Morrisville State College • November 2011• vol. XLV • no. 3
MSC remembers Regina Reynolds, a student murdered in ‘75
“We knew who the murderer was; we just couldn’t prove it,” said retired senior investigator of the New York State Police, Gene Rifenburg. This was true for more than 30 years in the case of Regina Reynolds, an MSC student whose body was found Nov. 19, 1975. Last Thursday, Rifenburg and others told the story of how her killer was captured more than three decades after her death. Reynolds was an MSC student from Sidney. She was last seen hitchhiking along Route 20 near Morrisville, N.Y. on Nov. 6, 1975. She wasn’t seen again until 13 days later, when a fisherman found her body in an abandoned gravel pit near Otisco Lake in southern Onondaga County. CSTEP held a program about the Regina Reynolds case on Nov. 10. “We were talking in class about investigating, and I used this case as an example,” said Clare ArmstrongSeward, assistant professor of criminal justice. “It was surprising how many students didn’t know a Morrisville student was murdered.” The CSTEP program, “Take a Closer Look,” had four of the police investigators who worked on the case speak about exactly what led them to prosecute the murderer, Donald Sigsbee, from Madison, N.Y. Armstrong-Seward said after the class discussion, the students were enthusiastic about educating their peers about the case. John Blumer, retired police investigator from the New York State Police, was the first responding officer to the scene. The fisherman who had called the police led
Comedian Matt Bellace educates MSC students on alcohol and drug abuse. see article on page 4
Occupy Wall Street: is the 1 percent of America really to blame? see column on page 2
Blumer down to the crime scene. “It was a large, open area, almost like a parking lot,” Blumer said. “Approximately 175 yards from the road, down near the lake was a dead body, completely unclothed, with stab wounds to the torso.” Reynolds had been sexually assaulted and died from a stab wound to the heart. Earlier that week, Reynolds’ mother called the police to report her daughter missing. Rifenburg and others searched for Reynolds until they got the call about a body. Rifenburg said when they got the call, it “sent chills up our spines.” At the murder scene, he found business cards for Sigsbee’s cabinet making shop in Oneida. Rifenburg and the police set up a surveillance post to try to catch Sigsbee along Route 20. It
wasn’t long before Sigsbee’s blue van showed up. Rifenburg noticed blood inside the van and a loaded gun. Sigsbee said it was deer blood and that he had been hunting. After police took Sigsbee into custody, they interviewed him for hours on end. Rifenburg said it was like “talking to a brick wall.” After the endless questioning, the case went cold. “Donald Sigsbee never admitted to me,” Rifenburg said. Police had no evidence to use against him. The police even searched his apartment and found a link between him and another girl who was raped and murdered two years earlier, Martha Allen. In 1999, Captain David Kraus took over the cold case along with four other similar cases. These included the homicides of Allen and two other girls who were murdered in Herkimer County.
While looking through the case, he noticed there were slides that had been prepared during Reynolds’ autopsy. “I thought if we could get some samples of DNA from those, it would be a tremendous lead,” Kraus said. Kraus had the evidence taken out of storage for a sample of the DNA that was found in Reynolds’ body. But they had no DNA to compare it to. In 2000, Kraus became lieutenant for uniform officers and the bureau of state. Investigator Michael Grande took his place. In late December 2002 and early January 2003, Grande started tailing Sigsbee in hopes of collecting his DNA. It had been over 20 years since the police had questioned Sigsbee. No one knew if he was even alive. They were surprised to find he was still living in Madison. “When you tail someone in the city, it’s easier., Grande said. “In a rural area, it doesn’t take long for someone to notice you.” Grande followed Sigsbee and his wife to the Wendy’s in New Hartford, N.Y. When they left, Sigsbee threw a cup of soda in the trash. Grande picked it out, and the police were able to collect his DNA from saliva left on the straw. Within a week, the sample was processed. It matched the DNA found in the sperm. In March 2003, Sigsbee was arrested for the rape and murder of Regina Reynolds. He was found guilty and was sentenced 25 years to life. He was 68 years-old at the time. Sigsbee lived out his remaining years at Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome, N.Y., where he died Oct. 26, 2009 at the age of 74. When the case was solved, Grande said, “It was a very good feeling.”
Well, believe it: the Oneida Community Mansion House still stands in Kenwood, on the out-
skirts of Sherrill, NY. The house itself is an attraction—along with over 30,000 other products made, used and collected by the group. To sustain its residents, the Oneida Community founded what would become Oneida Silversmiths, Inc., which was at one time the largest silverware manufacturer in the country. The non-profit New York State Board of Regents has overseen the mansion since 1987 and provides tours, accommodations and apartments for the public. The
mansion also houses a restaurant that is popular in the local area. I began my tour with Patricia Hoffman, the Executive Director, in the orientation room that introduces the leader of the group, John Humphrey Noyes, and his followers. The Perfectionist community, I learned, challenged the contemporary social views of the time on gender roles, child-rearing practices, monogamous marriage, and work. ~continued on page 3~
Mollie Carter, ‘14 Campus Co-Editor
Criminal Justice Prof. Clare Armstrong-Seward (left) introduces a speaker at last week’s program about the Regina Reyolds case. Reynolds (right) was kidnapped and killed after hitchiking near campus in 1975. Her killer was not convicted until 2003. Color photos by Brendan Shannon, ‘14
Oneida Mansion offers glimpse at an 1860s commune Alysha Jones,’ 12 Staff Reporter Gone in 60 Minutes: This series reveals what there is to do within an hour of the MSC campus. Look for it in both The CHIMES Online and in the print copies of The CHIMES.
