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Morrisville State College • October 2010• vol. XXXIX • no. 2
Halloween evolves from traditions to tramps Heather Foster, ‘10 Editor In Chief
The leaves have changed, there are pumpkins crowding every doorstep, and no longer can you step foot into a department store without being bombarded by bloody masks and super hero costumes. This can only mean one thing: Halloween is rapidly approaching. But how did Halloween become such a marketed occasion where children’s costumes are overpriced, adult costumes are X-rated, and candy companies make more profit by simply adding ghosts and spider webs to their candy packages? Although there are many versions of Halloween’s origin, according to History.com, Halloween dates back nearly 2,000 years ago as a Celtic holiday. The Celtic people, who lived in present-day Ireland, celebrated their new year on Nov. 1. Halloween, or “All Hallows Eve,” marked the end of the summer harvest and “beginning of the dark, cold winter.” It was believed that on the night before their new year, the “boundary” between the living and the dead faded, making it possible for the ghosts of the deceased to return to earth and cause havoc for one night. Celts also believed that Druids, or Celtic priests, could better make predictions about the future with the company of spirits, and honored this process with sacred bonfires. Although the spirits helped Druids make more accurate predictions, they had a tendency to be not-so-friendly ghosts. According to Halloween-Website.
com, the Celts bribed the ghosts with gifts and treats set outside their homes in exchange for a plentiful upcoming harvest. The tradition of wearing costumes, most often consisting of dead animal heads and skins, was practiced in attempt to fend off any evil spirits, as was the tradition of carving large turnips and pumpkins in the shape of faces. Trick-or-treating, according to Halloweenishere.com, has many foundations ranging from ninth-century European Christian customs of going door-todoor asking for “soul cakes” in return for prayers, to the Celtic practice of giving food to Druids in order to please the dead. Although different sources often claim different origins for each tradition, the basic idea behind each remains the same: Do what it takes to discourage spirits from causing bad fortune. With this being said, it should seem so clear how the tradition of the Celtic New Year has turned into a holiday where women wear as little clothing as possible, bars have standing-room only, and one-night stands are followed by the ultimate walk-of-shame and a hung-over trip to Denny’s… right? Not quite. Like most traditions, aspects of each evolve over time to create what we know today. Even Christmas has had its fair share of adjustments, but not to the extent that Halloween has. For most, Halloween has been transformed from a night of protecting your fortune from evil into a night of candy-hungry kids in Dora the Explorer outfits and party-craving 20-year olds dressed in over-the-top bedroom
attire they refer to as costumes. I believe Lindsay Lohan said it best in the 2004 film “Mean Girls,” when her character Cady Heron describes Halloween as “the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it,” mentioning “the hardcore girls just wear lingerie and some form of animal ears.” But not only do traditions and customs change as time passes, but they also change from culture to culture, and even from state to state. Sam Lewis, a 2009 graduate from Salem State College, described Halloween in Salem, Mass. as “pretty insane.” Like Halloween in New York, pumpkins are carved, houses are decorated, and trickor-treaters fill the sidewalks on the night of Oct. 31. However, in Salem, Halloween is not a onenight event. “First off, it’s literally a month-long celebration,” Lewis said. “They have a parade around the first of October every year to kick off the city’s ‘Haunted Happenings’ where everyone gets dressed up and parades the streets of Salem. From there, things just get crazier.” Lewis, a former New Yorker, said Halloween in Salem is quite an experience in comparison to that of New York. “For the most part, leading up to Halloween, it’s pretty family oriented. Haunted houses, psychic festivals, street fairs, tours…seriously everything you can think of.” Lewis explained how Salem takes Halloween more seriously for its original meaning. During the month of October, Salem becomes a very popular tourist attraction. “I used
to work at one of the hotels in downtown Salem and we would get booked for October a year in advance,” Lewis said. Even though the traditions are taken more seriously in Salem, it turns into a similar atmosphere once Halloween night arrives. “It’s definitely ‘grown-up’ time after dark,” Lewis said. “Yes, most people are drinking and, of course, there are the typical girls in bad cop and bunny costumes, but I think most people get a little more creative.” Although the party scene is ever-present in Salem, it differs from how we see it here in Morrisville. “For every sexy nurse costume, there are five creative, original costumes. It’s quite the spectacle,” Lewis said. So, back to the original question: How has Halloween evolved into such a sex- and candy-oriented holiday? Well, in my opinion, humans will use any excuse to be able to have social interaction with a shot of vodka. Also, it’s a way for companies to make a rather large profit. Cheap costumes are sold with a 200 percent price increase because they know people will buy them regardless. Candy is sold in larger quantities, but snack-sized for easy distribution to trick-or-treaters, so in reality, the consumers are the ones being tricked. So this Halloween, think about the original purpose for which the day was celebrated. Remember the old traditions and see how they have changed to what they are today. Then, for those of you 21 and older, go out and get wasted, dressed as a naughty Alice in Wonderland.
