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SLU NEWS Get clipped for a cause
This Saturday, February 22, Pre-Health Club is hosting their annual St. Baldrick’s Clips for Cancer event, in which volunteers will shave their heads to raise awareness and funds for fighting childhood cancer.
This day in history:
Tara Lipinski, 15, becomes the youngest USA Gold Medalist in Figure Skating at the 1998 Napango, Japan Olympics. How was your freshman year of high school?
Join the staff of the Hill News for a showing of “Shattered Glass,” a film about journalistic integrity, on Monday, February 24 at 7PM.
In a last-minute addition to their winter tour, Java favorite Aqueous will be at the Java Barn this Saturday at 10PM. Come for the food counter, stay for the legendary performance.
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VOLUME CXXVIII, ISSUE 4
Spread the Love with “Love Your Body” Week By EMILY MULVIHILL STAFF WRITER Next week, St. Lawrence is hosting Love Your Body Week, a week-long event created by Maddy Wetterhahn ’15 and made possible through an Innovation Grant, with an aim to celebrate “bodies, and everyone who has one.” SLU is not the only school to host Love Your Body events. Similar celebrations have been hosted on other campuses such as Boston College and Sierra College with the same goal of encouraging positive self-image and providing resources about eating disorders, healthy eating and exercise. The event will also address the media’s influence on body image. SLU’s Love Your Body week will kick off this Sunday with Love Your Body Yoga, which will be heart chakra-themed. By Mon-
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Justice for Your Tummy By LIZZ MULLER GUEST WRITER I don’t know about you, but I wake up in the morning thinking about food. I mentally prepare my meals on the way to Dana so that I know exactly where to beeline when I get there. So much of our lives revolve around food, yet there is so much that we are unaware of when it comes to what we are eating. Most of us have no idea where our food comes from, how it got
day, for an all day event entitled “Operation Beautiful,” all the mirrors in the Student Center will be covered up with positive messages to promote positive self-image. Other events in the week will include a talk by SLU Gender Studies professor Danielle Egan hosted by the Dub on body image, societal expectations and the media’s portrayal of women, as well as a documentary screening of Killing Us Softly in the Winston Room. This documentary discusses misogynistic images in the media and it’s relationship to sexism, eating disorders and other social problems. To wrap up the week, Thursday there will be a Love Your Genes clothing drive and an eating disorder awareness table where students can donate clothes that don’t fit and learn more about eating disorders and how to help if you suspect someone you know SEE BODYWEEK, PAGE 5 here, or what it actually does for our bodies. The students of Food Justice Club are striving to change that. With our recent boom in campus activity (153 likes on Facebook, booyah!), people have been asking us, “what exactly does food justice mean?” Food justice is having the right to grow, sell and eat healthy food – food that is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally appropriate and grown locally with consideration and care. Food justice leads to a strong local food system, a self-reliant community and a healthy environment. What more could you ask for? But what does this mean for SLU? As a club, we are working toward increasing awareness of food justice and teaching people why it matters. I promise this isn’t like, “Come on man, put down that pizza and have a carrot”. It’s not about counting calories or following the trend of going vegan just because Beyonce did. SEE FOOD JUSTICE, PAGE 5
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Negawatt: Do it in the Dark By CONANT NEVILLE and JEFF MOGAVERO EDITOR-AT-LARGE and GUEST WRITER St. Lawrence is currently in a close battle for the lead in an ongoing statewide electricity reduction competition called the New York Negawatt Challenge. For the next four weeks SLU will compete against other New York colleges and universities trying to cut their electricity consumption for the duration of the competition. This is the third year SLU has participated in the Negawatt competition, according to Campus Sustainability Coordinator Louise Gava, who is once again excited about the competition. She recommends that students “turn off and unplug!” This includes laptops, phone chargers, holiday lights, TVs, and anything else with a plug on it. Other great ways to reduce consumption are to consolidate items in a refrigerator, decrease the time your clothes are in the dryer, and use desk lamps instead of overhead lights, according to Gava. The Outing Club has taken this advice to heart, according to house member Becca Doll ’14. “We have been keeping all of the lights in bathrooms and common rooms off and we haven’t been doing dishes.” She jokes that there has also been talk of throwing the main circuit breaker off at night
to cut the power to the house. The Outing Club is currently leading the competition between the theme houses with a reduction of over 16% so far. Meanwhile, the dorm with the biggest reduction is 13 University at nearly 9%. The stakes are high for the winning theme house and dorm: each member of the winning building will receive a pub cookie as a prize and bragging rights for an entire year. SLU’s Environmental Action Organization, who is spearheading the campaign for awareness
“Behavioral changes can foster a widespread culture of sustainability.” -Hannah Debelius and participation, has some tips for students trying to reduce their consumption this week. EAO Co-President Gwyn Buchanan gives simple advice for students: “Whatever you do, do it in the dark.” She lives at 13 University, the current leader amongst the dorms. Indeed, it appears that whatever they’ve been doing over there, they’ve been doing it in the dark. And it has been working. Negawatt is a smaller competition within the larger Campus SEE NEGAWATT, PAGE 10
In This Issue: Opinion: We might still need adults, page 2 A “cool” take on the pre-graduation checklist, page 6 Comcast takes over Time Warner Cable, page 7 “The Monuments Men,” a review, page 9 Track and Field takes home Liberty League title, page 12
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By EMILY LIEBELT ‘16 GUEST COLUMNIST
FEBRUARY 21, 2014
I Need an Adult some research, there are actually doctors’ offices in Canton who can see you on the weekends (with an appointment)! But I’ve heard that students would rather go to the emergency room in Potsdam when they don’t want to wait until Monday to be seen. For your gynecological needs, there is a Planned Parenthood in Canton. People seeking emergency contraception will probably
cept, and subsequently call up an associate on the intercom to examine... eek!). The Plan B pill is most When St. Lawrence students effective when taken within the get sick, injured, or have any other first 72 hours after having interreason to visit the health center, we course, but the sooner the better. sure hope it happens on a weekday Transportation and payment are before 4pm. As myself, and many a lot to deal with when the clock of my peers have had to learn the is ticking. If our health center were hard way, the services of the Diana open on weekends, it would reB. Torrey ’82 Health and Counselduce overall anxiety and chances ing Center are not available from of missing the 72-hour window. Friday evening until MonI believe, and I’m sure College students are given a lot of day. Unfortunately, due to many fellow SLU students responsibility in looking after the rambunctious nature of agree, that having our health college students, most medicenter open on weekends themselves, but sometimes cal misfortunes occur on the would be a huge advantage. we just need an adult. weekends. This is a widely We wouldn’t have to leave known reality of living on a col- end up at the local Rite Aid, which campus or spend a lot of time and lege campus. So what do we do is not reliable with their supply of money seeking help when we need instead? In the event of a medical generic versions of the expensive it the most. It would be more ensituation, you will probably seek Plan B, so customers are usually couraging for people to actually get out a friend with a car. No one forced to come up with a lot more help in the first place if they didn’t wants to (or should have to) walk cash. Does anyone actually know have to worry about these things. anywhere when they are sick or how much the Morning After Pill Furthermore, getting treatment hurt. You can request transporta- costs before they need to buy it? as soon as possible is necessary tion from security if a ride from Internet searches are not always to avoid further complications. a friend is unavailable, but where correct because prices change and Our health center has a warm and do you go? will vary between locations. I’ve comfortable atmosphere with a lot I personally could not think read it’s between fifty and seventy of great resources that we miss on of a walk-in clinic anywhere near dollars, with a $10 printable man- the weekends. College students here, and after asking several ufacturer’s coupon for Plan B only are given a lot of responsibility friends, it seemed no one had a available on the website (which my in looking after themselves, but definitive answer. After doing sources say they don’t always ac- sometimes we just need an adult.
Get Ready for the Gay By EMILY SMITH ‘17 GUEST COLUMNIST Kids, get your Levi’s and flannels on, grab your golden retriever and start grilling some burgers, because the wholesome tradition of American Football is about to be put to the test. Put your phones and any homework you’re doing away, and please give me your undivided attention, because this is a doozy. There is going to be an OPENLY GAY NFL player. His name is Michael Sam and he is causing a storm of controversy. It is 2014, and it is the first time there will be an openly gay NFL
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prospect. This has many people asking, is American football ready for this? With the recent case of Jonathan Martin’s bullying and departure from the Miami Dolphins for “emotional distress,” causing him to contemplate suicide, many football fans have been speculating that the NFL is not ready. Rather than say the NFL is “not ready,” which, in my book is code for “my backwards thinking is not going to be supported by a major American enterprise anymore, what do I do?” Maybe we should suggest that they need to get ready. It’s the 21st century, folks. Is a man’s sexual orientation really going to affect how he plays
football? Another homophobic fear I read about when researching people’s reactions about a gay man joining an all men’s football team was “Ew, he is going into the shower with all men from his team?” which sounds eerily familiar to “I couldn’t invite her to my party, right? I mean she was a lesbian and there were going to be girls there in their bathing suits!” Should 2004 Regina George logic really apply to one of ‘Murica’s favorite things, given that it has the ability to fire up social change? The answer is, probably not. So, is the National Football League ready for a gay player? The answer is: they better be.
