Alice in Wonderland full story on page 6
Cinderella’s Closet is an organization that offers all young girls the opportunity to have their own, beautiful Prom gown.
Full story on page 4
Lifestyle Ceann is a psuedo-Irish rock band whose members hail from Pennsylvania. This was their second visit to campus.
Full story on page 5
Sports Men’s lacrosse opened up their season on March 10 against Marywood University and won, 9-5.
Men’s Basketball. Full stor y on page 8
Morrisville State College • March 2010 • vol. xxxviii • no. 6
Admired librarian takes job offered in Germany Katie Collins, ‘11 Staff Reporter Three weeks ago, a job opportunity that “literally fell out of the sky,” opened a door for John Schuster, the Assistant Librarian at Morrisville State College. Schuster will be finished at MSC June 30 and begin his new job in Germany in August. He will teach his favorite subject, philosophy, and continue to be a librarian at the Bavarian International School. Schuster was not looking for a job, but a friend from Germany told him about the position. The whole development of the job, “makes my head spin,” says Schuster, because the school called him and asked for his resume. Schuster says he sent his resume “just whimsically.” When the school asked Schuster about an interview, he thought, “ok well another whimsical move, what the heck.” Schuster says the interview was the “oddest interview of his life,” because for three hours, it took place through Skype, software that allows for people to communicate with videos or voice calls over the internet. Schuster did not have a camera though. It only took three days for Schuster and his wife of 35 years to decide to make the move to Germany. His wife too will have a job with the school. Schuster grew up in Buffalo and did not intend on leaving the area. “Would I leave here to go to Toledo, Philadelphia, Boston, LA. No way! No way!” A fan of Europe prior to the job opportunity Schuster says, he wouldn’t leave MSC for just any job, but one aspect to this job is its location. He is excited because Hamhausen, Germany is only hours away from other popular European cities.
this.” But having traveled to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria numerous times, “It’s not a big deal,” he says. Having traveled for years, Schuster says his children aren’t surprised because “they knew it could be on the horizon.” Schuster has a son and daughter, both who have traveled as well, but as adults they are staying in the United States. He says, “this isn’t a big surprise and they’re behind it one hundred percent.” The director of the Library, Christine Rudecoff, has worked with Schuster for two years. “John’s a great colleague,” she says. At his job, Rudecoff says, “he makes a real conscious effort to connect with students.” Being able to connect with students
debate and enthusiastic political campaigning on part of the candidates, Athena Lazo, journalism and communications for online media major, won the presidency. Lazo, currently SGO vice president said, as that president, she wants to “continue to follow in Kimani Smith’s footsteps in listening to the assembly to
make it a more student-run group rather than a dictated group.” Stephen Paravati, a healthrelated studies major, won the vice presidency. Paravati said he has “determination and always has the SGO constitution on hand.” He said that as vicepresident, SGO attendance will be very important to him.
Nathan Czamara , an automotive technology major, will continue to hold the postion of the SGO Director of Budgets. He has been an SGO member for a year and a half. The student activities fee was also voted mandatory with a majority vote of 80 percent. It will remain mandatory for the next two years.
years, Schuster traveled the world selling software, so he has an idea of what traveling to a foreign country is like. If he had not traveled, Schuster says he wouldn’t understand the “ramifications of
John Schuster, the System’s Librarian at Morrisville State College. Schuster will be finished at MSC June 30th and will begin his new job in Germany in August. Photo by Amanda Kuhl, ‘12
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in Chicago, Schuster worked in the library to help pay his bills and that’s when he discovered his enjoyment for the job. “One thing led to another, here I am a librarian, and I’m excited,” he says. When Schuster and his wife move they will be starting from scratch. They are not taking any of their belongings because the college will provide everything. He will be given a $5,000 relocation stipend, where Schuster will receive catalogs from the college, so he can choose his furniture. He says, “I’m still flipping out, that’s why this is different.” With the uniqueness of everything, Schuster calls the whole process “weird,” but because he likes weird and “gambling a little in life,” he says he isn’t too worried. For 13
is a big part of librarianship, Rudecoff says. As an important person, Rudecoff says Schuster has positive energy and she is, “sorry to see him go, but he’s going with a great opportunity.” A sophomore business student, William Long, worked with Schuster when he showed students how to use various academic tools. Long says Schuster has, “been very helpful, a great asset to Morrisville and the library.” Considering Schuster is leaving, Long says, “It’s very sad that he’s leaving, he’s irreplaceable.” Sue Greenhagen, assistant librarian, couldn’t think of the right words to describe Schuster. Greenhagen considers Schuster to be a “best friend and colleague.” Colleen Stella, an associate librarian says, “It’s been great working with John.” Stella says, Schuster gets along with everyone, and he really likes the students and faculty. “We will miss him,” she says. Not only was Schuster the system’s librarian at MSC, but for the past six years he made guest speaker appearances for journalism classes and spoke about issues that reflect the first amendment and free speech. Schuster named various people of the college who he has enjoyed getting to know and work with over the years. “I’m going to miss Morrisville College. I think it’s a great place. I’m going to miss the people. I’m going to miss all the staff at the library deeply.” If Schuster was to ever come back he says, “I wouldn’t even think twice to come back to Morrisville State College, absolutely.” He considers many of the college’s employees to be like a family. “That’s how I look at Morrisville, the campus they’re friends; kind of like a family.”