“This is the first time we’ve done something like this in a long time,” says Clark. CAB is planning on having a campus-wide contest for the opening act of the show. There are no definite plans as of now, but CAB hopes to have one or two student artists or groups opening. Active CAB member Charles Guerrier says that the funds awarded by SGO will be to accommodate the artist and his needs during his visit. This money will be divided in a variety of ways such as travel expenses,
food, security and the actual performance. Guerrier says the additional funds remaining in the organization’s budget will compensate the stage, lighting and event staff. “We’re looking into J-Cole because he is one of the top upcoming artists out right now and he has already been performing at colleges worldwide, sharing his music with the young listeners,” Guerrier said. “He is very flexible and easy to work with.” CAB members have expressed the idea of hosting a
concert at MSC for quite some time. However, they all have been limited by funding, which delayed the process Guerrier says. “We were extremely excited,” Guerrier says. “All those who we suggested the idea to said it was impossible…It was a feeling of achievement.” CAB plans to charge $5 for MSC students and $10 for non-students for admission. The date and venue of the concert is still undetermined, but they are currently looking into the end of March.
CAB plans popular performing artist for MSC
Wendy Vair, ‘12 Lifestyle Co-Editor Aston Lee, ‘12 Lifestyle Co-Editor
The Campus Activities Board received $12,000 from the Student Government Organization this past Tuesday to add to their $8,000 budget. CAB Chairperson Kristin Clark says CAB plans to use this money to bring a performing artist to MSC. The name of the artist has yet to be released, but Clark says they are looking into rapper J-Cole.
October 2010 - The CHIMES
Recent teenage suicides are cause for great concern Robert Harris, ‘14 Staff Reporter
Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rugters University freshman, took his own life in September after his roommate Dhahran Ravi and fellow student Molly Wei posted a video stream online of Clementi having a sexual encounter with a male student. Four other teenagers were driven to suicide in September for related reasons. These suicides across America are cause for grave concern. Ravi posted on Twitter after witnessing the affair, “Roommate asked for the room until midnight. Went into Mollie’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.” Ravi and Wei began distributing the video over the internet via iChat a couple of days later. When Clementi realized what was going on, he posted a status on Facebook that read, “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.” Clementi did just that. On Sept. 29 authorities identified a body floating
down the Hudson River as Clementi’s, putting to rest any speculation of his death. A statement released from Clementi’s family remembered him as a “fine young man and a distinguished musician.” Danielle Birnbohm, Clementi’s neighbor, remembers him as “very quiet” when interviewed for NJ.com. On Oct. 16, a memorial ceremony was held on the George Washington Bridge. Mourners held signs denouncing bullying in school and tossed rose pedals into the Hudson River. Wei and Ravi face charges of invasion of privacy, a third-degree offense, which calls for a minimum of five years imprisonment. Some say that five years isn’t enough for Wei and Ravi. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) called for an anti-bullying law to be considered after hearing of Clementi’s death, saying that colleges should adopt a code of conduct that prohibits bullying and harassment. After enduring bullying from his peers, 15-year-old Billy Lucas, a fresh-
man at Greensburg High School in Indiana, hanged himself on Sept. 14. Although Lucas never said he was gay, he was believed to be by other students and subsequently bullied. Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old from Tehachapi, CA was found unconscious in his backyard after attempting to hang himself on Sept. 19. He later died in the hospital. Walsh was the victim of relentless teasing by peers in his middle school. None of Walsh’s bullies were tried for any crimes, however, because investigators couldn’t find any legal violations in their ridicule. Raymond Chase, an openly gay 19-year-old student at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, also took his own life. On Sept. 20, Chase hanged himself in his dorm room. Thirteen-year-old Asher Brown took his life using his stepfather’s handgun on Sept. 23 after he was tormented by his classmates at Hamilton Middle School in Houston, TX. Brown’s parents told the Houston Chronicle that in addition to being bullied for his small size and religion, he was accused of being gay
by his peers. They also alleged that kids in Brown’s physical education class performed mock gay acts on him. Talk show host Ellen Degeneres posted a public service announcement in response to the recent suicides by these teens. Gay Americans have tackled bullying by participating in a project titled “It Gets Better,” in which various YouTube subscribers revisit their memories of being gay in high school and relate how things get better after graduation. These are only a few campaigns intended to reduce or even eliminate bullying faced by not only gays, but of everyone in the public school system. Unfortunately, the public focus on the issue of bullying faced by gays in America has come too late for Clementi, Lucas, Walsh, Brown and Chase. The loss suffered by the families of suicide victims is irreversible. Though action is being taken against bullying, the victims of this growing threat who have turned to suicide cannot be brought back. The only thing that can be done is to spread awareness.
Research has found that 46 million adult men and women smoke or use tobacco, not including young adults and teens. In 1940, the golden arches first rose into the blue sky and in 1944 tobacco production increased to 300 million tobacco products a year. In 1966, McDonald’s broadcasted its first television commercial in America, and the business boomed. What better way to make your day smoother and tastier than by stopping at McDonald’s?
