Morrisville State College • March 2011• vol. XLII • no. 5
Inside Campus Could you be the next designer of the Morrisville State Mustang? - full story on page 3 -
‘The Robber Bridegroom’ cast takes first bow April 1 Shomari Smith, ‘11 Lifestyle Co-Editor Every year, Morrisville State College’s theater department puts on a musical for the enjoyment of the students and members of the community. This year, Assistant Professor in Theatre and Music and the musical’s Director Stephen Hinkle chose “The Robber Bridegroom,” written by Alfred Uhry with music by Robert Waldman. This bluegrass-laced musical is an adaptation of the novella written by Eudora Welty of the same title. The story takes place in and around Rodney, Mississippi, and begins with Jamie Lockhart, “gentleman bandit,” looking to steal from the wealthiest plantation owner in Natchez, Clement Musgrove. But instead of robbing Musgrove, Lockhart gains his trust, saving him
from another group of bandits known as “The Harp Gang.” More conflict arises when Salome, Musgrove’s second wife, hires one of the members of “The Harp Gang” to kill Musgrove’s daughter Rosamond while she is out. During this time, Rosamond and Lockhart meet in the woods for the first time, sparking a number of obstacles that the two must overcome in order to meet again. Hinkle says he chose this musical because he had directed it once before and it was a success worth repeating. This musical has no shortage of musical numbers. For an authentic bluegrass sound, “The Mississippi Muskrats” were formed under the direction of former Jazz Band Director Doug Keith. The traditional bluegrass ensemble showcases several string instruments such
Steve Patane and Cassandra Clark rehearse with other play members at the dress rehearsal Tuesday, March 29. The show will open on April 1 at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. Photo by William Conroy, ‘11| Editorial Page Co-Editor
as the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass and guitar. All of these elements are present and The Mississippi Muskrats aim to give the audience a sense of what “mountain music” is all about. Opening night is Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre of the John W. Stewart
Center for Student Activities. Following opening night, show times will be 8 p.m. on April 2 and April 7 to 9. The matinee is at 2 p.m. on April 3. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are avaliable weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in STUAC.
US - Libya: The battle of the dictators continues Morrisville State Resident Assistants volunteer with The Green Project to aid clean-up efforts in New Orleans. - full story on page 2 -
Lifestyle Beavis and Butt-head make a comeback on MTV since their last episode in 1997. See what students think about this dynamic-duo’s revival. - full story on page 4 -
William Conroy, ‘11 Editorial Co-Editor On March 19, the U.S. began enforcing the U.N. resolution for a no-fly zone over Libya, which had descended into civil war following protests that had spread to the region, as part of operation “Odyssey Dawn.” The operation is an attempt to help oust Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi by firing tomahawk cruise missiles from neighboring U.S. naval ships and joining the French and British in launching airstrikes with U.S. Stealth Bombers. While a humanitarian crisis rages in Libya, so too does another officially illegal war that the western corporate media has neglected. At a press conference the day before these attacks be-
gan, Obama stated, “Left unchecked, we have every reason to believe that Gadhafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue. The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners.” In the days leading up to the event, options to oust Gadhafi were openly discussed. Options included the one that began Saturday night and another more preferred option to try to instigate a military coup. However, such options aren’t the only efforts that the U.S. and its allies have considered to try and oust the Libyan dictator. “In 2002, French intelligence experts revealed how western intelligence agencies bankrolled a Libyan Al-Qaeda cell controlled directly by Bin Laden to hatch a plot to kill Gaddhafi that was foiled in March 1996,” PrisonPlanet. com’s Paul Joseph Watson proved in an article titled “U.S. Government backs Libyan AlQaeda While Hyping Terror Attacks Inside the U.S.” He cited a report from the London
Guardian titled “MI6 ‘halted bid to arrest bin Laden’.” Watson articulated how the U.S. is demonstrating the same hypocrisy in Libya today and how “the U.S. government is hyping the threat of Libyan-backed reprisal terror attacks inside the United States, while launching air strikes in support of so-called ‘protesters’ who have commandeered fighter jets and tanks, and are in fact Islamic fundamentalist Al-Qaeda cells who want to impose sharia law in Libya.” It is actions like these that have officially dubbed the War on Terror the “War on the Terror We don’t Like.” But the real story isn’t even the hypocrisy of the War on Terror. While that is news for many, for some it is not. The real story is why such actions are still news for the majority of westerners and why the airstrikes are being carried out. The real story is the hypocritical propaganda by Western corporate media. The real story is this ‘humanitarian war.’ The statements given by Obama and others – primarily Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, but also by others on both sides of the one-sided, war hungry political spectrum – have been repackaged by the mainstream corporate media and have inundated the airwaves, while the very same media hypocritically criticized the Libyan state’s propaganda. It is sickening, and let me tell you why before you mistake their cold words as actually humanitarian in nature. As Chris Floyd points out in the article he wrote on his blog, Empire Burlesque, titled “Bloodbath in Yemen: No UN Action for the Peace Laureate’s Pal,” peaceful, unarmed protestors in Yemen are being gunned down while at most the U.N. and Obama will urge both sides to exercise “restraint.” Why isn’t there any action being taken to correct the countless other humanitarian crises? The answer is that the U.S. has officially turned war into a business, and the U.S. military is the world’s most influential venture capital firm. These areas have nothing to offer: they aren’t strategically relevant and they cannot offer any financial benefits. ~continued on page 6~
Editorial March 2011 - T CHIMES New Orleans spirit reinvigorates volunteers’ cleanup efforts page 2
Lynn Arthur, ‘96 Photography Advisor
It felt criminal. Packing our bags and cleaning up our room on the last full day we would spend in New Orleans, my RAs and I looked at a plastic grocery bag full of our empty plastic water bottles. We knew the bag would first land in the large tub of trash just outside our hostel. But, its final destination would be in one of the landfills we had just spent the last four days working to keep things out of. I didn’t have an answer for them as to why New Orleans still had no recycling program for bottles and cans. I couldn’t easily explain why, almost six years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, so many of the displaced population had still not returned. On my third alternative Spring Break to volunteer in the Crescent City, it was clear that not a whole lot was easier in the Big Easy. This year, I had come with some of my staff to work with The Green Project – a nonprofit that salvages
During MSC’s Spring Break, several Commons II Resident Assistants volunteered in New Orleans, La. with The Green Project. Nursing student Astou Diop (left), Commons II Manager Lynn Arthur, application software student Adam Houck, and horticulture student Justin Kondrat prepare wood for resale in the lumberyard. Photo courtesy of Lynn Arthur, ‘96 | Photography Advisor.
