February 2009 - The CHIMES
Do you want freckles with that?
Jeffrey Costello, ‘12 Staff Reporter
Want your son to have blonde hair, blue eyes, be tall, and have freckles? No, this isn’t The Sims; it’s what science and technology allow parents to produce: made-to-order children. As “sci-fi” as it sounds, emerging knowledge of the human genome, our DNA and how our genes affect us, make Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) possible. The process, introduced in the 90s, involves impregnating a mother, via in-vitro fertilization, with an embryo conceived by the donated sperm and egg of the parents, which is genetically tweaked to remove any genetic “malfunctions” from the offspring. The mother carries the fetus full-term without risk of genetic defects.
Initially, this technology wasn’t created to design children like Subway subs, but to stop genetic diseases like Tay-Sachs and sickle cell disease from spreading through the gene pool. This should lower the threat of disease to future generations and provide fuller lives to the children. Such capabilities of PGD show how beneficial this could be. However, like anything else, there’s a flipside. While designed with the best interests of human society in mind, there are always unintended side effects. The technology behind PGD has evolved to allow parents to “have it their way,” making their kids “naturals” at specific sports, boy or girl, even less like a criminal. Such potential hearkens back to World War II and Hitler’s dreams for a “perfect” human race where everyone has blue eyes, blonde hair
and obedience to the government. This creates potential future problems in countries with restrictions on children (such as China), which could see drastic shifts in gender ratio due to the society preferring boys to girls. Also, kids who aren’t made like everyone else would be bullied, possibly leading to widespread inferiority and depression. Some parents look to PGD to create “savior siblings,” siblings engineered solely to save an older sibling with a matching bone marrow. While some parents who do this intend to have more children, others only intend to have the child solely to save the elder sibling. It also allows us to literally “play God,” raising many ethical questions doubting our ability to wield it responsibly. Should we wield PGD irresponsibly, we risk making problems down the road by diminishing genetic diversity by following popular trends
of the “perfect child?” Such actions would tamper with natural evolution and lead to a wide variety of issues. It could eventually lead to worldwide susceptibility to a lethal “super-virus” or create an inability of the improved population to adapt to changes around them. Should one of these come to pass, future humans would become extinct. That said the future brings great opportunity and great risk. The evolution of PGD is an example of what the future brings. It can introduce a new age, free of genetic disease, but can create a risk for future generations if frivolously used. As this technology continues to improve and becomes more available, restrictions must be placed, only allowing those who may have a genetic disease to have priority in this process. If these restrictions aren’t established, the future could suffer for our irresponsibility.
Paterson’s ‘shared sacrifice’?
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Dawn McGarrigle, Editor in Chief Kasey Brooks..........................................................Managing Editor Kendra Spenard................................................ Editorial Page Editor Kayla Santoro.............................................Campus News Co-Editor Meghan Dewinde......................................................Lifestyle Editor Heather Foster.........................................................Sports Co-Editor Gretchen Cramer.....................................................Sports Co-Editor James Trask..............................................................Photo Co-Editor Jeff Witherow...........................................................Photo Co-Editor Dawn McGarrigle.......................................................... Copy Editor Sarah Delap..................................................................Layout Editor Edward J. Conzola..........................Photography Advisor Brian L. McDowell.............. Editorial and Layout Advisor The CHIMES is a publication of students in the Journalism Department at Morrisville State College. The CHIMES office is located at Charlton 101, or by phone at (315) 684-6247. Signed editorials appearing on the editorial page reflect the opinions of their authors. Letters to the editor are subject to editing for length, clarity, and standards of decency. Letters to the editor and other communications can be sent to email@example.com.
Dawn McGar rigle, 09 Editor-in-chief G ove r n o r Pa t e r s o n c a m e t o Morrisville to act like a leader and “speak directly to the people.” While here he addressed the same issue he’s had to address many times, at many different venues; the state budget. Paterson had to answer to why he raised tuition a n d why h e wa s n o t u s i n g th e g over nment stimulus package to recover the state’s debt, which has reached $14.2 billion. W hat Paterson did not have to answer to on his visit to Morrisville were the raises he granted his key staff members, some as much as $18,000 a year, according to the New York Post.
More than a dozen of the g over nor’s staff members have received pay raises since August, after the governor announced that a state hiring freeze was necessary. The governor asked 130,000 state workers to “give up 3 percent pay hikes because of the state’s fiscal crisis,” said the Post. The governor said “when you’re calling yourself a leader you should act like one.” Paterson is a leader who is growing unpopular with NY residents quickly. Raising the pay of his staff members while at the same time expecting New Yorkers to sacrifice isn’t the kind of leadership we need during an economic crisis. Paterson’s popularity has steadily decreased with his plans to tax soda and inter net downloads, a $20,000 four-day stay at president Obama’s inauguration and f lipf l o p p i n g o n w h e t h e r h e b a ck s higher taxes for the wealthy, to name a few. While at MSC, Paterson made clear his reasons for SUNY cuts as well as cuts to the rest of the state. He assured us that he was doing what was necessary to pull the state out of this economic recession. Paterson suggested the state pull together, calling the cuts a “shared sacrifice.” I guess this meant everyone but him and his staff.
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College plans to expand equine program Katie Collins, ‘09 Staff Reporter “Rehabilitation is not retirement,” said Morrisville State College’s Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Christopher Nyberg. When it comes to horses, that’s certainly true. The college recently purchased 103 acres of land along Route 20 to build an Equine Rehabilitation and Physiology facility. The center will expand the college’s equine programs and enable the college to become the first college in the nation to have a bachelor of science degree in equine rehabilitation and physiology. Nyberg said rehabilitation is “not something to do at the end of the horse’s career. It’s happening to maintain a horse’s career.” Fundraising began four years ago with the hopes of raising $5 million. Since the initial planning began, the college has secured $7 million. Because of an economic development grant and a $150,000 donation from the Gifford Foundation, the college has begun to make plans to create the center. Nyberg said, “with changes in construction costs and so on, that $7 million will be, hopefully, enough to get everything
The former Buck’s Woods campsite, south of Route 20 about two miles west of Morrisville, will be the site of MSC’s new equine rehabilitation program. Construction should start next year.
done that we want.” Because of permits and approval processes, the only thing that has started at this point is the planning of construction. The construction will begin sometime next year, Nyberg said. A physical therapy center may help horse prevent further injury, Nyberg said. The center will be following a veterinarian’s direction for the care of
rehabilitation. “We also may be allowing trainers to come in and use the equipment,” Nyberg noted. The facility will have all the latest equipment to help heal and strengthen a horse, such as aquatic and hyperbaric equine rehabilitation therapies that students can work with and learn. The center will have room for horses, an indoor galloping track, and the exercise physiology and rehabilitation center.
