contact with some minor pro hockey organizations. However, the Boston College alumnus decided to honor Plattsburgh State’s original job offer and stay with the program. “(Plattsburgh) is a great place — they love their hockey,” Emery said. “We get great support from the fans, who are no doubt in my mind, the best fans in Division III hockey and have a real passion for the game. It’s a rewarding place to work.” Email Ricky St. Clair at ricky.stclair@ cardinalpointsonline.com
Freshmen make MBALL: Cards just two wins from title adjustments as student-athletes From Page One
By Jill Tardelli staff writer
As if college is not a big enough adjustment in the life of a student to begin with, imagine having to join a well-meshed NCAA team in the process. Luke Baleshta, a freshman on the Plattsburgh State men’s hock- Baleshta ey team, has played 23 of the 25 games the Cardinals have competed in this year. Playing on a line with two other freshmen, Connor Gorman and Kevin Emmerling, Baleshta has racked up seven goals and 18 assists, proving to the team that he wants to be at PSUC and he wants to win. “When you do it for long enough, you pick up the habits and adjust to the speed. Everyone is obviously bigger, stronger and faster,” he said. Baleshta was able to adjust to the coaching staff, although it was stricter than the junior league he previously played for. He loves playing with the team and is ready to win every game. Breanne Bennett, a forward for PSUC’s women’s hockey team, helped her team end the regular season with an undefeated record. As a freshman, Bennett has been learning to juggle schoolwork and work on the ice. “Since I have been play-
ing hockey and managing school work all through high school, it wasn’t much of a change,” she said. “The work load is a lot more, so I prioritize my time and do things ahead of time.” Motivation is something Bennett works to bring to her team. She said that as a freshman, she is still trying to find her role. Distributing the puck and making plays is where she has been successful. Bennett has racked up 10 assists this season in 24 games played. Switching to the courtside, Edward Correa is a freshman on the Plattsburgh men’s basketball team. Correa said his biggest adjustment was the three-point line being farther away than in high school, but he can overcome it. “My cousin was third in most points scored ever in Plattsburgh, so I came here and I told him I was going to beat him, and that’s what I am still trying to do,” he said. Working hard as a rookie, he enjoys coming off the bench and bringing energy to the court. As a student-athlete, good time management is important since away games force players to spend time away from Plattsburgh. Email Jill Tardelli at jill.tardelli@ cardinalpointsonline.com
matchups, which Curle said Geneseo isn’t as effective at. “Geneseo is a very physical, tough team, so we basically have to box them out, rebound and make sure we get on our (defensive) principals when we play zone,” PSUC forward Shavar Fields said. “We got to
make sure we’re also poised, but at the same time, we’re bringing the same intensity because we’re all trying to win the chip.” PSUC guard Kalik Parker said the Cards acknowledge what they have to do coming into tonight’s game, which is playing with a lot of energy and intensity. Parker wants to be more aggres-
“We’re just looking to go out there this weekend and bring home the SUNYAC.” Kalik Parker, PSUC guard
sive on the boards and said the team will trust in each other’s decision making. He also thinks the game against Geneseo
will be more mental than anything, and therefore the Cards need to stay focused and not let up when they have a lead. “We’re just looking to go out there this weekend and bring home the SUNYAC (championship),” Parker said. Email Ja’pheth Toulson at ja’pheth.toulson@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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friday, feb. 22, 2013
sports editor zachary ripple
Lacrosse begins season Wednesday By Willie Santana staff writer
Most of the core group of last year’s Plattsburgh State lacrosse team will be putting on its jerseys for the last time. Four of last year’s top scorers—Joe Kramer, Nick Travers, Brett McClelland and Tommy Kilderry— retire their jerseys after this year along with seven other seniors. The group contributed more than 50 percent of the Cardinals goals last season. Last year’s Cards (11-7, 4-2 SUNYAC) lost in the SUNYAC semifinals to Geneseo, who shut out the Cards in the second half. It was only the second time PSUC had been held scoreless all season. Coming into this season, head coach Ryan Cavanagh said the team is returning most of its talent from last year, although it lost some leadership with the departure of Tucker Glass, one of the captains, and Mike Santisteban, PSUC’s faceoff specialist. While Ryan Phillips said the team lost a great leader in Glass on defense, the team will be able to fill in his role and will have good chemistry on defense, having most of the defensive lineup back from last year. “Me, (Mike) Lind and Gordie (Gehring) have been playing together since we were freshmen, and you know where the other guy is going to be,” Phillips said. “That’s really helpful. You know the other guy is going
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Plattsburgh State midfielder Drew Griffiths passes the ball to a teammate during practice Feb. 20. The lacrosse team opens its season Wednesday against RPI. to hold his own and have your back if you need it.” Though Cavanagh said leadership can’t be replaced, he said the Cardinals will be competing with the most talented roster he’s ever seen, but he said talent does not guarantee success on the field. “Talent only gets you so far,” he said. “Character and the rest of the things are going to make the big difference. There are plenty of other teams that were more talented than us in the SUNYAC last year, but we were able to pull off some wins because we were a more disciplined team than them. Teams that rely on