Since 1975, McDonald’s has served breakfast, lunch and dinner; the food has a taste like no other. The bonus “super size” feature of McDonald’s left costumers unbuttoned at the waist-line. Following McDonald’s, other fast food places sprouted including Burger King and Wendy’s. In 2004, independent film maker Morgan Spurlock filmed “Super Size Me.” The documentary explored the affects of consuming nothing but McDonald’s for a straight month. The result was arteryclogging-worthy - his health declined and his body weight increased as he became a victim to the “McGurggles.” His point was to have America view the constant consumption of fast food as not being a healthy or a smart choice. Unlike McDonald’s, tobacco has been here since before the Pilgrims found their way to America. Through the decades, tobacco use increased greatly in both genders and all ages. Every form of tobacco has unhealthy side effects and can lead to death. Ben Domingo, director of MSC’s Health Center says, “Good habits start early.” Most young adults follow an unhealthy routine of “work-out + don’t eat + young age = look good,” Domingo said, but what most do not know is the choices made early in life will later come back to haunt the body. “Damage is cumulative,” he says. Our society has unhealthy views on “skinny and overweight;” either you are classified as one or the other and in most cases are not accepted if you’re not the preferred size, Domingo said. Lisa Rusch, assistant professor of biology and fitness leader says “America’s health is appalling and a great shame.” She
points out that, like Domingo said, healthy lifestyles begin at a young age and without a positive influence in our younger generation, the future health of Americans will just get worse. Rusch says that children shouldn’t be punished for unhealthy habits, but instead taught the correct way to eat. On tobaccofreekids.org, research found that smoking tobacco has become a number one killer, passing murder and suicide. How bad is the habit when a person is less likely to kill you than a cigarette? In the 1950s and 60s, television advertising for tobacco became widespread. People found it more appealing when a movie star they idolized smoked a Winston. So who is to blame for the unfortunate outcome of America’s unhealthy circumstances? Although it’s true there are healthy choices on McDonald’s menu and the effects of smoking are clearly labeled on a carton of cigarettes, is it enough? Is it enough to stop the consumption of a super-sized number seven, Big Mac with fries and a coke, or a few puffs on that white tobacco stick? Health is about “good choices” says Rusch, you don’t need to diet, but you do need to pay attention to what you eat and how much you eat, “balance is key.” The solution that Domingo and Rusch suggest is to exercise and eat well; you don’t necessarily need to over-work yourself, but you have to have some form of self-control when it comes to your health. At the end of Spurlock’s “Super Size Me” he looks to the viewers and asks the question, “Who do you want to see go first, you or them?”
Health of Americans currently going down the drain
Stephanie Root, ‘14 Staff Reporter
With every passing decade, more Americans find their health going down the drain, but the blame comes from more than just fast food restaurants and other unhealthy habits. According to ObesityinAmerica.org, there are 58 million people overweight, 40 million obese and 3 million morbidly obese in the United States.
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October 2010 - The CHIMES
New changes in TAP have the potential to affect many students’ lives Alysha Jones, ‘10 Staff Reporter
During the week of Sept 20, the Dean of the Morrisville State Norwich Campus Marsha Cornelius, had campus faculty bring their students to the main lobby for an important announcement. Cornelius proceeded to tell the students about the changes of rules made to the Tuition Assistance Program and the effects it could have on many students. According to MSC Director of Financial Aid Darcia Banks, the change includes minimal requirements for grade-point average and credits accumulated and completed in order to receive TAP for subsequent semesters after an initial reward. At the meeting, Cornelius gave students a grid showing the new and old guidelines for getting TAP. The old grid said students had to receive a 0.5 or higher gpa and must have accumulated three credit hours toward graduation in order to get TAP for the second semester. With the new grid, students must achieve gpas of 1.5 or higher and have accumulated six credit hours toward graduation. Jeri O’Bryan, coordinator of academic support services at the Norwich Campus, said after the first meeting with Cornelius, seven students came in for tutoring and two students volunteered
to tutor, since currently there is no tutoring budget. She said she believes this new proposal will make students pay more attention to their progress. MSC President Raymond Cross said the new grid isn’t adopted yet and the state is still waiting for public comment. Cross said he has some concerns with the new rules that he would like to address. Banks said it is a “confirmed proposal,” but some portions are not final due to the “stink” some schools are making about certain pieces of the new rule. Cross said 724 MSC students would be affected by the new proposal. Most of those are firstgeneration students and nontraditional students who work and have children. Although he is not opposed to the gpa adjustment, Cross said he is concerned with the number of credits students will have to accumulate. Banks said the state is encouraging students to earn their money sooner rather than later by pushing them through college faster and making them stay on track in their chosen degrees. With the old grid, students have five semesters to complete a two-year degree. But the state is finding that a lot of the money given out is to college students who do not take their experiences seriously and are not focused on degree goals. State officials
