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Digital poetry fuses art, lit. Professor examines electronic medias Carla Sinclair
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While a picture is worth a thousand words, there is no accounting for art made from words. As part of the Harpur College Dean’s Workshop in Visual Culture series, or VizCult, Jeroen Gerrits, an assistant professor in the comparative literature department, discussed digital literature with a group of professors and students. Digital literature, or textbased art, is created using digital mediums such as computer coding. It is a relatively new art form that can only be created and viewed on computers. “We are all familiar with new media: We use laptops and iPhones, are constantly connected to the web, interact on social media, stream music and videos online and so on,” Gerrits said. “But we are not very familiar with art and literature that actually makes use of new, digital media. What I’m interested in is the question, how is literature made specifically on a computer or for the web different from print literature, as well as from film?” The presentation outlined different concepts and examples of digital literature, as well as the issues surrounding the medium. According to Gerrits, digital literature can come in different forms. However, he focused mainly on poetry as the way digital literature transcends the boundaries between art- and object-hood. The digital nature of the art means it doesn’t exist as a physical object. Digital literature and the dialogue surrounding it serves to explore the question of not necessarily how it is, but how it works and what the patron sees. Poetry in the form of digital literature is made up of animated text on the screen, which gives a new dimension to the meaning and perception of the piece. The art is therefore based on the perception by the viewer, not as it was intended by the artist. “I got to know it because of my interest in contemporary film and poetry generally, but it wasn’t love at first sight,” Gerrits said. “Digital poetry is very difficult and when you first encounter it, you don’t really know how it works. It can be intimidating too because you need to know about computers as well as about literature to enjoy it.” “Mesostics for Dick Higgins” by Miekal And was one of the pieces used in the presentation. It is made up of a series of 17 poems constantly in succession, revolving
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Reduce air pollution Prevent water and land contamination Improve national security
Jobs created for each million of expenditures spent on producing energy Kendall Loh/Photo Editor
Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., speaks Thursday evening in Science I against the possibility of shale gas development in upstate New York. The talk was sponsored by NYPIRG, in coalition with Vestal Residents for Safe Energy (VERSE), I.D.E.A.S. and Democracy Matters.
Research indicates that renewable energy sources are more economically viable Davina Bhandari
Assistant News Editor Amid ongoing debate regarding the economic benefits gas drilling could bring to New York state, Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., delved into the often exaggerated realities of a potentially destructive industry. “Despite all the industry rhetoric, I’m here to tell you tonight that shale gas development will really not be
good for the economy of New York state,” Barth said. “It will not create a lot of good jobs for New Yorkers, and it will devastate the economy in other ways.” Shale gas, which has become an increasingly important — and contentious — source of natural gas in the United States, and its development has been a topic of focus for Barth, an economist with Pepacton Institute LLC, a research and consulting organization. Sponspored by New York
Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), in coalition with Vestal Residents for Safe Energy (VERSE), I.D.E.A.S. and Democracy Matters, Thursday night’s event, titled “Frackenomics,” revolved around the concept of moving past fossil fuels. Barth has spent the last five years investigating economic claims made by the gas industry. She believes, according to her research and work experience, that renewable energy will help
the New York economy in ways that fossil fuels cannot. Matthew Lemke, projector coordinator for NYPIRG, also encourages investment in renewable energy, not fossil fuels. “CO2 in the atmosphere is at its highest level ever, the sea levels are rising and politicians are crippled by inaction and special interests,” Lemke said. “If we don’t do something soon, it’s going to have drastic consequences on our environment, on our health and on our way of life.”
Barth focused on tackling sweeping claims made by the oil and gas industry, which say that shale development will bring a lot of jobs to New York state. She urged caution in choosing which sources to listen to because “numbers can be highly exaggerated.” After looking at the economic situations of counties that allowed shale gas extraction,
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Students celebrate Italian language, culture Performances include Dante readings, original songs, poems and skits Madeline Gottlieb Contributing Writer
A celebration of Italian language and culture brought more than 70 students together at this year’s Italian night. Binghamton University students taking Italian classes spent Thursday night enjoying the country’s culture, food and performances. Dana Stewart, an associate professor who teaches Italian 241: Conversation and Composition and Italian 481A: Dante’s Inferno, organized the event. “Every semester or year for the past several years, we have
gotten together,” Stewart said. “It’s a chance for students of all levels of Italian to get together and celebrate their progress and celebrate Italian.” With a room full of students majoring in Italian, taking Italian classes or who just like Italian culture, attendees and performers were able to display their knowledge of Italian language and culture. “It’s fun for the beginning students to see what the advanced students can do, and it’s for the advanced students to give encouragement to the beginning students,” Stewart said. Performances included poems, small skits and some
songs. Robert Milano, an undeclared freshman, wrote his own song in Italian for the event. “Because I’m a musician, I took Italian because it would
help me in writing and going around the world. I wanted to write a song because I love the language and its fluidity. It’s very romantic,” Milano said. Alexandra Iannelli, a sophomore majoring in medieval and early modern studies, performed her own poem. “The poem that I wrote myself that’s based off of Dante’s poem that we learned about in class,” Iannelli said. Students from Stewart’s Dante class performed “The Divine Comedy” from Dante’s “Inferno,” and her conversational Italian students performed a song called — Nino Samiani “Sentimento Pentimento.” “I came for my class to Father of alumna perform, and I’m also 100
“It's nice to see people want to learn about Italian language and culture”
percent Italian. I felt at home,” said Gina Natoli, a student in Stewart’s Dante class and a junior majoring in economics. Allison Licciardi, an undeclared freshman, also performed a poem for the large crowd. “It was really scary, but then once you’re up there, it’s really not that bad,” she said. The event featured pizza donated by Endicott restaurant Consol’s Family Kitchen and traditional Italian cake and a cookie cake decorated with an Italian flag. There was also a performance of an Italian Christmas story, a
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PAGE III Friday, November 22, 2013
Police Watch A lighter take on campus crime
In a Nov. 19 article titled “Recording studio means business,” the band Rivergazer is incorrectly referred to as River Gazer. Clarification In the standalone photo on Page 3 of the Nov. 19 issue of Pipe Dream, the caption states that the event “Damsels in DeStress” was held by the Women in Business. The event was cohosted by Women in Business, along with Hillel and L.O.C.K.S. (Ladies Owning their Curls, Kinks, and Straights).
What if he’s actually from two states? FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2:00 p.m. — Officers responded to Lecture Hall to return stolen property, said Investigator Patrick Reilly of Binghamton’s New York State University Police. The suspect, a 19-year-old male, had his wallet stolen and when the police recovered it, they noticed two false IDs in the wallet, one from New York and the other from Connecticut. The officers confiscated the IDs when they returned the wallet to the suspect and referred him to the Office of Student Conduct. ‘Roid Rage SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2:49 p.m. — Officers responded to the West Gym lacrosse fields due to a complaint of a fight in progress, Reilly said. The suspect, a 44-yearold male, allegedly grabbed the arm of his 17-yearold male teammate and started swearing and screaming at the victim. This was reportedly not the first time the suspect put his hands on another teammate. When the officers responded, there was no physical altercation, just the suspect screaming and grabbing the arm of the victim. The officers were able to pull the suspect away and advised both parties to stay away from each other.
Just pretend you’re not here MONDAY, NOV. 18, 1:08 p.m. — Officers responded to Smith Hall in Hinman College in response to a call about the smell of marijuana, Reilly said. When officers got to the suite, the door was open, and they found the room within the suite from which they believed the odor was coming. The officers proceeded to knock on the door but no one answered. The officers went back on patrol afterward. Nick Vega, we told you to stay away from the ICD TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 7:45 p.m. — Officers were called to the Institute for Child Development due to a call about a suspicious-looking male outside of the building, Reilly said. The workers were afraid to walk out to their cars because they allegedly saw a short Hispanic male wearing a tan sweatshirt who looked to them to be menacing. Officers saw no one by that description when they responded, and they escorted the workers safely to their cars.
