State universities work to decrease budget cuts and keep college costs down for students. - full story on page 3 -
Morrisville State College • February 2011• vol. XLII • no. 5
12-year business dean becomes new VP Katie Collins, ‘11 Staff Reporter Dr. David Rogers is the new vice president for academic affairs at Morrisville State College. Rogers has held various administrative positions at MSC over the past 12 years. He first came to MSC in 1999 to become the dean of the school of business. When Rogers arrived, the school of business was solely a two-year school. Rogers said he thought working here was “a natural fit,” because the college was “moving into the four-year realm.” He had prior experience teaching and as an administrator before joining MSC. He called the move a “wonderful opportunity,” because it gave him the chance to work with faculty and students. Rogers has been a ‘doubledean’, too. While he was dean
Vice President David Rogers poses for a photo in his office. This is his 12th year at Morrisville State College. Photo by Daniel Moreno, ‘13 | Photo Editor
of the School of Business, he was also acting dean of the School of Agriculture & Natural Resources while a dean search went on. In 2008 and 2009, Rogers was also the dean of the Norwich campus. As Rogers has had career advancements over the years, he said he has learned that “the success of the office is increasingly dependent on others.” The advancements of professors relies on their students and peers. Deans need the support of the faculty in their schools. Rogers said, “now, as the VP, I’m especially aware that I have to work closely with lots of others.” He may have ideas, Rogers said, “but unless I can garner support” sitting on the 5th floor in the administration building, “nothing’s going to happen unless others believe in the agenda,” he said. ~ continued on page 6 ~
Some students spend large refunds recklessly
Iesha Wilson, ‘13 Staff Reporter
The House of Reps votes to extend the sunset provisions of both the Patriot Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. - read column on page 2 -
Lifestyle Technology makes it more and more difficult to squelch student multi-tasking. - read full story on page 4 -
“Not all students use their refund checks for what they are intended for,” says Director of Financial Aid Dacia Banks. A loan budget starts all students at the same place. It shows you the maximum amount you can borrow for a student or parent loan, says Banks. The maximum amount of money is not always the amount students will need to cover the bills and expenses for MSC; most of the time, it’s more, she adds. A refund check allows students to buy books and supplies. It helps pay the rent and buys groceries for those students who live off campus. Refund checks are the leftover money after the school bill is paid, Banks says. Freshman Business Administration student Unique Williams says she didn’t know she was going to get a refund check until she got an e-mail saying one was available for her at the Student Accounts Office. “Getting my refund check was the best thing that ever happened to me since I came to MSC,” she says. “I
put all the money in the bank and saw my account double from what it was before I got my refund.” Williams took her check to Carousel Mall to go shopping. She went to Hollister and bought everything from sweatshirts and sweatpants to perfume and shirts. She bought a microwave, an iPad, a stereo system, and a lot of sneakers. She also bought clothes for the summer. “I bought clothes for the summertime because they were on sale,” says Williams. “And plus, why not buy them now? I have the money.” Banks’ best advice is that student avoid such shopping sprees, because they automatically have to pay that money back. Also, with loans come interest rates. When it’s time to repay the money and you don’t have it, some banks will go as far as to take your tax return just to make payments, she says. Williams says, however, that she’s not worried about repaying her refund check; her parents will do it for her
After receiving his refund check, hospitality management major Ben Markie browses the Morrisville campus store for new items. Photo Illustration by Daniel Moreno, ‘13 | Photo Editor
when the time comes. Sophomore nursing student Brittany Nelson is one of the few students who received more than one refund check. With the money from her first check, she bought her books; the rest she put away for a car. With her second check, she finally bought her first car. “With the rest of the money I had left over from both checks, I did little things
like get my nails, toes, and eyebrows done at the mall. I also went out to eat with my friends at Red Lobster,” Nelson says. Once she becomes a nurse, she plans on paying the money back. Not all students receive refund checks, but those who do get them after buying their books or tools for class should use the extra money to start paying back their loans, Banks says.
Editorial February 2011 - T CHIMES Anti-immigration vigilante groups should respect the law page 2
Adilka Pimentel, ‘12 Staff Reporter Civilians should not have the right to patrol the border with Mexico, especially without the consent of the federal government or even a local authority. It can become a very dangerous issue, as seen in the current case of Shawna Forde. When people are prejudiced against another group of people, it becomes very easy for them to target that group and take physical actions against them when boundaries are not set in place. That’s what allegedly happened to the Flores family.
Shawna Forde could face the death penalty after being found guilty of murdering a man and his nine-yearold daughter in their home in Arivaca, Ariz. Forde was accused of first degree murder after she masterminded a raid with two accomplices, Jason Bush and Albert Gaxiola, which left two dead and a mother without a family. Forde, a vigilante of the anti-illegal immigrant group known as Minutemen American Defense, patrolled the border between Mexico and the U.S. often carrying guns and ammunition. Forde was kicked out of the original Minuteman Civil Defense Corps group because of her “extreme behavior” according to the Arizona Public Media. After she got kicked out, she started her own group. Forde’s plan was to steal drug money from the houses of drug dealers and use it to fund her vigilante group, according to testimony from Colorado Minutemen Project member Ron Wedow.
