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Stenger to give University address
Friday's speech to cover past year and future enrollment Christina Pullano Rachel Bluth Pipe Dream Editors
Today at 12:30 p.m. Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger will give his State of the University address in the Osterhout Concert Theater in the Anderson Center. The biggest change Stenger is expected to announce is an initiative to increase enrollment to 20,000 — 16,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students — by the year 2020. This means an increase of about 1,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduates, nearly doubling the Graduate School. Because the planned increase would involve mainly graduate students, Stenger doesn’t see campus overcrowding as a risk of the enrollment bump. “Most graduate students don’t live on campus, they live off campus, so student housing isn’t a problem,” Stenger said. Part of increasing graduate
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Students serve up criticism Culinary Council meets with administrators, Sodexo representatives Joseph Hawthorne Pipe Dream News Dining halls at Binghamton University have often been a source of discontent among the student body. This semester, Auxiliary Services and Sodexo are responding. “What do we want to change? What can we do together?” asked Jim Ruoff, a representative for Sodexo Dining Services, to a group of students Wednesday night. The Student Culinary Council hosted its first open meeting with dining staff and students to announce the council’s role as sole intermediary between students and dining operations. Peter Napolitano, director of Auxiliary Services, said that from now on all student criticisms and ideas about the dining halls would be directed through the student-run council. Previously, the University ran committees that students could go to with complaints or ideas. This council is now facilitating regular meetings for every dining hall where the Sodexo reps will meet with students. “The job of the Student Culinary Council is to keep your hand on rudder,” Napolitano said. “To row the boat, it’s going to be the student body. They’re going to tell us what to do and where put the power behind it.” Napolitano said he already expects the council to be active, and that Brian Rose, vice president of student affairs, is also interested in coming to meetings. “There’s a lot of low-hanging fruit, things we can change now,” Napolitano said. E-Board members of the newly created council explained
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Mitch LaRosa, a freshman majoring in history, center, responds to questions. E-Board members spoke about ideas they already had, like providing reusable takeout containers, reorganizing the grill at Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center and posting whiteboards for students to propose their own ideas and critiques.
the organization’s structure and encouraged newcomers to join the council in its infancy. “We’re going to have big meetings, like this, every other week and anything you want changed, regardless of where you live, come to this meeting and voice your opinion. If there seems to be a trending issue, we’ll refer to one of our teams,” said Jillian Shotwell, president of the council and a senior double-majoring in environmental
studies and geography. The council was organized into teams focused on retail aspects, environmental and social responsibility, residential concerns and nutrition. E-Board members spoke about ideas they already had, like providing reusable takeout containers, reorganizing the grill at Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center and posting whiteboards for students to propose their own ideas and critiques.
Sodexo staff also suggested ways to improve dining. “Breakfast transactions are virtually nothing. To open up the hotline in the morning and bring in the cooks and turn on the equipment, that can be a costly affair,” said John Enright, director of Resident Dining, about Appalachian Dining Hall. “If we remove
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BU ranked 10th best public value Research initiative
to include freshmen
University drops 2 places, administration not Binghamton University's rankings in the past 5 years Key
Kiplinger's Best Value in Public Colleges
Assistant News Editor
While Binghamton University remains a great value according to the Princeton Review, the University has dropped in rank for the second year in a row. The Princeton Review ranked BU as the No. 10 best value public college in 2014.
The University has decreased in rank since 2012, dropping from No. 4 to No. 8 in 2013. BU has maintained a spot in the top 10 for six years in a row. University President Harvey Stenger said he doesn’t put too much emphasis on BU’s spot on the list. “I kind of get exhausted by these rankings, but the good news is that we’re always in them,” Stenger said.
The 2014 rankings are based on institutional data and student opinion surveys from fall 2012 through 2013, according to the Princeton Review website. The rankings take into account more than 30 factors related to academics, financial aid and tuition. The Princeton Review decides from 650 schools, based on factors such as high school
in their college years,” said Nancy Stamp, a biology professor who spearheaded the campaign. “By doing that, A new program offered we hope that more students by Binghamton University will have freshmen diving right into research in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program allows freshmen to start research in science and engineering at the very beginning of their college career, as opposed to their junior or senior years, giving BU STEM students an early — Donald Nieman advantage in their fields. Provost “We want to provide substantial numbers of undergraduates interested in a career in science and engineering with a highquality, intensive, real research experience early See STEM Page 4
The Princeton Review's Best Value Public Colleges
Program allows for early experience in STEM
GPA, graduation rates, SAT and ACT scores and student/ faculty ratios. Of the 650, the Princeton Review selects 75 public and 75 private schools to comprise their “150 Best Value Colleges.” Stenger said the factors used to measure the rankings seem arbitrary and don’t lend to improving schools.
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The FRI will allow bright freshmen to work directly with world-class researchers
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WORD STREET ON THE
How do you feel about the Marketplace?
“The Marketplace is really conducive to a real college campus for once … people keep saying it’s busy and expensive, but we finally get to have something that not many campuses have. People should be happy about that.”
“It’s good … but it’s expensive. I’ve already spent $100 here”
Mbutekula Utshudi, junior majoring in biology
Andrew Vaccaro, junior majoring in political science
“I think it sucks. I would rather have the old Union back.”
Marcol Rodriguez, junior double-majoring in English and Spanish
“There’s no real nook in this place in which you can watch other people. It’s very nice and it’s cool, but there’s no area in which I can get the full scope of girls entering and exiting the area … The food is kind of disappointing, it’s all Sodexo.”
Mike Rondinaro, senior majoring in biology
“It’s really overpriced but it’s super convenient … it’s still Sodexo but it’s definitely more fun.” Ariana Lavelli, sophomore majoring in accounting
“I’m never going to Night Owl again.”
“I think that it’s a really beautiful facility, but I’m going to have no money left on my meal plan.”
Geoffrey Pforr, sophomore majoring in accounting
Onyuka Chinbat, sophomore majoring in business
“It’s just really busy … if you want to get food in a timely manner, you’re going to need to go in between classes.”
Andrea Wolf, senior majoring in biology
Russian gaming team edits, uses Bearcat logo University to explore legal options, may file copyright infringement claim Madeline Gottlieb Contributing Writer
Provided by Courage Gaming Binghamton University is weighing its legal options against Courage-Gaming, a Russian gaming group that stole and edited the BU Bearcat logo, presenting it as their own. Reddit user TunerAddict, a 2011 BU graduate with a degree in philosophy, politics and law, first discovered the fraudulent orange Baxter and posted the two logos side by side. The post made it to the front page of the r/ DotA2 subreddit and received 1,355 upvotes.
Binghamton University is weighing its legal options against Courage-Gaming, a Russian gaming group that stole and edited the BU Bearcat logo, presenting it as their own. The gaming group took the image of Baxter, which is property of the University, and re-colored it orange. The fact that the image is the same except for the color gives the University grounds to make a copyright infringement claim against Courage-Gaming. “We are evaluating our enforcement options domestically and internationally, primarily for a copyright infringement claim. We haven’t formulated our steps yet, but we will do so in the next few weeks,” wrote Greg Delviscio, associate vice president for communications and marketing for BU, in an email. The Strategic Marketing Affiliates (SMA), which provides licensing representation and counsel to academic institutions and conferences, is currently looking into this breach, according to Delviscio. “The logo is a federally registered trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office,” Delviscio wrote. “Whenever we see an infringement on it, we take all steps that are necessary to correct it.”
