by theEJournalism at 2 0 0 6 Published • V Students O L UinM X LDepartment • N Morrisville O. 1State College • Volume XLII • No. 2 • October 2008
In this issue:
Poling/Baker double feature
Snow comes to Morrisville!
Candidates’ views on gay marriage
Andrew Glover ‘10 Staff Reporter The agenda of this year’s presidential election was change. Vague, but nonetheless catchy enough to be used as a national motto for this year’s race for presidency. Before we were introduced to the Washington elite outcast, Sarah Palin, we were just familiarizing ourselves with the faces running for presidential candidacy. Candidates were tactful in response to their stances on major issues of today, avoiding the chance to lose any possible votes. The candidates targeted every group through their issues within today’s society. Groups ranged from senior citizens and their stance on Medicare and social security to the youth and their stances on global warming, and the Iraq war. The candidates successfully evaded their stances on these topics by just restating the problem each topic presented. However, one topic would not be simple enough to evade. Americans tuned into each candidate’s speech awaiting a hint towards their stances on gay marriage. People only wanted to be told one of two words: yes or no. Each candidate addressed their stances and feelings towards the gay community. According to nationalledger.com, candidates looked ridiculous pandering on a segment of an open homosexual show, CBS News on Logo, one of whom was Hillary Clinton, former presidential candidate, who openly discussed her views.
According to The Pew Forum on religion and public life, Clinton favors civil unions in which gay couples receive full recognition and benefits, and she has even been an advocate for the repeal of a provision in the Defense of Marriage Act that prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage; however, she surprisingly opposes gay marriage. Rudolph Giuliani, Republican presidential candidate also shared his concern with the gay community. He has signed legislation recognizing domestic partnerships, marched in gay pride parades, actively supported gay rights and temporarily lived with a gay couple during his divorce while he was mayor. However, our mayor opposes gay marriage, stating, “marriage should be between a man and a woman.” The Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, also shares his views on the gay community. Obama is an advocate for the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Obama suggests, "federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples”. Obama also heavily supports granting civil unions for gay couples, and in 2006 he opposed a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. However, he is opposed to gay marriage. Last and certainly not least is John McCain, Republican presidential nominee. During his presidential debate, McCain stated his support for gay rights. However, he is completely against same-sex marriage. Ironically, the presidential candidates of 2008 have expressed their concern for the gay community. Some have even shown their support by walking in parades with them or by appearing on television shows geared towards the gay community. By spending this time with them, it would be only obvious that they would acknowledge the one major concern the gay community has: same-sex marriage. Instead, they reject the chance of same-sex marriage, but present gay rights, which include visiting your spouse in the hospital. Who needs same-sex marriage when you can see your spouse in the hospital now?
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Obama the “socialist?” Not so much...
Sean Collins ‘10 Staff Reproter This election season is getting incredibly heated as we crawl into the final weeks of campaigning. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois (D) leads in nearly all polls and nearly all swing states while Senator John McCain of Arizona (R) has been forced to go on the offensive, trying to cast his opponent as numerous bad things that a constituency won’t like. The contest has resorted to a one-sided character attack by McCain while Obama is simply coasting to the finish line. The problem is not the attacking—that is the general political cycle and most just learn to ignore it—it’s the content. Casting an opponent negatively usually means finding the one piece of legislation they voted on, one gaffe they made during a speech, and other such slips. John McCain has gone a different rout—his campaign has resorted to casting Obama as anti-american, socialist and dangerous. This Red Scare-esque campaigning stems from a few words he said to Joe the Plumber, the McCain campaign’s latest talking point. When approached by Joe the Plumber in Ohio with concerns about his taxes being raised, Obama said “when you spread the wealth around” everyone does better. Never mind the logical accuracy to this theory, the media and the GOP jumped on top of this, getting people to throw around the s-word. Obama hardly qualifies as a socialist. Socialism, as Karl Marx explained it, is the transitional stage between capitalism and communism. The idea behind a socialist society is not just a redistribution of wealth, but also the idea of a classless society where there is no private property and the “government ownership and administration of the production and distribution of goods.” Obama, however, is a capitalist. Socialism is a scare word that somehow pertains to everything that is not democracy (even though some NATO counterparts utilize a social democratic system to great success). Let it be known: Obama is no more a socialist than McCain (who supported the nationalizing—or socialization, if you will—of the financial industry). If anything, Obama has merely made a tragic choice of words. Anyone (Senator McCain) who discusses taxation is discussing the forced redistribution of wealth—a socialistic idea, but not socialism in itself. Enough with the socialism. It’s not true.
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One last time, some memorable quotes from the 2008 election Melissa Lopez, ‘10 Staff Reporter This is my second presidential election being “legal” to vote. It has been more enjoyable, or entertaining to say the least, than I expected. Why so entertaining, you ask? Let us recap a few of the best and worst moments and/or statements of the campaign •"You can put lipstick on a pig," Obama said during a campaign stop. "It's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still going to stink after eight years." •“The only difference between a soccer mom and a pit bull is lipstick,” said Sarah Palin. •During the second presidential campaign McCain called
broadcasts have reported Obama to have been raised as a Muslim. Fox News reported that Obama went to elementary school in a Muslim school in India. The school replied that the religion
“You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still going to stink after eight years." Obama “that one.” Newsday reports that in a back-and-forth discussion of a Bush-Cheney energy bill, McCain said of Obama: "You know who voted for it? You might never know: that one," he said, pointing to, but not looking at, Obama as he sat nearby. "You know who voted against it? Me." •Fox News ran a story about Obama bashing the American dream by questioning McCain’s ability to remember how many houses he had. How many houses he has isn’t the problem, but if he has enough to pause to remember how many, will he really be able to relate to those that cannot even afford one house? •A statement made by John McCain at his former high school in Alexandria VA, describes his early temperament: “…as a young man I responded aggressively and sometimes irresponsibly to anyone who I perceived to question me…” He continues, “as an adult I’ve been known to forget occasionally the discretion expected of a person of my years and station…” •Many news papers and
of the students had nothing to do with the school. •According to www.factcheck. org, a McCain-Palin TV ad tells viewers that Obama is the “most liberal” U.S. senator. He was rated #1 in 2007 but only 10th and 16th in the two previous years. Obama replied “folks are lying.” The commercial goes on to say that Obama is “not presidential,” because he defended himself by stating they were lying. •Also from www.factcheck. org, Obama and McCain both make false statement about each others’ health care plans. McCain’s plan is a market-based system that relies on tax incentives. Obama falsely said that this would be the “largest middleclass tax increase in history.” Obama’s plan is to propose new subsidies to expand private insurance and some extension of government insurance. McCain said it would “rob 50 million employees of their health insurance.” This is also false. •According to the Wall Street Journal, Sarah Palin, during the Vice Presidential debate, used the word maverick 15 times, although Biden used it more often than Palin.
