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Volume 61, Issue 4 DC Trip Cancelled By Student Senate
HANNAH BRIGIDA INFANTADO STAFF WRITER In a unanimous vote, the Student Senate canceled the Washington D.C. spring break trip on Jan. 26, citing a lack of student interest and high prices. Student Senator Christina Fotlia said, “Basically, [the Senate] felt that there wasn’t enough interest and the prices were too high and that it would be more effective for the student body if we spent our time and money working on events that affect the student body.” According to Student Senator Winston Trotman, there were only six students who had signed up for trip out of an interest list of approximately 30 students. “The Washington D.C. trip was targeted towards students for giving them experience in going to Washington D.C.,” said Trotman. “We know the city itself is a national monument and we wanted to expose students to [the city].” The trip would have included round-trip transportation via Amtrak and a five-night stay in the city. Students would have also received passes for unlimited travel on the Washington Metro. Trotman said that the money would be better suited for other student events, such as the college’s annual Spring CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
February 14th, 2012
Black Jew Dialogues to Be Performed on Campus Again
Larry Jay Tish (left) and Ron Jones (right), co-creators and performers of the Black Jew Dialogues, posing with their puppets. Fatima Hussain FATIMA HUSSAIN post-show forum to stimulate not only Blacks and Jews, but invitation to “Turn off your bias, STAFF WRITER discussion on racial issues in a all the other races coexisting in your bigotry, and your ignorance, The Black Jew Dialogues, diverse America. [and] turn on your love.” America. an interactive comedy show The Black Jew Dialogues Tish and Jones’s show has The show first premiered in about racism, diversity, and racial is the brainchild of co-creators Scotland in Aug. 2006. Since something new to offer each stereotypes, will be performed and performers Ron Jones and then, it has been presented in time it is performed, but the core in the BTC Auditorium on Larry Jay Tish, the Black and numerous theaters, colleges, performance consists of a series Thursday, Feb. 16 from noon to Jewish halves of the show’s title, high schools and synagogues in of sketches and brief segments 1:30 p.m. respectively. the U.S. and the U.K. It has of audience involvement. A pair The show is a play in the The idea behind the show is also been performed annually at of puppets, bearing an uncanny form of a dialogue, involving to eliminate what Tish and Jones HVCC. resemblance to Tish and Jones, sketch comedy, puppets, call racial “feareotypes,” promote During last year’s HVCC also occasionally step in to have interactive media, improvisation, open discussion of grievances, performance, Tish and Jones their say in the matter. audience participation, and a and encourage harmony between described their show as an Sketches performed in
previous shows have included a heated encounter between two older women called “Mabel” (played by Jones) and “Esther” (played by Tish), a fishing faceoff between a xenophobic man and his Black neighbor, and a stereotyping battle between Tish and Jones, involving a “Jewfro,” a clown’s nose, and many references to food. Through these sketches, the performers reveal the most prevalent racial stereotypes and prejudices in 21st century America. They casually attack each other’s races and hurl insults back and forth in a comedic manner, thus encouraging an open discussion of race issues. As an explanation of their candid discussions of these issues, Tish and Jones said during a show, “Giving [an insult or a slur] back in kind only validates it. Sitting down and talking breaks it down.” Due to the nature of their approach to the sensitive issue of racism, Tish and Jones precede each performance with a disclaimer about potentially offensive statements and language. The audience participation segments of the show include Q&A-type games, one of which is named “Jew or Not Jew?” a guessing game with photos of celebrities. Audience members are rewarded for participation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
A Spotlight on Hudson Valley’s Campus Attorney HANNAH BRIGIDA INFANTADO STAFF WRITER The Hudsonian recently that’s where the criminal defense interviewed Sandra McCarthy, comes in- The Founding Fathers, the Student Senate attorney and the Constitution, our rights and campus judicial coordinator why we have them. You know as for Hudson Valley. She joined Benjamin Franklin said, “Those HVCC 15 years ago. She earned who have sacrificed liberty for a law degree from the Albany safety deserve neither liberty College of Law in 1995 and nor safety.” So to understand specialized in Criminal Law as a criminal law practitioner, practice. Prior to her Law we are defending the rights of degree, she finished her liberal people and why that’s important arts at the Community College even if that mean sometimes in Santa Monica, California, guilty people go free. We are and the College of Charleston in prioritizing our liberty over safety, which is the advice of our Charleston, South Carolina. Q: