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Justin Bruckel ’15 and Chris Martin ’15. founders of VBURST Vitamin Shots are just BURSTING with energy.

Two Alums Go From Hockey Shots to VBURST Vitamin Shots By REBECCA DOSER NEWS EDITOR

“Take your best shot!” is a motto that Justin Bruckel ’15 of Geneseo, NY and former hockey teammate, Chris Martin ’15 of Ottawa, ON took off the ice and into the real world. Bruckel, an economics major and sports studies minor and Martin, an economics and history double major collaborated elements of time management, planning/scheduling and the student-athlete experience at St. Lawrence into starting their own product: VBURST Vitamin Shots. What spurred your desire to start VBURST? The idea for VBURST was born during our senior year of college while playing NCAA Division I hockey. From our teenage years, right through college, our lives centered around three things - eating, training, and sleeping. Even as college athletes with sound nutrition plans, our diets often fell short of meeting our nutrient requirements, so like most people, we used daily supplements to fill in the nutri-

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tional gaps. When we grew tired of swallowing capsules, and mixing powders, we knew there had to be a better way! We set out to create a small dietary beverage that would allow us to fill in these gaps, with the convenience and great taste that would make us excited to take our vitamins. What exactly is in these VBURST vitamin shots? Our VBURST vitamin shots are a health-based beverage with 12 essential vitamins, a B-vitamin complex for natural energy, and a potent blend of antioxidants and minerals. With our great tasting 2 oz. liquid vitamin shots, we have managed to create optimal nutrition in one simple shot, because the vitamins don’t need to dissolve – they’re delivered instantly. What could be better? Great tasting vitamin shots? What flavors did you guys create? Initially, we went into this knowing that our product needed to taste great. We took our time sampling many flavors and we are very happy with the final outcome. Not only is there a potent blend

of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants within each line, but we feel that the taste is what is really going to spark peoples’ interest. Additionally, when choosing the flavors themselves, we did not want to go with the typical flavors such as grape, berry, and orange. So we went with more of an exotic fruity background, which we feel will also turn some heads. The final four flavors that we came up with are Green Apple, Tropical Mango, Orange-Lime, and Strawberry Lemonade. Now, 5-Hour Energy seems to be a big competitor for you guys…what sets your product apart from theirs? We don’t see 5-Hour Energy as a direct competitor. We are selling a completely different product, and trying to create our own niche. One problem we expect to encounter will be persuading retailers to let us share some of 5-Hour’s coveted counter space. VBURST shots are just vitamins, but consumers can expect to feel a natural lift and energy because of a potent B-vitamin complex. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Last week the Divest SLU column covered what divestment is as well as the importance of SLU’s divestment from fossil fuels. Divestment would make a strong ethical statement that the St. Lawrence community, including students, faculty, administrators, and alumni, does not support the continued degradation of our environment through the extraction and use of fossil fuels. We view divestment as more than just an ethical or financial issue, rather as a necessary step for the university to uphold its values as a sustainable or “green” institution, both in its daily operation and alumni legacy. Last week, Harrington focused on the disparity between the environmental responsibility of which

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A.C.E takes SLU students up, up, and away in free balloon rides.

A.C.E. is Always

Picking Up the P.A.C.E. By KATIE WILSON STAFF WRITER At first glace, St. Lawrence University can come off as a little rough around the edges. Situated in the heart of Canton, NY, the school appears fairly remote to most students coming from bustling city centers and lively routines. In order to remedy this,

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St. Lawrence espouses and the reality that it is financially dependent on the success of fossil fuels. This week, I will focus on the issues the divestment movement is targeting, specifically climate change. “Climate change” as a general phrase refers to a change over a long period of time in the weather conditions of an area or the whole planet. However, today “climate change” is used by many to refer to a specific current phenomenon, the accelerating overall increase in global surface temperature due “global warming,” but “climate change” has become a more apt term for the crisis as increasing temperatures not only create warmer weather but also create and worsen events such as droughts, wildfires, and storms.

students bring entertainment to the campus through their own creative means. The Association for Campus Entertainment, or A.C.E, is one such organization of students that supplies entertainment for campus. A.C.E. is made up of students who are passionate about providing enjoyable, out of CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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Hamre’s “Stand Up to Testing”:

An Op-Ed Response By JONATHAN TEN EYCK STAFF WRITER Standardized testing is a frequent target of criticism in the academic and student communities; however, the arguments challenging standardized testing fail to take into the consideration value it does provide. In last week’s piece, “Stand Up to Standardized Testing,” the author makes the argument that schools should, “Avoid the test scores and focus on the students.” I think this view disregards the context a standardized test can give a college for a prospective student’s application. Standardized testing is often overemphasized in the current college application process, but I think any calls to eliminate them entirely are missing the fact that they are the only consistent barometer with which schools can judge students. High school grades are often subjective and not every student has the chance to practice extracurricular activities. However, every student who takes a standardized test like the SAT’s or the ACT’s does so under a similar set of circumstances. I agree with the premise that standardized test scores should not be given undue weight in the application process, but if the goal is to accurately accept the students who will succeed in collegiate academia, more information is beneficial when used correctly. For instance, my grades in high school were a mix of mediocre from one school and good from another. My standardized testing scores provided context to how I performed in relation to other prospective students. Obviously this varies depending on the student in question, but

while I agree with the thought that “Students are not just walking test scores,” their test scores are part of their academic profile. Are standardized test scores a good reflection of intelligence? No. Are they a good predictor of college success? No. But they do provide additional information for college admissions even though many schools misunderstand the limitations of standardized testing. While standardized testing has been shown to be far inferior to GPA in predicting collegiate success, I think that it still has a place in the admissions process. However, its current place in the admissions process encourages it to be used in ways that only amplify its current problems. While originally intended to be a way for students at nonfeeder schools to gain the attention of Ivy League schools, it has instead become a requirement. Also, students who have the resources to participate testing preparation have an advantage over students who do not, which puts disadvantaged students at further handicap in the college admissions process. Despite these flaws, standardized testing does have a spot in the college admission process despite the fact that it is currently over-emphasized. The spread of test-optional admissions processes is a positive development, but it reflects the ideal that students do not and should not trust schools to put their test scores in the proper context. Standardized testing provides a significant data point on a student’s application, and the option to include that data point should remain available to applying students.

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Portia Simpson Miller and David Cameron discuss whether Britons need to pay up for the price of slavery estimated by Miller to be somewhere around 25 billion pounds.

Prime Minister Better Have My Money: Jamaica Demands Reparations from UK By FANTA CONDE STAFF WRITER That’s what the Jamaican government is telling British Prime Minster David Cameron regarding slave reparations. Last Tuesday when Cameron visited the island, Jamaica’s Prime Minster Portia Simpson Miller told Cameron audaciously that she wants her country to get paid for all of the horrible atrocities of slavery. She estimated that the amount that is owed to Jamaica is 25 billion pounds. Once converted to US currency, the amount is 25 million dollars. Jamaica was a colony under England from 1670 until their independence in1962. This means England made millions, billions, if not trillions off of enslave people. Ironically, when slavery was abolished in 1833 in Jamaica, British slave-owners received two billions pounds for loss of labor. According to The Guardian, it has been

noted that Cameron’s own family obtained a payout for interruption of work because they owned slaves. This leaves one question: What would this inevitably mean for England if they paid Jamaica? Well, it will just commence a domino affect where all the commonwealth countries or ex-colonies will demand their fare share too. Countries such as: Ghana, Grenada, Nigeria, India, Bahamas, Tanzania and St. Kitts will want their money as well. Ultimately, is Prime Minster Portia Simpson Miller wrong to ask for this money? One of the reasons Jamaica is depraved was caused by the historical connection with England. The state of Jamaica would be tremendously better if England did pay the amount Prime Minster Miller is asking for. Cameron being the elite British man he is, flat out said no. According to Common

Dreams, he also said it was “time to move on.” How posh! Reparation may appear as a modern day technique underprivileged people are using to obtain money. But are they wrong for this? Cameron said no to slavery reparations but did offer to buy Jamaica a 25 million dollar prison. You know, since a prison is more valuable than jobs, infrastructure, schools, and hospitals. He claims the prison in Jamaica will be very beneficial because Jamaican criminals need to go back to the island to serve their sentence. He said British tax dollars should not support Jamaican criminals. It’s comical how Jamaicans were once seen as “British” until they ask for independence. When history has contemporary victims, whom should we blame? Love, Peace, and Happiness.

