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Living Building set to open doors in 2019 Structure at Nuthatch Hollow Nature Preserve to function with net positive energy output Alexandra Hupka Contributing Writer

Kevin Sussy/Photography Editor Faculty, staff and students attend the October Stonewall Mixer, hosted by the LGBTQ Center at Binghamton University in the basement of Glenn G. Bartle Library.

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Monthly events provide space for faculty, graduate students to network Chloe Rehfield Pipe Dream News

Since opening its doors for the first time this semester, The LGBTQ Center at Binghamton University has been developing its presence on campus by taking steps to bolster BU’s LGBTQ community. Its newest series of events is the Stonewall Mixer, a monthly networking opportunity for faculty, staff and graduate students at BU. Stocked with food and coffee, the mixers foster an environment that enables LGBTQ

members of BU’s graduate programs to network with faculty and support peers or co-workers who also belong to the LGBTQ community. The first mixer, which took place on Sept. 8 in the basement of Glenn G. Bartle Library, boasted 42 attendees. The mixers go on for 2 1/2 hours, so those who are busy teaching or studying can find time to attend, if even for only 20 minutes. Kelly Clark, the director of the LGBTQ Center, said that the predominant goal of the mixers is to allow relationships, both social and professional, to prosper

outside of a classroom setting. Clark said that while roughly 80 percent of the Center’s efforts and funds are dedicated to supporting undergraduates, the Stonewall Mixer and other work is allocated to graduate students and administration at large. “Imagine, as a graduate student, your laser-beam focus is that you’re in your lab every day, in the library,” Clark said. “You barely know multiple people in your own department, let alone across the institution. At the mixers, we had


An open house was held at the Nuthatch Hollow Nature Preserve on Oct. 15 to begin the planning process for the Living Building Project, a reconstruction of the current structure on the site into a completely green building. The Nuthatch Hollow site is located roughly a mile from campus, along Bunn Hill Road. It consists of 80 acres of woodland that support a large variety of birds, salamanders and other animals. The site has long been used for field research and naturalist observation. Originally, prominent local businessman and community member Robert Schumann owned the site. Eventually Schumann formed an informal Nuthatch Hollow Committee with Binghamton University environmental studies faculty and opened it to students and faculty for field research. When Schumann passed away in 2011, he left Nuthatch Hollow to the environmental studies department at BU on the condition that the site would be used as an outdoor research and environmental lab, according to Richard Andrus, a professor of environmental studies. Research and fieldwork labs from the environmental studies department and classes relating to the surrounding environment plan

to occupy the space. “I think that [Schumann] wanted the oversight of the property left to people on the committee that he knew and trusted,” Andrus said. “The idea was to build a fieldwork teaching lab, but then we found out about the Living Building Challenge. The discussion now is how we foster a living building while keeping the original intent of the building.” The Living Building Challenge, created by the nonprofit International Living Future Institute, is a sustainable building certification program that imposes strict standards to create structures that provide positive benefits to the environment. Currently, there are only 11 certified living buildings worldwide. One requirement for creating a living building is that it must have net positive energy generation, meaning the building outputs more renewable energy than it uses. Other standards include cleaning any water that the building uses and returning it to the environment, and that it is constructed out of only eco-friendly materials. Ziang Zhang, an assistant professor in the electrical and computer engineering department, said that creating a green power system to do this is complicated. “Once you put renewable energy in a system, the problem is that it is unreliable,” Zhang said. “We can’t


Philosopher discusses harm post mortem David Boonin examines theory of disturbing the deceased's wishes Peter Brockwell Staff Writer

David Boonin, a philosophy professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, spoke at Binghamton University about the way in which humans can potentially harm each other after death. Boonin’s work as a philosopher focuses on applied ethics. He has published several books on morality, abortion, race and identity, and working on a book studying posthumous harm. His speech at BU was a part of the philosophy department’s social, political, ethical and legal philosophy colloquium speaker series, and was attended by faculty and students. The talk on Friday afternoon focused on the posthumous harm thesis, a famous thesis on the philosophy of death, which proposes that it is possible for an act

to harm a person, even if the act takes place after the person has died. Boonin believes that the thesis is correct if the desire satisfaction principle is taken into account. This principle states that one way to make someone’s life worse is to actively frustrate their desires. To explain this idea, Boonin used several example scenarios to build his argument. First, he used the example of a cheating spouse to put forth the idea that a person can be harmed even if they are unaware the harm is happening. Boonin proposed that if a person’s life is not as they think it is, their quality of life is being affected. This fulfills the desire satisfaction principle by taking away the monogamous relationship they hope to have. Boonin next explained an example in which someone’s wishes after they died were not fulfilled. One character in his

example had asked another to scatter her ashes at the top of her favorite mountain after she died. Instead, the ashes were poured down the drain. For Boonin, this is an example of posthumous harm, as a person’s desires were frustrated after they had passed away. While Boonin admitted that the subject of posthumous harm could be seen as strange or unorthodox, he said it was an important field of study since much of philosophic thought focuses on the act or moment of death, rather than what can happen to an individual after it. “It’s worth emphasizing, it’s not really bizarre or idiosyncratic to picture a case of someone who has desires about how things go after they die,” Boonin said. “Not everybody has these desires apparently, but lots of people have desires about what

Katherine Scott/Pipe Dream Photographer Members and friends of Delta Tau sorority, the first sorority at Binghamton University, rekindle memories in New University Union.

First sorority on campus to BU for reunion Brain's reward system explored returns Delta Tau, founded in 1980, hosts meet and greet SEE HARM PAGE 2

Daniel Wesson examines connections between smell and motivation Allison Detzel Contributing Writer

On Friday afternoon, Daniel Wesson, an assistant professor of neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University, presented his findings on the connections between sense of smell and the brain’s reward system. Wesson, who earned his Ph.D. in biology from Boston University, delivered his lecture, “Identifying New Brain Mechanisms for Sensory Processing and Motivating Behaviors.” Wesson’s presentation focused on the olfactory tubercle, which is a small part of the brain that plays a role in multisensory integration, or the way that sensory information gets integrated into the nervous system. He emphasized the role that the olfactory tubercle plays in the way that

the brain rewards behaviors with regard to smell, meaning the way in which we derive pleasure from smell. “Something that happens a lot in science is we start asking the questions that we are trained to think about … so as an olfactory person, what I was curious about was smell,” Wesson said. The olfactory tubercle was first outlined by Albert von Kölliker, a Swiss physiologist and histologist, in 1896. Kölliker chose the name because of its proximity to the olfactory bulb, a part of the brain heavily involved in processing smells. In the 1960s, it was discovered that the olfactory tubercle receives information about scents directly from the olfactory bulb. Wesson’s research focuses on updating what he considers the incomplete model



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Katherine Scott/Pipe Dream Photographer Daniel Wesson, a visiting assistant professor of neurosciences from Case Western Reserve University, speaks in Academic Building A.

