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PIPE DREAM Tuesday, November 27, 2012 | Binghamton University | | Vol. LXXXII, Issue 21

The definition of 'Hooking up'

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From condom use — or the lack thereof — to the portrayal of sex in media, Binghamton University researchers dissected the ins and outs of sexual hookups among college students in a research article published this fall. The study was co-authored by Sean Massey, an associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies, Chris Reiber, an associate professor of anthropology and Ann Merriwether, a lecturer in the psychology department. Justin R. Garcia, a research fellow at The Kinsey Institute, was the lead author of the article. Between 60 and 80 percent of college students in North America have been involved in at least one sexual hookup, according to the study, which defines hooking up as “brief uncommitted sexual encounters among individuals who are not romantic partners or dating each other.” Studies showed that students had varied reasons for hooking up. According to Garcia and Reiber, 89 percent of men and women reported that physical gratification was important, but 54 percent reported emotional gratification and 51 percent reported a desire to initiate a

romantic relationship. “[It was interesting] how similar college men and women are in their motivations for hooking up,” Garcia said. Despite the uncommitted nature of hookups, 65 percent of women and 45 percent of men in a study of 500 students hoped their hookup would result in a committed relationship. The study also looked at the negatives of hookups, including the role of drugs and alcohol, “hookup regret” and the lack of condom use. In a study of 270 sexually active collegeaged students, 72 percent said that they regretted at least one instance of sexual activity. Massey said, however, this did not mean hookups themselves were bad. “Of course there are multiple ways that it can be unsafe and harmful such as alcohol, drugs, coercion, low selfesteem, etcetera,” Massey said. “But it may also be a perfectly healthy, safe and fun thing for people to do.” The study found the representation of casual sex in popular culture to be a major factor in the rise of hookup culture. “You can never discount the role of culture in any study,” Merriwether said. “Hookup discourse is present on television, in music. One has to think that that had an impact on emergent adult attitudes about hookups.”

The research for the article looks primarily at young adults, according to Garcia. “Most of the data reviewed in our article focused on college students, who are primarily in the developmental stage of emerging adulthood,” Garcia wrote in an email. Timothy Liberti, a junior majoring in economics, said he agrees that American culture contributes to the prevalence of hookups. “Guys usually just want to hook up because it’s the spectacle of the American way,” Liberti said. “Guys do it to show off to their friends, and girls do it to show off to their friends, too.” He said he believes media plays a role in people’s decisions. “People are just making themselves happier because they want what they see on television and in magazines,” Liberti said. Eryn Tighe, a senior doublemajoring in human development and psychology, said that increased communication through technology has helped foster a hookup culture. “Parents and children today don’t have an open flow of communication anymore,” Tighe said. “Kids don’t rely on their parents as much because they have technology to turn to.” — Therese Dompor contributed to this report.

Serbia releases ex-BU student

The Binghamton University Student Association is laying down the groundwork to give its constitution a makeover this year. The Constitutional Revision Committee, which is mandated to convene every three years, formed last week to begin the process of amending and updating the SA Constitution.

— David Blair Constitutional Revision Committee Chair

The committee, chaired by David Blair, a senior majoring in mathematics, will focus its efforts on increasing student participation by simplifying the language of the constitution.

According to Blair, the committee hopes simpler language will lead to better student understanding of the finer workings of the SA, and will promote a more informed and empowered constituency. “Our goal is to make the SA into a more efficient, more transparent organization,” Blair said. “If it [the constitution] is simpler, then it will encourage more student involvement.” Blair will introduce a first draft of the new constitution to the committee next semester, and until then all ideas put forth by the committee are purely in the brainstorming stage and do not reflect the official positions of the Constitutional Revision Committee or the SA. The committee members centered their preliminary ideas on creating a better balance of power between the judiciary, executive and legislative branches of the SA. Ideas suggested at the committee’s first two meetings included increasing the responsibilities and power of the SA’s judicial board, giving them the authority to review new legislation for constitutional compliance prior to implementation.

Former Binghamton University basketball player Miladin Kovacevic — who was serving a two-year prison sentence in Serbia for the assault of another BU student in 2008 that resulted in lifethreatening injuries to the student — was freed Monday, about two months early. His early release was part of a Serbian government amnesty affecting over 1,000 prisoners with lesser crimes. Kovacevic, a Serb national, was sentenced by a Serb Court for attacking Bryan Steinhauer at the Rathskeller pub, leaving him in a three-month medically induced coma and with a severe brain injury. Kovacevic managed to flee the U.S. in June 2008, thanks to fake Serbian travel documents from Serbian diplomats in New York, after posting $100,000 bail and spending four weeks in jail. Serbia refused to extradite Kovacevic, angering Washington officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former New York Senator Charles Schumer The Serb government eventually paid $900,000

(€694,230) to Steinhauer’s family as part of an agreement that included putting Kovacevic on trial in Belgrade. The Obama administration and Steinhauer’s family both called Kovacevic’s two-year sentence too lenient and New York prosecutors said they are still seeking his extradition. Serbia’s pro-Western opposition, which lost power to nationalists in May, said Kovacevic’s early release sent a bad message to the U.S. and to other Serbian citizens. “Because of his actions, the government had to pay nearly a million dollars instead of giving it to the poor,” said Democratic Party official Jelena Trivan. The brawl in 2008 reportedly began when Steinhauer groped the girlfriend of one of Kovacevic’s friends. Steinhauer weighed about 130 pounds at the time of the attack, while the 20-year-old Kovacevic was a 6-foot-9, 260-pound sophomore. Kovacevic was summarily suspended and banned from BU in connection with the assault. One student witness to the assault remembered that Steinhauer “was out after two hits but they kept hitting and kicking him.”

Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo Miladin Kovacevic

Kovacevic was recruited as a freshman by former head coach Al Walker for the 2006-07 season, in which he averaged 1.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game. Kovacevic did not play during the 2007-08 season because of injury. Kovacevic

was not going to have his scholarship renewed for the 2008-09 basketball season. — Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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WORDONTHESTREET Question: What do you define as hooking up?

