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Craig Abbott talks about his battle with SMA

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The Chenango Room brought beer back to its menu this week, but with most students old enough to drink legally living off campus, the success of the Room’s latest venture is still in question. The Chenango Room now offers alcohol between 5 and 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, during a period called “After Hours.” Michelob Ultra, Yuengling, Budweiser and domestic beers sell at “After Hours” for $3.75; Guinness, Amstel Light, Labatt’s Blue and imported beers sell for $4.25; and craft beers sell for $5. Wines cost between $5.50 and $6.50 per glass. Bob Griffin, Sodexo’s district marketing manager, called “After

Hours” a financial risk for Sodexo, and said it depends on student support for its success. “[Students] wanted this for a long time, they’ve wanted to be able to have beer and wine on campus,” he said. “We want this to be a success, but we need the students for that to happen.” “After Hours” averaged 50 customers per night this week, Griffin said. “Is that going to be sufficient for us to cover our costs and having the hours that we’re currently offering?” he asked. “I don’t have the answers for that yet.” Olivia Rodriguez, a senior double-majoring in English and cinema who lives in University Plaza, said After Hours just doesn’t fit the schedule of most students living off campus.

“I mean, I can go anywhere to drink, why would I stay on campus when I don’t even live there anymore?” she said. Jeff Dahlgren, a senior doublemajoring in psychology and political science, also doubted that of-age students would stay on campus, in part because After Hour’s prices are too steep. “I just don’t see why upperclassmen would ever go to campus to pay for overpriced drinks when they can go to a restaurant or a bar,” he said. Griffin said the prices are determined by Sodexo’s labor costs. “You can’t expect us to compete with Applebee’s or a local bar or pub’s pricing in every instance,” he said. “I wish we could offer $2 appetizers, I really do, but that’s just not possible.”

Many students, though, are excited about the prospect of getting a quick drink after class. “I would just go after class — I have late class,” said Robert Ross, a senior majoring in electrical engineering. “They should go later than 9 though.” And Daniela Jimenez, a junior majoring in integrated neuroscience who lives in Hillside, was encouraged to see Sodexo listening to student requests, and could see herself attending “After Hours.” “I think it’s a cool idea, and it’s nice to see that Binghamton and Sodexo are really taking their older students into consideration,” she said. “It’s nice to have somewhere to go have a beer with a friend without having to leave campus.” Kendall Loh/Assistant Photo Editor

Victims of ACA shooting remembered

Ann McCall will take over as dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences in August, and to do so she’ll be packing her bags once again. McCall, dean of arts, humanities and social sciences at the University of Denver, lived in Spain and France for 10 years and is certainly no stranger to travel. Prior to the University of Denver, she taught at Vassar College and Tulane University. International affairs are you’re doing it … in a way that’s important to McCall, and she said likely to create important learning they will be a focus for Harpur opportunities for students here.” moving forward. She said her visits to campus “Every university is doing it,” McCall said. “The question is how

On April 3, 2009, a gunman killed 13 people in the American Civil Association (ACA) center on Front Street in Downtown Binghamton. Community members gathered Wednesday in front of the ACA building to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the shooting and remember their lost loved ones. More than 30 people attended the ceremony, many bringing flowers and religious tokens to contribute to the memorial. Lubomyr Zobniw, whose wife was among the victims four years ago, attended the ceremony with his children. His wife, Maria, was called into work at the ACA the day of the shooting, even though it was her day off.

“My wife was not supposed to be here,” Zobniw said. “I cannot even begin to describe how it really felt. That entire day — it just stays so vivid.” Zoriana, his daughter, spoke about how her family struggled after the tragedy. “In the Ukrainian culture, it’s more of a matriarchy, so my mother was the one that ran our house,” she said. “We had to work hard to figure out how to work amongst ourselves because our mother was our center stone.” Maryan Chebursky, who was 8 years old at the time of the shooting, traveled from Ottawa, Canada to pay respects to his aunt who died in the shooting. “It was really meaningful to

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The ACA Memorial, at the corners of Clinton and Front Streets, was erected in honor of the 13 shooting victims killed on April 3, 2009. Community members showed their respects on Wednesday, the fourth anniversary of the shooting.

RPU "drags" BU to paradise in 11th annual show The College Democrats and College Libertarians took the podium for a lively ideological debate on Thursday evening in the Old University Union. The debate was held town-hall style, with all the questions coming from the audience. Each side, which consisted of five debaters, was given four minutes to answer each question, followed by a twominute rebuttal. The night was full of intense, and often heated, back and forth. Tensions escalated after the moderator, Philip Yuen, who writes for Pipe Dream’s News section, posed a question about national security and drones. Andrew Schwartz, a libertarian debater, argued that Obama’s use of drones is unconstitutional and unAmerican. “Do you really want the government to kill people before they have a chance to defend themselves without the right to a trial, without the right to an attorney?” Schwartz said. “It flies against everything this country stands for.” Travis Sloboda, a junior majoring in political science, countered Schwartz with an illreceived degree of intensity. “Delusion!” Sloboda shouted. “Are you kidding me? As soon as Obama takes advantage of the national supremacy clause or the elastic clause you got a problem with it. Are you forgetting that you

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Drag queens strut their stuff at the Rainbow Pride Union’s 11th annual drag show on Thursday.

are supposed to be socially liberal?” Sloboda had to be calmed by members of his own team. Yuen then moved on to a question about the assault weapons ban. Democrat David Blair, a senior majoring in mathematics, argued that the public should not have access to certain military-grade weapons and that defending yourself against the military is no longer a real concern. “Militias are kind of something that have been phased out recently,”

Blair said. Libertarian Samson Audino, a freshmen majoring in industrial engineering, said banning assault weapons would be ineffective and unconstitutional. “The technology exists,” Audino said. “You might put limitations on what gets produced. You might try to limit the kinds of bullets that can be produced. But the thing is the technology isn’t going anywhere. There is even talk about being able to print an AR-15 with a 3D printer.”

The debate reached its most heated point after Yuen asked how we should combat global warming. Democrat Ryan Madden said that government subsidies to the coal industry and other environmentally unfriendly industries need to be curbed and replaced with subsidies to environmentally friendly industries like wind and solar. The audience members cringed at libertarian Andrew Schwartz’ response. “The science behind global

warming is shaky at best,” Schwartz said. Schwartz was met with outbursts of “get of the stage” and “bull shit” from audience members. Yuen made no attempts to stop the interruptions. The debate concluded on a less heated note with both sides happily shaking hands after a brief discussion on financial regulation. Both teams seemed to think the other side was the victor. “I think they may have done a little better than us,” libertarian

debater Ryan Cordova said. “People got a little excited in the beginning but then they calmed down and we argued our points.” John Mermelstein, who made the opening argument for the Democrats, thought the libertarians might have had the edge. “The libertarians were faithful to the ideology,” Mermelstein said. “There were a few issues where they really presented their opinions clearly and our rebuttals could have been a little bit better.

Harpur chooses a new dean Lecture Hall 13 looked more like a martial arts dojo than a classroom on Thursday as students gathered to learn the basics of self defense. The Taiwanese American Student Coalition hosted a self-defense class open to the entire campus over the course of two days this week. Hui-hung Hwang, the sports chair for TASC and a junior double-majoring in actuarial science and economics, said he organized the event because feels everybody should know how to defend themselves. “I feel like people don’t know what exactly to do when people approach them,” Hwang said. “People don’t know how to fight back.” The first night of the TASC self-defense course focused on Muay Thai, and the second night on karate. The event featured trained instructors and encouraged interactive participation with attendees.

— Hui-Hung Hwang TASC sports chair

Eric Kim, a senior majoring in economics, attended the event in full uniform as a karate instructor. Kim, a first-degree black belt and experienced karate instructor, explained each move with full description of how it would

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Eric Kim, a first-degree black belt and experienced karate instructor, covers basic Taekwondo Thursday night in Lecture Hall 13 as part of a session on self-defense. Members of the Taiwanese American Student Coalition held two separate classes over two days this week.

impact the attacker. He said he designed the lessons “so beginners can learn how to kick with the right technique.” Students seemed timid as they entered the class, but during his lesson, Kim managed to engage participants while teaching them the proper technique. “I know it’s very awkward,” Kim said. “Taiwan is one of the best in taekwondo. You guys should be proud.” The class began with simple stretches and instruction on how to do the front kick. The instructors used examples of uncomfortable party atmospheres to make the situation feel more realistic. He went on to teach the side kick, back kick, and then he progressed to more advanced

karate moves such as combat fighting kicks and the roundhouse kick. Jessa Mae Camacho, a sophomore majoring in biology, attended the event as another instructor and helped demonstrate hypothetical situations. “In the event that anything bad would happen, I want someone to know how to get out of that situation quickly, especially girls,” Camacho said. Because the majority of the students came into the event without prior selfdefense training, Camacho was impressed with the students’ progress. “They’re honestly a lot better than I thought they would be,” Camacho said. “They’re catching on really

quickly.” Although Camacho said it’s particularly important for women to know self defense, Hwang organized the event to be gender-neutral. Hwang’s prior negative experiences with similar self-defense courses offered by the UPD, where men were not allowed to attend, inspired this event. “I went to one of the UPD sessions and they said, ‘If guys know, then there’s no point for girls to learn it,’” Hwang said. “Guys had to leave.” Despite the serious nature of the subject, Hwang attempted to keep the courses casual and fun. “My whole point is to allow people to make friends through sports events,” Hwang said.

showed her just how “ambitious” Binghamton University’s academic community is. “Ambitious for themselves, ambitious for each other, ambitious for the institution … which is breathtaking,” she said. McCall was impressed to see students campaigning on campus for important causes in ways that many “students in America right now are not prepared to do.” Donald Nieman, the former dean of Harpur who was promoted to provost and vice president for academic affairs, said McCall’s experience makes her an outstanding fit for Harpur. “What she brings to the table is perspectives that she’s garnered from faculty and administrative positions at several very good universities,” Nieman said. “In addition to that, Anne brings a real, deep international perspective to Harpur College … [that] will be a real asset.” For Nieman, the highlights of his time as dean “were always the interactions I had and the relationships I developed with faculty, students and staff across Harpur.” McCall said she was “intrigued” by the idea of moving to upstate New York, a region in which she has never lived. “I’m interested in exploring the region … I love history … it’s an old, historic part of the United States,” McCall said. McCall said she started enjoying winter sports when she moved from New Orleans to

Colorado, and she hopes to keep with them when she moves to Binghamton. “When I left New Orleans, I didn’t even know what an allwheel drive car was, I had never cross-country skied, snowshoed, or hiked … those were things I started learning how to do in Colorado,” McCall said. She said she looks forward to volunteering in the community, specifically with groups related to literacy issues or homelessness.

