Battle of the Bands picks one to play at Spring Fling After defeating 8 other acts, Funkophiles set to open for Matt and Kim, see page 12
Thomas back on offensive swing
Coders converge at HackBU Programming lasts for 24 straight hours in University's first hackathon, see page 2
Junior left fielder acclimates to attention and finds success against pitchers, see page 20
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Holocaust survivor shares experiences 75 volunteer to read names of victims for 25 hours of Holocaust remberance
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Rabbi Jacob Jungreis, a Holocaust survivor, lights one candle of 11 representing the 11 million lives lost during the Holocaust. He spoke about his own experiences during the Holocaust as a guest during Binghamton University’s observance of Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.
students, faculty, administrators and members of the local Jewish community in honor of Rabbi Jacob Jungreis, a Yom HaShoah, Holocaust and Hungarian Holocaust survivor, Heroism Remembrance Day. Jungreis described his spoke Sunday and Monday to News Editor
experiences as a Jew in Hungary in 1944, when he and his family had heard of the atrocities being committed against Jews elsewhere in Europe. According to Jungreis, his family housed
around 50 Jewish refugees a night in order to smuggle them into Yugoslavia, where they had the chance of getting out of Europe and surviving the war. Yet Jungreis said that he and his
family never believed the war would come to Hungary, the last country to be invaded by Germany. “We just couldn’t believe that this was going on,” he said. “Hungary and Germany were partners, we assumed it cannot possibly happen in Hungary. And it did. Exactly 70 years ago.” Jungreis addressed a nearly full Lecture Hall 14 Sunday night, and a smaller group Monday for a question-and-answer session. He told stories of his time in the ghetto when he was 11 years old, and then his deportation to Bergen-Belsen, where he stayed for seven months. Jungreis was a part of a group of 1,800 Jews who were not liberated from concentration camps, but ransomed. Rudolf Kastner, a Hungarian lawyer, negotiated the release of 1,800 Jews in exchange for $5 million. In the ghetto, Jungreis said that his father, the local rabbi, would receive fake letters from community members who had been kidnapped or deported. The letters, which the Nazis had forced them to write before they were murdered, were always cheerful and positive, saying that the victim would be home after he had learned how to work with
his hands. “They would take away somebody, deport somebody or kidnap somebody before the official deportations started. We had no idea what happened to the people in our city, they were taking people every day,” he said. Jungreis comes from a family of rabbis. He said that the trauma of his situation made him not think about faith explicitly during his time in the concentration camp or ghetto, but it still stayed with him. “We did not think that we would survive, it’s like a shock, we were dumbfounded. We were absolutely certain that we are not getting out alive, however, we did practice our religion.” The Nazis woke the concentration camp up at 5 a.m. and kept them outside until 8 a.m. Jungreis said shacharit — Jewish daily morning prayers — each day as the Nazis counted him and his comrades. “We never abandoned God, and in the end, God did not abandon us either,” he said. Jungreis spoke a lot about his passionate love for the state of Israel. He said that if someone had told him in Bergen-Belsen
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BU professor gives Mayor of Binghamton talks networking speech of lifetime Rich David David Archer treats class as if it were his last one Brendan Zarkower Pipe Dream News
If you were given the opportunity to give a lecture to students about anything, what would you say? Binghamton University professor David Archer posed this question on Monday night as part of the annual “Last Lecture” speaker series. The “Last Lecture” is a tradition inspired by Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Pausch was diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer at age 45 and was told he only had a few months of good health left. He delivered a final speech entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” which went viral on the Internet and sparked a movement where professors are invited to give a speech as if it were to be their “last lecture.” Archer, an education professor, focused the talk on his life and experiences as a basketball coach, his work as a teacher and a professor and his years as mayor of Endicott from 1992 to 1999. He
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visits campus, offers career advice Tania Rahman
Addressing a group of Binghamton University students, Binghamton Mayor Rich David relayed stories of his path to success by way of networking on Monday. After studying
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Binghamton Mayor Rich David reflects on his past and shares career advice with students. David spoke on Monday in Lehman Hall in Hinman College, stressing the importance of networking and internships in facilitating a successful career path.
Israeli journalist shares inside perspective Gil Hoffman discusses international relations, conflicts
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David Archer, professor of education, delivers a speech Monday in the Anderson Center, chronicling his background as a a basketball coach, teacher and mayor of Endicott. The presentation was part of the “Last Lecture” series, an annual tradition in which speakers share life lessons and advice with the audience.
Introducing himself as a lecturer who prefers to discuss the positives rather than the negatives, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post Gil Hoffman discussed the relationship between the U.S. and Israel as well as the ongoing peace talks between the Israeli government and Palestinian leadership. During Monday night’s talk titled “Red States, Blue States
and the Jewish State: An Insider’s Perspective from Jerusalem on Netanyahu and Obama,” Hoffman addressed both positive and negative developments going on in Israel. Hoffman currently resides in Jerusalem with his wife and two children. Hoffman discussed a wide range of issues affecting Israel at the moment, both internationally and internally, which included tensions in the Middle East, the IsraeliPalestinian conflict and relations with the United States.
“Being Israeli is about hoping for the best and preparing for the worst,” Hoffman said. “And that’s why Israel has to be getting ready just in case in both offense and defense.” He began with his concern regarding Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, saying that he believed the world has not imposed serious enough measures on Iran, which left Israel in danger. “The warheads have become a lot more advanced and a lot more dangerous, so they’ve gone up both
in quality and quantity,” Hoffman said. “In Israel they’re very worried about Iran.” Also of concern in the Middle East, according to Hoffman, is the war in Syria between government and revolutionaries, where Israel has sent many soldiers. Hoffman discussed the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its resulting attacks on Israel. According to Hoffman, the attacks are happening in three
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BU hosts first-ever hackathon
Kendall Loh/ Photo Editor Students gather in Academic A to competitively code a variety of programs as part of HackBU. The competition attracted teams from universities across the northeast, and took place over a 24-hour period beginning Friday night.
250 coders attend HackBU , virtual reality takes top prize in 24-hour long competition Nicolas Vega
Assistant News Editor After countless sodas were guzzled and thousands of lines of code were written, a team from The University of Maryland took home the top prize at Binghamton University’s first-ever hackathon. HackBU hosted the hackathon over a 24-hour period from Friday evening to Saturday evening, drawing more than 250 participants. Both seasoned and green programmers gathered in the basement of Academic Building A with the goal of creating the best original program. Each team began work on their idea Friday evening, and worked over the next 24 hours to bring it to life. The teams of up to four members were competing for the grand prize of a Kindle Fire HD for each member as well as a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of their choice. Projects were judged by organizers
and mentors from companies who sponsored the event. Top prize was claimed by the The University of Maryland team that used the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in conjunction with a Microsoft Kinect motion sensor to create a virtual garage where users could take apart a bicycle piece by piece to see how it was put together. Other projects included an interactive OCCT bus schedule for the Pebble smartwatch, a revamped version of Schedulizer and a social network for music producers to share their work online and get exposed. According to Daniel O’Connor, founder of HackBU and a senior majoring in computer science, the hackathon was a long time in the making. Last semester, he and a group of BU students went to MHacks, a hackathon hosted by the University of Michigan. “When we got back, many students said that they wanted to
start a hackathon at Binghamton,” he explained. “That ended up becoming HackBU the club, which turned into more trips to hackathons, which eventually turned into our own hackathon.” Bill McCarthy, associate director of the Center for Career and Professional Development at Binghamton University, said that O’Connor approached him with the idea for the event and sold him on it right away. “He came in, we started talking, and I knew he wanted to do something really good,” McCarthy said. “Hackathons are everywhere. They’re a great way to connect employers to students.” After meeting with O’Connor, he began emailing companies to help HackBU find sponsors. According to O’Connor, the group raised over $10,000 in funds from sponsors. HackBU encouraged sponsors to send mentors to the event, with representatives from
TD Ameritrade, Automattic, Gust, Bloomberg, Pebble and SendGrid in attendance. Bill Shea, director of mobile applications development for TD Ameritrade — the hackathon’s biggest sponsor — said that coming to BU was an easy decision. “[They] didn’t have to sell us at all; we just jumped in,” he said. O’Connor said that hackathons are more important than job fairs for computer science majors. “Very few students realize how important side-projects are until they apply for jobs and internships,” he said. “The hottest tech companies don’t care about GPAs and transcripts. They want to see the projects you’ve built outside of class.” David Liu, who helped organize the event, said that it was important to get people involved in computer science. “It’s really getting the word out of why computer science is
such a fundamental skill for this generation, and that people should learn programming and get into technology,” said Liu, a senior double-majoring in computer science and math. Shariq Hashme, member of the first-place team and a junior majoring in computer science and electrical engineering at Maryland, said that he was impressed with the amount of “newbies” who attended HackBU. “Normally it’s the same crowd going from hackathon to hackathon,” he said, “but here there were a ton of Binghamton students doing something they had never done before and that was really awesome.” Eileen Head, undergraduate director of the computer science department, said that she was impressed with the work that O’Connor and the HackBU team did. “I was blown away,” she said.
“What these students did was to expose to everybody the grand excitement of computer science and what you can do with it — it’s not about classes; it’s about the passion.”