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Students debate marijuana methods Vaporizers and pipes take a hit, joints and blunts smoke competition Joseph Hawthorn News Intern
In a joint collaboration with students from a variety of majors and backgrounds, students spoke Thursday night to give students the blunt truth about the best ways to smoke marijuana. Debaters from Rhetoric 354: Argumentative Theory argued for joints, blunts, pipes, bongs and vaporizers in front of a lecture hall packed with over 100 students. Early in the debate, Jeffrey Aberman, a senior majoring in history, said that the stakes were high. “If the Constitution is the supreme law of the United States, then the joint is the supreme law of marijuana,” he said. “In peace rallies for change, a common device was shared among groups. ” Aberman rolled out famous American examples, like James Franco, Seth Rogen, Snoop Dogg and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to illustrate his point. “That’s [Rogen and Franco] live at the MTV Awards smoking a J. Snoop revolutionized music in the ’90s,” he said as he presented a slideshow of celebrities. “Even Arnold, smoking a J with no problem.” Aberman’s popular culture references lit up the competition as the other debaters responded and presented their own arguments. “How many people here have a piece?” asked Richard Correa, a senior majoring in economics, referring to bongs. “Everybody has to give theirs a name.” One student admitted that he, in fact, owns a bong named Chubs. “See, Chubs is a dope name,”
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Students from Rhetoric 354: Argumentative Theory debate the most effective methods to smoke marijuana. Students argued for joints, blunts, pipes, bongs and vaporizers to an audience of over 100 students in Lecture Hall Thursday night.
Correa said to that student. “There is a distinct and beautiful bong culture.” Students held their breath as Jesse Tolentino, a senior majoring in philosophy, pitched an argument in favor of blunts. “When you roll a blunt, it’s like you’re in control, you’re making something,” he said. “Everyone gives you pats on the back, and everyone is coming to you to roll their blunts.” Minutes later, Tolentino presented an image of 10 hands protecting a blunt as it was lit in windy weather. “The picture is just the experience in a nutshell,” he said. “Black, white, all races, everyone was just trying to get it lit.” While cannabis brought the presenters together, their
preferences proved divisive at times. “You said you took a bowl that fell out of a man’s pocket,” said Megan Durkin, a junior majoring in psychology. “Do bowls cause theft?” Although Aberman shared many common arguments with Tolentino, he expressed concern for younger students influenced by blunts. “You say there is a strong culture,” Aberman said. “But do you think this is a negative influence on kids, all this talk about blunts?” Other arguments about pipes and vaporizers focused on health and cost efficiency. “The primary concern of marijuana is inhaling marijuana smoke,” said Kayla Starmer, a junior majoring in integrative neuroscience. “A vaporizer might cost a bit, but how many hundreds would you be willing to possibly
spend on an oncologist?” Based on student cheers after the debate, however, joints and blunts smoked the competition. “Some people care more about health factors, but some people care about enjoyment and culture,” Correa said. “Who here smokes? Does anything do it like a bong, people?” Even though presenters disagreed about some of their peers’ recreational choices, organizers said they were blown away by the turnout. “We thought it was something that would appeal to a lot of people and a lot came through. It was clearly fun, we got a lot of laughs and good points all around,” said Zach Rosenberg, presenter for pipes and a sophomore majoring in actuarial science.
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Italian night displays culture
Barth: fracking does not create jobs
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story about a student’s growth through speaking Italian and a skit about two girls who studied abroad in two different parts of Italy and ended up falling for the same guy. Nino Samiani, father of Binghamton alumna Rachel Samiani, came to perform four songs for the crowd. “When you hear Italian, you automatically think of family. So I’m going to sing a favorite song of my mother’s, my father’s and my daughter, Rachel,” Samiani said before he began. Starting with the song “Speak Softly Love” and ending strong with the classic “That’s Amore,” Samiani said he was pleased to be able to perform for the attending students. “It’s fun,” Samiani said. “It’s nice to see people want to learn about Italian language and culture. And being full-blooded Italian, I like to see that.” This Italian night is an event that ties the Italian program at Binghamton University together with the local community. “We have such a thriving Italian community here locally, and we’re interested in maintaining and strengthening that connection with the community, so we’re really happy to become involved,” Stewart said.
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Al Tricomi, a retired English professor from Binghamton University and a member of VERSE, speaks for positive involvement from the campus and local community Thursday evening in Science I. Keynote speaker Jannette M. Barth asserted that “shale gas development will really not be good for the economy of New York state.”
FRACK continued from Page 1 Barth concluded that there were few benefits. “The results were that the unemployment rates were higher, poverty rates were higher and household income levels were lower … in the gas-intensive counties,” Barth said.
Similar results have been found across the United States, the highest levels of long-term poverty tending to be found in the very places that were once the sight of thriving extracting industries, according to Barth. Barth continued to explain that counties that did not rely on fossil fuel extraction as an
economic development strategy had higher growth rates, more diverse economies, better educated populations and a small gap between high- and lowincome households. Her research covered different states as well, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas and Ohio. “While natural gas production grew by 87 percent in West Virginia, only 916 jobs were added, and the gas-intensive counties in West Virginia experienced a rise in the unemployment rate from 4.4 percent to 6.9 percent,” Barth said. Promises of job gains from fracking have been made across the country, but that reality has been slow to materialize. Additionally, industries vital to the economy of upstate New York will take major hits because of shale gas development. “We need energy, we need jobs, we don’t want to destroy our great upstate industries, landscapes and clean water that New Yorkers love, enjoy and rely
Gerrits explores e-lit LIT continued from Page 1 around a base letter in each line of the poem. The takeaway from the poem is dependent on a number of variables, including the speed of Internet connection, which affects the speed of each individual word loading and making up the new poem. The problem with some types of e-lit is that changes in technology
can affect how it is viewed. The comparative literature department had to install Windows 95 onto computers to view some e-lit. VizCult is a series of different speakers from the art history department and others, exposing different ideas and concepts along different disciplines. “What I take away is an exercise in thinking scholastically,” said Sidney Dement, an assistant professor in Russian. “The things he spoke about were outside of my
field, but I still understood, and it expands my knowledge.” Courtney Chung, an undeclared sophomore, said that the talk helped her broaden her academic scope. “It’s nice to be involved in an academic setting by your own choice in a subject you may not have necessarily had any interest in or would not usually have access to,” Chung said. “I think I will be taking advantage of these events more often.”
on,” Barth said. “So is there a solution? Yes, there’s a far better alternative.” Students in attendance echoed the beliefs of the event’s speakers. “I was glad to hear about the wind, water and solar alternatives,” said David Rodriguez, a junior majoring in geography. “They were reasonable enough that I could
see them being implemented in the near future.” Al Tricomi, a retired English professor from Binghamton University and a member of VERSE, encouraged action in order to see change, as did Barth. “Know your power,” Tricomi said. “We’re hoping that you will become activists, or at least active in your verbal opposition to fracking.”
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Thompson hosts trivia contest Students put their knowledge of BU to the test for $100 gift card Eva Moss
Binghamton University students were challenged to show how much they know about their school on Tuesday at Dean of Students April Thompson’s BU trivia event. The event was created by Dean’s Team members Monique Bloomfield, a senior majoring in Japanese, and Okuya Baatarkhuyag, a senior majoring in accounting. “Our goal for the semester is that we have to find a way to either get students engaged outside of the classroom or have school spirit, and my partner, Okuya, and I decided to go with school spirit,” Bloomfield said. “And we decided … trivia to test how much students know about the school they go to would be great for that.” Ultimately, Team Watson brought home the first-place prize, which was a $100 gift card to the University Bookstore. “It’s great, we are winning … we don’t play to lose. I’m here with my friends so it’s a good time,” said David Zhou, a member of Team Watson and a senior majoring in management. The competition consisted of several different rounds of questions, with 19 questions in total. “The questions range from the city of Binghamton itself, to how many academic buildings there are on campus,
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Students participate in Dean of Students April Thompson’s BU trivia contest Tuesday night in the Undergrounds. The competition consisted of several different rounds, with the first-place winners taking home a $100 gift card to the University Bookstore.
to questions about the origin of the University,” Bloomfield said. Jared Helfand, a junior double-majoring in management and finance, and Sambrit Adhikari, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering, were the emcees for the evening. Some students were able to use their involvement on campus to gain a competitive edge. “I am doing a project on Binghamton University alumni, so I also know a lot about Binghamton because of surveying alumni,” said Natalia Beltre, a member of
Team Watson and a sophomore double-majoring in history and philosophy, politics and law. Several fraternity members of Alpha Epsilon Pi showed up to the event to show support for their friends on the Dean’s Team. “This is a great event because it allows students the chance to take a break, relax, enjoy friends’ company and learn some information about our University,” said Andrew Topal, a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi and a senior double-majoring in economics and political science. Team Watson, Team Vinegar Strokes, The Flightless Falcons,
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”It [my tattoo] is an original hamsa tattoo on my forearm by Chris DePinto, a somewhat famous NJ tattoo artist.The hamsa is an ancient Jewish sign of good fortune and prosperity representing the hand of God. It consists of an eye to ward off the superstitious evil eye, and some cabalistic numerical/ symbolic significance … I’ve always been interested in this design from a young age. I do not consider myself religiously Jewish, but culturally Jewish. Judaism to me is fond memories of holiday gatherings, the sentimental food dishes we eat together and most importantly, my family. This tattoo is so important to me because half of it is an original design by the artist while the other half is almost an exact copy of a hamsa necklace my mother got for me when I was young. To me, this tattoo represents my cultural roots and is always a reminder of my mother.”