In his freshman year of college, Schuster discovered philosophy when he took introduction to philosophy with a professor he can still name today. As a graduate student studying philosophy
Student Government Organization (SGO) elections took place on March 15 and 16 in STUAC lobby. After a
Editorial March 2010 - The CHIMES Online, or in-person courses? Students’ opinions vary page 2
Gretchen Cramer, ‘11 Sports Co-Editor
Which is better: online or lecture-style classes? Well, it all depends on the person. For some, the open-ended time offered online helps make the decision. For others, the lack of social contact online is another reason to pursue lecture style classes. Senior criminal justice major Brandie Hazzard said, “I hate online classes. I believe there is a lack of interaction that the students need.” Time is both a problem and praise of online classes. Time can work for and against the student. It gives ample time to work on and turn in a project. However, keeping that in mind, time can work against the student
because you might push that assignment aside thinking there is plenty of time later. Next thing you know, it’s due and you haven’t even started. “It’s nice because I can work on it whenever I have the time,” said sophomore nursing student Joy Hanson. “However, it is a little difficult to understand what you get out of it.” Some people just flat out forget they have assignments because they do not check BlackBoard or WebCT regularly. Some forget they are taking an online class. A number of times, students will look to drop the class because they have completely forgotten about it until the midterm grades comes out and an “F” shows up. “I hate them. I feel they create a bad learning envi-
ronment,” junior equine science major Jasmin Kompare said. “Sometimes the way people say things out loud and type are very different. There is no interaction faceto-face with the professor.” Another problem students have with the online class is opportunity. Some professors do not have office hours that fit with a student’s schedule, but the student has a hard time getting in contact with the professor. “Having the availability of the instructor also helps the experience stay positive,” Hanson said. The student cannot make an appointment with a professor at the end of class, like they can in a classic lecture style class. Another factor in whether an online class is a good idea depends on individual
learning. A classic lecture style class is often easier for students who learn visually or auditorally. If a student does not know how they learn best, they can fill out a questionnaire of 16 questions online at www.varklearn.com/english/index. asp. Even hands-on students might have a harder time in online structured classes because there are no in-class group activities. Some professors have a mixture of styles for the class. Some have students take tests online, but still hold lecture as the frame of the class. Others put assignments and handouts online, while others have nothing to do with the online aspects of class. The lecture style classes allows more interaction,
opportunity to talk to the professor and ask questions. Homework is due a certain date, and if students need help most have a chance to ask the professor or other students about the homework. Students know at least some of the other students when you have a class setting because they are not just a name on the internet. “It’s much better than online classes because of the interaction with both the professor and the students,” Kompare said. “You can see how the rest of the students are doing. Maybe you’re just a dumbass or maybe it’s the topic.” So is online better than lecture or is the more social aspect going to lure you in? What is the conclusion? You decide.
Whale attack raises concerns about animals in captivity
Shane Pastor, ‘13 Staff Reporter
Early this past year I took a vacation to Orlando, Fl, to spend time with my family before I left for college. I wasn’t exactly thrilled that I had to spend most of the time walking around the Disney parks with my siblings, but there was one part of the trip that I truly enjoyed. We visited SeaWorld Orlando, and the majesty of the visit left me somewhat inspired, and truly in awe.
The most incredible spectacle in the park was the whale show because, in my opinion, anyone who gets in a tank with a 10,000 pound whale deserves the attention of an audience. The trainers were very professional and loving of the whales, and it was incredible to see a different species interact with the trainers with such indisputable bliss. Although the whales freely roamed the
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oceans before being taken into captivity, it made me think the whales were probably better off living in safety, than taking on the dangers of the world. Controversy erupted last week after a 12,000-pound killer whale named Tillikum attacked and killed a 40-yearold trainer at Shamu Stadium, the same stadium I was sitting in one year ago. According to ABC News, there have been many different reports on how a whale actually dragged trainer Dawn Brancheau into the tank in front of spectators. The controversy revolves around how we deal with animals who decide to turn against the humans taking care of them. It is tragic that Ms. Brancheau was a victim of this attack, but it is pure instinct that a whale will attack if it feels uncomfortable. Some people jump to the conclusion that earth’s creatures should be treated just as humans, and if an animal in captivity kills a human it should face its own demise. However, I find this ridiculous and immoral. If we choose to take these animals out of nature and train them
for our own entertainment, it is our job to protect them, regardless of circumstance. No matter how well you train a caged animal, it will always have its instincts. I believe it is logical to save these animals from the world around them. Pollution, rising ocean temperatures and poachers would soon enough kill the whales and other ocean mammals if they were not taken into our care. In a CBS News interview, Jack Hanna of the Columbus Zoo confirmed, “our zoological parks are the last chance we have to save these animals.” No matter how many people the whales at SeaWorld Park, or any animal in captivity, attack it is only right that we take responsibility for the attacks. The animals are simply acting the same way as they would in the wild. According to the New York Daily News, Tillikum means “friend” in the Native American language Chinook. Although the death of Dawn Brancheau is tragic and heartbreaking, now is not the time to turn our backs on God’s gift to the planet, our whale “friend.”