Monica Bonneau, ‘12 Executive Editor A heartless cold-blooded killer: in my mind these are the words that best describe Dutch native Joran Van der
Sloot, who has made media headlines now for the past six years. Van der Sloot has admitted to the murder of a young Peruvian woman, Stephanie Flores Ramirez, and is suspected of also killing a young Alabama girl, Natalee Holloway. On March 7, news in the media revealed that there is a possibility Van der Sloot may serve only a three to five year prison sentence for the murder of Ramirez. I remember when Van der Sloot was first brought into the media spotlight in 2005 when he was arrested as a prime suspect in the disappearance of Natalee
home goods, wood and other building materials which would otherwise go into landfills. The Green Project’s mission is to develop a culture of creative reuse in New Orleans. So, this time – with the theme of sustainability ever-present in my mind – it was particularly ironic to see thousands of cheap plastic beads once again littering the pavement of The French Quarter following the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Tossing away plastic bottles we could easily recycle in New York just capped off the overall sardonic experience. Of course, what volunteer can expect to leave New Orleans with a simple, black-and-white impression of the city and their impact there? There is still so much to do and it is as humbling to contribute to any of the relief effort as it is to contemplate how much of a difference any one individual can make. More than five years after Katrina, the city is almost 30 percent smaller than it was a decade ago. ~ continued on page 5 ~
Joran Van der Sloot: Is he getting away with murder?
Heather L. Foster, Editor In Chief Jeffrey Costello, Managing Editor Monica Bonneau, Executive Editor Silke Mahardy.................................................. Editorial Page Co-Editor William Conroy............................................... Editorial Page Co-Editor Wendy Vair.............................................................Campus News Editor Catherine Flood...................................Associate Campus News Editor Shomari Smith........................................................... Lifestyle Co-Editor Aston Lee................................................................... Lifestyle Co-Editor Kristin Clark..................................................................Sports Co-Editor Courtney Cook..............................................................Sports Co-Editor Daniel Moreno.....................................................................Photo Editor Jeffrey Costello.............................................................Online Co-Editor Briana Foisia.................................................................Online Co-Editor Richard Nieves......................................................... Social Media Editor Asst. Prof. Brian L. McDowell...... Editorial & Layout Advisor Asst. Prof. Yanjun Zhao................................. Online Advisor Adjunct Instructor Lynn Arthur.........Photography Advisor The CHIMES is a publication of students in the Journalism Department at Morrisville State College. Readers can contact CHIMES staff members at 101 Charlton Hall, through e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at (315) 684-6247. Letters and columns appearing on the editorial page reflect the opinions of their authors, and are subject to editing for length, clarity, and standards of decency.
Holloway. Holloway was 18 when she disappeared on her senior trip in Aruba. She was last seen leaving a nightclub on May 30, 2005, with Van der Sloot. Van der Sloot was questioned repeatedly about the Holloway case, but has never been charged because of a lack of sufficient evidence. Although there is a lack of evidence, Van der Sloot has admitted to police that he knows where Holloway’s body remains are, according to cnn.com. He is notoriously known to police as a “pathological liar,” because each time he is questioned about the case, he has a new story. “He isn’t touched by all the bad things he does,” said Program Coordinator for the criminal justice program at MSC, Clare Armstrong. “It’s as if it only strokes his ego more.” In 2010 he was charged with extortion after asking the Holloway family for over $250,000 in exchange for information about the whereabouts of their daughter’s remains. Again, heartless is the word to describe this individual. Van der Sloot found himself in trouble again on June 3, 2010 when he was charged with the murder of 21-yearold Stephanie Flores Ramirez after cops discovered her bludgeoned body in a hotel room in Peru, which was registered in his name. According to cnn.com, he admitted to attacking Flores after he caught her reading his e-mails, which were connected to the Holloway case. In a signed confession, he said he grew furious and slammed Flores in the face with his elbow, and strangled and bludgeoned her, which eventually led to her death. He said that Ramirez “intruded on his private life” and that what she did
wasn’t right, which was the main reason for her death. Van der Sloot currently stands accused of first degree murder in the Flores case in Peru. It’s important to recognize that Peruvian law differs from American law when it comes to criminal charges. In America, typically, a first degree murder charge amounts to life in prison, according to America’s Criminal Defense.com. In Peru, first degree murder amounts to 15-35 years in prison. Van der Sloot is expected to plead guilty and use the violent emotion plea, which is equivalent to manslaughter here in the United States. To plead violent emotion means to plead temporary insanity. With Van der Sloot’s signed gory and tragic confession, does he really stand a chance at the violent emotion plea? “In order to have the violent emotion plea work, he must prove that he didn’t understand what he was doing,” Armstrong said. She added that his actions were not emotional moves and that judges aren’t stupid. Assistant Professor of criminal justice at MSC David Amico said that the case will come down to how well the prosecution presents it. “The jury won’t be very tolerant of what he did,” Amico said. Armstrong added that by the rare possibility Van der Sloot doesn’t receive at least 25 years of prison time, prosecutors will turn to the Holloway extortion case he was charged with and try and nail him with that. “Violent emotion will not be a strong defense for him,” Armstrong said. ~ continued on page 4 ~
March 2011 - The CHIMES
Horticulture business students enter the ‘race’ against troublesome weeds Katie Collins, ‘11 Staff Reporter A product in a “niche market,” the Morrisville Wheel Hoe is a cultivator that disturbs “small weeds before they get to be big weeds,” says David Soucy, assistant professor in the school of agriculture and natural resources. Rather than using a rototiller, which is a motorized cultivator that has rotating blades, or using chemicals like herbicides, the Mo’Hoe, as it is also called, “virtually eliminates weeds before they grow bigger,” Soucy says. There are currently two Morrisville Wheel Hoes selling on EBay for $190 plus delivery until April 9. One Mo’Hoe, has sold online and there have been almost 500 hits. Soucy says weeds can be ripped out by hand or removed with a hand hoe, but with bigger gardens, he says it can be more of a chore. The Mo’Hoe replaces the rototiller, which uses fuel, and is easily run through the garden, allowing for “frequent, light cultivation,” he adds. Soucy calls the process, “a race between the things you want and the things you don’t want,” because “unfortunately the things you don’t want grow incredibly vigorously.”
