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A student was abducted at this parking garage last November. The college didn’t notify students and faculty about this. Romanda Mentor college’s Executive Director of said Fallon Cryslar, freshman a story on WTEN that aired on monitoring bracelet and attempted Communications and Marketing, Individual Studies. March 7, a student was abducted to purchase a weapon. According Dennis Kennedy. Jeremiah Ortiz, senior on Nov. 18 from the fifth floor to a press release from the Sheriff’s “As far as we knew, this was Individual Studies said, “[T]his is of the HVCC parking garage Dept., Harrington threatened to an off campus incident,” said the first time I’m hearing of it… I by her ex-boyfriend, Nicholas hurt himself and others, and is Kennedy. haven’t been notified.” Harrington. considered to be dangerous. “The college was notified of Barbara Balinda, senior The student managed to As of this publication date, this incident on Nov. 21 by the Individual Studies said, “I don’t escape while Harrington was the Sheriff’s Dept. is currently mother of the HVCC student,” remember seeing or hearing arrested later that day by the looking for any information said Kennedy. “Upon finding out anything [about it].” Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Dept. regarding the whereabouts of about this, the college cooperated Andrew Schott, a professor and was charged with attempted Harrington. fully with the Rensselaer County in the History, Philosophy and kidnapping. Hudsonian staff contacted Sheriff.” Social Science Dept. said, “This is After being released Fred Aliberti, the college’s Kennedy said that by the time the first I’ve heard of this.” on probation March 2 from Director of Public Safety, for any the college had found out about According to the summary of the Rensselaer County Jail, comments about the incident. a HVCC Public Safety report and Harrington cut off his electronic However, they were referred to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
FATIMA HUSSAIN STAFF WRITER The Marvin Library building is currently undergoing extensive renovations, including the addition of a café, the building of a different main entrance, the merging of the Writing Center and Reference Desk, and the shifting of librarian offices and library resources. Completion of all renovations is set for the end of this summer, but until then the disarray in the library is expected to increase as work continues. A comprehensive list of where library resources have temporarily moved to is available on the first floor. According to Brenda Hazard, Library Director, “The new students who come in here for the start of the fall semester, they should walk in to a beautiful, renovated building. They’re going to be amazed.” During the renovation, a café will be added to the first floor, in the space immediately inside the current entrance. “We want to give students a place where they can come in and do their studies…and while they’re here they can have a cup of coffee and they can have something else, a small snack or something to eat or drink,” said Hazard. The new main entrance will be located in the spot between the main library building and the Marvin faculty offices building, where a large window is currently located.
MARTIN ROBINSON EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ZACH HITT NEWS EDITOR FATIMA HUSSAIN STAFF WRITER KYLE GARRETT SPORTS EDITOR A student was abducted from the college parking garage last November, and the college didn’t notify students and faculty about it. “I got emails about [a] suicide and deaths but I didn’t hear anything about a abduction,”
World Travelers and Musicians, The Ahn Trio, Perform at Maureen Stapleton Theatre HANNAH BRIGIDA INFANTADO STAFF WRITER Thursday, March 8, HVCC students saw a musical performance by the Ahn Trio. The Stapleton Theatre echoed the music of Angella, who played the violin, and the twins Lucia and Maria on the piano and the cello, respectively. This trio has been playing around the world and has performed in many places across the US. They were invited to the White House for a dinner with the President last October. The audience was entertained by the solid choice of music played by the Trio. One audience member, Donna Francis, said, “I usually don’t hear professional in such an intimate setting. I love hearing sounds each instrument produces. I ...always want to hear just individual instruments.” Referring to their world tour experiences, Angella, the youngest of the three, said, “Every place is different and every audience we connect [with] is different; and it’s not even so much about where, as much as how, [we do] connect… we’ve gotten to do extraordinary things because we’re a trio and we don’t take it for granted.” Zachary Pearson, a student
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majoring in Engineering and CADD, said the performance “brought a modern flavor to classic chamber music,” and that, “It would be nice to have two performances so that more students could attend.” Angella said the trio’s musical inspirations are, “Absolutely everything; I am inspired by us sisters, we are inspired by books I read, by great musicians that I listen to. The Trio is based in New York City but I live in Bozeman, Montana and that’s a huge inspiration; the sky and the mountains and nature.” “All three of us greatly value our mom… she is probably the strongest, most loving supportive mom. Our free-creative energy comes from her,” Angella added. “For some reason, we were all passionate about [music] from a really young age, but we’re sisters where you don’t dream with working with them. Actually, when we went to music, we weren’t sure we wanted to do music together,” said Angella. “We went to Julliard for many years.” “The movement of them intrigued you to listen more; professor recommended them,” their skills on the instruments said Andrew Gonzalez, a senior are fantastic. … Ahn Trio was majoring in Liberal Arts. “It was very exciting and entertaining; glad my music