Nate Lancaster, Junior, Political Science

"When you start feeling and touching each other, when you get that emotional touching then you’re hooking up."

Jessica Wendy Schulman, Sophomore, Integrative Neuroscience

Daniel Mor, Sophomore, Biology

Michael McGuinn, Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Alex Lamparelli, Junior, Integrative Neuroscience

"When one person’s tongue goes into the other person’s mouth and they play a little tonsil hockey."

"I would say hooking up is some kind of kissing, make-out session."

"I think hooking up is anything more than just a kiss, but less than having sex. Once you’ve had sex, I’d say you’ve slept together. It’s pretty much first and second [base]."

"It’s anything from making out to having sex. I don’t define it specifically. I know some people say only making out, but that’s not what I say."

Michelle Jackson, Sophomore, Philosophy, Politics, and Law

"A hookup is anything from making out and past that. It doesn’t ever stop."

— Compiled by Nicolas Vega and Jonathan Heisler

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Professor to discuss German epic Rosmarie Morewedge, an associate professor of German and Russian studies, will present “Herzog Ernst B: An Experiment in Narration and Nation Building” as part of the IASH Fellows Speaker Series on Wednesday at noon. Morewedge will address the literary transformations of the pre-courtly historical minstrel epic “Herzog Ernst B,” tracing these transformations back to various genres that emerged in 12th-century narration in medieval Germany. The presentation will be held in the IASH Conference Room, Library North room 1106.

Marijuana institute formed at California college A public university located in one of California’s prime potgrowing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana. The Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Humboldt State University plans to sponsor scholarly lectures and coordinate research among 11 faculty members from fields such as economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology. The institute is probably the first dedicated to examining marijuana through the lens of multiple disciplines, according to sociologist Josh Meisel, who is leading the enterprise with Erick Eschker, the institute’s co-chair. Humboldt faculty started discussing the idea in 2010 when California was preparing to vote on a bitterly contested ballot proposition that would have treated marijuana like alcohol.

Gas pipeline planned for Broome County A Pennsylvania company is planning a 75-mile natural gas pipeline across three Southern Tier counties to connect with the Millennium Pipeline. EmKey Gathering of Erie, Pa., plans to transport natural gas from locally drilled wells to major energy markets. The north-south pipeline would run about 75 miles from Morrisville in Madison County, across Chenango County, to Windsor in Broome County, where it would connect with the Millennium Pipeline. Other significant natural gas pipeline projects involving Broome County include the recently completed Laser Midstream Pipeline, the proposed Constitution Pipeline and the underconstruction Bluestone Pipeline. Holiday Train coming to Binghamton Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train will be appearing in eastern New York as part of its annual cross-continent trip, collecting donations for local food pantries and providing live entertainment at each stop. The train, decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights, starts its journey in Quebec on Tuesday and makes its first U.S. stop the next evening at the Steamtown Railroad Museum in Scranton, Pa. The train then heads north to Binghamton for an appearance at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Entertainers on the U.S. train include The Claytones and Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer Tracey Brown.

Fifty homes repaired in state-funded program Officials said New York City’s free repair program for storm-damaged homes has fixed up about 50 homes so far. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday he hopes the NYC Rapid Repairs program will complete about 300 projects per day by next week and eventually almost twice that. Officials said about 7,500 people have signed up since the service was announced Nov. 9, after Superstorm Sandy. The program sends contractors to do essential repairs to make homes livable, fixing electrical wiring and boilers so power, heat and hot water can be restored. The city covers the costs, but they are hoping for federal reimbursement.

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Several members of the Binghamton University Car Club attended a Land Rover Defender event in Killingworth, Connecticut over Thanksgiving break.

Police Watch Grab a Snickers SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 4:21 a.m. — Officers on patrol were called to the College-in-the-Woods Dining Hall after two suspects were seen walking away with a box of Snickers, said Investigator Patrick Reilly of Binghamton’s New York State University Police. From camera evidence the officers were able to find that the suspects lived in Oneida Hall, and when the officers entered the building they noticed Snickers bars in the hallway. The officers were able to locate the suspects, both 19-year-old males, and they admitted to taking the box, as well as pita chips and cans of soup. They said the building was unlocked, and they just took the items. The suspects were taken to the station and were given tickets for larceny and third-degree trespassing. He doesn't even live here SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 7:29 p.m. — University police received a call from Residential Life saying that an 18-year-old male student who had been banned from the building had been found there, Reilly said. The officers came to the building and found the suspect, who said he knew he wasn’t supposed to be there. He was brought to the station to confirm the paperwork, and was arrested for criminal trespass.

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Correction An article in the Nov. 20, 2012 edition of Pipe Dream about a multicultural talent show incorrectly referred to “a traditional Chinese kimono.” A kimono is actually a traditional Japanese article of clothing. Additionally, the article had an incorrect spelling of the name of Binghamton University’s Korean percussion group. It is Sul Poong, not Sul Poogn.

At the SwedishNorwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies.

Revenge of the pothead SUNDAY, NOV. 18, 11:01 a.m. — Officers were dispatched to Hillside Community’s Saratoga Hall after one of the fire pull-boxes in the building had been damaged and graffiti was found on one of the doors, Reilly said. The graffiti read, “You can’t spell fucking retard without R.A.” One of the members of Residential Life believed that the graffiti stemmed from a fire safety check a few weeks prior, when one of the building’s residents had been found smoking marijuana. However, there were no witnesses and the cases are still under investigation. Siri, where's my phone? TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 12:58 p.m. — A 25-year-old female reported to University police that her iPhone was stolen while she was in a class in Science Building 2, Reilly said. The victim had left the phone on her desk while she threw something out, and when she came back the phone was gone. When she checked her computer the next day, her iPhone app said that the phone was in the Bronx. She has since turned off the phone through the carrier, and the case is still under investigation.

