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Rally against racism Downtown businesses pledge to end discrimination

Over 2,000 students registered in Broome

Rachel Bluth News Editor In an effort to combat racism at a local level, Binghamton University students and community members presented a pledge to area business owners to stand up against discrimination. The pledge was presented at a rally Downtown Friday night as part of a larger effort by the Confronting Racism Coordinating Committee to put an end to discriminatory policies in local businesses. Several businesses signed the pledge that they would not discriminate based on race, age or sex. Signers included representatives from RiverRead Books, Merlin’s, Tom & Marty’s and the Bundy Museum. Mayor Matthew Ryan, members of the Binghamton City Council and Democratic mayoral candidate, Teri Rennia, all signed the pledge as well. Larry Shea, co-owner of the State Street bar Tom & Marty’s, said

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Students, faculty members and community members gathered Downtown Friday evening to hold a rally against discriminatory policies in local business. Larry Shea, co-owner of the State Street bar Tom & Marty’s, said that racism and discrimination are still present in his industry.

SUNY to offer free textbooks Program offers digital editions of class material Madeline Gottlieb Contributing Writer

In an effort to combat the rising costs of higher education, SUNY Open Textbooks, a new program to provide textbooks online for free, will be made available in early 2014. The SUNY Open Textbooks program is providing textbooks online for students to read, rather than purchase, for their classes. “SUNY libraries have been concerned with the rising cost of textbooks for years. One common strategy, placing textbooks on reserves has high use, but it is a limited and expensive solution. We need to add new strategies that reduce the cost of textbooks,” wrote Carey Hatch, associate provost for academic technologies and information services of SUNY. With that reasoning, the SUNY Open Textbooks system will allow students to access the textbooks they need for free. “There are no costs to students. When a professor

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assigns an Open SUNY Textbook, the online version remains free of charge,” Hatch wrote. This program has the potential to save students hundreds or even thousands of dollars. According to the College Board, the average annual cost of textbooks for students is $1,200. “Imagine if this program could reduce the average cost by just 10%, for our 462,698 students that could result in an annual cost savings of over $5.5 million,” Hatch wrote. Grants through the SUNY system, as well as from contributing libraries, fund the SUNY Open Textbooks system, according to Hatch. “Currently, this program is cost-neutral, using innovation grant and library funding to pilot a new model and evaluate the impact,” Hatch wrote. The Binghamton University bookstore had no comment about how it will be affected by the lack of textbook purchases.

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Though most Binghamton University students aren’t eligible to vote for the next Binghamton mayor, all of New York’s voters have some important decisions on today’s ballot — including the possibility of allowing in-state gambling. A proposal to amend the New York Constitution to authorize casino gambling has received support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who believes it will bring many jobs to upstate regions of New York, increase funding for schools and allow local governments to lower property taxes. However, detractors claim that more

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BU launches bike share program Pilot offers free rentals, alternative transportation Joseph Hawthorne News Intern

Though the training wheels are still on, the Binghamton University bike share program has officially hit the road. Students can now register, either on Facebook or at the information desk in the University Union, to borrow a bike for a few hours. A staff member at the information desk will provide a key to unlock a specific bike as well as a helmet, and bikes are located on a rack located in the back of the Engineering Building, according to Shane Tracy, coordinator of the bike share. Coordinators, who have been trained to test each bike, said that as long as the bikes are taken care of, there is no planned cost to students. “The user must return the bike before their time is up and can be charged for any damages on the bike,” Tracy, a sophomore majoring in industrial engineering, wrote in an email. “If the bike is returned on time, and there are no damages, the program is free for anyone.”

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The Binghamton University bike share program has officially hit campus, with a grand total of six bikes available to students. While the program is still in Phase I, Phases II and III are planned for the spring.

Students and faculty are encouraged to keep staff members at the information desk informed regarding damage to the bikes. “Every night we have maintenance checking the bikes for damage. If there is damage, whoever was the last to use the bike will be approached accordingly,” Tracy wrote. The pilot program, however, is a test for a larger vision by the coordinators. “November 1st, kicks off the Beta version of the Bike Share (Phase I),” Tracy wrote. “We plan to

have 3 phases. The beta version is just to test the waters and see how everything is running. Because it is almost winter, we only have about 3-4 weeks to test out phase I - the Bike Share will not be open during the winter months.” Phase II of the program involves expanding the amount of bikes and hubs as well as the possibility of electronic ways to sign in. Phase III will involve adding a bike route that directly travels along Vestal Parkway to Downtown Binghamton, according to Tracy. Organizers said that the

program will be limited during its initial run. “We’re only offering [the bicycles] from noon to eight. We don’t have lights for the bikes yet, so we want to make sure people stay safe,” said Jesse Toder, logistics chair for the bike share and a junior majoring in industrial engineering. As of Friday, six bikes were available. “Once we’ve gotten this program

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“There’s a preconceived notion that the landlord is the bad guy, and that doesn’t help me at first, but you can be friends with your landlord and it doesn’t have to be so bad’’

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Nate Weinberg, a senior majoring in accounting, owns a one-unit house, two two-unit houses and one six-unit house. As a student, there are pros and cons of being a landlord, Weinberg said.

Only A Senior — Tania Rahman | Contributing Writer For some college students, hopes of starting up their own businesses lie in the distant future. For Nate Weinberg, it’s an extracurricular activity. Weinberg, a senior majoring in accounting, launched “Nate Rentals” in 2010 during his freshman year at Binghamton University. Being a landlord to his peers is no easy task. He said dealing with students and their parents can be challenging, but there is also a mutual respect with tenants. Outside of being easygoing with paying rent on time, Weinberg strives to stand out from other landlords in the area by being very attentive to his renters’ needs. Victoria Iorio, a junior majoring in biology, is one of Weinberg’s current tenants. “Nate is an amazing landlord. He includes all our utilities in with rent,

which is awesome because bills are one less thing we need to be concerned about. He is understanding and flexible when it comes to paying rent without penalty, he comes by and takes our garbage for us, which is another great convenience for a big group of girls. Any problems we come across in the house he comes and fixes it right away and will bend to our requests. For example, we asked for a dining room table that he had put in the house for us before we even moved in,” she said. Mercedes Domian, a junior majoring in integrative neuroscience, was surprised when she first met Weinberg, but said she was very impressed with him. “Nate goes above and beyond to fulfill any requests we have,” she wrote in an email. “I feel incredibly lucky to have such a pleasant, kind, caring, and attentive landlord for my first off campus experience.”

“I don’t think I can ever go back to working for somebody else. The freedom of setting your own schedule is a very underrated thing ’’

According to Domian, Weinberg’s extra work made all the difference in her moving off campus. “I feel that having Nate as a landlord for my junior year made all the difference transitioning from on-campus to offcampus housing,” Domian said. Weinberg relies on business through Craigslist advertising as well as messages painted on his pickup truck, Mustang, the occasional flyer and clothing emblazoned with “NATE RENTALS” across the front. He said that his experience so far has inspired him to do what makes him happy, and he encouraged his peers to do the same. Weinberg currently owns four homes in total: a building off Chapin Street, two located on Murray Street, all in Binghamton, and one in Oneonta, where he hopes to branch out.

Question andAnswer Pipe Dream: What inspired you to start a rental business? Nate Weinberg: Well, I’m in SOM, I find a liking in business, and that’s a path I’ve always wanted to take. Upon being accepted to Binghamton, I wanted a job, but I’m really into being my own boss. Once I saw that the student rental business was hot here, I got into that. PD: What exactly does your business consist of? NW: I have a one-unit house, two two-unit houses and one six-unit house. PD: Where did you get the initial capital to start with? NW: I got a loan from a family member. That’s the hardest part about being a landlord, convincing someone to lend you a large amount of money when you have no credit, no assets. I started out with one house and that went well, so they felt confident enough to lend me more for another. I’m always trying to expand but banks won’t talk to me because I have no credit. PD: When did your business launch? NW: Freshman year; the first two came freshman year, 2010. I got the one in Oneonta last year, and I just bought the Chapin house two weeks ago. PD: Did you consider any

other type of business before this? NW: No. PD: Do you have a partner or do you work solo? NW: Only me. PD: Where are your houses located? NW: Chapin, two on Murray. PD: How do you balance work and this? NW: It’s a lot of work, but my mom always said that I was born with great time management skills. If you just manage it and implement it well, I end up having a lot of free time. And sometimes I put schoolwork on the bottom of the priority list. PD: What is it like being a landlord to your peers? Has it changed your perspective being on the other end? NW: It has changed it, not for the better. There’s definitely pros and cons being a landlord to people your age. They think they can walk all over me, parents think they can be upfront with me. There’s benefits because I’m a kid, I’m lenient. I never charge a late fee. I think people for the most part, we mutually respect each other. There’s a preconceived notion that the landlord is the bad guy, and that doesn’t help me at first, but you can be