question when such students plan to graduate. Cross said funds are tight and officials are looking closely at where state dollars are going. The problem that arises, Cross said, is students are failing and still receiving money. Cornelius said she likes the new guidelines because they will make students more accountable and serious about getting TAP. She said she found many students at the Norwich Campus who were unaware of the old requirements, and the students who are “busting their butts” are upset to find out that other students don’t do anything and still receive money. Cornelius said she wishes the state had waited until next fall; that way, the previous students would not be affected and would have some warning. Cross said he hopes to see the credits modified. He added that many students who will be affected could make great progress and still not receive TAP. He said he wants the state to let the SUNY campuses use their own judgment for students who are making progress. Another problem that the school is encountering, Cross said, is the budget cuts reduced the number of classes offered at the school. But the state turned around and said in order for students to receive TAP the next
semester, they should take more courses. He said it makes it hard for both the school and students. Cornelius said she hopes students will use this as a tool and take school seriously. She said she also wants to see students using the services offered, such as tutoring if they are having a hard time. O’Bryan said she is hoping a tutoring budget will be provided, that way, the Norwich Campus can hire and students can get more help they may need. Fortunately for students, there is one academic waiver for
money the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation is saving since Seneca became trayless. She recognized that MAC is likely spending less money because students are taking less food, so that extra money is going toward other food-related activities, like the guest chef series where specialty chefs visit the campus and cook some of their specialty meals. Jim McFadden, facilities and maintenance director of MAC, said there has not been a large difference in trash from Seneca. He figures there may be a decrease of about 10 percent or less, because food waste is taken care of by the garbage disposal. Johnson said she has not received any complaints from students. When Seneca first went tray-less this summer, while there were some summer programs for incoming freshman, Johnson did receive a few complaints. Bruce Hirsch, a manager in Seneca, said he thinks it is about time that Seneca became
tray-less. The challenge the staff in Seneca is facing is “changing the mindset of the campus community,” because of how customers have dealt with the change, he said. Hirsch said “they haven’t changed their behavior patterns yet.” He has found that students are leaving a lot more garbage on the tables, leaving more work for the staff. He said the faculty/staff reaction was negative at first, but they understood the change. He thinks students thought “they were being cheated from some particular right.” He posted flyers and data near the front register that showed the waste. Hirsch said it is a national trend in colleges for dining halls to be trayless. “Across the country it’s been in the process of sustainability,” he said. Having heard a few complaints, Hirsch said, “You’ve just kind of got to stick to your guns a bit,” because he expected some
criticism from returning students and the campus community “who felt it was a hindrance to them,” he said. Some students have actually brought their own trays to Seneca. Hirsch said he has not put a “kibosh” on it because not enough students have brought their own trays yet. Equine Science freshman Jenna Sampson eats at Seneca mostly because students can eat more. Sampson said she wishes there were trays, but she thinks Seneca being trayless is good because it “stops people from eating too much— the freshman 15—and overeating.” Yusuf Azarparastian ‘12, an aquaculture student, said ‘trayless’ works for Seneca’s style of serving food. “It works for me,” Azarparastian said. “I don’t really care as much as long as I get my food to the table, tray or not. I’m easy to please, I guess.” Massage therapy student Kisha Estelow eats at Seneca because she feels there are healthier
each student, but only one, said Banks. One waiver is provided for students who fall behind in credits or have a family illness or death. The other is for students mostly in their third term who have fallen below the 2.0 gpa standard. Banks said even if a student loses TAP, it may only be for a semester or two. If the student’s grades improve to meet the new standards, the student may begin to receive TAP again. “I hope students begin to make school a first priority,” Cornelius said.
Financial Aid Director Darcia Banks poses for a photo in her office. Banks explained how changing TAP requirements to demand better academic performances. Photo by Alysha Jones, ‘10 | Staff Reporter
Has the food waste in Seneca gone down since going trayless? Katie Collins, ‘12 Campus News Co-Editor
After several semesters of wrestling with food waste in the dining locations at Morrisville State College, Director of Dining Services Diana Johnson has removed trays from Seneca Dining Center. “The whole campus is involved in the big topic of sustainability,” Johnson said; the removal of the trays is “just part of the bigger picture of what the campus is trying to do.” Another sustainability effort this year is that more food products are being purchased from local farms. Johnson said “purchasing locally also provides fresher, healthier products.” Using lettuce in the kitchens as an example, Johnson said the lettuce can be harvested the same day that it arrives in MSC’s kitchens, because it is not being shipped from California. Johnson said she cannot put a dollar amount on how much
choices. “I support the idea; I hate wasting food quite honestly,” Estelow said. Not every customer is pleased with the change, though. Nicole Hopkins, a liberal arts student, read about Seneca going trayless from posters in Seneca. “It’s a pain, trying to carry everything,” she said. Hopkins said it leads to too much walking. Jessica Dale, an employee in Seneca, said she thinks students do not take as much food and waste less now that there are no trays. But they do leave more messes on the tables. Hirsch said the staff will evaluate the change at the end of the semester. He said waste and the sanitary system have to be included because there is a lot that goes into the overall financial workings in Seneca. The whole issue of waste is not just about dining services, Johnson said. “It’s about everybody’s piece in the whole campus.”