Odeya Pinkus Contributing Writer
While tattoos are slowly becoming more commonplace in society, pop culture still has a way of stigmatizing them as rebellious or unprofessional. TV might make it seem like your only options are an Ed Hardy sleeve, a quote from Tumblr or a design gone so awry
that it’s featured on TLC. However, taking a moment to find out the stories behind someone’s body art can prove that compartmentalizing in this way is both incorrect and impossible. Whether we’re inked or not, we pass people with tattoos every day, not realizing that almost
“It’s a black silhouette of a hummingbird with some etched out areas in a swirly design. Then there is Hebrew writing below it that translates to ‘flutter.’ I got this tattoo with my mom and my sister, and we all have the exact same one. I have always wanted to be a bird, higher than anything with no predators and have complete freedom to go wherever I want. The three of us have always had a ‘thing’ for hummingbirds, so it only seemed appropriate and my mom drew out the design for the bird. I am also Jewish and my mom and sister are Israeli, so I thought it would be nice to have another language that was meaningful to me.” — Sophia Mosner-Koor, sophomore majoring in cinema
“I have a tattoo of a sunflower that represents my mother who passed away when I was 9 from lung cancer. Sunflowers were her favorite flower — and every morning when I was little she would wake me up before school by singing ‘Good Morning Sunshine’ so I decided to get it in honor of her when I turned 18. The design originally started out simple — a black and white flower with 13 petals — because that was my mom’s favorite number. I didn’t want it to be too large because it wasn’t supposed to be flashy. I worked with the tattoo artist, and we decided that adding color would make the tattoo more vibrant and alive, which is how I want to remember my mom. It also has the Latin phrase ‘in omnia paratus’ that surrounds it, which translates to ‘ready for all things.’ This reflects the personal struggle of dealing with her death and growing up with a single dad and two younger brothers. I have also moved around a — Christina Jones, freshman majoring in integrative neuroscience “My only tattoo is wrapped around my left ankle. Completely done in my mom’s handwriting, it says ‘I love you to the moon and back,’ and there is a teal ribbon connecting the first and last word. My mom passed away in 2010 from an eight-year battle with ovarian cancer. She would always say the phrase, ‘I love you to the moon and back’ to me, and the words will always hold a special place in my heart. Because my tattoo is done as a replica of her handwriting, I know that I will always have
every piece was thought over, designed carefully and holds great meaning to the person who has it. The following six Binghamton University students proved just that as they sat down with Release to discuss their tattoos and the stories behind them.
“My tattoo is on my ribs … it is the last words my grandmother said to me before she passed away. She wove me over to her bed and whispered into my ear, ‘You are a good kid, never forget that’ … It is important to me because I was not always the nicest kid and my grandmother even right before she passed still believed I was, and despite all the wrongs I have done she told me otherwise. My next tattoo will be my family crest that I am getting with all of my three brothers either on my calf/left shoulder blade. Because mostly every family crest has been altered in some kind of way my brothers and I compiled a bunch of really sick ideas and basically made our own coat of arms with our heritage flag and the basics but added our own touch-ups.”
— Evan Schulz, junior majoring in environmental studies.
— Russell Broere, junior majoring in financial management
“I have a pair of wings above both my ankles. These signify both my interest in angels of Judeo/Christian/Islamic religions as well as other mythologies while making me super fast. Not really, but I like to pretend that they do. I got them the day after my 18th birthday, and I had to go to my super Roman Catholic grandparents right after with the pads still taped to my ankles. Despite the angelic connotations to my ink, they didn’t seem to approve very much. On a related note, I also really don’t care. I love the mythos of angels and the principles that they represented as these fearful guardians of an intangible force, but I also love mythology and tricksters which are agents of change within society. To combine these two I have feathered wings above my ankles, the symbol of angels and of Hermes, the ancient Greek trickster god. The pagan reason was hidden because my grandparents are pretty devout Catholics, though.”
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— Kelly Vest, sophomore majoring in biology
— Camryn Benjamin, sophomore majoring in nursing
A guide to grocery shopping like an adult
Enough with shopping at Hinman and living off Easy Mac — it's time to get your life together Gabriella Ginsberg | Staff Writer Playtime is over, kids. Your mom isn’t going to drive three and a half hours to deliver you macaroni and cheese, and Night Owl just doesn’t cut it anymore. The day is fast approaching (or may have already come) when you need to arm yourself with the proper ingredients for adulthood. Namely, food that you buy at the grocery store. Here are some helpful tips for navigating the garishly lit aisles.
Plan ahead As we all know, Wegmans is the Magic Kingdom of grocery stores. It has an unstoppable bakery section, cheese samples all day and even a cool train that winds around the ceiling. Exploring such a vast wonder world is a great way to kill upward of two hours, but it’s just as easy to leave with nothing besides pumpkin beer, Nutella and a sub. Equip yourself with a wellthought-out list of ingredients with staples like pasta, chicken, eggs, rice and milk. And plan to make your meals for the week
during the weekend or whenever you can spare a few hours. You will emerge victorious. Don’t be afraid of coupons Life isn’t extreme couponing. You don’t need to turn into your grandma to go grocery shopping, but coupons can be a shining beacon of savings once in a while. Some stores (including Wegmans) double coupons, which is nice. That 75-cent Pantene shampoo coupon just turned into $1.50 worth of savings. Certain stores like Target even have apps that auto-load coupons, and you just wave your phone at checkout. If
you want to go the extra mile, sign up for the store card for inhouse savings. Be prepared to make quick decisions If the kale on your list is out of stock, don’t spend 20 minutes bemoaning the vegetable selection in existential crisis mode. Have a few alternatives in mind — this is especially vital in the cereal aisle — and move on with your life. Embrace the idea that other stores exist Surprise: Wegmans is not the only grocery store around. You
also may have noticed that it’s slightly pricier than, say, Weis. Consider taking a field trip to Price Chopper for a different selection. Furthermore, the German-owned store Aldi, located on Upper Front Street in Binghamton, is a college kid’s dream: They’re fantastic at knocking off namebrand products and selling them at about one-third of the price. Some of the produce can be sketchy, but it’s a great stop for reasonably priced cereal, canned goods, breads and dairy products. Limit yourself. It’s easy to go crazy and buy 16 packages of
double-stuffed Oreos, a candy jump rope and a chocolate-filled sympathy card for yourself. But try picking one junk food or candy that you really like for that week and stick to it. This is particularly difficult for people whose parents restricted their junk food intake while growing up. Being calm and admitting that you are powerless over junk food and that your life has become unmanageable is the first step to recovery. With these steps, you should be ready to shop like an adult and a true grocer. Good luck, Godspeed and happy shopping!