“Think of what college kids like to do on the weekends and then forget about the next morning and leave for their landlords to deal with … I’ll leave it at that.’’ friends with your landlord and it doesn’t have to be so bad. PD: What are some things that you do differently than other landlords in the area? NW: I usually try to give the kids almost anything they want. Obviously because I live Downtown, if someone has a problem I immediately go over to them, unlike other landlords who live hours away. I’m a kid, I know what kids want because I want the same things. I get them whatever they want for the house as long as it’s not a crazy request. I think doing so will help people respect me and try to pay their rent on time and whatnot. PD: What are some issues that you’ve had to deal with? NW: I went into it thinking it was gonna be bad, but I underestimated it. I didn’t really realize the houses were built 100 years ago. Things go wrong all the time. There’s an issue with trying to keep up with buildings. I always drive by my buildings every day and ask my tenants, obviously. PD: What is the strangest situation you’ve been involved in? NW: There’s definitely some that I don’t feel comfortable talking about. I think people can be really, really nice, but when it comes to where they live, things that aren’t theirs, they get careless. Dealing with

parents can get weird. I try to be cooperative and don’t talk back, but sometimes they think they need to be tough with me, and I’ve dealt with some parents that don’t like me. There’s the occasional window breaking. Think of what college kids like to do on the weekends and then forget about the next morning and leave for their landlords to deal with … I’ll leave it at that. PD: Where are you from originally? NW: Guilderland. PD: How do you think your landlord experience will help your future aspirations? NW: It made me realize I don’t want to be an accountant. I don’t think I can ever go back to working for somebody else. The freedom of setting your own schedule is a very underrated thing, and it definitely still makes me want to go to grad school and get my CPA, but I think I’m continuing more to real estate for a career after college. And get my broker’s license. PD: If you could tell a college student anything, what would it be? NW: Really do things and make decisions based on what makes you happy. Yes, you might not make as much money as you possibly could, but it will make you and the tenant happy.

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Local News Police in Binghamton investigate killing Police in Binghamton are searching for two people in connection with a homicide and a house fire. The Press & Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton reports that police responding at 6 a.m. Monday to a reported dispute found a critically injured woman in a burning house who said that her boyfriend had just been murdered. Police found the body of the male homicide victim after the fire was put out. The female victim was in critical condition at a local hospital. Police believe there were two assailants who took the victim’s vehicle, a black 2001 Dodge Ram pickup. Police are not releasing any additional information.

National Universities U-M reprimands Theta Xi for ‘offensive’ party ads The University of Michigan reprimanded a mostly white fraternity Thursday for advertisements for a party that used derogatory words for women and stereotyped blacks. The Ann Arbor school sent an email rebuking the Theta Xi chapter and saying it plans to impose sanctions on the fraternity over the now-canceled Nov. 7 event. A Facebook invitation advertised the event as “World Star Hip Hop Presents: Hood Ratchet Thursday,” reported. The invitation showed a photo of a black man holding a wad of cash and saying “we goin back to da hood again!!” among other things. It also contained messages that encouraged sexual promiscuity by women and used derogatory language to describe them.

Kent State frat suspended for hazing Kent State University has suspended a fraternity for hazing and other violations. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Gamma Tau chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi was suspended for three years. The newspaper said an Oct. 7 letter the university sent to the chapter cited a “recent history of violations” and “other investigations of misconduct related to membership intake activity.” The letter doesn’t explain exactly what the fraternity did, and a Kent State spokesman declined to comment on the suspension. The fraternity and its national organization haven’t commented on the suspension. The fraternity became the first black organization on the Kent campus in 1949. It does not have a house on campus. The chapter did not appeal the suspension.

UF president reprimands frat for racial slur A University of Florida fraternity has been reprimanded by the school’s president for what he called a “hateful incident” directed at a black female student. President Bernie Machen sent a letter on Monday to the members of Alpha Tau Omega regarding the Sept. 26 incident. The Gainesville Sun reports a member of the fraternity jeered at the student as she walked by on the opposite side of the street. Dean of Students Jen Day Shaw says the woman crossed the street and told the student his behavior was inappropriate. She reported the incident the next day, placing blame on the student, not the fraternity. The fraternity sent a letter of apology and has suspended the privileges of the member. The fraternity member also apologized to the woman.

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Students participate in a rave in the main lounge of Smith Hall Saturday evening. The rave was held prior to a talk by officers from Binghamton’s New York State University Police, speaking about the dangers of the drug MDMA, or Molly.

Police Watch A lighter take on campus crime

You’re safe, now pay your damn cab fare FRIDAY, NOV. 1, 3:54 a.m. — Three female students attempted to leave a taxi cab without paying at Smith Hall, said Investigator Patrick Reilly of Binghamton’s New York State University Police. The students reportedly wanted the driver to let them off at the front door but the driver refused. Officers were called to the scene, and when they arrived, the three suspects were screaming at the driver. The suspects said they wanted to be driven to the front door because they were worried for their safety. An officer offered to escort them to their door. As another officer approached, the suspects began screaming at that officer. The suspects were told that they would be arrested if they did not pay the $4 for the cab. The suspects complied and were escorted to the entrance of the hall. When push comes to shove SATURDAY, NOV. 2, 3:59 a.m. — Officers responded to a possible fight on the back patio of Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center, Reilly said. When officers arrived, they witnessed students walking along the perimeter of C4. When asked about what happened, they said that a 19-year-old male was standing inside C4 and was staring at another person who was outside. When the person outside left, the suspect followed and shoved the person he was staring at. The victim shoved back, they

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exchanged words and the altercation ended within five minutes, before the officer showed up. The only physical violence that occurred was the shoving. Nah, he seems perfectly normal SUNDAY, NOV. 3, 1:30 a.m. — A 19-year-old male was pushed by an unknown suspect, Reilly said. The victim left his room in O’Connor Hall to fill up a water bottle in a drinking fountain in the hall. As he walked out, three male students walked down the hall. The victim moved out of the way to let them walk through, and the suspect pushed the victim into the wall as they walked past. Another person in the group apologized and said that his friend was “messed up.” Go home, you’re not drunk MONDAY, NOV. 4, 3:23 a.m. — A night janitor believed that there was an intoxicated individual sleeping in C4, Reilly said. The janitor called the police, and when officers arrived at the Libby Tucker Study Room in C4, they did not believe the 19-year-old male was under the influence of any substance, but rather, as the suspect stated, he was just “chilling.” They told the suspect that he could not be in C4 when it was closed. The suspect agreed and left the building promptly.

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Susan Peters remembered for inspiring students Former Binghamton University musical director and professor passes away at home “She was always in your corner no matter what. She was there to help you if you had a problem, she was there to talk to, to cry with, and she helped so many of us” — Joe Masciana BU alumnus

Geoffrey Wilson Assistant News Editor Susan Peters, 74, former musical director and professor in Binghamton University’s theatre department, died Oct. 18 in her Vestal home. Peters worked at BU for more than 40 years before retiring in 2012. She was born in Binghamton in 1939 and earned her Master of Music from BU in 1972. She worked on theater productions for both BU and the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. Peters created and taught the course Theatre 101: Introduction to Musical Theatre, as well as Theatre MIDI. Joe Masciana, a 2012 BU alumnus who studied cell and molecular biology, met Peters

through her Theatre 101 course. According to Masciana, Peters rekindled his love for theater and singing. “I had heard a lot of good things about her and I fell in love with her immediately,” he wrote in an email. “Her energy just drew me in and made me want to listen to what she had to say.” Masciana described Peters as less of a professor and more of a coach. “She was always in your corner no matter what,” Masciana wrote. “She was there to help you if you had a problem, she was there to talk to, to cry with, and she helped so many of us, including myself to build and rebuild confidence in ourselves.” Masciana remembered Peters as encouraging and

supportive. “Honestly, Sue has meant more to me in my life than I can ever say. She saw something in me that I couldn’t, and still have trouble seeing, but because of her I grew at Binghamton and am still growing as a person. Her lessons outside the classroom and in last forever.” According to Masciana, Peters was unique, and it was impossible to predict how she would act. “Sometimes you could never just expect her to say or do anything specifically, but everytime she critiqued our work or taught us something it was always always always done with love for us and love for the art,” he wrote. Kristina Seeley, a 2008 BU alumna who studied English, explained how Peters united all

her teaching assistants. “Acting as the center glue, Sue helped many of the TAs develop a really close-knit family,” Seeley said. “We were co-workers, but we were friends and goofballs and performers.” Seeley remembered her fondly. “The more time I spent with her, the more I loved her,” Seeley said. “She was so snarky and on top of her game, but more than willing to rely on us as team members. I grew so much as a person and a professional because of the opportunities she afforded me.” Masciana eventually became a teaching assistant for Peters. He described the experience as casual and relaxed. “They say in order to master a subject you need to be able to teach it, well Sue taught

me how to be able to do that. She wasn’t very strict. She had deadlines and all you had to do was respect them. Otherwise she was as cool as a cucumber,” he wrote. Peters is survived by her longtime partner, Fred Mellert; mother, Evaline Multer; two sisters, Mary Greene and Janet Christopher; three sons, Eric, James and Jon Peters; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Condolences can be sent to Ernest H. Parsons Funeral Home through its website. Services will be private, but Peters asked that students, friends and family “sing a few show tunes now and then” in her memory.