Some of these comments about fish and pigs are funny but I really wish sometimes that politicians could just get to the point and talk about the issues. People need to know what the candidates believe and how they plan to run the country. We need truth instead of getting buried in lies and smear comments. But hey if it were all “straight talk” then shows like SNL and The Colbert Report wouldn’t be as funny.
“The only difference between a soccer mom and a pit bull is lipstick”
October 2008 - The Chimes
October 2008 - The Chimes
Counselors help students see the ‘bigger picture’
Athena Lazo, ‘11 Staff Reporter With the pressure of classes, exams, and the everyday stresses of college life, students are encouraged to take advantage of the free services
at the Morrisville State College Health Center. If students are feeling sick, down, or are in need of some medical help the Health Center has something to offer. According to the Student Health Services website, the health center provides examinations, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-ups of many common heath problems ranging from stomach pains to anxiety and depression. They work closely with Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. The center offers HIV and STD testing for students as well as pap smears and birth control, which can be purchased for a
minimal price. They also provide condoms and the morning-after pill to students in need. Counseling is also available by appointment. Students can work one-on-one with a professional or participate in group sessions. “The counselors listen without passing judgment,” said Patricia Samson, a Mental Health Counselor. “They help to identify painful or stressful feelings and thoughts.” Under most circumstances, issues are kept completely confidential. Information is shared only upon written request or in instances when students are
A number of issues were covered during the event including education, tax cuts, global warming, nuclear energy, the war in Iraq, the economy, gay marriage, abortion, immigration, and health care. During the tax cut discussion, Dungey asked, “Why can’t the government just make people pay 10 % of their income?” Robert Dushay, a psychology professor answered with, “Fairness is an issue. A flat tax would hit folks at the bottom harder than those at the top,” Dushay explained. “It is not fair because people at the bottom would have a hard time paying [the income tax] compared to the people at the top,” Dushay said. After a long and thorough discussion, the tax cut issue was ended with the fact that McCain’s plan is to cut taxes for the people with higher incomes. Obama’s plan is to cut taxes for people with incomes under $250,000.
For each issue discussed, Dr. Hogle read the candidates view and plans for that particular issue. Concerning the controversial abortion issue, Hogle read that McCain does not support it and wants to overturn the famous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. Then, he read that Obama favors abortion. All of the faculty members agreed that if the case was overturned it would be up to the state to decide if women had the right to have an abortion and receive contraceptives. Mark Whitney, a faculty member in the humanities department, added that a lot of this issue depends on the Supreme Court. “The Supreme Court has a huge impact on our lives,” Whitney said. Hogle said the 2008 election is the “most important election of his life.” He said to be the president of the United States is to have the “ultimate prize and power.” He said “there’s something intoxicating about having power.” All of the five faculty members present: Hogle, Whitney, Dushay, Professor Levinsohn, and Social Science faculty member Paul Buckingham, agreed that it is important to vote for the candidate who shares the same views as you. Hogle said he was happy with the Teach-In’s outcome. “Despite the weather we had quite a few students,” he said.
thought to be harmful to themselves or others, or as mandated by law. Samson said the professional counselors can “neither confirm nor deny a student’s participation in the service.” “The counselors help students cope with new situations, everyday life, and are there to see the bigger picture,” Samson said. A Morrisville student who wanted to remain anonymous said, “Counseling helps a lot.” The female student, who is scheduled to graduate in 2011, said the Health Center works with psychiatric nurses to diagnose disorders. “A disorder isn’t anything bad, it just means that some-
thing in your life is out of order,” she said. From her own experience the student said, “Counseling is nothing to be embarrassed about. Everyone needs somebody to talk to.” Resident Assistant Charlie Woznack, an automotive technology student who is scheduled to graduate in 2009, said, “Most students are unaware that counseling is even offered on campus.” The services are free to all Morrisville State College students. The center and resident assistants encourage students to take advantage of the free sessions.
Hogle: ‘The most important election of my life’ Kayla Santoro, ‘10 Campus News Editor
With the 2008 presidential election just around the corner, students and faculty members trudged through the early October snow for the 8th annual Teach-In and Discussion. Dr. Hogle and four other faculty members led students through a discussion about the candidates, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. When the program started at six p.m. about 25 students, bundled up in layers of winter gear, were dispersed throughout the seats of Charlton Hall room 125. By the end of the event the number increased to 40. About one third of the first 28 students raised their hands to announce they were registered voters. Many of them will be voting for their first time. At first, students seemed unwilling to show any opinion or ask any questions. Eventually, the students warmed up and voiced their opinions and asked questions that were concerning them. Brian Dungey, a freshman liberal arts student, was not afraid to voice his opinion during the event. “McCain is full of crap with everything he says,” Dungey said. No one at the event spoke out or disagreed with his claim.
Top Photo: Professor Tom Hogle speaks at the 2008 Teach-In and Discussion in Charlton Hall. The Teach-in focused on the 2008 presedential election. Left Photo: Robert Dushay speaks at the 8th annual Teach-In and Discussion. Photos by Jeff Witherow, ‘09
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Halloween: not for the young-at-heart, and not so cute anymore Dawn McGarrigle, ’10 Editor in Chief Halloween for college-age people is not like it was ten years ago. We no longer get candy or stay up late watching horror movies. Instead women (I use this term loosely) use this holiday to wear the least amount of clothing they can behind the facade of “pirate” or “witch.” This is not only an embarassment to our generation, but blatant disregard for what the holiday is really about. Halloween is a Gaelic tradition in which the end of the harvest season was celebrated and animals were slaughtered. The Gaelics believed that on this day (Oct. 31) the dead were able to roam amongst the living, creating sickness and cursing crops. The Gaelics wore masks and costumes to imitate the spirits. Other variations of the holiday, such as carving pumpkins, originated in Europe. The pumpkin was seen as the “head” of the jack-o-lantern and contained its spirit, named after the Irish legend of “Stingy Jack.” Over the years, pop culture
has drastically transformed Halloween. Television and movies have taken the basic idea of the holiday and magnified it to be a day used mostly for trick-ortreating. This makes me wonder just how we have blown Halloween out of porportion so badly. Scary movies and shows and stories depicting what halloween is about do not once show a girl dressed as Little Red
Riding Hood with thigh-high stockings. This Halloween you could choose to dress as “Anna Rexia,” a costume that “includes a headband, choker looking like a tape measurer, a removable Anna Rexia heart badge, and ribbon tie belt resembling a tape measurer.” Have we become a society that makes light of eating disorders by creating a “sexy” outfit mimicking one?