— Donald Nieman Provost

Though meeting people is her first priority, McCall is not coming to BU with a laid-out plan. “That would be a mistake,” she said. “As a dean, one of my goals will be to see that we are organizing ourselves for success within the framework that the president and provost have laid out. It’s my job to help support them in that.” McCall will assume her duties as dean by August of this year. “She has a refreshing sense of humor,” Nieman said, “and I think people are going to enjoy interacting with her.”

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BU students to perform opera selections The Binghamton University Music Department and the Phelps Mansion Museum are co-sponsoring a performance by voice majors from BU. The performance will feature students who are members of the “Stage Techniques” class, taught by visiting assistant professor Thomas Goodheart, and are vocal students of Goodheart and associate professor Mary Burgess. Students will perform selections by Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Carmen. The show will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Phelps Mansion Museum at 191 Court St. Tickets are $10 for the general public and free to Binghamton University students with IDs.

Cornell wrestler charged with rape A Cornell University wrestler accused of raping another student as she slept was arrested after the victim’s companion snapped pictures of the young man lying on the bed, his pants partway down, and then looked his name up on the athletic department website, police said. According to court papers, two women who described themselves as partners told police they were asleep in a bedroom around 4:45 a.m. when one awoke to find a stranger raping her. The women shoved him off and ran from the room. Investigators said the victim’s partner went back and took two pictures of the man. Cornell Dean of Students Kent Hubbell said in a statement posted on the university website that a new website has been set up to provide support for victims of sexual violence as well as those troubled by the reported rape.

Mohawk sentenced for toxic landfill protest A Mohawk who dug up part of a toxic landfill near his reservation home in northern New York in order to protest federal plans to leave the landfill there permanently has been sentenced to a conditional discharge. Larry Thompson pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor criminal mischief in December. He’d been arrested after driving a backhoe from adjacent family property through a fence onto the former General Motors Co. Massena plant along the St. Lawrence River in 2011. He said afterward he was frustrated by the decision to cap the landfill instead of removing the chemicals, blaming the toxins for Mohawks’ cancers and other illnesses.

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Ingrid Husisian, director of public communications at the Family Planning Center in Downtown Binghamton, speaks to students in Newing College’s Broome Hall about sexual and reproductive health in the third world. In addition to her talk, she handed out informational pamphlets, condoms and coupons for Plan B to students.

Police Watch Bull in a China Shop SATURDAY, March 23, 6:01 a.m. — Officers on patrol were called to Hillside Community’s Saratoga Hall after reports of a loud argument and breaking objects inside one of the suites, said Investigator Patrick Reilly of Binghamton’s New York State University Police. Officers entered the suite, where they saw broken tables, a light that had been smashed with glass on the floor and chairs tipped over. The officers found the couple who had been fighting, a 19-year-old male student and a 19-year-old female student. The female was crying and said that it was all her fault, while the male was yelling when the officers found him, saying the female was crazy. The officers conducted an interview and found out that it was the male that had caused the damage in the suite, despite the fact that he was not a resident there. He was arrested and was issued an appearance ticket to the Town of Vestal Court for charges of criminal mischief, unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and harassment. Well, that escalated quickly SATURDAY, March 23, 7:22 a.m — A bystander informed an officer posted at the University Union that a man and woman had been standing outside their car screaming at each other, Reilly said. The officer pulled over

the vehicle in question on University West Drive, and found that the couple inside the vehicle was the same couple that had caused the disturbance in Saratoga Hall earlier. The male suspect had damaged the vehicle, which belonged to the female’s father. The father was contacted and chose to press charges. The suspect was arrested and charged with criminal mischief of the 3rd degree and destruction of property. He was transferred to Broome County Jail where a $5,000 bail was posted and an order of protection was issued for the female. Not-so-fine arts THURSDAY, April 3, 12:36 a.m.—Officers on patrol were notified by the cleaning staff of the Fine Arts building that they heard people walking on the roof, Reilly said. When the officers got there they saw two people on the roof. The officers chased down the suspects, both 18-year-old male students, and they were arrested. The officers also noticed a number of symbols and words that had been spray painted on the roof. At first the suspects denied painting the graffiti, but the officers noticed that there was spray paint on their fingers. The suspects were charged with illegal graffiti, possession of graffiti instruments and trespassing.

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, retires as prime minister of Great Britain.

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A bidding war raged in Old Union Hall as students sought to lay claim to prizes for charity. Binghamton University’s PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholars program raised $1,600 at their paddle auction on Thursday night. Roughly 180 people attended the auction at the Old Union Hall, which was held to raise money for the Walnut Street Park. The scholars plan to use the proceeds to convert an unused lot at Walnut Street into a garden and play area, which will create a safe area for local children to be active, and establish a community gathering place for more than 700 neighborhood families. “It will give the kids an opportunity to not just play on an empty corner, but to spend time with their friends and stay there for a while,” Dan Malinovsky, a PwC scholar who was in charge of logistics for the auction. For the paddle auction, attendees could purchase a $5 ticket prior to the event or $7 at the door. They received a paddle with a number and several raffle tickets upon entering the room. The prizes included tickets to New York Yankees games and

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see everybody here,” Chebursky said. The ACA hosts a ceremony for the victims of the tragedy every year on April 3. In addition to the remembrance ceremony, this year the ACA has been supervising the construction of a new memorial at the corner of Front and Clinton Streets to honor the victims. “In many ways, the organization itself is a memorial,” said Bob Augenstern, a member of the board of directors for the ACA. Zoriana Zobniw said she hopes the new memorial will help others remember the

victims. “It is a beautiful place to go and reflect,” Zobniw said. “People remember the person who caused the tragedy, but they forget the people that were affected by it.” Like his daughter, Lubomyr Zobniw said the memorial is important. “With time, things turn into history and it becomes forgotten,” Zobniw said. Binghamton Mayor Matthew T. Ryan attended the ceremony. “It’s still great to see everybody here, the many relatives who come together as a community to celebrate the lives … that were lost,” Ryan said.

Rebecca Nassi, left, a sophomore majoring in accounting, along with Alexis Stuts and Dominic Pierre, both seniors majoring in accounting, hold up their paddles Thursday night at the PwC Scholar Paddle Auction in Old Union Hall. The auction, held by the PriceWaterhouse Cooper Scholars program, raised $1,600 for the Walnut Street Park in Binghamton.

Broadway shows, Vera Bradley bags, gift cards to Panera, Walmart, Brewed Awakenings, Mario’s Pizza and more. The more raffle tickets entered, the better the chance at winning

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the prize. “I want to win pearls for my mom,” said Richard Choi, a junior majoring in management. Students in the scholars program contacted various local companies, restaurants, hotels and stores to acquire donations for the raffle prizes. “I got gift cards to CVS, Panera and Burger King, and a gift certificate to the Holiday Inn for a free stay and complimentary breakfast,” said Jen Hertz, junior majoring in

accounting. Each year the PwC scholars partake in a community service project and this year’s is the Walnut Street Park. Previous projects have included the MacArthur Elementary School Book Mobile, Ross Park Zoo Native Animal Exhibit and the Children’s Garden at Discovery Center. The auction also featured entertainment from the Binghamton Crosbys and students performing stand-up comedy.

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Craig Abbott, right, a sufferer of Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and Joseph Abbate Jr., a cancer survivor, speak to students about living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The pair wrote “Classified Terminally Ill: A Young Man’s Story of Beating the Odds,� detailing Abbott’s life, a book which is still looking for a publisher.

Author defies odds, fights SMA

As an infant, Craig Abbott was diagnosed with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and given less than two years to live. On Wednesday, he came to Binghamton University to speak about dealing with the disorder for the past 21 years. Binghamton University’s Neuroscience Club hosted Abbott, co-author of the book “Classified Terminally Ill: A Young Man’s Story of Beating the Odds.� Abbott was diagnosed with Type 1 SMA as an infant, it is the number one killer of children under the age of 2. “In the game of life, some people are born with two strikes against them. I was born with three. Game over,� Abbott said. “Well, just call me the game-changer, because I plan to shake things up a bit.� Despite suffering from SMA, Abbott went on to school and graduated on schedule. He performed in his church choir, sang the national anthem at Syracuse baseball games and invented his own method for tuning and playing the guitar: laying it atop a stack of pillows and sliding his fingers along the fret board. SMA is a motor neuron disease that affects the voluntary muscles used for activities like crawling, walking, head and neck control and swallowing, Abbott said. Infants diagnosed with Type 1

