Inside Editorial Despite passing, many people are still asking: is the health care bill a step in the right direction?
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Campus MSC continues to encourage students to be more proactive in preventing food waste on campus and making healthier, portioncontrolled food choices.
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Lifestyle Clash of the Titans proves that 3D is not the be-all end-all of a filmgoing experience.
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Morrisville State College • April 2010 • vol. xxxviii • no. 7
Mustangs secure chance to host NEAC
Courtney Cook, ‘13 Staff Reporter
After a win on April 11 against Cobleskill, the Mustangs secured the chance to host NEAC championships. The men’s lacrosse team is currently 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the Northeastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). The team’s win against Cobleskill was led by Eric Stein and Adam Lewis who both had hat-tricks. Eric Stein, Thomas Owens and Devin Maxwell all had two assists each for the Mustangs, while Michael Hinchey had nine saves in goal. “To host is a huge step forward,” head coach Jason Longo said. “But we have a lot of work ahead of us still.” The first round game would be on April 30. If they win this game, they would host the championship game on Sunday, May 2. Times are to be determined. “I’ve known Jason since he was
in elementary school and to see him enjoying such success is really nice,” said Greg Carroll, athletic director for Morrisville.
team has already beat both teams this year to secure their 3-0 position in the NEAC. They are also the only undefeated team left in the conference. “It’s my first year playing and it’s awesome being a part of a team that’s come so far in one year,” defender Joseph Federico said. “We took a big step from last year, and a big part of that is Morrisville’s Tom Moore runs from Brockport defense- our new head man Kenny Williams ater catching a ground ball. Mor- coach.” risville beat Brockport 8-7 in double overtime on April 7. “ O u r Photo by Jim Trask, ‘11 t e a m h a s b e e n ove r“It feels good coming in as looked because of last year’s the new team in the conference,” performance,” defender Tom Michael Hinchey said. “After Longland said. “But with the losing last year to Keuka and new change of coaching in Jason Medaille; now we’re on top.” The Longo who has been incredible;
he’s given us the piece that was missing.” “This is what we’ve been working for,” Hinchey said. “It’s something we take pride in.” “Post-season is an amazing thing, it’s where the real champions come to play,” Longland said. “We’ll see what Morrisville lacrosse has to offer for the 2010 playoffs. I know I can’t wait.” The team has three more NEAC games and two out of conference games before championships. “No matter what the score is we are going 110 percent,” Longland said. “That is a great attribute to have when entering playoffs.” “It’s great to see them winning but even better seeing how well they are handling themselves,” Carroll said. “They have really demonstrated class this season. So many people come up to me and comment on what a nice group of young men they are – parents, officials, faculty etc.” The team’s next game is April 16 home against Wells College at 6 p.m.
ments that make this tribute a success. The play was fantastic, but there is too much information that a viewer would need to know in order to understand some of the story elements of the play. Curley and Laurey’s relationship would seem so broken if you do not catch some of the subtle hints that they were together before. If someone does not tell you they were together, you
Lisette Marlowe (Ado Annie) was very ecstatic about the play. She was familiar with the play before the play and was very interested in taking part. She was also interested in playing Ado Annie and did a very good job in bringing the humor out of her with her co-actor David Mann (Will). Marlowe said being Ado Annie has “actually been a bit of a challenge for me, she’s very tomboy-like and I’m not a tomboy at all.” Charles Tamakloe was Fred, one of “the boys” and a friend of Curley. This is his first play and he had a “blast.” He came from Africa three years ago. He said “I was just excited to be in the play. I didn’t even know I was gonna get picked,” Tamakloe said. “I’m learning while enjoying the play,” Tamakloe said about the story and background information on “Oklahoma!” “Perfect, I think it’s ready. I think it’s going to be great,” Andres Colon (Curley) said about being prepared for the stage. Colon said his character is “just an all around typical good -continue on page 5-
‘Oklahoma’ finishes run with huge crowds Richard Nieves, ‘13 Staff Reporter
“Oklahoma!” is inspired by another play, “Green Grow the Lilacs,” and is a love story created by renowned composers Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rogers. It is set in the Indian Territory known as Oklahoma in the early 20 century and follows the tale of Laury (Kylie Stewart), a simple farm girl, and Curley (Andres Colon), a dashing young cowboy, who live and love in a world full of clashing cultures. Kylie and Andres play the main couple very well. They do a spectacular job at showing off the heart-breaking relationship between a cowboy that does not have a good way of telling the love of his life his true feelings, and a farm girl that only wants the man of her dreams to prove his love for her. The supporting cast adds much to the humor of the play and show just as much emotion into their own stories as they do for Curley and Laurey. Characters like Ali Hakim (Ariel Eliaz) and Ado Annie (Lisette Marlowe) add to the funny mo-
hate towards each other. The plot just has too many holes in it to make it understandable, but the humor and emotion that the actors gave their characters make up for that flaw. “Playing a saloon girl is so much fun,” Amy Schieferstine (Aggie) said when asked about her opinion on her character. She, like so many of the actors, loved that they were in the play and did not care what role they
The entire cast of Oklahoma sings during the curtain call after the show. The show finished its run on April 11. Photo courtesy of Timothy Gerken
would be completely confused. Viewers would also need to know the history of Oklahoma around the early 1900s in order to understand the late subplot about the cowmen and farmers
had. She said she has had past experience with plays from middle school all through high school. Schieferstine said she thinks the cast is “totally ready” to perform in front of people.
Editorial April 2010 - The CHIMES Passing of health care bill a step in the right direction page 2
Silke Mahardy, ‘13 Staff Reporter
After months of arduous debate in Washington, President Obama signed the Health Care Reform Bill into law on March 23. But how does this new law affect the average American? Are you confused? If so, you are not alone. After spending some time on the Internet, I discovered what I really already knew - this legislation is not only lengthy, but complicated as well. And although it has many flaws, it is a much needed step in the right direction. With a few exceptions, most of the changes will not be implemented until 2014 or thereafter. Within the next few months, however, children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage.