The costume boasts, “add fishnets or thigh high socks and the look is complete!" We are missing the point. Dressing up is part of the holiday, but when we are using as simply an excuse to show a little leg (or a lot of leg) we are just embarassing ourselves. We aren’t the only ones effected by this slutty costume craze. These costumes also come in little girl’s sizes. Your little sister can be just like her older counterpart in an “upstairs maid” costume, or a “major flirt.” Not to mention the shocking racist costumes available: a Native American, an Arab, or a harem girl to list a few. It seems as though anything goes on halloween, even racism. Men are not exempt from this costume indecency, either. “Mamogram man” features a man dressed like a doctor with a cardboard box around his head with the words “free mamograms” and “place breasts here” printed on it. Giant penises are seen roaming the streets as if it were a normal occurrence. We have turned what used to be a holiday of simple amusement into a day to disregard social advances and let costumes like “Anna Rexia” be common-
place. Do not give in to this craze. Do not continue to let 14year-old girls dress as devils with tight-fitting red dresses, designed for girls who are too underdeveloped to properly fill the women’s sizes. Don’t let this holiday delay the progress breaking the racial and societal walls that we have been trying to knock down for over 100 years.
Trey Anastasio leads an ambitious fall tour and Phish reunion
Jillian McNeil, ‘09 Staff Reporter Trey Anastasio, the solo artist and band member of Phish is a vocalist, a guitarist and a composer. His recent tour, the Northern Exposure Tour was a ten show tour throughout the Northeast with the band Classic TAB. This tour was Trey’s first electric show in 18 months. The band Classic TAB is comprised of the same members of Trey’s
first solo project, 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes. Fans were more than eager to purchase tickets. Tickets went on sale Saturday Sept. 13 and every show sold out in 12 hours. How does a lead singer of a band that broke up four years ago sell out his solo tour so quickly? Trey’s tour sells out because the band Phish is huge with an enthusiastic fan following and the confirmed rumor that a Phish reunion is true. Dates are set in spring 2009. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, Trey Anastasio was 73 in the list of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time. Hailing from Vermont, Phish started playing in 1984; the band played and toured together for 20 years until their breakup in 2004. The band did not earn their fan following by playing songs on the radio or videos on MTV. Instead, their fans taped concerts and exchanged the live recordings,
trading the tapes and spreading their music similar to the way the Grateful Dead fans did. The Phish following grew large with fans all over the country. They were known for always changing set lists and jam sessions. Phish has 13 studio albums and 27 live albums. As stated on JamBase.com, Phish held six music festival; one being Oswego 99’ which drew 70,000 fans. Ben and Jerry’s named the ice cream Phish Food in their honor. It has become a favorite flavor, ubiquitous in stores all over. Phish has a community of fans that followed their band around the country for years. After the band’s break-up, fans were devastated. The Northern Exposure tour started Sept. 27 in Nashville, and kept rolling through the North East hitting NYC Oct. 16 and Connecticut Oct. 17. On Oct. 18 he was at the Palace Theater in Albany,
which is only two hours from Morrisville. He then traveled to Burlington VT, Rhode Island, Boston, Philadelphia, and ended in Richmond, VA. The Horseshoe Curve is his sixth studio album. He has five other solo albums and projects with artists including Les Claypool from Primus. Trey Anastasio has been continually creating since Phish’s breakup. If a fan was lucky enough to get a ticket for any of the shows on the Northeast tour, they have seen a great concert. The scene, the lights and the family of friends who toured for years throughout the 1990’s were there enjoying themselves as they danced through the halfhour jams. Websites like Stubhub.com and CheapTickets.com sold tirckets from $80 to $200. If someone didn’t have a ticket he or she could still hang outside the venue, where other ticketless
fans were partying in the parking lots and going to the bars after the show. On the heels of Trey’s solo tour, after five years, the band is coming back together. Jam Band websites like Jambase.com and PhishPhantasyTour.com have been stewing on the idea of a reunion, and now it is true. According to Phish.com, Phish will return to the stage for three concerts at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA on March 6, 7 and 8, 2009. Tickets went on sale to the public on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.com. According to Ticket Master’s site, tickets will be $46.50 each, plus fees. There is a two-ticket limit per show. You can bet fans were on their computers at Ticketmaster. com at 10 a.m. ready to order tickets for the opportunity to see the original members of Phish on stage jamming.
October 2008 - THE CHIMES
Morrisville State College through its first century
Tim Van Camp, ‘11 Staff Reporter
Nestled in a valley east of Cazenovia, N.Y. sits the small agriculturally-rich town of Morrisville. When driving through the quaint town, time seems to stand still while passing historical buildings that give a glimpse of an economically-motivated town that once was. The first Morrisville area settlers traveled from the east by way of Old State Road, where Eaton and Maple street now crosses. In 1796, Thomas Morris came here, and one year later, he built a log cabin on the corner of Main and Cedar Streets. As more settlers moved in, the small town started to take shape. It was initially named “Morris Flats,” after the founder, Thomas Morris. Morris would latter donate a quarter
acre of his land to be used as the cemetery, which was established in 1810. In 1819 Morris Flats was renamed Morrisville. In a swamp near Morrisville in Madison County, a one hundred and nineteen mile river comes to life, known as the Chenango River. Chenango means “pleasant river flowing through the land of the bull thistle”. The river slowly runs south, as it weaves around through pastures and woodlands, until it joins the Susquehanna River that runs through downtown Binghamton. Now, the river is used for canoeing, while fisherman line its banks for brown trout, walleye and smallmouth bass. However, in the early years of Morrisville, the river was used for much more economical reasons. The river’s water supplied power through pioneer mills alongside its banks. Business in Morrisville was
comb factory, saw mill, distillery, woolen mill, machine and wood burning stove manufactures were among the growing factories. The First National Bank of Morrisville was established in December 26, 1863. Just behind a local town bar known as “The Fort” sat a tannery that was built in 1830. The tannery ran until all of the hemlock bark was depleted.
Hemlock, a finely-textured bark, was refined into tannin and used to tan animal hides into leather. Now tannin is most commonly used in tea, beer and fine wines. During this time, Morrisville was a popular tourist attraction, but it wouldn’t stay that way. This is the first part of a continuing series on the history of Morrisville.
Top photo: a member of the class of ‘43 poses near campus; Right photo: the view from across route 20, showing old Helyar Hall and Madison Hall. Photos from Morrisville State College archives.
booming. An ashery, silk factory, creamery, cheese factory,
Rumors: a dramatically tangled web of lies Meghan Dewinde, ‘09 Lifestyle Editor Rumors, by Neil Simon, is a play set in a high society New York that is not so high on ethics. It’s filled with rumors coming from left and right and slowly building up to the cover up of all cover ups. It’s the 10th anniversary of Charley and Myra Brock. The staff is gone, the guests are late, the wife is missing and Charley has shot himself in the ear. It all begins in a big hustle for Chris and Ken Gorman, the first guests to arrive, played by Daniele Brodeur and Andres Colon, who have arrived in time to hear the gun shot. As soon as they get there they find out what has happened and hurry to cover up the whole incident before the other dinner guests arrive. That Charley, the deputy mayor of New York, has attempted suicide is a scandal that must be avoided and the couple’s closest friends will stop at nothing to cover it up. The next guests to arrive are Claire and Lenny Ganz, played by Janine Weyls and Ariel Eliaz, a very gossip-
Actors (from left) Joe Sabin, Daniele Brodeur, Ariel Eliaz, Janine Weyls, and Roseanne Manco (center), perform in the upcoming play Rumors. The play begins showing on October 31st at the Little Theater in STUAC. Photo by Jeff Witherow, ‘09
absorbed couple who have just crashed their brand new BMW. They are the second couple to find out about the scandal. In true gossiping character, they immediately begin to speculate on the night; Charley has been cheating with her, Myra has been seen with him— what is the truth and what are just rumors?
