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December 9, 2010 | Issue #228

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editor-in-chief: Ri l ey Ken ny s mith

This is our last issue of the semester, and I’m so pleased with how well the semester has gone for The Indy. We have an amazing staff, and it’s all thanks to the staff that this publication has become everything I had hoped of it. Naturally, this last letter must be an expression of my gratitude. Tara—You’re currently testing all the levers on the office chairs, and I think the fact that you’re sitting here while I go through my final edits and you don’t hate me is amazing. You and I work so well together, and I’m glad we have been able to execute our visions for The Indy so cohesively. Robyn—Your patience with the printer amazes me. Your patience with me amazes me, actually. I can never thank you enough for the late nights you spend babysitting Gerald to print out The Indy each week. You are a saint. Erica & Alex—The two of you save my life every single week. Without your edits I would probably spend years staring at copy, slowly losing my sanity and wondering whether to judiciously split the infinitives. Hillary, Adam & Vanessa—I’m going to miss having you as my interns. The three of you have very diverse viewpoints and writing styles that made this magazine the multi-dimensional work I wanted it to be. I never had to worry about the next week’s stories because you all come up with pieces that come together into a thorough coverage of our campus. Her Campus girls—The day you walked into the office and proposed our collaboration was a great day for Purchase news. Your human interest pieces add a great sense of our campus community’s culture and I hope our publications continue to work together for years to come. Danielle—Thank you for your amazing ability to already know how to do something I’m barely imagining. was such a great find for our online publishing, and your Indy facebook updates sometimes remind me that we have meetings! Kate—The photos you come up with are always more than perfect. You take my obnoxiously vague ideas and bring this magazine to life each week with your stunning cover photos. The pink umbrella one is my favorite. Finally, I want to thank Ricky, the PSGA and the campus for your support. Your faith in me as an editor, your notes and comments of encouragement, are what keep me going when the proofs start swimming in front of my eyes. My job is to serve our campus, and I’m glad you feel that I have been successful.

layout editor: Ta r a C on n elly writers: H i l l a r y An d er s on G a by F iore Bolan d A da m B reid b art Va n essa Cavan agh Sco tt Dav is M o l l y Mu r p hy M a da me Q u er y copy editors: E r i c a B as co A l ex Pros cia print manager: Ro byn Wilk in s cover photo by: K ate McCor mick artwork by: Ri l ey Ken ny s mith web design by: D a n i elle Lemp p The Purchase Independent is a nonprofit news magazine, paid for by the Mandatory Student Activity fee. We welcome and encourage submissions from readers. The Indy is a forum for campus issues and events, to give students the voice they deserve. Letters, articles, comics, ads, event photography and event listings are welcomed. The deadline for submissions is every Friday before midnight, and accepted pieces will be published the following Thursday. Publication of submissions is not guaranteed, but subject to the discretion of the editors. No anonymous submissions will be considered, but we will accept use of pseudonyms on a case-by-case basis. Send all submissions and inquiries to Send questions to Madame Query at madamequery. Back page quotes can be submitted to or put in the Back Page Box that hangs on the office door. Our office is located on the first floor of Campus Center North, room 1011. Staff meetings are held in the office every Monday night at 9:30; anyone is welcome to join.



END OF SEMESTER TOP 10 BY HILLARY ANDERSON Thus concludes another year, and another semester at Purchase. What did we learn? I can name a few things:

standing squished in the aisle without even a safety bar to cling to.

THE RETURN OF TERRA VE: Ah, bread bowls,

THE NEW MALL: Rejoicing in walking between

I missed you. Although, Purchase still seems to be laboring under the delusion that vegetarians don’t eat on the weekends.

the Hub and the Library without having to lap the campus is quickly countered by the suspense of what they will fence off next. What strange routes will we be forced to walk next semester? Who knows, but at least it will all be done by the time most of us graduate! Oh, wait…


semester the Stood has expanded metaphorically and literally. The new rooms benefit students with art installations in Sweet’s, events in the Cinema and sustainable goods at the Art Co-Op.


OUR NEW FRIENDS: Being spied on by cats

an upsurge in creativity with events. Theater X wouldn’t be the first place you’d look for a wild mosh pit. Lightening Bolt and the GPCs made it happen. Then Stefan Fink’s senior project took a childlike sense of wonder to the Great Lawn, mixing math rock with performance and puppetry.

while walking to class dramatically improved my semester, I don’t know about anyone else.