motivating the way they brought together classical, jazz, and blue grass music,” said Colin Kelly, a freshman majoring in
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 One side of that window, the side closer to the current entrance, will become the main entrance to the library, while the other side will become the main exit door. “We’re going to put our service desk right there, so when you walk in there’ll be library staff immediately there and can provide assistance. Part of the whole renovation is we’re trying to put services and people who provide services in more convenient locations,” said Hazard. It is planned that the whole first floor of the library will be converted into a kind of “green zone” where students can talk and study more casually in groups. The second floor will then become the designated “red zone” area for quiet, individual academic activities. On the second floor, a major change taking place will be the merging of the first floor Reference Desk with the second floor Writing Center. This will allow students to seek help with research and writing in the same spot. Hazard said, “We’ve decided to merge those services so students can get the research help while they’re getting the writing help and they will have computers available with a full suite of functionality so they can get everything done at once without having to give up their seat.” In addition to these changes, the librarian offices will also be moved to make them more accessible to students. “We’re moving all the librarian offices from a back office space that wasn’t available to students. When the renovations are over, all of us will be in an
area where students can come up and meet with one of us right there,” said Hazard. With the renovations now started and the construction crew on site, the library has already been forced to undergo a lot of temporary changes. “Oh my gosh, it’s chaotic, it’s all topsy-turvy. Everybody’s like ‘where are things?’” said Hazard. Library staff members who worked in the areas under renovation have been displaced to the basement, where the magazine and journal collection used to be, and also to the second floor. The circulation staff has been moved to where there was formerly the reference desk, which has been moved to the Computer Learning Center area. A complete list of the temporary changes, to guide students, is available at the new circulation desk on the first floor of the library. Hazard does not expect the disorganization and displacement situation to get any better as the construction proceeds. “It’s going to get a little worse this semester. It’s definitely going to get noisier,” she said. Addressing the issue of
the incident, it was already settled and the fact that Harrington’s arrest took place off campus were reasons why there were no notifications to students and faculty about the incident. “I think [the college] should certainly have notified students,” said Justin Moran, senior Liberal Arts. “If they consider something like the death of a student racing through heavy traffic on a [motorcycle] to be worth highlighting, then certainly something like this, which calls into question the safety of our
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I feel that if it was happening in America it would be so big. But since it’s in Uganda, a third world country, nobody even cares. And I feel as America, one of the most powerful nations, we can go over there and at least help. All they’re asking for is people to come over and advise,” said Powell. “I think the US should get involved,” said Jesse Elmore, an Individual Studies freshman. Other students want to initiate their own movements locally, like Destinie Allen, freshman Nutritional Science. “I support it because… it’s children. It’s kids. People ask, ‘Why are we supporting it?’… I’ve heard ‘The US has its own problems,’ I’ve heard, ‘It doesn’t really matter because it’s been going on for this long,’” said Allen, “I’m going to be taking up donations, making T-shirts, passing out flyers…just doing what I can.” However, some students don’t think the fame Joseph Kony is receiving is appropriate, like
Josh Atherley, freshman Business Administration. “We should not make him famous…but either way news is news…. It’s bad publicity, maybe good for him, but it shouldn’t be something supported or looked up to,” said Atherley. Powell said, “I believe by making him famous, more people will know about him and by more people knowing about him, the people who actually care and want to change this will make their effort to do so.” Students like Syndi Demers, senior Finance and Management, see the campaign in a different light altogether. “Why should we get involved when we have the same problems, (not to the same extent), here…I mean let there be awareness, just don’t spend money that we don’t have,” said Demers. “I understand we have our own problems we need to attend to in America, but it won’t hurt us in any way to lend a helping hand to Africa.
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student body, is well worth alerting.” Mohammed Hossain, freshman Individual Studies said, “Of course we should have been notified. It’s so important, my life is at risk.” The Hudsonian tried to contact College President, Drew Matonak for comment on this incident; however, the President was unable to be reached before the issue was sent out for publication Monday. The Sheriff’s Office is asking those who might have any information on the whereabouts of Harrington to call 270-5252.