October 2010 - THE CHIMES
Shining stars illuminate the cast of ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ Joshua Ocasio, ‘12 Staff Reporter
After a night of laughs and fun, it turns out you can take it with you! You can take the sarcasm, the jokes, the chaos, the hopeless ambition and much more after watching the play “You Can't Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The play is a humorous encounter between a conservative family, the Kirbys, and the farfrom-conventional household of Grandpa Martin Vanderhof. The two families are meeting for dinner after Martin’s granddaughter, Alice Sycamore, and the Kirbys’ son, Anthony Kirby Jr., announce they plan to get married. The comedy takes place in Grandpa’s living room in the late 1930s, during the Great Depression. From beginning to end, the play is filled with numerous characters with different personalities that add their own twist to the play. Don’t get hurt trying to keep up. At any given time, Grandpa’s house is filled with everything from less-than-talented dancers, dance instructors doing their best, the Kirby family showing up early for dinner, the ice delivery man who came and never left, illegal fireworks, the maid and her boyfriend, an actress who woke up there after a drunken night, accidentally delivered typewriters, members of the Department of Justice, disgruntled family members, and much more. With such a melting pot of char-
acters, it only makes sense that the play takes place in New York City. Associate Professor of Humanities and Director of Theatre and Music Stephen Hinkle says, “I chose this play because it has so many characters which gives me the opportunity to have a large cast.” Hinkle has succeeded—and surpassed that goal. The array of characters in the first scene causes some confusion, but as Act One continues, it all comes together. In this play you can’t miss a second or else you will be lost until intermission. With so many things going on in one simple room, it’s ironically very easy to get lost. The cast works very well together and everyone plays their characters to par. The star that shines the brightest, surprisingly, is none of the leading parts, but the part of Boris Kolenkov, played by David Mann. Kolenkov is Essie Carmichael’s Russian ballet instructor who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. He is opinionated, to say the least, and frequently, very loudly, declares that something “stinks!” With your head spinning and your eyes racing back and forth around stage to figure out what is going on, you can always look to Kolenkov to balance everything out and give you a good laugh. Also worth mentioning is Paul Sycamore, played by Kyle Wilson. Sycamore, married to Penny, is the father of Essie and Alice. Often found pacing the house without any pants on, Sycamore makes fire-
Above: the cast gathers around the living room table while Alice Sycamore, (Maritza Colon) and Anthony Kirby Jr., (George Castaldo) share an intimate moment off to the side. Lower left: Penny Sycamore (Kathy Brodeur) sets up her easel while Mr. DePinna (Zack Warren) prepares to pose for her painting. Photos by Tanasia Peacock, ‘14 | Staff Photographer
works in his basement with the help of Mr. DePinna—the ice delivery man who never left—played by Zach Warren. Sycamore’s ambition to be a great businessman is inspirational, even moreso in Act Three when he switches the direction of his devotion to his family. This year’s play is offered in memory of the previous director
of theatre, Douglas Homer, who died 10 years ago in a car accident. “You Can't Take It With You” was chosen to honor Homer because this was his first MSC production, Hinkle says. Opening night is Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre of the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities. Following opening night,
show times will be 8 p.m. on Oct. 30 and Nov. 4-6. A matinee is offered at 2 p.m. on Oct. 31. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for students. Tickets are on sale and available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in STUAC. The box office number is 684-6238. Tickets are also available at the door. You sure won’t want to miss this one.
October 2010 - The CHIMES
Save the world from darkness in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Richard Nieves, ‘13 Social Media Editor
“Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” is a unique title in the Castlevania series. It is different because it has all the things that made Castlevania titles the classics they are today, but does not entirely play itself out as a part of the series. The game includes old elements, like numerous weapons that can hack your enemies and interact with the world around you, intriguing puzzles that are rewarding, and deep characters that could hold a place in your library of interesting people. I forgot to mention that there are ferocious demons waiting for you in every damn section, wanting to rip heroes apart. The story in this game is actually told in a very fluid way, and the voice acting is pretty good, to say the least. Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek” fame lends his voice to the stor y as the nar rator and friend of hero Gabriel. Really, who wouldn’t want to spend three minutes listening to the gripping tales between every level told by the enchanting Patrick Stewart? The classic battle of light vs. darkness is blurred, and things are not always as they seem. The game also focuses towards the tragic take on love, as Gabriel looks for the killer of his beloved
A scan of the box art for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. The game puts the player in control of Gabriel Belmont, a member of the Brotherhood of Light who protects the innocent from supernatural creatures.
wife and childhood sweetheart, Marie. At the same time, he must complete the dangerous task of killing the wretched Lords of Shadow before they defile the world even more than they’ve already done. For technical people like myself who want to keep track of how many levels they are going through, there are 12 chapters with subchapters within each chapter. The game is two disks long for Xbox 360, and it has to be said, this game takes time and patience to master—even on the easiest level. The combat is reminiscent of God of War and Shadow of the Colossus, but unlike the story, the gameplay out-
side of hacking and slashing foes has a pace I could not keep up with. As with most of the Castlevania games, Gabriel starts off with a special whip that can be upgraded to suit a new fighting style or help advance within the story. Players can buy combos can upgrade by points earned from completing different puzzles or finishing a chapter and sub-chapter. Just hitting the close and range attack buttons is not going to get you anywhere; combining the shadow and light magic earned early within the game add to the formula and the fun. With the light magic, Gabriel can attack foes and gain health back at the
the end result was “worth the fight.” The song “Won’t Go Quietly” is probably one of the most intense songs on the album. It includes a guitar solo featuring a talk-box, which gives the Hammond B-3 organ its sound. Their more radio appropriate song is “The Last Time” which is much like the song “Two Weeks” on their previous album “Overcome” (2008). “Some of the People, All of the Time,” is a song that will make you want to bang your head. Its crazy guitar riffs and amazing vocals make it one of the heaviest songs of the album. The album has been getting a lot of mixed reviews. Despite what some of them might say, I would say this is some of their best work. Some of it could have used some brushing up,
but overall it really was an awesome album. Herbert and Martin have definitely improved their playing this time around. It sounds a lot cleaner than their previous albums. The solos in most songs sound amazing and a lot more complicated. Jason Costa has a better flow when he plays and shows how he has improved on the drums. Thenewreview.net said “it is solid from the opening tracks to the second to last track. This album is what the new wave of American heavy metal is about: melody, heaviness and guitar solos.” This album is truly a lot better than their last. The band has really outdone themselves on this one. If you’re a fan of ATR, you’ll love this album for sure.