Campus/Editorial page 3 Beloved janitor passes away after long battle with cancer March 2010 - The CHIMES
Katie Collins, ‘11 Staff Reporter A phenomenal woman, Carmel Greenwood, passed away at home three weeks ago after a long battle with cancer. Carmel was such a wonderful person. She was not afraid to speak her mind. She was honest, caring, real, hard-working, smart, personable, everything people should be and more. Carmel was a janitor at MSC for over 20 years. She was easygoing and would talk to anyone. She was so open and willing to give a person a chance. I first met Carmel in the Student Activities Building, in the early mornings when few students were there. Carmel was very personable. One Easter she asked what my plans were for the holiday. I remember laughing and
saying, “laundry and then probably sleeping.” She answered and said, “No, you’re coming to my house, to have an Easter basket hunt with my daughter Elizabeth and then Easter dinner.” I was so surprised and not sure what to say as she was inviting me to her house, after having only known me a few weeks. I went to her house and met her daughter Elizabeth, who I am now great friends with. At one point I felt like a big kid as we rode on a four-wheeler, reading clues to find an Easter basket that was full of delicious chocolates hidden in the woods. The point of my story is that it is just one example of how great Carmel was. Her character, individualism and great personality were all so great that they can’t even be described on paper. When asked to say some-
thing about Carmel, Kim Munz, the Director of Mustang Alley,
MSC janitor Carmel Greenwood before she underwent chemotherapy. Photo courtesy of the Greenwood Family
took a minute to say, “I’ll truly miss her.” “We love her,” said Ryan Wilcox, a fellow cleaner in STUAC. Sharon Simmons, who is helping collect money to buy a floor tile for Carmel in STUAC and a tree in Carmel’s honor, said, “She was a fighter. She loved this place.” The Director of Student Activities Rita Goyette said, “Carmel was a great person; always positive, upbeat. We loved her.” Goyette said Carmel was helpful and “I miss her a lot.” MSC’s head football coach, Terry Dow said, “She is a rock of consistency when she was here. [She] always had a smiling face.” Family friend, Jessica Sweeting said, Carmel was almost like family, “because she was caring and loveable. She never had a
foe.” Chief of Police, Enrico D’Alessandro said, “She was an icon, always a pillar of kindness and professionalism. Never a bad word about anyone.” The book buyer for MAC, Jane Church said, “She was always upbeat and always had a smile on her face, no matter what she was going through.” If you are interested in donating money for the muchdeserved floor tile and tree in Carmel’s honor, you can leave money at the SGO office in the Student Activities Building. If the necessary funds are exceeded, the money will be donated to cancer research or to Carmel’s family. This story was originally published on Feb. 12 in The CHIMES onlineedition at www.morrisvillechimes.com.
Hydraulic fracturing: more trouble than it’s worth? Silke Mahardy, ‘13 Staff Reporter Until very recently, natural gas deposits embedded deep underground were impossible to extract. With a fairly new process developed by Halliburton, known as hydraulic fracturing, those untapped gas reserves can now be brought to the surface, but not without a potential cost to the environment and threat to the safety of drinking water. The Marcellus Shale formation, stretching from New York to Tennessee, holds one of the world’s largest known natural gas deposits trapped 6,000 – 10,000 feet below the surface is now open for development. Proponents of drilling believe that it will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and the jobs created and revenues collected by states and landowners signing on to the drilling will help our nation’s ailing economy. Others believe that this may spur an environmental battle, the likes of which have not been seen in New York before. Hydraulic fracturing involves sending up to three million gallons of water-per-well under extremely high pressure, down as far as 10,000 feet below the surface, and then horizontally into the shale formations. The water is mixed with sand and proprietary chemicals to aid in the extraction process. This highly
pressurized mixture causes the shale to crack and tiny fissures to form. The sand then holds the fissures open, allowing the gas to escape and flow back up to the surface to be piped or trucked away for processing. Of grave concern to anyone living in areas of gas drilling where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is commonly referred to, may occur should be the chemicals used in the process. As part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, written behind closed doors by then Vice President (and former chairman and CEO of Halliburton from 1995 – 2000) Dick Cheney and executives from within the energy industry, hydraulic fracturing was exempted from Safe Drinking Water Act regulation and consequently Environmental Protection Agency oversight. Over 340 toxic chemicals are known to be used for hydraulic fracturing. The health hazards of the chemicals used in the process are, on an almost daily basis, becoming clearer as more documentation comes out of western states where hydraulic fracturing is ongoing. Although there is little chance of the fracking fluids migrating up from the shale beds to aquifers supplying drinking water, hundreds of cases of water contamination have been reported in other states. The
sheer volume in question has the potential to contaminate aquifers and waterways from surface spills and seepage out of the open pits, as large as five acres, planned on being used to hold the wastewater, or production brine. There is currently a hold on any permitting of hydraulic fracturing in New York while the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reviews the draft supplement to the Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Oil and Gas drilling released last September. Safe disposal of the wastewater is one of the main issues under consideration. Each of the options have inherent threats to both the environment and the safety of drinking water. As there are very few wastewater treatment facilities currently in New York that are capable of accepting the production brine, the only other options currently remaining are trucking the fluids as far away as Ohio or holding them in underground storage wells. As the chemicals used in hydro-fracking are currently not tested for in treatment facilities, no one knows what chemicals could be released back into the environment. The spent water also contains minerals, salts, and metals, high levels of which cannot currently be removed by existing systems. The salinity of water leaving treatment plants could create havoc in the freshwa-
ter ecosystems into which they may be released. Complicating matters more is the radioactivity inherent in the Marcellus Shale. A recent DEC analysis of 13 samples of drilling wastewater collected in New York found 267 times the safe limit of radium-226 as determined by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. As a result, disposal of the wastewater will have to be highly monitored as will any long-term workers, both in the drilling process and those at wastewater treatment facilities. Another cause for concern, especially to landowners opposed to the fracking process for any of the aforementioned reasons, is compulsory integration. A form of eminent domain mediated by the DEC, it gives the gas companies rights of extraction from non-leased properties in areas where they hold 60 percent of signed rights within a determined spacing unit. Proponents of drilling cite the creation of jobs as a benefit to the depressed upstate economy. These jobs, however, will be short lived with the majority going to “outsiders” with previous experience in the industry. It can be argued that building many new access roads may go to local contractors, but once the drilling is over we will be left with countless miles of obsolete roadways leading nowhere while
losing both cropland and pristine woodland in the process. Each well will require an incessant flow of trucks, initially in the development of the wells, later supplying the fresh water and finally trucking away the contaminated fluids. How green can this “clean energy” source really be when it is so dependent upon oil for every aspect of its production? The increased truck traffic will adversely affect local infrastructure, with the possibility of increased property taxes to offset the cost of needed repairs. The compressors and trucks, running 24 hours a day, will destroy the peace and tranquility of our beautiful upstate region. Despite the strongest environmental policies the DEC may enact to oversee hydraulic fracturing, accidents are inevitable and pollution of our air, water and land will occur. Unfortunately, hydraulic fracturing is here to stay. We live in a time where conservation mandates are critical, but will never happen because no one stands to profit from them. As long as there is one drop of oil or gas left to extract from the earth, it will done at the expense of every ecosystem on the planet. The Marcellus Shale watershed, supplying nine million New Yorkers with some of the cleanest water in the world, is up for grabs.