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MONET THOMPSON CREATIVE EDITOR With over 64 million views on YouTube in the first week of its introduction, the short film, “KONY 2012,” has swept the internet through various outlets of social media. But this leaves a lot of people wondering: What exactly is KONY 2012? Produced by Invisible Children, the YouTube page defines “KONY 2012” as “a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.” Joseph Kony is the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, and was indicted for war crimes in 2005. He’s been evading capture since. The movement has inspired some students, like Devon Powell, freshman Business Administration. “I feel that it’s wrong, and
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students navigating the library while it is in disarray, Hazard said, “The best thing to do is just go to a service point and ask, if you can’t find something.” The renovation of the library was in planning stages for about two years before it officially began a couple of weeks ago. Since the library was originally built in the early 1970s, students’ needs have changed sufficiently to make the renovations necessary. “Certainly the way students use space has changed a lot in 40 years, the way that libraries provide services has changed tremendously,” said Hazard. Other changes will also be made during the renovations. More power outlets will be added throughout the library and a designated area for personal laptop use will be created. According to Hazard, “The building will be more studentcentered than it is right now. We’re focused more on what student’s need.” The library staff members request students to be patient if they are inconvenienced by the renovations and to ask them for assistance, if needed.
KONY 2012 Inspires Students to Take Action
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Incubation Isn’t Just for Baby Chicks JIM LaBATE WRITING SPECIALIST IN THE LEARNING ASSISTANCE CENTER When my wife and I first something else, the name comes bought our townhouse, we noticed to you. This occurs because your that the living room had neither unconscious mind keeps working ceiling light fixtures nor any while your conscious mind moves power outlets in the ceiling from on to another task. which to connect lights. Since I’m One example of incubation not that comfortable working with I remember well concerns a electricity, I asked my handyman feature article I was writing for father if it would be possible a Christian magazine. The article to install some type of ceiling concerned a high-school wrestler, lights. “No, I don’t think so,” he and this young man told me said after a quick look, “but you that his relationship with Jesus can get by with some good floor Christ had gone through three lamps.” However, I knew that his distinct phases: first, an initial initial response wouldn’t be his introduction with a subsequent final answer. loss of interest; then, a follow-up Sure enough, about three meeting with renewed interest; weeks later, my dad stopped by and, finally, a third encounter the house again and said, “I think with a firm commitment. As I I figured out a solution to the struggled to write the story, I felt lighting problem in your living like I had the basic plot, but I room. I can take power from a didn’t have a strong central focus wall outlet and run that power up or any effective figures of speech. through the wall and install ceiling Thus, I left that article for a day track lights.” Then, within a week, or so to work on other projects, I was reading the newspaper by and when I returned to the first those newly installed fixtures. My piece, I found exactly what I was father had solved the problem by looking for. allowing it to incubate in his mind I compared the three distinct for a time while he went about phases in the young man’s life his daily activities. Fortunately, to the three rounds of a typical you, too, can use incubation to wrestling match, and I compared solve problems that occur in your his spiritual struggle to the writing or to discover options that Biblical character of Jacob who hadn’t occurred to you previously. actually wrestled with God before Incubation is consciously submitting to Him (Genesis 32:22letting go of a particular task 32). That particular feature article for a period of time, so your is one I’m particularly proud of unconscious mind can work on and one that benefited the most that same task for a while. You from incubation. may have already experienced How much time do you need incubation in your own life. For for incubation? The answer may instance, have you ever struggled depend on the difficulty of the to come up with the title of a book problem. If you’re simply looking or a movie? The more you think for the right word or phrase, a tenabout the missing name, the less minute walk might suffice, but if likely you are to come up with you’re looking for a key idea or it; yet, as soon as you start doing organizing principle as I was, you
may need to let go of your writing overnight or even longer if your deadline permits. Martin Moynihan, a former movie reviewer for the Albany Times Union, was typically working on tight schedules, but when possible, he always like to let his first drafts rest overnight, so his unconscious mind could think about them and, perhaps, he could make them even better in the morning. You may have heard other people say basically the same thing – “I think I need to sleep on it” – before they make a final decision about a major purchase, a job change, or a longterm commitment. Usually, when people think of incubation, they think of the time spent by baby chicks or premature infants in special chambers called incubators. These chambers provide warmth and oxygen for the chicks or the babies until they are big enough and strong enough to survive without the assistance. If during the writing process, you feel that your ideas or early drafts aren’t quite big enough or strong enough, you may want to leave them alone for a while. Writer and educator Peter Elbow calls this time of incubation “cooking.” So maybe if you allow your first draft of an essay to simmer for a while before you proceed, you, too, will be pleased by how you can improve upon that work when you return. The Writing Center is located on the upper level of the Marvin Library, and you can go there for help at any stage of the writing process. Copyright © 2012 by Jim LaBate at Hudson Valley Community College
March 13th, 2012
Letter From The Editor The Student Senate needs to increase its web presence on campus. In the last few years the Internet has grown to a point where practically any organization, big or small, can launch a website or even start up a Facebook or Twitter page with relative ease. A campus organization that is meant to serve and represent the more than 13,000 enrolled students should be an active participant in the one medium in which every student has access to. Currently, the Student Senate has a page on the college website that simply explains in a few paragraphs what the organization is and its role on campus, has links to the Senate Constitution, By-Laws, and an image of their logo; photos and names of the executive officers, and contact information. Given the paramount role the Senate has in student affairs, a website with that limited amount of information not only marginalizes
the role the organization plays in the college, but doesn’t give students an easy way to see the things the Senate does, or even get in contact with any individual Senators directly. The Senate does publicize its weekly meetings and events through various means of on-campus advertising. However, to the student who may not have the time to look at these advertisements, how effective are these methods of publicity? Along with that, for those students who aren’t able to make the meetings, how can they get their voice heard by the Senate? Meanwhile, every student has access to the Internet. In addition to that, many students have a Facebook account. If not a website, at least a Facebook page is a great way for the Senate to build up its web presence and give students a means of contacting Senators in person.
