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KEUKONIAN The Student Newspaper of Keuka College

Lending a Helping Hand: KCPA

75 Years Later…

In the days and weeks since the tragedy in Newtown a national dialogue has finally begun on the topic of gun violence. While it is true that guns don’t kill people, people with guns do, there is much more to the issue than that. The Keukonian has decided to become a part of the dialogue as it exists here on campus.

Peer Advocates are a student orientated organization. Courtney Ray, ’14 said “We are a resource for students to go to when in need of a lending hand or ear. We are trained in various areas- starting from homesickness to sexual abuse.”

Can’t find a PA? In their respective residence hall they have a personal sign with their name, picture and room number where you can find them. Also, thanks to Brittany Miller, they have their own personal PA door decs. The Peer Advocates have various upcoming events approaching- so keep an eye out! In order to be a PA, there is no specific major required. If you enjoy working, talking and helping others: you can apply! Applications and interviews are required. Ray commented “Our next application process is coming up in April!”

Photo Reprinted From 1938 Keukonian

Dani Petrilli, Editor

Currently, the only nursing program Keuka offers is through ASAP and that is for people furthering their degree, but do you know how it all got started? In 1940 the United States was on the periphery of the second World War and former Keuka College President J. Hillis Miller wanted the college to donate to the war efforts if the United States was brought in. Initially, he was unsure of how to go about this. President Miller’s question was answered by someone you might have heard of; Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. President Miller had written to the First Lady and her response was urging the college to team up with the American Red Cross to set up courses in nursing. After three years, during World War II, Keuka’s nursing program was born.

Roosevelt had visited on February 16, 1938 and was a featured public speaker at Keuka, also meeting with students. There is a display dedicated to that event that hangs outside the Vice President for Academic Affairs fourth floor Hegeman Hall office. The display showcases photographs of Roosevelt and her meeting the students, as well as the front page of the February 28, 1938 Keukonian. Addie MacAndrews Lee was lucky enough to meet the former First Lady, and has fond memories of their encounter. Lee exclaims “Mrs. Roosevelt’s message was memorable, her enthusiasm for stirring us to positive activity during those prewar years was infectious and her warmth was unfeigned and without condescension.”

Tuggles and Mouzon Join the 1,000-Point Club

Rotaract Upcoming Events

Kelsey Morgan, PR

At their weekly meeting on February 19, Rotaract hosted a speaker from Habitat for Humanity. The Yates County Habitat group does not currently have a project they are working on, but have put in ads for houses or property, and will soon be looking for a family. Habitat for Humanity builds houses for needy families, provided that the family meets the requirements. The houses are sold at cost value with little or no interest, and the family must work for 500 hours on their house or other Habitat houses. On Sunday, March 17 at 1:00 a speaker will become to speak about the project “Building Minds in Sudan.” This event is open to all and will be held in Jephson 104 Rotaract will also be putting on its second annual Easter Egg Hunt. Please participate on March 28 to win some prizes and have some fun!

Conversation over Topic of Gun Control is Critical Keukonian Staff Editorial

Alex Morgan, Staff Writer and Dani Petrilli, Editor

The Peer Advocates are an on campus group, focused on helping you, the student. There are PA’s in every residence hall, excluding Davis. No issue is too small to go to them with, if you had a bad day, or if you and your significant other broke up; they’ll be there for you.

February 2013

Jon Borchert, Guest Writer For the first time in the history of Keuka College basketball both a male and a female have joined the 1000th point club in the same year. Both Class of 2013, Teddy Tuggles and Mariah Mouzon are part of the 10th time students have hit this milestone in their selective sports programs. Senior point guard Teddy Tuggles hit his 1000th point in the waning seconds of the first half against the Storm’s reviled rival the Cazenovia Wildcats. With the help from Tuggles and the supporting cast the Storm prevailed 63-56 on February 6th at the Weed Physical Arts Center. Mariah Mouzon hit her 1000th point on the road against NEAC opponent Wells on February 16th. The lady Storm - with the help of Mouzon’s eighth double-double of the season -

obliterated Wells 81-57. With that win the lady Storm finished off the regular season with the record 19-3, and 16-1 in NEAC conference play. The lady Storm locked in a spot for the number one seed in the North Division of the NEAC and will receive a first-round bye. They will play in the semifinals at Lancaster Bible on Saturday February 23rd. It has been a great season for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. However, the men’s team fell short against Wells on February 16th and were eliminated from the NEAC tournament. This season marked a great turnaround from last year where the men finished with a 5-18 record improving to a 10-13 record this season. The women are trying to make back-to-back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances.