Had this always been Founding Fathers that we make your goal to become a lawyer? sure that we are still staying free, S.M: “Well, no it hadn’t and not risking our own freedom been. Actually, when I was in just to put people in jail that we undergraduate school, I didn’t don’t like or afraid of. We are know what I wanted to do, so I just making harder on ourselves; just took courses that I liked. So Drug War ’90’s we have less if you don’t know what you are liberty – they can search your car, going to do, pick courses that you search your purse, pretty much like. Then when I was a senior, what they want to do because we they said I have to pick a major. have sacrificed our liberties and So I looked at my transcript safety – a lot of Hudson Valley and I had the most courses in students get caught up in that and American History. Then someone there are lot of more authority of in SUNY suggested when I got the police to do things because my bachelor’s degree that I go to people have sacrificed their law school ‘cause a lot of history liberties for safety and now were majors go to law school – I think kind of in a pickle. “
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“Being a criminal defense attorney is definitely important as you can see. Understanding American History, you get that. To really try to protect the constitution and keep the people free is very, very important to me. People go overseas and sacrifice their lives for our country and we want to make sure we are not giving away the rights here that we’re fighting for over there, for some other country to have; meanwhile we’re giving them away to our own government here. Criminal Law is making sure that people are still free and that our government is somewhat well kept in control like our Founding Fathers advised us to do.” “I believe in the rights of poor people where it’s easy for the government to take the rights of poor people without really meaning to. I do a lot of work in public and family court and it’s sort of are looked out for and protected. And that’s what makes the society great is when you’re taking care of poorest and most vulnerable people.” Q: Do you have a president you look up to since you talk a
lot about Founding Fathers? S.M: “Well I suppose Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and wrote a lot of our founding documents. Of course the big ones are Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy and those who were big civil libertarians who are willing to fight for the people. I like our current president, he’s doing a pretty good job.” Q: Do you think of transferring someplace? S.M: “No, I am settled here and have a family. I love working in Hudson Valley and I love what I do. When you find something you believe in, It’s important to keep doing it if you’re good at it. Q: How long have you worked for Hudson Valley? S.M: “It’s gotta be over 15 years. I worked for the Student Senate. 10 years ago, the school hired me in addition to the work with the Student Senate. What I do for the Student Senate is I’m here to answer legal questions; they [students] come in with issues like traffic tickets, landlords disputes, whatever their legal question is, they [the students] can come in and ask
me. If I don’t know the answer because they are not all my areas I specialize in, I try to steer them someone that might know and try to call someone may know or how they could obtain free legal services, how to make a consumer fraud complaint with the attorney general, possibly get free legal services in domestic violence. If you want to get a divorce is something I don’t do but I do know places I can refer to. I don’t represent the students but just get them started. Q: Do you work in courts? S.M: Public Lawyer in Rensselaer County and Criminal Court. I am what they call the conflict defender - it’s like a public defender, as a part time job. I also work as a lawyer for children and sometimes adults in Family court. I have systems that cover different courts. Q: What are the big challenges you’ve faced? S.M: “Certainly my personal issues such as staying married for 20 years and having children and raising them through high school, things like that, how to keep your family intact and healthy, how to be a good parent.
Q: Are there challenges here at school? S.M: “Well once in a while we get a student, who deems to be dangerous and threatening, but the school has to handle that and the school handles that very quickly and well. If a student wants a hearing, they are entitled to one. The school is kept safe and stable at all times. The safety of the students here are top priority and the rights of the students are looked out for. It’s gotta be a learning environment for students.” Q: Advice for the students here at Hudson Valley? S.M: “Follow the rules while you’re in campus. For classes, take what you like – like my career found me – I didn’t always know I was going to be a lawyer, but by doing something I liked, it came to me what the right path was to me. Didn’t even know in grammar school and now I’m pretty good at it. Seek advice that is over your head. Sandra’s office hours are from 1:30pm – 5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Siek Campus Center, Suite 120, and Room 121.