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Americans love their guns. We have more guns than any other nation on Earth. More specifically, we have more guns per capita than Yemen, which is not only the second most armed nation, but also a wartorn country in the midst of a civil war. We call it freedom. Yet this freedom has the pesky knack of killing us. The mass shooting in Oregon last week is just another painful reminder about the cost of our love of guns. As usual, following such actions, America wearily resumed the conversation about how to stop this trend of mass shootings and gun violence. On one side, people say: “Maybe reducing the amount of guns could save lives.”, others, however, point to the Second Amendment wondering “Why should the actions of one mentally unhinged person result in me losing my guns?” The much-needed national dialogue then devolves along partisan lines. That is, until the next mass shooting

occurs. Then we repeat. And repeat. But behind the rhetoric are certain facts that Americans need to reckon with. The Second Amendment does not clearly grant you the right to own as many guns as you want. When asked what is granted in the Second Amendment, people immediately parrot, “the right to bear arms.” However, the amendment actually reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Two points are immediately obvious. Firstly, it is ambiguous as to whether we have the right to bear arms only within a militia or in addition to a militia. The amendment, written in 1791 is fairly outdated. The nature of arms has changed drastically in the past 224 years. Then, guns were less accurate: perhaps, with the best gun at the time, you could shoot two or three bullets a minute. Now, we have guns that can shoot that many times a second. Thus, when those words were

penned, it is inconceivable that James Madison was granting you the right to an AR-15. Nonetheless, people believe their right to guns is an innate freedom that should not be trampled upon. If America’s failure to enact stringent gun regulations really arises from our love for freedom, where is the backlash when other rights are restricted? The First Amendment is limited to a degree. Beyond that, in our quest to combat terrorism, the Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Amendments have been ignored, reduced, or blatantly violated. If safety justifies limiting our freedom, surely intelligent gun regulation meets that criteria. As Obama sadly pointed out, guns kill more people in the U.S. than terrorists. But terrorists do not have a multi-billion dollar industry and teams of lobbyists working on their behest, and thus, our government is actually willing to legislate against them. Behind the rhetoric of freedom and rights, there exists the National Rifle Association. Travel to their website and splashed across the

Dear Dub: What are the Facts on Planned Parenthood? By KRISTEN JOVANELLY STAFF WRITER Politics make me feel duped. I’m like Charlie Brown, itching to kick that football just to have Lucy pull it away from me at that last second. I find myself falling into the traps of political diversions, being pinged and ponged back and forth between unsubstantiated claims, edifying dialogue, and long-standing bias. My head hurts, and in all honesty, I usually end up reading some article about which celebrities are supporting which candidates this political season, and a picture of Meryl Streep embracing Hillary Clinton leaves me feeling warm and contented, but still very much confused. So, let’s get the facts. Let’s talk about Planned Parenthood as, currently, it is one of the most popular organizations in America. Why? It is likely that Planned Parenthood has taken on the unfortunate role of surrogate of our country’s partisan differences. The polarizing nature of the organization enables politicians to enflame emotions, splitting voters and tempting independents to break favorably or unfavorably based on assigned moral principles that are, somehow, characteristic of a political party. The latest reprimand of Planned Parenthood was a consequence of the release of a questioned series of videos purporting to show the organization selling fetal body parts. However, this Dear Dub article isn’t a journalistic

debunking pursuit. This article is about what we know. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of reproductive health services in the United States, providing services to 2.7 million patients in 2013 alone. Of its patients, 83% were age 20 or older according to GAO data from 2010 to 2012. During the 2014 fiscal year, Planned Parenthood affiliates around the country received $528.4 million in government funds according to the organization’s own annual report and the IRS. Federal dollars were the largest source of money coming into the organization and its local affiliates by quite a margin. $305.3 million was derived from nongovernment sources, while about $257.4 million reached the organization after private donors and foundations made contributions and bequests. The organization also raised another $54.7 million in fees charged for its services. Since the Hyde Amendment of 1976, federal dollars have not been used to provide abortions. Instead, the organization uses money from private donors and foundations to fund abortion services, which account for 3% of its total services. The largest percentage of services Planned Parenthood provides is for sexually transmitted disease screening and testing, accounting for 41% of efforts. Contraception follows,

as 34% of services provided. According to the organization, and subsequently fact checked by the GAO and the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood also provides sex education, reversible contraception, emergency contraception kits, vasectomies, female sterilization procedures, and pregnancy tests. Harsh political discourse targeting Planned Parenthood continues to polarize the American populous, shifting the emphasis of the organization away from its actual services and morphing it into a political representation of opposition. Even anti-choice misogyny, particularly to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards in front of a largely-male House government oversight committee last week, is perceived by some progressives as a way to bolster Planned Parenthood. But that’s all headlines. These setbacks seriously hinder access to necessary health services, especially for the nearly 80% of patients that, according to the organization, had incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. At the end of the day, there’s no scoreboard when it comes to women’s reproductive rights. Legislation and political debate can radically alter people’s lives by stripping away resources that have been engrained into our country since the first birth control clinic was set up in Brooklyn, NY in 1916. Defend your rights, stand with Planned Parenthood.

screen are images of: “the future of freedom,” and “tireless defenders of your Second Amendment rights.” Yet, behind these familiar tropes is the disturbing reality that the NRA is a multi-billion dollar organization with the goal of stopping any gun restrictions. Is that American? The founding fathers resented monied interests and large corporations steering the political discourse. The NRA exerts its financial clout in elections by donating to campaigns, financing attack ads on competing candidates, and rallying the conservative base

after mass shootings. As a result, nothing can be done to adequately address the issue. Nothing will change. In a month, maybe two, history will repeat and the dialogue resumed. If the Sandy Hook shooting was not the catalyst of change, nothing will. The cryptic wording of an amendment composed 224 years ago by a handful of white slave-owning males and a modern billion-dollar lobbyist group stymie any change, no matter how modest. We will keep our guns but also all the cold dead hands that come with it.


In this article, Daniel Banta takes a slightly different approach to the age-old problem of guns.

What are You Doing in My Waters? By MATTHEW THIBAULT STAFF WRITER Growing up as a local resident, the St. Lawrence River was always a focal point of the area. It serves as a global link that connects us with the rest of the world by allowing the transportation of massive cargo ships and boats from overseas. It's a premier fishing spot, with Waddington being the site of some major competitions over the summer. These competitions are international, receiving ESPN coverage and prominent sponsorship. Additionally, the scenery is beautiful, featuring campgrounds on the river, such as Coles Creek and Barnhardt. However, St. Lawrence Seaway focal points could be grossly affected soon. The city of Montreal, Quebec plans to release about eight billion liters of raw, untreated sewage right into the St. Lawrence River. This disgusting attempt to use an international gateway as a dump-off site was originally scheduled for earlier in the year, but the measure was halted because Montreal citizens heavily opposed the measure. Citizens exerted enough pressure that the Mayor was forced to hit the brakes on the move altogether until deliberations were made. However, in the end, the plan proceeded regardless. Ultimately, the city is flooding the wastewater into the river because of a construction project related to a major highway. According to the city, it would cost about one billion dollars to build a temporary storage area to house the waste. So, instead,

they're going to just dump billions of liters of raw sewage into the river and hope there will be few negative repercussions. Unfortunately, this is something that could come back to haunt us. The sewage may affect the ecosystem that live near and within the river, as well as animals that live further out along the Canadian side of the river. Additionally, it could hurt the economy of both the city of Montreal and some towns along the river. Eventually, this shortsighted measure may cause enough problems that the government may need to launch an initiative to clean up the river. This controversial decision may have negative implications on tourism. After all, who would be eager to fish, swim, or do pretty much anything in a river that just had about a billion liters of raw sewage dumped into it? As for the consideration of the environment, I think it's appalling, especially because of how much we know about the harmful effects of raw sewage on ecosystems. In this day and age, there is an undue emphasis on environmental concerns such as global warming, melting ice caps, and deforestation. With that said, I'm surprised that this didn't elicit more resistance. This is especially surprising considering how important the river is to the economy of this area. It gives us hydroelectric power, shipping routes, fishing spots, boating areas, camps, and so much more. Since we derive so much form the St. Lawrence River, the least we could do is respect the ecosystem and the surrounding area.