Couples number three and four finally show. Ernie and Cookie Cusack, played by Joe Sabin and Roseanne Manco, an overdramatic couple that can’t seem to handle anything without injuring themselves and breaking everything around them. And finally Glenn and Cassie Cooper, played by Stephen Patane and Kylie Stewart, a power
couple who are teetering on the edge of divorce. It is when the second gunshot is fired that the play becomes truly funny. Ken Gorman can no longer hear (bringing in some simple comedy) and the cover up becomes more intense as the Gormans and the Ganzs try to keep the suspicions of the other couples down to a minimum. Soon, the cover up story becomes so over the top that no one can keep it straight, not even the audience, and the characters give up on the charade. Everyone knows what has happened just as the night takes a turn and the cops show up. Detective Welsh, played by Jonathan Rodriguez, and Officer Pudney, played by Marion Pardoe, are there over the smashed up BMW. The guests hurry to a last minute cover up to keep the scandal out of the media. As the tension becomes more and more intense, the story flips and turns and jumps and twists as characters become one another and others change to those who are right in the room to cover up a scandal for their good friends. Finally the night comes to a close as a fabricated situation is
presented to the police. However, was this supposed situation all that far from the truth? This farce is a wonderful depiction of the lengths friends will go for one another and how much a story can become twisted in itself before people give up on it. Directed by Steve Hinkle, Rumors is a comedy of a very serious situation that many hope to never find themselves in the middle of. Hinkle chose this play because “it is very funny and has an equal numbers of men and women.” Last year Hinkle directed Macbeth and was looking for a lighter play for this coming year. Rumors is a wonderful treat for the mind to remind ourselves how wonderful it is to not be caught up in a tangled story of lies. Rumors begins showing Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 and again Nov. 6 through the 8 at the Little Theatre in the Student Activities Building. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the box office starting Oct. 27 between 8:30am-5pm at 684-6238. Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for general admission.
LIFESTYLE Fashion do’s and don’ts with a dash of the 80’s October 2008 - The Chimes
Ashley Cole, ‘10 Staff Reporter Morrisville State College celebrated breast cancer awareness month with a Do’s and Don’ts fashion show. The show was sponsored by RHA, The Susan B. Breast Cancer foundation and Alzheimer’s foundation. All profits from the show will be donated to the cancer research foundation. The show was hosted by Morrisville students, Rashida Clarke and Jocelyn Omari. “The show was to present fashions that are appropriate to wear for all seasons while at the same time promoting and helping out a good cause,” Omari said. She says they have been planning the show every since the summer and been doing a lot of work to get the gym, models and music. “The show was very successful, I’m happy everybody came out to watch what we and the students put together,’ said Omari. The musical entertainment was performed by Morrisville students Kiara, Swift, and up and coming Spanish group Ctoonz.
Clark did a similar fashion show last year in Stewart hall, but it was a lot smaller and she said this year she wanted to go bigger and better. O n - l o o ke r C a t h e r i n e Hughes said the show was awesome and wishes Morrisville had more events like it. “I liked the clothes and the themes,” she said. “I liked the music and even though I didn’t know anyone in the show I thought all the models were pretty.” The show consisted of many do’s and don’ts of various fashion styles such as preppy clothing, business clothing, winter clothing and the proper ways to wear scarf ’s. The show also did a tribute to the 80’s where models wore colorful clothing, lots of jewelry and models ripped the runway with 80’s dances to 80’s music. Models wore torn clothing, boots with shorts and nonmatching clothing to present the don’ts and well kept clothing with accessories to present the do’s. Some of every clothing line from Ed Hardy to spunky fashions from H&M and Forever 21, with many shoe lines from Aldo to Steve Maddens were worn in the show.
Model Joanne Roc, sported clothing which she created herself, but she has no plans of making her clothing officially known. “I just put stuff together, it’s nothing much.” Roc said with a bashful smile. She said she entered the show just as something to do as an extracurricular activity, but she can see herself going further. “At first I was nervous, but the more I came out I got use to walking in front of everyone looking at me, but it felt good.” Every model hit the scene with prettiness, but backstage in the fitting room was not pretty. “Backstage was crazy,” said Roc. “There was no time to have fun backstage; depending on how fast the song was is how long we had to change; all I could hear was my name being called felt like every 5 minutes.” Sophomore Alicia Morrison said she did the show because she loves fashion, but is glad that all the proceeds went to a good cause. “I’m really interested in fashion so just about anything that has to do with fashion I’ll do. She said. “I’m glad that it’s going to breast cancer research, who knows we might save someone’s life.”
Shanell Taylor and Johanne Roc walk the runway at Fashion Do’s and Don’ts, showing us what to wear if you want to look preppy. In celebration of October as breast cancer awareness month, all of the proceeds from the show will be donated to the cancer research foundation. -Sharina Parker-Culton ‘11
Take a trip back to the old style of entertainment with Ne-Yo Shomari Smith ‘11 Staff Reporter Ne-Yo has declared 2008 to be the “Year of the Gentlemen.” That is the name of the R&B crooner’s third studio album, a collection of songs that show the kind of man he would like to be for that special lady. This record is different when compared to his first two commercial projects, In My Own Words and Because Of You. This album displays an older, more intellectual songwriter and singer that found a way to make songs that generate certain thoughts and/or emotions on call. The first album was an introduction of the singer to the public, filled with songs that were both upbeat and somber. On the second album, Ne-Yo attempted to take more of a pop angle. The songs on that album are more radio friendly, but far from lacking in the creativity. His current album is a trip back to the old days of when there were entertainers,
speaking on a woman whose appeal is undeniable. The album begins to slow down with songs like “Why Does She Stay,” asking why his girlfriend is still with him even though she hates everything he does and doesn’t do, and “Lie To Me,” confronting his girlfriend about the cheating she is doing. The closing song “Stop This World” is one of the singer’s strongest songs as he speaks on a love that so great that it stops the world from spinning. The list of producers isn’t very large, as Ne-yo mostly worked with Stargate. He did
Image courtesy of SoulStrut.com not just singers. It’s easy to see how he could be influenced by the crooning of Frank Sinatra or Sammy Davis Jr. With his two leading singles, “Closer” and “Miss Indepen-
dent,” Ne-Yo has created an aura that make women swoon and further solidify his songwriting abilities. The rest of the album is no different as “Nobody” keeps up the tempo while
reach out to Polow Da Don, Shomari “Sho” Wilson, and Chuck Harmony as well as others to manifest the mood that guides the music throughout the latter part of the album. Overall, this is a record that has what it takes to become a classic. This record shows growth in Ne-Yo both as a songwriter and a man. He is the leader of the pack when it comes to the rebirth of the entertainer and he has the songs to back it up. I’m sure that he is making the Rat Pack happy with the work he is doing in the Year of the Gentlemen.