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State News Revised medical marijuana bill limits use of drug Lawmakers may be coming to an agreement to allow the use of medical marijuana after revised legislation was introduced Friday that limits the number of diseases that would qualify for prescriptions. Opponents criticized the original bill for allowing prescribers to determine what constitutes a serious condition, previously defined generally as severely debilitating or life-threatening. The amended bill narrows that to about 20 conditions, including cancer, HIV, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Sen. Diane Savino, a member of a group of breakaway Democrats that control the Senate with Republicans, says she has 39 votes in favor for the bill — only 32 are needed to pass legislation in the Senate. Cloning approach makes diabetes stem cell advance In a potential step toward new diabetes treatments, scientists used a cloning technique to make insulin-producing cells with the DNA of a diabetic woman. The approach could someday aid treatment of the Type 1 form of the illness, which is usually diagnosed in childhood and accounts for about 5 percent of diabetes cases in the U.S. The disease kills insulin-making cells in the pancreas. People with Type 1 diabetes use shots or a small pump to supply the hormone, which is needed to control blood sugar. The new work is a step toward providing genetically matched replacement cells for transplant, said Dieter Egli of the New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute in New York. Scientists had previously made insulin cells that match diabetic patients by another means, so the new work gives researchers another option for comparison. Researchers are also exploring transplants of insulin-producing cells from cadavers as a potential treatment. The latest work used a technique that partially resembles the process used to clone animals. Basically, scientists put DNA from the woman’s skin cells into donated human eggs. The eggs were grown into early embryos. From these, the scientists removed stem cells, which can grow into any cell type in the body. These stem cells were turned into the insulin-producing cells. 2 die after plunge off George Washington Bridge Authorities say a man and a woman have died after they plunged from the upper level of the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River. Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo says workers on the lower level saw something go past them toward the water around 11:20 a.m. Monday. Then they looked over the edge and saw two people in the river. Rescue workers retrieved the pair from the river shortly after noon. They were taken to a Manhattan hospital, but neither survived. They were not carrying identification. They were believed to be around 40 years old. NY bill would bar condoms as proof of prostitution New York City spends more than a million dollars every year to distribute free condoms to combat unintended pregnancies and diseases such as AIDS. Yet city police are allowed to confiscate those very condoms as evidence of prostitution. That conflict is behind the latest legislative proposal to make New York the first state to prohibit condoms — specifically, the existence of multiple condoms — from being used as evidence in prostitution cases, a widespread practice that advocates say undermines decades of public health goals. The practice has come under criticism across the country, with prosecutors in San Francisco, Brooklyn and Nassau County in suburban New York City announcing last year they will no longer use condoms as evidence in prostitution cases. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said she decided the benefits of condoms as evidence don’t outweigh the public health impact. Most prostitution cases don’t go to trial, and trafficking cases typically require much greater evidence. Legislation to formally abolish the practice across New York state has so far failed. The New York Police Department, which makes about 2,500 prostitution arrests a year, has long opposed the bill but said Friday it was taking a look at its policy of using condoms as evidence.
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An employee from the Ross Park Zoo displays a parrot as part of Sene-Zoo in front of Seneca Hall in College-in-the-Woods. Sene-Zoo displayed the parrot and other animals on Saturday afternoon.
Police Watch A lighter take on campus crime
Go BAC SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 12:05 a.m. — Officers at the Bartle Drive checkpoint observed a blue car come to the information booth, said Investigator Patrick Reilly of Binghamton’s New York State University Police. While speaking to the 20-year-old suspect, officers noticed multiple bottles of beer in the car’s backseat. The suspect admitted to being under 21 and stated that a friend who is 21 bought them for him. The bottles were confiscated. The suspect was given a ticket for unlawful possession of alcohol.
Smells Suspicious SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 3:42 a.m. — Officers at the checkpoint had a 21-year-old female leave her car due to the smell of alcohol coming from her car, Reilly said. The suspect passed the field sobriety test that was conducted, but it was found that her registration was suspended. The suspect was given a ticket for driving with a suspended license that is returnable to Vestal Town Court.
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Rocket Power SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 3:46 a.m. — Officers at the checkpoint noticed a male driving a gray car, Reilly said. In plain view in the car were fireworks. Officers confiscated a small bag of “pops” fireworks from the 21-year-old male driver. The officers checked the trunk of the car and found a package of small rockets. Officers confiscated the fireworks. In lieu of arrest, the suspect’s case was referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Don’t hold your breath SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 3:54 a.m. — Officers running a checkpoint stopped a black vehicle, Reilly said. The driver, a 21-year-old male, was said to have red, watery eyes and the smell of alcohol was coming from the vehicle. The suspect was asked to step out of the vehicle and to perform a standard field sobriety test. The suspect failed the test and admitted to having a few beers earlier in the night. The suspect refused an alcohol sensor test and was subsequently arrested and brought to the station. The suspect refused a Breathalyzer test at the station and was given two appearance tickets returnable to Vestal Town Court for a DWI and refusing a Breathalyzer.
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BU celebrates Earth Week NYPIRG, I.D.E.A.S, private vendors table on Peace Quad Pelle Waldron
Contributing Writer On Friday, the Office of Recycling and Resource Management held a Zero Waste Festival on BU’s Peace Quad. Organizers of the eighth annual event encouraged students to practice zero waste habits, such as properly recycling and composting waste. Nina Abrahams, a sophomore majoring in human development, was in charge of the table from the art department. Her Sculpture I class devoted most of the semester to making a big project entitled “Tree Formation,” exhibited in the Fine Arts Building. “We as a class thought of different ideas to make this possible,” Abrahams said. “[The idea was] to recycle, and to realize how much cardboard we actually use and we waste in general.” Representatives from student groups such as Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions (I.D.E.A.S.), New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and the Food Co-op, as well as different vendors that partner with Sodexo, tabled along the Spine. Representatives from vendors like Chobani and Cold Stone Creamery, as well as an exhibition from the Sculpture I class, were also in attendance. The vendors offered free samples of local and sustainable food and beverages, demonstrating to students the various ways in which they practice sustainability. According to Martin Larocca, the resource recovery manager
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Students buy baked goods from Sweet Sam’s Baking Company, originating from the Bronx area of New York City. The bakery was part of Zero Waste Festival, held by the Office of Recycling and Resource Management on Binghamton University’s Peace Quad on Friday.
for the Office of Recycling and Resource Management, the purpose of the event was to inform the student body about minimizing waste and recycling on campus. “Our main goal is to educate as much as possible,” Larocca said. “Let people know what’s going on, there are different groups that they can get involved in, and that they understand how to recycle and compost on campus.” President Harvey Stenger attended the event, and said he thought events like this are a great way to get the student body to learn about an environment with which they may not be familiar. “Education, it’s what the University is here for,” Stenger said. “These are the kind of
things that make Binghamton a great university, having this kind of self-driven group of students come out here and start this.” For Justin Petragnani, a freshman majoring in management, events like this are essential to get students involved with the environment. “I think it’s very important,” Petragnani said. “Living as a college student, the amount of trash that we go through in a week is kind of gross, and to have people that are aware and want to make a difference is awesome.” Alexandra Lubman graduated from BU last semester, and is now working with Southern Tier Solar Works, a local solar power company. She came to campus to attend Earth Day, which she said had higher attendance and more exhibitions than years before.
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However, she shared the concern of other students at the event that it wasn’t promoted as well as it should have been. “I think the people who want to know about this do,” Lubman said. “And otherwise I’m not so sure how well it was marketed.” Dan Purdy represented Purdy and Sons at the Earth Day event. Purdy and Sons is a federally inspected, third-party food services company that provides food services for colleges in the area. They try to get dining services at colleges to serve more local food. “Local sustainable doesn’t happen because you believe in local sustainable,” Purdy said. “You’ve go to make it happen. It’s effort.”
that there would one day be a Jewish state, he would have told them that they were simply hallucinating from hunger. According to Jungreis, the maintenance and defense of a Jewish state is the most important cause for modern Jews in order to ensure that nothing as tragic as the Holocaust can happen again. “The boys who went to the gas chambers were just as strong as the boys who stood up in 1948 [Israeli independence],” he said. “It is just that we are like sheep, and when God wants, the sheep become lions.” Jungreis’ speech Sunday night was part of a Yom HaShoah service organized by Hillel at Binghamton. The service, which predominantly featured Jungreis’ remarks, also included songs from Kaskeset, prayers from local rabbis and a candle-lighting ceremony. Eleven candles, representing the 11 million people who died in the Holocaust, were lit by different people from campus and the community. President Harvey Stenger lit a candle on behalf of Binghamton University, an experience he said he found meaningful. “I feel humbled to be asked,” Stenger said. As a part of Holocaust remembrance observance on campus, 75 people signed up to read the names of the Nazis’
victims for 25 straight hours outside of the New University Union. Josh Jurysta, the director of pluralism and education for Hillel as well as the presidentelect, read names at 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday morning. “My grandfather was a Holocaust survivor, so it’s almost a subconscious duty in a way to remember those who were lost and commemorate them,” said Jurysta, a junior double-majoring in history and economics. Also outside of the New Union was a Holocaust memorial constructed by Engineers Without Borders. The memorial was an enclosed wooden hallway that was painted black inside with a mirror at the end. People could write on the inside of the walls with silver and gold markers to share inspirational or meaningful ideas and prayers. The memorial was the idea of the Andrew Davidov, co-head chair of the events, who said that he wanted the memorial to represent the darkness and solitude of the Holocaust, as well as the possibility of reflection and redemption. “I wanted to build a living, breathing memorial that people could walk through and be a part of,” said Davidov, a senior majoring in English. “I wanted people to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and have something to reflect and remember and touch and feel everything around them.”
