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ty among members. As a result, the situation has jeopardized the future productivity of the Hudsonian.

“We have just flourished, and this is the first year we have a completely full editorial board as well as writers,” said Editor-in-chief Rebecca Jordan. “So we’re doing great, but slowly over time, we are going to see people drop off, and they’re going to have less motivation to participate.” During the past academic year, the Student Senate constitution was amended to include the following clause: “No student shall be compensated beyond what they pay in tuition.” This year, this wording resulted in the withholding of checks from three members of the Hudsonian on the grounds that these members received full tuition assistance. The amendment was implemented to prevent students from getting more compensation from their work for a club than they were paying to the institution. However, the revision also affects the eligibility for those with full-tuition assistance to receive compensation for any of the work they provide. Director of Student Life Louis Coplin said, “Well, based on what I’m hearing, I think the movement is to eliminate compensation all together. In response to the term and question of equity that is what [Student Senate] is leaning towards.” The Student Senate has been discussing the total elimination of compensation for years, and this year’s Senate e-board is no exception. Jordan believes an elimination


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The confrontation at Crossgates mall which led to a perceived shooting has left frustration and concern in the student body at Hudson Valley. “I couldn’t believe this was happening. Never would I think that I would be stuck in such a situation. This is the stuff you see in . . .


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HUDSONIAN of compensation could potentially cripple the productivity of the Hudsonian. “When you take the amount of time you could be using on a job to support yourself, it’s just not really practical [to keep working for the Hudsonian]. So I don’t think anyone is really going to want to put in the time for nothing,” said Jordan. Managing Editor Jenny Caulfield believes the change will take a toll on the efficient and thorough product that the Hudsonian has developed over the years of its existence. Caulfield said, “At this point we’re a national award-winning paper when we go to [College Media Association] conferences. That is something that wouldn’t have happened 10 or 20 years ago if you want to go back to when

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we didn’t have compensation. We had a paper, but it was not to the level that it is now; it was not nearly as informative.” Jordan has shown concern with the handling of the situation by the organization which is designated to serve the students of Hudson Valley. “I’m disappointed in the way that the Student Senate decided to handle this. We’ve been without an answer for three weeks. We didn’t know whether financial aid was going to be a factor because they were still up in the air.” The issue of equality has arisen in recent weeks. The Student Senate believes that equality should be applied to all clubs, so they believe the compensation of students is unjust. Jordan said, “Yes I understand we are a club, however do I think we should we be defined as a club? Absolutely not. We’re more of an organization; we work differently. What we’re doing is providing a service to the campus. We are basically ‘selling’ a product to the students in the form of a newspaper.” The members of the Hudsonian, and the members of the Student Senate e-board differ greatly in their view of student compensation. “Any other club does the same amount of work, and it’s the opportunity cost of a student to decide ‘Do I want to be involved in a club because I love it, or do

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Many students have responsibilities outside of the Hudsonian, and the practicality of staying without compensation could hurt these members’ financial well being. “I honestly have no time in my life, and I could be putting the time that I put towards the Hudsonian into a job. I’m not having enough hours at my work to support myself financially at this point,” said Jordan. Photo Editor Mikey Bryant believes the two organizations should continue to receive compensation because of the unique nature of their work that they do for the campus community. “I feel that the Hudsonian and the Senate both offer unique services to the college. Us with a newsroom which operates similarly to an actual newsroom in the real world, and the Senate in that they are the government of the school. I feel that compensation is ethically right for both groups,” said Bryant. Student Senate President Emma Dillon believes the change will initially affect the paper, but that interest will return with due time. “I think at first it might be a little hard for the paper, but then it is going to reopen those positions to students who really genuinely feel passionately about writing. I do believe there are tons of members right now who do feel passionately about writing, don’t

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Hudsonian Photo Editor send it off by noon on Monday,” said layout editor Mike Schaefer. “I am a fine arts student. When you say that a lot of people think, ‘Oh you don’t have any written finals, so your life’s not hard.’ I get to school at 7:30 in the morning and leave at midnight almost everyday,” said Jordan.

