The great space race
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Runners sport their jammies in a race around the Brain
PIPE DREAM Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | Binghamton University | www.bupipedream.com | Vol. LXXXII, Issue 23
ROTC looks to grow along with campus The relatively low-profile Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Binghamton University is trying to expand in size and reputation, alongside a campus trying to accomplish the same thing. Senior military science instructor Adam Ciacelli, who has run the ROTC program since September, said that the growing population at BU is forcing the program to adapt itself to fit the changing needs of the students. “One of the challenges that we’ve found is transitioning to a growing, up-and-coming university, being able to outreach to new programs, to new students that are coming on board and being able to assist them with scholarships and being able to sell our brand as something that’s viable to help them and accomplish their goal,” Ciacelli said. Ciacelli estimated that the ROTC program has grown by three or four students in the past five to 10 years, but according to the Office of Internal Research, the University itself has grown by 1,500 undergraduate students since 2002. “It’s a growing campus, and our program hasn’t grown with the population,” Ciacelli said. Despite this, BU’s program, with 22 enrolled cadets, is the largest out of the Cornell Excelsior group, which also
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Members of Binghamton ROTC pose with their flag after a mid-day practice. Binghamton ROTC is the largest organization in the Cornell Excelsior group, which also includes Cornell University, Elmira College, Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland.
includes Cornell University, Elmira College, Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland. ROTC at BU offers three to four scholarships per graduating class to students contracting a “one to one” active duty commitment, meaning that a four-year scholarship from ROTC
will equate to a four-year commitment as a full-time officer in the Army, according to Ciacelli. There is nearly an unlimited number of Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty scholarships available to students who opt for a “one to two” commitment, in which a four-
year scholarship is matched by an eight-year commitment to the Reserves, enabling students to use their degrees after college in a civilian job while still working for the army on a part-time basis. There is, however, an option available that will enable more students to become a part of
the program through degreespecific scholarships that are separate from the limited number of general active duty scholarships. “We offer mechanical engineering, engineering,
The national president of Alpha Chi Rho (AXP) fraternity is closing the Binghamton University chapter in response to the hazing allegations made by disaffiliated member Matthew Opramolla. The chapter has 30 days to appeal the decision, during which time they are under summary suspension, according to a press release from AXP headquarters. Former BU AXP president Zach Stein, who stepped down in mid-October after he and Opramolla were arrested during a police raid of the AXP off-campus residence, said his chapter intends to follow through with an appeal. “Our No. 1 focus is appealing and getting our charter back,” Stein said. “We’re just going to highlight all the good things we’re trying to do.” He said he believes the chapter will be successful in its appeal, but only one chapter has successfully appealed a decision in the last 20 years, according to a representative of the AXP
Chabad gives record-breaking a whirl
Sergeant Benjamin Anthony, a reservist in the Israeli Defense Forces, wore a sharp, gray suit when he took the podium Monday, but spoke with the booming and authoritative voice of a soldier as he discussed his experiences on and off the frontline. Anthony, founder of Our Soldiers Speak, made it clear from the start that he was not just a speaker. “I’m here as one soldier speaking of my experiences in uniform,” Anthony said. He told the audience of more than 70 students about a traumatic childhood experience where he and his brothers were attacked for being Jewish. “These thugs left home that day with the intention to remove a Jew from this Earth,” Anthony said. The attack left Anthony and his eldest brother severely injured, and his two youngest brothers traumatized. He related this experience to his belief that Israel is the only place in the world where he
As the semester’s end draws near and life seems to be spinning out of control, Chabad is inviting students to drop their books and attempt to earn a place in the “Guinness Book of World Records.” Chabad will host 700 students at the “Dreidel Spin-Off” on Dec. 10 in the hopes of setting a record for the most dreidels spinning simultaneously. Learning from earlier attempts to set this record that were not properly documented, Chabad organizers researched the exact requirements to break the record, which include having witnesses and
— Gary Wilber Member of CoRE
photographic evidence. “At Chabad, we are always looking for new, innovative and exciting ways to celebrate our holidays and traditions,” said Rabbi Levi Slonim, Chabad’s director of programming. “Students are very enthusiastic about this idea of breaking a world record.” According to Lucy Schwartz, Chabad major programs coordinator, it has been a challenge to recruit 700 people for the Spin-Off. Chabad plans to meet their goal by “reaching out to specific organizations, clubs, sports teams, and Greek Life groups and having them pre-register.” Chabad welcomes anyone to sign up to be a part of the SpinOff, and is offering a poster and a chance to be in the Guinness
Two Binghamton University computer science majors battled Dropbox in real time last night and early this morning, trying to register enough fake Dropbox accounts using BMail addresses to win BU students extra storage space on the online file syncing service. Dropbox — which allows users to store files online and have them readily available on
Book to anyone who signs up and guarantees that five people from their organization will attend.
— Kara Dinowitz BU sophomore
be in the world record book?” said Kara Dinowitz, an event organizer and a sophomore majoring in English. Schwartz agreed and said that student groups will want their names in the Guinness book. “It is really an awesome opportunity to put your organization’s name out there,” said Schwartz, a junior majoring in English. The event will feature free food including latkes, donuts and hot apple cider at the afterparty, as well as a performance by the Binghamton Crosbys. “So many students are working hard to ensure that
“We’re making history, and who wouldn’t want to
every computer they use — is hosting a competition among colleges to see which school can attract the most users. Each student user from the winning university receives 25 extra gigabytes of storage space free for two years. Gary Wilber and Chaoren Lin, roommates living in CoRE, used virtual computers to run a program that automatically registered new accounts and installed the Dropbox software, netting Binghamton points in the contest. They began coding
after they suspected students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology of cheating. By Monday afternoon, BU had triple the points of MIT, who had more registered users than registered students, which indicated that they were likely cheating the system. “It felt awesome [surpassing MIT], we — us on the CoRE floor — counted down as we were exceeding them in points,” Wilber said. “Eventually we got double their points, then triple.”
Other BU Records Although this event will be the first of its kind to go in the Guinness Book, BU is no stranger to breaking records. In 1981, Lisa D’Amato set the world record for the world’s longest shower, lasting from 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, November 5th until 6:21 p.m. on Tuesday November 10th in Hinman College’s Smith Hall. Two math professors set a record by taking the concept of a magic square to the ninth level. In March, Chabad hosted Shabbat 1500, which broke the record for the largest Shabbat dinner in the United States with 1,575 people in attendance.
Although MIT students posted a blog post boasting of cheating, their points remain untouched, but BU’s points were reset around 11:00 p.m. on Monday. Wilber hinted that this may be because the CEOs of Dropbox are MIT graduates. Shortly afterward Wilber restarted the bot, and BU began to creep toward first again. About a half-hour later, Dropbox added CAPTCHAs to the email verification to sort
Sleepwear doubles as workout apparel for charity runners Pajama-clad competitors tested their endurance, speed and bedtime fashion in a grueling race around the Brain on Sunday. Dickinson Community resident assistants organized the “Holiday Pajama Fun Run,” which drew seven fierce competitors to fight for the decorated honor of first place. The $3 suggested donation for the run, which lapped the circular walking path surrounding the inner academic part of campus, benefited prostate cancer research, as decided by the event’s organizers. After claiming the firstplace title by a large margin, Konner Smith, an undeclared freshmen, boasted about his win. “The other competitors were in my dust,” Smith said. Smith edged out his opponents with a time of eight minutes and 34 seconds, almost two minutes faster than second best. Dressed comfortably in flannel long johns and his high school track sweatshirt, Smith also bragged about his outfit. “These pants have more of a pop than my competitors’ outfits,” he said. The stress of the competition was high for some, while other competitors left the event satisfied to have had a chance to show off their fashionable racing pajamas. Coming in a close third place, Joe Howard, a sophomore majoring in computer science,
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Runners participate in Binghamton University’s Holiday Pajama Fun Run on Sunday. The event was held to benefit prostate cancer research.
swore the rigged.
— Joe Howard BU sophomore
“Someone should check that guy out!” Howard said, pointing to the winner.