FEBRUARY 21, 2014
No Spitting: Do People Think? My title is a simple question. If issues you encounter in your life you haven’t read it yet, please take are gay rights, gun laws, and the a moment to do so (by the way, legalization of cannabis; Losers reading context clues like article worry about stray bullets. Major and section titles can be very diseases include (but aren’t limited helpful in understanding especially to) depression and obesity; Losers long reading assignments [that get mal-nutrition and/or AIDS. message was brought to you by Losers of the genetic lottery are your local jerk not just in distant lands, but even friend who in our own country (Detroit/ consistently Chicago…most major cities). You tells you how do understand that when you order to live your a smoothie at the Pub, the stuff in life]). So this smoothie was unattainable by By LUKE MATYS ‘15 now that you the most powerful of KINGS for COLUMNIST know the most of humanity’s existence, right? question, please refrain from the Now from a philosophical quick and easy answer of “yes” perspective, how often do normal and let me make an argument. people really contemplate their own When I ask, “do people think”, existence, purpose, or mortality? what I really Maybe for a few mean to say and The stuff in this smoothie seconds every what I would was unattainable by the now and then, have said if I but they are was a headline most powerful of KINGS scary concepts. on the page and for most of humanity’s Truly, they are. had more space Conceptualizing existence... (Dear editor: the feeling of Take a hint. Regards, Luke) was death makes me throw up nine “does the normal person really times out o - *BLEHH*…ok it think?” Now, when I say “think” I always makes me hurl every time. don’t mean the thinking about the So instead of thinking about these next thing you will eat, the stress things, people go to work, eat, watch about an exam you studied for, or television, screw (if they’re lucky), about how attractive that guy/girl/ sleep, and repeat. People watch it is in your class. No, when I say shows at night to distract themselves “think,” I mean contemplatively. from these scary thoughts. That’s a big word for this column, The average person doesn’t I know. Does the normal person think about death too deeply or think about their place in the about how they live a life better world, their purpose, whether than the majority of HUMAN they have a purpose, or even EXISTENCE…EVER. And I’m not DEATH?! I hope you read that in saying that because I’ve thought a voice that consistently gets louder about these things, that I am better and more dramatic. My answer than the average person. The is: no (I mean, child, please). opposite is true. I’m jealous of First, let’s talk about you in how seemingly relaxed and happy the global and historical sense. everyone is! Calm and cool, while I You, my beloved reader, are the drown in my own thoughts! WHAT winner of “the Genetic Lottery” ABOUT SYRIA? THE MEANING (stole that term from a history OF LIFE? AM I EVEN REAL? professor [to that professor: I’m Screw it, a Seinfeld rerun is on. sorry that I didn’t cite it properly]). Congrats! The major domestic No Spitting.
Dear Dub: Body Pride Project Dear Readers, Thanks so much for checking out our column, though we normally answer sex questions, this week we’d like to take some time to talk about the project that we’ve been working on for the last few weeks. In coordination with Love Your Body Week, the Dub has been putting together a Body Pride Project. You may have seen us in the student center taking photos—we gathered girls from across campus and posed them with a simple question: “what do you love about your body?” It isn’t a question that comes up very often— when was the last time that you thought about which part of your body you’d like to change? How often do you look in the mirror and only find flaws? Does skipping a day at the gym make you worry
your pants won’t fit tomorrow? So, while the question may seem simple, it is often ignored in favor of flaws. Over the past week we have been so impressed with the swell of support we’ve gotten from the women on campus. Spending even a half hour in the studio has left each one of us feeling uplifted and the confidence streaming from the room has been tangible. So next time you think about how your legs look, think about how far they’ve carried you, about how you and your mom have the same nose, and the belly laughs your abs have helped you through. You are beautiful, and if you need a little reminder, come take a photo next week. Stay Beautiful, DUBlove
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Saint: Trying to play the hero Saint: SPRING BREAK. TWO and passing out giving blood. At least you got a sticker!
WEEKS. Guess I should probably get around to buying my ticket...
Those Dana gyros probably weren’t too trustworthy but damn were they good.
Purgatory: You’re runPurgatory: You sacked up Purgatory: It’s a heat wave! ning low on your meal plan... good thing there are free snacks when you donate!
Sinner: What are the moral consequences to giving blood so you get drunker faster ‘cuz you’re hurting for moolah?
and made the trek to Java, only to find it was only the CD was playing. Also, all the people that come out of the woodwork.
Ending up swimming when you thought you were headed out for a run. Oh, the well-groomed streets of Canton.
Sinner: Announcing your es-
Sinner: Someone using your
capades to an entire room during Kings. You’ve got three years to go, honey. Slow your roll.
name and posing as you so you can’t get in to the party... Gutless.
Political Op-Ed: Common Core The idea of a Common Core Curriculum is inspired by a very powerful idea: every U.S. student should leave high school with the knowledge and skills to be successful in college as well as the job market. The Common Core is a set of standards that connects what is taught from grade to grade. By GAVIN DAVIS ‘17 It allows students to build COLUMNIST new understandings on top of what they have learned in previous years. While the new standards that come with Common Core may be more rigorous, they promote many of the skills that colleges and jobs require. Contrary to popular belief, Common Core is not a federal takeover of local
Common Core Curriculum is not a curriculum; it is more of a blueprint. It outlines what students need to know, but it does not tell teachers how to teach. classrooms. Nor were these standards created without involving parents, teachers and local governments. In fact, the standards outlined in Common Core were sponsored by organizations made up of governors and school officials. Common Core Curriculum has been shrouded by various myths about how it will negatively affect both students and teachers. Common Core helps students become better prepared for the real world and it far from limits teacher creativity in the classroom. Common Core Curriculum is not a curriculum; It is more of a blueprint. It outlines what students need to know, but it does not tell teachers how to teach. Because the new standards avoid rote memorization and other mind-numbing approaches, teachers actually have the opportunity to dig deeper into a subject with their students. Consistent standards are also important in keeping equality amongst states. Students who switch schools should no longer be inadvertently punished for doing so. For example, a student who moves from one state to another would normally be forced to adjust to new learning expectations. With Common Core, this student would be fully aware of what to expect at his or her new school. Consistent standards will also allow for more competition and innovation to help teachers do their best work. Innovators making new educational software would no longer have to make many versions. The inconsistencies among states’ education end up lowering standards overall. At the moment, the United States has poor results from high school students by international comparison. With Common Core implemented, standards would be able to rise nationwide. While implementation of a common core curriculum will be a bumpy road, the great benefits it brings to students across the U.S. make it worth the ride.
By SYDNEY FALLONE ‘17 COLUMNIST As the decades pass, the United States is slowly being globally outperformed in the subjects of math, reading and science. In an effort to reform the United States’ ailing educational system, policy changes have been pushed by recent Presidential administrations. One such policy, know as the Common Core standards, has been applauded by education leaders and promoted by the Obama administration as a way to replace a hodgepodge of state standards with one set of rigorous federal learning goals, the intention being to improve the United States’ global education rankings. Since 2010, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the policy. Since then, however, this “one size fits all” standardized system has been met with heavy criticism and resistance from educators and political figures alike, indicating that Common Core may not suit the diverse circumstances that American students face. The Common Core grew out of a concern that the 2001 No Child Left Behind law had lowered the bar on what students should learn, since it required improvement in test scores, yet
How can one stringent system benefit many diverse types of learners? The answer is simple: it can’t. left it up to the states to write their own tests. Whether it is through analytical math problems or critical readings, the Common Core program encourages students to articulate how they think and to show evidence for their answers with the goal of promoting a higher level of critical thinking at earlier ages. However, beyond the testing difficulties, one of the major criticisms of Common Core is that it is too demanding for younger students. This high demand comes in the form of a staggering increase in the volume and complexity of students’ work. To be fair, these new initiatives have solicited promising results for some demographics. However, already struggling students such as non-native speakers and special education students, are facing even greater challenges as the curriculum becomes more rigorous. Teachers are fearful that policy makers are creating a generation of young students who despise learning and fear examinations. Under this program, there is an even greater dependency on test taking than there was in decades past. Students feel pressured to master a test instead of mastering the material. In effect, students gauge their intelligence and self worth based on an exam score that is rarely a true representation of knowledge. One must question if that is that the direction we want to head in as a country. Under Common Core, we have a standardized education that supposedly serves the common good. But how can one stringent system benefit many diverse types of learners? The answer is simple: it can’t. In order for the United States to thrive, we need a system that is customized towards local circumstances and innate talent, not one that puts memorization ahead of learning.
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Security Blotter February 11, 1:47 p.m. Drug paraphernalia found in Hulett Hall during fire inspections. February 12, 10:00 a.m. Fire safety violation at 62 Park St., drug paraphernalia confiscated. February 12, 10:33 a.m. Residents of 54 Park St. caught smoking at the time of fire safety investigation Febrary 12, 1:15 p.m. Beer pong table confiscated from 21 Romoda Dr. February 13 8:53 p.m. Marijuana complaint at Whitman Hall, no drugs confiscated. February 13 10:10 p.m. Marijuana complaint in Dean Eaton, grinder confiscated. February 13 10:54 p.m. Sink knocked off the wall of a Dean Eaton bathroom. February 14, 1:37 a.m. Student fell and broke a wrist on the ice, transported to CPH. February 14, 11:14 p.m. Party at 78 Park St., 275 people estimated in attendance. February 15, 12:12 a.m. Potted plant stolen from Student Center. February 15, 3:20 a.m. Medical call from 13 University, alcohol related, student transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital. February 15, 11:30 p.m. Liquor law violation and profanity cited in Rebert Hall. February 15, 11:44 p.m. DWI issued on Romoda Dr. February 15, 11:56 p.m. Marijuana complaint in Dean Eaton, knit hat found covering smoke detector, drugs confiscated. February 16, 12:05 a.m. Noise complaint at the townhouses, party broken up. February 16, 1:45 a.m. Profanities shouted at security officers on Park St., Officer Kelly was called a bitch, culprits were written up. February 16, 2:28 a.m. DWI issued at the corner of University and Romoda Dr. February 17, 10:32 a.m. Medical call from Bloomer auditorium, student suffered fainting spell, transported to Health Center. February 17, 5:20 p.m. Clothes taken from the Lee Hall laundry room, thief was later spotted wearing stolen clothes in Dana, investigation is ongoing.
