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                      Issue # 7
                                 Fiat Lux                                  The Student Newspaper of Alfred University
                                                                                                                                                                                            SWIMMING & DIVING— PAGE 12

                                                                                                                                                                                             December 9, 2003


Alfred chief of police gets canned
           BY BRYAN SICK                     what has tran-                              regard personnel, villages generally
            EDITOR-IN-CHIEF                  spired and over                             make no comment.”
                                             not being given                                Despite the law allowing Ostrower
Alfred Chief of Police Scott Richardson      any kind of rea-                            not to give Richardson a specific reason
was fired last Wednesday, and nobody          son for his dis-                            for his dismissal, Richardson is still
is saying why.                               missal.                                     very unhappy about the way things
   “The termination of the police chief is     “Nothing, not a                           have been handled.
what we call a personnel issue,” said        word,”         said                            “Personally, I think it stinks,” said
Mayor Gary Ostrower. “The village            Richardson when                             Richardson. “Other than any comment
board will not discuss personnel issues.     asked what rea-                             beyond that, I don’t particularly care
This has been village policy in the past,    son he was given.         SCOTT             for the way it was handled, but I’m not
and it will remain village policy in the     “Just pretty much     RICHARDSON            going to second guess his reasoning
future.”                                     I’m all done and                            behind it. I’m sure he did what he felt
   It’s not just the public that’s being     they’re not obligated to give me a rea-     he needed to do, although I don’t neces-
kept from the reasoning behind his fir-       son why.”                                   sarily agree with it.”
ing; everyone, including the Alfred            The Civil Service Law says that              The firing is particularly difficult on
Police     Department       and     even     Richardson does not have to be given a      Richardson with the holiday season
Richardson himself, is being denied          specific reason for his termination, but     approaching quickly.
explanation.                                 the law is highly interpretive, accord-        “Right now I’m just trying to absorb
   “We’re in the dark just like every-       ing to Griffith.                             it and deal with my family with the hol-
body else,” said officer Paul Griffith.          “I am sympathetic to the argument         idays,” he said. “It’s been pretty tough                                                                 PHOTO BY AMANDA CRANS
“We don’t really know what’s going on.”      that the public has the right to know,”     on them … It’s quite a lot to absorb in a    The Alfred Police Department will be under different command after Police Chief
   Richardson is obviously upset over        said Ostrower, “but in issues that                                   SEE POLICE PAGE 5   Scott Richardson was fired Wednesday without explanation.


Alfred sees many changes since Greek purge                                                                                                          Chinese exchange
            BY KERRY WHITE
               STAFF WRITER

A year and a half since the Trustees unan-
imously decided to eliminate Greek life at
                                                                                                                                                    sparks debate
Alfred University, the campus community                                                                                                              BY CHAGMION ANTOINE              dents from Tianjin University
has mixed feelings toward the changes                                                                                                                       STAFF WRITER              who receive a Bachelor of
that have taken place both on and off cam-                                                                                                                                            Arts from Alfred may never
pus.                                                                                                                                                A proposal for an academic        set foot on its campus.
   On a positive note, incidents of hazing                                                                                                          exchange with China has              “For an Alfred degree to
and group intimidation have gone down.                                                                                                              erupted into debate among         mean something, there has to
According to Dean of Students Jerry                                                                                                                 Alfred’s faculty and staff.       be a shared experience. They
Brody, this semester has seen no hazing                                                                                                                Alfred    University     has   have to actually have seen
incidents, as opposed to past years, when                                                                                                           signed a letter of intent with    Alfred and know what cam-
hazing was a real concern.                                                                                                                          DaZhou Wang, president of         pus life here means,” she said.
   “Normally at this time of year, I had one                                                                                                        Tianjin University, to create        Others question how the
to two hazing incidents to deal with, and                                                                                                           the Alfred University/Tianjin     absence of three or more pro-
this year I have none,” Brody said. “One of                                                                                                         Art Institute.                    fessors at a time will affect
the most negative things about Greek life                                                                                                              The arrangement would          the quality of the education
was that some of the organizations, in                                                                                                              allow design students at          received by Alfred students.
some ways, acted in intimidating ways. I                                                                                                            Tianjin Art Institute to earn a   Faculty who participate in
haven’t seen that type of group intimida-                                                                                                           U.S.-accredited        General    the program may be gone for
tion at all [since Greek life began being                                                                                                           Studies Degree from Alfred        an entire semester. During
phased out].”                                                                                                              PHOTO BY AMANDA CRANS    University. AU would main-        that time these professors,
   Brody did note that in his observations,     Psi Delta Omega is one of only a few active fraternity houses left in Alfred, being an unofficial   tain supervision over the pro-    most of whom hold doctor-
an additional change in campus life is          Alfred State College fraternity. The elimination of University Greek life has coincided with sev-   gram,      appointing    David    ate’s or master’s degrees, will
related to Greek parties.                       eral changes on the Alfred University campus as well as in the community.                           Szczerbacki, provost and vice     be replaced by adjuncts.
   “I believe there are fewer fraternity                                                                                                            president for academic and           Dobie predicted that many
and sorority parties, and those that do          Report, most statistics regarding inci-          debatable on both sides,” Tibbens said.           statutory affairs, as vice        of the participating faculty
take place are for the most part small and       dents and arrests remained at a constant         “But with the close down [of Greeks] the          chancellor. President Charles     will opt for summer semes-
by invitation,” Brody said.                      level. On- and off-campus, there was a           numbers of serious drinking problems did          Edmondson would also be           ters. She also noted that
    One result of this diminished public         slightly elevated burglary rate, but the         become more noticeable.”                          appointed to the board of         English-speaking         faculty
party scene has been an increase in partic-      most noticeable changes occurred in disci-          Some students worry about the impact           trustees.                         from Tianjin will come and
ipation at on-campus events. Some stu-           plinary referrals for drug and liquor law        migration of parties will have on students.          “The objective is to facili-   teach at Alfred University as
dents now even complain about the recent         violations.                                      One question is that of safety.                   tate a continuing exchange of     well.
numbers at SAB and Campus Center                    On campus, drug-related violations               Senior James “Crash” Macomber has              faculty and students,” said          Unlike Beijing or Hong
events.                                          steadily rose, from 13 incidents in 1999         noticed that “everyone has smaller parties        Beth Ann Dobie, associate         Kong, Tianjin, an industrial
   “I don’t remember the last time I got         and 2000 to 26 in 2001. The year of the          now, and a lot of them are on-campus. I           professor of art theory and       city with a population of
into a Nevins movie,” junior Steve Robin         trustee decision, there were 36 incidents,       think this can be dangerous because peo-          program director of the           about 10 million, is not built
said. “In the past year they’ve started sell-    more than doubling the 2000 number.              ple tend to drink more at these parties,          BAFA program.                     for tourists. There are ques-
ing out so fast.”                                   Liquor law violations were also at a          and more hard liquor, as opposed to the              Dobie, who will be travel-     tions concerning how well
   Many feel that the decreased party            four-year high in 2002, with 201 discipli-       beer that was often served at Greek par-          ing to China with an evalua-      Alfred will prepare students
scene off campus has brought the parties         nary referrals reported, up from 154 in          ties. People have trouble limiting them-          tion team in January, said        for complete immersion in
onto campus, though.                             2001.                                            selves when hard liquor is involved.”             that the proposal is not a        such a complex culture.