Mike Butterworth, a horticulture business management student calls the Mo’Hoe a form of “preventative maintenance,” instead of needing a gas-powered rototiller. While Soucy says “it’s not really back breaking work,” its “not a miracle gardening tool, like you see on TV.” Instead, he says, “it’s an effective tool that does this job,” because chemicals and herbicides are not needed. If a person has a decent-sized garden that needs small weed cultivation, the Mo’Hoe is perfect because “it doesn’t take a lot of energy, other than walking,” he adds. Last year, a local organic speaker came to MSC and intrigued the class when he discussed the ‘wheel hoe.’ Curious, Soucy says students did their research and learned what tools are available and how expensive they can be, and so, the Mo’Hoe evolved. The students referenced some primary manufacturers from California, Sweden and upstate New York for direction. Students from mechanical engineering technology, wood technology and horticulture business were all involved in the production of the Mo’Hoe. The metals were purchased from a supplier, but were “fabricated”
in the metal tech lab in the basement of Galbreath Hall, says Soucy. The wood, white ash, came from a professor’s own property. The wood was harvested, milled and processed by students in the wood tech program. “A century old design,” according to an e-mail sent to the campus about the Mo’Hoe, Soucy says the design of the tool has been around for a long time. Butterworth says the actual design of the hoe has not changed much over the years, except for some parts like the wheel and blade. Soucy approached John Giess, an instructional support associate in the school of science and technology. Things happened quickly because the students were excited and the project fit into what the students were doing in their classes. Giess says, “it wasn’t complicated,” and it was easy for students to visualize, because there was an existing product that just needed to be improved. Students, as well as members of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Club, knew they could handle the project because they work with steel, metal cutting, powder coating and painting all the time.
To conduct some research, the students went to Ferris Industries, a lawn mower manufacturer. To complete the project, the students had to design and build some of their own tools. Giess says this allowed students to use what they learned in some of their classes. Soucy says every step of the way was a learning process for the studdents because everything, from Butterworth writing the instruction manual
to finding the appropriate boxes for shipping, was an experience. There was no state money involved in the venture. It cost between $1,000 and $2,000 to fund the entire project and all proceeds will go to MSC’s Horticulture Department. The project has, “paid benefits the whole way though,” because “it’s been almost an endless series of really great educational opportunities,” Soucy says.
Morrisville horticulture business students became inspired by a guest speaker to create a better version of the gardening hoe. After collaboration with mechanical engineering technology students and wood technology students, the Mo’Hoe was born, ready to take on the toughest of weeds without a gas powered rototiller. Photo by Roxanne Bailey, ‘12 | Staff Photographer
Student affairs committee seeks student opinions on new mascot design Catherine Flood, ‘11 Associate Campus News Editor
Want to be the next creator of the Morrisville State College Mascot? MSC’s mascot has been a boring black costume for years, but now the students are proposing a change for the tired black horse. Chairman for the Student Affairs Committee and English professor, Aron Efimenko, said the committee is in charge of figuring out how Morrisville can develop a tradition as it moves forward toward becoming a four-year college. “I think by leaving as much of this up to students as possible, we hope to give the students and the campus-at-large some sense of ownership,” Efimenko said. The mascot idea came about because the costume became unused and “shoddy in appearance,” Efimenko said. “I
believe the old mascot’s name was ‘Humpy,’ which I get a huge kick out of,” he added. Megan Collins, SGO Director of Budgets and student representative on the Student Affairs Committee, took the idea to the SGO assembly for approval. Collins said the students agreed that a contest would be a good idea because it will be student-oriented and “grounded in student opinion.” “I represent a student voice and this contest is something the students have a choice in,” Collins added. The only main requirement is that the mascot has to continue to be a horse. The winning submission will be based on its design and personality. The SGO assembly will choose the top choices and present them to the student affairs committee. The top choices will then go up the chain to the administration until a majority of those who look at the designs approve of a winner.
The Morrisville Mustang, “Humpy,” works on his arm muscles in the STUAC fitness center to prepare himself for his new makeover. The mascot’s “shoddy” appearance and lack of use have resulted in a student oriented mascot design contest. Photo by Tanasia Peacock, ‘14 | Staff Photographer
“I think it’s a great idea for a new mascot seeing that no one likes the one we have,” business administration and business technology major Desiree Chambers said. “It looks run down and ragged and no one really wants to wear it.” She said she heard no one likes to wear the costume because it is hot inside and the new one should have some kind of ventilation. If a new one is made, she said she thinks someone will be more willing to wear it at games and represent the school. So what do you think the Morrisville Mustang should look like? Should he be white and green, the Morrisville colors? Or maybe keep the sleek black, but add a rockin’ green mane? It’s what the students want, so get creative! The name and design are subject to be separated when judged. Send e-mail designs or hard copy drawings to Megan Collins by 12 p.m. on April 11 to take part in this new tradition.
