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Volume 82,  Issue  XXII

oracle.newpaltz.edu

Thursday, May  12,  2011

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The  New  Paltz  Oracle

NEWS

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PHOTO  BY  LAURA  LUENGAS

Christian  Named  Presidential  Finalist

.HQQHWK$EWDQQRXQFHGODVW7XHVGD\WKDW,QWHULP3UHVLGHQW'RQDOG&KULVWLDQKDVEHHQLQYLWHGWRLQWHUYLHZZLWKWKH1HZ3DOW]FDPSXVDVDSUHVLGHQWLDOÂżQDOLVW                    By  Julie  Mansmann Editor-­in-­Chief  |  Jmansmann60@newpaltz.edu Approximately  10  months  after  he  was  appointed  provost   of  SUNY  New  Paltz,  Donald  Christian  was  asked  to  leave  his   post  to  lead  the  college  as  interim  president.  Now,  he  has  asked   state  leaders  and  the  Presidential  Search  Committee  to  grant  him   the  full  time  position.   Chair   of   the   Presidential   Search   Committee   and   Chair   of   the   New   Paltz   College   Council   Kenneth   Abt   announced   last   Tuesday   that   Christian   has   been   invited   to   interview   with   the   1HZ3DOW]FDPSXVDVDSUHVLGHQWLDOÂżQDOLVW)RUPHUÂżQDOLVWDQG Lehman   College   Provost   Mary   Papazian   rescinded   her   candi-­ GDF\WKHQH[WGD\PDNLQJKHUWKHIRXUWKDQGODVWÂżQDOLVWIURP the  original  group  to  withdraw.   Papazian  said  when  she  was  told  last  week  that  there  was   an  internal  candidate  who  had  been  asked  by  the  committee  to   apply,  she  decided  to  end  her  pursuit  of  the  presidency.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;There  was  no  longer  any  reason  for  me  to  remain  a  candi-­ date,â&#x20AC;?  she  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;While  I  was  on  campus,  I  met  with  Dr.  Chris-­ WLDQDQGIRXQGKLPWREHDÂżQHJHQWOHPDQ,DPVXUHWKLQJVZLOO work  out  for  the  campus.â&#x20AC;?   Christian  said  he  had  been  asked  by  members  of  the  cam-­ pus  community  to  consider  taking  on  the  position  on  a  longer   term  basis.  Because  he  was  an  interim  president,  he  could  not  

EHDÂżQDOLVWXQWLOKHUHFHLYHGWKHZULWWHQSHUPLVVLRQRI681< Chancellor  Nancy   Zimpher,   according   to   state   guidelines   for   conducting  presidential  searches.   At  an  open  session  with  students  Monday,  Christian  said  he   wants  to  build  upon  what  he  has  done  as  an  interim  to  make  the   campus  a  better  place  for  students.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;One  of  my  goals  as  an  administrator  is  to  provide  that  sort   of  opportunity  for  every  student  at  New  Paltz  that  makes  moms   and  dads  proud  and  that  sets  the  stage  for  a  very  bright  future  for   students,â&#x20AC;?  he  said.   The  interim  said  he  has  plans  that  he  wants  and  needs  to   execute  if  chosen  as  president,  involving  campus  and  state  bud-­ geting  issues.   Christian   said   that   the   next   president   of   the   college   will   need  to  continue  to  make  adjustments  in  a  â&#x20AC;&#x153;reduced  economy.â&#x20AC;?   The  interim  president  said  he  felt  the  budget  reduction  process   XVHGWRPHHWDPLOOLRQGHÂżFLWZDVGLIÂżFXOWWRXQGHUWDNHEXW that  it  was  handled  thoroughly  and  with  great  care.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building  and  leading  that  process  was  a  real  trial,  but  also   DUHDOJUDWLÂżFDWLRQDQGUHZDUG´KHVDLG Aside  from  continuing  to  gather  the  campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  input  regard-­ ing   reductions,   Christian   said   he   would   work   to   advocate   in-­ creases  in  state  support  for  SUNY  and  the  campus.  This  includes   furthering  a  push  for  a  rational  tuition  policy  to  be  instituted  on  

Thursday,  May  12,  2011

campus.  The  private  fundraising  campaign  that  the  interim  president   DQGRWKHUFDPSXVRIÂżFLDOVLVRQHWKDW&KULVWLDQVDLGKHZDQWVWR rev  up  next  semester  if  he  was  chosen  to  be  president.   &KULVWLDQVDLGRIÂżFLDOVKDYHEHHQUDLVLQJSULYDWHIXQGVDQG the  amount  of  funding  the  school  receives  from  alumni.   Âł:HQHHGWRVWHSXSWKHSDFHRIWKDWVLJQLÂżFDQWO\´KHVDLG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  interested  in  scholarship  support  for  students.â&#x20AC;? Abt  said  the  committee  is  continuing  its  work  and  will  be   bringing  another  candidate  to  campus  next  week. Chief  of  Staff  Shelly  Wright,  who  is  the  staff  liason  to  the   3UHVLGHQWLDO6HDUFK&RPPLWWHHVDLGLWLVQRWXQFRPPRQIRUÂż-­ nalists  in  a  presidential  search  to  withdraw.  She  said  the  cam-­ SXVFRPPXQLW\VKRXOGQÂśWEHDODUPHGWKDWWKHRULJLQDOÂżQDOLVWV dropped  out.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  think  anyone  should  be  overly  discouraged,â&#x20AC;?  she   VDLGÂł7KHFRPPLWWHHZLOOFRQWLQXHWRZRUNKDUGWRÂżQGWKHEHVW president  for  the  campus.â&#x20AC;?   Wright  said  the  original  phase  of  the  search  cost  approxi-­ mately  $100,000.  Zimpher  agreed  to  extend  the  search  after  Joe   Gow,  chancellor  of  the  University  of  Wisconsin-­LaCrosse,  and   John   Schreiber,   chairman   of   the   Department   of   Pediatrics   at   Tufts  University  School  of  Medicine,  decided  to  remain  in  their   current  positions.  


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NEWS

News Briefs

The  New  Paltz  Oracle

Venue  to  Offer  Local  Options

National  Bristol  Palin  admits  her  recent  change   in  appearance  was  due  to  a  procedure   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  but  not  plastic  surgery. The  20-­year-­old  daughter  of  2008  GOP   vice  presidential  candidate  Sarah  Palin   tells  Us  Weekly  that  she  underwent   corrective  jaw  surgery  in  December,   DPRQWKDIWHUVKHÂżQLVKHGWKLUGRQ ABCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing  with  the  Stars.â&#x20AC;?  Her   face  now  appears  thinner,  with  higher   cheekbones  and  an  angular  jaw. *****  Members  of  four  congressional   committees  will  be  allowed  to  view   photographs  of  Osama  bin  Ladenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   body,  the  Central  Intelligence  Agency   said  Wednesday. Members  of  the  House  and  Senate   Intelligence  Committees  and  the  House   and  Senate  Armed  Services  Commit-­ tees  will  be  allowed  to  see  the  photo-­ graphs  at  CIA  headquarters  in  Langley,   Va.,  agency  spokesman  Preston  Golson   said. ***** A  lawyer  entered  a  no  contest  plea   Wednesday  for  Lindsay  Lohan  in  the   theft  of  a  necklace,  setting  the  stage  for   DVXPPHURIFRQÂżQHPHQWFRXQVHOLQJ and  community  service. Defense  attorney  Shawn  Holley  made   the  plea  for  the  actress,  who  did  not   appear  in  court  in  the  misdemeanor   case  involving  a  $2,500  necklace  taken   from  an  upscale  shop  in  the  Venice   area  of  Los  Angeles.    

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A  food  venue  that  aims  to  primarily  serve  local  and  organic  foods  will  soon  replace  the  Backstage  Cafe    in  Parker  Theater.   By  Pamela  Vivanco   News  Editor  |  Pvivanco57@newpaltz.edu

Campus  Auxiliary   Service   (CAS)   administrators   will   begin   preparation   for   the   opening   of   the   Ozone   Cafe,   an   on-­campus   food   venue   aimed   to   serve   primarily   local   and   organic   food   this   summer. The   new   venue   will   replace   the   Backstage   Cafe   in   Parker   Theater   in   fall   2011   and   although   'â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;it   will   not   re-­ ceive  any  renovations  or  interior  chang-­ es,â&#x20AC;?   General   Food   Manager   of   Food   Services   Ralph   Perez-­Rogers   said   the   YHQXH ZLOO EH GHVLJQHG ZLWK D VSHFLÂżF purpose.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   idea   is   to   use   [the   venue]   as   WKH DUHD WKDW ÂżUVW DQG IRUHPRVW KHOSV support   local   farmers   and   the   econ-­ omy,â&#x20AC;?   he   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   going   to   try   to   make   the   Ozone   Cafe   strictly   the   one   venue   on   campus   that   deals   with   food   that  is  locally  grown  and  sustainable.â&#x20AC;?     ,GHQWLÂżHGLQWKHPDVWHUSODQVXUYH\

that  students,  faculty  and  staff  complet-­ ed  approximately  two  years  ago,  SUNY   New   Paltz   administrators   created   dif-­ ferent  plans  to  renovate  food  venues  on   campus.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;A  lot  of  students  were  interested  in   food   service   being   able   to   support   the   local   economy   and   the   local   farmers   more,â&#x20AC;?  said  Perez-­Rogers.   CAS   student   representative   Jona-­ than  Freifeld  said  he  thinks  the  cafe  will   be   a   great   addition   to   the   SUNY   New   Paltz   campus   because   it   will   provide   students  who  like  to  eat  organic  and  lo-­ cally  grown  foods  with  a  new  place  to   have  meals.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;In  another  sense  it  was  a  place  for   theater  students  to  hang  out  before  and   after  class  with  their  friends  and  I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   know   if   that   will   continue   to   exist   in   this  new  venue,â&#x20AC;?  he  said.   Perez-­Rogers   said   whatever   needs   to   be   accommodated   will   be   done   ac-­ cordingly  and  the  needs  of  the  majority   will  be  addressed  if  needed.  

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Although  bringing  more  local  food   on  campus  made  up  a  small  part  of  the   survey   participants,   no   buying   group,   according   to   Perez-­Rogers   was   a   ma-­ jority.  Therefore,  he  said  CAS  is  trying   to  address  all  buying  segments  such  as   commuters,   on-­campus   students   and   traditional,  convenient  value  shoppers.   Perez-­Rogers  said  the  venue  might   undergo  renovation  in  2013  but  he  does   not   anticipate   many   changes   because   the  space  was  renovated  two  years  ago   and  includes  all  of  the  necessary  equip-­ ment  to  continue  operating. This   summer,   administrators   will   be  working  on  pricing,  and  what  items   will  be  sold  in  the  Ozone  Cafe  as  well   as   the   name   of   the   new   cafe.   Perez-­   Rogers  encourages  students,  faculty  or   staff   to   contact   Students   Association   representatives,  Residence  Hall  Student   Association   representatives   or   CAS   Board   members   with   any   suggestions,   comments   or   changes   they   would   like   to  see  on  the  campus.  


