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‘Jersey Shore’ cast to receive six-figure pay per episode next season

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Morrisville State College • April 2011• vol. XLIV • no. 7

Inside Campus

Local Zumba event raises money for breast cancer research and awareness see full story, page 3


Suspicions surround the deaths of innocent Afghan civilians at the hands of the military see full story, page 2


Video games: a pleasurable distraction or potentially dangerous addiction? see full story, page 4

Men’s lacrosse participates in Wounded Warriors Project Courtney Cook, ‘13 Sports Co-Editor To date, more than 34,000 members of our armed forces have been severely injured during the current War on Terror. This includes amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and burns. Thousands more have been injured in spirit. On April 16, the men’s lacrosse team hosted conference rival Medaille College in a fundraising event to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. The Mustangs won the game, 19-18. Leading the team in scoring was senior attackman Adam Lewis, who had a career high of eight goals and two assists. Other scorers for the Mustangs were Thomas Owens with five, Brandon Macera and Devin Maxwell with two apiece, and Mike McGinnis and Andrew Stein with a goal each. Junior goalkeeper Mike Hinchey had ten saves in the net. The team’s current record is 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the Northeastern Athletic Conference. The WWP began “when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need,” according to its Web page, The nonprofit organization was originally founded in 2003 by a group of

Senior defenseman Jonathon Fried, freshman defender Mike Schmatz, and junior defender Tom Longland participated in the Wounded Warrior Project during the April 16 men’s lacrosse game. After the game, the team’s jerseys were raffled off with all proceeds being donated to the WWP. The team defeated Medaille College, 19-18. Photo by Briana Foisia, ‘13 | Online Co-Editor

veterans and their friends. Eightyone cents of every donated dollar goes directly to assist wounded soldiers. No totals have yet been avaible for the amount raised at the MSC game. John Melia was in the Marine Corps in 1992 when his helicopter exploded and crashed in the seas off the coast of Somalia. He suffered burns and other injuries that resulted in his retirement in 1995. As troops began coming home from the war on terror in 2003, Melia, his wife, two kids and two

close friends started to deliver backpacks filled with toiletries, clothing items, musical CDs, and other comfort items. That was the beginning of the WWP. The WWP is accredited as a Veterans Service Organization by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The lacrosse team auctioned off apparel, lacrosse equipment, three Matthew Salon haircuts, three facial gift certificates, and a gift certificate to Lillie Bean. Both Matthew Salon and Lillie Bean are located in Cazenovia. The commemorative uniforms were

auctioned off on the athletics Web page, and jerseys were also given to major sponsors of the event, including the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club, the Rome Marine Corp League, retired first sergeant Bill McGowan, the Strife family, and the Marble Hill Inn. The jerseys totaled $2,277 of the total amount raised. The idea of the game was originally brought to head coach Jason Longo by sophomore long-stick midfielder Dominic Barillaro, who said the idea came to him after the ice hockey team held their Saves for a Cure game. “The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors,” said Julianna Bansley, coordinator for third party events of the WWP. The WWP has many programs and services that include combat stress recovery, advocacy that provides injured service men and women a voice in local and national issues, family support, benefits counseling, signature backpacks, soldier rides, adaptive sports, WWP alumni, TRACK, and transition training academy. Extraordinary numbers of those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have sustained wounds of such severity that they will require lifelong assistance.

Norwich Campus hosts third Peeps diorama contest Alysha Jones, ‘13 Staff Reporter

The Peeps candies have done it again! They have invaded the community room at the Morrisville State Norwich Campus for the third annual Peeps Diorama Competition. On April 14, 13 contestants were judged on their creative and unique displays of the colorful marshmallow candies. As an entry fee, contestants were asked to bring an item that could be used to help benefit the Chenango County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Instead of money, contestants were asked to bring items such as paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, kitty litter, pet food, and other items listed on the organization’s Web site, Marsha Cornelius, dean of the Norwich Campus and coordina-

tor of the contest, said she was disappointed by the turnout this year of 13 dioramas compared to last year’s 23. It was “the timing,” she said. This year, it landed on the week all the schools were on spring break, but she said she will remember that for next year and hopefully, the turnout will be better. Judges for this year’s contest were Courtney Sullivan, vice president of the SPCA’s board of directors; Evening Sun writer Brian Golden; and Malcolm McCallun. There were two grand prize winners; first place went to Angel Whaley and Robin Wright on behalf of the Human Service Organization with the “Soup Kitchen” diorama. In second place was Kathy Burdick with the “Man Cave.” Both grand prize winners received gift certificates,

On behalf of the Human Service Organization at the Norwich Campus, Angel Whaley and Robin Wright constructed a diorama after their trip to the soup kitchens and homeless shelters in Camden, New Jersey. The diorama placed first for the grand prize and won most original. Photo by Alysha Jones, ‘13 | Staff Reporter

first place winning $100 and second place receiving $50 to the new Peeps & Co. online store as well as a gift basket full of Peeps and other Just Born candy items. Also, the grand prize winners

received recognition through news releases, interviews and their winning dioramas were posted on ~ continued on page 6 ~