Security Blotter Sept. 30, 9:15 p.m. Unconscious student reported on the intramural fields. SLU EMS responded. Canton Rescue requested. Transported to CPH. Sept. 30, 9:52 p.m. Report of a firecracker in the lobby of Lee Hall, which filled the area with smoke. Oct. 1, 9:27 p.m. Fire alarm activated in Piskor Hall due to a severe steam leak. Oct. 1, 10:14 p.m. Hole in the wall at 11 Maple St. Oct. 1, 9:43 p.m. Report of open containers in the common area of 25 College St. (Beta Theta Pi). Oct. 2, 12:30 a.m. Sergi’s driver reported to Security that students poured beer on to his car while he was delivering a pizza to Lee Hall. Oct. 2, 12:35 a.m. Report of an individual with a head laceration at the Senior Townhouses. Individual was transported to CPH. Alcohol was involved. Oct. 2, 10:10 a.m. Fire alarm was activated by pull station at 48 Park St. Oct. 2, 11:57 a.m. A fire alarm was activated at the Sustainability Farm due to excessive steam. Oct. 2, 11:32 p.m. Party in Sykes Hall that involved beer pong was dispersed. Oct. 3, 11:33 p.m. Student punched out a second story window in Dean Eaton. Student had hand injuries and was transported to CPH. Oct. 4, 1:30 a.m. Extremely intoxicated student was observed walking on Park St. Transported to CPH. Oct. 4, 1:36 a.m. Intoxicated student was apprehended after attempting to gain entry into a private home. SLU EMS was requested to treat an injured hand. Oct. 4, 5:15 a.m. Report of a stolen bike from J-Lot. Oct. 5, 7:17 p.m. Ill student at Johnson. Student signed off. Oct. 6, 8:14 p.m. Student fell off skateboard and dislocated shoulder. Transported to CPH. SEMESTER RUNNING TALLIES: Bike Thefts: 12 | DWIs: 1 Open Containers: 8 | Alcohol-Related Transports: 21


33 Sailors Feared Dead in the Wake of Hurricane Joaquin By DREW WATSON STAFF WRITER

The 790-foot Cargo Ship El Faro, bound for Puerto Rico from Jacksonville, Florida, sank 35 miles northeast of the Crooked Island in the Bahamas last Thursday, according to the United States Coast Guard. There were thirty-three crew members were aboard; 28 American citizens and five Polish citizens. So far, none of the actual ship has been recovered or spotted but only parts of wreckage and heavily damaged lifeboats. The ship is owned by the Puerto Rico based company TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico. Owner Tim Nolan said that TOTE is “distressed that it now appears the El Faro sank at or near its last known position.” El Faro’s voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico was disrupted by Hurricane Joaquin, which battered South Carolina later that week. According to Nolan, the captain of the ship was confident in his crew despite the impending storm. However, the conditions changed with Joaquin being upgraded from a category one to a category four marked by 150 mph winds and 50-foot wave swells in the Bahamas. El Faro, which was a 40-yearold ship, experienced engine failure and all communications were lost at 7:20 am Thursday morning. The boat was reported to be listing 15 degrees after it started to take on water. The ship’s 391 A.C.E. FROM PAGE 1

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Wednesday, September 30 Office Hours: President Ryan Orvis— Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Vice President of Senate Affairs R. Christopher Di Mezzo—Monday and Tuesday, 8-10 p.m. NEW BUSINESS: – Women’s Club Soccer granted $500.00 for equipment, gas money, and t-shirts. – Squash Club granted $143.96 for squash balls. – Shawna’s Walk for Wishes granted $3,000 for t-shirts and advertising. – Admissions Ambassadors applications at Student Information Desk. – Forum on improvement of Pub56 during Thelmo next Weds. ONGOING BUSINESS: – SLU Bar Tour will begin on October 8th at 7 PM in Pub 56. The event will end at the Hoot Owl at 11:30 PM. – Relay for Life registration is open. $10 fee before Oct. 23, $23 day-of. Event is November 7th.

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the ordinary events for the rest of the student body. Its chairs and their committees plan all sorts of events, from concerts to movies and even hot air balloon rides. In the past few years, A.C.E. has really seemed to step up their game. As the organization responsible most notably for Fallfest and Springfest, the members of A.C.E. have worked incredibly hard to lure popular bands to the remote area of Canton. Not surprisingly, the passionate members of A.C.E have been able to gather some pretty impressive names to add to their collection of artists over the past few years, including: Sammy Adams, Mat Kearney, Chainsmokers, GROUPLOVE, and most recently Misterwives and Atlas Genius. The hard work and dedication of ACE members made this wide array of names and music genres possible. Current members Chris Rich ’18 and Kate Brooker ’17, concur that the reason A.C.E. is becoming such a prominent

El Faro cruises tormented seas.


containers would have only increased the ship’s listing. The rescue and recovery has been extensive, however United States Coast Guard Captain Fedor stated that the focus is no longer on finding the ship, but rather looking for any signs of survival. The Coast Guard’s rescue efforts were extremely impeded by Hurricane Joaquin’s immense power. The New York Times reported that despite a hurricane or storm presence, vessels often do not cancel their trips because they have advanced monitoring and radar systems. This has become a topic of discussion due to the possibility that more caution on behalf of the company could have prevented the wreck. El Faro’s captain has a 22-year-old daughter who is currently in Jacksonville who said, “The company still had not fully explained what happened, or why the ship had gone out in a storm.” The Coast Guard officially suspended their search at sunset

on Thursday, after nearly a week of searching for the damaged ship. “They did all they could in this search effort ... our crews and aircrafts flew repeatedly into that storm,” Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor said in an interview on Wednesday. Vigils have been held throughout the nation, to honor the lives of the lost sailors. One remembrance event occurred at the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in Castine, Maine. Four MMA graduates were aboard El Faro at the time it went missing. The focus now turns to why none of the built in survival mechanisms on El Faro were able to save crewmembers. According to a posting on TOTE Maritime’s website, there were five life rafts that were considered unsinkable and could hold 106 passengers in total. It is possible the intense 50 foot swells overwhelmed any attempt to board the lifeboats. At this point, one set of human remains has been recovered, and were found inside a suit meant to prevent hypothermia.

group is largely due to the students in the organization. According to Brooker, a majority of the current members joined the group during their first year at St. Lawrence and have been working together ever since, making them not only comembers but friends. In addition, previous members from prior years have also left large shoes to fill—but ACE has worked hard to fill them, and has been largely successful as well. Both Rich and Brooker reiterate the same idea: A.C.E. has been so successful in recent years because of the remarkable bonds between members. Taylor Owen ‘16, the current president of A.C.E., agrees but feels that the increasing success of A.C.E. events is tied largely to the increase in members’ commitment to the organization as a whole. Members devote more and more of their time outside of meetings to come up with exciting new ideas and acts, and take their positions more seriously in recent years as well. While members agree that A.C.E. is an extremely fun organization

to be a part of, it also requires a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make such phenomenal events possible. On the days of Fallfest and Springfest, members get up in the wee hours of the morning and then scramble around for much of the rest of the day to make sure that band members are happy and that the concert will go on without a hitch. As most past and present members will tell you, A.C.E. opened up an entirely new world for its participants. Students get the chance to meet famous artists, make lasting friendships, and even get some real-life work experience in the process. Being able to say that during your college career you organized large, successful concerts is no small feat, to say the least. While the Association for Campus Entertainment provides members with plenty of hands-on experience for the world outside of campus, its successes are largely driven by the pragmatic, talented members that have been such an integral part of making the magic behind the scenes happen.


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Beta temple gets a face-lift thanks to generous alumni.

Beta Temple is Back and Better than Ever By ELLE LUCAS MANAGING EDITOR

After a summer of restoration, the Beta Theta Pi fraternity will dedicate its temple located between University Avenue and Romoda Drive this Homecoming weekend. The formally known Abbott Young Memorial Temple is a unique part of the SLU chapter’s history and is one of only two Beta temples nationwide. Thanks to the gracious donation of alumni and 2009 honorary degree recipient Allen P. Splete ’60, the building’s stained glass tiffany doors and ornate marble exterior have been renovated to its classic splendor. The previously caved-in ceiling has been rebuilt, and the entire interior has been refurbished with new wooden seats and Beta Theta Pi characters illuminated in the wall. Nate Brown ’17 said the renewed temple has give the fraternity a “centralized location” where members can hold chapter meetings. “It has brought the brotherhood closer together,” he said. In addition to fraternity usage, the temple is also home now to the Ritual Studies class, and administration has made the space available to host formal events said Beta brother Kyle Swartz ’17. The idea of restoration began in 2008. Then Thelmo President and fraternity brother John Pontius ’10 was part of the founding fathers who began the recolonization process. After a brief revocation of national status, the fraternity was recolonized in the 2009-2010 academic year. While their primary focus was on the strength of the newly resurrected chapter, Pontius and his brothers also moved in the direction of temple renovations. The Beta Zeta chapter on campus pledged to maintain upkeep of the building at its original dedi-