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I want to apply for a part time or full time job because I need the money,’” said Student Senate vice president Stephen Pelletier. Hudsonian members believe that the work they provide to campus is far beyond the typical work done by other clubs. “Every Sunday, I come in everyday, and I spend 12 to 16 hours assembling the newspaper. I come in the next morning, and for another two to three hours take criticism, and on the fly take corrections to every document to

By: Hunter Wallace Staff Writer Hudson Valley has recently been ranked as the 95th of 100 Associate Degree Producers in the country, by Community College Week. “[This ranking] shows that we are one of the largest and most productive community colleges in the country. It is not to say that bigger is better, but I would say it shows we have a real impact on the community,” said Eric Bryant, assistant director of communications and marketing. “I think this recognition is a very good thing for Hudson Valley and the students currently enrolled in classes. It doesn’t


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surprise me that this well-maintained college can have that good of an appraisal and reputation,” said liberal arts student Cody DiNicola in an email interview. “For the last decade or more, we have been ranked as one of the top 100 degree awarders. We’ve also been honored by the Aspen Institute several times and as a military-friendly school by a publications company that retains that data,” said Bryant. “The Troy college awarded 1,870 associate degrees in 20142015, which places it among the top 10 percent of community colleges nationwide in terms of annual graduation rate. The college is 71st among the nation’s twoyear schools in the number of associate degrees awarded during

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that academic year, which is the most recent year for complete data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System,” according to the official press release. “Hudson Valley is an excellent college to start your long or short journey for expanding your education. It has fantastic professors and good curriculum. I feel confident that I made the right decision in choosing the college as my starting school to expand my education,” said DiNicola. According to Bryant, “The real ranking that’s important to us is the feedback we get from our own students.”

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get me wrong. But it will open up those positions to people who really want them,” said Dillon. Many of the members of the Hudsonian who have been affected by the financial aid stipulation would not necessarily agree with Dillon on her stance. “We have an interesting community in [the Hudsonian] newsroom where not only do we get our work done, but we also have the ability to bond with each other and form a family with the members of this club,” said Bryant. Bryant continued, “However, I can see a lot of new people who would join the Hudsonian without that connection. To provide compensation to those members would provide them with an incentive to not only get their work done, but interacting with us and building up those bonds will strengthen the newsroom.” Caulfield believes the logistics behind the decision to eliminate compensation is somewhat contradictory. “They feel we should not get compensated because we are a club. Senators shouldn’t get compensated either. The only thing that is strange about that is that it sort of bounces against their argument. Student senate is not a club, they are a student government,” said Caulfield. Student Senate secretary Manik Elahi Shibata believes that the tuition reimbursement of Student Senate e-board positions is necessary because of their direct interest and work with the student body. Shibata said, “Everyone has a say on whether I get this position or not. There are people running against each other in the sense that folks who vote know what they’re getting into. I can’t say this enough, these are the only four positions on campus which can be occupied by students which is open to the critique and direct say by any student on campus”. The true representation and constituency of the student senate only accounts for a small percentage of the entire student body. Student government positions are voted in by students of the college, however there is a lacking number of votership in Student Senate elections. According to election results, the voting rate during the past academic year only accounted for a little under four percent of the entire student body population.

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From zero to hero By: Zoe Deno Staff Writer

Owner and CFO of Sonic in Latham and Hudson Valley graduate, Eugene Nachamkin, returned to the college Nov. 16 to give a seminar, hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Investment clubs. “Anyone here can eventually be a business owner. I don’t know why you would want to be, but you can be,” was Nachamkin’s opening statement. The seminar ran an 45 minutes late due to the amount of questions asked by the students who attended. Students were given refreshments and coupons supplied by Sonic. Henry Calderon, individual studies major, said he came to the seminar because he was intrigued by a promotional flyer for the event and interested to hear how Nachamkin became so successful. “I’m just interested to hear what he has to say since he is a franchise owner. I want to see what the steps are to obtain that,” said Jordan Smith, a business administration major. “Many years ago before there were cars and telephones, I graduat-