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Lindsey Kilian, ‘12 Staff Reporter January 15, 2010 is a day that locals of La Mohammad Kalay, an isolated farming village, will never forget. According to Rolling Stone magazine, in an article titled “The Kill Team” by Mark Boal, the third platoon of the Bravo Company, part of the fifth Stryker Brigade outside of Tacoma, Wash., decided that it was finally time to put into action what they had only dreamed about: killing an Afghan civilian. After rolling into the small town, two soldiers walked off toward a poppy field to look for someone to kill. They found

a young farmer by himself and decided he would be their unlucky target. Gul Mudin was around 15 years old when Corporal Jeremy Morlock and Private First Class Andrew Holmes called for the boy to come toward them. After he got close enough, they told him to stop. Once the boy stood still, he watched as the two men knelt down and threw a grenade at him. After the grenade exploded, the two soldiers opened fire. Mudin buckled and went down face-first onto the ground. In a later interview, Morlock confessed that the young boy was not a threat. As if killing a young, innocent farmer were not enough, the soldiers who were standing by in the town did nothing once they heard the gunshots. Some acted unalarmed - even when their radios went off with Morlock yelling that he had come under attack. In the Rolling Stone inter view, Specialist Adam Winfield was said to be on a nearby hill, and when he heard the gunshots he turned to his friend,

Specialist Ashton Moore, and told him it wasn’t an actual combat situation; it was just a staged killing--a plan the guys had made to kill an unarmed Afghan without getting caught. After killing the boy, the soldiers took photos of him naked with their thumbs up, as if they were proud. This wasn’t the only time they did this. They went on to kill several other Afghan civilians; taking photos to remember whom they killed. What the soldiers were doing was sickening; there is no excuse for their actions. Saying that the six months of hard soldiering in Afghanistan and countless conversations were what caused them to, according to Boal, “stop talking and actually pull the trigger,” is ridiculous. Every soldier that is serving has similar hardships, but not everyone is taking it out on innocent people. Even if some of the deaths were justified or the men they killed were in the Taliban, it is against Army standards to take photos of the deceased and to

share them with others. Among all the photos that were being passed around between the soldiers, a 30-minute video was also shared. The jumpy video, titled “Motorcycle Kill,” shows two Afghan people coming into screen on a motorcycle, when a U.S soldier suddenly comes out of the shadows and starts to fire. Everything is seen through a helmet cam of a couple of soldiers who are believed to be in another Stryker Brigade. The most disturbing clip is called “Death Zone,” a video of an air strike being shot through a thermal video camera. It shows two Afghanis, who are suspected of planting an improvised explosive device, being blown up. The video was made into a sickening music video, rock music included. At the end of the video, it shows what remains of the two Afghan men. While the U.S. military is punishing the men responsible, U.S. officials aren’t doing everything they should. ~ continued on page 6~

Stephanie Root, ‘12 Staff Reporter If you sit down and watch the news or some reality show, you may realize how truly ignorant our nation’s become.

An article featured on the American Thinker, “a daily internet publication devoted to the thoughtful exploration of issues of importance to Americans,” highlights the problem of ignorance in the media. In the article, titled “Conspiracy Theories and Media Ignorance,” J.R. Dunn explains how, “unless they specialize in a particular topic, journalists tend to be uninformed on technical issues, to the point where they often miss how those issues tie in with the stories they’re working on.” With their increased dependence on technology, people turn to television,

Internet or radio for their news. As technology develops, our society begins to believe everything in the media. A passage found in “Democracy and the media: A comparative perspective,” a book about how democracy and media intertwine to create the nation we live in, explains how the increase in need for technology also increases the media’s influence on us. Authors Richard Gunther and Anthony Mughan write, “…the media—and particularly television in today’s world—have increasingly become the principal source of political information for the mass public as political discussion within and information flows through, family, community, and other intermediary organizations have declined in frequency and importance.” A response video to “Glenn Beck’s ‘Restoring Honor Rally’ - Interviews with participants” featured attendees’ opinions of Barack Obama as president. In the video, these patriotic Americans’ responses truly represent the ignorance in America. Their responses were full of conspiracy theories and paranoia - and reflected an overwhelming feeling of discontent. The majority of their responses were misinterpretations of “the news.” While most of the information broadcast is usually factual, some of it is not, which leaves a lot of room for misconceptions. Americans’ ignorance is not completely their own fault; it’s based more on what the media feeds their viewers. After the State of the Union speech by President Obama, there were two Grand Old Party responses, one from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, and one from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), speaking for the

Tea Party. While their speeches held some solid information, they also had multiple facts that were exaggerated or even fabricated. When Ryan stated trust in government has reached an “all-time low” and that the size of the government has reached an “all-time high,” his facts were incorrect. As reported in ‘Fact Checking the GOP Responses’, “According to historical tables from the Office of Management and Budget, federal spending as a percent of gross domestic product was 24.7 percent in 2009 and estimated to reach 25.4 percent in 2010. Neither of those figures even comes close to the real ‘all-time high’ figure of 43.6 percent in 1943 and 1944.” Bachmann used the general figure of “trillion-dollar stimulus,” but if she had checked her own facts, she would have found the amount to be more like $780 billion dollars. The outcome to the nation was the same, individuals followed statistics and facts that misconstrued the truth. It is of great importance that the U.S. government and national media help support the nation’s people as they form their thoughts and ideas and choose whom to follow. According to Webster’s dictionary, ignorance is defined as “the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc…” Thus, the only way to prevent ignorance is to provide clear facts. The overall foundation of our democratic nation and the public is strongly influenced by the media, whether through print, broadcast, or online media. In order for our democratic nation to function properly, providing factual information is of great importance in order to create accurate responses and opinions.

