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Lt. Colonel probes minds of terrorists Anar Berko reveals suicide bombers' motivations, logic Joseph Hawthorne News Intern
A former lieutenant colonel in the Israeli Defense Forces visited Binghamton University to take students into the minds of suicide bombers. Anat Berko, a lecturer at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, spoke Monday night about understanding how and why suicide bombers engage in such violent activity. “I spent 20 years in highsecurity prisons speaking with members of Hamas, Fatah and Islamic jihadists. Imagine the Israeli version of Guantanamo Bay, but probably a bit nicer,” she said. The focus of her talk was the role of women and adolescents in Islamic terror attacks and the mental abuse that leads many of these people to try and
take their own lives. “Today we see a wave of female and children bombers. There have been over 50 female suicide bombers in just Iraq,” she said. She described how many female terrorists had been sexually assaulted as young women or children. “Many times these girls are sexually abused,” she said. “And if they commit a ‘mistake’ or are involved with a man they are ruined. But for the man it is always okay.” Berko went on to describe the double standards in jihadist organizations. “After a woman blows herself up, she is not really a hero. Everyone wonders what was wrong with her. Nobody says she gets 72 virgin men in heaven,” she said. “When a woman blows herself up, men
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Michael Contegni/Staff Photographer Anat Berko speaks to students Monday night in C4. In her talk, organized by Camera Fellowship, BUZO, Bearcats for Israel, StandWithUs and Dorm Room Diplomacy, Berko aimed to provide insight on how and why suicide bombers decide to engage in violent activities.
Hawley fire displaces 120
Hillel finds assistant director
Residents forced to relocate to DoubleTree
New staff hired in Kantors' absence
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A fire broke out in the apartment complex at 20 Hawley Street Friday afternoon. Students were told that the fire started in an electrical closet on the second floor of the building. Though management described the fire as “minor,” Michelle Edwards, a resident of the second floor who witnessed the fire, said it actually seemed rather large. “It wasn’t regular little sparks from electrical shortage,” said Edwards, a senior double-majoring in philosophy, politics and law and environmental studies. “It looked like it was vomiting sparks from under the door.” Eddie Puncar, who was also evacuated from his apartment on the second floor, noted how much smoke filled his hallway. “It was actually really scary
at first,” said Puncar, a junior majoring in economics. “Our hallway was filled with smoke, and we got on our hands and knees to get out of the apartment.” Puncar, whose room is adjacent to the electrical closet, said he could feel vibrations when the equipment began to malfunction. “The electrical room is flush against my bedroom wall, so when the transformer overloaded my walls were shaking and my dreamcatcher fell off the wall,” Puncar said. According to Edwards, fire exits in the building aren’t well-labeled, and she only knew of one way to get off of her floor. “The electrical room was in front of the stairway so the only way for me to get out of there was to jump over the sparks,” Edwards said. “It was like I was in a video game.” According to Kyle Seeley, executive assistant to the mayor,
around 120 students were moved from the apartment complex to the DoubleTree hotel next door, though Pipe Dream could not reach Hawley management to confirm the number. 20 Hawley Street paid for all the students’ hotel accommodations for two nights, including breakfast and dinner at the hotel, as well as free food at Brewed Awakenings, the café next door. Students were also told that they could make use of the hotel’s pool, hot tub and sauna. Puncar was pleased with the way the fire was dealt with. “I think that the Hawley management did a very good job of handling the situation,” he said. “They got us accommodations in a timely fashion and made sure we were taken care of while we were displaced.” According to Seeley, NYSEG
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Davina Bhandari Assistant News Editor With a month of the semester having already passed, Hillel at Binghamton University has hired a new assistant director following the departure of their executive director. David Berman, who began his new position on Sept. 30, joined Hillel after living in Los Angeles for the past 13 years. According to David Raphael, interim executive director for Hillel, Berman was hired after a series of interviews with Hillel professionals, members of the student board and members of the Hillel at Binghamton board of directors. “He was selected because of his experience in non-profit management, his advanced
degree in business and his Jewish background,” Raphael wrote in an email. While in Los Angeles, Berman was involved with the development of two nonprofit organizations: the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. He also worked as development associate for BREATHE California of Los Angeles County — a nonprofit that promotes clean air and healthy lungs — up until a few months ago. It was these qualities that Andrew Topal, former president of Hillel, said he valued most in the selection process. Topal and Belle Yoeli, the current president of Hillel, were both involved in the search for the new assistant director.
“David Berman has significant experience working with Jewish not-forprofit organizations around the country,” Topal, a senior double-majoring in political science and economics, wrote in an email. “We are excited to welcome him to the Hillel at Binghamton team and invite the rest of the campus community to meet him.” Raphael, who has been acting as the part-time interim executive director of Hillel following former director Shana Kantor’s departure for Miami, is also involved in the staff search for a full-time executive director. A new director is anticipated for spring 2014. Katie Shepard, vice president of Hillel and a junior majoring in psychology,
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BAMS hosts 1920s-themed banquet Emily Coleman Contributing Writer
“There's a lot of clubs we don't know about on campus, so we try to bring in things you wouldn't see on a regular basis” — Shantal McNeil President of BAMS
The Binghamton Association for Mixed Students (BAMS) roared through the ’20s Friday night, combining its passion for both diversity and sequined flapper dresses. BAMS held its annual Mix It Up banquet, offering a variety of food and student talent at the 1920s-themed event. The night featured performances from the Binghamtonics, the Binghamton Hoop Troop, the Nukporfe African Dance and Drumming Ensemble, a ballroom dancing pair and individual performers David Zhou and Samuel Titus. Zhou played jazz music on the saxophone, and Titus played his singer-songwriter originals on guitar. Shantal McNeil, president of BAMS, was the head organizer for the event. “BAMS: Mix it Up is to expose people to things they wouldn’t normally see,” said McNeil, a senior majoring in political science. “There’s a lot
of clubs we don’t know about on campus, so we try to bring in things you wouldn’t see on a regular basis.” The last performance of the night was a display of Chanbara, a Japanese performance art that combines dancing and sword fighting. “It was good to bring the Asian culture in, because all the other acts were African or then you had general acts,” said Adah Morales, a sophomore majoring in English and a performer of Chanbara. “It was good to get some Asian in there because this is about mixed students, and I’m sure there are mixed Asians in the club.” Brendan Perkinson, a junior majoring in history, said the Hoop Troop caught his eye at this year’s banquet. “I liked the hula hoop dancing because A, they seem like a very talented group and B, it seemed like a very creative idea,” Perkinson said. “Especially at the end when they used glow-in-the-dark hoops; it was very fun and exciting.” The performances
were broken up by an equally diverse dinner at intermission. A buffet featured food from Moe’s Southwest Grill, Buffet Star and Turkish Restaurant, rounding out the menu with tacos, fried rice, wings and chinese doughnuts. With the goal of supporting diversity remaining the same, attendees were asked to “mix it up” in a different way this year and dress in ’20s attire, with many guests coming prepared in flapper dresses and suits. ”We decided on the ’20s theme collectively as an E-Board,” McNeil said. “I thought it would be really cute to have the E-Board get dressed up and to have people who were coming get dressed up.” Attire ranged from slightly formal to fullout ’20s attire, with girls dressed as flappers with feathered headbands and sequined dresses. Prizes were also awarded for costumes. Katherine McLaughlin, an undeclared
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Students perform as part of the Binghamton Association for Mixed Students’ (BAMS) annual Mix It Up banquet. A buffet featuring food from local establishments, such as Moe’s Southwest Grill, was also provided at the 1920s-themed event.
sophomore, was voted “Best Dressed” for her 1920s flapper attire. “I’m totally shocked, I spent hours picking out my outfit, so I’m glad it paid
off,” McLaughlin said. “I’m really glad I came; all the performances were fantastic. I was smiling the whole time.”
Local News Binghamton man charged with second-degree murder One man has been charged and police are looking for accomplices in a fatal shooting at a Binghamton apartment. Police arrested 21-year-old Trevis Johnson late Friday and charged him with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Sergio Beldo. The shooting took place in the doorway of an upstairs apartment around 1 a.m. Friday. Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said in a statement released Saturday afternoon that the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected. Zikuski said Beldo was killed by a single shot to the chest from a long gun, and at least three people fled in a vehicle before police arrived.