Harpur's Ferry In 1972, Health Services announced that they would no longer continue to be a 24/7 in-patient health care facility. Students saw a need for transportation to off-campus doctors' offices and hospitals. Founding members Adam Bernstein and Jon-Marc Weston received approval to start using a station wagon for transportation, and Harpur's Ferry was officially established.

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Actor: my show is "filth" Should new legislation be found unconstitutional, the J-Board would have the ability to “kill” the legislation until it was fixed and resubmitted. Committee members also suggested giving the SA Executive Board veto power over legislation proposed by the Student Assembly, another proposed attempt at restoring checks and balances. “The current system does not place any constraints on the power of the assembly, but also creates a disconnect

wherein the E-Board does not engage in dialogue with the Assembly. An executive veto would make both branches communicate to a greater degree,” SA President Mark Soriano wrote in a proposal to the committee. Other ideas proposed by the committee included the addition of an Academic Affairs Committee, reforming the Student Outreach committee and changing the name of the Student Assembly to alleviate confusion about having two “SA’s.” The Constitutional Review Committee is making an effort

to increase transparency during its proceedings. The group plans to hold public forums early in the revision process in order to solicit student input and feedback on the changes. Committee members in recent meetings said they wanted to avoid the controversy that surrounded the last revision of the SA constitution, when the student body was relatively uninformed about the process until it was time to vote on the new constitution. “I don’t want this to be a March surprise,” Blair said.

NEW YORK (AP) — The teenage actor who plays the half in the hit CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men” says in a video posted online by a Christian church that the show is “filth” and that viewers shouldn’t watch it. Nineteen-year-old Angus T. Jones has been on the show, which used to feature badboy actor Charlie Sheen and remains heavy with sexual innuendo, since he was 10 but says he doesn’t want to be on it anymore. “Please stop watching it,” Jones said. “Please stop filling your head with filth.” Jones plays Jake, the son of Jon Cryer’s uptight divorced chiropractor character, Alan, and the nephew of Sheen’s hedonistic philandering music jingle writer character, Charlie. Sheen, who has publicly criticized CBS, was fired and replaced by Ashton Kutcher, who plays billionaire Walden. In the video posted by the Forerunner Christian Church in Fremont, Calif., Jones describes a search for a spiritual home. He says the type of entertainment he’s involved in adversely affects the brain and “there’s no playing around when it comes to eternity.”

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In this March 12, 2012 file photo, actor Angus T. Jones arrives at the Paleyfest panel discussion of the television series “Two and a Half Men” in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jones, the teenage actor who plays the half in the hit CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men” says it’s “filth” and through a video posted by a Christian church has urged viewers not to watch it.

“You cannot be a true Godfearing person and be on a television show like that,” he said. “I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says, and being on that television show.” CBS and producer Warner Bros. Television had no comment Monday. “Two and a Half Men” survived a wild publicity ride less than two years ago, when Sheen was fired for his drug use and publicly complained about the network and the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre. Sheen later said he wasn’t still angry at the sitcom’s producers and the network

and acknowledged he would have fired himself had he been in their shoes. The show was moved from Monday to Thursday this season, and its average viewership has dropped from 20 million an episode to 14.5 million, although last year’s numbers were somewhat inflated by the intense interest in Kutcher’s debut. It is the third most popular comedy on television behind CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” and ABC’s “Modern Family.” The actors on “Two and a Half Men” have contracts that run through the end of this season.

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Rihanna- Nobody’s Business violence. It’s a daring marketing scheme that isn’t going to work; After defining herself as anyone who has a memory of the woman in charge, the that infamous, iconic photo of sadomasochistic diva and the the talented pop star in battered brightest diamond, Rihanna anguish is still disgusted by tears it all down in “Nobody’s Chris Brown’s brutality. Sure, Business (ft. Chris Brown).” The Rihanna has every right to title says enough and stands as date whomever she wants, but the epitome of an album that centering an entire album around indirectly endorses domestic her reunion with her abuser and Jonathan Finkelstein | Release

her subsequent “unapologetic” attitude is downright depressing for someone who has millions of young, impressionable fans. And how’s the song? Fluffy, generic and completely forgettable, like most of “Unapologetic.” The good news: there will probably be another new Rihanna album out in a year. Well, sort of good news.

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Rich Kersting | Release Thanksgiving has come and gone, and you might be thinking, “Well, looks like the holiday cheer is over.” Except you’re wrong. Christmas music is here. But maybe you’re not ready for Christmas just yet, or maybe, for some reason, you’re not Christian. Whatever the case may be, let these words be your guide to a wonderful holiday season filled with music evasion. 1. Avoid going to Macy’s for the month. Actually, avoid all department stores in general. Just stay home all month. 2. If you have a car, turn

your radio off. No station is safe from Christmas cheer. With pop stations, you run the risk of hearing Mariah Carey, essentially the Nickelback of Christmas. 3. DVR everything. That way you can fast-forward through all the jingles. Commercials are riddled with them. 4. Being the smart and savvy Binghamton University student you are, you probably already provided a “No Christmas Music” clause in your Roommate Agreement Form. If not, get on that. It’s an easy way to avoid holiday cheer and make your roommate think you’re really weird.

5. You might wish to do some maintenance on your own end, like running through your iTunes library. Keep your eye out for songs that may be vaguely Christmas-themed or even just Christian, like Wilco’s “Jesus, Etc.,” Green Day’s “Jesus of Suburbia,” Kanye West’s “New God Flow” and The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” Well, there you have it, the five best ways to avoid the most ubiquitous music of the holiday season. Be warned, those truly committed will probably just wind up alone in their rooms wearing headphones blasting dubstep or heavy metal music. Happy holidays!