Runners competed wearing a variety of pajamas, including plain and plaid long johns, comfortable-looking sweatshirts, Ugg boots, a backpack and even Spongebob Christmas long johns, worn by Stephanie Artusa, the runner who claimed first place in the female category. Artusa, a senior in the Decker School of Nursing, said she had a tough decision choosing between the long johns and her New York Giants sweatpants. Though he wasn’t the fastest runner, Howard believed he knocked out the competition with his wardrobe choice. “Everyone should wear
flannels all the time. My buffalo plaid is kind of killing the competition right here,” Howard said. “I may have lost the race, but I am winning in fashion.” Smith said all of the participants received “some pretty weird looks along the way.” Both female and male firstplace winners received a gift basket with Frosted Flakes, power bars and Tostitos donated by an anonymous friend to the cause. Bryan Gitto, an RA in Rafuse Hall, and Alex Zoitos, an RA in Digman Hall, both seniors majoring in accounting, organized the event.
“They are trying to set a goal within the time and beat their goal,” Gitto said. “That is something that we preach.” Several of the runners decided to take it slow on their journey around the Brain. After 20 minutes had elapsed, the crowd watching the race began to wonder where the runners were. Right before the remaining runners became visible to the race’s spectators, Zoitos received a text message from a runner informing the event’s attendees that they were “on
their way.” As they finally appeared in the distance, marked by Artusa’s bright yellow Spongebob pants, Zoitos could have sworn they were carrying food. “We made a stop at Denny’s,” Artusa joked. Competition was stiff at the Holiday Pajama Fun Run, but all competitors displayed good sportsmanship toward their opponents, complimenting one another’s hip outfits and finishing up the race with a smile on everyone’s face.
P.U.L.S.E. empowers BU women
Do you have what it takes? science and technical scholarships for students that have a mathematical or science based degree set aside just for them so they can join and be an active member of the ROTC,” Ciacelli said. “So for recruitment purposes we sit on a growing campus that we have not even touched as far as maximizing the potential for scholarships and the program.” Ciacelli said that color guard events like those held on Veteran’s Day, which ROTC runs with University President Harvey Stenger, help the program have a presence on campus. ROTC is also acquiring permanent classroom space in the Appalachian Collegiate Center to hold classes required for first- and second-year cadets. “For the first two years, it’s open to all of campus without any obligation to the military,” Ciacelli said. “It’s free of charge, and it could end up paying you large dividends.” Ciacelli noted that not everyone can make the same commitments, and recruitment is different for each cadet, something ROTC tries to respect. “This program is not cookie cutter, and each person brings something new and unique to the Army, to the ROTC and to Binghamton campus, so that can’t be ignored,” Ciacelli said. Tanvir Kalam, a senior majoring in Arabic, said that although he has had to make sacrifices for ROTC, it has been an “enriching” experience that has made him more organized, determined and professional. “Being an ROTC cadet and a student at the same time is a juggling act, a feat in time management and being able to function without
First and second year ROTC cadets get up for physical training sessions at 6:20 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday to keep up the standards required by the Army and get ready for bi-annual physical fitness evaluations. Workouts include lifting 20-30 lb kettlebells on Mondays, team building exercises and athletic competitions on Wednesdays, and cardiovascular and endurance exercises on Fridays. “Soldiers need to be fit to fight, and officers are expected to be more fit than the average soldier, and that’s what are cadets are training to be as officers in the military. They’re held to higher standards,” said Adam Ciacelli, Senior Military Science Instructor for ROTC. Cadets who cannot meet these requirements are evaluated and may be put on special dietary plans or required to attend remedial physical training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. In cases where cadets cannot meet even the most minimal requirements, the Army requires that they be stripped of their scholarships.
Binghamton University’s Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate (P.U.L.S.E.) organization taught young women how to shatter the glass ceiling at the second annual Women’s Educating, Elevating and Empowering Conference (WE3) on Saturday. The conference included a keynote speaker, a networking intermission and a panel of successful women from various career fields to give professional advice to those who attended. “The event is mainly catering to women of color on campus and within the community to provide an atmosphere for networking, professionalism and education,” P.U.L.S.E. vice president Shaneira DaSilva said. DaSilva said they wanted to help the women in attendance to learn skills that could help them achieve their goals. “The goal we want to leave the conference with is they can be a leader even if they’re just a student and leave them with tips to better their progress in and after college,” DaSilva said. The event began with an hour-long brunch at noon, which served as an opportunity for the 30
attendees to mingle and speak to the panel of successful women as well as the keynote speaker, Diane Lange. Lange, a leadership coach and consultant for her own Binghamton-based company, Proclivity, spoke about having visions for the future, personal values, developing one’s skills and knowledge, building relationships and being inspirational and influential in order to be a successful leader. Lange ended her presentation by quoting Carl Bard when she said, “No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” She said she believes that the ability to inspire and consistently live up to one’s values is a key component to having a successful career and being a successful leader. As a leadership coach, Lange said she enjoys working with young women to develop to their leadership skills. “People need to understand what needs to be done to be a good leader,” Lange said. “I started gathering the concepts that were consistent in all leadership material, which were having a vision, values and the ability to inspire. I basically cleaned it down
to those key skills.” Professor Juanita Díaz-Cotto, one of the panelists and director of the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies program at BU, said she appreciated Lange’s presentation. “I gained more self knowledge about how I need to change my behavior to be supportive of others while achieving common goals,” Díaz-Cotto said. During the panel, participants spoke about their career choices and career development process and gave advice on developing leadership qualities. Tamarra Strawn, another panelist and an attorney specializing in family and public law, said it is important to incorporate one’s passion into one’s future career. “It’s important to keep balance with things that you like instead of going with the flow,” Strawn said. BU alumnus Shornda Cadore, class of 2001, a panelist and procurement manager at Pratt and Whitney Corporation, said people need to work hard to be successful. “It’s not just about getting a job that makes a lot of money,” Cadore said. “Sometimes it’s also about making it work and taking action to pursue a career.”
Requirements Women: 17 push-ups 45 sit-ups 17.5 min 2 mile run
adequate sleep,” Kalam wrote in an email. “There have been dozens of instances where I haven’t been able to go out with my friends due to an Army commitment the next morning.” Kalam likes ROTC’s low profile on campus. “I think ROTC keeps a low key on campus simply because it is so small; and to
Men: 42 push-ups 54 sit-ups 15.5 min 2 mile run
be honest I see nothing wrong with that,” Kalam said. “All my close friends know that I’m in it and that’s enough for me. I am fine with its level of recognition now around campus, [if it was any] more, or less, popular I don’t think it would have an effect on the lives of the cadets involved.”
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Diane Lange speaks about leadership at an event hosted by Binghamton University’s Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate. The second annual Women’s Educating, Elevating and Empowering Conference took place Saturday in the Mandela Room.
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Pipe Line Percussion Ensemble to perform Tuesday The Binghamton University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Julie Licata, will perform at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall. The program will include “Opening Remarks” by Jeffrey Smith, “Gilded Cage” by Susan Powell, “Rotation #4” by Eric Sammut, featuring a marimba solo, “Living Room Music” by John Cage and “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber, arranged by Julie Licata. The program will conclude with “No Exit” by Lynn Glassock. Concert tickets will be available at the door and are $6 for general public, $3 for faculty, staff and seniors, and free for students.
Fires increase due to Sandy The FDNY responded to about 37 percent more fires last month. Officials blame the spike on the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The FDNY battled 273 serious fires in November, compared to 200 logged in the same month last year. Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said there is a big push to prevent fires as the weather gets colder. A major focus will be the hard-hit coastal regions of Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. Many of the storm-related blazes have been caused by electrical malfunctions, unattended candles and improper use of generators. In some cases, people had left objects on top of stoves, which went on when power was restored.
Cuomo seeks $42 billion from Congress for Sandy relief Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with members of Congress in the hopes of receiving billions of dollars in federal aid to help New York recover from Superstorm Sandy. Cuomo’s schedule Monday afternoon was filled with meetings in Washington with several Senate and House leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The governor was joined at some of the meetings by New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmen Pete King, Michael Grimm and Bob Turner. A Cuomo administration official said on Friday that the governor will be asking Congress for $42 billion in aid to help the state recover from the late-October storm.
Former president remains hospitalized Former President George H.W. Bush remains in a Houston hospital, where he is being treated for a painful, lingering bronchitis-related cough, and there is no timeline for his release, according to his spokesman. Initially, aides had said the 88-year-old and 41st president would be released from the hospital over the weekend. But he has a “nagging cough” and “we don’t have any idea when he’ll be released,” Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said. Bush has been in and out of the hospital for treatment of the cough since last month. The former president also has a form of Parkinson’s disease that forces him to use a wheelchair or motorized scooter.
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Dylan Mahon, a senior double-majoring in computer science and Arabic, participates in Binghamton University’s Club Sports Hurricane Sandy Relief dodgeball tournament. The event was held in the East Gym, with each team playing in 20-minute increments against opposing teams.