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The Black Jew Dialogues Return to HVCC CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 with small gifts such as candy and decorative items. For six years now, the Black Jew Dialogues has been performed before audiences nationwide. It has received rave reviews in many media sources, including CNN, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, as well as numerous high school and college newspapers. The co-creators Tish and Jones set out to expose racial
stereotypes against all races in our cosmopolitan culture. Their aim is specifically to reunite Blacks and Jews, historically bonded during the WWII era and the American civil rights movement, but driven apart by misconceptions. On a broader scale, Tish and Jones also hope to break down barriers between ethnic groups and emphasize humanity above all else. In their own words, “We need to take each other’s pain as
seriously as we take our own.” As a result of the work of this comedy duo, the freestanding company “Dialogues on Diversity” has been formed to provide colleges and workplaces consultations on how to increase human resource potential by understanding diversity. For more information about this show, go to www. theblackjewdialogues.com or www.facebook.com/ theblackjewdialogues
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DC Trip Cancelled By Student Senate CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Fest, scheduled to take place on April 26. However, the Senate has not decided what to do with the funds that were previously allocated for the trip. Students who had signed up for the trip will be refunded the money they had deposited for it.
The money will either be mailed to them or they will be notified via phone whenever the money is available to be picked up. “It would have been a fun trip to experience, but due to the lack of people that were interested in going, that’s no longer available,” said Trotman.
In the Students Speculate on the Superbowl feature in the Jan. 31 issue, student Ryan Dunn was incorrectly identified as student “Ryan Dumm.” We apologize for the error.
Valentine’s Day Banquet TYSHEEMA REID STAFF WRITER At 7 p.m. on Feb. 10, the annual Valentine’s Day banquet was held here at Hudson Valley.
A self-service buffet with stuffed shells, beef, peppers, brown rice pilaf, lettuce, stuffed tomatoes and chicken parmesan welcomed nearly 50 guests that attended.
A group of students from RPI sang “Aint’ No Mountain” and a selection of other songs during the dinner, and the dance floor was full of live entertainment as well as a live DJ.
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What’s Coming Up Around The Capital Region Letter From The Editor February 14 Hanson | Northern Lights 1208 Rte 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 7 p.m. Door | 8 p.m. Show Tickets are $25 Adv / $28 Day of Show February 15 Chris Webby | Northern Lights With Special Guests A.M.J, Austin Watts 1208 Rte 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 7 p.m. Door | 7:30 p.m. Show Tickets are $15 February 16 Comedy Works Classes - Graduation Show 200 Wolf Rd - at the Best Western Albany, NY 12205 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 Adv / $10 Day of Show Every Time I Die | Northern Lights With Special Guests: The Viking, Former Thieves, and The Nightlife 1208 Rte 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 6:30 p.m. Door | 7:30 p.m. Show Tickets are $15 Adv / $17 Day of Show February 17 Warren B. Hall & Ray Harrington | The Comedy Works 200 Wolf Rd - at the Best Western Albany, NY 12205 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 Adv / $20 Day of Show Oscar Shorts Animation & Live Action | Spectrum 8 Theatres 290 Delaware Ave Albany, NY 12209 A week of Oscar nominated short films, starting 2/17. Laughs Against L & L | The Egg Center for the Performing Arts | Empire State Plaza | Albany, New York 7:30 p.m. $20 “A comedy show to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society” -theegg.com February 18 Warren B. Hall & Ray Harrington | The Comedy Works 12 Ballston Ave - at the Starting Gate Restaurant Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 7:30 p.m. 200 Wolf Rd - at the Best Western Albany, NY 12205 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 Adv / $20 Day of Show February 21 Zee Avi with Special Guest Bryan Thomas | The Egg Center For The Performing Arts | Empire State Plaza | Albany, New York 7:30 p.m. $20 (Adult), $15 (Student)