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GenEds that should and shouldn't exist Let's ditch the lab sciences for public speaking and sex Rebecca Porath | Staff Writer
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We all need more money, here are the best ways to get some Odeya Pinkus | Contributing Writer It’s almost December, which means that the leaves have fallen, finals are approaching and you can’t tell which will hit zero first — the temperature or your meal plan. The end of fall means that all the money you made slaving away as a waiter or lifeguard in your hometown this summer is nearing its end. You’re already considering how to avoid the desperate scramble for five bucks just to get into the Rat, and how a trip to the Lost Dog Café could become more than a fantasy. It’s time to consider picking up another extracurricular activity: a job. Release tracked down the best and most lucrative positions on campus. 5. Water Safety Instructor — This job is something of a double-edged sword, but it made the list because starting pay is $11.60 an hour. Job description includes holding weekly swim lessons for children and adults. For the average swimmer it is generally regarded as an easy way to make big money. Now for the downside: You’ll need an American Red Cross Certification for Water Safety Instructor. If you’ve got that, then start applying! For those who don’t, however, such a class could cost around $500. The investment could be worthwhile, though, as certified swim instructors are sought after year-round. 4. University Bookstore clerk — While this job generally pays minimum wage, it makes the list for other
reasons. For those looking for a job with a variety of important responsibilities, the bookstore employs students to administer and collect textbooks, work at the register, help customers or restock inventory. “For me, working at the bookstore is great,” wrote Peter Kenigsberg, a senior double-majoring in English and philosophy, politics and law. “The hours are very reasonable with the ability to take on one or more shifts at four hours apiece. I’ll be honest, it’s tough during the start or end of a semester because of textbook buying and returning respectively. But throughout the remainder of the semester, it’s a very comfortable environment to work in. After renovations are done next semester along with the new “Marketplace,” working at the bookstore will probably become one of the most attractive student jobs on campus.” If you can handle the first few weeks of textbook season, then this may be the job for you! And new opportunities will become available with the new expansions in the spring. 3. Tour guide — Maybe you’ve overheard as they discussed Binghamton’s delicious dining options or our claim to fame, Flo the Progressive Lady. Almost every student here has seen, if not taken, one of these famous campus tours. The job pays minimum wage, but is very much enjoyed by those who take it. “I love being a tour guide,” wrote Ashley Zachariah, a
junior majoring in English. “I started off as a summer tour guide and am now a year round tour guide. Being a tour guide is the best experience I’ve had here at Binghamton. I’ve met so many nice people and have learned so much about Binghamton University. And i earn $7.25 an hour (before taxes).” This job is great for anyone who is outgoing and loves to meet new people. Employees say that hours are accommodating and that the job is a great addition to a resume.
The money you made slaving away as a waiter or lifeguard in your hometown this summer is nearing its end. 2. Tutor — Tutoring is a great position for anyone who’s passionate about a class that they have taken. If you meet the grade requirements, tutoring only requires an application, an interview and the will to teach! Tutors can work in small groups, give review sessions and offer walkin hours, all while making $9.75 an hour. In addition, this job is an opportunity to help students and to be an active, helpful part of the BU
academic community. 1. Off Campus College Transport worker — This job is rumored to be one of the highest-paying jobs on campus, and it isn’t without warrant. Drivers start working for $9 per hour and can earn up to $14. Drivers generally work two-hour shifts, so finding time to make some extra cash won’t be a problem. Yes, there is training, but it’s well worth the result. “There was enough training, it wasn’t a lot, it wasn’t a little,” said Evan Flury, a senior double-majoring in music and history. “They are really flexible … any time you have, they work around that. It’s oddly therapeutic, which isn’t something you’ll hear a lot of people say. Yes, there is a management system, but I get on my bus, I do my runs, I do my job … and the pay is good.” For those who aren’t into driving, those employed as bus monitors can make anywhere from $8 to $12 on Friday and Saturday nights. If you are strong of will and deal well with the inebriated, then you might be helpful in keeping order as buses make the holy pilgrimage to State Street. Binghamton is full of opportunities, but they do go fast! Make sure to periodically check out BU’s eRecruiting site to find out about all the available jobs in the spring. In addition, B-Line notifies students about applications for certain positions, such as tour guide. If you’re looking to make some extra dough, then get applying, get working and then you can blow it all Downtown.
No matter how many APs or IBs you took in high school, you’re going to have to take a few general education requirements at Binghamton University. No matter how trivial or pointless certain classes may seem, especially in your intended field, you will never be able to wear that green cap and gown without GenEds. While many students do not argue with the idea of general education requirements, what they want are skills that they will actually need in the real world. Below is a list of courses that should really be GenEds and certain GenEds that would be better left off the list. Courses that should be GenEds One course in sexual education — While a heath and wellness class may already be a GenEd, it’s doubtful that you’re actually going to get any real sexual education out of this requirement. As college students, we may already know about the basics of the birds and the bees (hopefully), but we aren’t necessarily fully knowledgeable about sex. When parents are out of the picture and hook-up culture is in full swing, college students have total sexual freedom for the first time in their lives. This means multiple partners, unprotected sex and a whole new bunch of STDs we’ve never heard of. What we need is health class 2.0, classes where instructors and students can have frank discussions about topics such as abortion, Plan B, date rape, the legal ramifications of spreading an STD and the proper usage of contraceptives. One course in acting or public speaking — The “O” GenEd is kind of a joke. Face it, that five-minute presentation in Writing 111 was the easiest part of the class, and you probably read your part off of an index card. Instead of an “O” that can be fulfilled as part of another class, there should actually be a class where students are forced out of their comfort zone for an entire semester. In this society of texting, Facebook chatting and tweeting, we millennials are required to speak less and less. But job markets see public speaking as an invaluable asset. In fact, public speaking is the No. 1 fear in America. This GenEd would not only provide general speech skills such as improvisation and voice projection, but would also strengthen confidence. One course in real world skills — Aside from the lucky few in the School of Management, the rest of us will be thrown into a fiery pit of
taxes, mortgages and the DOW, whatever that means. Sure, we can have our moms teach us how to budget and balance a checkbook, but wouldn’t it be nice if we had one class that could teach us how to be a successful adult? A simple review of investments, health insurance, loans, the stock market and all of that good stuff would be more useful than humanities, pluralism and global interdependencies combined. One course in basic understanding of our country’s politics and geography — The state of our student body’s political and geographical awareness is dismal, to say the least. BU is certainly not to blame; it’s simply our generation. Most of us get our news from social media and could not, if asked, identify all 50 states on a map. The University should certainly address this lack of general knowledge by requiring a class in current politics. Courses that should not be GenEds Laboratory Science — The mathematics requirement is understandable. Every adult should be able to do basic equations, as this helps with logic and problemsolving ability. A lab course, on the other hand, is completely irrelevant as a GenEd requirement. Unless you are on the pre-med or prehealth track, there is no need to subject yourself to science. We all took science in high school, so why must we continue to learn about cell biology, chemistry principles or observational astronomy? Please tell us, what use is science in the life of an English, art, theater, Spanish, political science or any other nonhealth major? Foreign Language — Foreign languages should of course be valued in a college setting. The country is becoming increasingly diverse, and the biggest markets stretch globally, not nationally. But is one semester in a language going to have any impact on a student? Chances are, one language course will not make you fluent. Being multilingual is a great asset in today’s society, but it should be up to the student whether or not he or she wants to seriously pursue learning other languages. Multiple writing credits — Every college student should be required to take one course in writing, that’s for sure. Writing is too undervalued in high school education, and students should be able to, at the very least, generate coherent thoughts on paper. But unless you are going into a field where writing and literature are necessities, only one class in the subject should be required.
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50th Anniversary of Dr. Who
Nov. 23 is a day that will go down in history. One of England’s most renowned cultural icons, One Direction, announced an entire day in its own honor for the release of their third album, “Midnight Memories.” All eyes will be on Harry, Liam, Zayn and the other two. No show about an eccentric time-traveling alien that’s coincidentally celebrating its 50th birthday on the same day will be able to compete. So to help keep things fair, here are some reasons why you should be excited for the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who.” 1. Doctor-on-doctor action Isn’t it always fun to watch a crazy person argue with himself or herself? That’s actually a big part of the anniversary. The special Day of the Doctor will have the Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith, team up with his previous incarnation, the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant. Although they played the same character, each actor
brings an entirely different personality to the role. When the past and current doctors collide, it reaches a level of self-deprecation few could dream of. Everything from catchphrases to TARDIS interiors will be insulted. There’s even a new incarnation of the Doctor, played by John Hurt, whom the other two doctors refuse
to talk to. What better way to relate to an alien that’s lived for hundreds of years than knowing he also has to deal with an elderly, drunken relative around Thanksgiving? 2. Your friends won’t talk about “Doctor Who” as much If you haven’t been caught in a conversation with a diehard Whovian yet, consider yourself lucky. Many fans can’t contain themselves as the 50th anniversary approaches. This is not in a figurative sense either. If “Doctor Who” fans don’t openly fantasize about David Tennant’s hair once every 24 hours, they’ll become a danger to themselves and consider publishing their opinions on Tumblr. And 16-year-old girls will rip them to shreds in between writing fan fictions. There will be no mercy. Because of this, Whovians can become a mix of both confusion and annoyance to those around them who don’t watch the show. You get it,
bow ties are cool, and they’ve made their point already. Why won’t they just move on … Oh god, why are they talking about fezzes now… Fortunately, once the 50th anniversary comes and goes, you won’t have to worry about that so much. The fuel for the flames will be depleted. After about a week, they’ll all go back to complaining about why it’s taking so long to make the new season of “Sherlock.” 3. David Tennant is back! Honestly, this should be the only reason that counts. David Tennant, as mentioned before, is the man who played the previous incarnation of the Doctor from 2005-2010. He’s responsible for bringing many fans into the series. He brought the charm, charisma and bulging eyes of someone tweaking out on meth. It was, surprisingly, a much-needed addition to the series. He has been widely
regarded as one of the best actors for the role. His return is another chance to enjoy him and his hair. It’s just so fluffy. Like, goddamn, if you could run your hands through that beautiful mane, all the wisdom of the world would be at your fingertips, and everything would seem French as you screamed “Allons-y” at the top of your lungs. But it’s important to move on from that. 4. All the great new snacks you can make In an effort to celebrate, BBC has released recipes based off the series, which include mini Dalek cakes. The Daleks have been known to wipe out billions of lives for the sake of becoming the superior race, but don’t let that stop you from exterminating your hunger in the form of chocolate death. There’s also a recipe for fish
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Although they played the same character, each actor brings an entirely different personality to the role. fingers and custard. The odd pair was used as a joke on the show, but now the disgust can be genuine and in your own home.