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The skit was interlaced with performances by Binghamton Masti, Quimbamba, Binghamton Bhangra and New York Masti, an a cappella group from NYC, which added to the storyline. Allison Janos, a sophomore double-majoring in Arabic and Spanish, said she was struck by the intricacy of the costumes. “It was beautiful,” Janos said. “It was really cool to see the different cultures and the different costumes and dances.”
fighting in front of blindfolded pledges and crossing pledges following the suspension of the chapter. Dean of Students April Thompson declined to comment further, but insisted that the University’s findings will be made public once the investigation is concluded.
— Allison Janos BU sophomore
The University will continue to investigate the allegations of hazing involving Alpha Chi Rho as well as individual students, according to Kane. In a previous interview with Pipe Dream, Opramolla said that the violations he reported to the Dean of Students Office included first-semester pledging, brothers physically
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Two brothers clashed in a battle of song and spice during the Indian International Student Union’s biggest show of the year, “Tamasha: The Spice is Right.” About 300 people attended the event in the Osterhout Concert Theater to see dances, an a cappella performance and a fashion show woven into a comical skit about two brothers in search of the topsecret recipe left to them by their deceased father.
The story followed two very different brothers, Anish and Arjun Kapoor — one is the father’s biological son, the other adopted; one moved to America, the other remained in India. Differences between the brothers and families were shown by the brothers’ bitter dialogue, costumes and the use of accents. The family members from India had Indian accents and clothing while the Indian-American family had American accents and wore jeans. As the story progressed, the brothers discovered more about their father’s past while dealing with their own problems and Arjun’s wacky servant, Ankit. They found out that their father, Pappu, had to dance to win the heart of Tina, the girl of his dreams. The plot’s emphasis on dancing allowed the dancers to weave their way into the skit and onto the stage. The story concluded with Anish and Arjun reconciling their differences and obtaining the secret recipe, despite speed bumps produced by their father’s nemesis, Rajiv. Dance and attire were central to the performances. Each group donned outfits relative to its specific style; New York Masti wore simpler outfits, composed of jeans, blazers and the like, but groups like Binghamton Bhangra wore elaborate costumes to complement their dancing. A fashion show following the skit showcased the style of modern-day Indian-American students.
national organization. Opramolla, a junior majoring in English, declined to comment at his lawyer’s recommendation. In accordance with University policy, AXP will not be allowed to continue operations on campus without a national sponsor.
“We will be reviewing appropriate next steps regarding University recognition of Alpha Chi Rho in light of the national decision,” said Terrence Kane, interim senior adviser to the president, in a statement to Pipe Dream. “We understand that there is an appeal period and will await the results of any appeal action.”
Sgt. Anthony recounts experience can feel safe because he is Jewish, and not in spite of it. “We are totally free, but it does not come without cost, not without a sacrifice,” Anthony said. “And as a citizen soldier, I know about that cost.” Anthony, a heavy machine gunner, said that the choices soldiers make on the frontline are black and white, and that their opinions and beliefs no longer matter. “You stand fast and the people behind you live, or you fail and some of those people die,” Anthony said. He discussed various Israeli conflicts, including Operation Pillar of Defense. Anthony considered the situation ironic. “Today, rockets can fall on Jerusalem, a city these terrorists say they love,” Anthony said. While Anthony was speaking, protesters entered the event, chanting “We will never support apartheid!” Anthony instructed attendants to ignore them, and they were quickly removed by police security. Following the interruption, Anthony continued, saying that there is a good reason to fight.
“In this world — there are some things that are worth dying for,” Anthony said. “Typically, they are the same things worth living for.” Although not everyone has the opportunity to fight, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a responsibility toward Israel, according to Anthony.
— Benjamin Anthony Israeli sergeant
“If you’re not going to die for Israel, you better live for Israel,” Anthony said. One student asked what Anthony thinks is the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He didn’t have an answer. “I don’t know the solution, but I’m fortunate that I am not a politician,” Anthony said. Anthony’s talk was hosted by the Binghamton University
Zionist Organization (BUZO) and the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). Lucy Schwartz, education chair of BUZO and CAMERA fellow, said she wished there was a more productive discussion with the hecklers. “I wish they had asked questions instead of yelling,” Schwartz said. “It would be wonderful to have a peaceful discussion.” She said the talk was a huge success. “The event went beautifully, people were captivated the whole time,” Schwartz said. Jasmine Patihi, president of BUZO, said Anthony was a great speaker. “I think it went really well, Benjamin was very deliberate and articulate,” said Patihi, a senior double-majoring in Judaic studies and politics, philosophy and law. Dorothy Manevich, a junior double-majoring in history and political science, found Anthony’s story touching. “As someone who is a Jewish-American, I don’t really identify as a Zionist, but he pulled on some heartstrings,” Manevich said.
Students will spin for the win the Dreidel Spin-Off will be a success,” Schwartz said. The event is the final push for Chabad’s annual toy drive. The toys collected will be sent to children during the holidays through Chai Lifeline, a charity that provides aid to children with cancer. The toy drive, co-sponsored by SDT sorority and SAE fraternity, will attempt to raise $10,000 for the organization. “This event serves as a great way to be part of history while having fun and giving back to the community at the same time,” Slonim said. Since Chanukah falls completely within the
semester this year, the SpinOff and the culmination of the toy drive are meant to be a large-scale, fun event for the student body at Chabad’s Chanukah Bash celebration. Although this event will be the first of its kind to go in the Guinness book, BU is no stranger to breaking records. In 1981, Lisa D’Amato set the world record for the world’s longest shower, lasting from 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 until 6:21 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Hinman College’s Smith Hall. Two math professors also set a record by taking the concept of a magic square to the ninth level. In March, Chabad hosted
Shabbat 1500, which broke the record for the largest Shabbat dinner in the United States with 1,575 people in attendance. Lani Levi, an undeclared sophomore who is helping to run the Dreidel Spin-Off, said she is confident that Chabad will break another record with this event. “If we can get 1,500 people to the Events Center on a Friday night, then we can definitely get 700 to the Union on a Monday,” Levi said. Students interested in participating can sign up on Chabad’s website.
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The Binghamton Poetry Project hosted an evening of poetry readings on Friday to celebrate the accomplishments and works of its participants. The event showcased the work of five children, five teenagers from the Boys and Girls Club in Binghamton and adults from the Binghamton area. Roughly 60 people attended. According to Nicole Santalucia, founder of the program and a graduate student studying creative writing, the Binghamton Poetry Project (BPP) is a literary outreach program that teaches people to read and write creatively. BPP is sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers and supported financially by the Binghamton University English department and the Broome County Arts Council United Cultural Fund. The poems shared at the event were the culmination of weeks of participation at the free workshops organized by Santalucia. “A year ago in the spring I started to reach out to the Broome County Library and formed a relationship with them [over] the summer,” Santalucia said. “I got my colleagues involved with teaching with me. So I do all of the grant writing, all of the relationships with the community, like organizations to get things set up and then I get my colleagues, who are talented poets and instructors, to go in and help me lead the workshops.” People of all ages and with various levels of poetry knowledge could attend the workshops, which took place once a week for
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Joe Montalbo, a member of the Broome County Public Library, reads his poetry Friday night at the fall Binghamton Poetry Project. Friday’s event in Science Building 1 featured original poetry from members of the Binghamton Boys & Girls Club, the Broome County Public Library and the YWCA.
five weeks. The workshop leaders incorporated writing prompts, reading and interpreting poems, crafting poems and learning about formal poetic techniques into their lesson plans. According to Santalucia, BPP benefits marginalized children, teens and women in Broome County. “[It offers] them a structured creative outlet, the opportunity to create art, a sense of artistic integrity, as well as an opportunity to gain a better understanding of what poetry is and how it benefits cultures,” Santalucia said. Prior to reading their poems, some of the participants explained the personal significance behind their works. Michael Modica, an adult reader and former Broome Community College student, said he was inspired to write more frequently by the poetry club. “It just started coming out every week,” Modica said. “I’m going through a lot of trauma — post-traumatic stress. So it’s just been very helpful for me. It keeps me busy.”
