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Volume 84, Issue 5
October 21, 2011
MTO production recieves rave reviews J,==4-K&G,-"3 D24==&B3,2"3
The SUNY Potsdam Musical Theatre Organization (MTO) put on a production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!” last Friday and Saturday, October 1415, in Snell Theatre. The performances of the crew, actors, and pit orchestra were as tounding, to put it lightly. The show itself is a familyfriendly show. In stead of a structured plot, a series of skits were performed involving the characters from Peanuts, including Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and of course, Charlie Brown. The actors, director (Jason Francey), and MTO brought these scenes to life in a very creative way. The humor, and the singing were abso lutely fantastic. The humor embedded in the show was clean and amusing. It never crossed that line into adult humor. Edith Grossman (Sally) and Sarah Germain (Lucy) were probably the funniest characters in the show, the actors adding their own attributes and style to already funny and loved characters. Wil liam Zino’s (Linus) choreographed performance with his blanket was also whimsical and hilarious. The choreography of the play was ex ceptionally done as well, with all of the actors dancing during different parts of the show in an especially entertaining way. The costume choices and set design for the play were also ex
On October 14 and 15, SUNY Potsdam’s Musical Theater Orga nization (MTO) put on their annual fall performance. This year’s pro duction was “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” about a day in the life of everyone’s favorite block head, Charlie Brown (played by Ryan Sparkes). The show was directed by stu dent Jason Francey, and musically directed by Jamilla Fort and James Bucki. The show drew a large crowd on their Saturday matinee and night show by both adults and children of all ages. However, their largest crowd came on Friday night when !"#$%&#'()#%!"#%*+,!%,!-.#/!%0+1-2% to sell out at Snell Theater. “It felt amazing to sell out, said 3+(/'#$%14%"5,%*+,!%2+1.-'!51/%65!"% MTO. “But it also left me feeling more nervous because it was my directing debut.” Overall, the show was a suc cess with standout performances from the entire cast including Dan Mertzlufft as the beloved Snoopy and Edith Grossman as the charm ingly overdramatic Sally Brown. Both played their characters effort
ceptional. Without complicated or elaborate costumes or set designs, more focus could be put on the characterization, dance, and songs in the play. The costume choices were simple but realistic; the cloth ing made each actor look a lot like the characters from Peanuts with out being too elaborate. The most impressive costume was probably that of Dan Mertzluff, who played Snoopy. He wore a simplistic costume that gave the audience the knowledge that he was a dog, which was as whimsical and as cute as the rest of the play. And one could not watch the lessly and made the entire audience believe that the Peanuts had truly come to life. Sarah Germain brought the al ways sassy Lucy to life with her solid delivery and comedic tim ing. William Zino’s Linus was ex actly how I remembered the young blankethugging philosopher and played his role wonderfully. Schroeder (played by Kevin Dorvil) brought a new sass to the Beethoven loving child prodigy !"(!% 7% 41-/.% 6(,% 61/.#+4-88$% *! ting for the musical. Sparkes as Charlie Brown made us all re member why this character is one of America’s most beloved faces. Christina Martucci (Peppermint Patty) Marcy (Kristina Martorano, also the show’s chorographer) Sean Sansevere (PigPen) and Nicholas Mariani (Franklin) were adorably reminiscent of the old Peanut car toons with their quirky dialogue. Overall, the performance was extremely impressive from the ex tremely Peanutsesque set, the clas sic Peanuts chorography allowed a wonderful escape into childhood for two hours. Two thumbs up to MTO and the MTO EBoard for their hard work and congratulations on another stellar performance.
show without applauding the pit orchestra, directed by Jamilla Fort. The play would have not been the same without the orchestra setting the mood of each scene with their music, as well as playing Schro eder’s parts on the piano. The musi cians cooperated very well to pro duce appealing and relevant music for the play. If you didn’t go to see “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” you missed a great family show with whimsical humor, great music, ()(95/0%('!1+,:%(/.%(%!#++5*'%.5+#' tor to put it all together.