The  New  Paltz  Oracle

Governor  to  Give  SUNY  Grants By  Maxim  Alter Managing  Editor  |  Malter42@newpaltz.edu

Interim  President   Donald   Christian   an-­ nounced  that  he  is  in  support  of  a  plan  that  would   secure   additional   funding   for   research   institu-­ WLRQVLQKRSHVWKDWLWZRXOGH[SDQGEHQHÂżWVWR New  Paltz  and  all  SUNY  schools. The   NYSUNY   2020   Challenge   Grant   pro-­ gram,   unveiled   by   SUNY   Chancellor   Nancy   Zimpher   and   Gov.   Andrew   Cuomo   on   May   2,   will   initially   consist   of   $35   million   in   capital   funding  for  the  four  SUNY  research  universities:   Albany,  Binghamton,  Buffalo  and  Stony  Brook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   good   for   New  York   and   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   good   for   SUNY   because   thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   some   potential   that   this   could  set  the  stage  for  comprehensive  campuses   like  New  Paltz  to  have  similar  funding  opportu-­ nities  in  the  future,â&#x20AC;?  Christian  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  different   for  us  than  for  the  research  centers,  but  nonethe-­ less,  the  principle  could  be  applicable  to  us.â&#x20AC;? According  to  a  press  release,  the  mission  of   the  program  is  to  make  SUNY  a  leading  catalyst   for  job  growth  throughout  the  state  and  strength-­ en   the   academic   programs   of   the   University   Centers.  Phase  one  of  the  program  is  worth  up  to   PLOOLRQZLWKLQLWLDOÂżQDQFLQJDGPLQLVWHUHG by   the   Empire   State   Development   Corporation  

(ESDC)  and   the   SUNY   Act   construction   fund.   The   funding   will   be   integrated   with   the   gover-­ nors  Regional  Economic  Development  Councils   and  administered  by  the  ESDC. Zimpher   said   Cuomoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   vision   of   the   pro-­ JUDPÂżWVSHUIHFWO\ZLWK681<ÂśVDELOLW\WREHDQ economic  driver  for  the  state. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  have  pledged  to  educate  the  most  adept   workforce  in  the  nation,  discover  innovative  so-­ OXWLRQVWRVRPHRIWKHPRVWYH[LQJVFLHQWLÂżFDQG socioeconomic  challenges,  improve  the  business   climate   in   our   state   and   enhance   the   quality   of   life  for  all  New  Yorkers,â&#x20AC;?  said  Zimpher  in  a  press   release.   In  order  to  be  eligible  for  the  funding,  the   four  campuses  must  submit  long  term  economic   DQG DFDGHPLF SODQV WKDW PHHW VSHFLÂżF FULWHULD These   requirements   include   funding   mecha-­ QLVPVVXFKDVFDSLWDOÂżQDQFLQJWXLWLRQLQFUHDVHV DQGSULYDWHVHFWRUÂżQDQFLQJ On   March   2,   the   New   York   State   Senate   passed   UB   2020,   legislation   that   supports   the   University   at   Buffaloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   (UB)   strategic   plan   to   encourage   economic   growth   and   create   jobs   in   Western  New  York.   Rita  Chan,  a  third-­year  biotechnology  major   at  UB,  said  she  recently  read  reports  about  how  

the  city  has  declined  economically  and  this  could   help  the  school  and  Buffalo.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;With   UB   2020,   their   pitch   was   that   by   helping   the   university,   they   would   be   helping   Western  New  York,â&#x20AC;?  she  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;If  the  school  can   have  more  students,  they  can  bring  more  money   to  the  Buffalo  area.â&#x20AC;? While  a  core  mission  of  administrators  is  to   educate  students  through  research,  Christian  said   SUNY   New   Paltz   is   different   from   a   research   university. He  said  the  college  brings  in  approximately   $5  million  in  external  research  grant  funding  to   the   campus,   which   is   much   different   than   the   funding  offered  by  research  universities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To  research  universities,  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  in  the  hun-­ dreds  of  millions  of  dollars,â&#x20AC;?  Christian  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;So   we   support   external   research,   we   celebrate   the   research  that  faculty  and  students  do,  but  it  has   to  be  framed  differently  in  our  mission  relative  to   that  of  a  research  institution.â&#x20AC;? According   to   a   press   release,   the   SUNY   plans  will  be  reviewed  by  Zimpher  and  recom-­ PHQGHG WR WKH (6'& %RDUG IRU ÂżQDO DSSURYDO with  some  aspects  requiring  legislative  approval.   7KHÂżUVWURXQGRIDSSURYDOVZLOOEHPDGHE\WKH end  of  this  year.

Destruction  Encourages  Communication By  Cat  Tacopina Copy  Editor  |  Ctacopina97@newpaltz.edu

This  spring,   some   at   SUNY   New   Paltz   students  became  used  to  the  poor  weather  con-­ ditions   that   plagued   the   area   during  April.   But   on   March   16   and   17,   these   conditions   saw   the   GHVWUXFWLRQRIRQHRIWKHVFKRRODWKOHWLFÂżHOGV According   to   the   Advisor   to   Club   Sports   -RH'HFNWKHÂżHOGVZHUHOHIWLQEDGVKDSHDIWHU a  tournament  that  the  schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Ultimate  Frisbee   Club  Team  held  on  campus.  It  had  been  raining   WKH QLJKW EHIRUH DQG WKH ÂżHOG ZDV QRW LQ JRRG condition  to  play  on. Council   of   Organizations   Chair   Shayna   Bentley   said   that   due   to   the   cleats   that   the   Ul-­ timate  Frisbee  players  wear  during  matches,  the   PXGG\ÂżHOGZDVPRUHSURQHWREHLQJWRUQXSDQG left  for  damage  over  the  course  of  the  weekend.   Both  Deck  and  Bentley  are  looking  to  im-­ prove   communications   between   departments   and   to   ensure   that   something   like   this   will   not   happen  again.  The  two  have  been  talking  about   improving  communication  between  all  clubs  on   campus.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shayna  and   I   have   talked   about   having   joint  meetings/workshops  to  better  educate  club   presidents  so  they  can  more  effectively  run  their   clubs,â&#x20AC;?  said  Deck.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  are  looking  to  make  sure   that  both  the  Athletics,  Wellness  and  Recreation   Department   and   SA   are   always   on   the   same   page.â&#x20AC;? According  to  Bentley,  these  club  meetings   will  include  herself,  Deck,  Student  Association   (SA)  Vice  President  of  Finance  Youssouf  Kouyo   and   â&#x20AC;&#x153;possiblyâ&#x20AC;?   Director   of   Student   Activities   and  Union  Services  Mike  Patterson.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  meetings  will  be  monthly,â&#x20AC;?  said  Bent-­ ley.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  want  to  have  these  meetings  just  to  kind   of  keep  in  touch  with  all  of  the  clubs,  you  know?   It  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  just  for  a  certain  group.â&#x20AC;? The   communication   between   Bentley   and   Deck   has   focused   on   making   sure   that   groups   stay  in  good  standing  and  that  different  organi-­ zations   can   stay   in   better   contact   with   one   an-­ other.  Bentley  said  that  club  sports  usually  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   use  the  Student  Union  and  that  having  Joe  Deck   will  encompass  all  clubs  on  campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With  the  four  of  us,  we  can  have  all  groups  

on  campus   and   weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   not   just   targeting   club   sports,â&#x20AC;?  said  Bentley.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  doing  this  so  that   everyone  can  know  what  is  going  on.â&#x20AC;? Deck   said   these   meetings   will   improve   communications   between   departments   so   that   QRERG\FDQEHQHÂżWIURPWKHPLVKDSVRIDFOXE that  is  not  within  the  department.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;If  a  club  is  in  bad  standing  with  either  de-­ partment  both  departments  are  aware  of  this  and   ZLOOQRWEHDEOHWRUHDSWKHEHQHÂżWVRIWKHRWKHU´ said  Deck.   Deck  also  said,  in  reference  to  club  sports,   this   type   of   communication   would   improve   all   aspects   including,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;travel   and   safety,   fundrais-­ LQJFRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWUHVROXWLRQVWUDQVLWLRQRIOHDGHUVKLS marketing,  recruitment  and  retention  and  a  few   more.â&#x20AC;?   Bentley   and   Deck   said   they   are   planning   to  start  these  meetings  next  year,  and  are  hoping   these  communications  between  the  two  of  them   will   improve   all   clubs   on   campus   for   years   to   come.   Bentley   said   these   communications   will   bring  all  clubs  closer  and  make  them  able  to  ben-­ HÂżWIURPRQHDQRWKHU

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News Briefs World Two  earthquakes  struck  southeast   Spain  in  quick  succession  Wednesday,   killing  at  least  10  people,  injuring   dozens  and  causing  major  damage   WREXLOGLQJVRIÂżFLDOVVDLG,WZDVWKH highest  quake-­related  death  toll  in   Spain  in  more  than  50  years. *****  A  10-­year-­old  boy  who  ran  away  from   KLVKRPHLQ%ROLYLDÂśVKLJKODQGVWRÂżQG his  mother  has  ended  up  in  Chile  after   traveling  1,000  kilometers  (620  miles)   hidden  in  a  metal  container  beneath  a   transport  truck. ***** The  African  nation  of  Congo  has  been   called  the  worst  place  on  earth  to  be  a   woman.  A  new  study  released  Wednes-­ day  shows  that  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  even  worse  than   previously  thought:  1,152  women  are   raped  every  day,  a  rate  equal  to  48  per   hour. That  rate  is  26  times  more  than  the   previous  estimate  of  16,000  rapes   reported  in  one  year  by  the  United   Nations.

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Student  Association   (SA)   elections   were   held   from   May  4  to  6  on  my.newpaltz.edu,  with  the  recent  result  cal-­ culations  revealing  who  would  lead  the  student  body.   Terrell   Coakley,   this   semesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   senate   chair,   was   named  SA  president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three   reasons   why   I   ran:   nobody   else   would,   [Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m]   one  of  those  people  that  has  the  charisma  and  the  personal   skills   to   convey   positions   and   I   know   what   [current   SA   President  Jennifer  Sanchez]  does  and  know  what  mistakes   not  to  make,â&#x20AC;?  said  Coakley.     Eve   Stern   and   Youssouf   Kouyo   were   re-­elected   for   their  respective  positions  and  newly-­elected  were  Ayanna   Thomas  vice  president  of  academic  affairs  and  governance   and  Laneesha  Bacchus  for  vice  president  of  programming. The  candidate-­elects  expressed  their  goals  for  the  up-­ coming   2011-­12   school   year,   with   some   also   explaining   what  they  wanted  to  improve  upon  in  their  respective  roles. Coakley   said   the   transition   between   Sanchez   and   himself  will  be  easier  because  of  the  close  friendship  they   share.   He   said   he   is   much   more   capable   of   handling   the   position  after  a  year  on  the  E-­board  instead  of  just  rushing   into  it  without  that  experience.  Coakley  also  said  Stern  and   Kouyo,  going  into  their  second  year  in  their  respective  po-­ sitions,  are  only  going  to  get  better. Coakleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   goals   include   increasing   transparency   and   making  students  realize  that  they  have  a  voice  in  what  af-­ fects  them.  He  also  wants  to  increase  student  participation   on  committees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   can   have   a   stronger   voice   if   we   educate   our-­ selves,â&#x20AC;?  he  said. Stern  has  been  re-­elected  for  the  position  of  executive   vice   president.   Advocating   for   such   projects   as   gender-­ neutral   bathrooms,   she   hopes   to   continue   this   effort   next   year  as  her  â&#x20AC;&#x153;main  priorityâ&#x20AC;?  with  gender-­neutral  and  sustain-­ able  housing.  Stern  is  also  working  on  composting  projects   in  the  Student  Union  (SU)  and  â&#x20AC;&#x153;greater  student  relationsâ&#x20AC;?   with  selecting  the  new  police  chief.  Both  are  on-­going  and   are   to   be   reviewed   and   worked   out   over   the   summer,   ac-­ cording  to  Stern. Both   Stern   and   returning   Vice   President   of   Finance   Kouyo   said   that   a   plan   was   being   considered   to   place   a   SXEOLFUHODWLRQVRIÂżFLDORQWKH6$([HFXWLYH%RDUGIRUQH[W year.   Some   changes   in   the   constitution   would   have   to   be   made,   according   to   Stern,   but   this   person   would   manage   Facebook-­type  events. Meanwhile,  Kouyoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  â&#x20AC;&#x153;main  goalâ&#x20AC;?  is  to  change  Budget   DQG)LQDQFH&RPPLWWHH %)& DQGPDNHLWPRUHHIÂżFLHQW He   said   people   always   complain   about   the   length   of   the   meetings.  He  said  he  also  wants  to  add  more  diversity  to   the  committee  with  more  â&#x20AC;&#x153;diverse  opinions  and  views.â&#x20AC;? In  addition,  Kouyo  said  he  wants  to  be  more  available   WR VWXGHQWV ERWK LQ DQG RXWVLGH WKH 6$ RIÂżFH PDNH VXUH VWXGHQWVJHWWUDLQHGRQKRZWRÂżOORXWSDSHUZRUNSURSHUO\ before  presenting  to  BFC  and  try  to  decrease  the  number   of  appeals. Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   goals   include   bettering   the   relationship   be-­

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SA ELECTION RESULTS BY THE NUMBERS tween  faculty  and  students,  improving  the  academic  advis-­ ing   faculty   Instant   Messenger   system   and   increasing   the   number  of  scholarships  available  to  students. Thomas   also   wants   to   introduce   Student   Evaluation   of  Advisor  (SEA)  forms.  Unlike  Student  Evaluation  of  In-­ struction  (SEI)  forms,  SEAs  will  be  surveys,  done  by  stu-­ dents,  which  will  go  back  to  department  chairs  where  they   can  evaluate  each  advisor. Bacchus  said  the  reason  she  chose  to  run  for  vice  presi-­ dent   of   programming   was   because   she   loves   the   process   of  planning,  executing  and  coordinating  events.  She  wants   students  to  have  fun  and  to  walk  away  from  an  event  with  a   feeling  that  it  was  one  of  the  best.  This  semester  she  wants   to  plan  a  comedy  show,  but  to  get  student  input  through  a   ÂżYHGD\VXUYH\DQGOLYHFRQYHUVDWLRQVLQ68WRJHWD feel  of  what  studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  want  to  see.   Bacchus   faced   a   tight   election   for   her   position   win-­ ning  236  to  224,  12  points  away  from  candidate  Mathew   -RKQ6KHVDLGVKHZDVÂłFRQÂżGHQWWKDWVKHZRXOGZLQ´EXW