Lifestyle March 2011- T CHIMES Tanning salons face possible money loss if new senate bill passes page 4
Athena Lazo, ‘11 Staff Reporter
New York state is working to ban indoor tanning for anyone under the age of 18. The New York Senate Health Committee adopted senate bill S.2917 last month, and if passed, prom-goers may have to rock the pale look this season. Not only will teens lack the crispy look they crave, but this bill may put many tanning salons out of business. New York State currently allows those aged 14 to 18 to tan with written parental permission, but with the above mentioned bill in place, no individuals under the age of 18 will be able to tan at all. Student Health Center Director Benjamin Domingo said he agrees with the law to
a certain extent. “People tan for several reasons including skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema,” he said. Indoor tanning helps individuals who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder—occurrences of depression experienced during fall and winter. He added that he doesn’t think tanning short-ter m before a sunny vacation causes harm, and he believes adolescents should be allowed to tan with parental permission. Architectural design student Alyssa Tunkl said she believes tanning should not be banned under the age of 18 because of the revenue it brings in. Graduate Karen Craig agreed with Tunkel saying the ban should not go into effect, but she did say that she is in favor of the parental signature continuing.
New York state resident Stephanie Sanchez suggested following suit with current cigarette laws and allowing 16-year-old teens to tan because both cause cancer. Domingo disagreed saying, “it isn’t universally bad under all circumstances like cigarettes or transfats.” He added that people have different skin types and although there are increased risks of skin cancer, “it isn’t that black and white.” According to UTVS News, over 8,500 deaths occurred from skin cancer last year and almost 70,000 new melanoma cases were diagnosed. These cases are being linked to indoor tanning; the American Academy of Pediatrics has warned teens that they are at a higher risk. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in
p.m. time slot, people will have less to complain about.” Other students, like Amanda Jones, a sophomore in the equine program, have mixed feelings on the show coming back.
all that stuff,” Jones said. “Beavis and Butt-head” is just more of a “classic show.” When asked if she thinks “Beavis and Butt-head” will change up MTV’s reality TV show nor m, Jones jokes,
A tanning bed at Jamie’s Salon of Beauty in Morrisville. The New York State Legislature may vote to ban those under the age of 18 from tanning at salons, regardless if they have parental consent. Photo by Kristin Clark, ‘11 |Sports Co-Editor
the United States, and officials are trying to bring the numbers down. Craig said she used to tan when she was under 18 for special events like prom, but
she stopped because a friend of hers had cancerous spots removed as a result of tanning. If it passes this month, the law will go into effect in 30 days.
Some students at Morrisville have no opinion on the show or don’t want it coming back at all. Josh Monroe, a sophomore renewable energy technology program, said he never watched the show before and now that
90s hit TV show ‘Beavis and Butt-head’ is making a comeback on MTV Lindsey Kilian, ‘11 Staff Reporter
The iconic show of the 90s is making a comeback! “Beavis and Butt-head,” a show centered around two teenage rock-loving boys, is returning to MTV this summer. The show originally aired in 1993 and ran until 1997, completing a total of over 200 episodes. The show was about the two boys and their daily lives, which consisted of going to school (or skipping and doing whatever they wanted), hitting on chicks and sitting on their couch watching TV. The show was crude and didn’t exactly set a good example for anyone, but no one can deny that it made them laugh. The comedy comes from the duo’s lack of any values. They are completely obnoxious, rude to everyone, and above all else, perverted. Which are all things that made people love the show. Some students are excited to see the show back on air. “I think it’s a great idea, I used to watch that show all the time and to see new episodes will be exciting,” said Pedro Jiminez, a freshman criminal justice major. “As long as they keep it in the 11
“Well, it wouldn’t be different from what they play now. With South Park, Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad and
“there’s not going to be much of a change. It just fits in, maybe we’ll be lucky and it replaces an episode of ‘Teen Mom...”
it’s coming back on TV, he never will watch it. Jawann Haynes, alumnus of the business technology/video journalism pro-
grams, has some pretty strong feelings about the show. “I think it’s stupid. There’s enough trash on TV that’s lowering our generation’s intelligence, but if Jersey Shore can be on TV, bring back anything,” he said. “MTV has lost its value since the TRL days, but maybe ‘Beavis and Butt-head’ will help.” When the duo returns to MTV, “The two metal-loving slackers will still issue snarky commentary, but instead of watching terrible grunge music videos, ‘Beavis and Butt-head’ will take on more contemporary acts,” said Kelly Woo, a writer for TVSquad.com. They will target the likes of Lady Gaga, Ke$ha and others they feel are worth making fun of. “The show’s minimalist animated style is also expected to remain intact,” said Michael Starr, a writer for NYPost.com. Starr continued to say, “The return of ‘Beavis and Butthead’ will be a backdoor means for MTV to return to showing music videos -- something the network was founded upon, but abandoned in the last decade to make room for popular reality shows like ‘Laguna Beach’ and ‘Jersey Shore.’”
tries to contradict him because it generates a challenging attitude.” Van der Sloot boasts to reporters that he’s still a “lady’s man,” and also claims that he’s wanted by many women, and
that one even “wants him to get her pregnant.” I feel the only justice that would be served in this case would be for Van der Sloot to receive the first degree murder
charge for the death of Flores. History often repeats itself, and this is a man who has no guilt for his actions; he simply is not a man. He has not only played games with the justice system,
but he has also played games with Holloway’s family with extortion. He is an evil monster who would kill again if given the opportunity, and most likely laugh about it.
The iconic shot of the main title screen for the 90s slacker duo Beavis (Left) and Butt-Head (Right). After more than a decade long hiatus, “Beavis and Butt-Head” returns to MTV with brand new episodes. Image from Google Images
Van der Sloot to plead ‘violent emotion’ for murder of young woman ~ continued from page 2 ~ Van der Sloot’s foul personality comes out in a psychological report, according to CNN, in which he stated that he “does not tolerate when someone
March 2011 - The CHIMES
Potential tax on Happy Meals leaves customers unhappy Alysha Jones, ‘13 Staff Reporter
One of the most memorable times of childhood were the trips to McDonalds or Burger King to get a happy meal or a big kids’ meal that always comes with a little toy. Is it the toy or the meal that keeps bringing kids back for more? According to Nation’s Restaurant News, California believes it’s the toys. “Lawmakers are scheduled to consider a bill next month that would set nutrition standards for kids’ meals that come with toys or other incentives.” By setting health standards for kids’ meals, California’s government hopes to improve children’s health. Kala Haltner, a business major at Morrisville State’s Norwich Campus, thinks it’s a good idea because she believes people aren’t eating healthy and are neglecting to help their children eat right, “so someone should.”