Black History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions African-Americans have made to society. Entering into the new century where there have been a series of firsts, including the first African-American president, The Hudsonian believes it’s important to recognize these achievements. Turn on the TV, go on the Internet, pick up a newspaper or magazine and it’s practically impossible to ignore the presence of African-Americans in the United States. Because of the efforts of African-Americans in the past, American culture, politics, in fact, all aspects of society wouldn’t be as unique and diverse as it is today. While it’s easy for many to look at Black History Month from the context of how the efforts and accomplishments of African-Americans had an impact on later generations of that race, it’s also important to look at the impact African-
Americans had on other groups in America and the world. For example, while fighting for the abolition of slavery and afterwards, Fredrick Douglass and Sojourner Truth were one of the earliest supporters of political rights for women in the 19th century. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s not only granted political rights to African-Americans, but helped develop other movements. In turn, it expanded the rights and opportunities of other unfairly represented groups, including Hispanics, Native Americans and women. African-American protests in the 1980s put pressure on the US government to change its foreign policy towards the South African government, which continued to enforce the practice of apartheid, and helped to dismantle the practice. Even with these accomplishments, The Hudsonian
believes that as members of the campus community, we not only reflect on the works that prominent African-Americans have contributed to our society, but reflect on the contributions African-Americans make to this campus. Whether serving as instructors, administrators, club administrators or any other positions, they have a daily impact on the student body and provide a service to the campus community. In the coming issues this month, The Hudsonian will be recognizing African-American faculty through a series of articles on the roles they play in the HVCC community. As for our readers, the newspaper encourages its readers to celebrate Black History Month by reflecting on the impact African-Americans have had in the past and present on society and in all of our lives.
Writers’ Bloc These Allusions Are Real
JIM LaBATE WRITING SPECIALIST IN THE LEARNING ASSISTANCE CENTER How would you feel if “illusion,” which, like a mirage, someone referred to you as is not real. “Scrooge”? Or, how would you To Provide a Short but react if you were speaking and Vivid Description. Speakers and a listener said, “Your nose is authors often use allusions as getting longer”? Finally, what a shortcut. Instead of having to would you say if someone called describe how cheap someone is, you “The Scarecrow”? the speaker or author can just In each case, you would say the person is a “Scrooge.” probably be offended – and Then, the listener or reader who rightfully so. After all, the first is familiar with The Christmas person is comparing you to the Carol will immediately miserly employer in the Charles understand the comparison. Dickens’ novel entitled The One example of an allusion Christmas Carol. The second that appears every spring person is calling you a liar by involves the National Collegiate referring to the classic children’s Athletic Association’s basketball story “Pinocchio” by Carlo tournament. Certain schools – Lorenzini. And the third person like Duke, Cincinnati, and Kansas is saying you need a brain, like – are traditional powerhouses, Dorothy’s friend in The Wizard and they usually qualify for the of Oz by Frank Baum. No, the tournament each year. Other purpose of this essay is not to schools, however, seldom make teach you how to trade literary it to the tournament. As a result, insults, but to emphasize the use when these schools unexpectedly qualify, sportswriters across of allusions. An allusion is an indirect the country refer to them as reference to a well-known “Cinderella” teams. “Cinderella,” person, place, or event from of course, is the fairy tale about history, from mythology, from the young housemaid who wasn’t literature, or from other works even expected at the ball. Yet, of art. Allusions are often used when she arrived in a beautiful for three reasons: to catch the dress and glass slippers, she reader’s attention, to provide a attracted the attention of the short but vivid description, and handsome prince. When these to make a strong connection. Cinderella teams eventually lose, To Catch the Reader’s the allusion is extended. The Attention. People who write sportswriters will write that the newspaper and magazine clock has struck midnight, and headlines use allusions frequently these teams have to return to to catch the reader’s attention. reality. For