Insurance companies cannot place limits on the amount of money that they pay out on an individual’s policy and they can no longer end a policy unless fraud is involved. Most importantly, this bill mandates that all American citizens and legal residents must have health insurance by 2014. This means that they either have to be covered through their workplace or must buy “minimal essential coverage” through “exchanges” that each state must institute. By 2014, everyone must be in compliance or face a penalty; initially the fines are small but by 2016, individuals could face a maximum fine of $2,085 or 2.5 percent of annual income, whichever is higher. Subsidies for middle and low income families, along with the unemployed, self-employed
and those whose employers do not offer health benefits will become available from the federal government on a sliding scale in 2014. Policies will be available for purchase through the aforementioned “health exchanges.” To include more people at the lowest income levels the Medicaid program will be expanded. According to the Congressional Budget Office, paying for these changes will cost the federal government over $900 billion during the first 10 years, while cutting the deficit over the same 10 year time period. New taxes, fees on health care corporations and some cuts in projected increases in health care spending, mostly from Medicare, will help defray the costs of the mandated reforms. In 2013, anyone making over $200,000 per year will have to
pay more for their Medicare benefits. The “Cadillac tax” on the most expensive policies will kick in by 2018. The greatest income however, will be garnered from the insurance industry itself. New fees will be implemented on the health care industries that will be profiting greatly from the new policies that millions of currently uninsured will need to have. Between 2011 and 2019, drug manufactures will have to shell out $16 billion, and $47 billion will be coming to the federal government from health insurers. Also, starting in 2013, manufacturers of medical devices will have to pay an excise tax of 2.9 percent on their sales. Although many needed changes are reflected in the health care overhaul, to my mind, it still falls far short of what it should have been. The
larger picture shows a huge forprofit industry still in charge of the nation’s health care. Not only still in charge, but actually standing to gain immense profits from the millions of new customers the federal government is guaranteeing them. A repeated show has played out yet again: lobbyists win for insurance companies, not the citizens of this nation. Rather than insuring everyone equal access to health care, Washington has chosen to maintain the status quo of a for-profit industry. If Canada, France and Germany can provide their citizens with universal health care at a per capita cost half of ours, why can’t the U.S. do likewise? My hope is that the proponents of single-payer health care will continue the fight, for as many years it will take, to win universal coverage for all Americans.
Many people take the momentous times we live in, culturally and scientifically, for granted - a point in known human history which has never been reached. The excitement of such a time can be attributed greatly to such technological innovations as the Internet. Because it was allowed to flourish without any government interference, the Internet has enabled people who would have otherwise been so disconnected, to learn
and interact with each other, encouraging human unity that has throughout history been disillusioned by various divisive forces. The existence of the momentous advancement that is the Internet as we know it today, is presently at risk in more ways than one. On Feb. 4, with a vote of 422-5, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, intended to build up the United States’ cyber-
security army and expertise, amid growing alarm over the country’s vulnerability online. According to the New York Times article by Janie Lorber titled “House Passes Cybersecurity Bill,” in addition to requiring the Obama administration to “conduct an agency-by-agency assessment of cybersecurity workforce skills,” the bill would “establish a scholarship program for undergraduate and graduate students who agree to work as cybersecurity specialists for the government after graduation,” establishing a taskforce to guide the direction of future research. It would also “direct the National Science Foundation to research the social and behavioral aspects of cybersecurity, like how people interact with their computers and manage their online identities, in order to establish a new, more accessible awareness and education campaign.” On March 2, the White House declassified a portion of the bill, as Wired’s Kim Zetter reported in an article titled “U.S. Declassifies Part of Secret Cybersecurity Plan.” Like the Patriot Act, the Cyber Security initiative is another policy that the Obama administration is continuing from the Bush administration. To the
current administration’s credit, they are doing so in a slightly more transparent manner than when the initiative first began under the Bush administration when, in 2008, it was launched under a “shroud of secrecy.” Last year, Obama commented about his intentions surrounding cybersecurity. “Our pursuit of cybersecurity will not include - I repeat, will not include - monitoring private sector networks or internet traffic,” he said. “We will preserve and protect the personal privacy and civil liberties that we cherish as Americans.” It was the equivalent of his predecessor ensuring the public that the U.S. does not torture or that the Patriot Act was not for Americans. Zetter notes that the Einstein programs that are a part of the cybersecurity bill “have raised concerns among privacy and civil liberties groups, such as the Center for Democracy and Technology, because they involve scanning the content of communications to intercept malicious code before it reaches government networks.” Many believe that between the hype surrounding cyber warfare and cybersecurity as well as bills like the one passed by the House, the events of continued on page 3
Cybercensorship: the end of the Internet as we know it
Will Conroy, ‘12 Staff Reporter
Kendra K. Spenard, Co-Editor In Chief Kayla L. Santoro, Co-Editor In Chief Jeffrey Costello--------------------------------------------------- Editorial Page Editor Monica Bonneau-------------------------------- ------------Campus News Co-Editor Wendy Vair--------------------------------------------------- Campus News Co-Editor Shomari Smith ------------------------------------------------------Lifestyle Co-Editor Benjamin Drew------------------------------------------------------Lifestyle Co-Editor Kristin Clark ---------------------------------------------------------- Sports Co-Editor Gretchen Cramer ----------------------------------------------------- Sports Co-Editor Amanda Kuhl -------------------------------------------------------------- Photo Editor Heather Foster------------------------------------------------------------- Layout Editor Benjamin Drew------------------------------------------------------------ Online Editor Asst. Prof. Brian L. McDowell------- Editorial, Layout, & Photography Advisor Asst. Prof. Yanjun Zhao----------------------------------------------- Online Advisor The CHIMES is a publication of students in the Journalism Department at Morrisville State College. Readers can contact CHIMES staff members at 101 Charlton Hall, through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (315) 684-6247. Letters and columns appearing on the editorial page reflect the opinions of their authors, and are subject to editing for length, clarity, and standards of decency.