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thought  that  it  would  be  between  herself  and  Jesse  Solotoff.   For  this  online  election,  only  721  out  of  7,833  regis-­ tered  students  at  New  Paltz  voted,  or  9  percent  of  the  total   campus   population.   Thomas   called   this   â&#x20AC;&#x153;completely   hor-­ ribleâ&#x20AC;?  and  said  she  wanted  to  increase  student  involvement   and   awareness.   She   realized   not   a   lot   of   students   attend   Senate   meetings;Íž   therefore,   she   is   planning   to   invite   stu-­ dents  and  faculty  to  SU  62/63  next  semester  to  see  what  SA   is  involved  with  and  what  they  are  working  on. To  better  address  student  involvement,  Thomas  is  also   considering,   and   will   be   working   out   the   details   over   the   summer,  appointing  10  students  to  committees  that  address   certain   topics/issues   facing   the   campus.  Appointing   these   students  early  so  they  can  get  â&#x20AC;&#x153;fairly  acquaintedâ&#x20AC;?  with  their   positions. Two  positions  on  the  Programming  Board  have  been   ÂżOOHGE\-DOHHVD'L[RQDQG-DQH\LD&DPSEHOO$OOSRVL-­ WLRQVRQWKHVWXGHQWVHQDWHKDYHEHHQÂżOOHG


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New  Machine  To  Allow  Students  To  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shop  24â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Copy  Editor  |  Rachel.freeman17@newpaltz..edu

Campus  Auxiliary   Services   (CAS)   and   Pepsi,  who  provides  SUNY  New  Paltzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  vend-­ ing,   will   soon   be   working   with   a   European   company  which  manufactures  automated  con-­ venience  stores  called  Shop  24.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shop  24  is  a  very  large  vending  machine,   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  about  the  size  of  a  bus  stop,â&#x20AC;?  said  CAS  Di-­ rector  Steve  Deutsch.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  can  carry  something   in   the   neighborhood   of   200   items,   the   largest   item   would   be   like   the   size   of   a   large   box   of   laundry  detergent.â&#x20AC;? These   24-­hour   machines,   which   are   on   both   the   SUNY   Cortland   and   SUNY   Morris-­ ville   campuses,   carry   a   variety   of   items   such   as  chips,  beverages,  candy,  tampons,  condoms   and  paper  towels.  Detergent  and  over  the  coun-­ ter  medications  will  also  be  sold.   The  overarching  reason  for  using  Shop  24   at  New  Paltz  was  to  increase  and  improve  stu-­ dent  convenience.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   program   is   being   introduced   to   the  campus  because  it  has  been  done  at  other   681< VFKRROV DQG ZRXOG IXOÂżOO WKH VWXGHQW need  and  want  of  having  easily  accessible  con-­ venient  store  items  at  any  time  of  the  day,â&#x20AC;?  said   CAS   Board   Student   Representative   Jonathan   Freifeld. While  this  is  the  primary  purpose,  another   extremely   important   motivation   stems   off   it,   that   being   the   concern   for   student   safety.  Ac-­ cording  to  Deutsch,  having  a  Shop  24  machine   would  keep  students  who  live  on  campus  â&#x20AC;&#x153;from   having  to  walk  into  town  or  to  Convenient  Deli   at   late   hours   because   they   need   something.â&#x20AC;?   Another  less  pressing  reason  is  to  provide  stu-­ dents   with   another   food   option   when   dining  

services  are  closed,  as  the  unit  is  refrigerated. The   idea   has   been   presented   to   the   CAS   Board   and   the   Cabinet   and   the   Resident   Hall   Student  Association  (RHSA)  and  Student  As-­ sociation   (SA)   have   pitched   the   idea   to   their   constituencies   as   well.   Students   and   admin-­ istrators   both   feel   it   will   be   â&#x20AC;&#x153;a   great   thing   to   have,â&#x20AC;?  but  their  one  worry  is  the  appearance  of   the  machine.  However,  Deutsch  does  not  feel   this  will  be  an  issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If  you  take  a  look  at  the  ones  that  were   built  for  those  other  campuses,  they  really  do  a   JRRGMREWRUHDOO\PDWFKWKHĂ&#x20AC;DYRURIWKHFDP-­ pus,â&#x20AC;?  Deutsch  said. CAS   will   start   off   with   one   machine   to   hopefully  be  placed  next  to  Parker  Theater  by   fall  2011.  The  cost  of  this  sole  unit  is  still  be-­ ing  discussed  as  there  are  many  different  ways   WR JR DERXW ÂżQDQFLQJ WKH PDFKLQH &$6 FDQ EX\LWVWDIILWDQGNHHSDOOWKHSURÂżWV3HSVLFDQ EX\LWVWDIILWDQGVSOLWWKHSURÂżWVZLWK&$6RU Shop  24  can  buy  it.  Other  choices  arise  as  well,   such  as  whether  the  machine  should  be  leased,   rented  or  purchased  and  whether  CAS  or  Pepsi   should  stock  it. So  far  the  idea  of  the  device  has  been  met   with  a  positive  student  response. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There   are   a   lot   of   times   when   there   are   no  places  open  to  eat,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;  said  second-­year  psy-­ chology  major  Kathryn  Janicke.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;This  sounds   so  handy.â&#x20AC;? 'HXWVFKLVFRQÂżGHQWWKDWWKHVXFFHVV6KRS 24  has  had  on  other  campuses  will  carry  over   to  New  Paltz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feedback   has   been   really   positive.   At   Morrisville   they   sell   out   every   weekend,   the   thing  is  absolutely  empty,â&#x20AC;?  Deutsch  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;My   colleagues,  my  peers  at  other  SUNY  campuses                              Campus  Auxiliary  Services  (CAS)  is  hoping  to  offer  new  vending  machines  from  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shop  24â&#x20AC;&#x2122;   have  all  been  very  happy  with  them.â&#x20AC;?                                          PHOTO  COURTESY  OF  FLICKR.COM

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Campus  Considers  Banning  Water  Bottles   By  Maxim  Alter Managing  Editor  |  Malter42@newpaltz.edu

The  Campus   Auxiliary   Services   (CAS)   Board   recently   discussed   an   ini-­ tiative  to  ban  the  sale  of  water  bottles  on   campus.     According  to  Jonathan  Freifeld,  who   sits   on   CAS   Board,   the   discussion   of   a   water  bottle-­free  campus  is  in  the  prelimi-­ nary  stages  and  there  is  no  plan  for  imple-­ mentation  to  move  forward.   He   said   if   the   idea   were   to   one   day   become   a   reality,   it   could   potentially   FDXVH&$6WRWDNHDÂżQDQFLDOKLWEHFDXVH of  contractual  agreements  the  college  has   with  Pepsi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  would  be  breaking  our  agreement  

with  Pepsi,â&#x20AC;?  said  Freifeld.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;They  were  un-­ able  to  tell  us  exactly  how  it  would  affect   us   at   our   last   meeting,   but   they   provide   money  to  CAS  so  [it]  would  take  a  hit.â&#x20AC;? Student   Association   Executive   Vice   President   Eve   Stern   said   the   quality   of   drinking  water  in  New  Paltz  would  need   to   be   thoroughly   examined   and   reported   on  to  CAS  in  order  for  any  decision  to  be   made. She  said  she  would  also  like  to  see  a   ZDWHU ÂżOWUDWLRQ V\VWHP DYDLODEOH LQ PXO-­ tiple  locations  on  campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  going  to  take  away  bottled   water  we  need  to  have  other  alternatives   available  for  our  community,â&#x20AC;?  Stern  said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most   importantly,   we   need   to   send   out   surveys  and  hold  forums  to  get  feedback  

from  our  community.â&#x20AC;? Stern  said  she  would  like  to  see  stu-­ dents  utilize  reusable  water  bottles,  which   FRXOGEHÂżOOHGDURXQGFDPSXVIURPZDWHU IRXQWDLQVRUÂżOWHUHGZDWHUVWDWLRQV Resident   Hall   Student   Association   President-­elect   Ranysha   Ware   said   she   brought   the   idea   to   CAS   Board   because   she  believes  water  bottles  are  a  waste. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Companies   like   Pepsi   -­   theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   frightened  us  to  think  that  tap  water  is  a   disgusting  thing  and  we  need  to  buy  bot-­ tled  water,â&#x20AC;?  Ware  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  feel  like  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  re-­ ally  wasteful  on  our  part,  especially  for  a   green  school  to  consume  so  much  bottled   water.â&#x20AC;? Stern   said   the   collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   contract   with   Pepsi   would   need   to   eventually   be  

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changed,  which   could   cause   a   surge   in   charges.  However,  the  college  would  still   be  required  to  sell  bottled  water  at  Seat-­ tleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Best  for  contractual  reasons. While  she  believes  removing  bottled   water   would   be   more   sustainable,   Stern   said  she  would  not  push  for  the  idea  un-­ less  a  majority  of  students  were  for  it. While   there   are   groups   on   campus   who   are   against   plastic   water   bottle   use,   Freifeld   said   they   will   continue   to   be   bought  and  consumed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There   will   always   be   people   who   want   to   use   water   bottles   to   drink   from,   whether   or   not   the   idea   is   implemented   on  campus,â&#x20AC;?  he  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;They  will  just  get   them  from  off  campus  sources  such  as  su-­ permarkets.â&#x20AC;?


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Two  leaders   in   the   campaign   to   le-­ galize   same-­sex   marriage   in   New   York   stopped  in  New  Paltz  Friday  on  their  walk   across  the  state  to  garner  support  for  the   movement.   Ron   Zacchi,   executive   director   of   Marriage   Equality   New   York   (MENY),   and   Fred   Anguera,   a   board   member   of   Marriage  Equality  New  York  Political  Ac-­ tion  Committee,  brought  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I  Doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?   tour   to   New   Paltz   after   beginning   their   travels  nearly  three  weeks  prior  in  Staten   Island.  They  were  joined  by  local  activists   and  Mayor-­elect  Jason  West,  who  sought   to  encourage  Sen.  John  Bonacic  and  oth-­ ers  to  support  â&#x20AC;&#x153;marriage  rights  for  all  New   Yorkers,â&#x20AC;?  said  Jay  Blotcher.   New   Paltz   residents,   Blotcher   and   West  met  the  pair  in  Peace  Park,  near  the   location  where  the  mayor-­elect  performed   nearly  30  same-­sex  marriages  during  his   ÂżUVWWHUP West,   who   was   later   charged   with   19   misdemeanor   counts   of   â&#x20AC;&#x153;solemnizing   marriages  without  a  licenseâ&#x20AC;?  by  the  coun-­ ty,  said  the  issue  of  same-­sex  marriage  is   one  he  still  cares  about.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  risked  death  threats   then  if  I  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  think  this  was  an  important   issue,  and  I  think  it  should  be  important  to   all  Americans,â&#x20AC;?   West   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Members   of   the   LGBT   community   have   been   treated   as   second-­class   citizens,   and   that   has   to   stop.â&#x20AC;?   Alongside   dozens   of   other   same-­sex   couples,  Blotcher  was  married  to  his  hus-­ band  in  2004  in  New  Paltz.  However,    all   of  the  marriages  West  performed  were  an-­ nulled  two  years  later.   Blotcher  said  the  fact  that  these  mar-­ riages  were  annulled  in  spite  of  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;trail-­ blazingâ&#x20AC;?   efforts   of   West   proves   that   in-­ equality  for  same-­sex  couples  still  exists   in  New  York.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;New   Paltz,   New   York   has   been   a   beacon   of   tolerance   and   understanding   when  others  could  not  be,â&#x20AC;?  he  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   want  to  continue  to  reach  out  to  the  hearts   and   minds   of   politicians   and   everyday   people.â&#x20AC;?   At  their  New  Paltz  stop  and  across  the   state,  Zacchi  and  Anguera  walked  across   the  area  and  handed  out  information  about   an  Internet  program  that  they  said  allowed   for  quicker  communication  with  state  and   ORFDORIÂżFLDOV The   pair   walked   down   Main   Street  