The week’s Label Spotlight highlights Warp Records. Warp is a Britain-based independent record label home to pioneering electronic artists such as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and Flying Lotus, as well as to contemporary indie rock groups like Born Ruffians, Battles and Grizzly Bear. Warp Records was founded in Sheffield, England in 1989 by Steve Beckett and Rob Mitchell. Initially operating from a small record shop, the duo began putting out a number of releases highlighting local electronic artists. Warp put out records from acid house and techno groups Forgemasters and Nightmares on Wax, as well as three-man electronica group LFO, who debuted as Warp’s first top 20 charting artist in 1990. The label continued to expand with a steady slew of releases from the likes of Autechre, Richard Hawtin and B12, establishing the uniquely underground electronic sound of its artists. The legacy of Warp artists extends well beyond their label imprint. Aphex Twin, one of Warp’s more famous artists, has been a major influence on contemporary musicians from Skrillex to Kanye West. Kanye even sampled Aphex Twin’s “Avril 14th” on the song “Blame Game” in his 2010 album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke purchased the entire Warp back catalogue in 2000 when writing their seminal record “Kid A.” In 2009, Warp celebrated their 20th anniversary with Warp20, a series of concerts taking place everywhere from New York City to Tokyo. Warp Records continues to put out a number of records every year, expanding upon the impact a number of their artists have already made.

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leaves a mark. Well, more of a slap to the face. Despite being early While the band’s earlier cheerleaders for the “math songs were dominated by rock” movement, English high-pitched, chiming guitar rock band Foals has refused lines punctuated with African to let itself be bound by genre and world-music-influenced lines. Like any band worth rhythms, “Inhaler” throws its creative salt, Foals has everything out and starts over. continued to reinvent itself The “math” has been replaced for every album without with falsetto vocals, hardsacrificing the elements rock breakdowns and a music crucial to its sound. “Inhaler” video intense enough to make is the first single from the some of its more squeamish upcoming LP, entitled “Holy viewers twitch. While to most Fire,” their third full-length Foals fans this might sound release. Much like their song like blasphemy and tragedy, it “Spanish Sahara,” “Inhaler” is actually good. In fact, it is

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The constitution is also woefully outdated. It makes reference to the “Student Group Council,” (Section 1.03, subsection b) a body which doesn’t exist and later makes references to the “Vice President for University Programming,”(Section 3.05, subsection b.i.5) an office which no longer exists by that title. In some places, the document is too specific. Take the section that forces the creation of a committee every three years to review the constitution only to dissolve the committee after one semester (section 2.07, subsection c.i.6) — a time constraint that the current committee has already been forced to work out a way to bypass. Or take the specific way in which money is supposed to be allotted to Community Councils (section 6.02, subsection k.i). Money can’t be allotted in the fashion seemingly called for by the plain language because it would be practically impossible. In other places, the constitution isn’t specific enough. The branches of government are never fully defined — much of the current role of the Assembly is largely ambiguous. And while there is a standing

“Student Outreach Committee” (section 2.07, subsection a) a quick search through our archives has informed us that this committee has never done anything significant enough to warrant coverage, EVER. And in other places, the constitution is repetitive. For reasons unknown, it actually repeats practically identical language when defining the roles of each on-campus and off-campus Assembly representative (Section 2.01, subsections a.i-ii). The constitution needs to be rewritten from the ground up, in plain English. It should spend more time defining the broad roles of each of the three branches rather than delving into minutiae of daily operations — clauses that can quickly become difficult to follow. You shouldn’t need to be pre-law to understand the constitution. But while they’re rewriting the constitution, they need to take into account broader structural issues. Right now the Rules Committee has pretty much all of the Assembly’s power. The committee is responsible for everything from chartering student groups to allocating office space to sanctioned

members of the Assembly and the Financial Council who fail to do their jobs. This power must be split up. The committee must also come up with a lasting solution to the yearly fiasco that results when it is time to divvy up student group funding. Last year, FINCO did a pretty good job, but there were still complaints about the process. And the committee needs to come up with a way for students to get more involved. There are over 60 elected Assembly members and most students don’t know what they do or what they can accomplish — largely because they are for the most part powerless. At the same time many of the things that happen at this school actually go through other committees with members undemocratically appointed by community council presidents and the SA E-Board. Give the Assembly something substantial to do. The SA is not running a state or federal government here. It’s running a small student organization. The constitution need not be complex, rather it should be a living, breathing document that can easily evolve as our school changes.

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The Silent Plague: Drug Abuse in America

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As we enter the holiday season, a time when many of us will reflect on the spirit of goodwill, charity and compassion, I sincerely hope the Binghamton University campus will take a moment to spread the word about a quietly suffering population in desperate need of support.

Prescription drug abuse has penetrated the media in large part because of its fatal toll on celebrities like Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson. According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 2.4 million Americans use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, with the rate of abuse more than doubling between 2002 and 2010, from 360,000 to 754,000 people. Opiates like Oxycontin and Vicodin are the cause of more than three-fourths of overdose deaths, greater than all other illegal drugs combined. Yet the national epidemic, which includes the illicit use of such drugs as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, receives negligible media attention as

it relates to the broader demographic of substance abusers. Unfortunately, drug overdose is a dirty subject and current public opinion is reminiscent of the stigma the HIV/AIDSaffected community experienced during the 1980s. Initially, the disease was slow to be addressed because of an erroneous perception that the infection was solely due to high-risk behavior, namely drug addiction and homosexuality. The health problem fully existed among heterosexuals, but it wasn’t until the public realized its prevalence in the general population that the topic finally received mass media coverage. While it might be easy to assume those affected by overdose are mostly indigent people, the fact is that middle class Americans are hurting too. Recent trends have shown that young adults aged 15-24 are among those at increasing risk, particularly in suburbs on Long Island. Although drug overdose is not as widespread as HIV/AIDS, the vast majority of these deaths are just as preventable with Good Samaritan legislation and overdosereversal medications. Most people understand the importance of calling 911 to receive an immediate response for a medical emergency. However, when it comes to overdose, the fear of prosecution or civil litigation often leads to hesitation and in

many cases could mean the call is never made. It is estimated that anywhere between 10 and 56 percent of overdoses are reported. Good Samaritan laws protect witnesses who report an overdose from charges ranging from low-level drug possession to intoxication.

