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,Q D 6WXGHQW $VVRFLDWLRQ 6$  VHQDWH PHHWLQJ VWXGHQWV expressed  that   they   were   displeased   with   the   current   meal   SODQ RQ FDPSXV ([HFXWLYH 9LFH 3UHVLGHQW (YH 6WHUQ VDLG changes  need  to  be  considered. Student  Sen.  Melanie  Glenn  said  the  meal  plan  at  the  mo-­ ment  is  wasteful  and  food  options  are  limited.   Âł:LWK RQO\ ÂżYH +DVEURXFN VZLSHV D ZHHN DQG QR UROO-­ overs,  you  either  lose  your  money  and  become  hungry  at  the   end  of  the  semester  when  you  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  your  extra  swipes,   or  you  run  out  of  swipes  at  Hasbrouck  because  you  live  so   close,  then  are  forced  further  distances  for  your  food,  which   can   be   stressful,â&#x20AC;?   said   Glenn.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Also,   Jazzmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   meal   ex-­ change  is  unhealthy  with  their  soda  cans,  many  deserts  and   no  fruits.â&#x20AC;? The  meal  plans  change  every  year.  Steve  Deutsch,  execu-­ tive  director  of  Campus  Auxiliary  Services  (CAS),  empha-­ sizes  student  feedback  and  takes  it  into  consideration.   The   most   recent   changes   were   from   blocks   of   meals   to   weekly  meal  allowances.  According  to  Deutsch,  there  is  an   RSWLRQRIÂżYHPHDOVDZHHNIRUWKHVHPHVWHUIRUXSSHUFODVV-­ men.  There  are  approximately  80  meals  a  semester.       According   to   Stern,   different   committees   have   been   set   XSWRGLVFXVVDQGÂż[LVVXHVZLWKIRRG&$6KDVDOUHDG\VHW them  up.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;There   is   a   Food   Service   Committee,   a   Service   Evalua-­ tion  Committee  and  a  Vending  Committee,â&#x20AC;?  said  Stern.   Stern  said  that  there  are  a  few  things  wrong  with  the  meal   SODQ6KHVDLGWKHÂżUVWJRDURXQGIRU6RGH[RLPSOHPHQWLQJ this  type  of  meal  plan  with  the  exchange  at  Jacobson  Faculty   Tower  (JFT)  has  drawbacks.  According  to  Stern,  Sodexo  in-­ vented  the  meal  exchange  program.   Âł,QWKHRU\WKLVPHDOSODQZRXOGEHJUHDWEXWGXHWRWKH disappointing  selection  at  the  JTF  Meal  Exchange,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not   up  to  par,â&#x20AC;?  said  Stern.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  food  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  labeled,  the  food  it-­ self  seems  to  be  poorly  made  and  there  are  very  dry  options   available.â&#x20AC;?  

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According  to  Stern,  items  were  promised  to  the  board  that     have  not  been  available,  like  a  panini  press.  Sodexo  gave  a   presentation  at  the  end  of  last  semester  that  was  misleading   which  include  the  panini  press,  according  to  Stern.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since   people   do   not   want   to   use   their   blocks   at   this   PHDOH[FKDQJHSHRSOHKDYHWRHDWDW+DVEURXFNÂżYHWLPHV a   week,   which   isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   fair   due   to   school   holidays   and   other   VLWXDWLRQV´VDLG6WHUQÂł,WOLPLWVZKHQSHRSOHFDQJRDQGLV overall   constricting.   Because   we   all   know   when   everyone   is  low  at  the  end  of  the  semester  on  dining  dollars  and  goes   to  use  the  overabundance  of  blocks  to  rescue  them  at  Hasb-­ rouck,  we  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  this  option.â&#x20AC;? Both,  Stern  and  Glenn  have  gotten  feedback  from  many  

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students  that  approached  them  and  other  members  of  the  SA   (ERDUGDQGVWXGHQWVHQDWH6WHUQEHOLHYHVWKDWWKHÂżUVWVWHS is  for  the  board  members  of  CAS  to  improve  the  situation  at   the  JFT  Meal  Exchange.   Glenn  hopes  to  see  meal  exchange  improve  in  the  spring   VHPHVWHUZLWKÂłSRVVLEOHFKDQJHV´EHIRUH,WZLOOWDNHORQJHU for  more  local  food  to  be  offered.   Meanwhile,   Stern   will   keep   working   toward   changing   food  options  on  campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My  goals  are  to  constantly  work  to  improve  and  provide   healthy,  quality,  local  and  delicious  food  on  campus  as  much   DV,FDQVR,GHÂżQLWHO\ZLOONHHSP\H\HRQWKLVWKURXJKRXW the  year,â&#x20AC;?  said  Stern.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Trees  For  Tribsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  Program  Started  in  Hudson  Valley   By  Jaleesa  Baulkman Copy  Editor  |  Jbaulkman75@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

A  project  conducted  through  New  York  Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Department  of   Environmental   Conservation   (DEC)   called   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hudson   River   Estuary   Trees   for   Tribsâ&#x20AC;?   aims   to   protect   water   quality   in   the   Hudson  Valley  area. Throughout  the  Hudson  Valley,  environmental  organizations,   municipalities,   watershed   groups   and   private   residents   will   be   participating  and  volunteering  in  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hudson  River  Estuary  Trees   for  Tribsâ&#x20AC;?  projects  at  26  different  projects  sites  from  October  to   November.  They  will  be  planting  more  than  2,500  native  trees  and  shrubs   along  an  estimated  8,000  feet  of  streams,  rivers  and  tributaries   in   the   Hudson   Valley.   These   projects   occur   in   both   the   spring   and  fall.   Their   overall   plan   for   this   program   is   to   raise   community   awareness   about   the   importance   of   riparian   buffer   restoration   and  to    â&#x20AC;&#x153;restore  the  vegetation  along  streams  and  rivers  in  the   Hudson   River   watershed   to   protects   water   quality,   minimize   back  erosion  and  provide  habitat,â&#x20AC;?  said  Michael  Bopp,  the  direc-­ WRURIWKH2IÂżFHRI3XEOLF$IIDLUV

According  to   DECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   website,   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tree   for  Tribsâ&#x20AC;?   program,   which   began   in   2007,   offers   free   native   trees   and   shrubs   for   â&#x20AC;&#x153;qualifying  riparian  buffer  planting/restoration  projects.â&#x20AC;?     Riparian  buffers,  which  are  a  vegetated  area  near  a  stream,  are   next   to   water   resources   that   protect   water   resources.   They   are   a  major  component  to  maintaining  healthy  streams  and  waters.     These  buffers  help  improve  stream  health  and  water  quality  by   ÂżOWHULQJ DQG VORZLQJ SROOXWLRQ UXQRII SUHYHQWLQJ VRLO HURVLRQ contributing  essential  nutrients  to  the  food  chain  and  shading  the   stream  to  keep  water  temperatures  down.   An  unhealthy  riparian  buffer  that  needs  restoration  usually  has   plants  with  weak  root  systems  such  as  turf  grass,  invasive  plant   species  such  as  Japanese  Knotweed  and  solid  surfaces.  Healthy   buffers  have  many  different  species  of  native  trees,  shrubs  and   grasses  with  minimal  encroachment  and  human  disturbance,  ac-­ cording  to  the  DEC  website.   3URSHUW\ RZQHUV DQG RWKHU PHPEHUV RI WKH FRPPXQLW\ FDQ protect  their  streams  and  buffers  by  allowing  native  trees,  shrubs   and  vegetation  to  grow  and  reduce  pavement,  lawn  areas  and  to   remove  invasive  plant  species  such  as  weeds.   Buffers  also  come  in  handy  during  natural  disasters  because   WKH\KHOSWRDEVRUEĂ&#x20AC;RRGZDWHUVWRSURWHFWKXPDQOLIHDQG

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SURSHUW\7KHEHQHÂżWVRIWKHÂł7UHHVIRU7ULEV´SURMHFWFDQKHOS UHVSRQGWRĂ&#x20AC;RRGLQJHYHQWVVXFKDV,UHQHWRPLQLPL]HSURSHUW\ loss  to  landowners  living  near  streams  and  waters.   Volunteers  have  completed  a  project  in  Gardiner  this  year  on   the  Wallkill  River  along  Libertyville  Road.  A  couple  of  the  26   planting  project  that  will  take  place  this  fall  will  be  on  MacGreg-­ ory  Brook,  Muddy  Kill,  Wallkill  River  and  Wawayanda  Creek.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  are  always  looking  for  new  landowners  to  implement  fu-­ WXUHSURMHFWVLQ1HZ3DOW]DQGWKURXJKRXWWKH+XGVRQ(VWXDU\ Watershed,â&#x20AC;?  said  Bopp.   According   to   the   DEC   website,   people   who   want   to   volun-­ teer  for  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tree  for  Tribsâ&#x20AC;?  must  submit  an  application  and  provide   â&#x20AC;&#x153;volunteer  labor  for  planting  and  annual  vegetation  monitoring,â&#x20AC;?   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  accept  applications  from  people  who  represent  riparian   sites,â&#x20AC;?  said  coordinator  Beth  Roessler.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Often  this  means  water-­ VKHGJURXSVQRQSURÂżWVPXQLFLSDOUHSUHVHQWDWLYHVDQGSULYDWH landowners.â&#x20AC;? Applicants  are  responsible  for  providing  and  coordinating  lo-­ cal  volunteers  and  maintaining  the  site.   For  more  information  about  stream  buffer  and    the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trees  for   Tribsâ&#x20AC;?  projects  in  the  Hudson  Valley  area  visit  www.dec.ny.gov     or  call  845-­256-­2253.  


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Middle  States  Comes  To  Council By  Maria  Jayne Copy  Editor  |  Maria.jayne17@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

At  the   third   Council   of   Organizations   meeting,  there  was  a  presentation  by  repre-­ sentatives  from  the  Middle  States  Commis-­ sion   on   Higher   Education   and   the   results   from   the   National   Survey   of   Student   En-­ gagement  (NSSE). 7KH 2IÂżFH RI ,QVWLWXWLRQDO 5HVHDUFK and   Planning   presented   last   semesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   NSSE   results   via   PowerPoint   presentation   and   President   Donald   Christian   stayed   for   the  duration.   $OWRJHWKHU  ÂżUVW\HDU DQG IRXUWK \HDUVWXGHQWVWRRNWKHVXUYH\6RPHRIWKH results   were   presented   in   bar   graph   or   pie   chart  format  and  the  topics  included  the  fol-­ ORZLQJ DPRXQW RI YROXQWHHU ZRUN GRQH how  well  students  get  along  with  each  other,   if   New   Paltz   has   a   favorable   image,   is   the   schools   foster   diversity   among   students,   if   New  Paltz  reached  its  expectations  and  vari-­ ous  other  categories.   Overall,  SUNY  New  Paltz  was  shown   to   be   a   prosperous   environment   and   the   fourth-­year   participants   said   if   they   had   WR PDNH WKHLU GHFLVLRQ DOO RYHU DJDLQ WKH\ would  choose  New  Paltz.  

&XUUHQWO\ WKH 2IÂżFH RI ,QVWLWXWLRQDO 5HVHDUFKDQG3ODQQLQJLVZRUNLQJRQPDN-­ ing  Student  Evaluation  of  Instruction  (SEIs)   GLJLWDO7KH\KDYHMXVWÂżQLVKHGWKHWULDOUXQ DQG WKH RIÂżFLDO 6(,V ZLOO EH DYDLODEOH IRU students   to   submit   anonymously   starting   Nov.  27.   Following   this   Youssouf   Kouyo,   vice   SUHVLGHQW RI ÂżQDQFH DQQRXQFHG WKDW DV RI Monday,  there  was  $15,000  left  for  this  se-­ mesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   general   programming   budget.   He   VDLG WKDW WKLV LV D VKRFNLQJO\ ORZ QXPEHU and  if  any  clubs  are  planning  on  having  pro-­ grams  that  will  cost  money,  they  should  see   KLPZLWKLQWKHQH[WWZRZHHNV Shayna   Bentley,   Council   of   Organiza-­ tions  chair,  announced  that  all  charters  were   due   on   Sept.   30   and   that   there   are   revised   event/program  forms.  She  said  it  is  impor-­ WDQWWKDWDOOFOXEVÂżOORXWWKHVHIRUPVLQRU-­ der  to  spread  the  word  to  other  campus  or-­ ganizations   and   students   in   order   to   foster   relationships  and  possible  collaborations.   Student   Association   (SA)   Productions   FRPPLWWHHRIÂżFHU:HQG\&RKHQIURP6WX-­ dents   for   Sensible   Drug   Policy,   suggested   another  way  of  getting  the  word  out  would   be  to  have  a  list  calendar  events  through  dif-­ ferent  campus  media  outlets.  

Another  way  clubs  can  advertise  events   now  is  through  the  RSS  feed  on  the  SUNY   New  Paltz  website,  under  the  events  page.   6$ LV FXUUHQWO\ ZRUNLQJ RQ XSGDWLQJ WKH RSS   feed   and   spreading   awareness   to   stu-­ dents.   %HQWOH\ VDLG FOXEV GRQÂśW WDNH DGYDQ-­ tage  of  the  website  at  this  time,  but  it  will  be   DQHDVLHUDQGPRUHHIÂżFLHQWZD\WRLQIRUP everyone.  SA  Secretary  Christine  Picault  is   WKH RQH WKDW ZLOO EH WDNLQJ WKH HYHQWSUR-­ gram   forms   and   transcribing   them   so   they   are  available  on  the  website.   At  this  meeting  there  was  also  two  po-­ VLWLRQV ÂżOOHG 2QH RI WKH SRVLWLRQV ZDV IRU 6$ SURGXFWLRQV ÂżOOHG E\ .DWHO\Q -RQHV D member  of  WFNP  The  Edge.   7KHVHFRQGSRVLWLRQWKDWZDVÂżOOHGZDV for  council  vice  chair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This   is   my   right   hand   person.   He   or   she  is  at  all  meetings  with  me,â&#x20AC;?  said  Bent-­ ley.   By   a   unanimous   vote,   the   vice   chair   from  last  year  -­  Rose  Faber  -­  was  reinstated.   There  are  four  meetings  left  for  Coun-­ cil  of  Organizations  this  semester,  with  the   next  meeting  set  for  Monday,  Oct.  31.  There   will   be   candy   and   Constitution   and   Rules   Committee  nominations.

