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Morrisville State College • May 2011• vol. XLIV • no. 8

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Lawrence ‘Larry’ Baker set to speak at 100th commencement Katie Collins, ‘12 Staff Reporter It has been 49 years since Lawrence “Larry” Baker first joined Morrisville State College’s community. But now, after years of hard work and dedication, he will be the speaker at MSC’s 100th commencement ceremony May 12. When Baker came to MSC in 1962, he was hired to teach business courses. Baker says because of governor Nelson Rockefeller, state universities in New York were growing. There were new buildings, new programs and new faculty. He says it was an “exciting place to be and that excitement took over.” Laughing, Baker explains he looked at buying a home in Morrisville, but some houses were over $20,000 “which I thought was astronomical,” he says, “be-

MSC’s 2010 Commencement Ceremony, which was held indoors due to inclement weather. Larry Baker will be the guest speaker at this year’s ceremony, which will take place on May 14.

Photo courtesy of Public Relations Office cause rich people lived in $16,000 At the time of his arrival, houses.” Baker still lives in the there were only 800 students at same home in Hamilton, 48 years MSC, and only five or six faculty later. in the business program. The ac-

counting program was growing, and the secretarial science program was already strong at that time. As the business programs developed, Baker says “you had to take these chances and I learned a lot.” He remembers starting with “horse and buggy computers” and he says, “we’ve come so far.” In 1979, he became the vice president for administration for 12 years. For one year, he was also the acting president at MSC. “I’ve had most of the jobs in this place, including sweeping the floors sometimes,” he laughs. Baker was the CEO of the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation and even hired MAC’s current general manager, Glenn Gaslin. For 14 years, Baker was the chairman of the commencement committee. A good dancer, Baker was involved in plays, musicals and clubs in the school of business. ~continued on page 6 ~

Riders saddle up for breast cancer prevention efforts Katie Collins, ‘12 Staff Reporter

Elites control the world through humanity’s humanity see full story, page 2


Japan faces long road to recovery in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake see full story, page 4

April 30 marked the day when hunt seat equestrian students united at the Sheila Johnson Arena to take a stand against breast cancer. Catherine O’Donnell and Renee Petruzzelli, two equine science and breeding students, decided to change things at Saturday morning’s hunt seat show. The two created a new division called “Ride for a Cure,” where participants paid a $10 entry fee, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. According to the NCBF Web site, breast cancer is a disease approximately 200,000 women will be diagnosed with this year and more than 40,000 will die from. Aside from skin cancer, the Web site states that in the United States, women get breast cancer more than any other form of cancer. Only lung cancer causes more deaths in women than breast cancer. Women are not alone though. The NBCF’s Web site states, “Approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year too.”

Catherine O’Donnell and Renee Putruzzelli pause outside the Sheila Johnson Arena Sat. April 30. O’Donnell organized “Ride for a Cure” to bring awareness to a disease that truly hits close to home. Photo by Wendy Vair, ‘12 | Managing Editor Assistant professor in the O’Donnell said Eldredge school of agriculture and natural helped the students with everyresources, Erin Eldredge, said thing and she supported them horse shows have different di100 percent. She said Eldredge is vision listings for exhibitors to one of the reasons the fundraiser enter in. She said they enter the happened. shows depending on their riding After O’Donnell’s family had level or the level of their horse. a scare with breast cancer, which At “Ride for a Cure,” the “kind of stopped our lives for a divisions were different because couple days,” she said she wanted exhibitors over fences competed to do the fundraiser to raise at two feet six inches and two awareness of breast cancer and feet nine inches. Nor mally, raise money for the NBCF. “It’s the two levels would be judged just something really close to my separately, but that is what made heart and I just want to make a “Ride for a Cure” different. difference,” she said.

To ride in the division, riders needed their own horse that is trained in the hunter/jumper discipline, Petruzzelli said. The students had to write a proposal, obtain their coach’s permission and receive approval from Dr. Christopher Nyberg, the dean of the school of agriculture and natural resources, as well as permission from the NBCF to put on their fundraiser. Petruzzelli said the foundation supplied them with pink ribbons and brochures that were handed out at the show. The financial goal was $350, but Petruzzelli said any amount was good. For those who did not participate in the show, there was a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction with various prizes that were donated. There is no official total of funds raised as of yet. Assistant professor and coach of the hunt seat equestrian team Lisa Eklund told the students the fundraiser was a fantastic idea and because of Eklund’s approval “Ride for Cure Division” was held in the middle of the show, which Petruzzelli said is the “prime time” part of the show. “I couldn’t ask for anything more than two fantastic teachers and coaches, and people who support me,” O’Donnell said.