same time. T he shadow magic increases attack damage and has its own unique combos. Other tools for beating demons and other mystical creatures to death can be found throughout the game, after or before defeating a special boss at the end of each level. A majority of the game relies on quick button presses, which I frown upon, seeing it as a lazy part of the development. But there are other bosses who are quite unique. They are known as the Titans. These Titans and other large creatures change the dynamics of bosses in this game as you need to find a way onto them and hitting their weakest points without falling off. It adds a sense of vertigo and space when fighting them because of their enormous size and power. Gabriel can also ride the beasts he defeats within the game. They can be used as weapons or to ‘platform’ to places Gabriel cannot normally reach. The platforming, puzzlesolving and adventuring aspects of “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” are quite fun, but a bit linear and fast-paced. When roaming around the world, hunting down mighty demons, Gabriel tends to move at a ver y fast pace. Stopping actually felt like I was breaking the flow of the game, but at the same time it
gave me a chance to look at the beautiful scenery and find all the collectibles. T he collectibles rang e from health and magic upgrades to scrolls held by dead soldiers. These scrolls give some small side story as to who these deceased warriors were and why their bodies lie lifeless in the world. They also give hints as to other collectibles and are fun to read, even if they are not as well-written as witty poetry. The puzzles are quite clever, but nothing gamers haven’t already seen before. They can be as simple as a fetch quest or as complex as reflecting a stream of magical light to several mirrors in order for it to hit the right target and get Gabriel on his way. The scrolls held by dead soldiers can also hold hints to these puzzles, but some gamers will choose the experience of completing the puzzles on their own. “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” sets itself apar t from the rest of the Castlevania series by giving gamers fresh characters with a good, well-told story and exciting, finger-twitching combat. The puzzles are well thought-out, the adventuring is fun, and the scenery is beautiful. LoS is an engaging experience, truly worth investing in. If not for the moments, do it for Patrick Stewart.
All That Remains shows ‘great improvement’ with new album David Emmerick, ‘13 Staff Reporter
All That Remains’ new album “For We Are Many” was released Oct. 12, and it’s incredible. They have seriously improved over the last 12 years, and this album is proof. The CD starts with the song “Now Let Them Tremble.” Unlike songs from their previous albums, it shows they are trying to be more “metal-core.” It seems like the lead singer, Philip Labonte, does a lot more screaming than other albums. Guitarists Mike Martin and Oli Herbert show they aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Indierockmedia.com interviewed Herbert about the album and said “For We Are Many” was the group’s “most challenging album to date.” He also believes
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October 2010 - THE CHIMES
Senior captain Borodonaro leads the field hockey team with her heart
Gretchen Cramer, ‘10 Executive Editor
Senior captain Lauren Bordonaro has been playing field hockey for almost 10 years now. Lauren was named captain as a junior and continues to lead the team. She is also leading the team with seven goals. “The reason I am playing field hockey is because I changed school districts and the soccer team was full,” Lauren says. “It came easy and I quickly became passionate about field hockey.” “A lot of people envy her for her natural talent and freshmen look up to her,” freshman teammate Brandi Ralfalko says. “Lauren is one of those players who will always think for the team, not just for herself.” Head coach Adair Milmoe says Lauren is a “play-maker” and that Lauren has continued to learn throughout her four years as a player. “She has fine-tuned her athleticism throughout her four years,” Milmoe says. Assistant Coach Brian Petrella says Lauren has grown as a player and a person over t h e l a s t f o u r y e a r s. “ S h e always steps up and gets it done,” Petrella says. “She is very visible on and off the field.” Lauren is a criminal justice major from Nor th Tonawanda, N.Y. She says field hockey has helped her grow as a professional as well as a leader. “Field hockey
has helped me learn to be a team player and you need to rely on your partners in the criminal justice profession, too,” Lauren says. “Lauren leads by example on the field. She clearly leads when people watch what she does,” Petrella says. “She has been very successful and it shows as her confidence has grown.” Lauren was named the female athlete of the week for the week of Sept. 15. Milmoe says Lauren is a piece of the puzzle and works hard to make that puzzle stick together. A difficulty Lauren says she faces, and has always faced, is the combination of athletics and academics. “I have to work really hard on school work,” Lauren says. “Although I have always been able to pick up a stick and do anything with it, the pen has been harder to lift.” “I do want to say that a lot of people complain their majors don’t work well with sports,” Lauren says. “However, my cr i m i n a l j u s ti ce professors have worked very well with me.” As a captain, Lauren says she has to make sure she is always aware that she is in a leadership role and holds her responsibility very seriously. “You can see she takes it very seriously, but not too s e r i o u s l y,” R a l f a l ko s ay s. “She knows her stuff and she knows when to crack a joke and when to crack the whip.” When things get tough, Lauren says she likes to pull
Senior Lauren Bordonaro shoots the ball at the RPI goal in their game on Sept.19. Bordonaro scored the game winning goal in overtime to clinch the 2-1 victory. Photo by Daniel Moreno, ‘13 | Photography Editor
her teammates up by reminding them they are able to push through and pick themselves up because they have made mistakes before. “It’s not always the words she uses,” Ralfalko says. “It’s the way she says them.” She says the spor t she plays is full of mistakes, so nobody should beat themselves up over a mistake. “You just have to push through the rough patches because that is what people see the most,” Lauren says. “People will see the passion and hard work when you work through anything.” Lauren says her idol is her mother because “she i s s t r o n g , m o t iva t e d a n d determined” and “that’s everything I want to be as a woman.”
“She is known to play with her heart and leads the team,” Ralfalko says. “She is always going to be a captain I will remember.”
“ I t ’s b e e n a p l e a s u r e coaching her these past four years,” Petrella says. “She has become the complete player. She will definitely be missed.”