instance, articles about To Make a Strong Daylight Savings Time might Connection. As a writer, you, allude to the Biblical verse “Let too, may want to use an allusion there be light” (Genesis 1:3). occasionally to make a strong Stories of betrayal might refer connection with your reader. to William Shakespeare’s line in If you want to emphasize an Julius Caesar: “Et, Tu Brutus.” extremely important day in your And situations that defy logic life, for instance, you might refer might be described as a “Catch to it as “D-day.” This allusion 22,” after the 1961 novel by applies to the World War II Allied Joseph Heller. One more obvious invasion that liberated France example is the title of this essay from German occupation and which alludes to the homonym served as a major turning point
in the War (June 6, 1944). Or, if you want to describe a particular failure in your life, you may call it your “Waterloo,” a reference to Napoleon Bonaparte’s final defeat in Belgium on June 18, 1815. An allusion is similar to an inside joke between the writer and the reader. Thus, before you use an allusion, you should be reasonably sure that your intended reader will understand it. If, for instance, your reader is young and not interested in history, references to D-day and Waterloo will not be understood or appreciated. But, if your reader is young and familiar with popular music, you could introduce a story about failure by alluding to the Britney Spears’ song “Oops, I did it again.” If you use an allusion, do you have to document the source? No. You don’t have to document a source unless you’re summarizing, paraphrasing, or quoting directly from the original work. If you’re simply referring to a person, place, event, or work of art, however, no documentation is necessary. Thus, allusions can add life to your writing without making you feel as if you’re writing a research paper. As a baseball fan, I am tempted to conclude this essay by saying this is the “bottom of the ninth,” an allusion to the last inning of a typical game. However, since this may be the first time some of you have ever thought about using allusions in your writing, I’d rather refer to the beginning of the game. Thus, as the umpire says right after the playing of the national anthem, “Play Ball!”
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course. But learning about the way credit unions work -- and what sets them apart from banks -- gives some interesting insights into the way we deal with money in this country. Credit Unions are superior to banks in so many ways - the interest rates, the customer services, the benefits of being a member make Credit Unions more attractive. The fees are smaller and the smiles are larger at the Credit Union. For many of us, it’s hard enough just making sure our checks don’t bounce at the end of the month! Your credit union will work with you but the bank will just penalize you.
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What is the difference between a Bank and a Credit Union? From the outside, banks and credit unions seem very similar. They both offer checking and savings accounts, financial products like CDs and specialized accounts, and the rest of the services we’ve come to expect. You drive through teller windows or stop in at a branch, deposit your checks or withdraw money, and occasionally meet with personnel to discuss your financial needs. ATMs, debit and
credit cards, loans and mortgages are all on the menu at most banks and credit unions. You give them your money, and they give it back. Right? But under the surface, the two types of financial institutions couldn’t be more different. You may have noticed how excited and involved credit union (CU) members tend to be with their institutions, or the reputation CUs have for being small, regional or community-oriented. Perhaps you’ve heard about the intense lobbying the banking industry regularly levels against credit unions and wondered why it’s so aggressive.There are benefits and costs to both operations, of
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“The Vow” Breaks Its Promise to be a Good Film KYLE GARRETT SPORTS EDITOR It’s never a good sign when a film starts off with a dumb decision and a bad pun about the big, drama-starting event. For one, stopping in the middle of the road to have sex is one of those only-in-the-movies types of idiocy that cries, “Hey, you’re watching a film and this is a contrivance to make the plot happen!” It snaps the viewer out of the film and honestly makes it very difficult to sympathize with the characters when the inevitable happens. Michael Sucsy’s “The Vow” never quite recovers from that opening hit, either. Inspired by true events, “The Vow” follows married couple Leo and Paige Collins (Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, respectively), after a car accident that puts Paige in a coma. On waking, Paige finds she doesn’t remember anything about her life with Leo, or at all since law school and shortly before dumping previous fiancé Jeremy (Scott Speedman), and Leo is left trying to piece their relationship back together. The idea of the love of someone’s life suddenly having no memory of who they even are - or someone just one day having absolutely no memory of the past five years, and what they’d do with the chance to live them all over again - is an interesting one,