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Will Conroy, ‘11 Senior Editor

The road to hell is paved with good inentions. It wasn’t until the recent conflict in Libya that I realized the farreaching applications of this phrase, the conflict which has only reinforced the euphemistic term for modern day imperialism that is “preventative war.” The Libyan conflict is really only the most recent conflict that has been cloaked in the guise of a “humanitarian” war. Upon seeing how the Libyan preventative war was being sold to the public, I began to recognize how demonic the ruling aristocratic elite that facilitate such endeavors are. I thought about how effective their tactics seem to work. “We need to fight abroad before we have to fight at home.” “We need to haphazardly bomb and invade a country so that we may prevent a humanitarian crisis from ensuing.” “We need to sacrifice our liberty to improve our security.” When you break down all of these “slogans” that are injected into public debate and then are reinforced by a corporate media that gets its talking points from the same people that those who injected such slogans did, you can begin to notice just how contradictory and, ultimately, illogical these statements are. Yet still, these slogans have proved to be effective at making the sell and overriding the elites’ subjugates’ rationale. To get people to do something irrational, you would have to create a situation in which they cannot think, hence the scare tactics which create physiological arousal by presenting threats. [Side Note: Because of the elaborate nature this article’s topic encompasses,

An image of a road to hell, paved with good intentions. Such good intentions are manipulated by a powerful elite. Image by Will Conroy, ‘11 | Senior Editor

throughout this article you will notice that I will merely make mention of the different supportive elements of my conclusion. I will leave it to those who read this to fill in the blanks.] After creating the arousal – under which it has been proven that humans do not process foreign information as well – a mental shortcut is offered: a way to circumvent that need to think. After instilling the threat, the elite inject “the humane defense” in what they offer as a solution, which sometimes is presented as if it is just one option of a series of different alternatives they present that are really all part of the same “solution” that they desire, right off the bat, limiting the scope of inquiry. Essentially, they play off their subjugates’ humanity. When humans can’t think under threat and pressure and

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then hear the word humane, or a glossy concept that would be similar to it, incorporated in a solution, voila, the public is subservient. Social Psychology 101: problem, reaction, solution. After all, who doesn’t want to be humane? At this point, you may be saying to yourself, “How dark and sinister. There is no way this could be done purposefully. It’s just a natural result of human behavior.” Those words do not fit in with the world we live in at large, which certainly does encompass those misanthropic individuals who seem to lack the qualities that most would consider human, whose disdain for humanity would seem to contradict the fundamental principles of life. Upon realizing the effectiveness of this tactic, I began the unpleasant task of thinking about how social engineering tactics like this may have been used in recent years. Sure enough, the same principles could be applied to all of “humanity’s” dastardly undertakings of which I could think. In every single war and genocide of the 20th and 21st centuries, the very same principles resurface. Then, upon very careful consideration, I saw the very same principles crop up with global warming, or climate change. The good intentions behind which are leading to a genocidal hell that knows no boundaries. Consider the fact that the very idea of Anthropogenic Global Warming developed from the arguments people made for eugenics and population control, which began as far back as a couple hundred years ago when Europe was thought to be overpopulated and their population unsustainable. I delve much deeper into this subject in other articles I wrote titled “Global Warming, or Global conspiracy?” and “Corporate Malfeasance and Eugenics.” When the population had a need, the democratic nations and their respective free markets innovated and met the

populations’ demand. Despite the ever increasing population, still the idea that overpopulation is a threat persists and the population control methods some people, who are “respected” in their fields, have proposed are frightening to say the least. Such proposals are only the ones made publicly. One example that I discovered most recently was in a 1968 article titled “The Tragedy of the Commons” by Garret Hardin, the premise of which was that “the freedom to breed is intolerable” and that humans need to legislate away their rights, like the right to privacy and property, which he contradictorily argues should be done using “agreed upon coercion.” Hardin argues this with humanity’s best interest at heart, with the good intention of saving the environment. Forty years later we see the EPA and FDA allowing hydro-fracking to contaminate water supplies and allowing cancer causing, sterilizing genetically modified food with “suicide seeds,” or seeds in plants that can’t reproduce, developed by the big multinational corporate conglomerates, while we have hundreds of millions of people starving. The same control principle that is behind the suicide seeds is behind why, in half a century, we haven’t been able to incorporate and refine and implement solar energy and other sources of renewable energy; the same principle of control is behind most of all the impediments to human advancement. We see things like the Georgia Guidestones monument being put up – in 1979 – by wealthy unknown private investors. The stones dictate that the global human population will not rise above 500 million. We have the comments surfacing from a book Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren co-authored titled “Ecoscience,” which advocates for a planetary regime to enforce compulsory sterilization through food and water supplies, compulsory abortions, and a reproduction limit of no more than two kids, enforced with a global police force. You can refer to an article written by’s Paul Joseph Watson titled “Obama Science Advisor Called for ‘Planetary Regime’ To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures,” which includes screenshots from pages of the actual book. We see the deindustrialization NASA chief James Hansen endorsed with the good intention of controlling emissions; we see it happening in America and most of the developed, democratic countries throughout the world. Using the same “humane defense” we have seen the development of the more publicly palatable Birth Control League, founded by eugenicist Margaret Sanger and ultimately developed into Planned Parenthood. ~ continued on page 5 ~