Courage-Gaming project manager Leonid Kubyshkin responded to accusations that the logo was stolen. “I know this problem. The logo was made to order. And we became a victim of fraud. We are waiting for a new logo. I would like to express my apologies to you,” Kubyshkin wrote in an e-mail. Kubyshkin said that the group was unaware of the theft when he commissioned the logo. “We didn’t choose your logo. We need a logo. Asked one of the designers but alas we did not know that he copied you,” Kubyshkin wrote. Reddit user TunerAddict, a 2011 BU graduate with a degree in philosophy, politics and law, first discovered the fraudulent orange Baxter and posted the two logos side by side. The post made it to the front page of the r/ DotA2 subreddit and received 1,355 upvotes. “I had to double take when I saw the logo,” TunerAddict wrote in a private message via Reddit. “I just thought it was pretty humorous so I wanted to share it with the Reddit community.” According to their website, CourageGaming is a Russian e-sports group created in the summer of 2013. The group plays competitive video games such as “Dota 2” and “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” against
other teams in tournaments. The stolen logo was added to the the Courage-Gaming website on Oct. 21, 2013, but was replaced with an image that says “logo coming soon” on Jan. 26. The Bearcat, which was unveiled in 1999, is property of BU, according to Delviscio. “The University logo is not to be used without the written permission from the University,” Delviscio wrote. “We routinely search the web for any misuse of our logo and follow up with all appropriate measures.” Ramel Mc Intosh, a sophomore majoring in psychology, consents with the University’s plans to look into a copyright infringement. “I think Binghamton is perfectly within their right to look into it,” Mc Intosh said. “It’s thievery. I support the University in their decision. It’s disrespectful to our campus and our school pride. I think they deserve to be reprimanded for it.” Delviscio said that this situation is not something to be taken lightly. “The logo is the most visible element in the Binghamton University identity system,” Delviscio wrote. “While it is easily adapted for a wide range of media it should never be recreated, altered or distorted in any way.”
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State News NYC Mayor de Blasio won’t attend Super Bowl New York City is co-hosting the Super Bowl this weekend, but its mayor will not be in attendance. Bill de Blasio will not be traveling across the Hudson River to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday for a game that will be broadcast to a television audience expected to top 100 million people. De Blasio said Thursday that he has “decided to watch the game on TV, just like the vast majority of New Yorkers.” Along with NYC, New Jersey is co-hosting the Super Bowl, which will be played between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. It is the first time the Super Bowl has been played in the region and has been billed as the first cold-weather Super Bowl.
Off-duty NY trooper charged with DWI after crash State police say an off-duty trooper has been charged with driving while intoxicated after an accident in Steuben County. Troopers say 27-year-old Alex Krawczyk of Painted Post lost control of his vehicle in the town of Riverside around 2 a.m. Thursday. The car hit two trees and overturned. Police say Krawczyk and his passenger, 26-year-old Shaun Fallon of Painted Post, were airlifted to a Pennsylvania hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening. Krawczyk has been a trooper for less than two years and is assigned to the Painted Post barracks. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer.
National University News Idaho could be next state to allow guns on campus Idaho would join a handful of states that allow students, teachers and others to bring guns to class under a measure resurrected by gun advocates in the Legislature on Monday. A bill before the Senate State Affairs Committee would allow retired law enforcement officers and people with Idaho’s enhanced concealed-carry permit to bring firearms to campus. A similar measure failed in 2011. Firearms would still be prohibited in student dormitories and residence halls, and facilities seating more than 1,000, such as stadiums or concert halls. The motion comes on the heels of two fatal shootings on college campuses last week. A student shot and killed a 21-year-old teaching assistant at Purdue University in Indiana on Tuesday, and a 22-year-old football player was shot during an argument outside a South Carolina State University dormitory on Friday. Sen. Curt McKenzie, one of the proposal’s authors, said on Monday that arming students and faculty could actually prevent school shootings like this. Enhanced concealed carry permits in Idaho require completion of an eight-hour training class with an NRAcertified instructor, including firing at least 98 rounds. An applicant must be 21 or older to qualify. Activist rescinds call to expel ASU frat members An Arizona civil rights activist on Monday rescinded his call for Arizona State University to expel members of a fraternity chapter who attended a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day replete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes. University officials notified Tau Kappa Epsilon last week that its recognition as a fraternity chapter at ASU was being permanently revoked for violating the school’s student code of conduct. Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity said only 16 of the 125 members of the ASU chapter attended the event. The national organization said those 16 face suspension or expulsion from the frat and the ASU chapter will issue a public apology to the university and community. Rev. Jarrett Maupin had said the party used Dr. King’s holiday as a mask for racial villainy and harassment. He called on the school to expel all students involved and permanently ban the fraternity from affiliation with ASU. But on Monday, Maupin changed his stance on the matter. He said that he believes second chances are important, and that the students should be punished but then allowed to reconcile.
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Tenzin Passang, a junior majoring in accounting, makes a late-night purchase at the Union Cafe alongside Wei Xiao, an undeclared sophomore. The Cafe, offering assorted baked goods and coffee, is open 24 hours during the week.
Police Watch A lighter take on campus crime
Don’t go BAC to your car SUNDAY, JAN. 12, 3:34 a.m. — Officers sitting on Bartle Drive noticed a 22-year-old female driver driving on the wrong side of the road around a rotary, said Investigator Patrick Reilly of Binghamton’s New York State University Police. The officers pulled the suspect over and while asking for her license and registration noticed the smell of alcohol emanating from the car. The suspect said that it was from her passengers, not from herself. The officers told her to exit the car and perform a field sobriety test, which she failed. The suspect was taken to the station where she was held and where she failed a breathalyzer test. She was charged with DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana and driving on the wrong side of the road. When she was released, the suspect proceeded to go to her car and start it, and was immediately arrested again for DWI and resisting arrest. The suspect was then sent to Broome County Jail. Right to break arms SUNDAY, JAN. 26, 2:12 p.m. — An 18-year-old male student allegedly contacted University police after his friend accidentally broke off an exit arm at the exit of the paid parking lot, Reilly said. The suspect stated that he was walking in the lot with his friend the night before and his friend decided to put his hand out to touch the exit arm and the arm snapped off. The suspect decided to take the arm to his room and hold it there until the police eventually came. The case was referred to the University Judicial Board due to their cooperation.
This Day in History January 31, 1865
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The House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States. The amendment reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude … shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Pay it backward TUESDAY, JAN. 28, 3:46 p.m. — A 21-year-old female reportedly left the parking garage without paying, Reilly said. An attendant at the garage noticed the suspect pull up to the gate, sit there for a short amount of time and then back up and drive up on the curb and subsequently exit without paying. The attendant took down the license plate number and gave it to University police. The police came to the suspect’s apartment, and the suspect stated that she waited for an attendant but saw no one there, got impatient and decided to leave without paying. The suspect came to campus the next day and paid for her time in the parking lot in full. I plead the filth SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 9:19 p.m. — Officers responded to Roosevelt Hall due to a report of a suspicious smell that may have been marijuana, Reilly said. A resident assistant reported the smell and escorted the officers to the room the smell was coming from. The officers reported that they smelled something strange, but that it did not necessarily smell like marijuana. The officers were greeted by an 18-yearold male resident who denied that anyone in the room smoked pot. The officers found nothing that proved there was marijuana in the room and deduced that the smell came from piles of unwashed dishes, trays and food containers that were sitting on a table in the suite’s common room.
“We must understand that there is no future for the state and people if political interests of certain groups are set higher than the existence of Ukraine itself.” Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on the political crisis, Thursday
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Stenger speaks Friday
Rabbi discusses time as military chaplain Brown reflects on religion's role in soldier's lives, armed Margaret-Rose Roazzi Contributing Writer
BU President Harvey Stenger is expected to announce an increase in student enrollment to a total of 20,000 students by the year 2020. The increase would come in the form of 1,000 additional undergraduates and 3,000 additional graduate students, nearly doubling the Graduate School.
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The key is, we're not changing the curriculum, we're not changing the emphasis, we're just adding in some features to make it more experiential — Harvey Stenger BU President
programs means giving BU undergrads an incentive to stay here for grad school, which Stenger hopes to do with his proposed 4-1-1 program. Somewhat of a misnomer, the goal of the plan is to get graduate students paid, credit-bearing internships while they complete their two-year programs. For nine months out of the 24 that it would normally take to earn a master’s degree, students would be placed in internships through local and alumni networks. “The key is, we’re not changing the curriculum, we’re not changing the emphasis, we’re just adding in some features to make it more experiential,” Stenger said. To support the additional graduate students, plans are underway to expand both the University’s library holdings as well as the space in Glenn G. Bartle Library. Once the Center for Civic Engagement, Career Development Center and other undergraduate support services move into newly built space in the north part of the University Union, more offices will free up in the library to accommodate the increased numbers.