Wondering what the latest fashion trends for winter 2011 are? We have you covered! see full story on page 5
Would you believe me if I told you that located 30 minutes from campus is a 93,000 square-foot mansion built to accommodate 300 members of a religion-based community living together as one family— back in 1861?
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Protestors occupy Wall Street to address wealth issues Adilka Pimentel, ‘12 Associate Opinions Editor Mollie Carter, ‘14 Associate Campus News Editor Sabrina Quinones, ‘12 Social Media Editor
“We are the 99 percent.” That’s the slogan used by the protesters who have been ‘Occupying Wall Street’ since Sept. 17. But whom exactly does the 99 percent represent? Some say that only the lower class should be considered the 99 percent because they know what a constant economic struggle looks like. Others believe that middle-class families also belong to the 99 percent because “middle class” doesn’t exactly mean “wealthy.” The economic barrier continues to make fighting for equality harder, not because there is no money, but because social stratification continues to divide people instead of bringing them together to fight a bigger problem. Occupy Wall Street is a peaceful movement that has brought people of all races and social classes, in over 100 U.S. cities, together to fight the “corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations,” according to occupywallst.org. The 99 percent “represent a broad segment of the U.S. demographic, excluding the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans,” according to CNNMoney.com; the top 1 percent hold a lot of wealth in the country, with an increase in wealth over the last few decades becoming greater.
Who should be considered the 99 percent has been a problem within the larger issue. This makes fighting for the larger issue a bit more difficult. While there are general groups involved like veterans and community organizers, it all comes down to how much money people actually make. According to CNNMoney.com, the average American earns approximately $33,000 a year - around the same amount it was 20 years ago - while people in the upper class who make over $380,000 have had an increase in their income of over 33 percent. This means that the rich have only gotten richer, so the middle class can be in the 99 percent because they make nowhere near as much money as the upper class. “The middle class should be considered part of the 99 percent because the way society is right now, we are all in the same bracket,” says Melissa Kissoon, full time student at the New York City College of Technology. “Just because some are doing better than others does not mean they are okay financially,” says Kissoon, who participated in Occupy Times Square, a demonstration from the Occupy Wall Street movement that resulted in 74 arrests according to the Wall Street Journal. “It’s hard, because I don’t want to be associated with people who make more money than me and are only fighting now because they are affected economically and my people have been fighting for a long time,” says part-time community organizer Jaritza Geigel. “But then again, this is a collective power and the people are fighting
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together, people of color are slowly starting to trickle into the movement,” she adds. The question of whether the middle class belongs to the 99 percent lingers in the minds of protesters and spectators.. “They [the middle class] don’t belong in the 99 percent because they don’t have to go through the struggles that we have to go through as Latinos in the ghetto,” says Hector Geraldo, a union organizer from East Harlem. Money problems have always been a constant problem for the lower class, which live in poverty and deal with harsh conditions. “They [the middle class] feel it’s a struggle now because they’re feeling some kind of money trouble. They occupy Wall Street, and we get occupied by the cops.”
Enhanced police aggression in many of the cities has resulted in numerous arrests and attacks on the public that have been uploaded onto networking sites like YouTube and watched by millions of viewers across the world. No one knows how much longer Occupy Wall Street is going to continue or what results will come from the demonstrations but one thing is for sure, more unity is needed within the protesters. It is understandable that the poor have always had economic hardship, and that we live in a society where money talks. But in order to pull forward and bring monetary equality to all the social classes, we need to put aside our differences.
Illustration by Joshua Ocasio, ‘12 | Staff Reporter
Student sees racism in recent CHIMES article
Dashawn Ford, ‘12 Individual Studies Student
I’m going to be completely honest: I don’t usually read the school newspaper. But one article caught my eye in the October issue of The CHIMES. It was an article by the name of “And you came to Morrisville State College why?” Everyone was telling me to read it because it was “racist.” I read it three times and I am only offended by two aspects of the article. The article was going along smoothly until I got to the part discussing the “Rap Battles.” Once you get to this part, in my opinion, you unjustly single out the African American population here at Morrisville. I have been attending Morrisville for about a year and a half, and I have only seen one white student participating in a rap battle. You can go on any college campus in America with a large population of African Americans, and you will find people participating in rap battles. I agree it can get a little loud at times, but that’s the campus lifestyle. I guarantee no one started college with the expectation of 24 hours of quiet; if you did, you should be living in East Hall. I am not condon-
ing people being loud at all times of the night, but I am saying it should have been expected. The other problem I had is not with the article, but with the illustration. The illustration makes it seem as if we, African Americans, don’t speak English; all we do is curse. I am an African American with an impeccable vocabulary, and although I curse a lot, that is not all I know. In reality, do we really curse that much more than any other race? I doubt it. The illustration may not seem like a lot, but to me it is an inaccurate depiction of what really goes on in a rap battle - or just in general. And as for the students who find the rest of the article racist, I have one question: why? Most of the article speaks about students showing a lack of respect to professors. The students they are referring to could either be white, black, Hispanic, or Asian; the only reason we associate these students with the African-American population on campus is because we have maybe witnessed or know students who exhibit these ignorant behaviors. But why would you want to hide this ignorance behind our race? I’m not willing to do that.