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Conservation Tri-Society brings award winning filmmaker to MSC Wendy Vair, ‘12 Managing Editor “We’re in a crisis,” Josh Fox told a Morrisville State College audience on Monday April 25. “It’s a crisis of the truth... Prove us wrong. The scientific theory says here’s this theory and it’s correct until it’s proven wrong.” Morrisville’s Conservation Tri-Society club was granted $3,000 from the student government assembly to bring Fox to Morrisville. The Oscarnominated writer and director of the documentary “Gasland,” showed his film on the dangers of hydro-fracking in the STUAC Little Theatre and answered questions the audience had after the film. After working on an English project about fracking in Madison County, CTS Secretary Justanna Gray and President Megan Gregory, who are both natural resource conservation students, along with their team members, brought their project to the CTS club in hopes of bringing more attention of the matter to the Morrisville community.

“It would be more educational having him speak than to just show the movie,” said Gray, who had seen Fox speak once before. Gray and Gregory both agreed they had a good turnout, especially with minimal time to advertise. Fox began his award winning film back in 2009 after receiving a letter from Halliburton drilling company about leasing his Pennsylvania land for $100,000. Instead of taking the free money offered to him, Fox decided to investigate this thing called “fracking” and created “Gasland.” He is currently touring the country with his film and has visited over 130 cities and towns already, many being in New York. During the question and answer portion of the night, Fox spoke of when he received his letter from Halliburton and what it was like talking to the people who had already leased their land. “You’re being presented with a package that’s too good to be true,” said Fox. And if things happen to go wrong, he said “they encourage you to not get a lawyer.”

Fox’s film was aired on HBO and was nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary. His film did not win the category according to, but Fox has still had huge press coverage all over the country for what he’s unveiled to the public. According to his film, the fracking fluid that is drilled into the ground, in order to extract the earth’s natural gas, contains over 596 different chemicals. The names of these chemicals do not need to be released to the public, however, because of the 2005 Bush/Cheney Energy bill, which exempts these companies from disclosing the chemicals used in their hydro-fracking fluid. Fox said there is currently a bill before Congress to eliminate this loop hole. The Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act, will eliminate the exemption of natural gas companies from the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to opencongress. org, requiring that these companies expose what chemicals they are using in their fracking fluid.

Fox said he has “never seen a movement grow like this.” He said they are currently in the process of filming “Gasland 2,” which Gray and Gregory hope to also bring to the school. According to the “Gasland” newsletter, “Gasland 2” will expose what is “really” going on with “unconventional shale gas drilling” and looking for sustainable alternatives.

Fox added they are planning a series of concerts to raise awareness of the dangers of fracking with artists like Willie Nelson and the Dave Matthews Band, and encourage everyone to check out their Facebook. Gregory, Gray and other members of the CTS also attended the Frack Action Rally in Albany on May 2 in support of a statewide fracking ban.

Award winning filmmaker Josh Fox plays a song on his banjo on stage in the STUAC Theatre Monday, April 25. Fox showed his film “Gasland” which exposes the real dangers of drilling for natural gases with hydro-fracking. Photo by Will Conroy, ‘11 | Senior Editor

Outdoor Recreation Club raises over $4000 toward trip to Costa Rica Gina Pacherille, ‘13 Associate Lifestyle Editor The Outdoor Recreation Club is scheduled to begin an 11-day trip to Costa Rica on May 18. Twelve club members are planning to go on the trip and all have done volunteer work to raise money. The club has almost everything set, but still has a few things to work out, including reservations and transportation. It is expected that the trip will cost between $2,000 and $2,500 per student. Justanna Gray, a renewable resources student and president of the ORC said a lot of the money for the trip has been raised through fundraisers. Approximately $23,642.86 came from the Student Government Organization. The biggest fundraiser the club has done is the Big East Sportsman Show, which was a three-day event that raised almost $3,000, Gray said, with another $1000 at the Herb Philipson’s sportsman show The club has also worked at the

Students from the ORC pose for a photo during their weekly Tuesday meetings in Bicknell Hall 203. Twelve members of the club will be going on an 11-day trip to Costa Rica in the middle of May. Photo by Wendy Vair, ’12 | Managing Editor