Stenger said that additional undergraduates won’t necessarily come from increasing freshman enrollment, but from an increased emphasis on retaining students. According to Stenger, graduate student tuition costs approximately twice the amount of undergraduate tuition, and the additional revenue from a larger graduate program would go to hiring more faculty in order to keep studentto-faculty ratios constant, even with the addition of 1,000 undergraduates. The address, which is separated into five strategic points, will take a different format than previous years. Past addresses took place over winter break and included presentations from each vice president, taking two or three hours. This year, Student Association President Eric Larson and Vice President of Student Affairs Brian Rose will each speak for about 10 minutes before President Stenger’s speech, which is expected to last a little over 40 minutes. With the student question section, the entire address is expected to last about an hour.
Freshmen to conduct research STEM continued from Page 1 will think seriously about and choose a career in science and/or engineering.” The program, which will begin taking students in fall of 2014, engages students in three semesters of research. The first semester consists of a two-credit course in research methods and concepts, followed by two semesters of study in a “research stream.” The program will only accept students who applied early decision and are majoring in life sciences, chemistry or physics. “Research is the lifeblood of science, so helping STEM students gain proficiency in research will help them better understand their disciplines and prepare for graduate and professional school as well as careers in industry,” said Donald Nieman, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “We also believe that the FRI will help us create models for authentic research that can be incorporated into lab experiences in gateway courses in the sciences, making them richer learning experiences for all students.” There are three “streams” offered for fall 2014: microbiology, chemistry and neuroscience. Next cycle, administrators hope to add biogeochemisty and image and acoustic signal analysis as well as four more over the next few years. “The first three research streams represent some of the research specialties of Binghamton University,” Stamp said. “Smart energy focuses on generating and
storing energy efficiently, biofilms on microbial communities that cause problems in human health and neuroscience on degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.” Funded by various grants and external funding, the development and progress of these programs had much to do with the initiative of the professors. “We chose [the streams] because Binghamton University has outstanding programs in all three areas, and excellent faculty in each area were eager to participate,” Nieman said. “The FRI will allow bright freshmen to work directly with world-class researchers.” Some upperclassmen, who would not be eligible for the program, said that they were disappointed about the missed opportunity. “It’s unfortunate that we can’t experience that, but it’s good that it’s instituted for Binghamton students in the future. It’s the same as being upset that we won’t be around for flying cars or curing cancer,” said Louis Toujague, a sophomore majoring in integrative neuroscience. The advantage of starting earlier may appeal to both current and prospective students, attracting ambitious students to BU and also keeping them here. “Increasingly, science education indicates that a critical window exists in the first and second years of college where those students who engage in STEM research are more likely to stay in STEM disciplines, graduate with STEM majors and not surprisingly go on to STEM-related
These students will be wellpositioned for fellowships and internships — Nancy Stamp BU professor
occupations,” said Christopher Bishop, associate professor of psychology. Using this “window of opportunity” will give FRI students an advantage over others. “This intensive and mentored research experience will help students prepare for careers in science and engineering, especially if they are interested in interdisciplinary research on the cutting edge,” Stamp said. “They will learn how to solve very tough research problems. These students will be well-positioned for fellowships and internships, and exciting job opportunities.” However, not everyone thought starting right away was a good idea. “They should offer it for secondsemester freshmen,” said Kristiana Engler, a freshman majoring in biology. “They need to assimilate into college life first.”
Binghamton University students welcomed Rabbi Barry Brown to campus to speak about his involvement as a chaplain in the U.S. military as well as the place of religion in war throughout American history. Brown explained that chaplains in the military are both religious leaders as well as counselors who organize services and holiday ceremonies. Chaplains will advise on both the internal issues of individual soldiers, like marital issues and sexual harassment, as well as external issues with military activity itself. Rabbi Brown also spoke about Muslim religious extremism in the Middle East, and what he perceived as a lack of proper attention paid at first to extremist activities that eventually lead to the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. “Going back to the 1990s, there was reason to pay attention to a sort of destructive religious rhetoric,” Brown said. “Everybody wrote those people off as kooks until they crashed a few planes into buildings and suddenly this was more serious business.” On 9/11, Rabbi Brown was called down to New York, where he spoke to soldiers at Ground Zero who had tears streaming down their faces, and saw the Trinity Churchyard covered in ashes. He spoke to students about being able to see God in the events of Sept. 11. “I experienced God [on 9/11] as commanding me to not let this stand,” Brown said. “We as people cannot have this happen to each other.” Brown explained the importance of accommodating the religious needs of soldiers, some of whom do not subscribe to specific religions but still seek spiritual support. “An army or a navy needs a bunch of people to go somewhere and do some fairly unpleasant things whether they really want to or they don’t,” Brown said. “In order to do that, you need people in an emotional frame of mind to be accepting of that, and you need ways for people to cope with what they are going to see.” According to Brown, at first the only clergy in the military were Protestants. In the 19th century, as German and Irish immigrants arrived in America, the religious services offered by the military needed to
reflect the growing Catholic and Jewish populations. As a result, the Civil War marked the first time that the U.S. military has had Catholic and Jewish chaplains. During this time, chaplains became support systems that followed the troops and stayed with them. World War II brought even more religious diversity with 900,000 men in the army alone at the peak of the war who represented a mix of many religions and religious denominations. Brown also said that, on the whole, he believed that the U.S. military was a force for good. “Ask yourself the question: How much longer might slavery have lasted without the Civil War?” Brown said. “Ask yourself the question: What would have been the outcome of World War II without U.S. involvement? When you start to ask it like that, you can see that there are times when you actually need armed force to accomplish something.” Rabbi Brown ended his talk by describing his favorite yet unofficial task as a chaplain: making connections. “We are, in many ways, the bridgebuilders of the military,” Brown said. “We formally have some role, but most of what we do is because we make connections with people in our organization, in other countries, in outside world. We work to use what we know and rely on each other to shape a better outcome for people.” Hadassah Head, Binghamton Religion and Spirituality Project coordinator and EvoS coordinator, said she enjoyed the talk. “Rabbi Brown was my rabbi growing up,” Head said. “I was excited to get to hear a more structured and detailed account about what it is that [the rabbi] does now that [he] is not in the area as much.” Brown has been a rabbi for almost 26 years and has served as a chaplain since 1988. He is currently the command chaplain for U.S. Army civil affairs and psychological operations command. He also trains enlisted military members to act as chaplain assistants. The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities hosted the Dean Speaker Series talk, which was organized by the Binghamton Religion and Spiritual Project and the religious studies minor.
Culinary Council advises Sodexo
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Peter Napolitano, director of Auxiliary Services, joins the discussion with the new Student Culinary Council. “The job of the Student Culinary Council is to keep your hand on rudder,” Napolitano said. “To row the boat, it’s going to be the student body. They’re going to tell us what to do and where put the power behind it.”
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that might make sense.” About a dozen students attended the meeting.
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Senior bikes cross-country for a cause
Appel raises money for Bike and Build program, plans to construct affordable housing Tania Rahman Contributing Writer A Binghamton University student will soon bike more than 4,000 miles from Rhode Island to California in an effort to touch lives all over the country. As a part of the Bike and Build program, Rachel Appel, a senior double-majoring in management and political science, is on the way to her goal of raising the mandatory $4,500 all program volunteers are required to collect. Once her goal is met, Appel will embark on a cycling journey this summer to promote the construction of affordable housing. “It’s more about getting young people involved to raise awareness about a really important issue, and then giving them control over how the awareness is raised,” Appel said. “When we’re biking and going into these towns, we talk to people about the issue and give presentations. It’s empowering.”
Bike and Build, a nonprofit program similar in style to Habitat for Humanity, sends volunteers to areas struck by natural disaster in order to build or rebuild homes. While Habitat works with communities worldwide, Bike and Build is a domestic program that recruits a large number of participants, usually college-aged, to build homes in eight- to nine-week periods and promote the issue of affordable housing. Most of the money required of all participants is donated to the affordable housing cause, and the rest covers the necessities for the trip. On her Bike and Build web profile used to raise funds for the trip, Appel describes being influenced by the changes she witnessed in her hometown of Silver Spring, Md. “Growing up in the DC area, I have seen the devastating effects of gentrification, and as a business student I have studied the financial crisis and housing market crash of 20082009,” Appel said. “Now more
than ever, affordable housing is a palpable issue that society needs to address.” According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there is no county in the U.S. where a person can afford a one-bedroom apartment on a minimum wage salary. Appel said that participating in a number of other serviceoriented projects and programs gave her perspective. “It’s really humbling, you really learn to appreciate what you have, and I feel really lucky to grow up where I did and have parents that support me,” Appel said. “I want to give back … I could never be satisfied if I wasn’t doing something that was involved giving back to the world.” From June 11 to the end of August, Bike and Build volunteers start in Providence, R.I. and make stops across the country, ending in San Francisco, Calif. There is no guarantee that participants will be able to shower each night, and cyclists will begin riding at 8 a.m. and must be at their
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Rachel Appel, a senior double-majoring in management and political science, will embark on a cycling journey this summer to promote the construction of affordable housing. As a part of the Bike and Build program, Appel will bike more than 4,000 miles from Rhode Island to California in an effort to touch lives all over the country.
designated location by 4 p.m. “If there are any landmarks or tourist attractions along the way I can go off and see them, which is great for my wanderlust,” Appel said.
