November 4, 2010 | Issue #224
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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
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Riley and Tara’s lists of things that are awesome and sad....
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THINGS THAT ARE AWESOME
• PBS’s new series Sherlock • Byram Smoke Shop • it’s time to start writing your • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
xmas (or hanukkah) wishlist naps Ruben Marrero’s Bumblebee Transformers Halloween costume Torched Cherry Bacardi AFV PTV am lineup sleeping four day weekends pumpkin soup Willow Smith “view friendship” on Facebook pumpkin seeds real falafel Weezy’s free! the stray cats on campus are adoooooorable Taco Bell “Like a G-6”
THINGS THAT ARE SAD
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Amp is really expensive passive aggresiveness xmas music on the radio sleeping through alarms they don’t teach kids cursive in elementary school anymore the dance building is locked at 3am when you most need it not sleeping no more G4 on DirecTV graduation forgetting to look for gloves before it got cold below freezing temps Will Smith’s forgotten oldest son Trey drama terralafel not having time to nap the stray cats on campus are going to be so cold!
V I S U A L A RT
HERE COMESBYART MOLLY MURPHY Art Co-op, a project nearly one year in the works, is a student-run non-profit organization that seeks to promote sustainable habits by facilitating the reintegration of donated and found materials. The service has already encountered much success as it has managed to collect a room’s worth of amazing resources, including fairly expensive tools and materials at disposal to the creative community. On Monday October 18, the Art Co-Op opened officially to the campus public, offering materials in exchange for participation in the movement. It is located in the space formerly home to the Sellar thrift store in the Stood, newly renovated after its use as a storage space the past few years. Art Co-Op strives to accommodate all creative interests on campus and is working to provide a solid and broad network for creative collaborations with its poster committee, mural committee, and Tumblr and Facebook accounts. Already, Art Co-Op has received tremendous support and has enough committed, enthusiastic volunteers to stay open six hours a day, five days a week. The key leaders of the organization continue to brainstorm new ways in which the effort can further expand. Hillary Anderson plans sponsored events and works closely with volunteers to build a broad creative network. Elena Wegman oversees the Art CoOp’s Mural Committee, organizes inventory, and maintains the Facebook and Tumblr pages. I am the Art Co-Op’s Coordinator, doing
research into other organizations and overseeing advertising and fundraising efforts. This upcoming weekend, Art Co-Op plans to host its Grand Opening alongside the events of Fall Fest. There will be an open mic, rummage sale tables, and a student art gallery. These events seek to showcase students’ work. All acoustic performers, vendors and artists who are interested in participating should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Art Co-Op strives to accommodate as broad a creative field as possible and eagerly invites anyone with imaginative endeavors to participate and use its facilities! ART CO-OP INFO:
hours of operation (valid until November 12): Monday – Friday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. location: former Sellar space in the Stood, first door on the right on the web: http://www.facebook.com/group. php?gid=177038910922 http://purchaseartcoop.tumblr.com/ e-mail: email@example.com
QUIDDITCH BY ADAM BREIDBART All of the Muggles out there who have obsessed over Wizarding Quidditch long enough will finally have their chance to take the field and try it themselves at Purchase College. Coordinator of Clubs, Organizations and Services Ricky Gunzel and Head of Intramurals George Eversman are teaming up to bring Quidditch to Purchase students. Quidditch is the sport played in the Harry Potter book series, written by J.K. Rowling. Muggle Quidditch is similar to Wizard Quidditch, except that there is no flying or magic involved. The first ever Purchase Quidditch World Cup will be taking place on the turf field on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. Each Quidditch team consists of seven starting players—three chasers, two beaters, one seeker and one keeper—and all players must hold a broom under their legs at all times. The three chasers are the only ones allowed to shoot the quaffle (which is a volleyball) into one of the three hoops on their opponent’s side of the field to score. The two beaters throw bludgers (dodgeballs) at the opposing team to prevent them from scoring. If someone is hit by a bludger, they must drop whatever they are holding and run back to their goals to touch one of the hoops. Then, they may then enter back into play. The keeper’s job is to guard and block their goal post and prevent the other team’s chasers from scoring. The keeper can only block with their hands and cannot step out of the small semi-circle marked around the goal. The seeker has to chase and find the golden snitch, a