October 2008 - THE CHIMES
Campus hosts commemoration ceremony for
Kasey Brooks, ’10 Managing Editor
MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Morrisville State College’s STUAC Theater housed a modest but enthusiastic crowd for the 7 p.m. National Abolition Hall of Fame Commemoration of Inductees on Saturday, Oct. 25. The inductees were announced in 2007, as vice president of NAHOF’s Cabinet of Freedom Johnathan Cornue explained, but their commemoration took place Saturday evening, one year later. The four inductees for 2007 were John Brown, Lydia Maria Child, Wendell Phillips, and Sojourner Truth. The ceremony itself, which lasted a little over two hours, was made up of two poetry readings and an announcement about public nominations. The main events--what master of ceremonies Lawrence Baker called the “two high points” of the annual NAHOF events-were the call-and-answer-style narrated monologues for each inductee and the unveiling of each inductee’s NAHOF banner. Baker read the two poems, both by abolition poet John Greenleaf Whittier. The night started off with “The Hunting of Man,” a dark satire of the popular
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hunting pastime many took part in during the 1800s. He then took the opportunity to honor Scott Hughes for his role in coordinating the weekend’s abolition Exhibition Hall. Then the audience went back in time as the monologues for each inductee were recited. All were directed by MSC’s own director of theatre and music, Steven Hinkle, and written by Hamilton resident and retired Madison County Judge Hugh Humphreys, who also performed Wendell Phillips’ monologue. The structure was an interesting one: a narrator for each (MSC faculty emeritus Norman K. Dann, Ph.D., of Peterboro, narrated all but Wendell Phillips’, which was narrated by Kate Joyce, 2008 Colgate University Upstate Institute Fellow) would read through the inductee’s biography. The inductee, portrayed by an actor or actress, stood at a podium on the opposite side and interjected some of his or her own famous words to give the audience a feel for how the inductees moved, felt, looked, and sounded. Lydia Maria Child, played by MSC librarian Sue Greenhagen of Morrisville, N.Y., was first. Her beginning recitation was part of what the vehement abolitionist is most well-known for today—“Over
tion of the National Abolition Hall of Fame at Morrisville State College. He highlighted Brown’s work as perhaps the The question came country’s most violent from a member of the abolitionist. audience, and it brought The 2007 inducthe past starkly into tion class at the Nathe present: Was John tional Abolition Hall Brown, as some have of Fame & Museum claimed, the first Ameriincluded Brown, Lydia can terrorist? Maria Child, Wendell “I don’t want to Phillips, and Sojournmake up people’s mind er Truth. Last Weekfor them,” Brendan Mills end’s commemorasaid. “I want them to tion weekend included come and get their own symposia on each of idea on what they think the inductees, an exof John Brown.” He hibit hall, and other added in his response lectures and presenthat Brown’s cause alone tations by abolition made him vastly dif- John Brown, as portrayed by Steve scholars. ferent than someone Joeckel of Cazenovia. NAHOF was eslike Osama bin Laden, tablished in 2005 to whose terrorist activities did not advance recognize and honor those who fought the the liberation of oppressed people. battle against oppression and degradation Mills currently works for the New of humans. It is located in Peterboro, NY. York State Office of Parks Recreation No one really knew everything about and Historic Preservation as the Historic Brown, Mills said; Brown would tell Site Assistant at the John Brown farm in people different stories about what he Elba, NY. He is the manager of seasonal was doing and would sometimes identify staff and the day-to-day operation of the himself with different names. grounds and house museum. Brown was an abolitionist who He was one of the speakers Saturday dedicated his life to the ending of slavery. at the 2008 Abolition Commemora- continued on page 10 -
Alden “Max” Smith sings ‘O Freedom’ to close the 2008 Abolition Commemoration in STUAC Theater last Saturday night. The event, hosted by the National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum, recognized the newest class of inductees to NAHOF (left to right), John Brown, Lydia Maria Child, Wendell Phillips, and Sojourner Truth.
the river and through the woods…”— and narrator Dann lamented that for most people, Child’s legacy has dwindled to just that one work. Greenhagen read excerpts from letters to relatives, from Child’s book “An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans,” and told of her ecstatic reaction to meeting
abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. Alden Max Smith concluded by singing Child’s favorite hymn, “Let My People Go,” in a resonant tenor. Smith, a resident of Canastota, is a direct descendant of Billy Smith, an escaped slave who worked as a musician after he settled in the Peterboro area in the 1870s.
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to Maine with her sister. At that time she became interested in the plight of Native Americans and fought for their cause. “There was someShe had a “humanitarthing inside her that ian spirit,” said Sciacca. made her value the inThis dedication to the dividual,” Jane Sciacca oppressed foreshadsaid as she introduced owed her involvement Lydia Maria Child at the in abolition. 2008 Induction WeekHer first written end for the National contribution to the Abolition Hall of Fame abolitionist movement and Museum at Morriswas a novel she wrote, ville State College. Hobomok: A Tale of Sciacca has studied Earlier Times, at the age slavery and abolition of 22. She continued in Massachusetts and writing influential piechas been president of es such as The Rebels, the Wayland Historical a children’s magazine, Society for five years. The Juvenile Miscellany, Wayland was Child’s Lydia Maria Child, enacted by MSC’s and “domestic guides” home, and is now her own Sue Greenhagen. like The American Frugal final resting place. Housewife. The 2007 induction class at the NaChild began her involvement with the tional Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum abolition movement in the early 1830s included Child, John Brown, Wendell when she was introduced to William Phillips, and Sojourner Truth. Last WeekLloyd Garrison, who had only recently end’s commemoration weekend included become committed to the movement symposia on each of the inductees, an himself. Child conducted three years of exhibit hall, and other lectures and preresearch on the subject before subscribsentations by abolition scholars. ing to any one belief, Sciacca said. On Feb. 11, 1802, Lydia Maria Child Child is known for publishing An was born in Medford, MA. Her mother Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans died when Lydia was 11, and she moved - continued on page 10 -
October 2008 - The CHIMES
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Next, Humphreys took the stage as Wendell Phillips. Like Child, Phillips’ life had been altered by meeting Garrison and his protégées. Humphreys made great use of the physical stage space and was an incredibly animated orator, as Phillips himself had been. He spoke conversationally, responding to imagined catcalls from venomous audiences. At times he called upon young audience members —who, according to history, were told to stand aside and not respond to Phillips’ words—to seize upon a cause, because as Phillips put it, “waking, eating, drinking, and the making of gold is no life worth living.” Cassandra Harris-Lockwood of Utica, NY played Sojourner Truth. Her voice was gravelly and emotional when reciting Truth’s famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech from a convention in Akron, OH. The selection of the speech itself raised a few eyebrows, since a version was chosen that many argue differs from the speech Truth actually gave in Akron. But any controversy was put aside, especially after Harris-Lockwood sang Truth’s version of “John Brown’s Body.” The audience joined in on the chorus, prompting Joyce to lead the audience in an impromptu singing of the first verse and chorus of the well-known version.