talent don’t tend to make it really far.” As far as new faces that may be contributing, Cavanagh said transfers Tom Duggan and Cole Andersen should see significant time at midfield. There are 13 freshmen on the roster, who Cavanagh said make up a good rookie class. However, Cavanagh said they still need to learn from older guys because they will be taking over the team next year. Joe Kramer, who led PSUC in goals (36), said he is telling young players to buy into the team’s atmosphere and its goals. He said they just need to pick
a role and stick with it, letting everything else fall into place. Another addition to the lineup is sophomore Brendan Damm, who missed most of last season with an injury. There are also small personnel changes. Cavanagh coached the offense last year, but now assistant coach Joe May will coach the offense while Cavanagh switches to defense. Kramer said that with Damm out they were playing without a true left attacker for most of the season, but now Damm will be able to fill his role and balance out the attack. The Cards season starts
Wednesday and Cavanagh is emphasizing that players get back to the basics like stick fundamentals, defensive positioning and offensive shooting. He said players need to build back up to the level they were playing at last year. “I felt we built a lot of stuff in terms of confidence last year in our own ability, but in terms of coaching, we always want to revert back to the little things that are going to make the big difference for the team,” he said. The Cards will be on the road facing Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who the Cards defeated last year, in a non-conference game. In last season’s match up, the Cards held an early 5-0 lead that dissolved in the third period, but the Cards responded with a four-goal fourth period. Penalties were a factor in keeping the Rensselaer Engineers in the game. Players will be facing a tough schedule, Cavanagh said, with three straight non-conference games on the road to start the season, which includes No. 8 nationally-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson-College and several other ranked opponents later on in the season. But Cavanagh said the Cards will be fine. “It’s going to be character that separates us from the rest of the SUNYAC this year and the leadership,” he said. Email Willie Santana at willie.santana@ cardinalpointsonline.com
Track enters SUNYACs this weekend
Cards look to build upon record-setting season, qualify for ECACs By Chris Picaro staff writer
in the twenties for the race in the conference, and now has moved up to seventh With the final regular after his new best. season meet behind them, “I knew he was going to the Plattsburgh State track run well after I saw the two and field teams are prepar- workouts he did last week,” ing for the SUNYAC Cham- Jones said. pionships. The Cardinals are movThis past weekend was ing forward to compete a big meet because it was Saturday in Brockport. a last-chance qualifier for They have a handful of stusome runners to become dent athletes to send off to eligible for the SUNYAC In- the contest. PSUC will be door Championships. sending 15 athletes to comTrack and field head pete in their own individcoach Nick Jones said ual events, along with the there were some big per- 4x400 and distance medley formances this past week. relays. One was Amanda Gadway, Eight of the athletes will who broke the school re- be competing in two incord in the weight dividual events. throw, and the “I knew he Gadway is also other was Evan performing in was going the shot put and Greenberg, who ran a personal to run well Greenberg is best in the 800 after I saw running in the meter race. 400 meter dash. the two Gadway, a sophworkouts Other Cards in omore, threw multiple indihe did last vidual a school record events week.” 15.08 meters for are Luke Potash, Nick Jones, the weight throw Ben Depo, Corey at the Deneault track and field Duval, Rosi CumInvitational Saturmings, Amanda head coach day. Scher merhor n, “I am just really excited Kristie Pageau and Ashley I had a personal best. I had Gadway. a dry spell for a couple of Qualifying for the SUNmeets and I knew I had it in YAC Championships is imme to throw farther,” Gad- portant to the members of way said. the team, but the next step With her record setting is the ECAC Indoor Chamthrow, Gadway moved into pionships held in New York third place in the confer- March 1 and 2. Some of the ence for the event. athletes have already qualGreenberg, who has ified for the ECAC Champibeen having injury prob- onships, but the SUNYAC lems throughout his freshman season, found himself healthy for the first time in a while. He was able to run a personal best in the race and qualify for the indoor championships with a time of one minute, 58 seconds. “I feel I was able to run better because I’ve finally been healthy the last few weeks, allowing me to get some good training in at practice,” Greenberg said. Jones said he was ranked
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Ryan Kerner pole vaults during practice Feb. 7. He and the rest of the track and field athletes will compete in the SUNYACs this weekend in preparation for ECACs. Championships may come as another last-chance qualifier for runners looking to become eligible for New York. Gadway, who qualified for ECAC with her throw, said, “It feels amazing to have qualified for ECACs. I only needed 14.05, so when I threw 15.08, I was speechless and in awe.” Greenberg is looking to build off his solid perfor-
mance from last week and pretty good trying to qualiqualify for ECAC this week- fy for ECAC,” he said. end. “Hitting my (personal record) this past weekEmail Chris Picaro at end definitely boosted my chris.picaro@ confidence a little, so I feel cardinalpointsonline.com
MHKY: Home ice could help out Cards From Page One