On Thursday, Dec. 11, the club held its annual winter luncheon, recognizing the Office Technology December graduates. Tokens of appreciation were given to Katie Merrifield and Ihuoma Nwoke who graduated in December, as well as Jennie Fisher for all her hard work and dedication she has provided this year to the Office Technology Club, Payette said. Others recognized at this luncheon included Sandi Jones and Olivia O’Herien, secretaries in the School of Business Office, for all of the hard work, dedication and professionalism they display throughout the school year. Also recognized was Mindy Doyle, who joined the Office Technology faculty in August of this year and Dr. David Rogers, dean of the School of Business, for the continued support he provides to the Office Tech. students and faculty, Payette said.
Pictured left: (from left to right) Mrs. English; school nurse at Andrews Elementary School; Kim DeHimer; OFC secretary; and Jennie Fisher (kneeling in front),OFC President
“This facility is [for] both racing and rehabilitation, so there will be a thoroughbred training component,” Nyberg said. Currently, the college does not have a thoroughbred training track. The idea of Morrisville State College having its own equine rehabilitation center excites Deborah Santelliz-Lockwood, a junior in equine management. “I love it, because we don’t have to ship horses to Cornell,” she said.
OTC hosts clothing drive and luncheon On Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, the Office Technology Club and co-advisors presented winter apparel to the Andrews Elementary School nurse, Mrs. English. The apparel was received during the recent Office Technology Club’s Winter Coat drive that was held on campus throughout the months of October and November. The club thanks everyone who donated slightly used winter clothing. In addition to receiving elementary- age clothing, the club also received slightly used “adult” clothing, which was taken to the Salvation Army in Oneida. “We always appreciate the fact that the Morrisville College community-students, staff, faculty alike-recognize that there are many families in our immediate vicinity that go without this time of year, and it’s wonderful that we can contribute in some small way,” said co-advisor Patti Payette.
Santelliz-Lockwood likes that students will be able to, “take care of horses,” as the program will become more “hands on,” Santelliz-Lockwood said. At this time the college has four equine science B.T. degree concentrations: equine science and management, equine racing, equine breeding, and equine business management. The college also has a new degree proposal that has not been presented for approval to the SUNY system or the State Education Department. Nyberg said the degree they are hoping to finish the proposal on this semester is the bachelor of science in equine physiology.” He said, “It’s essentially a B.S. degree, with a lot of biology and chemistry with equine science.” Amber Monroe, a junior in equine racing and management, said she thinks the program would be one of the best things at the college. Monroe said it would be “a better degree program and cheaper than the schools in Kentucky,” where she also looked at colleges for their equine programs. “I think it’s really awesome,” said Another Equine Management junior Cathleen Grimmer, “I can’t wait to switch majors.”
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Governor Paterson visits MSC Dawn McGarrigle, ‘09 Editor-in-Chief Kendra Spenard, ‘10 Editorial Editor Heather Foster, ‘10 Sports Co-Editor New York State Governor David A. Paterson called the current fiscal situation “the worst economic crisis in New York State history” during the Town Hall Meeting at Morrisville State College on Feb. 12. The event was moderated by former SGO President Patrick King and MSC President Raymond Cross. The meeting gave students an opportunity to ask questions about the economic crisis as well as other issues that affect the student body. Topics ranged from the budget to manufacturing, child obesity, child care, job opportunities for graduates, the Brennan Commission and alternative energy. Students were able to post a question when registering for the event. Questions were then chosen by MSC to be posed to Paterson.
Governor Paterson speaks in the STUAC theater with college president Ray Cross and former SGO president Patrick King listening on. Photo by Jeff Witherow
Legislative leaders are expecting to receive $5 billion in federal funds for New York State. Despite this, Paterson’s 2009-2010 budget, which starts April 1, will not incorporate any funds from the federal stimulus.
Paterson said in a previous interview with the Albany Times-Union, “Any stimulus aid we receive will only cover a fraction of our long-term deficit,” Paterson said. “We cannot look to Washington to solve all our budget problems.”
SUNY has faced a $620 increase in tuition per semester. Paterson said he believes that cuts to SUNY will have a greater immediate effect than they will in other state agencies. Paterson refered to cuts made in college universities
as “shooting ourselves in the foot,” since our current students will someday be leading the country. It’s unfortunate that funding has been cut, Patterson said. He added that he hopes the cuts to SUNY will be short-term. The governor said he hopes to improve New York State’s economic situation through higher and alternative energy. Paterson discussed “the most ambitious” alternative energy plan in the United States. The plan is being called the “45 by 15,” and it entails converting 45 percent of our energy into renewable resources by the year 2015. Paterson expects this will create 50,000 jobs within the next five-and-a-half years. “We need this badly,” he said. President Ray Cross said “This is a time to be aware, engaged and involved.” Senator David Valesky closed the meeting with words of advice: “To get the state back on the right track we believe the input you give to us will help us improve to a better New York.”
SUNY vs. CUNY: are they treated equally?