ed from Albany High school. I had not done well there,” said Nachamkin. “I didn’t have a lot of options to where I was going to go to college. I ended up at Hudson Valley; at the time it was known as Happy Valley.” Nachamkin graduated from Hudson Valley with a 4.0 GPA and a degree in accounting, then transferred to SUNY Albany. After graduation from UAlbany, Nachamkin went into accounting then later worked in healthcare and nursing homes, and even opened his own cinnamon roll stores. “Knowing business is going to help you every day of your life no matter what you do,” Nachamkin said. While a few students had to leave because of the unexpected length of the seminar, many more stayed to listen to Nachamkin’s errors, successes, and business advice. If students took anything away from his seminar, Nachamkin said that he hoped that it would be that students knew to get the most out of their education here. Nachamkin said, “Whatever you learn here is going to set your foundation for the future and it is going to either make or break you.”

(TOP) Owner and CFO of Sonic in Latham, Eugene Nachamkin visited the college last Wednesday. (BOTTOM) Students listened intently to Nachamkin’s words of advice on getting the most out of their educations.


ELECTION Nathanael Savasta was officially sworn in as freshman class president on Oct. 31. Entering the presidency, Savasta stresses his preparation for its duties and a desire for public service to his school, in particular it’s freshman, whose representation will be a priority for him.



“I ask people what they think of 2Hudson Valley, what can be improved on and what they already like,” said Savasta. Using this information, Savasta aims to level the power of his office at the goal of achieving what the freshman body desires, as well as playing a role in the general improvement of the campus experience. “I’d like to thank the freshman for electing me as freshman class president. On top of that,

I would also encourage you to come to me with any questions or concerns you have about Hudson Valley and give me your feedback so that I can make your experience better,” said Savasta. Savasta had praise for his competitor for the freshman presidency, Thomas Nevins, identifying him as a hard worker who doesn’t give up. “While we ran head to head against each other, he would do everything he could to be fresh-

man class president, and I really respect that. I think he did a great job running,” said Savasta. Nevins may have lost the election, but won a seat as a senator. Like Savasta, whether as president or senator, he continues in his aim to make student desires into plans actionable through the powers of the Student Senate. From Nevin’s position on the Senate, he pays special attention to campus events. As a member of the senate’s programming board,



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the group tasked with planning many campus events, Nevins aims to help make them fun, engaging and affordable. Nevins is confident Savasta will be a worthy representative for the school. He implores all students to enjoy their time on campus while being mindful of clubs and opportunities and maintaining their academic responsibilities. Nevins said, “Extracurriculars are fun, but you can’t do those without academics.”



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Better to withdraw or fail? By: Shelby Collins Copy Editor Administration shares how colleges view withdrawals and Z grade in lieu of the passing withdrawal deadline. Gayle Healy, Director of the Center for Careers and Transfer Office, said, “[How a college views

a W on your transcript] is going to depend on the school, and it’s going to depend on the study area. If a student comes and [the class] is just not what they thought, it’s not working for them or they aren’t doing well in it, then they need to get out and they withdraw. That looks better than an F.” Students withdraw from classes for a variety of reasons,

ranging from personal problems to problems with the course material. W’s appear on transcripts instead of official grades for the class. At Hudson Valley, W’s appear without indication of grades on a final transcript, whereas at other SUNY schools, the pass/fail grade is indicated with the withdrawal. “I think colleges are under-


Students line up in front of Registrar’s office, the final stop in the withdrawal process.

standing that your first year of college, your first semester of college especially, is a transition and plans change. There are questions that can arise from a W. If you come in, and you’re in a program, and you’re like, ‘Woah I didn’t know it was going to make me think like this’ and start to really struggle, that makes sense to withdraw from the class,” said Healy. Students have a range of options to help improve a poor grade. Tutoring is offered in the LAC, tips on studying and organization are offered at the Center for Academic Engagement and students are advised to meet with their instructions before deciding to withdraw from a class. “I would say to avoid an F because they don’t get taken off your transcripts. Not that W’s do, but an F is going to work against your GPA. And even if you take a class over colleges still see that F, and how any college choices to view an F or a W is their prerogative,” said Healy. Technical Assistant at the registrar, Christie Jerome, said, “[Students] should talk to their advisor, and if they are using any kind of assistance to pay for their school, they would want to double check with, for example, financial

