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LGBTQ students hold silent protest on Spine Demonstration moves outdoors to increase visibility, exposure Lakhsmi Chatterjee arts & culture intern
While some students were walking to class, five students wearing black surgical masks stood in silence on the Spine, holding posters and notes as part of the Q Center’s Day of Silence protest on Friday afternoon. When some students tried walking up to one of the five protesters, a small note was handed out. “Please understand why I am not speaking today,” the note read. “I am participating in a Day of Silence, a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by the LGBTQ+ community.” The Day of Silence, a movement where participants refuse to speak during the day to highlight the silencing of the LGBTQ community, is an annual protest at Binghamton University held by volunteers who stay silent to show solidarity with people who can’t openly discuss their LGBTQ identity. Luis Santiago, a programming intern at the Q Center and a junior majoring in biochemistry, organized this year’s protest and said it was meant to catch people off guard and make them think about the discrimination the community faces. “It isn’t really meant to be the changing action but to get people thinking,” Santiago said. “When people
see the masks or duct tape, and start asking questions, that’s when people are getting to think about the people affected by discrimination.” However, Santiago also said the silence can sometimes lead to people ignoring the protest altogether. “Some of the main challenges is that people may just see the masks or any demonstration and just not know what it’s for or ignore it completely,” Santiago said. “The silence aspect requires people to be curious in their own nature and ask questions themselves rather than others asking or telling them.” To help passersby understand the point of the protest, those who participated stood at different parts of the Spine holding posters that stated different forms of discrimination members of the LGBTQ community faced. Marissa Cimmino, a junior majoring in integrative neuroscience, held a poster that read, “I’m afraid to go to my own doctor.” “I am transgender, so for me going to a doctor could be a scary experience,” Cimmino said. “They might not understand what it means to be transgender or misgender me. I feel that it is important to show and empower the voices of queer individuals. The campus does have a lot of resources and organizations focused on LGBTQ lives, but I don’t think everyone on campus is aware of them.” Demonstrators also moved the location of the protest in an effort to
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BU safety report sees decrease in crime University officials, UPD present report to BU Council Jeremy Wells
yanah hossain contributing photographer A student protester at the Q Center’s Day of Silence protest wears a black surgical mask and holds a sign that reads, “My trans best friend is afraid to use the bathroom.”
At the third Binghamton University Council meeting of the academic year on Friday, BU’s annual security and safety report revealed that there were 1,290 crime incidents reported by BU’s New York State University Police Department (UPD) in 2018, a noticeable decline from the 1,403 reported in 2017. The BU Council is composed of 10 members, nine of which were appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and one student representative elected by the student body each year. The Council performs various supervisory roles and is tasked with reviewing plans to improve and alter the University. On April 12, the meeting began with a security and safety report delivered by David Hubeny, executive director of emergency management. During his presentation, Hubeny discussed improvements in campus lab safety in 2018, when 474 safety audits were
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Students gamble, place bets at Casino-in-the-Woods Funds raised by roulette, blackjack go to local program Jeremy Rubino news intern
Binghamton University students gathered inside the College-in-the-Woods Dining Hall on Saturday night to gamble — the one night of the year they can do so on campus. Transforming into a real, licensed casino from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., the 42nd annual Casino-in-the-Woods featured
games like blackjack, beat the dealer, roulette and money wheels, where students could win real money. Run by the College-in-the-Woods College Council, this year’s Casino-inthe-Woods was held to raise money for the Detention Alternative After-School Program (DAASP). The program is offered to those between the ages of 12 and 16 by the Broome County Probation Department and by Broome County Family Court and assists in increasing positive decisionmaking, reducing repeat offending and improving school performance. Kristen Seward, president of the
College-in-the-Woods College Council and a sophomore majoring in philosophy, politics and law, helped plan and coordinate the event. Seward wrote in an email that it’s difficult to pick a charity to donate to every year, but the Council agreed it was best to give the money to a local organization. “I personally visited and worked with [the DAASP] last semester, and after looking at what they did, along with seeing firsthand how far a few thousand dollars could go, we all agreed it would be the perfect fit,” Seward wrote. “It is always hard to decide where the money should
go, but we for sure wanted it to stay in the Binghamton area.” The dining hall was decorated in casino and Alice in Wonderland ornaments, the theme for this year’s event. The dealers for the games were students who had undergone formal training in running gambling games. Entrance was $3 and students were met with free food and refreshments. Nia Brown-Fonrose, a dealer at the event and a sophomore majoring in biology, said this was her first time being a blackjack dealer. “Becoming a dealer was truly
something different and new for me,” Brown-Fonrose said. “I love interacting with people, so becoming a dealer was the perfect fit. It’s a great mind exercise, too.” To obtain the temporary gambling license for the event, Seward had to meet with Vestal officials to discuss her reasons for requesting a license. Next, a number of forms had to be filled out and submitted to Vestal Town Hall. Once it was approved, the forms were forwarded to state and county officials, and after Seward paid a fee, a temporary gambling license
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WSU rallies to empower survivors Volunteers work at nine local service sites ‘Take Back the Night’ raises awareness of domestic violence Rose Coschignano
Students, alumni help area groups with spring maintenance
Leading more than 50 people on a march through Downtown Binghamton on Friday night, the Women’s Student Union (WSU) held their seventhannual “Take Back the Night” rally at Atomic Tom’s. “Take Back the Night,” an international rally held annually, is also the name of a national nonprofit organization that aims to spread awareness about sexual assault and violence on a global scale. Every year, WSU hosts a “Take Back the Night” rally in Downtown Binghamton consisting of guest speakers and a “survivor speakout,” allowing anyone to share their experience with sexual violence or assault in a safe space. Erica Prush, president of WSU and a senior at Binghamton University
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rose coschignano pipe dream photographer Members of the Women’s Student Union kick off their “Take Back the Night” rally by leading a march in Downtown Binghamton on Friday.
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As part of the Global Day of Service, students, alumni, staff and residents of the Binghamton community demonstrated the collective power of volunteerism in more than 70 projects in three countries. The projects, hosted by alumni site leaders, had over 700 preregistered volunteers in Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States. The Global Day of Service, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary at Binghamton University, has hosted more than 200 projects since its inception. Alicia Hibbard, senior coordinator of alumni volunteer engagement and the main staff lead of the projects, wrote in an email that the project was created
in 2015 to foster connections between communities and University members. “Locally, we have had enormous growth of collaboration between student organizations and alumni on projects to help the community,” Hibbard wrote. “Every year, PwC Scholars has a large project where students and alumni help out an organization and this year they’ve expanded it to an entire week.” In Binghamton, nine service projects ranged from gardening and yard maintenance to painting and rehabilitating an animal shelter. According to Hibbard, organizers avoided creating a central theme for the event so alumni could pursue their own ideas. “Each of our alumni has different passions and their communities have different needs across the world,” Hibbard wrote. “We want to allow them
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Dickinson Community Players’ rendition of “Next to Normal” sheds light on mental illness,
The Art of Science combines two distinct disciplines to celebrate the beauty of scientific research,
The Editorial Board questions the lack of response to BU’s civil rights violations,
Women’s lacrosse blows out Hartford,
Softball swept by UMass Lowell,
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While executing a search warrant, the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force found guns, cocaine, fentanyl and suboxone in an apartment on Farr Avenue in Johnson City on Friday, according to the Press & Sun-Bulletin. In the apartment, authorities recovered three loaded guns, 12.6 grams of crack cocaine, 2.5 grams of fentanyl, suboxone sublingual strips and $2,100 in suspected drug sale proceeds. Sierra Pearson, 19, of Binghamton, Rachel Taborn, 42, of Johnson City and Anthony Burris, 41, of Johnson City, were all charged for the seizures, including criminal possession of firearms and possession of a controlled substance.