John Brown concluded the monologues, played by Steve Joeckel of Peterboro, N.Y. Brown believed his actions to be sanctioned by God, and that he was not an “incendiary ruffian” but that “to interfere…was right.” Humphreys and Baker played the roles of angry questioners and Joeckel responded coolly. He ended his monologue with the conclusion, which came to Brown upon the day of his hanging for the Harper Ferry raids, that change would not come “but with blood.” Smith again took the stage to sing “Blow Ye the Trumpet, Blow.” After the monologues, Rochester artist Joseph Flores was credited, through his daughter, with the artwork for the banners. The donors were all asked to take the stage for each individual banner. Alice Keesey Mecoy, a descendant of John Brown, took the opportunity to speak about her own research about her relative, becoming emotional at the end about his commemoration. The Rev. Robert A. Rowe, former pastor of the Methodist Church in Peterboro, spoke in honor of Sojourner Truth, whom he had researched for a play he wrote and who, he discovered, was the slave of one of Rowe’s descendants. Ellen Percy Kraly, Ph.D., director of the Upstate Institute at Colgate Univer-
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Phillips would also use many stories to illustrate his points and to get them across to his audiences which were usually filled It was somehow with large uproars and fitting that Hugh Huminterruptions. “He was phreys had been sequite the guy,” Humlected to memorialize phreys said as he exabolitionist Wendell plained Phillips’ rather Phillips at the 2008 raw choice of words Abolition Commemoduring his speeches. ration of the National The 2008 NAHOF Abolition Hall of Fame Commemoration Week& Museum on Oct. end honors the four 25. newest inductees of the Humphreys, the rehall of fame. The hontired Madison County orees include Phillips, judge who has worked Lydia Marie Child, John as an adjunct professor Brown, and Wendell in the Syracuse UniPhillips. The weekend versity Law School for included symposia on many years, held court Hugh Humphreys of Hamilton plays each of the inductees, in a forceful, authorita- the role of Wendell Phillips. an exhibit hall, and tive voice, punctuating other lectures and prehis words with enthusiasm and emotion. sentations by abolition scholars. Phillips might have sounded much the Humphreys quoted Phillips, saying, same as Humphreys had the 19-century “The charge against every reformer has abolition leader been present. been that his tongue is too rough. Be it Humphreys chronicled how Phillips so. Rough instruments are used for rough dedicated his life to supporting aboliwork…” Phillips originally spoke about tionists and their push to end slavery. his knowledge of scientific matters and Humphreys included parts of many gradually started to use those speeches public speeches Phillips had made, deto talk about abolition. “Wendell Phillips, scribing how he spoke plainly and without ‘the child of privilege,’ was willing to put notes. - continued on page 10 -
Local singing group the Lingo Family Singers perform during last Friday night’s performance of ‘The Voice of Abolition’, an original production written for the 2008 Abolition Commemoration event of the National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum.
sity, said before introducing Dr. Keenan Grenell that she felt “witness to importance and significance.” Grenell, vice president and dean of diversity at Colgate, said he felt “blessed, touched, and deeply humbled and honored” to be in attendance at the event. He gestured toward each inductee banner
individually, pledging to “take their spirit with me” each day. Closing out the event that ended the entire weekend, Baker read Greenleaf Whittier’s poem, “Requirement,” and Smith stood to sing “O Freedom,” his classical vibrato bouncing off the walls of the STUAC Theater.
Sojourner Truth Christina Calano, ‘09 Staff Reporter
was named a Carter G. Woodson Honor Book by the National Council for the Social Studies in 2004. “There’s not one What was Sojournspeech or action she er’s greatest accomdid that really changed plishment? “It was her things,” explained Mary whole body of work,” G. Butler, the speaker Butler said. “She was inducting Sojourner the most powerful Truth at the 2008 Aboadvocate for social lition Commemoration reform for about 40 for the National Aboliyears. I truly admire tion Hall of Fame & her as a person and Museum. “Sojourner most of all as a womwas a true inspiration; an. It wasn’t easy for she knew what she a woman, but a black wanted to do, and she woman, an ex-slave touched so many while being illiterate to have doing it.” such an impact on Butler, author of people everywhere.” a recently published Cassandra Harris-Lockwood of Utica Truth was born Sojourner Truth biog- took on the role of Sojourner Truth. into northern slavery raphy, led a symposium in Ulster County, NY on Truth at the commemoration on Sataround 1797. Originally named Isabella urday, Oct. 25. Butler serves as director of Baumfree, she spoke the Low Dutch the Research Center of Heritage at Battle of her “masters,” the Hardenberghs. Creek and the Sojourner Truth Institute Auctioned with her family at age nine, of Battle Creek MI. She has served as she experienced first-hand the family executive director of the Baltimore, MD break-ups, and fierce arbitrary cruelty Historic District Commission. Butler of a system that defined human beings also worked as assistant director of the as chattel. By 1826, at age 29, Sojourner Territorial Restoration in Little Rock, released herself from her life of slavery Arkansas, before coming to Battle Creek. with her youngest child, having known Her recently published Truth biography - continued on page 10 -
October 2008 - THE CHIMES
Saying good-bye to the college pool, hello again to cross-country Katie Collins, ‘10 Staff Reporter After realizing that Morrisville State College’s pool was losing thousands of gallons of water a day, MSC’s cabinet closed the pool. T h e p o o l “ wa s l o s i n g about 70,000 gallons of water a day” said Greg Carroll, MSC’s Athletic Director. It would be best to hold off on fixing the pool rather than spending the $12 million the school has received for future renovations in the STUAC building. Carroll said the STUAC renovations are going to include “the whole building; from the gym to the SGO offices, to the locker rooms, to the fitness center.” The leak is “somewhere between the north end of the pool deck and the filter room” which means the entire deck of the pool would need to be taken up to find out where it
was leaking. In addition to that, the pool would need to be retiled, said Carroll. The school now has millions of dollars to spend and no pool to fix. “Everything is on the table. They have not hired an architect, there’s been no design, there’s been no plan, there’s been nothing definitely decided about what’s going to be done to anything,” Carroll said. T he pool was open to anyone that was willing to pay a fee, and those who did were affected by the cabinet’s decision. But a par ticular group that was affected was the swim team. Carroll said, “The decision was made during the course of the summer. As soon as we were told that the pool was going to be closing, we sent letters to all the members of the teams, as well as all the recruits or potential swimmers that we’ve identified through
- continued from page 12 The men’s team, coached by Tom Daviau for the past six seasons, is losing a possible five players total, the majority being captains. Along with Ketchum, Stoneburg and Schroeder, Andrey Tomoroksa and Matt Green
are also seniors on the team. Returning sophomore Eric Stein said, “I am proud of the comradely the team showed in their willingness to keep on fighting.” This season, Stein was moved from field to goal, playing keeper for the last game against Potsdam.
the help of the coach.” Having only heard back from three to five members, Carroll made it clear that the school would have fixed the problem had it not been such a huge mechanical one. Carroll justified the school’s reasoning again and made it clear that the school had always supported the pool, saying, “the year before we made a pretty big commitment to the pool when we hired a full time aquatics director.” With the demise of one sport, MSC has decided to bring back another. A sport that was once successful at MSC, cross country. Carroll said the school’s main concern with eliminating the swim team was that, “by eliminating swimming at this point in time we might be sending the wrong message to the NCAA.” Besides the mechanical issues with the pool, there was the fact that for the past two
years swimming participation had declined greatly. “The NCAA requires that you have six participants on a swim team. “Last year we had enough boys to count swimming as a sponsored sport, but we did not have enough girls.”