Buffalo State-Oswego match will play the winner of the PSUC-Geneseo game March 2 on the higher seed’s rink. Looking ahead, both could present a challenge if PSUC moves on. Oswego, despite losing both games to the Cards this year, is the thirdranked team in the nation. Buffalo State, while they lost both regular season matchups against PSUC, is the squad that made the Cards work for the win in the tripleovertime epic during last season’s SUNYAC tournament. With Geneseo and PSUC each beating one another on its own ice, it may be an advantage for the Cards to play at home come Saturday, especially in an elimination game. They are 11-2-0 in the Stafford Ice Arena this season, and Emery said having home ice means that much more come playoff time. “If given the choice, I’d much rather play at home,” he said. “We’re very fortunate to have a home game in front of our great fans this Saturday night.” With PSUC taking both games against the Lakers during the regular season, one could argue the Cards are now “the team to beat.” Despite last Saturday’s win, Emery said he doesn’t agree. “I don’t like that pressure. We’re never the team to beat,” he said. “We’re just a hard-working bunch of blue-collar guys.” Whether the Cards are the top team in the conference right now is a moot point. For PSUC forward Kevin Emmerling, who netted two goals in last weekend’s victory against the Lakers, the team can’t settle in after beating Oswego to end the regular season. “In the playoffs, its one and you’re done,” Emmerling said. “We’ve just gotta keep going. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re gonna put in the work and see what happens.” Email Zachary Ripple at zachary.ripple@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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Self HIV test available at home
friday, feb. 22, 2013
By Maggie McVey staff writer
The Center for Disease Control reported that approximately 1.1 million Americans are currently living with HIV, and close to 20 percent of these people are unaware they are infected. However, there is a new test that can help you know for sure. OraQuick is a new takehome HIV test, which was approved by the FDA last July, to determine whether the person has been infected. It is available at most drug stores, such as Walgreen’s or Walmart for $40, or it can be ordered directly from its website. It is easier than some might think to become infected with HIV. It is important, particularly in a college environment where some students are sexually active with multiple partners, to practice safe sex methods to protect yourself and partners against infection. Martha Stahl, vice president of external affairs for the Plattsburgh Planned Parenthood, believes the most important aspect of getting tested is that people know what their health status is and whether they can pass it to others. PSUC student Anne Rathe said it’s a good idea for people who think they need to be tested for HIV. “More people would take the test if it was accessible to them,” Rathe said. “I think it would also be good if places like the health center would offer them.” PSUC student James Hum-
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A new take-home HIV test allows people to test themselves in the comfort of their own homes. Be sure to consult a doctor about a positive result. phreys said he thinks a takehome HIV test would be beneficial. “I feel more people would be willing to take the test if it was in their own home,” Humphreys said. Despite the misconception that you must give blood to know whether you have HIV, OraQuick uses a swab to collect saliva and bases its results on the antibodies found in the saliva. If it contains antibodies, which are released to fight off the virus, then it will read positive. The product is simple to use. After swabbing your upper and lower gums once each, you just insert the swabs into the tubes and wait 20 minutes. A line labeled C will show you that the test is working properly, and if the line labeled T is also marked, the test is tell-
All shows are all ages unless indicated otherwise. All times are the official show times. If you have a band that would like to be listed, contact Fuse Editor Stanley Blow III at fuse@cardinal pointsonline.com. Feb. 22. House On A Spring — Monopole, Plattsburgh, 21+, 10 p.m. 518-563-2222
The Lynguistic Civilians, Pyramidpendulum and Irradiated Beef — ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, Doors: 6 p.m., Show: 7 p.m., $3/10, 518-335-3994 Spirit Family Reunion with Quiet Lion — Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $8/10, 802-652-0777 Feb. 23. Addison Groove Project with Potbelly — Higherw Ground Ballroom, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 8:30 p.m., $12/15, 802652-0777
Darkest Before Dawn, Ground Zero and Years in the Making — ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, Doors: 6 p.m., Show: 7 p.m., $3/10, 518-335-3994 Jatoba — Monopole, Plattsburgh, 21+, 10 p.m. 518-563-2222 Feb. 24. Shawn Mullins with Chuck Cannon — Signal Kitchen, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $20/23/35, 802-399–2337
Feb. 25. The Dirty Heads and Shiny Toy Guns with Midi Matilda and Oh No Fiasco — Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 7:30 p.m., $20/22, 802-652-0777
Feb. 26 OCD: Moosh and Twist and Huey Mack with A Million Wordz — Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, Burlington, Vt., Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 8 p.m., $12/15, 802-652-0777 Feb. 27. Mike’s Open Mic — Monopole, Plattsburgh, 21+, 10 p.m. 518-563-2222 Feb. 28. Dynomatics — Monopole, Plattsburgh, 21+, 10 p.m. 518-563-2222
ing you that you may have HIV. Stahl said, OraQuick’s process is a very similar test to the one that professionals at Planned Parenthood use in their offices. “Things have changed a lot in the past 20 years. For instance, when I was in college, the test for HIV was a blood test, where you got your results back in two weeks. Now, it’s a very simple oral swab, and we are able to get the results back to the patients a lot quicker.” The pamphlet that comes with the test tells the user that if the test comes back positive, you should get in touch with your healthcare provider and schedule an appointment to confirm that you have HIV. This refers to what Stahl calls a “preliminary positive.”
