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Inside Editorial Morrisville State journalism student ponders deeper meaning for her life.

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Campus Omicron Delta Cappa: New honor society at Morrisville State College recognizes exceptional junior and seniors

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Men earn first lacrosse title in MSC history Courtney Cook, ‘13 Associate Sports Editor Gretchen Cramer, ‘11 Executive Editor “It’s nice to finally turn around the moments of greatness into full games of greatness,” junior midfielder Eric Stein said. T he Mustangs won the Northeastern Athletic Conference championship on May 2 for the first time in the program’s history. The team also was honored with hosting the entire championship tournament. The Mustangs beat Medaille College 14-11 for the win and now move onto the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament. The team was led by senior attackmen and newly announced NEAC player of the year, Tim Bobbett. Bobbett had four goals against Medaille to lead the Mustangs to the championship. He also had three goals against SUNY Cobleskill on April 30 to allow the team to advance to the championship round. Michael Hinchey had 23 saves in goal for the team in their championship game. Hinchey was also named NEAC goalie of the year as well as NEAC tournament MVP. He recorded

The team celebrates after winning the NEAC championship on May 2, they will now advance to the ECAC tournament, which will happen in the middle of May. The Mustangs won the first championship title in the history of the program. Photo by Courtney Cook, ‘13 | Associate Sports Editor

148 saves in goal over the course of the season. “All the stress and mental breakdowns, the pickups from the team and coaches, makes this all a lot sweeter,” Hinchey said. He added that getting NEAC goalie of the year was something he put on his list of goals at the beginning of the

season, along with winning the championship, but being tournament MVP was a surprise. “Those two definitely deserved it,” head coach Jason Longo said. Longo was also honored by being named NEAC coach of the year. “It was the last thing I expected,” Longo said. “I couldn’t

have done it without assistant coach Blake Gale.” “I’m excited for a new start for Morrisville and a chance to play in the ECAC tournament,” junior captain Jonathan Fried said. Eric Stein and Nick Christopoulos added three goals apiece for the team, while Devin Maxwell and Thomas Owens also added two goals apiece. The team is now 13-3, and said they are looking forward to going to play in the ECAC tournament in the middle of May. The Mustangs also went undefeated in conference play going a perfect 8-0. “I’m extremely happy with the work the guys did,” Gale said. “It was all them, we just had to motivate them because we can only do so much as coaches.” The team has four players who made first- and secondteam all-conference honors. Bobbett, Fried, and Hinchey made first-team all-conference. Stein made second-team allconference. Added to all the honors was senior midfielder Tom Moore, who was named Morrisville athlete of the week. The team is also losing six players, including Bobbett, Stein and Moore.

MSC alumnus returns as guest speaker

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Lifestyle Students give tips for a “happy” and “healthy” summer!

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Heather Foster, ‘11 Editor-in-Chief

Morrisville State College welcomes back an alumnus to speak at the ninety-ninth annual commencement ceremony Saturday, May 15, at 1 p.m. Matt Whalen graduated from Morrisville State in 1989. While at Morrisville Whalen lived in Cayuga Hall; he also met one of the most influential people of his career: a former Morrisville professor Wanda Dann. “I’m not sure what exactly it was, her teaching style and my learning style just fit,” Whalen said recently. Initially, Whalen chose Morrisville State because of the size of the school and he had friends who were already attending. Whalen said that with his education at Morrisville, and

the help of Dann, he was able to build a foundation for his continued education and his successful career. After graduating from Morrisville, Whalen went on to study at SUNY Oswego where he met his wife, Suzanne. He went on to College of St. Rose in Albany before joining the GTECH Corporation in 1994 as a software engineer. Now, Whalen ser ves as GTECH’s senior vice president of Global Technology Solutions, a company that provides lottery systems and solutions to governments around the world. As the senior vice president, Whalen is responsible for all software developments as well as customer acceptance and ongoing software services for GTECH’s global customer base not to mention overseeing 1,200

Morrisville alumnus Matt Whalen will speak at the 2010 commencement ceremony. Photo courtesy of PR Office employees on six continents. Whalen, like many other Morrisville graduates, took his learning foundation he received

from Morrisville and turned it into a career. The valuable lessons and experience gained at Morrisville is taken with graduates and used in their career. Although many graduates may continue their education at other colleges, Morrisville leaves a lasting impression on the lives of those who have experienced its ability to structure young adults. The 2010 commencement ceremony will be held in the gymnasium of the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities and will end at approximately 2:30 p.m. No-ticket viewing locations include the Little Theater in the Student Activities Center and rooms 103, 105 and 107 in Crawford Hall. Find more information online at www.morrisville. edu/commencement.


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Society can no longer turn a blind eye toward apathy Jeffrey Costello, ‘12 Editorial Co-Editor

Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. It seems that even when our fellow man needs a helping hand most, this eternal evil can rear its ugly head. Recently there was an incident where this proved to be the case. On April 25 in Queens, N.Y., a 31 year-old homeless Guatemalan immigrant named Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax came to the rescue of a woman being robbed at knife point, only to be stabbed multiple times in the torso. Tale-Yax was left to die in the streets as the woman and robber fled the scene and nearly 25 people walked by. An hour and 20 minutes later, firefight-

ers responding to an unrelated call discovered Tale-Yax. According to security camera footage from nearby stores, some people stopped to take pictures of Tale-Yax on their cell phones, others leaned down to look at his face and one person even lifted the body and saw the pool of blood beneath Tale-Yax before walking away. Dr. Kurt Reymers and Dr. Robert Dushay, associate professors of sociology and psychology respectively at MSC, mentioned that the death of Tale-Yax mimics the infamous homicide of Kitty Genovese in 1964. Genovese was stabbed to death just outside of her apartment complex. She was attacked two separate times no more than ten minutes apart by the same man: Winston Moseley. He stabbed, robbed