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Professor connects allele with different flower colors Geneticist concludes that mutation on transcription factor protein is responsible for change Hayley Shapiro Contributing Writer Jay Sobel, an evolutionary geneticist who joined Binghamton University’s biological sciences department this year, was this week’s speaker for Biology 451: Current Topics in EvoS. “I am fascinated by why there are so many different types of organisms in nature,” Sobel said in his opening slide. He discussed the reasoning behind the processes of evolutionary changes due to the environment, and focused his seminar on the adaptive shift in the wildflower species Mimulus aurantiacus. Sobel and his research team characterized the ecological, genetic and molecular basis for why a particular allele, MaMyb2, causes the flower to possess a yellow or red color. He said that his team used a basic genetic approach to examine what loci are responsible for color variation. He concluded that a mutation in a particular transcription factor, r2r4-myb, is responsible for flower color variation. A transcription factor is a protein that binds to specific DNA sequences; a mutation within this flower can generate a different biochemical reaction — in this case, color. Sobel found that the red allele of MaMyb2 acts to regulate anthocyanin — the pigment that makes fall foliage red — causing the flower to appear a red color.

Originally, he thought other factors might be responsible for the color changes, but after researching, he found MaMyb2 to be the actual causal gene. In his research, Sobel aimed to answer questions in biology, such as “How predictable is adaptation?” and “Are specific traits, mutations or aspects of genetic architecture most commonly involved in generative diversity?” He provided another example of adaptive traits, in which a mouse and lizard shared the Mc1r gene that caused them to change to a lighter color. Sobel’s detailed examples and charts helped to answer why there is such extreme biological diversity across life forms and how it came to be that way. He also discussed evolutionary concepts of natural selection and adaption to prove how an organism’s phenotype, or its physical characteristics, is the result of its genotype, inherited DNA and environment. Evolution occurs when a shift in environmental factors reinforces selection for certain traits, leaving the best traits to survive and be reproduced. In instances of color shifts, the organism may be adapting to aspects of its surroundings. Cheng Sun, a teaching assistant for the EvoS course and a graduate student studying anthropology, said Sobel exemplified the “basic model” of genetic adaptation by choosing a particular plant and showing how

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Jay Sobel, an evolutionary geneticist and professor at Binghamton University, speaks to students Monday night as part of the EvoS speaker series. Sobel discussed the causes behind evolutionary changes caused by the environment.

different colors are signs of different adaptations. “Unlike other speakers, [Sobel] is from the University,” Sun said, “so he provided the opportunity for undergrads to participate in his own study, and also discussed basic evolutionary ideas. Compared to previous talks, this one was more authentic.”

Other students agreed that Sobel was one of the better speakers of the semester. “I have a background in genetics and am passionate about evolution, so it was nice to hear that bridged together,” said Natalie Lamb, a senior majoring in biology. “It was interesting to hear him speak, and you can tell that he is very

intelligent.” Jay Sobel offered advice to undergraduates to gain hands-on experience with molecular techniques, but also paid attention to the bigger questions. “I guess what I’m saying is learn it all,” he said.

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ballot continued from Page 1 casinos will have a negative effect on the state. The proposal is one of six New York state constitutional amendments proposed this year. If any of the initiatives receive more than 50 percent of votes from New York state citizens, they will be written into the constitution on Jan. 1, 2014. Other amendments include a proposal to expand the age until which judges can sit on the bench to 80 years old, a plan to give disabled veterans more credit on civil service exams, changes to the way counties count debt cost of building sewage facilities, a resolution to a land claim dispute between state and private

parties and a plan to allow the state to exchange preserved land with a private company that wants to harvest minerals. There are a total of 2,168 individuals registered to vote on campus this year. According to the Broome County board of elections, 871 of these people are registered Democrats and 283 are Republicans. There are 1,010 students registered through New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), according to Matthew Lemke, NYPIRG’s project coordinator and Southern Tier organizer. On-campus students who registered to vote with their school address will have their votes counted for the town of Vestal, and therefore

“I registered while on campus ... The people we elect definitely matter much more” — Brian Hopkins BU freshman

will not have a vote in the Binghamton mayoral contest between Republican Rich David and Democrat Teri Rennia, which is the only contested race on the ballot for the city of Binghamton. The other races — for county clerk and family court judge — are countywide elections in which incumbents are the

only candidates listed on the ballot. According to a poll conducted last year by professor Jonathan Krasno and his public opinion class, 48 percent of Binghamton students claim to be registered at their parents’ address as opposed to 27 percent who claim they are registered in Broome County. “I’m registered at home, personally I don’t really care about local politics,” said Adam Taylor, a sophomore majoring in history. “Broome County judges don’t really matter to me at all, but local politics back home sure do.” Other students disagree, arguing that Broome County politics are important to students. “I registered while on campus,” said Brian Hopkins, a freshman majoring in business administration.

“I am going to be up here most of the time anyway. The people we elect definitely matter much more to me than people I will never see back home.” Many students failed to see a reason to register to vote in this year’s election. “There isn’t really anything important on this year’s ballot, I’ll just register next year,” said Pedro Oliveira, an undeclared freshman. Students registered in Vestal will see mainly uncontested races filling up their ballots. The only contested race is the election for superintendent of highways, in which Democrat Kenneth J. Fortler and Republican Brock M. Leonard square off.

Marchers protest racism Bike share launches

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A rally organizer speaks through a loudspeaker as they prepare to march two separate routes Downtown. The aim of the march was to get local businesses to sign an anti-discrimination pledge.

racism continued from Page 1 that racism and discrimination are still present in his industry. “In the bar business in particular, I’ve seen many instances of institutional racism,” Shea said. “Equating criminality and problem behavior — which we do all have to combat — with being black. Unfortunately, it’s still true in many parts of the community.” Other businesses on State Street have come under scrutiny following a video posted on YouTube last month, which depicted Kyle Isiah Lovett-Pitts, 21, a black student at SUNY Broome Community College, being called racial slurs outside of Dillinger’s Celtic Pub and Eatery on State Street. Stacey Lovett-Pitts, Kyle’s mother, spoke at the rally about the discrimination she said her

son faced. “An injustice was done to him. He was denied access to Dillinger’s and arrested for disorderly conduct even though he did nothing,” she said. “Right now we are marching so we can tell everyone that we will not tolerate these types of things in our area anymore. What they did was wrong.” According to court records, Lovett-Pitts was arrested for disorderly conduct on Aug. 25, 2013 after he “did return to 77 State St. and threaten bar staff after being given lawful orders to leave the area twice previously by uniformed police officers.” Pipe Dream attempted to contact Dillinger’s on Monday, but the pub was closed. According to Mayor Ryan, Dillinger’s hired a consultant to help with their issues of discrimination, including taking down some signs that patrons found offensive.

“They’re making real, concrete efforts to try to address that situation,” Ryan said. “I think it’s good that [the Confronting Racism Coordinating Committee] is bringing this to all of State Street so that everyone who comes to our city feels comfortable.” Many students who attended the rally Friday night came in direct response to the incident at Dillinger’s. Raye Holab, a sophomore double-majoring in Chinese and comparative literature, said she attended the rally to protest the policies of some local businesses. “It’s just completely unthinkable that this can still happen, and it’s happening here so we’re going to do something about it,” Holab said. Shehryar Qazi, a graduate student studying sociology and a rally organizer with the CRCC, said that the incident at Dillinger’s provided an opportunity to talk about discrimination in the community. “It was a heinous act, but it can at least start a conversation, because it feels like the conversation about racism is almost nonexistent,” Qazi said. Ibrahima Balde, who attended the rally, saw it as part of a larger effort to spread equality. “We need to step up and show them that we will not be silenced at all,” said Balde, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. “We are all equals, and we expect to be treated equally.” Several administrators from the University were in attendance. “I just wanted to come out and, one, be supportive, but also make sure that everything goes okay,” said Milton Chester, the associate dean of students. More than 150 protesters carried signs that said “Racism: Spot it. Stop it,” and led chants of “We will not be silenced” and “Racism is real, get real.” “I think that it’s important that we acknowledge that there are issues, that we address those issues and that we come together as a community,” Rennia said, adding that if she is elected mayor, “We’re going to make sure that everybody has a seat at the table.”

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The Binghamton University bike share program has officially hit campus, with a grand total of six bikes available to students. While the program is still in Phase I, Phases II and III are planned for the spring.

bike continued from Page 1 off the ground and have more bikes, the school should take more notice and support us a bit more. Hopefully, we’ll get more space and money,” said Joseph Rimkunas, an organizer and a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. The program was originally planned for last semester, but was delayed because of insurance reasons. “Since we are run by students, it was very hard (nearly impossible) to get private insurance. This year we are getting insured through the school via Auxiliary Services, but we are still a student run organization,” Tracy wrote. Organizers said that they plan on expanding the program in future semesters to include more bikes and hubs. “We also want to have stations at every community, especially Hillside,” Toder said. “But right now they’re just at the Engineering Building.” The coordinators have also been working with students in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering on new ways of signing up for bikes, similar to the bike share programs available in New York City and Paris. “If you know the Citi Bikes [in New York City], they involve automated systems, but the companies that make them are

ridiculously expensive. We’re working with a number of Watson engineering students as their senior capstone projects to build a system that is less expensive. So in the next few years we want an automated system that can be phased in,” said Markus Sher, liason for Watson students and the bike share and a sophomore double-majoring in mechanical engineering and English. “We have not decided whether to go with a hub system or have something built into every bike.” Derek Smith, a senior majoring in Arabic, said he is looking forward to seeing the bike share on campus. “I think the program is an awesome idea because it not only promotes a more active lifestyle but also allows for students to interact with the community in a more personal way,” Smith said. “I think that there needs to be more promotion of the program so that everyone is aware of the opportunities they have.” Matthew Sausner, a sophomore majoring in computer science, said he was excited about the new program. “That sounds really useful, it could help me get around. They need to actually expand it more, though,” he said. Chris Mayer, a senior majoring in computer science, said the bike share would help out in the cold winter months.