Mistaking the Flores residence for the house of drug smugglers, Forde and fellow group members, Bush and Gaxiola, entered the household of Flores posing as law enforcement. Raul and his daughter Brisenia Flores were shot at close range on May 30, 2009, according to the New York Times. Raul’s wife, Gina Gonzalez, was injured during Forde’s raid. While posing as dead, she was able to get her husband’s handgun and fire, injuring Bush during the getaway. On behalf of Forde’s defense, her attorney said that she was not there that night and that Mr. Flores and his daughter were shot and killed by rival drug dealers. The media has failed to report this case on a national level. When the words “Shawna Forde murder trial” are typed in a search engine like Google, only four or five articles appear. “There are a lot of possible explanations for the lack of coverage, not the
least of which have to do with personnel and funding constraints,” said Joe Coscarelli of the Village Voice. “News organizations spread thin, attempting to cover two wars and international uprisings. But more cynical critics point to questions of race - white alleged killers and brown victims - or the media narrative of the Minutemen as merely a well-intentioned ‘neighborhood watch’ group.” A great number of people cross the border between Mexico and the U.S. daily. Some do it to find better opportunities for their families and others are involved in human and drug trafficking. Illegal immigration has become a split issue where opinions vary, while actions such as passing S.B 1070 in Arizona are taking effect. A safer, more efficient method of dealing with illegal immigration should be created on both state and federal levels to prevent a repeat of events similar to the Shawna Forde case.
than liberty and the Constitution, as the majority voted to extend the sunset provisions of both the Patriot Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. These provisions had been set to expire on Feb. 28. With a vote of 275-144 in favor of H.R. 514, Congress voted to pass this bill rather than allow the sunset provisions, along with the other permanent provisions, to be assessed, scrutinized and debated in committee hearings. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), one of many Republicans who have at-
tempted to capitalize on the Tea Party movement and the increasing dissatisfaction many have with the prevalence of big government policies, surprised many when she was counted among those who went along with this unpatriotic Patriot Act. Bachmann’s vote personified what many American’s feared about the Patriot Act: a general distrust in the responsibility of the government and governmental officials with the increasing power that they assign themselves and their big corporate conglomerate lobbies, the military industrial complex being one of the largest. Rep. Jan Schakowski (D-Ill.), a member of the Intelligence Committee, was given the opportunity to briefly make her case for why she opposes the Patriot act. “I am confident that we can protect our citizens, and do it without treading on their rights,” Schakowski said. She went on to explain how the provisions voting to be extended do so. “Section 215, which allows the government to gain access to anyone’s private, confidential records, including their medical, financial, library, and bookstore records, without first presenting evidence linking those records to a suspected terrorist or spy. It also fails to allow for court oversight of these secret orders and prohibits the recipient of such orders from challenging the legality of the order for a year.” Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) outlined how the provisions being reauthorized by H.R. 514 violate the Constitution--mainly First- and FourthAmendment rights--and the oaths that the congressmen took to protect the Constitution when they took office. “Section 206 – known as the John Doe wire tap – allows the FBI to obtain an order from FISA, the foreign intel-
ligence surveillance court, to wiretap a target without having to specify the target or the device. And I challenge the constitutionality because I believe this provision severely undermines the Fourth Amendment which requires warrants to describe the place to be searched and the person or things to be seized,” Kucinich said. Kucinich went on to cite how Section 215 violates the First and Fourth Amendments by allowing the government to demand private records associated with First-Amendment rights – library and medical records. “The third provision, Section 6001 – known as the lone wolf surveillance provision, is contained in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004,” he said. “It authorized the government to conduct investigations,” or surveillance, “of non-U.S. individuals not connected to a foreign power or terrorist group, but effectively allows the government to circumvent the standards that are required to obtain electronic surveillance orders from criminal courts” – warrants required by the Fourth Amendment. By virtue of having contact with the suspected terrorist, the lone wolf provision can extend to include U.S. citizens. Throughout the proceedings, accusations of “playing politics” and “misinformation” were flying across both sides of the aisle. The arguments for the bill typically used the defense that the bill was to ensure American’s “security.” These proponents followed the logic that all the act does is extend intelligence agencies the same tools law enforcement uses when investigating child molesters and organized crime, to fight terrorism; and who likes child molesters? ~continued on page 6~
Patriot Act reauthorization sparks unpatriotic acts
Will Conroy, ‘11 Editorial Co-Editor This past Valentine’s Day, the majority of the House of Representatives likely had their hearts set on things other
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February 2011 - The CHIMES
SUNY works to decrease budget cuts and keep college costs down Mollie Carter, ‘14 Staff Reporter
Recent budget cuts at MSC have resulted in the loss of jobs as well as classes. Stephen L. Hinkle, director of theatre and music, spoke of a time when MSC had many classes and opportunities for students interested in music. The Music Department has been severely cut because of budget issues. Hinkle says music classes included history of jazz, choir and jazz band. Students had a Christmas Concert and a Spring Concert each year.. The jazz band also performed at Homecoming and community events. Since there is no longer a jazz band or choir, there are no more concerts. Music classes were cut primarily because there were only 15 students in choir and 20 students in jazz band, Hinkle says. He says there is little chance of bringing the music department back. It might help if students ask for it, but no one has.
The Student Health Center has also been affected by the budget cuts. Last semester they lost one of their medical providers. “That’s huge,” says Benjamin Domingo, director of the center and family medical practitioner. The position has not yet been replaced. The center no longer has walk-in appointments available to students. Domingo says people have to make an appointment, and sometimes students are waiting two to three days to be seen. “This is about the students,” he says.“These cuts have affected their health.” Robert Dushay, associate professor of social science, says the budget cuts have led to pushing more students into fewer courses. “In my department,” says Dushay, “introductory courses have gone from 35 students up to 40 and upper level courses have been similarly increased.” He adds there has also been pressure to use fewer office supplies, including handouts.