and raped Genovese, leaving her for dead. Police discovered in their investigation that approximately a dozen people in the complex heard cries for help but did not call 911 or try to assist after Moseley ran off the first time. “We are definitely experiencing the bystander effect here,” Reymers said as he explained how the urban environment influences personal responsibility to others. Reymers explained that in a society, when people move to cities and dense populations, communities become less important and personal responsibility lessens. As a result, people are “less concerned for people they don’t know,” Reymers said. That seems to be the case, considering the 25 people who walked by Tale-Yax and did not even make an effort to help

him. A local said, “How can you be so heartless? If he’s dying, he might have been saved. If you don’t want to get involved, call 911 and leave.” “People aren’t cold-hearted…they’re just fooling themselves,” Dushay said. He explained that people need to justify that they do not have the time to help, something they do by crafting excuses. “If they knew they were the only ones that could do something about it, they’d help,” Dushay said. Apathy is truly becoming something of a social epidemic. What can be done to reduce it in society today? Well, Dushay believes, “Being aware makes us more likely to intervene,” especially being aware of the various phenomena that make people less likely to help. One such phenomenon is the bystander effect, it theorizes

that people are less likely to assist a victim if there is a large crowd of people around and they assume that there is somebody more qualified nearby that can help. The deaths of Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax and Kitty Genovese could have been prevented if only people would have lent a hand instead of waiting for someone else to step in, or avoiding it to make the “problem” go away. Such inaction reflects poorly on our society when it appears that nobody can be bothered to do something as simple as the right thing. Science does not need to find a remedy for apathy, because all it takes to overcome it is the knowledge and initiative to do the right thing; qualities which all humans are capable of attaining.

course, I laughed. How could I write only one page on the meaning of life? If asked what the general meaning of human life is…To me it is obvious that everyone derives their own meaning from their daily experiences, which is why everyone chooses

a different path. Dr. Galusky’s classes (accompanied with a few others I took at MSC) helped me realize more fully how true this is. When asked what gives meaning to my life… A lot of things do. Aside from the average answer (Family, friends…

You know? The generic answers), I would say the quest for knowledge has been my newest meaning. I have grown and changed a lot since I started here as a freshman. The classes and life lessons I have been exposed to on the past four-year journey have taught me (what I believe) are valuable tidbits. It has left me with a craving thirst for more. I graduate in May and I am consistently asked what I plan to do next. My answer seems to stump people, because my plan has nothing to do with a career. I tell them I am going to be pursuing knowledge still, with or without the help of an institution. College gave me a lot, but there is more I need to know and execute in my daily life. Aside from an ever-growing pile of books beside my bed, I want to travel, do yoga every day, meditate, eat healthier (I am hoping a new job might provide the monetary needs to achieve this) and live in a more positive state of awareness. I plan on more closely analyzing Eastern philosophy and religion. The idea that the universe is a whole, which we are all a part of, holds lustrous appeal to me. I find that the current cognitive state of “hu-

manness” a little distasteful. I do not know that this means, I will become a Buddhist, but I am excited about the pursuit of whatever it is I do “become.” In actuality I do not know that any philosopher or religion has been able to completely land the hammer on the head of the nail. There are always things unaccounted for: stipulations or structures of moral constructs which taint the purity of existence for me. I am really looking forward to life and death. After our “Meaning of Life” lecture in philosophy, all I could think of was wisdom imparted to me by Peter Pan: “To die would be the greatest adventure!” I reject the idea that when I die I will be judged and then “that is it.” I believe there is much more meaning to find in the moments I wake up to every morning. Existence is a huge deal to me! I am. And I have the ability to go through processes of selfimprovement. Everyone does. I was supposed to make the response to his question one page long - let us just say I did not make the one page prerequisite. In a nut shell, Meaning of My Life = Self (One) and Seeking. But what is the meaning of yours?

A moment of reflection: pondering the meaning of life

Kendra Spenard, ‘10 Senior Editor

What is your own ‘meaning of life?’ What an interesting thing to wonder. When I was asked by Dr. Galusky to write a one-page response to this question for his Philosophy 201

Heather L. Foster, Editor In Chief Benjamin J. Drew, Managing Editor Gretchen L. Cramer, Executive Editor Jeffrey Costello-----------------------------------------------Editorial Page Co-Editor Silke Mahardy-------------------------------------------------Editorial Page Co-Editor Monica Bonneau-------------------------------------------- Campus News Co-Editor Katie Collins------------------------------------------------- Campus News Co-Editor Wendy Vair-----------------------------------------------------------Lifestyle Co-Editor Aston Lee------------------------------------------------------------Lifestyle Co-Editor Kristin Clark----------------------------------------------------------------Sports Editor Courtney Cook------------------------------------------------ Associate Sports Editor Amanda Kuhl--------------------------------------------------------------- Photo Editor Daniel Moreno-------------------------------------------------Associate Photo Editor Jeffrey Costello------------------------------------------------------------ Online Editor Briana Foisia---------------------------------------------------Associate Online Editor Richard Nieves----------------------------------------------Social Networking Editor Asst. Prof. Brian L. McDowell------- Editorial, Layout, & Photography Advisor Asst. Prof. Yanjun Zhao----------------------------------------------- Online Advisor

The CHIMES is a publication of students in the Journalism Department at Morrisville State College. Readers can contact CHIMES staff members at 101 Charlton Hall, through e-mail at, or by phone at (315) 684-6247. Letters and columns appearing on the editorial page reflect the opinions of their authors, and are subject to editing for length, clarity, and standards of decency.