Delta Tau, the first sorority at Binghamton University, held its first reunion this weekend for alumnae to reconnect and reminisce about formals, pledging moments and bonds made over 30 years ago. Sisters from current sororities on campus such as Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi and Phi Mu were able to attend a meet and greet with the sisters of Delta Tau to share stories and discuss the evolution of Greek Life at BU. There was also food and memorabilia such as photographs of Delta Tau embroidered hats and pillows. In the spring of 1980, Tau Alpha Upsilon brothers helped start Delta Tau


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after talking to some of their female friends who were interested in getting involved in Greek Life. In 1995, 15 years after its founding, Delta Tau closed its only chapter at BU due to the presence of new Panhellenic sororities and a lack of pledges. Currently, there are 16 sororities on campus. This includes the Panhellenic Council, Latino Greek Council, Asian Greek Council and the Multicultural Greek Council. Most sorority chapters were created in the 1980s and 1990s. Perri Zomback, a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma and a junior majoring in economics, said that she wanted to meet the sisters of Delta Tau to see how sorority life got its start over 30 years ago. “I think it’s really important to know



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Delta Tau hosts first reunion DT FROM PAGE 1

Simone Scheurer /Pipe Dream Photographer The public attends an open house at the Nuthatch Hollow Nature Preserve to begin planning the renovation of a structure into a completely eco-friendly building.

Planning begins for Living Building LIVING FROM PAGE 1 control when the sun shines or when the wind blows.” Pamela Mischen, the sustainable communities steering committee chair and a BU public administration professor, said that the project’s requirements have led it to become a collaborative effort between various disciplines, including engineering, environmental studies, sustainable communities and public administration. Part of the funding for the project is coming from the smart energy and sustainable communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence. “The project has led to a crossover between the academic side of the University and the operation side of the University,”

Mischen said. Currently, planning for the building is still underway. It will be designed by Ashley McGraw Architects, a firm based in Syracuse, New York. Nicole Schuster, an architect at Ashley McGraw, said that the firm was in the process of gathering information and ideas from those familiar with the site. “We are just getting started on the design process,” Schuster said. “We’re getting to know the site based on talking to people who have intimate knowledge of the place.” Construction on the site is expected to begin in the spring 2018, and should be completed by 2019. The site must be occupied for a full year prior to receiving certification, and is anticipated to become a certified living building in 2020.

The project has led to a crossover between the academic side ... and the operation side of the University — Pamela Mischen Professor of Public Administration

our roots,” Zomback said. “Greek Life is such an important part of my life and none of us would be here, no Panhellenic sororities would be here, without Delta Tau.” Roxane Glenski-Martin, ‘82, a founding sister of Delta Tau, said that coming back to the University and seeing her sisters reminded her of how influential her college experience was. “It sort of brings you back to your roots, this is where you came from,” Glenski-Martin said. “This is where our adulthood, if you want to call it that back then, started.” Neal Roher, ‘80, a brother of TAU, helped guide the first Delta Tau sisters through the pledge process and also helped organize the reunion. Roher said that because TAU has a reunion every five years at the University and is always organizing get-togethers in New York City, he wanted to help

Delta Tau start similar traditions and reconnect the sisters. “We’re trying to begin to reach out to as many Delta Tau sisters and kind of rekindle those bonds of sisterhood, get them reconnected with the University, show them all of the amazing changes that have happened at the University and show them that their legacy really is a big part of Greek Life and sorority life that exists on campus today,” Roher said. Barbara Rosado, ‘83, a founding sister of Delta Tau who had not been back to BU since 1990, said the reunion brought back the bonds between her and her sisters despite the time they spent apart. “Even though I’m not close friends with a lot of these women, I spent a pretty intense couple years with them,” Rosado said. “And now that I see them it’s almost like that gap gets closed and you can just be who you were back then with them.” Despite the fact Delta Tau is

no longer in existence, Roher said it is important for the sisters to maintain the bonds they made over the years. “After its 15 years of existence there were a lot of sisters that loved each other a lot, and nobody has ever done anything with that,” Roher said. “It’s important when you get older to reconnect with the people who knew you, before you were you.” Aileen Murphy, a junior majoring in environmental studies and a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, said she went to the meet and greet to see what Greek Life was like when Delta Tau was on campus. “I came here to represent my sorority and also to meet the founding sisters of Delta Tau to see what their experience at Binghamton was like,” Murphy said. “I think it’s important to remember the culture of Greek Life way back then and maybe learn a thing or two about how their sisterhood developed.”

Posthumous theory explored HARM FROM PAGE 1

happens to their bodies or estates. So I’m focusing on one particular case but I think it’s a pretty wide spread phenomenon.” While Boonin admitted that the posthumous harm thesis, true or not, does not provide any direct insight in to how the living should act toward the dead, he said that it could provide a template on how humans can act toward each other regardless of their living state. “If you accept the posthumous harm thesis, in and of itself it doesn’t tell you what to do, but we can use it to figure out what you want to think of different cases by picturing what you would do in otherwise comparable cases that involve doing an act to harm someone while they’re still alive.” Boonin said. Steven Moroff, a senior double-majoring in economics and philosophy, politics and law, attended Boonin’s talk to hear

him speak about the posthumous harm thesis as he is writing a thesis of his own regarding Boonin’s work on abortion. He said that while his talk was interesting, it was clear that he was in the early stages of his research.

“His ideas were definitely interesting but the talk was nothing like what I thought it was going to be,” Moroff said. “He wasn’t as persuasive as I’d hoped he’d be but I definitely have a lot to think about.”

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of the brain’s reward system. The olfactory tubercle is not present on the most widely used versions of the conditional system diagram. Wesson also focused on whether or not the olfactory tubercle impacts the way humans are motivated by smells, along with processing them. “Motivation is not independent from processing,” Wesson said. Wesson, working with his team of graduate students, used mice to conduct a number of experiments. He set up a source of water in the cage with the mice, which required a set number of licks from the mice to dispense the water, depending on which odor was present. The mice learned which odors corresponded with more water being dispensed. “The licking shows the motivation,” Wesson said. “This is quite rapid transformation, the

way these animals are encoding the same chemical stimuli based on brain association.” Another experiment studied how the reciprocal sniffing behavior of two rats varied in three different positions: face to face, back to back and face to back, all of which represent different levels of dominance. The frequency of sniffing was measured and recorded and the results showed that reciprocal sniffing is dependent upon social status, as higher sniffing frequency was present in the dominant animal. Wesson said that he believes this research shows that sniffing can be seen as a form of communication. Wesson said that he sees a future where the study of sensory processing can be used to gather information on social conflict and communication. Additionally, he recognizes that his field of research has a long way to go, but highlighted

the importance of starting small with smell instead of jumping to something like neurotransmitters, which are more frequently studied. “You have to start from basics and work your way up,” Wesson said. “I’ve had my lab for about five and a half years now and because no one had looked at odor coding or tubercles, or no one had looked at these types of coding strategies … it would be kind of ignorant to just jump in and say, ‘Hey, how is it motivated by dopamine?’” Kayla Murray, a junior majoring in psychology, said the lecture invited her to explore a topic she previously hadn’t considered. “It was really interesting,” Murray said. “I hadn’t thought that much in depth about all of this. We kind of take for granted our sense of smell and never really think about all the processes and intricacies that go into it.”

