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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2013
VOLUME CXXVII, ISSUE 7
Soul Searching: Discovering Sexuality for All
SLU NEWS Laugh So Hard Your Stomach Hurts Chocolate Cake City Sketch Comedy group visits SLU Sat. Nov. 2 @ 7pm in the Winston Room.
By MADELINE TIEDE STAFF WRITER
Make a Difference Day Saturday, Nov. 2 Get in touch with your good samaritan and help local elderly rake lawns, stack wood, and clear gardens. Sign up at the Info Desk in the Student Center. This Day in History: Parliament enacts the Stamp Act in 1765 in attempt to raise British revenue in the American colonies. If raising taxes started a revolution then, will raising tution start one now? SHOUT OUT Crown Royalty Investment Club comes in 2nd place at a national investment conference at UMichigan. Like we all learned as kids: first is the worst, second is the BEST! Get dressed up and get weird at the OC Tent Party on the Java Quad tonight at 7pm. Costumes encouraged! Max of a six-pack per person allowed for students 21+.
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rying to pinpoint the source of the St. Lawrence University culture only begets more questions about the status of student life, our perceptions of our environment, and the local and global community at large. What exactly are the social topics that students on campus are discussing? This special edition of THE HILL NEWS gives voice to a few of many.
Think about it: how many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or intersex students do you know at SLU? Can you count them on one hand? As students, we are predominantly progressive and open-minded individuals. So why is there an atmosphere on campus in which people hold their tongues? What causes students to shy away from sharing or exploring other sexualities? The silence emanates from the buildings lining Park Street to the golf course’s green, and it is time to start talking. SEE LGBTQI, PAGE 5
Are We the “Rich Kids” of the NoCo? By EMILY MULVIHILL STAFF WRITER When students drive out to SLU for the first time, they’re likely to notice that St. Lawrence County isn’t exactly brimming with boom towns. Instead, tired-looking houses and country stores — that have probably been open since the area’s glory days of mining — line the roadsides. There’s not much business around here and, consequently, not much wealth either. In recent years, 17.6% percent of St. Lawrence County was below the poverty line according to the U.S. Census data.
In contrast, each SLU student has to dish out up to $57,900 a year for tuition, which begs the question: is SLU an enclave of wealth in the midst of a working-class county? The answer is much more complicated than yes or no. SLU Director of International Research, Christine Zimmerman explains, “If you cost what we cost, you draw a higher wealth” yet we also have “a relatively high percentage of low income students” compared to other private schools. President Obama’s proposed college rating plan SEE WEALTH, PAGE 10
AMANDA BROOKS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
The expensive, “preppy” staples pictured above are owned by a surprisingly large portion of the student population. Clockwise from top left: L.L.Bean boots, Longchamp Le Pliage tote, Lilly Pulitzer planner and iPhone case, and Hunter rain boots.
In This Issue: Apply for the Thelmo Exec. Board!, page 3 Hookup culture at SLU, page 6 Food Justice club makes debut, page 7 New music review: Dr. Dog, page 8 Red Sox obstruction debauchle demystified, page 11
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NOVEMBER 1, 2013
Letter to the Editor
I hope this letter finds everyone well as we get ready to embark upon another great Halloween here at St. Lawrence. Throughout the last couple of weeks, my friends and I have been scrambling to put together the best Halloween costumes. From Top Gun to the Jamaican Bob Sled team (Halloween 2011, those guys killed it), we are all on a mission to have the best costume, but where do we turn to purchase our costumes, or even get ideas? There are Amazon, eBay, Party City, and all the other costume retailers that we can possibly think of, but what do they have to offer us? I came to a stark realization while searching for Top Gun costumes for my friends and me; the classic Maverick, Goose and Iceman combo. Traditionally, yes, these are for men, but my friends and I really bonded over the camaraderie of these characters in the movie and felt that we had similar bonds. To our frustration, we found that all the sites brought up costumes lacking not onli in similarity to their namesakes but also in actual material. Where a man’s search returned “Top Gun Deluxe Flight Suit” a woman’s search came back “Sexy Top Gun Dress” or “Woman’s Top Gun Flight Dress.” Why? Why were there no options for women to purchase just a regular woman’s fitted flight suit? We have all seen this from a young age. Once a girl turns 15, all of the costumes made for young women or ladies are altered to fit that “sexy” or “ promiscuous” costume prototype. The industry itself is promoting the degradation of women and until now, I have never been more frustrated by the image that the costume industry puts forward for women. The sexy doctor, the scandalous police lady, the promiscuous nurse, the sexy witch…all of these staple Halloween costumes have been “sluttified” by the industry. First off, that word should not even exist, but the costume industry leaves us
no choice. Frankly, I am bewildered by the fact that no matter how long I searched on Amazon or Google, I could not find more than a couple decently outfitted costumes for women. Nothing wrong with being sexy, but where is the choice? Women are afraid not to be sexy because that is what women are expected to be on Halloween. It all reminds me of a Mean Girls quote (yes, I do take all of my life lessons from this movie); “Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In girl world, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it”. Except we do say something about it! You are either “slut-shamed” for dressing provocatively or you are viewed as asexual for not adhering to the sexy stereotype. Our society has made it so that we cannot win either way, when really both are perfectly good choices! This Halloween, I write to the women of St. Lawrence to be conscious of the imposing attitudes of the costume industry. If you want to be a policewoman, be her in full force. I challenge the women of this campus to be aware of the social stigmas that society so often turns a blind eye to every year on October 31st. Make a costume that you know portrays the character the way you would want her to look, portray her as you would portray yourself because I see strong women all over this campus and I know we as Laurentian women will not sell ourselves short. Demonstrating sexuality can be empowering – no pressure, no judgment- but only when we choose to do so. Be the change you want to see this Halloween and refuse to fall into the costume industry’s image of a good female costume being one that is anything but decent. Go ahead ladies, TAKE BACK HALLOWEEN! Lean In, Kelly Appenzeller ’15 and Taylor Castator ’15
EDITORS’ NOTE: We would like to extend the Center for International and Intercultural Studies office (CIIS) as a resource to the entire student body for all questions, concerns or interest regarding study abroad programs. In addition, CIIS will be hosting “Sit with a Stranger” on Tuesday, Nov. 2, a day dedicated to encouraging students to branch out within the student body to form new connections. Come out to Dana at lunchtime and get to know your fellow SLUmans!
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Did somebody say nudity? By LUKE MATYS ‘15 COLUMNIST Have you ever been in the middle of the Student Center with nothing but the who-ha, flower, envelope, little pecker, or ping-ding your biological mother and father gave you quivering in the climate- controlled indoor breeze? Have you ever wanted to? Did you pick up on the underlying assumption that I thought you knew that who-ha, flower, envelope, little pecker, and ping-ding were all code for either the word penis or vagina? Did I offend you when I wrote both of those words in a public article? Nudity. Oh my goodness. What a state of being! Sometimes this natural state of being is considered beautiful and tasteful. But it can be seen as obtrusive, disgusting, and is actually illegal. How could that be? That’s like saying spitting is both gross and sexy. Think about it…spitting sounds like a mix between my dad’s old 1996 Ford Explorer starting up on cold morning and Donald Duck trying to pronounce any word that starts with the letter, “h.” I think you know where I stand on the issue of whether or not spitting is sexy. But let’s go back to your bare backside. In Ancient Greece, nudity was held in the highest regard. When I was younger, I felt uncomfortable in museums because of the ancient works of art. I mean, the number of stone who-has, flowers, and rumps surrounding me were overwhelming. I didn’t know if I was in a museum or in a pornography for kinky stonemasons. Maybe I was too young to know what a porno was but that’s not the point. The point is that this ancient society, the same one that we have based the modern state model of democracy on, would be categorized to-
day as dirty hippies that focused on love, freedom, and butt cracks. Why did we adapt the ancients’ love of democracy but not their love of public nudity? Nudity is an ass-et of college life, whether you know it or not. Where else could nudity be used in a game, as a punishment, a determined end goal with an equally nude and consenting partner, and a way of getting noticed all in a single night? Don’t believe me? Ever heard of strip poker, girls wearing clothes suited for the Miami club scene in the midst of winter in rural New York, naked laps, and…do I really have to tell you that college kids are a horny bunch? Put that in your pipe and smoke it Mr./ Ms. I-think-that-people-keep-theirpants-on-Pants. If you don’t smoke disregard the pipe part, but remember that I called you a Mr./Ms. I-think-thatpeople-keep-their-pants-on-Pants. That stings, I’m sure. Maybe the government was shut down for a while because we are missing the other half of the formula. Maybe democracy can only truly work if nudity is totally intertwined with it. Maybe if President Obama addressed the world in the nude, people wouldn’t be so insecure about their own bodies and Americans wouldn’t spend millions of dollars a month to try to make their body look like a commercially constructed idea of beauty. Plus, he’d be the coolest president ever. The ancients knew that nudity was the most freeing thing one could experience. Why can’t I eat my Rodeo Wrap in the Winston Room with nothing but a Peace Tea and my who-ha quivering in the air-conditioning? Why?! Oh, and no spitting.
Dear Dub: Risqué= reduced respect? Dear Dub, Is it normal to feel less respected by males when I dress more “risque”? Sadly, it is not uncommon to experience an influx of unwanted attention by males when wearing clothes that are more revealing. The real question is, “Why?” The only legitimate rationale guys can come up with is that you are showing them you ‘want it.’ So yes, the fewer clothes we wear, the brighter the fluorescent sign stating “I am looking for sex!” glows. Makes sense, right? I mean, there are cultures where women dress in long, flowing clothes as to not show any of their body to eyes not belonging to the men they are associated with. They accept that this phenomenon occurs and take precautions against it. Funny thing is, men can avoid overheating by taking their shirts off as they dance in the front row of Java and never have to deal with the fear of preying eyes in the same dangerous way. Is it because they have more muscle mass lining their chest? Is it simply because they aren’t linked to the cultural stigma that breasts are directly associated with sex? I mean, there are also cultures where women’s breasts are free from clothing and women don’t fear sexual recourse. So why isn’t it that way here?