Media play on America’s ignorance, threatening democracy

Jeffrey Costello, Editor In Chief Monica Bonneau, Executive Editor Heather Foster, Senior Editor Silke Mahardy.................................................. Editorial Page Co-Editor William Conroy............................................... Editorial Page Co-Editor Wendy Vair.............................................................Campus News Editor Catherine Flood...................................Associate Campus News Editor Shomari Smith........................................................... Lifestyle Co-Editor Aston Lee................................................................... Lifestyle Co-Editor Kristin Clark..................................................................Sports Co-Editor Courtney Cook..............................................................Sports Co-Editor Daniel Moreno.....................................................................Photo Editor Jeffrey Costello.............................................................Online Co-Editor Briana Foisia.................................................................Online Co-Editor Richard Nieves......................................................... Social Media Editor Asst. Prof. Brian L. McDowell...... Editorial & Layout Advisor Asst. Prof. Yanjun Zhao................................. Online Advisor Adjunct Instructor Lynn Arthur.........Photography 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, 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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Zumbathon ‘shakes it’ to raise money for breast cancer awareness Katie Collins, ‘11 Staff Reporter The floor in Madison Hall was shaking Saturday afternoon, and music could be heard outside Bailey Hall. Over 80 women participated in the Zumbathon to raise money for breast cancer awareness at Morrisville State College. Music of various genres bounced off the walls of Madison Hall as people danced and exercised through Zumba, a popular fitness program. The organizer and one of the Zumba instructors, Cory Sawyer, says Zumba is based on international rhythm that was initially Latin-based, but has since branched out and adapted to follow all kinds of different dance steps and work with different forms of fitness. Sawyer is an instructional support assistant at MSC and teaches Zumba at the college too. She says Zumba is a “wonderfully fun program that is just an absolute riot to teach.”

Sawyer started the Zumbathon because she has lost several family members to cancer, most recently her sister Darlene in 2008. The fundraiser was different than a normal Zumba affair because there was more than one instructor leading the dancers. Four other Zumba instructors volunteered their time and came from as far away as Old Forge. The various instructors taught new routines that dancers had not necessarily seen before and that was another aspect that made the Zumbathon unique to people. Most of the music came from exclusive Zumba tracks, as well as mainstream music from artists like Lady Gaga. A refugee from Ghana, Isaac Amin, was a drummer at the Zumbathon. Sawyer says the music is “such a mixture, and that’s what makes it so much fun, because every instructor interprets it differently.” A breast cancer survivor from Hamilton, Susan Toowor-

thy, is a student of Sawyer’s. Most of the proceeds from the Zumbathon will go towards Tooworthy’s effort to raise $5,000 for when she participates in the Avon Breast Cancer walk in Washington D.C. on April 30 and May 1. Tooworthy and a friend will be the “Walking Warriors” and will have to walk 40 miles in just two days. A breast cancer survivor and Zumba instructor, Lynda Kenny, has been a fitness instructor for 25 years. She says Zumba is a lot of fun because it’s like a party. “It’s more like a dance than a boring exercise routine,” she says. Annie Butterworth, another Zumba instructor, says she loves that Zumba is “so non-rigid.” It is a great way of “expressing oneself through motion, through being expressive,” there is a lot of noise and “hooting and hollering.” After dancing, she says, “you come out feeling like a million bucks.” If a person does not acknowledge the music in some

manner, whether it is “tapping your foot, moving your pinky finger,” Butterworth said, that person is “clinically dead” because the music is a “pulsating sound, like being in a disco club.” Butterworth says Zumba is a “kind of great fellowship” because people connect with

each other. She says there is a real diversity in age, body types and gender. A total of $1550 was raised at Saturday’s Zumbathon. Sawyer says she would like to make the Zumbathon an annual event and is already planning one for next April. “Zumba is not just a passing exercise fad,” she adds.

Morrisville locals, students, and breast cancer survivors move their hips to the sounds of salsa at the Zumbathon in honor of the National Breast Cancer walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Photo by Roxanne Bailey, ‘12 | Staff Photographer

Career services office helps point students in the right direction Katie Collins, ‘11 Staff Reporter

Horticulture senior Justin Kondrat says his résumé was “a lot of fluff ” just a few weeks ago. Now, after working with the Office of Career and Workforce Development, his résumé is ready for the business world. “It’s more cut to the point,” he says, and he credits Linda DeMuro with the change. DeMuro is a career counselor in the office, under the leardership of Director Amy Barsha. Working with DeMuro was good, Kondrat says, because she gives constructive criticism to help students perfect their résumés. The time Kondrat spent with DeMuro was very interactive, he says, because she “engages” students in the task at hand to help make their résumés “flow.” The Office of Career and Workforce Development, located in Brooks Hall, also includes counselor Heather Hawkins. The objectives of the staff are job and internship preparation, assisting with writing résumés and cover letters, and searching for jobs and internships. Students can also attend 50-minute workshops and get

Counselors of the Career Services Office, Heather Hawkins, Amy Barsha and Linda DeMuro, pose at the Grad Finale Tuesday April 19. Their office in Brooks Hall is available for all students to get a headstart on finding employment after graduation. Photo by Tanasia Peacock, ‘14 | Staff Photographer

individual help. The counselors work with pre-internship classes upon request. They pride themselves on providing individual services. “It’s not a cookie-cutter approach,” DeMuro says, because every student is different. She says the staff takes the necessary time to help students find their own career paths. Barsha says the office officially started nine months ago because grant money became available. There was a service before, but Barsha says, “it wasn’t a complete, full -fledged career service office.”