naloxone — a low-cost overdose-reversal medication that has been used safely for more than 40 years to reverse the effects of opiates — plays a significant role in the prevention of more than 3,000 deaths each year. Naloxone is a prescription drug, and because very few companies produce it, the costs have skyrocketed in recent years. Considering it has no potential for abuse and is not difficult to administer, over-the-counter access would open the market and meet the increasing demand. These methods, along with supervised injection sites, have been proven to be effective, through research and in practice. In a paradigm shift away from the criminal justice system and toward a public health approach, federal and state governments have an opportunity to reduce the harms associated with prescription and illegal drug overdose by providing even minimal funding to monitor, research and coordinate prevention programs. There needs to be more awareness Thankfully, New York has set an surrounding this issue, because there are example in the expanding movement cost-effective interventions. With basic by offering immunity from arrest and overdose prevention education, we could prosecution to both witnesses and make a real difference in reducing the the overdose victim. This is especially likelihood of fatal overdose, a tragedy that important on college campuses, where touches too many in the United States. students can report alcohol poisoning without incriminating themselves for — Justin Kalin is an undeclared underage drinking. sophomore. Evidence has also shown that

Enough guilt to go around There is perhaps no issue less understood by the public than the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, though it ironically causes some of the greatest passion and fervor. Cries of anti-semitism, misrepresentations of history and most importantly politics often shape the discussion. But with lives continuing to be lost and another hollow ceasefire hanging in the balance, it’s becoming ever more important to clearly understand what’s going on in the Middle East.

First off, there’s one reality that hangs over the most recent barrage of death and war: Hamas started it. Indeed, if it weren’t for the countless rockets being fired into Israel, aimed at innocent civilians, this most recent conflict never would have arisen in the first place. Second, it’s easy for many to develop an opinion simply by looking at the death tolls, which show a disproportionate burden on the Palestinians. But it’s important to note that Hamas, the leadership in Gaza, has long fed into this trend by employing tactics such as human shields, which involves shooting rockets from heavily populated areas such as hospitals and schools. Moreover, the Israeli army

is one of the best in the world at protecting its citizens, best exemplified by its most recent development: the Iron Dome. Rockets being fired into Israeli population centers can now be intercepted and shot down, currently with a 90 percent success rate. If it wasn’t for the most innovative military protection system currently known to man, you can bet the Israeli death toll would be far higher. Overall, it’s hard to compare the motives of the Palestinian leadership and that of the Israelis. The Israeli Defense Force code of ethics directs all soldiers to act “out of recognition of the supreme value of human life,” which is why they have been known to hand out flyers and make calls to innocent civilians warning them of planned airstrikes. On the other side, Hamas has shown values that are quite opposite. In 2008, Hamas MP Fathi Hammad declared that “for the Palestinian people, death has become an industry.” He added: “We desire death like [the Zionists] desire life.” This complete, utter disregard for human life makes it very difficult to support Hamas amidst this conflict. But that does not tell the whole story. Polls have consistently showed that a majority of Palestinians, as well as Israelis, support some form of a two-state solution. However, both Hamas and the Israeli government seem completely blind to public opinion, creating an enormous disparity

between what it appears the people want and what they actually want.

And although Hamas seems completely unwilling to move towards peace, there has long been support for a plan amongst the much more moderate leadership in the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority. Even so, Israel’s leadership has recently balked at every step, continuing to occupy land, build settlements and reject every chance to sit down and discuss peace. Thus, it is hard to support either side. It is certainly hard to support the violence of Hamas, but it is equally hard to support the oppressive, stubborn and oftentimes arrogant foreign policy of the current Israeli government. With hundreds of lives being lost in an unnecessary conflict, the misleading advocates on both sides are doing far more harm than good. — Jess Coleman is a freshman majoring in human development.

A few weekends ago my day began like no other. I woke up grumpy and I couldn’t find any of my stuff. But luckily, I made it out to the cab I had called at 6:30 a.m. sharp so I wouldn’t be late for work. Easy, right? Wrong.

That’s just not the way Murphy’s Law works. When I stepped out of my house, I saw a little girl in the front seat of the cab and thought, “This is a little strange, but maybe the driver couldn’t find a babysitter.” After all, we are all human. I opened the car door and I was immediately hurled backward by the stench of cigarettes. It was bad. I mean, it was so bad that I think I might have increased my risk of lung cancer by 20,000 percent. Even then, I didn’t mind that much. I mean, I was up, on time to work and feeling good. I should’ve known better. The cab driver then said, “Hey, honey, do you mind if we go to Manley’s?” I awkwardly glanced at the time and stuttered. I mean, I didn’t want to be late. “We won’t be long, I promise. Some guy just tried to attack my daughter and she’s hiding in the gas station.” I’m sorry. What? Turns out the cab driver’s 34-year-old daughter was roaming the streets of Binghamton at 6

a.m. in her cartoon pajamas when “some guy” attacked her. She locked herself in the gas station and naturally, the gas station attendant was hesitant to let her leave. While we were waiting, the cab driver kept me entertained with stories of her multiple family members who have gone missing, some of whom have turned up dead. I’m not kidding. Very “Law and Order: SVU.” Finally, the woman in pajamas came out to the car, swearing up a storm about the guy that attacked her. Her younger sister listened enthusiastically. As we finally made our way to the gym where I work, the little girl told me I was pretty. She asked if I was a student. I answered, “Yes, I am a student. That’s how I got pretty, actually. Please stay in school. Promise me. Please.” This little anecdote is not meant to offend that cab driver or any of her family members. Rather, I think it illustrates a few issues in today’s local culture that need addressing. First and foremost, I am appalled that a young woman was assaulted at 6 in the morning. According to Neighborhood Scout, a company that tracks and reports crime, school and real estate data, Binghamton has a crime index rating of seven. In other words, Binghamton is safer than only 7 percent of all U.S. cities. Second, I am shocked that a young woman was alone on a street that doesn’t have a great reputation to begin with. An argument can be made that this woman shouldn’t have to worry about her safety, and

I agree wholeheartedly. But unfortunately, this is not a perfect world and we need to take informed precautions when it comes to our safety. My solution to the crime and safety issues in Binghamton is simple: education. Children need to be taught how to meander around the city in a safe, secure manner. In addition, they need to be shown the negative effects of choosing to lead a life of crime. Honestly, I fear for the future of the little girl from the cab. Her mother clearly worked very hard to support her family and didn’t have much time left for any sort of home-education. This is not effective.