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Jim VanRiper, beloved vice president at MSC, retiring after 25 years Amy Schroer, ‘10 Staff Reporter He was once a student, a professor and a dean. Now the vice president of academic affairs and provost, Jim VanRiper showed Morrisville State College how to grow. After 25 years of time spent at MSC, VanRiper will be retiring from the institution that he has become such a huge part of. In 1970, Jim VanRiper attended MSC as a student in the agronomy program. Today, he can be found on the fifth floor of the Whipple Administration building as vice president to Dr. Raymond Cross. “We grow our own here; Morrisville has its own lifeline,” says Tom VerDow, director of admissions, who has worked under the supervision of VanRiper for a little over two years. “He’s a great boss; not a micro-manager. He allows people to make mistakes and learn from them.” Jim VanRiper has been the vice president at MSC for nearly five years. “I’ve always liked taking on challenges from beginning to end. I like solving problems,” says VanRiper. Second in command to President Raymond Cross, VanRiper’s responsibilities also

include overseeing and developing academic programs, hiring any new faculty/staff throughout the college and supervising all deans including academic affairs, registrar, academic enrichment and admissions. “Jim’s nature is to get along with people; he’s a very personable guy. He’s a jack of all trades; his experience has given him a very broad background,” says Professor Nick Hunter of environmental sciences. Hunter worked with VanRiper for 17 years in the natural resources program. “He was a big help to me,” Hunter says. “I watched him teach numerous programs. He had a way about him that made it easy for him to relate well to the kids,” says Hunter .“He was one of the favorite teachers to the students. He’s a people person and he’s really a problem solver. The college has been very fortunate to gain him as the V.P., but it was a loss to the students to lose such a great professor.” “Jim’s a great friend and he’s really dependable,” says Dr. Chris Nyberg, dean of agriculture and natural resources, which was VanRiper’s former position. “He was part of the committee that

first hired me. We worked closely together in the program and I really got to know him more when

we worked part time in the summer together working on the Ag program,” says Nyberg. “I gained a lot of respect for him when he

confidence in Jim because I knew he would be my boss.” “Jim is incredibly organized; he’s precise and diligent on every

scholarships to students who cannot afford to go to school and hire a babysitter for their children. Governor Patterson is proposing to cut the budgets given to the schools in New York. This proposal cuts the Block Grant. The governor is proposing to cut the amount of money given to SUNY schools in half. Britton said that it is a $1.96 billion cut statewide, potentially cutting 500 students out of funding across the whole state. This would affect about eight families from Morrisville College. Morrisville, along with other SUNY schools across the state, are being affected by the cut of the Block Grant. Britton said that every time the government cuts SUNY funding it all comes down and affects the childcare, and this hurts the parents. There are currently over 60 families with 75 children enrolled in the center at Morrisville and 34 percent are children of students on campus. There are two ways to get assistance when going to school and getting your children en-

rolled in the childcare center. One is through the scholarship and the other is to go through the county and be put on a waiting list. Britton said that the state cut funding to the local county as well. The money is being cut in daycare, but the county has a waiting list now. “There is loss of jobs because of the recession and adults are trying to retrain and go back to school to better themselves and it makes it even harder,” Britton said. The childcare center on campus offers different activities for parents that have their children attend there. The center provides care for children as young as six weeks old until 12 years of age. They provide programs for outdoor and indoor learning experiences and they are open Monday through Friday, all year round. Kara James, a marketing assistant and parent, said that the center offers well balanced meals and they teach the children the right social skills they need to know. “I get peace of mind. I know that my child is being taken care of and it’s nice that they look after them like

they are their own,” James said. James is also a board member and said that the economy is struggling across the state and everyone is trying to do the best they can. She said that the only thing everyone can do is be more aggressive with fundraising. Allison Barletta, a nursing student, has children that attend the childcare center. She said that if it was not for the scholarships, she would not be able to go to school because there would be no way she could afford it. “Without the scholarship I would just be another single, unemployed mother. We are the ones who can make a community better,” Barletta said. She is a single mom who has two kids, Alissa, age 3, and Alexander, age 2. She cannot afford babysitting and the childcare center helps her a lot. Barletta must keep her grades up to receive the grant. Britton said that the center’s mission is to serve the students and the budget cut will make it harder for the center to maintain that mission. She said students who do not have access to childcare may not choose to attend

became the dean. It was sad to see him leave from dean’s position to vice president, but I had a lot of

MSC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs Jim VanRiper attends to his duties at his office. VanRiper will be retiring after 25 years at MSC. Photo by Monica Bonneau, ‘11 | Campus Co-Editor

issue,” Cross says. “I hired him because he has outstanding people skills. He’s confident, predictable and has very good judgment even when things are chaotic. He compliments me very well and he brings reality to my ideas,” Cross adds. Since becoming vice president and provost at MSC, VanRiper has been a huge part of the development of 13 new bachelor programs moving Morrisville from a two-year to a four-year school. After he graduated from Morrisville with his A.A.S. degree in agronomy, VanRiper attended Cornell. There he earned his bachelors and masters in teaching. He student- taught seventh, eighth and ninth graders at Elmira BOCES, but decided that he would like to teach an older age group. A position opened at SUNY Morrisville and VanRiper was hired in 1975 as a professor in what was then called natural resources, but today would be called agriculture and natural resources. “I certainly have mixed emotions about leaving the college,” says VanRiper about his plan to retire in July. “It is difficult to leave an institution that has been part of your life for so long while at the - continued on page 7 -

MSC’s childcare center in need of money for scholarships

Catherine Flood, ‘13 Staff Reporter The childcare center on campus recently found out it will be receiving less money to pay for scholarships given to the parents who go to school here and have children. During a SGO meeting, it was brought to attention that the childcare center was in need of money. The center is asking SGO if they could create scholarships for students through new funding avenues and to advocate for families. The clubs and organizations talked about how they could help and if they were willing to. Jennifer Britton, director of the Childcare Center, said the Federal Block Grant is being cut. The Block Grant is used to fund

school anymore. The center is convenient for Barletta as a parent since it is right on campus. Barletta said that the center teaches her kids manners and uses the right discipline. Her son, Alexander, has been going to the center since he was 10 months old. Barletta said that the center is like having “extra parents,” and it is very helpful. The kids have a structured day where they have story time, games, nutritious meals, and the parents get daily sheets of what their kids do. Barletta said she likes the center because they are there whenever a parent needs something and she knows it is safe and has a secure door. “I am disappointed the government would take away from the community. Education should be most important to the government long term wise. It is going to be more of a struggle for people,” Barletta said. She said that she feels bad for those who will not be able to do the program now because they will not have the support that is needed for their education.