LGBTQ Center hosts mixers STONEWALL FROM PAGE 1 somebody from physics, from economics, from anthropology, and these are people who never would have had the opportunity to meet each other on campus aside of this.” The Center has a goal to craft an environment where LGBTQ students across schools at BU can feel safe and recognized. Clark said that it is imperative that the Center’s mission also fully envelops graduate students, staff or others who can be overlooked, as the graduate school at BU holds roughly 3,000 students. “We’ve actually had faculty and staff members who’ve left the institution because they

didn’t feel comfortable in finding an LGBTQ community that they felt they could be part of,” Clark said. “I’m hoping a bigger community will grow out of this.” Evan Lowe, a first-year graduate student in the masters of public administration and masters of social work dualdegree program, said he attended both mixers and enjoyed networking with new people from different departments. “There are absolutely people in various departments that I met who I would consider hanging out with outside the University setting,” Lowe said. “It was nice to see that there’s an LGBTQ community that provides direct support to people

like me, around my age, that will always encourage us.” Clark said these events will lead to a formal LGBTQ faculty and staff association at BU that would convene monthly and implement efforts more directly on campus, such as scholarships, creating better job opportunities for the LGBTQ community and implementing welcome week programs for incoming students. “Through training of new faculty and staff, putting together brochures or a webpage about LGBTQ life on campus, a formal organization could welcome people and make them feel part of the institution,” Clark said. “We’re just getting started. The possibilities are endless.”

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Pipe Line LOCAL NEWS Man sentenced to nine years in prison after stealing cash, shooting gun in Binghamton Julio Belcher-Cumba, 28, was sentenced on Friday in Broome County Court to nine years in state prison, according to Binghamton Homepage. The punishment stems from a November 2015 incident in which he stole cash and property near the corner of Main and Chapin streets in Binghamton and discharged at least one round from a firearm. He was charged with attempted robbery in the first degree, a class C felony. Police warn local residents of text message scam

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been arrested on nine counts of grand larceny, according to NBC News. Jon Girodes (R), is accused of failing to refund deposits to potential renters of midtown Manhattan apartments that he owns. Earlier in the campaign, Girodes emailed reporters stating that he was organizing an event in which he planned to hand out “Kool Aid, KFC and watermelons” in Harlem, which sparked outrage in the community. Girodes has denied the allegations and has repeated that he is the victim of a conspiracy, stating, “I’m the biggest victim ever.” NATIONAL NEWS North Carolina GOP office torched by flammable liquid, none injured

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A local Republican Party office in North Carolina was lit on fire by a bottle containing flammable liquid that was thrown through a window, according to ABC News. Spray paint reading “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” was found on a nearby wall as well. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, said on Twitter that the attack “is horrific and unacceptable. Very grateful that STATE NEWS everyone is safe.” Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, tweeted Controversial NYS Senate in response, “Animals representing candidate arrested in realty Hillary Clinton and Dems in North scheme Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County, North A New York State Senate Carolina because we are winning.” candidate for the 30th district has

A lighter take on campus crime

Logging Locals Thursday, Oct. 13, 4:56 p.m. — Officers received a report of suspicious individuals throwing logs at a lamppost near the Newing College fire pit, said Investigator Patrick Reilly of Binghamton’s New York State University Police. Officers pulled up video footage of the area and saw multiple males on bicycles throwing logs from the fire pit. An officer responded to the call and found two logs from the fire pit lying in the grass; however, there was no sign of the suspects. After returning the logs to the pit, the officer searched the area and noticed multiple males in Parking Lot S1 that matched the description of the individuals on the video. When the officer confronted the suspects about the video, they admitted to trying to throw the logs into a garbage can next to the lamppost and apologized. The suspects were told that they were welcome to be on campus provided that they follow all campus regulations and caused no criminal mischief. Why Was That in Your Backpack … Friday, Oct. 14, 3:10 a.m. — A student came to the police station with a report of larceny in the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center (C4) dining hall, Reilly said. The victim, a 19-year-old male, claimed that his Nintendo 3DS game console had been taken from his backpack. The victim stated that he had been eating in C4 on the Newing College side, and had left around 1:00 a.m. He claimed that he had accidentally left his backpack behind, and had returned around 1:30 a.m. to search for it. The victim found his backpack in the lost and found, but his gaming console was missing. The case is still under investigation.

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Poetry festival has global focus

The event featured faculty, students and visiting poets Patricia Nieberg Contributing Writer Poets separated by oceans came together to share their love of language and performance this weekend at Crossroads: The Fifth Binghamton International Poetry Festival. The event was held at the atrium of University’s Downtown Center Saturday and hosted BU students, as well as poets from abroad. In previous years, the event focused on the multilinguistic aspect of poetry. However, this year’s edition included fewer performers and a stronger focus on multimedia and multidisciplinary pieces. Event organizer Mario Moroni, a professor of Italian at BU, explained that while the different languages were important, he also wanted to see the theatrical features of each performer. “We wanted to see what the poet [could] do beyond the printed page and beyond the traditional poetry reading,” Moroni said. The festival warmed up with undergraduate and graduate students from the creative writing program at the University with the help of Joseph Weil, assistant professor of the English department, as a host. Weil shared anecdotes about each of his students, whom he chose from his own undergraduate class, ENG 380W: American Hang Out. The class focuses on art movements and society, while also fostering creativity through painting, making instruments and writing poetry. Weil’s enthusiasm and love for poetry and teaching was evident through his introductions of students. “I want to help young poets,” Weil said. “If they catch fire, I love to preside over that. I like to catch somebody in the beginning.” The guest poets, whose performances followed those of the students, had backgrounds in Portuguese, French, Yiddish, Persian and Italian, but united with universal themes in their writing. Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, a poet, author, translator, film and theatre artist and professor of creative arts at Siena College, presented his works in English,

although they were originally in Persian. Despite his long experience of teaching and writing poetry, Karimi-Hakak asked one question that the other poets also had trouble answering. “I still don’t know,” KarimiHakak asked. “What is poetry?” With this idea, the poets presented their writings and tried to define and make sense of their own poetry. “There is no answer to this question,” Moroni said. “That’s exactly why you keep doing it.” Roberta Borger, a Ph.D. candidate student studying creative writing originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, performed “the train.” This poem was performed in the rhythm of a train, which highlighted the performance aspect. Because English is her second language, Borger admitted that she finds difficulty in speaking, but for writing, she has her own poetic approach. “I think poetry is all about word choices, and finding the exact word to mean what you say,” Borger said. Other guest poets, including Peter Fulton, Emily Vogel and Emily Skillings, used music, pictures and video to enhance their poetry messages and give the audience a sensory experience. Poets Yvan Tetelbom and Moroni shared pieces in French and Italian, coupled with dramatic theatrical performances. Moroni, accompanied by two fluent Italian speakers, portrayed confusion and distress in his pieces with call-and-response and repetition to enhance the audience’s understanding, despite the language barrier. With the lack of a concrete definition for poetry, each poet found their own way of interpretation through performance, translation and images. However, their dedication to poetry brought the event together despite their differences in cultural background. Jessica Femiani, a Ph.D. candidate studying English and creative writing, summarized the importance of such a cultural event. “Language shapes us and it saves us,” Femiani said.

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Damali Lambert is a 19-year-old senior majoring in English. Lambert entered the University as a 17-year-old and will graduate in spring 2017.