SMA generally do not live past two years of age without the help of a ventilator and g-tube. “Craig is the only [SMA] Type 1 I have ever seen in the world that is not on a machine, and, of course, defying the odds even past that,� said Sierra Kulas, a mother of two children living with SMA and a contributing speaker. Long time family friend Joseph Abbate Jr., co-authored the book with Abbott. “We think it applies to anybody that has ever had a serious disease and has had to fight, against all odds, to survive,� Abbate said about the biography. There is no known cure for SMA, but a series of experimental treatments are emerging. Albuterol, a drug used for the relief of bronchospasms, a sudden constriction of air passageways, is well-known for its help in patients with asthma, and, now, as a developing option in SMA therapy. “He knows his body, he knows what he needs, like the albuterol, which you’re not supposed to do, but it was a success,� Abbate said. “He took three times the recommended FDA amount and he is getting stronger every day.� In Abbott’s childhood, his parents even tried using inversion therapy — having him sleep upside down — in an attempt to prevent pneumonia from settling. Abbott has been treated for pneumonia, a sickness very common and deadly to SMA patients, hundreds of times. “Not doing anything when

diagnosed with a terminal illness is a self-fulfilling prophecy,� Kulas said. “Of course you should try anything.� The Neuroscience Club put the event together to both educate the public and tell the stories of those living with SMA. “Our aim was not only to educate the public about spinal muscular atrophy, but also to spread the message of those afflicted,� Steven Lange, president of the neuroscience club and a senior majoring in English, wrote in an email. “The breadth of medical knowledge and depth of personal stories deserve attention, and as such, the genetics of SMA are as riveting as the individual experiences of those suffering from the disease.� Organizations like Families of SMA call for increased support for research and clinical trials, but Lange said that SMA patients need all the support they can get. “It is undeniable that university students are historically critical in the dissemination of new knowledge and in encouraging public involvement,� Lange wrote. “The Neuroscience Club hopes to contribute in raising such awareness in the Southern Tier; we have been big proponents of brain awareness in the past, so this is another opportunity for us to help the community appreciate neuroscience and its very real implications.�

growing need for optometrists, which may provide financial stability for those in the field. Potential optometry students “By 2050 the people living were treated to an eye-opening beyond age 90 is set to quadruple,� talk about getting into optometry he said, citing the US department school. of Labor. “And by 2020 over 21 Guilherme Albieri, director million more people will be in of admissions and marketing the age group between 45 and at SUNY College of Optometry, 64. That has a major impact on offered his insight to students overall vision. As people get older, interested in the field. they will need better eye care. It’s Albieri encouraged students a job where services are needed to consider a career in optometry, wherever you go.� mentioning how factors like Many students who came to Grade Point Average and the event had already researched Optometry Admission Test scores the school, but still found his affect an application. According presentation helpful. to Albieri, admissions officers find that high GPAs at Binghamton correlate to high GPAs at SUNY Optometry. “Binghamton is considered a highly competitive school — it’s a good sign, especially with a 3.3 and above,� Albieri said. He also talked about professional experiences and dedication to the field. “After that, what do we look at? Experience. Exposure to the — Guilherme Albieri profession,� Albieri said. “That’s SUNY Optometry the third thing, if there is nothing much there then I have to relook at the application again, and Katie Sokol, vice president of I’ll be much tougher. Exposure the pre-optometry association involves at least four, or three to and a junior majoring in biology, four shadowing experiences.� is already applying to SUNY According to Albieri, there is a Optometry.

“I know it’s about being focused, having a goal in mind,� she said. “Figure out what you need to do. Shadow, get letters. I’ve been to the open house quite a few times but it’s nice to hear things over again.� Johnny Sun, a sophomore majoring in biology, also had pre-optometry experience and planned on applying but learned new information. “These presentations are always help when you’re applying, and I am applying this summer,� he said. “Getting all the tips are always good. I’ve actually been to this presentation once before and I’ve been to the Open House in New York twice. The interview questions, I don’t think he ever mentioned those before, when he said the first few questions they would ask like, ‘What are you doing here’ and, ‘Why do you want this spot?’� Although Albieri spoke about the merits of optometry and the SUNY program, he warned after the presentation about the challenges of the field. “Be prepared for a very different academic environment in which you’re going to be read a lot, study a lot,� Albieri said. “It’s not so much that its hard but the amount of material you are going to have to go through is incredible.�


  46/:#300.&&%6 SHADES members discussed Wednesday how using derogatory language toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allies community is offensive. Tanairy Carbo, an intern for SHADES who hosted the discussion, said that the use of degrading words toward the LGBTQA community is a major issue at Binghamton University. “It’s something that really needs to be talked about on this campus,� said Carbo, a junior majoring in human development. “I feel like a lot of things on this campus are swept under the rug.� At the forum, titled “That’s So Gay,� students discussed familiar terms like “no homo� and “lesbehonest.� “When people say ‘lesbehonest’ and they know that I’m a lesbian, it’s really offensive,� one student said. Students also discussed the heternormative implications of the word “straight.� “For me, I try not to use the word ‘straight,’� one student said. “I tend to say heterosexual, because the word ‘straight’ makes it feel like being homosexual is

broken when it’s not.� Attendees debated about members of the LGBTQA community using derogatory terms. “I have said to my other gay friends, ‘You are such a faggot,’� a student said. “Of course it’s problematic to use the word, but we’re both gay and it’s not like we are trying to hurt one another by using the word.� Other students disagreed and said that using offensive language makes it seem acceptable for everyone to use. Almost everyone at the talk admitted to using the phrase “that’s so gay� in the past, though students generally agreed that the phrase has become rare after high school. Students agreed that calling people out if they say “that’s so gay� is important, and noted that it can be handled in a light manner. “When you hear someone say it, tell them, ‘Come on man, I thought you had a better vocabulary than that,’� one student said. Students leading the meeting also announced various current events relevant to the LGBTQA community, such as the two gay rights cases before the

supreme court and the rumor that reggaeton and hip-hop artist Daddy Yankee announced he is homosexual. Carbo said that being a part of the LGBTQA community can be an alienating experience. “Someone in that shadow hearing ‘that’s so gay,’ will make them fall more and more into that shadow, so we provide a space safe for the LGBT community and anyone else who wants to come into our doors,� Carbo said. According to Jason Seidel, the secretary of SHADES and a sophomore majoring in psychology, weekly meetings and forums such as this one provide a vital service for the LGBTQA community on campus. “It’s important that we have these meetings every week,� Seidel said. “They give people a voice and also makes it easier to have certain discussions about issues that are very specific to people of color in the LGBT community.� John Lavelle, a sophomore in the Decker School of Nursing, said the discussion was an eyeopening experience. “I really enjoyed the event,� he said. “I thought it was nice to hear from the perspective of the LGBT community.�

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Hinman Production Company Presents:

The Laramie Project

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Katie Kravat | Release Given the tragic subject matter, the tone of “The Laramie Project,” which will be performed by students in the Hinman Production Company (HPC), may seem dark and morose; however, at rehearsal the mood is quite the opposite. Lights are up in the Hinman Commons, illuminating a desolate wooden fencepost that will help tell the tragic story of Matthew Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming. Shepard was attacked and beaten to death on Oct. 6, 1998 and his death would become notoriously known as one of the most horrible anti-gay hate crimes to ever plague this country. Laramie, Wyo., the site of his death, would be marked as a site of cruelty and hastily defined by crime. “The Laramie Project” is about what happens next. The theatrical production is based on a compilation of journal entries and interviews taken by the Tectonic Theater Project (TTP) in Laramie, which recorded reactions ranging from the people living in the town, to the doctor who cared for Shepard, all making commentary on human sexuality, community and the strength to carry on.

Director Ruben Martinez, a senior majoring in economics, calls the small cast of 10 into a circle for their daily warm-up. There is immediate chemistry between the actors as they pass around the “candle” (a.k.a Chinese food container filled with cookies) and each share something that happened to them that day. It is evident how excited they all are to be performing “The Laramie Project” for Binghamton University, and Martinez’s role of director

certainly does not go unnoticed or underappreciated. “He is the most inspiring leader I’ve seen in general,” said Ross Pohling, a senior majoring in physics. “Charisma is oozing out of him. He never ceases to motivate me and to be his friend is a great honor.” The warm-up is inviting and resembles an open and heartwarming therapy session, not unlike the documentary, conversational style of the show itself. As they end the warm-up chanting “We Will Rock You,” Martinez calls places at 8:30 p.m. on the dot and the actors can be heard rustling quietly backstage until lights go up and Act I begins. Aside from a small wooden table and some stools scattered on the stage, the set is empty and cast members enter consecutively, each speaking as a person represented in the Tectonic Theater Project’s 200 interviews. Each player talks about Laramie and what it became after Shepard’s murder: a town defined by crime. Each character spoke out directly, documentarystyle, in a very laid back and matter-of-fact manner. As audience members listen, they will learn of the aftermath of Shepard’s death on both a regional and national level and will hear of the differing viewpoints from the police officer who found Shepard chained to the post, to the town ministers and all the way to university students as they contemplate their stances on homosexuality. The message is all the more poignant because of the manner in which it is presented, showcasing the actors in many different roles. Michaela Pavia, a senior majoring in linguistics, plays Rebecca Hilliker, a member of the TTP and the head of the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of Wyoming. “The cast gets along really well and is focused on developing each character separately,” Pavia said. “It is so great because it really is an ensemble show, which showcases many people in different roles. Each person has about eight-nine roles each, so it is a very collaborative process. We also have a very minimalist take on it — there is very minimal set and costume.”

The HPC certainly takes its craft as seriously as the director, Martinez. Cast members Pohling and Rachel Ginzburg, a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law, took their time on spring break to visit Laramie, where they conducted more research to capture the heart and soul of the play and deliver the message effectively. While in Laramie, they met with the real-life Rebecca Hilliker and spoke with her about her experiences after Shepard’s death and with “The Laramie Project.” They also discussed the goals of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and visited the actual places referenced in the play, including the hospital in which Shepard died. Perhaps most importantly, they visited the exact

location where Shepard was tied up, which Martinez described as eerie, yet beautiful. If you are still asking yourself why you should take time out of your weekend activities to go and see the HPC perform “The Laramie Project” here are the answers. It is a great story of a triumphant town where university students speak out against hateful, anti-gay crimes. The TTP’s purpose of “The Laramie Project” was to stop hate. In fact, the Matthew Shepard Foundation itself coins the slogan “Erase hate.” While Shepard’s death sparked the conversation about homosexuality and may have changed the way some talk about it, it is still a prevalent issue in society as can be seen with the current talks going on

in the Supreme Court with regards to marriage equality. “People should come and watch us perform the show because it is still such a real issue in society. It’s a play for entertainment but it is a real issue at the same time,” Pavia said. “It really came at such the perfect time with everything that is going on today.” The HPC strives to tell Shepard’s story and the story of Laramie, Wyoming by sharing the Foundation’s goals to “replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.” “The Laramie Project” can be seen at 8 p.m. on April 5 and 6, as well as an additional 2 p.m. performance on April 6 in the Hinman Commons. Tickets will be sold at the door for $3.