“Sure I’d use the bike share, it will be sweet when it’s really cold and you wanna get around campus quicker,” Mayer said. Others said they doubted a program so limited in scale. “I don’t think I’d use it. I don’t see a need for it,” said Corey Vaccaro, a senior majoring in sociology. “I live off campus and have a car. It seems like something that’s a lot more useful for certain people on campus.” A total of 19 riders borrowed bikes during the first weekend of the program’s implementation. “The BU campus is not that big, so it is a good size to walk around, but still, with the bike, students can save some more time moving between classes and during lunch time,” said Aram Kim, a senior majoring in environmental studies. “I rented a bike last Friday and rode around the campus for one hour or so. It was fast, and the bike was in a good condition.” Kyle Cheung, a senior majoring in geography, used the bike share to learn how to ride and noticed possible improvements. “I went to ride on Friday and Saturday, 3 hours and 1 hours respectively,” he wrote in an email. “Overall, riding bikes are enjoyable, but I think the sizes of most of them need to be adjusted. I found that some of the seats were just a bit higher than they needed to be for me, making it hard to start learning.”

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SUNY program offers cost-free digital textbooks book continued from Page 1 However, Donald Nieman, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, says that students’ interests take precedence over bookstore sales. “Offering students a high quality, affordable education is our priority, not textbook sales,” Nieman wrote in an email. According to the SUNY Open Textbooks website, this program is supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG), which are funded by state tax dollars. Through the SUNY IITG, the SUNY Open Textbooks team offered $3-$4K to SUNY faculty and support staff to author a SUNY Open Textbook. Hatch said the team reached out to all SUNY campuses. So far, SUNY Geneseo, the College at Brockport, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Fredonia, Upstate Medical University and University at Buffalo have supported the grant and the

change to an open textbook program. While Binghamton University is not yet involved, Nieman is not against participating in the SUNY Open Textbooks system. “Binghamton University is committed to provide students an affordable, high quality education and views SUNY Open Textbook as a worthwhile experiment to attempt to contain costs that students incur,” Nieman wrote. Besides saving students money, the program may reduce paper waste as well. “We expect that providing access to free online high-quality learning resources will reduce the carbon footprint, and it certainly can reduce how heavy student backpacks are,” Hatch wrote. Recently, two textbooks were released: “Literature, the Humanities and Humanity” by SUNY Fredonia professor Ted Steinberg, and “Native Peoples of North America,” written by SUNY Potsdam professor Susan

“We want to see this program grow and reduce the cost barriers to securing a college education” — Carey Hatch Associate provost

Stebbins. Plans for the program include expanding it to more subjects like anthropology, business, computer science, education, English, geological sciences, mathematics, music education and physics. “We want to see this program grow and reduce the cost barriers to securing a college education at SUNY and beyond,” Hatch wrote. Nieman expressed concern over the potential effects of choosing

course materials based on which free textbooks are available. “If faculty members were to adopt course materials solely on the basis of their cost and not consider their quality, then student learning would be compromised,” Nieman wrote. However, Nieman said he has faith in the Binghamton University faculty to provide the best quality of textbooks to the students. “My sense is that where there are high quality open source course materials available — including materials made available through SUNY Open Textbook, the internet or other sources — they will adopt them,” Nieman wrote. With this new process in mind, several students said they are looking forward to the prospect of not having to pay for textbooks. Zach Pehel, a sophomore majoring in political science, said he thought this system would be convenient. “It would be less of a hassle to avoid having to search on Amazon

for the best deal,” Pehel said. “It’s a very time-consuming process to avoid the extremely inflated prices of the bookstore. I would definitely support this program to save money.” This sentiment seems to be shared among students, even if they will lose out on a hard copy of their textbooks. “Although I prefer to study with hard copies of textbooks, I would definitely take advantage of this program to save money,“ said Hannah Robins, a freshman majoring in psychology. With this new program in its pilot and with concrete plans to move forward, Carey Hatch is excited for its role for students in the future. “The power of SUNY to solve real world problems with innovation and collaboration is exciting. Participating SUNY Faculty authors, reviewers, and the librarians administering this program are leading an initiative that will reduce cost barriers and highlight SUNY excellence,” Hatch wrote.

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The Bing-U Secret is out Meet the man behind the hit Facebook page

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Jacob Shamsian | Assistant Release Editor The man behind Bing-U Secrets has one secret of his own: his identity. Today, he pulls back the curtain. Fred Cohen, a senior majoring in chemistry, runs Bing-U Secrets, a popular Facebook page that posts anonymous text submissions and has become something of a Binghamton University phenomenon. Cohen kept his identity secret because doing so is essential to the idea behind Bing-U Secrets. Total anonymity means no filters: If his identity was open, then people he knew wouldn’t submit secrets to the page. And Cohen knows plenty of people — he’s been a teaching assistant for hundreds of students in chemistry, physics and theatre classes, he’s an EMT for Harpur’s Ferry and he’s a former president

of the Undergraduate Chemistry Society and he works as the senior residential computer consultant of Newing College. “The hardest thing about being the admin of Bing-U Secrets is I’m not me when I log on,” Cohen said. “I can’t be me, I’m the Bing-U Secrets guy. I can’t hold judgment.” Cohen admitted his own identity to only five other people, including Emily Goetz, a fellow senior ResCon who knew from the start that Cohen ran the page. “There’s always some temptation to tell people when they bring it up, but keeping it anonymous is pretty vital to the page’s purpose,” said Goetz, a junior majoring in computer science. Since Cohen is graduating this semester, his next step is to choose a successor who’s unbiased about what’s submitted and can keep up with the constant deluge of

submissions. Last month, he asked students to apply. Around 20 people did, and he’ll decide on someone by the end of the month. Cohen said that half of the people who submit secrets do so through a Facebook message instead of Tumblr, making their identity available to him. Aside from submissions, the page often gets messages accusing other people of being the page’s mediator. No one has gotten it right, Cohen said, but a few people have suspected him, claiming to identify him based on his grammar and by his collection of GIFs, which he frequently posts as comments to posted submissions. The Facebook page has a few regular commenters, perhaps none as famous as “Kevin Panda Liu,” who now has his own Facebook page. “Everyone thought I was Kevin Panda Liu,” Cohen said. “Liu was

like my unofficial partner. He was like someone who just commented on everything and he had a following on it. I don’t know who he is. I never met him in real life. I’ve never spoken to him at all.” Last spring, Pipe Dream’s April Fool’s issue, The Pipe Bomb, published a satirical article claiming that President Harvey Stenger ran the Facebook page. Some people believed it. “Then the other big conspiracy was that I was President Stenger, which I thought was hilarious,” Cohen said. “People thought it was a social experiment.” Several people demanded that Cohen tell the identities of suicidalsounding submitters to the University Counseling Center, but all of those posts were submitted anonymously through Tumblr. Cohen said that he’d report a post indicating that someone was in danger to the University Police

Department, but there’s never been such a case. Over time, the Facebook page has become more of a public forum than a place where the student body pours out our collective hearts. But Cohen isn’t bothered — he only doesn’t post submissions when they violate one of his four rules. The first rule is that a submission can’t target a specific person. If a submission “says someone’s name and a negative word,” it won’t be posted. He made the rule because when the page was first made, people flagged posts and Facebook temporarily suspended the page. The second rule is that he won’t post anything that might damage the University, like a submission he received from a student who claimed to have taken drugs with a professor. The third rule is that he won’t post anything stupid, like those

submissions by people who so bravely admitted to enjoying marijuana and going Downtown. The last rule is that he forbids posts for personal gain, like advertisements. He won’t allow anything from a charity fundraiser to a frat party. “Especially when the SA election rolled around, oh my god,” Cohen said. “I mean I’m obviously not going to say names, but candidates wanted endorsements, stuff like that.” Even though Cohen is the brains behind Bing-U Secrets, he pretends not to even read it when he’s with his unknowing peers. “I’ll never forget that one time, I was at Harpur’s Ferry doing my shift. And someone did a secret about Harpur’s Ferry,” Cohen said. “And everyone was talking about it and I’m just sitting there, sitting down on the couch in the squad room, smiling.”