Senior begins last year at 19

Starting in middle school, student leapt ahead in class Kara Brown Assistant Arts & Culture Editor When a student is taking 22 credits and involved in six organizations, you’d think they’d be hard-pressed for time. Not only has Damali Lambert found a way to manage this intense schedule, but the 19-year-old senior majoring in English is set to graduate this spring. “I feel every organization I’m a part of is somewhat a part of me,” Lambert said. “I never have to struggle with balancing because I’m doing things that are passionate to me.” Lambert was born in Brooklyn, and moved to her mother’s home country of Guyana at age seven. At age 14, she skipped eighth grade and started high school. Because she was ahead and high school is only three years in Guyana, Lambert was set to graduate high school as a 16-year-old. In April of 2014, Lambert went to New York City to buy a prom dress. She never returned to Guyana. “I was graduating that year,” Lambert said. “I was supposed to start college at basically 16 and I’m like, ‘You know what, I’m not ready for this — can I do senior year in New York?’” Lambert enrolled at Clara

Barton High School later that month, and immediately rose to the top of her class. In addition to taking all of her Regents and gym classes in one year, Lambert was active in school activities, ranging from yearbook committee to managing the basketball team. With aspirations in law, Lambert began her college career at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. After she realized that the commuterschool atmosphere wasn’t for her, she decided to come to Binghamton University. “When I visited the campus it was so beautiful, it was so bright,” Lambert said. “I’ll be happy here.” So far, Lambert has enjoyed her time. “It’s just so much activism that I’m involved with, so [many] organizations that I’m involved with, and the people that I’ve met — like the strong individuals that I meet here — I feel like I cannot meet anywhere else,” Lambert said. With her major, Lambert aspires to one day become a lawyer. “My major allows me to interpret a lot of different textual languages and helps me with not only my vocabulary, but my fluidity in conversations and presentation of arguments, which is very important in the

law field,” she said. Lambert also serves as the co-public relations chair of the Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society, a member of the Black Student Union, a member of the American Cancer Society and the events coordinator of the BU chapter of Pretty Girls Sweat. “As a woman, I want to have strong self-esteem; I want to want to be self-empowered,” Lambert said. “So that’s the mission of Pretty Girls Sweat — to help women feel beautiful in their bodies. I wanted to graduate not only with the academics, but with the health that I carry on throughout my life.” Lambert’s involvement in various on-campus organizations led her to join the internal affairs committee of the Student Association (SA). “Being a part of a SAchartered organization, I realized there’s a lot that we don’t know, that we should know,” Lambert said. “Being a part of the Student [Congress] is a great way to get involved, to have knowledge and to actually help the organizations that I care about.” She is also an intern in the Learning Through Leadership program, led by the executive director of the SA, David Hagerbaumer. Aside from these activities,

she is also a guest bartender at The Place on Court and the SA representative for the Off Campus College Council. “Safety off campus is a very big problem,” she said. “I want to be a part of what improves that safety.” After completing her undergraduate studies, Lambert plans to spend a year doing pro-bono work in Africa before pursuing her law degree. “There’s just so much that people don’t know about Africa and so much that I want to help improve in Africa,” Lambert said. Lambert has no plans to slow down anytime soon, as her professional plans involve developing non-alcoholic lounges for young people under 21, a big brother big sister mentor program in at-risk communities and an organization dedicated to exoneration cases. When she isn’t busy with her campus commitments, Lambert enjoys singing, modeling and photography. “Singing is what made me realize I want to have a voice in society; photography is what made me realize that there’s so much beauty that’s hidden in society,” Lambert said. “So I guess the voice and the beauty all come together in my end goals.”

'Motherf**cker' shocks and awes The semester's first Mainstage show opened on Friday Sarah Buerker Contributing Writer

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A poet recites her work during Binghamton University’s fifth annual International Poetry Festival. The event was held on Saturday afternoon at the University Downtown Center.

While the title alone draws you in, “The Motherf**ker with the Hat,” the first installment in the Binghamton University theatre department’s Mainstage season, doesn’t stop with that. As each twisted character struggles with their equally twisted lives, this sharp, profane and passionate story holds its own from the first line until curtain call. Beginning with the first scene of the play, you get the sense that “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” is not your typical stage production. In a shabby apartment, Jackie is fresh out of jail and exuberant over seeing his longtime cokedup girl, Veronica. As Jackie struggles with addiction, anger, temptation and the motherf**ker with the hat, he turns to his squeaky clean, smoothie-loving, Bible-hugging Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor and outlandish cousin to cope. The show takes dark twists and turns, spiraling down Jackie’s

life path led by his intense jealousy, addiction and heavy baggage from his tumultuous past. Over the course of the show, he unloads these on his equally destructive company, characters with immense depth. Their lives come unraveled, spilling out onto the stage of Studio A in the Fine Arts Building as each of the characters tries their best to wriggle away from the grip of their vices and each of their addictive personalities pinning them to more than just their substances. One audience member, Desborne Villaruel, a senior majoring in business administration, was drawn in by the show’s title. “I was just like, ‘Oh my god, like this sounds interesting, this sounds different from what you would usually think of a scene play,’” Villaruel said. “I was like, ‘You know what, let me give this a chance because this sounds … “in.”’” The script is by far the biggest star of the show, with the harsh language granting the show a sense of unmatched authenticity. Each line and

each silence lingers in the air, pushing forward the story of the five characters and their relationships with each other and their vices. Every scene comes packed with punchlines and quick, dark wit, yet simultaneously addresses societal and interpersonal issues through each interaction. The show’s director, Carol Hanscom, an adjunct lecturer in the theatre department, was initially drawn to the show because of the title, but it was the language that kept her engaged, “I was immediately struck by the extraordinary beauty of the way [playwright] Guirgis puts language together,” she said. “[He] strings words together into language that is almost poetic — although profane, yes — but poetic too. He has things like when Victoria says, ‘Let’s fuck like mad dogs chasing heartache,’ and the imagery in that line along with the flow of the sounds of the line just is so striking to me and so beautiful.” The delivery from the actors in this performance combined with a whip-smart, inquisitive

script opens a window into the lives of young addicts and makes for an uncommon take on relevant issues with growing up, love and life. The show’s relevance transcends generations, making it a mustsee in its last week. “I think the play is about so many things that touch everybody’s lives,” Hanscom said. “I think everybody is touched by addiction, whether it be a friend or a parent or a family member or whatever, all of our lives are touched by that and affected by it. It’s dark, certainly, but it’s a very, very funny play. So, I think students should come and see it because it’s something they’re not going to expect at all when they walk through the door.” “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” has its remaining performances on October 19, 20, 21, 22 at 8 p.m. and October 22 and 23 at 2 p.m. in Studio A of the Fine Arts Building. Tickets are available at the box office located in the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts and online.



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BU orchestra goes to 'Ballet and Beyond' The University Wind Symphony explored dance and culture in its Saturday concert Ryan Muller Contributing Writer Though there were no dancers on stage, the Anderson Center Chamber Hall was filled this Saturday with music from ballets and other dances in the Binghamton University Wind Symphony’s presentation of “Ballet and Beyond.” Classical ballet rhythms and sounds twirled and swayed across the stage in the opening number, “Pineapple Poll: Suite From the Ballet,” composed by Arthur Sullivan and arranged by Charles Mackerras. This neoclassical ballet went through four movements: “Opening Number,” “Jasper’s Dance,” “Poll’s Dance” and “Finale.” The Opening Number starts with a strong, bold brass section and is excited throughout the movement, leading up to the much smoother style of “Jasper’s Dance.” The slower and calmer “Jasper’s Dance” is followed by the livelier, energetic “Poll’s Dance,” creating a juxtaposition between the two. “Finale” ended the suite on a powerful note, demonstrating the skill of the Wind Symphony early. In “A Short Ballet for Awkward Dancers,” a comedic piece composed by Herbert Hazelman and led by music department lecturer and conductor Daniel Fabricius, each of the four movements comically convey a ballet dancer performing with a specific injury or problem specified in the movement’s title, such as “Waltz for People with Slipped Discs.”