Dante DiStefano, an English teacher at Union-Endicott High School and one of the workshop leaders, agreed with the positive sentiments about BPP. “[Through BPP] you get to meet great people, like Mike and Melanie, you wouldn’t otherwise get to meet, and just talk about poetry, which we’re all very passionate about, and some of the people in the workshop are just starting out with poetry, some people have been writing it for years and haven’t had an outlet to investigate it further — so you have people from all levels,” DiStefano said. ”You have people that are very young, people that are high school students, little kids.” DiStefano acknowledged the impact BPP has had not just creatively, but socially. “We have all this stuff with the campus being separated from the community — this is one of those efforts to bring those two worlds together and you can see what the fruits of it are here,” DiStefano said.
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Record Label Spotlight: The best English rock is at 4AD Jonathan Finkelstein | Release In 1979, rock was at a transitional point. Punk had packed its torn bags and left town, paving the way in America and the United Kingdom for postpunk, an elusive category that simultaneously captured the sounds of Joy Division, The Cure, The Talking Heads and Sonic Youth. That year, Ivo Watts-Russel and Peter Kent created 4AD, an alternative rock label in England, as a starting point for the talented innovators of the first generation after purist punk worship. Today, the label exists as a driving taste-maker in contemporary experimental rock while also proudly preserving its impressive history of relationships with some of the legendary shoegaze and dream-pop artists of the ’80s and ’90s. 4AD’s catalog illustrates the old standard for record label culture: musicians seeking other musicians who share
Kieran Mcmanus | Release Dinosaur Jr., the band that helped pave the way for the alternative movement of the ‘90s, recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of their critically acclaimed “You’re Living All Over Me” in NYC with special guests such as Sonic Youth members Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo, Pixies front man Black Francis and The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. For those unfamiliar with Dinosaur Jr., their 1987 album “You’re Living All Over Me,” characterized by high-gain, heavy feedback-fueled melodic guitar lines, was only its second. Their name is ridiculous, but so are they, championing a slacker ethos and relaxed attitude. Originally founded in Amherst, Mass. in 1984 as a hardcore punk band, Dinosaur Jr. has consistently produced a lo-fi, loud-soft dynamic sound that
similar aesthetic visions. While Universal (then MCA), Epic and Warner Brothers often signed huge acts like Michael Jackson and Madonna, 4AD searched through the ’80s and early ’90s for artists that took tropes from pop and rock music and made them surreal and outlandish. The label’s origins were saturated by the newfound, reverb-heavy dream-pop and shoegaze of the early 1980s. Scottish act Cocteau Twins and British band Bauhaus built a distinct sound and look that exploded in the underground niches of England and America, fortified by 4AD’s funding. Grainy album art of surrealistic landscapes replaced the confrontational imagery of the ’70s while vocals and lyrical content retreated behind walls of thundering noise and synthetic loops. Prototypes of Goth and New Wave culture sprung from the ’80s 4AD artists, whose hairstyles looked like David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” and eye shadow was anything but subtle.
The label didn’t stop with a one-dimensional genre, however; they signed the Pixies in the late ’80s, who released “Surfer Rosa” and “Doolittle,” now high watermarks in alternative rock history. And while Frank Black searched for his mind in a maelstrom of emotional guitar, Throwing Muses and Colourbox were making delightfully strange dream worlds out of classic rock that still feel fresh today. Today, the 4AD legacy is one that mixes the specificity of the old world of the music industry signing process with a restless hunger for new sonic territory. Right now, 4AD is home to Gang Gang Dance, Purity Ring, Bon Iver, Grimes, St. Vincent and tUnEyArDs. Each belongs to an entirely unique and different sound world while sharing a similar goal — instead of rehashing the successes of past musical pioneers, each of these artists excels under the same roof by allowing their musical influences to guide them, not define them.
Grimes’ Claire Boucher builds on a sound established by the great art-pop artists before her but turns the catchiness meter to 11 and transforms her songs into constant refrains, while St. Vincent’s Annie Clark combines the demure seductions of the feminine singer-songwriter with an asymmetrical guitar screech. It’s this versatility that 4AD is known for, consistently signing bands that speak for a continuing generation of misanthropes in a culture that thrives on easy pop and reductive rock. Still, 4AD seems to have a soft spot for contemporary musicians that evoke a nostalgic return to the dreamy reverb from 30 years past. Deerhunter, Twin Shadow and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti have all dabbled in pure revivalism, taking what worked in the past and nuancing it with modern studio equipment and digital sheen. Deerhunter, who began as a purist shoegaze outfit through releases such as “Cryptograms” and “Microcastle,”
is now an adventurous, adept rock and roll profit in the alternative scene, always surprising with each new release. Twin Shadow, however, seems comfortable in his Reagan-era ’80s macho pop music, existing on 4AD as homage to a decade that pushed rock into spacey depths and away from power cords and arenas. If anything, this nostalgia only widens the record label’s audience, attracting older crowds that seek to return to the coveted sounds of the past. However, 4AD will always be the flagship label for an endless sea of young audiophiles who enjoy the fringes of popular music. Every entree in the label’s catalog is palatable, stimulating and, most importantly, approaches music discovery in a thoughtful, panoramic view. If one artist on 4AD is appealing to you, it’s likely that more than 100 other bands and musical collaborations will be too.
has been largely responsible for grunge, alternative and noise rock movements that followed. “You’re Living All Over Me” was one of their riskiest albums, recording all their instruments on full volume with heavy distortion that created the signature sound they’re known for. Their style is very diverse, ranging from melodic pop lines to brutally heavy and fuzzy pieces. Frontman J Mascis has cited the Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys as just a few of his influences, and bassist Lou Barlow cited Motörhead and the Ramones, demonstrating their wide artistic spectrum. To help celebrate 25 years of the album and the alternative movement, overwhelmingly talented and influential guests made special joint performances at the anniversary show. Lee Ranaldo, Sonic Youth guitarist and Binghamton University
alumnus, helped open the set by singing “Little Fury Things,” the opening track of the album. Black Francis, fellow Massachusetts native and Pixies front man, joined Dinosaur Jr. unannounced and fulfilled the dreams of fans with a cover of the Pixies’ “Tame.” Kim Gordon, also of Sonic Youth, blew everyone away with her chilling performance of Dinosaur Jr.’s “Don’t,” hauntingly screeching “Why don’t you like me?!” over and over with increasing intensity. And that’s not even half of the star-studded list of guests. Opener Kurt Vile shredded on guitar on a few songs as well. Johnny Marr, guitarist for The Smiths, played a heavy version of The Smiths’ “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side” with Melvins’ Dale Crover on drums. Even The Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson joined in for a
Stooges cover. To conclude the monumental conglomerate of alternative music celebration, Dinosaur Jr. guitarist and singer-songwriter J Mascis thanked everyone over and over again for coming to their “very special show.” So if you’ve never heard Dinosaur Jr. and you like the Pixies, Sonic Youth, The Smiths, The Replacements, Melvins,
Nirvana, any other artist part of the alternative movement of the late ‘80s and ‘90s or even the hundreds of other alternative artists influenced by the sound, check out “You’re Living All Over Me.” You’ll see where a lot of techniques and sounds in your favorite alternative bands are rooted, and you’ll add another solid record to your collection.
“Create a community of musicians,” encouraged David “Chops” Garcia of New York Citybased band Soundspeak. “Find friends, make music together and sign gigs.” This simple piece of advice, delivered at the great show they played at the Undergrounds on Friday, Dec. 1, seems like an anachronism in today’s music world where “do it yourself” has been corrupted into “get someone else.” Soundspeak’s newest EP, “The Waking,” is imbued with this DIY ethic in its raw delivery and the band’s ability to produce a sound outside of what is expected from today’s musicians. The members of Soundspeak do not sound like they are catering to a certain style or trying to capitalize on a new movement. There is an element of familiarity in their music. “It’s a name people can easily remember,” frontman Nick Sumner said when asked about the band’s moniker. The numerous guitar riffs and the piercing drumbeat sound are reminiscent of power-pop bands from the late 1990s. But on tracks such as “Oleander,” the guitar work easily slides from frantic metal to calm melodic rock. The four songs in the brief but explosive 15-minute EP feature more than just a bevy of different styles. Sumner’s yelping vocals have a perfect balance of raw energy and vocal refinement. His enunciation skills are a bit muddled and the vocals are low in the mix, so it’s sometimes hard to make out what he is singing. The lyrics on the album are full of the gloom, doom and angst that power-pop is known for and are one of the downfalls of the band. Even though there are only three members in the band, they capture the energy of one twice their size. It seems impossible that only three people can make music that is so loud. This energy is something that carries into their live shows and makes it an enjoyable and engaging experience for the audience. The guitar solo at the end of the final track, “Sourpuss,” captures what the band represents: an homage to heavy metal and the sound of ’90s rock that manages to remain relevant by introducing new concepts to the genres. Elements of modern shoegaze and hardcore can be heard in the depths of the brief EP, as can the influence of more modern rock bands such as Muse. “Cleave the bone and rip the skin,” sings Sumner in a moment of lyrical clarity at the conclusion of “Sourpuss.” “Burn it all and start again.” The lyrics represent the band at its most raw and visceral moments, an avenue the band should consider pursuing in order to continue to remain relevant and refine its skill. Overall, “The Waking” serves as an excellent introduction to a band whose music can be nostalgic and progressive simultaneously.