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Foor-Pessin popularly known for his ‘out-of-the-box’ teaching Alysha Jones, ‘12 Staff Reporter “Engaged,” is one word FoorPessin used to describe himself, “because when your heart’s not judging, the whole worlds’ there. It’s like opening a door.” Michael Foor-Pessin is an instructor at the Morrisville State Norwich Campus. Along with working at the college, he is also an English teacher for grades 11 and 12 at the Otselic Valley High School. He is also involved with the distance-learning program for English and has been teaching for 29 years. Growing up in Maryland right outside of Baltimore, the first school he attended after graduating high school was the University of Maryland for four years. He then went back to school part-time at SUNY Cortland for his Masters while working full-time as a teacher in New York State. In school, Foor-Pessin says he had a couple of good English teachers. They changed his life and made him want to do something with it; he wanted to do the same. Christy Pierce, Norwich school secretary, says she has known Foor-Pessin for about 10 years while working at the school. She says he is one of the few teachers that loves to teach
and you can tell it really makes him happy. “One word is hard,” Pierce says to describe Foor-Pessin. Pierce says he is professional, caring, knowledgeable and vocal. He is a teacher who always uses the entire class time and never leaves a second early because he has so much to teach, but not enough time. Pierce says he is concerned for his students and shows it by doing what he can to look for cheaper book options. She says he comments on the school system if he feels different, for example when they replaced the cafeteria lady who made “real food” with unhealthy vending machines. He refuses to pay for vending machine food. Foor-Pessin says he wishes for all his students to gain an absolute love of learning. He hopes each student will take it and use it in life, while becoming more conscious. Jennie Reilly is a liberal arts student who attends the Norwich Campus. Riley has had FoorPessin for American Literature to 1900 who would describe him as “intelligent.” “You can tell he is really into what he teaches,” Reilly says. “It shows cause the way he sees literature makes you want to be able to read it through his eyes.” An important quality he has as a teacher is that he is open to interpretation and seems inter-
Norwich Instructor Michael Foor-Pessin poses for a photo for the Norwich Evening Sun. He is a well respected professorfor his ‘unique’ teaching methods and love for learning.
ested in what his students have to say, Reilly says. The class is “read and discuss,” which gives the students a chance to understand different perspectives. “He’s very interesting,” Reilly says, “and I loved his hat.” “It’s ok not to be like everyone else,” Foor-Pessin says. Heather LaBar is a former student of Foor-Pessin’s. She was part of one of his American Literature to 1900 classes in the past. She says she likes his teaching methods a lot and aced his class.
“Unique,” LaBar says. “He goes outside the box.” LaBar says, her first impression was that he seems “chill” and “energetic.” She also says that he talks a lot and is involved with the whole class. “Extremely interesting” is how LaBar says she would describe his class, because she says he wanted you to go “in-depth” and “deep think” with everything you read and write. “Class always went fast,” LaBar says. “I was never bored.” One important life skill in Foor-Pessin’s eyes, he says, is to
learn and be educated. Also learn to keep your heart open and be understanding. To stay positive Foor-Pessin says that he works with young people, but they really are optimistic humans. “I live in a beautiful area,” Foor-Pessin says, “nature is beautiful, how can anyone be depressed?” One of his hobbies is farming. Foor-Pessin says farming is connected to the earth and everyday he does chores. He says he enjoys raising cattle and gardening. Foor-Pessin is a “lover of all religions.” He is a liberal and says he believes technology will make the world better in the next five years by bringing people together. Technology, he says, will end hatred because the average person gets along with everyone and with technology people can communicate and connect. “I follow my bliss,” FoorPessin says. To him, he says, teaching is fun, natural and doesn’t feel like a job. He has always done what he wants to do, so he teaches and he’s happy. What really makes him mad, he says, is when people underestimate themselves. He says in order to be happy and stay happy, people must figure out what their life is worth and get enough guts to do it.
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today are spelling the end of the internet as we know it. In fact, it is desired. In an article titled,“Cyberwar Hype Intended to Destroy the Open Internet,” Wired’s Ryan Singel writes that, “the biggest threat to the open Internet is not Chinese government hackers or greedy anti-net-neutrality ISPs, it’s Michael McConnell, the former director of national intelligence,” and others like him who “use fear-mongering to manipulate the federal bureaucracy” for their own ends. McConnell argues that we need to “reengineer the Internet” so that “everything anyone does on the net is traceable and geo-located so the National Security Agency can pinpoint users and their computers for retaliation if the U.S. government doesn’t like what’s written in an e-mail, what search terms were used, and what movies were downloaded,” writes Singel. Singel goes on warning that the ominous cybersecurity bill, that is now looming in the senate, would give the President new emergency powers over the Internet. Even more ominous is the fact that the person behind this bill is Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), the same man who on March 18, 2009, at the Commerce Secretary Confirmation Hearing, said that the Internet is
“the number one national hazard of attack on the homeland” and implied that it shouldn’t exist. With respect to these new emergency powers, Singel cites Obama’s voting record in the past. Despite Obama’s promises as a senator to oppose it, he voted to “allow the NSA to legally turn America’s portion of the Internet into a giant listening device for the nation’s intelligence services.” Singel says that the militaryindustrial complex has its eye on the Internet, desiring to “turn it into yet another venue for an arms race” through government control, which in England, through a bill, will outlaw open Internet connections at home or at public places like cafes. This past January, proposals were being kicked around that are reminiscent of the laws passed prior to the Revolutionary War that restricted the colonies from publishing information without the Crown’s seal of approval. According to a story by Raw Story titled “UN agency calls for global cyberwarfare treaty, ‘driver’s license’ for Web users,” at the World Economic Forum on January 30, UN International Telecommunications Union secretary general Hamadoun Toure said that global treaties need to be enacted to create a license for internet users in the name of stopping cyber warfare.
Photo illustration courtesy of KCBS.com. The cybersecurity ehancement act would allow the government to acess how people intereact with their computers.
Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft, called for a “drivers’ license for internet users” in the name of cyber warfare. The famed corporate media shill Time, instantly, published an article pushing for exactly that kind of Internet licensing plan in an article titled “Driver’s License for the Internet” by Barbara Kiviat.