The CHIMES Criminal Justice Club planning January trip to Cuba November 2011 - The CHIMES
Gyllian Dunkley, ‘12 Staff Reporter
The Criminal Justice Club is going on a trip to Cuba for one week, on Jan. 7, 2012. Students have held fundraisers to help support the cost of the trip for anyone who would like to go, said Clare Armstrong-Seward, assistant professor and program coordinator for the Criminal Justice Program and advisor of the Criminal Justice Club. Over the summer, Armstrong-Seward presented the idea to the Dean of Liberal Arts Paul Griffin and, at the time, Vice President of Academic Affairs David Rogers. The proposal was approved and Armstrong-Seward was instructed to obtain a federal license for the club to enter Cuba. Although the Cuba trip is not supported by the school budget, Armstrong-Seward and students from the club are holding fundraisers because the trip is a club-coordinated event. Armstrong-Seward said the Sheila Johnson Institute is partly
sponsoring the trip, donating between $3,000 and $5,000. One fundraiser the club is holding, “Cans for Cuba,” has been ongoing since the beginning of the semester. It is open to anyone who is interested in helping the club recycle cans to raise money for the trip. On Nov. 10, the club, along with CSTEP, held a fundraiser in the form of a symposium that focused on the Regina Reynolds Case. In 1975, Reynolds, a freshman who attended MSC, was killed hitchhiking on Route 20. Her body was found many miles away near Otisco Lake. Investigators involoved in the case came and spoke about how they solved the cold case. At this symposium, the club sold refreshments to raise money for the trip. The Norwich campus of MSC, as well as the Morrisville campus, is collaborating with the McDonald’s in Cazenovia and Norwich to donate 15 percent of their profits toward the Cuba trip during select periods this month.
The Cuba trip is open to anyone from MSC. There is a $200 deposit, and the costs must be paid in full three weeks prior to the trip. A valid passport is also required. Armstrong-Seward will also be in charge of coordinating visas for those who will be attending the trip. The club is still negotiating the site of the airline departure either from Syracuse or Albany, but travelers will fly to Florida, then Cuba. In Cuba, the students will be studying the country’s criminal justice system. They will collaborate with police and law enforcement sponsored by the Cuban Bar Association. The trip will include cultural events and historical sites, including the Bay of Pigs, site of a failed U.S. invasion before the Cuban Missile Crisis. Armstrong-Seward said she formulated the idea of going to Cuba after her father’s recent death. She said she realized that life is short, and that living life to the fullest is rewarding. “I wanted students to have an experience to remember
Assistant Professor Clare Armstrong-Seward was instrumental in developing the upcoming trip to Cuba. The Criminal Justice Club will be leaving for Cuba the week of Jan. 7. Photo by Roxanne Bailey, ‘12 | Staff Photographer
at Morrisville because it is an opportunity most people can’t have,” she said. Lashonda Russell, a criminal justice student and member of the club, said, “I just want to go because it’s an educational experience I will never forget.” “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s definitely not
a vacation,” added Stephanie Cirasole, a criminal justice student and member of the club. There is still plenty of time for people to join. If anyone is interested, they can contact Armstrong-Seward by e-mail or by stopping by her office in Crawford Hall 210, or calling her at 684-6148.
SGO president reports on assembly initiatives of the semester Nicole Williams, ‘12 SGO President
This year, the Student Government Organization has increased its membership among members-at-large. But we are still working to increase our attendance overall. In the beginning of the semester, the SGO Assembly was informed of proposed changes to the faculty congress in hope of obtaining more
student involvement within the various congress committees. The SGO Assembly proposed that SGO should be responsible for the selection of students to the six committees of the proposed “College Senate.” Many students brought up the concern of wanting to study in the library on the weekends at an earlier or later time than was currently avaliable.
As a result, the SGO Assembly proposed extending library hours on the weekends. A proposal was submitted to Christine Rudecoff, director of the library. I am pleased to say that the proposal was accepted and on Fridays, the library will now be open until 8 p.m. instead of 5 p.m., and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. instead of 1p.m. The library will be monitoring student usage during
the time changes to determine if the extended hours will be continued in the 2012/2013 academic year. This is a great example of students addressing concerns and succeeding in making a difference. Recently, the assembly passed a resolution denouncing shared presidency at Morrisville State College, and passed it on to the College Council.
The SUNY Board of Trustees will be meeting on Monday Nov. 21, and Tuesday Nov. 22. They will be having a public hearing to listen to testimonies and statements from concerned individuals about university issues. The meeting will be held in New York City. A copy of the SGO assembly resolution will be available at thechimes.morrisville.edu this Friday.