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YWCA activists remind students about prevalency of racism Student groups gather on campus to combat racism, encourage cultural diversity Carla Sinclair
Contributing Writer “Stand Against Racism” brought Binghamton University and community members together to celebrate diversity and address the consequences of racism. Friday’s event, held in the Old University Union, was hosted by the YWCA of Broome County and BU’s Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate (P.U.L.S.E.). “Stand Against Racism” featured tabling, poetry and a lecture to educate students on the continuing prevalence of racism, and how to fight it. The event was coordinated in part by Janell Salmon, a senior majoring in human development. A past intern for the YWCA, she said she wanted to make the event bigger at the University. “We hope that through putting on this event each year, two things would be made aware,” Salmon said. “One, that
racism still exists and that it still affects people. Two, there are practical and tangible ways to fight against racism on personal and institutional levels.” The main speaker for the event was Carole Coppens, the executive director of the YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County, who spoke about the consequences of racism, and her role at the YWCA working with women and people of color. “As the director of an organization that is committed to eliminating racism and has been for the better part of its almost 160-year existence, we thought it was fitting that Carole Coppens speak at the event,” Salmon said. At the end of the event, Coppens read the Stand Against Racism pledge, with everyone in the audience following suit. “As an individual committed to social justice, I stand with the YWCA against racism and discrimination of any kind,” reads the pledge. “I will commit
to a lifetime of promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people in my community and in the world.” An annual event held nationally by the YWCA, this is Binghamton’s second year celebrating “Stand Against Racism.” Last year’s event featured tabling in the Union by P.U.L.S.E., and this year organizers added more groups, the speaker and a reading by poet Lindsay Young, a sophomore majoring in psychology. “Even when skittles and hoodies hurt feelings, thank God for black presidents, even when thrift shops win Grammys, thank God for gold plated sippy cups, and when sitting in a class full of faces that look nothing like yours, thank God for how you got there,” read Young, who is a member of the Slam Poetry Club. “Let the stares burn, and light you on fire, make you brighter.” The Interpersonal Violence Prevention program, the Caribbean Student Association,
the Multicultural Resource Center, the Haitian Student Association and the Women’s Student Union (WSU) also tabled. “The WSU believes in advocating for all oppressed groups regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status,” Deidre Mensah, president of the WSU and a senior majoring in environmental studies, wrote in an email. “We hope to teach attendees that racism manifests itself on multiple levels and not just the ‘KKK burning everything you own’ type of way.” Salmon concluded the event by telling the audience to use the experience as perspective on understanding diversity. “When you stand against something, that means you should also stand for something,” Salmon said. “We are standing for cultural diversity and cultural celebration in opposition to racial discrimination.”
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Carole Coppens, the executive director of the YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County, speaks about the consequences of racism and about her role at the YWCA. Coppens presented at “Stand Against Racism,” an event seeking to celebrate diversity and combat the effects of racism.
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Prof. Archer gives Kids study science at BU for a day his 'Last Lecture' Elementary schoolers learn about DNA, physics archer continued from Page 1 focused on large-scale themes such as making a difference in the lives of others and having a good work ethic. Archer talked about the how he tried to teach leadership through action while teaching at UnionEndicott High School. “My biggest thing is that I believed in students. I believed in what they can do,” Archer said. “When I became the teacher of Participation and Government, I put in a unit where the kids had to learn how to do community service in order to pass the course. When you really want something, you have to make yourself different.” Archer said that everyone in the crowd should have a personal mission statement to motivate themselves. He emphasized that this should be an evolving idea, not an unmovable goal. “When people ask me about my personal mission statement, I tell them that it is to help people and help them understand their talents,” Archer said. Archer recounted how, as mayor of Endicott, he would always look at people’s shoes before hiring them. “We needed a clerk treasurer one time who would be in charge of a $19 million budget. But the
guy I was interviewing had no shoelace in his shoe,” Archer said. “If he couldn’t figure out how to put a lace in his shoe and tie it, how is he going to run a $19 million budget? It’s the little things, the personality things, that matter.” In the past, professors such as Ryan Vaughan, from the English department, and Ann Merriwether, from the psychology department, have been invited by the Student Association Programing Board (SAPB) to participate in this tradition and share their stories with the student body. A ballot was sent out earlier this year among students in all BU schools, and Archer received the most votes. “I know firsthand from having him in class that he is a great professor and is very interactive with students so we thought he would be a great fit for this,” said Erica Ozolins, insights chair at the SA and a senior majoring in management. Student response to Archer’s speech was positive, as many students recounted experiences as part of the professor’s classes. “He really inspired me, as a professor and as a person, to be the best I can be,” said Emily Kusterbeck, a senior majoring in mathematics. “He’s a great professor and everyone who takes his class thinks so.”
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Binghamton University spent millions of dollars developing the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) for engineering and scientific research, but over the weekend, it became a playground. The BU chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BES) held its eighth annual “I’m A Complex Kid!” (ICK!) in the ITC building Saturday, where 96 elementary school students from the Binghamton area participated in hands-on experiments to learn more about science. The event, which raised $1,920, consisted of 14 stations of handson experiments that ranged from lava lamp-making to extracting strands of DNA from strawberries. Children rotated through stations, each of which focused on a different field of science such as physics and botany. Although some stations such
as DNA extraction were included in the event in previous years, the stations are updated each year to keep the activities interesting for the children, many of whom have attended past ICK! events. For Lucas Tran, a secondgrader from Apalachin, the biome in a cup station, in which participants could plant pea seeds in a plastic cup, appealed to his interest in plants. “Science tells you about a lot of things,” Tran said. “Plants are beautiful; I like sunflowers.” Some of the most popular events included the Strawberry DNA Extraction station and the Egg Drop station, where students constructed a basket and parachute to drop an egg from the top of a staircase. Alexandra Bennett, a volunteer and member of the BES, attributed the success of the event to the new stations and the reliance on feedback from children attending the event. “We try to keep the stations
as interesting as possible,” said Bennett, a senior majoring in integrative neuroscience. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback.” She added that exposure to sciences at earlier ages can also help children develop skills necessary for future success in school. “I didn’t realize until I was in college how everything is changing so fast and how important research is and how important it is to think critically and be innovative,” Bennett said. “They’re learning at a young age.” Some of the children who attended the event said that they recognized the importance of the skills they gained from the experiments. Lilly Wlowoski, a third-grade student from Vestal, said she enjoyed the station in which children made boats from tin foil and tried to predict how many beans it could hold before sinking. “It was about learning to estimate and trying to do your
best,” Wlowoski said. According to Justin Ziske, a junior majoring in physics, a variety of activities available at the ICK! event could change the perspective that young students have of math and science as being hard or boring subjects. “We want to try to get kids interested in the stuff early so that they see that math and science isn’t this terrible thing that everyone makes it out to be,” Ziske said. “It can be very interesting to know how things work.” Although organizers of the event said that they hoped that early exposure to the sciences might lead children to pursue scientific professions, some of the children already had a clear idea of what they wanted to do when they grow up. “I’m going to be a firefighter because I like to help people,” Tran said. “And I want to be a McDonald’s cashier because I love giving out food.”
Analyst talks West Bank, US politics israel continued from Page 1 different ways: “over, back and under.” Missiles go over the fence between Gaza and Israel, through the fence, and underground via tunnels, Hoffman said. Hoffman spoke on the boycotts, divestment and sanctions which countries have imposed on Iran as punishment for its nuclear policy, which he said have left Iran reeling. “Iran lost from the sanctions that Israel persuaded the world
to put on, $160 billion in two years, and that’s what led them to make compromises,” Hoffman said. “That’s what made the Iranians come to the negotiating table at all and made very serious concessions.” He also said that keeping settlements out of the talks was a good move because they have proven to be a controversial issue. “If you don’t put [settlements] front and center it allows more to get done according to both the Israelis and Palestinians,” Hoffman
said. In regards to the Israeli army and the fighting that has been occurring in Syria, Hoffman said that Israel has to be getting ready on both offense and defense. He acknowledged the support Israel has received from the United States, saying that the U.S. has been providing Israel with stateof-the-art planes and helicopters before any other country in the world. Speaking further on American involvement, Hoffman said that
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Mayor David: Apply for internships, don't fear failure mayor continued from Page 1 communications and political science as an undergraduate at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., David first expressed interest in a career in broadcast journalism, and a friend helped him secure work at a local television station. “He knew somebody who knew somebody who worked there, and he arranged for me to do an internship,” David said. “I can trace most of my professional career back to that internship.” David moved to Binghamton after graduation where he worked as a reporter for WBNG-TV. He said covering different events allowed him to meet a variety of people from different work backgrounds. “On every given day you’re doing stories on so many different topics,” he said. “You’re accessing people who are at the top of their fields.” It was through this sort of networking that David encountered former Binghamton Mayor Richard Bucci. This led him to eventually work for the mayor at City Hall while simultaneously earning his graduate degree in public administration from BU. David later worked at Broome Community College (BCC) as a public affairs officer, where he worked with the BCC president on the day-to-day operations of the college. He also began pursuing his interest in entrepreneurship at the time, purchasing “Flashbacks/Paradigm” on
State Street, which he has since sold. He owns several other properties Downtown, including residential buildings. David told listeners that there wasn’t a single successful person in their environment who had not experienced failures. “You can’t be afraid to put yourself out there and try to do it,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I tried again despite losing. If somebody were to tell me in 1998 that 15 years later you were going to be the mayor of Binghamton, I would never have believed it — but life happens.” David fielded questions from students after his talk. “I thought it was a great opportunity for people to not only learn about careers for themselves, but from an ideal source, someone whose been there and done that and made the mistakes and failed,” said Kevin Walsh, a junior majoring in management. “He persevered through it all to become a successful person.” Julianna Vecchiotti, a junior majoring in German and English and the resident assistant who hosted the event, said she learned new things during his talk. “Networking is so important because your career paths can change after college,” she said. “You never really think about how people can be helpful to you, and knowing that you can go back to those people and get help from them.” David ended his talk listing the steps that students could
take in order to attain their goals. He advised against taking internships for the sole purpose of attaining credit or as resume filler, and to create an inventory of all the people students knew that were connected to whatever field they were interested in. “Not every opportunity you will be presented with is your end goal, but it will help you get to where you want to be,” he said. “Make the best of it and work as hard as you can, its one step on the way to where you want to be, people will recognize your talent.”