   Statistics regarding on- and off-campus          Student opinion backs up a rise in liquor        Macomber also added “the fraternities          study abroad program, but an         “If we really think that
incidents are now available through 2002,        and drug consumption on campus. As a             also always had sober brothers watching           exchange meant to facilitate      [Chinese culture] is so impor-
the year of the trustee decision. These sta-     past president of the Inter-Greek Council        out for people at the party too.”                 long-term academic network-       tant, why don’t we offer
tistics do include the semesters immedi-         and Resident Assistant, 2003 AU gradu-              Tibbens agreed with Macomber, com-             ing opportunities. Several        Chinese at Alfred?” asked
ately following the decision but not the         ate Brian Tibbens observed a rise in alco-       menting, “Greek life did help to put a con-       faculty members will be trav-     Singer. “If while here [stu-
past two semesters. According to the             hol-related incidents on campus.                 trolling mechanism in the campus drinking         eling to China in January to      dents] could learn about
Office of Postsecondary Education (a                “The University did see a fairly notice-      scene, which went to the wayside in 2002.”        evaluate and conference with      China, that would be wonder-
branch of the U.S. Department of                 able increase in overall incidents. Whether         Other concerns about post-Greek social         the Tianjin administration.       ful. I think it would be great if
Education) and the annual AU Security            or not they were linked with Greek life is                                 SEE CHANGES, PAGE 6     Professors Xiaowen Chen,          our students could study
                                                                                                                                                    Bill Dibrell and John Gill will   abroad in China, but for our
                                                                                                                                                    be among them.                    students to have that experi-
                      Jump Around, Jump Around, Jump Up Jump Up and Get Down                                                                           In exchange for accredita-     ence, do we have to sell our
                                                                                                                                                    tion, Alfred University would     degrees?”
                                                                                                                                                    receive credits to offset the        The Tianjin Art Institute
                                                                                                                                                    tuition costs for Alfred stu-     has agreed that Alfred
                                                                                                                                                    dents and faculty in China.       University will receive 5 per-
                                                                                                                                                    Up to 40 Alfred University        cent of all tuition fees. Alfred
                                                                                                                                                    students may be studying in       University could receive up
                                                                                                                                                    Tianjin by the 2007-2008 aca-     to $140,000 from Tianjin per
                                                                                                                                                    demic year. Up to 20 students     semester. There is suspicion
                                                                                                                                                    from Tianjin would be study-      among some that Tianjin
                                                                                                                                                    ing at Alfred annually.           University is trying to buy
                                                                                                                                                    Faculty from both schools         American degrees. Critics
                                                                                                                                                    would be teaching at either       believe that the organizers of
                                                                                                                                                    institution for up to a semes-    the exchange are being dri-
                                                                                                                                                    ter.                              ven by dollars.
                                                                                                                                                       Although the proposal is          “I don’t think that’s true,”
                                                                                                                                                    meant to expand opportuni-        said Dobie, “From what I
                                                                                                                                                    ties for Alfred students and      understand, they’re generally
                                                                                                                                                    faculty, it has met with some     interested in finding out how
                                                                                                                                                    criticism. A meeting on Nov.      a Western, liberal arts educa-
                                                                                                                                                    20 to discuss the proposal        tion can be instituted at
                                                                                                                                                    erupted in intense debate.        Tianjin. As we go along the
                                                                                                                                                    Sandra Singer, associate pro-     questions/answers will all be
                                                                                                                                                    fessor of German and chair of     folded into the evaluation, but
                                                                                                                       PHOTO BY AMANDA CRANS        modern languages, who was         some of these questions can-
   Shades sponsored a double-dutch competition Friday evening at the McLane Center. Winners included Lateefah Miller for longest single             present at that meeting, said     not be answered until we get
   jumper, Vernice for most tricks and Erica Arlequin for most improved amateur.                                                                    she is concerned that stu-        to Tianjin.” ❍




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                      Campus lacking in respect                                                                                                                                    Reporter:
Explanation on police
chief firing needed to A
                                                                               lfred is a small place with a relatively    to the editor.
                                                                               small student population, but one              At times, even letters to the editor can be      What is your most
                                                                               thing I never considered small were         deceiving. Columns, editorials and speaking
                                                                      the minds of AU students.                            out in a newspaper guarantees one thing:              memorable
                                                                         That’s why I was appalled to witness a            debate.
clear up rumors                                                       sudden rash of complete disrespect some
                                                                      students have exhibited toward other stu-
                                                                                                                              However, in a letter to the editor from the
                                                                                                                           Nov. 11 issue, a student seemed to take per-
                                                                                                                                                                                moment of the
                                                                      dents and organizations. It’s more than              sonal offense to an editorial by a Fiat exec         past semster?
When the well-liked police chief of a small town is unexpectedly understandable and even admirable                                     member. The column described
and inexplicably fired, the people who make the decision to ter- at times to see AU students become                                    the exec member’s opinion that
minate go under scrutiny.                                             riled and empowered when their                                   ’04     Democratic       candidates     PHOTOS BY LE ANN MERCER
   In Alfred, the village board makes these decisions; it is com- beliefs are questioned, but neglect-                                 weren’t cutting it.                         QUESTION BY TIM
prised of Mayor Gary Ostrower and Trustees Craig Clark, ing respect and class while voicing                                              The column was based on per-               INTHIRAKOTH
Judith Frechette, Keith Gregory and Barrett Potter.                   your opinion is unnecessary.                                     sonal opinion concerning a politi-
   We understand that the board is not legally obligated to              A few weeks ago, I walked by a                                cal issue, but the letter to the edi-
reveal the reason for firing Police Chief Scott Richardson, flyer in the mailroom about                                                tor focused more on a personal
either to the public or to Richardson himself. It is well within its Veterans Day. An organization on                                  attack rather than an actual
rights to keep to itself the reasons leading to personnel deci- campus simply wanted to remem-                                         political debate. The student
sions made in executive session.                                      ber those Americans who have died                 TIM            argued his political ideals while
   However, we feel that, while the board has the right to be fighting for our country by showing                 INTHIRAKOTH          insulting the exec member and
silent on this matter, it would do well to explain itself publicly.   the movie Saving Private Ryan.               FEATURES EDITOR     basically targeted the Fiat staff
   Alfred is a small community, and it has close ties with its col- Nothing on the poster promoted                                     for printing an opinion he didn’t
leges. The relationship between the schools and the town, while political ideals, pushed an agenda, or would               agree with.
strong, requires care to maintain.                                    have offended anyone walking by. Despite                Is it wrong for a newspaper to print a
   As village board members have all either attended or taught the flyer’s purpose, someone took the oppor-                political opinion though it may not agree
at either Alfred University or Alfred State College, and some tunity to voice their opinion on U.S. troops                 with someone else’s? Of course not.
are currently professors, the board represents higher education on the bottom of the flyer by writing “F***                   I respect the student’s opinion and effort
strongly. Thus actions taken by the board reflect on the U.S. troops.”                                                     to voice his thoughts constructively but it
University.                                                              The crude and derogatory comment                  would have been best for him to stick to the
   Richardson’s termination came as a shock to the people of the deeply offended me as an American citizen,                issue at hand rather than turn the situation
village of Alfred. Since Richardson took charge of the Alfred AU student and younger sibling of a Navy                     into another case of disrespect among stu-          “I celebrated my one year
Police, the village saw increases in revenue from parking and engineer. It surprised me that a college stu-                dents. Debates should not involve personal          anniversary with my boyfriend
traffic tickets, improved security at places like Gentleman Jim’s dent, especially on a campus with such                   attacks masked by a political disagreement.         Darnell on Sept. 4. We had a
and greater ticketing of students for alcohol violations. The diverse opinions would think this comment                       Whether or not I agree with an opinion,          romantic dinner and exchanged
police force became more active and effective than it had been was appropriate or even comical. I’m not                    respecting the issue at hand and listening          gifts.”