Senior Lauren Bordonaro drives the ball upfield as an RPI defender pressures her in the Mustangs’ game on Sept.19. The Mustangs record currently stands at 8-7. Photo by Daniel Moreno, ‘13 | Photography Editor
October 2010 - The CHIMES
Athletic staff hires two alumni as assistant coaches for soccer teams
Kristin Clark, ‘11 Sports Co-Editor
Allan Schroeder and Tifinie-Lyn Cole are the men’s and women’s assistant soccer coaches. Both also played four years of soccer at Morrisville. Schroeder is a Human Performance and Health Promotion (HPHP) major who started playing soccer at the age of 8. “I’ve been playing the game for 16 years,” Schroeder says. Cole also started playing soccer at a young age; she was in the fourth grade when she began playing the sport. Cole is a Resort and Recreation major at MSC. Schroeder knew the assistant coach position would be open last spring. “When Coach Graves moved up, that left an available position,” he says; “So I expressed interest very early.” “I was driving, on my way up here when I got the call,” he says. “It was the day before the first practice and Coach Graves called and asked me to be the assistant coach.”
“I also knew the position would be open last spring,” Cole says. “I gave my resume to Greg (Carroll) and kind of hinted my way into the position.” “Coaching is something I always wanted to do,” she adds. After playing 16 years, the transition from player to coach was difficult for Schroeder. “It
left a gaping hole,” he says; “everything just came to a stop.” “Playing for so long made the transition easier, but it was still unexpected,” Schroeder adds. It was also hard for Cole to transition. “There are a bunch of girls that I really wanted to play with,” she says. “Including some of the freshmen.”
Tifinie-Lyn Cole (left) and Allan Schroeder (right) pose for a photo. Cole and Schroeder became the assistant soccer coaches this Fall 2010 season. Photo by Daniel Moreno, ‘13 | Photography Editor
Because both Cole and Schroeder were both playing last season, they both are coaching former teammates. “I would call it controlled awkwardness,” says Schroeder. “I’m still not as comfortable giving them orders, but they know I still have authority.” Things have been the exact opposite for Cole. “There was no awkwardness at all,” she says. “All of the girls have respect for me.” As for the future, both of them would like to stay in soccer. Schroeder would like to put his HPHP degree to use and become an athletic trainer. “I could maybe live in Europe and work for a team,” he says. “I would like to keep coaching, but maybe at a youth or recreational level, but my career comes first, coaching is secondary.” Cole has plans to get her master’s degree in sports management. She would like to continue coaching, but not at the college level. “Coaching at the college level is hard,” she
says. “I would like to teach kids the basics, or maybe coach at the high school level.” “Tifinie has been great, it’s nice to have an assistant coach that compliments you,” says Chris Perkins, head coach of women’s soccer. “She has made me more accountable as a coach; she tells me things that I need to do to make it better for the players, to make us more successful.” “She is not afraid to tell me when I need to do better and I appreciate that,” Perkins adds. “I would like to thank all of my coaches, good and bad, that helped me get to this point,” Schroeder says. “I have learned from every single one of them; I would also like to thank Coach Graves for giving me this opportunity.” “It’s been great working with Coach Perkins,” says Cole. Both teams played their final home game on Oct. 26. The women will play their final game of the season on Oct. 30 at Alfred University. Their record currently stands at 1-15.
this year,” Petrella said. “They have gotten along both on and off the field the entire season.” The Mustangs play backto-back games this weekend; first travelling to the University of Rochester on Thursday
and then returning to Drake Field to face Houghton College on Friday at 1 p.m. The Mustangs will finish off their regular season at home on Nov. 3, playing Nazareth College at 4:30 p.m. on Drake Field.
Field hockey team picks up the pace after struggling start of season Gretchen Cramer, ‘10 Executive Editor
The field hockey team is currently 8-7 on their overall season record. With their regular season almost at an end, the team has a chance at going post-season. “It’s been a challenge, but a rewarding one,” senior midfielder Molly Luzak said. “We are a young team, but we’re competing with the other teams.” Leading the Mustangs in scoring is senior forward Lauren Bordonaro with seven goals and nine assists. Goalkeeper Kelsey Pellegrino has played the majority of the games, tallying 110 saves and only 17 goals against. “It’s always been a personal favorite to go out in good spirit and being able to see how far we have advanced,” Luzak said. Assistant coach Brian Petrella said the season has gone well so far, but the “team had overcome some struggles and have become stronger.” “We are overcoming all of our obstacles,” freshmen mid-
fielder Rebecca Quakenbush said. “We have learned from our mistakes and it’s helped us come out on top.” “We have actually continued to adjust the formation day-byday,” Petrella said. “We are using a different formation to have more protection for the goalie.” The team is on a threegame-winning-streak. They beat SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego and St. Vincent College. “The team is hoping to continue the streak against Hamilton,” Petrella said. “We have played as a team all season,” Quackenbush said. “However, our season has definitely had it’s ups and downs.” Luzak said the team is over five hundred and the team has beaten more teams than in the past. “It makes everything so exciting and somewhat overwhelming,” Luzak said. “We scouted Hamilton twice,” head coach Adair Milmoe said about the upcoming game against Hamilton. “Know your opponent, know yourself.” “The team has come a long way this season and made a lot of progress,” Petrella
said. “We still have a few obstacles to overcome.” They faced Hamilton College in a game on Wednesday. The results were too late for deadline. “I am very proud of the progress the team has made