These movements incorporate various classic comedic tools, like slapsticks and slide whistles to create a droll and sometimes even deliberately ridiculous atmosphere. The piece itself, as Fabricius put it in the program notes, is “pure satire.” Fabricius then continued conducting with the next number titled “Chorale and Shaker Dance,” composed by John Zdechlik. The Wind Symphony played through this jazz-influenced piece before exiting offstage for an intermission. The high-pitched winds rang through the air as the Wind Symphony put on a display of Ashkenazi Jewish culture from Eastern Europe. “Wedding Dance,” composed by Jacques Press, arranged by Herbert Johnson and edited by Frederick Fennell, traveled across the world by way of the Jewish diaspora, calling upon Judaic music and dance traditions. The woodwind sections, particularly the clarinets, were noteworthy in this piece for demonstrating the signature fast-paced style of klezmer music and dance. With this piece, the University Wind Symphony transformed the Chamber Hall into a traditional Jewish wedding. With an anecdote about the popularity of tango in Finland, the stage became a tango dance floor as mystery and suspense filled the air. With Michael Gandolfi’s “Vientos y Tangos,” the University Wind Symphony, led by Fabricius, delivered a Latin experience, achieving the signature romantic undertones prevalent in much tango music.

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Pictured: The Binghamton University Wind Symphony performs onstage during its concert on Saturday. The orchestra performed dance-related selections for its show, “Ballet and Beyond.”

Traditional tango instruments were used in the percussion section to establish the atmosphere and at one point the drummers clapped a tango beat to keep the rhythm of the piece. The University Wind Symphony traveled to a different part of the world to the sixth and

final piece: “Armenian Dances, Part 1,” composed by Alfred Reed. The five-part movement took the audience on a journey through Armenian folk music and dance, both rich areas seldom explored by average Americans. Fabricius shared that this piece was his favorite of those on

the program. “The Armenian Dances is one of my favorites, and although I liked everything on the program, that’s one of my real favorites,” he said. At the close of the concert, the Chamber Hall filled with thunderous applause for the performers and conductors.

“The students played really well and it’s about what we want, and we want to have a culmination of the work that they’ve been doing and make sure that everything is nailed down for the performance,” Fabricius said. “And it seemed like the audience liked it too.”

Domestic violence help Students can reach out to these resources Stephanie Kirincic Contributing Writer

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Pictured: the Art Mission & Theater. The Art Mission hosted the first-ever Binghamton Babylon Film Festival this weekend, celebrating avant-garde film.

City celebrates film

The five-day festival featured the avant-garde Sarah Rahman Contributing Writer In celebration of the city of Binghamton’s central role in the development of avant-garde cinema in the 20th century, the Art Mission & Theater in Downtown Binghamton, in collaboration with Santino DeAngelo, ‘13, and Martin Murray, ‘14, of art collective FancyBoys Creative, hosted the Binghamton Babylon Film Festival. The five-day festival commenced on Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a keynote address from Scott MacDonald, a cinematic historian and the author of the book “Binghamton Babylon: Voices from the Cinema Department 1967-1977.” This book inspired Santino DeAngelo, an master’s in fine arts candidate at Columbia University, to start the film festival. “I was riding the subway one evening when I saw this man reading a book,” DeAngelo said. “And being from the area, I had no idea what it was about. So I asked the man, and once he told me all about it, I decided that we had to hold a film festival about it. We just had to.” DeAngelo then contacted MacDonald, who agreed to come in to kick it off, and with the help of the staff of the Art Mission &

Theater, they got to planning the festival. Avant-garde cinema, also called experimental film, refers to films that don’t follow the traditional narrative cinematic technique. Rebecca Sheriff, the director of the Art Mission & Theater, explained that avantgarde was chosen as the genre for the festival because of the unique role that Binghamton has had in creating such films. “I don’t think a lot of people are aware that the university at that time had a big influence on where avant-garde actually ended up going today,” Sheriff said. Over the next three days, there were screenings of some of newest avant-garde films. Films from all over, as well as outside of the country were shown, including some from Los Angeles, Brazil and the city of Binghamton. The genres were diverse, varying from comedy, to science fiction and heartwarming takes on growing up. Twenty-seven films were selected for the festival in all, each ranging in length from three to 15 minutes. Screenings took place in five hour-long blocks, with 10-minute breaks in between. This was the first year of the Binghamton Babylon Film

Festival, but Sheriff confirms that it will be held again next fall. “Next year it’s going to be an even bigger festival,” Sheriff said. “We’re going to start accepting submissions in January, so there’ll be a lot more time to work on things for that.” DeAngelo shared that he was pleased with the positive reactions he had been getting from festival-goers. “There was a woman who came up to me right after the screenings ended the other day and we got talking about the films for a whole half-hour,” DeAngelo said. “She loved it.” The film festival exposes viewers to films different than the ones that they are used to, and this helps them not only watch something different but also expand their horizons. “My hopes for this weekend are just to get people acquainted with this festival, get people acquainted with the Art Mission Theatre and come in and learn a little bit more about filmmaking and understand movies kind of a little bit differently than you would if you were just going to a Regal …” Sheriff said. The festival concluded on Sunday with the Rod Serling Film Festival.

The month of October has been established as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors used by one intimate partner against another, to frighten or manipulate in order to maintain control in a relationship. Even if you are not directly a victim of domestic violence, you may know someone who has been affected. Seeking help for yourself or someone else can be scary, but for those in need, there are plenty of resources available both on and off campus, High Hopes Helpline The High Hopes Helpline is a student-run phone service that allows students to call the helpline and express their concerns or problems. They can provide support whether the situation is related to domestic violence, stress, breakups, death or any other pressing issue. Those in need of assistance dealing with domestic violence can call the High Hopes Helpline and know that trained Binghamton University students who volunteer will listen to them. This is a private service that is brought to the University through collaboration with the Student Association and the University Counseling Center. If they believe you or someone else’s safety is at risk, the helpline will need to report to the supervisor of the helpline. It is then up to the supervisor to decide what steps will come next. They also will only report what is shared, so the individual is allowed to leave information out such as people’s names or specific places. The High Hopes Helpline is open every day from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. To reach the helpline, call 607-777-4357. University Counseling Center The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides an outlet to express one’s concerns with personal domestic violence or discuss personal experiences with the issue. Individual counseling and therapy sessions

are available, as well as group counseling so that individuals can hear from other students who have had similar experiences. Additionally, the UCC operates an Interpersonal Violence Prevention program, which is a comprehensive program that focuses on victims of sexual violence, stalking or bullying. All patient records within the Center are confidential and will not be released to anyone, including parents and legal guardians. If there is potential that an individual will cause harm to oneself or another, there will be a clinical judgment made to release information. The UCC can be reached at 607-777-2772. Dean of Students The Dean of Students can provide case management services. Within the Dean of Students staff, Doris Cheung specializes as the case manager for those involved in domestic violence issues. She emphasizes that the information with not be spread around, and will only be told to the Title IX coordinator in order for the school to take precautions to ensure that the school remains safe for everyone. If an individual is seeking help through the Dean of Students, know that someone will be able to explore options and find resources that will be best tailored to your situation based on your current needs. The Dean of Students office can

be reached at 607-777-2804. University Ombudsman The office of the ombudsman is a place where students can go to receive independent, informal and impartial assistance. The office does not keep any records identifying visitors and it is an ideal source to go to when you are unsure of where to go or how to proceed with getting help when dealing with domestic violence. The University ombudsman is a confidential resource, and is not obligated to tell the Title IX coordinator anything that is shared by the student. The office is committed to fairness and equal treatment to all that come to receive their assistance. The University ombudsman can be reached at 607-777-2388. Crime Victims Assistance Center The Crime Victims Assistance Center is located on the East Side of the city of Binghamton and provides services for people who have been affected by any crime, including domestic violence. The center provides a crisis hotline, free counseling and education to both primary and secondary victims of crime, and can also assist with legal issues related to crime victims compensation. The center works with community members directly, but also serves the area hospitals and local police forces. To reach them, call 607-7233200.