Appel said that involvement ‘finding yourself’ crap we’re is very easy for college students. supposed to do after college,” “I think a lot of people can Appel said. relate to the idea of doing something that challenges oneself and goes along with that
Princeton Review puts BU in top ten best values RANK continued from Page 1 “The parameters that they use in these rankings are so odd sometimes, and how they weigh them together,” Stenger said. “Their goal is to sell magazines and books — they’re not there to improve higher education.”
The Princeton Review ranking totals BU tuition at $5,870 for New York residents and $16,190 for out-of-state students; however, taking into account room and board, textbooks and additional fees, the site bumps the price up to about $21,832 and $32,152, respectively. According to the Princeton
Review, about 53 percent of students borrow money, and the average debt at graduation is $23,710. Also, according to the Princeton Review, while the tuition itself is reasonable, the cost of textbooks and additional fees impacts BU’s overall value, and the cost of room and board makes the school a better value
for off-campus students. One of the most important factors to BU’s value ranking is a reliable graduation time, as “the vast majority of Binghamton students graduate in four years; therefore, they are not saddled with an additional year of tuition and fees,” according to the Princeton Review.
Overall, Stenger said that it wasn’t worth sweating over the exact statistics. “I’m proud that we’re always in the top 20, but I don’t lose much sleep over [the rankings], either,” Stenger said. According to one student, while BU dropped in rank, it does not necessarily mean
the University’s value has diminished. “At least we’re ranked, but it’s sad that we’ve dropped in rank,” said Deanna Ciampo, a sophomore majoring in anthropology. “At the same time, I don’t think that takes away from Binghamton’s overall value.”
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Finish off college with the Bing bucket list You can't graduate before streaking on the Spine Yael Rabin | Contributing Writer Spring semester is both exciting and daunting for college students. For seniors, it means the countdown to the so-called real world, which forces us to examine if we feel we’ve made the most of our college careers and whether we’ve had our carpe diem moments. For you seniors out there — or for anyone at all, really — consider the following “BUcket list” (see what I did there?) as a platform to make the most of your Binghamton University college career. Streak in the Nature Preserve — The Nature Preserve isn’t only available as a resource for Instagram photos and getting high. The Nature Preserve is actually the perfect place to let loose and go streaking with your friends while no one else is around. There’s something almost existential about standing in the middle of a forest in just your boots that allows you to have a moment where you feel connected with both yourself and the world that’s around you. After you streak in the Nature Preserve, go streaking on the Spine after spending all night in the library. What a rush! Kayak at the Blake — When we finally get those few weeks of warm weather, plan on heading straight to the Blake in Nathaniel Cole Park to rent a kayak. Or, if you’re not into any sort of water sports, the Blake is a perfect local place to lounge around with a good book and take in the gorgeous scenery around you. Drink on the Fine Arts Building roof — Grab some friends, grab some beers and climb out of a window and onto the roof. Make sure not to get too intoxicated because you’ll want to get down safely, but enjoy stargazing and hanging out with your friends unconfined by a dorm or the comfort of your couch. Drink in Glenn G. Bartle Library on Spring Fling — Spring Fling is one of the best days of the year. Make it even better by taking a couple of shots in Bartle, because a week later
when you’re preparing for finals, that memory of intoxication will be a nice way to stick it to “The Man” before you go back to panicking. Take a day trip to Ithaca — Ithaca is so close and is a great college town. Take a day trip there and check out the scene. Maybe even make your way to Cornell University and go on a prospective student tour and bother the guides with obnoxious questions … anything is possible! Wine tour — You don’t need to be in a fraternity or Pipe Dream to go on a wine tour. The wineries on the Finger Lakes are so close by that you can make a day trip out of it. Get classy, head up there for the day and drink some great local wine! Complete one week’s worth of crosswords from The New York Times — Thanks to the Student Association’s Academic Affairs office, BU receives The New York Times daily. Take on the challenge of successfully completing a week’s worth of crosswords. If you have trouble, don’t worry because New York Times crossword puzzle wiz, Rex Parker, teaches here under the pseudonym “Michael Sharp” and can probably help you out. Go to Walmart between 12 and 2 a.m. — If you think the people you see in daylight hours at Walmart are unreal, wait till you’re there at 2 a.m. You’ll see locals buying flat-screen TVs and endless supplies of diapers, and you may even be able to hear someone on the phone asking the person on the other end if they have called the police to the house yet. Expect a lot of polyester pajamas and sometimes babies. It’s something not to be missed. Take a shot in every classroom where you’ve had a class — This is most likely not doable in one go, but spread your alcohol consumption throughout the day or week. Make a toast in a classroom where you learned something new or insightful, or drink in a classroom where a course caused way too much anxiety. Whatever you do, drink. It’s college, after all. Sack in the stacks — The library isn’t only for studying or sleeping;
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it can also be a great place to hook up with someone. Many friends of mine from other schools have this on their bucket list, and it seems like a universal college experience everyone wants. Carpe diem!
There are obviously so many things still to do in college, but there is still ample time to accomplish whatever it is you want to do. If none of this stuff interests you or you’ve already accomplished most of this list, make
your own bucket list either with or without your friends. College isn’t only meant as job preparation — it’s also the perfect time to try something new and make mistakes before you cross off “college” from your bucket list.
Only you can make this semester your best yet Now's the time to apply to grad school, ace your classes and wear shorts. You can do it all! Odeya Pinkus | Staff Writer Welcome back, fellow Bearcats. Back to a quasisense of freedom, and back to the beautiful, luxurious and incredible resort that is Binghamton University. Hopefully finals week did not cause any sort of organic chemistry-related night terrors, and you were able to spend your break sleeping in for so long that your parents actually got the hint that you didn’t want to hang out with them. We here at Release hope winter break was everything you could have hoped for and more. For upperclassmen, we’d like to
congratulate you on surviving the hundredth awkward encounter with your friends from freshman orientation and, more impressively, the never ending parental reminders that “graduate school applications don’t fill themselves out, you know.” But enough of the past. Vestalites, it’s time to set some goals for this semester. It’s a new year, a new semester and the possibilities are endless. Go find your friends from last semester and catch up, because one of them probably got a new nose piercing in an effort to reinvent himself and really wants you to notice it. This being said, it’s also a great
opportunity to make some new friends. It’s time to be social! The goal is to be a spirited Binghamton Bearcat, not an actual bearcat (in the sense that sometimes people don’t know you actually exist). Make a new friend today. Make a new frenemy today. At the very least follow someone new on Twitter or something. 2014 is the perfect time to finally explore everything the Triple Cities area has to offer. Step out of your comfort zone! If you always go to JT’s, check out The Rat one night. Life really is all about variety. In addition, the beginning of spring semester is awesome for joining brand-new clubs. If you
love to sing but can’t, there are nine different a cappella groups that can reject you. If that’s not your thing, keep looking! BU has enough clubs that you can fight a zombie and a Republican in the same day. If all of this isn’t enough to get you pumped, then here are some things to think about: 1. By approximately February, every Chobani on campus will have already tried the new Red Mango, so you can actually go get some without having to lose your dignity in a 30-minute line. As you once again spend Valentine’s Day contemplating your life choices, you can treat yourself to a frozen yogurt without
looking like you were that excited for frozen yogurt. 2. You still have a week to drop that horrible accounting/ German history/ethics class you already hate. Even syllabus day threw you off, and you can already tell that you’ll be skipping lecture weekly. Why prolong the inevitable? Drop the class and save yourself a pass/fail. 3. Now that February is here, there are only two more months until you can wear shorts outside while being judged, and three more months until it’s actually appropriate. Since the holidays are officially over, we’ve reached that portion of winter that really serves
no purpose but to freeze and depress. Regardless of this sad truth, Groundhog Day will soon be here to give us a warm blanket of false security. As someone once famously described Binghamton, it is the “land of opportunity where the streets are paved with gold.” That someone may not exist, but you do. Go ahead and take advantage of every prospect. Start a club! Join a club! Begin at an entry-level member status and slowly take over in a coup d’etat fashion! Attend a sporting event! Join an intramural! The options are endless. Now go ahead and bring this semester in with a boom so loud it will finally destroy Old Dickinson.