The Community Service Resource Center is collecting donations for Easter Baskets for children in local Headstart programs! Small toys, snacks and games are requested for drop off in the Center for Experiential Learning between March 1 and 18. No grass or candy, please. Thank you!

Many different plans have been written up in response to the several recent shootings in the United States, but most seem to have come hastily without much thought of their consequence. Most harsh is New York’s plan by current Governor Andrew Cuomo, which includes background checks any time any person buys ammunition from any vendor. For hunters and gun enthusiasts a lot of the proposed rules seem debilitating to their sport, and some people see this as an issue of governmental interference with citizen’s rights. But for the families and communities across the country touched by senseless violence, these initial plans are an important step. Reinstating the Assault Weapon Ban as it had existed from 1994 until 2004 seems like a logical step. This was allowed to expire under President George W. Bush, and banned the sale and transfer of semiautomatic assault weapons as well as large capacity magazines that held over 10 rounds. There were few exceptions to this ban, but they did exist. The plan President Obama released in mid-January includes a multifaceted look at the issue, with parts of it discussing mental health care that could prevent violence as well as background checks on weapons and people every time there is a sale. These would make selling illegal weapons online much harder. Using monitoring and background checking while making mental health care more accessible zeroes in on the real purpose of Obama’s Plan: Focusing on how to deal with the people who choose to abuse their right to bear arms without taking that right away from Americans. As the passionate debate over gun control continues on both sides, it is important to remember that safety is the overall priority. With due time and consideration, it is possible to prevent future gun violence without impeding on the Second Amendment.

The Fairest Show of Them All

“You’ve got a degree, now what?” Claudia Gibb, Staff Writer

Graduation is an exciting time where hard work, long nights, and listening Brianna Jackson, Staff Writer to grumpy professors pays off. Having Think you know your fairytales? Well the degree is a great achievement to think again. ABC’s Once Upon A Time have under your wings as you fly off is a wonderful show filled with magic, into the next chapter of your life, but where do you go once the degree is adventure, tragedy, and of course done? No more classes or eating in true love. Already into its second a school cafeteria. It’s the working season this show still manages to world most people enter; however a surprise and reel people in. This show follows the lives of many iconic diploma doesn’t automatically open the door to your dream job. fairy tale characters such as Snow White, Prince Charming, Cinderella, and the mischievous Rumplestiltskin. That special piece of paper that has the same qualification as other people Discover Emma, Snow White and in your class, not to mention the Prince Charming’s daughter, the thousands graduating with the same proclaimed hope who will save qualifications at different universities them from the Evil Queen’s curse. around the world, doesn’t prepare Although she doesn’t first believe you for real world experience. Looking that the people of Storybrook could at leaders of today in America and be from the Enchanted Forest her around the world; they had a real son Henry is always there trying to world education which qualified them convince her it’s her destiny to save everyone. As the show progresses we to stand out from the crowd. Richard learn about why the Evil Queen hates Branson, Simon Cowell, Rachel Ray, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates all neglected Snow White so much, what really getting a college degree but started happened with Little Red Riding working and gaining experience in the Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, how the dwarf Grumpy became so grumpy, as working world. well as many other secrets. And we At Keuka there are Field Periods which don’t just focus on Disney fairytales; fits nicely into the making of what they’ve got other characters as well! your degree leads to. The formula So turn on the TV and tune into of getting a degree is high level the adventure of a lifetime. And education. Nonetheless in today’s remember, you’re never too old to world to get a job you have to be watch fairytales! proactive in all fields, as the standards and competitiveness is getter tougher and the work force is a battle ground that looks for the best not the same.

Photo Taken From ABC

Getting a college degree is a smart move, but don’t look at the degree as the key to your future, it’s only a step in the right direction. When graduation comes, that knowledge you have gained will be useful, but in today’s workforce a piece of paper from four years of work to an interviewers eyes might only be just another college degree.