Former Office Manager of the Admissions Office Deborah Schroer says that when she was working at MSC, the number of support staff went from four people to two. “Times were hectic and stressful,” Schroer says. The office always had four people on staff until one staff member took a job in another office on campus. “Letters didn’t go out as frequently as they should have and phones sometimes had to go unanswered,” Schroer says. Recently, SUNY students have called for rational tuition pay, an expansion of the Tuition Assistance Program and restoration of community college base aid says Kyle J. Hill, interim director of communications. He says the SUNY student assembly approved an agenda that calls for the repeal of Bundy Aid, which is state aid to private universities. Hill says SUNY students have endured $1.1 billion in budget cuts over the past three years. This agenda will help refocus students’ efforts, and they expect more student
participation in supporting this year’s budget. “Hopefully that will translate to smaller budget cuts,” said Julie Gondar, president of the SUNY Student Assembly. Richard Carreno, interim president for MSC, said during Tuesday’s student government organization meeting that the SUNY budget has already made a 10 percent cut from their budget. That is $100 million
altogether and $1 million from MSC. “It’s been a tough period of time,” said Carreno. SUNY is still looking for a plan to make tuition increases more balance, he adds. On March fourth, SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher will be coming on campus for the opening of the new Sheila Design Center at noon, as well as participate in a panel discussion in STUAC a 1 p.m..
Interim President Richard Carreno speaks in front of the Student Goverment Student Assembly on Tuesday about the recent budget cuts proposed for SUNY. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the recent and upcoming cuts. Photo by Wendy Vair, ‘12 | Campus News Editor
Dining halls look to the students for opinions on vegetarian options
Gina Pacherille, ‘13 Staff Reporter
When asked if she stopped being vegetarian because she went to Morrisville State College, liberal arts student Sara Edwards says she definitely did. “I miss being a vegetarian, but I don’t feel it’s a valid option here,” she says. Edwards adds that she feels her diet has suffered since coming to college. “Almost everything you order in the dining halls is smothered in grease or deep-fried. I think the ‘freshman 15’ is inevitable because of it.” If you’re a vegetarian at MSC, you may want some advice on how to stick to your no-meat diet and stay healthy at the same time. According to a survey done by People for the Ethnic Treatment of Animals, some schools in the United States that offer plenty of vegetarian options are Indiana UniversityBloomingdale, Humboldt State and University of Puget. Although it may be hard to be a vegetarian at MSC, it isn’t impossible. Kim Munz, the associate director of Mustang Alley, Smooth Jazzy Joz and Stix, shares some of the options
available to vegetarian and vegan students. “At Mustang Alley, we offer Vegan/Vegetarian entrees at World’s Fare every day,” says Munz. She also mentioned there is a pasta area as well as a lot of items from the Field of Greens such as custom salads and sandwiches. They even offer a vegetarian soup every day . “The vegetarian population is very quiet; I don’t hear very much from them. I would love to talk to some of our vegetarian and vegan customers and see what they would like,” Munz says. She adds that she would love to offer more vegetarian and healthier options if she had some idea of what the customers were looking for. Diana Johnson, director of dinning services, suggests that students be involved when asked for their input. Both dining locations have put out a brochure called The Vegan Voice, asking for feedback, but so far little has come back. “We are not opposed to trying to work things out,” Johnson says. “If students come in to talk, we can make it happen.” Johnson has not heard from any vegan or vegetarian students recently, but in the past she has
worked closely with students who have come forward. She says students can bring in recipes they would like to see available and can talk with the chef at Seneca Dining Hall as well. Organizations like Vegfamily.com, a web site for vegetarians and PETA, argue that vegetarians face challenges in college. PETA has an entire cookbook for vegetarians in college called “PETA’s Vegan Cookbook for College Students.” The recipes are described as easy to follow, fast and not requiring many ingredients. Information can also be found online or at the library. PETA also suggests that you do research before leaving for college. Edwards says she would like to see the veggie options that the school offers improved. She would also like to see more portobella burgers and more sautéed vegetables. “There’s so many vegetarian options,” she says, “it’s just a matter of opening your mind and trying new things.” According to PETA.org, a vegetarian or vegan saves over 760 chickens, five cows and 46 turkeys in their cumulative lifetime. Therefore, it may be
disappointing to have to refrain from the vegetarian lifestyle once coming to college. Munz says she believes that with a little hard work and determination, it is easy to live a healthy lifestyle in college. “I think a lot of it is education on what types of food to stay away from,” she says. Mustang Alley’s menu has online nutritional information which can help people when they want to
eat healthier. She also says that people need to voice their suggestions. All students are welcome to contact Munz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Johnson at email@example.com. Students can also fill out comment cards at any of the dining locations on the MSC campus and suggest ideas as to what they would like to see be available.