Showcase  Series  Continues  At  Purchase By  Julie  Mansmann Editor-­in-­Chief  |  Jmansmann60@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

Members  of   the   SUNY   New   Paltz   campus   community   traveled   to   Pur-­ chase  College  to  participate  in  the  sec-­ ond   of   10   campus   showcases   on  Tues-­ day,  Oct.  18.   The  Mid-­Hudson  Regional  Campus   Showcase   was   held   in   the   Performing   Arts  Center  at  Purchase  from  10  a.m.  to   2   p.m.,   where   nine   other   schools   from   the   SUNY   system   came   together.   Ac-­ cording   to   SUNY   Chancellor   Nancy   L.   Zimpher,   the   showcases   for   all   10   regions  are  meant  to  display  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;stron-­ JHVWSURJUDPVDQGÂżQHVWLQQRYDWLRQVRI-­ fered  by  SUNY  campuses.â&#x20AC;?   Suzanne  Grady,  director  of  the  Of-­ ÂżFHRI&RPPXQLFDWLRQDQG0DUNHWLQJ said  New  Paltz  President  Donald  Chris-­ tian   and   other   members   of   the   campus   community   joined   Zimpher   and   other   SUNY  Presidents  to  celebrate  programs   that   â&#x20AC;&#x153;best   exemplify   each   campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   unique   strengths   and...its   concomitant  

impact  on  the  regional  economy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  about  25  or  30  representa-­ tives,â&#x20AC;?   she   said   prior   to   the   showcase.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;That  includes  students,  as  well  faculty   and  staff.â&#x20AC;? Participating   groups   included   the   Center   for   Research,   Regional   Educa-­ tion   and   Outreach   (CRREO),   Admis-­ sions,  Educational  Opportunity  Program   (23 WKH6DPXHO'RUVN\0XVHXPRI Art  and  the  Solar  Car  Racing  Team.  Ac-­ cording  to  Grady,  New  Paltzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  featured   programs  exhibit  the  way  it  is  delivering   results  aligned  with  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six  Big  Ideasâ&#x20AC;?   RI681<VÂżYH\HDUVWUDWHJLFSODQÂł7KH Power  of  SUNY.â&#x20AC;?   Chief   of   Staff   Shelly   Wright   said   Grady  did  her  part  to  prepare  all  of  New   Paltzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   presenters   for   the   event,   as   did   all  of  the  people  participating.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suzanne  has  been  pulling  all  of  the   pieces   together,â&#x20AC;?   she   said   prior   to   the   showcase.   681<RIÂżFLDOVVDLGWKHVKRZFDVHV are  important  as  SUNY  enters  year  three  

of  its   strategic   plan,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Year   of   the   681< &DPSXV´ =LPSKHU ZKR DVNHG each  of  the  64  SUNY  campuses  to  pres-­ ent   a   half-­day   of   public   programming   that   highlights   their   ability   to   contrib-­ ute  â&#x20AC;&#x153;innovative,  best-­in-­class  solutionsâ&#x20AC;?   meant  to  help  build  a  stronger  economy   IRU1HZ<RUNVDLGDWWKHÂżUVWVKRZFDVH on  Long  Island  on  Oct.  5  that  the  system   has  a  lot  to  offer.   Âł:KHWKHU WKH\ WRRN WR WKH VNLHV LQ )DUPLQJGDOH6WDWH&ROOHJHÂśVĂ&#x20AC;LJKWVLP-­ ulator   or   experienced  Albert   Einsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   discovery   of   the   Photo   Electric   Effect   at  Nassau  Community  Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  virtual   ODE,DPFRQÂżGHQWWKDWHDFKRIWRGD\ÂśV YLVLWRUVOHIWZLWKDQHZNQRZOHGJHDQG appreciation   of   the   outstanding   pro-­ grams   our   campuses   offer,â&#x20AC;?   Zimpher   said.   The   remainder   of   the   showcases   DUHSODQQHGWRWDNHSODFHIURP2FWREHU 2011  through  June  2012.  Each  event  is     free  and  open  to  the  public  and  press.

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ARGENTINE  REGIME   An   Argentine   court   sentenced   12   former   PLOLWDU\DQGSROLFHRIÂżFLDOVWROLIHLQSULVRQ on   Wednesday   for   crimes   against   humanity   committed   during   the   countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   1976-­1983   military  dictatorship.

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Gala  Aims  To  Celebrate  New  Paltz By  Katie  Kocijanski Asst.  Copy  Editor  |  Kkocijanski14@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

  The  ninth  annual  Gala  at  SUNY  New  Paltz   will   recognize   three   individuals   for   their   con-­ tinued   commitment   to   Hudson   Valley-­based   volunteering. This  year,  the  college  will  honor  Jeffrey  and   Joanne  Fredenberg  of  Hurley,  N.Y.  and  Barbara   Scherr  of  Newburgh,  N.Y.   All   three   recipients   have   extensive   back-­ grounds   in   the   world   of   volunteering.   The   honorees  were  selected  from  a  committee  that   meets  earlier  on  in  the  year.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;This  yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  honorees  were  chosen  as  indi-­ viduals  who  generously  give  of  their  time  and   leadership  skills  both  in  their  local  community   and  to  the  college,â&#x20AC;?  said    Foundation  Director   of   Development   and   Alumni   Relations   Sally   Cross.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each  year  the  committee  receives  sug-­ gestions  and  it  is  the  committee  who  selects  the   honorees.â&#x20AC;?    Each  year  the  proceeds  of  the  Gala  support   an   on-­going   endowment   fund.   President   Don-­ ald  Christian  said  that  the  endowment  has  col-­ lected  $450,000  to  go  towards  scholarships  for   students  with  strong  academic  backgrounds.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  also  a  way  of  encouraging  people  who   may  not  have  donated  to  the  college  in  the  past   to  learn  about  the  college,â&#x20AC;?  said  Christian.   This   yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   recipient   of   the   scholarship   is   Thomas  Plitsch,  a  second-­year  secondary  edu-­

cation  major  with  a  focus  in  mathematics.  His   future   career   aspiration   is   to   either   become   a   high  school  or  secondary  math  teacher.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  was  born  and  raised  here,  and  graduated   from  New  Paltz  High  School  in  2010.  When  I   left   for   school   to   attend   Siena   College   in   the   fall  of  2010,  it  just  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  feel  the  same  as  New   Paltz,  so  in  the  fall  of  2011  I  transferred  back   to   continue   my   undergraduate   degree,â&#x20AC;?   said   Plitsch.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;At  Siena,  I  had  a  3.93  grade-­point  av-­ HUDJH DQG , WKLQN WKDW KDUG ZRUN UHĂ&#x20AC;HFWV WKDW grade  and  was  also  another  reason  why  I  was   chosen  for  this  award.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile,   the   three   individuals   recog-­ nized   at   this   yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Gala   each   have   an   active   background  in  the  Hudson  Valley  community. Barbara  Scherr  established  an  organization   in  the  Hudson  Valley  for  children  who  are  expe-­ riencing  a  crisis  called  CUBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Place.  The  foun-­ dation  was  founded  in  memory  of  her  late  hus-­ band,  Harry  Scherr.  The  organization  now  has   ÂżYHORFDWLRQVLQFOXGLQJ9DVVDU%URWKHUV0HGL-­ cal  Center  and  St.  Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Cornwall  Hospital.   Scherr  was  also  a  founding  board  member   of  the  Hudson  Valley  Chapter  of  the  Make-­A-­ Wish  Foundation  and  the  Institute  for  Disaster   Mental  Health  at  SUNY  New  Paltz.   Currently,  she  serves  on  the  boards  for  the   Museum   of   the   Hudson   Highlands,   Temple   Beth   Jacob,   SUNY   New   Paltz   Foundation,   United   Cerebral   Palsy   for   New   York   State   and   the   New   York   City   region   and   Orange    

 The  ninth  annual  Gala  at  SUNY  New  Paltz  will  be  at  Mohonk  Mountain  House.          PHOTO  COURTESY  OF  FLICKR

County  (Inspire).   Meanwhile,  both  Fredenbergs  grew  up  with   families   active   in   the   community.  Their   fami-­ OLHVKHOGOHDGHUVKLSUROHVLQYDULRXVQRQSUR¿W organizations.   Currently,   Jeffery   Fredenberg   serves   on   several  boards.  These  boards  include  the  SUNY   New  Paltz  School  of  Business,  Business  Advi-­ sory  Council,  the  Center  for  Spectrum  Services,   Gateway   Community   Industries   and   the   Mid-­ Hudson   Chapter   of   the   American   Red   Cross.   He  is  also  a  member  of  the  Ulster  County,  New   Paltz   Regional   and   Middletown   Chambers    

of  Commerce. Joanne  Fredenberg  is  past-­chair  and  current   board  member  of  the  Kingston  Hospital  Foun-­ dation.  She  chairs  the  Gift  Shop,  the  2012  Tulip   Ball  and  the  Autumn  Garden  Party  Committees   for  Kingston  Hospital  and  the  American  Cancer   Society,  Ulster  County  Council.  She  also  chairs   the  Board  of  The  Regional  Chamber  of  Com-­ merce  Foundation  at  New  Paltz. To   continue   with   tradition,   the   Gala   will   take   place   on   Nov.   20,   the   Sunday   before   Thanksgiving   weekend   at   Mohonk   Mountain   House.    

College  Introduces  Digital  SEIs  In  Test  Run By  Andrew  Wyrich   Managing  Editor  |  Andrew.wyrich63@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

A  trial  run  of  a  completely  digital  Student   Evaluation   of   Instruction   (SEI)   form   was   recently   administered   to   SUNY   New   Paltz   students,   leaving   administration   and   faculty   members  encouraged  by  the  results.   After   months   of   planning,   members   of   the  Academic  Affairs   Committee   and   Insti-­ tutional   Research   and   Planning   Department   put  together  the  digital  forms  after  taking  the   concerns   from   students   and   faculty   across   campus  into  consideration.   Academic  Affairs  Committee  Chair  Janice   Anderson   said   discussions   of   â&#x20AC;&#x153;revampingâ&#x20AC;?   the   SEI   forms   had   been   taking   place   for   11   years,  but  the  push  to  an  online-­only  format   came  from  college  administrators  last  semes-­ ter.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;They   saw   a   paperless   process   as   being   PRUHFRVWHIÂżFLHQW´$QGHUVRQVDLGÂł,QODVW yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  budget  environment,  $30,000  was  sig-­ QLÂżFDQWHQRXJKWRFRQVLGHULW´ While   the   online-­only   process   -­   which   ran  from  Oct.  12  to  19  -­  would  save  money,  

Assistant  Vice  President  of  Institutional  Re-­ search  and  Planning  Jacqueline  Andrews  said   the  Academic  Affairs  Committee  and  her  de-­ partment   were   worried   with   the   amount   of   VWXGHQWVZKRZRXOGÂżOORXWWKHIRUPV â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   biggest   concern   was   the   response   rate   from   switching   from   the   older   method   to  a  completely  digital  one,â&#x20AC;?  Andrews  said.   Anderson,  who  teaches  four  classes  in  the   Communication  and  Media  Department  this   semester,  said  she  received  a  response  rate  of   47  to  62  percent,  which  was  lower  than  her   estimated   75   to   85   percent   rate   in   the   older   format.   In   an   attempt   to   curb   this,  Anderson   said   the   idea   of   a   trial   run   was   brought   up   as   it   would   help   alert   students   of   the   change   in   format   for   submitting   their   evaluations   and   allow  faculty  the  chance  to  observe  the  new   advantages   she   said   were   offered   to   them   through  an  online  format.   Michael   Boms,   an   adjunct   professor   in   the   Biology   Department,   felt   the   SEIs   should   stay   at   the   end   of   the   year,   but   ap-­ preciates   the   opportunity   for   him   to   use   the    

information.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;They   are   doing   it   mid-­year   so   they   are   able  to  give  evaluations  before  students  get  a   grade  and  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  impact  what  they  say,â&#x20AC;?  Boms   said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;If  they  wait  until  the  end,  they  will  get   a  better  idea  of  what  a  student  feels,  but  now   if   I   can   get   information   quicker   I   can   make   changes  to  my  class,  perhaps.â&#x20AC;?   The  proposal  for  a  midterm  SEI  was  pub-­ lished   by   the   Academic   Affairs   Committee   on  March  30,  2011  and  included  three  stipu-­ lations  required  for  the  switch  to  occur.   One   of   the   conditions   was   that   the   data   from   the   midterm   practice   run   would   be   erased   and   reported   only   to   the   individual   faculty  members  who  administer  them.  This   was  included,  Anderson  said,  to  avoid  Free-­ dom   of   Information   Law   requests   and   not   to  allow  practice  run  comments  into  faculty   SHUVRQQHOÂżOHV â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  think  there  was  a  concern  on  the  com-­ mittees  part  that  what  happens  at  midsemes-­ ter   should   stay   at   mid-­semester,â&#x20AC;?  Anderson   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;A   way   to   ensure   that   is   to   gather   the   results  and  then  erase  them.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  good  way  

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to  go   about   it   because   control   rest   with   the   faculty  members.â&#x20AC;?   Other  conditions  addressed  the  concern  of   anonymity,  both  for  students  and  faculty.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students   were   concerned   that   by   log-­ ging  into  my.newpaltz.edu,  they  wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  be   anonymous,â&#x20AC;?  Andrews  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;That  is  not  the   case.   We   had   the   option   to   capture   ID   tags   when   compiling   the   data,   but   made   a   con-­ scious  decision  not  to.â&#x20AC;?   Anderson   agreed   with   Andrews   and   said   she  believed  the  online  form  was  even  more   anonymous  because  professors  would  not  be   able  to  recognize  the  handwriting  of  particu-­ lar  students.   First-­year   undeclared   student   Renee   Petrillo   thought   the   SEIs   being   put   up   on     my.newpaltz.edu   was   â&#x20AC;&#x153;repetitiveâ&#x20AC;?   and   thought   it   being   online   allowed   students   to   go   through   them   quickly,   but   was   not   con-­ cerned  about  being  anonymous.   Âł,WZDVSUREDEO\WKHPRVWHIÂżFLHQWZD\WR see  what  people  think,â&#x20AC;?  Petrillo  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;[But]   it  was  too  easy  to  just  click  the  same  choices   for  each  teacher  just  to  get  it  over  with.â&#x20AC;?  


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:KHQ'RQDOG&KULVWLDQZDVQDPHGD¿QDOLVWLQWKHSUHVLGHQWLDOVHDUFKODVWVSULQJKHVDLGKHZRXOGEHLQWHUHVWHGLQIRUPLQJDVWXGHQWDGYLVRU\JURXSOLNHWKHRQHKHFUHDWHGWKLVIDOOPHOTO  BY  JULIE  MANSMANN

By  John  Brandi   News  Editor  |    Jbrandi02@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

Every  president  needs  advice  -­  including   Donald  Christian.   The  commander-­in-­chief  at  New  Paltz  has   recently  created  the  Student  Advisory  Group   to  the  President  to  gauge  diverse  segments  of   the  campus  population  on  whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  going  well   and  what  can  be  improved  upon.   Âł7KH ÂżUVW PHHWLQJ ZHQW JUHDW´ VDLG Christian.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   did   introductions   and   I   used   two  of  the  questions  on  the  campus  audit  sur-­ YH\ 2QH ZDV Âľ7HOO PH WZR RU WKUHH WKLQJV that   you   think   we   do   really   well   at   SUNY   1HZ 3DOW]"Âś7KH RWKHU ZDV Âľ:KDW DUH VRPH DUHDVZKHUHZHFDQLPSURYH"ϫ Christian  assembled  the  15  to  18  students   serving   by   asking   â&#x20AC;&#x153;vice   presidents   and   di-­ UHFWRUV WR FRPH IRUZDUG ZLWK VXJJHVWLRQV´ Some   include   undergraduate   and   graduate   VWXGHQWVDQRQWUDGLWLRQDODJHGVWXGHQW QRW LQ WKH  WR  DJH EUDFNHW  D PL[ RI PHQ DQG ZRPHQ D FRPPXWHU VWXGHQW D VWXGHQW DWKOHWH DQG D WUDQVIHU VWXGHQW DFFRUGLQJ WR Christian.   He  said  one  part  of  the  student  selection   process  was  facilitated  by  the  group  the  stu-­ GHQWZDVDVVRFLDWHGZLWK)RUH[DPSOH6WX-­ dent  Affairs  worked  with  the  Student  Athletic   Advisory   group   to   pick   a   member   of   their   own.  

6WLOO WKH JURXS LV GHVLJQHG WR KHOS WKH president  discover   what   works   and   what   GRHVQÂśWRQFDPSXV$WWKHLUÂżUVWPHHWLQJWKH ice  was  broken  and  the  group  described  their   JHQHUDO1HZ3DOW]H[SHULHQFH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some  of  the  strengths  that  people  talked   about  and  appreciate  are  that  a  campus  of  this   VL]H ZLWK WKH UHVRXUFHV WKDW ZH KDYH KDV D YHU\VPDOOFROOHJHIHHO´KHVDLGÂł>7KHFRQ-­ FHUQV EURXJKW XS@ WKH\ ZHUH DOO WKLQJV ZH have  heard  before:  lack  of  housing  for  trans-­ IHUVWXGHQWVZKLFKZHDUHWU\LQJWRDGGUHVV FRQFHUQVWKDWDFDGHPLFDGYLVLQJSDUWLFXODUO\ IDFXOW\DGYLVLQJFRXOGEHEHWWHUDQGZHDUH ZRUNLQJRQWKDW´ Christian   calls   this   group   helpful   amidst   KLV FDOHQGHU GHPDQGV ZKHUH KH FDQ VWD\ LQ touch  with  students.  He  said  the  group  is  es-­ pecially  important  for  him  this  year  because   he  recently  assumed  the  presidency.   Christian   said   the   group   will   act   as   â&#x20AC;&#x153;a   YHKLFOH´ IRU KLP WR FRQWLQXH OHDUQLQJ DERXW VWXGHQW YLHZV ÂłRQ VWUHQJWKV VKRUWFRPLQJV DQG RSSRUWXQLWLHV IRU LPSURYHPHQW´ ,Q WKH VXFFHHGLQJ\HDUVRIKLVWHUP&KULVWLDQVDLG he  will  use  the  group  to  remain  in  touch.   0HDQZKLOH 6WXGHQW $VVRFLDWLRQ 6HQ 0DUN 0DOL]LD VDLG KH VXSSRUWV WKH SUHVL-­ GHQWÂśVLQLWLDWLYH+HVDLGDWWKHODVWPHHWLQJ 3UHVLGHQW&KULVWLDQOLVWHQHGÂłUHVSHFWIXOO\´WR the  group    and  gave  his  input  where  Malizia   felt  it  was  necessary.