Not every opportunity you will be presented with will be your end goal, but it will help you get to where you want to be — Rich David Binghamton mayor
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Pipe Dream: As someone who has worked in many different fields, what is your advice to students who aren’t sure what they want to do? Rich David: No matter what you do, make sure it’s something that you love doing, because when it’s something you love doing, you’ll put your all in it. Potential employers always recognize passion and people who really care about what they’re doing. Even if you’re in an internship or position where you realize this may not be what you want to do, no matter what you’re doing, just do the best you can and give it your all. One of the things that my employers recognized was that I was very much like a sponge. I was interested in all aspects of a particular job or position, not just the rosy parts of it. The reason I say that is because the people who get ahead or get the farthest recognize how things interconnect and how the entire machine functions. They’re not just interested in the one or two coolest parts of it. They understand how the process works. For people who are trying to figure out, there’s nothing wrong with trying different things.
There’s nothing wrong with doing multiple internships or dabbling your feet in different ponds, because you’re not going to know what you love until you try different things. Don’t be afraid. PD: How important are internships, and what would you say to students hesitant about jumping in? RD: Critical. Speaking from my own personal experience, I can trace my entire career path and my success to the internship that I had, so I believe they are absolutely critical. I encourage students to do as many internships as possible. I think, in many cases, internships lead to jobs. Internships are like dry runs, or test runs, if you will, for a potential employer to see whether or not you are a match. How you conduct yourself in an internship will determine whether or not you get the job. I don’t think students recognize that internships are tryouts. Don’t view it as free labor, view it as a long-term interview for the job you want. Just do the best you can. Employers can quickly separate the wheat from the chaff. PD: Name one thing you would change about your own career path.
RD: In college my background was communications and political science, and I wish I took more business and financial classes. While I’ve learned a great deal in both of those areas, I learned it by going through particular projects. In hindsight I wish I took more business and finance classes that probably would have allowed me to make some better decisions and maybe avoid making some mistakes on different projects. Just because I made a mistake didn’t mean the project failed, but when it comes to a dollars and cents standpoint, I could have saved more money or made more money had I done something a different way. While I have that knowledge now, I could have used it 10 years ago. PD: What’s one piece of advice you would share with every student? RD: Don’t be afraid to fail. It’s better to try and fail then to not try at all. Do the best you can and make smart decisions. Don’t be wild and reckless, but don’t be afraid. The biggest rewards in life often come by taking big risks.
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Battle of the Bands champ to open Spring Fling Funkophiles defeat 8 other student acts to play before Matt and Kim in Saturday festival Kathryn Shafsky | Staff Writer
The battle was fought and funk emerged victorious. On Saturday night, The Funkophiles won this year’s Battle of the Bands, making them the opening act for the Spring Fling concert this weekend. The Funkophiles are a seven-piece band that was formed just over a year ago by vocalist and bassist Ife Samms. Impressively, the band’s current lineup has only been together for a month. Even though Samms thought the band had the potential to win, she said she was thrilled when it became a reality. “It’s an honor to be able to have this gift and to be able to do something like this,” said Samms, a senior double-majoring in Japanese and music. “It’s something that is really going to go to touch a lot of people. It’s bigger than us and I’m just glad we could play a part in it.” Five bands competed on Saturday night, narrowed down by the judges from nine the night before. In the final round, bands each played two original songs and, following the theme of this year’s competition, a cover of a classic rock song. The competition was held in the Undergrounds and hosted by Late Nite. Samms said she was thankful that student bands got the chance to potentially play before big-name headliners like Matt and Kim. “To just give students this opportunity to open for these professional bands that are really well-known and that are traveling all
over the world just like that, I think that’s awesome,” Samms said. The energy in the crowd was clear, as students rose from their seats and danced to some of Binghamton’s finest talent. Each band had no trouble connecting with the crowd and it was easy to picture any of the competitors performing for Spring Fling’s larger audience. “A lot of people come out [for the Battle of the Bands],” said Allison Hackman, a senior majoring in Spanish. “Being a senior, most of the things I do are off campus, but I still come here for this.” Laura Keim, a senior majoring in music and the lead vocalist and bassist for Liberty Belle and the Union Boys, who came in second place, was excited to be performing for the crowd. “I have always loved performing, it’s such a rush,” Keim said. “We get so much enjoyment out of playing for other people and the energy is what’s amazing. Playing the Battle of the Bands, you’re excited already and it’s just a feeding frenzy of excitement.” With big names coming for this year’s concert, students were excited that an oncampus band would get a chance to perform next Saturday. “To be given an opportunity to play music for a crowd of your peers is amazing for the school to allow students to do,” said Keren Orr, a sophomore majoring in environmental studies. Mariana Moriello, the Student Association vice president for programming, was one of the
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Beef Inc. (pictured above) opened the competition, which featured nine student bands on the first night and five on the second night
judges of the competition. Like Orr, she was enthusiastic about involving a student band in Spring Fling’s main concert. “It’s super exciting to have a student band open at Spring Fling because the show is put on by students for the students,” Moriello, a senior double-majoring in anthropology and psychology, wrote in an email. “I think it really shows unity and shows the support that students have for each other!” As for deciding who the winner would be, Moriello felt that it was The Funkophiles’ creativity and ability to interact with the crowd that gave them the edge.
“I think Funkophiles won because they were creative in their cover songs,” Moriello wrote. “Each one of them knew how to play their instrument with expertise and they were super comfortable with each other. In the beginning the crowd was skeptical but by the end they had the crowd going wild.” This year’s Battle of the Bands was more than a competition, however. For Justin Mulvaney, a senior double-majoring in economics and mathematics and the drummer of third-place winner Strange Appeal, playing the show was more than an opportunity to win a prize. It was also a time
to appreciate what Binghamton’s student bands have to offer. “Battle of the Bands is the one time that every band in the local music scene gets to play together,” Mulvaney said. “So it’s kind of cool that you get that sense of fraternity. Even though it is a competition, you get all of the musicians together in the same place and you really just get to hang out with each other for a weekend.”
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Play 'Anne Boleyn' tells an old story in new words
The mainstage production showcases Boleyn and Henry VIII with modern language Anna Szilagyi | Staff Writer
Ghosts, drama, sex and comedy illuminated Watters Theater on Friday, during the opening night of “Anne Boleyn.” Set in the court of Henry VIII in England, the play centers on the controversial queen and takes a modern approach to an exciting period in history. Written by Howard Brenton, this new take on religious and political upheaval opened first in 2010 at the Globe Theatre in London, then toured England and Scotland before coming to the U.S. “For me, it makes history
come alive,” said Anne Brady, the play’s director and a professor in the Theater department. The director immersed herself in 16th- and 17thcentury England by doing her research before directing the play, and she encouraged her cast to do the same. “I compiled a list of possible research topics for them and I said, ‘Have fun. Only do what’s fun for you and what you think would be useful for your character,’’” Brady said. All cast members’ performances showed that they fully understood their characters’ personalities. By channeling their research
into their roles, the cast of “Anne Boleyn” showed both a collaborative effort and chemistry. The stage filled with colorful gowns, music and dancing as actors illustrated the lives of English royalty. Rob Tendy plays King Henry VIII, a royal who feels strangled by his arranged marriage and the pressures of politics and religion. “Henry is interesting in that he is constantly on a search for freedom,” Tendy, a junior majoring in theatre, wrote in an email. “What Henry wants is a chance to let loose, go hunting, listen to good music, get drunk and spend time was the girl he
loves. For him, Anne is the key to achieving all of this.” The play opens with the ghost of Anne Boleyn, played by freshman Danielle Nigro, addressing the audience directly and removing both a Bible and her severed head from a bag. The drama and violence, though, were offset by the bold comedy throughout the play — multiple characters “break the fourth wall” to speak to the audience. The perfect balance of drama and comedy will have the audience hooked. From James I dressed in drag to the religious tumult that Anne Boleyn sparks, the play seamlessly changes moods and time periods. Since
the play is not chronological, the changes between scenes of Anne’s rule and the present with James I as her successor create a dynamic story line. Modern language brought historical fiction to a relatable level. In one scene of the play, Anne insults her lover Henry VIII’s wife by calling her a bitch, to the audience’s delight. The bawdy humor and historical drama work in harmony to tell the story of the start of the English Reformation in an engaging way. “People are really interested in this time period and this topic of Henry VIII right now,” Brady said.
“Anne Boleyn” is just one of many historical fiction pieces on this period, including the upcoming BBC series “Wolf Hall,” an adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels “Wolf Hall” and “Bringing Up the Bodies.” The play’s interpretation shows audiences why this time period and the time period of James I fascinates so many. “Anne Boleyn” will be playing in Watters Theater at 8 p.m. on May 2 and 3, with the last performance at 2 p.m. on May 4.
Thoughtful gifts for graduating seniors a personalized present will show your friend that you care, even after commencement Gabriella Ginsberg | Staff Writer The year is over, your friends are graduating and you don’t know what you’re going to do without them. To make sure they remember you “in the real world,” give your graduating friends the perfect going-away gift. Wipe away the tears that accompany being deserted by your cooler upperclassmen friends, and give them the send-off they deserve.
