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People Poll: What advice would you give incoming freshman? Albany State University enforces clear bag policy

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Department of Art & Design Faculty Exhibition Jasmin Small

Staff Writer VSU’s Department of Art and Design opened the Faculty Exhibition on Monday, Aug. 26. It was breathtaking. The gallery was filled with family members, faculty, students and professors who all came out to support and take in the artwork. Jazz melodies by the VSU Faculty Jazz Combo floated and intermixed with little comments on the pieces around the room. Two of those pieces were Kristy Huges’ “I’m Sure I’m Sure” and “Day Book #7.” “(‘I’m Sure I’m Sure’ is) my favorite because it’s one of a brand new body of works that I’ve just started maybe

six months ago, so I am excited for where the work will go. It’s the most hardest, it was like really hard to make but very exciting.” Huges labored 15 hours per week for three weeks to create the piece. She explained that although it looks simple, a lot of it took time to sketch, write, read up on, and research to develop her piece. Although it looks simple, there was a large amount of work put into the sketching and research. Another pair of pieces were “pEgg Board” and “Dolorum Decipulum,” both by Richard Peterman. Dolorum Decipulum is a mixed media hanging model and very fascinating. “The idea actually came

from a piece made of paper and it’s kind of a geometric form, believe it or not,” Peterman said. “you start with squares and do the squares and then you draw from the corner’s semicircle that meets in the middle of the sides and then that is folded into little pieces of diamond shapes, then if you take the two of those square and bend them they come together, so as long as you have those vex and concaves that’s the structure. Now, I don’t know what you would call that, it’s not a sphere, it’s not a cylinder and it’s not a cube. But it’s a playful little form that I discovered going around with three-dimensional paper models.” Peterman says that his passion for art began with music and high school band. “I went to (college) probably thinking I’d be a musician because I was a high school band geek and I’ve always been musically inclined but I didn’t think I was a really talented musician so I thought... I just had always been an artist in a sense that I drew Picture taken by Jasmin Small. from an early age and

“Home and Land” by Mark Errol. Made with Wire and Slip.

Picture taken by Jasmin Small. “Soda Fired Archeological Artifact No. 14” by Michael Schmidt. Made with soda fired heavy duty fire bricks, cinder blocks, wood and casters.

teachers would always recognize that but I just didn’t think that there was anything special about it. But when I got to college, I took a class and quickly discovered that I really liked this. So I just took off and focused on art and got a BFA in art and I went to graduate school and started a track in grad school teaching,

basically teaching as a grad assistant. A few years out of grad school I just talked for about seven years until I got this job at VSU.” The exhibition will be open until September 13th.

Parking issues caused by increasing enrollment? Amelia Sellars

Staff Writer As of Aug. 28, VSU’s fall semester enrollment is 11,416. This is a 1.9% increase from last fall semester. The increase is seen in both graduate and undergraduate program levels. This is the first fall increase that VSU has seen in the past three years. This increase in fall semester may be important to VSU financial status, the more students we have the more tuition VSU is bringing in. That can lead to the expansion of many more programs and activities that VSU has to offer. Out of the 11,416 (students), 8,713 are undergraduates, and 2,703 are in Graduate programs. VSU has not put out the enrollment information regarding spring term of 2019. Past students may be feeling the consequences of VSU’s en-

rollment increasing this semester, especially regarding the parking crisis. Many students are complaining that there is not enough parking for all the students. Could this be from the 8.3% increase of Graduate compared to last fall’s students, or the .1% increase in undergraduate students? Last fall semester the five primary majors for undergraduates were (from most popular to least), biology, nursing, psychology, management and elementary education.

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The VSU Blazers and Albany State University Rams will face off Saturday.

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Albany State University enforces clear bag policy Prince Robinson Jr.

Sports Editor The highly-anticipated season opener of VSU versus Albany State will come with a small caveat for those travelling to ASU’s campus. ASU has implemented a clear bag policy for their home games this season. The policy was implemented in

the interest of enhancing security measures at games, regulating the size and type of bags that may be carried into the ASU Coliseum. “Safety and security are issues that must always remain a priority for our events” ASU Interim Director of Athletics Jackie Nicholson said in a press release. “We believe this policy is an important enhancement to the security measures already put in

place at the institution.”

mately the size of a hand).