Why 'Mad Men' is the best show ever William H. Powers | Release “Mad Men” returns this Sunday and Netflix now has every aired episode to date available for streaming on instant queue (so you know how I spent my spring break). Don Draper — after three seasons of existential free fall, one season of actual free fall and finally a season of supposed marital bliss — is back and I’m not just talking about the show being back on. I’m talking about the man. At the end of last season Don walks out into the darkness, away from his wife, and emerges in a smoke-filled bar. He takes a seat, orders an Old

Shea Kroez | Release One of the only shows that accurately portrays the brutal reality of teen life is set to air its third season on April 16. While seasons 1 and 2 each had 12 episodes, this actionpacked season will feature 20,

Fashioned and is approached by a woman who asks him if he’s alone. But of course Don knows that everyone’s alone. Whether or not he cheats is not important: The old Don Draper is back. Now season 5 was by no means a bad season, even by “Mad Men’s” standards. It had some great moments, some shocking twists and, as always, hilarious banter. It did, however, have some decidedly weak moments. After all, last season was the first time in the show’s five-year run it didn’t win the Emmy for Best Drama. Now I, like every other fan, am chomping at the bit for the new season to premiere, so I thought

presented in two separate parts, with a break in between. “Awkward” documents the life of Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards), a girl who was only recognized by her classmates after false rumors of her attempted suicide spread through the halls of Palos Hills

Season 6 of “Mad Men” airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.

I would explain some things that remind me why this is one of the best shows ever. 1. Less overt symbolism I didn’t mind the empty elevator shaft last season even though it was obvious symbolism, because it was left up to the viewers to interpret what it meant. On the other hand the sore tooth Don was suffering from smacked the viewers over the head so hard I think I’m still concussed. 2. So much less Betty I didn’t like her when she was married to Don and I hate her now. There is nothing, aside from the kids, that could make the Don-

Betty dynamic dramatic or even interesting. She obviously has to still be seen once or twice, or at least be mentioned but anything more than that is only going to piss viewers off. 3. So much more Ginsberg Possibly my favorite character on the show. Definitely one of the funniest. His “Martian” speech about being born in a concentration camp and feeling alone in the world was also one of the most heartbreaking, beautiful moments in the show’s history. 4. So much more Pete. Specifically: So much more Pete getting punched in the face.

Does this even require an explanation? 5. Not making Megan the new Betty It seems like everything is there except for a few differences. Megan, like Betty, is an aspiring actress and model and now seems to be relying on Don for her happiness. However, Megan is much more strong-willed and independent, plus she knows Don’s true identity, so there’s hope she’ll blaze her own trail on the show. 6. Old Don Based on that look I think he’s back, and I couldn’t be happier to see him.

High like wildfire. Her high school career inconveniently takes the path of a bumpy roller coaster ride filled of monumental ups, consisting mostly of her beloved time with Matty McKibben (Beau Mirchoff), and below-sea-level downs, as the jealous and

vengeful Sadie Saxton (Molly Tarlov) consistently aims to ruin even the little parcel of happiness that Jenna is able to establish. This season is expected to start, well, awkwardly. With Jake Rosati (Brett Davern), Jenna’s ex-boyfriend, and Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed), Jenna’s best friend, returning home from their summer in Europe, Jenna obviously feels uncomfortable about all the time they spent together. However, Jenna and Matty have spent time together at camp, and so we are left wondering how their consistently noncommittal relationship might develop in their junior year. Fans hope that Jenna will finally grow as an individual, instead of persisting to live through her undying obsession with Matty. “In the season 3 premiere episode Jenna’s junior year brings a wave of surprises and changes that potentially will impact her future in an indelible way and in the second episode, the death of classmate will leave Jenna to reflect on loss, grieving and taking

responsibility for a secret she’s From the nights we cannot keeping from Matty,” MTV remember to pregnancy scares released in a statement. to embarrassing parents, we have all been caught in these mindless situations that reduce our faith in life to virtually nothing. But with the help of friends, or in Jenna’s case, a guidance counselor, we manage to get back on our feet again, gaining all the confidence we can in anticipation of the next misfortune inevitably heading our way. But this seemingly grueling process is not without purpose; it will eventually lead us to a more solidified sense of There will be two new self and cure the identity crisis characters this season. The new that characterizes much of kid Colin (“Glee’s” Nolan Funk) adolescence. will certainly not be ignored MTV announced that there due to his unreasonably will be a series of “webisodes” gorgeous looks, and Anthony that relate to the show’s actual Michael Hall will also guest plot. They will be available on star as the ruthless Mr. Hart, So don’t forget to a writing teacher who urges tune in at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, his students to challenge April 16 for the long-awaited themselves by breaching their two episode premiere. own boundaries. All college students should watch this completely relatable comedy series. It plays on the cycle we tend to follow: mess up horribly, wholly regret and yet repeat time after time.

Magic spells and camp hijinks Jacob Shamsian | Assistant Release Editor In some ways, “A Sport and a Pastime,” James Salter’s 1967 novel, is a predecessor to “50 Shades of Grey.” Both were sex-filled bestsellers, but one was dismissed by critics as pornography whereas the other was praised for its insight on sex and beautiful language. Salter never had another hit like “Pastime” and, like Faulkner and Fitzgerald, to whom he has often been compared, he dabbled in Hollywood on the crest of his early success. After those screenwriting years, he returned to writing wellreceived novels and eventually cemented a reputation as a “writer’s writer.” “All That Is,” Salter’s first novel in 34 years, concerns Philip Bowman, a former American naval officer who fought off the coast of Okinawa in World War II. He gets an education (Harvard) and finds a position as a book editor in Manhattan (it was easier then). What’s interesting about the novel is how impersonal it sometimes feels. Salter himself was a West Point graduate who spent his time in the military as a U.S. Air Force officer off the coast of Okinawa. But Bowman doesn’t seem so much a war veteran as someone conjured from the Pacific Ocean, with no past. His family is hardly mentioned and, after the first couple

of chapters, his wartime experience is an aside. Instead, the novel spends time on the relationship issues of Bowman and his circle of acquaintances in the elite Manhattan publishing world. Salter has decades of experience when it comes to writing sex scenes, so it’s impressive how he can write so many in this book without using repetitive or ornate writing. “All That Is” goes through three decades of American history without being a historical novel. Bowman’s life continues, love comes and goes, but the politics of the Cold War and the Vietnam War don’t make any impression on his psyche. The JFK assassination is mentioned once. Sure, Susan Sontag makes a cameo (Bowman and some of his friends go to one of her lectures), but it seems as if Bowman is merely nodding to a friend (Sontag was a fan of Salter’s work) rather than seriously engaging with historical ideas. Salter manages to make its historical ignorance feel natural by remaining firmly in the intimate lives of his characters. Other novels that take place in the past may try to mirror historical narratives with their characters’ personal lives, but Salter finds universalizing the personal a trivializing act. Bowman’s postwar New York experience is not the same as everyone else’s, and the resistance to

interpretation is what gives an emotionally impersonal sheen to Salter’s writing. Any feeling of kinship is a projection of the reader’s.

James Salter’s great talent is that he can create characters — intelligent, thoughtful, who speak openly and clearly about their deeply emotional problems and provide sharp insights — without any hint of artifice. Their intelligence and insight is revealed, for instance, when one talks about drinking: “’My daddy liked to drink,’ Eddins said. ‘He used to say he was more interesting when he drank. My mother used to say, interesting to who?’” The author’s greatest talent, though, is that his narrative voice is even more insightful than his characters’. His prose’s lucidity shows that human communication is inherently dysfunctional and immature compared to novel-writing itself. Consider a passage in his best-received 1975 novel, “Light Years”: “He was reaching that age, he was at the edge of it, when the world becomes suddenly more beautiful, when it reveals itself in a special way, in every detail, roof and wall, in the leaves of trees fluttering faintly before a rain. The world was opening itself, as if to allow, now that life was shortening, one long, passionate look, and all that had been withheld would finally be given.” Salter, 87 years old, brings wisdom, beautiful prose and a certain kind of impenetrability to the story of Philip Bowman. But for the author, just because a life is written in a book doesn’t mean that the life has to be open like one.

Emily Mancini | Release Bestselling author Meg Wolitzer spoke about adult sexuality, the struggles of adolescence, female desire and her upcoming book, “The Interestings,” in a lecture on March 19. Wolitzer, who won Binghamton’s 2012 John Gardner Award for Fiction for her novel “The Uncoupling,” was the latest writer to present her work as part of the ongoing Spring Readers’ Series. A Long Island native, Wolitzer was immersed in writing from a very young age. She is the daughter of novelist Hilma Wolitzer, who actively supported her decision to write for a living. Wolitzer wrote her first novel as an undergraduate student at Brown University, and it was published a few years later in 1982. The New York Times bestselling author is best known for “The Wife,” “The Ten-Year Nap” and “The Uncoupling.” Riverhead Books will publish her latest novel, “The Interestings,” on April 9. In addition to her success as a novelist, two films have been based on Wolitzer’s work: “This Is My Life,” directed by Nora Ephron, and the 2006 TV movie “Surrender,

Dorothy,” starring Diane Keaton and directed by Charles McDougall. During a student workshop in the mini-course “Writers and Other Artists,” Wolitzer recalled the feeling of having her work brought to life on screen. “I drove out to the studio and as I got closer I noticed a giant sign that said ‘Fro-Z-Cone’ on the horizon,” Wolitzer said. “They actually built the ice cream shop that I had imagined up one night while lying in bed. It was pretty amazing.” Wolitzer also collaborates with musician Suzzy Roche of the female vocal group The Roches, bridging the gap between music and writing. They performed together at the Southampton Summer Writers Conference; Roche sang and strummed on her acoustic guitar while Wolitzer read excerpts of her novels to the audience. “It’s a great experience working with Suzzy,” Wolitzer said. “It adds a whole new layer of depth to what would otherwise be plain old reading from a page to the audience.” In addition to her unique approaches to readings, Wolitzer isn’t afraid to tackle tricky subjects

like adolescent and adult sexuality. In fact, Wolitzer embraces and explores them in vivid detail. Her novel “The Position” examines the relationship between four children and their highly sexualized parents, delving into the complex concepts of marriage, love and parenting. Her upcoming novel “The Uncoupling” is a modern take on the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata,” in which the women of Greece withhold sexual privileges from all men until the Peloponnesian War is put to an end. In Wolitzer’s more modern take, the sex strike takes place in a suburban town in New Jersey, with particular focus on the town’s high school, after a mysterious spell suddenly drains all the town’s women of their precious libido. “Female desire is a topic of interest to me,” Wolitzer said. “A lot of magazines always seem to turn to neurochemical science and prescriptions and professional advice. That doesn’t interest me as much as the fact that female desire changes over time. There might not be an outright war between women and men, but some things definitely change between them, and I wanted to explore those in ‘The Uncoupling.’”