West  and  local  activists  join  leaders  of  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I  Doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?  tour  in  support  of  gay  marriage.                 to   distribute   information   about   Friend-­ factor,  which  Zacchi  said  was  designed  to   be  an  easy  way  to  get  friends  and  others  to   call  their  senators.   According   to   Zacchi,   those   who   log   on  to  friendfactor.org/ronz  can  enter  their   LQIRUPDWLRQWRÂżQGZKRWKHLUOHJLVODWRULV DQG EH GLUHFWO\ FRQQHFWHG WR WKHLU RIÂżFH by  phone.  The  program  also  provides  par-­ ticipants   with   a   â&#x20AC;&#x153;scriptâ&#x20AC;?   that   offers   sug-­ gestions  about  how  to  tell  legislators  that   they  should  support  same-­sex  marriage.   Since  the  700-­mile  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I  Doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?  tour   and   their   use   of   Friendfactor   started,   90   people  have  used  the  program  to  contact   legislators.   Zacchi   said   he   hopes   to   en-­ FRXUDJH  WR UHDFK RXW WR WKHLU RIÂż-­ cials.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;There  is  a  large  segment  of  the  popu-­ lation  that  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  get  involved  politically  

and  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  sure  how  to,â&#x20AC;?  he  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a   big   obstacle,   but   thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   why   weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   going   around.â&#x20AC;?   Blotcher  said  the  local  activists  have   also   sought   to   appeal   to   Bonacic,   who   only  supported  civil  unions.   Saying   that   he   questions   Bonacicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   â&#x20AC;&#x153;suitability  as  a  politicianâ&#x20AC;?  because  he  is   serving  the  people  in  accordance  with  the   Bible   and   not   the   constitution,   Blotcher   said   he   hopes   leaders   opposed   or   indif-­ ferent   to   the   issue   will   reconsider   their   stance.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   want   to   reach   out   to   any   poli-­ ticians   who   run   the   risk   of   being   on   the   wrong   side   of   history,â&#x20AC;?   Blotcher   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;They  may  not  have  something  against  it,   but  they  could  believe  their  constituency   does  and  that  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  the  case.â&#x20AC;?   According  to  a  January  poll  conduct-­

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                                PHOTO  BY  JULIE  MANSMANN                       ed   by   the   University   of   Quinnipiac,   56   percent  of  New  Yorkers  are  in  support  of   gay  marriage.  West  said  these  statistics  are   â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost  the  oppositeâ&#x20AC;?  of  polling  numbers   taken   during   the   time   that   he   performed   them  in  2004.   Gov.  Andrew  Cuomo  said  publically   that   heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   optimistic   same-­sex   marriage   will   be   legalized.   The   legalization   pro-­ cess  sustained  defeat  in  the  state  Senate  in   2009,  falling  eight  votes  short  of  passage.   Zacchi  and  Anguera  planned  to  reach   Albany   for   Equality   and   Justice   Day   on   Monday.   After   the   day   of   lobbying   and   protesting,   the   pair   will   make   stops   in   Buffalo,  Syracuse  and  then  will  return  to   New  York  City  by  bicycle.  The  tour  will   end   with   a   week-­long   walk   across   Long   Island.  


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Openly  Gay  Cadet  Denied  Re-­admission By  Ricardo  Hernandez  Jr. Staff  Writer  |  Rhernandez02@newpaltz.edu Katherine   Miller,   a   current   Yale   Uni-­ versity  student  and  former  West  Point  cadet   was  rejected  for  readmission  into  The  United   States   Military  Academy   at   West   Point   last   year  despite  the  military  working  toward  re-­ pealing   the   Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  Ask,   Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   Tell   (DADT)   policy.   Miller  initially  left  the  academy  because   she  said  she  was  unable  to  hide  her  sexuality.     DADT,   a   policy   created   under   the   Clinton   administration,   was   put   in   place   to   â&#x20AC;&#x153;protectâ&#x20AC;?  those  in  the  armed  forces,  accord-­ ing  to  David  F.  Burelli,  specialist  in  Military   Manpower   Policy.   Although   many   believe   that  the  actions  of  the  administration  were  to   oppress  those  in  the  LGBTQ  community,  the   policy  states  that  it  is  in  the  best  interest  of   those  serving  in  the  armed  forces.   It  is  said  that  it  â&#x20AC;&#x153;holds  that  the  presence  

in  the   armed   forces   of   persons   who   dem-­ onstrate   a   propensity   or   intent   to   engage   in   same-­sex  acts  would  create  an  unacceptable   risk  to  the  high  standards  of  morale,  good  or-­ der  and  discipline,  and  unit  cohesion  which   are   the   essence   of   military   capability.â&#x20AC;?   In   other  words,  one  is  not  able  to  report  on  their   sexual  orientation,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;for  the  best  of  the  mili-­ tary.â&#x20AC;?  The  action  is  to  not  ask  anyone  of  their   sexual  orientation,  and  to  not  report  or  speak   about  it,  mostly  if  it  involves  relations  with   the  same-­sex.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   never   understood   the   policy   and   how   it   was   supposed   to   â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;helpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   the   people   serving,  and  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  sad  that  to  this  day  discrimi-­ nation  is  still  so  institutionalized,â&#x20AC;?  said  third-­ year  TV  radio  production  and  Black  Studies   major  Euclyn  Williams.   This   past   year   the   Obama   administra-­ tion  repealed  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  Ask,  Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  Tell,â&#x20AC;?  which   made   it   clear   that   men   and   women   serving   in  uniform  will  no  longer  have  to  hide  their  

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sexual  identity   according   to   The   New   York   Times.   After   the   policy   was   repealed,   Miller   reapplied  to  the  United  States  Military  Acad-­ emy  at  West  Point  in  the  hopes  of  being  able   to  serve  without  hiding  her  sexual  identity.   Her  effort  to  return  to  the  academy  was   rejected   due   to   the   fact   that   DADT   would   not   go   into   effect   until   six   months   after   its   signing.  The  DADT  policy  will  go  into  effect   mid-­summer.   Many  members  of  the  LGBTQ  commu-­ nity  agree  that  Miller  was  strong  and  respect-­ ful  in  her  actions  to  leave  West  Point  such  as   President   of   Queer  Action   Coalition   Joseph   Pine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  admire  Katherine  Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  original  de-­ cision  to  leave.  It  took  courage,  and  a  strong   sense  of  self-­awareness,â&#x20AC;?  he  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;She  was   unable  to  take  the  battle  for  personal  liberties   WRRWKHUFRXQWULHVDQGLQVWHDGFKRVHWRÂżJKW for   personal   liberties   on   a   domestic   level.  

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OUT OF THE DARKNESS

Rock Against Racism and SA Productions Feature

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Students walk for suicide prevention

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HISTORIC HUGUENOT STREET Community members appreciate life without light

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A Light Out of the Darkness

AMERICAN FOUNDATION OF SUICIDE PREVENTION COMES TO CAMPUS By  Katie  Kocijanski Staff  Writer  |Kkocijanski14@newpaltz.edu

The  overall   goal   of   the   Out   of   the   Darkness   campus   walk   held   last   Sat-­ urday,   May   1   was   to   bring   suicide   out   of   the   Darkness   and   into   the   light.  The   PRQH\ UDLVHG ZLOO EHQHÂżW WKH $PHUL-­ can   Foundation   of   Suicide   Prevention   $)63  Suicide  is  the  second  leading  cause   of  death  among  college  students  and  the   third   among   adolescents   between   the   DJHVRIDQGVDLGÂżUVW\HDUYLVXDO arts   and   graphic   design   major   Lynda   Hartley.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  more  that  people  are  aware  of   such   a   devastating   epidemic   the   more   they  can  help  and  prevent,â&#x20AC;?  said  Hartley.   Hartley   said   he   believes   that   the   walk   has   a   greater   impact   then   people   really  think.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;When   students   see   a   big   proces-­ sion   through   campus   they   are   naturally   curious   as   to   what   is   going   on,â&#x20AC;?   said   Hartley.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even  if  we  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  get  them  all   to  come  to  the  walk,  we  can  still  impact   and  make  them  think.â&#x20AC;? The   Out   of   the   Darkness   walks   are   just  a  small  part  of  the  grand  picture.  The   money   they   raise   goes   into   research   to   help  the  future,  said  Hartley.  $FFRUGLQJ WKH $PHULFDQ )RXQGD-­ WLRQRI6XLFLGH3UHYHQWLRQ $)63 ZHE-­ site,  the  foundation,  which  was  founded   in   1987,   is   one   of   the   leading   national,     QRQSURÂżW RUJDQL]DWLRQV WKDW XVHV UH-­ search,  education  and  advocacy  to  under-­ stand  and  prevent  suicide.  The    founders   RIWKLVRUJDQL]DWLRQZHUHVKRFNHGE\WKH rise  in  numbers  of  suicide  and  felt  that  it   was  necessary  to  take  action.   $)63 LV ZRUNLQJ WR HGXFDWH WKH public  through  workshops,  website,  and   videos   .   The   website   has   numerous   re-­ sources   for   the   general   public,   schools,   FROOHJHVDQGKHDOWKLQVWLWXWHV7KH$)63 also   plays   a   large   part   in   the   aftermath   of  suicide.  They  have  support  groups  for  

families  and  friends  who  have  lost  loved   ones   to   suicide   and   workshops   on   cop-­ ing  with  the  pain.  There  are  also  groups   for  those  who  have  survived  the  pain  of   suicide.   Third-­year   Graphic   design   major     Dennis  Yu  also  participated  in  the  walk.   He  alone  raised  around  $250.  Yu  hopes   that   this   walk   shows   people   and   locals   that   there   are   people   who   care   about   those  dealing  with  depression.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   hope   the   walk   raised   awareness   for   suicide   victims   and   I   wish   people   would   take   hints   of   suicide   seriously,â&#x20AC;?   said  Yu.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;If   I   do   not   see   the   signs   of   a   suicidal   victim,   I   want   to   make   myself   available  for  those  who  are  on  the  verge   of  taking  their  life.â&#x20AC;?   Yu    became  involved  with  the  cause   after   speaking   with   many   friends   who   had  become  depressed.  He  believes  that   E\EHFRPLQJLQYROYHGZLWKWKH$)63KH is  able  to  show  people  he  is  here  if  they   need  him.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   believe   that   you   are   able   to   pre-­ vent   suicide   if   you   see   that   signs   of   depression   before   suicide,â&#x20AC;?   said   Yu.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   want  to  show  that  anyone  can  be  a  vic-­ tim   of   suicide   and   people   should   care   because  you  cannot  gain  a  life  once  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   gone.â&#x20AC;?   $FFRUGLQJWRWKHFDSWDLQRIWKHWHDP for  the  walk,  Charlene  Martoni,  a  total  of   $1,042  was  raised.  The  people  who  par-­ ticipated  walked  in  honor  of    lost  loved   ones,   or     were   survivors   of   suicide;Íž   there   were   also   people   there   who   were   â&#x20AC;&#x153;touched  by  the  ripple-­effect  that  suicide   often  creates.â&#x20AC;?  Between  20  to  30  walkers   participated.   Walkers  and  volunteers  met  outside   RIWKH$WKOHWLF :HOOQHVV&HQWHUZKHUH registration  took  place.  Food  and  infor-­ mational  pamphlets  were  handed  out  as   music  played.    Martoni  and  Nicole  Gior-­ dano   of   the   Psychological   Counseling   Center  spoke  about  signs  and  causes  of   suicide.   Jackie   Northaker,   who   lost   her   best  friend  to  suicide,  shared  her  experi-­

Students  walk  across  campus  for  suicide  prevention.                                                  3+2726%<&+$5/(1(0$5721, ences  as  well.     Finally,  biodegradable  balloons  were  let   3URIHVVLRQDOV IURP 2$6,6+DYHQ go  and  bubbles  were  blown  in  memory   set   up   a   table   to   speak   with   anybody   of  those  lost.   who  needed  to  talk.    Participants  walked   For   more   information   please   visit   DURXQGFDPSXV8SRQUHWXUQLQJDUDIĂ&#x20AC;H www.afsp.org  or  www.outofthedarkness. took  place.  Donations  came  from  Barner   org.  Donations  are  being  accepted  until   %RRNV0DQQ\ÂśV$UW6XSSOLHV7KH*LOG-­ June  30.  Together,  we  can  bring  suicide   HG2WWHUDQG5KLQHEDFN$UWLVWÂśV6KRSSH out  of  the  darkness.  