Âł:H OHDUQHG D OLWWOH DERXW KLP KHÂśV D former  a   faculty   member   so   he   knows   a   lot   DERXW WKH LVVXHV WKH IDFXOW\ LV IDFLQJ DQG now  that  heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  an  administrator  he  takes  those   LVVXHVLQWRFRQVLGHUDWLRQ´KHVDLG 0DOL]LDÂśV QXPEHU RQH LVVXH ZKLFK KH hopes   to   bring   to   the   second   group   meet-­ LQJLVOLEUDU\KRXUV+HVDLGRXWRIWKHPDLQ 681<VFKRROV1HZ3DOW]ÂśVOLEUDU\KRXUVDUH WKHÂłPRVWUHVWULFWLYH´0DOL]LDLVDOVRZRUN-­ ing  on  this  issue  through  his  involvement  on   the  Constitution  and  Rules  Committee. Christian   also   wanted   it   to   be   clear   that   the  students  associated  with  the  group  are  not   YRWLQJRQDQ\WKLQJUDWKHULWLVDGLVFXVVLRQ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   group   is   strictly   advisory   to   the   president   and   has   no   governance   or   policy   PDNLQJUROHV´VDLG&KULVWLDQ +HDOVRVDLGSURJUDPVSHFLÂżFLVVXHVZLOO not  be  discussed  and  any  that  arise  will  be  re-­ directed   to   those   departments   or   programs.   The  group  will  tackle  issues  that  are  â&#x20AC;&#x153;broadly   UHOHYDQWWKURXJKWKHFROOHJH´ 6DPDQWKD *XDULQR VHFRQG\HDU FRP-­ PXQLFDWLRQPDMRUDQGPHPEHURIWKHJURXS VDLGKHUH[SHULHQFHVDVDQRULHQWDWLRQOHDGHU were  valuable  to  learn  about  issues  pertaining   WRÂżUVW\HDUVWXGHQWV6KHPDGHFRQQHFWLRQV ZLWKWKH2IÂżFHRI6WXGHQW'HYHORSPHQWDQG she  said  someone  there  recommended  her  for   the  position.  Guarino  believes  the  group  pro-­ vides  her  with  a  new  perspective  on  campus  

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life.   Âł(YHQ DIWHU RQH PHHWLQJ P\ H\HV KDYH EHHQRSHQHGWRFRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWVWKDW,ZDVXQDZDUH RWKHU VWXGHQWV HYHQ KDG´ VDLG *XDULQR â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since  the  group  is  comprised  of  students  of   GLIIHUHQWFODVVVWDQGLQJVDQGRWKHUDWWULEXWHV I  feel  I  really  am  getting  a  diverse  look  at  dif-­ IHUHQWFRQFHUQVDFURVVFDPSXV´ *XDULQRKRSHVWREULQJGLQLQJSODQLGHDV possible   solutions   to   scheduling   issues   and   a   general   â&#x20AC;&#x153;overview   of   how   the   students   of   New  Paltz  feel  about  what  the  school  has  to   RIIHU´WRWKHQH[WPHHWLQJ 6WLOOWKHLGHDWRIRUPDQDGYLVRU\JURXS is  not  new.  Christian  said  that  this  group  â&#x20AC;&#x153;is   SDUDOOHO´WRWKHRQHKHFUHDWHGDVGHDQRI8QL-­ YHUVLW\RI:LVFRQVLQ(DX&ODLUH$WWKHQH[W PHHWLQJ&KULVWLDQVDLGWKHJURXSZLOOEHGLV-­ FXVVLQJÂłDJHQGDLWHPV´VXFKDVJHQGHUQHX-­ tral  housing.  Another  student  brought  up  the   idea   to   talk   about   programming   for   fourth-­ \HDUVWXGHQWVWRKHOSWKHPWUDQVLWLRQÂłRXWRI FROOHJH´7KHPHHWLQJVDUHVFKHGXOHGRQFHD PRQWKDQGLQWKHVSULQJ&KULVWLDQKRSHVWR meet   the   newly-­selected   students   before   the   summer  recess  so  there  is  a  smoother  transi-­ tion.   Âł,ÂśGVD\LWLVGHÂżQLWHO\DUHVSHFWDEOHGHFL-­ VLRQRQ>3UHVLGHQW&KULVWLDQÂśV@SDUWWRFUHDWH this   group   because   it   shows   he   really   does   care  about  making  this  school  the  best  place   SRVVLEOHLWFRXOGEH´VDLG*XDULQR


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The  Ulster  County  Department  of  Health  (UC-­ DOH)  made  Tetanus  vaccinations  available  for  all   local  workers  involved  in  the  efforts  of  cleaning  up   after  Tropical  Storm  Irene. According   to   the   UCDOH,   Tetanus   can   be   transmitted  on  storm  debris  through  open  cuts  and   puncture   wounds.     Tetanus   is   an   infection   of   the   nervous  system  occurring  when  spores  of  the  bac-­ teria   C.   tetani,   found   living   in   the   soil,   enter   the   body. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tetanus,   commonly   called   lockjaw,   is   a   se-­ rious   bacterial   disease   that   affects   muscles   and   nerves.  It  is  characterized  by  muscle  stiffness  that   usually   involves   the   jaw   and   neck   that   then   pro-­ gresses   to   involve   other   parts   of   the   body,â&#x20AC;?   said  

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the  New  York  State  Department  of  Health  website,   FRPPRQÂżUVWVLJQRI7HWDQXVLVPXVFXODUVWLIIQHVV Âł'HDWK FDQ UHVXOW IURP VHYHUH EUHDWKLQJ GLIÂżFXO LQWKHMDZDQGWKHQHFNGLIÂżFXOW\LQVZDOORZLQJ rigidity  of    muscles,  spasms,  sweating  and  fever.   The   incubation   period   for   the   virus   is   usu-­ ally   about   eight   days   after   the   bacteria   enters   the   body;Íž   shorter   incubation   periods   are   associated   with  more  heavily  contaminated  wounds.  Death  is   a   risk   in   about   11   percent   of   Tetanus   cases,   par-­ ticularly  in  persons  who  are  over  the  age  of  60  or   unvaccinated. The  UCDOH  said  they  recommended  getting   the  vaccination  as  a  â&#x20AC;&#x153;sensible  precautionary  mea-­ NYS  DEPARTMENT  OF  HEALTH sure.â&#x20AC;? The   free   vaccines   are   available   by   appoint-­ ment  at  county  health  clinics,    as  well  as  being  of-­ ties  or  heart  abnormalities.â&#x20AC;? fered  at  various  clinics  held  at  UCDOH  locations   The   state   health   department   also   said   that   a   in  Kingston,  Ellenville,  New  Paltz  and  Saugerties.

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NEW CLUB USES BLOGGING SITE AS FORUM TO DISCUSS ISSUES

Tumblr  University  at  SUNY  New  Paltz  aims  to  inform  students  of  important  current  problems  and  take  action  to  help  resolve  them,  founders  said.  

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Tumblr  addicts  now  have  something  productive  to  do  with  their  time   -­  other  than  posting  photos  of  cute  animals  and  pizza  -­  with  the  help  of  the   new  SUNY  New  Paltz  club  called  Tumblr  University.   7KH FOXE IRXQGHG E\ ÂżUVW\HDU VWXGHQWV .HOOLH *DLQH\ DQG *UDFH .REU\QDLPVWRXVHWKHEORJJLQJZHEVLWHDVDSODWIRUPWRIRVWHUGLVFXV-­ VLRQVDERXWFXUUHQWLVVXHVDQGÂżQGVROXWLRQV Spurring  from  a  joke  about  Tumblr  posts  saying,â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  wish  I  could  go   to  Tumblr8QLYHUVLW\´.REU\QSLWFKHGWKHLGHDWR*DLQH\DQGWKHSDLUGH-­ cided  to  actually  make  it  possible.  In  late  September,  they  set  up  a  domain   on  the  site,  where  they  post  a  discussion  topic  roughly  once  a  week  and   members  can  make  submissions  of  how  they  feel  about  the  subject. Âł:HÂśOOSRVWVRPHTXHVWLRQVWRJHWSHRSOHÂśVWKRXJKWVĂ&#x20AC;RZLQJDQGWKHQ they  just  post  what  they  believe  about  it,  if  they  support  it,  if  they  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;?   *DLQH\VDLGÂł$WWKHHQGRIHDFKWRSLF*UDFHDQG,UHYLHZWKHSRVWVDQG conclude   it,   basically   including   the   census   agreement   of   what   everyone   EHOLHYHVLVULJKW7KHQIURPWKDWVWDQGSRLQWZHÂżJXUHRXWZKDWZHFDQGR´ 7KHÂżUVWWRSLFWKHFOXESODQVWRWDFNOHLVWKHFRQWURYHUV\RIK\GUR-­ fracking,  followed  by  Hasbrouck  dining.  However,  the  topics  will  usually   be  selected  at  meetings  when  attendees  toss  anonymous  suggestions  into  a  

hat  and  one  is  randomly  chosen.  If  they  begin  to  run  out  of  subjects  or  they   become   repetitive   and   dated,   they   will   collect   â&#x20AC;&#x153;a   fresh   batchâ&#x20AC;?or   simply   turn  on  the  anonymous  option  on  the  Tumblr  so  people  can  submit  ideas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  open  to  a  lot  of  ideas  from  the  members,  what  they  want  to   GRZKDWPDWWHUVWRWKHPKRZZHFDQKHOSWKHPUHDFKWKHLUJRDOV´*DLQH\ said.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  basically  a  collaborative  thing.â&#x20AC;? *DLQH\VDLGWKH\FUHDWHGWKHFOXEWRLQFUHDVHVWXGHQWVÂśDZDUHQHVVRQ pressing  issues  and  to  inspire  action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   main   thing   is   that   our   generation,   for   the   most   partâ&#x20AC;Śweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   all  about  our  phones,  Facebook,  not  really  paying  attention  to  the  world   DURXQGXVMXVWZKDWÂśVJRLQJRQLQRXUOLYHV´*DLQH\VDLGÂł,WÂśVNLQGRI important  to  open  up  peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  eyes  to  important  things  going  on  because   if  you  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  really  pay  attention  to  whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  going  on  then  you  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  really   have  a  say  in  whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  going  to  happen.  You  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  help  shape  the  world  into   a  place  that  you  believe  is  good.â&#x20AC;? The  clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Tumblr  page  has  about  50  followers,  but  they  are  working   to  increase  this  number  by  promoting  as  much  as  possible.  They  have  men-­ tioned  the  club  to  their  friends,  posted  about  it  on  their  own  personal  blogs,   hung  signs  and  drew  on  sidewalks  in  chalk.  They  have  also  reached  out  to   those  from  New  Paltz  who  they  see  on  Tumblr  by  leaving  them  the  link  to   WKHXQLYHUVLW\EORJ+RZHYHU*DLQH\VDLGWKH\ZDQWQRQTumblr  users  as   well,  since  there  are  only  so  many  students  on  Tumblr  and  they  need  a  lot  

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HISTORIC HUGUENOT STREET HOLDS ANNUAL HALLOWEEN EVENT  By  Katie  Kocijanski  Asst.  Copy  Editor  |  Kkocijanski14@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

Haunted  Huguenot   Street     staffers   will   once   again  aim  to  lead  visitors  on  spooky,  historic  tours   this  Halloween  weekend.    The  annual  Halloween  event  has  been  a  high-­ light  of  the  fall  season  in  New  Paltz  for  more  than  10   years.  Haunted  Huguenot  Street  features  a  staff-­led   candlelight  tour,  where  local  ghost  stories  are  told. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   is   a   nighttime   candlelight   tour   that   brings   guests   through   the   museum   houses   to   experience   vignettes  concerning  the  darker,  nefarious  side  of  lo-­ cal  history,â&#x20AC;?  said  Rebecca  Mackey,  director  of  visi-­ tor  services. The  tour  will  last  a  little  over  an  hour  and  visi-­ tors  will  see  re-­enacted  scenes  from  these  ghost  sto-­ ries  in  the  different  houses  on  the  street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At   each   stop   the   participants   will   hear   and   view   chilling   scenes,   recreating   terrible   incidents   that  happened  in  our  past,â&#x20AC;?  said  Director  of  Exhib-­ its,  Educational  and  Public  Programs  Susan  Stessin-­ Cohn.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;All  the  stories  we  will  relate  come  straight   out  of  the  newspapers.  That  is  totally  different  from   any  place  they  will  go  to.â&#x20AC;?   According   to   Mackey,   all   of   the   tales   come   from  primary  sources  including  newspapers,  diaries,   ledgers,  books  and  oral  histories.   Forty   people   will   be   running   the   event   this   year.  Stessin-­Cohn  particularly  appreciated  how  two   SUNY  New  Paltz  interns  helped  out  from  the  begin-­ ning  stages  of  planning.  

Both  Mackey  and  Stessin-­Cohn  believe  Haunt-­ ed   Huguenot   Street   is   a   true   community   event   for   New  Paltz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Huguenot  Street  was  the  original  Main  Street   of  New  Paltz  and  it  is  important  to  honor  that  his-­ WRU\DQGVXSSRUWORFDOPXVHXPVDQGQRQSURÂżWVWKDW serve  to  preserve  and  interpret  the  past  for  the  pub-­ lic,â&#x20AC;?  Mackey  said. Stessin-­Cohn   said   everything   about   Haunted   Huguenot  Street  has  been  made  for  and  by  the  com-­ munity.   0DFNH\ ÂżQGV WKH HYHQW WR EH XQLTXH DQG EH-­ lieves  it  is  â&#x20AC;&#x153;an  alternative  for  those  seeking  a  more   sophisticated  yet  truly  haunting  experience.â&#x20AC;?   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visitors  hear  true  stories,  not  just  tall  tales,  of   those  who  lived  here  before  while  seeing  the  street   OLW E\ FDQGOHV DQG EORFNHG RII WR DOO WUDIÂżF ZKLFK helps  create  the  atmosphere  of  days  past,â&#x20AC;?  Mackey   said.   Tickets  cost  $10  for  students  and  for  commu-­ nity  members  in  advance.  Tickets  are  $15  the  night   of.  the  tour.   Tours  can  be  booked  ahead  of  time  online,  with   times  listed  for  Oct.  28  and  29  from  7  to  11  p.m.  and   Oct.  30  from  6:30  to  9  p.m.  Members  of  the  orga-­ nization  strongly  recommends  registering  ahead  of   time,  as  spots  are  limited. Stessin-­Cohn   said   this   event   will   be-­   â&#x20AC;&#x153;a   per-­ fect   night   of   horror   and   Halloween   entertainment   for  all.â&#x20AC;?   For  more  information  about  Haunted  visit  hu-­ guenotstreet.org/haunted.html.