Individual studies student Nathaly Jimenez, makes a salad at the salad bar in Seneca Dining Hall. Both Seneca and Mustang Alley offer different kinds of vegeterian friendly options daily to choose from. Photo by Tanasia Peacock, ‘14 | Staff Photographer
February 2011- THE CHIMES
What’s next for Nintendo as Wii sales are on a rapid decline? Robert Harris, ‘14 Staff Reporter
As the gaming industry looks to the future from the current generation of gaming consoles, recent statistics show that the Nintendo Wii, leader of the current console sales race, has seen a sharp decline in sales. IGN.com reported that Wii hardware has been on a 34 percent decrease in sales for the first portion of this year. This deficit will not, however, do any serious damage to Nintendo, as the Wii has sold over 84.64 million units, and the Nintendo DS boasts an astounding 144.59 million units sold (more than double of rival Sony’s PlayStation Portable’s 66.4 million units sold) both reported by Nintendo’s annual sales charts. What does this significant sales decline mean for the industry?
There isn’t much need for worry, as Nintendo is expecting two major consoles to reach the public within the next few years. The Nintendo 3DS, successor to the Nintendo DS, is set to launch in North America on March 27. Rumors illustrated by Wii. Nintendolife.com have also surfaced anticipating possible news for the Wii 2 at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. The Wii might be down, but it’s not out just yet. Several major Wii titles are going to reach shelves over the course of the year, which might give Nintendo one last “hoorah” before the Wii’s successor is released. The “Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword,” “The Last Story,” and “XENOBLADE” are all appointed for a 2011 release. Not much information has been given by Sony or Microsoft about any plans for an
upcoming generation of their gaming consoles. With Microsoft’s Xbox peripheral, Kinect and Sony’s Playstation Move still paving the way for new game releases, it is hard to say when either company will be prepared to move the industry forward. This might be because both still have a lot of potential ground to cover in terms of sales. According to CNET.com, the Kinect has sold over 8 million units, and the Playstation Move is continuing past the 4 million mark. Both figures dwarf the original expectations made by Sony and Microsoft before release of each constituent. The Wii hosts a library of over 968 game titles with plenty more on the way, so it’s safe to say that there still is plenty of hope for Nintendo’s motioncontrolled gaming console.
Catherine Flood, ‘13 Staff Reporter Lindsay Kilian, ‘13 Staff Reporter
ADHD. Neither is there evidence to support that living in a fast-paced, chaotic society causes ADHD.
anyone unless they have a disability,” he says. “We do not, however, do that at Morrisville State College.”
After a period of good sales and profits for the Nintendo Wii, sales begin to trickle. Is it too soon to panic, or has the Wii fallen from grace? Photo Illustration by Daniel Moreno, ‘13 |Photo Editor
MSC profs have various ways to deal with classroom distractions Like most faculty members, Associate Professor Robert Dushay says he remembers when distractions meant something completely different. “Back in my day, it was newspapers. We doodled in notebooks,” says the associate professor of social science. Still, the effect was similar to modern electronic devices, he notes. “Either way, you’re not paying attention; the only difference is [today’s] devices are smaller and easier to hide.” Advancements in technology such as phones, computers and MP3 players are only the beginning. Computers have instant messaging, e-mail and social networking. Students can even use these same programs on their phones. Might these electronic devices be the cause of more multi-tasking and disruption of learning? Could they be the cause of more Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder? According to counselingcenter.illinois.edu, ADHD is a psychological condition that begins in early childhood and frequently persists into adulthood. The site said with ADHD, young adults have more problems because symptoms interfere with their ability to manage tasks and responsibilities. According to the site, it is a myth that spending a lot of time watching television or playing video games causes
Darryl Akins surrounds himself with a variety of gadgets as he tries to focus on getting his “work” done. “Trying to maintain focus gets harder with each advancement made in technology,” he says. Photo by Daniel Moreno, ‘13 | Photo Editor
Dushay says ADHD is controversial by itself; there is disagreement about its existence as a valid medical diagnosis. At the same time, Dushay adds, there is no documented research that multimedia really affects ADHD. “An ADHD diagnosis is often done to get troublemakers or others that need help out of class, because a lot of schools don’t provide help for
Dushay says his concern with multitasking is that as people have become so used to doing more than one thing at a time, it’s hard for them to pay attention to just one thing anymore. He also says boredom is a factor when it comes to multi-tasking. Dushay says he started keeping records recently because of a gut feeling that grades would go down from the effects of multimedia in-
fluences. He was surprised to find that his students’ grades stayed about the same. Gladys Cleland, associate professor of journalism, says she does not allow media in her classroom. She notes that some of her colleagues find it surprising that she is an advocate for new media and social media interactions, but restricts any use of cell phones, personal digital devices, and laptops in her classroom. “Students’ use of social media is a major distraction to the learning process,” she insists, “because even though students believe they can multitask well, it is my experience and observation that they actually become ‘socially paralyzed’ in and out of the classroom.” Dushay says he has noticed electronic devices being used in his classroom, and he feels it’s rude for a student, for example, to send a text right under his nose. He finds it to be a minor irritation and it doesn’t affect him too much, but students don’t realize the effects they may have on other students’ behavior he says. Still, Dushay admits, if it’s not distracting him or disturbing others, he lets it go. But under no circumstances will he allow students to answer a phone during his class. Cleland argues that students who multitask during class are not able to apply, remember, or focus the lessons they learned. She says what troubles her is that students don’t seem too concerned about learning in the classroom.