Meghan Dewinde, ‘09 Lifestyle Editor Gretchen Cramer, ‘10 Sports Co-Editor
Governor David A. Paterson claimed on Feb. 12, that the State University of New York and the City University of New York face cuts that are “essentially the same,” in the state’s proposed 2009-10 budget. Dr. Raymond Cross, president of Mor risville State College, disagrees. He sent an e-mail out to the students, faculty and staff after the event, talking about several issues that included inequality between SUNY and CUNY. Cur rent CUNY tuition rates for in-state students are $2,000 per semester at its four-year campuses and $1,400 at its community colleges. SUNY tuition for instate students averages $2,450 at four-year campuses each semester and averages $1,645 at its community college campuses. SUNY has more than
440,000 students enrolled at its 64 campuses. CUNY has more than 244,000 students at its 23 campuses. Cross said one major difference between SUNY and CUNY tuition is that CUNY cannot leg ally be touched by the state, and 90 percent increase of SUNY’s tuition is used to lower the state budget deficit. Paterson’s argument, according to Cross, was that the money is his. That money has historically been the state’s, but it did come back to help the SUNY students in the long run, Cross said. Later, during a phone interview, Cross said that some of SUNY tuition is sent to the state, to be returned later in the for m of appropriations. In CUNY, the tuition has never gone to the state and come back, but has always remained within CUNY, he said. Cross said SUNY had to “pony up” $61 million of the $1.6 billion of the state’s
Governor Paterson speaks to a few Morrisville students in the STUAC gym after his discussion on the state budget on Thursday, Feb. 14. Photo By Errol Scott
deficit. “How much did CUNY pony up for last year? ... In my opinion, nothing,” he said. So although CUNY did raise tuition, all the money
remains within the CUNY system. Also, the amount of the tuition hike was drastically smaller in CUNY. Cross said the governor argues that both SUNY and CUNY are
only raising tuition 10 percent, since the other 90 percent of SUNY money already goes to the state. Cross says that Paterson is facing a large budget deficit “that is confronting him like a sledgehammer on an anvil,” “He [Paterson] is searching for ways to secure revenues, because he can’t cut the budget fast enough,” he said. Since CUNY’s is not accessible to the state, Cross would like to make it “so that SUNY’s tuition is not accessible to the governor, or to the state legislator. It stays on the campuses.” Cross said “Bundy Aid [aid to private colleges] and funding that was set aside for capital projects to build buildings on private college campuses” should be cut. “I don’t believe the governor’s intent is to be unfair. I believe in his mind, he is being fair,” Cross said. “What the governor did today was really a noble gesture. I respect him.”
February 2009 - The Chimes
Students have mixed reactions to the governor’s message
Meghan Dewinde, ‘09 Lifestyle Editor Gretchen Cramer, ‘10 Sports Co-Editor Samantha Page went to the STUAC Theatre to listen to Gov. David Paterson’s “Town Hall meeting.” “He has to justify a lot to me,” said Page. “He is doing a lot of things that people, including myself, don’t approve of.” Page is a second-year student in the gaming and casino
management program. Like many students, she turned out to hear what the governor had to say. “He answered some questions [and] tended to get off topic, but I give him credit, it’s hard to do,” Page said. Out of the several questions submitted to the governor by the students, faculty and members of the community only a few were chosen. With only an hour allotted, 15 minutes were set aside at the beginning for the governor to tell the audience
about what he planned to do with the money from the tuition increase, and to give some background information on why this must be done. Student James Clark said he was satisfied with the answer he received for his question, but it opened up more questions which he could not ask. As for other questions asked by his peers and community members, he was not satisfied. “As far as tuition, I think the governor took a major hypocritical stance took say higher education is important when he is raising tuition.” Second-year Liberal Arts major Tamara Bruno said she was dissatisfied with Paterson’s explanation of SUNY being cut more than the City University of New York. “Even though he went into detail about the cuts, he didn’t state that SUNY is being cut by a third and CUNY isn’t,” Bruno said. Paterson said they are trying not to favor any institution over another. Bruno said she was disappointed because “SUNY schools
Gov. David Paterson talks in STUAC Theater on the state budget at Thursday’s Town Hall Meeting. Photo by Jeff Witherow
have a lot of people who cannot graduate because required courses have been cut.” President Ray Cross shared these same feelings with the faculty/staff and students through an e-mail after the event. “He (Paterson) really believes CUNY and SUNY are being treated about the same,” Cross said, “Obviously, that is not true unless some things are happening to CUNY of which we are not aware.” (See related story: “SUNY vs. CUNY: Are they treated equally?”) Some faculty and community members had the same feeling at the close of the Town Hall Meeting as the students. Elizabeth Dana, instructional support associate and Academic Enrichment Center reading specialist, said she was concerned with the employment availability to SUNY alumni. Paterson said that with New York importing the most people to go to school here, 25 percent will leave NY to find a job. He is currently working to open more job opportunities for SUNY students.
In response, Dana was pleased, “The governor expressed a deep concern to the future of the SUNY students at support for jobs in NY State,” Dana said. Joseph Sabin, librarian for the Morrisville Public Library, was one of the many who didn’t get a chance to ask the governor a question. Sabin wanted to know where the state cut being put in place on public libraries was going. “It concerns me greatly more now than ever” Sabin said. John Wagner, a local farmer, said he was worried about the governor’s plans to stabilize the regions farm economy. Paterson said last year farmers got $19.18 for 100 pounds of milk, or $1.60 a gal. This year they got $10.35, or what would really be $0.86 on a gallon of milk “and the diminishing revenues and increase of inventory has created this very difficult problem,” he said. After the speech, Wagner said Paterson’s answer was “encouraging.” “He knew the statistics [and] had a keen interest.”
February 2009 - THE CHIMES
Could Facebook be profiting off your image?