PHOTO  COURTESY  OF  FLICKR.COM Haunted  Huguenot  Street  returns  for  spooky  historical  tours  to  celebrate  Halloween  this  October.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Boogie The Night Away CAMPUS CHAPTER HOLDS DANCE-A-THON FOR UNDERPRIVELEGED CHILDREN By  Maria  Jayne Copy  Editor  |  Maria.jayne17@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

After  six-­months   of   planning,   the   Big   Brothers   Big   Sisters   Club   at   SUNY   New   Paltz    (BB/BS)  held  an  eight-­hour  dance-­a-­ thon  titled  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance  for  Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  Sakeâ&#x20AC;?  last  Sun-­ day  from  1  to  9  p.m.  in  the  Student  Union.     The  dance  had  different  DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  and  musi-­ cal   genres   every   hour.   The   music   included   Zumba,  80s,  90s,  hip-­hop,  R&B  and  current   hits.  The  event  featured  a  performance  by  a   local  dance  troupe  and  giveaways.   At  the  event,  there  was  free  food  such  as   salad  and  pizza  provided  by  Campus  Auxil-­ iary  Services  (CAS),  T-­shirts  for  team  mem-­ EHUVDQGUDIĂ&#x20AC;HSUL]HVWKDWZHUHGRQDWHG by   local   merchants   and   given   away   every   hour. The   performer   for   the   night   was   the   Energy   Elite   dance   troupe   from   the   Center  

for  Creative  Education  in  Kingston.  Energy   Elite  is  a  hip-­hop  dance  group  consisting  of   Kingston  High  School  students  and  is  run  by   a  former  worker  for  the  Big  Brothers  Big  Sis-­ ters  agency  according  to  Colleen  Mountford,   the  president  of  the  Ulster  County  chapter. The   event   was   held   in   order   to   raise   awareness   for   the   club   on   campus   and   the   funding  for  the  organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Ulster  County   chapter   because   this   past   year   funding   was   reduced  due  to  federal  budget  cuts.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   funding   for   the   organization   [in   Ulster  County]  is  getting  cut  by  the  govern-­ ment,   so   now   more   than   ever   we   need   to   raise  both  money  and  awareness,â&#x20AC;?  said  Vice   President  and  Big  Sister  Stephanie  Zubrows-­ ki.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big  Brothers  Big  Sisters  has  the  ability   to   change   kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   lives   for   the   better   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   kids   need  mentors,  someone  to  look  up  to  and  to   EHDSRVLWLYHLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHLQWKHLUOLIH´ The   money   raised   by   the   dance-­a-­thon  

will  help   the   groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   programs   run   for   the   rest  of  the  year,  according  to  Mountford.   $OWKRXJKWKLVZDVWKHÂżUVWWLPHWKH%% BS  club  held  a  dance-­a-­thon,  other  colleges   have   found   this   to   be   very   successful.   St.   Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   College   has   held   dance-­a-­thons   for   ÂżYH \HDUV QRZ DFFRUGLQJ WR 0RXQWIRUG New   Paltz   has   never   done   something   like   this   before   but   organizers   said   they   were   hoping  to  learn  a  lot.   Zubrowski     said   even   though   they   set   lofty  goals  their  hope  is  that  everyone  in  at-­ tendance   gave   something   from   their   heart   and  had  a  great  time.   The  BB/BS  club  members  said  they  are   very  committed  to  helping  their  community   and  making  differences  in  childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  lives.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  totally  a  believer  and  convert  that   college   students   can   make   a   bigger   impact   than  anyone,â&#x20AC;?  said  Mountford.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;They  show   up  every  week  on  Wednesdays  or  Thursdays  

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and  they  do  great  for  an  hour  and  a  half  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;no   excuses.â&#x20AC;?   Zubrowski   has   been   a   member   of   the   BB/BS   club   since   December   2009   and   helped   make   it   a   campus   organization   last   spring   along   with   President   Kiersten   Berg-­ strom,   a   three-­year   member   of   the   Ulster   County  chapter.    â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  club  on  campus  is  an  offshoot  of   people   that   have   been   mentoring   for   us   for   years,â&#x20AC;?  said  Mountford.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;[This]  Club  is  there   to  raise  awareness  and  do  fundraisers  to  off-­ set  costs  of  the  base  program  in  Kingston.â&#x20AC;? Big  Brothers  Big  Sisters  programs  have   been  around  for  107  years,  according  to  their   website  bbbs.org,  and  they  continue  running   throughout  the  nation.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big  Brothers  Big  Sisters  is  a  evidence   based   program,â&#x20AC;?   said   Mountford.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   works   and  they  can  prove  it.â&#x20AC;?


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Every  November,  the  people  of  the  town  of  Skar-­ mouth  catch  the  beautiful  water  horses  from  the  ocean   and   ride   them   in   the   Scorpio   Races.   Thanks   to   the   murderous  tendencies  of  water  horses,  the  body  count   tends  to  be  high. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  Scorpio  Racesâ&#x20AC;?  by  Maggie  Stiefvater  (Scho-­ ODVWLF2FWREHU Ă&#x20AC;LSVEHWZHHQWZRSRLQWVRIYLHZ Puck,  who  will  lose  her  home  if  she  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  win  the  race   and   Sean,   who   will   have   the   horse   heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   been   train-­ ing   for   years   taken   away   if   he   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   win.   Both   need   WRFRPHLQÂżUVWWRNHHSZKDWWKH\ORYH²DQGGHVSLWH their  budding  friendship,  they  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  let  anything  stand   in  their  way. ,I\RXUHPHPEHU6WLHIYDWHUÂśVQDPHIURPKHUĂ&#x20AC;XII\ werewolf   trilogy,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Wolves   of   Mercy   Falls,â&#x20AC;?   get   those  thoughts  out  of  your  head  now.  The  only  thing   they  have  in  common  is  her  poetic  writing  style. Unlike   many   other   books   I   read,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Scorpio   Racesâ&#x20AC;?  was  one  I  immediately  wanted  to  reread;Íž  I  have   a  nagging  feeling  that  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  going  to  keep  this  book  on   my  favorites  shelf  for  quite  some  time.  

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The  characters  are  shockingly  raw  and  easy  to  re-­ ODWHWR,ORYHERWK3XFNDQG6HDQ²,ZDVURRWLQJIRU both  of  them  the  entire  time  and  sat  on  the  edge  of  my   seat,  clinging  fervently  to  the  pages  of  the  book,  as  I   neared  the  end.  The  setting  is  described  so  vividly  and   so  gorgeously  that  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  want  to  live  there,  dangers  and   all.  The  plot  sucks  you  in  and  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  let  go. I  was  hesitant  going  into  the  story  because  of  the   melodrama   of   Stiefvaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   other   series;Íž   however,   the   romance  here  is  handled  delicately  and  more  realisti-­ cally  than  anything  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  read  in  any  variation  of  fan-­ tasy  or  paranormal  in  a  long  time.   But  the  horses!  Oh,  the  horses!  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   a  sucker  for   mythological  creatures  in  all  forms;Íž  I  can  argue  over   them  (as  well  as  profess  my  love  of  them)  for  hours.   Stiefvaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  take  on  the  water  horses  is  absolutely  bril-­ liant.  I  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  help  but  love  them,  even  with  their  con-­ VXPSWLRQRIKXPDQĂ&#x20AC;HVK,I\RXQHHGDUHDVRQWKDWÂśV not  plot  or  characters  or  writing  to  read  a  story,  this  is   LWLIWKHUHVWRIWKHERRNKDGVXFNHGWKHKRUVHVZRXOG still  have  made  the  book  worth  reading. PHOTO  BY  SAMANTHA  SCHWARTZ   But  since  the  rest  of  the  book  rocks,  I  would  say   add  it  to  your  must-­read  list.  


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Music Store Goes Back To Its Roots SHOP SELLS INSTRUMENTS & MORE INSIDE CAFETERIA By  Zan  Strumfeld A&E  Editor  |  Sstrumfeld34@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

A  new  form  of  art  is  hanging  in  the  windows  of   Cafeteria  on  58  Main  St.  and  this  art  is  not  just  on  dis-­ play,  but  for  sale. With  a  severe  lack  of  music  stores  in  New  Paltz,   5RRW1RWH0XVLF6KRSKDVUHFHQWO\EHHQDGGHGWRÂżOO the   gap.  Twenty-­three-­year-­old   owner  Tyler   Beatrice,   who  has  moved  his  store  from  New  Paltz  to  Saugerties   and  now  back  to  where  he  started,  said  he  is  more  than   pleased  with  his  new  address. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   always   envisioned   having   a   music   store/cafĂŠ,   and  then  it  happened,â&#x20AC;?  said  Beatrice. Beatrice,   originally   from   Saugerties,   came   to   681<1HZ3DOW]LQÂżUVWVWXG\LQJDQWKURSRORJ\ He   then   switched   to   business   for   a   year   and   is   now   studying  anthropology  again.  In    May  of  2010,  he  start-­ ed  his  own  business  by  selling  guitars  and  accessories   at  Slash  Root,  hence  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rootâ&#x20AC;?  in  the  name.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   ideal   because   I   was   in   the   back   of     Slash  Root,â&#x20AC;?  said  Beatrice. After  only  a  few  months,  he  decided  to  bring  Root   Note   to   Main   Street   in   Saugerties,   splitting   the   place   with  a  friend  who  did  guitar  repairs.  After  less  than  a   year,  Beatrice  started  looking  for  a  place  back  in  New   Paltz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   lived   in   New   Paltz   since   2006   so   I   knew   what  New  Paltz  was  like  musically  and  knew  [the  store   would]  be  better  here,â&#x20AC;?  said  Beatrice.   In   September   2011,   Cafeteria   owner   Jim   Svetz   contacted   Beatrice   about   opening   inside   the   coffee   shop.  Beatrice  started  moving  in  immediately  and  shut   down  his  store  in  Saugerties.  Placing  most  of  his  prod-­ ucts  in  storage,  Beatrice  began  to  slowly  move  into  the   small  corner  in  the  front  of  the  cafĂŠ.   Although  the  grand  opening  for  Root  Note  Music   6KRSLVQÂśWXQWLO1RY%HDWULFHKDVEHHQXQRIÂżFLDOO\ opened   and   so   far   he   said   heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   doing   very   well.   The   selection   includes   acoustic,   electric   and   nylon-­string   guitars,   travel-­sized   guitars,   ukuleles,   hand-­drums,   djembes,   microphones,   recording   equipment,   cables,   strings,   drum   sticks,   headphones,   capos,   picks,   slides   and  cases.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   have   an   electric   sitar   form   India   right   now   which  is  really  cool,â&#x20AC;?  said  Beatrice. Beatrice  collects  guitars  from  a  variety  of  vendors   and  can  also  do  special  orders  upon  requests.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   been   selling   these   ukuleles   pretty   often,â&#x20AC;?  

said  Beatrice.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   pretty   affordable   $35   ukes.   I   VROGRXWLQWKHÂżUVWZHHN,MXVWRUGHUHGQLQHPRUH´ Beatrice  said  he  has  been  getting  a  wide  response   from  both  students  and  people  in  town.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some   people   ask   me   as   far   as   guitars   go,   why   prices  are  so  low.  I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  know,  because  I  want  you  to   buy  it,â&#x20AC;?  said  Beatrice. Third-­year  secondary  education  major  Alex  Figu-­ ra  recently  bought  a  Fender  acoustic  electric  guitar  for   DW5RRW1RWH+HVDLGDWÂżUVWKHWKRXJKW&DIHWHULD was  just  putting  a  few  guitars  on  display  and  after  see-­ ing  a  lot  more  added  the  next  week,  he  stepped  inside   to  see  what  was  going  on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Tyler]  was  really  nice  and  open  to  have  me  try   different   instruments.   Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   also   very   knowledgeable   about  the  products  he  has,â&#x20AC;?  said  Figura.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  got  his   own  legitimate  business  going  there,  and  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  really   impressive.  I  like  to  support  local  business.â&#x20AC;? Figura   said   he   fell   in   love   with   the   Fender   and   â&#x20AC;&#x153;just  had  to  buy  it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   sounds   amazing   and   I   thought   the   price   was   GHÂżQLWHO\UHDVRQDEOH´KHVDLG Although   the   space   is   small   for   holding   a   lot   of   equipment,  Beatrice  said  he  wants  to  stay  in  Cafeteria   because   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   â&#x20AC;&#x153;good   location   and   great   atmosphere.â&#x20AC;?   Root  Note  Music  Shop  will  have  separate  hours  than   Cafeteriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,   which   will   be   available   after   the   grand   opening. Beatrice   has   also   planned   a   show   for   his   grand   opening  with  Route  32  Presents  and  a  number  of  musi-­ cians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   think   he   [Tyler]   is   a   great   guy   and   love   what   he   is   doing   with   his   shop,   so   I   thought   that   it   would   be  a  great  idea  to  celebrate  his  store  opening  with  an   awesome  show  at  Cafeteria,â&#x20AC;?  said  third-­year  art  history   major  and  booking  &  management  at  Route  32  Pres-­ ents  Kali  Quinn.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  has  to  be  an  acoustic  show,  since   there  are  no  drums  allowed,  so  I  booked  the  cream  of   the  crop  of  local  front  men  and  solo  artists.â&#x20AC;? Beatrice  said  he  hopes  to  have  as  many  shows  at   the  shop  as  possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  hope  that  we  can  reign  in  lots  of  folks  to  support   Tyler  and  his  music  shop  adventure!  I  think  that  Root   Note   is   just   what   we   need   in   this   town,   and   I   know   plenty   of   people   who   agree   and   are   super   psyched   about  it,â&#x20AC;?  said  Quinn.   For   more   information   on   the   store,   check   out   Root   Note   Music   Shop   on   Facebook   or   at     www.rootnotemusicshop.com.

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Reinventing Rauschenberg THEATRE STUDENTS TO PERFORM TRIBUTE TO ARTISTIC INNOVATION

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When   Robert  Rauschenberg  sculpted  and   painted  â&#x20AC;&#x153;combines,â&#x20AC;?  the  innovative  mixed  me-­ dia  works  he  became  famous  for  in  the  transi-­ tion   between   Abstract   Expressionism   and   the   rise   of   Pop  Art,   he   did   not   simply   capture   an   image   or   make   an   argument.   Rauschenberg   captured  the  numerous  events  occurring  around   him  in  a  collage  of  the  people,  places  and  ab-­ surdities  he  witnessed. That  is  the  point  of  the  play  â&#x20AC;&#x153;bobrauschen-­ bergamerica,â&#x20AC;?  which  will  be  performed  by  New   Paltz  theatre  students  on  Oct.  28  to  30.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The  play  is]  a  wild  road  trip  through  our   American   landscapeâ&#x20AC;Ś   made   as   one   of  Amer-­ icaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   greatest   artists,   Robert   Rauschenberg,   might   have   conceived   it,â&#x20AC;?   playwright   Chuck   Mee   said   on   his   website,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;[It   is]   a   collage   of   people   and   places   and   music   and   dancing,   of   love  stories  and  picnics  and  business  schemes   and   shootings   and   chicken   jokes   and   golf-­ ing,   and   of   the   sheer   exhilaration   of   living   in   a  country  where  people  make  up  their  lives  as   they  go.â&#x20AC;? Mee   said   he   was   trying   to   capture   how  

Rauschenberg  would  compose  a  script  if  he  had   been  a  playwright  instead  of  a  painter. Second-­year  theatre  major  with  a  concen-­ tration   in   costume   design   Julia   Fell   said   the   play   is   the   most   original   show   she   has   ever   been  involved  with.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  bit  hard  to  describe,  but  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  been  a   real  pleasure  to  design,â&#x20AC;?  said  Fell.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most  of  the   costumes  are  very  independent  of  one  another,   but  I  think  that  helps  to  emphasize  the  mood  of   the  play.â&#x20AC;? That  mood  seems  to  be  â&#x20AC;&#x153;a  journey  through   the  world  of  an  artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  eyeâ&#x20AC;ŚWhere  moment  to   PRPHQWGHÂżQHVWKHUHODWLRQVKLSVEHWZHHQFKDU-­ acters,   constantly   changing,   always   in   motion   connecting  the  dots  and  stars,  and  orbiting  the   people  around  each  other  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  giving  them  life,â&#x20AC;?   according  to  the  productionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Facebook  event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bobrauschenbergamericaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   just   is.   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   something   you   need   to   experience   to   under-­ PHOTO  BY  SAMANTHA  SCHWARTZ stand;Íž   it   will   change   your   life,â&#x20AC;?   said   Sam   Marsh,  the  showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  director  and  fourth-­year  the-­ SUNY  New  Paltz  students  will  perform  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bobrauschenbergamericaâ&#x20AC;?  on  Oct.  28  through  30.               atre  major. the  attention  of  New  Paltz  students.   posters,  then  it  should  be  a  trip.â&#x20AC;? With   posters   featuring   a   chicken   and   a   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  have  never  heard  of  [Rauschenberg]  be-­ â&#x20AC;&#x153;bobrauschenbergamericaâ&#x20AC;?   will   be   per-­ compact,   scrawled,   single-­word   title,   the   pro-­ fore,  but  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  willing  to  see  the  play,â&#x20AC;?  said  Mar-­ formed  in  Parker  Theatre  on  Oct.  28  and  29  at   duction  is  certainly  trying  to  capture  the  com-­ cella  Guarino,  second-­year  transfer  student  and   8  p.m.  and  Oct.  30  at  2  p.m.  Admission  to  the   plicated  and  busy  mind  of  the  artist  and  rouse   philosophy  major.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;If  there  are  chickens  on  the   show  is  free.