under previous police chiefs John Simon and Mark Bierman. sure what the ultimate purpose or motivat-                       maturely to differing opinions is the only                             Andrea Veras
Numbers were up, townspeople were happy and officers ing factor was that inspired this comment,                            way I can affirm my beliefs or at least under-              Child Psychology/Clinical
enjoyed working.                                                      but I was completely disgusted and baffled.          stand someone else’s. Attacking another stu-                             Counseling
   Then Richardson got fired.                                         I can’t comprehend why someone would tar-            dent because you don’t agree with them is
   The lack of an explanation, despite its legality, leaves the citi- get fellow American citizens for serving             irresponsible and careless.
zens of Alfred confused and unsatisfied. Things seemed good, their country, especially in a time as sensi-                    As honorable as holding true to one’s
then with no warning, their police chief got fired, and even he tive as today’s world.                                     beliefs may be, disrespecting other people
didn’t know why.                                                         I tried to dismiss the ignorant comment as        simply because you don’t agree with them is
   This is an ethical problem, and it gets at the heart of small an isolated incident but a few days later, I              unnecessary and only side-steps the situa-
town politics. When everybody knows everybody, gossip runs saw another disrespectful comment on a                          tion at hand.
rampant; citizens know the board members, and some guess at BASIC (Brothers And Sisters In Christ)                            The beauty of a college experience isn’t
personal motives. There are rumors about the cause of the flyer. The poster invited people to learn                        just a degree at the end of four years of
board’s decision, and the problem is exactly that — they are more about the organization and attend                        higher education, but experiencing new
rumors.                                                               meetings. Yet again, someone took the                ideas and exposure to different viewpoints.
   It is in situations without obvious reasons that rumors run opportunity to scribble their opinion on the                   Constructive and respectful debate can
rampant, and that explanation is most needed. Citizens need to flyer with an eloquent “Eww.”                               lead to open lines of communication between
know about the actions that directly affect them; else they feel a       I doubt the authors of the comments cared         disparaging groups and at least help us             “The Elephant Man issue had good
lack of representation and a lack of influence in their own com- much for their own opinions. If they did,                 appreciate our differences rather than con-         and bad effects. There was a lot of
munity.                                                               they should have sought a constructive               tinually let them separate us.                      ignorance that circulated around
   This is not simply an ethical matter; it is a practical one. venue to voice their opinion such as their                    Let’s leave the trash talk in the garbage        but it was great to see everyone
People who care about issues like Richardson’s termination are own flyers, group meetings and even letters                 where it belongs. ❍                                 pull together as a community.”
often voters. This could very well be an issue in the next village
election. It would be better for the village board to explain its
action and avoid the growth of rumors concerning the decision.
   According to the mayor, the vote to terminate Richardson
was initially four in favor with one abstention, then the abstain-
                                                                                          Senior reminisces about AU                                                                            Jamir Scarbrough
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ing voter decided to oppose. The name of the opposing voter is,                early five years — I came to Alfred         were printing in black and white on thick
of course, not public, but that will not stop people from trying to            that long ago, having never lived           tabloid-sized white paper. A year later, an
guess it.                                                                      anywhere other than Philadelphia. I         idea sprung to life: to switch to newsprint,
   It seems that improved communication is starting to become was spoiled by cityscapes and anonymity,                     with spotted color. We would still be print-
a frequent theme in our editorials. We encourage people and and unfamiliar with a small town community                     ing on tabloid-sized paper, however, it would
organizations to be open, to replace rumor with truth, to pro- in a rural setting. This was something com-                 feel more like a “real” newspaper.
mote active citizenship.                                              pletely new to me.                                                   Yet there were still problems.
   The demand for openness is constantly relevant. People inter-         I didn’t join any clubs my fresh-                               Maybe some of you remember
pret their rights to privacy as means of ignoring social responsi- man year, instead I played varsity                                    the issues where the colors
bility. They serve traditional policies without questioning their basketball. A friend of mine, editor-                                  were reversed, and our lacrosse
value. We try to avoid this, and we want you to do the same.          emeritus Jay Weisberger, class of                                  players were in green uniforms
   Be responsible for your own actions. Own up to them. Even if 2001, convinced me to join the staff                                     and the turf was purple?              “Seeing everyone come together
such candor is not mandatory, it is right. ❍                          of the Fiat Lux. Seeing my name in                                   This year our organization          and chalking Academic Alley for
                                                                      print was exhilarating. Thus began                                 moved to digital printing             A-U-NITED’s first project made
                                                                      my love of the paper.                                              through Rochester’s Democrat          me feel really good especially with
                                                                         I dedicated long hours and opened                               and Chronicle and began print-        the controversy over the Elephant
 The Fiat Lux would like to                                           myself up to other clubs and organi-
                                                                      zations, bringing myself outwards to
                                                                                                                       ALISON
                                                                                                                       SAVETT
                                                                                                                                         ing on broad sheet. Finally,
                                                                                                                                         AU’s student newspaper looks
                                                                                                                                                                               Man concert.”


  wish everyone a happy                                               experience more of what AU had to
                                                                      offer.
                                                                                                                      COPY EDITOR        like that real newspaper, not a
                                                                                                                                         tabloid you get in your drive-
                                                                                                                                                                                                Amanda Bartman
                                                                                                                                                                                                 General Studies
                                                                         Dean Jerry Brody once told me that                way without a subscription.
 holiday season and great                                             Alfred was unlike any other place he had
                                                                      ever been.
                                                                                                                              When former assistant dean of the College
                                                                                                                           of Liberal Arts and Sciences Joe Gow was
     winter vacation                                                     “The community is so very open and wel-
                                                                      coming,” I remember him saying to me,
                                                                                                                           still at AU, he walked out of Seidlin, saw a
                                                                                                                           handful of us Fiaters, and raised his fist in

  Good luck on finals and                                              standing in the door of the Fiat office.
                                                                         Brody, vice president for student affairs
                                                                                                                           the air. “FEEEYOT,” he said with a smile.
                                                                                                                              Growing with this organization has been
                                                                      and dean of students, explained that he              amazing; yet I would never have joined if it
  see you next semester                                               worked at other schools and not one was like
                                                                      Alfred in the amount of caring that faculty,
                                                                                                                           hadn’t been for the welcoming feeling I got
                                                                                                                           when I came to my first meeting.
                                                                      staff and administration had for students.              I never would have pictured myself writ-
                                                                         I didn’t realize it at the time, but he was       ing for the school newspaper, since I wasn’t


 Fiat Lux                                                             100 percent correct. Where else does the
                                                                      dean of students and the president know me
                                                                      by name and face?
                                                                         Other schools are not personal in that
                                                                                                                           involved in high school.
                                                                                                                              In fact, I was a jock in high school, not
                                                                                                                           really a part of too many other clubs.
                                                                                                                           Playing three sports took up all of my time. I
                                                                                                                                                                               “After the Elephant Man contro-
                                                                                                                                                                               versy, it was great to see different
                                                                                                                                                                               groups coming together.”