SEMESTER RUNNING TALLIES: Bike Thefts: 0 | DWIs: 3 Open Containers: 2 | Transports: 2
What is Thelmo up to?
Wednesday, February 19 Office Hours: President Kelly Appenzeller, Monday through Wednesday 8 to 10 p.m. Vice President of Senate Affairs, Annie Dietderich, Friday 2 to 3 p.m. Contingency Requests: -Green House contingency for April 25th and 26th Folk Fest on Java Quad approved pending second approval. -Senior Class Council granted access to the portion of the budget allocated for Senior Week. -Additional Senior Week funds contingency approved pending second approval. -Beta Beta Beta Brain Blast contingency approved pending second approval. -The Underground journal printing contingency approved pending second approval. New Business: -Thelmo tasting for coffee improvement to be held next week in the Winston Room, featuring a talk from an organic roaster.
FEBRUARY 21, 2014
KDS Celebrates 45 Years
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By REBECCA DOSER and VICTORIA VOSSLER STAFF WRITER and GUEST WRITER This Saturday marks an historical day for Kappa Delta Sigma as they celebrate their 45th Founder’s Day. KDS was founded in 1969 after breaking away from the nationwide Kappa Delta sorority due to racial and religious discrimination against potential new members. This local sorority emerged in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement on the basis that every sister has something unique to offer regardless of skin color or religious affiliation. For 45 years,
KDS sisters stand by the belief that much can be gained through the principles of faith in friendship and the concern for human dignity. Public Relations Chair of KDS, Tori Vossler ‘14 remarked, “To be able to say that my past sisters took an active role against discrimination is a true honor and privilege. My sisters and I are extremely proud to carry out such an incredible legacy of loyal and courageous women.” This semester’s bid day was one to remember as it was accompanied by a visit from KDS alumna, Heidi Hansen ‘70. As a founding member of KDS, Hansen talked to the girls about
the strength in numbers that it took to build KDS off of her previous sisterhood, Kappa Delta. She stressed how important it is for each girl to dedicate herself to the supportive, close-knit sisterhood for a lifetime, thus contributing to the sorority’s continued recognition by the National Panhellenic Council and building on it’s strong alumni network. “Hearing [Hansen’s] story of breaking away from Kappa Delta made me not only proud to be a part of this sorority, but also proud to support a group of women who stand up for what they believe in,” said Paige Friedlander ‘16 following Hansen’s visit. Megan Amoroso ‘14 is also a proud sister of KDS who followed in the footsteps of her mother, Kim Amoroso ’79, a KDS alumna. “After 45 years, we are still going strong and that is all due to the 1969 pledge class paving the way for us. My sisters, both past and present, never cease to amaze me. I have no doubt that after I graduate, the sisters in the house will continue to uphold the ideals set forth 45 years ago.” Hansen’s visit is just one example of the strong alumni base that KDS enjoys. Thanks to funding from their alumni, this past summer, KDS received a bathroom renovation. To celebrate this historical day, KDS will take part in the traditional exchange of gifts this Saturday in recognition of their 45th Founder’s Day.
This Week in the News By LEXI BECKWITH MANAGING EDITOR North America Grassroots efforts abound in El Paso to fix immigration Despite a lack of efforts by Congress to resolve the ‘immigration situation’ in the US, organizations such as the Border Network for Human Rights have taken it upon themselves to attempt to mend the relationship between border officials and the local community. The effort seeks to institute accountability for the officers’ actions along the El Paso stretch of the US-Mexico border. Latin America Mexico and Canada at North American Leaders’ Summit Obama urges “Three Amigos” summit leaders to expand trade into the Asia-Pacific region, in order to maintain their competitive advantage. Tension arose with discussion of the Keystone XL pipeline and immigration issues, which are sensitive to all involved parties. Mexican government officials remain eager for a US immigration overhaul as House Republicans are unwilling to resolve the issue in a midterm election year.
Europe Renzi given nod for Italy’s Prime Minister position President Napolitano has asked center-left leader Matteo Renzi to form a new government in order to alleviate a their troubled economy, who will need to seal a coalition deal with the small center-right NCD party in order to get the majority; he will most likely seek a vote of confidence in parliament later this week. If successful (to be expected) he will be Italy’s youngest prime minister. Middle East Brief truce between Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovich and opposition destroyed by continued protest The truce established Wednesday between Yanukovich and the opposition (who is demanding the immediate resignation of the president) has broken down overnight due to violent clashes resulting in two dozen deaths in Kiev’s Independence Square after protesters threw petrol bombs in an attempt to drive riot police out of the plaza they have populated for nearly three months. The country is in a state of tension as the president refuses to back down, and the US has increased pressure on the country by imposing travel
bans on Ukrainian officials. Asia Fukishima power plant leaks radioactive water The newest leak discovered, roughly 100 metric tons, is “unlikely to reach the ocean,” according to Tokyo Electric Power Company, causing public trust to decrease even further as this utility has been linked to other mishaps, such as the August 2013 leak incident. Though there is no drainage to the ocean in that tank, international alarm has been raised in the past, as weather patterns carry the contaminated water all over the world. Africa Nigeria fires official who discovered missing oil money In what has been seen as a move to quell government criticism, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan suspended Central Bank governor Lamido Sanusi for leaking news that billions of petrodollars are missing from Africa’s biggest oil producer’s coffer, which in turn caused the value of the naira to decrease. Though Sanusi has received death threats, he has been quoted as saying that Nigeria doesn’t have development due to corruption such as this.
FEBRUARY 21, 2014
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BODY WEEK,FROM PAGE 1 might have a problem. As Haley Burrowes ‘14 explained, it’s a great chance to donate clothes that “aren’t right for your body.” The clothing donations will all go to the Renewal House. Lastly, on Friday, nutritionist Martha Pickard Palmer of Nourish Roots will lead a workshop on preparing food that not only has an environmentally low-impact but is also healthy. She’ll also be talking about body image and food. Furthermore, for each event you attend, you’ll receive a ticket. At the end of the week, a drawing will determine which student gets to work with a nutritionist to design and name a wrap that will be available on rotation at the Pub. Tickets for the drawing are awarded to attendees at each event throughout the week. Also, while there are going to be many events happening next week, some students may have already noticed black and white Facebook photos of SLU students explaining what they love about their bodies and why. Burrowes explained that the Women’s Resource Center has spearheaded this project, “a girl in our house, Chelsea Draper ‘15, came up with the idea,” she said. To keep students informed about all of these events, such as when and where they are taking place, there is also a Love Your Body Week Facebook page where students can learn more. So far, over 200 students have said they’ll be attending the event. To show your support for the Body Beautiful Week efforts, like the constant stream of pictures on your Facebook news feed, order the new Pub wrap, and attend some events. But remember, although the event lasts only one week, loving our bodies is something to strive for year-round. Search “Love Your Body” on Facebook for more information.
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Abroad Applications Break Records By GABBY WILSON STAFF WRITER This past fall, the Center for International and Intercultural Studies had a record-breaking number of study abroad applications, accepting over 260 submissions. This was thirty-two more applications than any previous semester and demonstrates the overall trend of increased interest in studying abroad among the SLU student body. St. Lawrence currently has twenty-five programs offered in nineteen different countries that spark interest in both current and prospective students looking to study abroad. Each semester varies on which programs are the most popular among SLU students. For the Spring 2014 semester, the Kenya program had a large number of applicants but has not been as popular in past semesters. Within the 264 applications submitted in the fall of 2013, the five programs
that received the most applications were Denmark with forty applications, London with thirty, New Zealand with twenty-seven, Washington D.C. with twenty, and Australia with nineteen. Some of the programs, such as London and Denmark, are limited in the number of spots available for students to participate and, therefore, makes them more selective. The reason for this limitation can depend on many different factors, including the host country’s government regulations on student visas, in addition to the limits given by the school which the study abroad program affiliates with. Other programs, such as Australia and New Zealand, have more flexibility in number of spaces for students to participate as long as the students are qualified. The CIIS encourages students to consider many different possibilities when considering which programs to apply to,
such as Thailand or China, which may not be as popular as other programs but have just as much to offer. The selection committee at the CIIS office considers each study abroad application with the same standards for each academic semester. When reviewing an application, the committee looks at which academic program the student is applying to and how they might fit into the particular program, the disciplinary issues the student has been involved in, and the student’s overall academic standing. Karl Schonberg, the Associate Dean of International and Intercultural Studies, says, “These factors can be limiting, but with that understanding, we want wellqualified students to have the opportunity to participate. The study abroad experience is a good skill for life in the future.” Each individual application is reviewed in detail to determine whether the student is fit for
week dedicated to the appreciation of good food! It’s really much more than It’s a college student’s that. It’s about challengdream! Scavenger hunts, ing the way that we view daily eating challenges, food at SLU and, eventu- and movie showings ally, on a global scale. are only some of the Food justice can help us events on the schedule. be aware of how our seem- There may even be pie ingly insignificant choices involved. Keep reading actually have huge impacts. the Hill News, as we will Food Justice Club has demystify some combeen working on excitmon food myths in the ing things, which will be coming weeks. For now, unveiled throughout the I’ll just remind you to remainder of the semesfollow us on Instagram, ter. A little teaser for @whatscookinatslu, for your taste buds: Food artsy pictures of pasta Week. Imagine - a whole sauté. FROM FOOD JUSTICE, PAGE 1
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On Monday and Tuesday of this week, representatives from each of the Theme Cottages came together in the Student Center to educate and recruit prospective residents for the coming semester.
the program to which they are applying. In making predictions for the upcoming semester, the staff at the CIIS Office has discussed many different changes to make in order to accommodate the trend of increased interest in the study abroad experience. New ideas have been discussed about adding new programs to provide more options for students. The CIIS committee has also considered changing the questions within the application to have students think in advance about their experience and how they will prepare for it. If students demonstrate interest in a program that is not offered by SLU, the Center for International Studies will consider adding a program in that specific country. Students have the opportunity to add their input in order to influence the variety of study abroad programs offered for the upcoming semester.