National News Stocks slide as shutdown continues The stock market closed at its lowest level in a month as the U.S. government enters a second week of being partially shut down. Investors fear the budget stalemate could prevent Congress from raising the government’s borrowing limit by next week’s deadline, bringing a threat of a debt default by the U.S. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 136 points, or 0.9 percent, to close at 14,936 Monday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 14 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,676, the lowest in a month. The Nasdaq composite fell 37 points, or 1 percent, to 3,770. Two stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was much lighter than usual at 2.6 billion shares. State arrest warrant issued for marathon bombing suspect A Massachusetts court issued an arrest warrant Monday for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as prosecutors sought to preserve their right to try him on state charges in the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer. Tsarnaev, 20, remains in custody after pleading not guilty to 30 federal charges stemming from the April 15 explosions, which killed three people and injured more than 260. State prosecutors sought a default warrant — a type of arrest warrant — because U.S. marshals have said they won’t bring Tsarnaev to state court until his federal case concludes.
State Universities Steeple removed from St. Lawrence University chapel after fire Officials at St. Lawrence University in northern New York said the steeple at the university’s stone chapel will have to be taken down for safety reasons after it was damaged by fire. The fire broke out around 5 a.m. Sunday in 87-year-old Gunnison Memorial Chapel. Part of the charred steeple fell off in high winds early Monday. University officials said no one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials said it was likely an electrical malfunction. The chapel is used for formal assemblies as well as religious services. Its stained-glass windows depict historical figures including Emily Dickinson and Gandhi.
National Universities Yale searches for stinker adding feces to dryers Yale University hopes to identify who has been soiling students’ laundry by sticking human feces inside clothes dryers. The culprit is being blamed for at least four incidents in the past month in the laundry room at Saybrook College. Saybrook Master Paul Hudak said Yale police are investigating. Officials at the Ivy League school also are considering changes to laundry room access. Yale police declined to comment on the investigation.
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The Great Chicago Fire began, lasting until Oct. 10. The fire killed 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed thousands of buildings, causing $200 million in damage. stabilizing: Ari and Kendall's Bromance
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Christopher Bishop, associate professor of psychology, speaks to students and faculty at the Biochemistry Club’s Student Faculty Mixer Monday night in Lecture Hall 8. The event gave science-minded students a chance to learn about the different research opportunities available to them on campus.
Police Watch Screwed by screws FRIDAY, OCT. 4, 5:54 p.m. — Officers responded to a complaint of water falling from the ceiling in Delaware Hall, said Investigator Patrick Reilly of Binghamton’s New York State University Police. Three rooms on the fifth floor of the hall had standing water on their floors. When the officers responded, a Physical Facilities worker was already on the scene, and Residential Life was already planning for students displaced due to the damage. The leak is theorized to have been caused by a cap that burst off of a pipe due to the water pressure since it wasn’t screwed on tight enough. We can drive it home with one headlight, a baseball bat and multiple bags of marijuana FRIDAY, OCT. 4, 7:53 p.m. — A car was pulled over on Bartle Drive, Reilly said. Officers noticed that the car only had one headlight working. They pulled over the 19-year-old male, and while an officer was questioning the male, the officer leaned in when he noticed a baseball bat in the backseat of the car and proceeded to notice a strong smell associated with marijuana. The officer then asked if there was marijuana in the car, and the suspect proceeded to produce a mesh bag filled with multiple bags containing marijuana. The suspect was given two tickets, one for the lack of a headlight and another to appear in Vestal Town Court for unlawful possession of marijuana.
Typical Friday commute FRIDAY, OCT. 4, 10:21 p.m. — Officers reportedly spotted an Off Campus College Transport bus pulled over to the side of the road on Bartle Drive, Reilly said. When the officers approached the driver, she stated that she was trying to remove a group of males who were causing a disturbance from the bus. Officers helped the driver tell the group to leave the bus. Officers were able to identify the main culprit, a 20-year-old male who was name-calling and yelling, and escorted him and his group from the bus. It’s the little things SUNDAY, OCT. 6, 8:44 p.m. — A 22-year-old female’s car was allegedly hit in the paid parking lot, Reilly said. The victim parked her car in the lot earlier in the day, and when she came back later to go to her car, she noticed that there were minor scrapes on the bottom passenger side rear panel above the wheel. There are no known suspects or witnesses.
An article in the Oct. 4 issue of Pipe Dream, titled “Education minor provides students chance to test waters,” contained two errors. The sub-headline of the article misstated the amount of credits required to fulfill the education minor. It is a 16-credit program, not 12. Tami Mann’s position was also incorrect. She is the senior staff assistant in the graduate school of education, not for the education minor.
Additionally, part of a quote was left out of the original piece. The quote should read: “Anyone who was interested in being a teacher would have a strong focus on the liberal arts and sciences, and they would take the appropriate coursework aligned for the type of teacher that they want to be,” Mann said. “In addition, experience with children is essential. This might range from needing to volunteer in the community to working with special needs kids; the prerequisites change according to the different type of teacher you wish to be.”
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Greek Life boogies the night away West Gym hosts first ever dance marathon, raises $10k for children's hospital Madeline Gottlieb Contributing Writer
Students who danced all night to raise money for Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Saturday kept the environment light and fun — but with a visit from a mother directly affected by the hospital, they also kept in mind the serious cause at hand. Melissa Stabinski, mother of twin boys who were treated in the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, told her story at the event. “Our boys were born 13 and a half weeks early, which is way too early to be born,” she said. “They were in the NICU [neonatal intensive care unit]
for three months. They were sick babies — every single system in their body was failing: their lungs, their hearts, but they fought, and fought, and fought. They were strong; they just weren’t strong enough to do it by themselves.” Stabinski said the hospital relies on donations to function, and events like this saved her children’s lives. “Events like this are what bought the equipment. So this is really important,” she said. “It’s not like they’re refurbishing offices, they’re buying the equipment to save kids’ lives. So when you do this, you’re actually saving lives. And you don’t know who you’re going to save.” After 10 hours of dancing, the Greek life-organized event
raised more than $10,000, a little over a third of their goal, according to Rachel Engelberg, event organizer and a member of Delta Phi Epsilon. “With the money we raise we are hoping to be able to donate a playroom to one of the floors of the hospital so the kids who are sick still have a place to be kids and have a childhood,” said Engelberg, a senior majoring in bioengineering. “The idea is to not sit down — we’re standing for those who can’t.” Monica Efman, a member of Delta Phi Epsilon and a senior majoring in human development, said students had different incentives to come. ”There are great raffle prizes, like gift cards from local businesses,” she said. “To kickstart Greek Week, we’re
really looking forward to doing something for the community and to give the kids a place to have fun.”
“They're buying the equipment to save kids' lives. So when you do this, you're actually saving lives" — Melissa Stabinski Mother of twins
raised for a serious cause, the atmosphere in the West Gym was anything but. The marathon featured three full bounce houses, games, a photo booth and strobe lights. Each hour, participants danced to the “Morale Dance,” a dance created by the organizers including fist pumping, the hand jive and Carlton’s dance from “The Fresh Prince of BelAir.” Caitlin Sortino, a sophomore majoring in psychology, said she had fun and was glad it went to a good cause. “It’s really nice to see Greek life come together,” she said. “My team from Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi raised over $1,000. We’re really proud.” Emily Toner, a member of Delta Phi Epsilon and
senior majoring in financial economics, said she wants to see the event grow in the future. “Our goal was $30,000, but we’re happy with anything,” Toner said. “We’re trying to make this an annual event, and hopefully each year it’ll get bigger and better.” Victoria Carlson, a member of Phi Sigma Sigma and senior majoring in human development, said she considered the event successful despite not meeting the funding goals. “It really proves that Greek life is a powerful force. And when we all work together, we can create something great,” Carlson said.