Boy Scout Jamboree Show, the CNY Sportsmen’s Show and many other events in order to raise money for the trip. Gray said they charged kids a dollar to fish at the events. The club also raised money from a fishing equipment raffle and another raffle in which t-shirts, games and gas cards were donated to the club and then raffled. “The students determine how they will raise the funds each year,” said Laurie Trotta, professor of environmental

science and aquaculture and the club’s advisor. Every year, the ORC decides where they would like to visit for their endof-the-year trip. Trotta said the members were considering taking classes to get their scuba certifications, but several factors, including price, got in the way. Brandon Ochoa, a natural resource conservation student says most expenses for the Costa Rica trip have been covered. “All we really have to pay for is food, baggage and luggage fees and extra expenses,” he

said. “The club really tried to minimize the cost.” Trotta said the students will have to pay a fee to come back into the country if they choose to expand the length of their tour. Not everything for the trip has been finalized yet, but the ORC has decided on many educational activities to do while in Costa Rica like snorkeling, deep sea diving, surfing, bird watching and a volcano tour. The students will be staying in a tree house in Arenal for part of their trip and in a hostel for the rest. They will also be staying at Tropic Olas, a surf school, where the students will be taking scuba diving classes. Trotta, along with club members, are trying to finalize the transportation plans, which

may include renting a van with four wheel drive for the rugged terrain of Costa Rica. Club members going on the trip must sign a Safe Traveler’s Agreement. Some advice about safety in Costa Rica includes carrying only small amounts of money and no expensive electronics or clothing. The ORC has done a variety of other activities and fundraisers throughout the year. Gray said that in this year alone, the club has volunteered at Roger’s Environmental Center, gone rock-climbing at Colgate and they’ve also been hiking and camping. For anyone interested in the club or wants information they can contact Professor Trotta at


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Nations turn out to support Japan in earthquake’s aftermath Robert Harris, ‘14 Staff Reporter

The devastation of the earthquake in Japan last month has sparked the interest of many countries around the world. For the last few weeks, numerous organizations have done everything possible to raise money to aid the country still trying to recover from the quake. The damage of the earthquake has been worse than anything that Japan has ever seen. Bloomberg news reported that the damages exceed $309 billion, which is almost four times greater than the damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The expected casualty rate lingers around 10,000 people. Emperor Hirohito addressed the earthquake shortly after its effects ravaged the island nation. Hirohito said, “We don’t know the number of victims, but I pray that every single person can be saved.” Despite being several weeks after the initial earthquake, problems have still been sur-

An emergency worker walks through debris in an area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Kuji, Japan. Photo courtesy of Reuters Pictures

facing for the Japanese. Plans are still underway to correct a potential nuclear crisis due to damage at several nuclear power plants on the Miyagi Prefecture. Although plans are being made for a possible solution to

the nuclear crisis, some experts deem the nuclear crisis in Japan worse than the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, The Province reported. President Barack Obama, shortly after the devastation in Japan, expressed his condo-

lences and promised aid to the hard-hit country. Although it is unclear when the United States will be able to send widespread support to Japan, organizations throughout the country have been doing their part to aid the relief effort.

The American Red Cross initiated its efforts for Japan by allowing people to donate $10 via text message. Members of the Red Cross have also flown out to Japan to distribute boxed meals for all survivors left homeless. Several big celebrities have also held relief efforts for Japan. Both Lady Gaga and Linkin Park have been selling merchandise and donating their profits to Japan. Charlie Sheen announced that for every ticket sold for his tour, $1 will go to the Japan relief fund. Talk show host Conan O’Brien urged his twitter followers to do anything that they could to donate to the relief effort for Japan. The events in Japan have not only been devastating, but enlightening. In such a time of great crisis, people everywhere are doing what they can to help out. Hopefully in the near future, the devastation of Japan can be corrected and order can be restored to the island nation.


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Elites’ method of control: problem, reaction, solution ~continued from page 2~ At this point, the question going through most people’s mind would likely be “who could possibly orchestrate such a thing and why would they want to do so, excluding the fact they want to be good humanitarians?” As ironic and cliché as it may sound, as the saying goes, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Just look at most politicians in congress who, rather than vote in accordance with their constituents wishes, vote according to what their party, campaign contributors, and lobbyists dictate. If you think people in congress are well-situated in the power structure, just think about the billionaires of the world who control entire countries’ currencies as well as their commodity and energy consumption. Throughout the world, people have situated themselves, their families, and their friends in very comfortable positions of power, and to help secure those positions, such people will go to great lengths to ensure the balance of power that is in their favor. People get to positions of power largely because of a desire to be in such a position. It makes sense that such people would continually try to accrue more of it while protecting the positions they have secured. By definition, corporations will always seek to maximize their profits. “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” - James Madison As a result of elitist pursuits of power, indirectly or directly, the general population resorts to wars, famines, genocides, and the like. Divide and conquer. You’d be perfectly within your right to deny the existence of such evil. After all, most people would never consider doing such things. My point is that there are a few that would, and, through their insatiable appetites for power, such people go to great lengths to manipulate others to do so. Don’t believe me? Review Michael Edward’s article on the Activist Post titled “Masters of the World Meet to Play God with the Climate,”