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Habitat for Humanity: helping students ‘get involved’ Nicole Williams, ‘12 Staff Reporter “Poverty is a growing problem that not only third-world countries face, but also hits home in the land of the free. In America, citizens are promised life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” says Jonathan Rodriguez, a criminal justice major and former participant with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. They work with volunteers to build homes or restore old, damaged buildings for people in need. Donated materials and funds are used to help the needy. This organization has built over 300,000 homes in more than 80 countries. This non-profit Christian organization allows low- income people to own affordable, livable housing. According to the Habitat for Humanity Web site, there
are about two billion people around the world who live in slum housing, and over 100 million who are homeless. Families are trapped in a daily struggle to survive and many live in inhumane conditions.
Mariecarmel Bernard holds the ladder steady as Regina Laws adds siding to a house they worked on last year during the Habitat for Humanity trip in Virginia. Photo courtesy of PR Office
Cinderella’s Closet hosts its first fashion show Athena Lazo, ‘11 Staff Reporter
Cinderella’s Closet, a nonprofit organization based out of Hamilton, plans to hold their first fashion show on April 10. The Closet has been successful in the past six months, collecting nearly 200 semi-formal and formal gowns from surrounding areas. The group held their first try-on this past November. The event was a success, providing 20 girls with gowns for upcoming dances. With prom just around the corner, the group said they hope to make the next try-on an even bigger success. The fashion show will take place at Hamilton Bible Fellowship Church, 7433 Hamilton
The organization Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a safe and affordable place to live. “People should get involved more,” says Regina
St., Hamilton, and will include food, entertainment and prizes beginning at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public. There will be a free prom dress selection following for any young woman in need of a dress. The Closet’s Coordinator, Susan Nolen, said, “We hope that this program will allow all girls from the area to have a magical prom night.” She said the group is currently accepting new donations of long or short formal dresses. Drop-off locations have been established at Morrisville State College, Cazenovia College, Colgate University, Oneida High School, Hamilton Public Library and Hamilton Middle School. Nolen said the group is currently looking for prizes to give away at the fashion show, as well as volunteer helpers. To make a monetary contribution to Cinderella’s Closet please contact Susan Nolen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315824-3295. The group is presently trying to fund dry cleaning and publicity costs, as well as get their Web site up and running.
Laws, a human performance major. “Habitat for Humanity offers people the chance to help and change the world one step at a time,” she continues. MSC is attempting to make a difference in many ways. Habitat for Humanity was introduced to the college by area coordinator for the pond quad and Resident Director Amy Buckley. Last year was the first time the college participated in Habitat for Humanity. Thirteen students, including two staff members, went to the Habitat sight in Danville, VA. Some projects the group worked on were gutting out houses, siding an entire house and adding a porch. “There was nothing really on the house when we first got there,” Buckley says. The group that went last year went by the name of ‘14 Degrees.’ They received funding from the Sheila Johnson Institute (which works to help tackle the health and educational needs
of poor familes), a CAB grant, can drives and penny wars. In the past, the school had alternative spring break programs only for RAs, but Buckley said she didn’t think that was fair. “I wanted to bring something to the campus open to the whole community, so everyone had the opportunity to help change the world,” she says. This year, a total of nine students will be going on the spring break Habitat for Humanity trip. For some of these students it will be their second consecutive trip. Habitat for Humanity is a world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. Once properties are all finished being rebuilt, they are then sold to participating families at no profit and are financed with no-interest mortgages. The money received from the mortgage payments are used to finance the building for more housing.