Freshman Natasha Ede brings the ball upfield in their game against RPI on Sept. 19. Morrisville was able to come out with a 2-1 victory over RPI. Photo by Brendan Shannon, ‘14 | Staff Photographer
Volleyball player’s dedication will be missed
Marissa Felker, ‘14 Staff Reporter
Nicole Wright is a volleyball player who will “play any position and play it well,” says head coach Brian Ellithorpe. Wright g raduated from Dryden High School in 2007 and is now a senior on the Mustangs volleyball team. In seventh grade, she considered either volleyball or basketball to keep in shape. “I don’t like to run,” she said. That’s why she chose volleyball. Volleyball became more than a simple choice as she developed a passion for the g ame. “Colleg e volleyball means new people with different backg rounds and a new team,” she says. The competition is harder, Wright says, and it takes time to get comfortable. Wright currently contributes the most kills per game for the Mustangs and is sec-
ond in defensive digs. She stepped up to the challenge and was ready to improve. “Nicole shows senior leadership and leads by example,” Ellithorpe says. This year there was one team that stood out says Wright. “Keuka is a fast moving team that adjusts well under pressure. They were a big challenge,” she adds. Being on the court is “intense,” she says. There are many parts to volleyball that make it such a competitive sport. “My favorite is to spike the ball and watch people try to dodge it,” she says. “Nicole is an amazing player who is definitely a team favorite,” says freshman middle hitter Alexis Hansen. Hansen says Nicole is the nicest and easiest person to get along with. Wright is currently in the criminal justice program and
plans to continue in that career. She says volleyball has given her communication skills and made her more confident in meeting new people. Teamwork is the most important lesson learned from volleyball, but all these skills will help her succeed in life she says. Wright has several ideas for her future after college. “Right now I am applying for a job for the University Police,” she says. Other options include being a corrections officer or working in the immigration field, she adds. This is Wright’s third year on the team and the coaches agree that she has made an impact. “Nicole is not a vocal person on the court but she leads the team by the way she plays,” says assistant coach Jeremy Cook. Coaching is not in Wright’s plans. “I like to play volleyball but I can’t see myself being a
would be a real home field advantage because of the fans. “The SUNYAC is the toughest league to play in Division III,” Grady said. “There may be more talented teams in DIII, but not more competitive.” On Oct. 20 the team hosted the traditional green vs. white scrimmage to prepare the team for their first game. Where, after falling behind quickly, the white team beat the green team 5-2. The team is coming off of a 9-17 season, and won their first ever SUNYAC playoff game in the 2009-2010 season, said Grady. “We play Oswego, who will probably be our toughest competition,” Grady added. They are one of the premier teams in the country. “They are the glitz and glamour; while we are the new kids on the block.”
“We have to come and play every night,” Grady said. “It’s not who we play, it’s how we play.” Senior captain Derek Matheson also said that he
Senior middle hitter Nicole Wright prepares for the ball during Tuesday night’s game against SUNY Oswego. Wright’s skills and dedication will be missed on the team next season. Photo by Brendan Shannon,‘14 Staff Photographer
coach,” she says. Wright has a confident and positive attitude that reflects onto the team. “Nicole is one of those players that when she’s not there you notice,” Cook says. Wright looks back on her seventh grade decision and is glad volleyball was her choice. “I like to play the game hard and watch the other team lose,” she says. Being on the court makes her competitive and determined to improve with each game. Wright finds inspiration from a lot of places and people. “The most memorable person was Ebony Whitfield, who I played with last year, she was always positive and helpful,” she says. Just being on the team “is an inspirational experience,” she adds. She is an all-around great player and “brings energy to the court,” says freshman outside hitter Angelina Ciaschi.
Hockey team prepares for tough competition Courtney Cook, ‘13 Sports Co-Editor
T he Mustangs’ hockey team opened up their season in an exhibition game against Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 23. The team lost to the Princeton Tigers by a score of 7-1. Scoring the lone goal for the Mustangs was senior forward Nick Kulas. Head coach Brian Grady said that he wants the team to accomplish a lot this season. “Realistically, we are capable of hosting a playoff game. That means finishing in the top four of our conference,” he said. Grady added that it obviously wasn’t going to be easy, but with the leadership, character and confidence of the players, he thinks they can accomplish their goal. Grady said that hosting a SUNYAC playoff g ame
thought Oswego would be the toughest competition the Mustangs will face this season. “They are always the best,” said Matheson. “We have to conquer them.”
Junior John Cristini (5) fights for the puck in the black vs.white Morrisville Hockey game on Wednesday Oct. 20. Their first home game is Nov. 11 against Suny Brockport. Photo by Brendan Shannon, ‘14 | Staff Photographer
Grady is looking to get contributions from ever yone on the team this season. There are 18 players that returned from last season’s roster, with nine of them being seniors, including senior goalie Caylin Relkoff, who is back to play his fourth and final season for the Mustangs. “He’s been a huge part of our success in the past, and we are hoping that continues,” Grady said. Grady added that he’s never seen a more close knit group. He said they all hang out socially, tutor each other academically and they are just the best of friends. Grady also added, “It’s good to know when your back’s against the wall, you have someone’s true support as a team.” T he team’s first home game will be Nov. 5 against SUNY Brockport, face-off will be at 7p.m.