On Friday, a University at Buffalo student, Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, of Port Chester, was transported to Buffalo General Hospital in critical condition after going into cardiac arrest at the Sigma Pi fraternity house, according to The New York Times. Following the incident, local police opened an investigation, prompting the University’s president, Satish K. Tripathi, to suspend and review all Greek life activities. Although the details of the incident are still unknown, it was reported that Serafin-Bazan was ordered to do strenuous physical exercise while recovering from a respiratory illness. As of Sunday, Serafin-Bazan remains in critical condition.
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katherine scott pipe dream photographer Students hold posters in the University Union for the Women’s Student Union’s “Line the Spine” demonstration on Thursday afternoon.
“We don’t want to put all of the burden on one or two border communities, and Democrats have stated time and time again they support open borders, they support sanctuary cities. So let’s spread out some of that burden and let’s put it in some of those other locations if that’s what they want to see happen and are refusing to actually help fix the problem.” — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal to release undocumented immigrants into “sanctuary cities,” during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”
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Residential Life employee that possessing a bong is not illegal and returned it to the students. According to the officer, the students looked “smug.”
Check the email MONDAY, April 8, 3:00 p.m. — Officers responded to Science IV to meet with a 54-year-old female employee who said she was the victim of fraud. The female said she had received an email that she thought was from her boss, who was on vacation. The email came from the same address as her boss’s B-Mail account, but ended with “gmail. com” rather than “binghamton. edu.” The email told her to buy several gift cards and send photos of them to the emailer. The victim bought the gift cards, took a photograph of them and emailed a picture with their PIN numbers to the email. She received a follow-up email asking for two more gift cards. When she called her boss to confirm, he said he had not sent her any emails. The case remains under investigation.
Don’t park like a d*** WEDNESDAY, April 10, 5:14 p.m. — A 36-year-old male commuter student contacted UPD to report a note had been left on his car. According to the student, the note contained offensive language and a threat. The note was written in bubbly handwriting and stated, “You’re lucky I’m a nice person and didn’t ram my car door into the side of your car. Don’t park like a dick.” It was signed with a heart. The victim said he did not appreciate the language of the note and did not feel like he parked close to another car. Officers were unable to determine who left the note. The student was advised to call UPD if he receives any other messages.
Smug students TUESDAY, April 9, 1:14 p.m. — A Residential Life employee contacted UPD to report students in possession of a glass bong. When an officer responded to Bingham Hall of Newing College, the two suspects, both 18-year-old males, had just finished cleaning the bong, and said they only smoke tobacco out of it. An officer smelled the bong, but could not detect marijuana. Because there was no evidence the students were using marijuana, the officer advised the
National Siblings Day WEDNESDAY, April 10, 9:52 p.m. — Officers responded to Brandywine Hall of Susquehanna Community after a 20-year-old female reported she had received a concerning message from an unknown number. The text message stated that the texter was a Binghamton police officer named ‘Officer Infanzon’ and was checking in to make sure she was not using a forged U.S. document. The message stated that if she was still in possession of a forged document, then she could be arrested and face a court trial. Eventually, the female realized that it was her sister pranking her from Stony Brook University in honor of National Siblings Day, and the case has been closed.
Protest explores LGBTQ issues protest from page 1 reach more students. Previously, the demonstration was held in the University Union or Glenn G. Bartle Library, but this year, it was held outdoors. “The issue I tried to focus on was people avoiding the protest or trying to ignore it,” Santiago said. “I wanted it to be as in people’s face as possible without necessarily interfering with classes and stuff. The Spine seemed perfect to intersect [with] a lot of people’s commute around campus and to see visitors who don’t go to Binghamton.” The move comes after last year’s protest, when University
tour guides avoided taking their tours through the Tillman Lobby after one guide messaged others in a GroupMe chat, suggesting they avoid the location because of the demonstration. Santiago said this was also a factor in his decision to move the demonstration outside — it would be in a place where nobody could avoid it. “We heard that tour guides were told to avoid the protest last year in the Tillman Lobby while they were giving tours,” Santiago said. “I don’t know why they were told to do this, but this was part of the reason I also did it on the Spine, because I felt that it should be unavoidable and that people, both in this school
and not in the school, should be more aware of discrimination in the community.” Throughout the protest, students passing by the Spine occasionally stopped to read the posters, asking questions and prompting protesters to hand them a note with an explanation about the Day of Silence. George Guerra, a freshman majoring in political science, said he came to the protest after class in an act of solidarity. “I’m hoping that this can bring light to the everyday, minor discriminations that LGBTQ people face,” Guerra said. “It might be little things, but it really does affect you.”
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BU hosts fifth-annual alumni service day Rally highlights survivor voices service from page 1
to have any project they want rather than focusing on a theme, as it could be limiting.” Kaitlin Maynard, ‘12, administrative assistant for Harpur College, was a co-host of the “Cleanup & Cattercise” event at Every Dog’s Dream Rescue Inc. in Johnson City, where volunteers helped clean the facility and build new perches in a room for kittens. In an email, she wrote that the event gives students an invaluable opportunity to connect with alumni and community members and to learn from their experiences. “Sometimes when you’re in school you feel like you need to do everything just right, in a particular way, and it’s helpful for students to see that there are so many different paths to take in life, and they don’t always lead where you think they do,” Maynard wrote. Amelia LoDolce, ‘02, organized the “Binghamton Urban Farm Workday,” where participants created new garden beds at a site in Binghamton, worked with compost from the community and planted perennial crops. LoDolce, executive director of Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES), said the day of service was crucial in developing the Tudor Street community garden. “VINES has participated in the Global Day of Service for a couple of years depending on what projects we have,” LoDolce said. “This was a perfect opportunity because we have so much work to do to expand the urban farm.” Because of extensive flooding of the Susquehanna River in 2006 and 2011, the city of Binghamton worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offer buyouts of
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mike yang staff photographer Volunteers clean up garden beds in the Fine Arts Memorial Courtyard on Friday as part of the Global Day of Service.
damaged properties. Owners had the opportunity to sell their homes at market rates and have assistance to move elsewhere. According to LoDolce, eight homeowners near the river took that option to avoid future flooding and investments to continue repairing the properties. The land obtained is now becoming growing space for VINES. The garden, which was previously less than half an acre, has expanded to over two acres. Volunteers with VINES plan to sell the produce at reasonable rates as part of their VINES Farm Share, which includes a
weekly subscription and delivery of a box of locally grown veggies to members. Abigail Katz, a senior doublemajoring in environmental studies and economics, said students should try to go beyond BU’s campus and out into the community. “I am in the coed community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, so weekend service is the usual for us,” Katz said. “It’s a great opportunity to see the greater Binghamton community interacting in the service environment that I’ve grown
to love.” Site leaders encouraged students to participate in volunteer work beyond the Global Day of Service to foster relationships with those in the community and to see everything Binghamton has to offer. “You wind up being in your own bubble at the University,” LoDolce said. “Having the opportunity for the folks who are students now to meet alumni of Binghamton and to see what’s out here in community is so valuable. A lot of students miss out on the beauty that Binghamton has.”