Music from around the world under one roof The Music Alliance Pact is an global music blog for anyone looking for some new tunes Nathan Partridge | Staff Writer Have you ever wondered what good music is coming out of Japan these days? Or have you pondered what those metalhead Estonians are cooking up in Europe’s Baltic northeast? Have you even given any thought to the goings-on in Indonesia’s underground indie scene? The Music Alliance Pact is here to quench that thirst for new, global music. MAP, which celebrated its fifth anniversary last month, is an online
Have you pondered what those metalhead Estonians are cooking up in Europe’s Baltic northeast?
gathering of multinational and multilingual music blogs that releases a monthly playlist of songs selected by each blog to represent different countries’ new music. The project has grown immensely in its five years, from 12 participating blogs in the first edition in October 2008 to 35 in October 2013. Every blog represents a different country, and every continent besides Antarctica is represented. Release spoke with Jason Cranwell, MAP founder and editor of The Pop Cop, the collection’s Scottish contributor, about the project’s history, successes and where he hopes to take MAP in the future. MAP began as many ideas do: with the recognition of an issue and the realization that there is a better way to go about it. Cranwell began to notice just how much time he spent sifting through the hordes of music blogs searching for quality new music, and how much more difficult the task became when he factored in his interest in music from
other countries, many of which featured languages that he did not even understand. “Since there was -and still is- such an intimidating volume of new music out there, trying to discover which of it was actually worth listening to was a challenge in itself,” Cranwell wrote in an email. “You only have to look at the success of bands such as Sigur Rós to realize there is so much great music out there that doesn’t come from the over-exposed territories of the UK and North America, so I thought MAP would be the perfect way to unite a global audience.” The idea struck him: Why not take some of the greatest music bloggers from all over the world and get them together, in one place, to share their country’s best new music with readers and listeners of all different nationalities and backgrounds? Cranwell began enlisting some of his favorite music bloggers to join him and found that virtually everyone who heard his idea latched on immediately.
“In terms of putting it together for the first edition in October 2008, I simply emailed blogs that had the traits I was looking for in a MAP blog … explained the concept of the project and asked if they wanted to get involved. Pretty much all my first choices said ‘yes,’” Cranwell wrote. Organizing MAP is an understandably daunting task. Every blog chooses its own song for a given month’s edition and provides a short description of the piece and artist in English, but once they have finished and send it in, responsibility lies solely with Cranwell. “I set the deadlines and guidelines; I error-check, proof-read and edit every submission,” Cranwell wrote. “I liaise with all of the MAP bloggers, both collectively and individually, to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible; [and] I identify and recruit new members.” The success of the project can be seen in its growth. Regardless of readership, which is high due to the popularity
of the participating blogs, the project itself has grown to almost three times the size of its first edition. This month’s edition of MAP features a diverse array of music typical of its recent playlists, including songs in English (sung mostly by non-native speakers from Asia, Europe and beyond), Spanish, Portuguese and even Indonesian, as well as instrumentals ranging from subtle acoustic atmospherics to post-hardcore. That means that readers of The Pop Cop or any of the other participating blogs are discovering more good music from more countries and in more languages, which is exactly what the project was created to do. “I am very proud of what MAP achieves,” Cranwell wrote. “It uses the principles of internet teamwork and global collaboration to increase the exposure of some of the best up-and-coming artists out there, while offering blog readers one of the most diverse, free-to-download compilations to be found on the net every month.”
MAP has grown so much more than expected that it is sometimes hard for Cranwell to keep up. While he has entertained thoughts of a MAP festival or tour, at the moment he is happy to continue doing what has made MAP a resounding success and what has pleased independent music fans from around the world. MAP provides a great service to the modern, globalized world: It breaks down some of the last barriers that separate us in a hyper-connected world and allows us to come together and celebrate the things that make us, our countries and our cultures unique. In a world where cultural differences have historically been dividers, it turns the equation on its head, for the better. MAP is published on all participating blogs on the 15th of every month, with links to each blogger accompanying their respective song selection for the month. Readers can find this month’s edition of MAP on Cranwell’s blog, The Pop Cop.
If Pokemon Were Real
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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis ACROSS 1 High-__ 5 Cheek or lip 9 1983 film in which Mr. T plays a hack named Samson 14 “Typee” sequel 15 Luau entertainment 16 Shrink slowly 17 Channel buildup 18 Early forefather? 19 #1 tennis player for much of the ’80s 20 Sales taxes, e.g. 23 The yoke’s on them 24 Asylum seekers, briefly 28 His first words to Alice were “Your hair wants cutting” 31 Barring 33 Half a dance 34 Big name in astrology 35 Rampant 36 Dele breaker? 37 It became two states on 11/2/1889 40 Janis Ian album “Working Without __” 41 Utah’s state flower 42 Monster Park NFLer 43 Banned pesticide 44 Old Roman being 45 Barnum “attraction” 46 1943 Bogart film 48 Barber’s sprinkle 49 Import replaced by the Echo in 2000 55 Poly- kin 58 Jokester Johnson 59 Mont. neighbor 60 Gelatin garnish 61 Layer 62 National park near Springdale, Utah 63 “Vissi d’arte” singer 64 Not slowing down a bit 65 “__ Cassius has a lean ...”: Shakespeare
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Leaving a Mark
n a constantly changing world, what can you hold on to for the rest of your life?
It’s impossible to have a sophisticated conversation about tattoos without taking into account the questions they raise about permanence, art, perception and class. We express ourselves in increasingly ephemeral and fluid ways. A status update from last week is irrelevant, ancient history. Tweets roll in and out of our psyches as Instagram photos pass before our eyes, noticed and forgotten in a breath. Take Snapchat, the epitome of short-lived messaging — popular solely for how it allows users to send transient, self-deleting photos. Social media sites beg us to constantly reload, reload, reload. Tattoos force us to stay. Stay put, they say. Focus. Take me in; I will be here awhile. And that’s certainly part of the appeal of getting inked. If you decide to get a tattoo, you’re making a commitment, the effects of which could very well extend throughout and beyond your life. Our Release section this issue features the stories
of six students’ tattoos. All of them, and many other students, have significant meaning attached to their body art. For some, tattoos are a way to commemorate a lost loved one. For others, particularly meaningful lines from literature or songs may merit inscription in flesh. Religious beliefs also inform the way many students feel about tattoos. A popular myth claims that a tattoo disqualifies someone from being buried in a Jewish cemetery. While traditional Jewish values and law strongly discourage Jews from getting tattoos, the idea that a tattoo prevents one from being buried in a Jewish cemetery has no basis. Even the most Orthodox Jews will admit that this myth is a common misconception. Some students, in fact, have tattoos that express elements of their faith. As students, we’re also concerned about the stigma associated with tattoos in the workplace. While tattoos may have once been veritable markers of rebelliousness
or even depravity, they are becoming more and more common, and we expect negative associations to drop away with time. Not to mention, a few years down the road, it will be our generation doing the hiring. We doubt a surgeon with a half sleeve would remove an appendix less skillfully than one without tattoos. The connotation is slowly dissipating that ink represents a “lifestyle,” or that it says anything about who someone is or the quality of work he or she is capable of producing. That said, we do encourage our fellow job-seekers to be judicious in considering their tattoo placement. Does your prospective ink pass the “business casual test” — that is, could office attire cover your tattoo if necessary? If so, as far as we’re concerned, your body is your own. The decision of if or how to mark it is yours alone. Make it count, make it real, and in a world of four-second Snapchats and fleeting statements, don’t be afraid to make it permanent.