Berko talks terrorism Graphic design lab opens MIND continued from Page 1 argue that she reveals too much flesh.” Berko illustrated her arguments with quotes from prisoners she had interviewed. “I object that women will go and blow themselves up,” said Sheikh Abu Ter, vice prime minister of Hamas. “It’s crossing the red line.” Berko also described the scope of child involvement in terrorist attacks. “There are instances of recruiters waiting for children right out of school. They would just go after students like drug dealers,” she said. “I spoke with a 15-year-old boy in prison, and you could tell he had been beaten and abused.” Yet when asked if terrorist leaders were often willing to sacrifice their own children, Berko answered bluntly. “No. What do you think?” she said. “They like to abuse the children of others, not their own.” Though she sympathized with the background many suicide bombers grew up in, Berko was critical of jihadist culture. “There is [an] omnipotent feeling bombers have that they can decide who lives and
who dies,” she said. “But this causes severe damage to the Muslim world, not the West.” Many of the nearly 100 students in the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center multipurpose rooms said they
perspective. “I found this event amazing. Very sad, but amazing,” said Jacob Sneider, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. “It humanizes some of the terrorists. It doesn’t excuse what they do, but you understand them better.” Justin Hayet, an organizer from the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) and a sophomore majoring in political science, said that Berko helped bring a balanced view of Middle Eastern affairs to BU. “The presentation went well and dealt with dense and intense topics,” he said. “It is important for campus —Anat Berko events to have unbiased Lt. Colonel truth. If there is a presenter that accurately showcases Israel in an accurate positive felt shocked and overwhelmed or negative light we want to after the presentation. show that. Today we had a “It made me really sad. I variety of different clubs codidn’t realize how involved sponsor this event and a lot of women were in this and how different people showed up.” terrible some of their lives The event was cowere. It makes me want to sponsored by BUZO do something, but I can’t (Binghamton University think of what,” said Phoebe Zionist Organization), O’Connor, a junior majoring StandWithUs, Bearcats in philosophy, politics and for Israel and Dorm Room law. Diplomacy. Other students said the presentation gave them new
“There is [an] omnipotent feeling bombers have that they can decide who lives and who dies ”
Hillel finds assistant director HILLEL continued from Page 1 expressed excitement at the additions to Hillel’s staff. “While it has definitely been different, and at times challenging, without having the same number of staff members around, the Hillel community has really pulled together during the past few weeks,” Shepard said. Maya Yair, director of Tzedek (social justice) of Hillel and a senior majoring in political science, also said she was glad to have another staff member to help out in the office. “As students, we put in as much time as we can to our events and initiatives, but we are primarily students, with responsibilities to our classes,” Yair said. “Having a full-time staff member who can dedicate all of his time to better accomplishing Hillel’s
mission is a really exciting prospect.” One of the issues Berman will have to deal with in the coming year is the fact that Hillel is without a rabbi. “Though we currently do not have a rabbi on staff, we’re formulating a “Shabbat Scholars” program where a visiting rabbi or Jewish scholar will come for Shabbat (Friday evening and Saturday), speak to students, and lead learning sessions,” Berman wrote in an e-mail. He also plans to offer more opportunities for Jewish learning through Hillel programs, including peerbased learning. Berman attended his first Shabbat dinner on campus Friday night, explaining that he was impressed both by the large number of people in attendance, as well as the welcoming atmosphere created by students.
Despite making a significant transition from L.A. to BU, Berman is looking forward to what Binghamton and the University has to offer. “The students here are ambitious, forward thinking, and work hard to make the most out of their time at the University,” Berman wrote. “This is my first job in a university environment, I am blown away by the professionalism and devotion of the student leaders at Hillel.” Berman graduated from Indiana University in 2000 where he double-majored in telecommunications and communication and culture. He received his MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in 2010. —Rachel Bluth contributed to this report.
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Students use the iMacs in the new graphic design studio in Fine Arts Building. Two new design labs and a new office space were added to service students studying graphic design.
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After spending years in the basement of Science III, the graphic design department has joined the rest of the art department in the Fine Arts Building. The building is now home to two new design labs, as well as an office space for meetings on the third floor. Each design lab comes stocked with 20 brand-new Apple iMac computers and updated design software. According to Loring Bixler, a retired adjunct professor of graphic design who planned the new lab, the graphic design department has needed more space for its students for years. “We saw a great growth in students enrolling in graphic design classes. This in turn presented a logistics problem: more students than available classroom space,” Bixler explained. “The pod in Science III was not appropriate for the classes.” Plans had been in the works for several years, and renovations began in the spring of 2013. The lab was designed by Monika Furch from the Physical Facilities department. In addition to the new graphic design lab, the Fine Arts Building also recently received a new computer pod in room 327 and a new photography lab
in room 310. Cindy Blackman, an adjunct professor of graphic design, said she was impressed by the new facilities but hopes to see more changes done in the department, including the return of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for art students. Students graduating from the graphic design program instead receive a degree in studio art with a graphic design concentration. “We need to get an actual tenured faculty for graphic design, and we need more classes,” Blackman said. Erica Buki, a senior majoring in studio art, said she also hopes that the B.F.A. program will be reinstated and that it would give art students at BU a more competitive edge. “It has always been a concern of mine that the program was dissolved a number of years ago due to the school’s inability to hire more professors,” Buki said. “[The B.F.A] is a higher degree so it would help job seeking students.” Alexander Angstrom, a member of President Harvey Stenger’s Road Map team and senior triple-majoring in marketing, leadership and consulting and studio art, said that the new design lab is a part of the fifth and final Road Map Strategic Priorities to optimize the acquisition and allocation of human, technological, financial and physical resources. “The Road Map provides
such a beautiful vision for improvements in all areas of student life, and the new design lab is just one example of how students are already benefiting on a concrete, academic, dayto-day level,” Angstrom said. Like Blackman, Angstrom also hopes to see more classes through collaboration with other departments. “What if an advertising class teamed up with a design class to produce a real ad campaign for a local business? That would be a home run opportunity for the department,” Angstrom said. Samantha Ahern, a transfer from Marymount Manhattan College, said she believes the new lab will raise awareness of the art programs at BU. “This is what I would expect from an art school. It just shows other students who don’t know anything about it that we are a serious major and the University does recognize us,” said Ahern, a senior majoring in studio art. “It’d be cool if people came to Binghamton and not just thought of SOM or Watson.” Ahern also said that she hopes to see the lab make it so that more people come to Binghamton University for graphic design. “The new lab makes us feel like we’re not a joke major,” she said. “It makes us feel special and important.”
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Guided tour steps back into history of Binghamton Public Archaeological Facility studies the area's artifacts, earliest inhabitants Versaggi explained how the rivers today differ from the past. “The rivers were violent during 10,000 B.C. and drove many people out of the Picture Downtown Binghamton as it areas, which results in the gaps in the was 10,000 years ago: without any buildings, history,” Versaggi said. streets, parking lots or bars. Inhabitants of the river have changed The Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) over the years, too, Versaggi said. organized a walking tour of Downtown “During those times, there was so much Binghamton Friday to guide people through shad [freshwater fish] in the river that you the thousands of years of history that it has could practically walk across them to get to to offer. Nina Versaggi, director of PAF, led the other side,” Versaggi said. the tour of about 20, which started at the Versaggi talked about PAF’s discovery Binghamton University Downtown Center of different “projectile points,” typically and made its way to the confluence of the arrowheads or spearpoints attached to Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers. spears, arrows and knives. Different types
of points represent the areas in which they were found, such as the Lamoka, Vestal and Brewerton projectile points. Found near the river, these indicated that different cultural groups came together during the Late Archaic period, Versaggi said. As the tour returned to its original site, Versaggi discussed the first communities forming on the Chenango River, right outside of the Downtown Center and Twin River Commons. Maria O’Donovan, assistant to the director, explained how PAF discovered pits used as garbage disposals and their importance in the community. “One person’s trash is another person’s
treasure. We picked up their trash and scraps and could picture their everyday lives,” O’Donovan said. Pits scattered in the area indicated that Native Americans were starting to expand toward the confluence, PAF members said. PAF also discovered longhouses and learned that the settlers were becoming less mobile and establishing their own communities. PAF provides cultural resource management services and trains archaeologists to be field and research specialists, offering opportunities for training and support to people interested in the field. Following the tour, the group was
invited back into the Downtown Center to view the artifacts on display: old clay pottery, arrowheads and heirlooms from the elite residencies Downtown. “I really enjoyed the displays at the Downtown Center because it gave me something to link the tour to. It was a great experience,” said Erin Riggs, a first-year graduate student studying archaeology. Versaggi said she hopes that the tour creates pride within the community. “When they build that pride, they don’t want people tampering with it. They want everyone to know the history in the roots of their communities,” she said.