Kieran Mcmanus | Release In 2002, Interpol released their landmark debut album “Turn on the Bright Lights.” Regarded by Pitchfork as one of the top 50 albums of 2002 and by Rolling Stone as one of the top 100 best albums of the decade, the album helped shape the New York City sound of the 2000s alongside acts like The Strokes. Formed in NYC in 1997, Interpol self-released several EPs before being signed to Matador records and releasing “Turn on the Bright Lights.” The group is notorious for its slick dark guitars, chilling melodies and captivating staccato rhythmic bass and drums. Former bassist Carlos Dengler deserves just as much praise as front man Paul Banks, producing the dark intricate bass lines that make Interpol what it is. Its members were all New York City natives, most New York University graduates and residents of the Village. Breaking through the early 2000s New York City music scene was no easy feat. Interpol created their own suave, sophisticated, menacing branch off of the garage-rock revival, in contrast to The Strokes’ party attitude. Banks wanted Interpol to be something much deeper and more meaningful, and was successful with “Turn on the Bright Lights.” In an interview with Belgian magazine HUMO, Banks commented on debuting a year after The Strokes’ initial release. “A part of me was afraid of taking many risks at the time, and that part got a huge kick in the ass by their success,” Banks said. “I quit my shitty day job and I went for the music. You have to
be careful with that though. It’s okay to admire a colleague and conclude from that: okay, I’m going to work even harder now — people are writing shit this good, I need to write shit this good. But you can never copy someone else. You’re not up to anything good then.” Interpol is definitely a band whose fans hold its first album as the be-all and end-all. However, that doesn’t mean the following albums weren’t great. “Antics,” Interpol’s second record, featured three singles and some argue that it gave the band an even larger audience, as it went gold just like the debut album. That being said, “Turn on the Bright Lights” is the epitome of what Interpol is and will always be remembered as. The crisp, sleek black and red album cover and the Armani suits the band wears during performances embody Interpol’s brooding and stylish sound. Every song is so full of emotion, with hauntingly sharp vocals, dissonant guitars and masterfully rhythmic and evil bass and drum lines — it never feels like a song is missing something. The “it” factor is always present, and that’s what has made “Turn on the Bright Lights” such an inspirational and memorable album. Interpol knew what it was doing and did it well. So if you’ve never listened to Interpol, get lost in “Turn on the Bright Lights.” And if you’re already a fan, pick up the recently released 10th anniversary reissue, full of demos, B-sides, bonus tracks, a live DVD and of course the beautifully remastered album tracks that caught NYC’s attention 10 years ago.
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The Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday in the Osterhout Concert Theater.
A symphony of old, new, borrowed and blue Eurih Lee | Release Students, parents and locals gathered on Sunday afternoon at the Anderson Center Chamber Hall for the Binghamton University Wind Symphony’s wedding-themed performance of “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.” Conductor Daniel Fabricius noted that the show was inspired by an old Victorian-era rhyme that details bridal fashion to ensure luck for the bride’s wedding day. Each song reflected a verse of the rhyme: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in her shoe.” Mike Shapiro, a junior majoring in electrical engineering, applauded Fabricius’ execution of the program. “I liked how he had the whole theme going,” Shapiro said. “I thought it gave a lot of cohesion.”
Fabricius began the show with “Fanfare for a New Era,” composed by Jack Stamp in 1997, to offer “something new” to the audience. This piece opened with a trumpet motif and was written to celebrate the appointment of Lt. Col. Lowell E. Graham as commander of the United States Air Force Band. The second piece, “Blue Lake, Overture for Concert Band,” composed by John Barnes Chance in 1971, represented “something blue.” Fabricius introduced the overture by explaining how the color blue evokes connotations of innocence and purity. “Blue Lake, Overture for Concert Band” recognized each section by a solo as the piece came to a finish. “Suite of Old American Dances,” composed by Robert Russell Bennett in 1949, signified “something old.” This suite consisted of five pieces titled “Cakewalk,” “Schottische,”
“Western One Step,” “Wallflower Waltz” and “Rag.” The pieces exemplified the evolution of American dance culture from the pre-Civil War era to the early 20th century. The performance maintained the dance theme throughout the next piece, “Folk Dances,” written by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1979. This song represented “something borrowed” because of its theatrical origins. “Folk Dances” highlighted the accessibility of band music across cultures and continents. While the last piece of the performance, “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from “Lohengrin,” conducted by Richard Wagner from 1846-1848, did not represent the remaining verse, “a sixpence in her shoe,” it was a testament to the overall theme — the wedding. “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” was originally intended
as an operatic presentation of Elsa’s betrothal to Lohengrin, a mystic knight of the Holy Grail. This piece embodied the bridal theme of the performance and proved to be the perfect ending to the show. After completing the planned program, Fabricius surprisingly announced an encore performance of “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson to wish the remaining audience a wonderful holiday break. Dan Litt, an undeclared freshman, attended the concert to support a friend in the band. “The artistic ability and musicianship of this show was really good,” Litt said. “They showed great skill.” Although this was the Wind Symphony’s last performance for the semester, other ensembles are still performing. Visit www. binghamton.edu/music for more information.
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You were fucking wrong. We may be knuckle-dragging trolls next to you, but for a few hours we practically tripled your score and reigned supreme. We got the 25 gigabytes of space because we deserved it, because we out-cheated you nerdy little fuckers. We were finally ranked No. 1 at something, not just in the America East, but in the world! But your lackey, the Dropbox CEO and MIT alumnus, decided that your cheating was acceptable while ours wasn’t. He helped you steal away from us that which was rightfully ours. We may have gotten to keep the space (for now), but we don’t even care about that. We just wanted the bragging rights, and you know what? We’re going to get them. We may not be the most prestigious campus, not the most attractive, nor particularly fun. We may not graduate
presidents or CEOs or Nobel Prize winners, but we get A’s here too, just like you. Wanna know why? Not because we know the material. Because we cheat. A lot. You grew up thinking success is the result of hard work; we grew up knowing success is the result of sitting next to the smartest kid in class during tests. Cheating is what defines our campus — just look at our athletics. While we cheated our basketball team won; when we began following the rules we lost. Hopefully we’ll start cheating again, but that’s another matter. Dropbox may think this is a competition to see which campus can register the most student users, but you think you know better. “The competition is actually about computer science, and that’s why we’ll win,”
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Redefining Reality: Break Your Routines The cyclical vortex of the undergraduate school week is rife with the twin monotonies of work and repetition. From Monday morning to Friday night there are classes, assignments, homework and tests, and this is played on repeat from the beginning of the semester to the very end of finals week. It really is funny how people turn to their friends with a perplexed look and ask “Hey, where did the semester go?”
It really all comes down to work and repetition. Without work, college would be literally the greatest thing ever (not that it isn’t already). Without repetition — that is, the daily grind of doing what needs to be done drawn out over an entire semester — there is no telling how many students would absolutely lose it. It is the sweet serenity of a routine, the comforting feeling of doing the same thing each and every day that really makes this semester fly and these precious four years seem like one warm, sunny afternoon in the Nature Preserve. Take a look at Andy Dufresne in
Shawshank State Prison. He described those torturous weeks in solitary confinement as the easiest time he’s ever done. Cut off from the outside world 24 hours a day with no sunlight and rotten food — that is what is being called “easy.”