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BEYOND AWARENESS October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. What may seem to some like a distant issue is actually extraordinarily pervasive. It affects individuals in all stages of life, including college students, and has hurtful, damaging, dangerous and confusing consequences. For all the cases of sexual assault that have been a staple in news feeds across the country, there are many more that go unnoticed, unreported and undiscussed. Likewise, emotional and physical abuse extends into intimate relationships and is often treated as taboo. This severely limits the discourse that can be had on this problem. For this reason, efforts like Domestic Violence Awareness Month and other educational initiatives are necessary to combat abuse in its many forms. While these events serve

to increase overall the overall consciousness about these issues, it will take more than just heightened awareness to bring true change. In the Black Student Union’s letter to the editor, the group calls on a boycott of rap artist Fetty Wap’s fall concert because of violent threats he made to the mother of his child. His actions remind us that celebrity should not excuse hate. Although it may seem obvious, it is vital to recognize that recent raw political speech and divisive cultural messages are not the norm, and are not the standard to which we should hold ourselves. With the recent allegations and comments made during this presidential election, it’s easy to become

desensitized to issues of sexual assault and misogyny. Under these circumstances, it is important, now more than ever, to fully understand this issues, and how we can help to fix it. While there might be people tabling in the Marketplace for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, their efforts will be for nothing if students do not stop by. Take the increased dialogue that is happening around as an opportunity to educate yourself. Learn about the warning signs. Learn about campus resources. Learn about how you can support those affected around you. Whether or not you can see them, domestic violence and other forms of intimate partner violence may be happening all

around you. Those in abusive relationships may feel afraid to address their situation or may not even realize they are being mistreated. It is for this reason that we must stay aware of what constitutes abuse and make sure we stop it when we can. Speak out. If our society cannot address these issues when they arise in the public eye, then there is little hope that they can be effectively combatted in the private sphere. If you believe that you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, do not hesitate to take advantage of Binghamton University’s domestic violence resources, which you can find more information about in Pipe Dream’s article, “Domestic violence help.”

Pipe Dream recently published articles and an editorial about a $2.2 million gift from a Binghamton University alumnus to upgrade the University’s baseball field. It is the largest gift we have ever received to support Binghamton athletics. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, loves baseball and thinks enough of the program here to support it at this level. Contrary to the implication of the recent Pipe Dream editorial, this generous alumnus is among a growing number of donors who support their passions and Binghamton by making large, individual gifts to benefit a variety of programs and initiatives on campus, including academics. While certain gifts to support athletics are garnering attention at this time, donor support for academics remains strong and continues to grow, as demonstrated by many seven-figure commitments in recent years. For example, one couple added $1.6 million to their previous gift of $1 million in support of scholarships, curriculum advancement and faculty development. Other examples include: A $1.5 million gift to establish a geriatric health center near the University’s Health Sciences and Technology Innovation Park. The gift will help the Decker School of Nursing enhance its Elder Services Center and expand learning opportunities for students and faculty. A loyal School of Management donor has given $1.4 million to endow a professorship, fund scholarships and create facilities for our students. Total giving of more than $7.6 million from the Dr. G. Clifford & Florence B. Decker Foundation to support the purchase of stateof-the-art equipment, advance research activity and enhance learning in pharmacy, health sciences and nursing. The priorities and interest

of our donors determine how their gifts are put to work on campus. Each year, through the support donors, the Binghamton University Foundation is able to provide over $2.88 million in scholarships to 1,980 students. Last year, $5.5 million was raised as direct support for the seven schools and another $1.8 million for the Binghamton Fund which provides funding to the school and units for their greatest needs. Our development office works with donors to align their passions with University priorities. We acknowledge that there are opportunities for growth. Increasing private support, particularly from alumni, is essential for the University. In fact, philanthropic gifts and commitments to Binghamton University have grown at more than 25% each of the last two years. The best public universities have the strongest alumni support. We are a young university, but we are making great investments to grow as a university, including hiring more fundraising professionals, involving more volunteers, and increasing alumni engagement and pride in Binghamton. An easy way for you to get involved right now is to go online to and make a gift to the Binghamton Fund. You can direct your support to help a school, college, program or any of the more than a dozen accounts that are listed. The Student Philanthropy Committee is spreading the word that gifts of all sizes matter. With the committee’s help, senior giving participation reached a record high this past spring. We are open to your ideas. Call me at 607-777-4449 or email Join in and make a difference! Jim Broschart ’92, President for Advancement


Views expressed in the opinion pages represent the opinions of the columnists. The only piece which represents the views of the Pipe Dream Editorial Board is the Staff Editorial, above. The Editorial Board is composed of the Editor-in-Chief, News Editor, Opinions Editor, Sports Editor and Arts & Culture Editor.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: BSU BOYCOTT OF FETTY WAP October 13, 2016 To whom it may concern: On behalf of the Black Student Union and our constituents, this letter serves as an explanation and statement on our decision to boycott the Fall Concert as a result of its headliner, Fetty Wap. Following the announcement that Fetty Wap would be performing for our annual Fall concert, we received numerous complaints from students and organizations regarding welcoming a problematic performer to our campus. Organizations expressed concern about Fetty Wap’s history of domestic violence against women, specifically women of color. In light of his actions, Fetty Wap’s problematic behavior warrants our collective protesting of this event. We hold firmly the ideals of respect, self-determination, and remaining diligent in the face of adversity. To provide further context to our sentiments, we implore the evidence of a video posted on November 1, 2015. The video was recorded after an interview in which the mother of Fetty’s youngest child reflected poorly on his character. The rapper responded by showing up to her home and threatening to use physical violence against her. Fetty Wap can be heard saying, “I’ll be back to f**k you up. Do another interview and I’m gonna get this whole block shot up.” Through the duration of the recorded encounter you can see that the woman is holding a kitchen knife to shield

herself from a possible attack. This video is a prime example of Fetty Wap creating an unsafe space for women. After receiving criticism for his behavior, Fetty Wap responded via social media by posting a video of himself laughing with the caption “silly as hell…chilling in my drop tho.” Not only are his actions reprehensible, but his lack of remorse is jarring. According to the Huffington Post, 18,000 women have been killed by men in domestic violent disputes since 2003. The culture of violence against women is exactly why individuals like Republican presidential nominee Donald J Trump can perpetuate violence against women publicly, and still be considered a viable presidential candidate. We, as members of the Black Student Union, are in a constant struggle to uplift members of the Black community. In turn, we will not tolerate or support any individual who is in clear opposition of our overall goal, regardless of color, occupation, or social status. Fetty Wap’s celebrity by no means excuses him. We must take a stand in objection to this year’s Fall Concert. We cannot condone domestic violence. Take a stance against violence imposed upon women and boycott the Fetty Wap concert. “There’s strength in unity.” Yours in Solidarity, The Black Student Union