Students displaced Summoners unite for LoL world finals Video Game Association hosts championship viewing party Brendan Zarkower Contributing Writer
FIRE continued from Page 1 and the City’s Fire and Code Departments have inspected the building, and as of 6 p.m. Monday, the electrical system was repaired and the building could be reoccupied. Robert Zupo, a resident of 20 Hawley’s second floor and a junior majoring in philosophy, politics and law, didn’t think that the fire
would change his opinion of the building. “Overall I do feel safe in the apartment, but I would just like to be assured that nothing like this can happen again,” he said. Hawley management could not be reached for comment. One manager, who was available by phone, did not have enough information to comment on the incident.
As the world’s finest League of Legends players clashed to prove who was the best, Binghamton University students gathered to show their pride and love of the game. League of Legends (LoL), a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game developed by Riot Games, attracts nearly 32 million players per month. Millions of “summoners” play every day internationally, and the game has a sizable following at Binghamton University; the Video Game Association (VGA) has a subgroup devoted entirely to LoL. The Staples Center held the World Championship Finals and was sold out of live audience
tickets within an hour of their release on Aug. 24. Beyond live viewers, more than one million people in North America followed the finals through various streaming websites. Among these viewers were the 60 BU students watching from Academic Building A during the VGA’s viewing party. “We wanted to host an event because we thought there were a lot of people who were going to be watching anyway,” said Kyle Yee, president of the LoL segment of the VGA and a senior majoring in engineering. “We wanted to sort of bring the community together all in one place. I think the event went really well.” The championship matchup featured SK Telecom T1, a South Korean team, pitted against the Chinese underdog, Royal Club,
in a best-of-five tournament. As the event began, a countdown from 15 boomed throughout the room, and the crowd burst into applause as the first round got under way. While many fans cheered for their favorite team, some viewers came simply because they were players. “I wasn’t really rooting for either side,” said Kelly Martin, a junior double-majoring in geology and biology. “This is the first Video Game Association event that I have been, but I would like to go to more League of Legends events. I’ve been playing League for about a year now, and it’s great.” Others in attendance felt stricter allegiances. According to a poll conducted by applause volume, most of the room was supporting Royal Club.
“Even though SKT won the first two rounds cleanly, I think that Royal put up a really good fight,” said Alex Krupski, a freshman majoring in engineering. “SKT is definitely the favorite, but I just want to see a good match.” The match ultimately ended in a 3-0 sweep for SK Telecom T1, who won the $1 million prize. The crowd erupted into applause for the victors as they won the last round in a stunningly quick 20 minutes. “I’m very happy SKT pulled it out in the end, even though a 3-0 isn’t all that exciting,” said Steve Florentino, a senior majoring in mathematics. “League [of Legends] is very big at this school, and it’s cool to see a lot of people come out to watch.”
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2 stars lost in outer space 'Gravity' is miles above every other film in theaters Jacob Shamsian | Assistant Release Editor The elaborate shot that opens “Gravity” – a ballet that swoops up, down and around the Hubble Space Telescope and zooms in and out of the characters’ immediate spaces – is about 17 minutes long. Not that I checked the time – I couldn’t look away from the screen. The Russian government sends a missile to its own satellite,
blowing it up and sending debris hurtling at tens of thousands of miles per hour throughout space. It sets off a lethal chain reaction with other satellites and space debris. The debris strikes the Hubble telescope, killing NASA crew members and sending the androgynously named Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock, in a role that will almost certainly nab her an Oscar nomination) plunging through space, with Matt Kowalski (George Clooney)
not far behind. The first thing people will tell you about “Gravity” is that it’s visually incredible and overwhelmingly thrilling. The movie is set in outer space and renders the people and objects within it with careful computergenerated detail that would make James Cameron blush (Cameron called “Gravity” “the best space film ever done”). The Earth, an orb in swashes of blue, white and green, remains
in the background to remind us of how untethered we are, away from safe ground beneath our feet. The long shots are even more impressive than the ones in director Alfonso Cuarón’s previous movie, 2006’s “Children of Men.” The second thing people will tell you is that, despite a visual majesty that rivals Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the movie’s script doesn’t even come close to
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Kubrick’s smartness. It is little more than a survival story set in space. The dialogue, detractors say, is cliché, the backstory ham-fisted. The characterdeveloping elements are a distraction from the fun space ride offered by director Cuarón, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and visual effects supervisor Richard Baker (all wizards). The movie, in fact, has a lot to say. Stone is a doctor working in the Hubble Telescope. She’s a single working former mother – her daughter tripped and died on a playground at the age of four. Sounds like the stuff of an unusually expensive Lifetime movie, but Cuarón uses the story of Stone’s daughter to provide an example of the universe’s restless indifference to human life and its ability to kill for the simplest of reasons. This is juxtaposed with the main narrative of the movie: Stone’s determination to survive in the most hostile conditions humankind has ever reached. “Gravity” is obviously influenced by the visuals of “2001: A Space Odyssey” – it is perhaps the most technologically ambitious movie set in space since then – but Cuarón also responds to Kubrick’s ideas. In a 1968 interview with Playboy, around the time “2001” was released, Kubrick spoke about his relationship with the universe’s indifference.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment,” Kubrick said. “However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” Stone and Kowalski refuse to accept the “boundaries of death.” “Life in space is impossible,” the movie’s prologue tells us, and the movie spends the next 90 minutes proving that wrong. There is a shot in “Gravity” of Stone floating in fetal position with a space vehicle’s transparent circular hatch behind her. It echoes the final shot of “2001” of a baby, a superhuman, immersed in an orb of light, floating through space and looking at Earth. Both Cuarón and Kubrick are dealing with people facing extraordinary circumstances, but Cuarón has faith in humanity’s ability to face those circumstances. Kubrick, ever the pessimist, thinks that the indifference of our universe can only be faced by beings in the far future. Cuarón sets his movie in the present, among mankind’s greatest inventions, to show us the potential we already have, not only what could be.
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State Street gets zombified at monthly art walk Anna Szilagyi | Contributing Writer The undead took over the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, Oct. 4 with the annual Zombie Art Walk. The aptly named art walk takes place on the first Friday of every month, and the usual venues embraced a Halloween theme for October. Hordes of zombies limped and stumbled down State Street, covered in gore and hungry for brains. The modern zombie culture was presented with costumes from shows like “The Walking Dead” and movies like “Zombieland.” Immersed in their roles, participants donned ripped clothing and tomato-sauce blood, groaning at spectators. The opportunity for prizes, awarded to the best zombie costume, encouraged overthe-top blood and guts. Those who dressed up posed for photos and videos, proudly showing off their impressive prosthetic makeup and elaborate outfits. Costumes
ranged from your everyday zombie patron to corpse brides to a zombie Jesus. The walk was presented by the Gorgeous Washington Street Association and sponsored by Imagicka, the spiritual shop located on Court Street, as well as Merlin’s, a neighboring dance club. This is the fifth year of the apocalyptic tradition. In addition to Imagicka and Merlin’s, Lost Dog Cafe, Orion Beauty, Balance and other local businesses joined in on the eerie fun. Lost Dog decorated their cafe walls with creepy family portraits, offered a Zombie Apocalypse cocktail and staged a Halloween kick off dance party. Zombies and spectators alike could grab a bite, peruse the art galleries and have a good scare. “[The Zombie Walk] was really well done, and the costumes looked so realistic that someone scared me,” said Josh Levine, an undeclared sophomore. Other events included live music, with Merlin’s hosting
The Recycled Zombies, a local band that fit perfectly with the theme of the night. Belly dancers even performed at Merlin’s and Orion to “Thriller” and other festive songs. First Friday art walks give Binghamton University students an opportunity to see the culture of the surrounding area and get a break from the bubble of campus. The October art walk included the gala opening of the Rude and Bold Women Art Show at the Red Tent Studio, a collection of Wearable Art Masks at Parlour Noire, one new venue and other galleries that participate monthly. The annual Zombie Art Walk allows lovers of the paranormal to connect and express themselves by embodying their favorite undead creatures. The event grows every year, and it’s safe to say Zombie Walk is a vital Halloween tradition in Binghamton.