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Cold Weather Challenges: A New Kind of “Senior Scramble” By HUGH NEVILLE EDITOR-AT-LARGE In honor of Monday’s 100th night celebration, I compiled a list of some Laurentian essentials you should do before you walk across Creasy Commons in May. Notice I didn’t say the “G” word there. I’m not in denial, but it’s still a little early to start talking about it. Call it a bucket list, or what you will-- The long and short of it is, you have slightly less than 13 weeks to prove your mettle and leave behind a legacy for your fellow Larrys and Muffs. Hopefully, you’ve got a threeyear head start on this. If not, the time is now. Maybe you’ve spent the last three years inside Owen’s house (ODY is named after a real person, look him up), or nursing hangovers from the comfort of your bed. Either way, here are some fun things to do in your last semester . 1. Dinner with one of your professors. This could be your advisor, your favorite FYP prof, or someone you’ve always admired. St. Lawrence markets itself as a
small liberal arts school where these connections are made easily and often. Capitalize on this. 2. Make it to a movie at the American Theatre. Maybe even go on a date there with that girl from FYP you fancied. You’ve likely by walked hundreds of times on the way to the Ticker. It’s time you go on in. 3. A comedy show in the Winston room some Friday or Saturday night. A.C.E. spends thousands of dollars bringing really funny people up here to make you laugh. 4. Have lunch at the Time Out Café and brunch at the Blackbird, the Cascade, or the Hideaway in Colton. Go to dinner at the Smokehouse in Madrid, 1844 House, First Crush, Maxfields, or the Thai place in Potsdam. You will thank me. 5. Snowshoeing or crosscountry skiing on the golf course and ski down the snow-capped Avenue of the Elms. It’s the old entrance to the school and it’s beautiful. 6. Winterlude in Ottawa; see parliament, eat a beavertail, and
ice skate on the canal. It is this weekend. Be there. 7. Order Sergi’s late night. Skip the fatbag and ditch the Mikey’s. Order a Bobby’s Special. You’re welcome. 8. Hike one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks nearby. If you’re not ready for this, go for a nice afternoon hike to Azure Mountain, Blue Mountain, or Lamson Falls. 9. Go to a hockey game at Appleton and get some poutine from the snack bar. Remember, Clarkson Still Sucks. 10. Cozy up with a hot chocolate at the bookstore fireplace and read a book not for class. 11. Visit the Brush Art Gallery and admire some art. Feel sophisticated. 12. Go ice fishing somewhere local. Meet someone local. They don’t bite. These are just a few things to work on for the next couple weeks as the cold weather sticks around. I will be coming out with another list just in time for sundress season. See you around, folks. Stay Classy, St. Lawrence.
The Sustainability House: Dinner Table Tales By MYLES TRAINER COLUMNIST This week the Sustainability House got intimate with trees. As some of our campus has started transferring their attention from fantasy football to basketball and perhaps even baseball, our crew has begun to set up a system for Mapley Madness. What does this mean you ask? While walking through our sugar bush of Maple trees, one would begin to notice nametags, : Moon Shadow, Hulla Gurl, Flap Jack Fred, and Lizzy. We have named some of the trees on our property in hopes of not only making it a game but, also having a system to keep track year-to-year of the production of each tree. Although we have done some preparation in our sugar bush up until this weekend. we hadn’t had the opportunity to get our hands dirty working with the trees. This weekend we finally had the opportunity to work with Bill McKintley, a local nursery owner, who taught us the wizardry behind grafting trees. Arriving at Bill’s, we walked to the back of his house, passing scraggly apple trees with branches eerily similar to Bill’s beard. We were led to Bill’s basement, although we weren’t outside in the forest we were taught to asexually reproduce apple trees by grafting. Femeuse, Connel, Antonovka, Dutches and Ruby were all branches we
sampled from. Some varieties are better at storing over the winter, and some are used simply for deliciousness. These would then be grafted to Antonovka rootstock; Bill uses Antonovka rootstock that hails from Russia because of its ruggedness in cold climates like the North Country. After a long discussion on biology, we sliced wood in a motion that resembled the breaking of the plastic that entangles a six-pack. We began slicing at a 15-degree angle,
“As temperatures rise, the sugaring season shrinks, yielding less sap...” first on the sampled branches and then the rootstock. The technique was called ‘whip and tongue’ grafting, due to the cuts you make that connect the two pieces of wood. On the 15-degree cut you slice down, making a little tongue that connects both pieces to form the letter Z. After the hardy Antonovka is attached to the desired variety branch, you wrap the two with rubber bands, creating a bony thin tree with the appearance of a wizard’s wand. As temperatures rise, the sugaring season shrinks, yielding less sap that can be boiled down to that sweet sticky substance that
you put on your pancakes. Last Thursday, a few of us trudged up the hill to the bush, and peered up at the branch orientation to distinguish the maple trees from the cherry. Maple trees branches emerge from their trunks in an opposite orientation, with branches directly across from one another. We have created a game on our property, as we track the production of our maple trees, where we take guesses on which trees will produce the most sap weekly. We took turns measuring their diameter at breast height (DBH) and noted the characteristics of their surroundings. Then came the fun part- we approached a tree with a long thick branch jetting from its trunk, providing the perfect location to hang a swing: Swing Dancer. We continued walking around naming trees; one tree so large it took two of us to wrap the tape measure around it: Marcy. And another on the outer perimeter of the bush: Out House. Both of these activities have allowed us to keep closer tabs on the surrounding food-producing trees of our area. Being able to see maple production year-to-year gives us the chance to tweak our tapping yearly, as well as prepare to have trees tapped earlier as the season shortens. Also, now that we can manipulate trees with the use of grafting, we can counter weather changes and pests without chemicals.
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Greek Corner By EMILY BALDWIN GUEST WRITER Over the past two weeks Tri Delta has raised $500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! Thirty sisters modeled dresses from a local store to high school girls preparing for their prom. The sisters asked for a $3 donation fee to benefit this great cause. Also in support of St. Jude’s, Tri Delta sold Valentine’s Day grams for $1 in the Student Center, which were later placed in student mailboxes with candy attached. This upcoming Saturday, February 22nd, marks Kappa Delta Sigma’s 45th Founder’s Day! The sisters could not be more proud to celebrate their history together, especially after just welcoming six new girls into their house. Also, on Saturday, KDS will be participating in Clips for Cancer, a St. Baldrick’s event, especially honoring one of their sisters, Morgan O’Hare. Since the beginning of the semester, Beta Theta Pi has
been fundraising $500,000 to redo their temple and have nearly met their goal. The brothers of Beta plan to take a philanthropy trip to Bittersweet Farm this Sunday, February 23rd, where they will also take the 13 members of this semester’s new pledge class. Kappa Kappa Gamma accepted two new pledges! On bid day, the pledges learned who their Big Sisters are and received baskets as welcoming presents to their s o r o r i t y. Following this, the sisters held a ceremony that welcomed their new pledges into sisterhood. At the end of an exciting week, KKG had a great turnout for their Valentines Day semi-formal at The Club. In order to raise money for an alumna in need, the sisters of Chi Omega sold Carnations and candy for Valentine’s Day last week in the Student Center. Chi Omega then sold tickets for a raffle that will be auctioned off during the St. Baldrick’s Clips for Cancer event this coming Saturday.
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By GRACE BODKIN STAFF WRITER In a country with drastic differences among the upper and lower levels of income, it’s difficult to not adhere to the stereotypes associated with each end of the spectrum. St. Lawrence, with one of the most expensive tuitions in the country, is no exception. While a majority of the students fall somewhere in the middle, there is certainly an air of wealth around campus. The “typical” SLU student is thought to trek around campus wearing expensive clothing such as a Patagonia jacket and L.L. Bean boots during the winters, and bring out the Vineyard Vines in the warmer months. These brands are all associated with a well-off image, so it’s easy to see how outsiders could perceive the students as privileged.
I’ve even heard locals note, “you can spot a St. Lawrence kid from a mile away,” based on the student’s apparel and possessions. But clearly, this is simply a stereotype. Not all students fall into the category of extreme wealth. A majority of St. Lawrence students receive financial aid, which wouldn’t be the case if the student body was brimming with trust funds and allowances from parents. It’s also important to consider that St. Lawrence County is one of the poorest in New York state. Many SLU students hail from far away areas, commonly the coast of New England, where the demographics are much different than in Canton. Often there’s a large contrast between students and locals, which can lead some to believe that students are more affluent than they actually are. Still, there are those that fit the
image to a T, and it doesn’t always give the best impression. Money is really only a problem when its value isn’t understood. To some extent, this is visible on campus because a majority of parents fund students’ educations and needs. It’s difficult to see a student aimlessly tear through funds that another might spend a long time saving up, but that shouldn’t allow anyone to feel inferior. When it comes down to it, the entire student body is here for the same reason: to get an education. Students who think otherwise are clearly not anyone to envy. The “rich kid” stereotype is only a broad generalization of the student body. To say that money rules SLU does not even touch on the variety of backgrounds and incomes that students come from. While some students may fit the bill, it’s worth taking a closer look.