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The  New  Paltz  Oracle COMMUNITY FEATURE

History Under Candle Light

TOUR HELD ON OLD HUGUENOT STREET TO APPRECIATE ELECTRICITY

Historic  Huguenot  Street  hosted  a  candllelit  tour  of  the  houses,  emphasizing  the  different  ways  these  families  survived  without  electricity.                                                                                    PHOTO    COURTESY  OF  COLLEEN  MAHER By  Colleen  Maher

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  romance  was  gone  after  about   purchased   or   handmade   using   whale   36   hours,â&#x20AC;?   he   said   of   the   blackout.     blubber,  said  Ortiz.     It   was   normal   to   have   one   of   these   Huguenot   Street   hosted   a   Candle   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sure,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  fun  to  light  some  candles  and   tell  scary  stories  in  the  dark,  but  after  a   Âż[WXUHVSODFHGLQWKHPLGGOHRIWKHGLQ-­ light   Tour   of   the   historic   area   on  April   30,   which   showcased   the   Deyo   House,   the   LeFevre   House   and   the   Jean   Hasb-­ rouck  House  -­  each  built  during  a  differ-­ ent  time  period.  The  tour  emphasized  the   different   ways   these   families   kept   their   houses  lit  without  the  luxury  of  electric-­ ity.     Âł7KLVLVDYHU\GHWDLOHGDQGVSHFLÂżF tour  that  was  designed  to  give  people  an   appreciation  for  the  reality  of  life  during   this  time  period,â&#x20AC;?  said  Director  of  Public   Programs   at   Historic   Huguenot   Street,   Richard   Heyl   de   Ortiz.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   try   to   give   people  a  good  feel  as  to  what  day-­to-­day   life  was  like.â&#x20AC;?     Ortiz   shared   a   brief,   personal   story   ner  table  to  provide  light  for  the  family   to  the  small  gathering  of  participants  be-­ while  it  gets  pretty  old.â&#x20AC;? 7KH PRVW SRSXODU OLJKW Âż[WXUHV ZKLOHWKH\DWH,IWZRÂż[WXUHVZHUHXVHG fore   the   tour   began   about   a   time   when   used   in   these   houses   included   candles,   it  was  considered  a  splurge.  All  of  these   he   was   without   power   for   two   weeks   oil   lamps,   kerosene   lamps   and   portable   produced   a   minimal   amount   of   light;Íž   in   South   Hampton,   the   result   of   a   hur-­ FKDPEHUVWLFNV6XFKÂż[WXUHVFRXOGEH KRZHYHU ODPSV ZLWK SULVPV UHĂ&#x20AC;HFWHG ricane.     Staff  Writer  |  N01956020@newpaltz.edu

â&#x20AC;&#x153; We try to give people a

good feel as to what dayto-day life was likeâ&#x20AC;?

-RICHARD HEYL DE ORTIZ

Thursday,  May  12,  2011

off  more  light,  and  kerosene  lamps  with   a  circle  wick  gave  off  more  light  as  op-­ SRVHGWRDĂ&#x20AC;DWZLFN Light   wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   only   needed   indoors,   it   was   necessary   for   outdoors   as   well.     During  the  early  1900s,  there  were  sev-­ eral  accounts  of  people  falling  down  in   the  streets  and  crashing  into  fences  due   to  the  lack  of  streetlights.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;Car   accidents   increased   400   per-­ cent   in   this   time   period   due   to   the   lack   of   lighting,â&#x20AC;?   said   Heyl   de   Ortiz.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;This   goes   to   show   you   that   light   wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   just   needed  for  luxury  and  convenience,  but   for  safety  as  well.â&#x20AC;?    Fireplaces  provided  not  only  light,   but   also   heat   for   the   residents.     After   dinner,  it  was  typical  for  the  families  to   JDWKHU LQ D IDPLO\ URRP DURXQG D ÂżUH-­ place  to  reminisce  and  entertain  guests.     As  the  tour  came  to  an  end,  the  group   walked   out   into   the   streets   to   return   to   their   cars   and   homes.   Immediately,   ev-­ eryone   noticed   the   four   streetlights   that   lined  the  block.


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Media and Marketing CERTIFICATE PROGRAM TO BE OFFERED THIS SUMMER By  Jaleesa  Baulkman Features  Editor  |  Jbaulkman75@newpaltz.edu

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Hodgens

Fourth-­Year Major in International Business

Annie  Yu:  How  did  you  end  up  at  New  Paltz? Steve  Hodgens:  ,FKRVH1HZ3DOW]EHFDXVHRIWKHDWPRVSKHUHDQG DFDGHPLFVVSHFLÂżFDOO\WKHEXVLQHVVSURJUDPDQGWKHLQWLPDF\RILW $QG,ORYHWKHWRZQWKHWLHG\HWKHKLSSLHVRQWKHVWUHHWWKHJULPH $QGWKHÂżQDQFLDODVSHFWRIFRXUVHZDVLPSRUWDQW,WZDVFKHDSHUWKDQ any  other  private  school. AY:  What  are  some  of  your  fondest  memories  at  New  Paltz? SH:  I  loved  every  second  with  my  friends  and  I  think  that  experi-­ ence  is  my  fondest  experience  and  outweighs  all  the  academia.  I  love   that  everyone  single  one  of  my  friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  apartments  has  a  name.  La   &XFDUDFKD/D&DQWLQD,ÂśPXSVHWWKDWLQP\ODVWVHPHVWHU&ODUH)RUG LVQÂśWKHUH6KHÂśVVWXG\LQJDEURDGLQ$XVWUDOLD,VHULRXVO\PHWWKHEHVW people  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  ever  know  in  New  Paltz. AY:  Where  is  your  favorite  place  to  go  to  in  town? SH:  My  favorite  place  to  go  in  the  town  of  New  Paltz  is  the  moun-­ WDLQVWKH2YHUORRNDQG&RZ6SRW&RZ6SRWLVWKLVZD\RQWKH5DLO Trail  where  you  can  look  over  the  mountains  and  see  the  cows  and   thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  stream  running  there.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  good  place  to  have  wine  with   some  friends. AY:  What  has  been  the  best  part  of  New  Paltz  in  general? SH:  ,WKLQNWKDW1HZ3DOW]DOORZHGPHWRFRPHRXWZKLFKLVDELJ WKLQJ,WLVDZKROHVRPHDOOHQFRPSDVVLQJFRPPXQLW\VRLWZDVHDV\ WRÂżQGP\RZQLGHQWLW\KHUHDQGEUHDNDZD\IURPP\KLJKVFKRRO VHOI%UHDNDZD\IURPWKHIDNHSHUVRQ,KDGGHYHORSHGDQG1HZ3DOW] PDGHWKDWIULFNHQHDV\6RWKDWÂśVEHHQWKHPRVWLPSRUWDQWWKLQJWRPH that  New  Paltz  has  provided. AY:  If  your  friends  had  to  classify  you  as  an  animal,  what  would   they  say  you  are  and  why?   SH:  3HUKDSVDJUDVVKRSSHU%HFDXVH,DPWHQDFLRXVDQGGULYHQEXW, DOVRFKLOOKRSDURXQG,ÂśPDOZD\VPRYLQJDQGFDQNLQGRIEHDQQR\ LQJVRPHWLPHV<HDKJUDVVKRSSHU   AY:  Speaking  of  graduation,  what  are  your  plans  for  after  gradu-­ ation? SH:  I  am  taking  a  year  off  to  do  some  internships  and  travel.  I  am   JRLQJWR&KLOHWRYLVLW5\DQ5HXWHUVKDQZKRZLOOEHVWXG\LQJDEURDG WKHUH$QG*UHHFHWRYLVLWVRPHRWKHUIULHQGV$QGWKHQ,ÂśPDSSO\LQJ WRVHYHQJUDGVFKRROVDQG,ÂśOOJRWRRQHRIWKRVHLQ6HSWHPEHU AY:  What  advice  would  you  give  to  the  incoming  class? SH:  *HWRXWRI\RXUURRP%HRXWVLGH+DYHDQRSHQPLQGWRZDUGV people  who  arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  like  you.  Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  what  college  is  for.  

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FEATURES |  5B  

The New  Paltz  Oracle CAMPUS FEATURE

Three Cheers for Crap

STUDENT CHARITY GROUP SHOWS APPRECIATION FOR “SHIT LIT” By Bianca  Mendez Contributing  Writer  |    nbmendez57@newpaltz.edu

Ever hear  that  saying,  “That  was  so   bad  that  it  was  actually  good?”  This  was   on   everybody’s   mind   after   hearing   sev-­ eral  pieces  of  “shit  lit.”   On   Friday,   May   6,   Dumbledore’s   Army   of   New   Paltz   hosted   a   “Shit   Lit   Reading”  at  Cafeteria  in  New  Paltz.    Sign-­ups  began  at  6:30  p.m.  for  any-­ one  who  wanted  to  present  their  own  cre-­ ative  work.  However,  it  was  only  if  they   loved  what  they  read  enough  to  poke  fun   at  it.   A   lot   of   people   may   be   wondering,   ZKDWFDQEHFODVVL¿HGDV³VKLWOLW´" “Shit  Lit  is  basically  where  you  take   a   piece   of   shitty   literature,   poetry,   song   lyrics,  etc.  and  perform  a  dramatic  read-­ ing  of  it,”  said  Beverly  Schreiber,  chap-­ ter   organizer   of   Dumbledore’s  Army   at  

New Paltz. Dumbledore’s   Army   of   New   Paltz   began  last  spring,  with  just  a  small  group   of  friends  who  like  “Harry  Potter.”  It  was   second-­year   student   Beverly   Schreiber   who   founded   the   New   Paltz   Chapter   of   the  Harry  Potter  Alliance.   “My  goal  for  this  club  is  to  provide   a   place   where   “Harry   Potter”   fans   can   come   to   discuss   their   favorite   parts   of   this   series   who   also   have   an   interest   in   advocacy,”   Schreiber   said.   “We   are   pri-­ marily   an   advocacy   group,   just   full   of   “Harry  Potter”  fans  and  we  try  to  do  as   many   “Harry   Potter”   related   events   as   we  can.” A   memorable   piece   from   the   night   was   a   passage   from   a   Harry   Potter   fan-­ ¿FWLRQ ³0\ ,PPRUWDO´ UHDG E\ 'XPE-­ ledore’s   Public   Relations   Representa-­ tive,  Nicole  Brinkley.  

Audience members   said   they   were   impressed   that   people   could   take   some-­ thing   as   simple   as   literature   and   put   a   creative  twist  to  it.   “It   was   fun   to   have   people   come   in   who   hadn’t   known   about   it,   and   get   a   kick   out   of   the   people   reading,”said   Brinkley.   Like   all   of   their   previous   events,   Dumbledore’s  Army   will   donate   all   the   proceeds  to  a  cause.  For  “Shit  Lit,”  they   decided   to   donate   to   an   AIDS   charity   event.   According   to   Schreiber,   Dumb-­ lerdore’s  Army     also   wanted   to   host   an   event   that   will   interest   non-­members   to   come  and  check  out  their  club  as  an  ad-­ vocacy  organization.   “Anytime   we   choose   to   focus   on   a   charity  or  issue,  we  vote  on  it  as  a  group,”   said   Schreiber.   “We   want   the   advocacy  

groups that  we  support  as  a  club  to  be  the   groups  and  issues  that  our  members  feel   a  connection  to.” Schreiber   hopes   this   event   will   in-­ spire  other  students  to  come  join  Dumb-­ ledore’s  Army  next  semester.   “The  point  is  to  appreciate  the  shitty   literature   in   the   world,”   Schreiber   ex-­ plained.  ‘It’s  not  meant  to  be  making  fun   of  bad  literature,  but  rather  look  at  it  in  a   humorous  way.” With   all   the   events   happening   Fri-­ day,  the  turnout  was  still  good.     “I   think   anybody   who   attended   knows   that   one   person’s   shit   is   another   person’s   gold,”   said   Brinkley.   “People   know   that   it’s   okay   to   poke   fun   at   your   own  work  and  not  to  take  it  personally.” For  more  information  about  this  or-­ ganization,  visit  http://danewpaltz.yolas-­ ite.com  as  well  as  their  Facebook  page.

Hello! My  name  is  Pamela  Vivanco.  Welcome  to  this  semester’s  last  sustainable  solutions  column.  For  this  week’s  column   I  have  spoken  to  a  few  people  about  why  they  practice  sustainable  living.  I  encourage  all  of  you  to  incorporate  sustainable   practices  into  your  life.  While  one  person  recycling  might  not  make  a  huge  difference,  a  collective  effort  would!  