1800s history preserved at the Oneida Community Mansion ~continued from page 1~ Both genders were equal. They all did the same jobs, from housework to yard work to raising the children. Once a child was born, he or she became the responsiblity of everyone in the community. Everyone was considered to be married together; no two people could have a “special love” for another because it would be considered selfish. They believed the same with the children. Every member slept in a separate room and the children slept in the children’s wing, separated into three different rooms based on age. To show an
example, Hoffman showed me a room that is set up exactly like the rooms would have looked in 1867. It was small, had a bed for one person, a dresser, a closet and a wash area. Hoffman says they only used their rooms to sleep, change and wash. Any other time you would find them in the library teaching each other, working, or sociaizing in the community rooms. In the whole house, I found the Big Hall to be the most breath-taking attraction. It was used by the members every night to get together and discuss problems. They even criticized those they felt weren’t doing
their part or who had too much love for an object or person.The big hall is still used today by the public for plays, meetings and weddings. Although they were criticized by others for their beliefs, they were hard-working and manufactured a lot of items from their home that we still use today, including the Lazy Susan, apple tree swings, game traps (for bears, foxes, otters, etc.), canned fruits and vegetables, and fine gold chains. “Magnificent,” is how Hoffman described the mansion. The cost is $3 for students and is worth every dime.
A photo of the the Big Hall in the Oneida Community Mansion that was used to discuss issues within the religion-based community in the late 1800s. The hall is now frequently used for weddings and receptions. Photo by Alysha Jones, ‘12 |Staff Reporter
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Comedian talks to MSC students about alcohol and drug abuse Iesha Wilson, ‘13 Staff Reporter
“ ‘Dude, I was so wasted last night.’ Nothing intelligent will ever follow that statement. No one will ever say, ‘Dude, I was so wasted, I stayed up all night and fixed your phone. You have all the memory back.’ ” Youth motivational speaker and stand-up comedian Matt Bellace, Ph.D., joked with Morrisville State College students at a performance last Tuesday in the STUAC Little Theatre. Bellace has been a youth motivational speaker and comedian since 1995. He has a doctorate in neuropsychology, the study of the brain and human behavior. He lives in New York City and is a member of the National Speakers Association and the author of, “A Better High.” He worked for truTV recruiting comedians for “The World’s Dumbest” and traveled around the world to perform at clubs and colleges for over 15 years. “ Comedy comes from pain,” Bellace said. Bellace said his life changed when his college friend got hit
Comedian Matt Bellace, Ph.D. performs for students in the STUAC Theatre last Tuesday night. Matt uses his comedy to spread his message to students of achieving a “natural high.” Photo by Joshua Risley, ‘15 | Staff Photographer
Electronic billing at MSC Catherine Flood, ‘13 Campus News Editor In the spring semester Morrisville will be converting bill payments to a new paperless system. Students will now be allowed to make their payments electronically by using the college’s Web site. Starting the week of Nov. 21, spring semester bills will be going out and electronic billing will be accessible. Students will receive an email in their MSC accounts stating that they have new bills. A link will bring them to their Web for Students account so they can make their payments and have the option of printing out the bills themselves. Marion Gaslin, the college bursar, says this is the campus’ way of going green. It not only helps with the environment, but will also decrease costs in distributing so many paper bills. She said for those without computers, there is the option of using the computers on campus or other local com-
puters at students’ hometown libraries. If this is not possible, then she said those students with complications will be accommodated. Gaslin said students can also pay by using an automated clearing house withdrawal from their bank account or can set up credit card payments online. Students also have the option of authorizing up to three people to have access to their account. This could include their parents, family members, or anyone who would put money into their specific account. Those who receive financial aid will still be able to gain access to their bills for viewing purposes. Gaslin said there will be a line-by-line accounting, and students will see what is charged or reduced. Students will also receive e-mails when payments are made. During the transition, MSC will use both systems of paying bills for next semester. Gaslin said any students with issues or questions can contact the Student Accounts Office.
by a car driven by a drunken driver across the street from Bucknell University. After that, he attended a school meeting and asked to have a house on campus dedicated to prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. Bucknell approved the proposal, donated money, and paid to fix up a former fraternity house. The prevention house was named “Calvin and Hobbes.” Bellace became RA of the house. Bellace encourages students not to be afraid to make a stand, to form a group on campus that makes up fun activities late at night instead of going to parties and drinking. “The brain doesn’t fully develop until age 23. Students that smoke and abuse alcohol are killing brains cells, which impacts their memory,” Bellace said. His goal when he performs is to encourage students to make healthy decisions and to pursue a “natural high.” He defines a natural high as any activity that can be done for fun; it can be laughing, hanging out with friends, exercising, and even love.
It is scientifically proven that a natural high from a person laughing or running is similar to a person’s high off cocaine. When you run or laugh for a long time, your brain releases endorphins which are similar to dopamine that is released from the brain when a person is on cocaine. Dopamine tiggers the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. “The comedic environment made me more interested in the subject,” said individual studies student Brian Dungey. He learned more ways to make positive decisions after watching Bellace. “I think his performance was great. He had a powerful message. It is important for college students to be informed about healthy decisions,” said Abby Simchik. Simchik worked with Bellace getting him to come to MSC. She works for Bridges, a program of the Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Inc. “Lean on healthy people for support, and express yourself in a healthy way,” Bellace said.
