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If You Need to be Heard… There are certain times in our lives where things just get too overwhelming for us to handle on our own. But we are not on our own. There are several people that are there to help us. From family members to friends, there is someone there that will listen. However, sometimes talking to your family and friends isn’t the best option. There are more people on campus that are willing to listen and help you through anything. Alfred State offers various options for counseling. These services are free and completely confidential. Students can visit the Health and Wellness Center at Parish Hall, phone number: X-4200, for mental health and drug/alcohol counseling. If students would prefer to get services that are off campus, they can possibly contact the following:  Wellsville Counseling Center located in Wellsville, NY, phone number: 585-593-6300  Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse located in Wellsville, NY, phone number: 585-593-6738  Steuben County Mental Health located in Hornell, NY, phone number: 607-324-2483  Milestone Psychological and Psychiatric Services located in Hornell, NY, phone number: 607-324-9240  Alfred Counseling Associates located in Alfred, NY, phone number: 607-587-8390 If you are in need or know someone in need of these services, do not hesitate to contact any of the listed places. The counselors there are professionally trained listeners. They will work with you to help you through anything you are going through. They will be there to listen to what you have to say, no matter what. You are not alone.


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By Karla Chun

A Night with Bonnie Mann

UUP opens scholarship application process SUNY students can now apply for annual scholarships of $3,000 offered by United University Professions (UUP), the union that represents academic and professional faculty of the State University of New York. The scholarships are funded by contributions from UUP members and their families. The UUP College Scholarship Fund annually awards scholarships to a maximum of four SUNY undergraduates who have demonstrated their dedication to the goals and ideals of the labor movement and who excel academically. In order to qualify, applicants must be full-time undergraduates enrolled at a SUNY state-operated campus and possess a minimum grade-point average of 3.75. Full-time graduate or professional SUNY students are eligible to apply for UUP’s William Scheuerman Post Baccalaureate Scholarship. Applicants must have a course load of at least nine credits, have completed at least nine credits, and hold a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.95. Law and health science students must have completed at least one full semester. Eligible applicants must also exhibit dedication to the goals and ideals of the labor union movement. This annual $3,000 scholarship is named in honor of former UUP president William Scheuerman. For both scholarships, students must also demonstrate personal and academic achievement, and display a strong record of community service. UUP awards the scholarships to students on a one-time basis, but there is no limit on how many times a student may apply. The application deadline is Feb. 28, 2014. “UUP is proud to offer these scholarships to the best and brightest students attending SUNY,” said UUP President Frederick E. Kowal. “In addition to their academic achievements, what will set the winners apart is their involvement in social issues and community activities.”

By Lynette Lockwood Women’s boxing started in London in the 1720’s. In the 1950’s boxers such as Barbra Buttrick, JoAnn Hagen, and Phyllis Kugler staged professional fights. In the 1970’s many states lifted the ban on women to fight, issuing boxing licenses and approving more than four rounds bouts. Bonnie Mann is a professional boxer. She was struggling with shoulder problems. She was offered a job interview and she got the offer to work with a pro boxer for 20 minutes. She tried it and was hooked. She went on to become professional and win two world titles. She said that went she first started boxing she didn’t win a lot of bouts. She even lost her first professional fight but that didn’t stop her from continuing to try. One of her favorite quotes is that “If you fail once doesn’t mean you will fail at everything”. The first step to achieve your goals in life is to believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself then nothing really can be really accomplished. Nobody or nothing can really stop you if you believe. You are responsible for your own happiness. If you don’t like what your life is then change it. You have to live by your values and principles daily and learn from new experiences. How do you know what you really love if you don’t first try. You are able to overcome obstacles in your life if you try. But you have to be willing to make short term sacrifices. Others may see you as an inspiration and motivation. This program was put on by the Alfred State Defensive Boxing Club. They meet Sunday 2 to 4, Tuesday 7 to 9, Thursdays 7 to 9. For more information contact Daniel Turkewitz the boxing club president.