Electrifying the Eardrums MUSIC DEPARTMENT HOSTS STUDENT-PRODUCED WORK AT DORSKY

By  Jena  Lagonia Contributing  Writer  |  N02393982@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

The  Music   Department   at   SUNY   New   Paltz,  in  collaboration  with  The  Dorsky  pre-­ sented   Electro-­Acoustic   works   written   and   produced  by  students. On  Tuesday,  Oct.  18,  from  6:30  to  7:30   p.m.,  students  and  faculty  came  to  The  Dor-­ sky  to  hear  the  different  works  presented  in  a   unique  multi-­channel  surround  installation  at   the  Alice  and  Horace  Chandler  Gallery.  The   music   included   students   of   John   B.   Hedge   and  Bob  Lukomskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  music  classes. Lukomski   introduced   each   studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   work   at   the   concert.   He   described   Electro-­

Acoustic  Music   as   sounds   produced   by   electronic  means  on  a  computer.  In  this  par-­ ticular  performance,  according  to  Lukomski,   students  took  vocal  sounds  that  people  made   and   stretched   and   manipulated   them   into   something  of  their  own.     Lukomski  said  he  was  a  little  bit  uneasy   when   he   heard   the   performance   was   to   be   KHOGVL[ZHHNVLQWRKLVÂżUVWVHPHVWHUWHDFK-­ ing  the  course.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   was   really   uptight,â&#x20AC;?   Lukomski   said.   Âł,W LV P\ ÂżUVW VHPHVWHU WHDFKLQJ KHUH DQG , was  blown  away  by  the  quality  of  work  that   my  students  produced  in  just  six  weeks.â&#x20AC;?   The  concert  gave  the  audience  free  reign  

to  walk  around  and  enjoy  the  artwork  of  the   exhibit  while  listening  to  the  studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  pieces.   Although   there   was   no   correlation   between   the   artworks   of   the   exhibits   and   the   music,   Lukomski  described  the  artwork  as  â&#x20AC;&#x153;wallpa-­ perâ&#x20AC;?  to  what  the  viewer  was  listening  to.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   works   were   not   necessarily   di-­ rectly  connected  with  the  artwork,  however   WKHUHLVGHÂżQLWHO\WHQVLRQEHWZHHQDQDXGLR and  a  visual  component,â&#x20AC;?  he  said. 7RQ\&DWDODQRÂżIWK\HDUFUHDWLYHZULW-­ ing   major,   had   his   own   take   on   the   perfor-­ mance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   was   intense   and   discomforting   at   times   in   a   good   way,â&#x20AC;?   Catalano   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  

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would  really  describe  it  as  fascinating.â&#x20AC;? Ed  Lundergan,  the  director  of  the  Con-­ cert  Choir  Chamber  at  SUNY  New  Paltz  said   he  was  glad  to  see  students  getting  their  work   out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some  were  very  provocative,  some  told   a  story  and  others  were  more  atmospheric,â&#x20AC;?   said  Lundergan. The  Dorsky  curator  Carole  Cowen  and   former   curator   Brian   Wallace   want   to   keep   presenting  different  music  programs  this  se-­ mester  and  those  to  follow.     Lukomski   said   he   was   very   proud   of   his  students  and  hopes  to  be  able  to  do  this   again.  


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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@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

New York Comic Con is a Mecca for the pale-faced and enthusiastic of the East Coast. With the rise in popularity of the 2005 reboot of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doctor Who,â&#x20AC;? thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a lot more Whovian action at the Cons. For every Power Ranger, Manga or Anime character and Slave Leia, there was someone wandering around in a tweed jacket and fez referring to things as â&#x20AC;&#x153;cool.â&#x20AC;? Granted, there were quite a few Amy Pond, River Song cosplayers to go around (and one really cool Vincent Van Gogh costume from the Season Five episode â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vincent and the Doctor.â&#x20AC;? There were few people dressed as David Tennantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incarnation and fewer dressed as Christopher Eccelstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Their companions were also few and far between. This became pretty easy to see when a large group of Whovians gathered in a corner just ten feet away from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doctor Whoâ&#x20AC;? storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booth (where there was both a life-sized Dalek and Ian McNeice, the actor who plays Winston Churchill in Moffat-era episodes) to take pictures. The fans who had clearly gotten into the series post-2005 were giddily comparing costumes and lines from the show while some the more seasoned fans, dressed as Tom Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Jon Pertwee or Peter Davisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incarnation, stood off the side. Many of the newer fans were unable to appreciate the cosplayerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of the older era as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d only been introduced to the show in the last year. It was a bit lame to watch the clashing of the fans because the unending pissing contest tends to ruin the pure and unironic enjoyment thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s associated with nerdom. It gives nerds a bit of a bad name when fans for-go their enjoyment of something in favor of the elitist nonsense regarding who had liked it longer or more.

  

                                              PHOTOS  BY  DYLAN  GONZALEZ

Behind The Mask GEEKS SUIT UP AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

By  Andrew  Wyrich Managing  Editor  |  Andrew.wyrich63@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

You  either  die  a  hero,  or  live  long  enough  to   see  yourself  become  a  villain.  Or,  sometimes  you   can  just  dress  up  like  one.   A  record-­setting  105,000  nerds,  geeks  and   comic   enthusiasts   packed   the   Jacob   K.   Javits   Convention  Center  from  Oct.  13  to  16  to  revel  in   their  collective  love  for  the  comic-­medium,  and   some   of   the   more   adventurous   even   decided   to   dress  like  their  favorite  characters  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  a  practice   known  as  â&#x20AC;&#x153;cosplaying.â&#x20AC;?   â&#x20AC;&#x153;In  real  life  you  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  dress  up  like  a  char-­ acter,â&#x20AC;?   said   Arianna   Battistiol,   a   16-­year-­old   cosplayer  who  was  taking  pictures  with  various   intrigued   attendees.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;At   cons   like   this   you   can   dress  up  however  you  want.  It  boosts  your  self-­ esteem  in  a  way.â&#x20AC;?   $FURVV WKH H[SDQVLYH VKRZ Ă&#x20AC;RRU WKDW LQ cluded  hundreds  of  vendor  booths  and  countless   rows  of  discounted  comics,  cosplayers  mingled   between  the  rows  of  fellow  comic  fans  as  they   enjoyed  the  various  entertainment  options  of  the   festival.   Cosplaying,   or   â&#x20AC;&#x153;costume   playing,â&#x20AC;?   was   originally  used  to  refer  to  those  who  dressed  up   as   anime   and   manga   characters,     but   has   since   been  broadened  to  describe  the  hobby  of  dress-­ LQJXSDVDFKDUDFWHUIURPDQ\JDPHERRNÂżOP comic,  graphic  novel  or  TV  series,  according  to  

mangauk.com.  The   term   is   even   recognized   in   the  Oxford  English  Dictionary.   Julia   Fell,   a   second-­year   theatre   costume   design  major  at  SUNY  New  Paltz  who  dressed   up  as  the  human  form  of  the  TARDIS  from  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doc-­ tor  Who,â&#x20AC;?  said  she  believes  the  allure  of  dressing   up  as  a  character  from  a  loved  medium  is  a  way   for  people  to  show  off  their  passion  and  also  their   dedication.  For  some,  cosplay  is  a  just  hobby,  but   for  others  it  is  an  outlet  to  express  their  artistic   endeavors.   Fell  said  she  worked  on  her  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victorian  in-­ spiredâ&#x20AC;?   costume   for   months,   starting   in  August   DQGÂżQLVKLQJWKHFRVWXPHWKHGD\EHIRUH&RPLF Con  started.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  think  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  fun  to  show  off  that  you  love   a  show  or  movie  or  whatever  so  much  that  you   want  to  dress  up  as  a  character  from  it,â&#x20AC;?  Fell  said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;People  spend  so  much  time  and  have  so  much   dedication,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  way  to  show  off  and  get  togeth-­ er   with   a   bunch   of   people   who   share   the   same   interests  as  you  and  be  admired  for  your  work.â&#x20AC;?   Jessica  Pushor,  a  29-­year-­old  graduate  stu-­ dent  studying  fashion  history  at  Fashion  Institute   of  Technology,  said  her  Poison  Ivy  costume  was   a   way   for   her   to   explore   fashion   in   a   different   kind  of  way.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  do  this  because  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  my  art  form  and  pro-­ fession,â&#x20AC;?  Pushor  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  a  costume  artist,  so   naturally  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  enjoy  dressing  up  in  one.â&#x20AC;?   Her   husband,   31-­year-­old   Justin   Bentos,  

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had  a  different  reason  for  dressing  up  like  a  fel-­ low  member  of  Batmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  rogueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  gallery  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  The   Riddler.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  do  this  because  she  makes  me,â&#x20AC;?  Bentos   said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;But  I  also  do  it  because  I  like  it.  How  often   do  you  get  to  dress  up  like  a  villain?â&#x20AC;? Not   everyone   who   participates   takes   it   lightheartedly.   Some,   like   28-­year-­old   Adam   Gennari   refused   to   leave   his   character   at   any   point  in  the  day  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  including  interviews. Others,   such   as   29-­year-­old   Shana   Good-­ man,  had  one  of  the  dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  more  detailed  costumes   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  a  spot-­on  recreation  of  The  Jokerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  haplessly-­ in-­love  sidekick,  Harley  Quinn,  shouted  famous   quotes  from  the  character  while  she  smiled  and   posed  for  a  sea  of  photographs  and  videos  from   curious  onlookers.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;One  day  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  wear  my  costume  to  Comic   Con,â&#x20AC;?  Goodman  said.


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Birdavon ANDREW BIRD PLAYS POUGHKEEPSIE TO PERFECTION

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By Zan  Strumfeld $ ((GLWRU_Sstrumfeld34@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

Andrew Bird Bardavon 1869 Opera House Monday, Oct. 17

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MRXUQH\:KHQKHSOD\HGDQLQGHVFULEDEOHPDJLFSRXUHGIURP the stage  where  nothingHOVHPDWWHUHG1RWKLQJ$QGKH¶VTXLWH WKHSHUIRUPHU²%LUGEHFRPHVWKLVLQWLPDWHO\EHDXWLIXOOXQDWLF RQVWDJHVLQJLQJZLWKKLVKDQGV ZKHQKHGRHVQ¶WKDYHDQLQ VWUXPHQW DQGDFWLQJDELWQHXURWLFZLWKKLVKHDGPRYLQJDERXW 7KHUHZDVQ¶WDGXOOPRPHQWLQKLVVHW $QGKLVVRQJV",WKLQNWKHEHVWSDUWDERXWWKHVKRZZDV WKDWQRWKLQJKHSOD\HGVRXQGHGOLNHWKHVWXGLRYHUVLRQV7KLV PDGHWKHPHYHQPRUHLQWHUHVWLQJDQGDGGHGWRWKHIXQRIMXVW ZDWFKLQJ%LUGSHUIRUP+HEOHZPHDZD\ZLWKKLVUHQGLWLRQV RI³$1HUYRXV7LF0RWLRQRIWKH+HDGWRWKH/HIW´³7HQXRXV QHVV´ ³(I¿J\´ DQG ³7DEOHV DQG &KDLUV´ 3OXV KH SOD\HG KLV YHUVLRQRI³,W¶V1RW(DV\%HLQJ*UHHQ´IURPWKH0XSSHWPRYLH VRXQGWUDFN :HUH \RX ZDLWLQJ IRU WKH PRPHQW , FULHG" , WKLQN WKHUH ZHUHDIHZVQLIÀHVKHUHDQGWKHUHEXW,ORVWLWZLWK³1LJKW6N\´ IURP KLV QHZHVW DOEXP WKH Norman VRXQGWUDFN &RPH RQ O\ULFVOLNH³6RXQGLVDZDYHOLNHDZDYHRQWKHRFHDQ0RRQ SOD\VWKHZDYHOLNHDYLROLQSXVKLQJDQGSXOOLQJIURPVKRUHWR VKRUHELJJHVWPHORG\\RXQHYHUKHDUGEHIRUH´DUHLPSHFFDEOH Halfway   through   the   set,   Dosh   joined   Bird   on   set.   As   %LUG¶VRSHQHUWKHPXOWLLQVWUXPHQWDOLVWVLQJOHKDQGHGO\¿OOHG WKH KRXU ZLWK URFNPHHWVK\SQRWLF VRXQGV 'RVK IRUPDOO\ 0DUWLQ'RVK LVD681<1HZ3DOW](QJOLVKJUDGXDWHJR¿J XUH+H¶VEHHQSOD\LQJZLWK%LUGIRUVL[\HDUVDQGWKH\ERXQFHG RIIRIHDFKRWKHUÀDZOHVVO\HYHQOHDYLQJURRPIRUDQLPSURY MDPVHVVLRQ :KHQWKH\¿QLVKHGDVWDQGLQJRYDWLRQZDLWHGIRU%LUG¶V UHWXUQ+LVHQFRUHFRQVLVWHGRID+DQGVRPH)DPLO\FRYHUDQG WR¿QLVKWKHQLJKWRIIDFDSWLYDWLQJDQGHXSKRULF³:HDWKHU6\V WHPV´,WZDVMXVWULJKW±QRLWZDVSHUIHFW,ZDQWWRJREDFN Again  and  again  and  again.