The nine things you should have done over spring break Mallory Stein | Release Did you spend spring break participating in some sort of all-inclusive what-have-you somewhere in Mexico? Or were you in Miami at Ultra just to see it end with Swedish House Mafia’s last performance ever? Filled with confusion because your aunt in California actually wanted you to visit for Passover? Well quit sulking and take notes for next year. Here’s

what you could have done while you were soaking up the sun or whatever. 1. Gotten a haircut Your hair is overgrown and stupid-looking and your mom hates you. Go trim your locks. 2. Started a new show on Netflix/HBO Go You have no excuse, because pretty much all of the series available on both these websites are addicting. Brings me back to the summer of 2011 when I managed to get through nine

“Lost” episodes per day. 3. Egged your high school sweetheart’s car/house Yes, you loved the person at one point but stop kidding yourself, it ended shitty. Bring your repressed anger and aggression back to the surface and let it out. If spending $3 on a dozen eggs is out of your budget range, then that’s a separate issue. 4. Deleted the shit you haven’t listened to since middle school off of your iTunes

Nobody cares about Taking Back Sunday anymore. I guess you should keep Yellowcard on there though … since, you know … 5. DD’ed for your younger sibling You know the high school parties are where all the action is and you know they’re too exclusive for you to get in. Suck it up and don’t forget the Taco Bell runs after. If you’re a good chauffeur you might even get some gas money out of it.

6. Drank top shelf alcohol that you didn’t have to pay for The Patron in your parents’ liquor cabinet isn’t going to drink itself … 7. Played the lotto Hey, you never know. 8. Slept more than you ever needed to Recent studies have shown that individuals between the ages of 18 and 22 require approximately 14 hours of sleep per night, however anywhere from 10 to 12 hours of rest will

prepare them for the day ahead. If you start to suspect you have mono like four days in, then you’re sleeping the correct, obscene amount. 9. Found new cool apps on your phone Though once fun and exciting, Llama or Duck is now just blah. Add a little spice to your routine by finding a new app that is likely to take over your life at one point or another.

Dorothy Farrell | Release As long as manmade structures stand, architecture is humanity’s rendition of triumph over the natural land. Rarely does nature offer to us the planes and geometric shapes that mankind produces. And then there are a few great buildings that lead us to believe otherwise. In a nook on Binghamton University’s campus sits a cherished community, College-in-theWoods. At first glimpse, the set of six buildings is just a concrete glob of blocks obstructing a wooden haven. But time and memories tell that such structures paradoxically both subdue and complement the surrounding woods. CIW epitomizes the architectural ability for buildings to be one with the land yet satisfies their function, the home of hundreds of students. Amidst a deciduous forest, the conglomerate of buildings rests upon a hill. Curvaceous and sloping, the landscape is a stark contrast to the buildings, a series of planes and rectangular prisms. These planes are further geometrically divided by rectangular bricks on the buildings and squares on the pavement floor. Short, winding ledges arise from the concrete and twirl their way around the bottom terrace. On warm, sunny days, they offer students ideal seating for basking in the sun, the shade or, as the sun

crosses the sky, a combination of the two. During the night, lights on the side of the ledges illuminate the walkway, supplementing the workings of the stars. Perched among a series of terraces are the five residential halls. Ordinarily, a landing suggests a single, ground entrance for a building. The terraces in CIW, however, allow for entrances of the buildings at multiple ground levels. This innovative approach to building allows the community to embody an aspect of the land instead of competing with it. Like the hill itself, the buildings rise upward to the sky. Adjacent to the buildings are plots of land with grass, shrubs and trees peeping out. Similar to the buildings, these plots are tamed, groomed and well-kept. Each wood chip is meticulously placed in its rightful spot separate from the concrete pathways. The plants are a reminder of the symbiosis between the natural world and

mankind, like the stability depicted by yin and yang. During the course of the day, life bustles in the woods. The sun rises, birds chirp and students march to classes. As the sun climbs, the shadows cast on the buildings by the trees stretch across those blocklike planes. Food is dropped, smiles are exchanged and paces quicken. The night encroaches, often bringing about the noisiest time of day. And through it all, the CIW ecosystems brings out the best in each counterpart. As the weather gets warmer, residents will find themselves creeping out of their boxy rooms and into the delightful encompassment of CIW. Footballs will be thrown, bubbles will be blown, skateboards will be rolled, canvases will be painted and hula hoops will be spun. And among the industriousness of a rising generation, the buildings will stand, marking their partnership with a beloved home to many.

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As an editorial board composed entirely of English majors, we have undoubtedly learned a lot here at BU, but we can’t say much of it has been because of our major. We doubt we are alone in feeling that we have graduated without much knowledge or preparation for the real world, not even graduate school. It’s unfortunate, really. They tease us English majors for being lazy, having few assignments and skating by unscathed by the brutal schedules and workloads of the engineers or biology majors. This doesn’t have to be the case, though. In an ideal liberal arts education, English majors would leave college with critical reading and writing skills far surpassing those they possessed when they enrolled.¶ Much of the problem with the Binghamton English department is the lack of structure. None of the English classes have prerequisites, and half of the 10 classes English majors are required to take are electives. How much will you really learn if your entire education is Shakespeare, British literature, literary theory and five Ryan Vaughan classes? That’s not to say that Gaming as Literature is alone in deserving criticism — many classes in the department are comparably … less than strenuous. The sad thing is, many classes could be really

enlightening if taught properly, and in a more logical order. There is no sense of progress, building or accomplishment in the department. In political science or psychology, for example — really, most of Harpur besides maybe history — students are expended to take an intro-level class in order to qualify for the more difficult upper-level courses. And those upper-level courses are, in fact, more difficult than the 100-levels. By the time you get to a 400-level seminar in political science, you know a hell of a lot more than the introduction to global politics class you took on a whim as a freshman. This method serves two purposes: first, it ensures that students are learning and building as they go through their field of study, and prepares them to enter that field or continue their education once they graduate. It makes sense to make classes more difficult for seniors than for freshmen, right? Second, it helps students to figure out if that’s even the field they want to study. If you take an intro biology class, you probably have some sense by the end of it whether you really want to study biology. No such logic exists in the English department. We’ve all taken difficult and thought-provoking

lower-level classes, and jokes of upper-level classes. Remember, those Ryan Vaugn classes count toward our upper-level English electives requirement. Beyond macro-level structure, class structure is also incredibly inefficient in the department. Most classes have upward of 40 people; some classes have over 100. How are we expected to discuss literature in a setting that doesn’t facilitate any sort of conversation? A lecture is not an appropriate venue for such content. Most voices aren’t heard, and it’s easy for people to hide and underachieve, and never be noticed. And professors can’t assign substantial papers to classes that large because they would be unable to grade them. In fact, it is unusual for English majors to ever have to write more than six pages during their college career. There aren’t any required senior seminars as there are in most other liberal arts majors. The overwhelming majority of classes don’t even require any independent academic research. And because the curriculum seems to be determined at the whim of individual professors, it’s probably possible to graduate without ever having to write a real academic paper. Binghamton University was originally founded as a small liberal arts college. It seems that it’s strayed too far from its roots.

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I’ve always found something quite perplexing about the debates surrounding Israel in the Middle East conflict. Merely by looking at the identifications people use to show which “side” of the conflict they are on indicates a lot about the peace process — or lack thereof.

Generally, there are two sides: pro-Israel and anti-Israel. Here is where I get really confused. Do the names of these views mean that one side supports that Israel exists and the other side believes that Israel be annihilated? Whenever I hear the word “antiIsrael,” it stings me a little bit. It implies getting rid of a country, wiping out a group of people, annihilating seven million Israeli citizens, Jews, Christians, Atheists and Muslims alike. The hardest part to think about is that

I am not just reading too much into a label, but Israel’s existence faces real and legitimate threats. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has openly called for the destruction of the Jewish people. He has continuously denied the existence of the State of Israel and that the Holocaust ever happened. He’s not trying to hide it either. He has referenced wiping Israel off the map on his personal website more than once in the past decade. In 2008, he vowed to continue supporting (including financially) Hamas until the “collapse of Israel.” Hamas is one of, if not the, biggest threat toward Israel. Of course peace will remain unachievable when a section of the Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Israel. The opening paragraphs states, “Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.” The ethnic-cleansingtype claims in the charter not only endanger Israel but are a direct violation of human rights. Hamas is a terrorist organization that is proud of its murderous acts. Hamas members use human shields and put the people of Gaza and Israel

in danger constantly. A quick trip to YouTube will show videos of Hamas terrorists escaping a rocket by hiding in a mosque or nursery school or launching a rocket from the roof of a hospital building, where Israel will not fire back.

human rights, military action or equal opportunity, the anti-Israel movement spews racist and dangerous comments. By now you have probably guessed that I identify as pro-Israel. But that is not all that I am. I am pro-Palestine and pro-peace. I advocate and look forward to the day when there will be two neighboring states, living in peace despite their religious differences. I am for equal rights for Palestinians living within Israel’s borders and I am for pleasant peace talks and the end of the thousands of rockets that have been launched into Israel over the last decade. Unfortunately, someone who identifies as anti-Israel cannot say many of those things just by the nature of the term. How will we be able to have peace talks or peace at all with this attitude? The next step that needs to be taken is much more simple: supporters of a Palestinian The hardest parts for me to see are state and those with negative views the comments written on Facebook about Israel need to admit Israel’s or on the bottom of articles about the right to exist before we try to create a Arab-Israeli conflict. Whenever I see peaceful Middle East. an Internet debate about the conflict, I am astonished to see comments — Lucy Schwartz is a junior calling for death of Jews and the majoring in English. removal of Israel. Instead of debating

Letters There is no conspiracy in Student Association Elections Editor’s note: The following is a response to a letter to the editor from Joe Tennenbaum published before break.