tennis ball inside of a sock that is kept hanging out of the back pocket of a cross-country runner who runs around campus. The seeker’s sole job is to find and retrieve the snitch. The scoring rules in Quidditch are simple: the team with the most points at the end of game play wins. Every time a chaser scores by getting the quaffel through the hoop, they get 10 points. When the snitch is retrieved, the game is over and the team who found it gets 30 points added to their final score. Ricky Gunzel’s idea for a Purchase Quidditch World Cup was inspired by the CBS news video on the growth of Quidditch at college campuses. “I love Harry Potter, and all of the sports I have ever played all combined together have trained me to potentially be a great Quidditch player,” said Gunzel. When he brought the idea to the gym, George Eversman was excited to be a part of it. “When I saw the video, the first thing I thought to myself was that this could be a huge hit on our campus,” said Eversman. After a great response to the first general interest meeting, a tournament was scheduled. Before the tournament comes there will be a few seminars which will act as practices to get interested students acclimated with the game play. Teams of at least seven players could start registering themselves in the Purchase World Cup by emailing Ricky (frederick.gunzel@ purchase.edu). If the tournament is a success and gains even more support, Quidditch could have a full season next semester. So pick up your broom and try something, go check out Quidditch this month.
TUNE IN TO WPSR BY HILLARY ANDERSON Unless you spend a lot of time in the basement of the freshman dorms, you might’ve forgotten that we do, in fact, have a radio station at this school. In the past, WPSR’s presence on campus has been hit or miss, and unless you made an effort to go to any of their meetings (on Wednesdays at 10pm in the studio) you might still not know too much about the station. WPSR is student-run, and has a number of people contributing to keeping it going. Joe Jakubowski is the station manager, Alicia Santiago is events and public relations; and Dave Epstein is the programming coordinator. Working with them are web interns Jack Marone and Fritz Polax; events and PR Interns Kyle Seely, Justin Jurgens, and Dave Benton; PR intern Matt Van Pelt; programming interns Greg Menti, Jon Stern and Hannibal King, and station engineer interns Sam Green and Chris Lacava. WPSR has been low on the radar this year, due to the renovations that have been taking place in the studio, preventing shows from going on. “We repainted everything, and redid the floors, and we tiled everything—it killed us. We essentially cleaned it for the first time in forty years,” said Joe. “We found a credit card that expired in 1990.” The bulky pieces that looked like space station hand-me-downs are now gone, and have been replaced by all new equipment. “If you’ve had a show before, chances are you’ll still know how to run it. The only real change is that the buttons are green now,” said station manager Jakubowski.
More is going on in the station than just cleaning and renovating—with the help of their interns, Joe and Alicia hope to bring WPSR’s name out to the campus and create a recognized image with the student body. “We want to be known. A lot of people don’t know we exist or if they do they don’t care, or think it sucks. We want to make people know us and are interested in what we’re doing here.” WPSR puts on an open mic in the co-op every Monday from 9 – 11 p.m. Come early to sign up to perform! Also, don’t forget to check out their side stage in Whitson’s on the day of Fall Fest, featuring Andrew Cedarmark. DJ programming started this past week, but there are still slots available for DJs, whether you’ve had a show before or you’re new and you’d like to give it a try. Just go down the staircase behind the yellow door in the back of the dining hall mezzanine at 10PM on Wednesdays, or email Alicia, Joe, or Dave. WPSR will be streaming live soon, so check out purchaseradio.org for updates.
PHO T O BY K AT E M CCO RM I CK
HE WEARS HIS ART BY VERONICA CORNINGSTONE
I N TE RACT I VE MAG AZ I N E BY PHI L
PHO T O BY PHI L I P T O L E D ANO
money his dad gave him as a graduation gift to kick-start the company. He asked himself,
“ If the resources are available,
why shouldn’t someone be able to wear their own art?