Unlike California, the Arizona Restaurant Association “wants to make sure happy stays in Happy Meals.” A bill approved in February banned any city or county in Ariz. to restrict any toys or games that come in kids’ meals. “I remember as a kid the best part about the meal was the toy. That’s one of the main reasons I would eat there,” says Katey Ward, a pre-nursing student at MSC’s Norwich Campus. She remembers the Pokémon toys given out in meals. Erica Sawyer, a criminal justice student at MSC’s Norwich Campus, agrees with Ward. She says, “kids want to play with the toy more than eat the food.” Kenny Brown, a Morrisville State restaurant management student believes it’s not just the toy that makes the meal. He says it’s “the whole presentation, the box it comes in and what the meal consists of: the little burger, small fries and the drink.”
Brown says he enjoyed the whole meal, but he remembers the Pokémon toys. He says he used to collect the gold cards that came in the Pokéballs. Sawyer says she remembers getting the dog from T he Little Mer maid that swam in the bathtub. Haltner recalls that she always enjoyed the toys that were associated with recent movies. According to Americans Against Food Taxes, the government is butting their nose into people’s personal lives by telling people what to eat and adding a higher tax. They feel that a tax will not educate kids to be healthier. Sawyer says she feels that if the restaurant is in the state then they must comply with their laws, but she says “it’s still not fair for looking at it from the food joint’s shoes.” McDonalds is a restaurant for kids; they give out toys to bring kids back, she adds. New York state has also tried to reduce obesity by
trying to add a higher tax on sugary drinks like soda, and prices of cigarettes in efforts to persuade N.Y. state smokers to quit and live a healthier lifestyle. So what do college students think about food taxes to help obesity? “It works in theory,” says Brown, “but in all actuality, it won’t do a thing.” He says, “People are just going to eat what they want.” “Taste overrules price to me,” says Ward who says she believes others feel the same way and are still going to eat unhealthy food no matter what the price is. “I mean, it sounds like a good idea, but I don’t believe it will have much of an impact on obesity,” Haltner adds. “They are already addicted so they’ll pay more,” says Sawyer. She says she feels that only a newer generation, not exposed to a lot of junk food, will react. Both Sawyer and Brown agreed that the food tax is
like the cigarette tax. Individuals are still going to continue living their lives as they desire until they are willing to change it. The tax will only end up being more of an inconvenience than a deterrent.
~ continued from page 2 ~ According to figures released earlier this year by the U.S. Census Bureau, only 343,829 people were living in the city as of April 2010. Approximately 1,800 people died after the August 2005 storm swept the Louisiana city; thousands more – mostly black and poor – remain homeless or otherwise displaced. Our super visors in the Green Project’s lumberyard – where we spent many of our hours pulling nails, salvaging wood and stocking lumber – informed us that the destruction from Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent breech of the city’s deficient levees ultimately created landfill contributions equal to what would normally take 35 years to fill. In other words, New Orleans area landfills are at a capacity they were not expected to carry until 2045. On top of that, many of the regulations protecting hazardous materials from reaching the landfills remain lifted as a result of cleanup efforts. Even as I considered all the rebuilding in progress in New Orleans, images of used paint cans filled my thoughts. Because of the Green Project’s efforts in paint recycling, we
learned about some of the specific dangers of paint waste. For example, exposure to the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in most synthetic paint – particularly latex – suppress our central immune systems. With lax recycling and waste regulations, it’s that much easier for these elements to seep into the soil and water. But the effects of paint contamination pale in comparison to the environmental damage from last year’s BP blowout that dumped 170 million gallons of toxic crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico and killed 11 workers. I had to believe, and still do, that our work was not in vain. It may have been the proverbial drop in the bucket, but it was nonetheless a step in the right direction. In that sense, volunteerism and sustainability share an important commonality: even a small contribution is a positive one. Human change always takes time. If all prospective volunteers were discouraged by the staggering evidence of waste, corruption and counterproductive activities in New Orleans, nothing would ever improve. New Orleans’ plight seems as endless as it is compelling. This is probably the main reason I have returned to vol-
unteer at the same place each year that MSC’s Sheila Johnson Institute has graciously underwritten the student service trips. There is a pathos to this city that can only be experienced in person. The sense of community and pride among New Orleanians is incredible. I have literally had to bite my tongue when hearing someone who has never visited ask why people would be so foolish to want to return to living in an area existing on the waterline. (Would anyone ask that of the Dutch?) When visiting Xavier University on the 5th anniversary of Katrina this past August, President Obama appropriately described the unprecedented tragedy as “a natural disaster but also a manmade catastrophe — a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men, and women, and children abandoned and alone.” He acknowledged there is still much more repopulation, restoration and reemployment needed. But he also noted the unsurpassed resilience of the people of New Orleans. “And together, we are helping to make New Orleans a place that stands for what we can do in America — not just for what we can’t do. Ulti-
mately, that must be the legacy of Katrina: not one of neglect, but of action; not one of indifference, but of empathy; not of abandonment, but of a community working together to meet shared challenges.” How American. And perhaps this is at the root of my affinity for New Orleans. It stems from the curiosity and fear that their story of failing infrastructure and political injustices may only foreshadow the destiny of our entire country and perhaps our world. How many quasi-natural disasters must we witness before we tighten business and environmental regulations, revamp our country’s entire energy agenda, and drastically adjust our individual consumption habits? We had New Orleans, Thailand, Haiti, New Zealand, and most recently, Japan - where an already devastating situation is punctuated by a nuclear nightmare that spreads from Fukushima to our own West Coast. We must reduce the costs we pay and risks we take for fuel. We must curtail greenhouse emission. We must get serious about global warming. The principles of sustainability are counter to the principles of consumerism. If we
are to protect our future, we must reevaluate our growing desire for instant gratification, comfort and disposable consumption. “New and now” must be replaced with “still good later.” It may seem that we are beyond the tipping point. It may seem that for every Prius there is a Hummer, just as it seems for every volunteer swinging a hammer in the Lower 9th there is a drunken frat boy swinging his “Big Ass Beer” down Bourbon Street. But education is the key. Knowledge creates interest and incentive. We must educate ourselves, urge our lawmakers to do the right thing, and motivate each other to do what we can in big ways and in small ways. In our short experience with The Green Project, for example, we learned to see an old window as a new coffee table or picture frame instead of just junk. In a recent e-mail, RA Justin Kondrat told me he was deeply affected by learning firsthand how the residents of New Orleans “are still dealing with the unfortunate affects of [Katrina].” “This experience,” he said, “serves as a reminder of how the smallest display of kindness can give people hope.”