cation in the mid-1920s, but due to the increasing disrepair of the temple Pontius felt it was essential to “bring back something to last” for future members. “I also had a personal connection to the restoration,” said Pontius. “My dad was a Beta in ’74, and I wanted to be a part of the group to rebuild Greek life as much as possible. It’s with great pleasure that we’re able to fulfill our original pledge and celebrate this renovation.” But what about what lies beneath the temple? The myriad myths surrounding the famed tunnel connecting the temple to 25 University Ave. can neither be confirmed nor denied, however Admission Ambassadors are known for telling prospective students the lore of the temple’s construction. “[Ambassadors] often joke that the temple was built to block the view from 13 University Ave. [the historic ATO fraternity residence] to the quad,” said Emma Cummings-Krueger ‘16. “Then after that, legend has it that an ATO alumnus donated the funds to Vilas which currently blocks 25’s respective view of the quad.” The inner fraternity workings aside, the restoration is a point of pride for both current and past Beta brothers. “It’s the rebirth and growth of Beta Theta Pi on campus,” said Brown. Now the Director of Sales for Travel Show Marketing Group, Pontius is looking forward to coming back to his alma mater, as several of his fraternity brothers will be joining him in the celebration. “Being a fraternity strengthened our friend group,” he said of his timeat SLU. And now? “Beta gives us a reason to come back.” The SLU chapter of the national Beta Theta Pi is home to some notable alumni, such as our very own President Fox.

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OCTOBER 9, 2015


Media filter: learn the facts about Planned Parenthood nationally and in the North Country.

The 411 on Planned Parenthood By EMMA HENNESSEY STAFF WRITER On September 30th, members of the House of Representatives made another to defund Planned Parenthood of federal funding. In a 241-185 vote, the House voted to defund the largest source of the organization’s budget. Totaling around $500 million each year, and allocated largely from Medicaid and Title X funds, federal money designated to Planned Parenthood assists the organization in providing services to 2.7 million men and women every year. Roughly 42 percent of these services are for STI screenings, 34 percent for contraceptives, 11 percent for women’s health services, and 9 percent for cancer screenings. 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortion services, although mandated by law, no federal money can be used for these purposes. Although, as argued by pro-life advocates in the House, federal money could potentially “free up” resources so as to provide additional abortions. This most recent attempt to defund Planned Parenthood is only the newest episode of the organization’s long-standing turbulent history of political controversy. Although it appears that the Senate will not pass this most recent bill aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood from the House, the political uproar still begs the question: why do attacks on this organization so frequently happen? In short: it is a social issue. This most recent bill passed by the House of Representatives came almost entirely in reaction to the videos that surfaced depicting Planned Parenthood officials discussing the prices for fetal tissue used for research, which critics of abortion say prove the organization is “profiting” from its abortion services. Planned Parenthood and its supporters argue that the prices discussed in the video are merely the organization’s way of covering costs, not making a profit, when donating coveted fetal tissue to research facilities. Behind this battle of somewhat arbitrary semantics lies a greater societal issue at hand: the deep rift in the American political landscape of those who support and denounce abortion, and their apparent inability to compromise. The beliefs of this

hot button issue are deeply and firmly held, polarizing Americans into the supposedly incompatible camps of pro-life or pro-choice, and harming organizations like Planned Parenthood, whose primary purpose is not to provide abortions, in the aftermath. Still, despite the recent political turmoil the organization has faced, it appears there is somewhat of a disparity between the views of the American people and elected officials in regards to funding the organization. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, while roughly 50 percent of Americans consider themselves “pro-choice”, the majority supports continuing to fund Planned Parenthood 2 to 1. This number greatly increases in regards to millennials, where around 75 percent claim support for Planned Parenthood funding, according to a study by the Public Religion Research Institute. At St. Lawrence, students are showing their support for the organization through a rally on October 8th organized by St. Lawrence University Democrats. This rally is also supported by other student run organizations such as SAGA, The Advocates, and The Women’s Resource Center. “With the recent attacks on women’s healthcare, St. Lawrence University Democrats thought that it was important to show support for an organization that is a key provider of women’s healthcare across the country,” says St. Lawrence University Democrats Treasurer Jonathan TenEyck. “We believe that all women should have easy access to healthcare pertinent to their needs and want to express that in this rally” The rally will be joined by New York State Assemblywoman Addie Russell, who represents sections of the North Country and is a longtime advocate of women’s reproductive health, and Director of Community Relations for Planned Parenthood in the North Country, Katie Ramus. The Canton Planned Parenthood, while somewhat unknown by many students at St. Lawrence, is a terrific resource for both male and females hoping to find preventative and emergency contraceptives such as Plan B and birth control, access to STI and cancer screenings, or other information about sexually transmitted diseases and women’s health. More importantly, due to the fact that about 75 percent of Planned

Parenthood’s federal funding comes from serving patients reliant on Medicaid, the organization is a valuable resource for many lowincome people. Empirically speaking, Planned Parenthood’s accessibility to lowincome patients is an asset to citizens from all socioeconomic backgrounds. In fact, for every dollar spent on Medicaid family planning services at organizations like Planned Parenthood, the public saves $5.60 in publicly-subsidized medical services for pregnant women, according to a 2012 study by the Brookings Institution. This is especially important in St. Lawrence County where 22.4% of residents are eligible for Medicaid and roughly 20% are below the poverty level, compared to the roughly 14.5% of Americans below the poverty level nationally. The North Country Planned Parenthood offices serve nearly 12,000 men and women each year. “I support [Planned Parenthood]”, said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) in a recent speech in support of the organization in Waterbury, “I support providing health-care services to low-income people” North Country House Representative Elise Stefanik (R), however, has shown more ambiguous feelings towards the organization. “I have been disturbed by the videos,” the Congresswoman recently said, “One of the things that’s been interesting to me is women who are both pro-choice and pro-life find the videos problematic; the tone and the content of them”. Should Planned Parenthood be defunded, it would mean serious consequences for Americans who use the organization and are reliant on Medicaid. In each county with an operating Planned Parenthood, two thirds of the women who are dependent on safety-net health providers receive contraceptives from there. With federal defunding, many low-income patients will not be able to use the clinics anymore for health services. While this most recent slew of political attacks on the organization appears to be momentarily over, there are more undeniably still yet to come. The largest provider of women’s health services in the country still, like it has always, has many political attacks yet to face, because of the 3 percent of its services used for an issue, which divides the American people.


Elle Lucas ‘16 finally leaves the newsroom to participate in the O.C.’s 2013 mid-semester break trip to Algonquin, Canada.

Boot ‘n’ Paddle

Mid-Semester Misadventures with the Outing Club

By BRENDAN COLLINS COLUMNIST You smell that? It’s the hot sauce. Franks Red Hot Sauce, probably mixed with a little bit of ketchup and smeared on your egg sandwich. Finger lickin’ good. Barnacles! You forgot to order real eggs. Fret not. There is still hope for you. Mid-semester break is right around the corner. You’re stressed, loaded with work and now you’ve got the pourable eggs at the pub. Now, you’re probably thinking about how radical those four and one half days are going to be. Nice, Right? The O.C. is embarking on four Mid-Semester Break trips to discover the wild. First on the list is a canoe expedition in Ontario’s Algonquin Park. It’s going to be a cold one, but you probably won’t see another person. So, if you’re into cuddling through long nights, this is for you. Next up, Bikation is heading to the Province of Quebec. They’ll be leaving tire tracks, but pickin’ up two cans, a thoughtful effort in environmental preservation. So, if you’re into kale and you

ride a mean wheelie on your mountain bike, this trip is for you. Third up is for all the bare footers who hang ten. It’s a surf trip. But in case you were wondering how that’s even possible in the North Country, I’ve got an answer for you. Cape Cod, where the waters are cold and the sharks have just left for the season. So, if you’re into slashing waves and getting barreled, this is your trip. Last but certainly not least, is a fly-fishing trek on the west branch of the Delaware River. This trip is about free campin’ on a patch of state land, nettin’ brownies, and nappin’ riverside. Throw in a Genesee Cream Ale or two and we’ll have ourselves a fishing trip. Spots are limited on these trips, but it’s not too late. Drop by the Outing Club and ask if you too could prevent a forest fire this mid-semester break. And for the love of top buns and everything else trendy, don’t forget to order REAL eggs next time. We’ll see you out there, ~Your Friendly Neighborhood Outing Club~

Cocktail of the Week:

Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz Ingredients: • • • •

3 tbsp of pumpkin puree 2 shots of vanilla vodka 4 tbsp of apple cider 3 tbsp of ginger beer

Instructions: Combine the pumpkin puree, vodka and apple cider and shake well. Pour over ice and top of with ginger beer.