Alex Rodriguez makes too much money. Any reasonable person, even a sports fan, ought to acknowledge that Rodriguez’s $275 million contract is excessive and morally difficult to justify. A-Rod’s salary, remarkable but not unique, represents the consequences of a larger and more disturbing system of misplaced values.

The 2013 Major League Baseball season began this past Monday. With it marks the halfway point in Rodriguez’s 10-year contract. To review, Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees’ third baseman, is making $275 million over 10 years. His contract, signed in 2007, was the largest in baseball at the time. Rodriguez is getting old though, and he no longer holds the same promise as at the time of his signing. At that time, the $275 million was rationalized by expectations that he would break all sorts of home run and World Series records. This would generate attention, attendance and income. A-Rod is 37 years old. In sports years, that’s like 85. When his contract wraps up in five years he’ll be a dinosaur. By all counts, he’s already on his way out. He’s sat out through many games in recent seasons, due to injuries and surgeries, and his home run record has been going down. Still, what troubles me about Rodriguez’s salary isn’t that he is not “earning” it by hitting enough home runs or doubles. Even if he were to get a grand slam every at-bat (is that possible?), does any individual’s ability to slam a leather ball with a wooden stick really deserve $275 million? A fair appreciation of today’s economic and welfare climate makes it difficult to justify such an exorbitant contract. You don’t need to be a socialist to see that his salary is wildly disproportionate to economic trends of the last few years. I don’t intend to pull out all the depressing or looming stats. It’s sufficient to say that according to the USDA, 16.7 million American children under 18 don’t get enough food to be healthy. That’s just one

example of where $275 million could make a big difference. His earnings are also grossly disproportionate to either his responsibility or the good he contributes to society. To put things in perspective, the president of the United States of America makes $400,000 a year. To relativize it over 10 years, A-Rod is still making 68 times more than the president. It’s not like A-Rod is

Mr. Tennenbaum, For sake of your political comrades, I recommend you avoid signing your name to such silly accusations in the future. There is nothing more detrimental to the integrity of a political position, than concluding an article with a conspiratorial claim, constructed on an inductive fallacy, littered with emotive diction. At best, such an argument may sway a few low information voters. It is true over the years several students have been involved with both the Binghamton Review and the Student Association. It is also true that conservative supportive third party organizations solicit us, to take advantage of their services. It is even true that some of our staff has taken advantage of these opportunities in the past. Having jumped to the conclusion of a “shady” conspiracy, ques me to think you have been afflicted by a severe case of the confirmation bias and have done little research on our organization. When

I first became involved with the BR about a year ago, I interpreted these facts a little differently. It proved to me, the Review staff is comprised of exceptionally ambitious students. Who not only spend their extracurricular time complaining about politics in their articles, but also get involved with campus affairs in order to make a difference. Whereas liberalism is a political ideology, conservativism is a methodology based on principles. One of the principles most highly valued is integrity. Having become friends with Adam Shamah, Aaron Ricks and Mark Soriano, I can confidently say that these students are men of integrity. They believe in what they say and their deeds always follow their words. To link third party influence with “installment,” is simply insulting to the free will and intellectual capacity of those accused. Considering their exceptional scholarship, I would bet each of them had a political opinion before they were enrolled in Binghamton University. Furthermore, to credit their successes to the work of these third parties, depreciates the value of their work. It was the integrity and ambition of

the accused that built their resumes, not some ubiquitous conservative vendetta. If you would be so kind as to read a few of our articles before imprudently making judgment, you will find that our staff is comprised of a wonderful diversity of opinion. Including Ryandian libertarians, a few pro-life Catholics and even a liberaldemocrat. Also, I’m sure if you took a poll of all students on campus you would find that conservatives represent a small minority of opinion. So, even if we had the money to hire Jim Messina to personally train our staff for SA usurpation, the electorate would still likely be averse. What does any of this have to do with their qualifications for SA positions anyway? Special thanks to Quintin Maidment. Jacob L. Hayutin Editor-in-Chief Binghamton Review

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a beacon of good behavior either. His reputation has been tarnished by numerous shady encounters with strippers. On top of that, in 2009 Rodriguez admitted publicly that he used performance-enhancing drugs when he was playing for the Texas Rangers. Those who disagree might argue that A-Rod should not be blamed for reaping the benefits of a larger industry. It’s a matter of supply and demand, they might argue. A-Rod fills a need. If people stop caring about baseball, he’ll stop earning the big bucks. Until then, why shouldn’t he, and the many other million-dollar-deal athletes like him, profit? This argument has merit. A-Rod’s outrageous contract is significant in how it reflects a wider, more problematic, societal trend. Indeed, I have no axe to grind against A-Rod as an individual. A-Rod only earns the big bucks because we, as consumers, enable him, and others like him, to do so. Some might disagree and argue that A-Rod deserves every penny for being the sheer athlete that he is. That’s an argument for which I have little sympathy. Sure, entertainment has value. Pastimes have value. Even athleticism (possibly) has value. But $275 million? Really?

To the editor: As a student at Binghamton University, I have been extremely disappointed in Pipe Dream’s recent coverage of the Student Association’s Executive Board Election. Pipe Dream, a chartered organization of the Student Association, claimed to “have a similar mission [to the SA] — to give a voice to the students on this campus.” Yet time and time again, you have proven that your goal is only to give yourselves a larger voice on campus. You listed your endorsements on the same page as your “objective” summaries of the candidates. Your summaries are so terse it is as though you copied and pasted from the candidates’ Facebook pages, and is so unspecific and sparse it seems as

though you made no effort to interview the candidates. Additionally, your most recent issue before the election made not a single reference to the three very important ballot questions that students will be voting on during the elections. Pipe Dream’s overall coverage about the election and the SA in general has been significantly lacking. Pipe Dream often sends no reporters to cover Assembly meetings and when they do the articles they write are rarely about the main substance of the debate. Yes, the Assembly has not been the most active or controversial this year, but with some more publicity, SA Reps would have incentives to try to make a difference. You claim that you want a more informed and engaged student body — now is your time to prove it. Write profiles

about the candidates, write about what the SA does and how it affects students, write about campaign tactics, write about what the candidates hope to achieve and the challenges they will face. Next time, instead of complaining about how uninformed students are, I sincerely hope that you take a step in the right direction and try to inform them. Andrew Topal Assembly Representative Class of 2014

— Michael Snow is a junior double-majoring in philosophy and English.

Cheating is one of the worst and most common relationship-related sins. It completely goes against the traditional values of monogamy and ends most relationships instantly. So why does it still happen?

I’m tempted to say that a lot of it depends on the individual. And in an emotional sense, it does. Someone who is insecure with him or herself and the relationship may be more likely to cheat than someone who is more confident. Some people have a false sense of entitlement. Some people just like sex and don’t place emotional value on the action, and as such they feel it shouldn’t have an

effect on the status of the relationship. In that sense, it varies. Still, the simplest explanation is scientific. The concept of monogamy isn’t natural. Men are naturally programmed to spread their genes, and women are naturally programmed to get the best possible genes for their offspring. Monogamy doesn’t exactly serve both of these very natural concepts well. In fact, it has been discovered that even animals that were thought to mate for life, such as the bluebird, shag and mallard, have relations with others of their species on the side, just like humans do. It’s also a common belief that men are, shall we say, less monogamous than women. That’s also true based on evolutionary theory. Males of most species are typically programmed to spread their DNA as much as possible to increase the odds of passing their genes on to offspring. Women, on the other hand, are

naturally pickier. The risks are higher for women than for men since they have to go through the pregnancy process and, as such, they typically wait until they find men who live up to their evolutionary standards. Of course, that’s just in a biological sense. There’s also more of a social stigma against women having affairs than men. Think about it — when was the last time you heard a man get torn apart because he was less pure or whatever from cheating? If a man cheats, he’s typically called an asshole, but people move on quickly. Women, on the other hand, are typically seen more as damaged goods. It might just be all of the feminist discussion I’ve been having in classes lately, but it’s interesting to note that there might be a social or emotional reason that it’s less likely to see a woman cheat on her partner or spouse as opposed to a man. I personally think cheating is

second has a biological basis, just an emotional one, since in modern-day society, the idea of having a healthy mindset is more important than passing on genes. As such, cheating creates doubt in relationships, creating a negative atmosphere that may then ruin the positive emotional feelings desirable of monogamy. Cheating is interesting in that it depends on how you look at it. From my perspective it sucks and warrants immediate dismissal of a partner but then again that could have to do with my desire for monogamy. Biological studies show that monogamy isn’t a cardinal sin in a monogamous normal, so maybe the idea that it’s our relationship based solely on trust. emotions that are wrong deserves a Monogamy is based on wanting to have little thought. someone unwaveringly in your life, to serve an emotional need as opposed to — Jake Lewis is a junior majoring a physical one. I’ve heard it said before in English. that your first marriage is about love, the second about furthering yourself and the third about companionship. None of these other than the

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Shutouts this season by junior pitcher Demi Laney, who blanked Boston University last weekend.

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Four athletes from Binghamton wrestling competed at the NCAA Championships over the break, posting a 7-8 record and landing the the team in 32nd place in the final standings, 18 places lower than last year. The championship, which ran from March 21-23, marked the end of collegiate careers for seniors Donnie Vinson (149 pounds), Nate Schiedel (197 pounds) and Derek Steeley (133 pounds). Vinson was the last man standing in the tournament for BU, falling one win short of earning All-America Honors for the second straight year. After opening his championship with a 9-5 pigtail win, third-seeded Vinson was bumped into consolations by unseeded

American junior Kevin Tao, who knocked off the Binghamton senior 3-2 in overtime. Vinson then won three straight consolation matches, including two wins by major decision, before being eliminated in the fourth round by the No. 7 seed, Oregon State junior Scott Sakaguchi. Vinson ended his career atop the program’s all-time win list with 132 victories. Schiedel and Steeley got off to the best starts for Binghamton, each winning his opening round match. No. 7 seeded Schiedel captured his first match by major decision before falling to No. 10 seed Minnesota redshirt freshman Scott Schiller 9-5 in Round 2. After pinning his way to victory in his first consolation match, the senior was eliminated in the third round consolation match by unseeded Iowa freshman Nathan Burak. Schiedel closed out his career with a 119-32 record, third

on the program’s all-time win list. Steeley, meanwhile, started off his first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championships with an 11-6 win over NC State freshman Sam Speno in the first round before losing by technical fall in the second round, 18-1. He was eliminated in his first consolation match by major decision, ending his final season with 16 total wins. Unseeded 184-pound junior Cody Reed was eliminated from the championship after two consecutive losses. Reed dropped his opening match against sixth-seeded Northern Iowa redshirt junior Ryan Loder, 4-0. He then fell to Brown sophomore Ophir Bernstein by major decision in his consolation match. Reed is set to be the only NCAA Championship qualifier to return for the Bearcats next season.