Yes, men are generally more built than women. This presents a situation where they have an advantage over females in seemingly being able to protect themselves. But this should not answer the question of why it is so common that women are inappropriately sought after. Men need to understand that women can dress for themselves; it is not always intended to impress someone else. Clothing is meant to be an expression of how one feels, hence the variations in styles and the changes in clothing over time. A girl may feel good about her body and in turn be comfortable with flaunting what makes her feel good; this should not put her into a situation where she feels like a victim. Whether a girl is sporting a sexy outfit or bundled in a baggy sweater, she still gets to decide whether she wants to have sex. Want go get freaky this Halloween? Introduce yourself and take time to figure out what her intentions are. You may get lucky or maybe you’ll find out she isn’t looking to hook up. Either way, the situation will turn out in both people’s best interest. To ask a question, go to sludeardub@ gmail.com. No questions, no column. Sincerely, The DUBers
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Saint: Halloween means we Saint: get to wear whatever we want to Thelmo.
Make me proud with Saint: Red Sox winning the your clever costumes, Saints. Don’t Series at home again after a 95 freeze those buns off. year draught. Bahston Strahng!
Purgatory: Sitting next Purgatory: Incorporating Purgatory: That six pack to a budding comedian at Thelmo, incurring stares for your giggles.
the invisible drunk blanket into your Halloween costume.
we’re allowed to bring into the tent party will keep you warm. If that six pack is full of Fireball.
Sinner: Using the last of
Sinner: Yacking in a water
the ketchup in the Pub and leaving us all stranded.
If I see a single “C ow b oy s an d In d i an s” themed costume this weekend, heads will roll.
fountain and a sink. SHAME, Lee North.
Hammertime: Exiled By EVAN MCKENNA COLUMNIST This past week, I began the unfortunate move from my home of 50 Park street, the Habitat for Humanity Hut, to the busy halls of Whitman. Piling my belongings to my car on Wednesday afternoon, I began to consider myself a hoarder- due to the vast amount of shit I have accumulated over my two and a half semesters living in Habi. I left behind some of my favorite memories, including the infamous golden hammer. Caroline Murphy ‘15 spraypainted said hammer in the middle of the student center one afternoon before our annual Spelling Bee. The hammer proceeded to reside in the house’s “cabinet of important shit”. It was periodically stolen by other theme houses, leaving Habi residents to channel
our inner Black Ops in planning heists to get back what was ours. This story might seem incredibly strange to the general SLU reader, but it is standard to those living in a theme house. The house becomes so much more than just a place to lay your head after a long night of studying, it’s a family. It’s a place where people support you. You can celebrate the achievement of a 3.75 grade on your ridiculously hard midterm, or your Open Mic performance at Java. For me, Habi got my lazy ass out of bed on a Saturday to go skiing or help out on a Habitat build. It was a place to convene after the day, to hang out with all of my favorite people and some of the best friends I have ever made. It means all these things and so much more. Last Wednesday afternoon, my housemates were all helping me to move
out of the house and, due to my current hoarder status, I was extremely thankful. Once I got to Whitman, the residents would not even hold open the door for me and my piles of books and posters. It’s a strange vibe here in this dorm, and I don’t think I will ever get used to it. A theme house is the right place for me. A definition I found of the term “exiled” online reads: To be away from one’s home, while either being explicitly refused permission to return and/or being threatened with imprisonment or death upon return. I might be a bit melodramatic in comparing my move from Habi to my being exiled, but the uncertainty of my potential return is killing me. So Saints, get out there and apply to a theme house. You wont regret it, but leave the paint behind. Hammertime.
Run for the Thelmo Executive Board Below are some of the duties and responsibilites of the Thelomathesian Society Senior Executive Board. Applications are available at the Student Center Information Desk and are due back at 12PM on Sunday, November 10th. Serving on the Senior Executive Board is a paid position. For more information, contact email@example.com. President: Preside over all meetings of the Senate and the Executive Board. Serve as the spokesperson and representative of the entire student body at all times. By the virtue of the office of President, participate on any Council of University Governance. Be a member of all Senate and University committees. Direct the resolutions of the Senate to the appropriate body for execution via the Secretary. Serve as a Student Delegate to the Board of Trustees. Have the power to create and place legislation on the floor of the Senate. Have the primary responsibility of communicating student affairs on behalf of the Senate and student body to the President of the University.
Vice President of Senate Affairs: Act as President and fulfill all duties therein if the President is unable to fulfill the duties of the office. Keep the online agenda accurate and up-todate. Directly supervise all elections in conjunction with the Election Chairperson. Be responsible for constitutional review, as well as keeping updated records of all amendments to this Constitution. S/he is also responsible for ensuring that each member of the Senate is provided with a current Constitution and that copies of the Constitution are available for any student who should request one. Conduct a yearly review of the Constitution to ensure that all information contained within is current and relevant.
Vice President of University Relations: Assist the President in carrying out all duties of the Presidency. Manage all aspects of the Society’s SLUSAF budget and communicate with the SLUSAF Central Treasurer. Serve as the official liaison between the Senate and the University Committee governance system. Serve as the primary liaison between the Society and the Unity Council. Be a member of all Senate and University committees. Coordinate all University Committee appointments with the assistance of the Executive Board.
Secretary Maintain and keep the minutes of all Senate and Executive Board meetings. Maintain and keep all attendance records of Senate and Executive Board meetings, and keep an active roster of membership of the Senate and the Executive Board. Keep record of all legislation passed by the Senate. Formulate a report during the last quarter of her/his term to be handed to the incoming Secretary, with the intention of assisting the incoming officer with acclimation to the position and its responsibilities.
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Security Blotter October 23, 6:08 p.m. Fire alarm in 40 E. Main. Also confiscated bong and grinder. October 24, 8:15 p.m. Responded to smell of natural gas odor in Lee. Issue resolved. October 24, 8:33 p.m. Drug abuse violation in 13 University Confiscated pipe and small amount of marijuana. October 24, 10:25 p.m. Medical call, alcohol related. Transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital. October 25, 2:57 a.m. Two exit signs found hanging by the wires in Sykes. October 25, 7:40 a.m. Medical call, not alcohol related. Transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital. October 25, 2:45 a.m. Report of stolen bike from Student Center. October 25 10:25 p.m. Medical call, alcohol related. Signed off. October 25, 11:20 p.m. Party on 17 College with over 50 people. Shut down. October 25, 11:12 p.m. Assault on West St. Security and Police responded. October 25, 11:12 p.m. Fire alarm pulled in 58 park. October 26, 2:09 a.m. Student on the roof of Dean Eaton. Claimed someone had thrown his mattress out the window and onto the roof and he was trying to retrieve it. October 26, 2:35 a.m. Sign taken down and burnt in Whitman. October 26, 2:51 a.m. Exit sign torn down in the first floor lounge of Lee. October 26, 11:55 p.m. Drug abuse violation, confiscated bong. October 26, 11:57 p.m. Room party with beer pong, table confiscated. October 27, 12:00 a.m. Student driving in erratic manner on Romoda Dr. Failed to stop at both stop signs. No ticket. October 27, 12:24 a.m. Students found on private property on Park St. When asked to get off property, male became disrespectful and started yelling. October 27, 1:19 a.m. Medical call, alcohol and drug related. Evaluated, signed off. October 27, 1:33 a.m. Student ticketed for taking orange traffic cone. October 27, 2:13 a.m. Two males in altercation with each other. When broken up, said the fight and it was just an argument. Resolved. October 27, 9:45 a.m. Report of stolen backpack. October 28, 12:35 a.m. Two students written up for burning candles in 48 Park. Confiscated alcohol and given warning. October 28, 9:00 p.m. Student reported they were being verbally harassed by another student. October 29, 1:35 p.m. Staff at Whitman Annex reported vandalism to study rooms. Found holes in walls. SEMESTER RUNNING TALLIES: Bike Thefts: 21 DWIs: 1 Open Containers: 37 Transports: 20
Phantom in the Park an Annual Success
Photo by Trish Weaver
By TRISH WEAVER & LEXI BECKWITH GUEST WRITER & MANAGING EDITOR Bad weather may have caused a decrease in the number of kids who turned out at this
Wednesday, Oct. 30 Office Hours: President Taylor Castator, Tuesday & Thursday 3 to 4 p.m. Vice President of Senator Affairs, Kelly Appenzeller, Tuesday 3 to 4 p.m. & Sunday 7 to 8 p.m. Contingency Requests: -APO request received second approval. -Fed Challenged received second approval. -UpBeats contingency request for PK Hall performance on Dec. 5. passed, pending second approval. New Business: -Safety and Security and Facilities Operations are searching for students to join a committee against vandalism. -Sit with a Stranger day to be hosted across campus this coming Tuesday. -The Academic Affairs Committee to pass a resolution regarding mid-semester evaluations. -Thelmo is looking for a Santa for its holiday party!
past weekend’s Phantoms in the Park event in Canton, but it didn’t stop Greek life students from both St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton, who came to volunteer their time. “An estimated 125 kids attended this year’s Phantoms in the Park, when usually the number is closer to 250,” said Sally Hill, executive director of the Canton Chamber of Commerce (CCOC). Greek organizations from both schools had tables For those who did come to the event, the bad weather was quickly replaced with an array of activities, including mummy wrapping, a bean bag toss, “monster slime” and face painting. Laura Lavoie, the Greek life advisor for St. Lawrence University, said that participation in the event is not mandatory for Greek life students, but rather a tradition
the community enjoys every year. “There has been positive feedback from the community about Greek involvement.” According to SUNY Canton Dean of Students Courtney Bish, this is the first time in many years that SUNY Canton Greeks have participated in the town’s Phantoms in the Park. The executive director of the CCOC explained that in the past they conducted the event on their own, while St. Lawrence University Greeks hosted the springtime version known as Peter Rabbit in the Park. “We are fortunate to have both participate this year,” said Hill. When students participate and get involved with the community they are seen in a whole new light by the members of the community, she said, “so it’s a win-win for everybody.”