FOUR LOKO BANNED: For those students

HARRY POTTER: From the release of the new

film to a Quidditch team on campus, HP culture has been more prevalent than ever this semester.

FALL FEST: Music, wristbands, the girl attacking

Raekwon: all tender memories of a Fall Fest we won’t forget. (If you remember it in the first place, that is.)

whose veins pump Fruit Punch Four Loko rather than blood, it was a sad day. For the rest of us who prefer not to drink strongly flavored rubbing alcohol, it was just like any other day. COVERS SHOW: Singing along to Mariah

THE LOOP: It has a Twitter account now.

Instead of having to wonder where the hell the bus is while you wait at the bus stop, let the power of the internet enrich you with the non-news that it is running late! But seriously, the new buses get the comfy seat award from me. Much better than

Carey, the Jonas Brothers, Weezer and more all in one night? No, it’s not the playlist you put on when no one’s around. The crazy crowd at the covers show would have you looking for a Rivers Cuomo cameo, but no, all that sweat was merely the product of childhood dreams coming true.


SWEET’S AT THE STOOD BY SCOTT DAVIS Sweet’s is a new artists’ residency program at Purchase, open to all students regardless of year or major. Located behind the Stood’s main stage, the space was previously designated as artists’ studios and now functions specifically to recognize the creative pursuits of the campus community. I came up with the proposal for Sweet’s after having ideas for projects but no way of actually making them. Rather than leaving these ideas in the conceptual sphere, I turned to the Student Center and established Sweet’s as a way to realize these and others’ artistic ideas. Sweet’s spring schedule is open for residencies, for which any student may apply.


Just send me a proposal outlining the project you wish to pursue and a projected time frame for the residency. Each residency culminates in a final exhibition of the students’ work. The first show at Sweet’s was an introduction to the space, with work by John Pierce, Kai Lord-Farmer and myself. Jen Hitchings followed as the first artist in residence, culminating in her show “Visual Confessional.” Most recently Sue Bonanno and Sessa Englund have been working on their residency exhibition, which opens this Friday at 6 p.m. They’ve been working daily on large installation called “Dirty Laundry,” an exploration of clothing and its debris.



NEED AN INTERNSHIP FOR NEXT SEMESTER? (you know you need those extra credits to live in Alumni)

BY MOLLY MURPHY For the remainder of the semester, Art Co-Op invites everyone to keep making appointments to browse or acquire materials in the inventory. Or come to our location in the Stood on December 10 at 6 p.m. for a Holiday Card Making event! And don’t forget to stop by to see our vibrant, nearly-completed mural. If public art is your scope, stay tuned for more Art on the Fence next semester. This upcoming break will be spent researching and contacting organizations like Materials for the Arts ( and online bartering network Our Goods (www.ourgoods. org) to develop new ways of expanding and evolving our organization. When we get back two great sophomores, Zach Babcock and Skyla Winters, will be joining the team for Spring 2011. Molly Murphy (Coordinator) is taking the semester off to study in South Africa. Lastly and as always, we at Art Co-Op look for new ideas, volunteers and donations to propel our movement forward. New participants are welcome to contact us at any time!

Don’t worry,

has internships for everyone!


• • • • • •

writing intern editing intern graphic design intern photography intern art intern print managing intern

INTERESTED? Send us your resume and

3–5 samples of relevant work.

yo ur. i n dy @gm ai l . c o m

email: website: or search “purchase art co-op” on Facebook


BUFFERING IS SO LAST YEAR BY ADAM BREIDBART Campus Technology Services will soon emerged from its reputation as the evil faceless monster on campus and become every student’s hero. For years it has been Purchase tradition to blame anything and everything on CTS as often as possible, from slow uploads to password issues and more. Students will have to find a new scapegoat because CTS is doing everything right this coming semester. The big thing to get excited about is that

we’re getting more bandwidth

in just a few weeks. According to Bill Junor, director of CTS, Purchase has two internet circuits for the campus; back when they were purchased it was necessary to buy bandwidth under a long-term contract. Throughout the time of this contract, the bandwidth became dated and insufficient as things like Youtube and other popular video streaming sites came into vogue. The contract comes to an end on December 31, 2010, leaving Purchase CTS free agents to find a new company to provide us with some much-needed better bandwidth. By January 1 we will have twice as much bandwidth as we have now, followed by triple the amount once both circuits are replaced. Our internet woes should be long gone when we return to campus next semester. Those still hoping for wireless in the dorms can keep dreaming. It would cost about $1000 to put up one section of wireless, and the school would need about 100 of these to blanket the dorm areas. For those whose brains