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Release remembers American icon Pete Seeger A folk singer who stood for peace and morality and touched the hearts of fans for generations Ilana Lipowicz | Contributing Writer Pete Seeger’s “I Had a Rooster” was one of the first songs my mother ever sang to me. By this time, Seeger had already lived most of his life, and he was already saying at his concerts, “Well, this will be the last time …” Now, the brighteyed kid listening to Seeger from her car seat is a college sophomore, and on Tuesday, Seeger’s life ended after 94 years. A life that lasts almost a century is something to be celebrated, but it is still hard to let go of someone who brought hope through his music to so many generations. My grandfather remembers hearing him play “If I Had a Hammer” with the Weavers on the radio. My mother remembers going with her summer camp to see him on the Hudson when he first founded his Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization. I remember sitting
wide-eyed on my mother’s lap at his Clearwater concerts, listening intently as he animated stories with his whole body, strumming his banjo at the climaxes and cupping his hand to his ear for the audience to provide the sound effects. To this day, his music brings me back to the hopeful outlook and peaceful image of the world that I began my life with. He had a way of singing about peace that made it sound so simple and obvious. Seeger was first on the radio in the 1940s and later in the ’50s with the Weavers. Songs like “Where Have all the Flowers Gone?,” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” are ingrained into American c u l t u r e and have influenced a huge array of musicians and songwriters. For Seeger, music had the power to spark change, and he used it toward this purpose throughout his life. As
He had a way of singing about peace that made it sound so simple and obvious.
much as he was a folk singer, he was an activist, and his efforts ranged from anti-war causes to civil rights to the environment. He held firmly to his beliefs, never budging on matters of justice and morality. When he was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and even when he faced 10 years of jail time, he held to his principles and refused to forgo his rights in order to testify. He has also been involved with environmental activism, and his Clearwater organization has been fighting pollution in the Hudson since 1966. His music was his primary method of bringing attention to his causes. Examples of his musical influence are so numerous that it is the assumed backdrop to all folk music that followed. His relationship to Woody and Arlo Guthrie is well-known, and he played with both of them at different points in his life. He was responsible for popularizing the five-string banjo and bringing back its role in American music. He led the 1960s urban folk-revival, which centered on music as a tool for social reform. He helped kickstart Bob Dylan’s career. Today, his songs are staples of the American folk
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music tradition, and even those too young to know of him can sing along to his songs. The last time I saw Seeger was at his 90th birthday Clearwater concert at Madison Square Garden, just over four years ago. While his voice weathered, he stood tall and proud, leading the stadium through “We Shall Overcome.” Among the musicians who came out to pay tribute were
Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews. Even in a packed Madison Square Garden, it still felt like he was singing just to me. Seeger has seen more years of hardship and atrocity than just about anyone in U.S. history, and yet his expression still beamed with his unwavering optimism. There is simply no musician today who parallels
Pete Seeger’s unfaltering moral compass, dedication to activism and belief in the power of music to bring change. Seeger brings up the feeling of childhood to everyone — not just because of the grandfatherly joy that he sang with, but because he never lost hold of the child’s simple assumption that that the world is capable of goodness and peace.
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oday at noon, President Harvey Stenger is addressing the student body for his State of the University address. dorm room occupancy and even longer lines in the dining halls. However, we do have some concerns about other shared spaces on campus. How will the addition of 3,000 more graduate students affect lines at the East Gym or Jazzman’s? And where on God’s gray earth will everybody park? We were also worried that adding 1,000 undergraduates would decrease our academic reputation. In part, President Stenger quelled those fears by saying that there will be a greater emphasis on retaining current students, rather than enrolling more freshmen. Currently, Binghamton University has about an 80 percent retention rate, and Stenger told us that if we could just capture half of the extra 20 percent, it would get undergraduate enrollment up to where he wants it by 2020. Stenger also hopes to increase enrollment without lowering standards by making the school more attractive to the large numbers of students who get accepted but choose not to attend. While we like that Stenger’s plans don’t include lowering the academic caliber of students solely to
increase our numbers, it’s largely based on assumptions. It feels like wishful thinking to base our entire plan for growth on the hope that students will just stop leaving — especially in cases when enrolling at BU is a temporary move until their guaranteed transfer kicks in. We would hope that our new facilities (see Red Mango) and highprofile events (see Barack Obama) would help this, but these are all conjectures. Can we really expect to grab the attention of the students who are also getting into Brandeis or Cornell? While we would like to think our facelift and new academic programs will attract them, once again, this may be over-idealistic. But there’s also a lot of time between now and 2020, and anything from our reputation to the plan itself can change. We’re excited to watch these changes unfold, and with today’s address, we have a rare opportunity to be a part of it. So see for yourself, fellow Bearcats: Attend the State of the University speech — Stenger promised snacks — and over the next few years, keep yourself in the loop on the state of our University.
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We have faced a lot, accomplished much and deserve a break
How often have we all heard that we are a hopeless generation filled with kids who have had everything served to them on a silver platter? Too many times. As students, we are told time and time again that we are living the best years of our lives. It is our time to do what we want and go crazy. I wonder if the generation before us knows how hard we all are working. Most people take on a full course load, while having a job and a social life as well as being involved in extracurricular activities. At the same time, some of us are bringing home a huge amount of
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debt because college is extremely expensive. We are trying to find out what we are going to do once we graduate and enter the real world. We need to find the time to apply to graduate school or jobs. The problem is that the jobs require experience, and nowadays you can’t get experience without having experience. It’s a huge struggle. When we’re not freaking out about the real world, we are in class — hearing about how horrible the economy is, how hard it is to get a job and how there is basically no hope for us. We are living in a time where the college degrees that we are working so hard for are starting to hold the same weight
of a high school diploma. Instead of looking at how “lazy” we are, we should look at what our generation has lived through so far. We have had soldiers fight for our country in both Iraq and Afghanistan. We helped to elect the first black president, and saw leaps and bounds in the fight for women’s rights. We survived the “end of the world” according to the Mayan calendar. One of the most important things we’ve done is fight for gay rights for the first time in American history. We’ve seen so much happen to America for the worse, but we still fight to save it. We’ve lived through terrorist attacks, and the heartbreak that
It’s time that Generation Y stops getting a bad reputation
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This year’s address is far more student-friendly than in previous years: Today’s speech will be a little over an hour, as opposed to speeches in years past, which went on for two or three hours and took place during winter breaks when students could not attend. The biggest announcement Stenger will unveil today is the “20,000 by 2020” plan. As the name suggests, Stenger will be applying a “bigger is better” theory to student enrollment, increasing our school’s size from 14,000 total students to 20,000 in the next six years. These numbers scared us at first. As undergraduates, our heads immediately filled with visions of overcrowded dining halls and forced triples. While these numbers seem shocking initially, the plan isn’t quite as radical as it sounds. The plan calls for an increase of 3,000 graduate students, which will double the current program, and an increase of only 1,000 undergraduate students. In general, graduate students don’t live on campus and take the majority of their classes at night, so there is little to worry about in terms of
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came with them. We helped build the technological age that we are now in. We contributed to saving the planet, and we have lived through one of the worst economic depressions. We are fighters, and I think that it’s time that Generation Y stops getting a bad reputation. There are so many people and events that have made an impact on our world for the better. While the generation before us might not understand the technology and the way our generation works, they are incorrect about a lot of their assumptions. So next time someone wants to call us “lazy” and a “bad generation,” just remember that we are the exact opposite. — Rachel Wasserman is a junior majoring in English.