majoring in English, wrote in an email that the WSU had been preparing for the event for months. “We planned ahead for months and set up a week of events leading up to the event, including a general body meeting on Monday, poster making on Tuesday, volunteering with Family Planning on Wednesday and lining the halls of the Union on Thursday,” Prush wrote. “We booked Atomic Tom’s last month to host the survivor speakout.” Three guest speakers from local organizations — Rise, Family Planning of the Southern Tier and the Crime Victims Assistance Center (CVAC) — addressed the crowd, providing information about the goals of their different organizations and insight into the overall ambition of Take Back the Night. Rebecca Staudt, manager of advocacy services at Rise, a local nonprofit organization that works to aid those affected by domestic violence, said the event is not only about discussing the statistics of domestic violence and sexual assault that occurs throughout communities, but also about starting a dialogue on how to empower women. “I could list the statistics about all of the violence that occurs in our nation, in our community, in the state, in our county, everywhere,” Staudt said. “But you guys
are all here because you know them. You’re alarmed by them and you want to do something about it. So, you don’t need to hear them from me. What we really need to talk about is empowering women and everybody in this community. What the focus needs to be on is the empowerment of women and the recognition that any violence is absolutely unacceptable.” After attending the rally, Emma Marlowe, a junior double-majoring in sociology and English, said she felt the event deepened her knowledge of domestic violence and sexual assault and helped her understand why activism can be so impactful for communities. “I really walked away with a new sense of what feminism actually is,” Marlowe said. “Tonight was my first time participating in any kind of activism, and I think it may have flipped a switch.” Prush said the efforts of the rally tie to WSU’s efforts to promote awareness surrounding women’s issues at Binghamton University. “WSU is a strong community of intersectional feminists and will continue to be,” Prush said. “As a senior, I’ve seen the club grow bigger, more involved and more intersectional for years. I know the e-board next year will continue to lead the club down that path. We will continue organizing, raising awareness around rape culture and holding the administration and our peers accountable.”
Report discusses Money to support preteen program security changes casino from page 1
report from page 1 performed in BU laboratories and 955 individuals received lab safety training. Fire safety was also a focus of the security and safety report. Hubeny broke the University’s fire safety procedures down by the numbers: 258 fire drills were performed in 2018, as well as 3,000 monthly fire extinguisher inspections. In addition, 538 individuals received fire safety and prevention training last year. Hubeny also summarized the actions that BU has taken to improve and expand its emergency notification system, a change that came after the murder of Joao Souza in Windham Hall of Mountainview College in spring 2018, when a B-Alert was sent out 45 minutes after Souza’s stabbing and was not received by all members of the campus community. One of the foremost issues with emergency notification systems, according to Hubeny, is the difficulty in finding a single method of communication to reach faculty, staff and families. He said encouraging students to register for text alerts has been a point of difficulty for the University, with participation in text alerts hovering around 36 to 38 percent in summer 2018. “We weren’t satisfied with that and we knew we had to fix it,” Hubeny said. “This past summer, we partnered with communications and marketing and Information Technology Services to look for new opportunities to create a new system for how we register folks for the program.” According to Hubeny, the program saw a sharp increase in participation after BU switched from an opt-in to an opt-out system. As of February 2019, the participation rate was at 86 percent, although Hubeny said the University would like to see even more participation. “We’re still looking to get higher than 86 — we’re not
satisfied with that, but we’re really pleased with that number,” Hubeny said. BU also made the decision to implement “easy buttons” to make it easier for University officials to send out emergency alerts efficiently and quickly. “These are six buttons located in our dispatch center downstairs,” Hubeny said. “If our dispatchers or officers have high confidence that there’s a critical incident occurring, they can just reach over and hit one of these buttons. This will simultaneously activate multiple modes of the system. It allows us to push out that initial message not in minutes, but in seconds.” The safety report also included a presentation from University Police Department (UPD) Chief John Pelletier, who discussed police activity throughout 2018. UPD, which is composed of 43 sworn police personnel and 63 total department members, received 4,168 service and regulation calls in 2018, up from 4,013 in 2017. “Service calls could include someone locking their keys in their car, or somebody not being able to get into their office,” Pelletier said. “If it’s not criminal, it’s a service call.” Criminal incidents, however, declined from the previous year. According to Pelletier, 1,290 crime incidents were reported to UPD, as opposed to 1,403 in 2017. In 2018, more than 500 of those cases were referred to Student Conduct and did not result in arrests, with UPD arresting 262 people on 327 charges. “Our Student Conduct is very busy — they do a great job,” Pelletier said. “That shows some of our officers’ discretionary power — how we do our day-to-day business. More so, I think, than any other police department in the area, our officers are allowed to use a lot more discretion. There’s a lot more places we can use it as an educational moment.”
was granted. Seward said the event allows students to give back to the community. “My philosophy behind [Casino-in-the-Woods] is that if we are going to live here for at least four years of our life while we attend school, it is important to give back to the community that made it all possible,” Seward wrote. Brian Kissmer, a senior majoring in biology, said he had attended Casino-in-the-Woods before and appreciated the cause behind it. “I’ve been going to this event for a couple of years now, and this year has never been better,” Kissmer said. “What I really like the most about it is how it [the proceeds] all goes to charity.”
tyler gorman staff photographer Students play games such as blackjack, beat the dealer and roulette inside of the College-in-the-Woods Dining Hall during the 42nd-annual Casino-in-the-Woods.
Harpur College starts workshop series New crash courses aim to provide technical skills Valerie Puma
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On Sunday, more than 20 students met in the Zurack Center in the Glenn G. Bartle Library for a Harpur Crash Course workshop called “Connecting with Audiences in the Social Media Era,” to learn about social media platforms and how they can be used to promote brands and reach target audiences. Led by Ryan Yarosh, Binghamton University’s senior director of media and public relations, the event focused on strategic audience engagement, and is part of a new series cosponsored by Harpur College and the Student Association. According to Doug Wehbe, vice president for academic affairs and a senior double-majoring in computer science and mathematics, the workshops, known as “crash courses,” are intended to teach students
technical skills. “While students already have access to a wide variety of free online educational resources, student-run workshops and courses, our idea was to create a program with more structure than teaching oneself, but less commitment than a semesterlong course,” Wehbe said. “Often, students just need enough training to be able to continue teaching themselves or learn similar skills during job or internship training — it would be difficult to impart much more than the fundamentals in a oneday session.” “Connecting with Audiences in the Social Media Era” is the third workshop of the series to be held. Yarosh, who has more than 20 years of experience in media relations, said he often uses social media to reach the University’s target audience. According to Yarosh, certain media platforms have different ‘persona rules,’ where social media users should adopt a different tone for each platform. “Social media is a big deal, obviously,” Yarosh said. “2.77
billion people use social media globally. All those social media platforms, once you break them down, segments down to Facebook as the big one, at 2.32 billion people. It’s always been the largest, but Instagram is a lot higher than it used to be, with 326 million.” Yarosh also touched on the do’s and don’t’s of social media, including scheduling and planning posts on a regular basis and avoiding large blocks of text, posting anything that could jeopardize a brand or lashing back at negative comments. Anna Brosgol, a senior majoring in psychology, said she attended the workshop course to learn more about social media, and to see if marketing and advertising jobs would be right for her. “Learning about the resources we can use to help out our Instagram pages, it kind of solidified the preconceived notions I had about visuals resonating better with audiences,” Brosgol said. “There’s definitely a strategy behind it. Thinking about your
message and your audience is more important, as there’s always an optimal way to present yourself or your brand.” Wehbe said the courses have been a success, with spots filling quickly. According to Yarosh, the 34 seats offered in Sunday’s workshop filled within 30 minutes of the course being posted. “The Student Association and the Harpur Dean’s office recognized an area where we believed Harpur could fill a demand, and the student body’s response has entirely validated our efforts; the number of students interested in participating far exceeded the number of seats in each of the workshops,” Wehbe said. “With the Harpur Dean’s office and Harpur Edge primarily coordinating the workshops, I’m confident that they will see value in continuing to expand the program for years to come, and I’ve heard that VPAA-elect John Santare is interested in seeing it grow, too.” Sasha Hupka contributed reporting to this article.