The following outlines bags that are permitted:

• An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

• Bags that are clear plastic and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar); and • Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” (approxi-

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: • Purses larger than a clutch bag • Briefcases • Backpacks, cinch bags, and

fanny packs that are not clear and/ or exceed the size restrictions. • Luggage of any kind, computer bags/cases, camera bags/cases, binocular bags/cases or any bag larger than the permissible size. There are no changes to policies regarding what items can be carried into the stadium, only the type of bag. The matchup is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Ultimate Decision of Health and the Game Kaitlyn Baich

Engagement Editor The timing may not have been right, but Andrew Luck chose his health over the game. Andrew Luck, the now ex- Indianapolis Colts quarterback, announced his retirement from the National Football League on August 24, 2019. Luck faced major backlash from fans in the days following this announcement. While Luck’s retirement one week before the seasons start came as a shock to the fanbase, they seemed to be a little over dramatic. The suspected “diehard” fans have the right to be upset over Andrew Luck (left) announced his retirement from the NFL on August 24, 2019. the loss of the quarterback, but I don’t think they see the bigger picture. long before Andrew Luck’s anPeyton Manning. Those were big In just six NFL seasons Luck nouncement, of his plan of retireshoes to fill. suffered from torn cartilage in two ment. The Colts fans have a right The NFL is a billion dollar comribs, partially torn abdomen, a to be frustrated at the retirement pany and that is just it, they are lacerated kidney, one concussion, of the pro bowl quarterback, but a company. They have no actual a torn labrum in his right shoulthey shouldn’t have “booed” him. care for each and every player that der, and the more recent calf and Luck played six long seasons goes out and plays. There were ankle injury. with the Indianapolis Colts, 281 reported concussions in the The league most likely knew, where right off the bat he replaced 2017 season alone, now imagine

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injuries totaled up. Luck needed to take charge of his health and the fans should have respected that, he wasn’t the first pick of the 2012 draft for nothing. “It feels like a weight has lifted” Luck said.”Part of my journey going forward is to figure out how to

get out of pain.” It is unknown if Luck will come out of retirement once he is fully recovered, but his future is more important than our present. The Colts may be out of Luck this season, but Jacoby Brissett may spark something new for the Colts.

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Netflix Movie Spotlight: Otherhood Movie Review Kaitlyn Baich

Engagement Editor While the movie “Otherhood” does a good job of showing three mothers’ mid-life crises and strive to regain their relationships with their sons, I don’t think it is a movie for everyone.

If you enjoy cliché endings with corny jokes and predictable circumstances, then this movie is for you. Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette and Felicity Huffman play three best friends in this Netflix movie. The three are mothers to their sons, played by Sinqua Walls, Jake Hoffman and Jake Lacy. The plot, if you could call it that at all, has the three boys forget about their mothers on

Mother’s Day, which leads the three women to get drunk and drive to New York City to reconnect with them. Surprised by the visit, the boys are hesitant to allow their mothers in their home, but as the days go, on they grow closer. This all culminates in a feel good, yet predictable, ending. Angela Bassett’s character, Carol, is the only character in the movie that made it worth the watch. She begins the movie as a shy widow, and flourishes into a dancing queen once she finds herself while in New York City. She shows the most developed character and shows the most realistic change in her relationship with her son, Matt. The main thing the movie does well is portray the struggle mothers go through after realizing they are more than just a mom. However, any nuance that message could have had, though, is ruined by the title giving that concept away. Nothing unexpected happened

throughout the movie. There was not a surprise twist or shocking fact revealed. The movie is just okay. You can watch it with practically anyone or by yourself because of the different angles it works with, but it is not anything you will feel changed after watching. It is a rainy-day, nothing else to watch, type of film that will leave you sitting back in your seat. The movie is directed by Cindy Chupack, better known as the director and producer of “Sex and The City,” which places another level of disappointment on this movie. “Sex and The City” may be just as cliched, but it uses the same tropes well.

With a director like Chupack, a little more was expected from “Otherhood.” Sadly, I had more hope for the movie. With the cast’s resumes, I assumed the movie would be much better than what it was. Unfortunately, this corny,

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calculable movie will have you seated and just watching rather than feeling like you’re there. So grab some microwavable popcorn, open up Netflix, and prepare to be “okay-ed.”

People Poll: What advice would you give incoming freshman? Jasmin Small

Staff Writer

Reginald Montgomery, a sophomore mass media major

Cameron Baynes, a senior accounting finance

“Don’t buy all your textbooks yet,” Montgomery said. “See what classes actually need the textbook and then go from there.”

“Never take an eight a.m. class, never trust VSU food, and learn how to cook,” he said. “Your RA is not your best friend; despite what they say they are doing their job. Go to your career advisor and stay close with them and do not go Greek freshmen year.”

Trinity Davis, a sophomore mass media major “Don’t let your friendships or relationships obscure you from your academics,” she said. “The relationships and bonds you create are not promised, you should focus on obtaining your degree.”

Chase Cutforth, a sophomore biology major “Do not procrastinate, if your teacher assigns something do it that same day,” he said. “Put your assignments before going out until you have free time. Don’t be a yes man.”

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