“Right now I’ve got 26 guys and gals on the cross country team,” Carroll said. As the semester moves on and students adjust to the extinction of the pool, the cross country team will compete to prove that MSC belongs in the NCAA.
The Morrisville Mustang pool is located in the Student Activities Building. The pool is currently shut down. Photo by Alyssa Hunter, ‘11.
Men’s soccer wins final game; loses senior captains “I like to help the team however I can,” Stein added. “When coach asked me to switch positions, I didn’t hesitate to do as I’m told. I know coach, and he knows best.” Along with their win in the last game, the team beat Franciscan University, Hilbert College and Albany College of Pharmacy.
“Starting off the season winning the tournament in Buffalo gave us a good start for the season..” said Schroeder. “After a few games, we had a good idea of what the season was going to be like and how we were going to compete. “Once we started our matches in the SUNYAC
conference, we lost our momentum pretty quickly. Later, we had a game outside the SUNYAC conference against Albany and we won. “That was incentive to build up our confidence and gain momentum once again so we could finish the season.”
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John Brown ... Brown aided many runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, and formed the United States League of Gileadites to encourage slaves to resist their owners by force. He was the leader on the attack on the United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, which lead to the civil war and the eventual end of slavery. Mills said Brown envisioned a “subterranean passageway” that would help with the Underground Railroad and the freeing of slaves. Mills used the term figuratively: “What Brown wanted was for the people in the North to make the path easier for slaves. He knew that mobility was the key to their survival.”
Mills said Brown worried about the slaves, because when they traveled on the Underground Railroad they were unarmed. Brown wanted to improve the system so that they didn’t have to go as far on their own across “enemy land.”
Lydia Maria Child ... Called Africans, which was unique for its time as an antislavery piece and the first historical novel published in the USA. This novel addressed the question of slavery and assumptions and prejudices of the time. Child died on Oct. 20, 1880 in Wayland, MA.
Wendell Phillips ... his neck on the line and stand up,” said Humphreys. Phillips is known as the foremost speaker of the abolitionist movement. He was born on Nov. 29, 1811 in Boston Massachusetts and came from a very well distinguished family. Phillips graduated in 1833 from Harvard Law School and went directly into practice the following year. Being a Garrison abolitionist, Phillips believed that the union would have to be dissolved in order to achieve abolitionists’ goals. Humphreys has studied antislavery for many years and has taught a class on American slavery at Syracuse University.
He has also been a faculty member at Syracuse Law School for over thirty years and has taught a class in Law and Literature. His teachings integrated readings from leaders of the abolitionist movement and congressional debates on slavery. Humphreys is currently a pro-bono lawyer with the Legal Aid Society in Utica.
... five “masters”, whippings, deprivation, betrayal, and the selling away of her parents’ as well as her own children. She found shelter and employment with the Van Wagenen family and assumed their name. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Truth worked to supply troops with needed clothing,
blankets, and food, and to recruit African American soldiers for the Union. She worked for the Freedman’s Bureau during the Civil War, aiding the newly emancipated. Her insights proved prophetic in the aftermath of the Civil War. In 1867 she reminded attendees of the Equal Rights Association meeting that she came “from another field – from the country of the slave,” and that “they had to keep the thing going while things are stirring” for “women have no right, no voice, nobody speaks for them.” The women’s rights movement split over the issue of black male enfranchisement. Sojourner Truth attempted to weave the factions together, and was correct in her postwar assessment that not enfranchising African American women would delay Freedom for all women.
October 2008 - The Chimes
The heart and backbone of Mustangs’ football Gretchen Cramer, ‘10 Staff Reporter
The 2008 Morrisville State football team has seven seniors this year. Two of these seven players demonstrate strong athleticism as well as team leadership. Ryan Baker and Billy Poling not only serve as captains for the team, but are also seen as “the backbone” and “the heart of the team,” said senior wide receiver Eddie Hull. Baker will have at least 30 starts by the end of the season. “That’s unheard of, at any level,” said head coach Terry Dowe. Baker is an offensive tackle and has been in the starting line-up since freshman year. He is also one of the few who remained on the team all four years. “Baker has the most strength, knowledge, and experience on the line,” said Hull. “He is just a beast in the trenches. He dominates everyone he faces.”
Morrisville State quarterback Billy Poling (6) throws a pass over the outstretched arms of a Montclair defender during the team’s Sept. 20 home contest. Photos by Christina Calano,‘10
As a four year starter, Baker has seen many team ups and downs. “I have always taken losing personal. I hate losing,” said Baker, “but if that’s what it takes to become a winning program, then I’ll stick with it.” “The linemen can learn a lot from Ryan. He really puts everything he has on the line, every play,” said fan Kylie Stewart.
Baker started playing football when he was four years old, but took a break at age eleven, when his mother didn’t want him hurt. “I was 10 playing with 13- and 14-year-old kids, which made me work extremely hard.” He started playing again his freshman year of high school. “I was offered to play varsity my sophomore year, but because I wanted playing time, I refused,” said Baker. “We [the JV team] went undefeated.” “Our seasons records don’t prove much, but we’re definitely going in the right direction. I attribute most of my skill to Coach Dow,” added Baker. Baker said, “I feel like a big brother. The captains look out for each other and the rest of the team.” Baker would like to continue his football career after college, but if he cannot, coaching football is an interest he would pursue. “I want to play post-collegiate, but I really have to buckle down,” Baker continued,“but, if I can’t play,
Morrisville’s Ryan Baker (71) jogs off the field during the Mustang’s Sept. 20 game against the Red Hawks.