Schools often offer crime prevention and safety programs, but if students aren’t reminded of these lessons on a daily basis, they aren’t likely to follow them. Children need strong role models both in and out of the classroom. While these issues will not be rectified overnight, a consistent education both at school and at home will eventually decrease them significantly. — Nesh Pillay is a senior majoring in English.

How To: Have a 5 Conversation You see someone you know approaching from the other end of the hall and you’re both on a non-stop trip to the vending machine of your choice, or work — whatever we’re calling it these days. Either way, you both know that you’re not going to have a real conversation. No stops. No exceptions. Sound cruel? Remember, you have things to do. That junk in your trunk isn’t going to pack itself.

Letter to the editor ... To the editor: Although it was my original intention not to comment publicly, I find myself unable to ignore your excuses. You acted in a reckless manner with total disregard for my family. How dare you offer condolences now, when you would not even allow me 12 hours from the time I was notified my child was taken to the hospital to the time you put out your story. This went well beyond your desire to put “apparent suicide” in the headline which you only adjusted after the initial article was put online. This was YOU ignoring the request that you wait until I traveled home to my son, Katie’s younger brother, to inform him of her death. That was my right as a mother to be with my son when

he found out his sister was no longer with us. Yet you took that away from me, and he got to read about his sister in your article as I was still on the road driving home. You could have “informed” the students just as well in 24 hours instead of the barely 12 hours afforded to me. Do not make the mistake of hiding behind “needing to inform,” as that is no excuse for the additional pain you caused my family and her friends. My daughter’s life and my son’s well being were worth the compassion of just a few more hours, yet you felt compelled to ignore that request and rush your headline. Shame on you, Mr. Weintraub. C. Modell parent of Katherine Modell

How to do it: There are many ways this quick interaction can take place; it all depends on what type of person you want to be and how you respond to the simple, “How are you?” 1. If you want to be: Mysterious Opt for the “Oh, you know” and a little wink. If at all possible, say this while doing a quick spin facing this person and taking a few steps backwards (in your planned direction). Casual, yet engaging. You don’t care about what people think; hell, you’re walking backwards. 2. If you want to be: The Downer I would suggest going with the classic long sigh quickly followed by a barely audible “I could be better.” You’ll know you’re successful if they pretend they didn’t hear you and shout over their shoulder, “Great to hear!” 3. If you want to be: The Chatty Kathy “Oh, thanks for asking! Well, Todd and I have actually been looking into a timeshare down in Florida for a while now. I

think I told you that my parents moved down there three years ago. They said it was too cold here! Can you believe it? Too cold! They kill me!” After your initial “thanks for asking,” the likelihood of this person still being in the same hallway as you is slim, but stick with it; you’re doing this for a reason. You’ve almost secured your position as the most feared person in the office. Most feared, you ask? Prompting me to ask, is there anyone else more worth avoiding? 4. If you want to be: Normal You can’t go wrong with “I’m great! You?” And if it’s a long hallway: “Some weather we’re having!”

5. If you want to be: Me Don’t react to the greeting at all until the person has already passed. After five seconds, when it registers, laugh nervously to yourself for being caught off guard. Next, process the information. “What? OH! How am I?” Then, after deciding that thinking is too hard, disregard the actual words and just guess what they asked. With a big smile, look over your shoulder and shout, “NOT MUCH!” — Jillian Kermani is a senior in the Decker School of Nursing.

RELEASE DATE– Friday, March 20, 2009

Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

ACROSS 1 Catch lots of rays? 5 “Dark Angel” star Jessica 9 Positive 14 “May I say something?” 15 Le Sage novel “Gil __” 16 Basket maker’s supply 17 Livestock fence feature 18 Red state? 20 Father of Ishmael 22 Drop a bit 23 Stan Musial wore it 24 Summary 26 “A Yank in the __”: 1941 war film 28 “Yippee!” 31 Perfect 36 Site for a union meeting? 37 Ivy leader 38 Scent 39 Teen’s bane 40 Somewhat soused 41 “Thérèse Raquin” author 42 Anticipatory times 43 Count (on) 44 They’re tightened during hard times 45 It might be heard from one going to court 47 Salon jobs 48 Really got into 49 Check mates? 51 Electrical gap filler 54 Trash 56 Type of motor 60 Blue state? 63 Wasn’t straight 64 Eighth century pope 65 Backspace, perhaps 66 Notion 67 Language suffix? 68 Many a minor 69 Tim of “Private Practice”

DOWN 1 “__ O’Riley”: song by The Who 2 Fictional skipper 3 “An Affair to Remember” costar 4 In a red state? 5 Monastic jurisdiction 6 South American carrier 7 Prohibit 8 Invites 9 Washington State athlete 10 Dangerous snake 11 Carping subjects 12 Liter lead-in 13 Desert antelope 19 Thin out 21 Get wind of 25 Red and blue states? 27 In a blue state? 28 Visibility reducers 29 Pimiento container, possibly 30 Playful swimmer 32 Inappropriately involved

33 Superstars 34 “The Spiderwick Chronicles” actor 35 Rye, for one 37 Mottled 40 Like many Aeschylus works 44 Iceberg alternative 46 Annoying type 47 Writer whose stories inspired “Guys and Dolls”

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Wrestling falls to Army, Rutgers and Illinois in duals After posting an 0-3 record at the 10th Annual Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals on Saturday, the Binghamton University men’s wrestling team is still in search of its first win. But the seemingly disappointing start, coming on the heels of a record-setting season, can at least partially be attributed to a rigorous early schedule.