Wyatt Galusky, associate professor of humanities, says he likes to use multimedia in his classroom. He says that like other things there are positives and negatives: The technology has amazing potential when people use it effectively in a classroom. “I take advantage of the multimedia to use them more. I recognize they exist and model what I feel is necessary in the classroom,” he says. The negatives are people constantly checking their emails and texts, which makes them physically present and mentally elsewhere, Galusky notes. He doesn’t necessarily know how to manage that challenge yet. He wants to trust that his students are using the computers for good. He says some students use computers to take notes. “I didn’t have computers when I was in school, and I still got distracted,” he admits. Gregory Sydoriw, assistant professor in the school of liberal arts, says what normally takes students 30 minutes takes even longer when they’re not focusing on one thing. In fairness, he admits, both students and teachers are distracted. Sydoriw has taught at MSC for five years, and he says he has seen problems the entire time; the reliance on technology is making people lazy. “I use media as a regular part of instruction, such as YouTube, music, movies, and a laptop, but I don’t let my students use theirs,” Sydoriw says. “Technology in media is great, but it can get complicated,” Sydoriw says.
February 2011 - The CHIMES
Restaurant staffs want more courtesy from their customers
Alysha Jones, ‘13 Staff Reporter
The customer is always right, right? For the sake of not arguing I will nod my head in agreement. As a restaurant employee, I find myself in unfortunate situations receiving the look that reads, “I’m not pleased, so I’m not paying.” As a cashier for 3 1/2 years at an Italian-American style pizzeria and restaurant called Nina’s, in Norwich N.Y., I have met some great people, but I’ve also met some people who no matter what, even if everything is perfect, still will not be happy.
Before I begin I’d like to say I understand the occasional outburst from having a bad day or when a restaurant really does mess up an order for the third time. What really gets under my skin is when I do everything I can for a customer and they still won’t even say a simple “thanks” under their breath. As part of the customer service industry, I’ve realized that some customers see me as a personal beating post and forget that I’m human, too. Don’t believe me? Three female customers approached the counter after eating in; the pizza guy took their dinner ticket and asked how their dinner was. Unaware that he made her pizza, she began to explain how long it took. “Really?” He asked. “That’s weird because I remember making this pizza and giving it to the waitress. We’ve been slow so it didn’t take very long at all.” Watching the customer, I thought she was going to just pay and leave, but she didn’t give up. She continued and began to complain that her
pepperoni roll wasn’t cooked enough. Her waitress was walking by the moment those words left her mouth. The waitress stopped, turned to the customer confused by what she’d heard, and said, “I told you that if you wanted it back in the oven I could do that for you.”
ing customers to wait is bad on the restaurant’s part because it could push them to seek out other restaurants. I remember a day when we made a woman wait. She had called earlier that day and ordered a large cheese pizza for 4:15. Later that day she arrived at Nina’s, asked for
As part of the service industry, I’ve realized that some customers see me as a personal beating post and forget that I’m human, too. The customer started raising her voice in response, saying what she thought about the pepperoni roll she received and the waitress. To end it all, the customer looked at the waitress and said, “You’re a bitch.” Words flew, but not for long. The waitress managed to remain professional the whole time, not raising her voice despite being insulted. She walked away, still confused. After all of that, the customer ended up paying her bill. Money isn’t the only thing people are willing to fight about these days, but time as well. Ask-
her pizza, but it wasn’t ready yet because it was 4:10. I tried to explain to her that our clock only said 4:10, but she told me she didn’t care. While waiting, she continued saying, “Next time I’m going someplace else, this is ridiculous and I shouldn’t have to wait.” In my time working at Nina’s, I had never seen our pizza guy get frustrated with a customer and actually say something. At that moment he took this woman’s pizza, tossed it on the display case, and told her that next time he hoped she would go someplace else.
She began demanding for the boss, to which the cashier replied that the pizza guy was the boss because the owner wasn’t there. Really upset, she took her money back and threw the full soda bottle in her hand, almost hitting the cashier in the head, and left the restaurant yelling. To some people it may sound like I’m just complaining; it’s my job I should deal with it, right? Yes it is my job, but no, I shouldn’t have to worr y about defending myself because a customer isn’t happy with the way their food tasted or how long they waited for it. On behalf of the restaurant industry: we aren’t trying to make you wait or purposely mess up your food. Actually, we are trying to do the exact opposite; we are providing our ser vice, convenience and food with a smile. Every time customers order from a restaurant, they are paying for a meal but receiving the priceless joys of eating in, or taking out, as well.
Multicultural fest showcases ethnic diversity at MSC
Dancers from the Wacheva Cultural Arts group in Syracuse perform a native African dance during the Multicultural Fest Friday, Feb. 18. The troupe was one of the many performers, including students, who took part to help raise awareness to the ethnic diversity of students at MSC.
Isabelle Bernard (left) holds up the Haitian flag and speaks in her native tongue during culture night while other students hold their flags awaiting their turns to speak. Culture night showcased the ethnic diversity at MSC by presenting students with a variety of foods, languages and facts about the different cultures represented.