“Regardless of whether or not the person’s test comes back positive, it doesn’t end there. It is still important for them to come in and be tested again, because the test could have given a false positive,” she said. Stahl emphasized the importance of people to get in touch with their local Planned Parenthood or health care provider as soon as their test comes back positive. “People need to understand what their test means, and what it doesn’t mean. At Planned Parenthood, we offer them counseling and refer them to a provider who can help them further.” Email Maggie McVey at maggie.mcvey@ cardinalpointsonline.com
Koffee Kat makes good bridge between city, PSUC By Nickolas Cavaliere staff writer
locally known and are frequently socializing as well. “It’s a totally hip atmosphere,” The sweet smell of vanilla lattes PSUC student Chelsea van der and specially prepared blueberry Munnik said. “I come here all the muffins sweep your senses as you time with my daughter, mostly to walk into the Koffee Kat, an articu- see all the interesting artwork on late little coffee shop located on the walls.” 104 Margaret St. She also saidw the location is The local espresso bar calls easily accessible so she can do her for all types of performers to homework and get a hot cup of take in part of the comflavorful coffee with a munity and branch out tasty treat on the side. from Plattsburgh State “It’s a good place to “It’s a to drink coffee, share come to when you’re totally hip music and take a liking stressed out. Patsy Cline to local art being adver- atmosphere. and Neil Young playing tised along its walls. I come here over the speakers reThe Koffee Kat is a all the time ally set the mood,” she cultural center that exjoked. with my presses uniqueness and Wurster claims to be daughter, creativity. Music is conan advertiser for Plattsstantly streaming, all burgh, playing music in mostly to picked by the different places like Montreal and see all the Koffee Kat crew meminteresting bringing it back. bers. It’s a hidden and “It’s a big joint effort artwork on between all who come secretive business that the walls.” bridges the gap between and play,” she said. Chelsea van the college and the comShe is currently inmunity. volved with multiple der Munnik, Catherine Harrisonbands including Doom PSUC Wurster, local musician F---, Straight No Chaser student and employee of the Kofand Irradiated Beef. Her fee Kat for the past two father and brother are years, talks about how also musicians, playing she became a part of the business for the bands Blind Pig Blues Band and her involvement with the un- and Lucid. derground music scene in Platts“Get creative, get involved and burgh. be a part of the community even if At a young age, Wurster admired you’re here for four years,” Wurster the many artists and musicians that said. gathered in the coffee shop, such as The Koffee Kat stands for individmusicians like Jason Ornsby. ualism and one of its main motives Wurster said there are an array is to branch from PSUC. of musicians, some being employWurster and many others feel ees at the coffee shop, that play to- strongly for the community they gether at places like Koffee Kat and give back to, and with the Kofother venues such as the ROTA Gal- fee Kat, they wish to encourage lery, located at 50 Margaret St. everyone from artists, musicians “We’re totally in conjunction and especially students to come with the ROTA. Both are places that in and enjoy tasty food and to give opportunity and their own fo- subscribe to their Facebook page rum,” Wurster said. to see upcoming events and perShe explained that the sets and formances. performances that occur in the “It’s my whole life, I don’t quesshop usually require the perform- tion it,” Wurster said. ers to be patient and to realize that people would constantly be talking Email Nickolas Cavaliere at and getting up to get drinks and sonickolas.cavaliere@ cialize. Usually the performers are cardinalpointsonline.co
In absence of sex, fingers work fine By Jordain Moore staff writer
Moaning, groaning and bed-rocking thumps. Shower-water running, empty Trojan condom wrappers on the floor in the morning. With all this sex happening around me, why do I always find myself in bed alone on those late nights? Why don’t I ever have hook-up stories to share with my roommates the next morning? Each night seems to pass relatively the same: blissful, incense-filled quiet time by myself with a glass of wine and a little Spanish jazz in the background. Or maybe a promiscuous foreign film on Netflix or hookah with friends. While it is true I take great pride in my sexuality and to whom I express it with, I will admit that in my past, its strength often exceeded my sense of control. Despite these deep desires, I find a simple and enduring peace in my solitude. It’s easy to say I have found great happiness in what being single has brought to me. At 17, my boyfriend of three years and I broke things off as I set off for Argentina for six months. I passed in and out of short flings but never quite found the same commitment I shared with him. As the years built up and heartbreak continuously left me raw, I began to question what I was doing wrong or why I wasn’t as lucky as my friends. To fill the gap, I created lasting sisterhoods with empowering women like myself who also found themselves loveless. But the terms “loveless” or “single” exclude the many other forms of love and passion we often take for granted. Growing up in a nineperson family, solitude was never something
one encountered in my household. We discussed everything with each other, including our sex lives or lack thereof. I found the love of my fiery and wise mother much stronger than any lover I’ve had. What is it that prevents me from jumping in bed with any ol’ random? Perhaps it’s because my carnal history has given me reason to have a dormant sex life for two years. Perhaps it’s just because I’m picky. Us women should find incredible bliss in the adventure of being alone. The freedom of not having someone else to account for when going out, to please if I want to orgasm, to consider when setting out to travel the world. I have found the greatest of pleasures exist in solitary sexuality — long nights of personal pleasure and gazing at James McAvoy in “Becoming Jane.” The incredible appreciation of any and every attractive male or female in my surroundings. While it may strike hard when you hear the rampant sex your roommates often have, or close friends discovering lesbian love or simply consistently facing denial — fear not. This solitude will always lead the way to your own love and happiness. In the meantime, ladies and gentlemen, best to start embracing the ecstasy your own fingers can bring you. Email Jordain Moore at jordain.moore@cardinal pointsonline.com
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friday, feb. 22, 2013
Cardinal Points surveyed 100 men about their exercise and TV-watching habits.