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The Bearcats opened the weekend with a close meet against Army that came down to a tiebreaker finish and ended in a 16-15 Binghamton loss. BU later dropped its remaining meets to undefeated Rutgers University and fifth-ranked University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, losing 30-9 and 39-10, respectively. “We have one of, if not the toughest strengths of schedule in the country,” Binghamton head coach Matt Dernlan said. “So far it has been a great learning experience and I see us really building our identity. You can either back down from the challenge or embrace it. This is all part of the plan to prepare our guys for March.”

Against Army, each team won five matches, all of which were by decision. The score ended in a 15-15 tie, leaving the final decision up to the NCAA tiebreaker system for dual meets. With neither team receiving a penalty and with no pins, technical falls or major decisions, the decision was based on the fifth criteria of the tiebreak system: the total points added up by each individual match. Army held a 37-36 advantage. “Going forward, we can’t put ourselves in that position,” Dernlan said. “We need to just win.” With a shot at the first win of an important season having slipped through their fingers, the Bearcats had the challenge of forgetting the opening result and responding against two top-tier teams. With Rutgers coming off a blowout win against Columbia University, Binghamton was fighting serious momentum in its second match of the day. Rutgers won all but two matches against BU, although almost every match was close and the Bearcats saw only one wrestler defeated by fall. The final match of the day came against fifth-ranked Illinois, where again, the Bearcats won only two matches for a final score of 39-10. Illinois has dominated each of its opponents this year and looks to make a serious push at the national championship after finishing seventh in the NCAA tournament last year. The most impressive performances from Binghamton on Saturday came from redshirt seniors Donnie Vinson and Nate Schiedel, both of whom remain undefeated on the season. Currently ranked fourth in the 149-pound class according to

InterMat Wrestling and No. 1 by Amateur Wrestling News, Vinson finished the day with two major decisions and a 1-0 victory against 20th-ranked Army senior Daniel Young. “Donnie is no longer a secret,” Dernlan said. “Everybody knows who he is and what he is capable of. It is a new reality, but he is finally embracing the reality that he is one of the best guys in the country.” Concluding the day with a pin, while also adding a technical fall and decision to his undefeated season, seventh-ranked Scheidel had the most dominating performance of the day for the Bearcats. “I’m having a tough time finding an area that needs to be addressed with Scheidel’s performance,” Dernlan said. “He is wrestling exactly where he needs to be.” Other wins for the Bearcats came from senior Derek Steeley and sophomores Joe Bonaldi and Tyler Deuel, all of whom won by decision against Army. The Bearcats are scheduled to face another tough test with a visit to University of Oklahoma this Sunday for a dual meet against the 10th-ranked Sooners. Oklahoma has five top-20 ranked wrestlers, according to InterMat. An epic rubber match between Vinson and Oklahoma redshirt junior Nick Lester is set to highlight the day. Lester beat Vinson in the first round of the NCAA tournament last March before Vinson defeated him later on in the tournament en route to finishing third and becoming an AllAmerican. The meet is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Howard McCasland Field House.

The new-look Binghamton University women’s basketball team is still struggling to fit the pieces into place. The Bearcats (05) fell to Belmont University on Nov. 20, 66-47, before returning home on Saturday to suffer their first-ever loss to Siena College, 62-44. At Belmont (2-4), Binghamton came out cold, shooting 1-for-10 from the field and falling behind 11-3 in the game’s first eight minutes. A pair of jump shots from freshman guard Kandace Newry cut the deficit to six, and the Bearcats eventually pulled within four, 23-19, later in the half. But the Bruins cruised into halftime on a 6-1 run, and the Bearcats wouldn’t recover. Binghamton suffered its worst shooting performance of the year, posting a 28.8 percent mark from the floor while connecting on only two three-pointers. “I thought we had moments where we played pretty well and I thought we competed hard and then it was kind of a lapse and [we] had some turnovers and shots that didn’t fall for us,” Binghamton head coach Nicole Scholl said. “I thought we were right in it up until the second half with probably about 10 minutes to go, and then we kind of let it slip away and slide away from us.” Freshman forward Morgan Murphy led the Bearcats with 10 points, while sophomore forward Sherae Swinson and junior guard Vaneeshia Paulk added nine apiece. On Saturday, Binghamton experienced another season worst, this time in turnovers. Siena (2-3), who entered the game averaging 23 forced turnovers per contest, got the Bearcats to commit 27 en route to its first-ever win over BU. Siena sophomore guard Tehresa Coles led the Saints with six steals in 30 minutes of play. “Obviously 27 turnovers is way too many for anyone, and you’re not going to win very many games with that amount,” Scholl said. “And this team is still

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Morgan Murphy was one of three freshmen to earn a start for Binghamton on Saturday after leading the team with 10 points against Belmont last Tuesday.

in the process of trying to find themselves, and with the young players, meshing them in, and building on that process, and we’re getting there I think.” The Bearcats found themselves with a 17-12 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half, but in the next six and a half minutes Siena forced five turnovers and put up 14 points while holding Binghamton to just three. The Saints would enter halftime up 28-24. Siena’s momentum carried over into the second half, when the Saints embarked on a 12-3 run that lasted the first five and a half minutes and put them up 4027. The Saints never looked back, holding a double-figure lead for the game’s remaining minutes. Three freshmen made their way onto Binghamton’s starting lineup for the first time since February 2003. After playing just one minute in the Belmont game, freshman guard Jasmine Golden

led the team with 13 points in her first career start. The rookie had the team’s only three-pointer. “I thought [Golden] played very well for her first start and really for her first amount of significance minutes,” Scholl said. “She did some nice things, she was able to handle the basketball for us, she had some scoring opportunities she took advantage of. She’s still getting involved in our system and learning things as she goes, but I thought overall for her first start in there I thought she did a nice job.” Junior guard Jasbriell Swain contributed 12 points, a teamhigh eight rebounds and a gamehigh four assists. Murphy, one of the three freshmen starters, chipped in with eight points. Binghamton is set to return to action tonight against Canisius College. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Events Center.