Kasey Brooks ‘10 Managing Editor The night begins. Some friends pull each other close, draping their arms around each other and holding those ubiquitous red cups in their free hands. Smile. Click. Later, after a few more drinks, two girls are goaded into a hesitant kiss by their friends. Smile. Click. One of the girls’ boyfriends tugs a different girl into the bathroom with him while his girlfriend of two years is preoccupied. Smile. Click. The chubby boy in the corner passes out and his roommates draw genitalia on his face, labeled with lewd obscenities, in indelible Sharpie ink. Smile. Click. Every one of us could, if asked, come up with photos or videos of ourselves that—how to put this delicately?—we aren’t exactly proud of. Stop and think
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for a second about how much control we really have over those images. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Not much as it turns out, correct? I’ll go one step further and say, just to play devil’s advocate, what if some unseen hand clicks a button and makes money from the photo of you with a penis drawn on your cheek? Good joke, isn’t it? Well, the popular networking site, Facebook.com, recently tried to change their Terms of Service to make this a reality. Smile. Click. After a report on Consumerist.com got a lot of people wondering if they would be seeing their embarrassing drunken Halloween photos as part of a pop-up Facebook ad, the Web site was forced by public outcry to return to the previous Terms
of Service. I’ll go ahead and assume that most of us did not read the Terms of Service we agreed to, so I’ll restate them here: “You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, nonexclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any
purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.” Scary, isn’t it? The following excerpt was the one removed by Facebook and reinstated after the negative publicity they received: “You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.” Had this little snippet vanished into the internet ether, our rights to privacy would have vanished along with it. Facebook could have profited off of our images, our
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videos, even that poem we thought was really good that we posted in the Notes section of our profile. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg took to—where else?—his Facebook blog soon after the switcheroo to reassure us all, while at the same time slapping us on the wrists for being unreasonable in our expectations. “People want full ownership and control of their information so they can turn off access to it at any time. At the same time, people also want to be able to bring the information others have shared with them… to other services and grant those services access to those people’s information. These two positions are at odds with each other.” Our bad Mark, sorry. That one’s on us. The blog, it seems, reassured no one, because the next day, Facebook users signed in and were greeted with a news post announcing that the site had gone back to its original Terms of Service: at least, for now. Zuckerberg also tried to enlist the input of users in reforming their Terms of Service to make it more readily understandable. Some say it is Facebook’s right to do as they will with our junk. Sarah Carbone, a renewable resources major ’09, says that the move was Facebook’s prerogative. “We willingly… [put] stuff on the internet that anyone could get to.” Autumn Crandall, a sophomore student in the equine science major who checks her Facebook profile daily, disagrees. “I’m glad to hear it’s back,” Crandall said of the Terms of Services change. Had it stayed the way it used to, she continued, it “would get a lot [of people] in trouble.” Is Facebook’s move a genuine attempt to protect user rights? Or is it just a publicity stunt designed to protect Facebook’s reputation? The world may never know, but at least a few more of us may shy out of the camera’s eye on our next drunken night. Smile. Click.
February 2009 - The Chimes
Mac vs. PC: Which system should be supported on campus? Kyle Wilson, ‘10 Senior Editor Ben Drew, ‘11 Staff Reporter
Having a laptop is one of the necessities for most majors at MSC. So many of the programs utilize laptops, and even for those classes that do not require them, they make life so much easier. Most students get their laptops through the school. However, as Mac users become more and more prevalent at MSC, the institute faces a growing concern: how do we accommodate both platforms? You would be lucky to find a more heated (or nerdy) debate anywhere than one between experienced Mac and PC users. Subjects include the simplicity of a Mac, the wide range of programs available to PC’s, or comparing the two interfaces on a plethora of levels; there is no clear winner anymore. Both have a number of good points and bad points, and it’s up to the consumer to make a decision that fits their use. To this end, many students and professors on campus feel that a choice should be given to students who choose to use a Macintosh computer in classrooms and programs clearly designed to suit PC’s. To get a better grasp on the situation of PC vs. Mac, let’s try to get a handle on why people, particularly younger people and students, want a Mac over a PC. The most obvious answer is simplicity. PCs, you see, run Windows. Windows, for all its function, has the reputation of being ridiculously hard to get a complete grasp on unless you’re already gifted with computers. To a layman, the setup and maintenance of Windows is akin to having a seal jump through several hoops that are on fire while being whipped with an extension cord. Windows is also quite buggy when compared to the Mac operating system, the most memorable reason being the infamous blue screen of death demonstration where Bill Gates, upon
unveiling the at the time new Windows 98 operating system had it crash to a blue screen. Now, to be fair, recent advents in Windows with the help of XP and Vista have, ironically, made the Windows operating system more like the Mac’s. However, there is no denying that, for the non-tech savvy, the Mac is a much more appealing prospect. There is also the factor of trendiness. Popular Mechanics ponders that the Apple ads of the Mac Guy Vs. the PC Guy have instilled the notion of the Mac being the hip, cool computer to have while the PC is the stodgy, stuck-in-the-old computer. One also cannot ignore the correlation between the rise of the iPod and the acceptance of the Mac as the cool computer for cool people. In any case, whether it be for practical, functional reasons or that the Mac is just benefiting from a new wave of trendy popularity, all of this has translated into fantastic sales for Apple,
Maintenance of Windows is akin to having a seal jump through several hoops that are on fire while being whipped with an extension cord. which posted the biggest earnings in its history in January 2008. However, those sales are still minuscule: a whopping 3.3% of PC market shares. They cannot manage to overcome individual PC manufacturers like Toshiba or Acer, which is surprising considering Apple offers a unique product that cannot be purchased from another company. Jean Boland, vice president of Technology Services at Morrisville, says that the problem cannot be combated on a large scale. “It comes down to what the professors
want,” says Boland. Professors of each individual school must come to a 100% consensus on determining what platforms the program is supported by. The vast majority of the campus is currently supporting the Windows platform simply because it’s the most common and widely known choice. The Mac issue is a prevalent problem with the help desk as well. Help desk coordinator Ginger MacRae says that they get around 10 Mac laptops a month, mostly for wireless setup. For the most part, the help desk is quite helpless when it comes to dealing with foreign computers. Anyone looking to have the help desk fix their malfunctioning Macs will be out of luck. MacRae noted that it wasn’t just Macs that weren’t supported by the help desk, though. Other machines, such as Dells or HPs or any other student-owned machines that aren’t computers supported and supplied by the school will be turned away. Sean Miller, a student in the network administration program believes, “it doesn’t really matter.” He says that it is certainly advisable at this point in time to get a Lenovo laptop
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with a warranty, so that the computer will be fixed without shipping it out anywhere off campus. In addition, the new
For the most part, the Help Desk is quite helpless when it comes to dealing with foreign computers.
standards in wireless networking are “incredibly hard to configure and get working on Macs,” says Miller. If you’re a concerned student or faculty member who feels a choice should be given for students who prefer the other side of the fence, contact your dean. Perhaps your program has room for your Macintosh or whatever other option you prefer. The only way to find out is to take action and talk to those who are responsible for the choice in the first place.