Boot n’ Paddle By J.P. CAREY COLUMNIST So if you are one of the select few Laurentians who even bothers to follow this column, then you must already know that the Outing Club’s application for next fall has dropped. I should probably take this opportunity to endorse 58 Park’s “hospitable” living environment or “active involvement” on campus to encourage more people to apply, but this is my column, and I’m not feelin’ it today. Instead, I’m gonna answer one of my favorite questions from the app. This is in no way a model of how the OC wants this or any other question to be answered. It is simply an opportunity to put some of my own obscure thoughts down on paper. We look for originality in all of our endeavors :) I just started using
the smiley face and let me tell you, I think its pretty quaint. 12. If you find out you’re the owner of a $5,000 painting, would you sell it? I think this question really asks some important things about the applicant’s character. And let me tell you, hell ya I’d sell it, and blow all that money in a day without any remorse whatsoever. Let me now explain to you how I’d spend it. Should I put it in tables like students asking for contingency requests from THELMO? Meh, I haven’t taken math classes since high school, and I’m not about to start counting now, so I’ll just list. First, I’d play hooky and bribe my professors so I could breeze out for the entire week. I’d then hire someone whose good at taking videos to document my day, and a caterer to mouth feed
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me like a baby prince. Here’s where I get materialistic. I’d buy a mini school bus and deck it out with memory foam beds, tables, lazy boys, tapestries for security reasons, and a speaker system with the ability to shatter the windows. I’d take ‘er out for a rip and probably get stuck in a few snow banks on my way to Akwesasne and have to call up AAA to get me out. When I eventually got to the res I’d do some gamblin’, lose most of my money, earn it back, get cocky, and then lose it again. Next, I’d send my sweetheart of a grandma a care package because she is a wonderful lady, and it’s good karma. Finally, I’d end my day with a sunset skydive in my kayak (flyakin’ if you will). If I had enough money, I’d do multiple laps. I hope you learned something important about character. That is all. Peace be da journey.
By ELENA PELSE STAFF WRITER
Well, it’s that time of year again; the apocalypse. The Norse Vikings have predicted that this Saturday, February 22, the world will end. How will it happen? The plague? Locusts? Norse mythologists speculate that the earth will collapse into the sea after a wolf named Fenrir kills the Norse God, Odin. This lovely affair is called Ragnarok. The legend says that prior to the apocalypse, there would be a sequence of three winters with no summers in between; which is basically what the North Country feels like right now. Lucky for us, the world will be ending on a Saturday, giving us once last chance to enjoy a hearty weekend at SLU.
Before Ragnarok goes down there are a few things you should cross off your bucket list. Number one, finally frick frack with that person you’ve had your eye on. Maybe elope with them if you’re feeling ambitious. Next, wipe out your meal plan on Dana brunches, Pub cookies, smoothies and quesadillas. And skip the gym because Ragnarok doesn’t care how much you can lift. Then drink as much caffeine as possible. Why would you sleep now when you’re going to fall into an eternal slumber for the rest of time? Lastly, head over to Java and listen to Aqueous provide the soundtrack to the end of the world while you party like there’s no tomorrow… because there might not be.
Is Comcast Merger Worth the Bill? By CHARLOTTE CRAWFORD STAFF WRITER The monopoly on creating and delivering entertainment to American homes is stacking up; Comcast Corp. just announced their acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. in a $45.2 billion deal, combining the nation’s top two cable companies. Expected to close by the end of this calendar year, the deal means a net of approximately 30 million subscribers for the hybrid company, which claims that the merger won’t reduce competition for consumers because they don’t serve overlapping markets. Their remaining competitors are the well known AT&T and Verizon, both of whom provide both television services and Internet hookups. Multitudes of organizations and groups are objecting to the merger, claiming that Comcast will now hold “unprecedented gatekeeper power in several important markets,” according to Yahoo! News. The company would control nearly 30% of the pay TV market in addition to providing broadband Internet services, giving it unequalled leverage among negotiations with content providers and advertisers. These significant potential repercussions have raised eyebrows and red
flags, and the deal is not likely to pass without intense examination by the Department of Justice and the FCC. The prospect of a new cable giant (which would even cast a shadow over DirecTV, with some 20 million video customers), however, is not the only daunting concern. Any current (or if you’re smart, previous) Comcast or Time Warner Cable subscribers know that their customer service is abysmal. The combined service provider would have a hand in in-home entertainment from New York to Los Angeles, which means nation-wide customer dissatisfaction. With cable subscriptions rapidly declining in recent years (10% in the last four), recent changes in the television industry beg the question of why such a merger was prioritized by either company; television is becoming more and more readily available via the Internet (Netflix or Hulu) for a mere $7 a month. For more resourceful – or questionable – viewers, film and television is accessible for free at your fingertips. Within a potentially dying medium, was $45.2 billion dollars towards a cable-providing conglomerate advisable? Customers and competitors should be excited to see for themselves.
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Visualizing the Indescribable As I mentioned in my previous review, I’m a fan of the works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, renowned American horror writer from the early 20th century. He popularized what have become semi-common terms in cultural By ALEX GLADWIN parlance, COLUMNIST including Cthulhu, the Necronomicon, and Arkham, and one can argue that his brand of horror left a permanent effect on the genre that exists today—see: Alien, The Evil Dead, Hellboy, and a lot of Stephen King or Neil Gaiman’s bibliography. My last article outlined some
of H. P. Lovecraft’s major works and what to check out based on literary preference. I won’t be talking more about his works directly here, but I am going to take this chance to discuss a book that is now a decade old and in a medium people often don’t consider when they hear the word “literature”: comic books. The accepted cultural value of comics (or graphic novels, for those seeking a fancier term) has risen in recent years, with authors like Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore receiving praise from critics and scholars of serious merit. The idea of something relatively new no longer connotes something unworthy of serious consideration—a problem Lovecraft himself
ran into—and so the fact that one of the best adaptations of Lovecraft’s works takes the form of a comic book is fitting. The work I speak of is Lovecraft, the script for which Keith Giffen adapted from a screenplay by Hans Rodionoff. The basic idea is that the eponymous authors’ stories are not fiction, but rather draw from his experiences with another, darker world called Arkham; he must fight off the beasties from other worlds and use the Necronomicon to hold off the eldritch monstrosities that lurk on the threshold of our world. Fantastic elements meld with biographical ones, and Enrique Breccia’s artwork provides both believability and complex visuals that enhance the text. The notion that the stories of Lovecraft—or any horror writer—are rooted in real monstrosities is not new, but director John Carpenter’s introduction clarifies why Rodionoff plays with the idea at all: ““I imagine that if [H. P. Lovecraft] were here….He’d say every word of it was true.” Much like most great science fiction and fantasy, the unreal elements illuminate the real. Mental illness (see: his parents) and the bleak unfamiliarity of the world were very real for Lovecraft, a man who exemplified numerous contradictions: he was a man of icy demeanor whose friends claimed him the warmest and kindest amongst them; he was an anti-Semite who married a Jewish woman; and he was a xenophobe who loved to travel.
The otherworldly Arkham in Rodionoff, Giffen, and Breccia’s comic book is foreign yet eerily reminiscent of Lovecraft’s hometown Providence, and in that way we begin to understand the influences upon and perceptions of the real life Lovecraft; this fictional tale says a lot about a man of whom biographers struggle to paint a consistent portrait. Lovecraft also tells an intriguing story and poses interesting questions in its own right, though. The authors choose one of the more cinematic aspects of Lovecraft’s life—his relationships with his parents and grandfather, followed by his somewhat surprising marriage—in order to tell a complete, satisfying arc. The result is not only a nuanced depiction of the man but also a story worth caring about. More importantly than the immediate pleasure of a well-told story, though, is the ability to uncover more through close readings of the text and images. The boundaries of the monstrous Arkham and Providence blur increasingly as Lovecraft’s life becomes more taxing with events like the death of his grandfather and deterioration of his mother. The writers’ stories appear to reflect what he sees in Arkham, yet some stories he tells in Providence become true in the frightening other world, too. Stories appear to construct reality in the same way that reality constructs stories, and in this way we get a fascinating commentary on fiction in
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The Underground: An Academic Journal By MAGGIE SULLIVAN STAFF WRITER Many SLU students are familiar with The Laurentian Magazine, our campus literary magazine which collects creative writing and art submissions; The St. Lawrence Review, our academic literary journal; and The Weave,
which publishes under-reported global stories. But what about students who are interested in publishing work that does not fit these organizations, particularly interdisciplinary undergraduate research which deals with issues of representation or communication? Well, consider The Underground, a peer-reviewed journal run through
the PCA Department, which publishes just these kinds of work. At the launch party for their sixth published volume on Wednesday, February 12th, the digital copy of The Underground was projected onto a wall in the Black Box Theater. This included Tiara Davis’s essay about the push for African-Americans
to straighten their hair; Emily Baldwin’s analysis of the emoticon’s effect on communication; Brandon Studler’s poetry about being transgender; Jamie Caroccio’s creative nonfiction reflections about the Treyvon Martin case; and other students’ work on a variety of subjects and in various mediums. The launch party, coinciding
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general and the role it holds in writers’—or anyone’s—minds. Lovecraft is a fascinating book, in part because on the surface it feels like a familiar, yet intriguing concept, but provides several layers to think about upon reading and re-reading. Comic books can be quick reads because they are both textual and visual, but Lovecraft rewards the reader who takes the time to absorb the images and their relationship to the words. For those that enjoy comic books, the process is familiar, but those who might not consider them quite on par with more established forms like the novel might see how comics are neither better nor worse than other media- only different, and just as important for it. Whether you’re a Lovecraft buff, a comic book fanatic, or a general consumer of stories, Lovecraft is a great book for entertainment and thought, in whichever proportion desired. The dark imagery and stark portrayal of a complicated psychology invite you into the disorienting madness of Lovecraft’s protagonists but ultimately give you tools for sympathizing with a man that critics, scholars, and laymen alike attempt to brush off with oversimplifications. If you allow the words and visuals to consume you, then you might find that Arkham is not nearly as far as we think. Therein lies the silver key to not only Lovecraft’s work, but also the ability to sympathize with writers of fiction in general. perfectly with the PCA Major/ Minor Declaration Night, provided information about the benefits of both submitting to and acting as an editor for The Underground, as well as other important information about joining the PCA department. Each PCA professor was present in order to describe their areas of expertise and answer questions about declaring majors/minors. Additionally, members from the PCA Honor Society spoke about the requirements and benefits of joining their organization. However, this focus on students who are involved in the PCA Department does not at all mean that The Underground is only geared towards students with this major/minor. Quite contrarily, the staff is always eager to receive submissions or editors from any and every department. Although the deadline for spring submissions has already passed, The Underground is always looking for editors who are willing to meet once or twice a semester to read over and select work to publish. Anyone who is interested should contact Editor in Chief Renee Lavigne ’14 at rmlavi10@ stlawu.edu. Also, feel free to find and “like” The Underground on Facebook, where a link to the most recent digital copy of the journal is available.