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Guest director presents a tour of Vienna in new film Jem Cohen brings art to life in 'Museum Hours'
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to a spot on the art that would normally go unnoticed. Those pieces are then juxtaposed by Jem Cohen’s wonderful film Cohen’s static shots of various “Museum Hours” was screened landscapes of Vienna, where the to an audience of students and stillness causes the eye to wander film aficionados Friday night around the image, finding little as a part of Harpur Cinema’s discoveries. “Passages” film series. Cohen also introduced his film in person and held a Q&A directly afterward. “Passages” refers to the places, things and objects used to transport oneself, whether imaginary or real, and “Museum Hours” kicks off the series fittingly. Cohen prefaced the screening by saying, “Everything is moving fast for everybody, maybe too fast,” and his film presents an antithesis of that. Set in the historic town of Vienna, which is defined by museums and art, the film follows a Canadian tourist who befriends a security guard at Kunsthistorisches Museum. They soon begin a conversation The nontraditional narrative about love and death, and also an relies on the curiosity of the unlikely friendship. viewer. Like a painting in a The film’s long, static museum, each image of the passages rely on the beauty of film is a portrait of everyday their subject. The camera often life. Cohen allows himself to be lies on close-ups of paintings, patient in a time where action specifically those of Bruegel’s, films use quick cuts and handheld capturing the texture of the paint cameras. The calm pace allows on canvas and directing the eye the viewer to look closer.
“Cohen allows himself to be patient in a time where action films use quick cuts and handheld cameras.”
All this surrounds the story of our heroine, Anne, played by Mary Margaret O’Hara, and Johann the guard, played by Bobby Sommer. The actors, like the paintings and the camera, seem so still, yet they bring the warmth and charisma of Hollywood stars. But the crux of the film is the museum, which is why this film fits so well into the theme of “Passages.” The museum in many ways is similar to cinema: a place where the viewer gazes upon art pieces that explore what it means to be human. Thus, the film is more interested in those who gaze upon the art than the actual art itself. The meta-storytelling never becomes heavy-handed — Cohen finds a lot to say about those who visit museums, as well as the slight voyeuristic eroticism of visiting itself. By the end, Cohen crafts a film that relies on patience and subtlety. It’s a humanistic piece, not far from a Bruegel painting. For a society where everyone seems to be in the hustle, “Museum Hours” takes its time to draw out its characters and themes and will be infinitely rewarding for those who give the film a chance.
Miley wrecks her Hannah Montana image in 'Bangerz' Jonathan Finkelstein | Staff Writer
Let’s get this out of the way: “Bangerz,” Miley Cyrus’ new album, is pretty awful. It’s a problematic, fractured jumble of what pop music has worn and handed down for decades. It’s about 10 percent killer and 90 percent filler. It’s packed with head-scratching guest spots and song titles with hashtags. And as it unfolds, its hyper-present title and culture-appropriating sounds stray ever further from the #DGAF attitude we’ve all grown used to since “We Can’t Stop” made us choke on our bowls of “twerk” SpaghettiOs. From a bird’s-eye view, Cyrus’ comeback album is more of a depressing soul-search than it is a romp through the sexual, nonstop party we’ve seen in her recent videos; but in the grand scheme, is the music even important? The answer is even more confusing and dismal than Cyrus’ Shania Twain-esque ballad “Maybe You’re Right,” which finds the former “Hannah Montana” star conceding to her haters in self-conscious vulnerability. Unfortunately, the 20-year-old’s newly shocking image has been crafted to overshadow her raw talent, popping up from time to time on “Bangerz” before getting buried under piles of messy production and rushed songwriting. And so Cyrus has
broken YouTube’s 24-hour view record and skyrocketed to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 for licking sledgehammers naked, not for real, catchy hits. Anyone who watched the “Wrecking Ball” video, got excited, pre-ordered the album and was sorely disappointed by the full experience is another victim of the manipulative plan of the American music industry — combine youth, violence and sex in videos, and the music doesn’t even have to be good. But to fully rail “Bangerz” as a failure and a vacuum for good pop is not fair. Past the downtempo zombie rave of “We Can’t Stop,” there are moments of beauty that shine through and remind us that Cyrus is not only a talented visual provocateur. Opener “Adore You” is one of the best post-Frank Ocean love ballads in 2013 and feels even sadder and more poignant in context with the star’s recent break-up. “#GETITRIGHT” gives us much-needed context about her perpetually taunting tongue and sounds like The Jackson 5 mixed with anything Pharrell has touched this year. Even a couple of the EDM tracks have merit — “Drive” beats Rihanna at her own avenged bad-girl game and “FU (feat. French Montana)” is the catchiest fusion of Calvin Harris and “Cabaret” in recent memory. Any of these songs have the potential to slay the charts and, knowing Cyrus and her arsenal
of visual collaborators (Terry Richardson, Diane Martel), we’ll get coerced into obsessing over them through reeling video. Everything else is a downward spiral. The semi-titular track “SMS (Bangerz),” which features Britney Spears in one of the most uninspired and perplexing cameos of the year, never gets anywhere or says anything. Its two-dimensional trap surfaces again and again throughout “Bangerz,” each time losing steam and outweighing the power of the album’s scant listenable sections. “Love Money Party” and “Do My Thang” are as literal as they can get, surpassing Ke$ha at the whole shameless sleazy shtick and attempting to turn Cyrus into some sort of selfproclaimed “sick southern belle, crazier than hell.” Instead, she just sounds like a high school kid at homecoming in 2007, trying to sing along to “Crank That (Soulja Boy).” This circles back to her image in “We Can’t Stop” as a Deep South member of the twerk team, but really doesn’t add up in juxtaposition with the traditional ballads and crossover country tracks that are scattered throughout the album. It’s irrefutable that “Bangerz” is inconsistent, but to deny Cyrus the celebrity gravitas she’s worked so hard for is more than unfair. On “Saturday Night Live” last weekend, she announced the official murder of “Hannah
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Montana,” kept up with the show’s comedy heavyweights and gave solid performances of her new tracks. Most of all, she had a gleam in her eye that was unforgettable, mirroring the intensity of her best and worst moments so far this year; the common denominator
in every instance is her passion for cultural presence, be it oversexed, offensive or merely sensational. Despite what Sinead O’Connor’s open letter to the star might claim, Cyrus is in control of her body and her mind. “Bangerz,” then, exists as the ramshackle
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ou meet someone. Say it’s at a party. Or even through class. Do you want to ask them out? Maybe ask for their number, see how that goes? No, wait, the normal first thing to do is post about him or her on the Internet. Right? Binghamton Crushes and Bing-U Secrets have entrenched themselves into our social lives. They’ve reshaped the ways we think it’s normal to approach and publicly write about others. As much as these sites seem to offer benign ways to vent or announce a crush to the world, what about the darker side and trickier questions? Binghamton Crushes and Bing-U Secrets thrive on anonymity, defamation, narcissism and voyeurism. Further, these sites establish a culture on our campus where it’s normal to post observations of other students that qualify as borderline stalking, creepy at best. Still, these sites are so woven into our social fabric that it’s neither weird nor uncommon to ask if a friend has seen a particular post. But what are the costs behind all these anonymous posts? Binghamton Crushes and Bing-U Secrets’ continued popularity is also confusing. That these
sites came about in the first place is no surprise; they have parallels on campuses across the country. But these sites have maintained their popularity both with posters and followers here in unexpected ways. Binghamton Crushes has almost 4,500 likes. That represents a sizable portion of the student body here. It’s hard to think of any other Facebook page with as many student likes. For reference, Pipe Dream’s page, which features breaking news and stories about campus life, boasts 2,635 likes. What need do Binghamton Crushes and Bing-U Secrets meet that we are otherwise without? Have we really grown so inarticulate and socially crippled that we need the anonymity of a keyboard to express our feelings? Instead of owning and communicating feelings of attraction, desire, loss or anger, we hide behind the veil of a computer screen … and that’s just for the posters. As
readers, is the entertainment that good? If so, who’s to blame? Technology? We are also taken aback by the posts that must be categorized as extreme. For instance, a post on Binghamton Crushes, from Oct. 6, reads: “Family Feud at Tom&Marty’s on Saturday, blonde kinda curly hair, you had on a flowy white shirt and pastel orange short shorts. I saw you once at a birthday party/pregame on Court st a while back…” This crosses the line of cute and flattering, entering cyberstalking territory. Back in the day, so we hear, people asked each other out on dates. This means that if you saw someone cute across the Spine on campus and wondered if he noticed you too, the normal thing to do might be to actually get up and talk to him. It’s not a bad idea, and it might work out better than creeping from afar and posting it on the Internet.