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‘Non-traditional’ students reflect on their time spent at Morrisville Katie Collins, ‘11 Campus Co-Editor Catherine Flood, ‘13 Staff Reporter Lindsey Gilian, ‘13 Staff Reporter

One of many non-traditional students here at MSC, Casey Callahan, is a natural resource conservation student. Going back to college has allowed a lot of change and growth in Callahan’s life. After entering the United States Navy in 1983 and two tours of duty in the U.S. Army, Callahan did not have the time or money to return to school. He continued his education through military schools and programs, but Callahan felt he needed something more. Now, Callahan has gotten the chance to go back to school through Chapter 31, a program of the Veterans Affairs. Callahan is 44-years-old and having the time of his life. “I can’t picture myself getting an education at any other institution, unless I go on for a Master’s

degree,” Callahan says. Christine Krause is a nontraditional student in the business administration program at MSC. Krause currently works in the financial aid office, which is why she chose Morrisville to further her education. Krause says going back to school was a personal goal of hers that she had always wanted to reach. She is hoping that by having her degree it will allow her to advance in her career. Krause says that her biggest challenge as a non-traditional student is making sure she does not miss out on family time. “It is hard balancing my schedule to make sure my family is taken care of and I get to spend quality time with them.” Another challenge Krause says she deals with is working her classes into her schedule. “Thankfully, I work in an office where my co-workers are very understanding and allow me to switch hours to make sure that I am still working full- time

MSC’s new honor society

Kendra Spenard ‘10 Staff Reporter

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is an honor society which recognizes students who show strong leadership skills, scholarship and exemplary character. ODK, which was founded on Dec. 3, 1914, boasts that membership to this society is “a mark of highest distinction and honor in all of academe.” Members must be of junior or senior status and are nominated by faculty or by current ODK members and officials. Nominees must show merit in five scholarship areas: social/religious activities, community service, athletics, campus government and creative/performing arts. All of these categories are capped with an emphasis on leadership. Professor Paul O’Neil, along with the help of professors Gladys Cleland, Richard Marcoux, Lisa Eklund and many ambitious seniors worked to gain accreditation

from ODK this past school year. O’Neil says that the students felt with the addition of new four-year degrees at MSC, there ought to be an honors society recognizing the “shining stars.” Only the top one-quarter of 1 percent of college students are accepted into this society, making its membership an admirable achievement. In addition to ODK, Assistant Professor of criminal justice at Morrisville’s Norwich Campus, Clare Armstrong, announced the criminal justice program has just been approved to start a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma. It will be inducting 11 members on May 10. The members will consist of students from both campuses. The ceremony was held in the STUAC Little Theatre. The induction ceremony included 31 new members receiving a certificate and pin for their oustanding leadership skills in many different parts of student lfe of campus.

and taking the classes I need to complete my degree.” A human performance and health promotion student, Deborah Bordelon, is 51 and has been here since June of 2008, after hearing about Professor Lisa Rusch and her program in the Science and Technology major. “By May I had applied to Morrisville, been accepted, quit my full- time job of 20 years, and took a fulltime position “as a student,” she says. For “a few different reasons,” Bordelon says she decided to go to school. Bordelon worked at Colgate for 21 years and raised two daughters by herself. When her youngest daughter was about to enter her senior year of college, “I decided it was time for me to do something for me,” she says. Even though she had a full-time job at Colgate as an administrative assistant, Bordelon took a few classes and loved being in the classroom.

She also taught spinning classes and group fitness for about ten years. Bordelon says she has found a real passion for helping people see their potential through the spinning classes. Bordelon realized she was a motivator, she says she could push people to their limit and they would still appreciate it. Bordelon says, she has been a cyclist, runner, rower and an instructor. When she was younger, Bordelon says she was never an athlete, but when she was in her thirties she found exercise. Bordelon says she was not ready for college when she was 18 for various reasons. “When I was ready, it just wasn’t possible,” she says. “Life decisions sometimes delay what you want to do.  I had to wait until my children were grown and I was able to focus on me.” Bordelon chose Morrisville because of how close it was to her home and because of MSC’s reasonable tuition.

An MSC alumnus of 1990, Daniel Akers, is back at MSC to earn his Bachelors in Automotive Technology. A lecturer in MSC’s automotive department, once finished with his bachelor’s, Akers will have to obtain his master’s in order to continue teaching at MSC. Akers says MSC was his first and only choice for college. Because of his great experience as a student, Akers says, “I always will have the memories and friendships I made here.” Originally from Elbridge, New York, Akers and his wife have recently relocated to Hamilton. As a non-traditional student Akers says, “I’m 40 and an instructor here at the college, can’t get more non-traditional than that!” When he is in the classroom as a student, he says he feels like a guest. Akers says professors do not single him out, but rather, its how, “I portray myself. I want the students to come first; I’ll bring up the rear.”


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Students give tips to prepare for a ‘happy’ and ‘healthy’ summer

Alysha Jones, ‘12 Staff Reporter It is spring time and the weather is getting warmer. The sun will begin to shine brighter and the beach will be calling our names. Make this summer a great summer by feeling better then ever! Two Morrisville State Norwich Campus students, Laura Hendrickson and Lizzy Turns , tell us how healthy summer habits help them. The most important tip: get “beauty sleep.”

Sleep is “required for survival,” according to It is also very important for our minds and bodies to function normally. Without sleep, there is a decrease in performance, concentration, reaction times, and consolidation of information learning. Getting plenty of sleep can improve behavior and mood problems that can make a summer great. “I love sleep,” says Turns, “but if it’s hot I want to sleep all the time, but if it’s cool out I’m up.” Hendrickson says that sleep is very important to her and she tries to get at least eight to nine hours a night to improve engery and memory. In the summer she usually gets plenty of sleep but if she does not she says she gets emotional and sluggish. Set down the beer can and grab the water.