Staying fit without a Gen Ed

The health and wellness requirement is an unecessary burden Brad Calendrillo

Contributing Columnist

It’s senior year at last, but you still have a few more major requirements to go. Ideally, it would be great to focus on those classes alone, but the general education section on Degree Works is still not completed. All that is preventing that green check mark is the physical activity and wellness requirement. Many other SUNY schools do not require their students to take a wellness class for their degrees. While physical education might not be the most difficult class, with BU’s many major and general education requirements, the extra weight on our shoulders is not necessary. Through talking to some senior acquaintances, it’s clear that finding a somewhat interesting class for the easily forgettable physical education requirement is a hassle. Since these classes fill up quickly, it can be difficult to find an enjoyable way to fulfill the requirement. It is also one of the only general education requirements that has an extra fee, which can be expensive depending on which class you choose. This is on top of the tuition cost students must pay to take a course they may not need.

It is a step in the right direction for BU to promote healthy lifestyles on campus. After all, most other courses do not require movement nor any physical activity whatsoever. However, a physical education course will likely not be the impetus to truly reform one’s lifestyle. As adults we should already understand the benefits of being healthy by eating right and exercising. While it might be a good idea for students to be educated on wellness in grade school, the same does not apply for adults at the university level. There are alternatives that can be taken by both students and BU to promote a healthy lifestyle that is both more enjoyable and less pressured. First off, changing how the University’s gym membership works could yield positive results. While several other universities have their gym free to all students, a membership at the East Gym is $100 per semester or $180 for the year, which can deter many students from going to the gym. If the fee is lowered or removed, more students can find the motivation to exercise. Beyond the gym, there are other ways for students to stay healthy on campus. For instance, the East Gym track and pool are open to everyone. Additionally, all dining halls have healthier options implemented, such as

the Simple Servings station at the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center. There are also plenty of intramurals and club sports around campus for students to join in order to stay active while participating in an activity they enjoy. You can join a league or practice sports such as basketball, rugby, tennis, running, jiujitsu at little or no costs. For most of these clubs, students are allowed to attend at their leisure, so there is no pressure of being graded or being completely committed if one’s workload gets busy during the semester. If you live on campus, some housing communities have co-rec sports. For instance, each residence hall in Dickinson Community has a co-rec football team and there are matches every weekend amongst the teams. While I feel that physical activity should not be included as a required, paid class, it will most likely remain as a degree requirement during your time at BU. Unfortunately, many students do not take advantage of the opportunities the campus has to offer in hopes to remain healthy on their own. As a result, the physical education class is the only way for them to be active during a semester. Regardless, I highly recommend taking advantage of the ways to have an active lifestyle on campus

outside of class. Without a doubt, there is an activity for everyone, and you may find a hobby you truly enjoy. — Brad Calendrillo is a sophomore majoring in English.

A physical education course will not likely be the impetus to truly reform one's lifestyle



October 18, 2016 |

BU wins second straight

Acor's lone goal seals victory against UML Evan Cole Pipe Dream Sports

Provided by BU Athletics Junior Matt Gill led the Binghamton men’s cross country team at the Albany Invitational last weekend.

Bearcats compete in Albany

Davis, Gill lead BU in final warmup meet Noah Bressner Assistant Sports Editor

The Binghamton men’s and women’s cross country teams left the course on Saturday exhausted but satisfied. At the Albany Invitational, the Bearcats finished fourth of nine teams competing on the women’s side and fifth of eight teams on the men’s side. Just as she has all season, junior Allison Davis led the Bearcat women, finishing 11th of 91 runners with a time of 18:22.6. Not far behind Davis were sophomore Erika Yamazaki (18:31.3) and senior Alana MacDonald (18:36.5). Freshmen Jessica Cueva-Scarpelli (18:42.6) and Chelsea Ogindo (18:45.6) rounded out the team’s top five. Binghamton’s five fastest finishers on the women’s side all finished within 25 seconds of each other, leading BU head coach Annette Acuff to call the performance the best of the season so far. “The women’s team is a lot stronger than what they’ve been in the past,” Acuff said. “Everybody on the women’s team has just stepped it up a ton.” With a time of 16:59, Monroe College sophomore Susan Ejore

won the individual women’s title, besting her teammate, sophomore Nokuthula Dlamini, by over 35 seconds. The host team, Albany, won the team title with 62 points, three points ahead of runnerup Siena. Davis has led the Bearcats in every race she has participated in. Acuff has been impressed with her improvement; Davis’ 5,000-meter time is more than a minute faster than when she was a freshman. “Allison [Davis] has been a great front runner for us the entire season,” Acuff said. “To run a minute faster in a 5K than two years ago is outstanding improvement. So it’s been very exciting to see her development.” Junior Matt Gill led the men’s side, placing 17th with a time of 25:57.4. He was followed closely by junior Billy Hector in 18th place (25:58.0) and first-year graduate student Nate Kozyra in 23rd (26:09.3). “Matt Gill has been running consistently well for us,” Acuff said. “He had a great day for himself and Billy Hector has been steadily progressing throughout the season.” Albany won the team title with 18 points, and its lead runner, junior Ryan Udvadia, won the

individual title with a time of 24:58.1. Manhattan came in second with 55 points, followed by Siena with 59. After a packed fall schedule and an intense training regimen, Acuff believed that the weaker performance by the men may have been a result of fatigue. “We were just looking to continue to progress and see some kids continue to improve,” Acuff said. “We did a little more on the women’s side than the men’s side, but I think the men were just a little more tired going into this meet.” The invitational was the Bearcats’ final competition race before the America East (AE) Championships at the end of October. BU will spend the next two weeks resting and preparing for the race. “Overall, I think the kids learned a lot from this meet on Saturday and they’re highly motivated going into the conference meet in a couple weeks,” Acuff said. “They know that’s the meet we’re really shooting for next year.” The AE Championships are scheduled for Oct. 29. The men’s race is set to begin at 10 a.m. while the women’s race is set to start at 11 a.m. from Jerusalem Mills Park in Kingsville, Maryland.