If that’s not enough, according to an article The Hill published titled “Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity” by Tony Romm, Microsoft Vice President pitched a “web usage fee as one way to subsidize efforts to combat emerging cyber threats.” One thing the Internet has brought with it is alternative media
and citizen journalism, which has helped bring a check and balance on the mainstream corporate media that many feel wasn’t, and still isn’t, doing its duty to inform the public - often acting more as an entertainment agenda setting that is subject to their corporate sponsors rather than the public. For many what is being passed off as cybersecurity agenda is really one attack in a war on one of the most important free speech outposts. In an article titled “Cryptome Case Reveals How Easy it is to Shut Down Websites” by Infowars. com’s Kurt Nimmo, and in an article titled “Internet Censorship: Major Truth-Providing Websites Blocked by Asia Netcom to New Zealand Users” by Clare Swinney, the ways in which the Internet is attacked outside of the government are best exemplified. Internet service providers (ISP’s) are, for whatever reason, able to block or restrict access to the internet. All these attacks are being done while, according to a poll by the BBC World Service cited in an article titled “Internet access is ‘a fundamental right,’ 4 of 5 people believe Internet access is a ‘fundamental right.’ The Internet is under fire already after its short existence, arguably before it has even blossomed. What is at stake, however, is more than just the Internet, it is the course of human history.
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MAC pushes to produce less food waste on campus Katie Collins, ‘11 Staff Reporter There were garbage cans of untouched food thrown away two years ago, when the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation tried to show the customers of Seneca Dining Hall the enormous amounts of food that is wasted daily. MAC has tried to inform students of the food wastage at MSC, but attempts so far seem to be unsuccessful. Various projects, like Tray-less Tuesdays and Weigh-in Wednesdays took place to try and help MAC go green. There were no trays available for customers during Tray-less Tuesdays, so customers were unable to pile the various foods on. The project allowed for less food wastage and fewer dishes put through the dish machine. On Weigh-in Wednesdays, students brought their dishes and leftover food to employees who then properly separated the waste into foods and liquids. On MAC’s blog, http:// morrisvilleauxiliary.blogspot. com, during a three-week period, on Wednesdays, between
11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. there were 1,646 customers. Seneca was forced to throw away 463.7 pounds of food and 36 gallons of liquids because customers chose not to consume the foods and liquids. The blog says all of the compostable waste was separated and put into a compost heap. The Eco-Reps is a “student sustainability program” that is working to educate people about environmental issues on campus. The Eco-Reps have been working with MAC and would like to start composting again, but MAC has run out of land to put all of the food waste. The group is looking into some land MSC owns near Cazenovia. The Director of Dining Services, Diana Johnson, says, in order to start composting, besides finding the necessary land, MAC has to decide which campus staff would be responsible for maintaining the compost and to figure the overall need of financial resources for the equipment. Also, the campus community needs to be involved. A natural resource conservation student and leader of the
Eco-Reps, Megan Gregory says, MAC currently is not planning on doing Tray-less Tuesdays or Weigh-in Wednesdays again. But the Eco-Reps are working on eliminating trays in the dining halls altogether. Gregory says removing all trays, “would help the students with better eating habits.” Deborah Hanson, the MAC Business Manager, says managing the food waste is, “as simple as not taking more food than one can eat.” If students chose not to use a tray, it would reduce much of the food waste in Seneca, she says. Johnson says the current “all you care to eat,” option in Seneca is unlikely to change because it would change the “entire concept of this building.” One potential avenue Johnson is considering is working on proportion sizes. Johnson has been working with the Senior Dietetic students to create visuals that would suggest better portion sizes by using the USDA food pyramid. With more visuals, Johnson hopes to give students a better understanding of, “what they consume, not merely the quantity of the food, but also
the nutritive values of the foods,” Johnson says. MAC gives foods that are not “acceptable to our customers as a ‘re-heat’ or items that have very few servings left,” to a food pantry, the Friendship Inn at St. Joan of Arc in Morrisville, Johnson says. When MSC closes for breaks, MAC also gives the pantry any perishable items. The Facilities and Maintenance Director of MAC, Jim McFadden says most of the trash MAC takes to the landfill is not food waste, but rather “regular” trash. Most of Seneca’s food waste, “is sent down the garbage disposer and sent to the sewer plant where it is digested,” he says. Because most of the food from Mustang Alley is made to order, there isn’t much prep waste, the only real food waste is from what the students choose to throw away. Johnson appreciates when students talk to her about the dining facilities on campus. She says she has, “tried diligently,” to start a committee at MSC where students would talk with her about the current dining services. Five or six students is all
Johnson feels is needed to represent the student body. With this committee, Johnson hopes to get MSC involved in a recycling competition between various colleges in the United States. The RecycleMania Web page, http://www.recyclemania.org/ says RecycleMania, is a competition and tool for colleges and universities that have recycling programs to encourage waste reduction activities. The colleges and universities compete over a 10-week period by collecting the largest amount of recyclable per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. The committee would be a way to talk with students about food service issues, concerns and ideas. Johnson says she thought such a committee would allow MAC to, “assess our weaknesses and strengths from from the perspective of our customers.” Johnson’s office is located in Seneca. Her e-mail is, email@example.com, and she can be reached at (315)6846090.ago, when t l
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Co-op gaming - learning to play together Richard Nieves, ‘13 Staff Reporter
Co-op gaming is a staple in some of the best video games out today. Titles like Resident Evil 5, the Gears of War and Halo series, and Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 have allowed gamers to enjoy the co-op experience. There are a number of elements that go into a good co-op game that keeps the players wanting more. Gears of War is one of those games that made co-op great because it was exciting and easy to control for most gamers. The cover system, which was fresh at the time, allowed flanking and tactical exploitation like a game had never done before. The easy drop in and drop out of the online and offline modes allowed players to interact with their friends, family and
people all over the world in ways that the older generations could not do. Even though the story was not anything too memorable, it gave co-op gamers a reason to blow crap up and enjoy it together. Good co-op games mesh together memorable experiences with entertaining gameplay in to give gamers the time of their lives. Gears of War 2 and Halo: ODST have their own variation of a “Horde Mode” which puts gamers in the middle of a level and pits them against waves of enemies. The goal of Horde Mode is to survive, and team work is the only way that gamers can progress to the last level. This kind of gameplay is fun because gamers play and work together in order to progress past the waves of enemies. The upcoming Splinter Cell: Convic-
tion will employ a similar mode called Last Stand which pits spies against 20 waves of enemies, which can lead to hours of fun for any person. Besides an excellent cover system and demolishing enemies to bits in harmony, a cooperative experience should be easy to enter and leave, then come back to. The interface for games such as Halo 3 and Gears of War 2 allowed gamers to enter a person’s lobby, play a level or two and then leave. Army of Two also had that fault with the lobby interface being annoying. The way gamers play together cannot annoy the players to the point where they do not want to play anymore, break the game in half and curse out the developers and it also has to feel seamless and smooth as they connect online or offline.