Interest Grows for Potential Film Major By TERRY DIXON
GUEST WRITER Gnomes are on the loose! If you did not fear them before, you may reconsider after seeing the winning film of this year’s 24 Hour Film Competition. With students interested in creating a film in such a short period of time, could a film major be something for students at St. Lawrence University to look forward to? St. Lawrence offers a minor in film studies but does yet not offer a major in the field. Dr. Steve Papson, department professor, believes that it would require a few years before a major in film would be developed. Dr. Papson expressed that film, as with other arts, gives students the opportunity of freedom and liberation to express creativity, something that science does not. A combined film studies major
with a field in PCA would be ideal. Despite there currently not being a major in film, the Film Studies Department has been hosting an annual film competition since the fall of 2010. Teams of four students are given a general topic at the start of the competition. Each team then has 24 hours to create a script, find actors, film, and edit what they have recorded. There is a screening of the films the following Sunday evening and the best one is selected by a panel of judges. “You just work with what you have and if you have an idea already you just run with it,” said George Alberts, a student member of the winning film crew. Learning from their experience with last year’s film competition, which was insanely stressful, Alberts and his crew knew well in advance that a killer gnome was
going to be a star of their film. The film equipment that is available at St. Lawrence University’s Newell Center for Arts Technology (NCAT) is what makes a film major possible. NCAT’s website states that it “supports student filmmaking by providing a general equipment bank from which students can check out cameras, tripods, dollies, lights, shoulder harnesses, and a tripod crane.” It also provides a space and editing software such as Final Cut. Alberts, an undergraduate in psychology with a minor in film studies, would be the first one to sign up if a film major were currently available. His fellow crew member, James Corbett, who is also minoring in film studies was quick to state that he would be second in line, if not nudging Alberts in the door trying to be first! On average, 45 students minor in film studies.
Latin America: Columbian Rebels release American hostages: American citizen, Kevin Scott Sutay, was set free after four months of being held captive by the Columbian Guerrilla group known as FARC. The armed group is currently discussing a peace agreement with the Columbian government. Releasing Mr. Sutay gesture of good faith and to further peace discussions.
Middle East: Syria complies to Ddstruction of chemical weapons: The Syrian government met the deadline this past week, working to dispose of the chemical weapons in a safe fashion and shut down chemical facilities. Though this is seen as a good sign, some officials are still concerned for the growing violence during Syria’s civil war..
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By CATIE MATSON MANAGING EDITOR
What is Thelmo up to?
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North America: Man spared death sentence after convicted of murder: Guy Heinse Jr. was found guilty of murder after killing his father and seven other members of his family. The Prosecutor spared the death penalty, giving him life without parole, after coming to an agreement with the defense attorney. Europe: U.S. Surveillance scandal strains European relations: Many European citizens were angered by the U.S. as more information is revealed about the U.S. surveillance and spying on European citizens leaders. European leaders are looking for ways to prevent further privacy violations by proposing a transatlantic free-trade agreement.
Africa: Kahrtoum begins voting to align themseilves: After South Sudan declared independence from Sudan nearly two years ago, the residents of the Abyei region, especailly the town of Kahrtoum have been stuck between the two countires. In a struggle for peace and to end violence the referendum was held primarily as a symbolic message among the people.
Asia: Spices of U.S. Imports contaminated: The FDA confirmed that 12% of the spices were tainted with insect parts, rodent hairs and other contaminates. Asia, especially India, is the U.S.’s main supplier of spices, but this is not the first time spices supplied by other countries have been found tainted. In the past the FDA discovered approximately 7% of the spice contained Salmonella.
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Ford College Challenges Gender Ratios By BRENDA WINN STAFF WRITER
Photo by David Pynchon The Sustainability Semester hosted this month’s Contra Dance on Saturday, Oct. 26. It was a regular barn-burner full of fiddling, do-si-dos, and hot cider. The next Contra Dance will be held in Noble Center 109 on Nov. 16!
Silence is Not Support:
Making Way for Discussion About LGBTQI Issues LGBTQI FROM PAGE 1 “SaGA, what’s that?” Responded four out of five friends when asked. SaGA stands for Sexuality and Gender Activists. It is a student organization with roughly 35 members who participate in a variety of events on campus, as well as regionally. The group even occupied a theme cottage a few years back: The Pink Triangle. David Pynchon ‘14, the group’s representative, finds that other liberal arts colleges are generally more upfront about their support. “Conversations aren’t started here,” he notes. Thus, one goal of SaGA is to expose the supportive climate at SLU. SLU also has the social justice group LGB (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual). The LGB has about fifty members and hosts a variety of events, such as speakers, participation in national awareness days, and multimedia viewings. Stephanie deNormand ‘15 says they use these events as forums to open conversation about gender and sexuality. “We are working as a group, in cooperation with SaGA, to foster a safer and more accepting environment for all students,” said deNormand. They have achieved some of their goals so far, including gender-neutral housing just last year. Recently, the organizations met with the SLU Diversity Commission to advocate for other issues, including the limited number of genderneutral bathrooms. SLU treats gender as a binary issue, which is simply not the case. Another goal is for first
year orientation to include alliance training, where incoming freshmen would be taught how to be conscious and supportive regarding gender and sexuality issues. Whether we are aware or not, abuse and bullying happens at SLU. There have been instances of derogatory slurs written on whiteboards, and SLU has a tragic history of suicide. For a nonheterosexual youth, this may be the most challenging stage in their life; it is critical that we begin to voice our support. Kathleen Buckley of the Chaplain’s Office understands that SLU students are openminded, but explains, “if you don’t say it, they won’t know.” Thus at the beginning of every service, she makes a point of specifically welcoming people of all ages, economic statuses, abilities, sexes, races, religions, and orientations. She appreciates that it is easy to feel accepted as faculty — the administration hired her to work in the Chaplains office in the early 2000s, fully aware that she was in a relationship with a woman. As a first step toward fostering discussion about LGBTQI issues on campus, a group of faculty would like to come forward who self-identify as LGBTQI in order to be a resource for students. Please feel free to contact them if you have questions or need support. 1. Erika Barthelmess firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Margaret Kent Bass email@example.com
3. Kathleen Buckley firstname.lastname@example.org 4. Mark Denaci email@example.com 5. Danielle Egan firstname.lastname@example.org 6. Haley Feickert email@example.com 7. Traci Fordham firstname.lastname@example.org 8. Paula Hance email@example.com 9. Randy Hill
Most First-Year Program courses have a fairly even ratio of girls to boys but in this year’s Ford College FYP, Children’s Literature and its Life-long Lessons: A Cross-Continent Collaboration the girls are outnumbering the boys. This class is partnered with the eight first-year students who are spending this semester abroad in London. The London class is taking an FYP called British Children’s Literature in Economics. In the class based at SLU, there are eleven girls and five boys; in the class based in London, there are seven girls and one boy. Every Tuesday, the SLU based class Skypes with the London class for joint lectures, presentations, and programs. The SLU based professor of the class, Karen Gibson, said that this ratio is partly due to the fact that the course is one of the more traditionally “female” interest topics. She said that last year, she and the London based professor, Cynthia Bansak, cotaught a similar FYP entitled Children’s Literature and its Life-long Lessons in Business. Gibson said that more males were probably interested last year because there was a more prominent and obvious focus on economics and business. However, she explains that the London class this year
has a substantial economic tilt. Yet there is still only one boy in London. Perhaps this is because more females are willing to spend their first college semester abroad. Gibson said that last year, there were definitely more males, but the class was also bigger. This year however, because she is teaching alone at SLU, the class size cannot exceed 17. She capped the class at 16 students so that two SLU students could be partnered with each one in London for projects. A lot of males do not recognize this topic as one of interest because of its focus on children’s books. More girls traditionally respond to the class. However, the boys respond well to the class conversations. All of the boys in Canton said they enjoy the topics discussed in class, but they initially chose the class because of the economic aspect. There is still a section of the class focused on economics and business, because Professor Bansak teaches in economics and often lectures from London. In general, everyone agrees that the class runs well, however it would be better if there were more males to balance out the females. More male perspectives in discussions would be better at times but everyone likes the class and topics and participates fully.
firstname.lastname@example.org 10. Christian Hosmer email@example.com 11. Mary Hussmann firstname.lastname@example.org 12. Val Lehr email@example.com 13. Liz MacDougall firstname.lastname@example.org 14. Jennifer MacGregor email@example.com 15. Kara McLuckie firstname.lastname@example.org 16. Lisa Torrey email@example.com 17. Shaun Whitehead firstname.lastname@example.org 18. James Wildman email@example.com (retired) Let’s open conversation and hear the word “gay” in a nonderogatory context. Here at SLU, we can create a culture that invites people to be honest about who they are in all areas of their life.