Sustainable solution #7:

I incorporate   these   practices   in   my   life   as   much   as   possible   because   I’m   conscious   Spread the power of sustainable living of  my  effects  as  one  person.  Many  people   Aside  from  incorporating  sustainable  prac-­ don’t   recycle   or   take   part   in   similar   prac-­ tices  into  your  life,  encourage  others  to  do   tices  because  of  the  notion,  “I  won’t  make  a   the  same  for  the  well-­being  of    future  gen-­ difference,  I’m  just  one  person”.   However,   what   if   everyone   did   it,   that   erations! would   make   a   difference.   I   doesn’t   take   much   to   recycle,   reuse,   buy   less,   etc.   It’s   Why do you incorporate sustainable about  not  being  lazy,  being  conscious  and   practices into your life?: aware.   I  like  to  think  of  myself  as  part  of  the  solu-­   tion  instead  of  part  of  the  problem.  The  real-­ -­SA  Executive  Vice  President  Eve  Stern ity  is  that  our  lifestyles  in  the  United  States   are  inevitably  ecologically  destructive.    But   Do you think it is important for othZHFDQUHGXFHWKDWLPSDFWVLJQL¿FDQWO\MXVW by  being  mindful  of  how  our  actions  impact   ers to pursue a sustainable lifethe  environment.    We  need  larger  structural   style? How come? changes  in  society  and  in  the  world,  but  in   Of  course.  As  humans,  it’s  our  responsibil-­ the  meantime,  we  should  do  what  we  can  as   ity  to  be  responsible  for  the  effects  we  have   individuals  to  reduce  our  destructive  impact   on   our   environment.   Our   environment   is   on  the  earth. not   nearly   appreciated   enough.   Only   until   our  planet  hits  rock  bottom,  and  we  are  not   -Sociology  Chair  Brian  Obach able   to   survive,   will   people   really   realize  

they can  make  a  difference  and  they  do.     -­SA  Executive  Vice  President  Eve  Stern So   many   of   us   believe   that   we   cannot   do   anything  to  foster  social  change.  But  in  fact,   one  of  the  most  profound  and  potentially  ac-­ cessible  things  to  do  as  an  agent  of  change   is  to  try  to  live  sustainably:  buy  local  food,   shop  in  local  stores,  use  public  transporta-­ tion,  walk  or  bike  for  errands  under  one  to   two  miles.  If  we  all  did  these  things  it  would   have  a  tremendous  impact  on  the  earth.  It’s   been  calculated  that  in  the  U.S.,  40  percent   of  all  trips  are  two  miles  or  less  and  for  90   percent  of  these  trips  people  use  their  cars.   If  just  1  million  people  (out  of  over  300  mil-­ lion  that  live  in  the  US)  replaced  a  two  mile   car  trip  once  a  week  with  a  bike  ride,  CO2   emissions  could  be  reduced  by  50,000  tons   per  year.                                                             -­Sociology  Professor  Peter  Kaufman  

Thursday, May  12,  2011

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

WITH PAMELA VIVANCO


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The New  Paltz  Oracle

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The Lord and the Rings

NEW PALTZ STUDENTS GIVE OPINIONS ON ROYAL WEDDING FESTIVITIES By Gabrielle  Feliciano Contributing  Writer  |  N00897779@newpaltz.edu

With a  text  message  that  reads“Are  you  watching?!”  20-­year-­old  Molly  Ho-­ arty  jolted  awake.    It  was  5  a.m.    Blurry-­eyed  and  tired,  Hoarty  rolled  over  and   replied  to  her  mom,  “No,  not  yet!”   It   was   just   an   ordinary   Friday.   But   for   Hoarty,   a   second-­year   student   at   SUNY  New  Paltz,  this  was  nothing  less  than  extraordinary.    She  was  about  to   witness  a  real-­life  fairy  tale:  the  royal  wedding.   The  possible  future  King  of  England,  Prince  William,  married  Catherine   Middleton,  a  commoner  on  April  29.    According  to  USA  Today,  23  million  Ameri-­ cans  tuned  in  to  watch  this  historic  wedding.  The  couple  married  at  The  Collegiate  Church  of  St.  Peter  at  Westminster   (or  Westminster  Abbey)  located  in  Westminster,  London  where  Princess  Diana,   his  mother’s  funeral  was  held  14  years  ago.     “You  look  beautiful,”  said  Prince  William  to  Middleton  when  he  laid  eyes   on  her.  She  wasdressed  in  a  lace,  long-­sleeved  Sarah  Burton  gown. “Kate  Middleton  was  just  an  ordinary  girl  who  is  now  a  princess,”  said  

Hoarty.  “Every  girl  wishes  they  could  be  a  princess.”   To  Hoarty,  Middleton  became  a  modern  day  Cinderella. “America  doesn’t  have  a  royal  family,”  said  Hoarty.    “There  is  something   magical  and  fascinating  about  this  aspect  of  British  culture.” Months  of  media  coverage  ranged  from  the  guest  list  to  Middleton’s  gown.   For   Hoarty,   a   self-­proclaimed   “wedding   guru,”   the   fantastic   fashions   and   hats   worn  by  the  guests  were  her  favorite  part. Although  many  Americans  tuned  into  the  event  for  a  variety  of  reasons,  for   some,  April  29  was  a  typical  day. At  5  a.m.,  SUNY  New  Paltz  graduate  student  Zorielle  Rodriguez  had  been   XSDOOQLJKW5RGULJXH]ZRUNHGWR¿QLVKKHUFXUULFXOXPJXLGHVRWKDWVKHFRXOG get  started  on  the  four  papers  that  she  had  to  do.     “The  royal  wedding  is  meaningless  to  me,”  said  Rodriguez.     As  an  education  major,  Rodriguez  said  she  believes  “news  coverage  should   have   been   used   on   educational   reform   or   diplomatic   strategies   in   the   Middle   East.” Rodriguez  assumes  the  popularity  of  this  royal  wedding  is  because  of  the  

tragic death  of    Princess  Diana. “I  tune  out  all  media  coverage  about  the  wedding,  I  have  too  many  other   things  to  concentrate  on,”  said  Rodriguez.    Instead,  Rodriguez  choose  to  spend   the  day  focusing  on  schoolwork  to  maintain  her  grade  point  average. From  the  perspective  of  a  future  historian,  graduate  student,  Jamie  Lewis,   believes  the  media  coverage  of  the  royal  wedding  tells  us  about  our  culture.     “It  tells  us  a  lot  about  what  we  accept  and  reject;;  what  values  society  holds   dear,”  said  Lewis. However,  Lewis,  who  grew  up  in  Newcastle  upon  Tyne,  England,  thinks   taxpayers  should  not  have  to  help  fund  the  wedding.     “Who  are  these  people?”  said  Lewis.    “I  never  met  them.  I  have  friends  I’d   take  a  knife  through  the  gut  for  and  I  wouldn’t  watch  their  wedding  videos.  So   why  should  I  care  about  this?” An  estimated  two  billion  people  around  the  world  tuned  into  to  watch  Prince   William  and  Middleton  seal  two  kisses  on  the  balcony  of  Buckingham  Palace.     “It  is  an  escape  from  all  the  other  things  going  on  in  our  world,”  Hoarty   said.  “It’s  a  joyful  occasion.”

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

New Paltz Gets Nas-ty Over Racism PANELS, RAPPERS AND OTHER ARTISTS ROCK COLLABORATED EVENT ON CAMPUS

Rapper  Nas  was  the  main  performer  for  the  Normal/SSDP  and  Student  Association  Productionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Rock  Against  Racism.                                                                                                                            PHOTO  BY  LAURA  LUENGAS By  Jaleesa  Baulkman Features  Editor  |  JBaulkman75@newpaltz.edu

Nas  graced   the   stage   of   the   Elting   Gym   for   a   brief   perfor-­ mance   as   the   main   act   for   Normal/SSDP   and   Student  Associa-­ tionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  (SA)  Production  of  the  12th  annual  Rock  Against  Racism,   May  6  and  7.   According  to  Executive  Vice  President  of  Programming  An-­ thony  Lino,  Nas  was  chosen  through  a  collective  decision  made   by  SA  Productions.  They  hoped  his  performance  would  reinforce   WKHVLJQLÂżFDQFHRIXQLW\DQGLQVSLUHVWXGHQWVWRFRPHXSZLWKQHZ SRVVLEOHVROXWLRQVWRZDUGEHFRPLQJPRUHXQLÂżHG â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  want  to  be  able  to  provide  an  entertaining  experience,â&#x20AC;?   said   Lino.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;But   also   promote   social,   intellectual   and   academic   awareness  amongst  students.â&#x20AC;? According  to  Lino,  the  mission  of  Rock  Against  Racism  was   to  promote  unity  and  create  a  positive  environment  where  students   of  all  cultural  backgrounds  can  meet.   For  the  past  12  years,  New  Paltz  students  and  residents  have   gathered   at   the   Old   Main   Quad   for   a   community   event   that   en-­ courages  unity  and  raises  awareness  about  the  racial  disparities  of   the  War  on  Drugs,  a  40-­year-­old  prohibition  campaign  intended  to  

reduce  the  illegal  drug  trade.   Although  many  students  said  they  thought  the  performance   was  great,  some  felt  it  was  too  short. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  know  why  $50,000  of  the  schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  money  went  to   DPLQXWHSHUIRUPDQFH´VDLGÂżUVW\HDUFRPPXQLFDWLRQVPDMRU Chris  Owens.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  was  a  good  performance,  but  it  lasted  for  two   seconds.  [That  money]  couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  been  spent  elsewhere.â&#x20AC;? There  were  also  some  changes  made  to  the  event  in  an  effort   to  incorporate  the  prevalent  issue  of  racism,  said  Lino.   This  year,  Normal/SSDP  and  SA  Productions  kicked  off  the   event  with  a  student  and  faculty  panel  discussion  on  the  impact  of   race  and  racism  in  the  United  States  on  Friday,  May  6  in  Lecture   Center  Room  102.   The  open  forum  about  race  and  racism  was  suggested  to  Lino   E\3URIHVVRU.DUDQMD&DUUROORIWKH%ODFN6WXGLHV'HSDUWPHQWEH-­ cause  he  felt  that  in  years  prior  to  this,  Rock  Against  Racism  has   dealt  with  a  lot  of  rock  but  not  racism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   message   received   from   past   Rock   Against   Racism   HYHQWVKDYHEHHQPRUHRQWKHOHJDOL]DWLRQRIPDULMXDQDWKDQWKH VLJQLÂżFDQFHRIUDFLVP´VDLGWKLUG\HDU%ODFN6WXGLHVPDMRU)DLVDO Awadallah.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;[That  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  going  to]  solve  everything  concerning  the   issues  of  white  supremacy.â&#x20AC;?

Thursday,  May  12,  2011

(LULN %MRUNPDQ WKH RUJDQL]HU RI WKH SDQHO VDLG WKLV HYHQW ZDVLPSRUWDQWEHFDXVHLWDGGUHVVHGUDFHDQGUDFLVPVSHFLÂżFDOO\ He  also  said  it  was  completely  campus-­driven. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   bring   people   outside   of   campus.  They   were   all   connected   to   SUNY   New   Paltz   [in   one   way   or   another],â&#x20AC;?   said   %MRUNPDQÂł>(YHU\\HDU@WKHUHZHUHDOZD\VVSHDNHUVZKRGLGQÂśW really  speak  about  racism  but  drug  policies.â&#x20AC;? SA   and   Normal/SSDP   co-­sponsored   with   over   100   school   organizations   for   this   event,   including   the   Poetry   Association,   Scholarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Mentorship  Advisory  Board  and  the  New  Paltz  Dance   team.   Some  of  the  local  bands  that  performed  at  Rock  Against  Rac-­ ism   were   Hamologna,   Godchilla   and   The   Mahopac   Chord.   The   event  also  included  speakers  who  discussed  drug  policies,  includ-­ ing  those  from  Law  Enforcement  Against  Prohibition.  DJ  Big  Bird   was  the  eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  DJ.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   was   fun   and   eye-­opening,â&#x20AC;?   said  Andrew   Jordan   of   The   Mahopac  Chord.   Linoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  said  the  panels  echoed  his  view  on  Rock  Against  Rac-­ ism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Actions  speak  louder  than  words  in  some  shape  or  form  and   words  bring  it  to  reality,â&#x20AC;?  said  Lino.