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NO. 1 IN ACADEMICS, NO. 2 IN CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Oﬃce of Civil Rights (OCR), Binghamton University has the second-highest number of civil rights violations and corrective changes of all the schools in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. max samson editorial artist
Over the past three and a half years, 17 civil rights cases were filed against BU with the OCR and resolved. Of those cases, four resulted in resolutions with violations or corrective changes. All of BU’s cases that were resolved with violations or corrective changes involved discrimination on the basis of disability. In the cases where the University felt the need to voluntarily make a corrective change, it is possible that the administration feared the violations it could possibly face if the OCR conducted a full investigation. Moreover, even when all the cases were resolved, there is no evidence that the individuals involved in the complaints ever faced any disciplinary action. The number of cases filed against BU is already shameful enough, but on top of that, the SUNY system has seen a very high number of cases filed
against its schools compared to similarly sized university systems in the United States. The SUNY system had a total of 340 cases filed against it, and 77 cases were resolved with violations. In comparison, the University of California system had 158 cases filed against it with 12 resulting in violations, and the University System of Ohio had 191 cases filed against it with 17 resulting in violations. It is abhorrent that the SUNY system has seen such a disproportionate number of civil rights cases filed against it. The SUNY system has enjoyed a great reputation as providing students with a top-notch education at a low cost, which makes it enticing to prospective students. Given its stellar reputation, one would think that SUNY would make it a priority to comply with federal guidelines on how its students are treated. However, Pipe Dream’s investigation makes it
clear that this is not the case. This, coupled with the knowledge that SUNY has been warned in the past about its failure to comply with federal guidelines, is completely unacceptable. SUNY’s indifference on the matter is further solidified by the fact that, when the Editorial Board contacted SUNY with three specific questions regarding the high number of violations, we received only a three-sentence response that failed to directly address any of the questions asked: “As the largest public higher education system, The State University of New York strives to offer a safe and inclusive learning environment. The prevention of sexual harassment and assault and discrimination of any kind is a top priority. We have been working to provide resources and encourage students and faculty to make us aware of any issues. We also have ongoing
partnerships with government agencies and non-profits to develop better policies, resources and trainings.” The Editorial Board feels this generic response displays a lack of urgency about civil rights complaints, which is extremely discouraging. SUNY should be doing more to prevent civil rights violations from ever happening in the first place. As for BU, the Editorial Board is concerned over the lack of response to Pipe Dream’s investigation, both on the part of the administration and of students. The University has yet to make a public statement about its ridiculous number of civil rights cases and does not appear to be releasing one anytime soon. The administration should be proactive in addressing instances of wrongdoing on its part, and it should not take students demanding it make a statement for it to do so. The
onus should be on BU to make sure students feel protected here and to ensure that appropriate changes are implemented. In particular, the Services for Students with Disabilities office (SSD) must do more to ensure appropriate accommodations are arranged for students with disabilities. To do so, there needs to be better communication between the SSD and professors at the University. Clearly, the University must place more of a focus on accessibility. Aside from the administration, BU students have also appeared apathetic toward these civil rights cases. The Editorial Board maintains that all students should be concerned about the violation of any student’s civil rights. We stand in solidarity with the students hurt in these cases, and we urge our fellow students to do the same. We are specifically disappointed
that BU Council Representative Harry Bittker did not mention the cases at the recent BU Council meeting, illustrating the apathy of the student body. The reality is that it seems like the administration never takes action unless its reputation is at stake; it takes student action for it to do something. Both BU and SUNY seem to have a track record of failing to learn from their past mistakes, but the Editorial Board hopes that this changes soon. In order for the University to care, students must also show they care. We urge everyone to take a look through Pipe Dream’s SUNY Collegiate Civil Rights Record (CCRR) database at ccrr. bupipedream.com to learn more about the violations. We must show the students impacted that their experiences matter, and that the University will not get away with violating even one person’s civil rights.
Views expressed in the opinion pages represent the opinions of the columnists. The only piece which represents the views of the Pipe Dream Editorial Board is the Staﬀ Editorial, above. The Editorial Board is composed of the Editor-in-Chief, News Editor, Opinions Editor, Sports Editor and Arts & Culture Editor.
Is Joe Biden really the right choice for America? His track record and the recent allegations against him must not be brushed aside Annick Tabb Columnist
Former senator and vice president Joe Biden has been taking steps to join the 2020 presidential race. Although he has not yet formally announced his intent to run for office, there has been much discussion about what Biden joining the 18 other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination would mean. While some people have embraced the possibility of a Biden presidency with open arms, it is imperative that we question whether an older, white male career politician with a reputation for befriending his political opponents is the best choice for the country. During his time as vice
president, Biden was often referred to as an honorary uncle figure to America. Photos of him tucking into an ice cream cone with gusto and wearing aviator sunglasses endeared him to people. He was painted as former President Barack Obama’s affectionate and jovial sidekick who was known for hugging and shaking hands with anyone, whether they were a close friend or a stranger. However, Biden’s reputation as an “old-school backslapper” with a knack for forging connections has been called into question. Former Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores has accused Biden of inappropriately touching her, smelling her hair and kissing the back of her head backstage at a campaign event when she was running for lieutenant governor of Nevada in 2014. Flores is not the only person to go public with their stories about uncomfortable interactions with
Biden. In an interview for The New York Times, Caitlyn Caruso said that Biden rested his hand on her thigh even though she squirmed in discomfort when they sat together at an event on sexual assault — where she had shared her own account of sexual assault. Biden has been heavily involved with the It’s On Us campaign, which was created by the Obama administration in an attempt to end sexual assault on college campuses. Caruso, who was 19 at the time, said that members of advocacy communities were scared to come forward because of Biden’s ability to provide funding for organizations that benefit survivors of sexual assault. “It’s almost like there is this unspoken rule, you can’t go after Uncle Joe,” she said. Biden was also behind the passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. While it seems he has used his political power for
good, it is troubling that a man who has been granted so much praise for being an ally to sexual assault survivors has had a history of misreading personal space and making women uncomfortable. Critics have also brought up Biden’s role as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee during Anita Hill’s hearing when she accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Biden has been criticized for not doing enough to protect Hill from the relentless questions thrown at her by the allwhite, all-male judiciary committee. Biden has publicly expressed regret about the way the hearing was handled. “She paid a terrible price,” he said. “She was abused in the hearing. She was taken advantage of. Her reputation was attacked. I wish I could have done something.” In this
way, he was able to simultaneously express remorse while not accepting any personal responsibility for his role in why it went wrong. Hill has said that she has not received a personal apology from Biden. “It’s become sort of a running joke in the household when someone rings the doorbell and we’re not expecting company,” Hill said in an interview with Elle. “‘Oh,’ we say, ‘is that Joe Biden coming to apologize?’” Some Democrats both in and out of government seem to not be particularly bothered with Biden’s behavior. They maintain that his actions pale to those of President Donald Trump, and that Biden will simply have to tread more carefully. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has said that Biden should respect people’s personal space, but also maintains that he should not be disqualified from the 2020 race.