Release's declassified survival guide to living off campus Mallory Stein | Contributing Writer So you decided to live off campus. It just seemed like the logical thing to do in the midst of having to conceal your chemically related activities on a chem-free floor, dining hall-hopping to switch up the Sodexo variety — only to realize all the food sucks anyway — and living in constant fear that your roommate just heard you fart. “Live Downtown,” they said. “It will be great,” they said. But what they didn’t tell you were the essentials to surviving as a commuter. That’s where we come in. Step 1: Commuter Fashion Whether or not you think you’re going to spend 12 hours at a time on campus, you will. Nothing is worse than seeing the dude or chick you’re trying to get with dressed all spiffy while it looks like a bucket of fleece

threw up on your life. Accept it: You’ve worn your North Face jacket so much that it feels like Muppet fur, and your Uggs are as clean as they are socially relevant. Which is zero. Make sure that as a commuter you’re killin’ it on the ones and twos, fashion-wise at least. The key is wearing clothes that fit (because jeans that pinch your nerves are so 2004) and being prepared for a variety of weather situations. Days in Binghamton typically start out cold, then get warmer, then windy, followed by some form of precipitation, a storm of locusts and then it gets cold again. Remember: Sneaking back to the Newing Hilton DoubleTree for a quick wardrobe change isn’t an option anymore. You want to wear layers, things that are fit for covering your head and shoes that definitely aren’t suede. Carrying an umbrella around isn’t a bad idea either. It can be a store-bought one or

makeshift; using Pipe Dreams or doing that thing where you hold your jacket above your head will work just fine. Step 2: Commuter Food You could pack a lunch, but honestly who has time for that? Besides, carrying around Tupperware takes up space in your backpack and smells like old vegetables. When you get sick of the Einstein Bros. Bagels and Jazzman’s routine, make sure you have a friend who is willing to drive you to Chipotle. If you usually take the bus, having a friend with a car means you’ll have a ride to something that isn’t a bagel, and if you usually drive, you won’t have to give up your parking spot on campus. As a commuter, you’re also going to drop a lot of money on groceries. Get a shopper’s card for the grocery stores you like. The $5 you save on every grocery shopping trip is basically 1.7

more shots you can get at the Rat. Step 3: Commuter Schedule Setting aside a sufficient amount of time to get to class when you have to drive or take the bus is an acquired skill. The time it takes to navigate the bus system is about the same amount it takes to drive to campus and find a parking spot in Lot M, so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose. If you take the bus, make sure you know at least two good routes that stop by your house, assuming that the first one will probably be full and the second one — well, it will probably also be full. On the contrary, make sure you do your research as to when and where you can park on campus. Missing the bus or getting a parking ticket both suck, and both will probably cause at least one emotional breakdown this semester. Additionally, if you’re planning to stay on campus for an extended

period of time, it’s not a bad idea to bring your laptop. That weird two-hour gap between classes can equate to four episodes of “House of Cards,” if you play your cards right. Don’t forget your laptop charger, or more importantly your phone charger, and by all thing holy, never forget your keys. You finally have a chance to use the Binghamton University lanyard your parents bought you at orientation. Embrace it. Step 4: Commuter Social Life When you’re not busy being a student, you’ll be busy being drunk. The best part about living Downtown is that you don’t have to pay for cabs to get to State Street. Every time you go out, think of it as $4 more per trip that you can put toward bills (because that’s a thing now), food or getting more drunk. The walks do get rougher as it gets colder, and you’re going to need to pregame really hard to compensate

for that. Try to stick with your housemates or neighbor friends at the bars because they’re usually the ones you’ll be walking home with. If you go to a random house to hook up with someone, prepare yourself for a very underdressed and very public walk home the next morning. Throwing a banger at your house instead of going to State Street? Make sure everyone and their mothers know about it, and make sure your younger dorm friends know how to get to your house. Side note: Make sure they also know how to leave. Provide riot punch so that everyone will black out and think they had an awesome time even if they didn’t and will want to go to all of your subsequent parties. Follow these steps, and you’ll be on your way to being the coolest commuter on the block between Riverside Drive and one of those streets that end in “nut.”

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Binghamton bagel bucket list

Because bagels are everything

Gabriella Ginsberg | Staff Writer There are a few must-haves for the successful college student: a reliable liquor store, a trusty late night diner and, perhaps most importantly, a goto bagel place. Here are the best places in the Southern Tier for your bagel needs. Nezuntoz Café Pronounced “knees n’ toes,” this place is the Taj Mahal of sandwich cafés. They boast a variety of bagel types, including but not limited to rosemary and sea salt, cheddar, multigrain, cinnamon raisin and pumpkin. Nezuntoz is in the Weis grocery

store plaza on the south side of Downtown. Bagels arrive fresh daily from Ithaca’s famous Collegetown Bagels, but come without the pretentious Cornell University students. Also, don’t forget that the day-old bagels are half-price! Bagel Recommendation: Sundried tomato bagel sandwich with egg, bacon and melted cheese. Pair with: Pumpkin coffee (not latte — they serve a coffee itself that is pumpkin-flavored). The Bagel Factory Tucked away on Glenwood Road in the west side, The Bagel Factory is a staple on any bagel bucket list. Skip the parmesan bagels — they’re a little dry

— but the bacon bagels mean business. The Bagel Factory has a dozen different cream cheeses at any given time, including crazy flavors like spicy buffalo wing, and you can buy them by weight. Be warned: This place is not a hangout spot. The carpeting appears to date back to 1985, and it’s a gloomy establishment overall. Take your bagel to go, and make your classmates salivate with hunger and jealousy. Bagel Recommendation: Whole wheat bagel with maple bacon cream cheese. Pair with: Skip the subpar coffee and go for a delectable milkshake.

Einstein Bros. Bagels People either love or hate Einstein’s, but in my opinion the taste and quality does not differ from the off-campus establishments. If you decide to jump on the Einstein’s bandwagon, be prepared for your meal plan to run out by Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to ask for a stamp card: There’s one for drinks, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, coffee; basically everything except bagels. Don’t ask why. Bagel Recommendation: Literally anything with pumpkin cream cheese. You could smear pumpkin cream cheese on a piece of cardboard and it would

be delicious. For the nonvegetarians, get the BAT sandwich (Bacon Avocado Turkey) on a honey whole wheat bagel. Tiny people will get two meals out of this bad boy, and the chipotle sauce on it will take you to new bagel heights. Pair with: Skinny vanillahazlenut latte (hot, don’t EVER get it iced; the syrups separate in the most disgusting way, and there’s about $4 at stake) are the perfect reward after a hard test. Wegmans Last, but not forgotten, is the grocery store mecca. If you’re late to the Wegmans bakery game, I am so sorry. Starting at the left side where the awesome apple

cider bread is located, make your way past the fresh cookies, muffins and croissants, and find yourself at the bialys and bagels. Mix and match in a bag and lie shamelessly at the register about how many you have because the honor system is just asking to be abused. Bagel Recommendation: Cinnamon raisin, ancient grain, cinnamon sugar, sesame, the list goes on… Pair with: Swing by the dairy section and grab a Wegmans brand flavored cream cheese. The pumpkin spice is possibly better than Einstein’s, and the lox cream cheese blows the competition out of the water. All puns intended.

Sex and college life on stage The mathematics of madness DCP proudly presents comedy 'Juvenilia' 'Proof' is Binghamton's latest studio show Rich Kersting | Staff Writer The Dickinson Community Players’ most recent show, “Juvenilia,” is a play about life, college and all of the emotions, insecurities and sexual awkwardness that those entail. From half-baked dreams of marriage to fullybaked dreams of a threesome, the play revolves around four college juniors just trying to make sense of it all. Will I graduate on time? What should I declare as my major? How am I going to get laid? Is my lizard dying? All of these questions are dealt with in the story. If you’re unfamiliar with DCP, the main attraction isn’t the glamour of their performances. As a smaller group on campus, they have to work with smaller casts and smaller sets. But if the DCP have proven anything by “Juvenilia,” they have taken these apparent limitations and turned them into strengths. Jorge Granja, vice president of DCP and a senior majoring in human development, played Brodie, the underachieving and hopeless romantic who just can’t seem to stop cheating on his girlfriend, whom he plans to marry. “Working on a show with DCP is something I haven’t found anywhere else. It’s not

about being glossy, we pride ourselves on just making it work,” Granja said. According to Jackie Horn, the show’s director and a local Binghamton University alumna, the show didn’t go completely as planned. After a last minute dropout for the part of Meredith (Brodie’s cynic of a girlfriend) just four rehearsals before the show, she was forced to fill the part of Meredith herself. While she would never cast herself in a production, given the time constraint, Horn was the only person who knew the play well enough to learn the lines and play the part. “It’s very surreal to just suddenly be thrown into a performance. It’s almost like rehearsing an entirely new show in four days,” Horn said. Despite the casting change, a play in crisis went against all odds to deliver an admirable performance on opening night. Horn also stated that since they only had the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center multipurpose room for one weekend, opening night was also the first night they had on the stage. Rehearsals, on the other hand, were held in a 10-by-15-foot room in the basement of Rafuse Hall. Opening night was also the first time they performed the show with a full set.

Though there were only four characters in the cast, the play accomplished a lot. “With a small cast, you focus in on group chemistry. You really have to zero in on who you’re playing, but also who you’re playing it with,” Granja said. The small cast made the performance less about props, sets and the actual plot, and more about how characters interact with each other. It was about capturing the humanity of the writing and translating that into on-stage chemistry. “It’s very intimate, and you learn a lot about the people you work with in a very short period of time,” Horn said. “I’ve never seen so many inside jokes develop so quickly!” When asked about any preshow or rehearsal rituals that the cast and crew did to build chemistry, they all reported a dramatic reading of the hit single “Milkshake” by Kelis. When putting on a show, things won’t always go according to plan. But the show must go on, and DCP exhibited their tact in their latest performance, “Juvenilia.” Their next show, the first part of “Angels in America,” titled, “Millennium Approaches,” will be coming to a C4 multipurpose room near you this December.