Handwritten Card This may seem like a cop-out — it’s cheap — but pouring your heart out can be difficult and it’s always appreciated. This is an especially great option if you’re a no-frills/ non-dramatic person, since this is a chance to be honest and cheesy with your friend. Type out a letter on the computer and edit it to be clear and concise before copying it down by hand. Your friend will be super impressed to see how articulate and erudite you are!
Hand-Drawn Comic Look up a tutorial or outsource the labor to a studio art major and create a personalized comic. You should at least write the story line yourself so it will feature an escapade that you and your friend have experienced together. Making a comic is a good opportunity to insert private jokes and bring up some hilarious memories. Plus, everyone looks funnier drawn as a comic, even if all you can do is stick figures.
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Making a photo album is almost as fun a process as it is to see your friend receive it. Sift through Facebook photos of you and your friend and upload them to CVS or Walgreens and order prints before picking them up in person. T.J.Maxx has cute and inexpensive options for photo albums and you can slip personal messages and fun doodles between photos to flesh out the album. It shouldn’t cost more than $10 and a few hours of your time.
What better way to remind a friend of their time at BU than by giving them a hat of old newspapers to wear? This costs zero dollars and very little effort to fold a paper along the center vertical crease, fold one top corner down into the center of the paper and fold the other top corner down so that the shorter side matches up with the other fold. Finally, fold up the bottom of the page on each side. Make one for yourself and wear them around campus together as you enjoy another private joke that literally no one else finds funny. Another option: hand-drawn concert tickets to Matt and Kim.
Gift Basket to Wegman's Products This gift takes some forethought since you may have to bug other people for your friend’s personal information. The fun part is coming up with a cool design — pick something that fits them. If your friend doesn’t have a job in sight, you can always make networking cards, which have the same contact information as a business card but list specific skills.
Put together one of those ridiculously giant Wegmans baskets that you always see when you’re walking out of the store after checkout. Swap the fruit and flowers for Wegmans-brand products, because they will be missed. Include a note saying that you consider yourself automatically invited to future gatherings where the food will eventually be served.
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n Wednesday night, the Student Association Judicial Board will meet to determine the legitimacy of the runoff election for vice president for finance.
In the initial election, Ethan Shepherd won, but in the runoff, he lost to Thomas Sheehan. The Planning, Research and Elections Committee (PRE) decided to hold the runoff after receiving a formal complaint from a student saying Shepherd solicited her vote. Shepherd filed a grievance to the Judicial Board days later, arguing that the runoff never should have been held in the first place (the specific contents of his grievance will not be made public until after the decision is made). The Judicial Board will have the task of determining the constitutionality of the PRE’s decision, a task we took upon ourselves. The SA Bylaws grants the PRE the ability to discipline an individual or group in any way they see fit in order to enforce their rules. After reviewing the notes taken at the PRE meeting, we believe this decision was completely within their power. In going through the election rules, however, we found that the way they are written is profoundly unclear. The issue is with the Management Policies and Procedures (MPP), which is supposed to specify election rules. However, the document is anachronistic. It defines polling places as “any building in which there is an active
ballot box or electronic voting system during any Student Association run election.” This definition may have worked in the past when students cast paper ballots, or went to specific areas to vote on SA-provided laptops, but this categorization has gotten murky with recent electoral changes. Instead of having designated polling areas on campus, students voted through email, enabling them to cast their vote from anywhere on campus. According to PRE Chair Katherine Tashman, this means that everyone with a smartphone or tablet is carrying a polling place with them in their pocket. According to the language in the MPP, no one can publicize for a candidate within 100 feet of any building while voting is taking place. The point of these rules is so that a candidate cannot stand outside of the ballot box watching the voter make his or her choice. Yet, with “polling places” all over campus, these rules are hard to define and even harder to enforce. While it may be easy to identify this intimidating behavior at a physical polling place, it becomes harder to police when people are voting on their phones, when it can take place literally anywhere.
The accusation against Shepherd was that he stood over a voter and encouraged her to take out her phone and vote for him. While we agree with the PRE that this is a case of vote solicitation, and in violation of the Election Supplement, we can understand how the new voting methods may have made things unclear. Where is the line between campaigning and coercing, and how can voters — or candidates — know when a candidate has crossed it? The SA has modernized voting methods, but they may have gotten ahead of themselves. The rules need to be updated to reflect the realities of today’s elections. If the SA cannot create reasonable, specific rules to address today’s voting methods, then perhaps we should return to on-site polling. If we went back to on-site voting, we would lose some of the convenience of being able to vote instantly and anywhere. However, we would gain a peace of mind knowing that the rules are clearly defined and easy to follow. If we want fair, responsible voting, we need to give the candidates rules that they can reasonably follow.
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A mandatory double-life term without the possibility of parole. This sounds like a sentence fit for only the most vile, irredeemable criminal. Serial killers, rapists, pedophiles and unconscionable abusers — the worst of the worst. Yet, two decades ago, a 23-year-old man received that sentence for mailing a letter containing LSD. He wasn’t a drug lord, an upperranking cartel member or a slimeball selling to kids, but a 23-year-old man who liked going to Grateful Dead concerts. Timothy Tyler was prosecuted in 1993 for mailing five grams of LSD to a friend who was a government informant. Tyler had two prior drug offenses that only resulted in probation, but the third strike landed him a 10-year mandatory sentencing hearing. Tyler admittedly wasn’t a stable person. He sold his possessions to follow the Grateful Dead around the country, hopelessly obsessed with and dependent upon his “Deadhead”
lifestyle as an escape from an abusive upbringing. Despite this, he was by all accounts from family and friends, a nice, harmless, slightly reckless guy — a description that fits a lot of us. So, at 23, Timothy Tyler was sentenced to life without parole and now 20 years later, he remains behind bars with no chance of seeing the outside world. It’s estimated that over $25,000 per year is spent keeping Tyler in jail, around half a million dollars total for his incarceration thus far. This is money that could be put toward psychological rehabilitation programs to help drug offenders stay out when they get out of jail. Did Tyler do more wrong than Bernie Madoff? Should a $50 million crime and a $3,000 crime share similar sentences? I don’t think so, yet as Tyler himself has said, “A man that raped his daughter got probation. A man who killed people with his car, got probation…” Recently, Tyler’s story has gotten attention by the news media due
to a petition started by his sister on Change.org, but there are many other non-violent inmates serving terms that far exceed their crimes. Tyler is extremely lucky that there’s an effort to grant him clemency from prison. He’s lucky that people even know who he is. Our billion-dollar prison industry keeps 200,000 violent offenders away from us. We have the highest incarceration rate in the world and the war on drugs in the 1980s failed in combating crack cocaine. Although these are the government’s mistakes, it hasn’t been government officials serving time, but poor communities and broken homes. There is a renewed effort by Attorney General Eric Holder to review cases similar to Tyler’s. This effort could result in reduced sentences for 2,000 inmates associated with petty drug crimes. These are inmates who have lost their worth as humans because of their inability to give back to society.
Should a $50 million crime and a $3000 crime share similar sentences?
On a college campus, many of us could be Tyler: students raised by hardworking families from the inner city or upstate who can barely afford to provide for college expenses. That’s reality. High-functioning, smart students who are intimate with struggle take part in a drug culture in order to make ends meet. And learning from our own mistakes quickly isn’t something that society has ever been good at. We have a dating, romance and sex advice industry thriving on our repeated mistakes and poor choices. College culture glorifies our experimentation and rule breaking. If you’ve broken more than three laws here or made a regrettable but lustful State Street decision by the age of 23, you can relate to Tyler. I’m not just advocating for a sensible drug policy, but sensible policies across all issue areas. We need thoughtful revisions to outdated laws for a world that is rapidly outpacing our ability to contemplate. As we continue to advance human rights, let’s not forget individual human lives and those that might still offer value to society. — Justin Neal is a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law..
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Racist outbursts hurt GOP
Photoshop criticism is baseless
Scandals show US is far from a post-racial society
We present edited versions of ourselves to the world
To that weird circle of Fox News fans and prominent Republican congressmen who think that government is contemptible by nature and exists only to bring the little guy down, Bundy was a hero. He successfully stood up against the government, exercised the Second Amendment and the right ate it up.
extreme degree and for a wider audience than your average made-up girl. But nevertheless, the appearance of that girl on campus is no more real than the model in the advertisement. It doesn’t matter how small of a modification is made — once it’s done you no longer look exactly like your real self. And the real, not the enhanced version, is what we want, right?
Macon Fessenden Columnist
Last week was not a good week for race relations on the West Coast. The quick-to-laud Republicans are hurriedly backing away from Wild West cowboy savior Cliven Bundy after he made some racist remarks, while Los Angeles Clippers fans have had their heads in their hands and their tickets up on StubHub. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recorded telling his half-black, half-Mexican girlfriend that he doesn’t want her posting pictures of minorities on her Instagram account. These men are public relations fiascos for a party criticized for its blindness to the racism still prevalent within our country. Bundy, a cattle farmer in Nevada, allowed his cattle to graze illegally on federal land that he claims he owns. Since he stopped paying his dues in 1993, he has amassed $1 million in fines and charges. Bundy has been indicted by two judges, first in 1998 and more recently in 2013. When the government, under a court injunction, took his cattle away and arrested his son for refusing to leave, Bundy asked his friends for help. They responded, coming from all over the area, armed to the teeth, to stand up against the “oppressive” feds who were “stealing” his livelihood. Wanting to avoid another Waco Massacre — where 76 cult members were burned to death by the FBI — the feds backed off, giving Bundy his cattle with a promise to return.