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Long distance dating isn't all that bad Obama gets straight Though physical intimacy may be rare, other benefits are vast Jake Lewis Sex Columnist
What kind of relationship do you want? Given a choice between long distance or, let’s say, short distance, which would you choose? Practically every person I know and have talked to about this would 100 percent choose a relationship with someone who is physically close to them. In a long distance relationship, you need to have a massive amount of trust for the person, perhaps above all else. For a lot of people, myself included, there can be the fear that they’ll cheat on you, encounter problems you can’t protect them from, or even get into some sort of accident. There’s also the fact that you’re basically signing up to not have a physical component to your relationship for days, weeks, months, even years at a time. Not even just sex, but kissing, holding hands — all those little things that you would do with someone you care about romantically. There’s a lot more that terrifies people about long distance. However, for all that’s bad or just plain scary about that kind of relationship,
maybe it deserves more of a chance than its reputation would make you think. I think of relationships as if they were a sliding scale. On one side, we see the physical aspects of a relationship, and on the other side, we see the emotional side. Everyone’s idea of a perfect relationship is different, so think about what you want first and foremost. It doesn’t have to be the relationship you want to last forever; it could just be what you want right now. If you were to want a 50/50 split, you would want your relationship to be half about the touches and simple, raw attraction. You would then want the other half to be about your shared feelings — feeling sympathy when your significant other is sad, smiling when they do something you love about them, trusting them with major parts of your life and really whatever you believe emotions in relationships should ideally be. In terms of a long distance relationship, you cut a majority of the physical aspect out of that sliding scale. The relationship then becomes much more based off of emotions for one another. On the downside, it’s hard to do a long distance relationship for all the reasons I’ve already listed. A lot of us aren’t emotionally mature enough to handle all those negative emotions that are easier to handle when
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you’re physically with someone. You literally can’t kiss and make up. On the other hand, if you manage to form a lasting relationship that either began long distance or continues to be long distance, then that says something positive about your emotional connection — something that people really need once the physical parts of their relationships begin to die away. In marriages today, we see that divorce is more and more common. It’s a trend that is widely accepted as common knowledge. Relationship coach David Wygant states in a Huffington Post article, “A lot of men — and a lot of women — have trouble going deeper into what I would call the intimacy zone.” Despite what people may first think upon hearing “intimacy zone,” it has to do with the deep parts of yourself that you may not even realize you have. Relationships get complacent, and even after years and years, in order to make one last, you have to be willing to explore those deep zones with your significant other (get your mind out of the gutter). A long distance relationship could really facilitate that exploration of the mind. I find a really deep 6 a.m. talk just about as stimulating as oral, albeit in different ways. So is Wygant right about why a lot of relationships fail? Am I right about the positives of long distance relationships? Maybe. All we can try to determine is how to create the best relationship for us today, tomorrow and potentially for the rest of our lives. — Jake Lewis is a senior majoring in English.
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State of the Union address reveals a lone fighter Justin Santabarbara Contributing Columnist
President Barack Obama’s fourth State of the Union address acknowledged the inevitable growing trail of unfinished business, along with a series of proposals intending to fix the traffic lights that are failing to control traffic jams between the aisles of Congress. The proposals were primarily responsive to emotionally driven issues, such as stiffening background checks for gun buyers, aiding immigration reform and increasing federal minimum wage. However, the president’s approach took a different route this year. For the past three years, Obama was the 6-foot-1 forward who was continuously passing the ball to his congressional counterparts, only to have them trip on an untied shoelace or get pushed out of bounds. It was clear that Obama no longer wants to pass, but rather drive to the net and possibly take a foul on the way; Congress is no longer needed, he is prepared to score on his own. The gun control issue continued to be welcomed by a series of mixed opinions, which could often be deduced by the organization of those standing and clapping as
opposed to those sitting despotically. The approach was clearly to “lead, follow or get out of the way.” The butting heads between divisions of government have further delayed the improvement of a series of policies, which should have been fully implemented in 2008. Now, the nation must improve those programs, while implementing those that are three years backordered. President Obama also called on individual business owners to be accountable and raise the wages of their employers where they could. Although the proposal was received by a deepened hush from the Republicans, it would ensure many families and working individuals’ financial security, without having to follow a federal timeline that would lose a race to a snail. “Give America a raise!” the president urged, while many right-winged opponents shrugged and rolled their eyes. By strengthening the job market and improving the federal minimum wage, economic growth would be inevitable so long as it is accompanied by workers spending their earnings in the United States. By pushing a vote on both plans, we will be able to sense if Republicans are so opposed to agreement that they are willing to sacrifice their own ideals. — Justin Santabarbara is a freshman majoring in philosophy, politics and law.
Are you dating 'Her'?
No more reality TV, please
How does your phone affect your relationships?
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Ilana Lipowicz Contributing Release Writer
In 1959, Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” episode “The Lonely” aired, telling the story of Corry, a man who is sentenced to solitary confinement on an asteroid for 50 years. Every few months, a spaceship comes by with supplies, and in the fourth year, the captain of the ship leaves Corry the gift of a female robot named Alicia. Alicia walks and talks like a real woman — she is played by a real woman — and while Corry rejects her at first, he is quickly pulled into the illusion and falls in love with her. Sound familiar? Yes, the premise of Spike Jonze’s 2013 film “Her” is hardly new, but the story is freshly relevant today, when we stare more at our screens than at each other and have fully formed images of people whom we have never met in our lives. The film isn’t about how we relate to our phones (who cares?), but about how we relate to each other. We are quick to ensure ourselves we would never fall in love with a computer — no matter how human it seems — because in the end we would know it’s an artificial creation, not a real person. However, most of us already have relationships to artificial creations, and in the meantime we are crafting creations of our own. We’re in college, where we meet a lot of people and we follow a lot of those
people on Facebook and on our other social media accounts. You’re probably friends on Facebook with someone you met on a cruise in 10th grade, someone who was your best friend for a night at Tom & Marty’s or someone who found your ID on the ground and returned it to you, and now you occasionally see what they’re all up to. When you “friend” someone on Facebook, you become each other’s audience, and your audience is constantly growing. Using Facebook to keep up with your friends’ lives while you were “watching Netflix and not leaving the house” all break is widely accepted, but few in our demographic can say they’ve managed to limit their use to this purpose. Once you are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., it’s impossible not to put forth an image to your ever-growing audience, and no matter how humble you are, where there is an audience, you will perform. Your online persona is always contrived because everything you do or don’t do online is a choice. Think about the first day of class when your professor posed an open question for anyone to answer — if you didn’t raise your hand, it might not have been because you had nothing to say, but because you knew that answering would change the way other people understand who you are. Social media platforms feel a lot like this. Everything you post becomes a piece of your image that your audience assembles. Knowing this,
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some of us untag ourselves from ugly pictures and put blood and sweat into formulating our comments, but even if we try to put our true faces forward instead of our best ones, our personalities are inevitably filtered when transferred to our profiles. However, when we conduct our Facebook investigations, we take what we can gather about a person and fill in the rest. Human beings are humanobsessed. If we stare at any rug or tree long enough, we will find a face. It doesn’t take much for us to personify something (think Wilson in “Cast Away”). Samantha in “Her” is not merely a more charismatic Siri who sounds like Scarlett Johansson. Like the images people present of themselves through social media, she’s a portion of human characteristics that represent a whole person. As we come to rely more on social media to communicate and to learn about each other, we form relationships not with people but with the personas they create. You know this, and it’s why you keep picking interesting cover photos and writing witty statuses, or quirky statuses, or inspirational statuses, or no statuses — whatever your online persona prefers. Maybe this isn’t a problem if this sort of interaction is only supplementary to face-to-face interaction. Maybe it’s not a problem at all. The point is that we are not as opposed to relationships with creations as we might think we are. I’m not in love with my smartphone, but I’ll be damned if I haven’t fallen in love with someone’s Facebook profile. — Ilana sophomore English.