The iconic happy meal box changes with the seasons, but with this new tax, will this be the new face of McDonald’s beloved kids’ meal? According to nextnature.net, approxamitly 2.5 million happy meals are sold yearly. Photo Illustration by Wendy Vair, ‘12 | Campus News Editor
New Orleans inspires volunteers to clean up their acts
March 2011 - THE CHIMES
MSC senior wins boxing competition at Turning Stone Casino Mollie Carter, ‘14 Staff Reporter
MSC senior Selasie Tetevia recently competed at the Turning Stone Casino in the NYS amateur boxing competition and won both the semifinal and final rounds on Feb 18 and 19. Tetevia is a criminal justice student and has been boxing for only two months. He said he became interested in boxing through a co-worker and realized his love for it. He trains at the Utica Boxing Association and found out about the competition while training at the gym. “I wasn’t prepared to fight, but coach told me I was,” he said. Tetevia fought and won against someone who had been boxing longer than he had. “I was nervous beforehand,” he said. “Afterward, I still had to do 15,000 push-ups.”
Tetevia said he is also a black belt in Taekwondo and a green belt in Karate. Originally from Ghana in Africa, Tetevia started Taekwondo at a young age, re-
ceiving his black belt when he was 13 years old. “My whole family is into Taekwondo,” he said. Tetevia started practicing Karate in 2009 thanks to a co-
worker. He trains at Owen’s Martial Arts in Oneida. “Taekwondo and Karate are a lot alike,” he said. Tetevia also competed in a tournament at Colgate University last spring. “It’s something to do to stay out of trouble.” His coach at the Utica Boxing Association, Willie Wilson, said Tetevia is a polite young gentleman. “Boxing itself is a very disciplined sport,” he said. “Selasie has a great mind, and I believe he will be successful in everything he attempts.” Tetevia moved to NYC in 2001, to Long Island in 2003, and to Morrisville in 2005. He said he misses his family in Africa, but is happy where he is now. “Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I want to be a U.S. Marshall,” Tetevia said. “Fighting is just a hobby.” His coach always tells him he has a great mind.
~continued from page 1~ While our country teeters on the precipice of a full-scale economic collapse that threatens its very existence, the reality is that we have no business starting yet another war and getting involved in the Libyan civil war. We certainly don’t have the means to see our involvement through. In an article published on March 21 titled “Costs of Libya Operation Already Piling Up,” National Journal’s Megan Scully explains how the daily costs of the operation exceed $100 million. Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said on Monday that the U.S. costs could “easily pass the $1 billion mark on this operation, regardless of how well things go.” On top of that, a report from the Mail Online’s Tim Shipman highlighted the potential for these operations and the subsequent invasions that many are proposing under the pretext of protecting civilians, to “‘last 30 years:’ armed forces minister’s extraordinary admission.” Infowars.com’s Paul Craig Roberts clarifies the reality of that precipice in an article self-explanatorily titled “Stealing from Social Security to pay for Wars and Bailouts.” In the article he highlights the reality that this year’s record-breaking trillion dollar military budget,
the trillions of dollars of debt created by the bailouts of the Bush and Obama administrations that is practically being ignored, and the steady devaluing of the dollar that is resulting from the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing can only spell economic catastrophe for the U.S. in general, as well as its people’s pension funds, medicare, and social security. Roberts isn’t the only one who thinks so either. As Reuters and CNBC reported on March 9 in an article titled “Pimco’s Biggest Fund Dumps Treasury Bond Holdings,” Pimco’s Total Return Fund, the world’s biggest bond fund, has dumped all U.S. government-related securities, including the U.S. Treasurys and agency debt.” In Pimco’s March 2011 Investment Outlook, Bill Gross, the manager of the aforementioned fund, cited similar reasons for his actions: the unmanageable and unsustainable debt that the Federal Reserve is accruing and the continuous devaluation of the dollar from the Fed’s quantitative easing. “Basically, the recent game plan is as simple as the Ohio State Buckeyes’ ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’ in the 1960s.” Gross went on to call it what it is: the biggest Ponzi scheme ever conceived. “When applied to the Treasury market it translates to this: The
Treasury issues bonds and the Fed buys them. What could be simpler, and who’s to worry? This Sammy Scheme as I’ve described it in recent Outlooks is as foolproof as Ponzi and Madoff until… until… well, until it isn’t,” he wrote. The global, catastrophic implications that would result from a complete economic collapse of the U.S. would make the recent catastrophes in Japan look like a cake-walk. Not only has the U.N. neglected its self prescribed role of peacekeeper by hypocritically launching another war under the age old, “double speak” slogan that “war is peace,” but the U.S. has confirmed that it doesn’t matter who is in office, Republican or Democrat, its foreign policy is consistent: illegal wars that are undeclared by Congress. It turns out that unconstitutional acts like the Patriot Act, torture, and rendition -- handing over U.S. prisoners to other countries to retrieve information in a way that would be illegal in the U.S. -- aren’t the only things the Obama and Bush administrations see eye-to-eye on. The Baltimore Sun’s Ron Smith reports how “Ten months after his arrest on charges of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is systematically being stripped of his humanness by his warders at the brig inside the Marine
base at Quantico, Va.” Getting involved in other people’s civil wars and disputes is none of our business and frequently ends up creating collateral damage. Case in point: Iraq and Iran, and what is soon to be the rest of the Middle East. What this incident proves is that the American people have virtually no say in what our government does, and the only people who do are the big corporate lobbyists: mainly the militaryindustrial complex President Eisenhower warned of. Americans need to realize what has become of their republic and send a message to Washington, lobbyists, and any future politicians. The Constitution is not something for decoration, something that only us lesser folks need abide by. Only after the damage has been assessed and reports have confirmed civilian deaths resulting from the airstrikes, can the public begin to get a sense of the caustic attitude created when the U.S. military, and its ‘subsidiaries,’ stick their money-grubbing hands where they don’t belong. They do this hypocritically claiming they are protecting civilians, contrary to what reports like the March 22 Mail Online report titled “U.S. rescue chopper shoots six Libyan villagers as they welcome pilots of downed Air Force jet” has indicated.