“If I don’t get enough water, I get headaches and feel tired,” says Hendrickson. Drinking water, according to mangosteen-natural-, makes the skin look healthier, contributes to weight loss, and can help you feel better. Since water flushes down the byproducts of fat breakdown and reduces hunger, people who drink plenty of water can see a difference in their weight easily. Staying hydrated moisturizes the skin and increases elasticity. When your skin and body feel good your mood is great and you can’t help but feel happy. Turns says she agrees, water makes her feel better and she likes to add Crystal Light to make it “yummy.” Fruits and vegetables are good for the body: in and out. According to an article by Brian Lamacraft on, fruits and vegetables naturally

contain water which can prevent dehydration. Being full of nutrients they can help prevent sickness. In the summer, especially in New York, Hendrickson says there is a good selection of fresh fruits and “veggies” at low prices. Turns says that eating fruits and vegetables give her more energy and make her feel better than junk food. She says in past summers, she didn’t eat a lot of fruits and “veggies,” but this summer she is going to start. Don’t forget your sunglasses and SPF. When buying a new pair of sunglasses, lists the important things to look for: they should cover the eye area, lenses should be gray-green or brown, and block 99-100 percent of UVA/ UVB radiation. The reason for a good pair

of sunglasses is “your eyes need protection from ultra violet light. There are damage risks for eyes such as cataracts, degeneration of the retina, and even sunburn,” says “Sunglasses are a must,” says Hendrickson. “I hate bright light.” Since Turns wears glasses, she says she doesn’t wear sunglasses. She does wear sun block because she says her “pasty” skin burns easily. “Everybody wants a tan at the end of the summer, the last thing anybody wants is bad skin due to lack of protection.” According to RN Guide to Skin Care, “the reason why sunscreen is important is that the number one cause of aging and damage to the skin is sun exposure!” Have a fun and healthy summer!

Replaying games: what gives a game that second time around?

Richard Nieves, ‘13 Social Networking Editor As kids, many of us played one video game more than once. It was because we were just kids who could not afford to buy new games, and we stuck to one game and replayed it so much that we remember almost every line and moment. The first video game I ever owned and played was Super Mario World. When my cousin supplied me with the Super Nintendo and Mario; she created a monster. I will admit, I got to the end and got angry because Bowser whooped me silly. I always replayed previous levels. They were so fun and new to me that I could replay a level for hours and still be engrossed in the world with Mario and Lu-

igi. The level I enjoyed the most was the first level on the second map. It introduced the feather that when obtained by Mario or Luigi, turned into a cape and allowed gamers to fly across the level and access new destinations above the scenery that you could not get to without it. Another memorable moment was the first time I played with Yoshi. What is better than a green dinosaur? Nothing. I have since sold my Super Nintendo along with Mario, but the memories will stay with me for as long as I am a gamer. The games of today have tickled my interest just as much as Super Mario did years ago, but for different reasons. The technology we have today has surpassed what we had since video games first started with Pong and PacMan. The days of couch gaming have not gone away, but have expanded across couches all around the world. People can play with others across a town, across a country and across the world. People meet and play together and enjoy an experience with each other that they could not

anywhere else. Multiplayer is a big component in most games that allows gamers to not only share experiences, but socialize and be more interactive in a digital community. Legendary mode in Halo 3 was one of the most annoying, unfathomable and most difficult campaign modes I have ever played in a video game with other people in four player co-op. It made me so infuriated when I played alone and got my butt whooped by the damn Covenant. I can also say the same for the four player co-op that Halo 3 boasted, but the difference is I had people to suffer and scream with. Even though there was a lot of pain going through our fingers after beating the game, it was fun to play it again because we had people to play with and the massive world of Halo was a beautiful place to look at. Halo also had a grand multiplayer that spawned from the beginning of the Halo franchise with Halo 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 are other first person shooters that

gave gamers a challenge with the difficulty, but did something great with the multiplayer: ranks. Ranks allowed gamers to not only flaunt a nice badge next to their gamertag, but it allowed gamers to establish a meta-game or RPG-like game where players unlocked weapons and gadgets to kill the other team with. It is an addicting element that Infinity Ward succeeded at implementing.

Replay value lies within the gamer and the game being played. Some people find older games more attractive and replay them every day, whether on an emulator or the classic console of which there are few as of today. Others enjoy multiplayer for hours and never leave it alone because it is just that enjoyable. Get more for your buck and replay your games.

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Morrisville CHIMES meets Facebook and Twitter: it’s about time Richard Nieves, ‘13 Social Networking Editor

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This week, we are pleased to announce that the CHIMES will be releasing a Facebook (The CHIMES Online) and Twitter (@MSCCHIMES) page. Viewers will be able to see

photos from the CHIMES photo staff and stories as they are released on the CHIMES Online. Don’t have a computer on hand? Have a cell phone? Twitter and Facebook have integrated cell phone functionality that allows users to read posts on their cell phone. It’s a great way for people

to check up on stories without a computer screen in front of them. These sites will be platforms that bring readers back to the CHIMES’ home where they can read Campus News, reviews and features that entertain, inform and relate to all their everyday concerns.


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New 3-D television causes health issues Roxanne Bailey, ‘12 Staff Reporter

Three dimensional movies are supposed to be exciting due to the difference between them and a regular 2-D movie. They are classified to be something people are eager to participate in due to how surreal the movie seems. To be able to feel like a character is jumping out at you is not only exhilarating, but bizarre. So it leaves us to wonder, how could something so extravagant have any sort of flaw? According to, if you take your thumb and hold it out directly in front of you, away from your face, then close your left eye, open

it, and then close the right eye, your thumb appears to have moved even though you didn’t move it at all. 3-D technology capitalizes on this effect, taking advantage of the brain’s ability to fuse two images into one. The glasses you wear when watching something in 3-D are basically helping your brain interpret two flat images as one object that has depth. TV guidelines for Samsung’s new line of 3-D televisions warn against prolonged exposure to 3-D. The warnings all include possible altered vision, light-headedness, dizziness, involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching, confusion, nausea, loss of awareness, convulsions and

cramps. Samsung’s guidelines also encourage viewers not to use 3-D active glasses for any other purpose other than viewing 3-D television for it may cause physical harm and possibly weaken eyesight. Studies show that watching 3-D movies as well as 3-D television have mild dangers and symptoms such as disorientation and in rare cases even seizures. Many 3-D viewers could have effects like blurred vision and headaches due to the fact that 3-D forces its viewers to focus on things in the foreground; which causes the eye to converge and distance; causing them to separate simultaneously. This effect is called “vengeance accommodation