Drawing by Emily Harrington
Interested in living on 78 Park St. in Commons College? Contact Elle at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
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Striving to be Saints Among “Saints”: Catholic on Campus By AMANDA CONKLIN ROMAN CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTER
Evaluating the FYP: A double-edged sword? By CONNOR MARTIN FEATURES EDITOR To call St. Lawrence’s FYP anything short of a flagstone for the school would be an understatement. Not only is it cited as one of the main attractions of the university’s program, but it also has significant influence on how SLU students operate and navigate the four years of their college life. While it is certainly important to acknowledge that the FYP program helps create a spectacular safety net for first-years, it would be ignorant not to recognize that the program itself can be a double-edged sword. Living together, eating together and going to class together forges a tight group of individuals and fosters a sense of friendship that more frequently than not endures throughout a student’s stint at SLU. Nonetheless, there are always those who fall through the cracks, and what begins as a program meant to bring people together can
sometimes alienate those who have trouble relating to their FYP companions. So, what starts out as a well-meant endeavor ultimately redefines itself as a clique with a oneyear sentence of confinement. Briefly consider Commons College. It consists of a group of upperclassmen bound together by a common course, common habitation and all that comes with it. In a way, it is almost an extended branch of the FYP, but the largely sophomore and junior population of Commons is not burdened by FYP activities, pitted against other groups of students in competition, nor are they obligated to spend time solely with the members of their College. The members of Commons College have already had a year to make their friends outside of their living situation. Unlike Commons, the FYP is thrust upon firstyears from day one. The FYP program isn’t in a position to perfectly compile a group of individuals that will be certain
to get along, let alone meld together and remain intact as friends. Instead, they bring together a group of freshmen in hopes that they will click, which inherently limits their time to explore other clubs or make their own friends. The FYP is not a bad program but, despite its good intentions, it bites off a bit more than it can chew. Part of what makes something like Commons College work so well is that it binds students together after at least a year of independence (minus their FYP activities of course) and freedom to choose their own friends and activities. The issue with our program is not that it exists, but that it asks too much of its participants and gives too little in return. I do not deny that it is a memorable experience, but it would behoove the administration to restructure it in such a way that’s more conducive to allowing individuals to find their niche, without placing them in an environment they can’t escape.
If you’d like to learn more about the Newman Club and/ or the Catholic faith, please join us for our weekly meeting in Room 336 of the Student Center on Tuesdays at 6pm or e-mail Amanda at aconklin@ stlawu.edu. All are welcome! Among the 2012 Laurentian freshmen, over 25 percent identified themselves as Roman Catholic. The only group higher than this was “no religious affiliation.” Yet the number who attend Mass every Sunday is far less than 25 percent of the freshmen class. A large reason for this absence may be the new-found freedom of college. Many students who may have felt an obligation to attend Mass at home suddenly have too much work or other fun things to do. I think a bigger reason for this absence in the pews is the difficulty to live the Catholic faith on a college campus. This is echoed by freshman Megan Kloeckner when asked about the response she gets to being Catholic on SLU’s campus: “‘You still go to church?... Huh.’” She explains “I hear this at least every week when people ask me to join them for brunch at Dana but instead I go to the 11:15 service. I’ve gone to Mass nearly every week of my life, and so coming to college--a big change in itself--and not continuing to go to church would alter my world too much. Although people of my generation are not going to church as often as they did back in my parent’s generation, I still value the time I spend at Mass because it enables me to relax and think about how lucky and thankful I am for everything I have, and conversely don’t have, in my life.” In a society where saying that something is wrong is touted as the same thing as “judging”, it is difficult to proudly stand up for your faith. There are many misconceptions about the Catholic beliefs, and a student would understandably choose to keep their faith on the backburner for fear of being labeled a “bigot” by their peers. Freshman Trisha Hayes shares: “It is sometimes hard to be a Catholic on campus because there are so many other religions. Also, there are people all around you that are
sinning on a daily basis and they attempt to get you to sin as well. Sometimes there is so much peer pressure that it is extremely difficult to be Catholic on campus. When you pray or read the Bible, people around you judge you and it just takes away from what you are trying to focus on.” In today’s hook-up culture where “anything goes,” it is not only viewed as “nerdy,” but “unrealistic” to save sex for marriage. A sophomore who wishes to remain anonymous knows this pressure. “No one has ever made fun of me or said something about going to Mass. It has all been positive. However, I do feel very alone in my faith here in that I very rarely see active Catholics or any religion for that matter. I feel very alone in my morals and values because most college kids that I know lack a lot of important values and morals. I often find it hard to relate to other college kids because they think nothing of sleeping with a guy they just met. For the most part I think people don’t value their faith or spirituality being at college. It is something that’s suppressed in most students’ lives here.” Many of those searching and those who understand that all Catholic teaching is based on self-giving love have found a home in the Newman Club. The Newman Club is a student organization based in the Roman Catholic tradition. Service, fellowship, food, faith and fun make up the backbone of the group. Sophomore Corrine Niekrewicz has found a “home” with the Newman Club. “I have always had great faith in our God before attending SLU, but I must say that it continues to grow even greater every day that I spend on campus. The Newman Club and the Catholic Campus inistry has given me a special group of tightly-knit friends that have a common love for Jesus as well as passion to share it with others.” Sophomore Tom Donohue knows that it is difficult to be virtuous when you are without support and surrounded by temptation, “It’s hard to live a life of faith and virtue, unless you have friends who are trying to do the same, the Newman Club surrounds you with St. Lawrence University Catholics, who will love, support and strengthen you, and your Catholic Faith.”
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Food @ SLU: Waste Not, Want Not By AMY FEIEREISEL FEATURES EDITOR It’s not unreasonable to say that St. Lawrence is considered a pretty liberal, forward-thinking school by the general public and students alike. While there are fairly consistent efforts to conserve energy, support different belief systems, and go green, the food situation here at SLU is an issue discussed passionately between students and faculty but rarely taken outside the offhand complaint. Well, your unspoken prayers are about to be answered (whether you care or not)! SLU Food Justice will be discussing food culture on campus, healthy tips to maximize your life, and sharing relevant food news right here in the Hill News. Since our first contribution is in this year’s Social Issue, let’s talk about an easily remedied yet woefully
damaging issue Food Justice has noticed in Dana and the Pub for quite some time. The WASTE. Ever load up your plate with goodies because you a) just came from sports practice, b) a long stretch of classes or c) like food, but then find yourself leaving a half-eaten platter of perfectly edible food in the dish line on your way out? You’re certainly not alone, but unlike Johnson Hall’s middle-ofthe-night energy use and the large amount of SYSCO products needed to feed such a large group of people, this is actually something we can control. Less wasted food means less garbage-trucking. It means Dana can cook less food for the same number of people. It means we can diminish our already large carbon footprint. Best of all (and why it’s so shameful whole apples and stacks of pizza can regularly be found rotating in the dish line) is that reducing food waste is
easy. Here’s the trick: fill one plate with about two-thirds of what you feel like eating. Consume that plate, and ask yourself how you feel. Full? Well, look at that, you’ve got a clean plate. Still hungry? Go get some more food (may I suggest some more vegetables over dessert), keeping the same rule in mind. If you take more than you can ingest, ask your friends if they’d like any of your leftovers. This is socially acceptable, I promise. If anything, they should thank you for saving them a trip. And what’s the worst that can happen? You walk a little more in Dana, see a few more friends, and help to jumpstart your digestive juices. Do me a favor this week – take a moment to think about how much you really want and need. It’s a small change, but it could have a positive impact. Do our generation proud and be conscious of your consumption.
International Week Schedule of Events
Schedule Compiled by CIIS Office, Yibei Chen, Emma Cummings-Krueger
Look Up: Technology vs. Actual Human Communication
By OLIVIA WHITE STAFF WRITER It’s true that SLU is a nondenominational institution, and while there isn’t one uniting faith, it seems that most of the student body is at the mercy of at least one god. His name? Steve Jobs. Our bible? The iPhone. Which we use, well, religiously. Even those of us who aren’t iPhone people are probably packing some other variety of smart phone
that we are just as attached to. I don’t need to explain why having a smart phone is so convenient. I also don’t need to explain how this convenience has bred a dependence on the device. We’re constantly checking for texts, refreshing our Twitter feeds, or scrolling through Facebook status after Facebook status, to the point where we’re so wrapped up in what’s happening in that little device that other things seem unimportant. For instance: walking down the sidewalk back to my dorm, every other person I pass is looking down at his or her phone. Another one: there’s a five minute break in class before lab starts. The room falls silent, almost everyone takes out their phones. The professor makes a comment about being astounded by the “texting culture.” We use our phones to avoid acknowledging others. God forbid we say “hello” to our neighbors that we kind of know, or strike up a conversation with in-class ac-
quaintances. It’s so much easier to just ignore them, respond to that oh-so-urgent Tweet, and “look busy.” We default to checking our phones to escape from having to actually look someone in the eye and vocalize a simple “hello” or “how was your weekend?” I think it’s because we’re afraidwe don’t want to look stupid if we address another person and they don’t remember us. We’re afraid they might ignore us. We’re afraid to make an effort and put ourselves out there. This all becomes very poisonous to the “welcoming and friendly community” supposedly fostered by SLU students, especially if we can’t even smile at each other in passing on the sidewalk. We’re all living together, we’re all “Laurentians for Life,” we should be able to forget our beloved smart phones for one second and civilly address one another. Next time you’re walking to class or waiting for your sandwich at the Pub, for crying out loud, just look up.