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Cinematic Summer

FILM FEATURE

STUDENT JOSH BRIGGS TO FILM COMING-OF-AGE STORY, ‘LIFE AMONG VALLEY PEOPLE’

By Zan  Strumfeld $ ((GLWRU_Sstrumfeld34@newpaltz.edu

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THE DOCTOR IS IN:

KATIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S â&#x20AC;&#x153;DOCTOR WHOâ&#x20AC;? CONFIDENTIAL By  Katherine  Speller Copy  Editor  |  Katherine.speller79@newpaltz.edu

EPISODE 3: â&#x20AC;&#x153;the curse of the black spotâ&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  really   no   scenario   more   classically   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doctor  Whoâ&#x20AC;?  than  that  of  the  misunderstood  mon-­ VWHU7KHVHHSLVRGHVDUHRIWHQÂżOOHUVDQGGRQÂśWRIIHU much  by  way  of  propelling  the  plot,  but  instead  the   development   of   characters   is   the   focus.   Much   like   last   yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   episode,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Beast   Below,â&#x20AC;?   or,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vin-­ cent   and   the   Doctorâ&#x20AC;?   (my   two   favorites   from   the   Matt  Smith-­era),  this  sort  of  episode  could  be  placed   anywhere  in  the  middle  of  the  season  and  still  make   sense.   Really,   this   episode   was   a   much   needed   break   after   the   cluster-­ fuck   of   plot   forced   down   our   throats   these   past   two   weeks.   Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   not   sure   of   anything   left   off   in   the   last   episode   (Amyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   pregnancy   is   still   left   up  in  the  air),  but  there   was  a  lot  of  fun.  We  got   to  see  Karen  Gillan  in  full   SLUDWHGUDJVZRUGÂżJKWLQJ and  being  a  general  badass,   which  is  always  neat  because   Amy  is  just  the  right  compan-­ ion  to  make  play  out  of  the  situ-­ ation  they  were  in.  Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  plucky   like  that.  Another  great  moment  is   when  the  Doctor  is  separated  from   the   Tardis   (as   Amy   is   separated   from  Rory  and  the  Captain  from  his   son,  Toby)  and  they  are  all  eventually   reunited.  We  see  Amy  rush  to  her  hus-­ band,  the  Captain  to  his  son  and  the  Doc-­ tor  to  his  Tardis.  The  way  the  scene  plays   out  makes  it  laugh-­out-­loud  good.   In  Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  Curse  of  the  Black   Spot,â&#x20AC;?   we   are   dropped   into   a   situation   (a   pirate   ship)   dealing   with   a   certain   alien/ monster   terror   (a   siren   that   appears   to   turn   men  into  dust  upon  touching  them)  along  with  a   skeptical  guest  character,  often  historical  in  nature,   7KHVKLSÂśVFDSWDLQ ZKRGLVWUXVWVWKH'RFWRUDWÂżUVW only   to   develop   a   friendship   or   understanding   that   helps   defeat/understand   the   monster   (discover   that   the  siren  means  no  harm  and  is  actually  a  stranded   alien  care  provider).  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  formulaic,  but  in  no  way  is   it  clichĂŠ  or  boring.   In   this   case,   we   have   Captain   Henry   Avery   (played   by   Hugh   Bonneville),   as   a   pirate   whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d   disappeared  in  the  18th  century.  Avery  is  one  of  the   VPDUW FKDUDFWHUV ZKR LVQÂśW WHUULÂżHG E\ WKH LGHD RI time  travel.  Instead,  when  required  to  pilot  the  Tar-­ dis,  he  replies  â&#x20AC;&#x153;a  shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  shipâ&#x20AC;?  with  casual  disinter-­ est.  Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   ship   is   plagued   by   a   siren   that   attacks   men   when   they   are   weak   (bleeding,   sickly,   frail),  

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marking  them  with  a  dark  spot  on  their  palm  before   taking  them.   It  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  take  long  for  danger-­prone  Rory  to  get   injured,   marked   and   eventually   thrown   overboard   (they  really  have  no  shame  in  abusing  Arthur  Dar-­ vill),  leading  the  cast  to  retreat  to  the  shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  cabin  to   search  for  options.  Eventually,  the  Doctor  discovers   WKH VLUHQ HQWHULQJ WKH VKLS WKURXJK UHĂ&#x20AC;HFWLRQV7KH JURXSGLVSRVHVRIDQ\WKLQJWKDWFRXOGUHYHDODUHĂ&#x20AC;HF tion:  still  water,  glass  and  all  the  pirate  booty  the  ship   had  taken.  Or  at  least,  they  think  they  disposed  of  it.   Avery  is  too  greedy  to  put  his  crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  safety  before   his  own  wealth  and  keeps  a  shiny  crown,  allowing   the  siren  entrance  to  the  ship  where  she  takes  Toby. 7KHUHPDLQLQJFUHZVRRQÂżQGWKDWVKHKDGEHHQ taking   the   weak   and   wounded   down   below   to   her   sick  bay  where  she  keeps  them  alive  until  the  ship  is   able  to  return  to  a  proper  intergalactic  hospital  cen-­ ter.  Rory,  Toby  and  the  rest  of  Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  crew  are  down   there   attached   to   life-­support   devices.   Rory   had   nearly  drowned  before  the  siren  rescued  him,  so  he   was  still  left  in  that  state  when  Amy  got  to  him.  He   then  uses  his  nurse  smarts  to  tell  her  how  to  revive   him  (using  CPR)  once  heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  no  longer  on  life  support.   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  suspend  my  disbelief  for  a  lot  of  things  (you  have   to  with  this  series),  but  how  does  the  Doctor  live  900   years   without   learning   human   CPR   or,   at   the   very   OHDVWÂżJXULQJLWRXW"+HÂśVVXSSRVHGWREHDJHQLXV Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d   think   heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d   be   able   to   perform   a   procedure   I   learned  in  the  eighth  grade. On  that  same  note,  while  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  touching  thing   that  Amy  refuses  to  give  up  on    her  husband  and  will   stop  at  nothing  to  revive  him,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  becoming  tiring  to   watch   Rory   die/nearly   die   almost   every   week.   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   starting   to   worry   about   getting   a   complex;Íž   every   time  I  see  him  on  the  screen,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  convinced  heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  go-­ ing  to  cause  himself  harm.   I   know   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   not   alone   with   this.   In   fact,   on   Twitter  the  other  night,  I  saw  someone  at-­reply  (@ UHSO\"  6WHYHQ 0RIIDW ZKR IRU WKH UHFRUG GLGQÂśW even   write   this   episode)   and   demand   that   he   â&#x20AC;&#x153;stop   killing  Rory,â&#x20AC;?  to  which  Steven  replied  with  a  short   and  blunt  â&#x20AC;&#x153;no.â&#x20AC;?     That  Moffat  is  something  else.  And,  no  matter   how  often  I  throw  things  at  the  television  during  his   programs  or  curse  his  name  as  I  punch  a  wall,  I  really   do  love  how  faithful  he  stays  to  the  original  program.   He  allows  there  to  be  quintessentially  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doctor  Whoâ&#x20AC;?   episodes  even  though  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  been  on  the  air  for  32  sea-­ VRQV LQ WRWDO   +HÂśV YHU\ PXFK D IDQ ÂżUVW DQG KLV affection  for  his  work  is  so  obvious;Íž  heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  having  a   ball  living  out  his  childhood  dreams.  Lucky  bastard. Note:  Due  to  the  summer  break,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  be  keeping   up  with  weekly  Doctor  Who  posts  on  my  blog:  www. ifonlyhehadabeard.blogspot.com.  Check  it  out.


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Virgin Vandalism on Humanities STUDENT STENCIL PORTRAIT DRAWS CRITICISM AND CONFUSION

By  Rachel  Freeman Copy  Editor  |  Rachel.freeman17@newpaltz.edu

Controversy  hit  the  front  of  Humanities  in   the   form   of   a   skeletal   Virgin   Mary,   drawn   by   third-­year  transfer  English  major  Aaron  Kravig. Kravig  created  the  stenciled  image  as  an  as-­ signment  for  Amy  Kesselmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Women:  Images   and  Realities  class.    The  assignment  was  to  come   up  with  a  liberating  action  that  pertained  to  ev-­ erything  he  had  learned  about  Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Studies.   It  needed  to  be  something  he  would  never  have   done  in  the  past,  had  he  not  gained  knowledge   throughout  the  course. Âł<RXJRRXWDQGÂżJXUHRXWZKDW\RXZDQW to   do   and   you   take   direct   action   against   what   you  feel,â&#x20AC;?  Kravig  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;All  of  the  ways  that  you   learn  about  how  women  are  oppressed  system-­ atically  by  society  that  are  so  subtle  and  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   just  been  here  forever.  It  takes  understanding  and   necessity  to  realize  things  like  that.â&#x20AC;? The  general  idea  for  the  image  was  inspired   by  Banksy,  who  Kravig  had  taken  a  great  inter-­ est  in.  He  began  looking  at  his  work  and  saw  the   UHFHQWÂżOPDERXWKLP.UDYLJIRXQGKLPVHOIPR-­ tivated  by  the  ideas  portrayed  in  Banksyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  really  like  how  his  art  just  has  very  clear   messages.  Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  often  of  great  political  impor-­ tance  and  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  relevant,â&#x20AC;?  Kravig  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;They   use   effective   illusion   to   things.   They   use   stun-­ ning  imagery  in  composition  of  different  things   in  subversive  ways  that  people  can  interpret  in  a   lot  of  different  ways.â&#x20AC;? However,   the   idea   for   the   actual   image   formed   while   Kravig   was   reading   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Dyna-­ mo   and   the   Virginâ&#x20AC;?   by   historian   Henry  Adams   in   his   American   literature   class.   According   to   .UDYLJWKHUHDGLQJLVHVVHQWLDOO\$GDPVÂśUHĂ&#x20AC;HF-­ tion   on   attending   the   Worlds   Fair   in   1900   and   seeing  the  dynamo,  a  giant  electrical  generator.   Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  critique  and  feelings  on  it  were  that  he   was  â&#x20AC;&#x153;viewing  this  giant  sexless  sort  of  entity,  this   being   thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   neither   male   or   female.â&#x20AC;?  This   rep-­ resents  the  social  normality  of  America  that  has   grown   from   the   Puritan   foundations   and   roots,   said  Kravig. $GDPVDOVRUHĂ&#x20AC;HFWVRQWRXULQJWKHFDWKHGUDO of  Notre  Dame  at  Chartres  and  despite  being  a   Puritan,  contemplates  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;expanse  of  grandeurâ&#x20AC;?   RIWKHFDWKHGUDOVDQGKRZWKHSRZHUDQGLQĂ&#x20AC;X-­ ence   of   the   Virgin   is   really   the   force   that   built   these  cathedrals.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  her  image  that  is  at  the  very  center  of  

it,  that  gives  people  the  comfort.  So  basically,  I   wanted  to  just  make  something  that  would  sort   of  express  all  of  that,  something  that  would  ex-­ press  also  all  of  the  things  that  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  learned  in  the   course,â&#x20AC;?  Kravig  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like  how  fucked  up  the   world  we  live  in  is.  Advertising,  media,  society,   just  turns  women  into  a  thing,  an  object,  an  illu-­ sion  and  when  you  do  that,  if  you  make  a  woman   less  than  a  human,  then  sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  chair  or  like  sun-­ glasses  and  you  can  break  those  and  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  dis-­ posable.  Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  like  900  of  them,  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  all  the   same,  it  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  matter.â&#x20AC;? Kravig   knew   that   he   wanted   the   skeleton   Mary,  but  was  unsure  of  how  he  wanted  to  ex-­ press  the  rest  of  it.  He  arrived  at  the  answer  upon   looking  at  a  Saint  bracelet  and  focusing  on  the   sacred  heart.  During  this  time,  Kravig  was  con-­ stantly   listening   to   Ke$ha   and   changing   every   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sâ&#x20AC;?  in  a  name  to  a  dollar  sign,  which  came  into   play  as  well.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   was   sitting   around   for   like   two   months   trying  to  think  about  how  to  express  these  com-­ plex  ideas  in  an  image  and  then  it  just  came,  the   toxic   green   backwards   dollar   sign   starbursted   in  place  of  the  sacred  heart,â&#x20AC;?  Kravig  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   perfect  because  the  sacred  heart  of  Mary  is  what   symbolizes  divinity  of  God  and  the  holiness  and   her   immaculateness,   so   if   you   take   the   light   of   God  and  that  divinity  of  being  and  put  it  in  terms   of  dollar  bills,  it  leads  to  some  pretty  interesting   contemplations   on   things   I   think   and   thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   the   point  of  it.â&#x20AC;? However,  the  completion  of  the  image  was   QRW ZLWKRXW GLIÂżFXOWLHV .UDYLJ EHJDQ LQ WKH morning  and  narrowly  escaped  through  the  side   door  he  had  propped  open  with  cardboard  after   ZRPHQ LQ WKH $GYLVLQJ 2IÂżFH VDZ DQG FDOOHG security.  He  then  returned  to  the  building  a  few   QLJKWVODWHUWRÂżQLVKWKHVWHQFLO.UDYLJEHOLHYHV that  Maintenance,  Grounds  Management  and  Se-­ curity  have  not  given  up  on  removing  the  image   though,  as  it  has  become  noticeably  lighter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spray   paint   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   be   removed   without   pressure-­washing,   sand-­blasting,   some   kind   of   acid   treatment   or   more   paint,â&#x20AC;?   Kravig   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;If   you  look  at  it  during  the  day  when  the  sun  hits   the  side  of  the  building,  you  can  easily  see  these   little  trails  of  the  pressure-­washer  stream  where   they  pointed  it  at  a  place  on  the  wall  next  to  the   print.â&#x20AC;? While  security  involvement  was  somewhat   inevitable,  as  Kravig  did  not  receive  permission   to   design   the   image   on   Humanities,   the   con-­

The  skeletal  Virgin  Mary  in  front  of  Humanities.                                                  PHOTO  BY  LAURA  LUENGAS troversial  nature  of  the  stencil  brings  about  the   question  of  whether  such  effort  would  have  gone   into   erasing   it   had   it   depicted   something   else.   .UDYLJ EHOLHYHV WKDW WKH FRQWHQW ZDV GHÂżQLWHO\ a  factor  since  the  ambiguity  of  the  imageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  mes-­ sage  could  potentially  be  offensive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   think   that   for   the   most   part,   they   were   more  unsure  about  its  potential  for  controversy,   considering  the  incalculable  variety  of  interpre-­ tations  that  can  be  drawn  from  it,  which  is  an  ele-­ ment  that  I  had  intended  and  striven  for,â&#x20AC;?  Kravig   said. Student  responses  to  the  piece  have  varied,   many  being  unsure  of  the  idea  behind  it.  Second-­ year  student  Nicolette  Glebatis,  a  member  of  the   Campus  Crusade  for  Christ,  did  not  feel  offend-­ ed,  but  rather  confused. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is  it  art?  Is  it  vandalism?â&#x20AC;?  Glebatis  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  

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donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  know  what  to  make  of  it  because  I  know   nothing  about  the  intent  of  the  artist,  but  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  hope   there  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  a  negative  message  behind  it,  as  Mary   LVDUHYHUHGÂżJXUHWRPDQ\&KULVWLDQV´ Second-­year   art   history   major   Matt   Mos-­ cowitz   agreed   that   the   Virgin   Mary   should   not   be   attacked,   but   enjoyed   the   imagery   of   it   and   the  appeal  of  street  art.  However,  he  was  â&#x20AC;&#x153;not  in   the  least  bit  surprised  that  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  tried  to  be  erased.â&#x20AC;? Kravig  said  he  experienced  mainly  positive   reactions  when  sitting  away  from  it  and  watch-­ ing   people   come   up   to   examine   the   image,   but   regardless  of  peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  responses,  Kravig  felt  that   making  the  piece  was  â&#x20AC;&#x153;very  exciting.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  was  liberating.  My  whole  lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  liberat-­ ing  action.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  a  very  liberated  person,â&#x20AC;?  Kravig   said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  have  a  lot  of  passions  and  I  follow  them,   so  I  had  to  do  something.â&#x20AC;?