conflict,” and its unwanted side effects tend to be strongest in younger people. No matter, 3-D is here to stay. Experts predict that 3-D television will be a major trend in about five years. According to movieline. com, some studies show that even computers and video games damage your eyes due to the eyestrain that is conveyed when the muscle inside of the eye that controls focusing is overworked. Officials at said the only way to solve these problems are to make distances between the amount of time that you use these devices, create good lighting, reduce glare, rest your eyes and avoid dry eyes. Anytime you change the way you see, it

could cause a headache. 3-D violates the norms of perception by repeatedly asking our eyes and brains to go against their normal function. UC Berkeley vision researchers are calling these symptoms “3-D fatigue.” They are also saying that older people are less likely to get fatigued compared to younger people. Long time effects could have an impact on small children whose vision systems are still in development. Experts at ABC7news. com said that movies such as Avatar, My Bloody Valentine, Coraline and Up are inconsistent with real life and could lead to feeling tired. Entertainment may unfortunately be bad for your health.

Controversial rapper releases free mixtape

Shomari Smith, ‘12 Staff Reporter

Wiz Khalifa is an underground rapper out of Pittsburgh with a steadily growing fan base. His latest effort, “Kush and Orange Juice,” is a free mixtape that was released on April 14 and has gotten him a lot of attention over the last couple weeks for his unique style of hip-hop. Khalifa opens the mixtape

with the song “Waken Baken,” which starts out as an instrumental track. The production of the track sounds unlike most of the music that is out today, and is almost like a breath of fresh air that will lead to the positive change in hip-hop music. The next song, “Mezmorized,” has a very mellow melody. He talks about leaving people mesmerized throughout his marijuana-filled journey and shows listeners Khalifa’s love for

weed, money and women. The rest of the mixtape is not far off from that song as far as subject matter goes. His use of upbeat productions on songs like “We’re Done,” which includes a sample from Disney actress and singer, Demi Lovato, and “In The Cut” show that he is willing to take risks musically. He can also adapt to the average type of sample that might be used on a hip-hop record. Specifi-

cally, the song “Still Blazin’” uses a sample from reggae artist Albrorosie and his song of the same name. This is one of the more prevalent aspects of rap music as more artists are using the Jamaican styles to gain more appeal. With that said, Khalifa handled it like he had been doing it for years. He is a part of the new generation of rappers that have to take the game into their hands and carry it into the future.

While his lyrical skills aren’t as sharp as his fellow rappers, he is well on his way to becoming one of the artists that we get to hear more from. “Kush and Orange Juice” is filled with a number of great songs to vibe with, but the only problem is that there are too many songs about marijuana. Still, this effort is worth the listen and due to his recent growth in popularity, I’m sure that there is more to come from this artist.

Of course nothing looks like it does on television, especially the size of this new sandwich. It looks half the size it did in the advertisements. My first impression was it looks disgusting; it was a soupy mess of cheese and sauce. Picking up the g rilled chicken sandwich was almost impossible since the cheese and sauce kept squeezing out the sides. The chicken itself was greasy and did not look grilled at all. After finally taking a bite, I regretted even buying it. Not only did it look un-grilled, but it tasted it. The chicken itself was not marinated with sauce, but tons of pepper, made my mouth dry, making it hard to swallow. There was no taste of bacon, which was disappointing. The unhealthy original recipe chicken held everything together a lot better and tasted a little better as well.

The chicken had more flavor, even though it tasted as if they added too much pepper like with the grilled chicken. You still couldn’t taste the bacon, but since the cheese and sauce weren’t sliding out the sides it made the bacon seem not as important. The chicken was crisp, the sauce was flavorful, and the cheeses added a great spice. I still wish I could have tasted the bacon. After trying only two bites of the grilled chicken, I threw it away. I did finish half the fried Double Down wondering to myself why I kept wanting to eat something that was not as appealing as I had hoped. Maybe it was the chicken; I hate to admit it was good. Unfortunately if you’re looking for a healthy way of eating, this wouldn’t be a choice I would suggest. According to the official KFC website, the healthier of the

two sandwiches, the grilled sandwich, consist of 460 calories, 23 grams of fat and 1430 mg of sodium. If your jaw dropped in disbelief, then wait until you hear this: the Original Recipe Double Down sandwich has 540 calories, 32 grams of fat and 1380 mg of sodium. According to the KFC web site and their commercial, “there is so much meat there is no room for a bun.” My question is did they subtract the bread in hopes to attract people staying away from carbohydrates? I have looked everywhere trying to find the answer and found out everyone is asking the same question. “KFC recently took the word ‘fried’ out of its name and had been showing good signs of turning around its bad image,” said Men’s Health Food and Nutrition Editor

Matt Goulding. “So it’s interesting that they would come out with this explosive weapon of mass destruction.” It’s like the new Big Mac Wrap from McDonalds that’s supposed to be healthier, but has 330 calories, according to the McDonalds official website. It consists of a half quarter-pound 100% Beef Patty (110 calories), flour tortilla (140), shredded lettuce (0), Big Mac sauce (50), pickle slices (0), pasteurized process American cheese (25), and onions (0). Oh and to add, it had just as bad reviews as the Double Down. I wouldn’t suggest the KFC Double Down sandwich for those who care about their heart, their weight, and their health in general. It may sound fun at the time, but just think about your stomach: it will thank you later.

Sandwich considered ‘weapon of destruction’

Alysha Jones, ‘11 Staff Reporter

These days it is so hard to beat the temptation of the many different places to eat. The streets are filled with chain restaurants with special deals and fancy menus. Fast food places have dollar menus and diet videos persuading people to stop and have a bite to eat. On April 12, fast food restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) released the new Double Down sandwich. According to the official KFC Web site, the sandwich consists of two pieces of bacon, two slices of monterey jack and pepper jack cheese and colonel’s sauce between two pieces of “thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets.” Of course choices include: the healthy grilled chicken or the not-so-healthy original recipe fried chicken.