Carefully scrutinize innocuous terms and conditions if you care about your data
So, you think you’ve got nothing to hide? As privacy slips further and further from reality to an illusion, now is a better time than ever to stop and take a look around. Every text or email you’ve sent and every phone call you’ve made very well may keep you from getting a job in the future. With a little bit of cash, anyone may have access to this information in our lifetime. The government already does. This tone may sound like that of a paranoid author who believes President Barack Obama wants to take our guns so he can murder our families, but it’s hard to ignore the facts: Corporations and our government are digging deeper and deeper into our personal lives at an alarming rate. Consider this: Google has the right to take any idea stored on one of its services and use it for the company’s own benefit. For instance, a user uploads schematics of a new computer to Google Drive. Google may take that user’s idea, modify it and
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use it for its own “services.” LinkedIn goes a step further and has a right to “publish,” “copy,” “process” or do just about anything it wants with content you submit to the website. The retort “Well, you agreed to it, so that’s tough” simply does not apply here. America has always prided itself as being a bastion of capitalism — a system based entirely upon an individual’s rights. Denying Americans their privacy is against the very fabric by which this country was formed. Services like LinkedIn are crucial to gain employment and stay competitive in this shaky economy. There is something completely unfair regarding the notion that if citizens don’t surrender their ideas, privacy and data, they become less marketable when searching for a job. Companies like Yahoo amend their terms of agreement without even notifying users. Even if most people don’t read them, this type of corporate behavior requires regulation. And the brakes need to be applied to the third party doctrine, a loophole that allows the government to bypass the Fourth Amendment by receiving information from companies like Google and Facebook, as opposed to directly invading your privacy.
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No legislation has been passed to defend Americans from these new, vicious terms of agreement. This has to change in the future, or we might as well be living under the communist regime in China. While the European Union certainly has some privacy issues of its own, companies are required by law to disclose what personal information they have collected from their users. This would be a good starting point for the United States. Instead of being forced to turn over data for free, an individual could receive a cut of the profits companies are making off of them. If not, they could opt out of turning over their data and use Internet services for free. Trusting the government to provide a remedy to this situation is certainly disheartening, especially considering the Edward Snowden leak last June. However, the Washington Post reported last month that 74 percent of Americans believe the National Security Agency is violating our privacy. This means that hope is still
alive, and Americans still feel their privacy is important. Last December, Instagram made an amendment to its terms of agreement that allowed the site to sell any users’ photos to other businesses without any compensation. Due to public outrage, Instagram was forced to remove this revision from its terms of agreement. As a generation that warmly embraces change, evolution and technological innovations, it’s certainly easy to remain apathetic toward issues like this. But when the average citizen takes a stand and makes noise, change does happen. Going forward, Americans must continue to apply pressure to Capitol Hill, as well as corporations. Our gaze must always be set toward a brighter future, while also remembering an old cliché: Nothing in this life is free.
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Deplorable eating disorder article crosses the line
Off-putting piece which advises dating girls with body images reflects larger societal problems Giovanna Bernardo Contributing Columnist
A few days ago, one of my friends drew my attention to a sardonic, but ridiculously offensive article that popped up on her Facebook news feed recently, titled, “5 Reasons to Date a Girl with an Eating Disorder.” Even before reading the article, I had a problem with the title and the very fact that it was making fun of women with psychological disorders, implying these sicknesses are beneficial to men. However, I read on just to see how far such an article would go to get a laugh. I was appalled at how obscene and ignorant it was. The reasons for dating a girl with an eating disorder can be summed up in the article’s five main points: “Her obsession with her body will improve her overall looks,” “She costs less money,” “She’s fragile and vulnerable,” “Probably has money of her own” and “She’s better in bed.” To me, these ideas are illustrative of our
country’s very superficial tendencies, where there is an increased emphasis on how someone looks, despite what he or she did to achieve that. The inherent narcissism of modern American society stretches to our dependence on social media, where your worth is determined by how many followers you have on Twitter or how many likes you got on your Instagram selfie. But I digress. Such an offensive article exemplifies the American media’s attack on women and how there is a very rigid, standard set for our looks. Women are expected to be skinny and fresh-faced, with makeup and hair done because that’s what the women on the covers of Cosmopolitan and Seventeen look like. Who wouldn’t want to look like the Heidi Klums and Gisele Bündchens of the world, because clearly that’s what men are attracted to based on this horrible article? What happened to being yourself? What happened to wearing what you wanted, when you wanted (and not to please the boy in your life)? There is nothing wrong with being fit, wearing makeup and doing your hair as long
as it is for the right reasons — because it makes you happy, not for the boy you’re texting. More to the point, such a degrading article is symptomatic of the seriously damaging effect of the media on women today, where they are so desperate to be just as skinny and perfect as the Victoria’s Secret Angels that they will develop these eating disorders to finally attain that perfect body. This all raises the question: Where do we draw the line? If this serious topic serves as a joke for today’s America, what does that have to say about our country? Last time I checked, psychological and debilitating diseases, such as bulimia and anorexia, were not funny or for the enjoyment of the boy that girl is dating, such as suggested in the article on ReturnOfKings.com. The author even went as far as stating that, “It’s a well-known fact that crazy girls are exceptional in the sack. A girl with an eating disorder has just the right cocktail of pent-up insecurity, neuroses, and daddy issues to ensure that your whole building knows every time you’re beating it up.” How does anyone, especially the “crazy girl” with said “right cocktail,” take that kind
of a statement? Even if it is a joke, it’s been said that there’s truth in jest, and it’s very possible that some men out there actually do think like this. I honestly think these types of articles should be reported on Facebook because of the implications of their crude humor. Girls, of any age, are more than just objects to boys. We do not need to subject ourselves to radical diets or absurd workout regimens to achieve that ultimate “sex kitten” body. What is saddest about this repulsive article, however, is that it doesn’t even take into account the girls that actually have eating disorders and the effect of such “jokes” on them. They have these diseases because they are truly sick. I have a friend that has an eating disorder, and it is clear that she has a psychological problem when she considers her 98-pound self disgusting and feels the need to run for hours a night to finally achieve her dream body.
The jest stemming from the overly body-conscious society we live in, such as in this article, is only going to make the conditions of these girls, like my friend, worse. These articles are not only feeding into the problem, they are becoming the problem. Where do we draw the line? Let’s start by not writing these morally repugnant articles that contribute to the selfobsessed tendencies of this country. At the risk of sounding like a cliché, let’s start focusing on what’s on the inside now, so we can save the next generation from a world dominated by these outrageous articles that consider “a girl with a mild-to-moderate eating disorder — that hasn’t excessively marred her appearance — is today’s best-buy in the West’s rapidly plummeting dating market.”
Such an offensive article exemplifies the American media’s attack on women
— Giovanna Bernardo is an undeclared freshman.
Not your grandpa’s ballgame Hold on to your own views Major League Baseball sees controversial changes David Forrest Contributing Columnist
With the 2013 Major League Baseball season now officially over, baseball fans will once again have to face the long, cold winter without their beloved boys of summer. However, when fans tune in next spring, they may be watching a vastly different game. Instant replay is another step closer to changing the game forever, thanks to the endorsement of the commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig, and 75 percent of major league team owners. Selig has apparently rethought his staunch anti-replay position and is set to introduce the measure in January, pending the approval of unions representing umpires and players. Almost every decision on the field is likely to be subject to review under the new system except for balls, strikes, check swings and foul tip calls. Managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until the completion of the game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will send its ruling back
to the ballpark. While the details of instant replay are to be ironed out in the coming months, a larger question looms over the issue: Should Major League Baseball introduce instant replay in the first place? Although instant replay would certainly mean big changes for America’s pastime, those changes would be for the better. Any avid baseball fan like myself can recall many instances where the umpires have gotten a call horribly wrong. Sometimes these blown calls work themselves out later in the inning and are forgotten. But far too many calls have drastically affected the outcome of a game and are remembered long after the game is over. Perhaps the most infamous blown call within the last few years took place on June 2, 2010 in a game between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. The Tiger’s pitcher, Armando Galarraga, was one out away from a perfect game when it was snatched away from him by a clearly blown call by the first base umpire, Jim Joyce. Although Joyce apologized immediately and was ultimately forgiven by Galarraga, the incident must be taken at face value; a pitcher was robbed of a perfect game. While instant replay is certainly a step in the right direction for Major
Instant replay is another step closer to changing the game forever
League Baseball, the proposed system is not the best option. The challenge system does not always work well in the NFL, and it is certainly not the best system for the MLB. Challenge plays in the NFL make the game significantly longer, something that the MLB cannot afford as many people already complain about the length of baseball games without review. In addition, MLB managers could potentially abuse the system and use challenges simply to disrupt a pitcher’s rhythm, or to give a relief pitcher more time to warm up in the bullpen. Rather than introduce this flawed system that gives a manager the power to arbitrarily disrupt the flow of the game, Major League Baseball should introduce a system similar to the one in place in the NCAA. In this system, an extra official reviews each play from the broadcast booth and radios down to the officials on the field if he or she detects an error. This system would be good for baseball because it would eliminate the problems of blown calls while preventing managers from strategically using their challenges at the same time. This system addresses the fact that human error is a controllable part of the game without giving managers the authority to undermine umpires. Instant replay is not “an attack on the game,” as many of its opponents view it. Rather, it is an attempt to improve the game by ensuring that a history-making effort cannot be ruined by human error. — David Forrest is a junior majoring in political science.