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Choosing your parents: Adult adoptions form new relationships Samantha Peeler, ‘14 Staff Reporter
Three years into her job at Nintendo in Redmond, Wash., 29-year-old Jillian Titus was adopted. Sandra and Ross Titus, both in their late 40’s, met their new daughter from within the video-game company. Initially bonding over their Boston terriers, Sandra Titus now tears up at the sight of her new daughter’s old baby pictures. Have you been with your parents for what seems like forever? It just so happens that you can trade them in. Once your birth certificate has been changed and you’ve been issued a new set of parents, your birth parents will be yesterday’s news. Adult Adoptions work just like normal adoptions, except that the adoptee is 18 years or older. You can legally adopt another adult in 26 states and the District of Columbia. In another six, California, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Utah, the adopting parent must be at least ten
Illustration by Jacob DeRochie, ‘15 | Staff Cartoonist
years older than the child or adult they’re seeking to adopt. Alabama law states that you are not able adopt a person with disabilities. Some of the many beneficial reasons to complete an adult adoption (and yes, they
are real), include carrying on a family name, getting legal recognition for an inheritance, or life-time care for those with medical disabilities. If you don’t fit any of the previous categories, however, maybe your mother just made you re-
ally angry when she refused to stop calling the other day. They’ll even give you a new copy of your birth certificate with the names of your adoptive parents. Shove that into your mother’s (or ex-mother’s) face, and voila! She’s gone, and you’ve got a much lower phone bill. Another reason for an adult adoption could be in the case of a same-sex couple. If you were to adopt your significant other, he/she could become your trust beneficiary. It might be a little uncomfortable for you to get caught making out with your father, but the money’s safe! New York State law Domestic Relations, Article 7, Title 1 § 111 on adoption makes it a breeze as well, stating that an adult may be adopted with consent from the parents and their new child. The law in Illinois differs from this in that it requires the parent(s) and child to live in the same household for two consecutive years before the
adoption can take place. Consent from both parties are of course, also necessary, as seen in Illinois Adoption Act 750 ILCS 50/. The Illinois Adoption Act would have helped in the case of multi-millionaire Doris Duke, who adopted her adult child at the age of 75. The two had a falling out two years after the adoption, and Duke had no other living children. She had left all of her money to charities, as well as her butler, and negated the adoption. A lawsuit by the estate’s trustees after Duke’s death, however, would lead her once adoptive daughter, Chandi Heffner, to receive $65 million. The goodies that come with being adopted does not end there. Just think what a conversation starter it would be if your name was Barb and you were adopted by the Dwyer family. No one wants to mess with Barb Dwyer - that is, unless they’re making a joke. But aren’t jokes all a part of forming that new family bond?
Learn how to be fashionably prepared in Mo’ville Winter Danielle Kruszewski, ‘15 Staff Reporter Winter is right around the corner, and here in Morrisville, you can tell it’ll be a cold one with temperatures at night already dipping into being in the 30’s. So it’s time to put away the shorts and tank tops and prepare your winter wardrobe. While many trends come and go—such as Ugg boots and North Face jackets—there are new trends emerging for the upcoming season that also have the added benefit of keeping you warm. “Fur, leather and bright, true colors are big for both men and women this winter,” says Mary Ruth Shields, director of the fashion merchandising program at the Lincoln College of New England. “Layering is best for staying warm. Girls can do this with turtlenecks and double breasted jackets and end the look with either flats or low heels since very high heels are out. Men can layer using a padded vest for a more masculine look and finish the look with military style boots.” While many other places in the country are up to date
with these trends, some students ask what trends could be for Morrisville. Without many clothing store options near campus, many have to rely on the campus store for any “fashion” needs. The campus store employees work with different vendors to keep the shelves stocked for the cold. “There are two clothing buyer shows a year; one in April and one in October. At these shows, the vendors say what looks ‘book store trendy’ for the coming season based off of what their cooperate offices say,” says Joan Sears, the clothing buyer and sales associate for the campus store. The campus store works to keep their student shoppers warm, without the students sacrificing all of their personal style for functionality. “When, it comes to things like mittens, hats and scarves, we try to pick out fun options for the students,” says Thomas King, director of the campus store. “There will always be hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants, but things like flannel pants come out for the fall.” The school store does its best to help students during
the cold months, but for those more concerned about style the campus store’s options may not be for you. For those who do want to stay up to date trend wise, but still survive the snow and cold this winter, there are many options to keep yourself trendy and in style. “I’d suggest doing things like varying the style of boots you wear and different scarves,” says Alexa Baranoski a fashion student at LIM College and professional model at New York Fashion Week. “Switching up the height of your boots from knee high to ankle as well as the colors to match you outfit keeps it fresh, but you can keep warm walking through snow. With scarves you can get so many different patterns and styles.” In the end, when you look around campus, most people are more concerned about functionality than style when it comes to what they wear in Morrisville. Most will try to keep in style for the winter, but unless they know how to do it properly, you will see many students freezing their way through the winter on campus.