        Copy Manager         Editor-in-Chief     Production Manager   sense; administration and students do not            never pictured that, in college, I would be
       Tifané Williams
                               Bryan Sick        Heather Muckley      fraternize. Clubs and organizations at AU            where I am now, very involved on campus.                                Roger Howard
          Copy Editor
                              Managing Editor      Production Ass’t   are welcoming and crave members.                        So the moral of my story is to try every-                        Clinical Psychology
        Alison Savett
                              James Kyrsiak     Adrienne Egglinger       I watched for four and a half years as            thing once, or at least try the things that
          News Editor        Business Manager        Photo Editor     clubs changed and evolved with members,              even slightly interest you, those things you
       Aaron Margulis          Lori Hughes         Amanda Crans       and I paid special attention to my own love,         may not know anything about. You never
        Features Editor     Advertising Manager
                                                    Web Manager       the Fiat.                                            know what club or organization will grow on
       Tim Inthirakoth         Valerie Kraft
                                                    Bill Kramer          When I began working for the paper, we            you to the point of feeling like your home. ❍
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Which policy is the better approach for politicians?
                                      forms, whatever value-based                                                  areas, voters get a very good pic-
Poll-driven policy                    policies they bring into office in     Definitely go with                      ture of what politicians will do.
                                      fact are representative of the                                                  If candidates say they are
works best                            masses. This is a ludicrous idea      policy-driven policy                   going to cut taxes, and they fol-
                                      because history is full of presi-                                            low their platform, they will cut
During         the        Clinton     dents who got elected by say-         Politicians need a way to figure        taxes. This lets voters choose the
Administration, many people           ing they would do one thing and       out what they should do and how        person who best suits their inter-
criticized the president for          then did the complete opposite.       they should vote. This is a com-       ests, something elections are
jumping around from issue to          George Bush, Sr., provided a          plex process: how do they do it?       supposed to do.
issue based on popu-
lar support rather
than keeping a strong
focus on core issues as
did his predecessors,
                                                   perfect example of
                                                   this with his “read
                                                   my lips, no new
                                                   taxes” speech.
                                                     George Bush, Jr.,
                                                                               There are three
                                                                            common ways for
                                                                            politicians to deter-
                                                                            mine what they
                                                                            should do.
                                                                                                                              Polls are not exactly
                                                                                                                             the best way for politi-
                                                                                                                             cians to leave an
                                                                                                                             impression of what
                                                                                                                             they have done.
                                                                                                                                                         WORLDNOTES
George H.W. Bush                                   is guilty of this dou-      One is following                                 In 1992, Ross Perot      Local
and Ronald Reagan.                                 ble-talk as well.        polls. The other two                             put out a poll asking
   After taking office,                             Remember “com-           are political party                              people if they liked the    Herrick Library is running its first annual “Food for Fines”
George W. Bush made                                passionate conser-       and platform. When                               idea of tax cuts — he       program through Dec. 23 in which students can donate cans
it clear that he                                   vatism?”      George     candidates use polls                             got overwhelming sup-       to charity in return for erasing their library fines. Each can
planned to follow in             DAVID             Bush, Jr., ran on a      to decide what to do,         BRANDON            port. But the poll was      donated will erase up to $5 in fines accumulated.
the     footsteps     of     FITZGERALD            very moderate plat-      they seem to wobble          GUSTAFSON           twisted. If he had asked       The library’s semesterly book sale is also underway, with
Reagan and Bush.               STAFF WRITER        form     and      then   around on where               STAFF WRITER       people if they preferred    novels, textbooks, language books and books on many other
Now, I have no great                               turned        around,    they stand.                                      social programs or tax      varied topics available at largely discounted prices.
love for Clinton or the majority      staffed his cabinet with neo-            Political party and platform,       cuts, results would have been dif-    • The Alfred Ski and Snowboard Club and WALF are hold-
of his policy decisions, but in       conservative       ex-Reaganites      however, show what a person            ferent. The phrasing of questions     ing a holiday food and clothing drive, with donations going to
regards to his use of poll-driven     and passed a giant tax cut. He        values most; they should be used       affects people’s responses to all     the Seventh Day Baptist Church’s food pantry, Salvation
policy, I think he had the right      then proceeded to start the war       to determine policy. One of the        polls. Politicians can pick among     Army and the Op Shop.
idea.                                 in Iraq with little, if any, con-     best things about using them is        different polls, which can be like    Boxes have been set out in several locations and will be in
   As the sole representative of      cern over public opinion and          that they make decisions much          choosing results; this is not very    some dorm buildings for donations of non-perishable food
the national majority, the presi-     passed out huge postwar con-          simpler for both the elected           insightful.                           items and clean clothes.
dent is obligated to act on           tracts to Republican backers          politician and the candidate.             Even if a politician does stick    • The Career Development Center is sponsoring a New
behalf of the views and opinions      Halliburton and Bechtel.                 The political parties that politi-  by one good polling group, people     York City Alumni Networking Night on Thursday, Jan. 8,
of the American public. The              This hardly sounds like “com-      cians belong to are good indica-       often give uninformed opinions.       from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
president is the only govern-         passionate” anything. The only        tors of what they will do.             Politicians might have informa-          Students will be given the opportunity to network with
ment official elected on a             things that Bush did that have        Republicans tend to vote in one        tion that points to one way, while    New York City area alumni in the business, media, arts and
national level and is elected as a    turned out well were highly           direction and Democrats tend to        uninformed constituents want          more. There is no fee, but advance registration is required.
representative of the public          publicized, nationally support-       vote in another. If politicians        them to go another way: with          • Alfred University upgraded to Time Warner Cable as its
under the assumption that he          ed initiatives like his tax cuts      favor one party, they will go in       poll-driven decision making, nec-     Internet Service Provider at 12:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5,
will act in its interests. For a      and the war in Afghanistan.           one direction.                         essary things do not get done.        effectively increasing its bandwidth by a factor of five times,
variety of issues, advances in        His less popular issues, which           Voters will be upset if they           Another problem stems from         according to Lana Meissner.
communication and polling sci-        he still clings to with a death       vote for a party and the person        the need of voters to follow the         The new connection is fiber optic to replace the previous
ence have made it possible for        grip, like the war in Iraq and        they elect ends up going against       history of a person. Unless politi-   wireless connection, increasing capacity and speed, along
the president to know what is,        his “No Child Left Behind” bill,      party policy. If people favor the      cians stick with a platform,          with providing more reliable service.
more or less, the opinion of the      have all been disasters.              welfare system and vote for the        whether it is their own or their
public.                                  The fact is that the president     party they think will help it most,    party’s, voters cannot decide         National
   Clinton, more than any other       has a lot to gain from fulfilling      then the person elected consults       between candidates.
president, used these advances        his responsibilities to his con-      polls and decides to decrease             Determining the proper way         The state of California has banned the sale of genetically
to keep his policy in line with       stituency. By paying attention        welfare funding, people feel           for politicians to make decisions     engineered GloFish, according to a CNN.com report.
public opinion. Granted, his          to polling data rather than           betrayed. Political parties are        really boils down to what is best        The GloFish, zebra fish inserted with genes from sea
reasons probably had more to          party ideology, the president         good because they have plat-           for voters. Polls may give the        anemones and jellyfish to make them red or green and visi-
do with building political clout      can help push through impor-          forms showing what their mem-          immediate public opinion, but         bly glowing under black or ultraviolet lights, are scheduled
than acting as a representative       tant legislation that would nor-      bers should generally be doing.        when politicians rely on them         to go on sale nationwide in January.
for the people. Nevertheless,         mally be held up by partisan             Candidate platforms are more        heavily, elections become point-         The loss of California’s sales market comes as a large blow
his administration stands out         bickering. His support of bills       specific images of what they will       less and the government is left to    to Yorktown Technologies of Texas, the company selling the
as a model of poll-driven policy.     based on polling data would           do. In a platform, candidates          the will of the largest group, a      fish, because Californians buy an eighth of the 200 million
   Critics of poll-driven policy      help to guarantee that the            state what they think is impor-        situation that oppresses minori-      ornamental fish sold nationwide each year.
argue that, since presidents are      bills America wants, America          tant and what they think of            ties, and everyone holds some            “For me it’s a question of values, it’s not a question of sci-
elected based on political plat-      gets. ❍                               important issues. In both of these     minority opinions. ❍                  ence,” said California Fish and Game Commissioner Sam
                                                                                                                                                         Schuchat in a CNN interview. “I think selling genetically
                                                                                                                                                         modified fish as pets is wrong.”