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BU is this area's economic and cultural life-force Without our University, the Triple Cities area would be bleak and bare When people ask you to describe where you go to school, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the “glistening” Downtown area? Or maybe the wonderful Town Square Mall, with its many appealing shopping choices — because who doesn’t love having a Walmart and a Sam’s Club in the same plaza?
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If you haven’t picked up on my sarcasm yet, I apologize. But in all seriousness, it is obvious that Binghamton University is the defining factor of this community at large. Having lived in this area for my entire life, I see how it genuinely comes alive from late August until early May. The Oakdale Mall, Wegmans and Target — all the “hot spots” of the Triple Cities — are overflowing with people during the school year. Compare this to the dullness brought on by the summer months, and it’s almost a completely different place. As a townie, I’ve witnessed this cycle from both the outside as a young observer and the inside as an enrolled student. Though I’ve only been a student here for a little over a month, my eyes have
already been opened to the true impact this University has had on my humble home in the past few years. In recent years, this community has been in decline, feeling the wrath of our country’s economic downturn and the downsizing of a number of large employers. Businesses closed, jobs were lost and the general quality of life deteriorated. It was clear that only a force as influential and significant as BU could bring this area out of the dumps. The school’s most obvious influence is in the Downtown area. Downtown Binghamton has come alive with the construction of 20 Hawley Street as well as the Twin River Commons apartments, both meant to provide greater offcampus housing for BU students. These luxury student housing developments spur investments in all sorts of other establishments. Because students move Downtown, we see new bars, restaurants and businesses open. The Downtown Center — our “Downtown campus” — has also allowed new life to permeate the city. Students living Downtown give rise to a more developed transportation system as they go back and forth between campus daily. Look at Restaurant Week. This campaign is meant to spread word about new eateries and, it seems, is attended predominantly by the University’s students.
Or even “First Friday,” a tradition that allows Binghamton’s emerging art galleries, businesses and restaurants to showcase their perks to the community — namely, the students here — on the first Friday of every month. The University is the force behind the emergence of new businesses, jobs and money throughout this area.
It was clear that only a force as influential and significant as BU could bring this area out of the dumps
will also give students a reason to stay here after they graduate. This project will help to repopulate the area with young, passionate people thirsty for success and ready to change the area they lived and learned in. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “START-UP NY” legislation is also sure to bring nothing but prosperity to this area — at no immediate cost. This project is meant to “entice companies to bring their ventures to upstate New York by offering new businesses the opportunity to operate completely tax-free … while also partnering with the worldclass higher education institutions in the SUNY system.” What better way to attract ambitious and determined people to rebuild this area than focusing on the gem in this otherwise gloomy valley — SUNY Binghamton? Gov. Cuomo has the right idea. Rebuilding and revamping this area seems like a no-brainer when you use this reputable and influential institution. Without the clearly positive effect of Binghamton University on our community, I am sure it would have furthered its initial decline after the economy’s downturn. There is no doubt in my mind that our school is the saving grace of this area.
And that’s not even mentioning the coming grand incubator project, funded by Broome County, the Industrial Development Agency and the Binghamton University Foundation. In early 2014, construction will begin on the incubator, a project meant to further engage this area with the University and its students. This $22 million venture, set on Hawley Street, will take ideas and technologies created at BU and convert them to new startup businesses, which will eventually lead to — Giovanna Bernardo is an undeclared future generations’ businesses. freshman. Not only will this bring even more industry and prominence to our area, it
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Gov't default will be worse than shutdown Republicans need to liberalize and loosen their stance on Obamacare It has been seven days since the United States government shut down. How much of a nightmare has it been? To the average American, not much. To the 800,000 government workers out of jobs, it’s been a hassle. To the rest of the world, it’s yet another sign that the United States’ resolve as a superpower is faltering. How can we lead the rest of the world if we can’t even keep ourselves running?
Ezra Shapiro Political Columnist
To the average American, none of this matters much. What will matter, though, is what’s coming in nine days. On Oct. 17, our government will run out of money to repay its debts. Now, it’s important to know that raising the debt ceiling does not mean that our deficit increases, nor does it authorize new spending. It simply means that the government is allowed to pay back money it already owes to debtors. We saw the prospect of a debt default raised before, in the summer of 2011. The government avoided a default, but just
narrowly. So narrowly, in fact, that our credit rating was downgraded for the first time in history. This time around, it’s far from certain that we will be able to raise the debt ceiling at all. Democrats and Republicans seem no closer to resolving the issue that caused the government to shut down in the first place — despite the dire consequences of debt default, the same faction of Republicans who caused the shutdown seems committed to causing a default unless their demand is met: the defunding or repeal of ObamaCare. It’s impossible to know what a government default would look like, but here are three forecasts from a group of bipartisan business leaders and economists: 1. Severe economic contraction, a return to recession and possibly a full depression. Not only would this mean massive job loss on Main Street, but also lower tax revenues and, ironically, even higher debt. 2. The disruption of Social Security payments. As the biggest holder of U.S. debt, the Social Security fund would be imperiled, having direct impact on the average American. 3. The U.S. dollar would lose pretty much all value. The secondlargest holder of debt is the U.S. Federal Reserve. Pretty much we’d
see instant inflation and a huge impact on worldwide markets. This is just the beginning of the fallout caused by a default. The question is, how the hell is a default now a serious possibility? In politics, there’s rarely a case as clear-cut or as unidimensional as this. The roots of both the government shutdown and the prospect of a default lie within the Affordable Care Act. There may be problems with the law, and it may be unpopular, but time and again opinion has shown that Americans would much rather have ObamaCare and a functioning government than no ObamaCare and no government. Yet Tea Party members like Sen. Ted Cruz and Speaker of the
How can we lead the rest of the world if we can't even keep ourselves running?
there are “negotiations” over ObamaCare, there will be neither a vote to reopen the government nor a vote to raise the debt ceiling. It’s not clear what Boehner means when he talks about “negotiations,” because there doesn’t seem to be much room for compromise when his one demand is the end of ObamaCare. So it appears that we’re barreling toward a default. That is, unless Boehner brings a provision-free budget bill to the floor to reopen the government — with 21 Republicans promising to vote to reopen the government without a repeal of ObamaCare, it would very likely pass. But Boehner refuses to let a vote happen, because if he does so he will likely lose his speakership. Here we have yet more proof of how dire our political situation has grown. When we can’t do something as simple as keep the government open, we’re in trouble. The only good news is that elections are next year. Maybe this time, we’ll put into office some people who can set aside ideology and actually get things done.
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Warm up to technology, one app at a time These phone hook-ups offer a good time, sexually speaking Once upon a time I used to say I hated technology when it came to sex culture, but you could say I’ve changed my tune. I’ve begun to accept that in our modern day and age, technology is here to stay.