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Arts & Entertainment It’s staggering how much art was taken, but Clooney ends up inserting scenes about the Holocaust that just don’t fit; they don’t further the plot or character development, and injure the movie. He’ll go right from a funny scene to a Holocaust speech to a funny scene, and all three lose their gravity in the process. The same can be said of some of the deaths in the movie. It’s based on a true story, so the people who actually died need to die in the movie, too, but it’s sloppily done. The outcome is that a lot of the scene are really good on their own. They’re nicely scripted, well performed, and even competently directed, but once you take all of these individual scenes and pile them together you get a disordered mess that doesn’t know what kind of movie it wants to be. Part of this is a fault in the direction, and part in the script, which I think needed to undergo a few more drafts. I recently re-watched O Brother, Where Art Thou? and I remembered what a great actor Clooney is. I think people tend to undersell his acting ability in exchange for his good looks and incredible voice, but he’s good at his job,
okay? His job is acting, though, and not writing or directing. It’s a real shame, too, because this movie had such great potential. It’s an excellent premise, an engaging, untold story set against one of Hollywood’s most exploited backdrops. The movie ends up serving as a reminder that an all-star cast and awesome budget are not enough to craft a piece of art. Clooney clearly cares about the story, but not enough to recognize that he’s not the best man for the job. He desperately wants the audience to care as much as he does, but his method of achieving this is to tell the audience to care. The message of the film is that even alongside everything else that happened during the war, what these men accomplished is important and should be remembered, but the strategy used here is to tell and not to show, which isn’t ideal for a visual medium. I had high expectations for The Monuments Men. They weren’t staggering, but I thought they were reasonable. It’s a fascinating story, and this small band of unprepared, inexperienced, outof-shape and past-their-prime men accomplished amazing things against overwhelming odds from the damn Nazis. They all deserved to be immortalized in a better movie, but one of the real tragedies here is that George Clooney, whose heart was totally in the right place and whose only goal was to honor the men who so impressed him, is responsible for the failure.
year old script that’s funnier than anything that has been written in the past 5 years. I had such a great time in the show that I decided I want to be an actor.
is. Come see Romeo and Juliet, everybody! HN: Do you plan on doing anything with theater after college? PQ: I’m going to be an actor if I have any say in the matter. Ideally I would like an MFA because that gives you credentials with which you can progress as an actor, or if you want to go that route, you can become a professor as well.
Second Breakfast: The Monuments Men The Plot: During World War Two, the damn Nazis were huge jerks, among other things, about art. As a failed artist himself, Hitler was bent on collecting Europe’s greatest artistic treasures, all the while maintaining that if he couldn’t have it, no one could. By CHRIS MELVILLE So, with treaCOLUMNIST sures from Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Picasso, etc. in danger of either being destroyed or falling into the hands of damn Nazis, George Clooney assembles a team of middle-aged artists, including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Jean Dujardin, with the objective of stopping the damn Nazis and their evil plans… or, at least the ones involving art, occasionally
teaming up with Cate Blanchett. Now, I didn’t just use actor names in place of character names because I was too lazy to look up the names on IMDb, though partly for that reason, but mainly because there aren’t really any characters in this movie. Everyone has a deep, emotional backstory. We know this, because everyone keeps talking about their own deep, emotional backstories, but no one actually tells them. Hugh Bonneville, for example, has been disgraced somehow, and needs a second chance, a shot at redemption. For what? I don’t know. Even George Clooney, the main character of the movie, serves no purpose beyond delivering cookie-cutter inspirational speeches in a sultry, smooth George Clooney voice. This movie has such a good cast of talented actors, all of whom can do great comedy and
He lives in the Arts Annex theme house. We sat down to chat with him about his SYE that debuted last semester.
Peter Quigley By HANNA HAMBLEN & ALLEGRA LUCAS COLUMNISTS “Did you ever dream of acting as a kid?” we ask Peter Quigley, a senior PCA major and Psychology minor here at SLU. “I mean, only as much as anyone watches a movie they like and thinks ‘wow it would be cool to be an actor,’” he responds. Peter Quigley, a talented vocalist and member of The Laurentian Singers, is also a skilled writer, director, and producer of theater productions.
The Hill News (HN): You wrote, directed, and produced a play for your SYE. Could you tell us about that? Peter Quigley (PQ): The play was titled The Walk. I wrote it because I was trying to get into the habit of writing and producing my own work. I cast the SYE with around 10 SLU students and spent a few years compiling it. It was a collection of scenes that came together as more of an anthology play, not really a linear story line. It’s about a man named James and his journey home through NYC the day after Christmas, and the people he encounters there. His journey changes from his fixation to get home to involve the stories of the people he encounters and his experiences with them. People were standing and pouring out the door. It was like a fire hazard. I had to turn friends away. HN: What was your inspiration for the plot of the play? PQ: It was inspired by The
great drama, as evidenced by their diverse filmographies, but none of them get to do either, because the movie doesn’t know what it wants to be. Comedy? Adventure? War Drama? Tragedy? The Monuments Men is all of the above, and in so being, is none of the above. It flip-flops throughout. Every now and then, this can work for a movie, but it usually spells catastrophe. Unfortunately, The Monuments Men fell into the latter category. I think it wanted to be a lighthearted adventure film, but it leaps upon every opportunity to remind the viewer that there’s a war going on. Now, going through completely bombed out villages is effective, and the Holocaust is relevant to a certain degree, since much of the art was confiscated from Jewish collectors… by the damn Nazis, but Clooney (who also directed), often just takes this a bit too far.
Odyssey, and a lot of tales based around it, like Gulliver’s Travels and Big Fish. A really big inspiration was Cold Mountain, a book by Charles Fraser. It’s a very touching book that tells a heartbreaking, wonderful story. HN: What inspired you to begin such a monumental project? PQ: You can’t really be passive as a theater practitioner. I started writing it in London. I’m writing a play right now that’s a little more straight start to finish with a set cast of characters. HN: What other productions have you been involved in? PQ: Currently I’m playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. In the past I played Dwight in Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Gould. Before that I played the lead character in Moliere’s The Misanthrope which is a very old and clever play. HN: When did you decide you wanted to be an actor? PQ: Actually, the first semester of sophomore year, when I was in my first play, The Misanthrope. I remember reading the script and laughing out loud at this five hundred
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HN: What motivated you to sign up? PQ: I don’t know. What motivates anybody to do anything? HN: What’s your favorite play? PQ: Favorite play…. I should really have an answer to this question already. I’ve been liking Shakespeare more and more these days because it’s coming apparent to me, through my play, how much goes into a Shakespeare play. Oh I know! It’s called One Man Two Governors. It’s Simon Bean’s adaptation of a very old play called A Servant to Two Masters by a man called Goldoni. It’s a very physical comedy, Jim Carey-esque stuff…it’s not actually a very highbrow answer to the question. It’s like pies in the face and sex jokes the whole time. But that’s what all theater is; people make some good sex jokes. That’s what Shakespeare
HN: Are you interested in being a play actor or would you consider film? PQ: Ah, the age old question. It’s important not to be closed off to anything at the point of life where I am, so I would take either. Right now I’m angling towards theater because a theater actor transitions more successfully to film than a film actor does to theater. But if I get a huge film opportunity, magically, I’m not going to be like, “No!” We look forward to seeing what this SLU Saint accomplishes in the future starting with his upcoming performance as Tybalt in a production of Romeo and Juliet right here on campus.
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FEBRUARY 21, 2014
Annual Negawatt Challenge Returns to Campus NEGAWATT, FROM PAGE 1 Conservation Nationals, a contest imagined by software developer Lucid in cooperation with the U.S. Green Building Council. According to Hannah Debelius from Center for Green Schools at USGBC, “CCN is the biggest energy and water reduction competition in history,” with 40,000 students in around 1,400 buildings at 119 colleges and universities nationwide competing in 2014. Data collected from the
University’s electricity tracking ‘Dashboard’ over the past four weeks established the baseline for the competition, which started Monday. For the next four weeks, live stats available on the Dashboard will let students and schools track and compare their electricity consumption to their peers on campus and elsewhere at competing campuses. Discussing the significance of this effort, Gava points out that sustainability is a core tenant at St. Lawrence and that the university has committed
to zero-net greenhouse gas emissions (climate neutrality) by 2040. A victory in the Negawatt Challenge will help to prove our student body’s commitments to this university goal. Debelius says, “the benefit of committing to these behavioral changes on campus is that it can foster a widespread culture of sustainability.” Already, groups on campus are doing what they can to embrace the ideals of sustainability and reduce their electricity consumption. If you are eager to learn more
Details Regarding Quad Master Plan By CAROLINE SEELEN STAFF WRITER On Tuesday, February 11, there was a town hall meeting put on by Thelmo and presented by Chief of Facilities Officer Dan Seaman to present to the students of St. Lawrence the “Visions for the Quad.” For next school year, 20142015, the proposed plan is for the Quad to be completely redesigned and remodeled. The main goal is to rejuvenate the Quad and make it a place for students to gather, like it used to be. The project is estimated to cost about $1 million. Seaman explained that there is a master plan for the quad, which was made in conjunction with the new residence hall. He recommends that the new residence hall should be the east side of the quad, to give St. Lawrence an opportunity to “regrade and enhance the Quad to create a more level area for campus use and incorporate geo-thermal wells.”