which comments on the world’s elites meeting to discuss how their weather modification and geo-engineering programs will proceed. If they’re so set on doing great things for the environment, why do they allow the unchecked spraying of aerosols throughout the country and the world, just as they allow the unchecked use of chemicals in hydrofracking. For more information on this you can refer to a documentary called “Gasland,” an article I wrote called “Chemtrails – Secrecy Hidden in Plain Sight,” and a documentary film titled “What in the World are They Spraying?” Consider how England, and subsequently the United States, effectively rendered control of their nation’s respective

currencies to a private consortium of elites headed by the Rothschilds. An animation on by the Provocateur Network, titled “The American Dream,” does an excellent job of documenting how this was done, and, not surprisingly, it was done using the aforementioned method. Just as the term “population control” implies, it is all about control: control through knowledge, control through wealth, and control through force. With population control, I mean literally controlling the population, not just the population’s reproduction. The Federal Reserve and the big multinational banks have effectively used financial terrorism to bankrupt what was considered to be the most democratic nation in the world and thus the

champion for restoring the balance of power: the U.S. The steady build-up of a police state in the U.S. and throughout the world is undeniable, just look at the recordsetting military budget. Look at the technology that is steadily integrating and inundating every aspect of our lives. The most recent case of this can be seen with the revelation about the iPhone, which, according to the London Guardian article titled “iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go,” has a secret file that “stores location coordinates and timestamps of owner’s movements.” Bloomberg’s Bobby Johnson claims this technology is already in use by police. “Martial Law in the Land of Confusion” is an absolute

Look at how governments are degrading education, stifling dissent, destroying economies, and withholding knowledge from the public. Look at how we can practically regulate small businesses out of existence, but we can’t seem to protect the public from large institutions’ health hazards, large institutions which struggle to change and innovate. How can we be innovative with artificial depressions like these? “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” - Abraham Lincoln

Democracy is the natural counterbalance to the imbalance of power. It was only nat-

Illustration by Will Conroy ‘11 | Senior Editor

must-read article by Gary D. Barnett that clarifies the reality of the police state the twentieth century world has become. For more information on the subject you can also refer to an article I wrote titled “What would Orwell say about today?” Research the truth about Net Neutrality and an Internet ID system being proposed by the Obama administration with the good intention of preventing identity theft. You can refer to another article by Paul Joseph Watson titled “Obama Pushes Chinese-Style Internet ID System.” Essentially, the threat to humanity is the people who try to excessively control it – maliciously or with good intentions – stifling humanity’s innovation, which would seem capable of meeting any demand.

ural that America’s democratic spirit and powerful prosperity be attacked by those who it threatened most. The American people, and the people of the world, need to get informed, get politically active, and get control of their countries back. Repeal unlimited corporate lobby contributions and consider what other options are on the table for getting politicians to do what is in the best interest of the people who elected them so that we may restore some semblance of the democratic process; perhaps term limits. Humanity needs to wise up to the tricks that the powerful elite use to manipulate and interrupt, and sometimes even destroy, its progress. We, as citizens of the U.S., have been derelict in our duty to keep the republic that was

entrusted to us. Whether it’s offensive wars undeclared by Congress and launched with little to no public debate, executive orders that pass legislation at the whim of the Emperor in Chief; or the steady erosion of the fundamental principles of democracy and the Constitution, humanity needs to take its power back from the few that have strayed. As Benjamin Franklin eloquently said when he responded to a question about whether he preferred a monarchy or a republic, “A Republic – if you can keep it.” Just as Thomas Jefferson warned, “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” and vigilance requires some sacrifices. My solution is really just a reminder. Judgment day really is upon us, as a nation and as a human race as a whole; and it always is. There is the potential that the human race could be sent back to the stone age. Advancements in knowledge and technology – nuclear power as one example –have created a point where we can either regress, or usher in a new renaissance. “This is not about making profit from weapons sales. It is about control... Their objective isn’t to control the conflict; it is to control the debt that the conflict produces. You see, the real value of the conflict, the true value, is in the debt that it creates. You control the debt, you control everything.” - The character Umberto Calvini in the film “The International,” played by Luca Barbareschi The human race cannot advance unless we guard against imbalances of power and the techniques used to foster such imbalances; unless we sacrifice our peace of mind so that we may think things through and ask the questions and make the demands necessary to do so. Look closely at the extreme polarization of wealth and the messages the few who control the majority of the world’s wealth are proposing. Don’t expect someone else to take care of it, because it’s exactly that attitude that has gotten us into the trouble we’re in. Democracy, humanity’s primary line of defense, hangs in the balance.