Jake Lewis Sex Columnist
So, what better way to honor this change of heart than by writing about my new favorite apps to play with and talk about? Grindr is the granddaddy of all current dating apps. And it’s gay! Grindr was released way back in 2009 when we were so much more closed off from the world of technology, and meeting up with someone you met through your phone for sex was weird. Put simply, it’s a GPS for sex. A GPSex. Even today, Grindr is still going strong, but it has to compete with all the new apps, some of which I find ridiculously more fun. For instance, there’s also SmileBack. In this app, you send people smiles and they then have to
guess from a collection of faces who smiled at them. Get it right, and the app tells you that you have a match. From there, you can message each other. And if you get it right, you get free drinks at local bars like Dillingers if you meet up. So you can totally use this app to get drunk with someone you message, which could work to your romantic and/or sexual advantage. There’s also the money-savvy option to use SmileBack to fuel your weekend shenanigans by saying you’re interested in guys and girls, smiling at everyone, then arranging six to eight meet-ups to get all your drinks for free. Seriously, how great is technology? Some apps aren’t so straightforward. For instance, there’s Bang With Friends. Allow me to clarify: this app is not Words With Friends with the addition of sex. The way it works is you just indicate which of your Facebook friends you’re into, and then you message till you bang. That’s it. So bold, so brash, so bangin’. Of course, there’s always Snapchat. So Snapchat wasn’t intended to be a dating app — so what? Think about it: You must have noticed someone at some
point, maybe even yourself, use Snapchat with lewd intentions or content. I know people who have taken a shameful amount of nude snaps because they know they can make it a one-second snap. And who can take a screenshot in one second if they aren’t expecting nudes? Even when it’s not sexual, this app is hilarious. Honestly, I love seeing girls try to look cute but end up making hideous faces in public. So let’s keep Snapchat pride strong, because it makes me look like I’m messaging pictures to my friends when I’m actually taking selfies. My number one has to be Tinder;
and left to reject them. If they like you too, you’ll be alerted and you can start talking. You can play nice or you can get down and dirty, it’s up to you! There are two main reasons why I love this app. Seeing that people like you back is a confidence booster, and people message you some really funny stuff sometimes. I’d love to share stories, but I’m a Pipe Dream professional. The only issue I have with this app is that a lot of times I’ll end up talking to someone who doesn’t live close to Binghamton. It’s an “I like you but I’m not going to be driving out to Plattsburgh for your formal” sort of situation. As far as love and romance go, I don’t think I would put money into any of these apps. But as far as sex, flirting and entertainment go, I’d invest like McDonald’s invests in Monopoly. Maybe soon I’ll achieve the level of maturity it would take for me to check out sites like eHarmony and OkCupid. For now, it’s the most popular right now, and I’m a 21-year-old senior, and these life is a popularity contest. In this apps are crazy fun. app, you decide how much you like people based off a few pictures and — Jake Lewis is a senior minimal other information. Then majoring in English. you swipe right to approve them
Grindr is the granddaddy of all dating apps ... Put simply, it's a GPS for sex. A GPSex.
Luxury housing's false promises Don't sacrifice experience for comfort in moving off campus It’s the house hunting time of year again, folks. For firsttimers and the experienced alike, this process is stressful and can lead to breakdowns, damaged friendships and, perhaps worst of all, a shitty living arrangement. But one thing is clear through all the chaos: Just get me off campus. So where should we be living? I’m here to try to get you to ignore the pull of the “luxury” apartments of 20 Hawley Street and Twin River Commons, and get a real place Downtown.
Macon Fessenden Columnist
Price is obviously the biggest disadvantage to the luxury living. Rent starts at $810 for Twin River and $795 for 20 Hawley, maxing out at over $1000. Yes, this is per month. Leases are for 12 months, so that’s between $9,500 and $12,000 per year. This doesn’t include food, parking, gas or any other of the myriad hidden expenses you end up paying when you live off campus. But for so many of the rich Long Island natives who milk the teat of their daddy’s high-paying New York City job (of whom I am a proud member), price is about as much of a factor as whether or not Twin River has low-flush toilets. Part of going to college involves having experiences that will teach you how to deal with the real world. These apartment complexes are glorified dorms. No one living there gets the experience of having to deal with a landlord, fix your own minor household problems, install an AC or find street parking because your driveway is one car wide. As stupid freshmen and just slightly less stupid sophomores, we need to be pampered in dorms. We need a middle-aged woman to clean our bathroom because that’s what we were used to at home. But when junior year comes, the prospect of being thrown out alone on the streets with a worthless degree looms not so far ahead. At some point in your life you will be dealing with monthly utility payments and hot water problems. College is the best time to start to learn how to deal with these issues. One of the duties of a student in a small, struggling city like Binghamton is to take ownership of the city and leave it a better place than before you came. Giving your money to big, national real estate and
development companies doesn’t do nearly as much economic good as supporting local homeowners who are renting out their houses. Yes, real estate companies own many of the houses and apartments, but they are local businesses. Alfred Weissmann Real Estate, Inc. (20 Hawley) is located in Rye, N.Y., and the Newman Development Group (University Plaza and Twin River) has offices and property in three states: New York, Pennsylvania and California. That’s not local. Another problem often raised with non-luxury Downtown housing is safety. I know not everyone feels safe walking all the way down Seminary Avenue at 2 a.m., but neither I nor any of my friends of either gender has ever had a problem walking home late at night. There are definitely sketchy people in the area, but after living Downtown for a while you get the idea that they don’t mess with students. The police have an incentive to keep students safer than normal residents. Without a safe Downtown, no one will live there and the economy will suffer. Also, as the recent fire in 20 Hawley has shown, the luxury apartments aren’t danger-free.
The hard truth is that recent college graduates don't live like kings and queens It will take about 15 years after graduation for the luckiest of us to be able to afford apartments or homes at the level of luxury that 20 Hawley and Twin River boast. The hard truth is that recent college graduates don’t live like kings and queens. They scrape by, sharing shitty apartments with too many people and not enough hot water. Coddling students as juniors and seniors is going to send them into the world unprepared. We are already going into our careers with degrees that don’t prepare us for what lies ahead. Let’s try and have some control over our lives during those hard first years out of school. — Macon Fessenden is a nonmatriculated graduate student. He graduated in Spring 2013 with a degree in environmental science.
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UVM nets two second-half goals to beat Binghamton Bearcats winless in last six matches after offense doesn't capitalize on early opportunities Oliver Oks Contributing Writer
Carrying a 2-6-2 record into America East play, the Binghamton men’s soccer team hoped for a fresh start. Vermont had other ideas, though, and treated the Bearcats to a 2-0 defeat at Virtue Field in the conference opener for both teams. Binghamton (2-7-2, 0-1 America East) has not won since Sept. 13. Second-half goals by Vermont freshman midfielder Jackson Dayton and freshman forward Brian Wright propelled the Catamounts (7-1-3, 1-0 AE) past the Bearcats, who did not capitalize on a few solid firsthalf chances. The most favorable opportunity came in the 42nd minute when freshman midfielder Mike Kubik rebounded a miss by senior forward Marts Reid-Warden. Kubik’s shot, however, sailed high. Junior forward Steven Celeste registered three shots in the opening nine minutes, but none found the back of the net. “We started the match pretty well,” BU head coach Paul Marco said. “We were on top of the game in the first half … we had better opportunities to score goals. They didn’t have much in the first half, and when halftime came I was a little disappointed that we weren’t leading at least one-nil.” After the scoreless first half, the Catamounts took control in the second, outshooting the Bearcats, 9-3. The Bearcats were unable to get into a groove, while Vermont went on the attack as a myriad Catamount forwards opened fire on BU sophomore keeper Stefano Frantellizzi, who finished with five saves on the day. The Catamounts dominated in the
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Taking the LSAT Saturday morning did not prevent junior midfielder Ben Nicholson from taking the field at Vermont in the afternoon.
first 10 minutes of the second half, scoring both of their goals during that span. In the 52nd minute, Dayton took a pass from freshman forward Bernard Yeboah on the left side of the penalty box and struck in the near post for the first score of the game. It was Dayton’s first career goal. The Catamounts gave themselves some insurance just four minutes later when Wright chipped the ball over Frantellizzi and into the net after a broken play. Freshman forward Shane Haley set up on the goal on a quick no-look
pass to earn the assist. “[The Catamounts] raised their level of competitiveness,” Marco said. “They fought a little harder. The difference in the game, I thought, was their two strikers who started to impose themselves physically on our backs, and we had a hard time dealing with that.” Junior midfielder Ben Nicholson, who currently has a 4.0 GPA, was originally scheduled to take the LSAT exam in Binghamton on Saturday morning, but was able to take it to Burlington as a standby. After taking the
XC teams struggle at Lehigh Men, women each place outside top 25 Jeremy Pepper Contributing Writer
The Binghamton cross country teams battled uncomfortable temperatures of about 84 degrees on Saturday at the Lehigh Paul Short Run, and neither team cracked the top 25. The men’s team came in 26th out of 47 teams in the gold race, while Indiana University took first place. The women’s team’s 34th was out of 45 teams in the brown race with Holy Cross finishing first. “It was a really rough day because of the heat,” BU head coach Annette Acuff said. “The performances are really hard to evaluate because of the conditions. We had some kids that ran okay, and some that didn’t handle the heat very well.” In the men’s race, senior Vasili Papastrat finished first for the Bearcats with a final time of 25:18, placing 84th overall in the 8,000-meter race. Junior Matt Johnson finished second for Binghamton and 132nd overall with a time of 25:40, while senior Jason Santos rounded out the Bearcats’ topthree with a time of 25:43, good for 145th overall.