CSL and You: What You Should Know Jake Banas, Staff Writer

No, CSL is not the latest acronym for an illness, band, or food item. CSL is the Center for Spiritual Life, right here on campus, and whether you’re religious or not the staff members of the CSL have a lot to offer you. In a recent interview Eric Detar, Campus Chaplin and Director of CSL, explained that there is so much more to CSL than most students think. Regardless of religious affiliation or spiritual background CSL has, or could have something to offer you. This is due to one of CSLs biggest projects, Spiritual Interest Groups or SIGs for short. SIGs is actually a collection of organizations under CSL including but not limited to the Newman group, Coupons for Care, and Truth Seekers; each with its own reason for forming and different collection of faiths. Detar mentioned that he is always trying to get more groups involved under SIGs but to do so takes student interest and initiative. One Spiritual Interest Group in particular is taking on a very large initiative this semester. Come spring time the Newman group will be pairing up with St. Mikes church, located in Penn Yan, to perform a “live stations of the cross”. The

We are excited to begin our new semester and hoping to deliver a paper exceeding the achievements of last semester. But we can’t do it without you! Suggestions for articles, student work/guest pieces, and Letters to the Editors are always welcome at We would like to thank everyone for their hardwork and dedication, and can’t wait to see some fresh faces at our meetings: Sunday nights at 7:15pm, in the Hegeman parking lot side lobby. If meeting dates or location change, there will be a notification on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Best of luck and hope to see you soon, Dani Petrilli, Editor and Mary Leet, Design Editor

Another major project of CSL is the Alternative Spring Break trip which CSL hosts each year, literally as an alternative to the typical spring break experience. The trip focuses on real world experiences and learning through public service. In previous years CSL members have gone as far as Cincinati, Ohio and Tennesee to do work in crisis centers for children and homeless shelters. This year the group plans on spending the week in one of the poorest areas of Washington DC, helping those in need, but also traveling to experience a multitude of cultures. Each night the group will go to a different, authentic restaurant from various cultures. These are just some of the exciting events and unique perspectives that CSL works hard to bring to Keuka Students. More information can be found at the CSL, located in the Dhalstrom Student Center or by speaking with Eric Detar, or Resident Director Timothy White.

Open Mic with Dakaboom

Letter from the Editors

Hello Keuka, Welcome to the Spring 2013 Semester! We here at the Keukonian hope that your January was awesome, Field Period or not.

stations of the cross are an important part of Catholicism and depict important scenes from the bible. In this event Keuka students and young adults from St. Mikes will work together to act out these scenes in front of a live audience. The event is still in its planning stages, but is beginning to take shape.

Photo Courtesy of Dakaboom

Megan Chase, Staff Writer Hosted on February 16th during the Senior Weekend, the well-known Keuka CAB (Campus Activities Board) sponsored Open Mic Night featuring music sensation Dakaboom. Dakaboom is a small group composed of talents Ben McLain and Paul Peglar. The two were sensational and hilarious and loved to interact with the audience! Full of vocal talent and versatility they certainly know how to entertain a crowd with musical favorites including “A Friend like Me” from Disney’s Aladdin and a medley of 50 television show themes in five minutes. The night was filled with many forms of comedy and musical acts. But Dakaboom weren’t the only ones getting to sing their hearts out that evening. Open Mic Night is a chance for students to break their shell

and sing or tell jokes in front of an audience. Acts by students included an original song from sophomore Christopher Cahill, as well as a duet with Crystal Billings. Other musical performances included a song sung by Ariel Scott and a guitar instrumental by Robert Hernandez. More entertainment filled the evening with a comical reading of multiple jokes.