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~continued from page 1 ~ Baker was the mayor of Hamilton for four years, a member of the board of trustees for seven, as well as trustee of his church and a fire commissioner. “You learn something, giving back in forms of services to your community,” in part, because everyone has something to offer, he says. Baker retired full time when he was 58 years old after he had been at MSC for 29 years. But for 14 years he was still part time. “The decision to stop your public life is...the hardest part of making the decision,” he says. When he was offered the chance to be involved in commencement, Baker says it was good because “I knew I still had a brain,” but, “you begin to quickly realize, life goes on.” As the structure of commencement changed through the years, away from what he had previously created, Baker says, “letting go sometimes is hard.”

At this year’s commencement Baker plans on telling the students “you must take advantage of opportunities to celebrate yourself ” because “you’ve got to feel good about yourself.” Baker was appointed to the College Council three years ago by the governor. Currently, Baker still resides on the college council and Morrisville College Foundation. Morrisville is different than other schools, he says, in part because of the rural setting and the strength of the faculty and programs. The labs are a strength for students because “we’re dealing basically in applied education” where people “build very strong friendships and develop very good abilities.” Baker was Interim President Richard Carreno’s first boss at Morrisville, and he knew him when he was 28 years old. He says he remembers telling Carreno that he was the son he never had.

Lawrence “Larry” Baker poses for a photograph which will be used for the 2011 commencement brochure. Baker has been a part of the MSC campus since 1962 and will be this year’s commencment speaker. Photo courtsey of the Public Relations Office

Carreno called Baker in February to ask him to be the commencement speaker. “I was very touched, I was emotionally affected,” Baker says because being the commencement speaker was something he never considered. Originally from Utica, Baker has four daughters. One is the lead programmer analyst at MSC, Kathy Williams. Patty is a part-time teacher. Mary is a first grade teacher in Maryland and Ilene works for the largest distributor of art catalogs in the country, World Wide Books. Carreno says that working with Baker was an experience

because he is a “tremendous person.” A “friend and mentor,” Carreno says, Baker “shaped the way I kind of, laid out my career.” Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Associate Provost, Paul Griffin calls Baker “Mr. Morrisville.” “Mr. Morrisville,” Williams says, is a great description of her dad because “he cares very much about the college.” She says her dad recently said that he wishes he was in his 40s now because, “there’s all this stuff going on and it’s so exciting.” Williams says her dad is a great speaker and will do well

with his speech. “I think he will personalize it very well,” she added. “I’m certainly very proud of him; he loves life.” Associate professor and interim dean of the school of science and technology Patricia Elko was on the commencement committee that chose Baker. She says “he’s a great person,” because “he’s just so enthusiastic and warm and always makes you feel that he’s so happy to see you.” “He’s got such a love for this campus and the campus has for him. What better way to celebrate 100, I can’t think of a better choice,” she adds.

Sports page 7 Softball team ends season in finals of NEAC playoffs May 2011 - The CHIMES

Marissa Felker ‘14 Associate Sports Editor The softball team was on a six game winning streak heading into the playoffs on April 30. They swept Cazenovia College on April 19, 6-2 and 8-7. These wins ranked the team third overall in the North Division. Jenna D’Ercole pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits and had nine strikeouts. Gabby Gallart, sophomore outfielder, went 2 for 4 from the plate with three runs batted in while junior catcher Cassandra Smith was 1 for 1 with two runs and an RBI. In the second game, outfielder Sara Croop hit the game winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Outfielder Kate Jones hit 2 for 3, and scored three times, while teammate Nicole Geier, second baseman, hit 2 of 3 for a run and two RBI’s. D’Ercole posted the win on the mound, striking out three. The team swept Wells College in a double header on April 21 in Aurora, 14-2 in game one and 16-14 in game two. Kayla Walker, first baseman for the