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HeartGold and SoulSilver return Pokémon to its roots Jeffrey Costello, ’10 Editorial Editor
About ten years ago, Pokémon fans and gamers alike were treated to Pokémon Gold and Silver. The games introduced 100 new Pokémon, a new region known as Johto and a plethora of gameplay innovations to the series: a real-time clock, a day and night system that actually affected some gameplay and a breeding system. Some fans even go so far as to call it the best games in the Pokémon franchise. As of March 14, North American gamers have the opportunity to revisit these classic times when the remakes of Gold and Silver, Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver, launched in North America. Now you may be standing there and asking why you should care about another Pokémon game. Simply put, HeartGold and SoulSilver are a return to the things about Pokémon that makes the series so much fun. Like all Pokémon games before them, HeartGold and SoulSilver each have Pokémon that are exclusive to them. Additionally, certain Pokémon may show up more frequently in HeartGold than may show up in SoulSilver, even though that Pokémon is in both games. While that may seem like a problem, the ability to trade with
details that clearly show the design team took a lot of time to revisit the land of Johto and make it look and feel as realistic as possible. All of the cities have some sort of theme in HeartGold and SoulSilver, as opposed to looking the same like in some of the older Pokémon games. Be it a bustling city chock-full of tall buildings and lights, or a serene and histori-
other trainers worldwide over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection makes what version you pick less of an issue. The game is very easy to pick up and play. You can jump into these games a hardened and grizzled Pokémon veteran, or even a rookie and get a grasp on the basics easily. The combat system is centered on an expanded rocks-paper-scissors system: a simple example would be fire burns grass, water douses fire and grass drains water. The story in HeartGold and SoulSilver is simple and straightforward: You play a youngster whose goal is to become the best trainer in the world by battling Gym Leaders and the Elite Four, all while stumbling upon evil plots, legendary Pokémon and becoming part of something bigger than your character. Despite that simple stories are normally a bad thing for RPG’s, Pokémon has never been a series that has needed to depend on its plot. They have always focused more on the combat and “Gotta Catch ‘em All” aspects of their games. HeartGold and SoulSilver make good use of the Nintendo DS’ touch screen to simplify the control scheme. All of the out-ofbattle and in-battle menu navigation can be done via touch screen, a feature that is much more efficient than menu navigation from previous titles in the series. With
a few simple taps of the screen you can use items, bring up the map, select an attack, or swap out Pokémon in and out of battle. In addition, HeartGold and SoulSilver introduce the Pokéathalon, a series of mini-games (called “events” in the game) all incorporating the touch screen in some way. In one such event, you have to tap your Pokémon to
jump so they clear hurdles, all the while making sure your other two Pokémon jump at just the right time. Some of the other events include a snowball fight, a relay run and a block-breaking contest. The games look vibrant, colorful and packed full of fine
cal town littered with the fallen autumn leaves and traditional Japanese-styled architecture. As you are walking along through Johto, you can hear the grass rustling as you trudge through it, the sea as you walk along the shore, even the splash-
until 9 p.m. The band was paid for by the student activities fee that funds any and all activities that the Campus Activities Board (CAB) plans out. Ceann started the set with “Pretty on the Inside,” a song poking fun at girl who has great personality but is just not really attractive on the outside. The song’s punchline reads, “Too bad I’m an outside-kind-of-pretty guy.” Following “Pretty on the Inside,” Ceann played “Almost I r i s h ,” “ O n M y Ta b ” a n d “Blame the Viking,” which showed to be a crowd favorite. Their lyrics are not only creative and original; they surround a common theme of beer. “Most of our lyrics are just inside jokes that we successfully make outside jokes,” Halloran said. Ceann’s Pittsburgh Makes Me Drunk tells a story of how being in Pittsburgh usually leads to a party and a headache in the morning. The lyrics to this song were created from an experience the band had while in Pittsburgh, Hoag explained. “Like Pittsburgh Makes Me Drunk for example, I fell off the couch the next morning after drinking in Pittsburgh a n d mu t t e r e d , ‘ P i t t s b u r g h makes me drunk.’ We thought
it was brilliant so we made it into a song.” Aside from singing in Pittsburgh and entertaining the students at Morrisville, Ceann has traveled and played at many different places. “We played from shows from Minnesota to Ireland,
to Texas to Florida,” Halloran said. “A lot of the shows we do are three-to-four hours long, so this is a rather short show we did tonight.” Performing at venues and colleges are not unusual places for Ceann. “Colleges I think will always be a part of [our
The Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver game logos, with the three “starter” Pokémon (from left to right): Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile. The games are reimaginings of the 2000 releases known as Pokémon Gold and Silver, but featuring a plethora of new features that revitalize what would otherwise be considered fossils of the gaming world.
ing of water in the fountain you are relaxing by. Even the music, which has also been refurbished, exhibits a fine attention to detail, with many tracks using a different style of sound to match the atmosphere of the in-game locales. HeartGold and SoulSilver also come with a new device called the Pokéwalker, a pocketseized pedometer that can connect with the game card and transfer one of your Pokémon from the game to the device. While you walk around with the Pokéwalker, the Pokémon will gain experience and Watts, points that you can use to find items or Pokémon during your Pokémon’s stroll. While the Pokéwalker may seem gimmicky and childish, it can be useful if you have some place you need to be, but can’t play HeartGold or SoulSilver (like a doctor’s appointment). Then once you have time, you can sit down and spend the Watts on finding either items or finding and catching wild Pokémon on the Pokéwalker, which can then be transferred back to your game, giving you an incentive to give your Pokémon a walk. Despite the childish thoughts that accompany anything Pokémon, HeartGold and SoulSilver deliver a fresh gaming experience that is not only easy to pick up and learn, but is also a fun experience. Besides, is that not the point of a video game, to have fun?
Ceann: why aren’t they topping the billboards?
Heather Foster, ‘11 Layout Editor
Inde pendent Irish rock band Ceann made their second appearance at Morrisville State College on Thursday, March 11, gathering old and new fans to hear their pre-St. Patrick’s Day concer t. The band made their first appearance at Mor risville during March of last year, performing songs such as “Pretty on the Inside” and “Blame the Viking.” Looking at the band without their instruments, the four men look like your regular, average guys you would see having a beer at the local pizzeria; although as soon as they start to play, their true talent is revealed. With a solid sound and comical lyrics, Patrick Halloran, Jeffrey A. Hoag, Scott Taylor and Bob Hegeman make a stellar musical team. Ceann (pronounced keeann) originated in Pittsburgh, PA, formally making the band in 2006. Since then, the band has grown in popularity and has earned success on over 50 commercial radio stations across the northeast. The event took place in Mustang Alley in the Stewart Activities Center from 7 p.m.