This semester, besides visiting classrooms, the staff has helped over 100 students with their résumés. Résumés can be mailed or faxed from the center’s office when someone is preparing to apply for a job or internship. DeMuro says the staff will teach people how to use the service’s Web site, which is located on MSC’s page under student life, www.morrisville. edu/careerplanning/. The center informs the community of upcoming events by continuously sending e-mails. These events include a welding

company that visited campus earlier this month. New postings are continually added to a bulletin board in Brooks Hall, and a career services newsletter is published monthly. The services also work with employers to see what they are looking for. “The service is like glue that tries to hold the community together,” DeMuro says. Members of the campus community need to communicate with each other, she adds. Besides working with current students, DeMuro says the service has an obligation to help alumni, too. “Once you graduate Morrisville, it’s not like you’re done,” she says. News is posted on MSC’s Facebook page as well as a graduate survey for students, to see what they intend on doing with their lives after college. Mock interviews are conducted for the pre-internship classes. Barsha says interviews are “ner ve-wracking.” The mock interview helps students because it requires everything that a real interview would: dressing appropriately, a résumé and cover letter. Students meet with a panel of strangers who critique how

the student does in an interview. Marketing is another key aspect that the counselors try to instill in students. “Why should you get the job over somebody else?” says DeMuro. She says students need to be able to market what they have to get the job, because “it’s extremely competitive out there today.” Partnerships with professors and businesses in local communities are a large resource for the service, too. When students need necessary attire for job interviews but can’t afford new clothes, DeMuro takes the students’ clothing sizes and will shop at two local thrift stores: the Bargain Basket in Earlville or Worn Again in Hamilton. Jennifer Kemp is a massage therapy professor who teaches a senior seminar course. She calls the services “fantastic,” because DeMuro’s presentations are very enthusiastic, professional, and engaging. Hor ticulture professor Aida Khalil says it’s very important to have career services at MSC and it needs to be a permanent part of the campus. “We cannot afford to lose those people,” she adds.


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Video game addictions: harmful habit may bring helpful results Sabrina Quinones, ‘14 Staff Reporter According to myaddiction. com, for those who are deeply involved in the gamer world as well as for their friends and families, multi-player online role playing games are the heroin of the virtual community. These games are designed to be realistic graphically and allow the players to interact with others in the game. Gamers would describe this as “a reality without the clutter.” Playing these games may turn someone into an addict. It would get to a point where the gamer would develop a relationship with the character and spend money to obtain the virtual goods. Gamers want satisfaction from playing games. “They use video games to fufill that satisfaction, so that’s where video game addiction might have come from,” said David Bouchard, a junior web development student. “For gamers, it’s the fantasy world that makes them feel better,” according to The virtual life becomes more

appealing than the real life does. Video games in which a player assumes the role of a fictional character and interacts with other players in a virtual world allows players to “escape” the troubles of this world by stepping into the next one.

way to escape from reality.” Most of the games he tends to play are role playing games that are competitive, such as “World of Warcraft.” reported that there have been cases where there can be physical and social

Avid gamers usually equip themselves with a variety of unhealthy snacks and beverages. Video game addictions can be harmful in many senses, but many gamers feel video games help them with life lessons. Photo illustration by Briana Foisia, ‘13 | Online Co-Editor

Bouchard says he enjoys the imagination games bring forth. The whole virtual representation of your imagination is what attracts him. He says, “It is a good

harm that result from addiction to gaming. In most cases, gamers have more trouble paying attention in school, receive poorer grades, have more health

problems, are more likely to feel “addicted,” and even steal to support their habit. “Video game addiction can be harmful due to the amount of time you spend on the game,” reported. This interferes with other social obligations. Playing the game starts to move into a compulsive and addictive behavior. Gamers who play video games for six to nine hours per day have no time for socializing, doing homework, or playing sports. “There is no difference between a person who plays sports and someone who plays video games,” said Rudy Regalado, a senior criminal justice student. Video games are the same if you were to really look at. Regalado said video gaming is a sport itself referring to his participation in Major League Gaming tournaments. “This helps me better myself in the working atmosphere, the techniques I have developed,” he added. “A positive outlook on video gaming is the social life due to knowing certain people, like other gamers. It helps with balancing

out the social life and my time for playing video games,” Bouchard said. Most video game addicts tend to develop sleep deprivation, accoridng to When playing games constantly for long hours of the day without any social life and personality traits change They are more likely to be irritated, lack communication skills and tend to focus more on themselves. Parents should stay on top of kids who may be addicted to video games. They should create logs about the amount of time their kids spend playing games, and how they would react to the parents limiting game time for them. As for limiting game time to an hour a day, it compares to “an alcoholic saying he’s only going to drink one beer,” webmd. com reported. “People tend to think playing video games is a bad thing, but what they don’t know is that they are also educational. Gamers often learn communication skills, teamwork, critical thinking skills and hand & eye coordination,” Regalado said.