Mustangs, went 3 for 4, scored one run and recorded a collegiate best nine RBI’s. In the first inning, Walker hit a double that drove in two, and then added a home run in the top of the second. In the fourth, Walker added a double. D’Ercole threw five innings and had seven strike outs in 20 batters. In game two, shortstop Jessica Rigg, batted a three run homer in the third, giving Morrisville the lead. Smith also added a three run homer in the fourth, increasing the lead to 9-2. “We’re a strong team and our batting has improved,” said freshman Eileen Farrell. In the seventh inning, the Mustangs tallied seven more runs to gain a 16-3 lead. Wells fought back with 11 runs on 11 hits in the ninth inning making the final score 16-14. Rigg led the Mustangs, hitting 3 for 3, adding three RBI’s and two runs. Smith was 1 for 5 with one run and three RBI’s. D’Ercole allowed 13 earned runs, while striking out seven in seven innings. The Mustangs returned to

the field the following day posting a double header victory over Cazenovia College 14-2 and 7-1. “We are all really confident heading into playoffs,” said D’Ercole. The NEAC announced the 2011 softball bracket for playoffs, placing the Mustangs as the third seed. The team ended the season with a 15-13 overall record and 12-4 NEAC record, a program best. “Everyone heads into playoffs with a 0-0 record, that’s why they call it an upset,” said head coach Tom Blackford. “I’m really confident in the players. We are hitting the best we have all season,” he added. In the first round of the NEAC Championships, the team lost 3-0 against second seed SUNY IT. Lauren Marleau, hit a double driving in two runs for SUNY IT to break the scoreless game. Bianca Brown followed with a double in the seventh giving the Wildcats the 3-0 lead. Gallart led the team hitting 2 of 3 from the plate while Smith and Farrell both went 1 for 3. D’Ercole allowed six hits and three earned runs while striking

out six. The team recorded a 5-4 win in the second game against fourth seed Cazenovia College. In the seventh inning, Cazenovia led 4-3 until Walker hit a double driving in Rigg. Smith added a single bringing Jones home for the win. Smith led the team hitting 3 of 4 with two RBI’s. Jones went 2 for 3 and scored two runs for the Mustangs while Walker went 2 for 4 hitting a double. Nichillo pitched four innings allowing eight hits and three runs while striking out three. D’Ercole

closed the game giving up one hit, one run and striking out seven. The team ended the season with a 4-0 loss against first seed Keuka College. D’Ercole pitched six innings with two earned runs and four strike-outs. Gallart had the solo hit of the game for the Mustangs in the first inning. NEAC announced outfielder Kate Jones to its second all star team and Blackford was named co-coach of the Year.

Jones ended the season with a .325 batting average starting all 31 games in the center field for the Mustangs. With 83 at bats, Jones had 27 hits, five doubles, two triples and three home runs. Blackford helped the team end their season with an overall NCAA record of 16-15. Sophomore shortstop Jessica Rigg looks to beat the runner to 1st base in their April 10 game against SUNY Cobleskill. The Mustangs ended the season placing 2nd in the NEAC North Championship Tournament. Photo by Brendan Shannon, ‘14 Photo Editor

Leading scorer helps men’s lax win NEAC conference Kristin Clark, ‘12 Sports Editor

“It’s about being part of something that’s bigger than yourself,” says Adam Lewis, senior attack on the men’s lacrosse team. Lewis is a technology management: resort and recreation services student who has only been playing lacrosse for six years. He has been a part of the Mustangs for four. “I played baseball all through high school, then the lacrosse coach asked me to try out during my senior year and I fell in love with the sport,” Lewis says of how he got into the sport. Lewis currently has 41 goals on the season, leading all scorers. During the game against Medaille College on April 16, Lewis scored eight goals, a collegiate career high. “It was crazy, they just happened;” he says. “I didn’t really think about it.” “Winning the NEAC championship last season was probably my favorite moment playing,” he says. “It’s a feeling I can’t explain; we ended up hosting and winning.”

The team has now won the NEAC conference for the second season in a row. Lewis isn’t thinking about that, though. “Right now we are just focusing on Medaille. We need to come out and push the ball and be as quick as we can,” he says. In order to keep things fresh, head coach Jason Longo has switched up the style of practice. “Coach pushes us every day. We have a new style of practice and play that we all really like,” Lewis says. “Adam is the type of student athlete that you want involved in your program,” Longo says. “He has been through it all: the lows, the rebuilding, and now, as we are continuing to have success.” Teammate Michael Hinchey also speaks highly of Lewis. “You can tell that he’s the kind of guy that’s not out there joking, he’s out there to get the job done,” says Hinchey. “Adam’s hard work and hustle always pays off.” Other than summer leagues, Lewis has no future lacrosse plans. He was named Athlete of

Adam Lewis (25), senior attackman, rolls off a defender while looking for a pass on the crease. Lewis had 3 goals in the game against Keuka. Lewis currently stands as the leading scorer on the team. Photo by Jessica Terras, ‘14 | Staff Photographer

“He has been through it all: the lows, the rebuilding, and now, as we are continuing to have success.”

the week for the week of March 13 for his involvement in five out of the eight scores against SUNY Brockport, keeping the team undefeated. Before every home game, Lewis prepares himself by taking a cold shower. Also, before a game, he makes sure to hang out with teammate Hinchey before going to bed.