However, Amy Lappos, who has also given accounts of an uncomfortable interaction with Biden, said, “Referring to this type of behavior as ‘simply affection’ or ‘grandpalike’ or ‘friendly’ is ridiculously dismissive and part of the problem. Saying ‘But Trump … ’ is dangerous and sets the bar for [D]emocratic men far below where it should be.” Biden has been painted as the savior who will deliver the United States from a Trump reelection. However, his track record of inappropriate contact and moderate tendencies should be properly addressed if he does decide to join the presidential race. It is important to not turn a blind eye to a politician’s missteps just because they could be perceived as the lesser of two evils. – Annick Tabb is a junior doublemajoring in political science and English.
Netanyahu’s new plans for Israel are dangerous Pledging to annex West Bank settlements jeopardizes the chances of a two-state solution David Hatami Contributing Columnist
On April 9, Israel held its general elections, also known as the Knesset elections. Held every four years, these elections are very significant. They can signal the end or beginning of a prime minister’s term, who is chosen by Knesset leadership. This election cycle, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced off against his former army chief of staff Benny Gantz. However, as of January of this year, Netanyahu
has been dodging constant corruption charges, damaging his reputation as a politician. With his reelection chances now jeopardized, the hopeful prime minister pledged to fully annex all settlements in the occupied West Bank three days before the election, thereby politically legitimizing said settlements as official parts of the state of Israel. While this promise may have been an effort to garner support from right-wing voters and his nationalist base, the pledge is utterly reckless, alarming and extremely dangerous — especially since he was indeed reelected. It has been internationally known and recognized that
Israeli occupation of lands east of Jerusalem, such as the West Bank, have no legal validity in the eyes of most nations and international institutions like the United Nations. However, for the last two decades, the Israeli government and banks have encouraged and funded the creation of new neighborhoods in Palestinian lands, allowing for Israeli citizens to live in these lands under the guardianship of a military presence. Not only this, but the rise of settlements has sprouted the construction of illegal civil infrastructure like schools. Nation-states that uphold the legality of these settlements, such as Israel and the United States, pose a
major obstacle to the vision of two states living side by side in peace and security within internationally recognized borders. Netanyahu’s promise to annex illegal settlements inherently opposes the concept of a two-state solution. When asked on Israeli Channel 12 TV, Netanyahu was firm on his vision of state expansion: “Will we go to the next phase? The answer is yes. We will go to the next phase to extend Israeli sovereignty.” According to the World Human Rights Report, security forces killed 189 Palestinian demonstrators, including 31 children and three medical workers, and wounded
more than 5,800 with live fire between March 30 and November 19 of 2018 alone. As reported by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the AntiDefamation League, Palestinian terror attacks killed a total of 1,194 Israelis and foreigners and wounded 7,000 between September 2000 and August 2010. Evidently, a lack of a clear and concise peace process between Israel and Palestine has promoted the death of thousands of innocent people and will continue to do so into the future. According to Karen Laub of The Washington Post, “an Israeli annexation of large parts of the West Bank is bound to
snuff out any last flicker of hope for an Israeli-Palestinian deal on the terms of a Palestinian state on lands Israel captured in 1967” and will ultimately dwindle any last chances for a two-state solution . Netanyahu’s thoughtless pledge to expand Israeli borders into Palestinian territory will without a doubt spark a new wave of tensions and conflict, moving away from any cooperative goal. Enough Arabs and Jews have been killed already; a promise to annex settlements is by all means a promise to escalate tensions in an area considered the most sacred region on Earth. – David Hatami is a freshman majoring in political science.
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Dickinson Community Players presents ‘Next to Normal’ Show aims to support mental health awareness Patrick Earns
On Friday, April 12, students and community members packed into Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center’s Multipurpose Room to watch Dickinson Community Players (DCP) open its rendition of “Next to Normal,” a musical about tragedy, mental illness and a family that manages to love one another in spite of the pain surrounding them. “Next to Normal” follows the Goodman family through the trials inherent in treating severe mental illness as wife and mother Diana suffers from continuous delusions due to her worsening bipolar disorder. Although her son Gabriel died when he was an infant, she has constant visions of him as a teenager, a permanent reminder of a loss too great for a young mother to bear. These visions keep her distant from her husband Dan, who is desperately trying to turn back time and rebuild the marriage that used to make him feel alive, and her daughter Natalie, who fears that she can never be enough for a family that can’t let go of the memories of their former son. The rendition was directed by Mikayla Guida, a senior majoring in English. She discussed how “Next to Normal” took her and DCP out of their comfort zones and forced them to confront new challenges. “I was nervous because, with our budget, we tend to do shows with very minimal props and very minimal costumes, more play than musical I guess,” Guida said. “This musical has
sidney slon pipe dream photographer Dickinson Community Players (DCP) presented “Next to Normal,” an emotional and poignant musical about mental health and its impact on family dynamics.
upwards of 40 songs, whether it be reprises or whatever.” The show is not afraid to mix tragedy with humor, but it never allows the topics to be mere punchlines. A parody of “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music,” with all of the
happy thoughts replaced with the names of antidepressants, may put a smile on your face, but the joke can only be funny with an understanding of the feeling of hopelessness that comes from endlessly trading one drug for another, always hoping that the
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people do,” Guida said. “I try to focus first on making the connections and making a room of people feel comfortable and just feel like a family. And then honestly, it’s so secondary to me to have a good show. I feel like the people are the most important thing.” Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from “Next to Normal” will be donated to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST), a nonprofit organization that aims to assist the local community in caring for mental illness and is the oldest continuously operating Mental Health Association in New York. Services include short-term crisis housing as an alternative to hospitalization and support groups to prevent struggling individuals from feeling isolated. Guida said she is glad to have the opportunity to support an organization that helps people going through the same issues that define the show. “MHAST, their work is so important and so to give back to that when we can and when we have the ability to is so important,” Guida said. According to Guida, the show’s main message is the idea that trying to be the perfect support system for someone you love can lead only to failure, at the expense of your own mental health. In order to give the best help you can, you need to take care of yourself first. “You can’t pour from an empty cup,” Guida said. “Before you try to help others, help yourself. It’s like the whole oxygen mask thing on an airplane, you have to help yourself before you help everyone else, and I feel like this show really speaks to that.”