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Student’s dream comes true, makes Patriots cheerleading squad

Athena Lazo, ‘11 Staff Reporter Push hard, work hard, be unbreakable. This is the motto I have recently found myself living by. For over five weeks I endured a grueling audition process, fighting for a spot as a New England Patriots Cheerleader. Dom Helder Camara once said, “When we are dreaming alone, it is only a dream; When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.” On Feb. 20, I joined 266 other women with similar hopes in mind. After learning two dance routines, standing in lines for countless hours, and completely forgetting everything I learned once stepping into the judges’ room, I felt defeated. A feeling that I would feel incalculable times over the next 35 days. Someone must have been on my side that night, because I was chosen to return for the finals on March 6. Not once throughout the audition and interview process did I feel I was guaranteed a spot. To this day I still think back on the beautiful, talented women who I auditioned with, and wonder why I was chosen over them. I never have understood the dance audition process fully; you never know what judges

are looking for, but I am not positively enhance ourselves It does not matter who tells arguing right now. as people. you you cannot; prove them Two years ago, I showed From the second I stepped wrong. My mother did not want up to preliminary auditions up to the registration table, me to return for this year’s auwith a close friend hoping for smiles from the veterans on the dition. She said she could not a spot on the 2008-2009 team. team encouraged me to do my bear to see me crushed, as I had After eight cuts, I was called best. Every single girl was there been previously. In my mind into the coach’s office and told to pick up another throughout anything worth it to me should to work on certain aspects of the process. No one was ever be worth the hard work and efmy dancing and my look. She left hanging. fort. I have been told no. I have encouraged me to return the Every other audition I have been let down. But you know following year. I did not cry been to, I have fended for mywhat? It made this process even until I was locked tight in my self. Other candidates do not that more enticing. car. Thoughts raced through want to help you; they do not W hat g ot me through my head of what I could have want to see you succeed. If you months of training and an done differently, but I honestly are the best, you make the cuts, almost 30 pound weight loss? had given it my all. Every audibut not this audition. The veterWhat got me through 348 high tion, whether I have passed it ans understand that they want kicks, 80 pushups, a P90X ab or not, I have given 110 workout, and perfecting percent. four dance routines at the Instead of giving up, I first optional practice? I decided to return this year will tell you what got me to give it another shot. through it: the thought that Each week, I committed to I wanted to be a part of a commute about 1200 miles team, a family; the thought for this process. It would that I wanted to train and be worth it to me if I was grow with the best; the chosen. My mother was a thought that I knew I could Patriots Cheerleader over do this: the thought that 20 years ago. I grew up only I wanted to represent the knowing the Patriots. Only three-time Super Bowl supporting the Patriots, and Champion New England loving the NFL. Some girls Patriots in their upcoming are turned onto the glam football season. and the glitz that the job It is not about being offers. Everyone thinks that the best dancer, having the NFL cheerleaders are simbiggest smile, or being the ply good looks and charmmost approachable. It is not ing personalities, but the about the skinniest body, or bonds that I have begun to being superficial. What we create are unbreakable, and have and what we will go I can honestly say, these 24 through is nothing short Athena Lazo, one of the newest additions to the ladies know how to work New England Patriots’ cheerleading squad. Athena of the hardest journey, and hard. Every practice and endured 35 days of grueling tryouts in order to I never imagined I would be every moment we are to- achieve her dream. in the position I am today. gether is nothing but heart Photo Courtesy of Cecile Anctil Did I dream of it for years? and soul. These women Of course I did, but jointhe perfect teammates next to are intelligent and sincere, and ing those ladies on the field in them on game days and duralongside our coach, Tracy August will fulfill what I have ing promotions, and they were Sormanti, we have learned to desired since I was young. I there every step of the way.

am still waiting for my coach to take my uniforms back, and say she was just kidding. This whole thing seems unreal. Some may think a silly dance audition could not possibly mean this much to someone. Yes, there are far more difficult situations out there. My big brother endured a brain stem tumor as a child, and had to fight past the age of nine; he survived. My aunt was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is fighting for her life with each day; she will survive. Any procedure you g o through in life, you need someone to back you. Fortunately, I had my family: my grandmother, who is my biggest fan; my mother, whose honesty kept me in check the entire time; and my grandfather’s faith. I may have not been the best of the best, but I was what the team was looking for this year, and I am more than grateful to be honored with a spot on the team. The squad was opened up to 11 new members for the 2010-2011 year. I had a four percent chance of making the team when I walked through the doors of the Dana Farber Field house on Feb. 20, but this did not scare me. I will be joining 24 elite ladies in the Dominican Republic at the end of the month to shoot our 2011 swimsuit calendar. Do I belong in this small group? I am not sure, but I am going to work to prove that those judges made the right decision, and I will never forget the almost impossible process I went through to get where I am today.

one who thinks so. Professor Hunter also agrees. “Jim is very objective; he listens well to others’ ideas. He’s a real pro, down to the last molecule. He is a dedicated, disciplined, professional person who knows how to get things done,” says Hunter. While VanRiper admitted to missing being a professor and teaching students at the college he added, “I don’t regret my decisions to move up, it’s very rewarding.” Nyberg added his opinion on VanRiper’s leadership qualities. “He’s very organized and has a great ability to pay attention to details without losing the big picture. He can also bring empathy to leadership because he was a former dean

the history of the college and where we’ve been and where we want to go.” “We work well together,” both VanRiper and Cross say about one another. Adding his last thoughts on why Jim VanRiper is such a good vice president,s Cross says, “He loves this place.” “It seems trite to say that Morrisville has been very good to me, but I consider myself very lucky to have been part of the Morrisville experience as a student, as a faculty member and as an administrator,” says VanRiper. Whoever finds themselves in the seat as vice president and provost after VanRiper leaves will certainly have some big shoes to fill.