OCTOBER 9, 2015

Across the Pond: A Crash Course in the European Union By WILL MESINGER and KATE TAYLOR GUEST WRITERS

European Union Study Tour, day one: I arrived in Brussels to a lengthy Facebook message from Kate explaining that she would be a day late because she had managed to miss her flight from Rome. I urged Kate to hurry up, feeling dejected because I was the only person at the scheduled group dinner who couldn’t order in French. In the next three weeks, Katie and I would embark on a “study tour,” a concept that, at first, was just as foreign to us as the French menus we had to decipher when we were invited by Government professor Alan Draper to travel throughout northwest Europe for 21 days and explore the European Union’s key institutions. We planned to tour the Benelux countries, speak with high-level European Union officials, and become known simply as “the Americans” to our fellow Canadian tourists. We spent three weeks traveling to Brussels, Luxembourg, the Hague, Eltville, and Frankfurt,

Germany, home of the European Central Bank. We toured countless EU institutions, from the European Parliament to the European Court of Justice. Our days were fully booked from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We spent our hours listening to dozens of diplomats offer their take on the European project. Most were quite optimistic about the endeavor, despite the then-budding migration crisis in the Mediterranean and provocations from Russia. Still, they reminded us that people have been predicting the demise of the EU for years. The EU has carried on, motivated by the memory of countless wars on the European continent. Still, it remains to be seen whether this will be enough for a younger generation of Europeans to keep the project alive. One of the most interesting talks came from a pair of Russian diplomats who gave us their take on the situation in Ukraine. Their talking points mostly fell on deaf ears, with the exception of one of our study tour companions, a Russian temporarily residing in Canada. Kate was lucky

enough to receive a greencard marriage proposal from this particular student. Romantic as it was, and despite my admirable wingman services, she politely declined, due in part to his affinity for turtlenecks (let it be known that I have nothing against turtlenecks). It was intense, and it was fun. Bus rides from city to city were spent playing 20 questions, sweet and sour, and making tallies of which EU country was the friendliest based on its license plate. Many nights were spent at what would soon become our favorite bar in Brussels, Delirium, where outbursts of the Canadian national anthem were quickly countered with a hefty dose of Bruce Springsteen. Now, back on American soil and in thoughtful recollection of our tour, we realize the trip gave us an amazing opportunity to develop our understanding of global issues alongside skills in deciphering French menus. We bolstered our global citizenship, and we grew a little bit closer to our neighbors across the Atlantic and our friends to the north.


Grab old friends, run through the mud, test your brains, drink some beer and have fun! And look – there’s more!


”Scarlet and Brown 4K” (mud run) hosted by the Saints Cross Country & Track and Field program.


Beta Temple Celebration for the reopening of the Abbott-Young Memorial Temple. 4:30 p.m. at the Beta Temple.


The Classic Dana Brunch: 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. All you can eat for just $11.25!


I attended summer camp on Lake George in the Adirondacks growing up, and my involvement with and enthusiasm for it led me to be labeled a “camp person.” My friends at school did not understand what was so special about spending several weeks of summer in the woods. Why would I want to wake up at seven every morning when I could sleep until noon and spend the rest of the day dozing on a salty ocean beach? How could I live without hair straighteners and cell phones? I tried for years to explain the joy in covering yourself in green paint and screaming at the top of your lungs for Color Wars,

the satisfaction of putting on Crocs after a long day trekking up High Peaks, and lying down in a tent after a hearty meal of Mexicali rice and orange cookies. Usually somewhere between “canoe races” and “pee in the woods,” I would lose my audience. I did not find unadulterated love for a place and a group of people that could understand why I’d rather stargaze in the Adirondacks than sleep on a lounge chair next to a pool, until I came to St. Lawrence. Fellow “camp people” had followed the same path before me; Katie Miller ’10 and Mary McAfee ’11 helped me to find my niche in KDS, and Caitlin Hussey ’14 and even Bourke Kraus ’13 found a home there too. We

would return to summer camp in between academic years and our friends would look at us and know the “SLU people” had come back. Anyone who spends their college years at SLU knows this sense of belonging; you feel it so sincerely and deeply, and you will never be able to adequately explain to someone on the outside what makes St. Lawrence and its community so special. Much like those who contort their faces in confusion and tell me, “You guys are weirdly into your camp,” I often hear, “SLU alumni are obsessed with SLU… and each other.” It is in these instances that I know I have been extremely fortunate to have ended up where I was supposed to be.


Bachelor of the Week: Thomas Kelahan ‘17


Zodiac Sign: Aries Hometown: Hooksett, NH Major:Business and Estudios Hispánicos Best qualities: Funny, independent, and geniune. Spirit animal: Dolphin, it’s the most intelligent mammal. Favorite Spanish word: Bufanda, it means scarf. What do you love about New Hampshire: I’m within 45 minutes either ways of Boston and the beach. Most prized possession: Toss up between my Honda Accord Coupe and hand crocheted blanket from aunt. Do you, perchance, have a favorite pop-diva: It’s Lady Gaga, of course, duh. Is that a question? What most I say make

do you consider your charming quality: If physical, that’s gonna me look vain, but I’ve

been told I have a nice smile. Describe a dream date in the Canton/Potsdam area: Starts at the Blackbird, head to a hockey game, and then late night Sergi’s. Any romantic aspirations for your study abroad trip: No specific aspirations, but my family suspects I’ll return with a Spanish husband named Raul. Favorite weekend jam: Danza Kuduro by Don Omar- half Spanish, half Portuguese, very fiesta worthy. How could a possible love interest catch your attention: Buy me a Pub cookie. Best dating advice for your fellow SLU-zers: Be yourself, but don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone and talk to new people. Best advice you’ve ever gotten: “90% of life is about showing up”- Alan Draper.


Arts & Entertainment

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals electrify crowds at their Radio City Music Hall Performance.

OCTOBER 9, 2015


A Saint Joins the World of Rock ‘n’ Roll By ALEXA MITCHELL A&E EDITOR Wondering what our cool alumni are doing? Honorary degree recipient Grace Potter ’14 and the Nocturnals recently threw a two-and-a-half hour long performance at Radio City Music Hall and the feedback has been out of this world. Not only were there lights, fog, and confetti, but Potter did not stop moving from jumping to running to sliding across a

stage that projected stars behind her; Potter delivered. Potter was born in Vermont where her parents created a life as wood crafters. She then attended St. Lawrence for two years from 2004–2006, before dropping out to pursue her musical career. In 2002 the band was formed when Matthew Burr (also a SLU grad and Potter’s husband of two years now!) approached her at The Java Barn, where she was performing some folk music. After that the band

slowly formed to include: Scott Tournet, Michael Libramento, and Benny Yurco.

“Dreams don’t just lay

around like pool balls at the Hoot Owl.” – Grace Potter SLU 2014 Commencement Since, the band has been producing more songs, and

has been nominated for and received awards such as the Jammy Award for “Best New Groove,” in addition to receiving college degrees along the way. In May of 2014 Potter was able to come back to St. Lawrence give a speech to her fellow graduating class. Since then, Potter has been busy. Not only is she performing in Radio City Music Hall, but critics like Andrew Stern from Business Insider are taking note. The article, titled “Move over, Adele–you’re no longer the best

voice in music” explores Potters’ increasing fame. He says: “Potter has that special sauce that great performers all seem to possess…the stage’s galactic backdrop suited the performance beautifully because Potter channeled a force beyond this world.” In his review of Grace Potter’s recent solo album “Midnight”, Jon Caramanica of The New York Times describes her band as “a slick and ambitious Vermont roots-minded soulrock band”