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Oak Fest promotes environmental awareness with music Bands performed at thirdannual event on April 13 Krishna Patel
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As Earth Day draws closer, many students will celebrate the environment in various ways. This past Saturday, April 13, the students of 101 Oak St. fused entertainment, art and activism in their third annual Earth Day event, this year rebranded from Earth Dage to Oak Fest, a student-run music festival honoring the earth. Starting at 3 p.m. and running past midnight, the event took place in the backyard of 101 Oak St., a residential house on the West Side in Downtown Binghamton. People gathered around a platform that served as the stage to listen, sing and dance along with student bands like Ben Franklin and The Electric Keys, The Landshark Committee, Natural Action Committee and natural born kissers performing. Several bands from out of town were invited to perform as well, including headliners Stuyedeyed, an indie-rock band from the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. Other out of town bands and artists included Starbat!, Playshoes and rap duo Your Mystery Guest, who opened for Yaeji at last spring’s Binghamton Underground Music Presents (BUMP) show. Later in the evening, attendees headed inside for indoor DJ sets by Buzi, Taegyu and VONABROOK. Lizzy Price, a sophomore majoring in environmental studies, said she liked the music and the environment was friendly. “Oak Fest is super fun,” Price said. “Everyone is really nice, the music is really good and it’s just overall a really good scene.” The festival was sponsored by Binghamton University’s branch of New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). The student group collected signatures in support of the Green New Deal, a policy proposal to help push
the United States toward a more sustainable future. Along the periphery of the backyard, student organizations such as the Food Co-op, Decol A, Ideas Club and the Service for Health, Inequality reduction, Natural disaster relief and Education (S.H.I.N.E.) set up tables to promote various environmental causes. Students alongside NYPIRG sold cookies, chili, cornbread, drinks and numerous other snacks. Proceeds from $5 tickets also allowed for $1,000 to be donated to environmental activism organizations. Dheiva Moorthy, a freshman double-majoring in environmental studies and sociology, tabled with DIVEST BING at Oak Fest. She emphasized that activism was central to the concert. “Oak Fest is a great group of people putting together a concert for a really good cause,” she said. “There are so many different organizations tabling here today in support of the Green New Deal and ending environmental racism and I think that’s really awesome.” Natalia Romanzo, a senior majoring in environmental studies and NYPIRG e-board member, stated that sending student signatures to Anthony Brindisi, 22nd congressional district representative, sends out an important message to our leaders. “We want to show campus support for the Green New Deal,” Romanzo said. “We want to let Brindisi know that students at BU care about these issues.” LeeAnn Epstein, festival manager and a sophomore majoring in theatre, expressed the dedication and hard work the event staff put into organizing Oak Fest. “Everyone on our team put our own money, time and energy into this event without knowing if it would even work out, because this was such a crazy thing to do,” she said. “This wasn’t just a party. We threw an entire music festival in a backyard.” Festival manager and producer Jeff Bagg, ‘18, added that Oak
Fest was an entirely student and volunteer-based event. “Initially, there was no involvement from organizations but just a group of people who brought it together from the ground up,” Bagg said. “Everyone had a different unique perspective and skill set to contribute.” Bagg said that the student hosts had a background in playing their own music and supporting other student bands, and Oak Fest was an especially rewarding way to continue this tradition. “The house has history to it,” Bagg said. “People have been hosting music shows here for three or four years straight. Binghamton itself has a history of jam band parties. To create something from the bottom up and have it turn out so well and smoothly feels good, it’s a moment where all the hard work paid off.”
kojo senoo pipe dream photographer PlayShoes (above) and The Landshark Committee (below) were among the bands who performed at Oak Fest, a student-organized backyard music festival.
Art of Science gallery opening showcases beauty of STEM Events features research-related photos Sofia Mena
The Art of Science contest returned for its third year with an award ceremony and reception on Thursday at the Center of Excellence. The contest aimed to allow students, faculty and staff to share their scientific research through photographs and images that may also be considered to have artistic value. According to Martha Terry, creative services manager in the Office of Research Advancement, the contest was inspired by similar contests at other universities. “[My director and I] belong to a group called URMA, which
is the University Research Magazine Association, and we have colleagues from all over the nation, so we learn from our colleagues what other campuses are doing,” Terry said. “Other campuses have already done it, like Stanford, Vassar and Princeton, but we just want to make it our own, so that’s what we did.” Participants were invited to translate the beauty of science into visual works, a process that has become more common due to advancements in imaging technology. The contest was divided into three categories. The first, called “The World Around Us,” consisted of images in which the subject is visible to the naked eye. The second, called “Visualizing the Unseen,” consisted of images captured with the use of optics, such as
microscopes and telescopes, that extend beyond what the eye can see. The third, called “Imagining Science,” comprised images that depict objects too small to be directly visualized, models of scientific phenomena, or processes or interpretations of scientific information. The contest received 35 entries in all, with a winner being chosen from each category as well as from the entirety of the competition. Images were evaluated based on scientific significance, originality and artistic and visual impact. The prizes for winners included a drone camera kit for Best in Show as well as high-quality prints of the winning entries in each category. “Fort Anne,” an image by Michael Jacobson, research development specialist for the Office of Strategic Research
Initiatives, took first place in “The World Around Us,” and was named Best in Show as well. Jacobson submitted an image of a 360-degree view of the top of Battle Hill, the location of British troops in the Battle of Fort Anne during the Revolutionary War. Having achieved the photo with Samsung 360-degree gear, Jacobson said he thought this new technology was a means of immersing the viewer in the scene and helped contribute to scientific outreach. “With the advent of 360 [technology], it allows people to get put in that place; it’s like they’re standing there and can look all around instead of just one view,” Jacobson said. “I usually take lots of photos and I like the outreach component of science and research, so [I think] it’s a good competition to merge
that. It’s taking the research outside the lab and bringing it to the public.” Jeffrey Mativetsky, associate professor of physics, took first place in the “Visualizing the Unseen” category for his image titled “Shards,” depicting an organic semiconductor “ink” that dries to form crystals of varying thickness which create light interference patterns, similar to the way an oil slick forms rainbow-like bands. Congrui Jin, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, took first place in the “Imagining Science” category for “Meshed Grains,” which exhibited meshed grains of polycrystalline materials produced with a mesh generator developed by Jin’s team in order to investigate creep rupture of high-temperature components such as gas turbines and
steam boilers. The entries were evaluated by a panel of five judges with expertise in various disciplines ranging from engineering to photography to art history. Wasim Ahmad, ‘04, photojournalist and adjunct professor of communications at Syracuse University, acted as a judge. “It’s so cool to see how scientists approach photos, because it’s very different from the way I would approach photos as an artist and a photographer,” Ahmad said. “There’s often an unseen beauty in the experiments, dig sites and microscopic worlds that scientists work in every day, and to capture it either photographically or artistically created unique compositions that would never be seen any other way.”