The Binghamton women’s soccer team recorded its second conference victory on Sunday, hanging on for a 1-0 victory over UMass Lowell. The Bearcats (68-2, 2-4 America East) tallied just their fourth first-half goal of the season to put BU ahead of the River Hawks (4-9-2, 2-5 AE) and keep their postseason hopes alive. “This was important,” said BU head coach Neel Bhattacharjee. “This was a critical game. It almost had a little bit of a playoff feel to it. We knew we needed this one.” The match started off slowly, as both teams struggled to create chances on offense. This changed in the 26th minute when redshirt sophomore forward Jocelyn Acor was subbed in. After missing multiple games due to injury, Acor returned with a bang, giving Binghamton’s offense the boost it needed to secure the win. Her dynamic speed shifted the of the entire match, beating Lowell defenders to register a breakaway goal in the 36th minute. The tally was her third of the season. “Speed kills, and Jocelyn [Acor] has it,” Bhattacharjee said. “It changed the game, because we were then able to pressure higher up on the field, and then that led to the goal. She gives us that element.” In the second half, the match got increasingly physical. Players fell frequently and the intensity of play increased on both sides. While Binghamton hadn’t planned this shift, it wasn’t surprising in such a close match. “[The physicality] is to be expected,” Bhattacharjee said. “It’s a tight, one-goal game;

it’s an America East conference game, so it’s going to happen. You saw two teams that were really battling and trying to grind out a result in the end.” Binghamton outshot UML, 10-7, on the match. The Bearcats managed to stymie every change the River Hawks got, recording their fifth shutout of the season to secure the win. The back line, which has been BU’s main strength this season, allowed just two shots on goal, both of which were saved by junior goalkeeper Katie Hatziyianis. Hatziyianis’ most impressive stop came halfway through the second period, when UML was granted a penalty kick. Facing off with UMass Lowell junior midfielder Rachel Morrier, the River Hawks’ leading goal

scorer, Hatziyianis correctly guessed the shot’s placement, diving into the lower left corner to refuse the equalizer. “I try with the intimidation at first … I’ve got to get into my own head and then try to get into the shooter’s head as well,” Hatziyianis said. “Usually I’ll try to guess one way or another and I happened to guess the right way. It’s just instinct.” The Bearcats currently sit in sixth place in the conference. With two games remaining, Binghamton has the opportunity to double its conference win total and contend for a playoff berth. BU’s next match is scheduled for Thursday at UMBC. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Retriever Soccer Park in Catonsville, Maryland.

Raquel Panitz/Pipe Dream Photographer Redshirt Sophomore forward Jocelyn Acor scored the game-winning goal in the Bearcats 1-0 victory over UMass Lowell on Sunday.

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Bearcats win two in a row SEE PAGE 11 Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Emily Earl/Pipe Dream Photographer The Bearcats recorded a season-high 93 digs in their 3-1 win over UNH on Friday.

BU notches first win against New Hampshire since 2012 Ngo, Walker lead volleyball to 3-1 victory, snap Wildcats' 16-game road winning streak Thomas Haughney Pipe Dream Sports

In 2012, the last time the Binghamton volleyball team defeated New Hampshire, it went on to win the America East (AE) Championships. After showcasing their best play of the season to take down the Wildcats (11-10, 4-2 AE) in four sets on Friday night, the Bearcats (9-11, 3-3 AE) are hoping that history repeats itself. In front of a crowded West Gym, the Bearcats took down UNH in the first set, 25-16. The Wildcats came right back in the

second set, maintaining a slight lead to come out on top, 25-22. The match marked defending AE champion UNH’s first loss in conference play this season and snapped the Wildcats’ 16-game road winning streak. With high energy levels and competitive play from both teams, the third set followed the trend of the first two. UNH and Binghamton each had opportunities to pull away with a lead, but solid defense and aggressive offense kept the frame close until the end. After Binghamton took the lead late in the set, UNH came back within a

point, 23-22. After the squads traded scores, BU earned match point. A kill from sophomore outside hitter Gaby Alicea put the Wildcats away, 25-23, to hand BU a 2-1 set lead. Following the dramatic third set, the Bearcats came into the fourth fired up with momentum on their side. UNH appeared deflated and had trouble regaining a rhythm. The fourth frame proved less eventful as the Bearcats stuck it out for a 25-19 set win and the match victory. Throughout the match, junior setter Sarah Ngo and senior

libero Bailey Walker proved indispensable to Binghamton’s success. “They are keys to our team,” said BU head coach Glenn Kiriyama. “Sarah [Ngo] did a really nice job in the back row today with her digs and serves tonight.” Ngo tallied 44 assists and a season-high 26 digs in the match, sprinkling in a couple of kills as well. Walker added a season-high 27 digs as well as seven assists. The efforts of these two players, in addition to the contributions of freshman outside hitter Lauren Kornmann

and sophomore outside hitters Alicea and Erin Shultz, made all the difference in the outcome of the match. “We knew we had to get our middles involved a little more than we have in the past,” Kiriyama said. “They did a nice job of being a part of the offense and keeping themselves available.” Kornmann was the leader of the night with 18 kills, closely followed by Alicea and Shultz with 14 and 11, respectively. Junior middle hitter Kristella Morina also added seven kills and lead the team with eight blocks.

Along with the Bearcats’ stellar play on Friday night, the team as a whole has improved as the conference season has progressed. This is due in part to Kornmann’s breakout rookie season, in which she has proven to be a force both offensively and defensively. Kornmann has teamed up effectively with Ngo, as the majority of her kills against the Wildcats came off Ngo’s assists. Binghamton will look for another conference win this Friday against Albany. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the University Gymnasium in Albany, New York.

Binghamton falters late after controversial call

New Hampshire nets equalizer in 89th minute, men's soccer suffers first home loss Nicholas Waldron Pipe Dream Sports

The Binghamton men’s soccer team suffered its first home defeat of the season in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to New Hampshire on Saturday. Just three nights after losing to Albany with six seconds left, New Hampshire (10-4, 2-2 America East) came back from a 1-0 deficit to take down the Bearcats (6-3-5, 1-1-2 AE). The Wildcats found the back of the net in the 90th minute and again two minutes into overtime. Controversy surrounded the game-tying goal after a questionable high-boot call on Binghamton redshirt junior back Charlie Novoth set up a New Hampshire free kick just a few feet outside of the penalty box. Despite Binghamton’s protest, the call stood and UNH took advantage of the opportunity. “I was really disappointed in the call that was made,” said BU head coach Paul Marco. “Fair to the referee, he had an opportunity to make a call and he made it.” The call turned the game around as New Hampshire senior midfielder William Picoux smashed the ensuing free kick into the back of the net to force overtime. Before two minutes had passed in the extra period, New Hampshire sophomore forward Chris Arling scored off of a counterattack. Almost as soon as the game had been tied, it was over. “We just felt sorry for

We just felt sorry for ourselves in overtime, and that showed in the outcome. We should have at least got a point from Emily Earl/Pipe Dream Photographer Redshirt freshman Alejandro Cubillo tallied six saves in Binghamton’s loss to New Hampshire on Saturday.

ourselves in overtime, and that showed in the outcome because we lost the game shortly after overtime started,” Marco said. “We should have at least got a point from that game and we didn’t. It is disappointing because I thought that was one of our best performances of the year.” For the first 89 minutes of play, fans had reason for celebration as Binghamton’s play was disciplined and clinical.

After withstanding a few promising New Hampshire attacks in the first few minutes of the game, BU dominated possession and held the edge in shots. An acrobatic save off of the post by redshirt freshman goalkeeper Alejandro Cubillo at the end of the first half kept the score even. The Bearcats continued pressing forward until a Wildcats’ foul just outside their own box gave Binghamton a free kick from

20 yards out in the 61st minute. After skying a free kick over the net in the first half, Novoth wouldn’t be denied again, slotting a perfect shot over UNH’s wall and past redshirt junior goalkeeper Andrew Pesci. It was Novoth’s second goal of the season. His first tally also came off a free kick. Despite the foul at the end of the game, Novoth flourished both offensively and defensively from the right

back position. “I’ll say this: The guys came in the next day and got treatment from the medical staff, and they’ve already started looking forward to getting better this week,” Marco said. “I don’t think any of them are dwelling on what happened Saturday night.” BU is scheduled to host Vermont on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from the Bearcats Sports Complex in Vestal, New York.

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