Investment company founder’s style drives success                                                                                                        • District Court Judge David Sam threw out all charges
                                                                                                                                                         against two men accused of bribing members of the

“S     uccess is not a destination, but a
       state of mind.”
   As I embark on my journey to
                                               life to a ride in an elevator in that “you
                                               see the same people going up as you do
                                               going down.”
                                                                                                      box somewhere, I realize that the college
                                                                                                      years are what we make of them. As stu-
                                                                                                      dents, we can either complain for these
                                                                                                                                                         International Olympic Committee in their bids to bring the
                                                                                                                                                         2002 Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City, according to
                                                                                                                                                         USAToday.com.
Washington, D.C., I will remember these           How apropos is it that I get to hear a              few short years, or we can make the most              Sam’s decision, which came mid-trial, allowed defendants
words of advice from Richard Chilton.          credible speaker on these topics when I                of them.                                           Tom Welch and Dave Johnson, two of the biggest proponents
   Chilton is the founder of Chilton           am packing my bags to head down to the                    Semesters abroad, in D.C. or even               in the effort to bring the Olympics to Salt Lake City, to walk
Investment Company, Inc. and oversees          Beltway where the Rumsfelds and                        events in and around the Alfred area pro-          free on the bribery charges.
$3 billion in hedge funds. He                             Cheneys of the nation reside?               vide more than enough substance to                 • More women than men applied to U.S. medical graduate
received his Bachelor of                                  True, finance is not necessarily            make the time spent at AU worthwhile.              schools during the 2003-04 school year for the first time in
Science in finance and econom-                            foreign policy, but the message             It is our duty as students to take advan-          history according to a study performed by the Association of
ics from Alfred University in                             remains the same.                           tage of every opportunity given to us;             American Medical Colleges, said an article in the Rochester
1980.                                                        Yes, I realize that in the               seizing what is available today prevents           Democrat and Chronicle.
   Even more mind-boggling                                realm of state affairs, a certain           not knowing what could have been                      Fifty and eight-tenths percent of the 35,000 applicants
than the dollar amount he                                 amount of bribery and decep-                tomorrow.                                          were women, a 3.4 percent increase over last year and the
manages, is the fact that per-                            tion are involved in pushing a                 Chilton also made a point of believing          first such increase in the past seven years.
sonal investments are not kept                            nation forward, but it is grati-            early on in Plato’s words: that character             In 1963, only 8.1 percent of medical school applicants were
separate from company funds;                              fying to meet people who still              is doing the right thing when no one is            women.
this prevents the greed that            BRANDON           value integrity.                            looking. When traveling to the town that
stems from insider knowledge,           THURNER              As for humility, it will defi-           is known to eat people alive, these words          World
which has plagued the markets          STAFF WRITER       nitely be an experience step-               will hang with me in the fast-paced
as of late.                                               ping into the cauldron that pro-            lifestyle of Washington.                           Last weekend, a suicide attacker in Yessentuki, Russia, near
   Neither of these are easy                              duced go-it-alone, preemptive                  Despite these preconceived notions, I           Chechnya, killed 40 people and wounding many in a train
tasks, and Chilton is definitely a credible    warfare. My temporary residence in                     am looking forward to this opportunity to          bombing that President Vladamir Putin said was intended to
source to look to for guidance in these        Washington should provide many lasting                 learn while doing and hope to make a dif-          disrupt parliamentary election, according to USAToday.com.
areas.                                         memories, and these policies and the per-              ference somewhere, no matter how small.              According to Major General Nikolai Lityuk, 148 were hos-
   Chilton’s recent visit to AU leaves an      sonalities behind them are things I                       The drive to succeed should come not            pitalized and 29 suffered minor injuries. Undetonated
indelible impression on me as I travel to      intend to fully explore.                               from external sources but from within. It          grenades were found strapped to the legs of the unidentified
American University this spring to take           Chilton’s message about valuing suc-                is time to put the teachings of AU to the          male suicide attacker, according to Federal Security Service
up foreign policy.                             cess provides the ideal backdrop to look               test and let the chips fall where they may.        chief Nikolai Patrushev.
   Chilton’s unusually ethical behavior        back upon my brief time at Alfred as well              Hopefully, a different person will return          • Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei has joined talks
and his humble nature led to his rise to       as ahead to American and back again to                 to AU; one that will be a little more sea-         in Cairo, Egypt, about forming a unified Palestinian position
prominence in the investment communi-          Alfred.                                                soned, but still value integrity and humil-        on ending the hostilities with Israel, according to CNN.com.
ty. Each of these is severely lacking these       With time at Alfred temporarily frozen              ity.                                                 Other delegates to the talk include members of Hamas,
days, and his commitment to them is wel-       as well as my hopes and dreams of former                  Remember, success is not a destina-             Islamic Jihad and the Fatah movement. The delegates were
come.                                          Vice President Al Gore running for the                 tion, but a state of mind. ❍                       encouraged by General Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s security
   Stressing humility, Chilton compared        Oval Office tucked neatly away in a lock-                                                                 chief, to develop a unified initiative to demonstrate to the
                                                                                                                                                         world that they were ready to end the conflict.
                                                                                                                                                           The delegates were said to be considering a cease-fire halt-
Nineteenth century brought great changes in photography, says Arnold                                                                                     ing all attacks in Israel and the territories if Israel agreed to
                                                                                                                                                         begin following the “road map” to peace established by the
 BY BRANDON GUSTAFSON                that we started seeing great           up with an image directly on the       art for many people.                  United States, United Nations, Russia and the European
         STAFF WRITER                strides towards what has               paper, a major stepping stone             John Dougdale was an impor-        Union. The road map calls for an independent Palestine by
                                     turned into the cameras of             for photography.                       tant figure in Arnold’s talk dur-      2005.
The Bergren Forum on Dec. 4          today.                                    “A human preoccupation for          ing the Forum. Dougdale was a         • Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo reintro-
was a talk given by Brian               With a camera obscura you           centuries to create images that        photographer      with      AIDS,     duced the death penalty to the Phillipines last Friday in
Arnold, assistant professor of       can allow a little bit of light into   define life in more clarity [was a      which caused him to go blind.         response to public anger over a wave of kidnappings target-
photography,              titled     a dark room. The device will           main reason for the field of pho-       Even though he was having             ed at the Chinese-Filipino community, according to
“Nineteenth           Century        cause an image to appear upside        tography],” said Arnold.               problems he still took pho-           CNN.com.