with the potential to make a very good drama piece with the right casting, writing and directing. Unfortunately, Sucsy (in only his second film in the director’s seat, after 2009’s “Grey Gardens”) instead flies as close as he can to the usual “boy meets girl” formula. Paige’s parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) immediately take advantage of the chance to try rewriting her life, Jeremy tries to manipulate her into returning to him, and all the usual pitfalls and stumbling blocks get in Leo’s way as he watches Paige gradually drift back to her posh upbringing. There’s very little to say about the plot, because it’s just bland. As a romantic comedy, it fails completely in being either romantic or comedic, which isn’t helped by a complete lack of chemistry between the lead actors. Tatum is completely unconvincing as studio nerd Leo, and his melodramatic, stuttering delivery doesn’t seem endearing so much as creepy. The man seems more obsessed than determined or lovestruck, especially as he starts allowing his personal and professional life outside of Paige to fall apart. Does he even exist when she’s not around? He gives off a vibe implying he might as well not. McAdams, meanwhile, is actually rather good in her role. She moves through the different
Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams decide a two-hour-long staring contest is a much more interesting use of their time. Courtesy of rottentomatoes.com This unexceptional love isn’t perfect, it isn’t worth “worlds” Paige inhabits as art Paige as almost two entirely student, law student, daughter different people. However, chemistry and performance, bothering with; what a nice and wife with no small amount she’s given very little to work plus a plodding pace of the thought to put in people’s minds of skill, and her expressions with by the lukewarm writing film, a tacked-on finish after so close to Valentine’s Day - turns and tone of voice do well in and directing, plus Tatum’s two false endings, and a vein of “The Vow” from an unsurprising showing how lost she is after half performance, and the two tend classism that’s hard to ignore - but salvageable love story to a decade just disappeared from to clash somewhat when they’re not to mention what feels like something just about impossible her mind. Pre- and post-accident, sharing the screen - which is, of an underlying message that if to recommend. Don’t bother. McAdams convincingly shows course, for most of the film.
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Sports This Week’s Sports Breakdown
COMPILED BY KYLE GARRETT SPORTS EDITOR Feb. 7 - The Hudson Valley Patrick Raike (Christian Brothers Community College men’s (18- Academy/Malta) all scored for 8) and women’s (13-9) basketball the Vikings in the one-goal loss. teams defeated Adirondack Feb 9 - The Hudson Valley Community College (5-15 men, Community College men’s 3-17 women) 86-60 and 78-38 on basketball team (19-8) defeated Tuesday evening. All five mens’ Columbia-Greene Community starters scored in double-digits College (9-16) 71-42 on Thursday for the Vikings. Kalik Parker evening. Kalik Parker (Ragsdale (Ragsdale (NC)/Greensboro, (NC)/Greensboro, NC) led the NC) led the team with 28 points team with 19 points and Jeremy and Conor Maisch (Coleman Taylor (Catskill/Catskill) added Catholic/Kingston) added 23. 18 in the big win. Jeremy Taylor (Catskill/Catskill) Feb. 9 - The Hudson Valley recorded 11 points while Community College men’s Jeffrey Kruzinski (Mohonasen/ bowling team finished second at Rotterdam) and Jacob Palmer the Herkimer Invitational at State (Coleman Catholic/Kingston) Bowling Center Lanes in Illion on each chipped in 10 points in Thursday evening. Ryan Sickler the win. Kelly Kell (Kingston/ (Guilderland/Guilderland) was Kingston) filled out the womens’ high for the men with a 279stat sheet with 20 points, seven 697 series and Victoria Jansen assists, six rebounds and six (Kingston/Kingston) finished steals. Erica Houle (Shaker/ with a 231-645 for the women. Latham) also contributed 20 Feb. 11 - The Hudson Valley points and Tiana Lott (Columbia/ Community College women’s Troy) chipped in 16 in the 40 basketball team (14-9) defeated point victory. SUNY Delhi (16-9) 63-58 on Feb. 8 - The Hudson Valley Saturday afternoon. Kelly Kell Community College men’s (Kingston/Kingston) led the hockey team (5-12) lost to team with 21 points and Erica Albany Club 4-3 on Tuesday Houle (Shaker/Latham) chipped evening. Tyler Frederes (Blue in 18 points, including four key Valley/Kansas City, MO), Brad three-point field goals in the Holmes (Hudson/Claverack) and big conference win. The men