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What’s Wrong with It at SLU By ANNA LAVANGER STAFF WRITER Living in the Women’s Resource Center, I am a strong supporter of sexual freedom and agency. As an organization we seek to destigmatize sex as a taboo topic and/or practice, while strongly encouraging and educating on the safest ways to enjoy sexual freedom. The Dub offers condoms and other services to help the SLU community stay safe while engaging in these activities. We think it’s great that our community is down to get down, interacts with one another, and hopefully learns more about themselves in the process- after all isn’t that what college is about? But along with an active hook-up culture comes some unintended baggage of the not-so-pleasant variety. This is due largely in part to our small campus/school: From this simple fact seems to stem a lot of the issues surrounding our “hook-up culture.” Mainly ,there seems to be an overall lack of respect concerning past hook-up conquests and a normalization of judging others’ hook-up habits. On the surface level, this is reflected by not saying “hi” to a past hook-up when they are inevitably spotted around campus. This is understandable, as oftentimes there is a lack of communication concerning what you both want out of the hook-up. In many cases, it’s probably nothing more than a fun night: However, the fact that this is not talked about at the time leads to awkwardness, especially if both people are unsure about the thoughts and feelings of the other person. The prevalence of alcohol also plays a role in this, it can blur the lines of memory and intention. Alcohol becomes an easy scapegoat for playing off what you don’t remember. Side note: always make sure, especially when there’s alcohol involved, that your respective hook-up partner is 100% consenting to what is going on. This is very easy to figure out, if you have a quick conversation about what you both want out of the encounter, and this makes everything easier in the future. Perhaps you will agree that it’s a one-night thing, or maybe you will decide to hang out again (added bonus: now you don’t have to sit around wondering). So have the conversation and SAY HI. You are not saying “I want to date you” or even “I want to hook-up again.” You are just acknowledging that they are one of the many people on this campus that you have interacted with and gotten to
know in some capacity, the same way you greet people you know from class or your dorm. However, even if we all start saying “hi” to past hook-ups, it will not fix all the problems associated with our hook-up culture here at SLU. There is a deeper-rooted problem ,associated with a lack of respect for other people’s sexual habits. In many places, whether bigger cities or larger schools, one’s sexual activities remain, for the most part, private. But on a campus like ours, many people’s sexual activities are more or less known, at least to a certain extent. This is not something we can control, it just goes hand in hand with the fact that our campus is small, the social ties and connections are boundless. What we can control is the way we handle it. I don’t know if it’s because we run out of other things to talk about, but there is always chatter about who has hooked up with who, or how many people he or she has slept with. People judge others for who they’ve hooked up with, and how much or how little they’ve slept around. If someone has had too many partners, everyone knows and now they’re un-dateable. When someone has not had enough partners, there must be something wrong with them! Tell me then, what is acceptable? It’s absolutely ridiculous how much condescending talk is flung about regarding other people’s sexual choices, but what makes it worse is how hypocritical it is. Many people have engaged in the hook-up culture here at school, maybe they’ve made some choices they regret or maybe they’ve had a blast doing it. If you haven’t taken part, chances are you have a close friend who has. You probably do not judge your friends harshly, because you know them and view them as a person beyond their sexual choices. You definitely don’t berate yourself, because you understand the reasoning behind your own choices. On this campus, we seem to pride ourselves on our social consciousness and liberal spirit regarding other social issues. So how can we impose judgments upon other people’s- our own peers- actions? So stop judging others, follow the golden rule. Would you want other people gossiping about what you do in the sack? Of course not. More importantly, stop defining people by their sexual choices. We are all different as people, with different interests and qualities. We are made up of many components. Individuals should not be defined or limited by their weekend choices.
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Moving in Stereo Reviews New Music For Once
By WILL STANDISH COLUMNIST
Okay, full disclosure; I’m a little naturally biased towards Dr. Dog. What can I say? As a Philadelphia native I get a healthy dose of hometown pride from Philly’s favorite indie rockers. The fact that their 2007 album We All Belong has Beatles-strength cuts on it doesn’t exactly hurt matters either. Though Dr. Dog has been on the scene for quite some time now, the band has seen more exposure in the wake of a recent tour with The Lumineers. Hopefully, B-Room, the band’s 7th full-length LP (released last month) will help bring them a new level of success. This album has plenty that newcomers and seasoned fans alike can enjoy. Dr. Dog has benefited from a sound based in hook driven, harmony packed rock of 60s acts such as the Beach Boys and the aforementioned fab four with dashes of 70s glam, folk, jam, and even the jazz-tinged rock of Chicago thrown in for good measure all laid out within an indie rock framework. On previous releases, the band has proven that they can draw from a wide swath of influences and styles and still emerge with a sound that is definitively their own, a challenge for many similar indie bands. Dr. Dog makes this alchemy work for them again on B-Room. On this album, the band expands in several different directions in ways that never feel stilted or unnatural while maintaining their originality. Among the genres and modes the band explore on B-Room include folk, bluegrass, blues, and psychedelia, and, in a new direction, into classic R&B. “Minding the Usher”, “Distant Light”, and “Cuckoo”
in particular have touches of classic Motown, Sam & Dave, and Sam Cooke recordings. The band does not fall into the pratfall of bands of white guys appropriating the music of black musicians of the past. Rather, the roots of these songs are acknowledged and instead serve to inform the band’s original tracks. “Minding the Usher” and “Cuckoo” in particular share a similar root in the Beatles’ “Come Together” as much as in Motown (the latter also featuring some Doorsy keyboards). As such, the songs sound fresh instead of a shallow copy of classic material. The bluegrass and folk influences in particular have come to the forefront of the band’s sound as well, a reasonable move in a postMumford music landscape. “Phenomenon” opens with twanging banjo and from there proceeds into a joyous bluegrass romp with fiddle that dances in and out of track in a way that’s unlike any other pop-bluegrass song out, but instead creates something new, even for Dr. Dog. “Nellie”, the closing track is reminiscent of “Ho Hey” by tour-mates The Lumineers, both driven by similarly plaintive acoustic guitar. This song is a good bridge between the two bands, especially for Lumineers fans who may have caught Dr. Dog open for them and are looking for a uniting feature between the two acts. The blues has always factored into the band’s sound, whether directly or via other bands, but “Too Weak to Ramble” channels the blues more directly than in past albums. The quietest and most reflective track on the album, it’s a good contrast to the more bombastic tracks on the album. This is indicative of the way the album flows,
moving from a sleepy, mellow opener with “The Truth” into the packed production of “Broken Heart”, the band making a habit of punctuating their more energetic tracks with low-fi chillout songs. The weakest track on the album, “Rock & Roll” has some iffy lyrics that fumble a bit. The song follows the trope of rock songs about rock and discovering the genre which has gone out of vogue in recent years, but which Dr. Dog makes a noble attempt at reviving. The song itself sound fine, but the lyrics get distracting. When your weakest track can only be criticized as kind of goofy, you’re doing something right. The deluxe version of the album includes a trio of bonus tracks which are interesting but certainly aren’t essential to the listening experience. They’re interesting for longtime fans of the band, but newcomers shouldn’t feel bad for missing the songs; the collection on the basic album is more than enough for a rich listening experience. Dr. Dog has the potential to reach wider audiences than they have with past releases. B-Room is a great release for this new exposure and could hopefully be the album that brings them to wider attention. By maintaining a unique sound and expanding their range, Dr. Dog have primed themselves for something big. Closing thoughts: -If you like this album, be sure to check out We All Belong and Be the Void! -Who saw banjos coming as the rising popular instrument of the early 21st century? Not me. -This band is missing out on a golden “dog in a lab coat with a stethoscope” mascot opportunity. Think about it.
Open Mic Night & Otis Grove at Java Barn By EMILY PENNA COLUMNIST Thursday’s Open Mic and Otis Grove on Saturday kept myself and the rest of the Java staff busy last weekend. Not that it was a bad thing. The amount of talent showcased, from both students and non-students alike, was enough to remind me of how lucky I am to help run the Java Barn. Open mic featured seven acoustic solo or duo performers, and five bands. Among the solo/duo acts highlights included Mike Brewster covering Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues, an original piece by Mike Godwin, and a lovely rendition of Build Me Up, Buttercup by Katherine Heinrich and Sam Hecklau. The only acoustic band that performed, American String Circus, played an original folksy piece by Louisa Stancioff. The Java Beans, consisting of (you guessed it) Java House members, took the stage for the first time together. They were joined on stage by Myles Guiler who did a cover, rapping with Joshin Atone, of Check the Rhime by Tribe Called Quest. Other highlights of the open mic included jokes by Java House members in between each act, and the fact that open mic was junior Joe Barns’ first show running sound solo. The range of genres that spanned this open mic was incredible, and I encourage all the other musicians on campus to showcase their talents at the next. Saturday proved to be different than Thursday, in that the overall ‘sound’ was generally the same throughout both sets. Granted, Otis Grove is one band made of up three people, so there’s no way they could get as diverse as a night of different musicians. However, as the night wore on the songs blended together, all sounding relatively similar. Set break was upbeat as ever, featuring Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, and a remix of Lana Del Ray’s Blue Jeans. The snacks were equally as thrilling, featuring a range of chips, veggies and hummus, and a Java snack first, pineapple. I don’t mean to sound as if the music wasn’t good. I would be lying if I tried to tell you that. The band featuress Sam Gilman on the organ, Tyler Wayne Drabick on electric guitar, and Blake Goedde on drums. Each musician was extremely talented on their instrument, along with the interplay of instruments working together as they jammed to create an interesting rock/funk fusion with a Baptist church-esque flare from the lively organ. I testified from the moment the first chords wailed until they finished their encore, waving my soul finger high (I never miss a moment to pull out the signature move and if ever there were really an appropriate moment for the soul finger, this was it).