At the age of 21, Phil Wong seems more at ease with himself than most students. His identity as a graphic designer here at Purchase College has been established by not only his school work, but by his urban streetwear company Reluxe, and his growing business clientele outside of the Visual Arts program. He’s just started drinking coffee regularly for the first time, as a senior. Not that his workload has gotten tremendously more difficult over the years, but the prospect of graduating in a few months and having to land a real job is daunting enough for any college student. But Phil has an advantage that many young adults haven’t quite developed just yet, because he is motivated. His work ethic and determination have made him 10 times the artist. As a senior in high school, his interests and motivations would get the best of him. Healthy curiosities for art, sneakers, drawing, business, and his hometown of Manhattan all merged together to form his first creative business expedition. And it worked. He used
He chose Purchase’s graphic design program over drawing and painting – figuring it would be more bold and accessible for him and for his young company’s direction. The company expanded, selling shirts, hoodies, tanks and hats all over the metropolitan are and then to international buyers on the web. It taught him a lot about marketing and the work-flow of business. Currently, he’s slowly moving on from his first art baby and taking bigger steps. After
V I S U A L A RT his first year at Purchase he began getting more freelance projects, and Reluxe’s long-term success increasingly became unappealing and insignificant to him. Dealing with stores became frustrating, and he was interested in focusing on commissioned work, such as designing websites, logos, business cards and typography. Making connections with companies, networking with musical artists and DJs all made his growing as an artist inevitable. Starting off as a freelance artist early on exposed his work made getting paid offers a reality, and has made it possible for him to develop a real respect for his work. His internship with Complex magazine this past summer was an eye-opening opportunity. Although he got to design for the magazine and website, he felt restricted by the monotonous work. As a result, it was another learning experience, and his motivations were made clearer. He loves working and designing here in our brick prison because as incestuous and small as the campus is, it avoids the detachment of fast-paced Manhattan. In our cramped apartments, we’re forced to think more about out situations and our futures. In addition, other people’s energies definitely don’t hurt the creative process, even if these energies are drunken bandits who sing too loudly and break too much glass in the apartment (I’m looking at you, G 6-1). Campus life puts relationships and life goals into perspective, unlike his experience in the city. After June, Phil wants to work in a studio that offers variety or possibly go to grad school to further study design or motion graphics. With so many options and so much talent, it’ll be hard for him to settle.
FALL FEST IS THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH AT THE STOOD. MAIN STAGE AND WPSR SIDE STAGE FEATURING PURCHASE BANDS. MUSIC STARTS AT 2PM!
PO S T E R BY PHI L WONG
IMPORTANT FALL FEST INFO:
Students and their guests must have a bracelet to enter the Stood. You can obtain one in the Stood on Thursday or Friday. Students must have their More Cards and guests must have a guest pass to obtain a bracelet, no exceptions.