The union has awarded 82 scholarships since UUP began its scholarship program in 1988. Three of the UUP undergraduate scholarships are given in honor of former UUP members and their families who generously contributed their time and money to the scholarship fund. The scholarships honor the late Eugene Link of SUNY Plattsburgh; the late Robert Carter of SUNY Oswego and his wife, Katherine; and the late Gertrude Butera of SUNY Alfred. Students may obtain and complete scholarship applications online through UUP’s website at http:// For more information, contact the UUP Administrative Office in Albany toll-free at (800) 342-4206. CONTACT: Denyce Duncan Lacy or Don Feldstein at (518) 640-6600 Lacy’s cell number is (518) 265-3114

UUP represents 35,000 academic and professional faculty on 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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The Quiet before the Storm

Local Students Earn High Honors in the Annual Associated Schools of Construction Competition

By Britteny L. Monahan Who knows better than our fellow students how maddening stressful the final weeks of classes are? As we prepare for our finals, pulling our hair, ingesting insane amounts of caffeine, neglecting our mental and physical wellness in favor of last minute cram sessions in the hopes of passing our last exams with flying colors we all need a moment, a saving grace, that helps bring us back to Earth and our friends in a pure moment of joy and relaxation. For Alfred State this moment has always been humbly presented to us in the form our annual Stress Free Night, granting the weary and academically strained a night of no expectations and happiness. Once again Stress Free Night was a major success, with an amazing turnout of students basking in the pampering hands of expert masseurs and manicurists, and regressing to a simpler state of mind with fun games such as coloring and playing with sand as they made their own stress-free ballballoons. One last blowout before finals, complete with music provided by WETD, a movie, “The Internship” starring the wonderfully talented Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn and plenty of chocolate drizzled delights to make your mouth water.

For the past 24 years, top design and construction students from schools across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic have gathered to prove their worth to potential future employers at the annual Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 Student Competition. This year, 17 schools and more than 200 bright minds vied for placement, and Alfred State students walked away with honors in three categories—a second place in design-build, a fourth place in heavy-civil construction, and a fifth place in commercial building. “Our students made an impressive showing,” says Tim Piotrowski, of Jamestown, an assistant professor of Civil Engineering Technology at Alfred State who accompanied them on their trip. “These were real-world simulations with real-world deadlines and all the associated stress. But our students excel at those types of challenges.” Alfred State students traveled to Morristown, NJ, for the two-day event from Nov. 15 to 16, with teams entering each of the competition categories; design-build, heavy-civil construction, and commercial building. The design-build team included Steven Hickey (Penfield), Alex Bragg (Canandaigua), Carley Youngman (Spencerport), Kristin Szkolnik (Syracuse), Zack Kohler (Babylon), and Ryan Grace (Syracuse). The heavy-civil construction team was comprised of Joe Triscuit (Busti), Nate Silsbee (Bath), Clinton Brewer (Olean), Jay Burdin (Corning), Andrew Hydock (Lyndonville), and William Engel (Brunswick). The commercial building team included David Radloff (Glen Falls), Geronimo Rosario (Utica), Richard McCall (Miltown, NJ), Chris Drazan (Bethlehem), Tom Parmenter (Pavilion), and Nick Antonioli (Wellsville). On Nov. 15, teams were provided with actual contract documents and given 15 hours to create a cost estimate, construction schedule, site-specific safety plan, logistical plan for using the site, and a strategy to execute the project. The following day, each team gave a 30-minute oral presentation to the judges, describing their proposal and why they were the best team to build the project. Teams were then judged on the quality of both their proposal and oral presentation. “This is a capstone to our students’ educational careers. They were judged by the very industry professionals who built the projects used in the competition,” Tim says.