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Book Review: House of Leaves By ALEX GLADWIN COLUMNIST It’s Octoberween, everyone! Or, well, it is as I write this, which is all that really matters. So how about I review the most terrifying book I’ve ever read, for good measure? House of Leaves (2000) by Mark Z. Danielewski By the same author as The Fifty-Year Sword, which I reviewed a few weeks ago, House of Leaves is about…uh… Jesus. I mean, it’s not about Jesus (although it could be, I guess), but this is a really hard book to summarize. Basically, the story is told through a drug addict’s footnotes and annotations for an academic article he found that was written by a blind guy about a documentary film that might or might not exist, which was made by a famous photographer who moves into a house that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Ah, how I love traditional plots. Still, besides the beenthere-done-that storyline, this book is extremely clever. The basis is that everything is a little bit off. A blind guy writing an article about a film? A house that appears to be bigger on the inside by an inch than it is on the outside? A drug addict writing footnotes for an academic paper? What the hell is going here? Things only get weirder when, as you go through the book, the pages start to change layouts: some only have a single word, others have mirrored sections of text, and some contain footnotes
that are just lists of names with little context. What I’m trying to say is that this book has an extreme sense of unity—a single aim: to unsettle you and poke the bubble that is your sense of sanity. And it succeeds. As you go further down the rabbit hole that is this book, any grasp of reality is lost; any reference point to the real world is torn away. When you combine this with the fantastic haunted house plot that makes up the documentary, you have a story that chills you to the bone on every level that a book possibly can. There are few books like House of Leaves, books so dedicated to making an impression upon you that they will break any sense of normalcy in published literature to do so. I should note, though, that the tricks are not the only intriguing part of this book. The actual haunted house story is creepy in its own right. The house becomes increasingly odd, with one inch on the inside that is unaccountable compared to the outside becoming a few more, then a hallway inside the house that by all logic should not exist, and then an entire labyrinth. The characters are logical and try to tackle the mystery with every faculty available, but to no avail. A lot of horror stories depend on characters being idiots, but the other-worldliness of the house is inescapable even for the intelligent folk in this story. So, yeah, damn creepy book. But wait, there’s more! House of Leaves is a creepy haunted house story, but there’s also,
gasp, a bit more for you bookish folk out there. Perhaps most obvious—at least to any of you who are constantly reading nonsensical and awful academic articles (the joys of being an English major)—is the parody of academic writing. The concept of a blind man writing about a film, with citations to books that don’t actually exist, about something that might or might not exist, provides a great critique of the self-contained, sometimes nonsensical world of academic criticism at its worst. There is also enough metafiction (fiction about fiction) to drown yourself in; the title itself is a reference to essence of a book (a literal house of leaves), and in many ways this book is about how fiction works and is constructed. Still, for all the good stuff, there are some detractions. Like many works of almost any medium that can be defined as horror, the last third or so really loses its footing. The largest frame story—the drug addict’s footnotes—become too dominant and intrusive, making the story less engaging as it goes on. Further, the book is incredibly dense, and for those of you who do not like experimental fiction, this will not appeal to you at all. House of Leaves, like most experimental works, tends to divide readers into two groups: “This book is amazing,” and “This book is a pretentious pile.” I will strongly set my feet in the first camp. If you’re looking for fun but not mindless reading, and something that might freak you out a bit, then House of Leaves is what you want.
Chocolate Cake City: Probably Delicious
This Saturday, November 2nd at 7pm, Emerson College’s Chocolate Cake City will be performing in the Winston Room. Don’t know who or what Chocolate Cake City is? Learn more in this semi-informative, primarily disturbing interview with one of its members: Who are you? We are Chocolate Cake City, a sketch comedy troupe with a no-nonsense attitude and 20 years experience on the force. Too bad this Christmas we’re being paired up with a *record scratch* PENGUIN?? Penguin Police™ FOX How did you get your name? The name “Chocolate Cake City” actually comes from one of the founding members’s nickname for his little sister. Calling a young child “Chocolate Cake City” for an extended period of time seems so whimsical that it’s borderline sociopathic, but I’m sure the kid turned out fine. (NOTE TO EDITOR: I HAVE NO IDEA THE STATE OF THIS CHOCOLATE CAKE SISTER, PLEASE DELETE THIS RESPONSE IF YOU FIND THAT SHE HAS BECOME A SATANIST/BDSM ENTHUSIAST) (NOTE FROM EDITOR: I liked this bit and decided to keep it. Besides, no one proof reads my pages anyway.) Any accomplishments you’d like to brag about? There’s BORING accomplishments like, we created that “Brokeback To The Future” video you loved so much as an 8th grader, or the “Human Centipede: The Musical!” video you loved so much as an 11th grader--OR, there’s the AWESOME accomplishments. Like, we have a troupe member who’s a Quaker, or, collectively we can only do 1 push-up. Diversity AND weakness! Where can we see more of your stuff? We try to tape our shows and put them You Tube™ as often as we can, but for all updates on the troupe, you can “like” our “facebook” “page.” Why should we come to the show? What should we expect? A Chocolate Cake City show has something for everybody. So long as “everybody” is what you call your semiimpaired step brother who’s really into death and laughing at death. Everybody is kind of messed up. If you’ve been looking for a sketch troupe that’s somewhere between Whitest Kids U Know and World War II, you are kind of crazy. But hey, you might have a good time at CCC, too. Everybody loves us!
Yet More Octoberween Recommendations By CHRIS MELVILLE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Alas, Halloween has come and gone. But you guys. This is a college campus. Halloweekend extends indefinitely (read: until Monday). It’s not too late to watch some spooky movies. For the Uninitiated: The Haunting (1963) Let’s say you took my advice last week and just watched, say, every Universal Studios Monster Movie, in which case, good on you. Now you’re ready to move up a peg to check out a classic ghost/haunted house movie. And you’re ready for something scary. Well then, how about The Haunting? Based on The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, this movie is nice and subtle in its scares. There’s no immediate danger, no killer, no monster, no real threat. It’s a character-centered psychological horror film. The House does not attack on physical terms, but it does play gloriously sinister mind tricks. Read the book. Watch the movie. For Children: ParaNorman (2012) ParaNorman is an awesome Claymation kids’ movie. Norman is a weird kid who sees ghosts, mostly of deceased relations who just want someone to talk to. The ghosts don’t really bother Norman. What bothers him are all the bullies at school that pick on him for seeing ghosts. Well, Norman and his bullies are going to have learn some important life lessons in order to survive an onslaught of zombies. You know, these things do happen. Zombies and ghosts aside, this isn’t going to be too scary for most children. I mean, it’s not Coraline. In fact, I think this is one of the most child-appropriate movies out there, in that all kids age 9-13 who bully or have been bullied should see ParaNorman. I’ve never seen a movie deal with issues of bullying so incredibly well. It carefully balances both sides, offers solutions, and avoids being kitschy. Also zombies and ghosts and witches. Forgot the witches. Awesome Halloween movie. For Pretentious Film Students: Onibaba (1964) Ah yes, a black and white Japanese samurai horror movie from the ‘60s. It’s not Kurosawa, but people will still look at you and guffaw in startled confusion when you explain to them that yes, you did indeed watch a movie with subtitles. How about that art direction? The wind blowing through the tall grass is a neat effect and is pretty creepy. How about that pit with all those bones? Spooky stuff. My favorite part is probably the mask though. Break down all of those images on symbolic terms and discuss the director’s mise en scene. People will beg you to stop impressing them so much. For the Strong of Stomach: The Evil Dead (1981) Now, I have to admit that while I appreciate The Evil Dead for its cultural significance, I personally don’t like it all that much. It’s not really my cup of tea. That having been said, if you like atrociously violent, endearingly campy horror movies from the early ‘80s, The Evil Dead is for you. A group of stupid kids decides to spend the weekend in a remote, sinister looking cabin in the middle of nowhere. Of course, they find an evil book that conjures forth demonic spirits that possess them and violence ensues. Copious violence. Like, a whole lot of it. It’s gross-out horror, rated NC-17 upon its release, and it has not aged well. Ironically, though, the fact that it is dated is pretty much the only thing that makes it likeable. Well, that and Bruce Campbell. Evil Dead 2 is better. For Tricksters: Scream (1996) Scream’s a good time. It verges on spoof, because it is quite tongue-in-cheek, but ultimately is still horror. The violence and terror are pretty serious, but the twist is that it takes place in a universe wherein people have actually seen horror movies. The characters make frequent references to movies like Halloween and the ass-bad Friday the 13th, which I truly, truly hate. Do not watch Friday the 13th; never watch Friday the 13th. Watch Scream. It’s funny, suspenseful, scary, bloody, and clever. Also, Henry Winkler is in it. Henry Winkler. For Treaters: Much Ado About Murder (1973) I know I’ve talked about this one before and recently, but I seriously cannot stop recommending it to people. Vincent Price plays a panned stage actor who gets revenge on his critics by murdering them in ways that mirror Shakespeare plays. It is a truly fabulous piece of work. As my roommate just said, “It is to the horror genre what The Man with the Golden Gun is to Bond films.” If you don’t like it you’re wrong, and you’re probably taking the genre too seriously. For Those Looking for Fear: Halloween (1978) Ah, Halloween, the disappointed father of the slasher genre. The film is pretty straightforward. A murderous psychopath escapes from custody and picks off a few horny teenagers on Halloween night. Spooky. Meanwhile Donald Pleasance (Donald Pleasance) stands in a bush waiting for something to happen. The thing that makes this film so great—and so creepy—is John Carpenter, who directs the ever-loving snot out of this movie. There are no cheap scares in Halloween, no cats popping out of closets, no shock-spatter, just a menacing dude in a mask. Actually, what really makes the movie is the killer, Michael Meyers. His design is perfect. He wears a featureless white mask, specifically picked because it’s a blank slate. This movie doesn’t hide anything. It sticks the killer out in the open. You get a good look at him, and project your own fears onto his empty face. It’s awesome. For Those Who Really Don’t Like Halloween: Zoolander (2001)
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Annex Co-Founder to Perform at Pub 56 By MIKE RANELLONE GUEST WRITER
Pub 56 will host an evening of music with recent graduate Alex Smith on Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 8:30pm. Smith, an active performing musician since high school, hit the road touring about a month after commencement, playing numerous shows per week as far away as South Carolina. Smith and supporting musicians Jake Brillhart ’15 on fiddle and Dylan Rice on guitar, mandolin, and backup vocals closed their
tour in August, reporting to a studio in Massachusetts where they recorded Smith’s forthcoming album, Hamilton County, due out this winter. Smith grew up in Long Lake, NY, in the heart of the Adirondack Park. He was raised on the albums of master folk musicians Dan Berggren and Christopher Shaw, among others, whose works are strongly invested in the area. His songs are often recognized for their ability to conjure the familiarity of classic folk tunes while directly engaging
contemporary issues that face the community he grew up in. Sarah Craig, manager of reputed Saratoga Springs folk venue Caffe Lena, calls Smith “a natural storyteller with a rich voice who is creating poignant songs rooted in the heritage of his Adirondack home." He played at Caffe Lena in May of 2013, opening for Shaw. During the fall of Smith’s senior year at St. Lawrence, after touring extensively on his own the preceding summer, he signed a professional record deal with Wepecket Island Records, a prominent folk label. He had previously released two selfrecorded albums, Sawdust and The North Country Sessions. Smith wrote most of the songs from The North Country Sessions on campus at St. Lawrence, where he completed a major in English Creative Writing and a minor in Canadian Studies. A fiction writer, Smith incorporated a number of themes from his music into the novel he developed as part of an SYE with Professor Paul Graham. Smith was a founding member of the Annex, SLU’s music-andperforming-arts theme house at 21 Romoda Dr. He collaborated with a variety of musicians there and across campus, playing at numerous events and open mics. His return to campus tomorrow, where he will be joined on stage by Brillhart, is eagerly anticipated.