One thing which should be in every game, but especially in co-op games, are random events that create excitement. When someone destroys a giant enemy with four rockets at the same time, it is something that gamers can talk about together and freak out about. These extraordinary events are something that a developer cannot create, but the players create themselves with a little bit of luck. Some developers have tried to build their whole video game around co-op, like Gears of War and Army of Two, and have had successes and failures. Army of Two succeeded in showing that they can work together to get the job done by allowing the characters to interact with the world together. It also added elements like aggro and back-to-back shooting to add
tactical advantages that co-op players can use. The controls made it a little more difficult to convey that. Sites like Ars Technica and Co-Optimus allows gamers to interact in order to set up co-op games. Co-Optimus has some great features like allowing gamers to find games and match themselves with other people who are looking to play. Have Crackdown and want to fight crime with another Crackdown player? Co-Optimus has people who will play with you. It is a community that wants to share and expand across the computer partners in single player games. Co-op gaming allows relationships to be created and to expand. It feeds the gamers need to share with others in ways they normally cannot in real life.
Eating disorders are going unnoticed worldwide Many eating disorders can go undiagnosed. Even when they are diagnosed, they are often overlooked. An eating disorder can mean plenty of things. It can be defined as simply as a disorder of the normal eating routine. Some experts define it as a psychological disorder characterized by abnormal eating habits, or a type of dependency, with eating becoming the dependency and it begins disturbing the balance of daily life. The four most prominent eating disorders are: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive overeating disorder and binge eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa is when a person is sensitive about being fat. They fear losing control over the amounts
of food they consume. It is a negative way to cope with emotions. Those with anorexia often tell themselves that they ‘must stay fit.’ They are constantly bullying themselves when it comes to their weight and how often they eat. Bulimia nervosa is when a person binges and purges. They will eat large quantities and then purposely take a laxative or perform self-induced vomiting. People with bulimia are often overwhelmed and they suffer from these binge and purge episodes to punish themselves. It helps them cope with stress, anger, depression and anxiety. Most people who suffer from bulimia usually have suffered from Anorexia as well. Compulsive overeating disorder is when a person has an “addiction” to
food. They use food as a way to hide from their emotions, to fill a void they feel inside, or to cope with daily stress and problems. People with this disorder tend to be overweight and are aware that their eating habits are abnormal. Binge eating disorder is very similar to compulsive overeating disorder. Binge eating sums up to consuming large quantities of food. It appears that some insurance companies only cover treatment for disorders if the patient meets criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a guidebook for diagnosing mental illnesses, doctors say. Patients who do not match all the symptoms, which include severe weight loss, are labeled “eating disorder not otherwise speci-
fied” (EDNOS) and sometimes don’t qualify for the level of care they need, says Elizabeth Landau at CNN.com. Eating disorders are often overlooked as something minimal; something that isn’t as critical as a disease. It seems as though if you do not have your arm hanging out of its socket, or if you do not have to live in a wheelchair for the rest of your life, people see it as being healthy. Many of the most prominent sufferers are the ones who appear normal, the ones who carry on as if they are not dying inside. We are all so unaware of what actually affects us and that most pain is invisible. Most disorders are mostly mental; they are negative ways that people try to cope with their insecurities, their pain, and their stress.
How can society ignore that? Our emotions are what make us who we are. EDNOS labels can be a bit misleading to patientsit can make them feel like they don’t have a real eating disorder, says Businessweek.com. People who have hidden their disorders are beginning to feel more open about telling others about their disorders, about possibly being able to help others who are suffering from the same. This is evident when Australian born star Portia de Rossi, who played a role in the TV show “Ally McBeal” and is also the wife of TV star Ellen DeGeneres, signed a deal with Atria Books to publish a book chronicling her years of battling Anorexia and Bulimia in the public eye. It is to be released this fall.
-continued from front page 1guy.” He said his character “ just knows what he wants and gets what he wants and it’s Laurey, he’s gonna get her no matter what.” “I’ve never done it before,” Hinkle said when talking about his decision to direct the play. He obtained an injury that would not allow him to do this play when he was younger, and now he has the opportunity to have students reenact this wonderful play. Hinkle said the cast is “great
and really talented.”The whole set was made by hand by Hinkle and a few great stage hands. The message of the story stands clear: sacrifices must be made for love. Curley gives up all of his possessions in order to mend his relationship with Laurey. Will (David Mann) spends all the money he had in order to get gifts for his beloved Ado Annie. At one point, a life is lost because of love. That moment, by far, was the darkest in the play
and gave a brief view of what loss of love can do to a soul. Director Stephen L. Hinkle’s take on the comedy/love story is a bashful and lighthearted tale that succeeds in creating humorous moments while showing off the strangled relationship between Curley and Laury. “I think the show was amazing, everything worked, we in the cast all clicked and I think we fit our parts perfectly,” said Kylie Stewart (Laury) about the turn out of the play. She enjoyed
working with Daniele Brodeur (Old Woman Carnes) and Colon. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Stewart said. She said she enjoyed working with all her collegues and it was a fun experience to slip into the character of Laury. “It was easy to have a love/hate relationship with one of your best friends,” said Stewart. “The play was wonderful! The whole cast did a terrific job,” said Jeannette Evans, dean of the school of general studies.