Reminiscing With Alumni on Family Weekend By NATALIE COPELAND STAFF WRITER I smiled while watching my parents drive away from my sorority house and down Judson Street to begin their trek back home this past Sunday, wishing the Family weekend was not quite over yet. Both of my parents are alumni, my dad class of 1981 and my mom class of 1983. They met at St. Lawrence in the beginning of the spring semester after my dad had returned from a junior fall studying abroad in Copenhagen. My mom was a freshman and only eighteen at the time. Now here they were 35 years later, visiting me for Family Weekend, their own personal version of homecoming. As we reminisced on our weekend together at Sunday breakfast, we laughed thinking about the football tailgate we spent hours at, eating dogs and catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. We had attended the silent auction in the student center, watched the women’s soccer team beat X,

and of course bought new SLU apparel in the Brewer bookstore. When I insisted the previous night that my parents come to The Hoot Owl Bar with me, I was ready to put up a fight. Much to my surprise my mom exclaimed, “alright, let’s do it!” before I could even test my argument. “We love The Hoot,” my dad said matter-of-factly and agreeing with my mother. Oh yeah…I realized. “Well you haven’t seen it in a while,” I blabbered. According to them, the bar looks exactly as it did in 1981. My mom explained, The Hoot Owl is in “a time warp that never changes; everything is the same, except for the electronic juke box. It is definitely the only place you can still order two glasses of wine and one Labatt’s for just eight dollars.” Even at The Hoot, the sense of camaraderie between St. Lawrence students and families is undeniable. The students here are more motivated than any group of people I have ever been a part of. Everybody is involved in half a dozen different activities

and clubs, and yet I feel this community is one of the most inclusive and welcoming places I have ever been a part of. Each time my parents return to the St. Lawrence campus, they are instantly reminded of the collective affability of the people here. The people here make up part of the same community that my parents were a part of in their four years here, and the same community that they have carried with them throughout adulthood. I always admired the bond that my parents had with their college friends, and now I understand why they felt so special. St. Lawrence is my place too, and the bond that being a Saint brings is unique and a very lucky phenomenal to be a part of. I could not be happier to share this bond with my parents, and with the alumnus that will be returning this weekend for Homecoming. And I was reminded of that this Family Weekend. I remind myself to cherish the time I have left here because I’m not ready yet to wear my dad’s “St. Lawrence Alumni” hat yet.


Natalie and her parents enjoy time together at The Hoot.

OCTOBER 9, 2015

Arts & Entertainment


The Weekend Playlist: Then and Now By KATIE PIERCE CHIEF COPY EDITOR


VanBrocklin’s first album, Neon Apocalypse (cover art above), was composed and recorded while he was a student at SLU.

’02 Grad Drops Fifth Album By EMMA CUMMINGS-KRUEGER


Turn up the volume: Joel VanBrocklin ’02 has just released his fifth musical collection online and in stores. A native of northern New York, VanBrocklin began composing and recording music independently in his dorm room as a sophomore. After a career of nearly 15 years under the pseudonym Ender Bowen, he dropped the latest “Lemonymix” last Tuesday. VanBrocklin released his first collection “Neon Apocalypse” while still a student at St. Lawrence, and his second album dropped the year after his graduation. The initial music reviews may be found in 2001 and 2003 editions of The Hill News, respectively. This SLU support is continued through the sale of his 2015 album, now available in the Brewer Bookstore. In the years since graduation to date, VanBrocklin has released five albums, three EPs, and one single. Lemonymix is, according to VanBrocklin, “a remastered 10th Anniversary reissue of my third album, Lemonymous, along with [Lemonymix] a completely new companion CD of remixes and alternate takes.” As an electronic and synthetic complication, Lemonymix is comprised of 12 fulllength songs. Following his graduation from SLU, VanBrocklin relocated to Nashville in 2006 to pursue his dream of music production. After a record deal leading into 2008, he tired of the industry and shifted his focus away from music toward television. But, with the birth of his daughter in early 2014, VanBrocklin decided to revisit to his dream.

“I felt a renewed sense of who I am and what I wanted to do primarily to show my daughter that you should never give up on your dreams no matter how hard it gets or what’s stacked against you,” he said. “At 35, with a child and a mortgage, the table is stacked against me and it will be harder than it ever was to make this happen, but I’m not giving up, and I’m going to show my daughter that no matter what she’s passionate about, you stick through it to the end.” In reference to his most recent release, VanBrocklin said: “I chose to reissue Lemonymous before anything else because I feel it best exemplifies what I am capable of. It’s dancy and electronic in some places, experimental and ambient in others, and just plain pop/rock in areas, too. In many ways it’s the best of what I HAVE done and a precursor to what’s to come.” Those here at The Hill News agree with VanBrocklin. The mix of sounds and genres featured in Lemonymix is quite striking. Starting off on a dark and emotional track in “Hide and Seek,” the playlist progresses quickly toward upbeat tunes and low heart-pumping beats. “I could definitely study to some of the tracks, the instrumentals take a front seat in some of my favorite songs,” said Elizabeth Lucas ’16. VanBrocklin’s Ender Bowen releases are available online (via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and others) and on shelves at the Brewer Bookstore. His Soundcloud profile offers samples from the various albums. Learn more of his story here: http://www.


Sing ing S aints, Sinners and Upbeats Saturday, October 10th, 2015 9:00 p.m. in Gunnison Memorial Chapel

Anyone who has walked through Dirty Dean in the hours after sunset Thursday through Saturday has surely heard the latest bass-busting songs that are dominating the weekend playlist. In the spirit of Homecoming, I was left to wonder what the weekend playlists back in the day included. So, everyone get ready and let us shake it all the way back to the 1970s. The songs of the ‘70s have those funky beats and catchy hooks that really get people going. Wild Cherry’s “Play that Funky Music” is the perfect song to kick off the weekend. To please the whole crowd throw on “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen and keep it going with “American Pie” by Don McLean. Not forgetting Elton John, end the ‘70s experience with “Bennie and the Jets” and get ready for the ‘80s. With poofy hair and crazy outfits, the people of the ‘80s knew how to have a good time. To kick it off is “Come on Eileen” by Dexys

Midnight Runners. Madonna was making an emergence so “Holiday” was sure to be heard. If you felt as strongly as Joan Jett, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” made the cut and “Love Shack” by the B-52’s would surely follow. End the night with Journey’s crowd favorite, “Don’t Stop Believin,’” to put everyone in a good mood. Fresh new backbeats brought the ‘90s weekend playlists to life. House of Pain quite literally made people “Jump Around” with their song, and the “Macarena” brought the whole party together thanks to Los Del Rio. The Backstreet Boys made the list with “Everybody” and Montell Jordan showed everyone how he did it with his hit, “This Is How We Do It.” Wrapping up the 90s playlist is none other than “Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega. Thanks to those not at all awkward middle school dances, we are all familiar with the songs that made the 2000s. Courtesty of Gwen Stefani and “Hollaback Girl,” the world can correctly spell b-a-n-a-n-a while kicking of their night right. Crib accurately

described everyone’s thoughts during weekend parties with “Hot in Here.” To end the ‘00s we will leave off with *NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye.” Running the weekend playlists now is a newly emerging pattern of EDM songs. Songs similiar to “Stole the Show” by Kygo and “Lean On” by Major Lazer are starting to dominate the weekend. Chromeo adds a mix of music tastes with their electrofunk single “Jealous.” While the Weekend is still giving us some R&B with everyone’s favorite, “Can’t Feel My Face.” While it is obvious that the weekend playlist has changed dramatically over the decades, one thing remains certain: people will always be able to jam to a classic from any decade. If this article is bringing back a desire to listen to some throwback, no need to worry, these songs plus many more are compiled in a Spotify playlist for your listening convenience. Just search ‘Weekend then and now’ by prpark.park and get ready for a blast from the past this weekend.





Take a peek at the historical building signs across campus thanks to the winners of last year’s Innovation Grant: Greg Kreitzer, Paul Haggett, and Mark Oakes! Congratulations!

Appleton Flashback:Pritchard Reflects on SLU Hockey 25 Years Later By ALI PRICE STAFF WRITER The first time I heard of Andy Pritchard was from my father as we sat in my ski chalet in Collingwood, Ontario. My dad mentioned to me that a SLU hockey legend living down the street from us. Andy Pritchard, or “Pritch” as he was known at St. Lawrence through the years 19871991, won two ECAC hockey championships, made it to an NCAA final, was the leading scorer in his final two years playing hockey for the Saints, and captained the team during his senior year. Pritchard’s story intrigued me for three reasons: like me, Pritch was a student athlete, a Canadian, and he loved hockey. After talking to my dad, I reached out to Pritchard and spoke with him over the phone. Pritchard grew up in Oakville, Ontario, a town just west of Toronto. He played hockey all his life, and chose to attend SLU because of the exceptional hockey program that it offered. As a first year student, Pritchard lived in Sykes and was a member of the

SLU hockey team. He lived the very demanding lifestyle of a Division I studentathlete attending training sessions, traveling for away games, studying, and partying. Pritchard tells me that the men on the team throughout the years were his family. “We did everything together. Joe Marsh was our father, friend, and motivator. He was the head coach of the team at the time. He was a great leader and inspiration.” Pritchard continued that Marsh “is one of the reasons I was so successful at SLU, and there afterwards.” Pritchard graduated with a sociology and economics major, and is now a proud husband, father, and business owner. Following his graduation from SLU, Pritchard played in the AHL and in Germany for twelve years. While playing hockey in Germany he met his wife Christine. Today, Andy and Christine have three girls Avery, Delaney, and Courtney. The Pritchards live in Collingwood, Ontario and operate two businesses in Thornbury, Ontario, called Habitat Interiors and a

Saint: Dad’s famous spaghetti Saint: sauce makes the journey to Canton!