Photo by Tanasia Peacock, ‘14 | Staff Photographer
Photo by Tanasia Peacock, ‘14 | Staff Photographer
February 2011 - THE CHIMES
Reauthorized Patriot Act raises constitutional concerns ~continued from page 2~
Opponents of the bill argued that these provisions allow for constitutional encroachments which should be examined and debated in committee before extended and that in order to be safe we do not necessarily need to give up some of our freedoms. The difference between allowing such tools to be used by the intelligence agencies is that the use of these tools by law enforcement is constitutionally permissible. In other words, the criminal investigators have probable cause to establish a warrant to use such tools, whereas all the intelligence agencies need is an inkling of suspicion--a power whose vague constraints leaves it ripe for abuse. Proponents also made reference to the fact that there have been no successful lawsuits pertaining to the constitutionality of the Patriot Act provisions in question and that the oversight of a couple of federal judges is enough to ensure that the various provisions of the Patriot Act be used constitutionally. Nevertheless, proponents of the bill voted against a proposed amend-
ment to the bill, which stated that any use of the Patriot Act could not violate the first ten amendments, and that those filing suit against any provisions of the act also be allowed an expedited trial the same way the intelligence agencies using the bill would be granted by the Patriot Act, and they did so on the basis that the inclusion of such a provision is distracting and “redundant.” In fact, the proponents of the extension, primarily Rep. James Sensenbrenner (RWis.), also used the redundancy defense to the criticism they received for ramming the bill through without any debate, arguing that the provisions have already been debated in the past. Well, I have some information for such proponents. That debate was in the past. Times have changed. The U.S. governmental system is intended to be redundant. If the Patriot Act didn’t violate the Constitution, then there should be no reason to object to the amendment. The discussion on Feb. 14, reminded me of some of the more famous words of President John. F. Kennedy who said in his April 27, 1961
address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.” The Patriot Act is a prime example of the kind of secrecy which JFK was referring to. The fact that the Patriot Act authorizes the decisions outlined in the three aforementioned provisions to be made in secret and by an unknown federal judge who doesn’t even need to have reasonable suspicion to make the decision, as it does with the FISA court, contradicts the fundamental principles of a “free and open society,” let alone the constitution. To deny that the Patriot Act doesn’t do so, as many did during the proceedings on Monday, is misinformation, either from pure negligence or in a deliberate attempt to deceive others for the sake of their own agenda. I tend to think the latter.
To those who say that a secret court is enough oversight to ensure that the process of intelligence gathering using the Patriot Act provisions is constitutional, I say that you are flat out wrong. The whole idea of a democratic society is to ensure that the people can act as an additional check and balance on the power of government, hence militias and the individual liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights the Patriot Act erodes. The Patriot Act is a law that one would expect to form totalitarian regimes. In fact, in an interview with Press TV a former CIA official likened the Patriot Act to legislation that was passed by the Nazis. “The Patriot Act was similar to legislation carried out by the Nazis because essentially it was using terrorism in both cases as an excuse to strip civil liberties that were enjoyed in both countries; in the United States and Germany,” Phillip Giraldi said. It doesn’t matter whether a lawsuit has been successfully filed against the Patriot Act provisions referenced above; the possibility for abuse is there. Aside from the other constitutional violations sur-
rounding the Fourth Amendment, the Patriot Act also prevents a speedy trial and public proceedings violating the constitution and undermining fundamental democratic principles, which should never take a back seat to anything. Not even security. Without liberty there is nothing that can be secured.
pared to handle the “challenges ahead.” Vice President for Administrative Services and Information Technology at MSC Jean
college.” He explained that the changes at the college meant it was a “pretty important moment for the college to think about what new direction it was going to go into.” Galusky said Rogers was different than the other candidates because he was familiar with MSC, and “he’s totally passionate about the institution,” which Galusky said was “definitely clear.” In December, former president of MSC Dr. Raymond Cross offered Rogers the job after an extensive national search. Rogers said, Cross told him that he would not have made a decision that the committee did not agree to. Rogers thinks he will be different then the last academic vice-president, Jim VanRiper, because of the transition MSC is in now. He said VanRiper’s focus was on the growth of MSC becoming a four-year school. It will be the change to “becoming a more mature four-year institution” that will make Rogers’ job different he
said. But now, he said part of the project is getting students enrolled into the existing fouryear programs, and faculty and administration working
the college and community, Rogers said he runs the risk of “not fully understanding the fundamental mission of Morrisville.”
“Naturally, the common people don’t want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.” Hermann Goering, (18991946), Nazi Reich Marshall, Nuremburg Trials, 18 April 1946. As related to Gustave Gilbert at the Nuremberg trials, from the book Nuremberg Diary.
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One of Rogers’ main reasons for originally coming to MSC, he said, was the challenge of creating the four-year programs. Now, Rogers said part of why he chose to become the vice president is because “there’s a different set of challenges in dealing with external audiences.” During the past few years, Rogers said, he has enjoyed securing external grants and participating in local boards and committees to develop the school of business. But with his training in economics from when he was a labor economist at Cornell University, he said, “training is very much consistent with the kind of the work I do here.” Citing the governor’s proposed budget cuts, Rogers said, “what goes around comes around.” Because of the training he received as a graduate student, Rogers said he is now pre-
“I am confident that he is the right person for the job.” Boland was the chair of the search committee. She said she is pleased that Rogers is now the VPAA because she is “confident that he is the right person for the job.” Boland said she finds Rogers to be “incredibly bright, articulate, personable, and a true academic.” Associate Professor of Humanities Dr. Wyatt Galusky has been at MSC for eight years. He has been on several faculty search committees and said he wanted to be on the VPAA search committee because, “it was a pivotal point for the
“I think everyone who assumes a new position, even in the same organization, can’t help but be excited about the new challenges.” together to finish the change to a four-year college. To utilize MSC’s successful two-year programs, Rogers said MSC is going to use the four-year programs for people to create jobs in New York State. Now, though, learning will still be “primarily hands-on experiential,” he said, but “it’ll involve broader questions at inquiry at the four-year level.” As the VPAA, Rogers said he hopes to go to events because he feels it is important that students see him on campus. By not interacting with
At this point, Rogers said he is having fun in his new position. During the proceedings of the committee, as the assistant to the president and a committee member, MSC’s Interim President Richard Carreno said Rogers is “a known quantity here. He’s very knowledgeable of Morrisville’s policies and procedures.” Carreno said he is happy that Rogers is at MSC “during this period of transition, and we have someone of his caliber that was able to step into this role.”