Hidden values of fine dining: being in harmony guarantees success Alysha Jones, ‘13 Staff Reporter

“There’s so many different takes on food these days,” says John Felton, assistant professor of restaurant management and food service administration at Morrisville State College, who says he is “happy” to see how much the industry has evolved. According to the National Restaurant Association, 88 percent of adults say they enjoy going to restaurants. It’s not a surprising number if you think about the positive aspects of eating at a restaurant. There’s a social aspect, says Felton. It’s a time to spoil yourself and relax. Alexis Tinnirello agrees with Felton. She says eating out is nice because you don’t have to cook, it’s convenient. Tinnirello is a sophomore in the food service administration program. Advice she would give to someone who wants to work in a restaurant is basically to be open to learn, be on your toes ready to do something and not to expect to sit down at anytime. John Wisniewski, the souschef at the Copper Turret, located in downtown Morrisville, has 11 years experience in the

restaurant business working in the kitchen. He says he believes the main goal of the chef is to make the best food as possible with “a good quality and presentation.” Felton has been in the res-

everything.” Without communication, a restaurant can lose the flow between the wait or take-out staff and the kitchen. When things get busy in the kitchen, it’s important the staff talks to one another, such as

Customers enjoy a fine-dining setting at Morrisville’s Copper Turret. The Copper Turret, located in the downtown area, serves a variety of seasonlly changing cuisines with locally grown and processed foods. Photo by Tanasia Peacock, ‘14| Staff Photographer

taurant business on and off for 20 years now, starting as a dishwasher at the age of 16. In recent years, he has been mostly active in-house, with customers in the restaurant and hotel industries. He has now been teaching about the field for two years. “Communication,” he says, “is

when a dish takes longer than expected, then the message can be relayed to the customer . Wisniewski agrees, saying that communication in the kitchen is an important way to ensure the food prepared comes out timely and smoothly. As an example, he says, the kitchen staff have to communicate in

order to make sure dishes at a table are done and out at the same time. “Tell customers what they’re ordering,” Felton says. “Have truth in your menu” and make sure the staff is “vivid” when explaining dishes so the customer gets what they want. Staff should know the menu, how foods are made and should let guests know whether food is locally grown or not. “It’s all part of communication.” No restaurant owner wants to have a reputation of having stale food, a gross facility and bad service, which Tinnirello says can be some of the downfalls of eating out. ‘Organization’ is another important quality a restaurant should posses, says Felton. As a restaurant begins to fill with people, he explains, tickets begin piling one on top of another, the intensity level rises and the staff becomes focused. He says if you don’t have the supplies and ingredients in their specific spots, this can make getting the food out in a timely fashion become more challenging. An important part of organization is priority, it’s im-

portant to know what to do first, especially in the kitchen when it gets busy, says Felton. If you know what takes longer to make and what orders need to go out first, things tend to flow better. Wisniewski says he believes workers at a good quality restaurant should strive to be successful and have the ability to provide their customers with a good experience so they will pass good reviews along to other people. “Word of mouth” is the way restaurants get a lot of their clientele, he says. Full-ser vice restaurants shoot for this concept and sometimes, items may take longer to prepare. Felton says there is a lot of detailing involved in every dish, unlike fast-food restaurants where the food is all prefabricated. To those who say that working in the kitchen is an easy task, Felton says, “most likely they haven’t actually worked in the position.” To those who haven’t, there’s a certain amount of detail that isn’t seen and it’s sometimes harder than many believe to meet the expectations of customers.


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‘Jersey Shore’cast’s whining leads to skyrocketing raise Monica Bonneau, ‘12 Executive Editor

Well, it looks like there’s a real “situation” with recent news that the “Jersey Shore” cast members will each be receiving $100,000 per episode for the upcoming season that is set to shoot in Italy, according to Yup, you heard it: Italy. This raise was a result of salary disputes from the cast, who were unhappy with their most recent salary of $8,000 per episode. The cast has supposedly heard rumors that the Italy season may be “Jersey Shore’s” last, which may have led to the sudden demand for more cash while they’re still tan and famous. If it weren’t for the raise, there most likely wouldn’t be another season in the works, because the cast reportedly refused to sign their contracts without a skyrocketing raise, according to Not only has the “Shore” cast found themselves upset about money issues, but Rutgers

Cast member from the “Jersey Shore,” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi advertises pistachios in a recent commerical. Nearly all the cast member from the “Jersey Shore” have landed endorsements since the show debuted back in 2009. Photo from Google Images

University parents were also outraged due to an appearance cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi made on April 2 at the college. Why? Not only do they feel she is a negative role model for their kids, but perhaps what they found more troubling was that Polizzi was given $32,000 to give a speech about the “educational” topic of partying and to judge students in an abs competition. At the end of the speech Polizzi gave, she was asked what

her biggest inspiration was. Polizzi answered, “I’d honestly say being tan. When you’re tan, you feel better about yourself.” Now, if that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is. Annually, the cost of tuition per student at Rutgers is $23,466. Do the math; Polizzi was simply handed that large amount of cash, an amount which is well above what Rutger’s students pay per year for tuition.

What also has parents and even taxpayers outraged is that Toni Morrison, a NobelPrize winner, will receive about $30,000 this year for her commencement speech—a noticeably smaller amount than Polizzi, according to Who would have thought that the day would come when tan skin would pay more than an intelligent mind? One may wonder, “why is the cast is so demanding of their salaries?” Is it because taxes have caused tanning prices to rise? Maybe it’s because their current salaries aren’t satisfying their demand for hair gel? Or because “Snooki” still has yet to find that love she’s been “snookin’” for? It may have to do with the fact that the show has become MTV’s most watched series in its 27 years of programming. It even has a 4.2 adult demo rating, according to, which amounts to a high rating. In addition to being a hit MTV show, it may be because they’re so in demand for endorsements, so why not

squeeze some more money out of MTV? Nearly every single one of them have been raking in the big bucks from endorsements, such as Ronnie, who has become the new face for Xenadrine weight loss pills. Snooki has endorsements left and right, including a recent appearance at “Wrestlemania” that took place last month. Snooki also has an endorsement deal for Pistachios and has created her own line of “Snooki Slippers” which will hit stores soon. As the list goes on, Jenni “J-Woww” Farley, is set to have her own spin-off show, and the “Situation” raked up over $5 million this year thanks to endorsements from VitaminWater and his new fitness DVD “The Situation Workout.” It’s clear that the cast seems to have their t-shirts in a bunch with greed, but should it come as a shock? Who cares about changing this plummeting economy or changing the world for that matter? Life’s about partying, going to the gym, tanning and laundry, right? Oh, America.