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Giovanna Bernardo Contributing Columnist
I don’t know about you, but over our ridiculously long break I was pretty bored and watched an excessive amount of TV. Though it was mostly my preferred shows on Netflix, I did tune in to weekly episodes of my favorites like “New Girl” and “How I Met Your Mother.” While watching live TV, however, I noticed an increasing amount of new reality shows coming out on channels like E!, Bravo, MTV (because nothing screams “Music Television” like a reality show) and even CMT. Now I’m not going to sit here and pretend I’ve never watched “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” or enjoyed my fair share of the weekly ridiculousness that happens on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” but I honestly think these shows are getting out of hand. If you watch cable television, you’ve seen previews for E!’s new hit “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills,” where five unemployed, spoiled 20-somethings do nothing but spend their parents’ money and party. Such a rewarding show asks the questions we all want answered, like “Have you ever partied so hard, you’ve partied your eyebrows off?” and even includes debates about the most controversial topics out there — Dom Perignon or Cristal? Of course such an insightful show wouldn’t be complete without those scripted dramatic exchanges between frenemies, ex-hook ups and current hook ups, accompanied
by a soundtrack of the latest and greatest party tunes. This type of series embodies what is wrong with television today. Everybody wants to be on one of these asinine reality shows. The people on it are having so much fun, and make it look so easy — because it is. Why make a show about something purposeful when you can cheaply stick a bunch of kids in a house in some random location with alcohol, hot tubs and beds, and watch the action begin? “Jersey Shore” was a hit for four years and “The Real World” is on its 29th season, so clearly this type of show works. Why? Why do we look up to these people or gratify their lavish lifestyles with a television show? What are we rewarding them for? The people on these types of shows — like Beverly Hills’ most spoiled kids or the randoms they pull from all over America for “The Real World: Ex-Plosion” — are not doing anything truly constructive with their time on TV. So why should they get a show? Why not leave the reality shows to people that actually make a difference and help others? A perfect example would be “Bakery Boss,” where Buddy Valastro helps downand-out bakeries improve their business and the lives of the owners. Such a show has impacted this very community when he rejuvenated local bakery Baked Euphoria and gave our area and school some publicity. These are the kinds of reality shows we should be advertising
and watching. I don’t think it sends a good message to younger generations or the world at large when America is known for people like Mike “The Situation,” Mama June (Honey Boo Boo’s mother) or Kris Jenner. Furthermore, how is it even OK to reward irresponsible teens like those on “Teen Mom” with a show that only makes them more self-absorbed and distracts them from taking care of their child, who is the real victim in the situation? The camera only fuels the drama and breaks these families apart, as millions of viewers intrude on their most private moments every week. I think our generation has had its fill of this type of mindless TV. If you want to watch a show, watch one with talented, awardwinning actors and creative writers who are trained for their jobs — that’s what the entertainment industry was made for. “Arrested Development,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Office” and “The Walking Dead” should get you started on the right track. As amused as we all were when Kim Kardashian cried about a lost earring that probably cost more than our college education, or when Sammi and Ronnie broke up for the sixth time, when are we going to get over this type of entertainment? I know it may be unrealistic, but I think the reality show craze in America needs to end.
I think our generation has had its fill of this type of mindless TV
— Giovanna Bernardo is an undeclared freshman.
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Who do we pick? Broncos 30, Seahawks 24 Because Nick said so.
Will Sanders, News Tech Manager Broncos 30, Seahawks 24 Yeah, I want to see a Manning brother take home a ring, la la la. Whatever. The real winner this Sunday will be the guac with which I’ll be stuffing my face.
Christina Pullano, Editor-in-Chief Red Hot Chili Peppers 10, Bruno Mars 5 Mars will come out swinging with agile, formidable singles like “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Grenade,” but will quickly tire out physically and emotionally when he remembers he’s only been popular for two years. Then, the Chilis will strike back with the show’s most memorable numbers, like “Under The Bridge” and “Dani California.” Then the Broncos will lose.
Darian Lusk, Release Editor
The Official Pipe Dream Super Bowl Drinking Game Every time Russell Wilson exits the pocket, drink until he’s tackled or until he releases the ball. Take a drink every time Peyton Manning yells “Omaha!”
A couple things got delayed in translation this past semester.
Jules Forrest, Editor-at-Large Broncos 24, Seahawks 17 I want the Seahawks to win, but Peyton’s legacy is more important. If this turns out to be his last NFL game, I want him to walk off a champion.
Nick Vega, Assistant News Editor
Finish your drink every time the screen shows Commissioner Goodell sitting outside in the cold. Every Bud Light commercial: Drink. Kate Upton commercial: Chug.
During possible blackout, keep drinking until you black out. Every time your friends ask who’s playing, take a shot. Take another shot when someone responds with “Bruno Mars.”
A city cloudier than Binghamton deserves to win.
Paige Nazinitsky, Managing Editor
Finish your drink when the broadcasters say the Texas Rangers selected Russell Wilson in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft.
Finish your drink every time Manning is compared to Brady during the game. Take a big swig every time someone in the room says, “This is the best commercial so far.” Take a hit every time the announcers talk about marijuana.
Seahawks 24, Broncos 20 As any football fan knows, the Seahawks have a great defense and an incredibly capable young quarterback. At least that’s what my dad told me. Go Jets?
Rachel Bluth, News Editor
Seahawks ?!, Broncos ?? The two things I know nothing about: football and math, so I’m betting on the prettier-sounding Seahawks winning by … a higher number.
Victoria Chow, Copy Desk Chief
Broncos 2, Seahawks 1 The Seahawks had beautiful costumes this season. I think navy blue and neon green is fierce, and they only got to the Super Bowl because all the other teams were intimidated by their outfits. However, the Seahawks are wearing white for the Super Bowl, so I think they’re going to lose.
Emma Siegel, Design Intern
Seahawks 24, Broncos 20 Not Denver because Macon.
Ari Kramer, Sports Editor Broncos 24, Seahawks 16 My AIM screen name in sixth grade was broncs4bowl24. It carried through to my first email address, my first online bank account login, to my snapchat and hundreds of usernames in between. I’ve been the lone Bronco fan in a sea of Big Blues and JETS JETS JETS, and now it’s my time. Also because screw you Ari. Broncs4bowl2014
Macon Fessenden, Columnist
Every time the groundhog pops out of the field, drink until you don’t see your shadow.
Take a drink every time the camera pans to the Manning family.
Seahawks 21, Broncos 18
Davina Bhandari, Assistant News Editor
Take a drink every time the commentators mention Richard Sherman’s post-game speech.
When you don’t know what the hell a commercial is advertising: Drink. Fox 34, friendly horse 18
Broncos 5, Seahawks 0 Because potatoes. Leave me alone.
Take a drink every time the announcers mention Seattle’s 12th man. Every time you see a member of “Full House,” drink a full house (we swear it’s a real drink). Ingredients: Apple whiskey, Bénédictine, Yellow Chartreuse and Angostura bitters. Finish your drink every time someone mentions Mayor De Blasio choosing to watch the game at home.
Broncos 49, Seahawks 28 Because Macon.
Zack Feldman, Design Manager Broncos 53, Seahawks 42 Denver, because a lot of athletes, including professional bicyclists, train at a higher altitude, so they probably have as well, which would make the Broncos stronger/more athletic.
Rebecca Forney, Design Assistant
Seahawks 0, Broncos 0 When an unstoppable horse meets an immovable bird, the game will lock into an eternal stalemate. Super Bowl canceled. Go home.
Geoffrey Wilson, Assistant News Editor Seahawks 34, Broncos 26 1. Green is my favorite color and the Seahawks’ uniforms are navy and bright green. 2. Seahawks are going to soar right over those Bronco horsies.
Cari Snider, Design Assistant Seahawks 24, Broncos 20
Seahawks 32, Broncos 26 On this planet, there are three types of places where living creatures can exist: land, water and air. Seahawks dominate two of those while horses can only manage with one.
Jacob Shamsian, Assistant Release
The Broncos haven't faced a defense like Seattle's all season. Yes, Seattle struggles offensively away from home, but all it needs is Beast Mode to use up time and keep the ball from Manning, leaving the No. 1 (or all-time best — whichever you prefer) offense unable to strut its stuff.