Selasie Tetevia continues to practice boxing and stay fit, even after his recent victory at the NYS Amateur boxing competition at the Turning Stone Casino. The fight took place on Feb. 18 and 19. Photo by Roxanne Bailey, ‘12 | Staff Photographer
“College is what comes first,” he added. “He’s committed to his education and boxing,” said David Amico, assistant professor of criminal justice. “He’s a good kid who is not afraid to work hard. He’d make a great law enforcement officer.” “He is always there for you when you need him,” said Clare Armstrong-Seward, assistant professor of criminal justice. She said Tetevia helped hang her police badges up in her office. “He’s just that kind of guy who pitches in, a great role model for some of his peers.” Tetevia doesn’t like to take himself too seriously. “Boxing is very humbling,” he said. “You never know if you will win a match or get beaten up, so why be arrogant?” He plans to continue boxing. “I enjoy doing it, and it’s a good workout.”
Any American should be offended when General Petraeus, our top general for the war efforts in Afghanistan, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates disgracefully crack jokes about starting wars. A report from the Telegraph confirmed this. “Welcome back, sir, flying a little bigger plane than normal ... you gonna launch some attacks on Libya or something?” General Patreus said jokingly as he greeted Gates, who responded to the comment by laughing and replying, “yeah, exactly.” The Arab League has now condemned the airstrikes which were unwelcome by all of the Libyan parties involved. The Daily Caller’s Will Rahn confirmed this in his article titled “Libyan rebels say they don’t want foreign intervention.” The U.S. government has become a “humanitarian” parasite of humanity and its own country. This isn’t a game. This is not something we should be cracking jokes about. People who want to call themselves journalists need to start acting like it or get out of the way for the people who will. The U.S. government has officially gone too far. As the grossly underrated musician Shooter Jennings eloquently puts, “Killing for peace is like” having sex “for chastity.” God bless you, God bless America, and God bless the Internet!
The Libyan Conflict: How the U.S. is turning war into a business
March 2011 - The CHIMES
NFL season may be behind bars if players refuse to give up billions Athena Lazo, ‘11 Staff Reporter The National Football League had hoped to reach an agreement on the current collective bargaining agreement before its expiration on March 3. With no negotiation reached, the league is currently facing day 20 of a lockout. Team owners have come to the realization that perhaps they gave up too much with the current CBA, and players aren’t willing to give back the requested $1 billion from their players’ pool. Owners were also looking to extend the current 16 game football season to a grueling 18 games and to minimize rookie salaried contracts. Without union representation, the players, led
The 2011-12 season may be behind bars unless players give up the billion dollars needed to appease the owners. Photo Illustration by Courtney Cook, ‘13 | Sports Co-Editor
by plaintiffs Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, were able to file an antitrust suit against team owners who allegedly violated player employment contracts. According to CBS, the NFL brings in about $9 billion per year. This, paired with the popularity of the NFL franchise, is causing a major uproar amongst audiences. Along with owner and player losses, countless stadium employees may be out of work if this lockout continues. In the early 1990s, this same type of lawsuit was settled with judge mediation. At this point, it can be assumed that owners are hoping the NFL players will simply surrender and beg for negotiation. Fans are urged to not lose hope. There’s still plenty of time for the 2011 season.
Former MSC student is youngest person to win a major UFC title Fernando Quiles Jr., ‘14 Staff Reporter On March 19, the Ultimate Fighting Championship made its return to New Jersey for UFC 128. The main event saw top light heavyweight contender and former Morrisville student Jon “Bones” Jones battle champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the 205-pound gold. Most analysts and fans were expecting a war. Instead, they got a one-sided thrashing and a new title-holder at 205 pounds. Jones refused to take part in the feeling-out process as he attacked Rua immediately with a flying knee. The National Junior College Athlete Association wrestling champion from Iowa Central Community College would score an easy takedown on “Shogun” and land vicious elbows. Rua made some attempts at pulling off a leg lock on “Bones,” but he was unsuccessful. By the end of the second round, Rua had taken a lot of punishment from Jones on the ground, and looked drained heading into the third bout.
Jo n e s wo u l d t a ke Ru a down yet again and unload a series of elbows. This marked the end for “Shogun” as he
In the co-main event, former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion, Urijah Faber battled
round as “T he Califor nia Kid” used his standup to set up takedowns on the Indiana native. Despite Wineland’s
Jon “Bones” Jones, a former MSC student and National Junior College Athlete Association wrestling champion from Iowa Central Community College, won the light heavyweight title on March 19. Jones knocked out Maurcio “Shogun” Rua in the third round. Photo Courtesy of Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC
crumpled on the canvas courtesy of a knee to the body from “Bones.” And that was all she wrote. With the victory, Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history at the age of 23.