aid. If someone else is helping assist financially they would have to make sure they aren’t going to lose that, or if they are that they know about it ahead of time.” A Z-grade is also included in Hudson Valley’s grading policy. This indicates that a student unofficially withdrew from a class. Z-grades are also dependent on individual instructor’s grading policy. There are variations of the Z-grade in most SUNY schools. Healy said, “Every instructor is going to have their Z grade policy in their syllabus. So not every instructor is going to have the same Z-grade policy. A student will receive a Z grade if they didn’t participate in class activities through the end of the term, and according to the instructor’s grading policy, assignments and participation were not sufficient to provide an accurate representation of the performance possible.” Healy said, “It’s kind of hard to say [how a college will view Z’s], it’s up to the standards of the college. Clearly W’s, F’s, Z’s, D’s are not looked upon favorably… Try to avoid them.”

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The confrontation at Crossgates mall which led to a perceived shooting has left frustration and concern in the student body at Hudson Valley. “I couldn’t believe this was happening. Never would I think that I would be stuck in such a situation. This is the stuff you see in the movies,” said human services student Jordan Harris. Harris is a sales associate at H&M in Crossgates, and she was working during the situation. Though Jordan was working, she had relocated to the changing room for her break. Jordan took initiative during an uncertain and frightening situation. Shots were fired off in Crossgates Mall on Saturday, Nov. 12, just before 2:30 p.m. The event caused a flood of panic and unrest among the inhabitants in the mall. The suspect was engaged in an altercation, and proceeded to shoot a gun in the crowded mall. The suspect was arraigned on Monday on criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. There seems to be a plausible suspect, however many students still feel upset by the situation. Individual studies student Kenneth Alvarez-Miya had a friend who was in the mall during the shooting, and he believes he would have been frightened by the situation if he had been in his friend’s place. “It was quiet and calm at one moment, and then it was crazy.


People screaming, running, trying to get their children out of the door and making sure that everyone was safe. I would have been terrified out of my mind,” said Alvarez-Miya. Jordan said, “I was scared, but strong. I comforted my co-workers and shoppers, called my loved ones to tell them what was happening and that I loved them. At the time, we had no information on where the shooter was, what his motives were and if he was still active.” In the face of perceived danger, Jordan knew to keep level-headed. However, many may be unaware of the procedures to follow when in a potential shooting situation. Director of public safety Fred Aliberti has advice for students to consider if they are ever involved in a shooting situation. Aliberti recommends that students should run away from the danger. Aliberti recommends locating the nearest exit, and using it to flee the scene. Scoping out your day to day environment for exits could mean the difference between life and death. If you can’t run away, the next step would be to hide in an area which is not easily accessible or is able to be barricaded. A last resort would be to fight with the assailant, but that step would only be taken if absolutely necessary.

Students have mixed feelings about the situation, however many have come to the agreement that gun control laws should be implemented more heavily to ensure the safety of the public. Nursing student Kristyn King said, “I understand why some people would want to have one [a gun] for self defense, however it is not okay to go around shooting innocent people.” Aliberti believes that gun control should be implemented to discourage the misuse of firearms. “I feel there needs to be some control over firearms, and I think in New York State we do a very good job with that. With handguns you have to have a permit, you have to pass a background check. Takes quite some time to get permission to own a handgun,” said Aliberti. Harris differs in that stance. She believes that harsh gun control laws will have the potential to cripple our ability to protect ourselves from danger. “Law abiding citizens won’t be carrying a gun on them, and they will be unable to protect themselves against criminals. [the right to carry a firearm] should not be taken from us,” said Harris. Harris continued, “If the right to carry a gun on our person is taken away, law abiding citizens will follow that law and criminals will not.” This dangerous dynamic

5 could have the potential to put law abiding citizens in harm’s way. Aliberti stressed that Hudson Valley has their students safety in mind at all times. Hudson Valley has an Emergency Preparedness Committee. The guidelines defined in the plan work to reduce the personal injury and property damage on campus. The entire plan can be found on the Hudson Valley website. An emergency on campus is defined as an event or an incident that cannot be managed using routine measures or resources. In the event of an emergency, the guidelines described in the plan will be implemented to respond to, and to manage recovery from the emergency.