“Singing and dance routines were great, and the comedic routines made everyone laugh,” Evans said about the cast. “I totally enjoyed my afternoon.” “They did an outstanding job,” Hinkle said of the cast, “the turnout was great!” There were over 600 people who attended the play from the campus and the community. “I am very proud of all the cast and crew for putting on one of the best musicals that I have directed,” Hinkle said.
Roxanne Bailey, ‘13 Staff Reporter
Big turnout for this year’s play, ‘Oklahoma’
April 2010 - THE CHIMES
Titans clash at the theaters, but 3-D sucks Kyle Wilson, ‘10 Senior Editor Try to remember back to an earlier time in your life. It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon, nothing going on. So you watch a movie. Something fun, a monster movie with those old claymation monsters that move so stiffly yet still look so awesome. You sit there, cross legged, right in front of the TV despite the fact that there is a perfectly good couch behind you. Who needs a couch though? You want to be right up close to the monsters, the creatures, the wonders this movie is giving your open young mind. That is the spirit in which this new take on Clash of the Titans revels in. It is simplistic entertainment with CGI replacing clay while only losing a small bit of the fun that goes along with that. The story is short, standard, to the point and almost entirely useless. Perseus is a guy who is angry at the gods. Hades just accidentally killed his family and Perseus just found out he’s the half-son of Zeus. Big surprise, a movie about the Greek gods with familial troubles.
The people of Earth aren’t worshipall back with a slick and shiny CGI ing the gods anymore, Zeus gets anupdate. Heck, they even got that noyed and Hades tells him it might stupid mechanical owl from the be a good idea to get the people of original movie in here. And boy, do Earth to love him again by destroythey use them to good effect. For ing them with a titanic monster example, during the Kraken attack called the Kraken. Faster than we have Perseus riding the winged you can say, “Wait, how does that horse Pegasus, dodging the building make sense?” thick tentacles the danger is of the beast as set, Perseus it rampages on becomes the the shoreline only man who of the city of can stop the Argos, vainly Kraken’s imtrying to reach pending wave the head of of destruction the creature. and the advenAll the while ture begins. winged harpies But forget claw at him, all that. Who trying to knock cares? Let’s him off his flytalk about the ing steed. Its monsters. The just a great big creatures in “Hot damn this movie are this is cool!” based on the moment, a Photo courtsy of http://soopra.net beloved works feeling you get of the godfather more than once of movie special effects, Ray Harwhile viewing the film. ryhausen. The giant scorpions, Now maybe it’s just me, but Medusa, the Kraken itself, they’re the creatures kind of lose a little
something in going from puppets to pixels. It could just be that these types of movies set off a huge nostalgia bomb inside my stuck-at12-years-old brain. I dunno. But I wouldn’t be at all surprised if kids new to this story fell in love with this movie like kids back when I was their age did. There is one big bad thing about this remake though. 3-D. May I just pull up a personal soap box for a moment here and express my annoyance at 3-D? At first it was great. Avatar, for all its many, many flaws, was still a visual juggernaut, actually pulling one into the world of Pandora. Then we had Alice, a movie that had great 3-D but at times got kind of jumbled. There was just too much going on at a time and the 3-D was sometimes kind of jarring. This is what happens when 3-D is put into a movie after the fact instead of being filmed expressly for the effect. Still, it managed to make it work. Clash of the Titans, however, was not so lucky. Clash was not supposed to be in 3-D. The studio suits saw green when Avatar made it big, so they thought they could do the same with this movie. The trouble
I’m ready to sign them papers,” referring to divorce papers. Though Usher does give an inside view of the problems within his marriage with songs like, “There Goes My Baby.” In this song Usher expresses the fulfillment he felt of being in love and having someone to call his own. The album presents a timeline of emotions where Usher becomes unhappy in his marriage and begins to realize that was not what he wanted, and he heads toward the single bachelor lifestyle he was used to. This is where songs like “Pro Lover” play into effect. In the chorus of this song Usher says, “Loving me, baby. That’s a no-no, I’m better when I’m touch and go. I’m trying to add your name to my hall of fame. Not just a player, I’m a pro lover.” It’s not hard
to understand where he was coming from with this song. It seems as if being married was something that neither of them was ready for. The original singles include, “Daddy’s Home,” “Lil Freak” featuring Nicki Minaj, and “OMG” featuring Will.i.am,
is, some shots just aren’t meant for 3-D. You know those scenes in the Transformers movies where the camera is jerking around like the Tasmanian Devil just drank a diesel truck full of coffee? Or the Bourne movies with every single shot seemingly from a fist point view? Yeah, now imagine that in 3-D. It makes my head hurt just thinking about it. What’s worse, the movie seemingly wasn’t even color corrected for the 3-D glasses. You know how the glasses are darker? Well the movie is supposed to adjust to that. Not Clash. I pulled my glasses off for a moment and was surprised when I saw the color the movie was actually supposed to be. Its just so irritating to have a fun movie ruined by something so stupid. So, is Clash worth it? I’d give a great big titan sized yeah to that. It’s a movie that just speaks to that 12-year-old in all of us that wants nothing more than to see monsters do awesome things for two hours. But please, please, if at all possible, see the movie in 2-D. Your eyes, your stomach and your lunch will be thanking you greatly for this decision later on.
Usher states his case with Raymond V. Raymond Tanique Williams, ‘13 Staff Reporter
Five-time Grammy winner, Usher, is back with his sixth studio album, “Raymond V. Raymond.” The album is a follow-up to Usher’s last album “Here I Stand,” which revealed to the world a “brand new” Usher after becoming a father and a husband. However, after filing for divorce from his wife, Tameka Foster, Usher is back with “Raymond V. Raymond.” In an interview with People Magazine, Usher stated that the album title was inspired by the 1979 divorce film, “Kramer vs. Kramer.” The album was expected to be a self-confession project in resemblance to his album “Confessions,” in which he talked about his relationship and break-up with former TLC member, Chilli. Upon its release (official release date March 30), the album has received mixed reviews, with criticism that it doesn’t offer much real revelation. Before actually listening to it, I almost believed this. Critics also called it a “predictably unfocused album” and numerous headlined that Usher seems to be chasing his past.