I want to come back and help coach with Dow.” Poling was injured during the game against the University of New Jersey. He tore his ACL, and is out for the rest of the season. “He is one of our leaders,” said Hull, “and he is my boy. It really hurt my heart when he got hurt.” Poling was a captain on and off the field. “He doesn’t talk
much,” said Hull, “but he takes control with his actions. His actions do all the talking.” “He is a great leader,” said Baker. “He is very quiet, but he keeps the guys positive and going together. People really listen when he says something.” When the team was informed that Poling was out for the remained of the season, Hull said, “a piece of me was missing. I was really upset.” Without Poling, the team had a lot of work ahead of them to prepare for the upcoming games with the backup quarterback. Baker said, “It is a little bit of a setback, but I trust the team to bounce back up and keep going with Billy on the sidelines to help keep us positive.” Hull honored Poling in the game against Western Connecticut University by wearing the quaterback’s jersey, number six. The team’s record is 0-7 with upcoming games against SUNY Brockport on Nov. 1, and Buffalo State on Nov. 8.
Two years later, cross country up and running Abe Baxter, ‘11 Staff Reporter After a two year break, the Morrisville Mustang’s cross country teams are finally back in competition. They begin this season as a provisional member of SUNYAC conference in the NCAA, competing against new and different teams. Their coach, Derek Powers, returned this season to coach both the men’s and women’s cross country teams. So far, the teams have participated in four meets. The meets have been held at SUNYIT, Oswego State, Middlebury and Cazenovia College. Both the men’s and women’s teams had athletes place first overall in the meet at the Cazenovia College Invitational. Kurt Pfaffenberger placed first for Morrisville with a time of 17:45.6 and Regina Laws placed fourth for the women with a time of 22:55.8. “I have been pleased with the turnout of the team this
Pfaffenberger is one of thirteen freshmen on the cross country team. His expectation for the rest of the year is “to improve everyone on the team.” Senior Jesse Chartier said, “We’re a
(Below) Head Coach Derek Powers instructs the cross country team in the Recreation Center. The team’s final meet will be on November 1st, for the SUNYAC Championships at Geneseo. (Right) Marcus Figero runs sprints in the recreation center during a cross country practice. Photo by Jeff Witherow, ‘09
year,” said Powers. Goals for the rest of the season are “individual goals mostly and to drop 3 minutes” from the beginning of the year. Powers said that it was hard to come back especially because he had “no chance to recruit.” On the women’s team, there have been a number of injuries that have hurt the team as well
as the athlete. Out of the six women on the team, three have been injured and are unable to compete. Since six runners are needed per meet, the women’s team has been unable to compete in meets. Pfaffenberger said training with his coach helped him to win at the meet at Cazenovia.
young team but are improving slowly.” The Mustangs compete in their last meet of the season Nov. 1 at Geneseo for the SUNYAC championship.
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Oct. 31 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)
Nov. 7 Casino Royale (2006, PG-13, 144 min.) Nov. 14 Spiderman 2 (2004, PG-13, 127 min.) Nov. 21 Crash (2004, R, 113 min.) Dec. 5 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986, PG-13, 102 min.)
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ATHLETIC NEWS Departing senior captain lets team ‘keep’er’ heart mates for working hard and playing together. Smith said that much of their success comes from “playing as one.” When asked if there was a particular game that stuck out in mind, Smith mentioned the game against Oswego State. She started the game playing the field, and then was moved to goal for the overtime game. One of her teammates made a goal
Kristin Clark, ‘11 Staff Reporter A goalkeeper is most often a very talented and prized player on a team. Stephanie Smith is no exception. Smith is the lone senior on a women’s field hockey team filled with freshmen. She is a captain, a leader, and naturally, her teammates look up to her. Aside from being a gifted athlete, she is “definitely a big motivator, and she pushes people to succeed.” Smith has been playing field hockey since the 5th grade and certainly has the statistics to show for it. This is her third year at Morrisville; she came here out of Mt. Markham High School in 2005. During her career here at Morrisville, she has acquired more than 500 saves, and 15 defensive saves. Those are only the beginnings of her accom-
keeps them going. Smith’s motivator is head coach Adair Milmoe, who is “very motivating and passionate.” Smith said Milmoe is also a great help off of the field; “open and easy to talk to, yet still professional.” Field hockey is a passion for Smith as well as a major part of her life. When she has to leave the team, Smith said she will
“...The team, the program, and the school has my heart.”
- Stephanie Smith
Senior Stephanie Smith, wearing her pink goalie jersey and white bandanna, stands beside teammates (L-R) Chelsea Thomas, Jennifer Caffarelli and Michelle Heath before the home game against SUNY Brockport. Photo by Sharina Parker- Culton, ‘11
plishments. Last year, Smith was ranked seventh in the nation among goalies, and was invited to tryout for the USA national team, where she made it to the last round of cuts.
None of those incredible accomplishments go to Smith’s head; she still remains “team first.” While speaking to Smith, she constantly praised her team-
that won the game. Smith said she “loved the intensity” of that game, and even when scored upon she “never put her head down.” Every athlete has some sort of motivation, whether it’s someone or something that
leave knowing “the team, the program, and the school has my heart.” Smith will graduate this year with a degree in Human Performance and Health Promotion. As for field hockey after school, Smith has plans to coach.
Men’s soccer wins final game, loses senior captains Heather Foster, ‘10 Sports Editor The men’s soccer team finished their 2008 season with a win, waving goodbye to many of their senior players. The team went 4-12-2 overall this season, defeating a tough SUNY Potsdam 4-3 on Oct. 25 to end the season. This cold, windy and rainy game, although final for some, will be memorable for all. “It was a 4-3 mud bowl,” said senior captain Drew Ketchum. This senior, not yet ready to turn in his jersey, has high hopes of returning to the field for another season. “I’ve been a captain for three years. I’m not done though, I’m still going to play or try out at least,” said Ketchum. “I hope to definitely coach college soc-
cer someday. I would even love to come back to Morrisville and coach someday.” Senior Allan Schroeder returned to Morrisville this year for his fourth and final season. “I returned to play soccer because I knew here, I would be among familiar teammates and remain in a comfortable atmosphere where I could play well. I felt we were going to do very well this season because we had a large number of strong returning players,” said Schroeder. “Emotions were running high the last game because we battled back and forth all 90 minutes. Once the final whistle blew, it was just a very overwhelming feeling of accomplishment for me.” “The last game of the season was not only important to me but it was very important to my family,” Schroeder continued. “I was very proud of myself to play as
well as I did and as long as I did, and to finish out the game with the other seniors, together.” Like Schroeder, senior captain Andrew Stoneburg has played on the men’s soccer team four consecutive seasons. “Being a captain for four seasons, I’ve had a chance to play with many of the same guys. I feel more comfortable playing on the field with my teammates. I know I can depend on them and they know the same for me,” said Stoneburg. Stoneburg, from local Chittenango, had an easy time adjusting to the coaching staff here at Morrisville. “It was a great honor to be coached by Coach Daviau, not only in high school, but for the past four years at Morrisville,” Stoneburg continued. “I couldn’t have picked a better game to end my college soccer career on; it was a match to remember.” - continued on page 10 -T
Morrisville senior Matt Green dribbles past Cortland State’s Mark Gunsch (21) and Peter Degere (right) during a home game Sept. 27. The Mustangs finished 1-9 in the SUNYAC conference. Photo by Sharina Parker- Culton, ‘11
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