In fact, the various campus clubs and organizations that have Facebook pages are able to reach hundreds of people in the campus community and are able to update people on upcoming events or activities being planned and allow for people to interact with club members with questions, comments or concerns. If the Senate wishes to further their presence to the student body, it would be best for them to join the Internet bandwagon and build up their web presence. Students should have an easy means of finding out what their student government does every week, and in addition, an easy way to contact their elected student official on a medium they’re able to easily access. Through building a web presence, the Senate would be jumping into the pool that is the future and in addition, doing a great service to the student body by increasing their accessibility.
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MATT ROBERTS GUEST CONTRIBUTOR “I’ve heard people say ‘spend your time wisely?’ Is time like money?” Great question, while time is not a currency or medium of exchange, it still has value. Although you can’t pay for products with “time,” it is still a valuable commodity. A commodity, like gold, silver, and oil, is a valuable thing that can be traded for others things. Like commodities there is a limited quantity of time. As supplies of commodities go down, their value tends to rise. Oil is a prime example of this concept. As the quantity supplied of oil has decreased over the last decade, the price of oil has increased greatly. Likewise, the less time you have the more “valuable” it is. Time also behaves like the
money supply. Over vacation, most students have lots of extra time. Because of the extra time in circulation, it is valued less. However, once students return to school and their schedules become busy again, the amount of extra time they have decreases and their free time becomes more valuable. Time is an opportunity cost as well. One decision may “cost” more time than another decision. Time is a nonrenewable resource, once you use it is gone. It is important to treat time like a precious commodity. Use your time wisely and try and maximize your “time” investment this semester! Why are gas prices going up, and what can I do about it? In economics, when supply is low and demand is high then price is high. With the current crises in the Middle
East and the decreased supply of gas, the price has been rising steadily for weeks. This higher cost of gas translates to pain at the pump for the average consumer. Commuting to community college can certainly put a burden on a student’s bank account. Unfortunately, in the short run the demand for gas is rather inelastic. This means that while you may not like the prices rising, if you want to get to work or class on time you still need to shell out the money, or risk finding alternative forms of transportation. However, in the long run there are consumer possibilities for lowering costs. You could buy a hybrid vehicle or a car that gets better gas mileage. You could also find public transportation that works for you or live closer to your school or work. These are a few ways you can cut costs in the long run.