Photography Today.”                  down on the wall across from              Peter Henry Emerson was             tographs, said Arnold.                  The kidnapping victims include Betty Sy, a Chinese-
  Early photographers like           the camera. Artists would then         one photographer who was                  “It is poetic how he is going      Filipino executive with Coca-Cola Export Corporation, who
William Henry Fox Talbot and         place a piece of paper where the       strongly driven by this preoccu-       back to these historical process-     was found dead in a Manila suburb. A 10-year-old girl and a
Peter Henry Emerson to more          image was and trace the image.         pation.                                es,” Arnold said.                     2-year-old boy were abducted on their way to school, the girl
modern ones such as John                This was used for hundreds of          Arnold       mentions     that         He showed Dougdale’s pho-          later being returned after a ransom.
Dougdale were all mentioned.         years before William Henry             Emerson “was interested in the         tos, which had a strong resem-          The method of execution in the Philippines is hanging. ❍
Arnold also mentioned different      Fox Talbot came onto the scene,        traditions of painting and draw-       blance to early photographs like
camera predecessors like calo-       pointed out Arnold.                    ing.”                                  those of Talbot.
types, camera obscuras, glass           Talbot was a chemist that              These two feelings led him to          Brian Arnold spoke about a         The Fiat Lux congratulates all of
negatives, platinum prints and       some would call “a man of let-         try to make photography more           large portion of photography
Daguerreotypes.                      ters,” mentioned Arnold.               artistic. By doing this he made a      and its history as it relates to         our December graduates!
  The predecessors of the cam-          He said Talbot figured out           form of art that is a clear pic-       our culture today. The descrip-
era have been around since           that by mixing certain salts           ture of life, pointed out Arnold.      tions of the predecessors of              Good luck in your future
before         the         16th      with silver nitrate, coating it on     Emerson also used a vocabulary         today’s camera showed how far
century,explained Arnold. It         a piece of paper and using this        with his photos that helped to         it has come and that it still has a              endeavors!
wasn’t until the 19th century        in the camera obscura, you end         close the gap between them and         use in the future. ❍
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  C                                      Portfolios — not just for artists anymore                         Staff cuts expected in coming weeks
        A
                 rt and education majors are famil-      lined,” he added. Remember, pick only

   A             iar with the professional portfolio.    your premier pieces to showcase.                  New students to also suffer                                    Total operating budget of $50 million
                 However, anyone can benefit from           Make sure you know exactly where
        a portfolio. It is a unique advertising tool     every item is. When you refer to it during        with financial aid cutbacks
   R    highlighting your skills.
           First, you need to assemble all the
                                                         the interview, you do not want to be wast-
                                                         ing time trying to locate the perfect exam-                   BY AARON MARGULIS                          Endowment                Other
        pieces for your portfolio. Remember: this        ple of your work. It is not just enough to
   E    is a professional marketing piece, not a         have the portfolio; you must use it effec-
                                                                                                                             STAFF WRITER
                                                                                                                                                                      Annual
        scrapbook. Carefully select items                            tively during the interview.          In a lackluster economy, Alfred University has
   E    that reflect your skills and talents
        effectively. Choose your best
                                                                       “Use your portfolio to illus-
                                                                     trate an example,” stated
                                                                                                           balanced its budget, but not without sacrifice.
                                                                                                              “We’ve managed through a series of moderate
        work; pieces you are most proud                              Kathy Woughter, director of           steps to keep the budget balanced, but we are State
   R    of.                                                          the     Career      Development       rapidly reaching the point where we need to make Allocation
           Items to consider:                                        Center. Many employers will           more profound change,” said President Charles
        • Resume                                                     not be expecting a portfolio. By      Edmondson.
        • Transcript                                                 referring to your portfolio              According to Edmondson, those moderate

  C     • Marketing plans
        • Projects
        • Newspaper articles that you
                                                    NANCY
                                                  WILLIAMS
                                                                     while answering questions dur-
                                                                     ing the interview you will come
                                                                     across as an organized and
                                                                                                           steps include cuts in management and administra-
                                                                                                           tion that will take place by the end of the month,
                                                                                                           totaling about $300,000 of salary. There are also                                                  Student
   O    were featured in or wrote
        • Essays or other writing sam-
                                                  STAFF WRITER       well-prepared candidate, she
                                                                     added.
                                                                                                           many temporary appointments that have not
                                                                                                           been renewed for next year. The University has
        ples                                                Do not simply hand your portfolio to           avoided layoffs like those seen in many large busi-   ation especially difficult. Sixty to 65 percent of
   R    • Flow charts                                    interviewers. They may review the portfo-         nesses, said Edmondson; it is striving to be as       Alfred’s students come from upstate New York, a
        • Senior project synopsis                        lio while they are interviewing you and           humane as possible, as there are few alternatives     region with a declining population and lagging
   N    • Award certificates
        • Diagrams
                                                         become distracted. When asked an inter-
                                                         view question, “Tell me about a time you
                                                                                                           for many of the University workers who are let
                                                                                                           go.
                                                                                                                                                                 economy. Among the administration’s marketing
                                                                                                                                                                 strategies are efforts to raise AU’s profile in areas
        • Presentations (PowerPoint slides and/or        took the lead on a project,” you can refer to        Staff cuts are, however, a small portion of this   with growing populations and more robust
   E    overheads)                                       examples of your work while answering             year’s reduction in cost. Joyce Rausch, vice presi-   economies.
        • Letters of recommendation and/or com-          the question.                                     dent of business and finance, said that the reduc-         AU is not alone in having budgetary problems.
   R    mendation
        • Photographs
                                                            Also, you should never leave your port-
                                                         folio with an employer. Politely explain it
                                                                                                           tion of staff comprises less than 20 percent of total
                                                                                                           cuts. She went on to say that most cutbacks have
                                                                                                                                                                 As Edmondson said, “…every municipality and
                                                                                                                                                                 county in the state is facing a severe budget crisis,
           Once you have all your items gathered,        is the only copy of your portfolio. An            been in the portion of the operational budget         not to mention a large number of businesses. New
        you need to put it together in an accept-        option to consider is to prepare a smaller        called Other Than Personnel (OTPS). Expenses          York State is facing a budgetary crisis that is, in
        able presentation style. A three-ring            mini-portfolio with photocopies of selected       such as travel, equipment, supplies, overtime and     many ways, even worse than the one of last
        binder is the easiest to use. It can be          material in a stapled or clipped format that      reserves — money for the motor pool, among            spring. We are mostly just experiencing the same
        updated easily. It can also be added to or       can be left with an employer. Better yet,         other things — have been reduced across the           fall out of the national economic decline of the past
        changed for specific target employers. A         burn a copy of your portfolio onto a CD-          University.                                           two years and the more severe financial problems
        leather binder looks impressive if you can       ROM or post it on a website for the                  Rausch and Edmondson both expressed some           of New York State.”
        afford it.                                       employer to review at his/her leisure.            frustration with the rising mandatory expenses of         Rausch agreed, saying, “All businesses are
           The organization of the portfolio is most        A professional portfolio will showcase         utilities and especially health insurance, which      going through a sort of self-analysis in order to
        important. Take the time to purchase             your experience, skills and accomplish-           has far outpaced inflation in recent years. With       meet the financial challenges presented by this
        dividers and sheet protectors. Organize          ments. It may also give you the leg up over       about 550 people employed by the University,          economy; higher education is no different.”
        your materials in a logical order. Start with    another candidate that didn’t have a port-        expensive health insurance is a major budgetary           As a university, a balanced budget is a success.
        a cover page and a table of contents. Your       folio or didn’t use it effectively during an      issue. Edmondson said health insurance rates reg-     As David Szczerbacki, provost and vice president
        resume should be at the beginning. Divide        interview.                                        ularly rise by 10 percent, which is a far faster rate for academic and statutory affairs, said, “We don’t
        it into sections.                                                                                  of growth than that of University revenue; that       have to be able to show a profit, but we do need to
           Try to limit your portfolio to 20 pages.