The winter display currently up in the campus store. The store offers a variety of hats, scarves, mittens, and other winter accessories needed to keep you warm in the winters at Morrisville. Photo by Nefertiti Ross, ‘13 | Staff Photographer
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Provost Rogers accepts position as MSC’s Chief Operating Officer Katie Collins, ‘12 Staff Reporter
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. David Rogers was named chief operating officer of Morrisville State College on Oct. 20. Rogers has been at MSC since 1999, when he started as the dean of the school of business. Eventually he became a double dean for the school of agriculture as well. In 2008 and 2009, he was named the dean of the Norwich campus. MSC’s Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Bjong Wolf Yeigh, offered Rogers the COO position. Rogers said the job offer was “generally consistent with what occurred at Delhi and Cobleskill.” But he added that he thought it “was a matter of consistency, and it’s somewhat logical for the provost on each of those campuses to serve as the chief operating officer.” Rogers said he accepted the position because, “Morrisville would benefit from having a Chief Operating Officer on this campus.” Recently, Yeigh was in Chicago for a conference. In such instances, Rogers added, he and the COO at SUNYIT are on the campuses to address “any concerns or emergencies that might arise.” Because of Yeigh’s position as a joint president (not yet approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees), Rogers said it made sense for both campuses
to have a chief operating officer. When Yeigh offered Rogers the job he said he “readily accepted the position.” When asked how the job is proceeding since he started three weeks ago, Rogers laughed and said, “So far, so good.” Although he now has additional responsibilities, Rogers said, “Primarily, I still consider myself first and foremost the provost.” As provost, Rogers is in charge of academic and support services for students. With Jean Boland as vice president for administrative services, Rogers said the administration has a “strong team.” Looking to the future, Rogers said he anticipates that “Dr. Yeigh and Jean and I and other administrative staff will work closely together to basically, achieve the best possible, efficient outcomes.” Since the changes in administration 10 months ago, Rogers said he and Boland have formed a strong professional relationship. Even though Yeigh will provide leadership “in terms of some very strategic and important initiatives,” Rogers said he and Boland are “here every day, overseeing important operations of the campus.” As vice president for academic affairs, Rogers is responsible for all academic programs and all student support areas. All areas that are “directly related to student activities, student enroll-
ment and engagement at the college” he said, are his primary responsibility. When Yeigh is not available, Rogers said, “any significant decision Jean and I have to make, we’re going to discuss that with him first.” As COO, Rogers anticipates a few challenges, one being promoting MSC to external groups. He said it’s a role that he enjoys, but the extent is creator than he had expected when he became vice president in February. He said, “the extent of external alliance and the extent of strategic partnership that I now think I’ll be engaging in, goes beyond what I had anticipated in February.” In the last two weeks, Rogers has traveled to various towns in northern New York and Pennsylvania to support initiatives that are important for MSC. He said he would not have made these trips if he had not been the COO. Rogers said he hopes to attend many campus events, such as different athletic events, but he said, “I do recognize that the events I need to attend off campus are also very important.” Even with the new challenges, Rogers said the new job is exciting. No matter what challenges he may face, he tries to be open-minded when trying to “treat each new challenge with the kind of respect I think it deserves.” With enthusiasm and
an open mind, he said he will deal with challenges with “an eye towards achieving and enhancing Morrisville’s mission.” He said he is using his passion for his job and his skills to better his position. “That is what keeps you fresh; that’s what keeps you alive,” Rogers said. Rogers recognized that he has been unable to interact with students like he once did as a dean, but he knew that would happen when he took on the new positions. But he has since
met other students in other settings, such as the Student Government Organization. He recently attended one of the weekly SGO meetings. He said interacting with students “charges my batteries.” The best day of the year for him is graduation. Watching students develop into professionals is “incredibly affirming for me, and I can’t get away from that or I never will be effective as an advocate as an administrator of the college.”
David Rogers, vice president of academic affairs, has accepted the position as the new chief operating officer at MSC. According to an e-mail sent on behalf of Officer in Charge Bjong Wolf Yeigh, the COO will act to fulfill all immediate and necessary presidential responsibilites in the absence of the president, and will have certain day-to-day administrative responsibilites. Photo by Roxanne Bailey, ‘12 | Staff Photographer
Morrisville’s Paige Jerrett chosen to be Miss Rodeo New York ~continued from page 8~ Griffith also mentioned that the judges will spend almost every minute with the Miss Rodeo America contestants. “They’re judging you while you’re there, but basically you’re putting on a show everywhere you go,” Griffith said. “It’s really exciting.” Former professor of Jerrett’s, Michelle Nyberg, was Miss Rodeo Maine, “a long time ago,” said Nyberg. The adjunct instructor for the school of agriculture and natural resources, along with equine science and management, was thrilled when she learned of Jerrett’s success. “I thought it was pretty exciting for her,” Nyberg said. She said when Jerrett told her, they went out to lunch and she showed her pictures from when she’d com-
peted as Miss Rodeo Maine. “It was a lot of fun,” Nyberg said. “I think it was fun for her to realize that one of her teachers had actually done this.” Griffith said the biggest challenge Jerrett will face is that when many westerners competing in Miss Rodeo America hear the word “New York,” they think we all live in the city in high rises and on cement where there’s no grass. “Basically showing them that they do have country girls that can ride from New York will be the biggest challenge when she goes out to Vegas,” she said. Here in New York, the sport of rodeo is not well publicized. Griffith said there are a lot of smaller organizations that host rodeos, but we don’t see a lot sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. “As
far as the PRCA, not so much,” said Griffith. “It costs a lot of money to host the rodeos and put up the money to bring the cowboys in.” Jerrett plans to change this. She said she’d like to promote the sport through fundraisers and getting it in the media. “I’d like to speak at local schools about rodeo and life lessons, like staying in school,” Jerrett said. During her year as Miss Rodeo New York, Jerrett will also be traveling to local rodeos to help promote the sport. She said she would really like to promote rodeo as an actual sport. “Every time they (cowboys and cowgirls) step into their boots, it’s an adrenaline rush,” Jerrett said. “It’s a hard sport.” Griffith said she thinks Jerrett will be able to get more people involved in the sport of
rodeo. “They’re going to know what to look for,” she said. “They’re going to be looking forward to it, and she’s definitely going to bring it to areas it’s not currently in, like Morrisville.” “I’ve been talking to Donette a lot and she’s getting me so excited,” Jerrett said. “Her trip was amazing; it was a lifetime experience, and all I can do is have fun with it.” Along with managing the MSC hockey team, Jerrett plays field hockey, softball and volunteers at the Solid Rock Christian Ranch, a ranch that provides special needs children, ages five to eighteen, the opportunity to learn and care for their adopted horse. It’s located in West Monroe, N.Y. “I’m always feeling overwhelmed,” Jerrett said. “But I learned just to laugh. You get one life why not take
on everything you can?” She said that nothing can stop her as long as she’s organized and has fun with it. “She’s a lot of fun,” Nyberg said. “You couldn’t ask for a better representative.”