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March 14 Black Pearl Sings! | Capital Repertory Theater 111 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207 7:30 p.m. March 14 through April 7 Weekends: $20, $40, $50 &, $60 Weekdays: $20, $30, $40 & $50 Students: $16 (With ID) Celtic Woman “Believe”| Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Ave # 6, Albany, NY 12207-2211 7:30 p.m. Tickets Starting at $33 March 16 Dress To Impress Entertainment Presents: Nappy Roots | Northern Lights With Special Guests: Fitted, Gonzo and many more 1208 Rte 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 7:30 p.m. Door, 8:00 p.m. Show Tickets are $20 Adv/$25 Day of Show Kevin Meaney & Gary Ewing | The Comedy Works 200 Wolf Rd - at the Best Western Albany, NY 12205 9:00 p.m. $20 Enter The Haggis | The Egg Center For The Performing Arts | Empire State Plaza | Albany, NY 8:00 p.m. $24 March 17 Sarah Jarosz | The Egg Center For The Performing Arts | Empire State Plaza | Albany, NY 7:30 p.m. $20 (adult), $15 (student) The Led Zeppelin Experience | The Egg Performed By Hammer Of The Gods Center For The Performing Arts | Empire State Plaza | Albany, NY 8:00 p.m. $39.50, $34.50
March 17 (continued) Kevin Meaney & Gary Ewing | 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. $20
March 18 Royal Comedy Tour | Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Ave # 6 Albany, NY 12207-2211 7:00 p.m. Tickets Starting at $38 Ladysmith Black Mambazo | The Egg Center For The Performing Arts | Empire State Plaza | Albany, NY 7:30 p.m. $29.50 Gorilla Battle Of The Bands | Northern Lights 1208 Rte 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 4 p.m. Door, 4:30 p.m. Show Tickets are $8 Adv through bands only $10 Day of Show at the door March 19 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 2nd St. Troy, NY 7:30 p.m. $22 Students, Regular Admission starting at $49 March 20 WEXT Presents…Dr. Dog | Northern Lights 1208 Rte 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 7 p.m. Door, 8 p.m. Show Tickets are $15 Adv/$17 Day of Show
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“Silent House” Has Good Buildup, No Payoff
KYLE GARRETT SPORTS EDITOR Why does everything seem to be a remake of a film done better abroad these days? 2010’s “La Casa Muda” was an excellent Uruguayan film that was actually Uruguay’s entry for the 84th Academy Awards’ “Best Foreign Language Film” category, and now it reaches American theatres as “Silent House,” the latest film from the directors of “Open Water” (Chris Kentis and Laura Lau). While by no means a horrible film, “Silent House” feels weaker than both its foreign counterpart and “Open Water.” The first thing that should be looked at is the film’s claim to have been shot in one realtime take, much like the original Uruguayan film. Either this is the best cameraman in the industry, or that is a load of bunk, as the camera takes a grueling journey beginning with an overhead shot panning over a lake, then going down a road, into a car, through a house, out of that house and back in, then through the whole premises. A single-shot film is a precarious undertaking because just one instance of catching equipment on camera, or even
a single flubbed line, requires the whole thing to be started from scratch, and this just rings hollow, especially with plenty of dark shots that seem meant to disguise cuts. Whether the film’s central conceit is genuine or not, the success of “Silent House” depends mainly on the camera work and Elizabeth Olsen’s performance as endangered heroine Sarah. Sister of the famous Olsen twins, Elizabeth Olsen first made a name for herself with a challenging but perfectly-delivered performance in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” and she doesn’t disappoint here; her delicate, expressive features move seamlessly between emotions and actions on demand, and she keeps a sort of natural balance to her role, never mugging for the camera but never underselling, either. Some of the best moments of the film are when she’s allowed to convey absolute, silent terror rather than screaming and wailing through the whole piece. Sarah has come to the eponymous house, the family’s summer home, with her father John (Adam Trese) and Uncle Peter (Eric Sheffer Stevens) to
prepare it for sale. The house is huge and run-down, a target for vandals, infested with mold and boarded up so even in the middle of the day it’s pitch black inside, and as the camera lingers on Sarah the already-small cast seems to disappear. While not quite first person, the camera never leaves her; what she can’t see, we can’t see, isolating us from the rest of the characters and creating sympathy with our heroine at the same time as it ratchets up the tension and paranoia when violent strangers appear in the house. “Silent House” makes masterful use of light and sound in setting up atmosphere and keeping the viewer on the edge of their seats, controlling what we see and hear until we’re ready to jump at the slightest noise. The intruders’ identities are obscured by darkness and camera blur, and footsteps, objects falling with a thud and creaky floorboards are often Sarah’s only company in the house. There’s a rather ominous string score accompanying the film, but “Silent House” probably would have been more effective with no music at all, just the ambient noises of the house. Empty places
are creepy as is, especially when they suddenly stop being empty. A brilliant sequence near the end sees the house’s power give out completely, leaving Sarah to find her way with the flash on a Polaroid camera laying around. Unfortunately, a film like this is all buildup towards a conclusion, and the climax to “Silent House” is bad enough to take all the air out of the preceding acts. The methodical tension-building and carefully-
chosen scares are thrown out the window in favour of throwing blood and apparitions at Sarah like something out of the Silent Hill series, and it comes with such a ridiculously tired twist ending that the entire film could probably be guessed from the first 15 minutes or so. A hint to future filmmakers: devoting a shot to your two supporting characters hurriedly hiding pictures away before the protagonist can see
D: Courtesy of rottentomatoes.com them is no longer considered a subtle clue. The film’s credibility comes to a screeching halt, and while not as terrible as “The Devil Inside,” it really feels like a waste of the audience’s time and a low point for pure shock value that the directors really didn’t need to stoop to. “Silent House” does enough right it can’t be dismissed entirely, but save your money and wait for it on Netflix.