Ideas about sex will always elicit opposition Jake Lewis Sex Columnist
Society’s perception of sex has been touched on frequently in writings about sex, including my own. What needs to be addressed here is that for every individual opinion on something in the very broad field of sex and relationships, there is a vast amount of opposition in our society. If there is incredible opposition for a single opinion, take all of your views on sex together, and it might seem like you face insurmountable odds. Take a discussion on body image for example. One of the most prominent opinions in society is that the beauty standard set primarily by the media is out of control and people should love their bodies without feeling the pressure to look like Barbies. It would be amazing if society would completely support that opinion. However, there’s a lot of adversity. Fashion, advertising and media outlets typically promote certain body types over others, though positive coverage is also appearing more in the mainstream.
There’s also the atypical opposition. Some people out there say being skinny or not “curvy” is hideous and disgusting. People who work out a lot get stereotyped as being meatheads. You can find antagonism for every body type out there. My point is this: Society isn’t here to coddle us. It’s not going to consistently empower the sex you have, the people you’re into or any of the other views on sex you may have. Societal change is always needed; we certainly see that when it comes to issues like body image and sexuality. Still, we’ve also seen with these issues that society doesn’t respond to change with any form of immediacy. While we work on creating this change in society, we also have to take a minute to reconcile our sex within ourselves. In this reconciliation, we have to try to remove ourselves from society. That’s impossible to completely do, but at our core we must have some beliefs that are steadfast in regards to sex. Society may say you should look a certain way, but what do you believe? Who do you believe is the perfect partner? Are one-night stands good or bad things? It’s even okay to believe that some of the ideas that the majority of society
conveys are correct. I mean, those beliefs must be there for some reason, right? Asking yourself these questions is a great first step to becoming a more sexually confident person. Take these core values and build your sexual self around them. When we talk about all of these awful themes we see regarding the realm of sex, we tend to forget that they’re just opinions. Becoming confident in yourself is a way to combat negativity in the form of these opinions. Once we become confident in ourselves, I feel we open the door to create the greatest amount of change. Others who see us believing in ourselves, regardless of what society says, become motivated by our stories and our presence. We then create positivity to combat society’s negativity. The opinions of society will always be there. The younger we learn to combat them, the better off we’ll be. Combining the concepts present within the social change we wish to see with sexual confidence gives us the ability to hold out and be able to fight for a better future while society catches up to our beliefs. — Jake Lewis is a senior majoring in English.
Who you calling townie? Students are too rough on locals We should embrace, not disparage, people from the broader Binghamton community Anita Raychawdhuri Contributing Columnist
All the time on campus, I hear derogatory comments about “townies.” People here seem to think that the locals have no teeth and are dirty, uneducated hicks. I spent the last five years living in Vestal before I started at Binghamton University, so I have the perspective of being a local and being a newcomer. Binghamton may not be the greatest town in the world, nor the richest or the prettiest. But it isn’t the hellhole everyone makes it out to be, either. Since I’ve moved here, Binghamton has really improved. More restaurants, shops and other businesses have opened, especially in the Downtown area. There are some really nice places too; for example, Remlik’s, Lost Dog Café and Number 5. With First Fridays, Binghamton
is trying to attract a more cultural feel with art, music and food on display Downtown to create a better community feeling. Binghamton is a city with a lot of potential, and some of the old buildings Downtown are beautiful. I’m not going to pretend Binghamton is New York City, but it’s certainly not some grubby ghetto. I understand that Binghamton University and BU students fund a lot of the town, but that doesn’t give students the right to feel as though they are above local people from Binghamton. I haven’t spent my whole life growing up here, so I’m not saying this just because I’m a biased Vestalite. I genuinely think the attitude toward “townies” isn’t fair. No wonder there is such resentment from locals toward BU students. In every town there are going to be people that are sketchy, weird and unpleasant. I just don’t think Binghamton is overridden with them. Most of the locals I know are kind, educated and helpful people. This goes along with the attitude people have toward students from Broome Community College. I have friends that go there, and many times they have experienced
prejudiced behavior from BU students who think that they’re above them. Just because these kids are locals and at a community college does not make them less fun or intelligent than you. Maybe they couldn’t afford a four-year college, or maybe BCC is a second chance for them to become successful. Also, a good proportion of BCC students end up at BU their sophomore or junior year, anyway. This past Halloween I saw someone whose costume consisted of a mullet wig, a cut-off plaid shirt and jeans. He was essentially dressed like a hillbilly; that’s the best way I could describe it. The guy walked past me and my friend and asked us about our costumes. We told him what we were and asked him who he was. He said, “I’m a Binghamton townie.” The costume seemed to me like it was making fun of
people from Binghamton; it definitely felt like a negative portrayal. This further demonstrates the extremely negative attitude toward people from Binghamton in the eyes of BU students. This attitude is problematic because it drives a wedge between the student population and the locals. Both groups can benefit from each other. The economic influx that BU students bring to the area is impossible to ignore. The University is a huge employer in the area, and students’ money goes toward restaurants, bars and recreation, helping to stimulate Binghamton economically too. The community can benefit the student body by providing jobs, internships and services. BU students become isolated from the community because of their attitude. It creates tension between two groups that should really be unified and
Open your mind to the crazy possibility that townies are people too
appreciative of each other. A lot of the negativity toward townies is petty and mean-spirited. I find it immature to have a sense of being above others. Many BU students perpetuate the stereotype of them being spoiled and self-entitled by behaving rudely toward locals. Binghamton can only improve more once students and locals both feel invested in its growth. Go to First Fridays and support local artwork, invest in local businesses or get involved with projects that involve working alongside the community. Open your mind to the crazy possibility that townies are people too. It’s not about defending Binghamton so much as asking for respect and kindness toward others. There is no need to have so much disgust for locals or to lump them in one big group. Being overly judgmental is never a good thing. You’re at BU already; either appreciate the town for what it is instead of looking down on everything, or transfer. — Anita Raychawdhuri is a freshman majoring in English.
Welcome to the ninth week of Pipe Dream NFL Picks! Every week, Pipe Dream sports editors and one guest will attempt to correctly predict the outcome of four upcoming games of their choice, selecting one prediction as a LOCK. Getting the LOCK correct earns you three points, while getting it wrong costs you one. The other three games are worth one point each, and there is no penalty for wrong guesses on these. Ties give you a half-point. Erik extended his lead atop the standings with a five-point week, leaving the guest behind in a second-place tie with Ari at 14. Ashley picks up the rear with nine points. If you want to submit picks, email email@example.com.
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SPORTS EDITOR LOCK: Indianapolis (+2) over ARIZONA Iâ€™m not a believer in Arizona, and the Colts are 4-1 on the road.
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NY GIANTS (-2.5) over Dallas Maybe if I start picking the Giants theyâ€™ll start losing again. Iâ€™d like that.
HOUSTON (-10) over Jacksonville Still no Tebow for the Jaguars, so still no magic. BALTIMORE (-3.5) over NY Jets For the Jets to have any chance, Geno Smith will have to have less than four turnovers. So Baltimore by double digits.
Jacksonville (+10) over HOUSTON The Jaguars have found their groove, winning one of their last two.
DETROIT (-9) over Tampa Bay All hail Megatron.
KANSAS CITY (-5) over San Diego Philip Rivers is going to have a LOT of fun with Kansas Cityâ€™s pass rush. LOCK: KANSAS CITY (-5) over San Diego In this game of alliterations, Iâ€™d have to choose Chiefs.