Lead singer and guitarist Patrick Halloran (left) and guitar/mandolin/ harmonica player Jeffrey A. Hoag (right) play for Mustang Alley Thursday night. Their “Irish” rock band goes by the name Ceann (pronounced kee-ann), and has entertained Morrisville two years in a row. The group currently consists of four members, including drummer Scott Taylor and bass guitarist Bob Hegeman. Photo by Amanda Kuhl, ‘12 | Photography Editor
career] because other bands really hate doing these,” Halloran said. “We’re kind of good at this; we thrive in weird venues. We’re g ood at bars where nobody knows us, we’re good at colleges.” The band often receives strange looks when they announce themselves as an Irish band but speak with no accents. But that doesn’t seem to bother them. “We don’t get mad when people give us dir ty looks and g rimaces,” Halloran said. “We encourage it. Make them part of the show,” Taylor added. “If you can take hatred and turn it into ambivalence, you might make a great band.” Eventually, like all bands and musicians, Ceann would like to g row in popularity and sell more albums. “Our goal is to travel more, play more shows and make more money,” Halloran said. Overall, the band was energetic, funny, and talented with many catchy songs and lyrics. If you like comical lyrics with an Irish-twist, Ceann is a must-hear. You can check them out on their Web site, www.ceannmusic.com. The only question is: Why aren’t they topping billboard charts?
March 2010 - THE CHIMES
Is Alice in Wonderland or in Tim Burtonland? Kyle Wilson, ‘10 Senior Editor
So, Alice in Wonderland. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter is in it too. Yeah, you should know exactly what to expect from this. Things will be at weird angles. Johnny Depp will have some odd accent and will prance about like some figure skater from Hell. The visuals will be engaging, bizarre and cause your sanity to turn inwards and attack itself, not knowing what else to do. It will be happy to do so. Hot Topic will put it on everything, even things not in their store. And all in glorious 3-D. And that’s exactly what it is, too. Honestly, I can’t think of a better match than Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland. This is a story built on being bizarre. Caterpillars smoke hookahs, rabbits complain about being late, cake makes you get bigger. People play croquet with flamingos for God’s sake. So, putting Tim Burton, the guy
that gave us Pee-Wee, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, in charge of bringing Wonderland to life is just...its the most obvious decision I could think of. And that obviousness works. The Cheshire Cat’s disembodied head grins at Alice on her way to visit the Mad Hatter. Tim Burton twisted nearly every character in a fashion that would reflect the years of hardship they have faced under the Red Queen’s fist. Now, there are some changes to this version of Alice. It takes place when our titular heroine is 19 years old. Wonderland has been relegated to figments of her imagination as a child, recurring dreams that she had before being forced to grow up and act like a proper lady. But she doesn’t like being a proper lady. She wants to be free and fun and imaginative! And yet, she is being forced to marry some doofus lord who has a rampant dislike for anything that isn’t extraordinarily boring. So, will Alice marry this dolt? Not if Tim freaking Burton has
anything to say about it. Quicker because that’s how extreme it than you can say “LSD,” Alice is. The Mad Hatter is a warrior falls down the rabbit hole once now. The Doormouse stabs the again and finds herself in Wonhell out of the Bandersnatch. derland. Except Wonderland The Caterpillar is a prophet of hasn’t been doing so well. The Queen of Hear ts, with her penchant for lopping off heads in Photo courtsy of http://media.onsugar.com the same manner that other people eat a similar ilk to Yoda. And its all Skittles, has taken over Wonentertaining. If I were in charge derland and turned it into a of marketing this film, I would not-so-nice place to be insane. say it wasn’t your father’s Alice But there is a prophecy that says in Wonderland. Alice will kill the Queen’s pet All this is helped by the visuand guardian, the Jabberwock, al effects, which one could call on the Frabjous Day. So now wondrous, or even wonderful. Alice must embrace her destiny Like I said before, these look and do other such things that exactly how you would expect sound more like Lord of the them to look like in a Tim BurRings than Alice in Wonderland. ton film. Now the landscape is But hey, that’s okay. This a bit too dark, somewhat blasted is Alice in Wonderland to the and wasteland-ish. It looks like Xtreme. I use an X in extreme, Wonderland has seen better
days, and isn’t as candy-coated and trippy as one would like. But then again, that’s part of the story, so it can and should be forgiven. The character design, that’s where this film really shines. Burton seemingly took great pleasure in warping the human body into the odd shapes of the Wonderland inhabitants. The Tweedles aren’t completely CGI, nor is the Queen with her tiny body and bulbous head. And you’ll stare at the Ace of Knaves for a while, wondering what is wrong with him, until you figure out that they stretched his arms and legs to gangly length. Just in case you missed this earlier, all of this? 3-D. Some might say Tim Burton is in a rut. He always does these weird films, full of bizarre imagery. But looking at Alice, I’d say its a pretty good rut to be in. You may know exactly what you’re going to get as you go in, but if what you get is good, does it really matter? It is pure visual candy, but you know what? I love me some candy.
ADHD: medical condition or misdiagnosis? Alysha Jones, ‘11 Staff Reporter
Everybody acknowledges and is sometimes annoyed by the students who can’t stop clicking their pen, tapping their toes and constantly making sounds of boredom. Many may think of them as immature, but that student may be suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). What is ADHD? In what ways does it affect the diagnosed student’s education? According to webmd.com, ADHD starts in childhood and continues into adulthood. There haven’t been any diagnoses that an adult has developed the medical condition. It is caused from changes in the brain. In some cases, it has been believed that while the child was in the womb they had been exposed to cigarettes and alcohol. Genes may be another possibility. Jason Terry, a MSC casino management student, has ADHD and says “it’s bullshit” because he does not feel it’s a big deal or medical condition. It is an excuse, he says, for doctors to give you medication.