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This Week’s Sports Breakdown Basketball Star is Recognized for Court Achievements COMPILED BY KYLE GARRETT SPORTS EDITOR Mar. 7 - The HVCC lacrosse Mar. 9 - HVCC freshman team (0-2) lost to #3 Nassau linebacker Nick Gilbo (Moriah Community College (2-0) Central/Port Henry) has been 12-4 on Wednesday afternoon. selected to attend a dinner David Wilber (Columbia/East hosted by the Capital District Greenbush) led the team with Chapter of the National Football two goals, and Paul Bennett Foundation and College Football (Glens Falls/Glens Falls) and Hall of Fame in May, where the David Klapp (Saratoga Springs/ winners of the Scholar-Athlete Greenfield) each chipped in a award will be named from the goal in the loss. Andrew Reilly 60 high schools and colleges in (Bethlehem/Bethlehem) recorded Section II. Each Section II high 20 stops in goal for the Vikings. school and college that offers a
football program nominated one candidate who possesses the best combination of academics and athletic ability. The dinner will be held on Monday, May 7 at the Holiday Turf Inn. Gilbo earned Second Team Defensive All-American honors, and was tied for second in the conference with an average of 9.0 tackles per game. He finished the season with 72 total tackles and five sacks. Gilbo also earned All-Region III and First Team All-Conference honors.
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ARES Promotions Brings Great Fights, Charity to Albany KYLE GARRETT SPORTS EDITOR MATT WHALEN STAFF WRITER The convention center under the Egg was home to an action-packed night of local boxing this past Saturday, as ARES Promotions brought their eighth show to the Capital Region. “Fight Night VIII,” the eighth show in less than two years for the company, treated area fans to a night filled with entertainment, headlined by local stars and a charity drive for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Singer Danielle Gaudin performed for the crowd, and fans who donated to the LLS were given the opportunity to take pictures with the ARES ring girls for a “Kiss for a Cure,” in support of local star Javy Martinez in the LLS “Man of the Year” competition. After Gaudin’s performance of the national anthem, the fights kicked off with four rounds of light welterweight action between Calvin Prichard (0-4-2) and Gabriel DuLuc (3-12). Despite the losing record, DuLuc kept control of the pace throughout, keeping Prichard on the ropes and punishing him with a strong offensive, though Prichard ended the first round with a strong jab. Prichard mounted a comeback in the third, looking much stronger, but was mostly inactive in the fourth, not doing much to fight back and allowing DuLuc to take the decision. Dwayne Hall (2-1) faced Tre’Sean Wiggins (2-0) next. The first round went by without many punches thrown until the end, when Hall went down hard and never quite recovered from the shot. 28 seconds into the second round, Hall took two hard hits to
the back of the head and went to his knees, then flat on his back, giving Wiggins the KO victory. Anthony Birmingham (0-1) went up against a fan favorite in Javier Baez (pro debut) afterwards, as Baez was greeted with cheers and air horns. A “Javy” chant started up during his ring walk, and continued intermittently through the fight. Round one was an even fight for the two as they moved around and exchanged strong jabs, and the pace continued from then on as both fighters kept coming on strong, even as Birmingham began bleeding from the top of the forehead at the end of round two. Birmingham was rocked in the third, which also had an episode where, after hearing Birmingham’s corner claim he was hurt, Baez looked at them and shook his head “no.” The fourth round kept up the action after a time out for a lost mouthpiece, and when the dust settled the judges ruled the fight a majority draw, to the crowd’s disapproval. Boos could be heard after the decision was read. Schott’s Boxing fighter and coach Zach Smith (5-2) put a stop to that in his fight against Ramon Santos (0-2). The Delmar native was very aggressive at the start of the fight, dominating the first round, and kept up the pursuit at the start of the second. With Santos up against the ropes, a pair of body shots from Smith dropped him, and he failed to make the ten count. “It felt great,” said Smith in a later interview. “What better way to get [the local fans] to remember me than a knockout, [and a] body shot?” A six-round lightweight clash between Jamell Tyson (2-5-1) and Chazz McDowell followed, in
Markus Williams (right) attacks Stephen Scott’s (left) guard. Romanda Mentor
HVCC Psychology professor Andrew Schott advises his fighter between rounds. Romanda Mentor