LOCK: Jacksonville (+10) over HOUSTON Houston will win, like hell by 10, though. Case Keenum will probably build a sizable lead in the first half and, as usual, taper off in the second, but it should be enough.
Minnesota (+4.5) over GREEN BAY This is a tough call. So I assigned each letter a number: A equals 1, B equals 2, etc. Vikings adds up to 91, and Packers adds up to 73.
Denver (-2.5) over NEW ENGLAND Even with damaged Broncos in Peyton Manning, Wes Welker and more, Denver still has a better passing game than the Patriots. Might be sufficient.
Indianapolis (+2) over ARIZONA Iâ€™ve been pretty disappointed with the lineup of the new Arizona Iced Tea flavors. Strawberry iced tea is just nasty if it goes warm, and the Golden Bear just burns your throat. DETROIT (-9) over Tampa Bay My high school mascot was also a lion.
LOCK: CLEVELAND (-1.5) over Pittsburgh The Browns are favored at home, setting the stage for another
Dallas (+2.5) over NY GIANTS The Giantsâ€™ four-game win streak is impressive by virtue of its six-game lose streak, but the wins themselves werenâ€™t spectacular. And with DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin charged up on the bye, the Cowboys should get their second road game if their defense steps up.
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Chicago (+1.5) over ST. LOUIS As long as Josh McCownâ€™s offense can protect him from the Ramsâ€™ horns (their not quite dependable rushing attack, not just an empty pun), weâ€™re good.
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Wrestling set for weekend at Cornell BU and Big Red to square off in season's first EIWA match Jeff Twitty
Contributing Writer After placing three wrestlers in the Nov. 10 Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open and putting up a strong showing at the East Stroudsburg Open in Pennsylvania this past Sunday, the Binghamton wrestling team prepares for a challenging weekend in Ithaca for its first dual match against No. 6 Cornell. Binghamton, under secondyear head coach Matt Dernlan, will look to avenge a 30-7 loss at Cornell last year. Despite a 5-13 mark in 201213, Binghamton saw four wrestlers
qualify for the NCAA tournament. This year, sporting a top-25 recruiting class that features New York state’s No. 1 recruit in Zach Zupan, the Bearcats hope to build on the successes and lessons of seasons past and get back to being a power player on the mat. But getting back on top will prove to be a challenge for BU, as it makes its transition from the Colonial Athletic Association, which dropped wrestling earlier this year, to the nationallyrenowned Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA). Waiting for the Bearcats in their inaugural conference matchup this weekend is a Cornell
squad under the command of 20-year head coach Rob Koll, who leads a team that hasn’t finished outside the national top 25 since the 2001 season. Along with national contender Cornell, the Bearcats are also set to meet tough conference competition in Rider, Lehigh and Bloomsburg University — all of which are all currently making noise on the national circuit. With nine freshmen and only two seniors on the 22-man roster, the Bearcats’ youthfulness could grant them the opportunity to take some teams by surprise. Also, with Dernlan having led his former Penn State squad
in bringing home back-to-back national titles in 2011 and 2012, it is clear that the head coach has a knack for winning and an eye for recruiting. A win over Cornell in this dual matchup would send a statement that would reach far beyond the EIWA. Also at Cornell this Sunday is the 2013 New York State Collegiate Wrestling Tournament. The tournament, which Binghamton has won twice, will give the Bearcats a chance to see more of their conference competition in Columbia, Hofstra and Army. BU and Cornell are set to square off at 7 p.m. Saturday in Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y.
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“In her four years, Grace has continuously improved and has become one the most dominant players in the conference,” Kiriyama said, according to BUBearcats.com. “She is motivated to excel in all areas of her life and has achieved more than most in her time here at Binghamton.” Hovie, meanwhile, emerged as a consistent threat for the Bearcats, averaging 2.62 kills per set to rank second among league freshmen. She earned two America East Rookie of the Week awards while starting in each of Binghamton’s 28 matches. Binghamton missed out on the America East tournament after Albany secured the final berth with a win over UMass Lowell last weekend.
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Griffs fly past Binghamton Bearcats stay close but can't get over hump against Canisius Erik Bacharach
Assistant Sports Editor
Compared to its first two games of 2013-14, the Binghamton women’s basketball team’s 66-53 loss to Canisius on Tuesday night was certainly a step in the right direction. BU earned season-bests in points scored (53), field goal percentage (35.2 percent) and turnovers committed (11).
But the Bearcats (0-3) aren’t looking for silver linings — they’re looking for results. “Overall, I thought we played much better than our last two performances, but this team isn’t about moral victories right now,” Binghamton head coach Nicole Scholl said. For a full recap of Tuesday night’s game, visit bupipedream. com/sports/basketball.
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In a battle headlined by the matchup between sophomore guard Jordan Reed and junior guard Javonte Green, Binghamton and Radford are set to square off on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center.
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In a battle headlined by the matchup between sophomore guard Jordan Reed and junior guard Javonte Green, Binghamton and Radford are set to square off on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center.
BU targeting Highlanders for bounce-back win after 18-point loss to Navy Ari Kramer Sports Editor
Few players of the Jordan Reed mold exist, strong 6-foot4 athletic freaks who bull their way inside and out-body bigger players for loud rebounds and thunderous dunks. But when the Binghamton men’s basketball team hosts Radford on Saturday, Reed will square off against his Big South counterpart, Javonte Green. Each player stands at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds. Green has averaged 16.7 points and seven rebounds in three games — both team-highs — while Reed leads the Bearcats in both categories with 17.3 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. “There’ll be some great matchups between those two on Saturday,” BU head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “They’re both kind of dynamic tough guys that can score inside. They play well in transition.” While an influx of freshman contributors has lightened Reed’s load this year, Green’s role has actually increased since last season, when he averaged 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He takes 32.2 percent of Radford’s shots when he’s on the floor, a year after accounting for 27.5 percent, according to KenPom.
com. Only 81 players across the country have launched at such a high percentage. With the new foul rules predicated on a stricter enforcement of hand-checking rules, Reed and Green have each drawn whistles at a higher rate than they did a season ago. Dempsey said he might have to wait to assign Green to Reed until late in the game to keep his star out of foul trouble, despite the mismatches that could ensue with any other Bearcat on Radford’s leading scorer. “I think they’ll end up playing against each other, maybe not much early because both coaches would like to keep them out of foul trouble,” Dempsey said. “For us, Jordan has the ball in his hands a lot. Green’s going to have the ball in his hands a lot. That creates opportunities for fouls so you have to be a little careful with that. If there’s not foul trouble going down the stretch, they’ll probably be matched up against each other.” That said, the Bearcats have battled foul trouble in every game except Cornell. Only Reed has fouled out, as he did against Loyola Md. and Brown, but several Bearcats have finished with four fouls. Dempsey ran a drill devoted to defending
drives with the body rather than hands at Thursday’s practice, as he hopes to keep his impact players off the bench. Redshirt junior guard Rob Mansell has been whistled for just six fouls through four games. He picked up two quick ones against Brown, but otherwise has stayed clear of making impermissible contact. However, the team’s leading scorer in 2011-12 hasn’t found his offensive rhythm after missing all of last year as he recovered from tears of the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee. In 22.8 minutes per game, Mansell has averaged four points on 20 percent shooting. He’s just 1 for 7 from long range, and 5 for 8 from the foul line. “I don’t have an issue with Rob shooting the ball. I’m trying to let him play through his struggles a little bit,” Dempsey said. “I think if he starts seeing the ball go in a little bit, his confidence will develop, and that will be big for our growth.” With Mansell still in the process of returning to his sophomore form, freshmen Nick Madray and Marlon Beck have picked up the scoring slack with a combined 30.6 points per game.
Beck and classmate Yosef Yacob have shared time at the point, but have struggled with turnovers in the early going. They’ll face a high-pressure Radford defense on Saturday, one that differs from VCU’s havoc but is orchestrated by Shaka Smart disciple Mike Jones. The Highlanders haven’t reached their midseason defensive form yet, but they forced turnovers on 21.6 percent of their defensive possessions last year. “There’s not as much fullcourt pressure [as VCU],” Dempsey said. “They do play very fast. They do play very hard. It’s a really good team. It will be a good test for us on Saturday.” Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Events Center.
BEARCATS TOP 3 SCORERS 1. Jordan Reed, 17.3
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3. Marlon Beck, 14.8