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Inactivity lowers sperm count in males By Franco Bastida associate fuse editor
Most couch-potato men would not associate diapers, pacifiers and fertility with their favorite sports broadcast or TV show. However, recent findings at the Harvard School of Public Health suggest watching too much TV may affect fertility and sperm count in unexpected ways. Published online Feb. 14, by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers analyzed the semen quality of 189 men aged 18 to 22 who participated in the Rochester Young Men’s Study between 2009 and 2010 at the University of Rochester. Researchers asked subjects about their physical activity as well as their TVwatching habits, diet, stress levels and other health issues. Results revealed that, in a population of healthy men, those who watched more than 20 hours of TV per week had a 44 percent lower sperm count than those who watched almost no TV. Men who exercised 15 hours or more per week, at a moderate to vigorous rate, had a 73 percent higher sperm count than those who exercised fewer than 5 hours. Overall, men who engaged in physical activities and watched less TV had a higher total sperm count and sperm concentration. “It’s slightly in my area, but that statement holds very true. Less physical activity tends to hinder people,” Jeff Vallee, the dietitian at Plattsburgh State, said. He said some people do not release the amount of hormones they need to be healthy because they don’t exercise. Paired with an unhealthy diet, this could represent fertility problems in the future. “High trans-fat diets af-
fect motility because that sperm is not moving,” he said. “It’s like having soldiers in a bed or playing frogger.” A number of PSUC students reacted to the study, voicing their concerns about exercising alternatives on campus. Matthew Smith said he is not surprised sperm count decreases because of a lack of exercise. “I’m a 21-year-old college student. I’m really not trying to get anyone pregnant, so it doesn’t really matter right now,” he said. Matthew Hopper said the results are believable because a lack of testosterone could have a negative impact on someone’s body. Ernesto Bustos agreed, saying he did not think the decrease would be that high. “I see this negatively because your body is doing fewer things internally by being a couch potato,” Bustos said. “Other health issues could relate.” For Vallee, today’s technological era poses a challenge on some people because, as more efficient technology becomes available, it is hard to find a balance. “You need to find a happy medium,” he said. Unfortunately, this medium is hard to reach for some students. Smith said one of the reasons newcomers do not go to the gym is because of an elitist gym culture on campus. A hostile environment exists for many students who begin to exercise, he said. “I’m not bothered by it because it is a shallow culture, but I know that it is there,” he said. On the other hand, Hopper said some students prefer to sit on their couch and watch Netflix all day. “If people are going to sit around, they’re going to sit around,” Hopper
10 EASY EXERCISES YOU CAN DO AT HOME Walking: Something you can do anywhere, at any time. If it’s a nice day, take a walk down the Saranac River Trail. If it’s raining or snowing, try walking up and down the stairs in your building.
Jumping Jacks: You can never go wrong with a classic. This is a great cardio workout.
Pushups: Always a crowd favorite. Even if you can’t quite do a real one, no worries. You’re still burning calories if you do them on your knees
Leg Lifts: These are great if you need to build up a little strength in your legs. If you’re having trouble doing them with your legs straight, it’s all right to bend them a little. Crunches: If you need some help getting those rockhard abs, give these crunches a try. Just remember to pace yourself, and don’t worry if you can’t get your head up all the way the first time. Jogging in Place: Jogging is good for the heart, so you can’t go wrong. Grab your running shoes and even set up camp in front of the TV if you want. Squats: Work on those buns of steel. This exercise works mainly on your thighs and buttocks. If you find they’re too difficult, try using a chair to start.