a back and forth that saw both fighters giving as good as they got. McDowell was knocked down in the fifth, but came back with big punches, ending the round on a strong note and keeping his offensive up in the sixth. It wasn’t enough for the judges, however, who gave the fight to Tyson. Another Schott’s fighter was next on the card, as Stephen Scott (8-3) and Markus Williams (8-2) met in the ring. Scott started strong in the first, but Williams quickly took control, staying well ahead. Both corners threw a lot of big punches, leading up to a unanimous decision win for Williams. One of the headlining fights of the night followed, as former NYS lightweight champion Brian Miller (8-1) returned to the ring after 18 months of inactivity against Christopher Finley (3-4). Boxing fans love a comeback story, but the slow-starting Miller was overwhelmed and knocked out at 1:24 in the first round. “Brian got caught, there’s nothing you can do about that,” said trainer Kyle Provenzano. The loss left the audience stunned, but they quickly revived to give area celebrity Shawn Miller a hero’s welcome as he made his way into the ring and knocked out James Denson (4-7) with a right in the final seconds of the co-feature’s third round. “Once I hit people, and if I hit them clean... that’s what’s going to happen,” Miller said. The main event of the evening was a showdown between Michael Raynor (8-16) and Jose Medina (16-9). The fighters gave it their all, laying into each other and not giving an inch more than they had to, but Medina was the clear winner on the scorecards, even without Raynor losing a point to a last-round low blow, and took a unanimous decision win. There were also a variety of guest appearances through the night, including Javy Martinez bringing LLS Boy and Girl of the Year Ben Grant and Rylyn Swierzewski to the ring and introducing them to the crowd. All attendees were also invited to the official afterparty at the Lark Tavern. ARES Promotions owner Adam Neary was pleased with how the event turned out. “Somebody in the New York State Athletic Commission said the card was worthy of HBO or [a] pay-per-view undercard,” Neary said. “We’ve created an engine in Albany, to give local fighters... a place to fight.” “This is the best local boxing show I have seen,” said Women’s International Boxing Council Jr. Welterweight champion Sarah Kuhn. “Congratulations to ARES Boxing for bringing good, local boxing to the Capital Region, and for setting an example of what giving back to the community through athletics can mean.” Fight Night VIII was televised, and will be broadcast this coming Saturday, on Channel 4. The next ARES Promotions show will be on June 16th, at the same place.
RANDY HAMMOND STAFF WRITER In the 2011-2012 basketball season, HVCC’s senior forward Kalik Parker earned the honor of First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region. “I feel like my team helped me get those accomplishments,” Parker said. “Improving from Second Team All-Conference and Third Team All-Region in 2010 showed me that we improved as a team and it wasn’t just me.” The captain of the Vikings averaged 16.7 points-per game, 9.5 rebounds per-game and almost 2 blocks a game. “He does more than just score the ball and rebound the ball for us,” Coach Ken Dagostino said. “On and off the court he does a great job of motivating the players and bringing players together.” Being a student athlete is pretty difficult, but with a little motivation, he accepted the challenge. “The more you do it, the more
you get the hang of managing your time and staying level-headed,” Parker said. “I think about my mother a lot, she really motivated me because [she] never gave up on my sister and I, so I won’t give up in anything I do.” “In my three years of coaching here, Kalik has never missed a practice, and started every game, and he is the only player I’ve had to do that,” said Dagostino “He never quit, and that showed signs of mental toughness and commitment to the team.” “Ever since I knew what a basketball was, I knew it was what I wanted to do,” Parker said. “There is always an opportunity to get better, and if you stick with it, you can do anything with it.” Kalik Parker grew up in Brooklyn, New York before moving to North Carolina, where he would attend grade school. After graduating high school, Kalik decided to move to the Capital Region so he could play basketball at Hudson Valley. “I wanted to come to
Hudson Valley because my sister graduated here in 2002 and she liked it a lot.” In Parker’s first season as a Viking he averaged 17.4 points per game and took a name as one of the regions prolific scorers. Dagostino said, “Kalik is the leader of this team and is one of the reasons we were so successful and were one of the best teams all season.” The Vikings lost to FultonMontgomery in the first round of this season’s regional tournament. “It’s sad, but they just played better than we did, we have nothing to hang our heads about,” Parker said. “We’ve accomplished so much, and I’m proud of that.” Although Parker’s run as a leader on the court for the Vikings is done, he plans to pursue a career in the sport. “After I graduate from Hudson Valley, I plan on going to High Point University in North Carolina,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing some Division I basketball and hopefully, from there, the NBA.”