           “Avoid TMI [too much information],”
        stated Mark McFadden, coordinator of
                                                        ?    General questions regarding career
                                                             development
                                                         fiatlux@alfred.edu,
                                                                              can     be
                                                                                  attention
                                                                                            sent
                                                                                               Nancy
                                                                                                    to
                                                                                                           stresses the system.
                                                                                                              The University is investigating a myriad of
                                                                                                           strategies to control spending. Rausch said that it
                                                                                                                                                                 pay our bills.”
                                                                                                                                                                     The counterpart to cutting cost is, of course,
                                                                                                                                                                 generating revenue. There are several plans, at
        Career Counseling Services at the Career         Williams, for possible future column com-         is considering accepting higher deductibles for       various stages of consideration and implementa-
        Development Center. “Keep it stream-             ments. ❍                                          lower health insurance premiums, consolidating        tion, that may help AU generate enough money to
                                                                                                           copying contracts and reworking leases, among         combat its ever-rising expenses, but it is a strug-
                                                                                                           other things. She also said the University’s fee      gle that will require creativity and close attention.

 Abandonment of daughter presented in                                                                      structure relative to comparable schools and the
                                                                                                           way it gives out financial aid must be examined.
                                                                                                              Edmondson gave further input on financial aid
                                                                                                                                                                     Speaking of long term strategy, Rausch said,
                                                                                                                                                                 “Is there going to be a single answer? No. There
                                                                                                                                                                 are going to be many responses, big and small,
 movie with Global Studies Roundtable                                                                      and fee structuring. “Alfred University is about
                                                                                                           the most generous school with financial aid that
                                                                                                                                                                 with ongoing tweaking in order to respond effec-
                                                                                                                                                                 tively to the financial challenges before us.”
                                    the world over do have specif-     depressing       example       of   I’ve seen. We probably can’t afford to continue           Edmondson commented on the state of higher
 Parents leave                      ic personality traits that seem    Hungarian cinema available.         that level of generosity … No institution has         education in general.
                                    to transcend other cultural           The semi-autobiographical        enough auxiliary and private income to offset giv-        “I think higher education is in a state of pro-
 communist                          influences. She was quick to       2001 film was written and           ing back as financial aid such a large proportion of   found crisis in the United States, and I’m afraid
                                    dispel     the    myth      that   directed by Éva Gárdos. It          its tuition income.”                                  that many people who work in higher education
 Hungary and                        Hungarians are generally a         related the tale of Peter and          Edmondson said that while the University’s         are in denial about that,” he said. “But I think that
                                    sad culture, saying, “I don’t      Margit, a couple forced to flee     tuition has not risen in about six years, the stress  we are faced with the potential problems that
 daughter behind                    think I am melancholy.” She        Hungary in 1950 with their          is not on raising tuition. Rather, financial aid for   overtook the savings and loan industries in the
                                    did indicate, however, that        young daughter, Maria. In so        new students will be offered more carefully than      ’80s and health care in the ’90s. I think the prob-
        BY ABBY TRIPP               Hungarians are a feisty peo-       doing, however, they had to         in the past, with a focus on accurately assessing     lems are beyond the scope of one institution.”
         STAFF WRITER               ple. As an example, she cited      leave their infant child behind     families’ ability to pay. “You can probably expect,       Looking to the future, Edmondson went on to
                                    debates between her father         with surrogate parents.             even next year, to see somewhat less financial aid     say, “There is very little prospect that higher edu-
 The history and culture of         and other Hungarians that             Six years after making their     offered to new students than to those who are         cation will be the same 50 years from now … The
 Hungary, as well as the expe-      would last for hours, with the     escape, the couple successful-      already enrolled.” While out-of-pocket expense        way we recruit presidents, provosts, business offi-
 riences of Eastern European        parties then switching sides       ly    had    their      daughter,   will likely increase for future students and their    cers, and faculty will fundamentally change
 immigrants to the Americas,        and arguing again.                 Suzanne, brought to the             families, Edmondson made it a point to say that       ... What we must do is to seize control of the
 were just some of the topics          Gulacsy also spoke in detail    United States via the Red           the financial aid of current students will not be      change, so that the fundamental values of educa-
 examined at the Nov. 20            about her experiences as an        Cross. In Los Angeles, she          affected.                                             tion are not lost … I really think Alfred
 Global Studies Roundtable          immigrant. During the period       was then forced to make a              Edmondson and Rausch discussed how the             University is a place of unique value, and I’m per-
 and the subsequent showing         of communist rule following        180-degree turn from her life       location of the University makes its financial situ-   sonally committed to preserving that.” ❍
 of An American Rhapsody.           World      War     II,     many    in the Hungarian countryside
    Elizabeth Gulacsy, a native     Hungarians wished to escape.       to an existence in a cookie-
 of Hungary, was presented at       While visas to some countries      cutter suburban neighbor-            POLICE BLOTTER                      Jacob D. Rulander, 18, of           Erin L. Pavone, 20, of Pleasant
 the Roundtable, held in the        were difficult to obtain,          hood.                                Courtesy of the Alfred Police       Russell, Pa., was charged           Valley, N.Y., was charged
 Knight Club. By tracing her        Argentina and Venezuela               Ultimately, the film fol-         Department                          with DWI and driving while          with possession of an open
 homeland’s history from its        actively sought Hungarian          lowed Suzanne to her turbu-          Covering Nov. 20 – Nov. 30          ability impaired on Nov. 21.        container on Nov. 22.
 early settlement by the            immigrants,            including   lent teenage years. Tired of
 Magyars to modern times, she       Gulacsy’s family.                  struggling against the tradi-        George I. McMahon, 21, of           Matthew F. O’Neill, 22, of West     Ryan   A.    Baker, 30, of
 sketched a compelling image           In Venezuela, Gulacsy was       tional values of her mother,         Alfred, was charged with            Islip, N.Y., was charged with       Rochester, N.Y., was charged
 of a nation that, while torn by    still expected to speak her        she opted to return to               criminal mischief in the            possession of an open con-          with criminal mischief in the
 ethnic tensions and multiple       native language at home. The       Hungary. After spending time         fourth degree and trespass-         tainer and disorderly conduct       fourth degree, criminal tres-
 conflicts, ultimately emerged      Hungarian language, which is       with her surrogates in               ing for allegedly driving           for allegedly swearing in           passing, assault in the third
 strong.                            generally considered to be in      Budapest, she came to realize        through a resident’s farmland       public on Nov. 21.                  degree and possession of a
    Central to her examination      the same family as Finnish         that her true home was the           on Nov. 20.                                                             hypodermic instrument on
 of Hungary’s progression as a      and Estonian, is extremely         United States.                                                           Donald Petkovsek, 22, of Little     Nov. 26. All charges were on
 nation were reviews of its         complex. Gulacsy explained a          An American Rhapsody              Timothy Kailbourne, 21, of          Falls, N.Y., was charged with       a warrant.
 periodic struggles for inde-       few of its subtleties, including   proved the ideal supplement          Andover, N.Y., was charged          burglary in the second
 pendence against dominating        strict rules for formal and        to Gulacsy’s presentation. In        with driving while intoxicat-       degree and petit larceny for        Joseph H. Northrup, 31, of
 peoples.      Such    conflicts,   informal word usage. She           addition to offering stunning        ed (DWI) and having a blood         allegedly breaking into the         Hornell, N.Y., was charged
 including an 1849 revolt           noted that with communist          panoramas of the Budapest            alcohol content (BAC) of            Alfred State fraternity Psi         with DWI and having a BAC
 against Habsburg rule and          rule came a decline in diction     landscape, it drove home             more than .08 percent on            Delta Omega and stealing a          of more than .08 on Nov. 30.