Light Weight Lifting: No need for heavy and expensive equipment here. Use whatever you have handy: textbooks, laptops or laundry baskets Dancing: You don’t have to do it well, just do it. It’s good for the heart. Remember, dance like nobody’s watching. Step Exercises: Use any stairs you can find. Repetitive motion tones the muscles in your legs. Just remember to be careful to not hurt yourself or others. Information Courtesy of Suzanne Hiscock fitwatch.com
said, emphasizing it is up to each individual to decide what to do with their free time. Vallee said people often think intense physical activity, such as going to the gym, is the only way to remain healthy. A walk by the beach, climbing a mountain or playing a sport with friends can help anyone remain physically active too. He said PSUC should promote and educate people about the services that currently exist on campus. Even though PSUC has plenty of resources available, such as the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services or the Fitness Center, where students can exercise or educate
themselves about healthrelated themes, a lot of students don’t know about them. Personalized advice and programs for members at the Fitness Center, free one-on-one consultations with the campus dietitian or psychological and medical counseling are a few examples. Vallee said he encouraged students to go to discover these services by walking to their respective buildings or browsing annexed links at PSUC’s website. “If you don’t ask the questions, we can’t reach your mind,” he said. Email Franco Bastida at franco.bastida@ cardinalpointsonline.com
Students’ TV-watching habits, shows explored By Maggie McVey staff writer
If you were to look into the average dorm room on the Plattsburgh State campus, you would most likely find some sort of television sitting among the school books and empty food containers. Whether it is set up as the major focal point of the room, or hiding in the corner as if an afterthought, nowadays the television and its programming is seen as a necessity to most Plattsburgh students. Twenty PSUC students were asked about their television habits and the shows they most often watch. Out of those twenty, 16 answered that they watch over 10 hours of TV a week, mostly on weeknights when primetime shows are aired. “I usually watch TV right before I go to bed,” PSUC student Sami Loreman said. She usually tunes in to Nickelodeon shows like “Spongebob Squarepants” and MTV programs such as “Awkward” and “Catfish” because they’re entertaining and relatable. The most mentioned shows amongst the students were “Pretty Little Liars,” “Catfish,” “Family Guy,” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” “In the case of ‘Pretty Little Liars,’” PSUC student Carly King said, “I’ve been watching it for years, but I’m not picky when it comes to TV, so I’ll watch anything if it grabs my attention.” With the recent start of the spring semester, Plattsburgh students are sometimes unable watch all of their favorite programs as they air, so they instead turn to alternatives such as Hulu to catch up with the programs they miss during the week. Many students also use Netflix as a way to rewatch old shows or to discover new favorites. More than half of the interviewed students said they used such websites as either an additional source of television shows and programming, or as their sole source of entertainment. “It’s more on-demand watching,” PSUC sophomore
Kimo Pabulayan stated. “It’s a much more accessible way to watch shows over waiting for the show to premiere in certain time slots.” So when are PSUC students watching all of this television? Eighteen out of the 20 students said they usually watch TV at night time, typically when they are finished with classes and are looking for some quiet time to wind down after a busy day. “I think [TV] provides an easy break from daily life,” PSUC student Bobby Angilletta said. “It’s like reading a story but without any effort.” While a good amount of programs on television are reality shows like “The Real Housewives” and “Teen Mom,” Plattsburgh students don’t only enjoy such easyto-watch material. PSUC student Dominique Wisniewska said she enjoys watching “Law and Order: SVU” because “it is interesting and doesn’t kill your brain cells like ‘Teen Mom’ does.” Many students also tune in to sports games and programs like SportsCenter, not only out of interest, but as a way to interact with friends and peers: “I like being able to connect with friends who enjoy the same shows,” Pabulayan said. Likewise, girls like Carly King not only follow shows like “Pretty Little Liars” because of its suspenseful plots and complex characters but because it provides them with good opportunities to bond over the show with others on Facebook after the show ends. Regardless of how much TV each PSUC student is able to watch per week and the endless amounts of program choices, the truth is that today’s television has provided Plattsburgh students with an outlet to relieve stress and interact with fellow peers. Given that, perhaps television isn’t such a bad device — in small doses — on the Plattsburgh campus after all. Email Maggie McVey at maggie.mcvey@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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friday, feb. 22, 2013
Maui North brings work, fun together Downtown sports shop offers skis, skateboards By Yessenia Funes staff writer
Shamus belongs to Robin Keysor, so does the shop. The present shop was The store is decorated in opened in 1987. However, vibrant colors. Once inside, that wasn’t its beginning. customers find a staircase Maui North began as a lakeleading to the basement. side summer shop in 1984. Here, equipment is stored Keysor provided jet ski rentand repaired. als, skateboards, wind surf Toward the back of Maui sails and lessons. In 1987, North, a lime green Kermit the shop expanded downsnowboard smirks at on- town and added skis and lookers. Green and red skis snowboards, as well as betrigger memories of win- coming open year-round. ters past. Red Hot Before opening Chili Peppers Maui North, Key“We know and Gorillaz sor worked in exactly what’s other ski shops. send vibrations going to work Eventually, he throughout the with our store. RED and figured it was Giro helmets line time to start his conditions the walls. own. compared to Apparel is the When headed other ski store’s strong to the second areas.” point. Keysor floor, the kids Robin Keysor said the clothes section, a green Owner they sell are vintage bicycle more aggressive hangs over cusand edgy than tomers’ heads. If customers dare to climb other stores. Maui North up another flight of stairs, doesn’t go for the cheap. It they’ll find the Bargain Attic, goes for what’s different. where customers can find Yet it works to keep items the hidden deals. affordable and give deals Besides the purple and to encourage customers to yellow stripes greeting cus- shop local. While big busitomers upon arrival, Maui nesses challenge the shop, it North’s Shamus, an English continues to succeed. setter, greets customers Nicki Light, a seasonal emwith his drool-saturated ployee, helps her boss figure tongue against the glass out which clothes young door. That and his fluffy, people would purchase. floppy brown ears. Keysor tends the Lake Placid