November 22, 2016



meets its untimely demise In the coming year, social By: Tea’ Claus Staff Writer media platform Vine will be shutting down. Students have expressed differing opinions on the elimination of the once popular social media app.

Liberal arts student Anthony Markon said, “It’s because of its competitors like Instagram. Instagram is more heavily used anyway, and when they added that one feature [videos] it cut poor Vine’s head off.” Vine is best know for allowing creators to upload six-second videos. Vine is also known for launching some of its most popular viners into TV and YouTube careers. The elimination of Vine is a result of the advances made by the social media outlet, Instagram. The app released a video option a few years back, and ever since then the popularity of the app has dropped in numbers. Students who are users of Vine have been painfully aware of the shut down. Students have different positions on the topic. Markon said, “I have heard [about the elimination], R.I.P Vine.” Now as Vine is disappearing, users think back on what it provided for them. Evan DeLeon, a criminal justice major, said it provided him with, “Entertainment.

Cheap entertainment, short entertainment.” Human services student Savannah Bronion said, “In the beginning, it really brought me entertainment. I could see my friends making funny videos, and then eventually every time I would go on Vine, there was always spam. It was unnecessary stuff that wasn’t funny.” Students are unsure about the cause of Vines shut down, but they do have ideas. Students believe the elimination of Vine may be due to it’s decline in relevancy. Construction student Frank DiNola said, “ You know, you really don’t hear about it anymore. [Vine] has kinda fallen out of the social norm.” DeLoen has a completely different stance on the situation. DeLeon said, “It’s just another way for corporations to save money.” Some students who had previously used the app are in favor of keeping Vine. Business student Natalia Jurczynska said, “I feel like they should keep it. I feel like it was a valuable tool for the com-

pany.” Markon believes the elimination will not have an affect on him because he never uses the app. Markon said, “I wasn’t a big user of Vine, so it’s really not going to affect me much. I’m sure there was still a large group of people that used it, so I feel bad for them. It doesn’t really affect me much, other than the fact that I don’t have six-second videos to load on Twitter.” Bronion is unhappy with the elimination because she used the app to make videos in high school. Bronion said, “I’m kinda upset about it because that was my high school life. I used to go on Vine all the time and make funny videos.”

Custodial workers provide muchneeded service to student body By: Shelby Collins Copy Editor Hudson Valley employs a multitude of workers to maintain the buildings on campus. These workers work to keep buildings clean, however their voice is not usually heard on campus. The college has 43 custodial workers employed to care for the 16 buildings on campus. Daytime custodial workers arrive early in the morning, before most students, to enjoy their coffee before beginning their daily grind. They then go their separate ways, some off to care for buildings across campus and others to clean tables in the Campus Center after students have had their breakfasts. The custodial staff consists of a staff of people who do their best to comply with the demands of the job. “I’m here to do whatever they need me to do. I think most of the students and faculty appreciate our work. They’re all nice people,” said custodial worker Penny Brooks. The majority of custodians are assigned to the 9:30 p.m- 6:00 a.m. shift. The responsibilities of the custodians are the cleaning of all campus buildings, classrooms, labs and office spaces, the removal of trash, regulated medical waste and recycling materials, and special assistance requests for meeting set-ups and special events. The custodial staff functions in line with the Physical Plant’s mission statement, “To efficiently operate, maintain, and improve the physical plant facilities in support of the programs of the college by providing a safe, clean, healthy, and attractive environ-

ment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.” Steve Veselka, a custodial worker, said, “If students and faculty were just aware, you know, call Physical Plant if there is a spill. If you see us in the hall and we haven’t made it to the bathroom just say ‘Hey, you know, the bathroom is out of toilet paper, you might want to take care of it.’” The job is not without its challenges. Veselka said, “Concerning the ladies rooms, we have to knock on the door and open it and yell ‘Janitor’ or ‘Custodian’ or something. Answer us, you know it’s embarrassing to walk in there when you’re in there. It makes everyone uncomfortable.” Students can also help by being mindful of their lunch tables