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same time you look forward to new challenges and experiences,” says VanRiper. “Jim helped promote the professional development at Morrisville. He took the time to understand the industry, which only added to his abilities to become V.P.,” says Nyberg. “The different roles he has played at the college gives him a different perspective for all situations,” says Tom VerDow. “He always maintains a desire to work for the students and the college because that’s his passion. Morrisville is in his blood. He’s very accessible and a great communicator,” VerDow adds, but he’s not the only

as well as faculty and a student.” Jim VanRiper’s leadership qualities have made him who he is today. The opportunities that arose in his development through the college were given to him as acknowledgement of his hard work and his willingness to step forward. He was asked to interim as the dean for natural resources. VanRiper had such outstanding capabilities in that position that he was asked to permanently fill the position. After about three years VanRiper was then asked to fill an interim position yet again, only this time it was for Vice President of Academic Affairs. He agreed to the interim position, thinking he would go back to being dean, but was chosen by

Cross and his cabinet to stay in the vice president position. As a supervisor, Tom Verdow summed VanRiper up by saying, “He’s human - he believes in people and lets them make their own mistakes. He trusts that I’m going to do my job well every day. He never gets stale at what he does; he’s very much aware of what needs to be adjusted or improved at the college.” President Cross had much of the same to say about his right-hand man. “Jim is very good at what he does and he feels free to challenge me or question me in a respectful manner. I put a very high value on that,” says Cross. “He is well respected across the campus and very appreciated. He understands

ATHLETIC NEWS Softball team ends season on a winning note Danny Moreno, ‘13 Associate Photo Editor

“They stuck together and fought through some tough times as we went through our season,”head coach Robin Penoyer said of her team. The Mustangs softball team ended their season with a .500 record. The Mustangs ended the season with a double-header win against Penn State Harrisburg on April 25. The two wins brought their record to 10-10 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference and 11-27 overall. They battled through the season with 15 new faces on the team, adjusting to playing together on the fly. With only five other players with experience in college ball, they managed to improve their overall record from last year’s record of 5-38 overall. The team started the season out their preseason 0-11, but started 4-2 in confer-

ence play. They continued the season hovering around the .500 win percentage. Their largest winning streak was three. Catcher Cassandra Smith led the team with a batting average of .290 and had 22 runs batted in. Shortstop Jessica Yates led the team with 22 runs. “We ended up .500 in league play which is where I thought we would be going into this season,” Penoyer said. “I didn’t have any bigger notions as a coach than that this year and we landed there.” It was the team’s first year in the NEAC and ended up in seventh place out of 11 teams. Penoyer said she was disappointed that they did not get into the end of year tournament due to weather related issues with other institutions. Wells College did not play their full schedule due to weather issues and ended their season with a 10-9 record in NEAC play.

Shortstop Jessica Yates goes for a ground ball during the game against SUNY Canton April 14. The Mustangs won the game 6-5. Photo by Danny Moreno,‘13 | Associate Photo Editor

Wells ended up one place ahead of the Mustangs, and they made it into the league tournament. Although they did not make the league tournament this year, team captain, Yates, said they found great success as a team in improving their ball club.

“Everyone was serious about being successful,” Yates said. “There was a chemistry amongst us that just made wanting to be successful that much easier.” It is Yates’ last year with the team, she will be graduating, and so will sophomores Awliya Abdu-shahid and Smith. However, Smith will be returning for next season. The team will be having the majority of their players coming back for the 2011 season. Penoyer said if the same freshmen that played this season decide to come back next season, they will have a more successful season. The team only had three upperclassmen on the field most of the time. Penoyer said it was the freshmen who played a big role in their 10-10 season. “I think next season we will have well over a .500 record and be in the playoffs,” pitcher Amber Nichilo said. She led the team with two

home runs and was second in strikeouts with 65 in 15 starts for the Mustangs. Penoyer says she feels if the team can work on their communication and getting the ball hit in between the holes and not their gloves, they will gain more wins than they did. “You never stop learning as a person or an athlete, they have to work on communicating, trusting, skill, fundamentals, conditioning and continue to build,” Penoyer said about what the team needs to work on for next season. “I see a lot of wins and a definite spot in the NEAC tournament,” Yates said. “I have full confidence in the team next year and wish I could be a part of it because I know they will be successful.” Although they reached their season goal of being .500, the team says they hope to improve next year.

Women’s lacrosse ‘proud’ of season record Briana Foisia, ‘13 Associate Online Editor

“We have improved tremendously and we are playing extremely well in our conference,” Co-captain Alison Falkenburgh said. The women’s lacrosse team is 5-9 overall, and in the North Eastern Athletic Conference the team’s record is 5-2. The team participated in the NEAC tournament held at Wells College last weekend. Four teams were invited to the tournament, Keuka College came in first, Wells College placed second, third was Cazenovia College and Morrisville placed last. Morrisville played against Keuka; the girls lost 16-9. “It was a tough game,” head coach Amanda Nobis said. “We gave them a solid second

half; but couldn’t make up for the deficit we faced after the first half.” After the tournament Velazquez was named player of the year by the North Atlantic Conference. Elizabeth Peck, Jamie Anderson, Hillary Hartnett and Alison Falkenburgh each took home second-team honors. “The tournament was a great event and a good experience for us to be a part of,” Nobis said. “Obviously we didn’t come away with the result that we wanted, but we will look to build upon the successes we’ve had this season next year.” “This season was amazing; I had a lot of fun. I think this season was a big turn out,” Carmen Velazquez, the other co-captain said. “We’ve definitely improved

from last year.” Last year the team finished the season off with 5-10 record in the regular season. Falkenburgh said the most memorable thing about this season was the game against Cazenovia where they won by one goal. “They are a top contending team in our conference, so we knew that a

win against them would be big,” Falkenburgh said. “The score kept flip-flopping throughout the game, but in the end we came out on top and it was an incredible feeling.” The score for the Cazenovia game was 13-12. “I am extremely proud of my team and what we have accomplished this season thus far,” Falkenburgh said.

“We will keep working hard in the off-season so that next year we can come back stronger than this.” “We’ve certainly had our share of twists and turns along the way, but we’ve steadily improved throughout the season,” Nobis said. The team is looking forward to next season.

The team stands during the national anthem before a non-conference game against Oswego. They ended the season with 5-10 record. Photo by Briana Foisia, ’13 | Associate Online Editor


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