Photo by Briana Foisia, ‘13 | Online Co-Editor
November 2011 - The Chimes
RHA- and WCVM-sponsored ‘Mustang Madness’ kicks off hoops season Courtney Cook, ‘13 Online Co-Editor Students packed the STUAC gymnasium on Nov. 11 for a pep rally presented by the Residence Hall Association. The rally, titled “Mustang Madness,” was put together by RHA president Tekesha Hanson and introduced the members of the men’s and women’s 2011-12 basketball teams. “I used to attend Mohawk Valley Community College, and they had an event called Midnight Madness, which gave me the idea to host an event here,” Hanson said. Hanson played for the Mustang basketball team for two years. “I wanted there to be more team spirit,” she added. In addition to the pep rally, there was a Pre-Mustang Madness event hosted by the Campus Activities Board, which featured Big Chair pictures and the Strike High bell-ringing game. The RHA budget was used, as well as some money from the Student Governement Organization to purchase the prizes, Scott Turner, SGO secretary said. Prizes that were raffled off at the event included a bike donated by African Student Union Black Alliance, a 37” TV, a bus ticket home, two gift cards, NBA 2K12 game, and Beats by Dre headphones.
There were also special tshirts for sale that said Mustang Madness and had the green stampede on the back as well as spirit towels. At the beginning of the event, announcer Tom Lemery and WCVM manager Paul Rosenberg introduced the members of the teams. Each player had their own personal song play as they ran to midcourt. The teams participated in a 3-point contest as well as a dunk contest. In addition to the teams and coaches being present, the Mustang mascot was also there, mingling with the crowd and joking around with the teams. There were also chances for the audience to participate in a 24-second shot-clock contest, which required participants to make a layup, foul shot and 3-point shot within 24 seconds. A relay race required those chosen to put on practice gear and then run down the court and make a shot. And there was the classic dizzy bat, where participants spun around in circles with their heads on baseball bats for a minute, then picked up a basketball and ran down the court to make a shot. The men’s team played their first game at Alfred College on Nov. 15. The team lost 72-67 in overtime. The team was led by forward Kucjok Ater with 17
The men’s and women’s basketball team cheer at midcourt after being introduced during Mustang Madness. Both teams opened their seasons on Nov. 15. Photo by Amanda Jones, ‘13 | Staff Photographer
points, guard Brandon Hanks with 15 points, and forward Mickey Davis with 14 points in scoring. Hanks also led the team in rebounding with 11 and assists with five; following him was forward Ryan Jameson with eight rebounds and Davis with six. Five Mustangs fouled out. The team next travels to Medai-
Members of the women’s basketball team show off their Mustang Madness t-shirts that were made especially for the event. Mustang Madness was sponsored by RHA and WCVM. Photo by Amanda Jones, ‘13 | Staff Photographer
lle College for a tournament on Nov. 18 and 19. The women’s team traveled to Houghton College to play their first game of the season on Nov. 15. The team lost 5934. The team was led by guard Tierra Hollins-Hill with seven points and had eight rebounds. Forward Jenna March added
ten rebounds for the Mustangs. The team next travels to SUNY Canton for a tournament on Nov. 18 and 19. The men’s first home game will be Nov. 29 against SUNY Canton at 7 p.m. The women’s first home game will be Dec. 1 against Clarkson University at 7 p.m.