Sam Chosak | Contributing Writer If you’re looking for a reason to check out a studio theater show this semester, this is all the proof you need. While Mainstage shows boast more resources, studio theater shows bring the audience much closer to the drama. In the theatre department’s studio production of David Auburn’s “Proof,” the stage is dimly lit, reserving most illumination for the characters. The opening dialogue between two characters, Catherine and her father, Robert, starts out civil, but things get heated when discussing Catherine’s state of living. Robert is a mathematical genius who had a prolific career at the University of Chicago. Catherine has inherited not only some of her father’s genius, but also possibly some of his insanity, which ended his career and left her to care for him. However, when a revolutionary mathematical proof appears with no clear authorship, tensions only rise further as the final question presents itself: Who wrote the proof? The tragedy of a once happy family torn asunder isn’t uplifting, but it does shed some light on the characters in the play. We watch the shortcomings and

Catherine has inherited not only some of her father’s genius, but also possibly some of his insanity bitterness of each character, and the characters see the shortcomings in one another as well. As the play progresses, we come to understand that each character wants to see the actions of the others as destructive and insensitive, but each one is forced to admit that the other had only good intentions. Gabriela Mrvova, director and a graduate student studying theatre, identifies with the trials that the characters go through on stage. “All humans have to cope with similar problems throughout their lives regardless of their nationality, age, class, culture or worldview. The problem of aging and sick parents is one of them. The difficult and complex question is how to pay back and provide

them the care they need,” Mrvova said. Mrvova offered praise for the indefatigable tech crew, who spent hours together every day, constantly racing to perfect the lights and sounds. “Right from the start it was obvious that the group was very tight, and they took the work very seriously,” Mrvova said. “Proof” is by no means a cheap, feel-good romp — by any stretch of the imagination (although $3 at the door is very reasonable). But when a gripping subject matter is combined with dedicated actors and actresses and an intimate set, the result is a worthwhile production if you’re in the mood to ponder some of life’s toughest equations. “Proof” premieres at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Studio A in the Fine Arts Building.

'Proof' When: 8 p.m. on Nov. 7, 8, 9 and 10 Where: Studio A in Fine Arts Building

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Eminem loses himself on new album The sequel is no equal for Shady on 'Marshall Mathers LP 2'

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Joseph Barberio | Contributing Writer It’s been 14 years since Eminem released his landmark album, “The Slim Shady LP,” exposing his insane and controversial alter ego, Slim Shady, to the world. Since then, a lot has changed for Eminem in both music and style. Eminem’s last few releases have been lacking in the freespirited youthfulness that he captured early on in his career. Lyrically, he stopped going after every social taboo in the book. His music became more commercially driven, and his delivery transformed into short and loud bursts of words that lacked in content or creativity. It seemed as if the Slim Shady

persona had been shelved for good and that there would never be a return of “old Eminem.” But earlier this year, Eminem built hype for his new album by naming it “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” — a reference to his hit 2000 album

He’ll probably never be the same rapper he was earlier in his career

“The Marshall Mathers LP” — and dying his hair blond again. In this new release Eminem attempts to recapture the sound and the success he had over a decade ago with a sequel to his hit album. Eminem kicks off the album with the song “Bad Guy,” a sequel to his hit song “Stan” off the original “MMLP.” With this haunting seven-minute epic, Eminem sounds like he’s immediately back to form. It’s a song that shows off Em’s ability to tell a first-person story with multiple characters and voices. Unfortunately, the rest of the album isn’t able to capture the same intensity and emotion exhibited on “Bad Guy.” Almost immediately, the album starts to go south with “Rhyme or Reason,” featuring a dozen outof-date “Star Wars” references and a creepy Yoda impression. Stylistically, his flow and sound is similar to the original “MMLP” on a lot of the songs, but the content seems worn out and his jokes just aren’t funny. On “Asshole” he raps, “Shorty you’re fine but you sort of remind me of a 49er because you been a gold digger since you were a minor” in one of his many lame punch lines that he forces throughout the record. Furthermore, he discusses some of the same topics that he has covered previously, this time with less impressive results. He goes after his dreaded ex-wife in the song “Stronger Than I Was,” saying, “A beautiful face was all you had, cause on the inside

you’re ugly.” Bashing his ex is a common theme in Eminem songs, but on this album it seems like he does it with less passion than ever. One of the album’s highlights and more endearing moments comes in the song “Headlights,” which shows a more emotional side of Eminem as he pays homage to his mother and apologizes to her for everything he has done to her. In an un-Eminem-like move, he brings closure to a relationship problem instead of just fueling more hatred into it. As he raps about his childhood and family life, it’s hard not to feel sentimental for Eminem and about the album itself. He brings things full circle in his life and makes amends with the past, something that a younger and angrier Eminem would never do. Despite his efforts throughout the album, Eminem is not able to make a triumphant return to the top of the hip-hop world. He’ll probably never be the same rapper he was earlier in his career, yet none of this really matters on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2.” This album ultimately isn’t about reclaiming any former glory, but rather about Eminem bringing closure to his career. He may have fallen short in successfully reviving Slim Shady, but he can at least put the character to rest now knowing there is nothing remaining to say. Grade: C-

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Lou Reed: remembering one of Rock's founding fathers He was the frontman of Velvet Underground and pioneered New York City's punk scene Kieran Mcmanus | Contributing Writer Lou Reed, musical pioneer and proclaimed “godfather of punk,” passed away last week at the age of 71. Reed was most renowned for his unique deadpan voice and for his poetic and controversial lyrics. The music world lost one of its most influential artists, and the world at large lost a great friend. You may not have listened to or even heard of Lou Reed, but he’s responsible for some of your favorite music. In 1967, the Velvet Underground released their first album with Reed as frontman and changed the world forever. Interjecting noisy, experimental art songs between catchy pop songs, all discussing sexuality, drugs, prostitutes and a New York City that will never again exist, the album displays a wide range of talent and taste that can never truly be replicated. “I was talking to Lou Reed the other day and he said that the first Velvet Underground record sold 30,000 copies in the first five years,” producer Brian Eno once said. “The sales have picked up in the past few years, but I mean, that record was such an important record for so many people. I think everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band!” Born in Brooklyn and raised in Long Island, Reed holds a special place in New Yorkers’ hearts. As a bisexual teenager in the ’50s, Reed received electroconvulsive therapy (shock treatment), which led to the deterioration of his relationship with his parents. Reed explored topics such as bisexuality, homosexuality, transgender persons, prostitutes and drugs in his lyrics, making his music some of the most controversial of his time. All sung

with his unmistakable voice, Reed’s work can never be replicated. Music critic Stephen Holden once called Reed’s voice “outrageously unmusical.” “It combines the sass of Jagger and the mockery of early Dylan, but is lowerpitched than either,” Holden said. “It is a voice so incapable of bullshit that it makes even an artsy arrangement work by turning the whole thing into a joyous travesty. Just as arresting as Reed’s voice are his lyrics, which combine a New York street punk sensibility and rock song clichés with a powerful poetic gift.” “Transformer,” his breakthrough album, contained famous hits like “Walk on the Wild Side,” “Perfect Day” and “Satellite of Love,” all which have been covered by dozens of influential artists. Reed’s influence can be seen in David Bowie, U2, R.E.M., The Smiths, Sonic Youth, Sex Pistols and countless other musical giants who were deeply saddened by the loss. Iggy Pop, a fellow pioneer of punk, said, “I loved Lou. I admired Lou very much. He was a very genuine person.” David Bowie, who produced Iggy’s “Lust for Life,” also produced Reed’s “Transformer.” After hearing the news, Bowie stated of his old friend, “He was a master.” Reed has left us, but his presence will always remain. Whether it’s in Julian Casablancas’ voice in The Strokes, David Bowie’s new album, an avant-garde experimental band or any artist trying to break off from the mainstream, Lou Reed’s spirit and influence will live on forever so long as there’s music. So take a lesson from Reed and next time, instead of hopping on the bandwagon, take a walk on the wild side.

He was the frontman of Velvet Underground and pioneered New York City's punk scene

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ew Yorkers are on the verge of being swindled. Today, in addition to mayoral elections, New Yorkers are voting on Proposition 1.

It’s a proposed amendment to the New York Constitution that would allow for up to seven casinos to be built in the state. And while we support job creation and job development, we are voting no. When it comes to casinos in New York, seven may be an unlucky number. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of the major proponents of the amendment, arguing that the casinos will bring 6,700 construction jobs and nearly 3,000 long-term jobs. Further, the money generated by these casinos through taxes will be redirected to noble areas like education. Cuomo thinks Prop. 1 will help needy areas, but we think it’ll do the opposite. While casinos will yield a profit for the state, they won’t have the same effect for the economically depressed areas where they will be erected. We have a pretty strong idea of what would happen: These casinos would take money out of the hands of working-class New Yorkers

and give it to already rich foreign investors. Casinos don’t make money for the poor. They make money for the people who build them. Prop. 1 is relevant to us as New Yorkers and as Binghamton University students. One of the first four casinos will be built in the Southern Tier. The last three, after seven years, will be built in New York City. We’re not as worried about New York City, where a casino would resemble something like Caesars Palace. We’re more worried about places like Albany, where a casino might be something less glamorous, instead crumbling into an addiction-feeding den of sin. Take into account the dangers casinos inevitably harbor, such as gambling addictions and organized crime. Plus, how would these additional seven casinos impact the five currently run by Indian tribes? We also fear for the smaller venues that may be harmed by the construction

of these casinos. What big acts will want to perform at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena when they can go to a swanky new casino down the road? We’re not talking about one casino or even two, we’re talking about seven. Seven casinos. This would fundamentally change New York state. We want people associating upstate with things like leaves and apple cider, not slot machines and blackjack. Also, Prop. 1 is a gamble. If these casinos are a flop and don’t generate the revenue the governor hopes, we all suffer. This is a real possibility, because who’s to say New Yorkers will trek it upstate when they can gamble in New York City? Let’s take these same funds and redirect them. Might we suggest something more reasonable, like more carousels, petting zoos or a second, man-made Niagra Falls? Or more