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CITA students win regional video contest Kayla Santoro, ‘10 Campus News Editor Hard work pays off. Five students in the multimedia and computing class at Morrisville State College learned this lesson and won $1,000. The group of five students entered and won the 2008 etube video contest directed by Enitiative, a partnership out of Syracuse University that funds and supports entrepreneurial education for institutions in central New York. The students, Kathi Charpia, Mawuena Djamie, Peyton
Dziura, Mohammad Rahman and Hiroshi Tabuchi, were all in Dr. Marcoux’s CITA 140 class last semester. The video was part of a class project. Marcoux was notified in mid-January that the group’s video was selected as one of the three prize winners. “It was a pleasant surprise to get this e-mail out of the blue,” Marcoux said. Marcoux said he realized the students put a lot of effort into the project. Although he was aware of the competition with other schools, Marcoux said a part of him suspected the group
would win. The previous semester, 22 teams from surrounding schools entered the contest. On Feb. 4, Dean Rogers, the dean of the school of business, handed the students their awards during a small ceremony in the school of business office. Dziura and Tabuchi were unable to attend the event. Each student received a $200 Visa gift card with their names stamped on it. Rogers said it was “incredibly exciting” to find out the group won the contest. - continued on page 10 -
(Left to right) Dean Rogers, Kathi Charpia, Mawuena Djamie, Mohammad Rahman, and Dr. Marcoux stand together during the award ceremony held on Feb. 4. The other contest winners, Peyton Dziura and Hiroshi Tabuchi, were unable to attend the event. Photo by Jim Trask
World-renowned chef visits Morrisville Ashley Cole, ‘09 Staff Reporter Humble, witty and talented. These are the words that describe world-renowned chef Juanita Bass. She visited the Morrisville State campus last Thursday in celebration of black history month and brought many classic soul food dishes with her. “The food was good. It reminded me of home. Being in college, we don’t get food like that every day,” said Morrisville student Janae Gibbs. “I’m glad she came to celebrate black history month with us.” This wasn’t the first time Bass cooked for the Morrisville Campus; she also cooked at Seneca Dining Hall a few years ago. Mustang Alley’s Assistant Director, Kim Munz is a good friend of Bass and asked her to come back and cook for the college once again. “She taught me new ways of cooking, ways that I wouldn’t do before,” said Mustang Alley’s Chef, David Mizgala. He also said she was very knowledgeable, full of wisdom and fun to work with. The students at Morrisville enjoyed the down-home-cooking Bass brought and will always remember it even though it was just one day. “I wish Juanita would come back and get a job here so we can eat her food every day,” added another Morrisville stu-
dent, Ronise Benjamin. Bass was born and raised in Bridgewater, NY but is now a resident of Frankfort, NY. She was raised by a single father and was the middle of seven children. She grew up in a community that was predominantly white and for her it was sometimes a struggle. “Me and my friends would go to restaurants, and they would tell me to wait outside while they check if it’s clean, but I knew they were checking to see if they allowed blacks,” she said. Many new kids in town would often make remarks about how they wouldn’t play with niggers, Bass said. Even though those comments were made toward her, her spirits were never broken. Since her father was the first black mayor of Bridgewater, she felt inspired. “I felt like I could do anything, I felt like I could be president,” she said. “Back in the 50s, 60s and 70s it wasn’t easy being black, but it wasn’t about being black, it was about character,” she said. Bass started cooking after she married her late husband C.W Bass. “I figured if I was going to keep this man I was going to have to cook like his mama,” she said jokingly. Together they raised six children. “I treated my kids like little people, I didn’t yell at them, I let them make their own decisions,” she said. “’Til’ this day me and my kids never argued with each
Jaunita Bass brought some of her recipes and inspirational stories to Morrisville during her visit last Thursday. Photo by Nicole Williams
other,” she continued. To support her family she dealt antiques before opening her own restaurant, The White House Berries End located in Bridgewater. She had no formal education on restaurant management, but luckily her nephew, Ronald Bellamy did. He helped manage the restaurant. Throughout her management she had multiple celebrities visit her restaurant including Leander Seals, Malcolm X’s wife, Betty Shabazz and the
family of Martin Luther King. Jr. Bass’s restaurant got its wellknown status from food critic reviews and word of mouth. “I never advertised. I was told it was a bad idea, and it worked,” she said. “I just did it, I think a lot of things I do is from the gift of God.” Bass was diagnosed with cancer in her younger years but it was caught before it became life-threatening. Bass says the cancer never kept her down. During this
time she only missed three days of work. “I’m not a cry baby, it was the best thing that happened to me,” she said. “God gave it to me because he knew I could handle it.” Bass credits her love for people to be her means of staying humble through success. “I’ve been around people who thought they were better than me, what gives them the right to think that? No one’s better than anyone,” she said. “I try to treat everyone good.” Deja Murray is one of the Morrisville students who got a chance to meet and talk with Bass while she was at the college. “Meeting her was cool. She has such a positive aura and she was really down to earth,” she said. Murray also said meeting her gave her another perspective on how she looked at things. “Talking to her was like getting words from the wise,” she said. In 2001, she called it quits for the restaurant and closed down. “I just decided I didn’t want to do it anymore,” she said. Bass is now in the process of working with the government and the military to get her food and food products sent to soldiers overseas. Her food products are processed by Nelson Farms, which is operated by Morrisville State College. “I’m not overly religious, but I think God for the blessings,” she said.