Sophomore Kucjok Ater dunks the ball during the dunk contest at Mustang Madness on Nov. 11. The men’s team took turns to see who could perform the best dunk while being judged. Photo by Amanda Jones, ‘13 | Staff Photographer
Student will travel to Las Vegas as Miss Rodeo New York Briana Foisia, ‘13 Online Co-Editor
The Miss Rodeo America organization and pageant exists for “the purposes of selecting a young lady to serve as an official spokesperson for the sport of professional rodeo and providing educational opportunities for those young women who compete in the pageant,” according to missrodeoamerica. com. Each December, the Miss Rodeo America organization hosts a weeklong competition during the National Finals Rodeo. The competition is to decide on the next Miss Rodeo America. Out of the contestants one young lady will be chosen to represent the sport of rodeo based on her knowledge of rodeo, general equine science, horsemanship skills, personality and much more. The contestants must know everything there is to know about rodeo past and present. Each state is allowed to send a representative to the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. This year MSC business administra-
Paige Jerrett (right), New York’s lady-in-waiting, recently went and met Donette Griffith (left), who was Miss Rodeo New York in 1997. Griffith won the Eastern Region Scholarship of $1,000, and is now helping Jerrett on her journey to become Miss Rodeo New York. Photo by Briana Foisia, ‘13 | Online Co-Editor
tion student, Paige Jerrett, is New York’s lady-in-waiting. She began a committee to bring Miss Rodeo America back to New York. Her committee nominated her for lady-in-waiting.
“I was so excited being appointed lady-in-waiting,” Jerrett said. “I can’t wait till 2012 comes, where I can go out and get sponsors and do fundraisers. But man it was exciting.”
time of 29:44.16. Johnsmeyer earned first team honors and was named NEAC Rookie of the Year. Sophomore Benjamin Sargrad followed with a time of 30:51.6 placing fourteenth overall earning second team honors. Freshman Dakota Nelson came in sixteenth with a time of 31:19.28 and third team honors. Host SUNY Cobleskill earned its third title in four years with a team score of 24. The SUNY Institute of Technology, last year’s champion, placed second with 44 points. MSC came in third with 81 team points. The men finished with an overall NEAC record of 3-4. Freshman Amanda Hunt led the women’s cross-country team to a fourth place finish at the 5K Women’s NEAC Champion-
ships. Hunt placed fourth out of 82 runners with a time of 20:15.33 seconds, earning first team honors. “It was a great race and I was really excited about placing so well and running my best time even in the cold and the mud,” said Hunt. “It has been a really great season and I’m already looking forward to next year.” Freshman teammate Victoria Lanquah received third team honors. The women’s team ran without valuable senior Stephanie Page, who is a two-time AllNEAC runner who battled stress fractures all year, Powerssaid. “To make things worse, she also fell on the ice on Friday and broke her leg,” he added. SUNY Cobleskill won its third straight title with 36 team
In December, Jerrett will be traveling to Las Vegas to learn what she will do next year as Miss Rodeo New York. “I’m excited to just learn what a pageant consists of,” she said. “What the horsemanship consists of, how the girls act towards one another and towards everything in general.” Jerrett said she was recently going through her old shoebox of memories and found a signed picture of Maegan Ridley, who was Miss Rodeo America, 2009. “I got on the Internet and researched if New York had something,” Jerrett said. “They haven’t had a queen since 1997.” She said that after 1997, the original committee stopped sending people on to Las Vegas. The last Miss Rodeo New York to be sent was Donette Griffith, a 1997 MSC equine science saddle horse management and production graduate. “I was very sad that I was the last girl to go to Vegas,” said Griffith. “I was thrilled to find out that another girl from my home county, who also goes to my alma mater, who’s blonde and who loves horses, is going on
to represent New York. I was very excited, and I’m thrilled to help her.” “She contacted me through Facebook,” Jerrett said of Griffith. “One of her relatives saw an article of me in the paper.” Jerrett said Griffith grew up in Pulaski which is fifteen minutes from where she grew up. Jerrett also said that Griffith, like herself, is a lifetime member of Harmony Riders, a local riding club in Parish, N.Y. that hosts open shows throughout the show season. “She (Griffith) is really kicking it off,” Jerrett said. “She’s getting me a belt buckle and a crown. She’s doing a lot for me. She’s awesome.” Next year Jerrett will attend the Miss Rodeo America Pageant and participate in the weeklong event. The event will start at the beginning of the National Finals Rodeo, which is the biggest rodeo event in the country. Griffith said Jerrett will be attending many functions, including a fashion show, interviews and have numerous speaking opportunities. ~continued on page 6~
Cross-country team makes history at NEAC Championship Marissa Felker, ‘14 Sports Co-Editor
On Saturday, Oct. 29, the cross-country team made MSC history by having two runners place in the top five at the NEAC Championships. Two freshmen, Amanda Hunt and Gregory Johnsmeyer led the Mustangs. “To prepare, we cut back our mileage by 25 percent and tried to rest as much as possible. Our top man all year and first team all NEAC runner Austin Townsley was battling an injury and was not able to finish where he should have been,” said head coach Derek Powers. Freshman Gregory Johnsmeyer placed fifth out of 86 runners at the 8K Men’s NEAC Championships with a
Freshman runner Gregory Johnsmeyer accepts the NEAC Rookie of the Year award with MSC Athletic Director Greg Carroll. MSC had two runners place in this year’s top five at the NEAC Championships. Photo Courtesy of the SUNY Cobleskill Sports Information Office
points followed by Cazenovia College with 68 points. Wells College placed third with 72 points and MSC came in fourth with 107 points.
“Both teams should return with strong showings in the championships again next year with only one senior on both teams,” said Powers.