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News Possible cure for Police Blotter AIDS discovered
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After years of diligent work toward a vac cine for HIV, scientists now believe that a new research drug called MVAB could turn the virus into a “minor infection.” The vac cine consists of two types of white blood cells, which attack and destroy HIV stricken cells. “If the virus enters the body and tries to develop in a cell, the immune system is ready to inactivate the virus and destroy the infected cell,” explains Professor Mariano Esteban, head researcher of the vaccine at the National Biotech Centre in Madrid, Spain. During the start of clinical trials 24 healthy patients were given the MVAB vaccine. 90 percent of the participants had an immunological response against the HIV and 85 percent of those pa tients maintained the response for at least a year after initial injection, meaning that these 2617(-42$"&0$8!9($48($!1),)4.$4&$3*84$&%%$48($ deadly virus. The MVAB drug is based on the current smallpox vaccine developed in 1915, which was proven extremely effective at eradicating
what was once believed to be the most per sistent and deadly infectious disease until the discovery of HIV. The only alteration to this vaccine is the insertion of four HIV genes that are incapable of duplicating, which assures HIV negative patients that the substance will not infect them. The vaccine is administered multiple times during week zero (initial in jection), four and 16, causing the body to be come familiar with the structure of the virus and how to destroy it. The vaccine has proven very promising so far and has already passed phase one of the clinical studies on macaque monkeys, mice and human subjects, allowing it to soon be put into further trials. A Spanish Superior :-)("4)3-$ ;(2(!'-8$ <&6"-),$ =(=1('$ 24!4(#/$ “If this genetic cocktail passes Phase II and Phase III of future clinic trials, and makes it into production, in the future, HIV could be compared to herpes virus nowadays.” This could potentially mean the end of new HIV related deaths, and that, decades from now, the virus would be known only as a minor chronic disorder.
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In a surprising, but not unprecedented, move, the Obama administration announced on Friday that 100 American soldiers were being deployed to Uganda to help the govern ment remove Joseph Kony, rebel leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Obama underscored that the deci sion to support the Ugandan Army was based on years of human rights violations by the LRA including kidnapping, rape and murder that has, according to the United Nations, dis placed more than 380,000 people. “I believe that deploying these U.S. armed forces furthers U.S. national security interests !"#$ %&'()*"$ +&,)-./$ !"#$ 0),,$ 1($ !$ 2)*")3-!"4$ contribution toward counterLRA efforts in central Africa,” said Obama. In 1987, Kony rose to power as the neph ew of a mystic, and, with other members of the LRA, took power after the defeat and departure of the Holy Spirit Movement. The group is responsible for the abduction of over
65,000 children, many of whom the group would train as conscripts for service to Kony, who claims to be a prophet sent by God to purify Uganda. In the last two years alone the LRA has murdered 2,400 people and abduct ed 3,400. Arizona Senator John McCain, however, drew allusions to Somalia and Lebanon and was critical of the Obama administration’s de cision, worrying that even a limited mission could draw the United States into a far more +'&4'!-4(#$ !"#$ (2+(-)!,,.$ 1,&&#.$ -&"5)-4$ )"$ the near future. “It is a big part of the world. We don’t know any of the details. I remember Somalia. I re member Lebanon. We’ve got to be very care ful about how we engage. I think it’s mainly humanitarian in this case.” In 2008, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Su dan agreed to work together to arrest Kony and defeat the LRA, but the effort failed. Since that same year, the United States has distributed over $497 million in humanitarian aid to Uganda.
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Less than two weeks after the death of the iconic cofounder of Apple, Steve Jobs, the iPhone 4S has gone on sale, and initial sales of the phone have been positive. In fact, sales of the iPhone 4S, which has been panned by critics for not being a total upgrade of the iPhone 4, have broken sales records for the company. The initial reaction to the iPhone 4S, which was unveiled at a press event on October 4, a day before Jobs’ death at the age of 56, was lukewarm. Critics noted that Apple did not entirely redesign the phone, as many industry analysts were expecting, but instead made upgrades to the existing iPhone 4 by adding a better camera and upgrading software and hardware. It also includes a voicecommand system named Siri that is capable of answering questions like, “What will the weather be like today?” However, one change to Apple’s iPhone business is the inclusion of network carrier Sprint. Accord
ing to The New York Times and data from Apple, four million iPhones were sold over the weekend, more than twice the number sold when the iPhone 4 was released. Apple’s cofounder and current Apple em ployee, Steve Wozinak, could be found wait ing in line with hundreds of other people for their new iPhone 4S. According to Wozinak, his reason for waiting in line was simple: “I want to get mine along with the millions of other fans.” While waiting overnight for the iPhone, Wozinak tweeted on Thursday: >?8($ ,&"*$ 0!)4$ 1(*)"2@$ AB=$ 3'24$ )"$ ,)"(@$ The guy ahead was on the wrong side and he’s pissed.” Also adding to Apple’s good fortune over this past week are downloads of the company’s new version of the iOS, which have grown to over 25 million. Cur '("4$ '6=&'2$ 5.)"*$ !1&64$ "(0$C++,($ +'&# ucts include predictions of a lower cost iPad that would be smaller than and would supplement the current model, which was released in April of last year.