Sterling and Bundy create problems for delusional post-race Republicans But their fun didn’t last long. Bundy was later quoted questioning if AfricanAmericans would be better off as slaves. He reasoned that the high abortion and incarceration rate among African-Americans is because they “never learned how to pick cotton.” Sean Hannity of Fox News, who considered Bundy a close friend and frequently invited him to appear as a guest on his show “Hannity”, was rattled by Bundy’s racist turn. Hannity followed his repudiation of the bigoted Cliven Bundy with a sincere belief in everything else Bundy stands for. The allegations against Sterling may be even more bizarre, if that’s even possible. A recording came out last
weekend of what appears to be Sterling, an 80-yearold white guy, reprimanding his 30-something minority girlfriend for posting an Instagram photo with a “minority” (the person in question was basketball legend Magic Johnson). Sterling, whose team’s roster boasts 12 black players and only two white players, claims minorities are “enemies” and that it won’t ever change because “it’s been that way historically.” It sure does seem that Sterling has been that way historically. He’s been sued for housing discrimination against Koreans and AfricanAmericans as landowner of an apartment complex. Elgin Baylor, a black former player and former Clippers general manager, sued for racial employment discrimination after discovering he made less than a tenth of salary of the Clippers’ white head coach, despite being named the NBA Executive of the Year. Sterling and Bundy create problems for the delusional post-race Republicans. They got an unfortunate win when an amendment to the Michigan state constitution banning affirmative action was upheld in the Supreme Court last week, with Chief Justice John Roberts claiming that racism will end when we stop helping minorities. But, as these abhorrent individuals were so happy to show us, we are not in a post-racial society, and it will take more than ceasing aid to end racism. — Macon Fessenden is a non-matriculated graduate student. He graduated in spring 2013 with a degree in environmental studies.
Stephanie DeRosa Contributing Columnist
Photoshop gets a lot of criticism when it’s used to morph women into idealistic, unrealistic goddesses. This criticism is understandable, as photoshopped media warps both female and male perceptions of what a “perfect” woman should look like. We want to see “real” women plastered to billboards and posing in print ads, but unless we’re walking around au naturel, none of us are 100 percent real. Many things done with Photoshop can also be done without it. Blemishes disappear with concealer, bone structure appears with contouring, eyebrows and lips are reshaped, spandex creates a slim hourglass figure; the list could go on and on. The proper use of the right products can completely change a person’s appearance. Even the right lighting, angle or filter can make an enormous difference in photographs. This isn’t to condemn all makeup wearers and photo retouchers, but to point out that demanding unedited models is a bit hypocritical when many women present their edited selves to the world every day. Of course Photoshop editing is done on a much larger scale, to a much more
The apperance of the girl on campus is no more real than the model in the magazine
up over things that do not exist. And since it’s highly unlikely all companies will stop retouching advertisements, we should treat those photos the same — just as fantasy. Even when companies opt for untouched ad campaigns, the models are naturally, by the fashion industry’s standards, beautiful. They don’t have acne, crooked noses, cellulite or anything else deemed unworthy of admiration. Untouched merely means no Photoshop, so there’s still the magic of makeup and photography in the mix. When “real” women want to see “real” women, does that mean they just want gorgeous, perfectly proportioned models who aren’t edited beyond recognition, or that they want to see a variety of females who all look vastly different? Regardless, Photoshop isn’t the only way to drastically change a person’s natural appearance. We all have different ideas of what the best version of us is. For some that means maintaining a certain weight, for others it means having a specific beauty regimen, or not using any cosmetic products. Regardless of what we do, we’re entitled to look and feel our best, edited or not. But if we do choose to modify and real is what we’re looking for, we can’t complain about Photoshop.
It’s understood that photoshopped images are fake. If you’ve never seen a person look like that in real life, it’s because they don’t exist. Females will never look like the cover girl and neither will the model who posed for — Stephanie DeRosa is an the shoot. We don’t complain undeclared sophomore. about seeing zombies because we know it’s silly to get worked
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Binghamton finishes season with first America East victory Kiviat leads Bearcats' offense with hat-trick, four others produce goals for BU on Senior Day Colby Bird
Pipe Dream Sports For the seniors on the Binghamton women’s lacrosse team, Sunday’s win was one worth remembering. On Senior Day, the Bearcats (7-9, 1-4 America East) recorded a milestone win. Defeating UMBC, 8-7, in front of its home crowd, the team captured its first conference victory of the season. The win also marked the first for Binghamton out of its 11 total meetings with the Retrievers (7-9, 1-4 AE), as well as a program record for overall wins (7) and home wins (5) in a single season. Behind methodical and precise offensive play, Binghamton built a 6-1 lead by halftime. The long possessions led to an efficient offensive attack against the Retrievers’ defense. Binghamton scored on six of its 11 shots in the half and committed just two turnovers. “We talked about being deliberate with our ball movement on the offensive end,” BU head coach Stephanie Allen said. “We thought it would come down to execution on both attacking units. We made sure to get quality looks on cage and not just force things.” Come the second half, UMBC embarked upon a streak of its own, netting three goals in two minutes. But Binghamton answered quickly and scored two of its own, expanding the margin to 8-4 with 20:15 remaining. From there, the Bearcats’ offense dwindled alongside the clock. They committed several sloppy turnovers that led to scoring
opportunities the other way. The Bearcats’ defense, however, held on despite a late scare and a second half that featured 13 turnovers. “We are still trying to teach these girls how to win,” Allen said. “It came down to composure and fighting until the last second. We are still working to put together two equally strong halves, but today it was all about fighting until the last minute and continuing to move this program forward.” The win marks yet another one-goal contest for Binghamton, which has gone 3-0 this season in games decided by one score. Though junior midfielder Renee Kiviat led BU with a gamehigh three goals, the Bearcats featured five contributors to the net, displaying a balanced offense. Freshman midfielder Jocelyn Penteck followed Kiviat’s hat-trick with two goals, and sophomore attack Sophia Racciatti, junior attack Alex Fisher and senior attack Angela Vespa all added a tally to the effort. Junior Kara Pafumi did not disappoint in her final game in net. Late in the game, she came up with three critical saves to secure the victory.
“[Pafumi] did an excellent job for us today,” Allen said. “She knew she had nothing to lose. It was her final stamp on this program.” Even a bit of luck factored into the decision. Four UMBC shots hit the crossbar — had any gone in, the Bearcats may have ended singing a different tune. And now Allen, with a recordbreaking season under her belt, is closer to reaching her goal of advancing the program. “We talked about all season making a change,” Allen said. “And today our focus was leaving this program in a better place than we found it, both for our seniors and for the girls who are returning next year. We had seven wins this season, but it’s more about moving forward and taking baby steps.” Though the team did not achieve its goal of reaching the conference tournament, Sunday’s win should set the tone for the program through the long offseason. Though it will lose senior defender Erica Foley, Pafumi and Vespa to graduation, the Bearcats roster will feature 10 newcomers in the 2015 season, as the team looks to take another step forward.
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Junior midfielder Renee Kiviat netted a game-high three goals to lead Binghamton in its 9-8 victory over UMBC.
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The Binghamton men’s tennis team ended its America East tenure on top this weekend, defeating both Hartford and Stony Brook to capture its seventh-consecutive conference championship. BU has won 10 of its last 13 tournaments. After dominating Hartford, 4-0, in the semifinal round, the Bearcats advanced to the finals, in which they swept the Seawolves. Juniors Florian van Kann and Ismael Dinia and sophomore Sid Hazarika captured singles victories for the Bearcats, while the pairings of sophomores Eliott Hureau and Janik Burri as well as Hazarika and
Dinia won doubles matches in the championship round. Unlike its previous six years, Binghamton’s season will end shy of the NCAA tournament. Due to NCAA rules, the America East conference winner is ineligible for the national tournament due to the conference’s few participants. However, the Bearcats’ membership in the Mid-American Conference begins next fall, which will again give them the opportunity to secure a national championship berth.
NJIT eliminates women's tennis in AE seminfinals From Staff Reports
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The No. 2-seeded Binghamton women’s tennis team was upset by NJIT, 4-3, in the semifinal round of this weekends America East tournament championship. Junior Katherine Medianik and sophomore Sara Kohtz captured the afternoon’s first match, 8-2, but BU surrendered the final two doubles matches, 8-6 and 8-4. In singles matches, Binghamton and NJIT split the six down the middle. Sophomore Agatha
Ambrozy took her match in straight sets of 6-2,60, and Kohtz followed with a 6-1,6-0 win for her 18th of the season. Sophomore Alexis Tashiro grabbed a victory in the third singles, 6-7(3),6-4,61. But the extra doubles win pulled the first-year AE members ahead in the tournament and put an end to Binghamton’s season. The Bearcats finished the season with an 8-11 dual record and will return all nine starters for the 2015 season.
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The Binghamton track and field teams produced six individual first-place finishes at the Cornell Big Red Invitational last Sunday. The non-scoring event featured 13 teams and provided athletes the opportunity to qualify for the ECAC/ IC4A Championships, held May 16-18. The men’s team showcased its young talent with two freshmen first-place winners. Jon Alkins clocked a time of 49.44 to capture the 400 meter race while Peter Fagan took the pole vault event with a height of 16-0 3/4. Junior Jared Rousell rounded out the men’s leaders with a time of 9:46.44 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. On the women’s side, junior Ivory Taussig put
up a time of 25.06 seconds to take the 200-meter race. On the field, sophomore Tori Shaffer took the high jump event (5-7), and freshman Keishorea Armstrong won the triple jump with a 39-7 mark. Additionally, several of Binghamton’s top athletes competed at the Penn Relays held earlier in the weekend. Sophomore Joe Miceli finished fourth in men’s pole vault (15-11) while junior Pat Heikkila took fifth in the shot put (53-5 1/2). Next up for the Bearcats is the America East Outdoor Championships. The two-day event will be hosted by Vermont this Saturday and Sunday, with events beginning at 10 a.m.