(19-9) were narrowly edged out by SUNY Delhi (22-5) 59-47. Jeffrey Kruzinski (Mohonasen/ Rotterdam) led the team with a career high 26 points and Kalik Parker (Ragsdale (NC)/ Greensboro, NC) added 10 points in the two-point loss. Feb. 11 - The Hudson Valley Community College men’s hockey team (5-13) lost to Monroe Community College (21-3) 8-1 on Saturday evening. Feb. 12 - The Hudson Valley Community College men’s bowling team finished third out of eleven teams at the Schenectady Invitational at Boulevard Bowl Lanes in Schenectady on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Sickler (Guilderland/Guilderland) finished first in Singles with a 673 triple and also finished first in All-Events with a 1283 total. For the women, Victoria Jansen (Kingston/Kingston) took second in Singles with a 556 and third in All-Events with a 1067. Jansen teamed up with Candace Dawson (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk/ Ravena in doubles, finishing second with a 955. Feb. 12 - The Hudson Valley Community College men’s hockey team (5-14) lost to Monroe Community College (22-3) 5-0 on Sunday afternoon.
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Viking Football Star Signs With University of Rhode Island TYSHEEMA REID STAFF WRITER Hudson Valley Community College football star Mackenzie Elliott earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Rhode Island in the recent National Signing Day, when he signed a letter of intent to join the Rams’ football squad. Elliott, a Business Administration major at HVCC, was a team captain and the team’s top cornerback in the past season, recording 22 tackles, one interception, three passes defended and one blocked kick this past season for the Vikings. He also earned Third-Team All-Conference honors in the Northeast Football Conference, and was approached by several other schools, including New Haven, Penn State and the University of Connecticut, before settling on Rhode Island for its proximity. “I didn’t want to go too far from home, and [Rhode Island] was the school I was mostly looking at,” said Elliott. “I felt Rhode Island just fit me best, and I have family up there, also.” Elliott was born in Liberia, where he played soccer growing up, and moved to the United States at 12 years old. It wasn’t long before he started playing football, which has stuck with him since. “When I was playing football with my friends in the backyard and in the park, I just fell in love with it, because it just fit me,” he said. “I think it’s a sport that fit my personality... I’m a disciplined person, and it’s a sport where you can take
your aggression out, and I’m very competitive... plus, football is fun.” The sport wasn’t all fun and games for Elliott, who learned a number of life lessons from playing football, including discipline, competitiveness and respect for others. “Everything in life is like a team, like your family,” said Elliott. “You have to treat your teammates like a family, and you can’t go through life without your family.” Elliott also identified HVCC as a place where he did a lot of growing up, with the hard work he had to do both on and off the field. This included learning leadership skills as part of the football team, and making the Dean’s List during one of his semesters at the college. “I think my time at Hudson Valley... really helped me become a man,”
he said. “I think I just grew as a person, to get looked at by schools like Rhode Island... even on the field, I had to become a leader, and become a good role model for my teammates and my friends at the school... I just thank God for the opportunity.” Despite his achievements on the field, Elliott isn’t sure if he’ll go into professional play after college. Citing his family, education and health as major priorities, Elliott stated his desire to focus on getting a degree and developing his skills. “My longterm goal is to become a physical therapist, but those classes are kind of hard to go along with football,” said Elliott. “For now, [my goal is] to get a degree, be productive on the field for the next two years, and work hard in the weight room... and see my potential.”
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