Such is the splendid power of repetition. It has the unique ability to take long stretches of virtually anything and condense them down to a distant memory. Think about it: We don’t remember long stretches of nothing followed by equally long stretches of nothing. It just becomes a singular expansive bareness. The mind
serves as a cookie cutter, dividing the world into what is different and what is the same. We are not computers that store every last bit of data. Rather, we (usually) remember the important stuff, the zeniths, nadirs, peaks and valleys that serve as the chapter titles of our respective autobiographies. So, as the semester progresses to its inevitable end, we are forced to look back at what has happened. Funny how all those crazy weekends stick out like Sarah Palin in any intellectual setting. It makes me wonder, if it was not for all those spontaneous conflagrations that define the “college experience,” would there be anything to remember? Fifth grade was a blur, but ninth grade? What a freaking year. The summer of ‘08 might not have even happened, but first semester of freshman year? Simply cannot be forgotten. It is the interruptions, the surprises and the breaks of normalcy that stand out as truly memorable. Speaking of creating memories, too many articles have been written about making the most of your time in college. You need to seize the day, the night, the test, the hour, the moment, ad infinitum. But time isn’t something that can be grasped, savored, then let go. Albert Einstein proved that ogling your watch doesn’t slow down the world, only your distorted perception of it. You really can’t seize the moment
because, by some crude and simple logic, the moment is not seizable. It will pass you by like everything that has happened yesterday, is happening today, and will happen tomorrow. Anyone telling your otherwise is denying reality, which seems to be the new thing nowadays. So the only real option is to break the monotony that defines this everyday existence. Mired in the flurry of activity that predicates this existence, it can be difficult to determine where to start. Doing all that needs to be done can be overwhelming, and the constant repetition blinds our perception of it. But by at least acknowledging that there is a routine, progress is made towards breaking it. Then this new routine can be broken, and then the new one replacing it is shattered, paving away for the next one’s obliteration. Maybe reality is just the breaking of old and establishing of new patterns, in which case the richness of life is determined by how many routines you have broken and the memories that such transformation has left you with. All these adults say their time in college were the best years of their life. It really makes you wonder what the rest of life is like. — Zachary Greenberg is a senior majoring in philosophy, politics, and law.
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Finals Week is Almost Here, No Fear
Perhaps your Friday night isn’t going exactly as planned. You wiped out in some frat bathroom and puked in the shower. You feel awful, you probably look awful and — wait — who’s there at the door? Ninety percent chance it’s that special someone you want to spend at least the next three hours with.
like you humiliated yourself, then you have to keep going from that point. Also, assuming alcohol is involved, since it usually is, they might have had a few too many themselves. They might not know what happened and even if they find out eventually, it won’t be as embarrassing since they don’t remember it either. Step 3: Laugh. If you humiliated yourself, you might be able to joke it off, depending on how serious it is if you really don’t want to talk about it. Plus, if other people think it’s funny, why shouldn’t you? If you can change your mindset on the issue, do it! Step 4: Own up. This is where it gets serious. You don’t really have a choice: if you made a huge mistake, if you care you hurt them and you can’t laugh it off, you have to talk to them. It’s usually not as bad as people assume it’ll be. An apology goes a long way! If you’re genuinely sorry, just tell the other person that you’ll definitely make it up to them and you’ll do your best to not let it happen again. These kinds of events are inevitable in the lives of most college kids, but we’re human, we make mistakes and it’s really all about how you handle it. Don’t obsess over it; handle it maturely. Sex and whatnot is all about communication and respect. They go hand in hand, so when you communicate the right way, you’ll find others will respect you and that respect goes a long way in making an awkward situation right.
When they come into the bathroom or they find out, as they probably will, because drunk you isn’t that smooth, what are you going to do? It’s a given that you’re going to be awkward and full of shame, probably in the moment and certainly the morning after, when your friends all tell you how bad you screwed it up. But there are a few things you can do to make it a little less horrible. Step 1: Do you even care? To be honest, a lot of people wouldn’t care what they had done if the someone they were with was a stranger. Literally, just open the bathroom door to their shocked face, wipe the little bits of vomit off your mouth and leave. Well I guess you don’t have to make that much of a statement, but you get my point; If you don’t care about them, then you don’t even need to bother. Step 2: Figure out what they’re thinking. If the other person says it’s not a big deal, it’s not a big deal. — Jake Lewis is a junior Don’t push the issue, just move majoring in English. on. If they’re hurt or you feel
At last! December is here, the snow is falling and wreaths are starting to adorn local establishments. I am not saying this to set the theme of the column or for nostalgia, but simply because many of you may not be aware of these occurrences. It’s never Christmastime in Glenn G. Bartle Library.
allows their brains to breathe. These breaks are thought to be most effective if they are between 10 and 15 minutes long; anything longer and they are more of a distraction. Unfortunately this rules out the “full night of sleep study break” and the “going Downtown study break.” Fortunately, there are a few other options available in a more compact form. Need good ideas? Here’s a list to sprinkle some sanity into your life: I call it “The 12 Days of (including the week before) Finals.” 12) Make yourself coffee. In the weeks leading up to Make your housemates coffee. finals, people don’t have time Make your “I engage in small for the little things. Everyone talk for an impressively and is afraid to remove their uncomfortably long period of focus from school in fear that time” neighbor coffee. they will fall behind in work. 11) Go on WebMD and However, this may not be the search your current ailments. wisest of choices. Everyone Email your professor that you needs a break from their will unfortunately no longer be breakdowns. taking your final examinations It’s been shown over and because you are expecting to over again that people do lose complete feeling in your better when they break up their arms in the upcoming week. studying with anything that 10) Drink a liter of fluid
and don’t allow yourself the luxury of a bathroom visit until the end of your chapter. Also known as “motivation.” 9) Restock the soap containers in the bathroom. Clean the dust out of the corners of your room. The more
just “rest your eyes.” This always works out well. 6) Light something. Flames are inherently calming and the scent of a candle or incense has an added benefit. A more stimulating version of this is to create your own fire. 5) Shotgun a soda. It instantly feels like a party. 4) Make some popcorn, walk into your friend’s room and sit in the corner in silence and watch her like she’s a movie. Make sure to insert laughter at odd intervals. 3) Call and catch up with that aunt of yours that you have been meaning to call for the past three years. 2) Start frantically looking online for this summer’s bikini. 1) And last but not least, text your least studious friend and mundane the task, the more complain about how little you appealing studying becomes. have accomplished. Wait until 8) Write a list of things you they respond with, “What test?” need to do, but at least half and then resume studying. Also of the list should consist of known as the “instant pick-meactivities you have already done. up.” Also known as “Satisfaction for Dummies.” — Jillian Kermani is a 7) Turn off the lights and senior in the Decker School of jump in bed. Don’t go to sleep, Nursing.
Chiefs Linebacker Does Not Deserve Our Sympathy Kasandra Perkins did not “lose her life.”
Kasandra Perkins arrived home around 1 a.m. Saturday morning from a Trey Songz concert. What followed was a fight between her and Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker Jovan Belcher, her on-and-off boyfriend and the father of their three-month-old daughter. At around 7:50 a.m. that morning, Belcher murdered Kasandra Perkins, shooting her nine times in front of his own daughter. From the shooting, Belcher drove to the Chiefs practice facility, causing a commotion in the parking lot that led to general manager Scott Pioli and
coach Romeo Crennel coming out and confronting Belcher as he stood there, holding a gun to his head. Belcher reportedly thanked them for taking a chance with him as an undrafted linebacker, then pulled the trigger as the police arrived on the scene, killing himself. Because Belcher chose to end his life rather than face the consequences of his horrific action, for the most part Sunday’s telecasts of the NFL did not treat Belcher as the monster who shot the mother of his child nine times, but instead chose to remember the fallen linebacker. The treatment of the atrocity was a failure by the Chiefs’ organization in some ways and the media in more. The Chiefs refused to allow players to wear decals on their helmets to remember Belcher and chose not to honor him before the game, but instead held a moment of silence for all victims of domestic violence. Having done the right thing on
these fronts, they incredibly chose to leave Belcher’s jersey hanging in the locker room with his locker intact remembering, and some can argue, honoring him. “I don’t know if it’s a shrine, or whatever you want to put it. It’s a tribute,” said Eric Winston, the Chiefs’ offensive tackle. This image of his jersey hanging in the locker was shown during every game, reinforcing this tribute as commentators seemed to pay their respects to a fallen player. In terms of audacity, that was beaten by Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who posted a photo to Twitter after the game saying, “This one was for you,” pointing to the sky and wearing a shirt with a picture of Belcher sitting on clouds, implying that the murderer was now in heaven. In the media, the failures were more subtle. CBS’s James Brown, host of “NFL Today,” showed the highlights of the (1-10) Chiefs beating the (3-8)
Panthers, saying the tragedy “inspired the Chiefs early.” This was followed by interviews of his teammates, who were shown crying and talking about how Belcher was a brother and a friend.
second value. Her life was not lost in some random tragedy, but was taken by the man that James Brown said, “inspired his team.” There were those who took the correct stances and even those who went a step further like Bob Costas who, during “Sunday Night Football,” took the courageous step of bringing up Jason Whitlock’s article discussing gun control and our gun culture. While this may have seemed unnecessary to some, there is also no question about how to portray a person who shot his child’s mother nine times and orphaned his three-month-old daughter. That is, most certainly not through remembrance or respect for the murderer, but doing these things “It is not easy for the Kansas City unilaterally for the victim, while community at large, because a young bringing awareness to the tragedy’s lady Kasandra Perkins also lost her cause. life,” Brown said. This not only makes this event seem — Geoffrey Weinberg is a senior like a double murder with two victims, double-majoring in history and but also makes Perkins’ life appear as political science.