The goals of the quad project are to highlight the iconic buildings of St. Lawrence and to integrate the new residence hall with the Quad. Another goal is to recover “tradition,” because originally the Quad was the center of the St. Lawrence campus. With the new residence hall, the hope is to make the Quad the center of campus again. Another important goal is for the Quad to be green, both physically and environmentally, by incorporating the geo-thermal wells that will be in the new residence hall. The stone used in the new residence hall will be used for the seat walls in the Quad, along with the new sidewalk as well. Trees will surround the Quad, and there will be several lampposts along the sidewalk. The plan is supposed to be done in four phases: Phase 1A, Phase 1B, Phase 2, and Phase 3. Phase 1A is to regrade the Quad, remove the asphalt parking
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on the west side of the Quad, and develop the outdoor space on the west side of the new residence hall. Phase 1B will develop the plaza, stairs, and seat walls. Phase 2 will develop the pedestrian promenade. Phase 3 will develop parking and the chapel arrival. In addition, the project will be coordinated with the chapel restoration work. The tentative schedule is to have the construction drawings completed by March 17th. The bid documents would then be released to the contractor by April 1st. If the bid is awarded, construction would start on April 14th, with everything to be completed by August 1st. Of course, this schedule hinges on whether the Board of Trustees embraces the project after its official presentation. If they do, the next step will be to evaluate the feasibility of the budget. The project will only move foreward if funding is approved.
tips or simply looking to have some good old fashioned nonelectric fun, EAO and Thelmo will be embracing their youth and hosting a board gaming event next Wednesday at 8:30 in the student center. Results from the competition are available 24/7 and updated immediately at http://buildingdashboard.net/ stlawrence/#/stlawrence. There you can see how SLU is doing against our competitors and find out how your dorm or house is doing. While this competition may
not strike a chord with every Laurentian, working together to make change can have a significant difference. Gava adds that these habits will serve students well beyond their time at St. Lawrence. “Students should use their time at SLU to develop good habits, be they an exercise regime, healthy social life or the basis of living as an energy conscious citizen. Believe me, when you get that first bill, you’ll be happy you had some practice.” Here we go Saints! #negawatt
“The Sleepwalker” Statue Scares Wellesley College By EMILY MULVIHILL STAFF WRITER Women’s school Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts has recently become the home of a statue that’s getting lots of attention. “The Sleepwalker,” created by artist Tony Matelli, is a 5’9” statue of a man, arms outstretched in a sleepwalking position, wearing nothing but a pair of white briefs (below). While some students on the Wellesley campus have had some fun with the statue by posing with it, others have set up a petition to have the statue moved indoors. This petition, according to a New York Times article, already had 500 signatures at the time of publication on the 6th of February. As the New York Times article states, Lauren Walsh and Zoe Magid, the two students who created the petition, see the sculpture as “a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for some members of our campus community.” So what do St. Lawrence students think about the issue? When I asked around campus about “The Sleepwalker,” no one initially seemed to know what I was referencing. However, after showing a photo of the statue, the responses were varied. Most expressed how creepy they found the statue. Mandy Green ‘17 said “Its so life-like, I get why the women are made uncomfortable by it.” She said that she didn’t
understand “why it was on that campus.” Paige Richardson ‘17 agrees with the women at Wellesley who are circulating the petition to move it indoors and she said, “I would sign that petition.” Adilson Gonzales ‘16 explained that his reaction changed as he thought about it. Initially, he explained that he was confused as to why someone would create a statue of a drunk sleep-walking man. “But then,” he said, “I tried to think of what the meaning was, and what the artist was trying to portray.” The artist, Mr. Matelli, has explained in several news articles that his goal for the project was actually empathy for the outof-place, vulnerable man. After reading some of the news articles discussing the debate Adilson said, “When I read the critiques and the reaction of the people I thought it was funny because how can people be complaining about a random statue? I wondered, if it were a statue of a really handsome man, a really physically attractive man halfnaked, wouldn’t people want to take pictures with it? I just thought it was funny, that our perception, or our ideology of what things are considered good or bad makes us see this sleepy man as ‘bad.’” “In the end though, I think I understand the fear, whether or not he’s attractive. Seeing a naked man in the middle of the night with his arms extended toward you- it’s really creepy whether you’re a girl or a guy, it’s just really creepy.”
OLYMPIC HOCKEY RESULTS
02/19 Sweden v. Slovenia, W 5-0 02/19 Finland v. Russia, W 3-1 02/19 Canada v. Latvia, W 2-1 02/19 USA v. Czech Republic., W 5-2
A Personal Tribute to Derek Jeter
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By JOEY CORSO STAFF WRITER Last week, the New York Yankee’s shortstop and captain Derek Jeter announced via Facebook that the upcoming 2014 season would be his last. Knowing that Jeter has forever been my favorite athlete, many friends and family members sought my instant reaction. But at that point, I didn’t have one yet. The reality of what was happening hadn’t yet sunk in. More than a week later, I’m still pretty numb to it all. I find myself constantly wondering, “Could this season really be it?” As a child of the early 1990’s, baseball and Derek Jeter have always been synonymous to me. Simply stated, there isn’t one without the other. Even after last season, when Jeter played all but a few painful
games, he was still there-still part of the team. Knowing that in 2015 there will no longer be a starting shortstop named Jeter for the Yankees, for the first time in almost two decades... well it’ll just be strange. As a baseball player, Jeter has been as good they get, and he has the accolades to back it up: 3300+ hits, 13 All Star Appearances, 5 World Championship Rings. These aren’t the credentials of a just any ball player, but the merits of a future first ballot Hall of Famer. Every baseball fan has their favorite Derek Jeter moment-the diving catch into the stands versus the Red Sox in 2004, the flip out of nowhere against the A’s in the post-season of 2001, hit 3000. A home run off Ray’s ace David Price that caused pandemonium in the Bronx. Seriously, ask 10 people about their favorite Jeter moment, and there’s good a chance you’ll get 10 different answers. My personal favorite Jeter moment came in an early 2004 game against the Athletics. Jeter came into the game in a slump-a really bad slump- 0 for his last 32, his hitless streak was the longest for any Yankee in 27 years.My heart ached for my hero. His pain and frustration became mine. Yet through the adversity, he never wilted. He never lashed out,
never lost his composure, he just kept saying the right things. And that night, against Oakland ace Barry Zito in his first at-bat, Jeter crushed a home run. The joy and satisfaction I felt as I watched him rounding the bases was a moment I’ll never forget. I remember discussing the game the next morning with my father, and recall mentioning how relieved I was to see Jeter finally break out. He responded by telling me that if I wanted to be successful, I’d have to be able to maintain my composure and always fight, especially when life was difficult. Just like Jeter. Derek Jeter, my hero, is retiring at the end of the 2014 season. He is a fantastic ball player, but that’s not why I’ll miss him. I’ll miss him because he exemplifies all the traits I try to emulate: his loyalty, honorability, and resilience in the face of adversity. There is so much more I want to say about this ball player, my hero. Yet, even more than a week removed from the news, I’m still finding it immensely difficult to string together a fitting tribute. Maybe, when more time has passed, I’ll be able to better articulate all the emotions flooding my head. But not now. So, I’ll end this by saying the only thing that comes to my mind at the moment: thank you.
Keep Judged Events in the Olympics By WILLIAM MESINGER STAFF WRITER Recently, I heard a professor lament the fact that subjectively scored events are a part of the Olympics, and suggesting that any event where the outcome is directly determined by a judging panel be removed. I found this interesting, because the implications are pretty huge. Slopestyle, the halfpipe, figure skating, diving, gymnastics and many other sub-events in these categories would all be removed from the games. The argument is that these events are unfair because there is no clear-cut, objective winner, and that the judges are inherently biased. First of all, I agree that the judges can be biased and that there is no way to entirely remove their biases; however, many steps have been taken to remove their impact. Some events have a complex scoring system where athletes begin with an objective score based on the difficulty of the moves performed in their routine. This is then combined with the judges determination of quality of the execution (the subjective part) to formulate the final score. If you are a sports fan, you know
Fantasy Basketball By BRANDON DI PERNO STAFF WRITER
Whoa, boy LeBron James was spectacular on Tuesday as he had 42 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and four 3-pointers on 16-of-23 shooting as the Heat beat the Mavericks on Tuesday. LeBron James has been playing out of his mind lately, putting to rest talk of his so called coasting. He looks to take part in the MVP race once again as we approach this second half of the season. Gerald Green is having a great year, on Tuesday he went off for a career high 36 points and six three pointers. This output should maintain for the rest of the year. Kyle Lowry is making sure his All-Star snub goes noticed, he was fantastic on Tuesday as he hit 8-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 24 points, two rebounds, 10 assists and two steals. Lowry is one of the best point guards in the league and thus should be owned in all leagues. Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the All-Star game after scoring 31 points on 14-of-17 shooting with three 3-pointers, five rebounds and 14 assists. This should be marked as a turn for Irving after a forgettable last month. Hopefully this trend continues the rest of the year. After an impressive All-Star Game, Blake Griffin has not let up. He was outstanding on Tuesday with 35 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 14-of-24 shooting. This has been a career year for Griffin, and with Doc Rivers at the helm expect this to be the trend for years to come.