SURVIVING BUCKOUT ROAD BY GABY FIORE BOLAND If you didn’t get enough scares from the Terror Trail this Halloween, don’t worry your thrill-seeking heart about it. Westchester County is filled with spooky places—and not just Sleepy Hollow with its headless horseman. There happens to be a very haunted destination just ten minutes from campus. Buckout Road runs through Harrison to White Plains. To those who’ve grown up here, you may have heard of the infamous long and isolated road. There are a handful of websites and Facebook groups devoted to the road, with one called “I went to Buckout Road and lived!” Photographs taken by Buckout’s daring nighttime visitors sometimes feature white orbs and mists, and some have claimed to see ghosts. It’s a residential road, marked with a post instead of a street sign. Starting at the side closest to Purchase, there’s a lighthouse-like tower. There are several houses, but the winding street turns into a narrow one-way road that’s creepily vacant. There are two graveyards right off the road. The only unbroken headstone is that of John Buckhout and his wife. The woods surrounding the sides of the road are littered with the remnants of stone walls. There are cave structures and other pieces of stone buildings. The former inhabitants of the road were just as eerie as what they left behind. There supposedly was a colony or family of cannibalistic albinos. Some legends say that they were the slaves of the Buckhout family. If you honked your horn three times in front of the red
house on the road (it burned down a couple of years ago), they would come out and get you! Another legend was about three Xs that were painted on the road, which allegedly marked where three witches were hung, but they’ve since been paved over. Cars driving over the marks would supposedly break down. Many Buckout survivors (including Purchase students) have claimed that this happened to them. And before you scoff and dismiss this all as urban legend, there’s more. Albert Fish was an infamous cannibalistic serial killer that lived there in the 1920s. He was the inspiration for Hannibal Lector and his house is still standing on the road. He confessed to three murders but alluded to many others. He beat, raped, and killed children as well as the mentally handicapped. There are stories of victims being lured to his lair. His history is enough to give the road an eerie feeling. Still feeling lucky? Head over to Buckout Road, if you dare to try and make your own Blair Witch Project. Go at night and bring a friend, a flashlight, and possibly a good mechanic. At least you’ll see some of Westchester history… after all, what’s the worst thing that can happen on a haunted road? This article is published courtesy of Her Campus. http:/hercampus.com/purchase
CAN YOU KEEP KOSHER? BY KIM WHITEHEAD There’s a lot to consider when choosing a college, but if maintaining a kosher lifestyle is part of your concern, turns out Purchase might not be the place for you. At the beginning of this semester, at the persistent request of the Hillel, Purchase instituted a new food program called Amazing Meals by Meal Mart, a company wholly dedicated to providing kosher foods. That includes the slaughter, processing, and distribution of “Glatt Kosher” meat, which follows the strictest kosher guidelines. Signs posted in the three eateries on campus are only just visible, but most meals, if any at all, are bought at the Hub. According to KosherToday.com, a solid source for everything Jewish, Meal Mart’s Amazing Meals boast a fresh, unrefrigerated lifespan of about two years, and only take about a minute and a half to make. The website also says their retail value is about $4.49. Which begs the question: why is the price at the Hub a whopping two meals? The $10 price tag includes both a B and a C item, aka a cheap side item and a designated drink. This cost also comes with a heavy side of stress. Sophomore painting major Tova Hadar has had many encounters with the packaged kosher meals, safe to say many more than any of the Hub cashiers. “I have to correct the cashier almost every time I buy one,” says Hadar, who comes from a relatively strict kosher family. The entire process involves ordering the food in the Zona Mexicana line, getting the
box, waiting in line to pay, explaining to the cashier exactly how to ring up the item, waiting for the cashier to go find a superior to make sure they’re doing it right, then taking it back to Zona Mexicana to be heated up. That is, if you’re not already so fed up that you storm back to your room in a nutrient-deprived stupor. According to Hadar who has tried many an “Amazing Meal,” it’s not always worth the hassle.“The rib-steak is pretty good. The ravioli is terrible, and you only get six of them for ten dollars. I’m not even going to try the chicken meatballs,” she says with a cringe. But what else is a dedicated kosher student supposed to do? Hadar says that it’s easier to just bring leftovers back to school when she visits home. Kyle Pleva, the SUNY Purchase Chartwells Marketing Director, says it was Hillel that approached Chartwells about kosher options, though the current President of Hillel, junior Rebecca Bruckenstein, says she knows no more about the meals than most students. “I know some Hillel students that said they would be willing to try it, but it’s just so expensive,” Bruckenstein added. “The reactions from the students are dismal and sales are scarce,” Pleva says of the not-so-amazing Amazing Meals, which seems obvious by the general lack of knowledge about them on campus. Hadar says she knows no other student who buys the meals, and that she sometimes physically points to the button to help out a confused cashier. Bruckenstein has (continued on page 11)
HAS YOUR REMEDY
I’ve had to stop being in a physical relationship with this guy because I was forming feelings for him and he wasn’t looking for an emotional relationship. How do I take care of these feelings now that we’re just friends?