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So, Weekend Warrior, when you stumbled out of bed early to dage on Saturday, you were in a daze from the warm weather. For the first time this semester, you didn’t need a jacket to go Downtown (not like you ever wore one anyway). How did you end up blacked out on the West Side at 3 p.m.? How did you lose your fake ID when you didn’t even go to a bar? Wait, did you go to a bar? What even happened? The world may never know. But you’d better slap on some sunscreen next time, Weekend Warrior, because that sunburn is not cute.
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Women’s lacrosse blows out Hartford on Senior Day Seven Bearcats score two goals in home victory Clare Mahoney
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After hitting the post twice and surrendering an early goal to the Hartford Hawks, it took a goal by sophomore midfielder Kelly Quinn to put the Binghamton women’s lacrosse team on the board. Her early success triggered a deluge of attacking power, and the Bearcats scored eight unanswered goals to end the half with a formidable 8-1 lead in what ended as a 17-5 victory on Senior Day. The Bearcats (2-12, 2-3 America East) dominated the Hawks (1-14, 0-5 AE) on Saturday, extending their winning streak to two. “Today we came out and certainly got the ball rolling on the offensive end early; we got a lot of shots off in a short amount of time,” said BU head coach Stephanie Allen. “I think then it just came down to really dialing in and focusing on our shots and executing on both sides of the ball.” Prior to the game, BU honored its six graduating seniors, attack Emily Yoo, midfielders Ciara Gordon, Rebecca Golderman and Danielle Lulley, and defenders Kaia Gallop and Lauren Cristodero. The seniors all stepped up to the task, celebrating their careers and their teammates with a strong offensive performance. Yoo led the way, earning five points with two goals and three assists. Gordon and Golderman each scored twice, and Lulley netted one. “It was exciting to see those players step up today, and for us we just wanted the entire team to step up and play their best, but those seniors really highlighted the win today,” Allen said. The Bearcats outplayed their opponents in both the attacking and defending spheres. The Hawks were outshot 51-14 and committed 26 turnovers to Binghamton’s 10. BU also
Graduate student attack Emily Yoo scored two goals and recorded three assists as she was honored on Senior Day.
capitalized on clearing and ground balls; they were 18-for-19 on clear attempts and controlled 34 ground balls, while the visitors went 9-for-23 on clears and picked up 15 ground balls. As Hartford’s
program is in its second year of existence and it currently occupies the bottom position in the AE, this type of domination was expected of Binghamton. However, despite their
inexperience, the Hawks fielded a fit, young team composed almost entirely of freshmen and sophomores. Their lone senior, attack Billie McLaughlin, led the Hawks with seven draw controls,
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two goals and an assist. “There were certainly a lot of fighters out there and some players that we knew were going to go to goal hard and have a lot of speed and athleticism,” Allen said.
“So we tried to slow them down in the midfield and in between the thirties and create as many extra opportunities for ourselves as we could.” In addition to Yoo, Gordon and Golderman, Quinn, sophomore attack Paige Volkmann, junior midfielder Alissa Franze and senior attack Olivia Batista all scored twice. Sophomore defender Natasha Rahal scored her first career goal in the second half of the game. The Bearcats will need these players in the upcoming matchup against Stony Brook, the finest program in the AE, as the squad vies for a playoff slot. BU hopes to put its recently ended 12-game losing streak behind itself, build momentum from its previous two victories and execute in the final leg of the season. The Senior Day victory seemed to reaffirm the class’ determination to play well for each other and finish the season strong. “It was good momentum coming off of UMass Lowell, so it’s going to give us a good confidence-booster going into Stony Brook,” Yoo said. “It was a big team effort, so honestly I give it all to my teammates … The win and the points were just a reflection of the effort out there and how well we enjoy playing together.” The team likely needs a win on Friday to stave off playoff elimination, and Stony Brook will provide a significant challenge for the Bearcats. “There’s a lot of season still left and a lot that we’re still fighting for,” Allen said. “We’ve kind of had that motto of ‘til the end’ all season and while today was a celebration in honor of the seniors, we do have one more home game here in this complex and then some more games on the road for them to really fight till the end for us and get us a playoff appearance.” First draw against the Seawolves is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, April 19 from LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, New York.
BU lacrosse dedicates twin bill to One Love Foundation Bearcats raise awareness for domestic violence Edward Aaron sports intern
In 2010, University of Virginia women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love was beaten to death by her exboyfriend. On Saturday afternoon, the Binghamton men’s and women’s lacrosse teams dedicated their doubleheader to the One Love Foundation, an organization
founded to honor Love’s memory and raise awareness for domestic violence among students. “The UVA women’s lacrosse team, unfortunately, lost a player and a teammate of theirs in Yeardley Love,” said BU women’s lacrosse head coach Stephanie Allen. “Her family, shortly after her brutal death, was on a mission to raise awareness on domestic violence and started the One Love Foundation. It’s something we’ve been a part of since the initial date of that foundation, but today
we really wanted to dedicate this game and do it in a doubleheader fashion and make sure that our men’s and women’s teams were raising awareness.” The One Love Foundation works to educate young people about the warning signs of domestic violence and prevent future tragedies from occurring. This movement has gained particular recognition in the lacrosse community, given Love’s participation on Virginia’s women’s lacrosse team. “My daughter, Lexie, and I started the One Love Foundation to honor Yeardley’s memory,” said Sharon Love, Yeardley’s mother, per joinonelove.org. “We did not want the bookend on her life to be the horrible way it ended, and we were determined to help others avoid the devastating loss that we had endured. We thought about Mothers Against Drunk
Driving and aspired to tackle prevention in much the same way: by educating young people and starting a conversation about an incredibly prevalent issue that too often goes undiscussed.” Before game day, the players participated in The Escalation Workshop, an interactive filmbased workshop designed to educate participants about the signs of relationship abuse. Both Allen and men’s lacrosse head coach Kevin McKeown wore One Love Foundation T-shirts during the doubleheader. “We did an escalation workshop with both teams, and today they had on the socks and goalies had stickers on their helmets,” Allen said. “It’s not just about today, though, it’s about creating conversation, having open dialogue about what’s healthy in a relationship.” In the days leading up to
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the doubleheader, the teams created a video featuring the coaches and players reflecting on the importance of having healthy relationships. “A healthy relationship means, to me, someone that I feel like I can always turn to if I’m having a problem or a dilemma, that I know they would help listen, hear me out and help me think of solutions to that problem, or just be able to be there for support,” said women’s lacrosse junior midfielder Alissa Franze in the video. The players also spoke on the relationships between teammates and the importance of positive support in the locker room. “I feel like being a good teammate starts with trust,” said men’s lacrosse senior midfielder Tim Mattiace in the clip. “If you can trust your teammates on the field and off the field to know that
they’re gonna have your back and they’re gonna take your best interest in mind when they’re talking to you or making a play on the field, those things are super important.” For the Binghamton lacrosse staff, it is important to foster programs that support positive relationships and allow for the necessary dialogues to occur. “Loving is hard, and I think it’s really important that we train our young women to stand up for themselves and to have the conversations with each other and to show them as often as we can what a healthy relationship does look like,” Allen said. “I think just making sure that we have an environment, both with the coaching staff to the student athlete, but also amongst our team members, that they feel like they can have those conversations with each other.”