Buy Starting in place of an injured Tony Parker, Patrick Mills has been extraordinary. He’s definetly worth a short time pick-up especially with fantasy playoffs approaching. At this moment in time Nate Wolters appears to be a pet project for coach Larry Drew. He is playing quite well, and might be worth a look for those struggling at PG. Kyle Singler has found himself in the starting rotation, and is doing a great job there. As long as his output remains consistent he should be owned in most leagues. Jrue Holiday may be back in the next week or so, if that’s the case and he’s still on your waiver wire pick him up. He’s a world class point guard, and will most definitely benefit your team. With the Lakers’ injury woes, Kendall Marshall remains a must own player. If by some chance he’s still on your waiver wire, pick him up. NOW.
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that a referee can have a significant impact on a game. I believe that referees are always going to have a bias. They’re human, and they are also a convenient scapegoat to help justify a team’s poor performance. Referees can and do have just as much of an impact on events as judges do; often, they have even more of an impact. There’s the 1985 World Series, 1986 World Cup, 2011 Toledo-Syracuse football game, and countless others to support this argument. Referees do not directly determine the winners and losers of games the way Olympic judges do for their events, but they indirectly determine them just as often. The outcome is the same in both cases; the mechanism is just slightly different. Yes, if the goal is
removing subjectivity, any sport where a referee has a high degree of freedom would have to be removed. That would even mean ice hockey; no “Miracle on Ice”. I’m not okay with that. One could argue that judged sports should be modified so that there may be a clear-cut winner. For example, all snowboarders could have the same routine, and whoever performed the tricks (which would increase in difficulty throughout the run) would be the winner. Yet this would remove what many athletes consider to be the most important part of their event – the formulation of their routine. Creativity is just as important as skill, and the Olympics should reflect that mentality.
Sell JJ Redick is set to be out 3-5 weeks with an array of injuries, fantasy owners would be wise to make a trade with him right now, or just outright drop him. Larry Sanders is injured once again, and with that being a recurring problem this year it’s time to get him off your team. Since his shoulder injury Shawn Marion hasn’t been the same, he’s putting up average numbers and not doing much. Fantasy owners could find better on their waiver wire, especially in a ten man league. There’s a strong possibility Kobe Bryant doesn’t come back this season as he’s still limited to stationary bike presently, with that being the case one should drop him, or look to make a trade with someone who isn’t in tune with NBA news. Unfortunately Steve Nash is too injury prone to a reliable fantasy asset, owners would be wise to drop him and look at Kendall Marshall or Steve Blake.
02/14 Women’s Hockey @ Dartmouth, W 4-1 02/15 Women’s Basketball @ Hobart, W 73-62 02/16 Men’s Squash v. Cornell, W 5-4 02/18 Women’s Basketball @ Clarkson, W 65-59
Softball Q & A with Natasha Bell By KRISSY DI PERNO & EMILY HARRINGTON STAFF WRITER Name: Natasha Bell Age: 21 Hometown: Canton, NY Major: Psychology How long have you been playing softball? Since 1st grade
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Men’s and Women’s Track and Field: Liberty League Champions! By ELLIS TOLL STAFF WRITER Last Saturday, the Track and Field teams hosted the Liberty League championships. At the end of the competition, both the men’s and women’s teams made the short trip from Newell Field House to the victory bell outside. For the women, it was their fourth consecutive Liberty League title, and for the men their first since 2011. From the first gun to the last sprint to the finish, the Saints took control of the meet. The first event on the track was the 5,000 meters, which saw senior Ariel Beccia (18:15.44) and freshman Thomas Caulfield (15:13.97) win the individual championships, with ECAC qualifying times. Joining Beccia and Caulfield on the scoresheet were senior Kelsey Leder (5th, 19:19) and junior Trevor Bibb (4th, 15:32). The women’s four-peat was never in much doubt, as Beccia and Leder’s performance tied the Saints for the lead, and they would maintain it for the rest of the day. In all of the 17 events the Lady Saints had at least one scorer, including individual champions in 14. They did not stop at simply winning events, either, and insisted on breaking numerous records in the process. All in all,
there were 11 performances by St. Lawrence women that bested previous Liberty League records and 7 new records set. The 60 meter hurdles, 60 meter dash and 200 meter dash were all broken multiple times. In the hurdles, junior Divya Biswal broke the record in her preliminary heat (9.34 seconds) and again in the finals (9.30 seconds). The same feat was accomplished by senior Hannah Kinsey in the dash (7.98 seconds and 7.92 seconds). Kinsey and freshman Ketura Mason both ran faster than the 200 meter record in the same heat, finishing first and third respectively. The other records to fall were the 3,000 meter (Amy Cymerman-10:13.99), the 4 by 200 meter relay (Mason, Kinsey, Biswal and junior Carly Stine1:46.20), Pole Vault (Caitlyn Boreyko- 3.30 meters) and High Jump (Marisa Turner- 1.66 meters). The Saints finished with 240 points for the victory, RPI was second with 126, RIT third (110) and Union fourth (42). The men’s meet was much closer, but the St. Lawrence performances were no less impressive. Scoring points in all but two events, the Saints had 7 individual champions and several thrilling races. The earliest of these was the 60 meter dash, where Omaru Kabia and Karim
Creary took first and second in a photo finish over Union’s Tosin Kazeem. They were .01 and .02 off of the school record set in 2012. Moments later, the 800 meter run was contested, which saw a pack of Saints score. With 200 meters to go, the outcome was far from obvious. In fact, the lead Saint was in 5th place, but following a closing kick by Harrison Sloan, Joe Smith, Wesley Kirui and Dennis Korir swept the top three, as well as the fifth spot. In the closing minutes of the meet came the most dramatic race of the day, the 4 by 400 meter relay. As the final runners received the baton, three teams were side by side, including SLU. They remained that way until the final 50 meters, when sophomore Harrison Sloan opened a small gap, and spurred forward by deafening chants of “S-L-U” held off the competition by .26 seconds. As he crossed the line he threw his hands skyward and let out a yell, knowing the meet was all but won. Ten Saints had ECAC qualifying marks and junior Scotty Smolensky would have set a Liberty League record had he not been out kicked by RPI’s Bobby Parker. The Saints will travel to RIT this weekend before hosting the New York State meet February 28 and March 1.
What got you started? Did growing up in Canton influence your decision to PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY pursue athletics at SLU? There COMMUNICATIONS was a clinic being offered and my parents signed me up. Over the years I continued to go to clinics, mainly ones hosted right here at SLU. I also went to a lot of the home games and one day thought to myself “someday I’ll play here”. What is your favorite memory of softball at SLU? Hitting my first double was pretty sweet, since I’m not what you’d call a “power hitter”, but the funny moments with the team like quoting “Bridesmaids” are right up there too. Did you play any other sports before committing to softball? Pretty much everything: soccer, basketball, track, swimming, lacrosse...I also dabble in badminton. Who is your biggest fan (why)? My mom. I think she’s only missed like... three games in my ENTIRE sports career. Besides the ball, what is one big difference between baseball and softball that fans should be aware of coming into the season? The guys pitch overhand and can lead off before we can. Their field is way bigger too. Which is your favorite team to play against, and why? Any school by a Wegman’s... for obvious reasons! Do you have any big plans for this semester - bucket list fulfillments, etc.? Winning the Liberty League Championship is a team goal and, if we win, hosting regionals would be pretty sick! Do you have any superstitious pregame or inter-inning rituals? I am without a doubt the most superstitious person on the team. I have way too many to count but I’m trying to get better! I wear-eye black each game, I put my cleats and batting gloves on in a certain order, and I go nuts if any bats cross! What is your favorite thing to order from the pub? Gluten free quesadilla with spinach, mushrooms and diced tomatoes with a side of guacamole and dark chocolate milk to drink. What are your suggestions for this weekend’s playlist? Team by Lorde, the acoustic version of Ride by Timeflies, and a team favorite...Gas Pedal. Do you have any advice for student athletes? Work hard, play hard. Anything else you’d like to say? Here we go, Saints!
Men’s Hockey Ends Weekend with Loss and Tie By THOMAS MATHIASEN & WILLIAM GLOVER STAFF WRITERS This past weekend the St. Lawrence Men’s Hockey team played two E.C.A.C division games, against Dartmouth College and Harvard University. The home weekend series yielded a 3-1 loss to Dartmouth
and a 2-2 tie against Harvard. The Saints scored first against Dartmouth in the second period off a power play goal by Jeremy Wick ‘14, his 14th of the season. However, with five minutes remaining in the period, Dartmouth bounced back and proceeded to score two quick goals to give them the lead; one off a power play and the other
shorthanded. Despite a strong showing by the Saints in the third period, including multiple scoring chances with a few shots off the post, Dartmouth was able to hold off the strong Saints attack with one more goal in the third to secure the win. Saturday night was a different story for the Saints, however.
After the tough loss the night before, the team was able to rebound with a well-fought game against the Harvard Crimson. Matt and Greg Carey netted the two Saints goals, with Matt scoring his 17th of the season and Greg his 15th. Harvard’s goaltender had a good showing, as the Saints registered 39 shots on goal in
the game. On the defensive end, Matt Weninger was solid in net, making several key saves in the third period and overtime that helped the Saints secure a tie, and gain a point in the ECAC standings. The Saints conference record is now 5-9-4, and 11-15-4 for the season, giving them 14 points in the E.C.A.C standings.