are too finals-fried to do math, wireless in the dorms would cost about $100,000. Wi-fi is not a necessity, and is seen as a convenience service. Free wi-fi would be nice, but we’re all still stuck to the wall with our power chargers anyway, so ethernet isn’t the end of the world. For those determined to drop their ethernet cords, students are allowed to bring their own wireless as long as they encrypt it and set it up themselves. Students will be surveyed to find out where more wireless would be most useful elsewhere on campus. Campus Technology Services is located in the basement of the Social Sciences building. Students frequently bring their computer troubles down the steps, a service most of us take for granted, but

CTS is actually in no way bound to fix students’ computers. CTS abides by a code: assuming your computer used for academic purposes, they will make an honest effort to fix it if they can do it within an hour. Considering that they aren’t paid to do this, the gesture is very friendly and respectable. According to Bill Junor, a survey is given to every student helped by the CTS team; the most recent tally shows a 95% approval rating from students. “I am thrilled,” said Bill Junor at a recent senate meeting. “No one goes to the help desk happy so it’s nice to know that they’re happy by the time they’re done.”

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VOLUNTEER ABROAD BY VANESSA CAVANAGH Our world is not a perfect place, by any means. But it’s common knowledge that those of us in first-world countries have a ton of shit we don’t need. And then there are those of us who want to do something to make a difference, and maybe even balance out the injustices of the world. Hey, we have shoes, and pillows, and microwaves! Some of us even have flat screen TVs and more than one winter coat, if we’re lucky. The fact of the matter is, we are all pretty lucky, despite whatever teenage angst you might’ve encountered in your lifetime. By lucky I mean, we are fortunate enough to have clean water. We have the opportunity to go to school, some of us choose to pay thousands of dollars a year for it, and sleep through our classes, or are too hungover to haul our asses out of bed and go. There are millions of children around the globe who will never own a pair of shoes, will never go to school, who will rest their heads down on cement tonight. For those of us who want to do something about it, there are opportunities to make a change. You want to volunteer. Great, so do I! There are thousands of ways to volunteer—in your own community, in areas of natural disasters, et cetera. But the kind of ambitious volunteer work I’m talking about is overseas. An excuse to travel, and to make a difference. Still sound appealing? Good. Open up your laptop, conduct a few Google searches. Wait a goddamn second. Some internet browsing may quickly dampen your hopes of helping those starving

children, or preserving those majestic gorillas. Why should I have to PAY to VOLUNTEER? Show me a place that requires shelterbuilding, and I’ll show you a thousand local people desperate for food and shelter. Looking after volunteers takes time and resources. That’s why no-one’s jumping to pay for middle class white kids like you and me to do unskilled labor. Volunteering is work for no pay, not work just for food and accommodation, and the organizations you want to work with are sorely lacking. That’s why so many of them charge you to volunteer. Is it still worth it? It’s a confusing and frustrating question to have to ask yourself, and then to further evaluate your real reasons for going. Is it worth it to pay a $400 program fee, (which is relatively cheap—some of the more luxurious programs charge a fee upwards of $3500 to travel to impoverished nations around the globe) in addition to the cost of plane tickets, at a place where you’ll make no money? For some people, the answer will be yes. Volunteering isn’t always pretty work, but for many people, it’s the experience of a lifetime. Even if that means living in a rural village with no running water or electricity. And you’ll probably have to poop in a hole. One standout program I’ve come across is International Volunteer HQ. You can choose how long you want to volunteer somewhere, whether it’s for two weeks or seven months.

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THE TATTOOED LADY BY GABY FIORE BOLAND Tattoos already create a generational gap, but according to Purchase students, there is also a gender gap. A 2004 study showed that 22% of women in the U.S. have tattoos, but inked women are treated differently than their male counterparts. Rachel Moses, a junior sculpture major, said, “Guys in tattoo parlors treat guys and girls very differently.” Moses has several tattoos, and her current work-in-progress is a large piece on her back, a lamb surrounded by flowers. “I hate walking into tattoo parlors and getting treated like shit,” Moses said. “They’ll usually ignore you. It’s so sexist, and that’s why I’ve resorted to giving myself tattoos.” Moses is referring to ‘stick-and-poke,’ a primitive process where a needle is dipped in ink and poked into the skin

by hand. She has given herself four of these self-made tattoos and estimates that she’s given 10 to 15 to friends so far. Moses plans to get a tattoo apprenticeship while studying abroad in Australia next semester. She’s uncertain if tattooing is something she wants to do as a career, but she proposed the idea of an allfemale tattoo parlor as something that would be both “marketable and really cool,” a safe place for women to go without facing discrimination. Melissa Blackerby, a freshman, liked the idea of a female tattoo shop. She was uncomfortable getting tattooed by male artists, who she felt behaved inappropriately. The artist who did her first tattoo was “really rude” and overcharged her. He “seemed really rushed, even though there was no one else there,” and instead