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PROFESSOR PALENCSAR’S APPRAISAL By Professor  John  Palencsar &RQWULEXWLQJ:ULWHU_Palencsj@newpaltz.edu

“In this  idea  originated  the  plan  of  the  ‘Lyrical  Ballads’;;  in  which  it  was   agreed,  that  my  endeavors  should  be  directed  to  persons  and  characters   supernatural,  or  at  least  romantic,  yet  so  as  to  transfer  from  our  inward   QDWXUHDKXPDQLQWHUHVWDQGDVHPEODQFHRIWUXWKVXI¿FLHQWWRSURFXUHIRU these  shadows  of  imagination  that  willing  suspension  of  disbelief  for  the   moment,  which  constitutes  poetic  faith.”                      ²6DPXHO7D\ORU&ROHULGJH &ROHULGJHZRXOGEHSOHDVHGEHFDXVHWKLVLVZKDW,GRSUHWW\ PXFKDOORIWKHWLPH+DYLQJOLYHGDUHDVRQDEOHSHULRGRIWLPH,KDYH concluded  that  the  only  way  to  get  by  without  going  totally  insane   LVWREHOLHYHHYHU\WKLQJ,QRORQJHUTXHVWLRQDQ\RQHDOOP\GRXEWV KDYHGLVDSSHDUHG,WWXUQVRXW6RFUDWHVZDVZURQJ²DQXQH[DPLQHG life  is  worth  living.  This  all  began  a  little  over  a  decade  ago  when   WKH³UHDOLW\VKRZ´³6XUYLYRU´SUHPLHUHGRQQHWZRUNWHOHYLVLRQ8S WRWKDWSRLQW,VWUXJJOHGZLWKWKHPXQGDQHWKLQJVRIOLIHVXFKDVFKLO GUHQPRUWJDJHVMREVKHDOWKFRQFHUQV²QRPRUH 2QFHXSRQDWLPH,IROORZHGWKHQHZVDWHUHJXODUO\PRZHG WKHODZQSXWJDVLQWKHFDU²QRPRUH1RZ,KDYHIRXQGWKHWUXWK in  a  reality  show.   <RXPD\GDQFHZLWKWKHVWDUVVLQJRQ³$PHULFDQ,GRO´FKRRVH DVSRXVHRQ³%DFKHORUHWWH´KDQJRXWZLWK6QRRNLGRZQRQWKH ³-HUVH\6KRUH´DQGWUDYHOWKHZRUOGLQWKH*UHDW5DFHEXWWKH\SDOH LQFRPSDULVRQWRWKHJUDQGIDWKHURIWKHPDOO²³6XUYLYRU´7KHEHVW SDUWLV,FDQLQGXOJHLQP\IDQWDV\IURPP\OHDWKHUUHFOLQHUGULQNLQJ 5RRWEHHUDQGHDWLQJSUHW]HOV,GRQ¶WHYHQKDYHWRJRRXWDQ\PRUH H[FHSWWRWHDFKDQGLI\RXKDYHVSHQWDQ\WLPHLQP\FODVV\RX NQRZWKDWUHTXLUHVDVXVSHQVLRQRIGLVEHOLHI :LWKRXWJHWWLQJLQWRWKHKLJKO\FRPSOLFDWHGDQGLQWULFDWHGHWDLOV RIWKHVKRZ³6XUYLYRU´WDNHVSODFHRQVRPHIDUDZD\LVODQGRU UHPRWHSDUWRIWKHZRUOG,KDYHQHYHUKHDUGRIDQGWKHREMHFWLVWR ³RXWZLWRXWSOD\DQGRXWODVW´RWKHUSHRSOHDQGZLQPLOOLRQ &RQWHVWDQWVYLHIRUWKHSUL]HE\VXEMHFWLQJWKHPVHOYHVWRSK\VLFDODQG PHQWDOFKDOOHQJHVSXEOLFKXPLOLDWLRQQRSULYDF\FRQVWDQWJRVVLS DQGQDVWLQHVVO\LQJFKHDWLQJDQGQDWXUDOGLVDVWHUVUDQJLQJIURP W\SKRRQVWRH[FUXFLDWLQJKHDW What  could  be  better  than  that?   7KHREMHFWHYHU\ZHHNLVWRDYRLGEHLQJYRWHGRIIWKHLVODQGE\ IHOORZSOD\HUV(DFKSOD\HUFDUULHVDOLWWRUFKZKLFKLIYRWHGRXWLV H[WLQJXLVKHG1RZZRXOGQ¶WOLIHEHVRPXFKEHWWHULIZHZHQWDURXQG JHWWLQJULGRISHRSOHZKRweIHHOQRORQJHUGHVHUYHWRSOD\"7KHUH DUHQRFRPSOLFDWHG³JUH\´DUHDVKHUHQRTXDOL¿HUVRUPD\EHVRUµ, GRQ¶WNQRZV¶\RXHLWKHUJDLQ³LPPXQLW\´E\ZLQQLQJDFRQWHVW² VXFKDVVWDQGLQJRQDLQFKSROHORQJHUWKDQHYHU\RQHHOVHRU\RX FRQQLYHDQGJHWHYHU\RQHWRWKLQN\RXDUHWKHLUIULHQGXQWLO\RXWXUQ DURXQGWKHIROORZLQJZHHNDQGVFUHZWKHPRYHU+RZSHUIHFWLVWKDW" 6WDUWLQJQH[WVHPHVWHU,DPJRLQJWRKDQGRXWPLQLWRUFKHVWRDOORI P\VWXGHQWVDQGZKHQVRPHRQHDQQR\VPHRUGRHVQ¶WGRDQDVVLJQ PHQW²,ZLOOH[WLQJXLVKWKHLUWRUFK²QRJUDGLQJQRGLVFXVVLRQ MXVWH[WLQJXLVKHGWRUFKHV $GGLQJWRWKHVKRZ¶VH[FLWHPHQWZHKDYHKLGGHQLPPXQLW\ LGROVORWVRIVHFUHWDOOLDQFHVHPEDUUDVVLQJSULYDWHPRPHQWV²ORWV RIFU\LQJEHFDXVHWKH\³FDQ¶WWDNHLWDQ\PRUH´DQGWKHYLHZHUE\ QRZDYR\HXULVZDWFKLQJLWDOO7RDGGWRP\HQMR\PHQWWKH\DOO WDNHWKHPVHOYHVVRVHULRXVO\³6XUYLYRU´LV¿OOHGZLWKH[FHVVLYH ZKLQLQJDQGORWVRIZRQGHUIXOPHORGUDPD 6RRQFHDZHHN,VLWGRZQDQGIRUJHWWKHSDSHUV,QHHGWRJUDGH IRUJHWP\OHFWXUHQRWHVWXUQRIIWKHFHOOSKRQHVWRSUHDGLQJDQGVWRS WDONLQJ7KHQ,SXWRQP\³DXWKHQWLF´6XUYLYRUKDWDQGLPDJLQHKRZ JRRG,ZRXOGEHDWWKHJDPHVWDUWLQJD¿UHE\UXEELQJWZRVWLFNV WRJHWKHUHDWLQJKDOIFRRNHGORFDODQLPDOOLIHVXFNLQJWKHMXLFHRXW RISODQWVDQGSORWWLQJP\RZQDOOLDQFHVDQGPD\EH,ZRXOGZLQ PLOOLRQ7KHQLW¶VRYHU8QWLOQH[WZHHN $K%DUWOHE\$K+XPDQLW\


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POP-PUNK FIVE-PIECE GROUP MISSES THE MARK WITH NEW ALBUM By  Andrew  Wyrich 0DQDJLQJ(GLWRU_Andrew.wyrich63@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

Transit Listen & Forgive

For  the   past   few   years,   the   pop-­punk   genre   has   been   a   punch-­ ing   bag   of   twinkles   and   nasally   high-­pitched   voices   that   effectively   destroyed  what  the  genre  built  itself  on  a  decade  ago.   7UDQVLWD0DVVDFKXVHWWVÂżYHSLHFHWKDWKDVVHHSHGWKHLUZD\LQWR the  scene  with  their  honest  and  infectious  lyrics,  seemed  to  defy  this   notion  with  their  stellar  former  releases.  Unfortunately,  Listen  &  For-­ give  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  their  debut  on  Rise  Records  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  begins  to  fall  into  this  trap.   7KH ÂżUVW WUDFN Âł<RX &DQÂśW 0LVV ,W ,WÂśV (YHU\ZKHUH ´ VWDUWV RII with  what  we  would  expect  from  a  Transit  release,  but  overall  some-­ thing  never  seems  quite  right  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  which  is  a  common  theme  throughout   the  remainder  of  the  album.   /XFNLO\Âł/RQJ/RVW)ULHQGV´WKHDOEXPÂśVVHFRQGWUDFNLVE\IDU the  best  on  the  album  and  perfects  the  blend  of  streamlined  musician-­

ship  and  relevant  lyrics  that  would  have  made  this  album  much  better   LI WKH UHVW RI WKH VRQJV ZHUH DEOH WR HPXODWH , GDUH VRPHRQH QRW WR immediately  be  brought  to  heart-­wrenching  memories  when  they  listen   WRWKHVRQJœVFKRUXVRI³/DWHO\\RXœYHEHHQORRNLQJDWPHOLNH\RXœYH VHHQDJKRVWDQGLVQœWLWREYLRXVZKRœVEHHQPLVVLQJZKRWKHPRVW"´ ³$OO<RXU+HDUW´RQHRIWKHDOEXPœVPLGGOHWUDFNVLQSDUWLFXODU seems   as   if   it   suffers   from   too   many   anthemic   ambitions   rather   than   VWLFNLQJWRWKHKHDUWDQGVRXOWKDW¿OOVHYHU\OLQHRIWKHVRQJ7KHJULW and  angst  littering  their  former  releases  are  simply  lost  beneath  a  layer   of  pop.  Listen  &  Forgive  sounds  more  like  a  Man  Overboard  release   than  what  we  have  come  to  expect  from  Transit.   ³&XWWLQJ&RUQHUV´DQG³6WHSSLQJ6WRQH´MXPSRXWLQWKHPLGGOHRI the  album  and  offer  a  taste  of  what  could  have  been  as  guitar  rhythms   DQG SRZHUIXO YRFDOV SHUPHDWH WKURXJK ³&XWWLQJ &RUQHUV´ DQG WKH VORZHGGRZQWHPSRRI³6WHSSLQJ6WRQH´HYRNHVWKHHPRWLRQV³2XW ERXQG´KDGRQStay  Home+RZHYHUDIWHUWKHVHWKHDOEXPSXWWHUVWR an  end  and  does  not  offer  the  cathartic  ending  one  would  expect  from   a  pop-­punk  album.   My   guess   is   that   this   entire   album   suffers   from   poor   choices   in   the  production  department  and  each  of  Listen  &  ForgiveœVVRQJVZRXOG likely  translate  much  better  in  a  live  format.  Nevertheless,  the  anticipa-­ tion  leading  up  to  this  album  did  not  match  the  results  leaving  it  quite   REYLRXV³ZKRVHEHHQPLVVLQJZKRWKHPRVW´²PHPLVVLQJWKHSDVW Transit  releases.  

Collapse Under the Expectations GERMAN DUO RELEASES DISAPPOINTING COLLECTION OF SONGS

By  Ross  Hamilton 6WDII:ULWHU_N01955992@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

Collapse Under the Empire Shoulders & Giants

Shoulders  &  GiantsLVWKHQHZHVWUHOHDVHIURP*HUPDQGXR&RO ODSVH 8QGHU WKH (PSLUH ZKLFK GURSSHG 2FW  FRXUWHV\ RI 6LVWHU Jack  Records.  The  members  contribute  electronics,  guitars  and  drums,   making  each  song  feel  like  a  full  band  is  participating  in  the  airy  yet   engaging  atmosphere.   &ROODSVH8QGHUWKH(PSLUHHPSOR\VDIDLUO\GLYHUVH\HWZKROO\ WDPHVRXQG8SRQÂżUVWOLVWHQWKHPL[RIHOHFWURQLFVJXLWDUDQGNH\ board  is  soothing;Íž  however,  as  the  album  progresses  it  is  easy  to  hear   the  inability  of  the  group  to  take  risks  with  their  sound.  The  songwrit-­ LQJLVVLPLODUO\Ă&#x20AC;DZHGDVPRVWRIWKHSLHFHVGHYROYHLQWRVORZSDFHG washes  of  tremolo  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  segments  that  can  only  be  described  as  hit  or   PLVV,WÂśVQRWWKDWShoulder  &  Giants  is  unpleasant  to  listen  to,  but  after  

a  few  songs  the  riffs  sort  of  blend  together  without  too  much  fanfare.   7KHÂżUVWIHZVRQJVRIIShoulders  &  GiantsHVWDEOLVKWKHEDQGÂśV approach  to  each  song  which  is  more  or  less  the  same  in  structure  and   DUUDQJHPHQW(OHFWURQLFSHUFXVVLRQĂ&#x20AC;RZVLQWRNH\ERDUGDQGGHOD\HG guitar  as  each  instrument  moves  toward  a  repetitive,  pounding  center.   +DOIZD\WKURXJKWKHUHFRUGÂł7KH6N\,V7KH/LPLW´VKRZFDVHVRQHRI the  more  effective  crescendos,  giving  the  piano  a  more  prominent  role.   The   succeeding   tracks   are   probably   a   bit   more   memorable   than   the   ÂżUVWKDOIRIWKHDOEXPEXWQRWE\DORW+HUHWKHGUXPVDQGHOHFWURQLFV make  an  attempt  to  expand  the  palette  of  sound  with  a  slightly  faster   DQGGHQVHUVRXQGÂł$IWHU7KH7KDZ´LVWKHPRVWFRPSHOOLQJWUDFNRI WKHDQGVKRZVDVRPHZKDWSURJUHVVLYHHGJH7KHODVWWUDFNÂł$5LRW RI(PRWLRQ´LVDQDWWHPSWDWDERPEDVWLFHQGLQJIRUWKHDOEXPEXW SORGVDORQJXQWLODQXQLQVSLUHGÂżQDOH What  Shoulders  &  Giants  offers  is  a  pleasant  sounding,  no  risk   brand  of  post-­rock.  The  production  is  spot  on,  as  are  the  performanc-­ HVIURPHDFKPHPEHU(DFKWUDFNLVVRPHZKDWLPSUHVVLYHEXWDVD ZKROHWKHEDQGFDQÂśWEUDQFKRXWLQDQ\PHDQLQJIXOZD\:LWKVRPH work  on  song  structure  and  more  experiments  into  different  sounds,   this  band  could  be  a  strong  force.  Be  that  as  it  may,  Shoulders  &  Gi-­ ants  is  a  disappointing  collection  of  songs  that  never  really  resolves   itself.

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MUSICIAN OF THE WEEK: MIKE RENGANESCHI

YEAR: Graduate Student MAJOR: English HOMETOWN: Babylon, N.Y.

HOW  LONG  HAVE  YOU  BEEN  PLAYING  ACCORDIAN? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  been  playing  accordian  for  four   years.  When  I  was  20  my  mom  bought  one   at  a  garage  sale  and  I  started  playing  it.   I  was  listening  to  bands  like  The  Dece-­ berists  and  Neutral  Milk  Hotel. DID  YOU  TEACH  YOURSELF? Yes.  I  got  a  lot  of  sheet  music  and  learned   how  to  read.  I  also  watched  a  lot  of    <RX Tube  videos.  Once  you  get  the  rhythms  of   each  song,  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  all  set-­up  to  be  relatively   easy  to  play. HAVE  YOU  BEEN  PERFORMING  OUT? I  played  out  a  couple  times  at  open  mics,  a   Rhino  Records  show  and  a  gig  at  Salvation   Recording  Co. WHAT  DO  YOU  PLAN  TO  DO  WITH  THE  ACCORDIAN? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  going  to  Europe  in  February  and  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  go-­ ing  to  busk  for  a  couple  of  months.  I  got  some   percussion  stuff  for  my  feet.  I  think  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  be  a  neat   little  gig. WHO  ARE  YOUR  INFLUENCES? Yann  Tiersen.  Jacques  Brel.  A  Hawk  &  A   Hacksaw.  Beirut. ANY  ADVICE  FOR  ASPIRING  MUSICIANS? Practice  and  record  your  songs  and  give  them   to  people.  Get  your  stuff  out  there  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   the  only  way  to  do  it. CHECK  OUT   MIKE  RENGANESCHI PLAYING  ACCORDIAN  BY  SCANNING  THIS  CODE   WITH  ANY  SMARTPHONE!  

DO                         W YOU ANT  TO  BE...

MUSICIAN OF THE WEEK? &RQWDFWZan  Stumfeld  at  sstrumfeld34@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu  


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tHe Deep END CAMERON BROWN

Major: Ceramics, Pre-Art Education Year: Second

“At one extreme I am fascinated by meticulous shading techniques and textures. At the other I am fascinated by mediums that take me back to nature, the simplicity of form within pottery, and pen and ink renderings whether they be complex or extremely simplified. I’m inspired by the work of Jerry Uelsmann, Ralph Steadman and Shoji Hamada. Three artists who are extremely different than the other, but have taught me quite a lot about what art can be.”