former WEC bantamweight champion, Eddie Wineland. The first round saw Wineland push Faber against the cage and utilize his takedown defense. Wineland’s momentum slowed down in the second
efforts to keep the fight standing, Faber keept his opponent grounded for most of the round. After exchanging blows at the start of the final round, Faber would once again execute a takedown that sealed
the deal. Faber landed elbows and maintained control of Wineland until the end of the bout. Not only did “The California Kid” earn a unanimous decision victory, he also earned a shot at Dominick Cruz’s bantamweight title at UFC 132. UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones Quick Results: -Jon “Bones” Jones def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by TKO (strikes) at 2:37, R3 -Urijah Faber def. Eddie Wineland by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) -Jim Miller def. K amal Shalorus by TKO (punches) at 2:15, R3 -Nate Marquardt def. Dan Miller by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) - B r e n d a n S ch a u b d e f. M i r ko C r o C o p by T KO (punch) at 3:44, R3 -Luiz Cane def. Eliot Marshall by TKO (punches) at 2:15, R1 -Edson Barboza def. Anthony Njokuani by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) -Mike Pyle def. Ricardo Almeida by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) -Gleison Tibau def. Kurt Pellegrino by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
ATHLETIC NEWS Men’s lacrosse team starts season with 4-1 overall record Kristin Clark ‘11 Sports Co-Editor
On Saturday, March 26, the men’s lacrosse team defeated Keuka College by a score of 15-10. This is their fourth win on the season and second in a row. The game also marked the start of Northeastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play. Sophomore attack Thomas Owens led the Mustangs in scoring with five goals. He also added three assists to his offensive total for the day. Also contributing to the team’s 15 goals were Adam Lewis with three, Brendan Shannon with two and Andrew Stein, Devin Maxwell, Kevin Wilkerson, Dean Priest and Mike McGinnis with a goal apiece. The Mustangs also won games over Oswego State, SUNY Brockport and SUNY
Freshman midfielder Curtis Renaud attempts a steal from Keuka College’s Scott Miller. The Mustangs beat Keuka by a score of 15-10 on March 26. Photo by Jessica Terras, ‘14 | Staff Photographer
Postdam. The team played Oswego in the season opener on
March 5. The final score was 1110, Mustangs edging the Lakers.
The Mustangs tallied another win against SUNY Brockport, by a score of 8-7. Their lone loss of the season thus far was agianst Alfred University on March 16. They lost to the Saxons 11-9. As the Keuka game marked the start of NEAC play, it also meant something else for the team. It was their ninth straight conference win, after going undefeated in NEAC play last season. The team has been on an offensive tear this season, scoring no less than 8 goals in each of their games. Owens and Lewis lead
all scorers on the team with 11 goals apiece. Stein and Andrew Macera are also tied at the top of the assists column with seven each. Junior goalkeeper, Michael Hinchey, has 52 saves so far this season. Owens was named the NEAC Athlete of the Week, for the week ending March 27. His five goals against Keuka are a carrer high while playing at Morrisville. The Mustangs now have five away games in a row, and will not return to Drake Field until April 16, when they will face Medaille College. During their road trip, the Mustangs face SUNY Cobleskill, Wells College, SUNY Plattsburgh, Penn State Abington, and Hilbert College. Results from the March 30 game at Cobleskill were not available at press time.
Softball team starts 3-5 on Myrtle Beach spring break trip Marissa Felker ‘14 Staff Reporter
The MSC softball team traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC, over spring break to start the season. The team played the Keystone College Giants at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic. Keystone took the first game 3-1, with two home runs by Samantha Hartmann. In the fourth inning, Carissa Iyoob scored a run to make the score 2-0. MSC shortstop Jessica Rigg had a triple in the fifth inning while outfielder Gabriella Gallart added an RBI to score a run for the team. Hartman hit a second homer in the eighth inning to increase the lead to 3-1 to secure the win. Freshman Jenna D’Ercole, pitched seven innings for the Mustangs, tallying 13 strikeouts in 27 batters. Rigg led Morrisville State from the plate, going 1-for-3. In the second game, Morrisville took a 7-3 victory over the Giants. Second baseman Nicole Geier and Rigg each went 2-for-
3 from the plate, contributing four runs for the team. The Mustangs tallied three runs in the fifth inning to take the 6-3 lead, and added another in the sixth to secure the win. Outfielder Kate Jones had three RBI’s for the Mustangs. Pitcher Amber Nichilo threw seven innings and allowed six hits. Nichilo added three strikeouts for the day. The Mustangs defeated Hilbert College 8-0 in five innings on March 15. D’Ercole pitched a no-hitter for her first win on the mound. D’Ercole struck out five, throwing five innings, as the Mustangs improved to 2-1 for the season. “We bonded as a team over break and it really showed in our playing,” said sophomore Paige Jerrett. “This is going to be a good season.” Kayla Walker, first baseman, led from the plate, hitting 2-for2, and driving in four runs. Rigg was 1-for-1, hitting a double to record two RBI’s, and adding two runs.
Emili Ripley pitched the loss for Hilbert for four innings allowing eight hits. Ripley also threw seven strikeouts. MSC recorded its second loss of the season, 8-0 to Pikeville College. Pikeville had five unanswered runs in the opening inning, adding two more in the fourth, and a final run in the fifth for the win. Nichilo threw 4.2 innings for the Mustangs, and allowed 10 hits and eight runs. Nichilo had four strike-outs. On day four, the team split the action, improving to 3-3 overall on the season. In the first game, Cumberlands scored five unanswered runs in the second inning and defeated Morrisville State 8-2. The Mustangs managed two runs in the fifth, but were unable to make a comeback. Gallart led the Mustangs from the plate with a hit and an RBI. Nichilo pitched six innings and allowed five hits and eight runs, striking out two. For the second game, junior Cassandra Smith hit a home run
Sophmore Paige Jerrett makes a play on the ball during practice. The team’s record currently stands at 3-5. Photo by Brendan Shannon, ‘14 | Staff Photographer
for the Mustangs in the second inning. Nichilo added a threerun homer over the fence in the third for a 6-2 victory over Hilbert College. Jones added a solo homer in the sixth while D’Ercole pitched seven innings and allowed seven hits and two runs. D’Ercole had seven strike outs. “This is a big step up from last season,” said senior Karen Thom. The team also had a 6-2 victory against Hilbert College.
They have since added three losses: one to Cumberland and two to Baptist Bible College. The weekend double-header with Wells College scheduled for March the 27 was postponed. “We did great over break considering we haven’t played outside,” said head coach Tom Blackford. “Our hitting is way behind and we need to pick it up in order to be competitive in our division,” he added.