HER CAMPUS of taking Blackerby to a private room, did the piece in the waiting room. When she got her second tattoo at a different shop, the artists there redid the first one for free. The first tattoo was only five months old and already fading: a sign that it had been botched. Kimberly Alyse, a junior, said tattoo artists have always treated her respectfully. It’s possible that the type of tattoos is what leads to discrimination from artists: serious ink versus the stereotypical butterfly on the ankle. “I hate girls that have those tiny sporadic tattoos,” Alyse said. Jon Mesa, an artist at Big Joe and Sons Tattoo in White Plains, agreed. Most of his clients are women. Although some go for large pieces, he said, “Most of them get little tiny cute things.” Mesa added, “I hate when girls have a bunch of little tattoos squared out in the most obvious places in the world.” He thinks tattoos should be original, but he likes tattooing anybody, with “whatever makes them happy.” Women must also contend with other criticism. Moses says that men have to accept her body modifications for her to date them. In her experience, some men are completely turned off and for others it is a fetish; she says they see her tattoos and not her. Jon Mesa agreed, and said he sees men in the shop telling their girlfriends not to get big tattoos. He shook his head, “I’d love it if my girlfriend got a big tattoo.” Their tattoo plans are also consider their future plans for having families. Blackerby wouldn’t get any tattoos on her stomach and Moses agreed. Both want children and don’t want pregnancy to distort the image. Alyse was unconcerned about a distorted tattoo. “If I’m 30 and want a kid, and I was 18 when I got my tattoo, I had all that time to enjoy the tattoo.”

Children are another reason Moses is reluctant to become a tattoo artist. “It’s something you do for life,” she said. She doesn’t want to raise a child in a tattoo parlor, although she believes the stereotypical tattoo counterculture associated with alcohol and smoking no longer exists. Alyse notes that there are a lot of false drug associations with tattoo culture. About half of the right side of her body is covered by a massive tattoo of a lionfish, and she said, “I get judged very easily.” However, Alyse has found a positive outcome from her tattoos. At the NYC Tattoo Convention, she was pulled out of the crowd and asked to model for Tattoo Magazine. She was a pinup for three months, and was featured in an article. These experiences counter the negativity experienced elsewhere. “There’s no way I’m stopping,” Alyse said. Her next plan is for a big piece that will cover her chest and wrap around her shoulder. Blackerby acknowledges the existing stigma and is waiting before she gets highly visible tattoos, since she’s still deciding on a future career. If she had job security, she’d “go all out.” “It’s gotten to be more accepted now.” Moses said. She recalled that working as a waitress, she met a 53 year old woman who saw her tattoos and excitedly told Moses that she was going to get her first tattoo that very day. “I’m imagining what our generation in a nursing home will be like.” Moses said, and predicted herself as an elderly woman and what her tattoos will mean then. “I’m old and saggy and wrinkly now, but I was awesome.” This article is published courtesy of Her Campus. http:/




Madame has had a wonderful semester advising all you Purchasians. Forgive her for getting too sentimental, it’s that time of year when we celebrate giving. Madame knows that other favorite things lists from other certain mentorish ladies contain expensive items no one our age can afford. Have no fear,

Madame Query’s Favorite Things (for a Purchase Holiday) are here! • mooched-off meals: There are two kinds of people at Purchase, those who spent their last meal in November and those who never had time to eat and now have 55 meals to their name. Madame is not a Communist, but ‘tis the season, and we don’t want a kids forced to dumpster dive in this cold weather. • a good old-fashioned hug: We’re too cheap to spend money and these dorms are always drafty. • taking a shower: Everyone loves surprises, even people at Purchase! • a nice library date. You like that girl, but it’s finals and you have no time (or money) to do anything. What better’s better than sitting in silence together, scrambling over work that you should’ve started weeks ago?