Britni Brookins, a restaurant mangagement student, agrees with Terry saying every individual has to be interested in what they are doing and the classes they are taking. Her exboyfriend was diagnosed with ADHD and describes him as “crazy” like a “nut job” as she laughed. She says he was always really happy. Although Terry does notagree with his condition being medical, he still takes the medication because it helps him focus in class and calm down. The two most common medications known to college students are Adderall and Ritalin. “Their mind is thinking of ten different things at once,” says Brookins. Terry adds to Brookins statement, saying that he can’t sit still at all. He does not play video games or watch movies because his attention span is short: he only wants to get up and move. “Two hour classes are hard,” Terry says. Vernon M. Neppe MD, PhD , the author of “Irritability and Serotonin IA Neuromodula-
tion,” says, “Patients often present with school or behavioral problems linked with difficulty concentrating/distractibility and an impulsivity manifesting often as irritability and low frustration tolerance.” During classes, Terry says he gets distracted by the smallest things such as what is on the wall. Due to this, he says he has not learned a lot. He says he feels that if he was taught by another learning method, then he could learn, but sitting and listening is not easy for him. Instructor Lou DeMott of Morrisville State’s Norwich Campus and retired high school teacher says, “My feeling is years ago there was no diagnosing and teachers worked with students who had difficulties.” He says it is easier to notice students who have ADHD in high school, but most of the time the college lets the teachers be aware of students who have it due to modifications. Patrick Ford is a MSC student who formerly took early childhood development and says now in elementary up to high school, parents have to sign a form to allow informa-
tion pertaining to medical issues of any kind, including ADHD, to be given to the teacher. DeMott and Ford both agree saying that makes it hard for the teacher to understand why the student is having difficulties. Having been a teacher for many years, DeMott says he cannot recall ever having issues with a student with ADHD, but he has noticed boys generally fall under this condition. He says it is the student is having issues learning, it is done on an individual basis. Finding out ways he can help, he says, it is important for the student to work through school. DeMott says he wishes to see less students on medication and more teachers trying to work with the student(s) and the student’s needs. He says years ago, “teachers were expected to make sure every student passed,” even if they need to use a different learning method for that individual. “It’s just their brain works different and faster,” says Brookins.
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March 2010 - The CHIMES
Softball opens season with a loss
The women’s softball team begins a new season with new players in hope of having a successful season. Head coach Robin Penoyer is coming in this season with high expectations of the team. Penoyer said a team who has seen a losing record the last few years looks to turn their luck around this season. Penoyer is entering her eighth season as head coach of the softball team. “We have the talent; we have nine solid players in every position and another nine solid players behind them to push them,” Penoyer said. Her goal for the team is to be at the .500 win percentage range this season. She went on to say that the possibility of being better than a .500 win team is very good. The team has five returning players and has 15 freshmen, including pitcher/shortstop Jessica Rigg. “We are a younger team this year, but I think that everyone bonded well together from the beginning, so that is going to makes us play better when we are
Jessica Rigg makes a throw to first base during practice. The Mutangs will be making their trip to Florida for spring break on March 19. Photo by Danny Moreno, ’13 | Staff Reporter
Danny Moreno, ‘13 Staff Reporter
comfortable with one another,” Rigg said. Penoyer said Rigg is one of the players she expects to have a big contribution to the team.
The team recently did a community service project for the Ronald McDonald house charity of Central New York. On March
7, the team went to help them paint a few of the rooms in their house. The Ronald McDonald house provides a place for families to stay near the hospital their child is being treated at for little or no cost. “It was really nice getting to help such a great organization,” Captain Jessica Yates said. “It was an experience.” Yates is coming back for her final season. She is a player that has been around for a while and is standing out in practices. Penoyer said she is showing a good slap and drag-bunt and will be a needed contribution for the team. Penoyer said the team still has things to work on, like learning more of the game and have a better thinking of the game. “Grades aren’t the best, but with mandatory study halls everyone is doing better,” Rigg said. The team is preparing for their spring training games in Florida starting March 19. They are going to hitting stations, batting cages, outfield work, indoor squad vs. squad scrimmages, pitching and catching every day, middle infielders drills and conditioning at the beginning and end of each practice.
“We’ve been in the field house now for five weeks and counting, the contest against another established, very well -coached team was a good litmus test as to where we are and where we can go,” Penoyer said about the game against Swarthmore College. She added that the game was to prepare and work out the kinks in a real game situation and will prepare the team for the Florida games. “If we had waited till our spring trip south, we would be playing double header after double header and trying to fix things on the run, and that's what happens in the spring season when you are fitting 40 games in by the end of April to get into a championship series for May,” Penoyer said. It was the first time they had a chance to get a set of games against a collegiate team before spring training in Florida. The team recently played March 6 against Swarthmore College and lost both sets 13-0 and 12-10. They will be headed to Florida for their next game March 20 against Washington and Jefferson College.
Morrisville Nobis was the assistant lacrosse and soccer coach for Hamilton College, where she helped lead the team to its second Liberty League Championship and first-ever NCAA Division III Championship. “Our coach is amazing! We have small numbers, but all the hard practice she has put us
through will pay off,” Falkenburgh said, “Our coach works us hard, but the work will help us to improve and move to the top contenders spot,” Velazquez said. “We’re all very excited to get things underway, and show the NEAC what we can do,” Nobis said.