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Thigh gap obsession highlights issues women face Media driven messages and stereotypes prevent full empowerment Molly McGrath Columnist

If you’re a college-aged woman and you have a Tumblr account, no doubt you’re aware of the curious obsession with the “thigh gap.” Perhaps you’ve even had your own internal dialogue, wishing you too could obtain this hallmark of weight loss. Unfortunately, subscription to unrealistic, corporately-produced standards of beauty will only lead to a cycle of self-hatred, and you are the only one who can stop the cycle. In the same way that Big Tobacco markets cigarette use as a habit of the trendy countercultural outcast, corporations impart a message that being thin is the only way to earn the respect of your peers and love interests. We are constantly bombarded with

thousands of media-produced images of skinny white women. We internalize an unattainable ideal, ensuring that we’ll be customers for life, as we fight our biology with a slew of weight loss products promising permanent success. It’s the same phenomenon seen in Brazil, as multinational cosmetic companies sell skin whitening products to black women. The corporations do not discriminate, creating and exploiting every insecurity possible. We are taught to view ourselves as objects, only worthy of respect if we align with a certain image of how a woman should look. This indoctrination begins early in childhood. Even in G-rated movies, only 28 percent of speaking characters are women. This

is particularly damaging, as young children have trouble differentiating media from reality. As we progress to adolescence, we are further exposed to gender inequality, as women are mostly portrayed as eye candy and nothing more. Women are taught to shape their appearances around what men find attractive, rather than their own preferences. Even in magazine articles that supposedly promote positive body image, arguments for the acceptance of curves are those such as “men like curvy women.” We should not have to justify our value to society based on men’s approval of our bodies. These inequalities are not confined to the silver screen but translate into the realities of women everywhere. In

I would much rather be an agent of change than an object of desire.

a recent survey by Glamour magazine, women consistently labeled thin women as “mean” and overweight women as “sloppy.” Clearly, we are taught that appearance somehow reflects personality traits, echoing television stereotypes. On a more serious note, these stereotypes abound in the job market, as women with chubby cheeks are more likely to earn reduced wages and receive fewer career opportunities. Not only are we taught that excess weight is aesthetically displeasing, it also serves as a marker of personality flaws. The pursuit of the thigh gap can distract us from our full potential as both women and human beings. It puts our psychological and even physical health in jeopardy. Instead of seeking to appear frail, we should practice healthy lifestyles for the sake of the mental clarity and internal benefits that these lifestyles can provide. Corporations will to continue to perpetuate the thin, white ideal at the expense of our self-


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Declare your major on your own terms Wake up and Stigmas against studying the humanities are unduly critical Jake Ethé Contributing Columnist

Daunted freshmen often find themselves evermore daunted come second-semester class registration. What will I major in? Why am I here? What classes should I register for? There is no immunity from this existential major dread for second-semester freshmen. As a member of that group, let me begin by saying this: I want to major in English. My byline will say “a freshman majoring in political science.” That’s the truth. I’ll be majoring in political science — but I want to major in English. Indeed, the natural gravitation of freshmen to more concentrated and “real” fields of major study is well-documented. In many ways, it’s an amalgamation of a few factors. A dwindling market for job prospects has increasingly led to emphasis on majors with relatively higher career placements. The increasing cost of college tuition has created a fearful perception, such that majoring in a field considered to be outside of

the “applicable” realm is to sacrifice oneself to the wasting of four years of tuition. A certain pressure exists from the outside, as well. We mold ourselves in the image of our peers, or at the very least are considerate of their choices. There remains some universally understood ethos — a head-nodding, noquestion comprehension of what the practical majors are and what majors, like English, are more viscerally attractive, but less productive. Binghamton University, of course, accepts and supports students of all breeds — English majors, political science majors, engineers and business students alike. We even place a special tag on those freshmen who are “undecided” as being “fundecided.” Still, this optimism mostly consists of idealistic platitudes. In reality, we comprehend and, in some senses, agree with the naysayers who claim that majors like English and art are useless. This is because we understand the naysayers. Empirically speaking, they aren’t entirely wrong to suggest that job prospects in those majors are considerably worse than they are in, say, engineering. Still, the stigma that befalls those who choose more “impractical” majors is unjust. This quixotic wannabe English major is perfectly cognizant of the consequences that might

We ought to provide new students with more access to job placement numbers and internship opportunities

beset me, should I choose to fulfill my dream of becoming an English major. Still, it is my choice. Let’s adopt a more balanced approach to how we view major choice. At the very least, let the collective “we,” the new students at BU, create an environment that reduces peer pressure in the process of that very choice. Let’s avoid the extreme of the naysayers, permitting new students to experiment with classes and decide on a major as they so please. Still, let’s also avoid the extreme of being overly accepting of indecision. This is not to say that we need to stigmatize the indecision, but that we ought to provide new students with more access to job placement numbers and internship opportunities per major. Finding some in-between — a balance of honesty and empathy — will allow new freshmen to pursue a major in a field to which they’ve made an independent and informed decision to commit. There’s a chance that the byline of this column could one day read: “a freshman majoring in English.” For now, though, I’m daunted, and as I look around at the other freshmen crafting their schedules all around me, it’s easy to see the movement and succession of one year of freshmen to the next. In these seats sat current graduating seniors, torn then between the polemic major fields of practicality and idealism. Some chose English. Some may have chosen political science. And that’s okay. — Jake Ethé is a freshman majoring in political science.

smell the coffee Given the health benefits, pour yourself another cup Rachel Wasserman Columnist

As a college student, I have a very close relationship with my daily cup of coffee. It gets me through the day, and without it, I get a very bad headache. While many people would tell me that that means I am addicted, there are so many facts that tell us that drinking one cup of coffee a day is actually very healthy. Drinking one to two cups of coffee daily can help prevent certain diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Now, I am not saying that drinking coffee will cure any of these diseases, but studies have shown that drinking one to two cups a day consistently can help prevent them. Scientists suspect that the antioxidant compounds in coffee can boosts your cells’ sensitivity to insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar and aids in preventing Type 2 diabetes. Coffee also has more antioxidants than almost any other drink or food! As we all know, coffee is great to keep you awake for an all-nighter. Researchers have shown that when you’re sleep-deprived and stressed,

even the smell of a cup of coffee can relax you. So when you have a big paper coming up, or midterms and finals, just making a cup of coffee can help ease your stress levels, while also keeping you alert and awake to study and get your work done. A study done by the National Institutes of Health found that people who drink coffee daily are 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who have never had a cup before. The high that you get is not because of the caffeine — Coke can give you the same high. It is the antioxidants that make you so much happier. Coffee is also great for your liver, especially if you consume alcohol. It helps to prevent certain liver diseases, such as an autoimmune disease that is caused by excessive drinking and can cause liver failure and cancer. I guess a cup after a night of drinking is a great fix for both your hangover and your future. There are so many other reasons why it’s not bad to have a cup of coffee a day, but it is important to remember that it’s not the best to have very sugary and high-calorie lattes everyday. Stick with a regular, good old cup of java.

The high that you get is not because of the caffeine


— Rachel Wasserman is a junior majoring in English.

In other words The Republican Party and the conservative movement must cross the Jordan of immigration reform to enter into the promised land of the Hispanic vote.


Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, announcing his 40-day hunger strike on Monday to press Congress to act on immigration reform.

If chivalry isn't dead yet, we should do away with it now Women can't have it both ways: it's either special treatment or equality in all regards Matt Bloom Contributing Columnist

As an incoming freshman at Binghamton University, it should come as no surprise that I was eagerly anticipating the exciting “extracurricular” adventures that I hoped (prayed) would arise from the abundance of females and lack of rules that the traditional college setting has to offer. When I finally embarked on my college journey, I found myself contemplating how I would execute my endeavors. In this contemplation, a fundamental question occurred to me: Are women in this generation looking for a man who treats them like a

lady, or a man who treats them like an equal? Before I go on, I should start by saying that I do not believe that women have equal rights and opportunities as men, even though they should. It is safe to say that women are now closer than they have ever been to gaining those opportunities and leveling the playing field. That said, if women do achieve equal rights and all stereotypes are eradicated, a man should be no more expected to pay for dinner than a woman should be expected to make a sandwich. But, when men are still expected to treat women like ladies, the playing field becomes once again inherently unequal. My main point is this: If women make the same amount of money as men for doing the same work,

if job accessibility is objective for both genders and if companies hire only the most qualified individuals regardless of sex, then men should not be required to pay for meals and push in chairs. As a man, I personally do not have any problem with a woman who advocates equal rights for her gender. Nor do I have a problem with a woman who believes it is a man’s responsibility to be chivalrous. The only woman I have a problem with is the one who believes she is entitled to both. Women who carry this entitlement should audition for the Starburst commercial because they are walking contradictions who only invalidate their own cause. In this utopia, which I understand is not yet the reality, a man should under no circumstances be obligated to pay for a woman’s dinner if they make

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the same amount of money for the same work. Undoubtedly, the worst part is that I do not know if a woman expects me to hold the door for her or to acknowledge her equivalent capability to men and let her open it herself. I am sure many women have realized the hard truth that, all too often, “chivalrous” men have an entirely different agenda besides being gentlemanly. Let’s face it: The smooth talking, polite, debonair man wants to open up something other than the door. As a result, chivalry in this generation has

created two kinds of men: the suave womanizer and the impolite asshole who refuses to succumb to chivalry because he believes in a woman’s proficiency and does not wish to con her out of her dress. Conversely, it is important to make the distinction between a man pushing in a woman’s chair with the ulterior motive of pushing something in something else, and the man who treats a women nicely not because of her anatomy but because she is a fellow human being.