• good old creepy anonymous notes:

Some gems sent to my formspring: “Every time I read your page I have to catch my breath and sit down. Your inner beauty and wisdom transcends the pages leaves me awestruck.” “I find the way you answer questions gets me hot and bothered.” Ahh, who said Madame wasn’t critically acclaimed?


I’m madly in love with my professor, what do I do?

Premiering this week on Lifetime Television for the Delusional: He’s the new guy on a campus, quirky handsome professor of literature. She’s just a shy student with a secret desire to play vixen. Teacher, I Love You. Don’t do it! Don’t! This smells of disaster. Well, do it if you need a good grade. But seriously, no! Imagine you ask your professor for some “extra help” and then you two start smooching. Ew. Wouldn’t you just feel so weird? Then you see him in class the next day interacting with other students. All you would be able to think is “Oh my God, they don’t know. Or do they? Is he hitting on them?” Even if you’re the first student he gets with, he turns into a “Student Fucker.” Do you really want to be with a guy who is unprofessional? Do you really want to risk your reputation and his? Madame wouldn’t want to be with someone who couldn’t keep his cool in a professional setting. If something nasty happened (other than hooking up with a professor) and you stopped hooking up but he was still your professor, he might give you a really bad grade. You know what my advice is. So don’t do it. I don’t care how hot he is, or what type of “connection” you have, just forget it! I’m sorry to make you feel embarrassed for asking this question, but I want you to snap out of it and find a fellow student, who you wouldn’t still have to see twice a week if your eggnog went sour. So please, be madly in love with someone else.

submit your questions to Madame Query:

A DV I C E I’ve always wondered, when you are grinding at a party/club etc is the guy supposed to get a boner or not? I know some girls probably wouldn’t appreciate it but it’s bound to happen.

The first time a boy ever asked Madame to bump and grind dance was in the ninth grade, she was fourteen years old and very inexperienced. So as you would imagine, it came as a complete surprise when she felt a little poke on her back. “What is that? His hands are on my hips. I’m very confused,” she thought. Well, that night I learned about the eleventh finger. And eventually I came to understand that it was perfectly natural. So yes, a guy can get a boner when he is grinding. Is he supposed to? Not necessarily, but it’s human nature if he does. I just wouldn’t suggest trying to get a good wankin’ during an extremely bad Sean Paul song. As for girls not appreciating it, ehhh... I’d take it as a compliment, but if you can make your pokes less noticeable, you would definitely be safer that way. It’s okay if you get a boner in public, but it’s not okay if you go poking girls with it on purpose. Can I get knocked up if I do it underwater in a hot tub?

It’s wintertime and we all have means of getting warm. Whether it’s shacking up, hot-tubbing or putting the hot in hot-tubbing. Obviously, this is an age-old question. According to AskJeeves (because I am a professional) the sperm would burn up. Not cause a fire, but you know, get too hot to still be alive to swim into an egg. Of course, this is if there is just sperm in the tub and not actual intercourse occurring. So, yes, you might be able to get knocked up in a hot tub. So wrap it up and don’t be a Ho-Ho-Ho.

(continued from page 7: Volunteer Abroad) The program fees are modest, ranging from $200‑500, but the tricky part is the airfare. A round-trip ticket to Vietnam or Cambodia will cost you at least $1500, if you get a good deal. That doesn’t even include all the vaccination fees, heftiest for those going to Africa. For some programs that will pay your airfare and cover all your other expenses, certain requirements need to be met, and it’s unlikely that broke college students will have 5+ years’ experience working in hospitals or extensive foreign language skills. But there are other programs out there for us, if you really dedicate yourself to browsing the web. Then there’s always the Peace Corps. They cover every last expense, and even compensate you at the end of your tour with roughly $7,000 to get yourself settled. This can only be considered by those willing to commit two years of their life to the cause, and who don’t mind living on sixty cents a day or less, depending on the region you’re assigned to. It looks really great on a resumé, though. Personally, I plan on raising enough money this summer to travel to Vietnam next winter break. If I’m home for a month and a half, what the hell am I going to do besides watch Netflix and eat too much ice cream? But that’s only half the battle. The other half is convincing my parents that I’ll be safe flying across the world, to prove that I’m determined to do this, to travel. To help in any way I can, because I want to. And if you feel simarlily, then you’ll find a way. Three cheers for the internet.




*some quotes have been rewritten for legibility or to preserve the anonymity of the submitter

The Purchase Independent - 12/09/10  

The Purchase Independent - 12/09/10