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Maui North is a sport shop found at 31 Durkee St. It sells skateboards, snowboards and other sports items
Skis on display in Maui North. store for 75 percent of the winter, but Light is always around the Plattsburgh store. She knows more of what the people of Plattsburgh like, whether it’s the
style or how much they’ll spend. “It’s like my dream job,” she said. Besides picking clothes, employees test out all the
equipment before purchasing them for the store. The equipment companies come set up all next year’s equipment and have on-snow test for buyers. For three days, Keysor was switching equipment all day. He said he has to know how the equipment rides, reacts, holds on ice, or skis on powder or ice. “We know exactly what’s going to work with our conditions compared to other ski areas,” Keysor said. Rob Vidile, shop manager, tested the snowboards. He finds his job fun because it’s something he’s into. Every Maui North employee either
rides, snowboards or skis. Light recently started snowboarding, but she has been skiing since she was three years old. Just like Light’s dad got her into skiing, other children come in with their parents in hopes of developing a new skill. This is her favorite part. “The kids are excited to pick out their helmet and their outfit, and they run right over the skis like, ‘I want these!’” Light said. Email Yessenia Funes at yessenia.funes@ cardinalpointsonline.com
Album deserves attention By Ben Rowe contributing writer
Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Thom Yorke from Radiohead collaborating on an album was bound to result in a work of genius or insanity. In the end, it leans toward the insane, but the kind a listener wouldn’t mind being locked in solitary confinement with. That album is “Amok”, the first release from Atoms for Peace, a band composed of Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich and Joey Waronker. Listeners hoping that Flea’s funk-filled bass lines might add a bit of humor to the otherwise humorless music of Yorke will end up disappointed. It becomes clear by the start of the album’s first track, “Before Your Very Eyes.” Fortunately, the opening track serves as a good introduction to the album as a whole, giving listeners a chance to decide if they want to listen further. While layers of synth and strange sound effects build up in the background, Yorke’s trademark falsetto singing glides above. “Amok” strays even farther from traditional instrumentation, having only faint hints of guitar and bass notes. Flea fights to be heard. The bass notes in “Eyes” help keep an otherwise loose song grounded and help hold the listener’s attention. But that is no problem for the second track. “Default” kicks off with a headbopping melody that seems custom-made to get stuck in your head. The song rewards listeners who stuck through the opening track,
with more playful vocals and a synthesizer build midway through the song that is one of the best moments on the album. Things slow down and the mood dims again on the third track. For being named after the traditional “innocent girl” stock character in theater plays, “Ingenue” is possibly the least innocent track on the album. The sound of rainfall plays under sharp synth sounds, hostile bass beats and mischievous vocals. That would be fine, except the song tries to do it all at once, with no room to breathe until near the song’s end. That gloom is suddenly washed away by the bright and energetic opening of the fourth and best track, “Dropped.” With a keyboard beat well-suited for a Phoenix or La Roux album, “Dropped” is easily the most fun to be had on “Amok.” It delivers the best bass line on the album, challenging listeners not to move their shoulders to the beat. Unfortunately, the best track on the album is followed by the worst. Opening with a tone like Halloween music for ravers, “Unless” leaves little to the imagination and has few memorable moments. As if hearing listeners’ complaints and rejecting them, Yorke sings that he “couldn’t care less.” With its slick bass licks and playful melody, “Stuck Together Pieces” rescues listeners from the dullness of “Unless.” With more obvious percussion and guitar tracks, “Pieces” might be the most complete-sounding track on the album. “Judge, Jury and Executioner” best pulls off the me-
lodic yet brooding tone the band seemed to be searching for. Taking its name from a song off Radiohead’s 2003 album “Hail to the Thief,” the track borrows a number of elements from its namesake album. Choral tones and an acoustic guitar provide instrumentation to Yorke’s best vocal performance on the album as he almost raps on certain verses. Listeners who couldn’t get enough of Yorke’s singing on the last track will be asking him to quiet down on the album’s eighth song, “Reverse Running.” Ignoring the forgettable singing on the track, listeners will discover detailed instruPhoto Provided mentation that suggests a jam session from a robot New band Atoms for Peace released their first album, “Amok,” Feb. 25. jazz band, ending with a tune that sounds like an electronic trumpet solo. That solo fades into the final song and title track, “Amok.” Starting slowly and building up, as if inviting listeners to come closer, the track feels like it would serve as a better opening to the album “Eyes.” Bouncing percussion, playful keyboards and an elastic bass line build and evolve as the song grows in intensity, before cutting off with a final piano note. The album offers a detailed electronic landscape that rewards listeners who take the time to explore it. Sounds fight for attention 313 Cornelia St, Plattsburgh N.Y. 12901 in every song and listeners Next to Dunkin Donuts looking for catchy melodies will find themselves confused and overwhelmed. This is not an album to be enjoyed with friends, but listeners who find a quiet space to give it the time it deserves will be surprised by what catches their attention.