“Having worked the event as an intern, I went around to a bunch of people, asking them of their thoughts on the event as a whole. There was an overwhelming response of how great the event was, how great they felt, and how it aided them, ultimately, in their mission to de-stress and detox their everyday tasks to relax, if only for a night. For anyone who missed the event, fear not, for though it is annual, with each year it will be ever growing and even more exciting,” said Ali Moore, Tor Echo Reporter.

Although the competition was fierce, students who attended had an unprecedented opportunity to network with their peers and potential future employers during the accompanying job fair, and employers received access to 35 teams of self-motivated students from top programs. “It was a real, first-hand look at the construction industry for our students. They got to experience the level of effort it takes to be successful.”


RA Spotlight! Beverly Coat


everly Coats is a Resident Assistant in Mackenzie West. This is Beverly’s third year at Alfred State. She has successfully completed the Culinary Arts program and is now working on a degree in Technology Management. Beverly hopes to one day become an Executive Chef and open her own restaurant (she has even cooked for celebrities back home in NYC!). She loves to shop, dance, exercise, travel, and spend time with loved ones. One of seven children, Beverly hopes to have her own family to cook for one day. Why did you become an RA? “I decided to apply for the RA position because I was going through some personal issues, and felt like I needed to become more involved with the school and the students if I wanted to stay for 3 more years. I wanted to transfer because I felt alone and couldn't adjust to the environment. It helped me break out of my shell, and meet a lot of different people.” What her RD says… “She is always working to build a strong community and getting all of her residents involved.” What have you gained from being an RA? “My favorite part of being a RA is being looked at as a student leader, a resource, and a friend.” Any advice for future RAs? “Stay at peace with yourself when making tough decisions, and turn to your staff if you need help. That is why there are so many different personalities on a staff!”

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By Ali Moore A project that took all semester to plan, craft, construct, and display finally made it to the eyes of the students of Alfred State College, debuting on December 10th of 2013. The project was called ICE, and it was a piece that drew attention in all levels of ways, whether it was a simple glance from a passer by to people playing music along the sides of the construct. As a group member, I watched, theorized, and aided in the execution of the project. All of the work put forth over the months prior in a day became more real than that of which we could have anticipated. Within the SLC, we set up the circular bar and placed all of the necessary pieces together. The subsequent day, we allowed the ice to melt itself, documenting it's progression in the form of pictures that will be put into sequence. At first we believed that this would be a hassle, but when the piece began, we were captivated in how relaxing the piece's nature actually was. The sounds of water in it's true nature was one of the most spiritually soothing sounds that I think I may have experienced, and in the beauty of it all, can honestly say that I do not stand alone beside. Most importantly, however, I feel it necessary to note the feedback that we received for the project. Each and every person had something different to say about the idea, and what it meant to them. To quote one of the most innovative ideas crafted, a student looked into the ice structure, claiming that it reminded him of volcanoes and volcanic lightning. This description was so far beyond our project that it was an honor to hear, giving comfort in the idea that someone was thinking about it so far outside of the box. The piece ran for multiple hours throughout the day, receiving the appreciation throughout it's time and granting us the gift of being able to put forth an installation piece. The greatest experience of all, from the standpoint of one of the 7 artists on the project, including Josiah Putnam, Joshua Peraldo, Anthony Grande, Anthony Lowenfeld, Tom Frew, and Michael Joel, was seeing the actual piece come to life. It was rewarding beyond words, and something that I would love to experience again.