Sometimes it is just best to not even try to be friends. If you see him, make nice, but you don’t have to make an effort to be his friend. Oxytocin is a chemical released during sex that makes us feel attached to our partner. So assuming you only had sex with this guy and didn’t really hang out with him otherwise, you only like him because you were fucking him and that flooded your system with that pesky oxytocin. Okay, but I guess there is a chance there was something else about this guy. Maybe you had some long pillow talk while holding hands. Maybe you guys listened to a romantic song he had just written. Maybe he made you breakfast. Uh, I don’t know, something that just sparkled about him. Well honey, you got your answer, I don’t need to tell you that. But if you have a deeper connection to this guy, I suggest you give yourself time away from him, otherwise every time you guys actually hang out, you’ll be repeating those “precious” moments in your head over and over again.
So, I am really into this guy and I want to pick him up. He is really into hipster girls, so I’ve bought a record player and Debbie Gibson on vinyl. What else can I do to get his sweet sugar love?
Debbie Gibson on vinyl? Ohh girl, that is ironic! However, stop it. You don’t want to be a hipster. I don’t know what is wrong with this guy if he is into hipster girls. The general hipster doesn’t shower, listens to craptastic music, wears too much flannel (so much that it gives Kurt Cobain and Pete & Pete a run for their money), and talks like an arrogant twat with information that sounds just as valuable as the geocities webpage I made for a Bio project in seventh grade. Need I go on? At Purchase you’ll meet a lot of girls like that, but thankfully a lot of girls here are not like that. Sometimes boys find this difficult to believe, just like straight girls sometimes can’t believe that there are straight men on this campus. If he can’t see you for you, then he is not worth it, especially since he probably has an awful long beard and no hygiene. There are a million hipster chicks, but there is only one you and you deserve the best.
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A DV I C E I’m uncomfortable talking to this really macho friend of mine. It’s awkward when he goes on about “bitches” and “hoes.” He also adjusts his wang when he’s talking. I am hetero but this kid makes me want to Stonewall Riot his face. What could I do to make this right?
Hmm…. it sounds like he’s “that guy.” If he’s your friend, you don’t want him to continue on with this reputation. Madame had a similar situation freshman year, only the friend wasn’t a macho guy—he was a pretty nice, easy-going dude with a bad habit of scratching his ball sack. Everyone in Madame’s circle of friends loved talking to him while watching The History Channel and reruns of Clarissa Explains It All but we would cringe when he reached for the remote. A friend thankfully saved the day, by just casually saying “That’s so funny that you scratch your balls in public because my friend back home does that.” That made the guy become a lot more aware of his ball scratching and eventually the habit phased away. However, since he’s “macho,” you might want to be a little more forceful. Instead of making up a friend back home, be honest and say, “Dude, can you stop touching your peen? Nobody does that in a casual setting.” Hopefully it will shock him out of the habit. Now as for the “bitches” and “hoes” problem, do NOT challenge him and say, “Stop exaggerating” or “I bet you’re lying!” This will only provoke him! Instead, act interested and ask, “Who are these girls?” Most likely this guy is lying and bragging about nothing, so if you ask for details on these girls (name, location, et cetera) he’ll start stuttering and get flustered. Your problem is like hiccups, you just have to scare it out of him.
(continued from page 9, “Can you keep kosher?”) never bought a meal herself, and was unaware of how to even go about it. “The option needs to be expressed more clearly,” Bruckenstein says. “A campus-wide email, with some friendly instructions, would be a nice start.” A Hillel member since her freshman year, Bruckenstein did offer another option for kosher students. There are weekly events held by Hillel that provide Kosher foods from off campus, after which, leftovers are stored in the Campus Center North Hillel room, 0024, which students have total access to. Additionally, if a student is serious about keeping kosher, Residence Life will often help out by giving that student an apartment with a kitchen. Bruckenstein feels it’s her job to fight for everyone on campus, Jewish or not. So if kosher is your calling, she may be the girl to talk to, but as she admits, “There’s not much we can do.” This article is published courtesy of Her Campus. http:/hercampus.com/purchase
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