February 2011 - The CHIMES
MSC hunt-seat equestrian rider continues in her mother’s footsteps Marissa Felker, ‘14 Staff Reporter
Freshman Teal Pedersen graduated from East Port South Manor High School in 2010 and is originally from Kingston, N.Y. Morrisville was her choice because of the riding program, but not because she was interested in equine science. She is majoring in criminal justice and plans on becoming a lawyer. Teal has been riding horses since before she could walk, and is now a frequent high point rider for the MSC hunt seat team. Teal’s mother began riding at the age of 16 and quickly developed a passion, says Teal. This passion was passed on to Teal who has has been riding her whole life and doesn’t plan on stopping. “Horses are my life,” says Teal. “I’m the happiest person when I am on a horse.” “Teal is a freshman who is not in the equine program so I don’t see her a lot,” says head coach Lisa Eklund. “Teal gets along well with the team and is a good team player.”
Teal Pedersen rode at Skidmore College earlier in the season where the team took reserve champion honors. Pedersen is a freshman in the criminal justice program here at MSC. Photo courtesy of Teal Pedersen
Teal says she was impressed by the teamwork she saw at MSC between the riders. She has several goals for both her professional life and her riding. This season, Teal says she hopes to qualify for regionals, then zones and hopefully nationals. At each level, Teal must earn the points necessary in order to advance. “She’s a strong rider and is standing out for the judges,” says fellow rider Kathryn Curto. As of now, Teal competes in both intermediate flats and fences. So far this season, Teal has been high point rider for three of the five shows, including the very first show of the season at Skidmore College. Teal placed first in both of her events. She continues to show her talent placing anywhere from first to third in every show. “Teammates respect and look up to her riding,” says Eklund. Teal accredits her success to her teammates. “Riding is actually a huge team sport,” says Teal. “You need everyone to succeed.” Everyone helps the rider next to them in order to improve, she adds.
At the end of the show, everyone’s points are added up for a team score, so there needs to be cooperation between riders. “She’s enthusiastic and always has a smile on,” says Curto. “She always wants to see people do well.” In her life, Teal has been continually inspired by her mother. “My mom has been there my whole life and taught me everything I know about horses,” says Teal. Teal says she also finds inspiration in her team because everyone works so hard to improve. Even though Teal is already riding at an intermediate level, she says she still has motivation to improve. Teal says she continues to practice to achieve both her goals and her mom’s goal for her. “I want to make my team proud,” says Teal. She says she hopes to one day be as successful as her mother is today. One piece of advice Eklund gives to Teal is to, “try to focus on right now and not worry about the future or the past.” Teal says that she plans to move to Florida and own a farm, so she can combine her job with her love of riding.
After strong start as freshman, Boise continues to show strengths Briana Foisia, ‘13 Online Co-Editor
To Jennifer Boise, riding horses is her career path in life. She first started riding at the age of 10. “I never did any other sports in high school,” she says. “I seemed to bond with horses and I knew I was doing well working and training them.” Boise is a third-year student in the equine science and business management program. She graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School and is from New Haven, Vt. Boise says her best friend came to Morrisville two years before she did; she came to visit and liked the school. “It’s one of the best equine schools in the country. It’s a great program,” she says. As a freshman, she was selected to go to the International Horse Show Association semi-finals. She placed fifth out of 12 riders.
Many riders don’t go to semifinals until their second or third years. “It’s overwhelming as a freshman, it’s a big experience,” she says. “She managed to qualify as a team rider,” says Dr. Tiffany Day, head western stock seat coach. “We try to take older riders to represent the team. Jennifer showed her talent early.”
“She’s one of our kids we look to for help. She’s a good kid and works hard.”
Since then, Boise has been back to semi-finals, she went last year and placed third, missing second place by a point. “It’s competitive; you don’t know which horse you’ll ride or who you’ll be competing against,” she says. Her second trip led her to the University of Findlay in Ohio. Boise says, “It’s a totally
different program, I got to see their riding abilities.” “Now that she’s an upper classman, she has taken on leadership roles,” Day says. “At horse shows she helps newer students and runs the gate, making sure the right riders are in the right class. She’s a great helper.” “She helps people ride,” says Elizabeth Scott, a third-year student in the equine science and business management program. “When stalls are done we’ll sometimes sit and watch Michelle Nyberg’s labs, and Jennifer will help.” “She’s one of our kids we look to for help,” Day says. “She’s a good kid and works hard.” On Feb. 12, the western stock seat team held their first show of the new year. Boise placed fourth out of the six riders in her class. Boise says the thing she likes the most about working with horses is that each horse is an individual. “They each have their own personalities.”