Andrew Schott: A Fighter and a Scholar
KYLE GARRETT SPORTS EDITOR Psychology professor Andrew Schott is more than just a teacher. When he’s not on campus, he runs Schott’s Boxing, a gym in Albany where he and fellow professor Kyle Provenzano train fighters and teach fitness classes using the Sweet Science. “You know what’s funny? It was kind of [a] back door,” Schott said, in reference to his getting into psychology, which included working at a halfway house. Before going into the field, Schott had a boxing career full of highlights, including being on the US Boxing Team from 1980 to 1982, 114 wins in 128 amateur fights and training under world champion Floyd Patterson. “From the time I was 13 to the time I was 21, I was an amateur boxer. I fought in West Germany, Sweden, Ireland, I fought all over the United States... I fought on Wide World of Sports, USA vs. The World, I fought on MSG... I won my first seven pro fights, I was 7-0 with five knockouts fighting a co-feature at [the] Madison Square Garden, when I lost my eighth fight.” The loss put Schott at a crossroads in his life, and he eventually decided to begin focusing on his education. “[At first] I hated school, I wasn’t even planning on going to college, but I was able to shift the emphasis of my life. I was going to be a world champion, all right; if that’s not going to work out, I have to go to school, and I have to do well.” With this renewed focus on his studies, Schott was able to excel in school, going from being an average student to holding a 4.0 GPA while working on his Master’s Degree in Psychology. He credited this change to the emphasis on his priorities, and how he chose to pursue his goals. “If I
pursue something all out, with my full intention, I’ll be successful,” he said. “I have to be careful about what I choose, because if I go in a different direction I could be very successful, but is it the right direction for me?” Before coming to HVCC in 1993, and becoming a full-time teacher in 1999, Schott spent time as the academic dean for Bryant and Stratton College. At 30, he ran the entire school’s academic programs, but was unsatisfied with the position. “I’m a teacher, not an administrator,” he said. “When I came to Hudson Valley and I began teaching full-time, I realised that’s what I should be doing.” This focus on one’s goals, and the proper direction for one’s life, are a big part of Schott’s Positive Psychology course and any advice he gives to students or fighters. “Think clearly and deeply about who you are and what you want, so that you can choose the paths that are right for you.” The Positive Psych course is in a sense the opposite of Abnormal Psych, using the same principles. Where Abnormal Psych looks at people who are struggling, and abnormal behavior, with the goal of helping them, Positive Psych studies people who excel and what makes people satisfied and successful so the average person can be helped. Schott argues that people don’t need to have something wrong with them to be helped by psychology, and his course has turned out to be very popular; he has taught an online class since 2005, and it has filled up every semester. He has only taught the course a handful of times traditionally, but it enjoys good turnout. “It’s a very popular class, [and] it’s something I don’t think a lot of people know about.” Once boxing is in the blood, it doesn’t leave easily, and in
the early 1990s Schott began his coaching career. What started as giving boxing lessons in the school and teaching some amateur fighters eventually exploded into Schott’s Boxing, which is now a mainstay in the local boxing scene. Fighters trained by Schott have enjoyed great success, such as former New York State lightweight champion Brian Miller, worldranked fighter Javy Martinez and Emmanuelle Lucero, who fought on the undercard for a Manny Pacquiao fight and eventually had a title fight himself. Three of Schott’s fighters - Zach Smith, Brian Miller and Stephen Scott, of whom Smith and Miller are also HVCC alumni - fought on ARES Promotions’s card this past Saturday, and Schott enjoys a lot of flexibility in balancing his two jobs, teaching three traditional classes and two online classes to give himself leeway in his schedule. “The school’s been very good to me... [and] I try to keep my responsibilities manageable.” Schott has become successful enough he can afford to be selective in who he actually trains to fight, sometimes on a basis of talent but more often based on who he likes to work with and who is willing to put their heart and soul into the sport. He’s in a stage of his life where he doesn’t have to cling to the hope of training a world champion one day, and has actually turned away more talented boxers in favor of less talented fighters he simply prefers to work with. For all his accomplishments in the ring, Schott’s work as a professor at HVCC, where he has won a “Teacher of the Year” award in the past, is just as important to him. “I’m living the life that I should be living... I love working here.”
Andrew Schott (right), with co-trainer Kyle Provenzano (left) and fighter Broderick Antoine. Courtesy of schottsboxing.com
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