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Bearcats go 1-2 over break, drop AE opener to Albany

Binghamton men’s lacrosse sandwiched a win over Quinnipiac with losses to Penn State and Albany over spring break. The Bearcats (4-5, 0-1 America East) fell 11-7 to thenNo.17 Penn State on March 19, with senior midfield Nick Dolik leading the Nittany Lions with three goals. Junior attack Matt Springer stood out again for the Bearcats, with two goals and as many assists. Down 9-3 at halftime, the Bearcats offense started to find its form. Junior attack Brandon Planck scored at the 10:23 mark in the third quarter, and Springer quickly followed suit off a feed from sophomore attack Tucker Nelson. Senior midfield Tyler Perrelle then scored from about 10 yards out and with a minute remaining in the third quarter, Nelson scored to make it 9-7. But Penn State junior goalie Austin Kaut did not allow any more goals as the Nittany Lions prevailed. “I’m pretty disappointed with our performance in the first half,” head coach Scott Nelson said in a press release on “To give up nine goals is uncharacteristic of our defense. I thought we played about as good of a third quarter as you can hope for, but in the end [Penn State] made the plays that made the difference.”

Four days later, a Springer hat trick helped Binghamton power past visiting Quinnipiac 11-9. Springer set the tone immediately, scoring six seconds after opening faceoff. The Bearcats had never tallied a goal that early in a game. Planck quickly followed suit with a goal two minutes later, and the Bearcats held a 2-0 advantage. But Quinnipiac gained its first lead early in the third quarter. Binghamton junior midfield Kelly Donigan answered with a goal, though, and the Bearcats never trailed again. Donigan tied it up after he received a pass from freshman midfield Johnny Maher about 15 yards out. A few minutes later, senior midfielder Shane Warner took advantage of the caused turnover from junior defense Garrett Augustyn and found a wide open Springer down the field who scored a quick goal at the 8:39 mark in the third. Donigan then scored again towards the end of the third quarter to pull the Bearcats ahead 9-7. After Quinnipiac pulled within 10-9, Binghamton secured the win on a goal from sophomore midfield J.T. Hauck. Tucker Nelson connected with a cutting Hauck who beat the Bobcats goalie for his fourth goal of the season. Junior midfielder Alex Doerflein, a faceoff specialist, won a career-best 17-of-23 against the Bobcats. Doerflein

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Michael Antinozzi led Binghamton with a hat trick in the team’s loss to Albany on Saturday.

also scooped up a team-high 13 ground balls and scored his first career goal in the first quarter. Junior goalie Max Schefler wrapped up the game with 13 stops. Last Saturday afternoon, Albany defeated Binghamton 21-8 in an America East conference game at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Sophomore midfield Lyle Thompson and junior attack Myles Thompson accounted for 10 of Albany’s goals as the Great Danes improved to 6-3 on the season.

Junior attack Michael Antinozzi scored a team-high three goals for Binghamton. Albany has one of the nation’s top offensive units and certainly proved so in Saturday’s game — Albany’s

21 goals are the most allowed is set for 4 p.m. at Kenneth P. by Binghamton since April 17, LaValle Stadium. 2011 when the Bearcats fell to Quinnipiac 24-2. BU is set to continue conference play Saturday at Stony Brook. Opening faceoff

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Bump went 3-for-9 at the Radford Invitational with a pair of extra-base hits. She scored three times and drove in as many runs. In the America East opening series, the junior went 3-for-9 again with a double, a triple, three runs and three RBI. Bump carried the Binghamton offense against Syracuse, homering in the opener and finishing the doubleheader with three hits in six at-bats, three RBI and two runs.

Bump ranks third on the Bearcats with a .329 batting average.

Her four home runs rank second on the team while her 22 RBI are tied for a teamhigh.

After opening the season with five consecutive losses, Binghamton women’s lacrosse has won two of its last four games, including a 7-6 conference win over Vermont. The Bearcats (2-7, 1-1 America East) earned their first win of the season on March 20, beating Siena 10-7 at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The win also marked Stephanie Allen’s first victory as interim head coach. “This game was all on the girls, though it does feel nice to get the monkey off our backs,” Allen said, according to a press release on “I thought we were strong on all levels and played sound defense, especially in goal. The girls really stepped up today and stuck to the game plan.” The Bearcats took a 5-3 lead into halftime and scored four of their five second-half goals on position shots to secure the victory. Senior midfielder Katherine Hunsberger led the offense with five goals on the day while freshman goalkeeper Erin McNulty recorded 10 saves and posted a career-high .588 save percentage in her first collegiate win. McNulty earned America East Rookie of the Week on March 25 for her efforts against

Siena, becoming the first BU player to earn the honor since 2008. The Bearcats couldn’t build on their first win, however, and lost 19-8 at Colgate on March 28. Binghamton started slow, allowing Colgate (6-6, 2-2) to score the game’s first four goals and amass a 9-2 halftime lead. The Bearcats would not come any closer than 10-4. Freshman attack Sophia Racciatti recorded her firstcareer hat trick with three goals while senior attack Kimberly McGeever and freshman midfielder Allie Rodgers each scored two goals. As a team, Binghamton collected just 12 groundballs compared to Colgate’s 25. The 19 goals allowed were a seasonhigh. Binghamton opened its conference slate with a 7-6 victory over Vermont (6-7, 1-2 AE) on March 29. BU sophomore attack Alex Fisher scored the game-winning goal with 7:42 to play. The first half saw three ties and two lead changes, and three Bearcats scored as the teams entered the break in a 3-3 deadlock. With Binghamton leading 6-4 with less than 20 minutes left, Vermont reeled off two unanswered goals to tie the score. But Fisher broke the tie for good with her second goal of

the game. The defense forced 19 turnovers and collected 18 ground balls compared to Vermont’s 14. McNulty set a career-best for goals allowed with six to earn her second win. “We went into the game very prepared and knew what to expect and I thought we did a good job limiting their key players,” Allen said, according to “Overall this is a big win for us, but we don’t want to be satisfied.” Less than a week later, UMBC beat Binghamton 17-9 to drop the Bearcats’ conference record to 1-1. Binghamton held a 4-3 advantage just 14 minutes into the game, but UMBC (8-3, 2-0 AE) finished the half on a 9-1 run to take a 12-5 lead into the break. The Bearcats pulled within five at the 20:57 mark, but the Retrievers finished the game on a 4-1 run to spoil any potential comeback. Hunsberger led the Bearcats with four goals while senior midfield Kristen Stone added two. Binghamton is set to host New Hampshire on Saturday. The Bearcats have not beaten the Wildcats (3-7, 0-2 AE) since joining the America East in 2002. Face off is set for 1 p.m at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

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Kimberly McGeever registered a pair of goals in Binghamton’s loss to Colgate.

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Binghamton golf kicked off its spring season with two events this past week, finishing tied for 25th out of 32 teams at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate on March 24-26 and seventh out of 24 teams at the WhitingTurner Towson Invitational March 31 to April 2. In what was originally slated to be a 54-hole event, the C&F Bank Intercollegiate turned into a single-round tournament due to weather and scheduling issues. The Bearcats finished with a team score of 3-7 (+27) on the par 70 River Course in Williamsburg. BU was led by junior Bryce Edmister, who shot a team-best 73 (+3) en route to a 25th place finish. While he failed to hole a birdie on the front nine, he came out firing on all cylinders on the back nine. He birdied the par 4 10th hole, the par 4 14th hole and the par 3 17th hole. Despite a double bogey on 12, Edmister shot one-under par over his last six holes. Senior David Cellura managed just a 39 (+4) on the front nine, but shot oneover par the rest of the way to finish with a 75 (+1). He played holes 9 through 17 at even par, knocking down birdies on holes 11 and 15. Freshman Jesse Perkins, who shot a 79 (+9), and sophomore Josh Holling, who shot an 80 (+10), rounded out

the scoring for Binghamton. No. 27 Tennessee shot a team score of 285 (+5) to secure the team title. The Volunteers

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had two players inside the top10 who both shot a one-under par 69. Senior Casey Olson of Eastern Michigan and freshman Cory Sciupider of Notre Dame shot scores of three-under par to split the individual title. On Tuesday, the Bearcats posted a final-round score of 319 (+31) to finish seventh at the Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational at the par 72 Prospect Bay course. While the Bearcats started the day in fifth place, windy conditions kept the team from making any sort of push. Perkins, who tied for 16th, put forth the best individual finish of his career. The freshman was consistent throughout the weekend,

recording scores of 76 on the first two days and 77 on the final day. His previous best finish came in early September at the CCSU Blue Devils Invitational, when he placed T-34. Sedgewick’s final round of 81 (+17) included eight pars, five bogeys, three double bogeys and two birdies as the wind played games with him all day. The sophomore finished 30th in the 119-man field. Edmister, meanwhile, started the tournament with uncharacteristic scores of 81 and 82, only to put forth a bounce-back effort on the final day with a four-over par 76. While Cellura impressed on the first two days of the tournament with finishes of 76 and 74, his final day score of 85 landed him in 40th place. Up next for Binghamton will be the Mount St. Mary’s Spring Invitational, scheduled for April 15-16.

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A three-match win streak highlighted the break for the Binghamton men’s tennis team, which bookended its winning stretch with losses to No. 54 Yale on March 23 and UNC Greensboro on March 30. The Bearcats’ trio of wins came against St. Bonaventure, James Madison and Norfolk State. Binghamton (8-9) opened the break with a 5-2 loss at Yale, which boasted a No. 52 national ranking at the time. After the Bulldogs swept doubles play, freshman Sid Hazarika and junior Ruben Haggai secured the Bearcats’ only wins. Binghamton rebounded later that day with a 7-0 sweep of the Bonnies to kick off its three-match win streak. The Bearcats rolled past James Madison on March 27, grabbing the doubles point and five of six singles matches to knock off the Dukes, 6-1.