Jennifer Boise is a third-year equine business and management student who has shown on the MSC equine team for three years. Photo by Briana Foisia, ‘13 | Online Co-Editor
Hockey team makes SUNYAC playoffs for second year Courtney Cook, ‘13 Sports Co-Editor
The Mustangs traveled to SUNY Plattsburgh Wednesday for a quarterfinal game against the Cardinals. The game was played after press time. Check your e-mail for an updated article later today on how the team did. The men lost to Buffalo State 3-0 on Feb. 18. Goaltender Caylin Relkoff had 17 saves on the night, while Buffalo State’s Kevin Carr had his third career shutout for the Bengals with 44 saves. The Mustangs returned to the ice on Feb. 19 to host Fredonia State and lost 6-5 in overtime. Scoring for the Mustangs were Rob Sg arbossa, Ryan Marcuz and Tyler Swan each with a goal apiece. Derek Matheson added two. Relkoff had 44 saves in net. “The bottom line is we’ve
earned the right to compete for a SUNYAC Championship and ultimately an NCAA tournament berth,” said head coach Brian Grady. O n Fe b. 1 2 , t h e t e a m shutout SUNY Cortland with a score of 4-0. Daniel Morello, Jonathan Cristini, Tom Longland, and Sgarbossa each netted one while Relkoff kept 25 out of the net for the Mustangs. The team beat Oswego State on Feb. 13 with a score of 5-2, which gave the #1 nationally -ranked Lakers their first SUNYAC loss of the season. “It was a big accomplishment for us and our organization,” said Nick Kulas, senior forward. Re l k o f f h a d 3 7 s a ve s against Oswego while Taylor Vince, Bobby Cass, Jamie Nelson, James Jar vis and Swan all netted one. On Saturday, Feb. 5, the
Mustangs hosted a game against SUNY Plattsburgh, where all proceeds went to the non-profit organization Saves for a Cure, Inc. Relkoff and Grady coordinated the event with Saves for a Cure founder Todd Sheridan. Sheridan is a student at SUNY Brockport and former goalkeeper of the Golden Eagles. Sheridan was diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma, or tongue and neck cancer, when he was 20 years old. He said he decided to start the program when he saw a girl between the ages of eight and ten in the waiting room when he was waiting for radiation treatment. “Little kids, they don’t do anything to get the cancer, whereas some people cause it and bring it upon themselves,” Sheridan said. Grady said that they collected a total of over $6,000.
The online jersey auction with the commemorative jerseys that the Mustangs wore totaled over $2,000 by itself. If you didn’t attend the game but would still like to donate money to this cause
you can send cash or checks to the Saves for a Cure office located at 27 Ellis Drive Brockport, NY 14420. You can make checks payable to Saves for a Cure, Inc.
A photo of the scoreboard at Oswego State at the end of the game on Feb.12. The Mustangs’ record now stands at 11-12-1 overall and 8-5-1 in conference play. Photo by Jim Feeney | Speedway Press
Women’s basketball has best record under coach Pinkerton Davina Nhek, ‘12 Staff Reporter
The Mustangs were defeated by SUNY Cobleskill Saturday, Feb. 19, with a score of 55-47, ending their 201011 season. The Mustangs were able to pull off their best season under head coach Sean Pinkerton with a 5-20 record (5-17 NEAC). Having only 23 g ames this season, there were only four players who played every game: sophomore forward Jenna March, freshman guards Nijee Scott and Jessica Rigg, and freshmen forward Nijah Townsend. Townsend had the most points in 12 games, racking up 337 total points along with the highest amount of rebounds in 16 games, totaling 227 rebounds. Scott had a total of 323 points and 147 rebounds. March had 82 points and 134 rebounds, and Rigg had
36 points and 80 rebounds. As a team, they were able to rack up 1,216 total points and 1,017 total rebounds. The Mustangs secured an 87-83 overtime win against Penn State Berks on Feb. 6. “The win at Penn State Berks was probably the best moment of the season,” head coach Sean Pinkerton said. “I was very proud of the way the girls played. They lead the second half, had a good size lead and they came out ag g ressive in over time to score the first five points of overtime.” “I am most proud of the game against Penn State Berks,” senior forward Kimberly Lewis said. “We played well and with composure when we had to go into overtime to take the win. Since we had a very young team, our biggest accomplishment was being able to come together and support each other regardless of our mistakes and what the scoreboard read.”
Morrisville’s Nijee Scott dribbles the ball up court in a game during the season. The team’s final record was 5-20 overall and 5-17 in the NEAC. Photo by Daniel Moreno, ‘13 | Photo Editor
“The team is good, but we have to grow in age as a team; we are a young team,” Townsend said. “The team definitely im-
proved over the course of the year; they grew up, they came together as a team, and the effort was there,” Pinkerton said.
After losing two starters and two recruits before the season beg an, along with freshman guard Unique Williams and Simoine Rogers to injuries, Pinkerton said it was one of the biggest struggles they faced this season. “The inconsistency all year hurt us,” Pinkerton said. Lewis was the only senior on the women’s basketball team. In 81 minutes played, she had a total of 13 points and 11 rebounds. “I don’t know how I feel about this being my last year,” Lewis said. “It will be a difficult adjustment because basketball has been a prevalent part of my life since age 11.” Lewis says she hopes that her team will continue to grow and work hard in being successful. In hopes for next season with nine returning players, Pinkerton said he would like to take on a bigger recruiting class and build on to the core of this year’s team.