Ashley Purdey, Assistant Sports Editor
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UMass Lowell pulls away from Binghamton Murphy catches fire in the second half, but Bearcats can't keep pace with River Hawks Ashley Purdy Assistant Sports Editor
Suffering a one-point home loss in its first-ever Division I meeting with the Binghamton women’s basketball team on Jan. 7, UMass Lowell came to the Events Center with a vengeance. The River Hawks (3-17, 2-7 America East) finished on a 13-4 run to capture Thursday night’s match, 65-54. Despite the game’s final 11-point disparity, the Bearcats (4-17, 1-7 AE) hung close. After entering halftime down by three at 28-25, Binghamton’s offense began to click. A rebound and layup by junior guard Gintare Surdokaite kicked off an offensive run that put the Bearcats back in the lead. The teams stayed close until the final three minutes of the half, at which point contributions from junior guard Jasmine McRoy and sophomore forward Lindsey Doucette, as well as six points from late-game fouling, sealed the Bearcats’ fate. “Obviously a tough loss; it was well-fought tonight. We did a handful of things better than what we had been, but I thought we kind of froze a little bit in the second half against the pressure,” BU head coach Nicole Scholl said. “There really wasn’t anything different that UMass Lowell was doing. I think it
was just more along the lines of us.” Despite the late-game slump, the Bearcats received an impressive second-half performance from sophomore forward Morgan Murphy. After a slow first half in which she contributed just six points, Murphy finished off the match with season-highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds, good for her first double-double of 201314. Her 22 points also qualified as a game-high, an accolade shared with UMass Lowell’s junior guard Shannon Samuels. “I was just trying to be aggressive,” Murphy said. “In the first half, I didn’t really feel like it was falling in for me, but I just kept up my confidence and tried to knock down those shots. They started falling in for me a little bit in the second half, so I just tried to continue to be aggressive.” Samuels, UMass Lowell’s leading scorer, has primarily relied on inside shots for her 13.3 points per game this season. Thursday night, however, she tapped her newly unveiled potency beyond the arc. In the first half alone, she went 5-for-5 and netted 16 of her team’s 28 points. Come the second, BU managed to stifle her long-range shots, but Doucette emerged as a new threat. “The piece that I thought we struggled with was number 33, Lindsey Doucette. I think she ended
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up with 14 second-half points,” Scholl said. “In the first half, we did a good job on her. She’s a great righthanded player and predominantly that’s the way she likes to score, and we didn’t take that away from her as well as we did in the first half.” Doucette entered the second half with just four points on 1-of3 shooting, but finished the game with 19 on 8-of-15. McRoy rounded out UML’s double-digit scorers with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The River Hawks only saw five players score, with just eight points coming from the pack. In contrast, all nine Bearcats who took the floor made some definitive offensive impact, though only Murphy reached double digits. Junior forward Sherae Swinson followed her with eight points, while senior guard Stephanie Jensen tallied a season-high eight assists. BU also held the advantage in rebounds, something it’s only done five times this season, grabbing 47 to UMass Lowell’s 38. The River Hawks advance to seventh in the conference standings with the win, leaving just Binghamton and UMBC on the bottom with one America East win apiece. The Bearcats will hit the road for two weeks, with Sunday’s trip to New Hampshire opening that stretch. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Lundholm Gym in Durham, N.H.
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Bearcats can't keep losing winnable games Ari Kramer Sports Editor
When: Feb. 2 Where: West Gym Last time out: The Bearcats kept pace with visiting American on Jan. 25 until the final seconds as the two teams split 10 bouts. With the final match tied 1-1, junior 149-pound Joe Bonaldi had position, but couldn’t get a takedown and the Eagles escaped with a 21-19 victory. Head coach Matt Dernlan on the loss: “The reality is, there’s several weight classes where our guys, they’re kind of outgunned, to be honest with you. So they have to find a way to fight, scratch and claw and not give up bonus points. And if they can do that, if some of our weak spots can stop the bleeding and not give up big bonus points, and then we have some of our other guys get bonus points, that will probably be our reality for the next month here.” Reed reliance: In his matchup with American’s then-No. 12 Daniel Mitchell, senior 197-pound Cody Reed earned the deciding points on a takedown with just three ticks remaining on the clock. Reed enters the match with a 20-8 overall mark this season, and a 10-3 record in duals. The opponent: Boston lost, 23-15, to Harvard on Jan. 25. Earlier that day, the Terriers overcame a 13-0 deficit with three matches to go to earn a 17-16 home win over Rider. The Terriers are 0-2 in road matches this season. -Erik Bacharach Assistant Sports Editor
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Sophomore forward Morgan Murphy recorded season highs with 22 points and 12 rebounds en route to her first doubledouble of the season.
No one on the Binghamton men’s basketball team would consider Wednesday night’s loss to UMBC acceptable. Losing to preseason favorite Vermont, a veteran team that had hit its stride, was reconcilable. But falling at home to a UMBC squad (7-14, 3-5 America East) that hadn’t won on the road can be chalked up as a missed opportunity. With Saturday marking the start of the second half of conference play, the Bearcats reside alone in last place, trailing Maine by one game and UMBC and New Hampshire by two. “[We’re] a little behind where I thought we could be, where I hoped we would be. But, again, that’s just where we are. We are where we are right now,” BU head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “Shoot, I wish we were much further along, but you just take it day by day … I didn’t think this [record] was out of the question. I’m not shocked that we’re struggling a little bit, that we’re struggling a lot.” The format of the America East tournament affords every postseason-eligible league
member — so, not UMass Lowell — a shot at earning the conference’s automatic bid to the Big Dance. Binghamton could theoretically punch a ticket to the NCAA tournament without winning another regular season game. But if the Bearcats flounder about for the remainder of conference play, they’ll likely face either Vermont (13-9, 7-1 AE) or Stony Brook in the opening round, an all but sure recipe for an early exit. Binghamton would need plenty of luck to even reach the conference championship, but a semifinal appearance would be a marked improvement for a program that hasn’t won its quarterfinal game since 2009. That’s one reason Wednesday’s loss cannot be understated. A win would have entrenched Binghamton in a tie with UMBC and Maine (4-16, 2-6 AE), but now the Bearcats will need at least two victories in the last eight games to earn the No. 6 seed or higher — in other words, to avoid a firstround date with Vermont or Stony Brook (15-7, 7-1 AE). But on another level, the Bearcats needed to beat UMBC to purge themselves of the thrashing in Burlington — and what was a five-game losing streak before UMBC capitalized on Binghamton’s inefficient shooting night. “I would definitely say it
was a game we needed to win, definitely for the program and for the students but more so for ourselves. I think we needed to get ourselves going,” freshman guard Marlon Beck II said. “We’re definitely not satisfied with the way we went through the first half [of conference play], so going into the second half we wanted to get a little bit of confidence going with a win in this game.” Just three weeks ago, the Bearcats trounced New Hampshire by 29 points. Last week, they took Albany and Hartford to the wire. Those encouraging signs have been all but forgotten, as UMBC left 10 points at the foul line in a 12-point win and Vermont dealt Binghamton a season-worst 33-point margin of defeat. The Bearcats are scheduled to visit UMass Lowell (5-14, 4-4 AE) on Saturday, with the opportunity to snap their sixgame losing streak against the team that sent them skidding through the last three weeks of January. Though the River Hawks have exceeded expectations in their first Division I season, they are beatable, as Binghamton proved in stretches on Jan. 11. The Bearcats punished a smaller UMass Lowell team inside when they tried, and when Binghamton defended the perimeter with tenacity,
“Falling at home to a UMBC squad that hadn't won on the road can be chalked up as a missed opportunity”
the River Hawks had trouble scoring. The Bearcats can beat this team, and a win would be critical to their ability to climb the standings — though Stony Brook lurks on Feb. 4, a home game against Maine and a trip to New Hampshire follow. Nobody projected Binghamton as a contender for the league title this year, but most AE folks expected the Bearcats to have more victories on their pedigree. There’s still time to fix that.
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Losing streak hits six
BU shoots 35.3 percent Ashley Purdy Assistant Sports Editor Now isolated in last place with just one conference win, the Binghamton men’s basketball team suffered its sixth consecutive loss at the hands of UMBC at the Events Center Wednesday night. Binghamton (4-17, 1-7 America East) worked inconsistently and inefficiently, shooting 35.3 percent while attempting to keep pace with its opponent. The Bearcats led just once, about halfway through the first half. They tied at the beginning of the second. But they wound down with the clock, flouting the rest of the way,
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Binghamton vs. UMBC
slipping in and out of a doubledigit deficit. The quick-moving Retrievers (7-14, 3-5 AE) capped off their win, 73-61, with 50 percent shooting to jump from seventh to a sixth-place tie in the conference standings. “They played well, they moved the ball well. We go through our little stretches where we start putting it in the basket, but it’s comfortable playing against that sometimes,” BU head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “I just thought they had a good rhythm.” For a full recap of Wednesday’s game, visit bupipedream.com/ sports/basketball.
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