Canadian Thanksgiving. Because YUM.

restaurant called Piper’s. Pritchard’s girls are very active members of their communities. The youngest Pritchard, Avery, is a competitive horse back rider, Delaney is an elite hockey player who plays at the highest level of hockey for girls in Ontario, and the oldest, Courtney, just graduated high school and plans to attend Brock University next Fall. Today Pritchard’s children and his family inspire him. He enjoys watching them grow and develop because it gives him the opportunity to relive his good memories. Pritchard enjoys spending time golfing, skiing, playing hockey, and being with his friends and family. Currently his favorite NHL player is Sydney Crosby and, as he tells me sadly, the Toronto Maple Leafs are his favorite NHL team. When asked for one thing he would tell SLU students to do before they graduate, Pritchard said to “enjoy and live in the moment. St. Lawrence is an interesting place to be – it’s a small town, you are more than just a number at SLU and in Canton, you become a member of the whole community.”


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Current climate data indicates a significant increase in global temperature. The Rolling Stone reported in July 2012 that, “So far, we’ve raised the average temperature of the planet just under 0.8 degrees Celsius, and that has caused far more damage than most scientists expected . . . a third of summer sea ice in the Arctic is gone and the oceans are 30 percent more acidic.” The current controversy, present in political, scientific, and social spheres, revolves around the primary cause for climate change. According to data collected from glacial ice and sediment samples, there may certainly be a natural global temperature increase happening right now, however, the current rate of increase is far beyond what climate models predict based on these samples, which show temperature changes going back thousands to millions of years ago. A study conducted at Yale University in April 2013 called Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes found that about 2/3 of Americans believed in climate change. This figure has likely grown, while only 16 percent of those interviewed denied its existence. Further, about half of Americans believed climate change is caused primarily by human activities. The “human activities” at play are actions that release “greenhouse gases” into the atmosphere, such as burning fossil fuels and clearing carbon-storing forests. Greenhouse gases earned their name because they naturally trap heat energy from the sun in the lower atmosphere rather than letting it essentially bounce back out into space. Carbon dioxide is the best known of these greenhouse gases, but there are many others, most notably methane. Regardless of the number, 97 percent of climate scientists believe that human activity is causing climate change in some way or another, according to a study by professors from Stanford and University of Toronto. Despite widespread and growing awareness of climate change and the fact that humans are probably contributing to it, there is a noticeable lack of action. One

problem is that climate change happens on a global scale, making it difficult for individuals to link their actions to climactic changes. Environmentalists ask us to make sacrifices like giving up hot showers and not taking road trips, but we can’t really see these actions actually mitigating climate change, or how our choice not to follow these instructions could have global implications. So, we continue to live our lives as we have. On the other hand, we continue to live in a society where fossil fuels are not just a commodity but also an integral part of our daily functions. Unless individuals go out of their way to make such sacrifices as giving up automobile use; largescale mitigation of climate change cannot be expected to succeed. Yes, if everyone in the U.S. unplugged all his or her appliances and devices when not in use (which makes up 15 percent of their use of electricity), it could potentially prevent lots of carbon dioxide pollution. But there is still the other 85 percent, which likely comes from processes significantly contributing to climate change such as coalburning electricity. Another issue is that climate change is long-term as well as largescale. Society will not see the full repercussions of our actions today until sometime far (or maybe not that far) into the future. What makes divestment appealing is that it deals with very large and significant numbers. For example, in our case, the fossil fuel interests a $280 million endowment. Thus, with one action by the university we can see actual change that we, as a community, have induced. Divestment of the school’s endowment would involve millions of dollars, probably far more money than any of us will ever have in our bank accounts. Through divestment, St. Lawrence can help erode the economic and political credibility of fossil fuel companies by indicating that we, as a well-respected institution, have said “no” to continued fossil fuel extraction. Should this happen, the status quo can begin to shift and we can usher in a new era of environmental awareness that St. Lawrence is educating and pushing us to join.

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10/3 NCAAF Ole Miss 10 at Florida 38 10/3 NCAAF Notre Dame 22 at Clemson 24 10/5 NFL Lions 10 at Seahwaks 13 10/6 MLB Astros 3 at Yankees 0



The Saints celebrate Hannah Merriam’s second-half goal against Bard.


St. Lawrence Volleyball splits a pair of matches at RIT in Liberty League play.

Women’s Soccer Wins Against Bard Volleyball Ba t tles Vassa r, RI T, Ba r d an d Cla rkso n By EMILY HUBBARD STAFF WRITER The Saint’s Women’s Soccer team had a great family weekend, winning one of their two Liberty League match-ups. The Saints move to an 8-2 record after a Friday loss to Vassar and a Saturday win against Bard, hoping to turn the win into a streak with this week’s game against William Smith. While the Saints were unable to record a win, credit is due to the stat leaders of the game: Sophomore Kaleigh White, Senior Samantha Rock, Senior Emily DePoy, and Senior Amanda Hamilton. White is credited with the closest scoring opportunity of the game, after hitting the post with a powerful shot less than ten minutes before the end of the game. Saints Goalkeeper Senior Kelsey West recorded four saves throughout the game. Saturday’s game brought high

spirits, and delivered a 1-0 win against for the Saints in their second league matchup of the weekend. Both teams started off strong, displaying their improvements since last season. After the first half, the Saints were leading in shots 4-0. White had an impressive performance yet again. Just after the start of the second half, she took a shot on goal that rebounded back into play, finally finding the upper left corner following a shot taken by Sophomore Hannah Merriam. Five more shots were taken by the Saints in the second half, but unfortunately, none found the net quite like Merriam’s did. Although Bard had one shot on goal it was saved by goalkeeper Kelsey West, who recorded the win as her third shutout of the season. The Saints look for another win as they play William Smith this Saturday at 3 p.m. on Sandy MacAlliaster field.

By LAUREN WEEKS STAFF WRITER Last weekend, the St. Lawrence University Volleyball team had a long weekend in Rochester, NY where they faced four different schools in the Liberty League crossover at RIT. The Saints defeated Vassar in three straight sets Saturday afternoon by scores of 25-16, 25-14, 27-25. First-year Grace Kelly led the Saints with nine kills, followed by Cristina Deschaine with eight along with a team of high five blocks. Sophomore Katie Kull had 31 assists while fellow Sophomore Masha Kolesnikova finished with five aces and 12 digs. Senior Mariah Dignan led the defense with 17 digs. The Lady Saints were not as successful later in the day, however, falling three straight sets to RIT by scores of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-16. Senior Lexi Brown led the Saints offense with 12 kills while Kull

added 23 assists and Dignan 10 digs. On Sunday, the Saints split games with Bard and Clarkson to finish out the weekend. Clarkson defeated St. Lawrence by scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 2516. Brown again led the offense for the Saints with eight kills and Kolesnikova added six. “It was a roller coaster of a weekend. We played some of our best volleyball of the season, and some of our worst, but overall you could still see a giant improvement since the beginning of the season. The team dynamic is great and we’re looking forward to the next round of liberty leagues for redemption,” said Kolesnikova. Kull contributed 17 assists, two blocks and seven digs, while Deschaine added two blocks and moved into second place on the all time career blocks list at St. Lawrence. “Right now our team is struggling with a lot of injuries so we’re focused

on getting everyone back to 100%. It definitely seems to be affecting both our physical and mental game as we went 2-2 this past weekend in our second round of Liberty League play,” said Kull. Ending the weekend on a high note, the Saints defeated Bard College by scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-12. In the win, Brown had 11 kills and Kolesnikova contributed seven, while Dignan had 13 digs, Junior Katie Rowell had six aces and Kull finished out the day with 21 assists, 13 digs and four aces. The Saints are now 11-11 overall and 5-3 in Liberty League play. “We play both RIT and Clarkson again at home in the final round of league play where we’ll get to redeem ourselves in a few weeks,” stated Katie Kull. “Senior day is Friday the 23rd at 4:00p.m. when we play Clarkson. It’s also our dig pink match so come out and support our team, our seniors, and breast cancer awareness.”

Saints Football Defe nds Leckonby Stadium Against Union By QUEVAUGHN CARUTH STAFF WRITER This past Family Weekend, the Saints Football team did it again! The Saints defeated Rochester here at our very own Leckonby Stadium in Canton, NY. There were projections that this visiting team would win against the Saints since they came into the game as a 3-0 team averaging 45 points a game. Saint Lawrence University defense did not let that phase their ability to make stops and huge plays. This was the first shutout for Saints Football since 2013, and the first against Rochester since 1976. The defense held Rochester to just 209 yards of total offense with five forced turnovers.