Swim splits weekend meets
The Binghamton University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to Bucknell University at Kinney Natatorium on Saturday before traveling to the Koessler Athletic Center pool and defeating Canisius College. The men remained winless through four meets as they were defeated by Bucknell, 171-128, while the women fell to 1-3 as they dropped their meet, 21585. But both teams recovered quickly when they faced Canisius Sunday afternoon, with the men posting a 199-101 victory, their first of the season, and the women improving to a win under .500 with a 191-
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109 victory over the Golden Griffins. Despite the loss against Bucknell, the men had six first-place finishes, all by underclassmen. Freshmen Tommy Cummings, Eric Farm and Brian McKenna recorded victories in the 200 IM (1:57.04), 100 back (52.43) and 50 free (21.22), respectively.
McKenna’s strong performance in the 50 free was his third win of the year in that event. Binghamton sophomore Emmett Jacobi and senior Josh Saccurato recorded firstplace finishes in the 1000 free (9:46.84) and the 100 fly (51.74), respectively. Sophomore diver Devin Zdanowski took both the one-meter dive, with a score of 278.08, and the three-meter dive, with a score of 298.28. The lone victory for the women came from sophomore Caitlin Kelly, who touched first in the 50 free with a time of 24.09. Both the men and women were able to shake off their losses to Bucknell and grab wins over Canisius the following day. Binghamton posted 15 individual victories and three winning relay teams in its final competition until 2013. Once again, the freshmen shined for the men, as they combined for eight first-place finishes. Cummings, McKenna and freshman Pat Kilgallen each won two events, while Farm and freshman Andrew Duszynski each captured a gold of their own. Duszynski’s performance in the 200 free (1.45.33) helped him attain his first collegiate victory. Senior Tim Cabasino also had a strong day, setting a new pool record in the 100 fly (51.68) and claiming a second-place finish in the 50 free (21.87). The 200 back saw a sweep for the Bearcats as sophomores Alexi Corey and Chris Doherty and junior Winston Chiang finished first,
second and third, respectively, in the event. Zdanowski swept the onemeter and three-meter events for the second straight time with scores of 282.60 in the one-meter and 258.60 in the three-meter. The women started strong with a win in the 200 medley relay as the quartet of senior Melissa Lindahl, Kelly, sophomore Corinne Zotter and freshman Selina Ng set a pool record time of 1:49.53. The women also finished strong as the foursome of senior Olivia Baczek, and sophomores Kelly, Timea Tozser and Shannon Lampe touched first in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:40.52. Zotter and junior Lauren Flower impressed in the individual swims as they each had two victories. Other Bearcats to earn first-place finishes in individual events were senior Karissa Gorman, freshman Haley Rice, Kelly, Tozser, Lampe and Ng. The Bearcats are scheduled to return to competition when they host Colgate University at 1 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center.
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By the Numbers 3
The number of times the volleyball team has faced Penn State in the NCAA tournament and has been swept The number of individual victories senior wrestlers Nate Schiedel and Donnie Vinson have combined for undefeated starts to the season
The number of losses the women’s basketball team has endured to begin the season
The number of individual victories the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had in their meet at Canisius The number of points freshman Morgan Murphy had to lead the women’s basketball team against UNLV over the weekend Freshman Jordan Reed ranks eighth in the nation in doubledoubles with five in seven appearances
The Binghamton University women’s basketball team found itself in two entirely different games at the ASU Classic over the weekend, but the ultimate result of each was familiar to the young Bearcats, who fell 60-35 to host Arizona State University and 58-56 to University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Against Arizona State (3-4), the Bearcats (0-8) found themselves trailing from the opening minute. The Sun Devils burst out in the first half, scoring 12 straight points in the opening 4:16. The Bearcats struggled in the early minutes as they missed on their first six shots. Binghamton cut the deficit to 16-8 only to give up 10 unanswered points, giving the Sun Devils a 26-8 lead with 4:17 remaining in the half. BU scored the opening four points of the second half to bring the score to 35-20, but then failed to register a bucket in the next six minutes, and the Sun Devils pushed their lead to 21 with just over 12 minutes remaining. The game was pushed entirely out of reach by the 2:49 mark, as the Sun Devils had just finished a 14-4 run to hold a 58-31 advantage. ASU proved to be too big for the Bearcats, scoring 30 points in
the paint compared to BU’s four. Binghamton also allowed 27 points off 21 turnovers. Freshman forward Morgan Murphy led the Bearcats with nine points, while sophomore forward Sherae Swinson put up seven points and grabbed six boards, a team high. The Bearcats fared much better the following day as they took on UNLV (4-5) Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Arena. Binghamton fell down 13-7 in the opening 1:56, but fought back to tie the game at 15 apiece with 15:18 remaining in the half. Senior forward Kara Elofson led the Bearcats with four points during the opening stretch. A 7-2 run by the Rebels over a three-minute stretch gave UNLV a 28-23 lead, which was extended to 37-31 at halftime. After the break, the Bearcats found an early rhythm, as they went on a 12-2 run in the opening 5:40. Murphy and Swinson, who each scored four points during that stretch, were the sparkplugs. “It started with our defense,” Binghamton head coach Nicole Scholl said. “We got some defensive stops and were able to attack in transition a little bit, moved the ball around and were able to get some looks on the inside.” With 7:26 remaining in
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regulation, the Bearcats held a 5447 advantage. But the Rebels went on a 10-0 run over 4:24 to take a 57-54 lead. Binghamton went cold during the final stretch of the game, connecting on only one of its final 10 shots. The Bearcats did have possession in the final seconds of the game but were unable to get a shot off as the clock expired, ending the game at 58-56 in UNLV’s favor. “It’s frustrating,” Scholl said. “We’re still working with a young team; this was definitely a step in the right direction. The next step is being in a close game like this and being able to finish it out in the end.” There were bright spots throughout the contest, most notably in the continued great play from Murphy, who led the team with 16 points. Swinson posted 13, while junior guard Jasbriell Swain added 10 points, seven boards and a career-high 10 assists. “Overall I thought we had a good defensive effort,” Scholl said. “We did a good job of keeping their players in check … We out rebounded them 49 to 37… its too bad. We had that lead in the second half, but they slowly battled back and took it from us.” Binghamton is set to face the University at Buffalo on Saturday night. “We just continue to keep working on what we’ve been doing and keep working on our defense to help our offense and just keep working on our system,” Scholl said. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena.
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Freshman Morgan Murphy led the Bearcats in scoring in both of their games over the weekend, following up a nine-point performance against ASU on Saturday with 16 points against UNLV on Sunday.
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Leading the America East in scoring and rebounding, freshman Jordan Reed registered a game-best 26 points and 10 rebounds to capture his fifth doubledouble in seven games.