Men’s lacrosse wins conference for second straight year Kristin Clark ‘11 Sports Editor For the second year in a row, the men’s lacrosse team has won the NEAC conference. They finished the season with a perfect 6-0 record in conference play. This makes head coach Jason Longo undefeated in NEAC play since he came to Morrisville in the fall of 2010. His record currently stands at 14-0. “My guys put all their effort out there every day,” Longo said “I’m more proud of them than I am of myself.” The Mustangs had a regular-season record of 11-3 to finish the season. “The guys are really motivate. I try to keep it fun and focus on the task at hand,” Longo said.

“It’s a complete turnaround from where we were,” said goalie Michael Hinchey. “It feels good to walk around with our head held high, knowing that we are the team that everyone wants to beat.” Longo said he feels that hosting the tournament will be a bit of a home-field advantage for the team. The team will be playing conference rival Medaille College. Medaille has a three-and-ahalf hour bus ride to get to Morrisville. “And of course, we have the home crowd behind us,” Longo added. The Mustangs defeated Medaille 19-18 on April 16 during the Wounded Warrior Project game. Longo said the preparation for a playoff game is really no different than a regular season game. “Last

year, we changed nothing, we won because of hard work, head, heart and hustle,” Longo said. Hinchey seemed to echo Longo’s sentiment. Hinchey said that play doesn’t really change, that it’s more of the mindset. “We know that we need to play to move on or we’re done,” Hinchey said. “We plan on going in and destroying Medaille and holding nothing back.” The support of family and friends during the season means a lot to Longo and the team. “A lot of little things that happen behind closed doors are important, so I’d like to thank Bruce and James from Seneca for ever ything they do,’ said Long o. “They have been awesome.” The number one-seeded Mustangs hosted num-

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They were second in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. They had a rough start to the season, going

chemistry” said junior defenseman, Falkenburgh. H e a d c o a ch A m a n d a Nobis said the win over

Freshman Chris Soprano races in to help win the faceoff against Keuka. The Mustangs ended the game with a 15-10 victory. Their current record stands at 11-3. Photo by Jessica Terras, ‘14 |Staff Photographer

ber four seed Medaille on Wednesday afternoon.

T h e r esul ts wer e n o t available at press time.

be the team that we know we can be.” “The win showed us we can do well if we work together as a team” said Elizabeth Peck, senior defenseman. Hartnett had six goals with five of them coming in the second half. Falkenburgh scored two goals, both in the second half. “We’ve been working hard all season in getting ready for the playoffs. I expect the team to go out there and play their hardest. We need to be consistent, and communicate with each other,” Nobis said. “And we must be careful not to underestimate our opponents”. Six women’s lacrosse players had all-conference honors. Hartnett and Peck were named to the first team while Anderson, Falkenburgh and Brandi Rafalko were named to second team; Cassie Edmondson was named to the third team.

Harnett led the team in scoring with 42 goals; five of them were game winning goals. Hartnett also had 7 assists and 54 ground balls on the season and received NEAC player of the week twice. Peck earned first team honors for the second time while causing 11 turnovers. Peck also added three goals and an assist as a defender, while also picking up 45 ground balls and had 41 draw controls. Anderson recorded 30 goals including a game winning goal. Anderson also had 53 ground balls and 28 g round controls. Falkenburgh received second team honors for the second time, had 18 goals with 22 ground balls, and caused ten turnovers. Rafalko started 13 of 14 games and had 24 ground balls. Edmondson had 12 goals and five assists. The Mustangs ended the season at 7-7 overall and 6-1 in NEAC play.

Season ends for women’s lacrosse in NEAC playoff finals Morrisville’s first NEAC playoff game was against third seed Cazenovia College at Penn Yan High School on April 30. The team won, 8-6. Scoring for Morrisville were Hillary Hartnett, who had two goals and two assists. Jamie Anderson and Jennifer May had two goals, while Lesa Ward and Alison Falkenburgh added a goal apiece; goaltender Allison Strub made 11 saves in net. The team lost on May 1 in the finals of NEAC playoffs against Keuka College 13-8. Anderson had four goals while Hartnett, Ward, Falkenburgh and May each added a goal apiece. Strub made seven saves in goal. The women’s lacrosse team went into playoffs with an overall record of 6-6 and a 6-1 record in the NEAC.

Hillary Hartnett (11) plays defense against Keuka College’s Molly Hogan (22) during their game on April 17. Hartnett had four goals in the loss for the Mustangs. Photo by Jessica Terras, ‘14 | Staff Photographer

0-4 in their first four games. They finished 6-2 for their final 8 games. “We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses now, and we have very good

Wells is one of the best wins of the season. “It was a game in which everyone played together,” said Nobis. We played as a unit, and it proved to us that we could


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