Kappa Gives Out Student Leadership Achievement Award By Adam Kowinsky Kappa Sigma Epsilon is a brotherhood that looks to foster personal development among its members. Their actions in the community represent a standing commitment not only to the fraternity’s values and beliefs, but also to building good character. To that end, we look for strong-willed individuals who possess leadership traits and would love to make a positive impact on and off campus. Most recently, the brothers did community service for the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization in Hornell, NY, and helped the organization give back to Veterans for their service. The event was on November 23rd and the KSE brothers helped setup and prepare a Thanksgiving meal for some the surrounding area’s Veterans. With such a heartwarming atmosphere, everyone in attendance enjoyed the event and were extremely grateful to share such a memorable time. These moments are what the members of Kappa Sigma Epsilon live for and are just part of what led to the development of the Annual Student Leadership Achievement Award. Additionally, this scholarship was designed to aid male freshmen with making the transition High School to College. The award while still in its infancy, has a lot of room for growth, but that starts with you! More participation will only help the program to grow, allowing it to make a bigger impact on the freshman who enroll in the near future. As per the award’s deadline which was November 26th, the recipient of the award was chosen. Congratulations to Louis Tomassi, who is the second recipient of the award since its inception. Kappa Sigma Epsilon members encourage you to become positively involved in the community where ever you are. While you are here, however, utilize Alfred State’s many avenues to civic engagement. Whether that be through Greek Life or via many of the college’s organizations. The brothers of Kappa Sigma Epsilon wish you all the best of luck on your finals.


GREASE: A Time Machine to the 1950s By Ali Moore To start this off, let me say that as a member of Drama Club and a returning cast member time and time again, I had the pleasure of being on the outside looking in, experiencing the audience member perspective of Drama Club's production of Grease. Where do I begin? Could it be the great set? Or the hopping music? Or the intricate dance moves? So much can be said about this production, but I think there's one synonym that encompasses it all: Awesome! As an audience member I found myself captivated by the overwhelming amount of potential and energy put into the show. I've always said that a successful musical is a musical that will make you want to dance and sing along with the cast as they do their thing, and this musical did just that and more. I could imagine the greasers cruising down the road in good old “Grease Lightning,” picking up chicks as they act a fool, or Vince Fontane joining the gang for their prom adventures, and the list goes on and on. Aside from the set, the actors and actresses were spot on, and delivered the story with the greatest capacity that I've ever seen. I could remember sitting in the audience and hearing some of the actresses beginning their songs, and catching the chill of the song in my spine as I sank into my seat thinking to myself: “Wow, I couldn't imagine singing like that.” I could feel the characters' thoughts and emotions through their ability to execute the story, sending me on a medley of emotions ranging from good feelings that I had with my crew to the sadness of feeling sorry for another. All in all, it was a great show. Drama Club has come so far, and still have quite a ways to go. The mountain is ever growing, but needless to say with the direction that the show was going in, they're bound to reach the top. Tor Echo Staff Editor-in-Chief: Britteny L. Monahan Treasurer: Karla Chun Reporters: Ingrid Amaya, Kaylie Cytrowski, Tyreek Davis, Tony Grande, Sarah Jastrzab, Lynette Lockwood, Ali Moore, Angel Torres Advisor: Dr. Brian Quinn 6

Pioneers Come Through in the Clutch!

After a discouraging eight game losing streak to start the 2013/2014 season, the Alfred State men’s basketball team gained it’s first victory in thrilling fashion. Charles Ingram (Harlem/Seward Park) hit two foul shots with 23 seconds remaining to lift Alfred State to a 64-63 victory over Jamestown Olean. The Jaguars had three shots in the final seconds but couldn't get one to fall. The Pioneers led 31-24 at half but Jamestown-Olean went on a run to gain a 37-35 lead with just under 12 minutes remaining. The game was tied four more times in the final minutes before Ingram hit the winning foul shots. Tommy Hutson (Brooklyn/Susan McKinney) led the blue & gold with 18 points while Ingram came off the bench and had 12. Adam Fezza(Southhampton) finished with nine points and Tavon Moore(Syracuse/Bishop Grimes) chipped in seven. The Pioneers shot 51.4% (19 for 37) from the field but was slowed down by 27 turnovers. James Brown led JCC-Olean with 19 points while Malcolm Booker finished with 14. The Jaguars shot 34.5% (19 for 55) from the field . Alfred State (1-8) hits the road on Saturday when they travel to Fredonia for a 4 p.m. battle with the Blue Devils.


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