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Tyga’s ‘Black Thoughts 2’ Mixtape peaks high in hip-hop world Shomari Smith, ‘11 Lifestyle Co-Editor Tyga is a rapper out of Compton, CA who is currently signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. His latest effort, “Black Thoughts 2” is a free mixtape that was released on April 12 and has since become one of the most downloaded mixtapes on various hip-hop Web sites. Tyga opens the mixtape with the song “Storm,” featuring Stefano Moses. The production of the track sounds like an anthem, as if Tyga was looking to make a statement with this record. The next song, “Hypnotized,” has a very mellow melody. He uses this track as a chance to show his lyrical skill with a flow that matches the smooth production.

Compton, CA rapper Tyga is one of the new generation’s up-andcoming rappers. Tyga’s newest mixtape, “Black Thoughts 2” released free of charge on April 12. Image from Google Images

Throughout the mixtape, Tyga uses some of the typical beats with the heavy bass that is down-south inspired. The best

example of this would be “Real Or Fake” where he talks about how real he is as compared to other guys. This song sounds

like most of the music that has become popular among the hiphop community. He could’ve performed with a better delivery, but the fact that his voice is lacking in the bass area doesn’t complement the productions as well. One of the standout songs is “Reminded,” featuring R&B artist Adele. The subject of love is hard to work in hip-hop, but Tyga does the job. He speaks on the old days with a former girlfriend and how he hopes that she sees his face, which he hopes will spark a reminder of the times they had together. The instrumental is different, but refreshing. Another love song to look for is “First Time” featuring Pharrell of The Neptunes. The slow flow goes along with the Neptunes’ production perfectly. The chorus is catchy enough to make

most people vibe to the record. Other songs likely to catch the listener’s ear are “Involved,” “Moving Backwards” and “We Up.” Tyga is a part of the new generation of rappers that have to take the game into their hands and carry it to the future. While his lyrical skills aren’t as sharp as some of his fellow rappers, he is well on his way to becoming one of the artists who we get to hear more from. “Black Thoughts 2” is filled with a number of great songs to ‘vibe’ with, but the only problem is, there aren’t many songs featuring his Young Money comrades. The only artist from Young Money featured on the mixtape was Gudda Gudda, whose showing on the effort was questionable. Still, this mixtape is worth a download and deserves

Third annual Peeps diorama contest held at Norwich Campus ~ continued from page 1 ~ Besides the Grand Prize winners, five category winners each received $50 cash. Kathy Burdick’s “Man Cave” received most humorous. Cameron Crugnale received best movie for his “Wizard of Peeps,” while Whaley and Wright’s “Soup Kitchen” received most original. Jeff Ward and Shannon Zawarton’s “Blarney Stone” diorama won most musical, and most creative went to the Norwich Campus librarian’s “MotoPeeps.” The judges would also like to give an honorable mention to the Chenango Valley Home for their diorama, “Growing Old.”

Kathy Burdick had the judges chucklling with her Peeps diorama “Man Cave.” It received most humorous and the second place grand prize. Photo by: Alysha Jones, ‘13 | Staff Reporter

‘Kill Team’ slays innocent Afghans ~ continued from page 2 ~ Winfield was having a conversation over Facebook with his dad about how some of the men were planning on killing another innocent man. His father, Chris Winfield, a veteran himself, was worried about this and contacted the base. When he spoke to them regarding what was going on, they simply shrugged it off, saying that stuff like that happens all of the time. Viewing the two videos was beyond disturbing. It’s

one thing to see photos of the people they killed; it’s quite another to actually see them kill someone. Those kinds of horrors should never have been shared with anyone, nor should they have even happened. The merciless killing of innocent Afghans and sharing the videos of their murders is unethical and immoral. It is for these actions that the United States military should punish these soldiers.

Sports page 7 Wrestlers’ futures remain uncertain as the team gets cut April 2011 - The CHIMES Kristin Clark ‘11 Sports Co-Editor

The Morrisville State College wrestling team has been cut. That fact is the only thing about the situation that is clear. Many rumors have come about as to why; whether it was because of budget cuts, low recruitment rates, management problems, low GPA’s or bad records. It was announced to the public on March 31 that the team had been cut. There had been rumblings all week concerning the status of the team. An official press release on the college Web site listed “low high school recruitment rates” as the reason for the decision. That press release was later removed, another one taking its place. The second press release stated that the sport had “low interest at the college level.” In an e-mail sent to various wrestling Web sites and his team, head coach Mario Thomas took issue with this reasoning, offering that he had recruited 30 students this past season, 35 students in 2009 and 42 students in 2008. The Mustangs started this season with 30 athletes on the roster and ended it with 22, a drop-off of only eight players. “The roster is high and then people quit,” junior captain Goodson Phillippe said.