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FILM: Lectures help preserve art form From Page Ten As the projector hums to life, the lights go dark. One can hear the popping of the aging soundtrack as the grainy black-and-white images come to life. The occasional skip or stutter of the film on the reel adds to the charm of the nearly forgotten art form. This is the world of selfproclaimed film preservationist Andy MacDougall. MacDougall said this world of celluloid is in danger of being left in the dust with the coming 2013 digital conversion deadline by which time all movie theaters will have to phase out their celluloid projectors. Celluloid film produces a more organic feeling than the digital projectors in movie theaters, he said. “It’s made of the same stardust as we are,” MacDougall said. “It’s the way film started.” That is why MacDougall made plans to have a series of lectures — introductions to film — that he is calling “the Last Picture Show Man.” Each show will follow a different theme, but all will be united under the unifying theme of preserving celluloid film. The working titles of some of his shows are “Digination Abomination,” and “Little Engines that Could.” Each show will utilize bits MacDougall’s growing col-
lection of 16 mm film, which he accumulated over several years as local institutions, such as the Plattsburgh Public Library and Clinton Community College, began to throw away all of their celluloid collections. The upcoming show, which will take place tomorrow at the Newman Center, will be in honor of Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The show will comprise of a number of films and shorts having to do with the civil rights movement and the advancement of AfricanAmericans since the 1960s. The show starts at 8 p.m. MacDougall said he hopes to structure his tour after the concept of the traveling picture show, which brought films to the rural parts of the country that may not have had access to theaters or films. Even some of his relatives could remember a time when they would pay a dime to watch a traveling picture show in the basement of the town’s church when the picture show man would be in town. One of MacDougall’s uncles had fond memories watching these old movies. Two days before his uncle passed away, MacDougall said he brought in one of his projectors and some Charlie Chaplin films, and every-
A poster for the film “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” reads “Classic tale, new twist.” Well, they’re not wrong. As a member of the audience, it’s difficult to anticipate what a movie with this premise holds in store for. And after seeing the film, it’s even more difficult to understand what impact the creators were hoping to achieve. The plot isn’t difficult to understand. Like in the Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale, siblings Hansel and Gretel are taken to the woods and abandoned by their parents without much explanation. While they attempt to find their way back home through the dark night, they stumble upon a house made of candy only to find a witch with an appetite for children waiting inside. After the two kids outwit the cannibalistic witch and creepily watch her burn alive in the oven, we are taken 15 years into the future where we find that Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) have gone on to become renowned bounty hunters with a specialization in witches. We join the brother and sister team as they make their way to Augsburg so they can carry out a job for the town’s mayor. Their mission is to rescue several children who were kidnapped and are being help captive by the evil grand witch Muriel (Famke Janssen). Within the plot lies the first problem of “Hansel and Gretel.” The story is just a cookie-cutter action movie, and it’s an uninteresting one at that. The plot is little more than a pattern of exposition and action scenes
on repeat for 90 minutes. Unfortunately, though writer and director Tommy Wirkola did not help himself by creating some welldeveloped characters, and the story fell short of the mark. Even though the audience is given the back story of Hansel and Gretel, there isn’t much more information about them to be discovered afterward. The extent of character development supplied for these two is that they both are knowledgeable in the field of witches. Other than that, they’re tough, and the candy house from their childhood years has given Hansel diabetes which he controls with some kind of primitive EpiPen. Renner and Arterton are good choices for lead actors, and they seem like they could have been well-suited for these roles if the script had been written better. As the film stands however, they’re unlikeable, and consequently, quite hard to relate to. Perhaps if Hansel and Gretel spent less time showing off their artillery and posing in slow-motion shots, this could have been remedied. As far as the film’s villain is concerned, Famke Janssen is well cast as the conniving Muriel. She certainly looks the part of an evil witch, and, if 1995’s James Bond film “Goldeneye” is any indicator, she has the propensity to play evil characters well. The sad thing is that her character isn’t given much to work with. Her lines are overplayed, and lacking substance. Her motivation as an evil witch aren’t exactly clear, and receive little explanation. She seems to only be a part of the film because the plot needed a horrificlooking adversary for our
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Andy MacDougall shares a few of his many movie posters in his basement workshop. All of his posters are for sale. body gathered around the bed and watched the films on the hospital wall. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” he said. MacDougall’s fight to keep film alive will continue next month with a show in honor of women’s history month. The date has yet to be decided. Email Stanley Blow III at fuse@cardinalpoints online.com
“None. I wouldn’t feel comfortable”
Celluloid film hangs from the ceiling in basement of Andy MacDougall’s Plattsburgh home.
Twist on timeless childhood classic too violent By Stephen Wilger staff writer
main characters to hate. The film is rated R, and early on it became clear why. From early on in “Hansel and Gretel,” there are fbombs and buckets of blood flying through the scenes almost as often as there are CGI witches and trolls filling up the screen. What the film lacks in forethought it makes up in flash. And that happens quite frequently too. When it boils down to it, “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” is a generic action movie, plain and simple. It might be recommendable for an audience who wants nothing more than to turn off their minds and see some characters on screen beating the pulp out of each other, but for anything beyond that, it’s less than satisfying. Email Stephen Wilger at stephen.wilger@ cardinalpointsonline.com
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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was released Jan. 17. In its opening weekend, it raked in over $19 million.
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“X-rays? I don’t know. I hate the waiting room, especially for a two-minute thing.”