PHOTOS COURTESY  OF  CAMERON  BROWN.  CAPTION  BY  SAMANTHA  SCHWARTZ


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EDITORIAL

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CARTOON BY  JOSH  KUSAYWA  

PILOTING OUR  STUDENT  BODY

SUNY New   Paltz   President   Donald   Christian   assembled   a   student   advisory   group  with  15  to  18  students  as  a  way  for   him  and  the  administration  to  learn  about   SUNY  New  Paltz  and  keep  in  touch  with   students  needs  and  interests.     The  students  on  this  group  will  include   a   diverse   group   including   non-­traditional   students,   transfer   students   and   athletes.   They   will   be   speaking   to   the   administra-­ tion  about  their  experience  at  SUNY  New   Paltz.  While  we  at  The  New  Paltz  Oracle   applaud   the   administration   for   branching   out  to  different  kinds  of  students,  we  hope   the  students  who  are  on  the  group  take  ad-­ vantage  of  this  opportunity  and  voice  their   concerns  about  important  issues.   We   are   in   support   of   the   creation   of   this  group  and  are  happy  to  see  administra-­ tors  are  interested  in  getting  views  from  a   good  cross-­section  of  the  campus.   Last  semester  students  felt  as  if  there   wasn’t   a   direct   line   of   communication  

between students   and   the   administration   about  budgetary  issues.  They  were  also  dis-­ appointed  that  there  wasn’t  a  lot  of  student   representation  in  administrative  decisions.   This  led  to  walk-­out  teach-­ins  led  and  by   frustrated   students.   It’s   a   good   thing   that   the  administration  saw  this  and  decided  to   create  a  group  that  won’t  keep  students  in   the  dark  when  it  comes  to  concerns.   Although   Christian   doesn’t   want   the   members   of   the   student   advisory   group   to   feel   pressured   to   carry   a   message   or   feel  as  if  they’re  representing  a  particular   group,   these   students   must   keep   in   mind   that  they  are  representing  the  student  body.   Although   the   they   don’t   have   governing   power   like     the   Student   Association   or   Residence   Hall   Student  Association,   it   is   of   paramount   importance   that   they   bring   forth  concerns  and  issues  that  can  possibly   encroach  on  our  higher  education  (or  affect   our  higher  education).  We  hope  these  stu-­ dents  take  advantage  of  this  opportunity.    

With  this  variety  of  student  represen-­ tation,   we   will   hopefully   be   better   repre-­ sented   at   these   administrative   meetings.   Hopefully   we   won’t   have   to   resort   to   an-­ other  walk-­out/teach-­in.  Christian  assembled  the  student  advi-­ sory   group   by   asking   vice   presidents   and   directors   to   come   forward   with   sugges-­ tions   for   names.   It   is   likely   that   many   of   the  students  that  were  selected  to  be  on  the   advisory   board   were   students   who   stood   out  and  are  very  active  and  visible  on  cam-­ pus.     We  feel  like  many  students  who  didn’t   get   picked   to   be   on   this   student   advisory   group,   who   are   not   visible   on   campus,   who  are  in  the  shadows  or  in  the  periphery,   were  ignored  even  though  they  tend  to  be   the  ones  with  the  most  complaints.  Never-­ theless,  we  hope  Christian  follows  through   with   whatever   concerns   the   student   advi-­ sory   group   might   bring   up   during   these   meetings  and  update  them  on  how  the  ad-­

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ministration is  working  on  those  issues.   We  wish  that  plans  for  a  student  advi-­ sory  group  to  the  president  was  publicized   more  and  that  students  had  the  opportunity   to  vouch  for  themselves.  There  should’ve   been  some  sort  of  application  process    that   allowed  students  who  want  to  be  involved   with   a   group   like   this   the   opportunity   to   do  so.  While  we  understand  that  Christian   needs   to   get   people   who   will   be   constant   and   attend,   we   don’t   want   students   to   be   forgotten. Editorials  represent  the  views  of  the   majority  of  the  editorial  board.  Col-­ umns,  op-­eds  and  letters,  excluding   editorials,  are  solely  those  of  the  writ-­ ers  and  do  not  necessarily  represent  the   views  of  The  New  Paltz  Oracle,  its  staff   members,  the  campus  and  university  or   the  Town  or  Village  of  New  Paltz.


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COLUMN JOHN  BRANDI   News  Editor  

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Fact  of  life:  people  will  piss  you  off.   Either   in   class,   when   they   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   re-­ turn  your  e-­mails  or  when  they  claim  ig-­ norance  to  the  simplest  of  things.  So,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   let  you  all  in  on  a  little  secret  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  been   rolling   around   on   my   palette   lately   that   is  more  irritating  than  my  mother/grand-­ mother  tag  team  guilt-­trip-­a-­thon;Íž  when   people  fail  to  signal  on  the  road.   Oh,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  sorry,  was  I  supposed  to  as-­ sume  that  you  would  cut  me  off  without   signaling  and  then  go  14  mph.  No  prob-­ lem,  go  ahead.  Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  probably  late  for   an  asshole  convention  anyway.   Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   with   the   majority   of   drivers   RXWWKHUHIRUJHWWLQJWRWXUQRQWKDWĂ&#x20AC;DVK ing   light?   According   to   Carinsurancel-­ ist.com,  someone  dies  in  a  car  crash  ev-­ ery   12   minutes,   thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   about   123   deaths   SHU GD\ 0RUH VSHFLÂżFDOO\ RQH RI WKH causes  New  York  state  police  say  is  poor   signaling.   Maybe   people   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   realize   that   signaling   is   a   law,   and   forgetting   to   do   so   would   result   in   what   is   considered   a   moving   violation.   And   before   you   call   me  a  stickler  for  the  rules,  I  just  have  to   say   that   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d   rather   not   go   out   in   a   com-­ SUHVVHG VKDWWHUHG DQG SRVVLEO\ Ă&#x20AC;DPLQJ automobile   strewn   somewhere   on   In-­ terstate  87,  charred  to  a  crisp  like  Uncle   Owen  and  Aunt  Beru.  (At  least  one  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star   Warsâ&#x20AC;?  reference,  check.)   Notwithstanding,   my   Honda   Civic,   EHLQJ P\ ÂżUVW FDU DQG SXWWLQJ D KHIW\ sum   of   money   down   for   it   myself,   was   recently   recalled   due   to   a   high   chance   that,   if   it   should   roll   over,   the   improp-­ erly-­installed   fuel   canister   would   likely   explode.  As  if  it  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  and  I  would  actu-­ ally  want  to  live  in  a  world  of  perpetual   familial   disappointment   for   being   so   careless;Íž  good  one  Japan.  What  this  has   to  do  with  signaling  well,  beats  me.  I  just   thought  you  could  use  a  laugh.   Know   something   thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   not   funny?   /DZ HQIRUFHPHQW RIÂżFLDOV FODLP WKDW trouble  on  the  road  increases  by  50  per-­

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cent  once  the  sun  goes  down.  Leaving   me  in  the  dark  over  whether  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  go-­ ing  to  turn  into  my  lane  is  just  stupid,   so  use  caution,  be  alert  and  utilize  turn   signals.  Leaving  the  driver  guessing  is   not  a  game  anyone  should  play.   A  movie  quote  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  always  stuck   with  me  comes  from  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot  Fuzzâ&#x20AC;?  where   the   two   main   characters   come   to   the   scene  of  a  car  wreck.  They  have  a  dia-­ logue  where  one  asks  why  we  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  call   them   â&#x20AC;&#x153;car   accidentsâ&#x20AC;?   anymore,   as   the   other  character  replies,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;acci-­ dentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  implies  that  it  was  no  oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  fault.â&#x20AC;?   The  New  York  state  Department  of   Motor   Vehicle   driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   manual   states   WKDW ÂłPRVW WUDIÂżF FUDVKHV RFFXU DW LQ tersections   when   a   driver   is   making   a   turn.â&#x20AC;?   And   hey,   I   could   understand   if   your   turn   signals   were   out   due   to   mechanical   failure,   but   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   going   to   include   in   here   a   way   for   you   to   turn   using   hand   signals,   so   the   only   error   would  be  human.  If  the  driver  is  making  a  left,  hold   arm   straight,   if   the   driver   is   making   a   right,  arm  should  be  facing  upward  and   ÂżQDOO\LIWKHGULYHULVFRPLQJWRDVWRS arm   should   be   extended   facing   down,   say   if   a   person   was   doing   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;robotâ&#x20AC;?   dance   at   a   bar   or   bat   mitzvah.   Get   it?   Got  it?  Good.   Still,   the   thing   is   this   wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   be   an  issue  sans  the  fact  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  seen  it  hap-­ pen   so   many   times.   I   always   thought   that  I  was  a  bad  driver,  especially  after   hitting   that   shrub   two-­thirds   into   my   three-­point  turn.  Or  when  I  hit  that  in-­ dustrial   dumpster   trying   to   get   out   of   my  driveway  -­  in  my  defense  it  was  icy.   Anyway,  remember  to  turn  on  your  turn   signal;Íž  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  important  and  respectful  to   those  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  sharing  the  road  with. John  Brandi  is  a  fed  up  fourth-­year  journal-­ ism  major.  He  has  a  knack  of  bridging  com-­ HG\ZLWKVHULRXVLVVXHVOLNHWUDIÂżFVDIHW\ However,  in  all  seriousness,  he  hopes  the   readers  take  the  information  here  and  apply   it  to  their  driving  habits  so  it  makes  for  a   more  enjoyable  Interstate  87  experience.  

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/HDGLQJXSWRRXUEHQHÂżWFRQFHUWRQDW+DVEURXFN3DUN1HZ3DOW])ORRG$LGIRU)DUPHUV Families  and  First  Responders  had  collected  over  $30,000  from  our  10/2  kickoff  event  and  in  sponsorships,   donations,  and  pre-­concert  ticket  sales.    Due  to  a  continued  tremendous  outpouring  of  support  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  on  the  day  of   the  concert  we  increased  that  amount  to  over  $52,000.    Amazing! Updates  to  our  farm  assessments  reveal  that  nearly  300  acres  were  completely  lost  by  our  local  New   3DOW]IDUPHUVWKLVVHDVRQUHSUHVHQWLQJRYHUDWKLUGRIWKHDFUHVSODQWHGWKLV\HDU0DQ\IDPLOLHVOLYLQJLQ close  proximity  to  the  Wallkill  River  lost  all  their  possessions,  including  some  that  have  lost  their  homes  for-­ HYHU:HQHHGWRFRQWLQXHWRFROOHFWIXQGVIRUWKHPRVWLQQHHGLQRXUFRPPXQLW\LQWKHZDNHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;RRGLQJ caused  by  Hurricanes  Irene  and  Lee. Since  what  we  have  collected  so  far  is  still  just  drop  in  the  bucket  compared  to  what  our  affected  farms   and  families  have  lost,  we  are  continuing  to  take  donations.    Donations  can  be  made  on  our  website  or  mailed   WRWKH1HZ3DOW]&RPPXQLW\)RXQGDWLRQ32%R[1HZ3DOW]1< &KHFNVVKRXOGEHPDGHRXW WRÂł1HZ3DOW]&RPPXQLW\)RXQGDWLRQ´ZLWKÂł)/22'$,'´LQWKHPHPR

We  once  again  want  to  thank  all  our  sponsors,  donors,  bands,  and  everyone  who  has  attended  our   HYHQWV3OHDVHYLVLWRXUZHEVLWHZZZQHZSDOW]Ă&#x20AC;RRGDLGRUJfor  a  full  list  of  our  many,  many  sponsors,  donors   DQGSDUWLFLSDWLQJEDQGV7KHUH\RXFDQYLHZDIXOOYLGHRRIWKHFRQFHUWIURPVWDUWWRÂżQLVK,I\RXDUHD1HZ 3DOW]IDPLO\RUIDUPLQQHHGSOHDVHFDOO-XG\1HVVDW 7KDQN\RX1HZ3DOW]ZHORYH\RX -­  The  New  Paltz  Flood  Aid  Planning  Committee ,QUHJDUGVWRWKHRQJRLQJ2FFXS\:DOO6WUHHW3URWHVWVLWLVKRSHIXOWRVHHSHRSOHIURPRXUJHQHUDWLRQ enter  into  the  political  arena  and  begin  to  gain  a  more  manifest  voice.  From  my  point  of  view,  we  have  been   UHODWLYHO\GHÂżFLHQWLQWKHFRPPHQWDU\RIRXUWLPHVHVSHFLDOO\ZLWKVRPDQ\RQJRLQJGHEDWHVXQIROGLQJQRZ that  will  have  great  implications  for  our  futures. With  that  being  said,  the  appeal  is  there  to  blame  our  current  misfortunes  solely  on  the  wealthy  in  our   VRFLHW\$VXQGHUVWDQGDEOHDQGDOOXULQJDVWKLVDUJXPHQWPD\VHHPLQGLVFULPLQDWHO\ULGLFXOLQJWKHDIĂ&#x20AC;XHQW will  not  solve  our  problems  as  a  generation.  After  all,  how  many  of  us  recently  texted,  tweeted,  or  updated  our   VWDWXVHVIURPRXU$SSOHL3KRQHVPRXUQLQJWKHGHDWKRIWKHDGRUHG6WHYH-REV +HZDVZRUWKELOOLRQE\WKH way).  We  must  come  to  the  realization  that  inequality  at  some  level  is  inevitable.  What  we  really  should  be   asking  ourselves  is  how  do  we  more  justly  mitigate  the  harms  of  these  inequities  and  how  do  we  foster  greater   social  mobilization  for  our  and  future  generations?  These  questions  can  and  should  be  raised  in  the  streets,  but   they  must  be  answered  with  a  vote. -­  Shawn  Simpson,  Third-­Year  Student There  is  no  better  choice  for  Ulster  County  District  Attorney  than  Jon  Sennett.    This  Nov.  8,  I  will  be   YRWLQJIRU6HQQHWWEHFDXVHKHLVDVWUDLJKWVKRRWHUZKRZLOODJJUHVVLYHO\ÂżJKWFULPHRQDOOOHYHOV:HWKH people  of  Ulster  County,  need  a  District  Attorney  who  will  prioritize  violent  crimes,  domestic  abuse  and   gang  crimes.    We,  the  people  of  Ulster  County,  need  a  District  Attorney  with  integrity,  who  knows  where   to  focus  resources  in  order  to  keep  our  communities  safe.  Sennett  is  exactly  who  Ulster  County  needs.    He   will  protect  the  people  of  Ulster  County  against  corruption  in  our  government  and  insure  that  all  fraudulent   conduct  is  halted  and  prosecuted.    He  will  protect  the  people  of  Ulster  County  against  mismanagement  of  our   WD[GROODUV3OHDVHMRLQPHLQYRWLQJIRU6HQQHWWIRU8OVWHU&RXQW\'LVWULFW$WWRUQH\RQ7XHVGD\1RY -­  Ariana  Basco

$VDVWXGHQWDWWHQGLQJ681<1HZ3DOW],ZLWQHVVWKHHIIHFWVRIJRYHUQPHQWHYHU\GD\LQP\JURZLQJ class  sizes,  my  favorite  adjunct  professors  who  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  afford  to  teach  and  the  increased  tuition  costs.    This   is  why  it  is  crucial  for  students  to  vote  and  have  our  voices  be  heard.  Students  are  too-­large  of  a  population   WRJRXQKHDUGE\HOHFWHGRIÂżFLDOVWKDWGRQÂśWUHSUHVHQWXV7KLV1RYOHWÂśVHOHFWHGSXEOLFRIÂżFLDOVZKR'2 represent  us. One  such  candidate,  is  Jon  Sennett,  running  for  Ulster  County  District  Attorney.  I  believe  Mr.  Sen-­ nett  will  add  a  fresh  perspective  to  combating  crime  in  Ulster  County.  As  a  former  Bronx  County  Assistant   District  Attorney,  Sennett  will  bring  his  experience  and  strong  sense  of  integrity  to  the  Ulster  County  District   $WWRUQH\ÂśVRIÂżFH Sennett  will  prioritize  violent  crimes,  domestic  abuse  and  gang  crime.  At  a  time  of  rising  crime  in  key   areas  of  Ulster  County,  residents  need  a  District  Attorney  who  will  work  tirelessly  to  make  all  of  Ulster  a  safe   place  to  live.  Ulster  County  needs  a  District  Attorney  with  a  deep  commitment  to  public  integrity  and  the  rule   of  law.  We  simply  cannot  afford  to  elect  an  individual  without  Sennettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  dedication  to  justice  and  safety  in   Ulster  County. Let  us  all  ensure  that  Ulster  is  a  place  where  young  people  may  lay  down  their  roots.  Let  us  all  support   DFDQGLGDWHZKRSURPLVHVWRPDNH8OVWHUDEHWWHUSODFHWROLYH3OHDVHMRLQPHLQVXSSRUWLQJ6HQQHWWDQGYRWH for  him  on  Nov.  8. -­  Caitlin  Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell  Third-­Year  Student  