CAB sponsors many events during the school semesters. These events are a great way to get out of the dorm room and hang out with your friends and have a good time! Also, if you’re interested in other CAB events you can visit their Facebook page; there they have a list of the semester’s campus wide events! If you need another club to join or would like to be more involved on campus, think about joining CAB, they’d love to have some new faces! Photo Taken From CAB on Facebook

Changes abound in the Geiser Culinary Center Dear Peter Jake Banas, Staff Writer

Recent months have seen many changes and new concepts being introduced in the Geiser Culinary Center, some of which have been readily welcomed by students while others have been met with some animosity. While most students are thrilled to see the efforts the Geiser has made in becoming a more green facility, many more students have been irritated over the removal of “To-go” cups from the beverage line. A change that may at first seem inconvenient may not actually be that bad however. “In the past coffee and hot tea were the only items allowed out of the dining hall using disposable cups,” Said Patty Smosny, Resident Director of the Geiser Culinary Center, “but with using your own reusable cups this has been opened to include all beverages.” In addition Smosny stated that students are, “encouraged to bring in their own reusable cups.” The removal of “to-go” cups was actually the latest in a long line of changes meant to

make the Geiser a more sustainable place, to ultimately reduce the price of meals for students.

to maintain services. As uneasy as the student population felt over this, the problem was just as bad on AVIs end.

“We currently recycle all of our cans, cardboard boxes and the fryer oil is removed and taken to a recycling center. The herb garden outside, which will be increased in

“Every effort was made to get the dishwasher fixed before school ended,” Smosny explaind, “unfortunately we had to pull all the plastic ware and paper products from all of our other AVI accounts during this time just to have plates, bowls, cups and silverware to use in the dining hall.”

While many of the changes being made in the Geiser may, at first, be hard to understand or seem absurd it is only through experimenting that AVI can find out what works for Keuka’s individual Photo Taken By Alex Morgan needs. Feedback is incredibly helpful in the process and size this summer, is also another way that we are helping to be sustainable,” students are encouraged to fill out comment cards, which can be found Smosny said. right behind the main entrance. Any problems, questions, or comments While the staff of the Geiser students have should be made with does its best to maintain its services as much detail and explanation as at the highest standard, problems do possible, as together Keuka students occasionally occur that present challenges. Last semester for example the and AVI employees can work together dishwasher in the Geiser broke down, to bring about change for the better in the Geiser. twice, and a large quantity of paper and plastic resources were required

An Inside Look: Chelsea George Claudia Gibb, Staff Writer

Meet the Res. Life Staff Name: Jeffery Miller Building: Davis What major are you? Occupational Therapy Where are you from? Bloomfield, NY What are some hobbies that interest you? Step Team, Relay for Life, chorale. What made you want to be an RA? The sense of community had as a freshman, and “I wanted to continue that for the upcoming freshman.” What’s your favorite thing about being an RA? The interactions had with the freshman. Any other advice you’d like to share? “Get involved in things that you’ve always wanted to, and don’t let the outside influence your decisions.”

Name: Tisha Eckhardt Building: Davis What year are you? Junior What major are you? Occupational Therapy with a Minor in Art Where are you from? I’m from all over the US. I’ve lived in San Diego, California, Charleston South Carolina, El Paso Texas, and Vestal New York. Though my parents moved back to Texas, and I’ve stayed there the longest (6 years) so I guess I most identify with that one. What are some hobbies that interest you? Art is a big thing with me, always drawing either with charcoal on paper, or digitally. I also enjoy reading and doing crafts. What made you want to be an RA? I had a nice RA my first year here and I really thought it was an interesting job. I also liked the idea of being responsible and being a part of something bigger. What’s your favorite thing about being an RA? I love doing door decs and bulletin boards. It makes me happy when I see a resident get excited over them. Any other advice you’d like to share? Take things one day at a time.

Chelsea is a biology major with a concentration in biomedical in the class of 2014. Chelsea is from a very small farming town called Skrykersville in Western New York. The bubbly junior loves reading, making crafts and baking. She also loves the outdoors from horses, kayaking and swimming. Even with a full on major Chelsea still finds time to be part of Rotaract being the senate representative. She is planning on joining Chemistry Club again and of course is a valuable member of the Keukonian as a photographer. She joined the paper because of friends, and “Dani suggested it would be a good idea with my photographic skills.” Chelsea is currently doing research with zebra mussels with the science department. “I like this because it’s very interesting”. After Keuka Chelsea is a aiming big with plans to join medical school to become an emergency room doctor. Outgoing, responsible and a great team member, Chelsea is making the most of her time at Keuka.