SCHEDULE Friday 10/9 Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Niagra


In the first quarter, Junior defensive lineman Chyron Brown-Wallace recovered a fumbled snap, which put the Saints offense on the 18 yard line where they capitalized by scoring the game’s first touchdown. Brown-Wallace is having a strong season and continues to play at a high level. He finished Saturday’s game with nine tackles, 4 ½ for loss, 2 ½ sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries; all earning him D3 National weekly honors. In other defensive recognitions, Sophomore Skyler Williamson and Junior linebacker Alec Dietsch both completed nine tackles each this game. Dietsch interrupted one of Rochester’s strongest drives with an interception in the fourth quarter. With two sacks and two interceptions

Saturday 10/10 Field Hockey vs. Union 12:00pm

in this last game, Deitsch was highlighted as Liberty League Defensive Player of the Week. In an interview after the game he stated, “Coach gave us a great defensive game plan for this week. He challenged us to get in our playbooks, learn the game plan and execute. The defense took it upon ourselves to put the team in a position to win the game, and we got the first defensive shutout in a long time for Saint’s football.” The Saints offense, led by quarterback Mike Lefflbine, had an outstanding game as well. Lefflbine finished with a total of 249 yards passing at 20-for-35 completions and three touchdowns. In the first quarter Lefflbine connected with Sophomore wide receiver Vincenzo Ferraro for a 20-yard

Saturday 10/10 Football vs. RPI 1:00pm

TD pass. This was followed by passes thrown in the third quarter to Junior tight ends Mitch Gallagher and Matt Gardiner. The run game was successful Saturday with a total of 127 yards rushing; 102 yards came from Senior Maurice Irby IV with 20 carries. Finishing

with a total of 376 yards, the offense succeeded at keeping game out of the hands of the visiting team. St. Lawrence will play their next game at this Saturday 10.10.2015 at home against RPI for Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend.


Dietsch ‘17 was a monster all over the field Saturday.

Saturday 10/10 Men’s Ice Hockey vs. RIT 7:00pm

Saturday 10/10 Women’s Soccer vs. William Smith 3:00pm

Saints Sports


10/3 Men’s Soccervs. Bard, W 1-0 10/3 Football vs. Rochester, W 20-0 10/3 Volleyball vs. Bard, 3-0 10/3 Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Carleton, W 5-3




Woody Hudson had two goals in Saturday’s exhibition win.

Men’s Hockey Beats Carleton 5-3 in Exhibition By JOHN TANK STAFF WRITER The Men’s hockey season is right around to corner, as just last week the Saints hosted Carleton University in an exhibition game. The Saints are starting the season ranked nationally at 19th and are predicted to be a major contender within the ECAC as they join Harvard, Yale, Quinnipiac, and Colgate as the only five ECAC teams ranked in the top 20 to start the season. The Saints did not disappoint against Carleton as they picked up a 5-3 victory. Appleton Arena was certainly buzzing as it drew an impressive Family Weekend crowd of over 2000 to the game. The Saints would get on the board first as halfway through the first period Sophomore Mike Marnell scored a power play goal to put St. Lawrence up 1-0 at the end of the first period. Beginning the second Junior

Woody Hudson would score just two minutes into the period to put the Saints up 2-0. Carleton would respond however, as they replied with a goal of their own only a few seconds later. They would then score again to tie the game up 2-2 only a few minutes later. The Saints would break the deadlock to go up 3-2 going into third part thanks to First Year Jacob Pritchard’s first goal for St. Lawrence with under five minutes left in the period. Going into the third period, the Saints would take over. Woody Hudson would net his second goal of the game of the game, and only a few minutes later on the Power Play Sophomore Nolan Gluchowski would score to expand the Saints lead to 5-2. Carleton would score later on in the period, but it would not prove to be enough, as the Saints would hold to win 5-3. St. Lawrence would dominate the shot total this game, as they would out shot Carleton 45 to 20

when it was all said on done. The Saints are 6-1-1 against Carleton in exhibition games dating back to when the series began in 2008. First Years had a real impact on the game, as four out of the five class of 2019 team member played, with Jacob Pritchard and Michael Laidley both recording multipoint games. First Year goalie Arthur Brey would also get a chance to play as he would take over goal tending duties from Sophomore Kyle Hayton at the beginning of the third period. First Year Forward Michael Ederer would also play to round out an impressive showing in the win. The game would not count towards the Saints record, but it was certainly a good showing for the team as they prepare to begin NCAA play beginning Friday October 9th as the Saints will play Niagara at Appleton Arena. The Saints will then play again the next against RIT again at Appleton to round out the weekend, and the start to the season.

Name: Ben Fishbein Age: 19 Hometown: Delmar, NY Position: Runner Major: Environmental Studies and Philosophy How long have you been running cross country for? I have been running for nine years. That’s pretty crazy. What inspired you to join the team here at SLU? The dynamic of the team. I couldn’t ask for a greater group of guys to spend countless hours with. What is your favorite memory of being on the cross country team PHOTO COURTESY OF FISHBEIN at SLU? It has to be singing, screaming and dancing to “Oh When The Saints” both the entire men’s and women’s team last year when both teams won Regionals. Who is your biggest fan? Jake St. Pierre, North Country local and cross country super-fan. But for my entire running career, my biggest fan is my neighbor John Harwick from home, he got me into running and he’s been my inspiration to put one foot in front of the other ever since, RIP. How do you feel cross country is different from other sports on campus? It’s a really exhausting sport, both physically and mentally. Unlike other team sports; you really have no one to blame but yourself if things don’t go well. It’s very personal and you have a lot of responsibility on and off the trail. Do you have any big plans for this semester - bucket list fulfillments, etc? Well, we’re hoping to podium at NCAAs this year. That would be amazing. Other than that, I’d like to hike as much as possible before it gets too cold. I’m sure the high peaks in mid to late fall are just breathtaking. Do you have any superstitious pre-race rituals? I eat about half a bag of Original goldfish in bed the night before…usually while watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. What do you think makes St. Lawrence athletics unique from other colleges? I’m not sure what athletics are like at other colleges, but I love how we can be incredibly goofy and fun, but when we get on the line, or have a really hard workout ahead of us, we get down to business and give it our all. I’d say SLU athletes really get the most out of the experience. What is a skill that you have your learned from cross country that you have been able to apply in everyday life? Mental toughness and perseverance. Running is much more of a mental sport than people realize, and that mental strength has certainly helped me outside of running. What is your favorite thing to order from the pub? Cheese Quesadilla. Bland, just the way I like it. Do you have any advice for student athletes? Throw away your general Mac and get a Macbook Air, it’s super light. Anything else you’d like to say? FEEL THE BERN.

Major League Baseball Postseason Preview: The St. Louis Cardinals WillWin It All By ZAYN THOMPSON STAFF WRITER The first series will be between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays, with their bevy of trade deadline acquisitions, will have no problem sweeping the Rangers. The other American League match up will feature the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals. The Astros propensity to either strikeout or hit a home run will lead to their defeat against the wellbalanced Royals in four games. The National League will feature the St. Louis Cardinals hosting The Pittsburgh Pirates/Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals, in their familiar

playoff territory, will eventually oust the Cubs in five. The best young rotation in baseball will take on the best onetwo punch in baseball, as the New York Mets will head to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. In a low-scoring series, the Dodgers will take game five at Chávez Ravine. The American League Championship series will feature the Blue Jays and the Royals. The heavy hitting Blue Jays will be just too much to handle for the defending American League champion Royals, as the Jays will take the series in game six in front of their home crowd. The National League Championships series will feature the high payroll of the Dodgers,

and the Cardinals, who seem to be here just about every year. With Clayton Kershaw’s 5.12 ERA in 11 postseason starts, and more importantly 0-4 with a 7.54 ERA against the Cardinals, the Dodgers will need him in regular season form. The Cardinals, with the return of their ace Adam Wainwright, will defeat the Dodgers in six games. The World Series will feature the Blue Jays, who had missed the postseason for over 20 years, against the Cardinals, who seem to be in the postseason every how. The Jays, with the addition of a legitimate ace in David Price, will prove to be too much for the Cardinals to handle, and will take the World Series in six games.


The Cardinals might have the drive to take the entire Series.

October 9, 2015  

The Hill News, Volume CV, Issue 5

October 9, 2015  

The Hill News, Volume CV, Issue 5