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Baseball takes one of three against first-place Seawolves Anderson tosses complete game in lone win Michael Steinberg pipe dream sports
Good, but just not good enough. The Binghamton baseball team welcomed one of the best teams in the America East (AE) conference, the Stony Brook Seawolves, to the Bearcats Sports Complex for a three-game series over the weekend. The Bearcats (14-14, 4-4 AE) played well, but were not good enough to edge out Stony Brook (20-11, 9-3 AE) in the series, dropping two of the matchups. “I think they were three very competitive ballgames, and you saw everybody, players from both teams, compete in a pretty good level,” said BU head coach Tim Sinicki. “I think what separated things was that they may have executed a little better than we did.” The first game of the series went down to the last inning and beyond, as Stony Brook pushed the game to extra innings in the top of the ninth and won 7-6. Most of the Seawolves’ runs came off a grand slam by senior infielder Brandon Alamo in the top of the fifth, which was set up after two walks and a single. Then, up two runs in the ninth inning, Binghamton was not able to put the Seawolves away, as it tied the game up and then cemented the outcome in the 10th inning.
rose coschignano pipe dream photographer Redshirt junior second baseman Alex Baratta had two hits and recorded two RBIs in Binghamton’s lone win of its series against Stony Brook.
The second game’s story was pitching. Specifically, the performance of Binghamton’s best pitcher, junior Ben Anderson, one of the two best pitchers in the AE. Anderson leads the AE with six wins and has far more strikeouts than any other pitcher with 66. The next closest pitcher has 49. Anderson pitched an impressive, complete-
game shutout, allowing eight hits and only one walk through seven innings, all while adding nine strikeouts to his stat sheet. The Bearcats were able to support his dominant start by plating five runs on six hits. “I think it’s his [Anderson’s] development,” Sinicki said. “He’s developed appropriately throughout the course of his
career here and I think he’s now gotten to a point where his pitches are able to get him through a lineup multiple times as opposed to maybe last year.” The Bearcats faced several injuries during the last game of the series, missing several starting pitchers, as well as junior catcher T.J. Wegmann and sophomore shortstop Jake Evans.
“Injuries are part of the game so they’ll never be an excuse,” Sinicki said. “You’ll never hear an excuse out of this mouth for injury. Those injuries are opportunities for other guys and we have to make the most of those opportunities.” The Bearcats showed some fielding woes in the third game, as they fell 6-3 to Stony Brook
in the rubber match. There were several hard-hit balls that were within reach of players who could not make plays, which accounted for Stony Brook’s five doubles throughout the game. Freshman catcher Connor Aoki did well for some of the game, throwing out a runner at second, but missed a throw to allow a runner to come home in the seventh inning. Redshirt junior second baseman Alex Baratta had another strong series, hitting a tworun homer in the second game against Stony Brook and overall going 4-for-11 with three RBIs throughout the series. Baratta continues to maintain the best batting average on the team and the fourth-highest average in the AE at .365. BU had been playing well of late, winning five out of the last six games, with the only losses coming in the extra-innings loss in the first game of their doubleheader Saturday and the loss on Sunday. It had a threegame winning streak against nonconference schools before coming into its second conference series of the season against Stony Brook this weekend. “We did some good things, we just have to do better,” Sinicki said. “That’s all, plain and simple.” Binghamton gets a break from conference play as Marist College comes to visit the Bearcats for a single game on Wednesday, April 17. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. from the Bearcats Sports Complex in Vestal, New York.
Softball swept by America East-leading UMass Lowell Binghamton handed fifth consecutive defeat Evan Cole
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To finish off its five-game homestand, the Binghamton softball team squared off with UMass Lowell in a three-game series this weekend. Looking to improve from getting swept by second-place Albany on Wednesday, the Bearcats tried to play more complete games against the River Hawks, but ultimately saw the same result against the America East’s (AE) top team, dropping all three games despite contested scores and extending Binghamton’s losing streak to five. “We made some mistakes yesterday [Saturday], and I think today [Sunday] we lost our focus a little bit in certain spots,” said BU head coach Michelle Johnston. “I think if we have a little bit better offensive production, we know that [UML] is beatable if we do some things a little bit better.” Each game on Saturday’s twin bill featured both a strong performance from Binghamton’s starters and the Bearcats (1421, 3-8 AE) jumping out to early leads, but also showcased UML (20-12, 8-0 AE) taking the advantage in the seventh inning due to a lack of offensive production for BU. In the opener, the Bearcats jumped out to a quick lead off
a bases-clearing triple from sophomore utility player Sarah Benn in the first inning. Down by three from the start, the River Hawks slowly clawed their way back with three runs that were not driven in by a hit. Two sacrifice flies and an error allowed UMass Lowell to tie the game by the end of the third inning, while Binghamton’s bats fell lifeless. The Bearcats failed to score for the remainder of the contest despite junior pitcher Rayn Gibson throwing a complete game. In the top of the seventh, the River Hawks took the lead on a sacrifice fly, taking a 4-3 edge and marking another hitless run for UML. BU went down quietly in the bottom of the seventh, and Gibson was charged with the defeat despite striking out six and allowing only three earned runs. Binghamton’s offensive struggles continued in the nightcap, but some timely hitting put the team in a decent position to win late, largely thanks to junior pitcher Rozlyn Price’s performance starting the game. Price’s first six innings were masterful, as she allowed only one run on four hits and struck out four River Hawk batters. Binghamton’s hitters began providing Price with some run support in the fifth inning when sophomore infielder Makayla Alvarez drilled a home run to left center, tying the game at one. In the following frame, junior catcher Sara Herskowitz
helped BU take a 2-1 lead on an RBI single. Pitching with a lead in the seventh inning, Price was tagged for four hits and two runs. UMass Lowell rallied behind small ball to take and hold a 3-2 advantage for the remainder of the game. “We gotta trust and feel good that we’re gonna be able to finish these games,” Johnston said. “Right now, there isn’t that much confidence as far as having that … I think this game is about getting stronger as the game goes on and … we gotta make sure that we’re getting better. I feel like we’ve let up and aren’t necessarily having the best at bats at the end of the game.” The Bearcats trailed nearly wire-to-wire in Sunday’s finale, falling behind 4-0 in the second inning and failing to pull within a run for the remainder of the game. UML’s offense was powered by redshirt junior infielder Casey Harding, who blasted a three-run homer to dead center field and set the game’s tone. A late effort from BU helped the team plate three runs in the game’s final innings, but two insurance runs from UML helped seal the sweep. The failure of the Bearcats to produce consistently on offense hurt them throughout the series, as the team’s pitchers did not throw with a comfortable margin at any point of this weekend’s games. This both enabled the River Hawks to stay within games despite trailing, and take the lead when necessary.
A lone constant in BU’s offense was freshman infielder Marissa Braito, who batted 6-for-11, stole two bases and scored four runs in the series. As the leadoff hitter, she was able to start frames strongly for the Bearcats, but the team failed to capitalize in lieu of
her presence leading off. “She continues to get on base for us,” Johnston said. “I think she sets a tone offensively, and we need to work to get better off of that and use that to our advantage.” After grinding through a
gauntlet against the AE’s toptwo teams, the Bearcats return to nonconference play on Thursday when they travel to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to take on Bucknell in a doubleheader. First pitch from Becker Field is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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