After listening to the album for myself, I can say that I completely disagree with the critics. The album may not reveal revelations that met their expectations, and sure they can rate the album’s quality based on opinions, but how could personal experiences be rated?
“I been through so much drama, I damn near lost my momma. I turned into the man I never thought I’d be, I’m ready to sign them papers.” The album’s first single, “Papers,” was released in August 2008, but was considered a buzz single instead of an original single. In this song, Usher talks about the things he says he endured in order to be with the women he loved. It sounds like a song directly written for his ex-wife. He sings, “I been through so much drama, I damn near lost my momma. I turned into the man I never thought I’d be,
! ! ! which was set to be the albums first international single. The album sold 329,107 copies in its first week and has already dominated the international charts. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, on April 7.
April 2010 - The CHIMES
The evolution of sports: from enjoyment to bittersweet business
Aston Lee, â€˜13 Staff Reporter "Nothing about sports is the same as what it once was," high school coach Brian Williams said. "I have been coaching for over 20 years and it seems as if the motivation is no longer driven by passion, but more the commerciality or marketability of each sport." Williams coaches the Harry S. Truman varsity football team, from Bronx, N.Y. He has been coaching there for 17 years, eight as the defensive coordinator and nine as head coach. Williams has been involved with several programs including NCAA and professional sports. He has been affiliated with the Syracuse University football program since the early 1990s, where he assisted players such as Donovan McNabb and Walter Reyes with drills, techniques and workout programs. Williams said that his coaching experience has been a "bittersweet" one. "As I now watch the guys who join teams for hopes of going pro, only to get the big bucks, I am saddened because the love of the sport has diminished," he said. Professional sports have become a major source of income for athletes in the 21 century. Organizations such as the NFL, NBA, MLB and MLS all have multimillion dollar payrolls in which they compensate their players according to worth and values. Awards such as Most Valuable Player and Pro Athlete of the year are given annually and often include bonuses by their team or organization. In the introduction of professional sports, salaries were far lower than salaries of the modern day. According to The Sporting News issue in April 1932, Yankees Hall of famer, Babe Ruth, grossed an annual income of $600 in 1914. Over the following six years, his salary increased to $20,000; in 1932 it increased to $75,000 while earning $500 per home run since 1922. Ruth became one of the game's most popular players as well one of the highest paid. In 2000, Yan-
kee third baseman Alex Rodriguez grossed over $27 million, which made him the highest paid player to ever play the sport of baseball. "Professional athletes are way over paid!" Shawn Hart, a senior defensive lineman for Lincoln University said. Professional sports in today's economy, has impacted several different industries. Within the past century, charitable organizations have come from certain teams, donating for different causes such as illness, education and anti-gang. According to NFL news, The NFL Charity has donated over $20 million in the past nine years. Other charities such as NBA Cares and MLB's Kevin Youkilis's Hits for Kids charities have also made donations to fund underprivileged and dysfunctional youths. "I understand that one has to be an elite member of a sport to make it to the pros, but what about those on the collegiate level that works so hard, managing classes, practices, games and other issues?" Hart asked. "Why do we not get compensated?" Over the years, the issue "should college athletes be paid?" has been an ongoing discussion. Several commentators debate that they should be paid due to the fact that they have such compacted schedules and the sport or sports they play can consume a great deal of time and effort. Then there are those in opposition who state that they should not be paid because they are students; they are amateurs, their education is the main priority and not the sport they play. "It's no longer a game, it's a business," Syracuse University professor Dr. Boyce Watkins said. Watkins said he believes that the coaches of college sport teams should get a deduction in their salary to compensate the players for all their hard work. Watkins said that it is unfair that the coaches have the ability to manipulate the funding of the teams to their benefits while the athletes are subjected to exploitation. "It is outrageous that coaches can be flown in on private jets to a game while an athlete's mother has to ride a greyhound bus," he said. Sports have paved the way for the apparel industry in the 20 century. Using catchy slogans and giving endorsements to advertise their products is now more commonly used than before. Companies such as Nike with their "Just Do It" slogan or Converse with their "Converse for Comfort" are known and sold worldwide. With their sleek looks and comfort, these two companies, among others, have had great success and continue to do so.
Converse was founded by Marquis M. Converse in 1908, in Malden, Mass. The company had first set out to target men, women and children's winter shoes with its rubber bottom, but then began manufacturing basketball and tennis shoes as those sports grew into American culture. During World War II, they began producing boots and other garments for the American troops throughout the war. In 1921, Charles Hollis became a part of the Converse production team. He was a representative as well as an innovator. "Chuck" gave converse new ideas for better manufacturing their shoes which caused an increase in sales. After dying of a heart attack in 1969, Chuck was recognized and Converse released their All Star edition of shoes commonly known as "Chuck Taylors." Nike, founded by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman in 1972 is one of the leaders in the apparel industry. Inspired by wanting to enable athletes to perform better and provide stability, Nike took over the industry swiftly. In 1997, they accumulated over nine billion dollars in total sales. Operating in 160 countries throughout six continents with over 30,000 employees, Nike has single-handedly taken over sports as well as other industries. In 2003,
NBA All-Star LeBron James signed a $90 million contract with Nike. James was not the first professional athlete to get such endorsements, but it was the first for a 19-year-old NBA rookie. "Our company supports all athletes," Chris Donaldson a Nike spokesman said. "We strive to make the best products for all of our consumers; professional athletes as well as amateurs are all a part of our target consumers." Donaldson has been working for Nike since 1997 where he oversees shipments in a New Jersey warehouse. He said that endorsements are a way to market one's product, whatever that product may be. In Nike's case, the products are apparels and other goods that have taken over the sporting industry in the last half-century. Former Morrisville State College student, Jennifer Giangiobbe, has worked at Champs sporting goods for two years. She said prior to working there she had always been a big fan of athletic apparel such as sneakers and other goods, but in that time her eyes have opened up to an entirely different view of athletic wear. "I currently own 56 pairs of sneakers, from Nike, to Michael Jordan's," she said. "I've never been the athletic type, but gear appeals to me because of
style and comfort." Jennifer said in the last five years, she has owned over 100 pairs of sneakers, but due to a current relocation she had to dispose of many pairs which she was not happy about. "There are people who come into my store weekly and buy one or two pairs of sneakers, and it is mostly fashion or trendy motives," Jennifer said. "I buy sneakers quite often, possibly every week or every other week," student Bryan Eddy said. Eddy has played forward for the Morrisville men's basketball team since 2007. He said he supports all his favorite athletes; therefore, he buys their sneakers as a sign of support as well as to make a statement. Eddy's favorite athletes are Michael Jordan and LeBron James. "Should you ask me how many pairs of their sneakers I have owned or own now, I would get lost in thought." He said in the last five years he has owned approximately 300 pairs of sneakers. "If I could go straight to the pros and come out with my own brand, I would do so in a heartbeat!" Eddy said, "Playing college ball and being a consumer throughout the seasons can never compare to the experience of being an innovator or distributor."