Study Abroad Attracts Record Number of Applications By KAREN BLAKELOCK STAFF WRITER Over the course of the last few weeks it has become increasingly apparent that the St. Lawrence student body is growing, and some of the school’s programs might not yet be ready to deal with the increase in numbers. Take, for instance, St. Lawrence study abroad programs. The Center for International and Intercultural Studies has reported that this past semester they fielded more applications that usual. Drew Pynchon, the Assistant Director of Off-campus Programs, stated that the CIIS office feels it is “really important for students to have the opportunity [to study off campus]” and is glad that students are interested However, with every program seeing an increase in the number of applicants, the amount of students receiving rejections from their desired program has also increased. This can partly be attributed to the growing SLU student body. Ideally, the number of spots on study abroad programs would
increase proportionally as the size of the on campus population grew, a topic that was discussed at the Board of Trustee meetings this past weekend. It has been suggested that if St. Lawrence is to continue to use our strong study abroad programs as a tool for admissions, we should strive to provide the opportunity to as many qualified students as possible. Unfortunately, this problem can only be addressed going forward, as the CIIS office was unprepared for such a large increase in the number of applicants this past semester. Pynchon stated, “We didn’t see it coming.” As far as the progressively competitive application process goes, Pynchon suggests that future study abroad hopefuls start on the application process as soon as possible. The CIIS office stressed that their door is always open, and they strongly encourage interested students to come and meet with them. Pynchon asks, “Help us help you” when it comes to program requirements and expectations. He also told The Hill News that the students’
personal rationale for their desired place of study played a large role in the application process, but that the selection committee looks at the application as a whole when it comes to making their final decision. Lastly, Pynchon addressed the potential concerns students might have about traveling and living abroad. Pynchon stated, “The safety and security [of students] is our utmost priority” he even went so far as to say that although we live in an age of terrorism, we are just as likely to run into tragedies at home as abroad— but that shouldn’t stop us from exploring. Pynchon, who attended the Kenya program himself, told The Hill News that while the prospect of home stays is often the most worrying aspect of the trip, students end up loving them as they are “a huge part of the experience.” To everyone who applied and was accepted to a study abroad program, congratulations, enjoy the many adventures you are about to have. To those of you not as lucky, chin up Saints, know that you are in good company, and better luck next time.
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Tuition: Money Talks WEALTH FROM PAGE 1 President Obama’s proposed college rating plan focuses on these low-income students by using the graduation rates of Pell Grant (federal aid to lowincome students) recipients to measure a college’s performance. Earlier this month U.S. News recognized SLU as a top performer in an article discussing how colleges might fare in this rating system. Approximately 18% of SLU students receive a Pell Grant, which Christine Zimmerman points out is high compared to many private colleges. In addition to Pell Grants, some SLU students are also available for the TAP grant, a grant for New York residents with financial need. There are also programs, such as the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), which is designed for students who live in New York and have had academic and financial disadvantages. Bill Short, the director of SLU’s HEOP, explained that HEOP participants are “smart and motivated students who come from high schools that were not rigorous enough to prepare them.” While HEOP students are eligible for Pell and TAP grants as well as other needbased aid, most students in the HEOP program still have to maintain campus jobs or take out loans. In fact, more than half — 56.6% — of the entire 2013-2014 freshman class took out loans. Only 47 students on campus have their tuition covered fully by SLU, of which approximately 30 are hockey players. There are students, however, that pay full tuition, and clearly there’s a large gap between those with an Expected
Family Contribution of $0 and those who pay of pocket. This doesn’t mean that students such as those involved in HEOP aren’t welcomed on campus. Short said that the administration and other students on campus are extremely welcoming. He also stressed that “we work hard to greet everyone at the door,” and that this spirit of acceptance has been “part of the fabric of SLU since 1886.” But how does SLU’s admissions process factor into the distribution of wealth on campus? While SLU is a need-blind institution, those in the top 80-90% of the applicant pool are accepted to SLU regardless of their financial need. Jeff Rickey, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, says that SLU actively searches for first generation and/or low-income students. “It’s one of our biggest joys because it’s not just value added to the student’s life but also their family’s [life].” SLU also seeks out alumni connections, coined by the office as “chips” and “twigs”, who get a slight boost in the admissions process. Chips are the sons and daughters of alumni, while twigs are applicants with other alumni relatives. Rickey said “we want the past of our university to inform the contemporary and inform the future.” Alumni connections are not the only way that admissions staff maintain the identifiable SLU character. The Admissions Office spends extensive time recruiting right here in the North Country and St. Lawrence County. Rickey said that his commitment to the North Country is important because the area is truly the “roots of this community.”
Photo by Christina Rukki
The Board of Trustees Dinner on Thurs., Oct. 24 welcomed juniors and seniors to a night of delicious food and networking.
10/27 Giants v. Eagles, W 15-07 10/27 Jets v. Bengals , L 9-49 10/30 Penguins v. Bruins, W 3-2 10/30 Red Sox v. Cardinals, W 6-1 *RED SOX WIN THE WORLD SERIES!
Week 8 Fantasy Football Results
Like it or not, the Umpires Got it Right
By BRANDON DI PERNO STAFF WRITER
Leaders: Calvin Johnson: Johnson was unstoppable Sunday as he went for 329 receiving yards and one touchdown. Marvin Jones: Cincinnati’s wide receiver impressed on Sunday with 122 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. He’s scored in the past three games and looks likely to continue the trend last week. Photo courtesy of Fox News
By JOEY CORSO STAFF WRITER By the time you start reading this article, the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals will be over. Whether it ended the night before or earlier in the week, the next big thing we baseball fans have to look forward to is the “Hot-Stove”, a term used to describe baseball’s exhilarating off-season. As I write this article, the champion of the baseball world is yet to be determined. Through the first couple games, these teams have lived up to every fan’s hope that this series would be a heavyweight prizefight. Yet, in a series that at the moment I am writing this article is still very far from being over, the turning point may have already occurred. Although you have probably seen a replay of the play, let me take you back to Game 3 last Saturday. In the bottom of the 9th of a 4-4 game, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina singled and then pinch-hitter Allen Craig doubled, giving the Cardinals runners on second and third. The Red Sox brought the infield into position to make a play at the plate. The next batter, Jon Jay, hit
a ground ball to second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who threw home to put out Molina. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Red Sox catcher, then threw to third base to try to get Craig for the third out. The throw was late and wide, actually hitting Craig in the arm and skittering into foul territory up the left-field line. At this point, Craig got up and tried to run home, but third baseman Will Middlebrooks, having tried to dive to reel in Saltalamacchia’s throw, was in his way. Craig tripped over Middlebrooks, then, umpire Jim Joyce pointed at the tangled bodies and called obstruction. Craig got up, stumbled on his way to the plate, and appeared to be out on a strong throw home from left fielder Daniel Nava, who had scrambled to fetch the ball. But home plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe — due to the obstruction. So the game was over, the Cardinals won, and they took an emphatic 2-1 series lead. Pandemonium ensues at Busch Stadium. The Red Sox and their fans are livid, as any team would be whose fortune was determined on a seemingly controversial call. But did they have good reason to be so upset?
After watching the play over and over again, and rereading the rulebook, I honestly believe that Jim Joyce, the 3rd base umpire who made the call, made the right one. While Middlebrooks didn’t mean to obstruct Craig, he was still in Craig’s way, regardless. As I walked around school last Sunday morning after the game, the large Red Sox contingent was still visibly upset. But let me say this again-the right call was made. So, whether or not you believe a call like that should have been made, is a different matter. Many fans of a variety of sports believe that the players should solely determine the outcome in late and close games, even if an infraction worth penalizing has occurred. If that’s your opinion, you fall in the majority. When thinking back to that bizarre play, which I am sure many will, especially if it happens to be the turning point for the Cardinals, just remember that the umpires got it right. And in a day and age where officials from all sports seemingly cannot catch a break for a wrong or even controversial call, hopefully you have realized their blame and culpability in this instance is absolutely none.
Who will be the featured Coach of the Week? Here at SLU, we have a highly distinguished athletic program. Sport could not exist without the athlete, but what is a team without its leader? The Hill News has decided to start the “Coach of the Week” feature. Coaches can be nominated by an athlete, or athletes, of any sports team here on campus. This is open to both varsity and club sports.