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Bearcats drop series to Maine, but clinch third straight AE berth Harbaugh scores five of Binghamton's eight runs and posts a .441 batting average to lead BU E.Jay Zarett
Pipe Dream Sports After splitting a doubleheader on Saturday, the Binghamton softball team dropped a pivotal 10-inning rubber match against Maine to lose the series. However, with a game one victory, the Bearcats clinched their third consecutive berth in the America East tournament. “I think we started off the weekend well,” BU head coach Michelle Burrell said. “The first win was a much-needed win for us and secured us getting into the tournament. The second two games we made little mistakes here and there and couldn’t push a run across. We really needed to just put some more runs across to give our defense and pitching a little more room to work.” The series opener saw two Bearcats extend hitting streaks in the top of the third inning. Sophomore outfielder Sydney Harbaugh tripled to lead off the inning, lengthening her hitting streak to 13 games. Freshman outfielder Gabby Bracchi followed with an RBI single to knot the score at three. Bracchi’s hit prolonged her streak to 17 games, tying a program record that had stood since 2010. The score remained tied until the top of the seventh, when junior shortstop Caytlin Friis led off the inning with a single. Two batters later, Harbaugh delivered a go-ahead two-run homer to put Binghamton in front, 5-3. Senior pitcher Demi
Laney retired Maine (17-17, 8-8 run here or there.” The Bearcats continued AE) in order in the bottom of the inning to secure the win for the to struggle offensively in the series finale. In their longest Bearcats (20-21, 9-5 AE). game since March 27, 2010, Binghamton scored just two runs in the extra-inning contest. BU held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, but a double from Maine freshman infielder Felicia Lennon followed by a sacrifice bunt and an RBI groundout tied the score. Neither team managed a run over the next four innings until a walk-off RBI double by junior catcher EmJ Fogel gave the Black Bears the series victory. Throwing a complete game, Laney allowed just 10 hits in 9 2/3 innings of work. However, without much run support, she received the loss. “It’s always good to play in — Michelle Burrell BU head coach those close games,” Burrell said. “We obviously wanted to come out on top but the extra inning BU’s bats would go cold in experience was good for the girls. the next game, finishing with We are kind of learning from it four hits over seven innings. and know what we have to do in Harbaugh scored a run off of a order to win those games.” Laney, who broke the all-time wild pitch in the first inning, but that was all the offense program career strikeout record Binghamton could muster. in the opener, kept the Bearcats Maine tied the score in the competitive in the series. She bottom of the frame and took pitched 16 2/3 innings while the lead the following inning. striking out 14 and allowing Binghamton couldn’t retaliate, only five earned runs. Harbaugh scored five of the Bearcats’ eight and lost, 3-1. “I thought their pitcher total runs in the series. Binghamton returns to [redshirt senior Hannah Hill] did a really good job,” Burrell action with a doubleheader said. “She kept us off balance against Cornell on Wednesday. and did a really good job on the First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. at mound. I think we had little the Bearcats Sports Complex. miscues that would have been a
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Sophomore outfielder Sydney Harbaugh posted a team-high .444 batting average and scored five runs for the Bearcats in their series against Maine.
BU hosts round-robin tournament to raise cancer awareness
Locally founded Red Card Cancer program aims to help Kimmel Center funding through soccer Ashley Purdy
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Al Mydlinski, currently the head coach of the Greater Binghamton Futbol Club, spent 10 weeks at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Center after being diagnosed with prostate cancer last year. His was one of four teams participating in the roundrobin tournament held to raise awareness of the Red Card Cancer program.
Drawing upon its experiences with the Think Pink campaign, the Binghamton men’s soccer team hosted a round-robin tournament to promote the locally initiated Red Card Cancer (RCC) program on Saturday. Founded in 2009 by Bloomsburg men’s soccer head coach Paul Payne in memory of his longtime friend and colleague, Joe Bochicchio, the RCC is designed to raise awareness of cancer within the soccer community as well as to donate funds specifically to the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. When Payne asked Binghamton head coach Paul Marco if he would like to get involved in the efforts, Marco was immediately on board. “I was thrilled because I’ve had some family members pass away from cancer, a close friend, and I thought, ‘What a terrific idea,’” Marco said. “In fact, I wish that I had come up with the idea — it’s terrific. We have something that affects everyone’s lives in a tragic way, and [Payne has] turned a cause to unite the soccer community and others.” Joining Binghamton at the Bearcats Sports Complex and adjacent field, Bloomsburg,
Cortland and the Greater Binghamton Futbol Club (GBFC) of the National Premier Soccer League all participated in the four-hour tournament on Saturday night. Some of Binghamton’s players, including freshman midfielder Mike Kubik, freshman goalkeeper Robert Moewes, junior midfielder Pascal Trappe, senior midfielder Tommy Moon and freshman forward Lee Manchio, took to the stands during the games, offering fans bracelets with “Red Card Cancer” inscribed on them and red cards to increase awareness of the program. “What was pretty neat for those guys was they got to introduce themselves to the crowd and make it a more personal interaction than just announcing it over the loudspeaker,” Marco said. “I thought it added a great personal touch.” Marco asked former Binghamton assistant coach, and current head coach of the GBFC, Al Mydlinski, to participate in the tournament as well. “Paul [Marco] tied me into it and thought that it would be a great idea — and I concur 100 percent — that we, as a soccer organization, began to emphasize the need to raise money particularly for cancer research, which is what Kimmel does at Johns Hopkins,” Mydlinski said. Mydlinski has close ties to the
program and its philosophy — having been diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer last year, he spent 10 weeks at the Kimmel Center and is a strong advocate of the institution’s capacity for innovation research. “When you go to a place like Kimmel, and they say to you, ‘This
With awareness comes the responsibility of seeking new answers — Al Mydlinski GBFC head coach
is where you are, these are some of the probabilities that might occur in the near future, this is what needs to be done and we have this also,’ the ‘and this also’ adds the touch of hope that might not have existed but for being ingrained in the actual process. So that ‘and we have this
also’ is what they can offer that no one else can,” Mydlinski said. The tournament wasn’t Binghamton’s first involvement with the RCC. Marco said that he had participated in promotional events and other tournaments before and that he plans to expand upon what has already been done. “I see this becoming a much larger event than we initially kicked it off with, and I see this growing,” Marco said. With soccer more on the back burner during the spring, one plan is to integrate the program into some of the more heavily attended fall games, which the team has done with the Think Pink campaign. “We’ll need to have one of the Red Card Cancer awareness events this coming fall as well,” Marco said. “The Think Pink campaigns that we did were terrific. We actually even wore pink during the game.” The commonality of athletes donning pink uniforms to promote research for breast cancer reflects on all the strides that the campaign has made and what Mydlinski hopes RCC will do for other types of cancer. “The awareness part is critical, with the understanding that we can’t just be concerned about what is … but should be concerned about what could be,” Mydlinski said. “And with awareness comes the responsibility of seeking new answers.”
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Binghamton settles for two seed after falling to Great Danes Behind No. 15 offense in the nation, Albany delivers Bearcats first America East loss of season handle, jumping to a 13-2 lead by halftime. Pipe Dream Sports “I was surprised by their team speed up the middle,” In the America East men’s Nelson said of Albany’s offense. lacrosse championship picture, “They’re a fast and great attack, the decision between the top and they beat us.” The second half featured two seeds might have been a bit greater than originally expected. That is, if a 14-goal differential can be considered “a bit.” Binghamton (7-7, 4-1 AE) made the trip to Albany on Saturday seeking to preserve an untainted conference record and secure the top seed entering the tournament. But a 21-7 blowout by the Great Danes, who carry the nation’s No. 15 offense, shattered the Bearcats’ dreams and sent them to the two slot. And with this being the final regular season contest for BU before Thursday’s conference tournament, this matchup doubled as a wake-up call. “It’s all about how we react to it,” BU head coach Scott Nelson said of the loss. “We’ve got to come out and play [on Thursday].” — Scott Nelson BU head coach Led by Lyle, Ty and Miles Thompson, the Great Danes (95, 5-0 AE) struck early and often against the Bearcats, netting the first four goals of the game. Senior attack Michael Antinozzi more offensive opportunities tried to stop the bleeding for for the Bearcats, with Antinozzi the Bearcats with a goal late in scoring two additional goals for the first quarter, but Albany BU. But the Bearcats’ defense proved to be too much for BU to continued to struggle against
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Albany, with three Binghamton keepers combining for just two stopped shots. Despite finishing their regular season with a loss, the Bearcats are still in a favorable position for the tournament. Binghamton will face thirdseeded UMBC in its first playoff appearance since 2004. Having already edged out the Retrievers, 13-7, on April 6, the Bearcats hope to recreate that result in the post-season. “We have to keep doing what we do well,” Nelson said on the potential rematch. “We just have to play our game.” Binghamton will be the only team at the tournament lacking any players with prior collegiate playoff experience, but the Bearcats will have a team of seasoned veterans. This weekend will provide the last shot for BU’s all-time leading scorer, Matt Springer, as well as 11 other seniors to take an America East title. With a successful 4-1 conference record in the books for 2014, Nelson will look to his team’s seniors to lead the way. “We have a great bunch of seniors,” Nelson said. “So we have to bounce back. I know we will.” Binghamton will face UMBC in the first round of the tournament on Thursday. First face-off is set for 5 p.m. at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook.
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Michael Contegni/Staff Photographer Senior Rayner Moquete will continue his basketball career professionally in the Dominican Republic. He was drafted fifth overall in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto.