ATHLETIC NEWS Men’s lax coaches are local childhood pals Courtney Cook, ‘13 Staff Reporter
Head coach Jason Longo and assistant coach Blake Gale have known each other for years. They played together during college and are now coaching the men’s lacrosse team together. “They’re fun to play for; they are two of the best players in the game. They know what they are talking about,” freshman forward Thomas Owens said. “I’ve had a lacrosse stick in my hand for as long as I can remember,” Longo said. Longo has been playing lacrosse for more than 12 years. In college, Longo majored in Business Marketing. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do,” he said. “I knew somehow, someway I wanted my hands involved with lacrosse.” Longo graduated from Cazenovia High School in 2003, where his father is the head coach. “He’s a very laid back guy,” Longo said of his father. “He let me figure things out on my own, I wasn’t treated
any different from other guys on the team.” After graduating from Cazenovia, Longo spent his first year at Onondaga Community College before transferring to LeMoyne College, where he played with Blake Gale. Longo finished his years at LeMoyne off with a 36-goal, 17-assist season, leading the Dolphins to a Northeast-10 Conference championship and a NCAA Division II championship in 2006. He
was named the NE-10 championship tournament Most Valuable Player. Longo was the assistant coach last season for the Mustangs, focusing on the attack unit. He also started an off-season training program, fundraising and a community service program for the team. Longo also helps with lacrosse camps and clinics, especially the Powell Brothers Lacrosse Clinic. “His father was my coach and taught
Men’s lacrosse coaches Jason Longo and Blake Gale address the team during a game. They have known each other since they were kids. Photo by Jim Trask |‘11
me the fundamentals, Jason taught me how to fine tune those skills,” Owens said. “I thought I was going to miss playing, but coaching brings me that same feeling,” Longo said. Longo also said his favorite part of coaching at Morrisville is that it is where he is from. “Everyone is very supportive and everyone has the same common goal,” Longo said. “The faculty is willing to help each other.” It is fun coaching with coach Gale, Longo said, because “we grew up together through high school and in college. We have the same theories and philosophies; we are on the same page before we even talk to each other.” Blake Gale led the LaFayette high school lacrosse team to the 2003 New York State Championship title and earned All-CNY first team honors for two years in a row. He played college lacrosse at Onondaga Community College for a season before transferring to LeMoyne College and was part of the team for both their 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division II National
title teams. In 2009, Gale graduated from LeMoyne with a degree in sociology with a concentration in secondary education and special education. Gale has been playing lacrosse for 19 years and loves the speed of the game. “As a player, you think you’ve done everything right, but as a coach you see things differently,” Gale said of the biggest difference between playing and coaching. He considers the chance to coach at Morrisville an experience to be able to build the program up into a “powerhouse” like the one that he and Longo came from. “As a kid, I liked playing with G.I. Joes and playing Nintendo. I didn’t want to play sports,” Gale said. “But after a while, I loved it.” “They’re fun guys, but they know how to grab us by the throat and take control,” sophomore midfielder Devin Maxwell said. “They know what it takes to win at a competitive level.” “It’s not just a game; it’s a lifestyle,” Owens said.
demic problems for the team, they are looking to finish strong and be one of the top teams.
The team will be back home for their next game April 17 against Wilson College at 1 p.m.
Softball continues improvement over season
Danny Moreno ‘13 Staff Reporter
“They have learned that one or two errors in a game can turn ugly,” head coach Robin Penoyer said. The season started with a couple of losses, then the team headed south to Florida for spring break. They played 10 games in one week against teams like Rhode Island College and the University of Wisconsin. “It’s a lot of ball. It’s not unheard of, but to the freshmen that have never done those kinds of things, it’s an experience,” Penoyer said. The team went without a win, but Penoyer said they left Florida with success and the knowledge of things they
need to work on for the rest of the season. “They gelled and learned to trust each other,” she said. Penoyer said that they still need to work on their hitting at this point. The team has not shown much power. “By finally being able to practice out on the field and face live pitching rather than the pitching machine and doing stations that improve our batting skills, like the balancing board, top hand, and the soft toss stations, we will improve,” third baseman Lindsay Evans said. She added that compared to years prior, they have improved in that category. They have 56 errors as of April 5. Evans said that com-
munication on the field has gotten better as the season progresses, and she hopes the errors will be fewer. “I think the team is very good, and they look like they enjoy playing softball. Chanting and keeping a good attitude will help them win, like today [April 3],” fan Mike Miglietta said of the team. Playing in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, they have the chance to make the post-season. Overall, they are 6-22, but they are 5-7 in the NEAC and the team will look to have a winning record and compete for a top spot in the play-offs. They are currently seventh, out of 11 teams, in the conference. With five games left and no injuries or aca-
Hamilton College second baseman Amanda Nardi dives back in to first while Jessica Riggs tries to tag her out. The Mustangs lost both games on April 1. Photo by Danny Moreno |‘13