Women’s Lacrosse optimistic and ‘excited’ for season to start
Briana Foisia, ‘13 Staff Reporter, Gary Hayes, ‘13 Staff Reporter
“The team should be very competitive in the North Eastern Athletic Conference this season, and we should be near the top spot,” head coach Amanda Nobis said. Last year the team won six games and lost ten. They seem very optimistic about the upcoming season. “Last year it was a rough conference, but we ended it well and hope that this year will be different,” Carmen Velazquez captain of the lacrosse team said. She has been captain for four years. Velazquez plays midfielder, so it’s her job to play both offense and defense. “It’s a new year and a new team. We lost a few key players, but have new players ready to step into their roles,” Nobis said of this year’s team.This year is going to be a lot different for the lacrosse team; Morrisville now has its very own turf. “Last year we had to use Chenango Field’s (natural) turf,” Velazquez said. She added the team had to cancel
some games because the field was wet or covered with snow. “The whole team is dying to play on the new turf,” Cocaptain Alison Falkenburgh said.
in a 15-11 loss. The girls played again on March 14, beating the College of St. Elizabeth, 22-0. “This is my second year of coaching for Morrisville and
Sybil Stanton fights for the ball against Elmira College’s Marki Michaels on March 13. Their next games will be in Colorado over spring brea Photo by Briana Foisia, ‘13 | Staff Reporter
She is one of the defenders. On March 13, the women played Elmira College, which resulted
I’ve been involved with coaching lacrosse for six years now,” Nobis said. Before coming to
ATHLETIC NEWS Men’s lacrosse opens season with 9-5 win Courtney Cook, ‘13 Staff Reporter
The men’s lacrosse team opened up their season on March 10 against Marywood University. “We have a lot of numbers this year,” senior Tom Mooresaid. “We want to keep our legs throughout the game.” Tom Moore said the Mustangs are looking to improve from last season’s record. “As of right now expectations for the year is that we have to have reality,” head coach Jason Longo said. “Coach Gal and myself want the guys to put up a dog fight day in and day out.” This is Longo’s first season as head coach. The Mustangs won the game against Marywood 9-5.
Tim Bobbett led the team with the first hat trick of the season. Devon Maxwell and Andrew Stein both had two goals apiece. Tom Moore and Eric Stein also added a goal apiece. “The guys did exactly what needed to be done on both ends of the field,” Longo said. “Our biggest key to success was how we played smart.” Mike Hinchey recorded the win in goal for the Mustangs with 14 saves. “He did exactly what needed to be done,” Longo said. Hinchey is currently ranked seventh in DIII after his performance in the net on March 10. The Mustangs’ defense is also ranked within the top ten of DIII defenses. “To start the season off with a big
upset win over Marywood was everything we have been preparing ourselves for,” Hinchey said. “For the next game against Alfred, personally I’m excited and ready,” Hinchey said. “We all are. We want to show all these teams this year on our schedule that we’re no longer a team you automatically mark as a win before they even come to play us.” “They are a more experienced team,” Longo said. “We need to put up that dog fight.” Their March 17 game against Alfred University occurred after deadline. The Mustangs’ next game will be on March 20 at Bard College. The team is staying over spring break to continue the season.
Abington parent Todd Beck said. "After two regular season losses to us, they battled hard and showed that they were credible competitors; I am already looking forward to facing them next season." Leading the Mustangs were guard Kyle Gordon and forward Bryan Eddy. Both players had double doubles, Gordon with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Eddy had 15 points and 10 rebounds. "This season was a big learning experience," Eddy
said, "one that will make us 10 times better." He said that as a team, they plan to work really hard from now until the summer. "I think Coach Smith learned as much from us as we did from him," he said, "Coach did a good job considering the short amount of time he had to work with." The Mustangs noticed their two, four year seniors on Feb. 20 before they tipped off against rival Cazenovia College. Seniors Andrew Vandyke and Garnell Vaughn
Morrisville senior defender Tom Moore (5) and sophomore defender Tom Longland (29) argue with Marywood University players, Nick Johnson (13) and Jamie Beagen (17). The Mustangs won the game on March 10 with a final score of 9-5. Photo by Nicole Williams, ‘12 | Staff Reporter
Men’s basketball ‘battled’ through season Aston Lee, ‘13 Staff Reporter
The 2009-10 season came to an end Feb. 23 for the basketball team. They finished the season with the record of 7-17 after "falling short" in the first round of the NEAC Championship Tournament. "I am extremely proud of the boys," fan Regine Lalanne said. "They did such a good job this season, I am sure they will only get better from here on out." The team lost round one of the tournament to ninth seed, Penn State Abington in a 77-74 overtime battle. After being up by eight points in the latter half of regulation, the Mustangs had several turnovers and missed attempts, which caused the Nittany Lions to put on a run that tied the game at the buzzer. Penn State Abington shot over 40 percent from the floor and 55 percent from three point range in their win against the Mustangs. "Morrisville did a good job against us this game,"
Brandon Henry shoots a jump shot over Cazenovia guard Bryant Winans during the men’s basketball game against Cazenovia College Feb. 20. Mustangs won in overtime 77-75. Photo by Danny Moreno, ‘13 | Staff Reporter
played three years under previous coach Brian Murphy and ended their Morrisville careers under Coach Joseph Smith. Vandyke is a Criminal Justice major and Vaughn majors in Game and Casino Management; both players have the expected graduation date of fall 2010. Smith said he wants to thank both Vandyke and Vaughn for their efforts in the season. "I wish them the best of luck in their futures and I am excited to see them graduate," Smith said. Smith said he has already started recruiting for the 2010-11 season. "I am looking for players who are willing to work hard," he said, "you can be a great athlete but if you do not work hard you will not be of much contribution." Smith promotes athletes who are students first, he said these athletes are those who know what it takes to perform at this level of play and are capable of succeeding in the class room so they will succeed on the court. "I want players who are on
top of their academics," he said, "not just to be studentathletes but good students overall." The Mustangs had their individual meetings on March 4 and 5 with Coach Smith to discuss their plans for the off season. He said they received workout packets for the summer as well as for when they return, before next season begins. Throughout the season Smith said that the Morrisville fans were the best fans he had seen at any school he faced. He said he will continue to thank the fans for the support that they have given and for sticking with the team all the way to the end. "They are 100 percent the best fans I've seen, I want to let them know that we appreciate them greatly," he said. "In close games, they were the ones who motivated us to win.” Smith said he wants the on-lookers to know that the Mustangs will return as more "fierce" competitors and he is looking forward to next season.