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Finest of Arts BFA STUDENTS SHOWCASE END OF SEMESTER WORK

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After  the  completion  of  the  semester,  BFA  student  Al-­ lison  Krein  displayed  her  sculpture  at  The  Dorsky  for  all   eyes  to  see. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   took   me   all   semester   to   make,   even   with   help,â&#x20AC;?   Krein  said  about  her  sculpture.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  technically  took  a  year   for  the  entire  process.â&#x20AC;? The   sculpture   is   similar   to   a   smoke   stack,   featuring   OLWWOH SXIIV RI VPRNH ,W H[WHQGHG IURP WKH Ă&#x20AC;RRU DOO WKH way   to   the   ceiling,   starting   out   small   at   the   bottom   and   expanding  as  it  rises.   Krein   wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   the   only   one   showcasing   her   work.   Twenty  other  students  featured  their  senior  thesis  as  part   of  the  BFA  Exhibition  Part  II  on  Friday,  May  6.   )DPLO\IULHQGVDQGDUWIDQVDOOÂżOOHGWKHPXVHXPWR show  their  support  of  the  young  artists.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  turnout  is  great,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  excellent  to  see  students  and   their  friends  as  well  as  families  coming  from  far  away,â&#x20AC;?   said  Brian  Wallace,  curator  of  the  event.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  love  putting  

on  these  shows.â&#x20AC;? The   event   had   a   variety   of   artistic   styles,   including   photography,  sculptures  and  paintings. Housed   in   the   Alice   and   Horace   Chandler   Gallery   and  North  Gallery  of  The  Dorsky,  Kreinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  work,  among   RWKHUVOLQHGWKHZDOOVDQGĂ&#x20AC;RRU Kreinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  hard  work  was  evident  in  her  artwork  with  a   sculpture  she  used  as  an  outlet  for  her  feelings.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;My   inspiration   was   my   family   and   the   hard   times   everyone  goes  through,â&#x20AC;?  Krein  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  was  an  explosion   of  my  emotions.â&#x20AC;?   Other   students,   like  Allison   Carroll,   featured   draw-­ ings  and  paintings  of  people  with  an  abstract  twist.  Bren-­ dan  Oldhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  work,  titled  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some  Kind  of  Nature,â&#x20AC;?  fea-­ tured  sculptures  of  the  human  heart  and  brain. Kara   Hoblin   created   paintings   she   calls,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;In   the   Realm  I-­VII,â&#x20AC;?  that  focus  on  darker  emotions,  such  as  feel-­ ings  of  fear,  pain  and  hopelessness.  Michael  Milogranoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   wild   sculpture,   titled   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Plaid   Bear,â&#x20AC;?   took   a   brighter   perspective,  featuring  bright  green  and  yellow.     The  exhibit  ended  on  May  10.

MUSICIAN OF THE WEEK: Chris Davenport YEAR: Third-year MAJOR: Creative Writing HOMETOWN: Cortland, N.Y.

What  is  your  instrument  of  choice?  Why? Guitar.  For  a  long  time  I  thought  it  was  going  to   be  drums.  I  played  drums  in  2nd  until  12th  grade.   ,NLQGDKDGVHYHUDOĂ&#x20AC;LUWVZLWKJXLWDUEXW,ZDVQÂśW good   at   it.   I   went   to   a   Wilco   concert   about   9th   grade  and  something  about  that  album,  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A  Ghost   LV%RUQÂś²VRPHWKLQJDERXWLWKLWPH$IWHUWKDW concert  I  went  straight  home,  picked  up  a  guitar   DQGMXVWGLGQÂśWVWRS Who  are  you  currently  listening  to? Muddy  Waters,  Al  Green,  Sam  Cooke,  Jay-­Z. :KRDUH\RXUPDLQLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHV" -HII 7ZHHG\ (OPRUH -DPHV 6HX -RUJH 1HLO Young. What  do  you  do  with  music  on/off-­campus? 7KHPXVLFDOHQGHDYRUVLQP\OLIHULJKWQRZDUH 7HQ6SHHGDEDQG,ÂśPLQZLWK7RP2Âś0DOOH\$Y HU\0DUDFHNDQG0DWW'RUVL:HÂśUHSOD\LQJRXW more  this  year.  Matt  is  also  producing  an  album   RIMXVWVRORVWXIIIRUPH What  will  you  do  with  your  musical  future? .HHSRQWKHSDWK,ÂśPRQULJKWQRZ&RQWLQXHWR SOD\RXWPRUH,ÂśPDGGLFWHGWRSOD\LQJVKRZV, UHDOO\ FDQÂśW ÂżQG DQ\ ZRUGV WR GHVFULEH WKH ZD\ LWPDNHVPHIHHO-XVWEHLQJXSWKHUHDQGSXWWLQJ \RXUVHOIRXWWKHUH,WÂśVWKHPRVWSXUHIRUPRI\RXU VHOI$Q\RQHZKRFRPHVWRD7HQ6SHHGVKRZRU KHDUVDUHFRUGLQJRIPHZRXOGNQRZPRUHDERXW PHWKDQSHRSOH,ÂśYHEHHQWDONLQJWRIRU\HDUV Check  out  video  of   Chris  Davenport playing  guitar  at   oracle.newpaltz.edu   or  scan  the  QR  code   with  a  free  app  on  any   smartphone!

Many  students  displayed  their  work  at  the  BFA  Exhibition  Part  II  on  May  6.                                                                                              PHOTO  BY  LAURA  LUENGAS

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tHe Deep END LAURA LUENGAS Major: Visual  Arts Year:  Second “Being  at  the  Oracle  for  a  year  has  taught   me  three  things:   1.  Hobos  are  people  too.   2.  Photographers  don’t  deserve  cubbies.   ...and  3.  It  is  possible  to  simultaneously   hate  and  love  a  group  of  people.”

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Adversity Halts  Lady  Hawks’  Season By  Cat  Tacopina Copy  Editor  |  Ctacopina97@newpaltz.edu

Members of  the  SUNY  New  Paltz  Soft-­ ball   team   said   they   came   into   this   season   with   a   myriad   of   new   talent   and   the   odds   stacked   against   them.   Head   Coach   Denise   Marchese  said  that  while  the  team  may  have   fallen  short  of  their  own  expectations,  they   GH¿QLWHO\ LPSUHVVHG WKHLU RSSRQHQWV WR wards  the  end  of  the  spring  2011  season. ³,WKLQNZHGH¿QLWHO\VXUSULVHGSHRSOH at   the   end   of   the   season,”   Marchese   said.   “We   started   off   well   and   then   had   a   bit   of   D OXOO PLGVHDVRQ ZKHUH ZH KDG D GLI¿FXOW WLPHFRPLQJEDFNIURPVRPHRIWKHGH¿FLWV that  we  faced  with  some  losses.  But  in  those   last  two  weeks,  I  think  the  girls  played  re-­ ally  well  and  surprised  a  lot  of  people  and  I   ZDVKDSS\WR¿QDOO\VHHWKDWZHZHUHFOLFN LQJRQDQGRIIRIWKH¿HOG´ 7KH VRIWEDOO VTXDG ¿QLVKHG WKH VHDVRQ with  a  record  of  15-­19  and  a  6-­12  SUNYAC   record.   The  season  ended  with  a  doubleheader   split   against   SUNYAC   rival   Geneseo   and   the   Lady   Hawks   fell   short   of   making   the   SUNYAC   tournament.   Despite   this,   the   team  is  happy  with  how  their  small  group  of   players  performed. “I   really   feel   that   this   was   one   of   the   most  exciting  seasons  we  have  had,”  fourth-­ year   captain   Courtney   Costello   said.   “We   were  a  young  team  and  people  didn’t  expect   much   from   us   and   we   competed   and   beat   some   really   good   teams.   We   had   a   hard-­ working,  good  group  of  girls  so  I  would  say   it  was  a  good  year  and  the  years  will  keep   getting  better  every  year.” The  team  was  two  spots  shorts  of    mak-­ ing   the   SUNYAC   tournament   after   a   loss   to  SUNY  Brockport  on  Saturday,  April  29.   Marchese  said  that  the  team  did  a  good  job   DUUDQJLQJWKHSX]]OHSLHFHVWR¿OOYDFDQFLHV in  the  lineup.   “I  think  they  were  working  with  exact-­ ly   what   we   had,”   said   Marchese.   “We   had   D FRXSOH RI WURXEOH VSRWV RQ WKH ¿HOG WKDW really  got  to  us  during  some  of  our  games.”   Costello   said   player   injuries   also   con-­ tributed   to   the   adversities   the   team   had   throughout  the  season. “We   had   a   small   squad   this   year   and   had  many  injuries  which  hurt  us  a  little  bit,”   said  Costello. While   the   team   missed   the   mark   for   SUNYACs,  individual  players  set  new  pro-­ gram  records  and  made  their  own  achieve-­ ments.  

Fourth-­year captain   Jillian   Gallagher   claimed   both   program   records   for   stolen   bases  and  career  batting  average.  The  team   was   also   second   overall   in   team   batting   amongst  SUNYAC  competitors  this  season,   something  Marchese  said  the  team  did  right   the  entire  season.   Marchese  also  said  that  she  wishes  she   could   have   more   time   to   work   with   both   Gallagher  and  Costello,  but  hopes  that  there   will  still  be  a  chance  to  work  with  them  once   WKH\¿QLVKXSWKHLUVRIWEDOOFDUHHUVDW1HZ Paltz. “I   would   love   to   have   more   time   with   them,   but   you   just   keep   coaching   for   15   years  and  you  see  that  it’s  a  cycle  and  that’s   just   what   you   have   to   do,”   said   Marchese.   “I’m   actually   looking   and   hoping   to   retain   Jill   to   coach   some   individual   players   next   season  as  a  volunteer.” For  the  next  season,  Marchese  said  she   has   a   large   recruiting   class   of   “quality   tal-­ ent”   coming   in   for   the   spring   and   that   the   team   will   have   to   work   hard   and   stay   in   shape   during   the   summer   for   fall   try-­outs.   Costello  said  that  with  all  of  the  new  talent   that   is   coming   in,   the   team’s   future   looks   bright. “I  think  next  year  will  be  a  better  year   because   coach   did   a   great   job   recruiting   new,  good  players,”  said  Costello.  “Having   a   bigger   team   and   experienced   players   are   going   to   greatly   improve   the   program.  We   have  many  great  players  coming  back  into   the  program  and  a  great  coach  coming  back   so  I  really  believe  the  team  would  improve   next   year   just   because   most   of   them   have   JDLQHGDORWRIH[SHULHQFHDQGFRQ¿GHQFHDV our  season  was  ending.” Marchese’s   and   the   team’s   goal   at   the   beginning  of  this  season  was  to  have  a  play-­ off  berth.  While  this  didn’t  go  the  way  the   group  had  hoped  for,  Marchese  said  she  is   very  proud  of  the  team  for  what  was  accom-­ plished  this  spring. “I  think  the  important  thing  is  that  they   worked  very  hard  this  season  and  were  very   committed  to  the  program.  I  think  that  while   we  fell  a  little  short,  we  still  had  a  good  sea-­ son   and   the   girls   should   be   very   proud   of   themselves  for  what  they  did  this  spring.”

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