Harvard senior James Leakos took first overall with a winning time of 23:13. For the women, freshman Alana MacDonald led the Bearcats, clocking a time of 24:13 and finishing 145th overall in the 6,000-meter race. Sophomore Lizzie Greiner finished 172nd with a time of 24:30, and freshman Eileen O’Hara followed in 196th with a time of 25:03. Senior Jessica Scordino of Mansfield University earned first with a time of 21:13. “It was an unfortunate day
… under good conditions both teams have been doing pretty well,” Acuff said. The teams will split up for their next action. The men’s team is set to travel to New Jersey on Oct. 19 for the Princeton Invitational, while the women are scheduled for the Central Connecticut State Mini-Meet on Oct. 25. The upcoming competitions will serve as the last tuneups before the America East championships, which will be hosted by BU on Nov. 2.
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exam, Nicholson came back to anchor BU’s midfield later in the afternoon to complete a whirlwind day. The Bearcats will now work to end a three-game losing skid and a six-game winless streak when they host UMass Lowell during homecoming weekend. The River Hawks (2-9, 0-1 AE), in their first season in the America East, are scheduled to face NJIT on Wednesday. Binghamton ranks sixth in the America East with 0.64 goals per game. In order to get back on track, Marco said the Bearcats will need to regain
their offensive footing. “Once we find that guy who can start scoring goals for us, things will all change quickly,” Marco said. “We’re looking forward to a great week
of training, and we’re really looking forward to playing Lowell on Saturday.” Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
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Golf places third at Binghamton Collegiate Invitational Monday’s afternoon downpour forced the cancellation of the Binghamton Collegiate Invitational with the last round still on slate. All of Monday’s results were wiped from the scoreboard, reducing the tournament to an 18-hole event, and Binghamton finished third in the team standings. Laval took the title with a team score of 276 (-12).
BU senior Bryce Edmister led the Bearcats to a 283 (-5) score with his 70 (-2) mark. Edmister, who tied Canisius sophomore Hunter Sagar for fifth, has now posted topfive finishes in each of his last four outings. Juniors Josh Holling and Jack Sedgewick and freshman Kyle Wambold tied for seventh with 71.
Softball honored by NFCA Seven Binghamton softball players received Scholar-Athlete honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, helping the Bearcats to an All-Academic team accolade for the 2012-13 school year. Seniors Jessica Bump, Mikala King and Colleen Dougherty and 2013 graduates Jessica Phillips, Kate Price, Shannon Kane and
Rhoda Marsteller all eclipsed the 3.50 GPA required to earn the award. King and Marsteller each finished the 2012-13 academic year with 4.0 GPAs. As a team, Binghamton posted a 3.223 GPA, easily surpassing the 2.90 cutoff for All-Academic team honors. The Bearcats ranked 70th among the 105 Division I teams to meet the NFCA’s standards.
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Bearcats earn first AE win before falling to Hartford Binghamton rides season-high .255 hitting clip to four-set victory over Providence Julia Sciortino Contributing Writer
The Binghamton volleyball team played to a weekend split on the road, beating Providence on Friday before falling to Hartford on Sunday. The win over Providence was the Bearcats’ first in conference play. Despite a 27-25 first-set loss to the Friars (9-10, 2-1 America East), the Bearcats (3-12, 1-2 AE) posted a season-high .255 hitting percentage for the match to sweep the next three sets at 25-21, 25-20, 25-18. Binghamton head coach Glenn Kiriyama attributed the Bearcats’ first conference win to good ball control and impressive individual performances. “We handled the ball very well, which gave us a lot of opportunities,” Kiriyama said. “Any time we pass well it really opens up our offense.” Senior captain and middle hitter Grace Vickers held a match-high 17 kills at a .640 hitting clip. Kiriyama credited Vickers with helping the team’s passing and serving take shape. “Grace has been a pretty dominant hitter in conference, and the matchups she faced against Providence helped her,” Kiriyama said. Junior hitter Kristin Hovie contributed 15 kills of her own, and junior setter Amanda Dettmann distributed a gamebest 48 assists. The Bearcats maintained a steady advantage throughout the entirety of the second set, allowing them to even up the match. During the third set, a match-high hitting percentage
of .314 and crucial kills by freshman outside hitter Kelly Leach and sophomore middle hitter Megan Burgess allowed BU to come out on top. In the fourth set, the Bearcats managed their largest lead of the match, 22-13, sparked by three kills from Vickers. Freshman outside hitter Allison Hovie ended the match with a kill and service ace.
ties and six lead changes before Hartford escaped with a 25-23 win. A 4-0 run in the second set gave Hartford a 12-8 lead, and the Bearcats could not get any closer than a three-point deficit for the remainder, losing the set 25-15. Hartford continued to cruise in the third set, hitting at an impressive .400 clip while Binghamton hit a match-low .061 to drop the final set, 2512. “We saw some improvement in certain individuals, but as a team, it was a little disappointing we didn’t play as well against Hartford,” Kiriyama said. “After this weekend, we saw the things that we need to work on. We definitely want to improve our blocking and continue to improve our offense.” — Glenn Kiriyama Hartford outhit Binghamton BU head coach with its season-best .352 mark, totaling 51 kills to Binghamton’s .148 and only 29 kills. Defensively, Binghamton Offensively, Allison Hovie totaled nine blocks to led Binghamton with a teamProvidence’s seven. Senior high 11 kills, and Ortiz led the libero Xiomara Ortiz posted defense again with 19 digs. a match-high 20 digs, while Kiriyama praised Hovie’s Dettmann contributed 12 and consistency in her performances Leach pitched in 10. and is pleased that she has Against Hartford on Sunday developed into a leader on the afternoon, the Bearcats outside as a freshman. dropped to an all-time record of The Bearcats are off from 19-4 against the Hawks (7-12, game action until this weekend 1-2 AE) after falling in straight when they’re set to host Stony sets of 25-23, 25-15, 25-12. Brook on Friday and UMBC on The opening set included 10 Saturday.
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Senior middle hitter Grace Vickers posted a match-high 17 kills against Providence on Friday en route to BU’s first America East victory of the season.
BU hopes to get back on track against Great Danes After hot start, Bearcats just 1-3-2 in last six matches, still shooting for first conference win Jeff Twitty Contributing Writer
After a heartbreaking 1-0 double-overtime loss against UMBC last week, the Binghamton women’s soccer team will look to bounce back against Albany on Thursday. Ranked seventh and eighth, respectively, in the America
East standings, the result of the Bearcats-Great Danes contest could prove pivotal come quarterfinals at the end of October. Binghamton (5-4-2, 0-1-1 America East) gave UMBC all it could handle, outshooting the Golden Retrievers 15-7 throughout the match. However, sophomore forward Alexa Quaranta, who was named
AE Player of the Week on Monday, fired a shot just inside the right post in the 106th minute to secure a conference win for UMBC. The loss dropped the Bearcats to 1-3-2 in their last six contests. Albany (1-10-1, 0-2-1 AE) has had struggles of its own this season. Winless since August and fielding a defense
that has surrendered 36 goals in 11 games, the Great Danes have room for improvement in their remaining five games of the regular season. In its latest matchup against common-rival UMBC, Albany nearly sparked a comeback down 2-1 in the 81st minute, but a late free kick by the Retrievers sealed Albany’s fate in the 3-1 loss.
“It should be a good matchup, [the Great Danes are] a hardworking team,” BU head coach Sarah McClellan said. “To win this game we’re going to have to work hard and cover tons of ground.” Earlier in the season, the Great Danes’ offense put up four goals in a close loss against Cornell, which held the Bearcats scoreless in their matchup. Both teams also managed ties in their respective contests with New Hampshire, leaving each with one point in the conference. The Bearcats have not beaten Albany since 2009. Three days after its trip to Albany, Binghamton is scheduled to face conference leader Maine at the Black Bears’ Alumni Field. Maine (53-4, 2-0-1 AE) will host UMass Lowell on Thursday before
welcoming Binghamton on Sunday. “Right now we’re in a good place,” McClellan said. “We’re in a state of readiness, and the team seems very much committed going forward.” The BU-Albany game is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Bob Ford Field in Albany, N.Y.
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Catamounts extend Binghamton's winless streak to six matches
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