Junior Justin DeLaMothe pins a competitor in the 125-pound weight class during the 2010-11 season. DeLaMothe had a record of 19 wins and 15 losses in the 2009-10 season and was 15-10 this year. Photo courtesy of Justin DeLaMothe

“Wrestling is not for everyone.” He added that there were recruits coming in from out of state, even as far away as California. “There are plenty of kids coming in; I think that this [being cut] has nothing to do with recruitment rates,” said sophomore captain Brian Latham, a medical redshirt who did not wrestle this past season. “The reasons stated in the press release are ridiculous.” Many students believe that the current state and campus budget cuts have something to do with this decision. This is false, according to athletic director Greg Carroll. In an interview with WCVM Media on April 4, he said the budget has “nothing to do with it.” Funding the wrestling team costs the college about $47,000 for the season, he added. Justin DeLaMothe, a junior captain on the team, said “we were told that it isn’t about money.”

Another rumored reason for the team being cut is their performance. The Mustangs finished this season with a 2-14 record, but they had athletes competing in 9 out of the 10 weight classes at the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference Championships in February. Morrisville has only been competing full-time in division III athletics since 2009. Most other teams on campus are still struggling to find their footing--with the exception of the men’s lacrosse and ice hockey teams. It usually takes more than two years to build a competitive program at a higher level of competition. “It makes it tough to compete because not every school has our sport,” Phillippe said. The team competes in the ECWC, not the Northeast Athletic Conference, which is the conference that most other teams

state players of the year. Adonal Foyle, former NBA player for the Orlando Magic, was one of these players. Blackford then coached basketball at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, where his record was 107-80. “My biggest accomplishment was winning a couple of state championships with Hamilton,” he said. He was softball coach at Fayetteville-Manlius for two seasons and had a 26-10 overall record. The team earned a championship in 2003 and were runners-up in 2004. For the past 17 seasons, Blackford holds a record of 256-112. He has been honored several times by his peers. In 1994, he was awarded Class D New York State Coach of the Year. He was also Section III Coach of the Year in 1994, 1997 and 2000. Then in 2007, he was named Class AA Coach of the Year. “I think he’s a coaches coach,” said David Archer, executive director of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, according to cnycentral. com. “He loves the game. He loves the players. He’s one of

those guys that’s always around the game.” All of this attention led to Blackford’s induction into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame this past March. Blackford is joining 130 of the nations best coaches, including Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University head coach, and Luigi “Louie” Carnesecca, retired coach at St. John’s University. “I’m really humbled because I coached at Hamilton for 20 years and here at Fayetteville-Manlius for the last nine,” Blackford said, according to “I’ve just tried to build programs the right way.” Today, Blackford is a retired teacher, but he isn’t ready to stop coaching. He has recently decided to join the MSC’s softball program as head coach. “Me and Greg Carroll have been friends for 20 years, and when he offered me the job, it was a no-brainer,” says Blackford. So far this season, the softball team has a record of 11-13. This is an improvement from last season, when the team ended its season with a record of 7-23. “Improvements can be seen in wins and losses or statistics, but watching them play, they actually

on campus compete in. Included in the ECWC are SUNY Brockport, SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Lycoming College, Messiah College, Morrisville State, SUNY Oneonta, Oswego State, and Rochester Institute of Technology. “It’s the hardest conference. Everyone is there to compete,” Latham added. In that same interview with WCVM Media, Carroll added that wrestling was the only program that had been looked at this extensively, meaning looking into their management, record, team members' grade-point averages and other factors. He added that the Athletic Department plans to look into every other team just as extensively. The football team also comes up frequently in conversation about this subject. The team finished with a 2-8 record last season. A 5.2 million dollar stadium

was built, mainly for their use, and the team has nearly 100 athletes on their roster. “They generate much more revenue and interest for the school than the wrestling team does,” Carroll said. An April 13 story by the New York State Wrestling Coaches' Association stating that the “real” reasons for dropping the program had been released. This story says that skin infections and Thomas' status as a part-time coach are the real issues—or so they were told by the college. Both of these reasons are dubious since the mats are cleaned before every match per NCAA regulation. Cleaning the mat eliminates the potential for an athlete to get an infection. Thomas being a part-time coach would also seem irrelevant to the situation. Carroll said on Monday he feels the wrestling position should be full-time. “It is a long season and needs a lot of attention, but we cannot afford to put someone in that position,” he said. Next season, the team would be graduating four seniors, including Phillippe and DeLaMothe. All three captains plan to transfer to another college so they can continue to wrestle. “It’s going to be weird wrestling for another coach,” said Latham. “Sports are an athlete’s life,” DeLaMothe said. “It’s just a road block on a long journey; I will move on.”

New head coach helps softball team achieve season goal Marissa Felker, ‘14 Staff Reporter With 29 years of coaching experience filled with championship titles and awards, Tom Blackford joins the Morrisville State College softball program with a new plan for success. Blackford is a graduate ofSUNY Cortland with a master’s degree in physical education. He spent 20 years at Hamilton High School as a teacher and basketball coach. He ended his career at Hamilton with an overall record of 317-138. This included seven league titles, five Section III titles, five regional championships and five appearances at the NYS Public High School Athletic Association final four tournament. Although Blackford has 28 years of basketball experience, he has also coached softball. He spent 15 seasons at Hamilton coaching softball, with a 230-102 record. Blackford and the team tallied seven championship titles, a Section III title, and an appearance at regionals. During his time at Hamilton, Blackford also achieved Class D State Championships in 1994 and 2000. He had 11 players named to All-State teams and two all-