February 2009 - The Chimes
Students upset over high book prices
Janelle Greco, ‘12 Staff Reporter
Many students this semester decided to avoid the long lines and high prices at the Campus Store and bought their books from Internet stores. With a rise in tuition costs, some students do not understand why books at the Campus Store have to be so expensive. “The prices for the nursing books are not only extremely high in cost, but they also have hidden costs to add to the total,” Ronnie Harrington, a nursing student, said. The extra costs are for online codes that are needed for the classes. “With all of the payments we have to make it’s harder to stay in college,” Harrington said. “Prices are extremely high and obnoxious at the campus bookstore for course books
when you could find the same one on Amazon.com for a more reasonable price.” Paul Linneman, textbook sales manager, said the Campus Store tries to keep book costs around the same range as its competitors. Compared to amazon.com, half.com, and other sites, Linneman said the bookstore prices are about the same. “The prices are just too much,” said Scott Morris, a Morrisville student. “Why can’t a teacher use the same book and forget the newer edition? It’s the same book, basically.” Morris said the bookstore should change the prices for certain books that look new but are damaged on the inside. “Through all of the money that we pay for tuition, they should provide us with some books at least,” said student Lauren Dodge. “So many people don’t
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get aid when buying books and they suffer trying to obtain them to do the assignments.” Linneman, aware of the students’ feelings toward the bookstore said, “the students don’t see the work load behind our job, trying to get their books to them as soon as we can.”
The campus bookstore helps students save money by keeping the original cost, Linneman said. Publishers generally increase their book prices twice a year, once in March and the other in October. The bookstore will order the books for each semester ahead of time. They try to prevent ordering during the semester because the price for the same book has increased. “We don’t run out a lot,” Linneman said. “I reread orders at least three times before making a final decision.” The bookstore gets around 550 titles. If an order is messed up there may be a lot of students without books. The clerk service is there to get unavailable books to the students as soon as possible, which can take three to five business days, Linneman said. E-books, once they are modified by publishers, are going to
be sold as a faster, easier way to read textbooks, Linneman said. E-books are textbooks on a CD. Students will be able to buy CD textbooks for a cheaper price. However, some courses require students to keep a book for more than one semester, and with E-books, students will need to repay the user fee each time to use the software, Linneman added. “Until they develop a better reader for them, I don’t see it going too far,” Linneman said. Students agreed E-books seemed to cost more than the textbooks themselves. “Students will learn better with the book in their hands and will not be tempted to go on MySpace,” Harrington said.
Beginning of semester “backup” at the Help Desk
Athena Lazo, ‘12 Staff Reporter
The Help Desk, located in the ground floor of Charlton Hall is a Morrisville State College amenity. Its goal is to assist the campus with their software and hardware problems as well as answer questions students and faculty may have about the ThinkPad University. The desk is run by Ginger MacRae. MacRae said she has worked with the Help Desk for “10 wonderful years.” She, as well as the students that work for her, are currently backed up and find it quite overwhelming. Steven Finch, a human and social science major who is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2010, said he believes the backup is due to lack of computer care over the winter break. “It’s the beginning of the semester and many students find their computers malfunction over the break or they acquire viruses,” Finch said. Finch has been working at the desk for over a year -and- ahalf and has seen many viruses come in and out. Recently, he has seen a virus that “mimics Norton’s antivirus.” He warns students to be very careful and
to not trust anything because they will end up having to pay for it. When they are not behind, the Help Desk works on a first come, first serve basis. “FIFO if you’ve ever taken accounting,” Finch said. If the desk is just checking the hard drive or installing a program, they can usually have a computer back to the owner within an hour. More critical problems take anywhere from a day to a little over a week. Help Desk employee Adrien Becker said most of the time the students are understanding. If the Help Desk is unable to solve the problem, they send the computer to Hamilton Hall’s Tech Center, where there are certified Lenova technicians. The staff encourages students to read their computer handbooks which were distributed during laptop orientations. There is a 30-day policy that states that the Help Desk is only allowed to replace parts every 30 days. “So basically, don’t just punch your laptop because we may not be able to help you,” Finch said. McRae said she would like students to be more careful when they are on the internet. “Don’t just click on anything that comes up,” she said. Finch said it should be easy
for students to be proactive. “Everything we use down here is free,” he said. “There is no reason students can’t have access to it as well.” Finch highly recommends Spyware cleanup to students in order to keep their computers scanned. Because of license agreements, students that do not purchase a school computer cannot get programs otherwise provided for free. Some of these programs include auto-cad and Microsoft office. If students want to avoid waiting for the high-demand Help Desk, the staff recommends cleaning the outside surface of their laptops at least once a month using a soft paper towel or cloth that is slightly damp. When transporting their computers, students should always carry them in proper bags and protective sleeves. They should bring any electronic devices, including their laptops, in from the cold weather during the winter months. The Help Desk encourages the preservation of batteries by taking them out anytime the laptops are plugged in. Batteries are not covered under the warranty. To contact the Help Desk, please call (315) 684-6457 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITA students win regional video contest - continued from page 8 “We knew we had talented students at Morrisville,” Rogers said. “The competition against other schools affirms how talented they are.” Djamie, who admitted she does not lose well, said she had no idea they would win. “We worked on it for hundreds of hours.” Djamie said. The video, which was three minutes long, featured the different bachelor’s degrees in Morrisville State College’s school of business. The students highlighted programs that included entrepreneurship, computer information technology, and hospital management; all degrees related to the Enitiative partnership. The group said they worked on the project the entire fall semester, even mornings and weekends. They said sometimes they would be working on it until 3
a.m. The students tried to shoot the video before the snow came. They said the longest process was editing and rendering. “The stuff we learned in class helped a lot,” Rahman said. The students said they learned a lot from their CITA 140 class, previous classes and also from guest lecturers. Marcoux, who played a big role in assisting the group, said the project was an opportunity for the students to show off their talent. “They applied what they learned and were rewarded for their efforts,” he said. The group would like to thank the following people for their help and support: the campus bookstore, Shannon Richards, Kathy Moonen, Dean Rogers, the students who participated in the video, as well as anyone else who assisted them. The video can be viewed at enitiativetest.syr.edu/video/
Hockey looks to next season after 7-game skid continued from page 11 program and what we need to accomplish to get to where we want to go,” Grady said. Fink said they played well when they could, but there was room for improvement for the guys on the team who plan to return next year. He also looks forward to see what the new talent will bring. “The toughest part of the season was coming together as a team,” said senior defenseman Tim Dorak. “A great turning point in the season was tying Oswego.” Alarie said the team improved every day and he hopes they will continue to get better in the upcoming seasons. The team looked forward to hosting Oswego hoping to im-
prove on the previous game that ended in a 5-5 tie. “That game gave us a lot of confidence,” said Calderone. “We always play them well in this rink.” However, the team lost 3-1. SUNY Oswego won the NCAA Division III championship in 2006. The men finished off their season with four consecutive home games against SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland, Fredonia State, and Buffalo State. “We are very excited about the direction the program is headed and look forward to continuing to enhance our campus-wide and communitywide relations through various community service group actions this spring and next fall,” Grady said.