Photo Taken By Alex Morgan

Peter Patrone is a concerned student hoping to help others with a wise word pertaining to any student life issue. Send your questions with the subject “Dear Peter” to

Dear Peter, Recently I have been trying to lose a few extra pounds that I’ve picked up since the fall semester. I am very busy, but I workout when I can and find little ways to be a bit more active each day, like taking the stairs in Hegeman and drinking more water. It seems though like everything I’m doing has been in vain, and in fact, I am haunted by a constant need to snack on things, often late at night. What can I do to accomplish my goals more effectively? Sincerely, More to Love Dear More to Love, It sounds to me like you’re taking many of the right steps already. Even if you can’t make it to the gym on a regular basis doing little things like taking the stairs, drinking water, and doing simple things like crunches and sit-ups in your room are good fillers. Though snacking late at night will certainly inhibit your ability to lose weight it can be prevented and starts with you. The self discipline required to tell yourself no is a hard thing, even for me, and if that’s something you struggle with, try leaving motivation notes on your snacks reminding you to not eat so many, or not to eat them past a certain time. Sincerely, Peter Patrone Dear Peter, Recently my friends and I were documented for being loud past quiet hours. We were very mad as we didn’t think that we were being that loud! It seemed like all our RA wanted was to get us into trouble when we didn’t deserve it! Sometimes we feel as though the rules on this campus are way too strict and that the Res Life staff acts much more like a police force than anything else. What do we have to do to see them loosen up a little bit?! Sincerely, Frustrated Friends Dear Frustrated Friends, While I can’t speak as to the context of the situation it is rarely the case that RAs “just want to get people in trouble”. Often documentations are the result of decisions that we make whether we think about it at the time or not. If you do feel like an RA was targeting you in a situation, or that the documentation was unfair, or that the rules are too strict there are appropriate channels to express your frustration. Try arranging a meeting with your RD to discuss the situation, or a meeting with the Dean to express your feelings. If you do though be prepared to discuss the issue in a professional manor, as this will get you more than simple whining. Sincerely, Peter Patrone


Field Period Highlights Lauren’s African Adventure Claudia Gibb, Staff Writer

Lauren Esposito, a sophomore at Keuka College has just returned from several weeks in South Africa on a cultural exchange Field Period. Lauren decided to head out of the USA to a new and exciting country! Her first destination in South Africa was the city of Durban. Lauren was able to experience what it is like to live in that city. She met the locals and saw the many highlights of the city, thanks to South African hospitality. One of the highlights was a trip from Durban to the Tala Private Game Reserve, which is set on 300 hectares of pristine plains and grasslands. It is home to a wide range of wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, ostriches, and rhinos. The park also has a huge range of birdlife. From Durban she

travelled to Cape Town and farther to the Cape of Good Hope. It is a peninsula that looks out onto the Cape Point which is where you can see the meeting of the Atlantic Ocean with the Indian Ocean. South Africa gave Lauren a way to see many new aspects of the country, “One aspect I didn’t expect was the poverty and desperation everywhere you went- if you drove anywhere there would be homeless people sleeping under trees, near walls, or walking up to your car”. Meeting the locals, seeing the culture and ‘experiencing the atmosphere’ of South Africa was, for Lauren, the best part of the trip. From Cape Town to Durban and many other places around South Africa, Lauren fell in love with the country and its people and is already planning on going back.

Educating in More Ways than One Brianna Jackson, Staff Writer

Field Periods are a great way for people to find themselves and to consider what they want to do as a career. Jenna Bird’s was unique. Jenna is a sophomore here at Keuka College, with Unified Childhood Education as her major and a minor in Special Education. In January, she went to the NY State School for the Blind. She’d visited before, and her mother has worked there for 31 years, and the superintendent is an alumnus of Keuka College, so it was the perfect opportunity to go back and be more hands-on. School there is just like any other school, the students there still have classes such as art and gym. That’s what Jenna really liked about being there: being able to see the students doing what others can do, proving that it doesn’t matter if you have a disability or not. For her it was a place to experience a school that focused just on special education, whereas in another school those with disabilities would be separated from other students. She was in a classroom with students from ages 8-13, and explained that “they have age ranges instead of grades and the move up in levels as they grow older.” Her favorite part was being able to interact with the students.