Hazarika and sophomore Ismael Dinia both won their singles matches in straight sets. Binghamton carried its momentum into the following day’s match against Norfolk State, picking up its second sweep of the break against the Spartans. But the Bearcats’ win streak was snapped the next day at UNC Greensboro, as BU surrendered the doubles point and four of its six singles matches in the 5-2 loss. Hazarika and Haggai picked up the Bearcats’ only singles wins on the day. Hazarika’s three-set win at No. 1 singles improved his record to 15-2 in singles play this spring. Binghamton is set to host four matches, including a pair against conference rivals Stony Brook and Hartford, this weekend at the Bearcats Sports Complex. BU’s first match is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday against the Seawolves.

Women’s tennis skid hits eight By Iva Rose | Pipe Dream Sports Binghamton women’s tennis fell to Richmond 5-0 on the road last Saturday before losing a 4-3 heartbreaker to Fairleigh Dickinson in its first game at the Events Center this season on Wednesday. BU (3-12) has now lost eight consecutive games. Binghamton took three of the first four singles matches against FDU, with sophomore Katherine Medianik the only Bearcat to lose. She fell in three sets (3-6, 7-5, 2-6). BU freshmen Alexis Tashiro, Sara Kohtz and Shea Brodsky defeated Fairleigh Dickinson senior Egzona Morina, and freshmen Nicole Chis and Celine Maier, in their respective matches. But FDU responded with wins from the fifth and sixth spot for the decisive fourth team point.

In doubles, the Bearcats’ No. 3 tandem of Kohtz and sophomore Missy Edelblum defeated the Knights duo of sophomore Dina Guzairova and junior Manuela Leme, 8-6. But FDU secured the doubles point with a pair of 9-7 victories from the No. 1 and 2 duos. On March 27, Richmond (5-10) swept the Bearcats 5-0 at Westhampton. Binghamton’s No. 3 doubles squad of Brodsky and Tashiro played the Spiders’ team of junior Elizabeth Sims and senior Alexandra Smyth to a 6-6 tie but didn’t finish the match. Tashiro and Kohtz were also unable to finish their singles matches. Binghamton will look to break its eight-game skid against America East rival Albany at 2 p.m. today at Varsity Court.

Track opens outdoor season at Raleigh Relays By Megan Brockett | Sports Editor The Binghamton men’s and women’s track teams kicked off the outdoor season at NC State’s Raleigh Relays this weekend. There was no team scoring at the meet. Senior John Slaven highlighted the men’s outing with a 15-7 mark in the pole vault, good for seventh place. On the women’s side, sophomore Ivory Taussig, juniors Erika Kisel and Kathleen

Klein and senior Jessica Hennig earned sixth place in the sprint medley relay. The quartet finished with a time of 4:04.85. The teams are set to return to action this Friday and Saturday at the Sam Howell Open hosted by Princeton. The meet is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. Friday at Weaver Stadium.


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Bearcats highlight break with first-ever series win over Boston U With a full slate of action over spring break, Binghamton softball swept Radford and Kent State at the Radford Invitational on March 23 before taking two-out-of-three for a series win against defending conference champion Boston last weekend at the Bearcats Sports Complex. On Thursday, BU split a day-night doubleheader with Syracuse at home. In the three-game set against Boston, the Bearcat offense consistently put runners on base, posting a collective .333 batting average. The Binghamton pitching staff posted a 0.70 series ERA to stifle the Terriers’ offense in the program’s first ever series win over Boston. The Bearcats lost the first game of the series 3-2 before taking the second game 4-3. In the final and deciding game of the series, sophomore pitcher Demi Laney tossed a four-hitter, shutting out the Terriers to lead Binghamton to an 8-0 victory. Laney credited the team’s chemistry for the win. “We scored first, getting the pressure on them early,” she said. “And we just kept piling it on them.” It marked Laney’s third shutout of the season and the fifth of her career. The game remained scoreless through the first three innings, but senior outfielder Jessica Phillips and freshman designated hitter Tiffany McIntosh each drove in runs for Binghamton in the fourth. “Boston’s pitcher was throwing

a really good drop ball, and I think we took some pitches, but with our second at-bat we adjusted, and got some hits in,” Phillips said. An inning later, with Boston still held scoreless, junior second baseman Jessica Bump and freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh each drove in runs with RBI singles to extend the lead to 4-0. BU then put on the finishing touches as both Phillips and freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee got on base with singles in the bottom of the sixth, setting the stage for a three-run homer by freshman pinch hitter Griffin McIver. “It took us a few innings to get going offensively, but we finished very well today,” Binghamton head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Demi pitched great today, and it’s great to win the series.” In the three games the Bearcats played at the Radford Invitational, Bump and freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan each homered twice to lead Binghamton to a 3-0 tournament record. In the first game against Radford, Bump and Cadogan drove in a combined eight runs, allowing the Bearcats to top the Highlanders 166. Senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller pitched all six innings, striking out three and allowing only seven hits. Against Kent State in the following game, Laney tossed a shutout, striking out six while surrendering only two hits. Bump scored three runs, and the Bearcats emerged with an 8-0 victory against the Golden Flashes. To close out the tournament, the Bearcats played Radford again,

this time narrowly escaping with a 5-4 win. Bump and Cadogan each homered, and Cadogan drove in three RBI. After the weekend, Cadogan was named AE Rookie of the Week for the second time this year. “Lisa continues to do a great job for us at the plate,” Burrell said. “I thought she and Jessica Bump set the tone early on in the games and the rest of our hitters kept up the momentum. We went up to the plate with a lot of confidence this weekend.” Binghamton’s March 26 doubleheader at George Washington and March 28 home doubleheader against Niagara were postponed due to weather. On Thursday, the Bearcats were ousted by Syracuse 14-10 in the opening game of a doubleheader but shut out the Orange 8-0 in the nightcap. Binghamton continued its torrid hitting, posting a .377 team average over the two games. Senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller struck out five and scattered four hits to achieve her first shutout of the season. Offensively, freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee brought home a team-best four runs after going 4-for-6 with a home run on the day. The Bearcats are set to play a three-game conference series against UMBC this weekend. The first pitch of a doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday at the UMBC Softball Stadium, with the final game of the series scheduled for noon on Sunday.

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Jessica Bump continued her offensive tear on Thursday, going 3-for-6 with a home run in Binghamton’s doubleheader with Syracuse.

Despite a solid pitching performance from Rogalla — four runs on eight hits in six innings — Thanks to four last-inning wins, the Bearcats dropped the nightcap Binghamton baseball has won five 4-1. of its eight road games since March 23, capturing series against Stony Brook and Hartford and splitting its doubleheader with Bucknell. Another string of solid pitching performances repeatedly put the Bearcats (14-9, 5-4 America East) in position to win late. In the series against Stony Brook, Binghamton held a 3.00 ERA, and against Hartford, starters Jake Lambert and Jack Rogalla allowed just three runs in 14.1 innings, with Rogalla lowering his season ERA to 2.64. Binghamton currently leads the America East with a 4.01 team — Tim Sinicki ERA. BU head coach “We’ve been getting quality innings from both our starters and relief pitchers,” Binghamton Senior Jay Lynch tossed seven head coach Tim Sinicki said. “Their scoreless innings in the series efforts have really allowed us to stay finale, which the Bearcats won in games from start to finish.” 8-1. The Bearcats outhit Stony The Bearcats kicked off their Brook 13-5, and freshman second stretch of games spanning the baseman Reed Gamache recorded spring break on March 23 with a two RBIs, the first of his collegiate doubleheader at Stony Brook (9-18, career. 4-5 America East). The Bearcats scored 19 runs in Trailing by three in its final turn the series and committed one error. at the plate, Binghamton rallied Two days later, Binghamton for six runs to take the opener 10- traveled to Bucknell (6-20, 1-3 7. Senior outfielder Jake Thomas, Patriot League) for a doubleheader. who tied the game with a two-run After falling 3-1 in the opener, double, scored the go-ahead run on Binghamton responded with a double by junior third baseman another last at-bat rally to win Brian Ruby. 5-4. Sophomore outfielder Zach

Blanden, who went 2-for-4 at the plate, broke a 4-4 seventh-inning tie with a RBI single. “The one area I have been most impressed with is the way this team fights and never gives up,” Sinicki said. “We’ve had our backs against the wall on a few different occasions and somehow have found ways to win games late. That is a great characteristic to have as a team.” Last weekend, the Bearcats did just that, twice. They traveled to Hartford (5-19, 4-5 America East) and swept the doubleheader on Saturday, posting victories of 3-2 and 3-1, both won in their final turn at bat. The wins improved Binghamton’s all-time record against Hartford to 32-7. Lambert pitched the opener, scattering five hits and two runs in 7.1 innings. Rogalla pitched the nightcap, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings. Hartford forced extra innings in the opener, but Binghamton junior infielder John Howell scored the go-ahead run in the eighth off a Thomas sacrifice fly. In the nightcap, Binghamton found itself trailing 1-0 in the ninth, but senior first baseman Jordon Smucker and junior second baseman Daniel Nevares scored on an error to put Binghamton ahead 2-1. Senior outfielder Bijan Mangouri, who had belted his first collegiate home run in the win against Bucknell, tacked on an insurance run with a sacrifice fly.

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The next day, the Bearcats dropped the series finale, 4-3. The team struck out a season-high 15 times and was limited to three hits. Despite the sour ending, Sinicki said he is happy with his team’s development. “I’m pleased with where we are at as a team right now,” he said. “We’ve played pretty good baseball thus far, but can be better … a lot better.” Both Thomas and Smucker made statistical strides during the week. Thomas leads the America East with a .515 on-base percentage while Smucker stands in second with 24 RBI. Sinicki said that the team has not focused on the individual statistics. “I know we have talented players in our program and high expectations for them,” he said, “but it’s team first here and then once the season is over we can look back more on the individual accomplishments.” The Bearcats are set to head to Maine this weekend for a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Mahaney Diamond.

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After taking a pair of series from Stony Brook and Hartford over the break, the Bearcats currently sit in second place with a conference record of 5-4.

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