To nominate your coach, please send in his or her name, the sport, and a short paragraph as to why they should be the coach of the week. We will decide which nomination is the most convincing and the winning coach will be featured here. Nominations may be sent to Joshua Cameron (email@example.com). Here we go Saints!
Drew Brees: As per usual, Brees spread the ball fantastically on his way to 332 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. Drew Brees is quickly becoming one of the best, if not the most consistent, quarterbacks in the NFL. Andy Dalton: Dalton has been great recently. He threw for 325 yards and 5 touchdowns. Look for him to continue this trend throughout the coming weeks. Jordy Nelson: Green Bay’s wide receiver was fantastic Sunday as he had 123 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, among them a 76 yard touchdown. He is being used frequently by Rodgers as of late. Look to start him next week.
Busts: LeSean McCoy: McCoy has proven himself to be a very average player without Michael Vick at the helm. He had a dismal 48 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards. Look to use McCoy at your flex until Vick returns, or to not start him at all. It might be time to trade McCoy before his stock value plummets. Marshawn Lynch: Lynch was terrible Sunday (thus saving my own fantasy team from defeat) as he rushed for only 23 yards and had only 4 receiving yards. This is out of character for Lynch, expect him to rebound next week. Robert Griffin III: RGIII is struggling. While injuries are to blame, it’s safe to say that Griffin just isn’t as good as he was last year. His up-and-down season make him an unreliable player. If he’s your starting quarterback, it might be time for a replacement. Danny Amendola: Amendola was disgusting Sunday. He had just 15 receiving yards. Expect him to bounce back next weekend. Russel Wilson: Wilson was average Sunday throwing for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. While the numbers are decent, his play was hardly elite. Expect him to be better next week.
Under the Radar: Terrance Williams: Williams received frequent looks from Tony Romo on Sunday. Expect this to be an ongoing trend as the wide receiver breaks out. Andre Ellington: Ellington was phenomenal in place of the injured, sidelined Mendenhall. Expect him to continue his stellar place until Mendenhall’s return. Jake Locker: Locker is quickly becoming a must-start after throwing for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns. Look to start him next week if you’re weak at the quarterback position Percy Harvin: Harvin is still out on injury reserve, but he might be worth looking into if he gets the start against Tampa this coming week. Kenny Stills: Stills has become a serious threat for the Saints with 329 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Look to pick him up if you’re in need of a good wide-out.
10/25 Field Hockey v. Williams Smith, L 1-3 10/30 Volleyball v. Potsdam State, W 3-0 10/26 Men’s Soccer v. Skidmore, L 0-1 10/26 Men’s Hockey v. Northeastern, W 6-4
Saints Split Weekend Series By THOMAS MATHIASAN & WILLIAM GLOVER STAFF WRITERS
The Skating Saints split a pair of games this weekend against the Northeastern Huskies losing 6-3 on Friday night while winning on Saturday night 6-4. The Saints came out flying on Friday to pick up a 2-0 lead five minutes into the second period with goals from freshman Drew Smolcynski and sophomore Alex Hagen. Northeastern was able to notch two late goals in the period to even the score at 2. Despite dominating in shots throughout the first two periods, 27-14, Northeastern was able to take their first lead of the night with a goal four minutes into the final period. Just over two minutes later, Freshman Matt Carey was able to tie it up again with a power-play goal, which seemed to regain momentum for the Saints. Unfortunately, after playing a tight game with the Huskies throughout the remainder of the third, Northeastern was able to notch two quick goals within a minute of each other with less than four minutes remaining. Finally while trying to get back into the game with the goalie pulled, the Huskies were able to add one last empty netter to seal up the game with a 6-3 loss for the Saints. Saturday night, however, was
Last Friday, the Saints’ overall 5-9 record was taken down in a 3-1 loss to the William Smith Herons after a scoreless first half. “We came out with intensity, ready to shut them down,” says Grace O’Neil ‘14, a forward for the Saints. As is true of most Liberty League matchups, the Saints and the Herons were evenly paired, with a tense back and forth for the first 35 minutes of play. The Saints kept their heads in the game following the first Herons goal, off of a rebound 10 minutes into the second half. Though defenders kept pace for the entirety of the game, a second goal was scored 11
By KRISSY DI PERNO STAFF WRITER
Sport: Men’s Ice Hockey Age: 22 Hometown: Mississagua, Ontario Major: PCA
Photo by Catherine Christopher
a chance for the Saints to even the series score with a victory in their second matchup with Northeastern. The first period was a hard fought period that brought out tension after whistles on both teams as well as lots of physical play. The Saints were again able to dominate the first period for a 3-1 lead with goals from first-year Matt Carey, senior Jeremy Wick, and a beautiful goal from senior Justin Baker. After honoring the hockey alumni during the intermission, the post-whistle confrontations between the two teams lessened. However, the Saints lead did not. The Saints gave up one early goal in the second to the Huskies to bring the score to 3-2, but the Saints were able to net two power-play goals from
seniors Greg Carey and Justin Baker, making the score 5-2. Northeastern was able to notch a 5-on-3 goal with nine seconds remaining in the frame, bringing the period to a close with a 5-3 Saints lead. The third period consisted of good defensive play from both squads before senior Patrick Doherty scored an empty netter to give the saints a 6-3 lead with less than two minutes remaining. The Huskies would score one more with a minute remaining. However, it would be too little, too late for the Huskies, giving the saints a 6-4 win and a series tie with Northeastern. With the win against Northeastern on Saturday, the Skating Saints improved to 4-2. The Saints will begin ECAC play this weekend at Yale and Brown.
Saints Lose, but Prevent Shut-out By EMILY HARRINGTON STAFF WRITER
Q&A with Kyle Essery
minutes later when the Herons’ Alessandra Petrizio faced off with Saints’ nationally ranked goalie Nicole Matos ‘14 and found the back of the net after Matos’ initial block. Less than a minute later, the Heron’s scored again for a 3-0 lead at 57:02. “By the third goal we had had enough, collected ourselves, picked up the pace and played more offensively,” says O’Neil, referring to the clear push towards the Herons side for the end of the match. The score sat at 3-0 with 4 solid shots on goal in the second half. In the last 20 seconds of the match, Emma Berry came off of a penalty corner shot for the Saints’ only goal. Though it was not enough to give the Saints the win, the goal stopped William Smith
from a shut out. This proved how evenly matched the game was from the start. “We are very much a team that refuses to give up— unfortunately we just ran out of time to make a real come back” says Berry. “The game definitely served as fuel for our game against Rochester on Saturday… and contributed to our 3-1 win,” she said. Though they did not receive a post-season bid, the Saints have put it all on the line. A tight match this Wednesday led to a 2-3 loss to SUNY Cortland in overtime. The Saints have their final game of the season at St. John Fisher on Saturday, where they hope to achieve one last win for 2013.
SCHEDULE Friday, 11/01 Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Yale Appleton Arena, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/02 Women’s Soccer vs. Clarkson Sandy-MacAllaster Field, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/02 Football vs. WPI Leckonby Stadium, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/02 Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Brown Appleton Arena, 3:00 p.m.
How did you first become interested in hockey? My dad has had a huge influence on me growing up and so as soon as I was old enough to play he got me into the game. What is your favorite memory of playing hockey at St. Lawrence? So far, my favorite memory is when I scored the game-winning goal against Princeton freshman year. It was Photo by University Communications in the second game in the playoffs, which moved us forward to game three. We had lost the first game so we had to win the next game to have a chance of moving on to the next round. So we won the second game and then won the third game, which I also scored in, to move on to the next round against Yale. Do you have any pre-game rituals? I have many pre-game rituals… way too many to list. But one ritual that I’m most known for is having an hour-long nap before each game and just before the game I eat two apples and two bananas. I don’t know how it started but it just kind of came about on its own. What is your go-to warm-up song? It changes all the time but right now I really like listening to Wake Me Up and Hey Brother by Avicii. What is your favorite part about traveling to away games? I love the bus ride. Most guys hate the bus ride but I enjoy just hanging out with my teammates and watching movies. Can’t beat that in my mind. Who has been the most influential person in your life while playing hockey? Coaches are always a huge influence on any athlete. For me my parents would have to be the most influential people in my life towards hockey. They’ve spent their time and money to keep me in the sport. They have always supported me through both the good and bad times and I couldn’t ask for anything else. Who is your biggest fan? I would have to say my dad is my biggest fan. Throughout my entire career as a hockey player I don’t think he’s missed more then a handful of games. My dad has always been there to cheer me on in the stands. Who is your favorite hockey player and what is your favorite team in the NHL? My favorite hockey team would have to be the Toronto Maple Leafs. I live twenty minutes outside the city of Toronto and I’ve grown up watching them my whole life. My favorite player is Martin St. Louis. He’s around my size and he is just a great player to watch. Because you’re a fellow Canadian, what is your favorite thing to get at Tim Horton’s? No matter what I always get an everything bagel toasted, with herb and garlic cream cheese, with bacon. If you haven’t had one of those then you haven’t lived. Do you follow any other sports apart from hockey and if so what are they? Honestly I really don’t. Not much of a football or baseball kind of guy. In my house hockey is always on the TV whether it’s my room or the family room. If you weren’t a hockey star what other sport do you think you would have played? I was really into track and field as a kid, but if I didn’t play hockey I would most likely have played box lacrosse. What are your plans following St.. Lawrence? Hopefully play pro somewhere and then after I’m done playing hockey (I plan on playing ‘til I can no longer stand) I would really like to go into coaching and work my way up the ranks as a coach. What words of advice would you offer to a future St. Lawrence hockey player? Play every game like it’s your last. You hear it all the time that your four years at school go by so quick and it really does. Practice your heart out and leave everything on the ice during games. But most importantly, cherish the memories you will make at St. Lawrence.
Inspirational Quote of the Week: “We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” -Bill Clinton
Published on Nov 1, 2013