All too often, ‘chivalrous’ men have an entirely different agenda

There is certainly nothing wrong with doing nice things for women, just as there is nothing wrong with doing nice things for all people. Yet, nice actions should be done solely on the basis of being a caring person regardless of gender, or because you genuinely care about someone in particular. When women finally and deservingly achieve equal rights, it will be stupid and rude for men to treat them as inferiors by acting or suggesting that they are not capable of taking complete care of themselves. Therefore, when equal rights are firmly established, the only reason to treat a woman as if she cannot hold her own would be because you want her to take hold of a certain “part” of you. — Matt Bloom is an undeclared freshman.

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BU falls in pair of weekend matches

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Junior setter Amanda Dettmann totaled 109 assists and 19 digs in weekend losses at UMBC and Stony Brook.

Bearcats drop four-setter to UMBC, five-setter to Stony Brook E.Jay Zarett Contributing Writer With the regular season winding down, the Binghamton volleyball team dropped a pair of crucial America East matches this weekend. A four-set loss at UMBC on Friday and a five-set defeat at Stony Brook on Sunday locked the Bearcats (6-18, 4-6 America East) into a four-way tie for fifth place. With four matches left, Binghamton stands two games behind Albany for the final conference tournament berth. “The matches were really close,” BU head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “They could have gone either way. It is just a matter of a point here or there. I think the biggest area for us is unforced errors. Not just hitting but passing and serving. We just didn’t execute when we needed to.” The Bearcats and UMBC (169, 7-3 AE) traded punches early in the first set on Friday. There were nine ties in the first stanza as Binghamton stuck close to the Retrievers before a UMBC run brought the score to 20-12. The Bearcats, led by junior hitter Kristin Hovie, responded with a run of their own to trim the gap to 22-19, but the Retrievers quelled the threat and won the set, 25-20. BU bounced back in the second

with the help of sophomore hitter Shannon Kirkpatrick, who had four kills in the stanza. With the score at 25-24, Kirkpatrick swatted a kill to clinch the set for the Bearcats. Binghamton was not able to keep the momentum going, however. UMBC captured a nailbiter of a third set, 31-29, as well as the tightly contested fourth, 25-23. With little time to reflect over the loss, the Bearcats traveled to Long Island for a Sunday afternoon bout with Stony Brook (13-14, 7-3 AE). Binghamton trailed, 19-13, in the first set before a tremendous rally capped off by a kill by freshman hitter Allie Hovie tied the score at 25. A kill by sophomore hitter Megan Burgess followed by a block-assist from Kristin Hovie and Kirkpatrick gave BU a 29-27 first-set win. The Seawolves and Bearcats traded victories in the next two sets. Stony Brook took the second, 25-20, and BU, led by senior hitter co-captain Grace Vickers and Burgess, who recorded three kills in the set, captured the third, 26-24. But BU came out flat in the fourth, as the Seawolves led the set from start to finish and cruised to an easy 25-14 victory.

“[The matches] could have gone either way. It is just a matter of a point here or there” — Glenn Kiriyama BU head coach

Three straight kills from Burgess put the Bearcats up, 4-0, in the fifth, but they could not maintain a lead. Binghamton lost the decisive set, 15-12. “We had a lead in the fifth game there,” Kiriyama said. “[The Seawolves] executed better. They hit pretty well. Once they got going we had a hard time stopping them.” Junior setter Amanda Dettmann played a huge role on both Friday and Sunday, recording 54 assists and 12 digs against

UMBC, and 55 assists, seven digs and two service aces on Sunday. “She’s a hard worker,” Kiriyama said. “She plays through whatever. She has been one of our most consistent players and vital to our offense.” Kiriyama also praised senior libero Xiomara Ortiz, who contributed a team-high 22 digs against Stony Brook. “Xiomara did a nice job passing,” he said. “She didn’t get a lot of chances, but she led us in digs both days.” With their backs against the wall, the Bearcats will return home this weekend to take on Hartford and Providence in two pivotal conference matchups. “We probably have to win out to make the conference tournament,” Kiriyama said. “We have to win out and hope for the best.” First serve is set for 7 p.m. Friday against Hartford, and 3 p.m. Saturday against Providence. Both games will take place in the West Gym.

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UNH downs Binghamton after building lead in first half With regular season finale against Albany, Bearcats can clinch playoff spot with victory Matt Turner Pipe Dream Sports

Following a controversial goal in the 13th minute of Saturday’s match at New Hampshire, the Binghamton men’s soccer team fell into an early hole and ultimately lost, 2-0. The Bearcats (3-9-5, 1-2-3 America East) fell behind the Wildcats (11-5-0, 4-2-0 AE) when a ball bounced back off the crossbar and freshman midfielder Gunnar Ericsson deposited the rebound in the net. Senior midfielder Ugochukwu Uche took the initial shot, which bounced straight down then backward after hitting the crossbar. Since this was not ruled a goal, BU head coach Paul Marco said the referees should have whistled Ericsson for offsides. “[The call] was difficult to take because prior to that, we probably had the best shot of the game and we had missed,” Marco said. “Shortly thereafter is when they got that goal. At that point in the game it was quite disappointing.” The Wildcats put the game further out of reach in the 17th

minute when senior back Robbie Hughes fouled a New Hampshire player in the box that set up a penalty kick. A ball off the foot of junior forward Matt McCoy had taken an unexpected bounce off the turf, and Hughes fouled the New Hampshire player while trying to make a play on it. The shot was taken by sophomore back/ midfielder Lukas Goerigk and gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. “It was a penalty,” Marco said. “I would have been disappointed if we weren’t given it if that had happened to us … But at the same [time] I get a sense of what Robbie was thinking.” After UNH’s first goal, Marco said that the Bearcats were more content to possess the ball without pushing for an attack. “I didn’t think our guys really had a thirst for scoring a goal and winning the game,” Marco added. Despite surrendering two goals — one of which was controversial, the other a penalty kick — sophomore goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi had 10 saves on the day. He currently has 100 on the season, which is good for third in the nation. Of the eight shots the Bearcats

managed, only three were on target. Junior forward Steven Celeste, junior midfielder Ben Nicholson and junior back Alan Duff each contributed a shot on goal. With Albany on slate for the season finale, the Bearcats can clinch a playoff berth with a win. They stand in sixth place, and if they lose, they could still earn the No. 6 seed if Stony Brook and UMass Lowell don’t win. “I think this is why we play,” Marco said. “I mean we’re playing for postseason now … our body of work comes to a culmination this Wednesday night.” Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

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Binghamton was shut out for the eighth time this season after two early goals by New Hampshire concluded scoring on Saturday afternoon.


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MIXED RESULTS Men finish 2nd, women last as BU hosts AE Championships Staff Reports

they captured second place for the first time since 2010, falling to champion UMBC by seven points. Senior Vasili Papastrat led the Binghamton’s cross country squads hosted the America East men with a fifth-place finish on the Championships on Saturday, individual board. He completed the emerging with vastly different 8,000-meter course in 25:13.06 to results. The men placed second earn all-conference honors for the in the nine-team field, while the second time of his career. Junior Collin Frost followed women finished in last. The men totaled 65 points as Papastrat, placing ninth with a

time of 25:18.61, and senior Jeff Martinez’s 25:25.50 was good for 13th place. None of BU’s women runners placed in the top 20, as sophomore Alexis Hatcher landed in 23rd place with a time of 19:01.90 on the 5,000-meter course. Senior Caitlin Jelinek, who finished 39th, was the only other Bearcat to earn a top-40 mark.

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After garnering a runner-up finish at the AE Championships, the men’s cross country team earned the No. 14 slot in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Poll. | November 5, 2013



Bearcats escape with win BU overcomes shooting struggles to beat Bloomsburg Ari Kramer Sports Editor Of all the excruciating losses the Binghamton men’s basketball team has suffered in recent seasons, this would have been the most difficult to swallow. The Bearcats, in year two under head coach Tommy Dempsey, trailed Division II Bloomsburg with less than one minute remaining in Saturday’s exhibition game at the Events Center. After Binghamton won just three games in 2013-14, a loss to a Division II program would certainly fail to

rally the fan base. But sophomore guard Jordan Reed scored the go-ahead bucket with 41 seconds left, and freshman forward Magnus Richards secured Binghamton’s 48-47 win as he rebounded a Bloomsburg miss with 2.6 seconds on the clock. “I was happy we found a way to win,” Dempsey said. “I know people are going to look at it and say, ‘Well, they played a Division II team, and they won by one,’ but I’m not worried about that right now.” For a full recap of Saturday’s game, visit

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