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After  completing   their   2011   season,   three   of   New   Paltzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Tennis   players   were   selected   to   two   2011  All-­State  SUNYAC  teams.   &DSWDLQ .D\OD 'L3DXOR DQG ÂżUVW\HDU 'HYLQ 7UDF\ JDLQHGÂżUVWWHDPKRQRUVDW1RGRXEOHVDQGWKLUG\HDU 3DLJH0XQURHZDVDÂżUVWWHDPVHOHFWLRQDWWKLUGVLQJOHV DiPaulo   also   earned   a   spot   as   a   second-­team   choice   at   second  singles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A  lot  of  work  both  on  the  courts  and  in  the  gym  has   WR FRPH WRJHWKHU DW WKH ULJKW WLPH WR KDYH RXU DWKOHWHV LQ SHDN FRQGLWLRQ DQG IXOO\ FRQÂżGHQW ZLWK WKHLU JDPH´ Head  Coach  Robert  Bruley  said. The  girls  ultimately  fell  1-­5  to  SUNY  Geneseo  in  the   FRQIHUHQFH ÂżQDO RQ 2FW  DIWHU EHVWLQJ 681< 2VZHJR DQG 681< 2QHRQWD LQ WKH TXDUWHUÂżQDOV DQG VHPLÂżQDOV UHVSHFWLYHO\ Âł*HQHVHR LV D YHU\ VWURQJ DQG GHHS WHDP EXW ZH SXVKHGDQGFKDOOHQJHGWKHPDOOWKHZD\´%UXOH\VDLGÂł, ZDVYHU\SOHDVHGDWWKHZD\WKHVHDVRQHQGHG:HJDYH HYHU\WKLQJ ZH KDG LQ WKH FRQIHUHQFH ÂżQDO HVSHFLDOO\ .D\ODDQG'HYLQÂśVGRXEOHVPDWFKEHDWLQJDYHU\VWURQJ

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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Hofstraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s M.F.A. program in creative writing offers a challenging and exciting program of study integrating literary scholarship and focused instruction in writing. Students may concentrate in dramatic writing, fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, exploring the art and craft of writing while grounding themselves in the rich literary traditions that offer exemplary models of these forms.

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Raab  Runs  Closer  to  SUNYACS   By  Melissa  Fleckenstein Contributing  Writer  |  N02117482@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

Being  one  of  the  quieter  teams  at  SUNY   New  Paltz  certainly  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  mean  Cross  Country   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  turn  out  quality  performances.  The   menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  team  is  relatively  small  compared  to   past  seasonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,  but  this  fall  quality  over  quantity   seems  to  be  the  name  of  the  game.     Jeff  Raab,  a    third-­year  runner    has  been   named  Athlete  of  the  Week  twice  in  a  row  this   season,  and  for  good  reason.    He  has  proven  to   be  a  leader  for  the  team,  placing  high  at  numer-­ ous  meets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raab  has  greatly  improved  since  his  fresh-­ man  year,â&#x20AC;?  said  Head  Coach  Mike  Trunkes.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   LVVRPHZKDWGLIÂżFXOWIRUPHQÂśVFURVVFRXQWU\ runners  to  make  the  transition  between  high   school  and  college  level  track  being  that  they  are   used  to  running  six  kilometers  in  high  school  but   must  change  to  eight  kilometers  in  college.â&#x20AC;? 5DDEKDVEHHQUHDSLQJWKHEHQHÂżWVRIKLV determination.  According  to  Trunkes,  a  runner   that  knows  how  much  and  when  to  push  their   limits  is  just  as  important  as  training  consistent-­ ly.  Raab  has  this  quality,  which  sets  him  above   his  competitors.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raab  is  a  smarter  runner  this  yearâ&#x20AC;?,  said   Trunkes.     Raabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  commitment,  persistence  and   FRQVLVWHQF\LVÂżQDOO\SD\LQJRII+HSODFHG out  of  357  runners  in  the  Paul  Short  Invitational   and  third  out  of  115  in  the  Hamilton  College   Invitational.    Raab  said  he  is  excited  about  this   season  and  is  feeling  great  about  the  chemistry   with  this  years  team.       Raabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  success  in  the  sport  did  not  come   easily  but  he  was  persistent  over  the  years  and   is  showing  his  other  teammates  through  practice   and  year-­round  training.  He  has  shown  that   goals  which  seem  impossible  or  too  far  away  to   reach  are  possible.    Not  only  is  Raab  a  great  role   model,  but  he  receives  a  lot  of  support  from  his   teammates  in  return.   Coach  Trunkes  said  he  would  like  to  see   Raab  place  in  the  top  20  at  the  SUNYAC  cham-­ pionships    and  within  the  top  50  at  Regionals.     Raab  said  his  a  goal  for  the  season  is  to  complete     an  8K  at  a  time  around  26:30.    Raab  had  a  time   of  27:10  at  the  Paul  Short  invitational  this  year.   :KLOHWKHSDWKWRYLFWRU\KDVEHHQGLIÂżFXOW Trunkes,  his  teammates  and  Raab  know  that  the   Jeff  Raab  races  ahead  of  the  pack.                          PHOTO  COURTESY  OF  STOCKTON  PHOTOS work  comes  at  the  end  of  the  race.  

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ADVANCE The  Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Soccer  Team  Secured  the  No.  6  seed.                PHOTO  BY  ROBIN  WEINSTEIN   The  Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Soccer  Team  has  clinched  a  SUNYAC  Tournament  playoff  berth  for  the           2011  season.  After  coming  off  of  a  2-­1  double  overtime  victory  against  SUNY  Fredonia  on   Oct.  21  and  a  3-­2  win  over  SUNY  Buffalo  State  on  Oct.  22  gave  the  Hawks  the  No.  6  seed,   VHQGLQJWKHPWRSOD\681<$&ULYDO681<*HQHVHRRQ2FWIRUWKHTXDUWHUÂżQDOJDPH â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  think  many  people  realize  that  we  are  a  good  team,â&#x20AC;?  said  Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Head  Coach   Gene  Ventriglia.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;If  we  beat  Geneseo,  is  it  an  upset?  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  not  really  sure.â&#x20AC;?

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Wright  Ripe  For  A  Trade? andrew.wyrich63@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

This  offseason  the  Mets  have  some  inter-­ esting  options  before  them.   With   a   budget   that   will   reportedly   rest   just  above  $100  million,  Mets  General  Manag-­ HU6DQG\$OGHUVRQZLOOEHOLPLWHGLQWKH)UHH Agent  options  he  will  be  able  to  secure  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  es-­ pecially  if  the  Mets  retain  Jose  Reyes  and  add   his  inevitable  chunk  of  change  to  their  payroll.   That   leaves   trading   assets   as   the   most   likely  scenario  Alderson  will  pursue  when  the   winter  months  come  around.   The  Mets  will  be  looking  to  plug  holes  in   the   bullpen,   rotation,   bench   and   possibly   the   RXWÂżHOGDVWKH\ORRNWRVWUHQJWKHQWKHLUURVWHU for  2012  and  beyond.   Rumors   have   been   circulating   that   the   Mets   have   privately   discussed   the   possibil-­ ity   of   trading   current   third-­base   man   David   Wright  in  an  effort  to  gain  pieces  and  utilize   their  most  attractive  trade  chip.   However,  this  plan  has  been  criticized  for   DPXOWLWXGHRIUHDVRQV)RURQH:ULJKWLVWKH cornerstone  of  the  franchise  and  his  departure,   coupled  with  the  possibility  of  Reyes  leaving,   would   be   devastating   for   the   morale   of   the  

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  OK.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  ready  for  all  the  haters  to  come   at  me. Being   away   from   this   column   for   a   week   leaves  a  lot  of  room  to  tell  the  world  (or  the  10   people  who  read  this  column,  four  of  whom  are   IDPLO\PHPEHUV DERXWWKHÂżUVWGLVDSSRLQWPHQW of  the  season. Islanders  4,  Rangers  2. It  was  like  getting  a  knife  in  the  gut. My  mom  sometimes  says  that  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  more  fun   to  hate  a  team  than  to  root  for  one.  Who  knows   how  much  truth  there  is  to  that,  but  this  sentiment   rang   true   during   that   game.   The   Islanders   are   kind  of  like  the  Yankees;Íž  you  never  completely   realize   how   much   you   hate   them   until   theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   playing  your  team.  The  Islanders,  at  times,  are  the  bane  of  my   existence.  They  have  left  many  scars  from  high   school  where  Islander  triumphs  meant  having  to   give   my   economics   teacher   a   soda   after   losing   a  bet. But  the  worst  part  of  that  game  wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  even   the   Islanders   beating   the   Rangers.   It   was   the  

team.  Also,   Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   declining   numbers   over   the  past  two  years  have  left  him  with  the  least   amount   of   trade   value   he   has   ever   had.   The   Mets  would  be  foolish  to  trade  a  player  such  as   Wright  at  a  time  when  his  value  is  at  its  lowest.   Assuming  the  Mets  do  the  right  thing  and   keep  Wright  (an  extremely  likely  scenario)  the   Mets   will   be   left   with   trading   players   on   the   periphery  of  the  roster.   Some   intriguing   names   on   the   major   league  roster  that  could  be  interesting  to  other   teams   include:   Mike   Pelfrey,   Bobby   Parnell   and  a  few  younger  names  that  could  be  helpful   in  packaging  a  larger  trade  together.   Pelfrey  is  an  option  that  could  go  one  of   two   ways.   While   the   hurler   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   the   value  he  did  after  his  2010  seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;where  he   went   15-­9   with   a   3.66   ERAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Pelfrey   is   still   a  young  arm  with  a  manageable  contract  that   WHDPV PLJKW ÂżQG HQWLFLQJ ,I WKH ULJKW RIIHU creeps  up,  the  Mets  would  likely  jump  at  the   chance  to  trade  him.  However,  the  most  likely   outcome   will   be   the   Mets   retaining   Big   Pelf   and  hoping  he  returns  to  form.  If  he  does,  the   Mets   might   be   able   to   unload   him   to   a   con-­ tender  at  the  trade  deadline.   Parnell  is  similar  to  Pelfrey  in  that  his  big-­

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gest  attraction  to  other  clubs  will  be  his  age  and   live   arm.   Parnellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   ability   to   chuck   a   fastball   in  the  triple  digits  will  keep  his  potential  high,   however   his   disastrous   display   as   the   Metsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   closer  last  season  certainly  did  not  inspire  con-­ ÂżGHQFHLQKLVDELOLW\DURXQGWKHOHDJXH Players  like  Lucas  Duda,  Dillon  Gee,  Jon   Niese  and  Ruben  Tejada  all  carry  various  lev-­ els  of  trade  value  and  could  be  used  in  a  trade   if  the  Mets  believe  it  would  be  prudent  to  do   so.   Angel   Pagan,   who   before   last   season  

could  have   netted   the   Mets   a   lump   sum,   has   diminished  any  value  he  once  had  after  his  in-­ credibly  mediocre  2011  campaign.   Overall,   the   Mets   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   too   much   to   work   with   talent-­wise,   and   that   isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   tak-­ LQJLQWRFRQVLGHUDWLRQWKH0HWVÂżQDQFLDOFRQ straints.  Alderson  will  have  to  be  creative  with   the  way  he  handles  the  offseason.  The  general   expectation  is  that  much  of  the  roster  will  be   similar   to   this   yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   group,   but   some   feel     a   surprise  trade  may  occur  and    shake  things  up   a  bit.  

The  Good,  The  Bad  And  The  Blue Rangers  losing  to  the  Islanders. So  far  this  season,  there  have  been  two  in-­ stances  where  the  Rangers  have  fallen  to  teams   WKDWZHUHVLJQLÂżFDQWO\ZRUVHWKDQWKHP7KHUHLV absolutely  no  reason  why  the  Blueshirts  should   be  losing  to  the  Islanders  or  the  Oilers.  Even  with   Staal  out  and  a  new  season  where  kinks  are  get-­ WLQJÂżQHWXQHGHYHQLQWKHÂżUVWIHZJDPHVWKHUH is  no  excuse  to  lose  to  teams  like  that.   The   Rangers   just   get   really   complacent   when  they  face  teams  they  know  arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  as  good   as  them. They   can   take   out   the   trash   on   teams   like   Vancouver.  Vancouver   who,   if   they   werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   the   biggest   choke-­artists   on   the   face   of   the   planet,   would  have  easily  won  that  cup  last  year  and  are   easily  in  the  top  three  teams  this  season.                  The  Rangers  almost  always  pull  all  the  stops   out   against   teams   like   Vancouver,   Detroit   and   Washington.  But  then  they  go  against  teams  like   the  Maple  Leafs,  the  Islanders  and  Phoenix  and   they  fall  apart. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  never  Hank.  Hank  has  maybe  eight  bad   nights  a  season  at  most.  The  defense  gets  really   sloppy  and  the  offense  just  seems  incredibly  too  

slow.  They   look   lazy   and,   for   lack   of   a   better   word,  sad.   In   past   seasons,   Ranger   fans   have   had   the   luxury  of  using  excuses  for  a  very  long  time.  Jagr   was   old,   Naslund   was   getting   old,   Redden   was   old  and  sucked  and  the  list  goes  on.  But  these  ex-­ FXVHVDUHQÂśWJRLQJWRĂ&#x20AC;\DQ\PRUH)URPQRZRQ itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  going  to  come  down  to  who  is  playing  better   that  night  or  who  is  a  better  team Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   most   aggravating   about   watching   losses  to  really  bad  teams  is  watching  them  crush   the  really  good  teams  and  seeing  how  great  they   can  be.   The  Rangers  have  pulled  off  two  incredible   wins  against  the  Canucks  in  the  past  year;Íž  Wins   that  most  people  couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  even  believe  happened.   And  who  remembers  that  game  against  the  Black-­ hawks  in  2009  where  Chris  Drury  scored  that  PP   goal  during  OT?  Who  remembers  watching  that   game  and  thinking  how  incredible  that  was? We   all   know   this   isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   the   same   team   as   WKRVH WHDPV ZHUH EXW WKH\ GHÂżQLWHO\ KDYH WKH same   potentialâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;more   potential   actuallyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to   achieve  greatness  than  the  past  teams  ever  could.   Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   a   good   team,   but   sometimes   they   are  

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too  sure  of  that.  They  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  enough  talent   to  win  on  talent  alone  (points  to  the  people  who   know  where  that  came  from). They   could   probably   use   one   more   goal-­ scorer,  but  putting  Brad  Richards  on  that  offense   should  be  making  people  play  around  him  better.   Richards  has  the  talent  to  do  something  like  that,   but  the  people  heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  playing  with  need  to  start  tak-­ ing  full  advantage  of  that. The  Rangers  always  feel  a  little  too  at  ease   when  playing  teams  like  the  Islanders  and  (glee-­ fully  now)  the  Devils.  Tortorella  can  be  a  fright-­ ening   guy,   and   he   needs   to   put   out   a   magnum   opus  of  fear  and  wrath  to  show  the  Rangers  that   no  matter  who  they  are  up  against,  they  always   have   to   out   in   a   100   percent   effort.   No   excep-­ tions,   no   excuses,   just   hard,   down-­to-­the-­wire   work. Hopefully  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  realize  that  their  old  ways   are  only  holding  them  back. But  as  this  column  concludes  for  the  week,   one  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  help  but  sigh. Only  six  games  in,  the  Rangers  prove  that   they  will  probably,  yet  again,  be  the  most  incon-­ sistent  team  in  the  NHL.


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