February 2009 - THE CHIMES
Losses to Scranton, NYU end winless season
- continued from page 11 years so we can compete with the other four year schools.” The team worked hard all season to build the foundation Coach Thomas is looking to create. The team set both personal and team goals. The first half of the season the team ran seven miles and extreme conditioning. During the second half of the season they did double sessions. “The very beginning of both seasons was actually the hardest part. In the first half we would run seven miles and do extreme conditioning. In the second half we had double sessions,” said Cross. “The second half of the season is always harder because it’s busier and you go every weekend straight with tournaments and dual meets,” Lanza said. Thomas said next year the entire team returns, with as many as 40 recruits coming in. He said he was “very excited” about the “core of the team” returning so he can continue building the foundation.
Dilma Taveras crams stuffing into the shell of a plush rabbit “Create-a-Critter,” sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. The event was held in STUAC the Friday before Valentine’s Day, giving students a chance to create a holiday gift for their “special someone.” Photo by Danny Moreno Gonzalez, ‘10
Sports Losses to Scranton, NYU marks end of winless season February 2009 - The Chimes
Gretchen Cramer, ’10 Sports Co-Editor
The struggles just kept on coming for the men’s wrestling team this season. Their roster went from 21 to nine members. Their record is 0-8 for the season, which only reflects the dual meets. In dual meets, one team faces another team, and the points in each match are added up together for both teams. This is different than a team tournament, where more than one team wrestles each other. The team will wrestle one team,
and then go against another team after. In a dual, the team has only one opponent. “This group of guys has a serious desire to wrestle,” said Coach Mario Thomas. “These guys really wanted to be and shared my vision to be a great team.” The team lost some of the wrestlers after their grades started to slip. Some of the wrestlers hope to get their grades back up and get back on the team next semester. “Our numbers have dropped dramatically, but we’re very close and everyone on the team has become a warrior,” freshman
Nathaniel Cross said. Points are awarded for different moves performed. An example of a point would be a pin. When a wrestler pins the opponent on the mat on his/ her back, with both their inner shoulder’s touching the mat. “My most memorable moment was winning my first match against The Apprentice School,” said Sophomore Joseph Lanza. “What I am trying to do at MSC is build a foundation, a championship team,” said Thomas. “In order to compete we need guys that work for four - continued on page 10 -
Morrisville State wrestler Nate Cross takes control of his opponent Jeff Kapica from the University of Scranton in a Duel Meet that took place Saturday February 14. Cross won both his matches, the other opponent being from NYU, but unfortunately Morrisville lost against both teams in their last matches of the season. Photo by Alysha Jones
Hockey looks forward to next season after seven-game skid
Gretchen Cramer, ‘10 Sports Co-Editor
The men’s ice hockey team closed the season with a loss against Buffalo State for a final record of 1-14-1 in the SUNYAC and 5-19-1 overall. The loss was the seventh in a row. “We have gained a ton of respect as to how tough we have battled,” said head coach Brian Grady. “We have nothing to lose, and everything to gain coming into the SUNYAC.” “We had very high expectations coming into the season,” said Grady. The team has worked on defense and offense to improve their level of competition. The Mustangs are set out to prove that they belong in the SUNYAC league. Grady said that the team
Number 16 Rob Sgarbossa a forward, and number 32 Patrick Morss a senior and forward on the MSC hockey team battled over the puck at the Feb. 7 game versus SUNY Cortland. SUNY Cortland skated away with a 6 /1 win. Photo by Sharina Parker-Culton
scored more goals than last year and “our power play ended the year ranked 14 out of 71 teams in NCAA Division III Men’s Hockey.” “They were controlling the puck a lot better, but at the same time running the same plays,” fan Ben Fink said. He said he saw a lot of improvement throughout the season, as he attended most home games. Grady said the team will lose five players this year, all graduating. They are 20 players returning and four have already committed to next season. The coaching staff is “excited about the players we’re currently courting and hoping to grow that number quite a bit by the end of the summer months.” “All good teams work as one, their team is a family,” said junior captain Andrew Alarie. “We are
a young team, still working on becoming a family.” The team faced SUNY Geneseo, which is ranked fourth in the SUNYAC league, but Mustangs lost 2-1 in overtime. Later in the season the Mustangs beat the same Blue Knights 7-5 in regulation time. “I think just coming into the toughest competition in the nation was a challenge enough,” said junior forward Dana Calderone. “In a couple of years we will be really competitive.” The team faced many ranked teams, and all the games were tough, whether or not the opponent was part of SUNYAC. “We strengthened our outof-conference schedule a great deal this year, purposefully, to measure where we are as a -continued on page 10-
Mustangs’ season ends in defeat as McCants closes MSC career
Kristin Clark, ‘11 Staff Reporter “You learn a lot about yourself when things don’t go the way you want them to,” said men’s basketball head coach Brian Murphy. Few games went the Mustangs’ way this season, from starting the season with 16 players, to ending it with only eight, the team went winless in SUNYAC play. The Mustangs did not give up though. “When we dropped down from 16 players to eight, we stayed strong and stayed together,” said senior captain Joe McCants. Murphy said the Mustangs have shown a lot of grit and
determination, saying that “they have not given up on themselves or their teammates and have continued to show up and play extremely hard.” Junior point guard Andrew VanDyke said, “we know each other’s habits on and off the court since there are so few of us.” The Mustangs began the season with nine consecutive losses, losing to some teams by as much as 47 points. In the game against SUNY Geneseo on February 7, the Mustangs lost by 10 points. Murphy called the game a “good effort,” and said they “showed a lot of teamwork.” At that point in the season, Geneseo was number one in the SUNYAC.