Individual located in Student Union Re united with host.
22:57 Located daughter of concerned +!'("4$)"$D&0=!"$E!24$;C$F%3-(G$ Mother contacted by daughter.
18:48 Stolen bike – Bowman West. KKL$"&4)3(#$G$A"9(24)*!4)&"$-&"4)"6(2@
01:48 Check suspicious persons Tennis Courts one male visitor and one female student interviewed No illegal activity occurring Nothing further. 13:45 Petit larceny – Stolen bicycle Investigation continued. 14:53 Background check – National 2(-6')4.$+&2)4)&"$H$I(*!4)9($3"#)"*2@ 15:00 Parking Lot 32 Theft of Services – Individual throwing garbage away in dumpster. ;<,"3()%=B,
14:15 Checked the current enrolled student and current employee list with the St. Lawrence county sex offender registry – No matches found. 15:00 Aggravated Harassment Stu dent reports unwanted text messages. 20:54 Noise complaint Raymond Hall 6th$5&&'@$<&"24'6-4)&"$0&'J('2@ ;<,"3()%=C
13:17 Drug arrest – Parking Lot 25 – Student issued appearance ticket. 23:55 Public Urination Male student to face judicial board charges for urinat ing in public Satterlee Hall. walkway. 23:55 Medical Emergency Female student intoxicated Knowles Hall Cam pus Rescue responded Transported to Hospital via ambulance. ;<,"3()%=D
21:45 Students to be charged judicially for Underage Possession of Alcohol Knowles Hall. 22:09 Arrest Two students issued appearance tickets for Unlawful Posses sion of Marihuana Bowman Hall. 23:16 Harassment Statements taken from victim and witness to verbal harass ment Van Housen Hall Investigation continuing. ;<,"3()%=E
01:10 Medical Emergency In toxicated male with hand laceration Knowles Hall Transported to CPH for further attention. 02:18 Medical Emergency Assisted Potsdam P.D. to locate victim from this (!',)('$)"-)#("4GM)-4)=$5(#$8&2+)4!,$+')&'$ to discharge Located and returned to hospital. ;<,"3()%=F
01:00 Check suspicious person standing in Lot 22 behind vehicle– M(')3(#$=!,($!2$&0"('$&%$2!=($9(8)-,(G$ Nothing further. 11:03 Medical emergency – Female student with severe abdominal pain – Lehman House 5 transported to CPH via PVRS. 13:00 Flagg Hall Bike Rack – Bike stolen – Student victim. 14:50 Satterlee Hall – Aggravated Harassment – Professor and Former Stu dent – Student warned of his actions. ;<,"3()%=@
00:18 Medical Emergency Male stu 00:25 Drugs/Marihuana Ogdensburg dent intoxicated Bowman Hall Campus Rescue responded Male signed off fur Drive/Knowles Loading dock Report of two males smoking marihuana. ther treatment. 01:19 Drugs/Marihuana Knowles 00:33 Disorderly Conduct Male at tempting to gain unauthorized access to quad three males observed by UPO Hurley’s event Lehman Hall Subject lo smoking marihuana one male arrested for UPM (Referred for Criminal Pos cated Event shut down. session of Marihuana 5th) and three total 03:05 Locate missing person Report referred for use/possession of marihuana. of male visitor wandering on campus
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This coming Saturday, Oct. 22 there will be a peaceful protest in Ives Park in support of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. This Potsdam NY protest will be an op portunity for students and community mem bers to show support for the “Occupy Wall Street” movement who may not be able to travel or stay as part of a larger protest like those in New York City, Burlington, or Bos ton.
In kind with other “Occupy Wall Street” movements, it is unclear who organized or who is leading the protest. The protest is a complex set of messages derived from frustration with corporations actions and 2+(-)3-!,,.$48($3"!"-)!,$2(-4&'@ Unlike the protests around the world, the Potsdam protest is not intended to be overnight. Potsdam has loitering laws that would complicate sleeping in the park or on the sidewalks.
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