Drafted fifth overall, Moquete set to continue career professionally in the Dominican Republic Ari Kramer Sports Editor
As a child, Rayner Moquete told his father he wanted to play college basketball in the United States. The Dominican Republic native fulfilled that dream, and now he’s pursuing the next one. Soles de Santo Domingo Este selected Moquete with the fifth overall pick in Liga Nacional de Baloncesto’s (LNB) draft on April 15. Moquete, a senior on Binghamton’s men’s basketball team, plans to sign his contract within the next week. He will join the Soles after classes end on May 9, a day after the eight-team Dominican Republic league begins play. “I’m pretty excited,” said Moquete, a 6-foot-1 guard from Santo Domingo. “Hearing from my old teammates, my family members and friends … they reached out to me, congratulating me and wishing me the best of luck, making me feel
really good that I’m going to be able to play in front of them, the people that saw me growing up.” Moquete’s parents — Carmelo Moquete and Lisette Escanio — instilled a passion for basketball in their son, who, like most other Dominicanboys,alsoplayedbaseball. Lisette played professional basketball in the Dominican Republic until she got pregnant with Rayner, while Carmelo was reputed as one of the best players in his region as a youth. Moquete, who said playing any baseball position but shortstop and pitcher bored him, recalled an influential conversation he had as an 8-year-old with his father as they watched an NCAA Division I basketball game. “I said, ‘I want to play there,’” the younger Moquete said. “My dad started laughing. He was like, ‘You want to play there, you know what you have to do?’ I was like, ‘No, tell me.’ He said, ‘Well, you have to get your grades up. You have to study. You have to learn English, and you
have to get recruited.’” With luck and skills playing equal roles, a 15-year-old Moquete caught the attention of a Florida International University assistant coach. Moquete had gone to pick up his younger brother from the gym, where he ran into several of his friends. They were there for a tryout in front of the FIU assistant, and convinced him to lace up. The coach, impressed by Moquete’s skills set, asked if the Santo Domingo native would like to play high school basketball in the U.S. with the goal of earning a Division I scholarship. “I was like, ‘What? Yes,’” Moquete recalled. “That’s what I wanted.” Just three weeks before his 17th birthday, Moquete and compatriot Gerardo Suero landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport. They had come to New York to attend Our Savior New American School, a Lutheran institution on Long Island with a solid basketball program. Moquete’s path from Our Savior
New American to Binghamton University wasn’t without its roadblocks. After playing sparingly as a freshman and sophomore at Fordham, Moquete spent a year away from competitive basketball before joining Tommy Dempsey’s first team at Binghamton. During that in-between year, Suero led Albany to 19 wins before declaring for the 2012 NBA Draft. Suero wasn’t selected and returned to the Dominican Republic, where he won LNB Rookie of the Year in 2012. Moquete said he and Suero, who have known each other for 13 years, speak frequently. Suero has shared his experiences in LNB with Moquete, who passionately relayed facts about the league’s growth in recent years. Some of the money generated by baseball on the island has filtered its way into LNB. That, according to Moquete, has enabled teams to approach the expense levels of more prestigious leagues in Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Though Moquete has not
officially agreed to a deal, he expects to earn between $4,000 and $6,000 per month, typical pay for a LNB rookie with a college basketball pedigree. The competition isn’t quite the level seen in European leagues, but last year LNB featured solid former college players like Suero, Arizona’s Jamelle Horne and Iona’s Michael Glover and Ricky Soliver. Moquete hopes to use the summer — LNB’s schedule starts in May and ends in August — as an audition for leagues in other countries, many of which begin in September. The goal is to play basketball professionally for as long as possible. Moquete will be at least the 18th Bearcat from the Division I era to sign a professional basketball contract, according to BU’s sports information department. The long-term goal, though, is to earn a master’s degree in urban planning. “I’m just trying to have the most of the possibilities open,” said Moquete, whose father is a civil engineer in the Dominican Republic. “I definitely
want to do my master’s right away, but if I get the opportunity to play somewhere else I am definitely going to take the opportunity because I guess I won’t get another chance.” But Moquete isn’t wishing away these next couple of months. After seven years living in the U.S., he’ll relish his most prolonged return home since he boarded the plane with Suero. He’s excited to immerse himself in Dominican culture — the merengue, the beach days, the food. One dish in particular, featuring a black mushroom called “yon yon,” makes Moquete’s eyes light up. “People cook [yon yon] with rice to give the rice color. The rice after you cook it is black,” Moquete said. “You take the little mushrooms out, and you cook it with a fish called bacalao [cod]. They chop the fish in small slices and they cook it with sweet potatoes and avocados. That’s my favorite dish. I can’t get that here.”
After early season struggles, Thomas finds offensive rhythm Behind junior outfielder's lead, Binghamton on the right path to defend America East title Ashley Purdy
Assistant Sports Editor “Coming up to the plate is Jake Thomas, the team’s best hitter — arguably the team’s best hitter,” David Underweiser, announcing Sunday’s game for America East TV, quickly corrected himself. There was a scoff in the media box. “Arguably?” The left fielder entered his junior year coming off an explosive sophomore season that garnered national recognition and first-team honors, ostensibly eliminating the need for that diplomatic qualifier, “arguably.” Named to the first-team ABCA All-Northeast Region after tying for second in the country with a .517 on-base percentage and leading the America East in batting average (.371), slugging percentage (.522) and walks (45) — as well as, of course, on-base percentage — Thomas was a shoe-in for 2014 AE Player of the Year predictions. And that sort of prestige comes at a price. “I think that because of Jake’s reputation that he built in the conference, people are very careful in how they pitch to him,” BU head coach Tim Sinicki said. “I think that teams are keenly aware that they’d rather have someone else on our team beat them instead of letting Jake be the one to get them.” That attention could very well explain the struggle Thomas experienced out of the gates this season, mirroring the team’s collective offensive dormancy. Defensively, the team has remained amongst the top in the nation,
with a 39th-ranked .974 fielding percentage. But offensively, neither Thomas nor the AE’s reigning champ could replicate last season’s success in those early weeks. Sinicki guessed that the team itself has been targeted as conference rivals are eager to knock off last year’s title winner. And Thomas? Though he doesn’t quite believe pitchers are catering to him differently, he does think they keep in mind to whom they’re throwing. “Now that [pitchers] know who I am, they take their time and make sure that they make the right pitch and don’t make any mistakes,” Thomas said. “So it’s been a little tougher [this season], but I have great teammates around me, so it makes it much easier.” But both Thomas and the team have, in the past month, seen an outburst of consistent success. The team has taken six of its past seven games by an aggregate score of 48-26 and Thomas has accrued four home runs over a two-week stretch — just one shy of the five he produced through all of last season — to bump up his total to a conference-leading six. “I’m just getting the right pitches,” Thomas explained. “I’ve felt really good the past couple of weeks. The swing’s been there, my head’s been there, and I just got hot.” Prior to this weekend against Hartford, he led the conference with a .545 slugging percentage and ranked second with a .436 onbase percentage and 29 RBIs. He had raised his batting average from under the .300 mark, where it stood in the early season, to .325. Thomas saw staggering success
specifically in the ninth week of play, during which Binghamton faced Cornell and hosted a threegame series against Maine. He hit .615, plated nine runs, slammed two homers and posted a .722 onbase clip, earning AE Player of the Week honors. “I think it’s been a little bit of an adjustment period for him to realize that teams are going to pitch to him differently than they have in the past,” Sinicki said. “And sometimes when that happens, you just have to get comfortable with that, make some adjustments in your approach and then kind of let your natural ability take over, which I think he’s finally doing.” Despite the honors, the acclaim and the statistical success, Thomas maintains his modesty. With last weekend’s games against Hartford — which led the conference before dropping two of three to Binghamton — Thomas found himself in a clutch situation in the bottom of the seventh of Sunday’s game: down by two, bases loaded, potential opportunity to get ahead by two. “I messed up there. I didn’t get the job done. But I have great hitters all around me, so Shaun [McGraw] came through,” Thomas said. “I wouldn’t say there’s any best hitter on the team. I think everyone’s a really good hitter, so I wouldn’t classify myself as the best hitter.” The fourth man in the lineup did drive a runner in through a fielding error, and senior first baseman Shaun McGraw followed up with a single to tie the score. Four innings later, the Bearcats (16-20, 8-9 AE) edged out the Hawks (24-16, 10-4 AE) to maintain their fourth-place conference
standings. Again, it was McGraw to the rescue with a walk-off RBI single to cap off the weekend with a 4-3 win. That was by far the closest game of the series. Neither of Saturday’s two allotted much room for competition. In game one, Hartford junior Sean Newcomb cagily protected his conference-leading 1.12 ERA, in which he allowed no runs, scattered three hits and struck out five in six innings en route to a 9-1 victory. The Bearcats requited by routing their visitors in the second, 13-3, behind junior right fielder Zach Blanden’s six RBIs. Through the two losses delivered by BU, Hartford slunk behind Stony Brook in the conference standings. “Obviously you feel good any time you knock off the number one seed,” Thomas said. “It shows that we’re just as good as any other team in the conference. We just have to make sure we stay hot at the right time come tournament time. We’ve just got to keep rolling.” And with Thomas’ primary concern being to defend Binghamton’s title with his team, he’s on the right track. Sinicki expressed his confidence that Thomas has grown accustomed to his role in the team and to the changes that this season has dealt him. “I think that’s where he’s at right now. He’s finally getting comfortable, back to being the old Jake Thomas, and he’s settled in with how people are pitching to him,” Sinicki said. “And I hope that down the last [three] weeks here in the season, that he continues to be comfortable and swing the bat like he’s capable of.”
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Junior left fielder Jake Thomas, who was projected as America East Player of the Year, leads the conference with a .519 slugging percentage and six home runs.
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