First-year coach Tom Blackford looks over his line-up sheet in between innings against Wells College. The Mustangs have started out with a record of 8-4 in NEAC and 11-13 overall under Blackford. Photo by Daniel Moreno, ‘13 | Photo Editor

look like a softball team,” Blackford says. “We make mistakes, but once we learn to win this program will take off,” he adds. “The team is a lot different from last year and we’re improving,” says first baseman Paige Jerrett. The team’s one goal for this year was to make the playoffs, says Blackford, and they achieved

that. The women will join the playoff action next weekend on April 30. The team plays April 21 at Wells College at 3 p.m. and at Cazenovia College April 22 at 3 p.m. Blackford laughs at the thought of what may happen in the future. “I’m going to take it one year at a time and continue coaching,” he says


Women’s lacrosse ends winning streak with long weekend Kristin Clark, ‘11 Courtney Cook, ‘13 Sports Co-Editors

The women’s lacrosse team lost 14-4 against Keuka College on April 17. Hillary Hartnett, a junior defensmen, had all four of the team’s goals, and goalkeeper Allison Strub had 11 saves in net for the team. Prior to the game, both teams had been undefeated with 5-0 records in the Northeastern Athletic Conference. Th3 loss dropped Morrisville to 5-6 on the season and 5-1 in the NEAC. The Mustangs lost 17-3 to Oswego State on April 14. Harnett led the Mustangs with two goals, and sophmore midfielder Jamie Anderson scored as well. Strub made 14 saves in the loss. This loss broke Morrisville’s previous four-game winning streak. The team was able to bounce back from its loss with a 17-8

win over Wells College on April 15. Anderson led all scorers with six goals and Hartnett added five. Strub had seven saves. The Mustangs defeated Wilson College 17-4 on April 10. Hartnett led the team with five goals. Anderson scored four goals and junior defensemen Alison Falkenburgh added three goals. Strub had seven saves. “We’re working as a team instead of individuals,” said senior defenseman Elizabeth Peck. “Our game schedule was very tough at the start of the season, and we were matched up with some teams we weren’t used to playing.” The team defeated Medaille College 11-8 in an impressive come-from-behind win on April 9. Hartnett led Morrisville with six goals. Freshmen midfielder Lesa Ward and Falkenburgh chipped in with two goals apiece; Strub made nine saves.

Photo By Brendan Shannon, ‘14 | Staff Photographer

The Mustangs defeated Penn State Abington by a score of 19-3 on April 3. Hartnett led the team with seven goals. Falkenburgh scored five goals and had two assists; Strub had four saves in the win. When MSC traveled to the College of St. Elizabeth on April 2, they defeated the Eagles by a score of 18-4. Ward and fellow freshman midfielder Erin Rundle led the team with three goals each. Hartnett also contributed with three goals and two assists, and Strub had seven saves in the win. “We have no problems playing, we feel confident playing and we have a common goal which is to win the NEAC,” said senior attacker Jennifer May. The team’s next game is today against Cazenovia College. The game was played after press time, check this week’s e-news for results.

Morrisville won the second game, 6-3. Nichillo pitched seven innings with two earned runs and five strikeouts. Gabriella Gallart, designated hitter and Aryel Lawson, right fielder, each scored a run. Rigg had one run and three defensive assists while Eileen Farrell, third baseman, contributed two runs along with three assists. Walker added one run and 12 putouts to the game, and catcher Cassandra Smith added five putouts. “All we need is one person to start it off, then we find our rhythm,” said Geier. On Monday, April 11, the team won both games in a double-header against Wells College. The Mustangs took the first game by a 1-0 victory. D’Ercole allowed no earned runs and struck out 13 players in seven innings. Geier contributed the only run of the game out of the Mustangs 22 at bats.

“Jenna pitched phenomenally today,” said Blackford. The second g ame only lasted six innings, with the Mustangs winning, 6-3. Nichillo struck out two and allowed one earned run. Geier, Jones and Walker had two runs apiece. Geier also added five putouts and Walker added four. K ara Collins, shortstop, had one run and four putouts while Smith and Farrel contributed one run. “This is the eighth game in four days, and we’re struggling, but winning,” said Blackford. On April 12, the Mustangs lost both games in a doubleheader at Hamilton College. Hamilton won the first game 9-7 and the second, 8-0. Their game against Southern Vermont has been postp o n e d . T h e t e a m ’s g a m e against SUNYIT that was scheduled for April 16 and their game scheduled for April 17 against Keuka College were also postponed.

Jamie Anderson and Cassie Edmonson double-team the Keuka goalie during their Sunday home game. The Mustangs dropped to a 5-6 record with the 14-4 loss against Keuka.

Softball team finding its rhythm in time for playoffs Marissa Felker, ‘14 Staff Reporter

The softball team played a double-header against Cobleskill on April 10, winning both games to lift its record to 9-13 and 6-4 in the Northeastern Athletic Conference. They are now ranked third out of six. The Mustangs took the first game, 5-2. Pitcher Jenna D’Ercole played for seven innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out eight. Both second-baseman Nicole Geier and center-fielder Kate Jones also scored a run. Third-baseman Amber Nichillo added a run. Paige Jerret, right fielder, added two runs, and shortstop Jessica Rigg had two runs batted in. Many of these runs were due to fielding errors by Cobleskill. “Once we get going with our first run, then we start to pick things up,” said first baseman Kayla Walker.

Outfielder Monique Smith hits for a bunt in the first game of a doubleheader against Wells College on April 11. The Mustangs won the game 1-0 and took the second game of the double header. Smith went 0-2 with two strikeouts. Photo By Daniel Moreno, ‘13 | Photo Editor


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