Jenna spoke fondly of a boy who wanted her to draw manholes for him because he was under the impression she could draw. Jenna talked about their in school snow day where the students didn’t have to do work the whole day. They played monster kickball, had penguin races, and a ukulele player came and performed for them. In the end, she says she would absolutely go back there again.

Just a Little Horsing Around

A Whole New Experience

Alex Morgan, Staff Writer

Alex Morgan, Staff Writer Lea LoPresti is a member of the Class of 2014 and a Unified Childhood education major with a concentration in American Sign Language. Not far from her home of Sherburne, NY, Lea did her Field Period at Unadilla Valley Central School of New Berlin, NY (also home of the storm). For the first half of her Field Period, she worked as a grades 6-12 life skills teacher. For the second half of her Field Period, she worked as a middle school consultant teacher. This means that she went into classrooms and helped students with disabilities stay on task and complete all of their work. They also were there to provide accommodations and modifications for testing. Lea’s favorite part of this Field Period was experiencing something new. In the past, all of her Field Periods dealt with younger children but in experiencing middle school, she realized that these children were, “enjoyable in a completely different manner than the younger children”. When asked why she chose Unadilla Valley, Lea responded with, “I chose to do my Field Period at Unadilla Valley because I was told Mr. Houck (my host teacher) was an excellent special education teacher and I could really benefit from working with him”.

Caitlin Adams, a member of the Class of 2014, did her Field Period at Snow County Stables near her hometown of Redwood, NY. As a biology major with a concentration in organismal biology and part of the pre-vet program at Keuka, she wanted to work with the horses to get experience with larger animals. Another reason she did her Field Period at this stable was a prior family connection to her supervisor. While Caitlin was there, she spent a lot of time cleaning and grooming the horses as well as helping in other aspects of their general care. Besides helping take care of the horses in these ways, she was also able to exercise them. It was because of this that she got to spend a lot of time riding which she loved. She stated, “That was my favorite part; I’ve been riding since I was little but don’t have as much of an opportunity to do so when I’m at school”. When Caitlin wasn’t with the horses, she also helped organize her supervisor’s office as well as the upstairs apartment at the stables. Overall, Caitlin was very pleased with her field period experience.

Thanks to all who shared their stories and photos!

Ohio Colleges Provide Valuable Experience Mary Leet, Assistant Editor For Education majors, it can be difficult to break the monotony of Field Periods. However, for Sophomore Kelsey Brown, a venture into the world of teaching at the college level was a great experience outside of public schools. An Adolescent Social Studies Education Major with a Minor in Sociology, Brown spent this past January at Columbus State Community College (C.C.C.) and Ohio State University teaching Economics as well as sitting in on courses of Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology and Political Science. As she said in an interview, this Field Period was valuable because “as a history teacher you might have to teach Economics or Government.” Even though she wasn’t a big fan of Economics before her

experience, she liked it so much with the professor she worked with that she’s taking it again at Keuka! Just like in any other Education Field Period, Brown got to spend time making tests, grading, and putting together Powerpoints, but she also got to be involved in projects the current students

worked on. One project she helped with was a stock market simulation that students would continue over the semester. In addition, she “did a lot of one on one tutoring with studentsthough most confused me for a student myself at first!” Brown also attested that the experience with working in two different colleges was valuable because C.C.C. works closely with Ohio State so people can raise their GPA and transfer their credits to ultimately end up at the larger school. After her experience, Brown said she’s “not really sure on what level [she] wants to teach at,” but starting with her Bachelors, then Masters she will see where school takes her.

We would like to thank everyone who has made this edition of the Keukonian possible. Dani Petrilli, Editor Mary Leet, Design Editor Megan Chase, Staff Writer Jake Banas, Staff Writer

Alex Morgan, Staff Writer/Photographer Brianna Jackson, Staff Writer Chelsea George, Staff Photographer Claudia Gibb, Staff Writer And our Guest Writers!

Funded By the Student Senate: The views and opinions of the Keukonian do not reflect the opinions of the Student Senate.

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