and throwing away their garbage. The college acknowledges the work of the custodians. Custodial worker Phil Suriano said, “I got a meritorious service award for dedicated service to the college. I’ve gotten a lot of good comments from the faculty, and the students notice the work that we do here.” On a day-to-day basis, custodial workers often work in the background with little recognition. Veselka said, “People could just say ‘Hey how are you doing, we know you have a thankless job, do the best you can and just hang in there.’”

Custodian cleaning the campus center during the evening.




November 22, 2016



The Cross Country team has crossed the 2016 finish line By: Tea’ Claus Staff Writer This season the women’s cross country team placed in one competition, while the men’s team placed in all eight competitions this season The women’s team has five members; Emily Wilk, Sarah Carter, Ashley Jones, Jessica Alaxanian, and Amanda Guzy. The men’s team has seven members; Connor Terrell, Jeremy Marcy, Frank Hughes, Anthony Rivage, Daniel Kusky, Jeff Kline, and Brendon Kondrat. The men’s team’s finished tenth out of 20 teams at the Bard Invitational. The women’s team finished 39th out of 41 teams at the James Earley Invitational. The cross country team competed in eight meets this year within NJCAA Region III. At the National Meet, an 8k race, on Nov. 12, Terrell finished with a time of 31:02. Hughes finished with a time of 32:12, and Marcy finished with a time of 32:16.

The women’s team participated in a 5k at the James Earley Invitational which took place on Oct. 8. Wilk finished with a time of 27:27, Carter finished with a time of 27:51, and Jones finished with a time of 32:32. For the 2016 season the cross country team was coached by Sarah Popovics, a Hudson Valley alumni, and Dylan Hedderman. Both these coaches help the runners reach the team goals. They improved athletics performances at each successive competition through November. Also, the team members ran healthy and enjoyed the time spent training throughout the season. The coaches were able to develop positive relationships with the teammates throughout the season, and helped the team learn how to manage time and energy while on the run and in the classroom.

Football season ends with a 28-24 victory

By: Skylar Blankenship Sports Editor

The Viking football team has ended 2016 their season with a record of 4-5; they were victorious at their final game with a score of 28-24 when they played against Nassau Community College on Nov. 12. “The way we finished the season was a great way to finish. Individually, there were some great performances,” said Michael Muehling, the head coach. Last Saturday, the team took the lead in the first quarter when the quarterback, Chris Wolcott, scored on a 36-yard rush. The Vikings scored again, making the score 14-3. Then with only a minute and 13 seconds left in the first half, they drove 53 yards and then capped off with a 15-yard touchdown, putting them in the lead at 21-10. Neither team scored in the third quarter, but in the fourth

quarter, the Vikings scored one more time. During Wolcott’s touchdown, Wolcott rushed for a one-yard touchdown. The game ended with the team running out the clock preventing Nassau Community College from staging a comeback. This sea-

son’s team of over 30 players came from all over New York State and down the eastern seaboard. Muehling is joined by the assistant coaches Dean Bailey, Don Hogan, Jean Marc Lescault, Brian Lewis, James Seay, Dale Sprague, Mike Tesch, and Austin Zeleski.

During Saturday’s game Chris Wolcott, quarterback, led with 105 yards, a touchdown through the air, 82 yards on the ground, and two more touchdowns. Cortez Watson recorded a team-high of 85 yards on ground with eight carries. Fred Johnson, tight end, led the receivers with six receptions for 85 yards and Jaylen McIntyre also made a touchdown and had 63 yards. Defensively, both Marvin St. Vil and Nicholas Sutton led the team with eight tackles apiece. In addition, Jon Miller had seven tackles, which included a sack and a forced fumble. Even though the season just ended, the coaches have already started recruiting for the 2017 season. Muehling said, “Right now, we are just trying to get the best players we can who would be interested in coming here.”


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