In the span of two days, the Binghamton University men’s basketball team played against two teams that employed highpressure defensive schemes in Mount St. Mary’s University and Monmouth University. Both times, the Bearcats (27) came up empty, falling to the Mountaineers, 71-70, on Saturday and the Hawks, 77-65, on Monday night. Against Mount St. Mary’s (3-3), freshman guard Jordan Reed scored four points in the last minute alone and senior guard Jimmy Gray sunk a threepointer with 16 seconds left to keep the Bearcats in the game. But when Reed drove the lane to take the potential gamewinning shot, he was blocked. Binghamton head coach Tommy Dempsey begged for a foul, but the game had already been called over. Reed, when asked if there was contact, said, “No comment.” The Bearcats led for most of the game but allowed the Mountaineers a late 9-1 run that gave them a lead of 69-63 with just 54 seconds left. “I think our energy level dipped,” Gray said. “We always talk about energy level, and …
before we went into the second half, we gave them a chance to get back in the game.” Binghamton shot 51 percent to the Mountaineers’ 46, but coughed up 21 turnovers, off which the opponent scored 28 of its points. The game endured nine ties and lead changes. Reed led the Bearcats with 17 points, converting 6-of-10 field goals. Senior forward Taylor Johnston, who went 4-for-7, and junior forward Roland Brown, who went 4-for-4, combined for 21 points. Gray’s performance was written all over the stat sheet, with his 10 points, four steals, six assists and eight rebounds. Against Monmouth (5-3), the first half started off quickly and tightly with five ties and four lead changes, but within the last five minutes, the Hawks surged. With 5:15 left, the teams sat tied at 26. Then Monmouth used a 10-2 run to hold a 38-28 lead at halftime. “Late in the first half was crucial … To be down 10 at halftime was really deflating,” Dempsey said. “But we came right out in the second half and showed a lot of fight.” The second half opened with Reed dominatin g the court, leading the Bearcats on a 7-2 run within a minute and a half.
But Monmouth increased its lead to 17 and fended off every Bearcat run. “They did a good job of trapping us in the front of the court,” Reed said. “At times it was extremely hard for us to see down the court — if we had, that probably could have given us easy layups — but it was extremely hard. But we have to be composed with it next time.” Reed shot 10-for-17 from the floor and led the team with 26 points, four steals and 10 rebounds, earning him his fifth double-double. Gray and Brown followed with 10 and eight points, respectively, and Johnston and Moquete each tallied five. The team grabbed 36 rebounds and nine steals, but also allowed 21 turnovers, on which the Hawks scored 32 of their points. “We had some lulls in the game where we were kind of just throwing it to them, and turnovers were certainly an issue again,” Dempsey said. “When you turn it over to layups, as we did time and
time again tonight, that really becomes deflating.” Monmouth head coach King Rice, a 1987 McDonald’s High School All-American and, like Gray, a graduate of Binghamton High School, said he was scared to play Dempsey’s team. “[The Bearcats] remind me of our team last year,” Rice said. “What I mean by that, is that they continue to play hard, and they never give up, and they keep fighting, and that’s a big step when you first take over.” Rice also said he was proud of Gray, looking past the former walk-on’s nine turnovers. “Jimmy did things that not many people thought he could do,” he said. “Sometimes when you’re from a small town, a lot of people doubt you. But Jimmy had a dream: he was a D-I basketball player — he just knew he was. And he’s a pretty doggone good one.” The Bearcats are set to return to action on Saturday at Bryant University. Tipoff against the Bulldogs is set for 1 p.m. at the Chace Athletic Center.
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BEARCAT BRIEF Track opens season at Cornell Indoor Relays By Erik Bacharach | Assistant Sports Editor The Binghamton University men’s and women’s track and field teams kicked off the 2012-13 season on Saturday at the Cornell Indoor Relays. The event had no team scoring. On the women’s side, freshman Kierra Arthur won the triple jump with a distance of 38-8 3/4. After finishing in a time of 8.00, Arthur also added a secondplace finish in the 60 hurdles. Sophomore Ivory Taussig also put forth an impressive performance on Sunday, setting a school record in the women’s 60. She finished the event in a time of 7.83, good for second place. Taussig broke Kim Williams’ previous record time of 7.84 set in 2006. In the pole vault, junior Camille Ginyard qualified for the ECAC after
reaching a height of 11-9 3/4 en route to a second place finish. Meanwhile, classmate Alexis Murray came in second in the long jump (18-6). For the men, freshman Cameron Black provided a highlight with his fourth-place finish in the 60 hurdles after completing the event in a time of 8.28. Seniors Jacob Platel and Greg Feathers also fared well on Sunday, finishing fourth and fifth in the weight throw with distances of 55-5 1/2 and 52-1 3/4, respectively. The Bearcats will have a lot of time to prepare before their next event, the West Point Invitational, set for Jan. 12 at Army’s Gillis Field House.
Wrestling falls to No. 10 Oklahoma, 31-9
In a season riddled with new challenges, the Binghamton University wrestling team is still struggling to earn its first win of 2012-13. On Sunday night, the Bearcats (0-6) suffered a 31-9 loss to No. 10 University of Oklahoma at the McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.
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Armed with five nationally ranked wrestlers on their roster, the Sooners (2-0) beat BU in seven of 10 bouts. Three nationally ranked Oklahoma wrestlers, redshirt junior Kendric Maple (No. 1), redshirt senior Patrick Graham (No. 6) and resdshirt freshman Cody Brewer (No. 10), brought defeats to the Bearcats through a tech fail and two major decisions, respectively. Maple defeated senior 141-pound Dan Riggi, Graham beat redshirt freshman 165-pound Vincent Grella, and Brewer took care of senior 133-pound Derek Steeley.
Binghamton senior standouts Donnie Vinson (11-0) and Nate Schiedel (10-0) continued their successful individual seasons, delivering worthy decisions in their respective weight classes to remain undefeated on the year. Ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 149-pound weight class, Vinson defeated No. 5 redshirt junior Nick Lester in a final 9-2 decision. Vinson jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a firstperiod takedown and a reversal early in the second period. Then, in the third period, Vinson put the finishing touches on the match with a reversal, takedown and riding time. With the win, Vinson improved his collegiate record to an impressive 110-24 with a 60-8 career mark in dual matches. Ranked No. 7 in the country in the 197-pound class, Schiedel took down Oklahoma redshirt junior Nolan McBryde by a final score of 13-6 to add another victory to his 101-28 career record, which includes a 54-10 dual mark. Two takedowns in the first period got Schiedel off to a quick 5-3 start against McBryde, before another takedown in the second and two more in the third, in addition to riding time, gave him the victory. BU 184-pound redshirt junior Cody Reed pulled through with a 7-5 decision against Oklahoma freshman Greg Wilson in the third overtime period. A quick takedown to begin the third period was enough for Reed to clinch the match after a scoreless first overtime period and a second overtime period in which each wrestler escaped. Next up for the Bearcats is a meet against Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. The meet is set to take place at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Dillon Gymnasium.
For the third time in program history, the Binghamton University volleyball team was swept by Pennsylvania State University in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Volleyball Championship on Friday. Top-ranked Penn State (30-2) conquered the America East champion Bearcats (1318, 8-4 AE) in three sets, 25-11, 25-3, 25-9, riding a .587 hitting percentage to advance to the second round. Binghamton senior outside hitter Iva Partaleva led BU with six kills, and junior defensive specialist Xiomara Ortiz led with seven digs. “We didn’t play our best ball, but I’m sure Penn State had a lot to do with it,” said Glenn Kiriyama, Binghamton head coach and America East Coach of the Year. “We did the best we could on that day.” Penn State dominated the match, recording 40 kills and just three attack errors in 63 attack attempts. The Nittany Lions also registered 12 service aces, 10 of which came at the hands of sophomore setter Micha Hancock, and held Binghamton to a mere -.075 hitting percentage through three sets. Binghamton opened the first set strong, pulling to within two of the No. 1 seed on the strength of four Partaleva kills to make the score 10-8. But Penn State then went on an 11-1 run, propelling the Nittany Lions to a 25-11 first set victory. Penn State posted a .692 attack percentage in the first set, recording 19 kills and a single attack error. From there, the tempo for the rest of the match was set, and the Bearcats would not recover. The Nittany Lions scored 20 points in a row to open the second set en route to a 25-3 trouncing. Hancock highlighted the set with six service aces and seven assists as the Nittany Lions kept Binghamton from registering a single kill. Penn State came out firing on all cylinders once again to start the third set, notching the first 13 points on its way to securing a 25-9 victory and first-round win. “It was the most incredible experience I have ever had,” junior middle hitter Grace
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Senior outside hitter Iva Partaleva had six of Binghamton’s 15 kills in Friday’s match against No. 1 Penn State.
Vickers said. “The environment, the entire stadium was full. About 2,500 people were there. It was crazy to see how much support they have.” With the win, the Nittany Lions advanced into the second round, where they swept Bowling Green State University on Saturday and punched their ticket to the Regional Semifinals. Binghamton closed out its season with
a 13-18 overall record and its third America East Championship title. The Bearcats are set to return 10 of 12 players to next year’s squad. “I thought the girls had a tremendous season,” Kiriyama said. “We had some big wins and accomplished quite a bit. I am very happy with this team.” — Melissa Edelblum contributed to this report.
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