The Mustangs managed to pick up three wins and appeal to fans. Barbara Wright, a fan, called the Mustangs “energetic and fun to watch.” Two of the Mustangs’ wins were against Medgar Evers College on Jan. 10, and Albany College of Pharmacy on Jan. 21. The last win of the season went into overtime on Feb. 14 against Cazenovia College. McCants said this was “a great experience as a team.” McCants is a senior this season and has been with the Mustangs for four years. In the win over Cazenovia, McCants had a double-double for the night, scoring 23 points and bringing down 15 rebounds, both sea-
Morrisville junior, Andrew VanDyke blocks a SUNY Plattsburgh player with Morrisville senior Joe McCants on guard behind them. McCants played his final game with the team on February 20, which resulted in a 73-45 loss for Morrisville. Photo by Christina Calano
son highs. During his career at Morrisville, McCants has over 670 points, over 600 rebounds, 80 steals and 80 blocks. He was named Athlete of the Week for the week of February 17. “Joe is a great person and it has been a pleasure to coach him over the last four years,” Murphy said. VanDyke said, “he is a good, caring person; he is always concerned with what you are doing, both on and off the court.” Remembering his time at Morrisville, McCants said, “I want to thank all the fans, teammates, and coaching staff that have helped me throughout my career.”
ATHLETIC NEWS 2009 season brings new hope to new team Gretchen Cramer, ‘10 Sports Co-Editor The women’s 2009 softball team is looking forward from last season. They have added another member to the coaching staff, and a number of new players. The team is going to Florida for their spring training where they will face 12 teams. They will be going down over spring break to get back into the groove of playing on a field, and not turf. “We have 12 games in Florida during spring training, so hopefully it will help us dominate in the regular season,” said sophomore Jen Allen. “I think the toughest competition will be down in Florida, but that will definitely help us later.” The team is led by head coach Robin Penoyer, who is entering her seventh year
at Morrisville. Penoyer will be joined this year by returning assistant coaches Karen Crane and Jeff Baker. Baker is returning after two years of absence. “Crane has that organizational push we need, and it’s good to have Baker back,” Penoyer said. “He has a little bit different perspective to share.” The captains for the 2009 season are juniors Nicole Palmer and Jessica Yates. The “captains in-training” are junior Kimberly DeHimer and freshman Heather Bull. “The coaches are willing to put in countless hours of training to make us more competitive,” said junior catcher Kim DeHimer. “They have been here long enough to know where we need the most work to make us stronger overall.” The team has only five returning players, none of
Morrisville’s Kristen Scull (13) tries to make a play at third on a SUNY New Paltz player during a home game last season. The Mustangs are entering their fourth year of NCAA Division III play this year and will make their debut in the North Eastern Athletic Conference when the season starts in the spring. File Photo
which are pitchers. Penoyer says it is frustrating to keep losing returners, because it is “hard to put that much work into it” to see the girls leave. With so many new players, positions are still undecided for some. “We have a lot of new potential in this group of girls,” said DeHimer. “The freshmen have great attitudes and are willing to work hard on and off the field.” The team is practicing six times a week, for two hours each day. They are also having mandatory study sessions at least once a week. “I am very optimistic about this team,” said Penoyer. “I think we can compete and win games. We are going to surprise a lot of teams.” Former player Katelyn Gilchrist said she looks forward to attending some of the games to see what the new talent looks like. Gilchrist played for the Mustangs in 2006.
Men’s lacrosse looks forward to season Monica Bonneau, ‘11 Staff Reporter Abe Baxter, ‘12 Staff Reporter
The men’s lacrosse team looks to improve from last season in the SUNYAC conference. With the season opener less than a week away, coach Pat Yannarelli looks to guide his team to victory. The Mustangs face this season as a young team with a roster holding 26 players, only two players being seniors. “We train six days a week, challenge ourselves each day, and with each day the team makes me proud,” said coach Yannarelli. With a losing record from last year of 1-13, the Mustangs plan to put in more effort and build themselves stronger. Yannarelli, who has been with the team since 2007, said, “We’ve lost some good players from last year, but
we’ve got a lot of new youth, with the team made up mostly with freshman. Some of our key players include sophomore midfielder Eric Stein, senior Eric Redmann, and new freshman Robert Rob Schieferstein.” This year, there is a new addition to the staff: Jason Longo has joined the team as an assistant coach. “Longo joins us from Cazenovia, and seems to be pointing the team in the right direction,” said Yannarelli. “He’s the man, he knows what he’s doing and he’s only going to make us better,” said sophomore mid-fielder Michael Pascuzzi. “He did come from a very winning program at Lemoyne so he is bringing what he knows from there to us.” The team is working on “team chemistry and keeping a positive atmosphere in the locker room,” said student
assistant coach Jon Brown. “The team captains are to be announced, and we expect our returning players to be team leaders on and off the field this season.” “I can see the team is starting to come together better as a whole, and is improving on their communication skills,” said attacker Nelson Boyd. “Coach Yannarelli knows what he’s doing, and does his job well.” “The freshmen will be a huge key to this year’s success,” said Pascuzzi. “And the harder the work and the better the play, the better our team will be. “We have a big schedule out-of-conference this season but we especially want to win within the SUNYAC conference,” said Yannarelli. This season, the Mustangs play their first game March 1, against SUNY Cobleskill at Colgate University.
Morrisville’s Eric Stein (left) looks to pass the ball past a SUNY Brockport player during a men’s lacrosse game last year. The Mustangs are scheduled to open the 2009 lax season Sunday against SUNY Cobleskill.