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For the first time in over a year, the Binghamton University men’s basketball team has won back-to-back games. The Bearcats (2-4) took care of Division III opponent Marywood University on Saturday night, 76-51, in front of a crowd of 3,604 at the Events Center. With the victory, Binghamton has strung together two straight wins for the first time since January 2011. Marywood (1-3) came out shooting in the first half, knocking down 42.3 percent of its attempts from the field and draining 50 percent of its threepointers. Nine turnovers committed by the Bearcats would keep the game close, as Binghamton carried a 39-30 lead into halftime. “I think we were going through the motions a little bit in the first half,” Binghamton head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “The reality of it was we weren’t playing as hard as we needed to play in the first half. Marywood took advantage of it, especially with a spurt late in the first half, made it a game, which allowed us to really refocus at halftime, and then we came out in the second half and took care of business.” Out of the break, Binghamton started to pull away with a 12-0 run in the

first five minutes. While the Bearcats only managed a 39.4 percent clip from the field in the second half, they held the Pacers to 17.2 percent on 5-of-29 shooting. Of the 11 players to get minutes for Binghamton, 10 of them scored at least two points. “We’re trying to settle into a group of eight or nine,” Dempsey said. “Those answers aren’t definitive yet … I’m trying to get a look at some different guys and I’ll continue to do that over the first half of the season and hopefully we’ll get settled in soon to who our group is. I don’t think we’re deep enough to play 10, 11 guys, so I’m just trying to figure out who the top eight or nine are and kind of go from there.” With 8:57 left to play, the Bearcats’ lead topped out at 34 points after junior forward Brian Freeman converted consecutive layups in a 22-second span. Binghamton had a chance to win by an even larger margin, leaving points on the board with missed free throws. After the 12-of-24 performance at the line on Saturday, Dempsey’s team now has a 60 percent mark from the charity stripe through six games. Sixteen turnovers was a cause for concern for the Bearcats, but they did force 19 turnovers and outscored the Pacers 30-15 on lost possessions.

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Binghamton also outscored Marywood on second chance opportunities, 23-9. With a rare chance to exploit a size advantage, the Bearcats dominated the boards against a smaller Marywood team, tallying 51 rebounds to the Pacers’ 35. BU also pulled down 21 offensive boards in the contest. “Put a couple wins together in a row, certainly helps your belief system,” Dempsey said. “We’ll try to keep giving ourselves a chance every night and hopefully if you’re in the games night-in and night-out, you’ll find a way to win your share.” Freshman guard Jordan Reed continued to impress on Friday night. In his fourth collegiate game, Reed led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in just 23 minutes of action. The double-double was his third of the season. Senior guard Jimmy Gray scored 15 points on five three-pointers and added seven assists. In his first start of the season, senior forward Javon Ralling pulled down 11 rebounds. The Bearcats will try to keep things rolling on Wednesday night when they are scheduled to travel to Philadelphia for a matchup with University of Pennsylvania. The Quakers (1-5), led by juniors Miles Cartwright and Fran Dougherty, have lost five consecutive games since their season-opening win against University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Nov. 9. “They have two really good players and a lot of other guys who are young and talented and still trying to prove Jonathan Heisler/Photo Editor themselves at this level, and they’re The Bearcats forced 19 turnovers in Saturday's win over Marywood, outscoring the Pacers 30-15 on going to get a lot better,” Dempsey said. lost possessions. “A lot of times when you’re young and you’re playing against a really hard schedule, it’s hard to find wins early. Binghamton senior forward Taylor against Penn, barring any setbacks. They’re probably in must-win mode in Johnston and junior forward Roland Tipoff at The Palestra is scheduled this game on Wednesday, so we’ll have Brown, who both sat out with sprained for 7 p.m. to be really good.” ankles against Marywood, are set to play

BEARCAT BRIEFS Volleyball slated to face PSU in NCAA tourney By Melissa Edelblum | Contributing Writer After upsetting No. 1-seed University at Albany in straight sets to clinch the America East Conference championship, the Binghamton University volleyball team is scheduled to face Pennsylvania State University in the NCAA tournament on Friday. The Nittany Lions rank No. 1 nationally with a 27-2 record. The 64-team bracket was announced over the weekend in a 30-minute selection show aired on ESPNU. This will mark the third time Binghamton has faced Penn State in as many tournament appearances. The Nittany Lions, who have won five national championships, disposed of Binghamton (13-17, 8-4 AE) the last

time the teams met in the first round of the 2009 tournament en route to that year’s title. The Nittany Lions swept the Bearcats in 2005 and 2009. “It’s fun playing the top seed,” Binghamton head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “It’s fun to see how we stack up against the best. We’re looking forward to the opportunity and we’re going to play them the best that we can.” The winner of Friday’s tilt will play the winner of the first round match between Yale University and Bowling Green State University next weekend. Binghamton’s first round match is set for 7:30 p.m. in University Park, Pa.

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Men's swim ranked No. 21 in Mid-Major poll By Megan Brockett | Sports Editor

For the third consecutive year, the Binghamton University men’s swimming and diving team has found itself among the nation’s top-25 Mid-Major Division I programs, according to this season’s first poll. The Bearcats landed at No. 21 on the poll after being slated at No. 25 in 2010 and No. 24 in 2011. Open to schools not belonging to a BCS conference, the Mountain West Conference or schools that provide less than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules, the poll is based upon a system that takes a school’s submission of its best lineup and converts times into points. Princeton

University earned the poll’s top spot with 227.88 points, while Binghamton garnered a total of 202.72 points. Binghamton (0-3) is winless thus far after facing a slew of elite competition to open its season. Reigning America East champion Boston University and six-time defending Atlantic 10 champion University of Massachusetts Amherst, ranked No. 10 in the poll, appeared as the Bearcats’ first two dual opponents. Two weekends ago, Binghamton finished fifth out of seven at the Bucknell Invitational. Binghamton is scheduled to return to Kinney Natatorium for a dual against Bucknell University at 1 p.m. on Saturday.




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