 1956’s     bloody    revolution    and added that few modern          many of the pieces of histori-       Nov. 21.                            beer tap on Nov. 22.
 opposing communism, indi-          youth adhere to traditional        cal and cultural information
 cate much about the national       language rules.                    related by Gulacsy.
 character of Hungary, a con-          On Nov. 23, Alternative            Collectively, the two events
 cept covered in great detail by    Cinema gave an afternoon           raised consciousness about a
 Gulacsy.                           viewing of An American             nation that, despite its event-
                                                                                                                                           STUDENT SENATE UPDATE
    According     to    Gulacsy,    Rhapsody, helping Gulacsy          ful history and distinct cultur-
 whose family fled Hungary          finish what she started.           al character, is still frequently                  BY ABBY TRIPP                          closure of the gym on Saturday nights. Many
 for Venezuela prior to the         Gulacsy said she selected the      overlooked. ❍                                        STAFF WRITER                         students have expressed complaints over this
 1956 revolution, Hungarians        film because it was the least                                                                                                situation.
                                                                                                           Student Senate used special allocations fund-            A member of Friday Night Live said that
                                                                                                           ing to give $1000 to the Alfred Ski and               posters advertising the troupe’s upcoming
                                                                                                           Snowboard Club following a vote taken on              show have been removed from bulletin
                                                                                                           Dec. 3.                                               boards around campus. Those in attendance
                                                                                                             The club will use the money to cover unex-          were reminded to stop anyone seen ripping
                                      Pollywogg                                                            pected expenses, including transportation,
                                                                                                           incurred as a consequence of this year’s surge
                                                                                                                                                                 down current or relevant posters from cam-
                                                                                                                                                                 pus boards.
                                        Holler                                                             in membership.                                           Treasurer Amanda Bartman announced
                                                                                                             Vice President Robert Baynes encouraged             that at the Dec. 10 meeting, the “Twinkle,
                                    Your cool friend                                                       students to speak out about any ideas for             Twinkle, Little Senate” theme will return.
                                                                                                           improving Senate or University as a whole.            Students are encouraged to attend clad in
                                     knows where                                                           He emphasized small, manageable tasks, as             their pajamas. Refreshments will be served.
                                        it’s at!                                                           they would be more likely implemented than
                                                                                                           elaborate ideas.
                                                                                                                                                                    Club and organization representatives
                                                                                                                                                                 were reminded that room reservations do not
                                    www.pollywoggholler.com                                                  Publicity Director Ian Phillips again sug-          carry over into the second semester. New
                                                                                                           gested that interested organizations step for-        forms, available at the Information Desk,
                                                                                                           ward and request commercial time on AUTV.             must be completed and submitted to Patricia
                                                                                                             Several concerns were brought up during             Debertolis, director of Powell Campus
                                                                                                           open forum, one of which was the continued            Center. ❍
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CEO of Project Hope to speak at graduation                                                                          Time to register approaching
      BY JESSICA PYLE                                                           The topic for Howe’s speech
         STAFF WRITER                                                        is still unknown, though it is of         BY NANCY WILLIAMS                political science.                    pation, he added.
                                                                             his choosing. The speech will                  STAFF WRITER                   “The majority of European             Rock the Vote is an organiza-
As final exam schedules are                                                   take place immediately after he                                            nations have no formalized reg-       tion founded in 1990 by the rock
posted and papers are being                                                  is presented with the J. Henry        You can’t vote if you’re not reg-    istration process,” he said.          music industry. Objectives
written, University officials                                                 Smith Public Service Award.           istered.                                European nations average           included coordinations of voter
are     busy     preparing     for                                              Winter graduates include              The next presidential election    over 80 percent participation         registration drives, get-out-the-
December commencement.                                                       students from the College of          is less than one year away.          during elections. Elections are       vote events and voter education
   With approximately 140 can-                                               Liberal Arts and Sciences, the        Many Alfred University stu-          generally held on Sunday, added       efforts, all with the intention of
didates, graduation ceremonies                                               School of Art and Design, the         dents have never participated        Rasmussen.                            ensuring that young people take
will kick off at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14                                           School of Engineering and the         in a presidential election and are      General      election     voter    advantage of their right to vote.
in the McLane Center.                                                        College of Business.                  not registered to vote. While at     turnout in the United States          Working with MTV, Rock the
   Early in the ceremony, the J.                                                A total of four earned doctor-     home during winter break,            between 1975 and 1995 aver-           Vote has effectively increased
Henry Smith Distinguished                                                    ate degrees will be distributed       check on deadlines to register       aged 48 percent. The registra-        awareness of candidates and
Public Service Award will be                  JOHN P. HOWE III               among the graduates, as well          and the process for absentee         tion, absentee process and            issues, particularly during pres-
presented to John P. Howe III,                                               as master’s and bachelor’s            voting.                              Tuesday election date are defi-        idential elections.
this year’s commencement                his talents to a humanitarian        degrees. Those graduating will           The Higher Education Act of       nitely factors in low voter              “Political candidates now look
speaker, according to Bill              cause, Dr. Howe exemplifies           receive diploma covers but            1998 mandates that universities      turnout in the United States,         at talk shows, such as The Late
Emrick, director of confer-             the ideal of service to commu-       must wait until the spring to         provide voter registration appli-    according to Rasmussen.               Show with David Letterman
ences and special events.               nity that we try to instill in our   receive the actual diploma.           cations during presidential elec-       The 18-to-25 age range had         and The Daily Show with Jon
   Howe was invited by                  students,” stated Edmondson.            Following the ceremony,            tion years.                          the lowest percentage of voter        Stewart, just so they are seen
President Charles Edmondson                The J. Henry Smith Public         there will be a meet-and-greet           According       to     Patricia   participation during the 2000         by the 18 to 21 age bracket,”
to present a 10- to 15-minute           Service Award is presented by        for graduates, family members         Debertolis, director of Powell       presidential election, according      according to Debertolis.
address to the graduating               the University in memory of          and other persons affiliated           Campus        Center,      “Alfred   to William H. Flanigan and               Letterman’s Biff Henderson
class.                                  the late J. Henry Smith, former      with the University.                  University goes above that           Nancy H. Zingale’s book               has been hitting the campaign
   “We are pleased that Dr.             chairman of the board and chief         “There will be a nice recep-       mandate and conducts a drive         Political Behavior of the             trail and conducting interviews
Howe accepted our invitation            executive     officer    of     the   tion afterwards in the lobby,”        each year.”                          American               Electorate.    with presidential candidates.
to speak to our December                Equitable Life Insurance Co.         said Emrick.                             Voter registration forms are      Statistical data in their book        While these interviews may
graduates,” said Edmondson.             Smith was a dedicated public            Howe was a distinguished           placed in all resident student       shows approximately 48 per-           have a comical tone to them,
   Howe was chosen to speak at          servant       who        became      chair in health policy at The         mailboxes during the third           cent of eligible 18- to 25-year-      candidates are savvy enough to
this year’s fall commencement           Commissioner       of    Human       University of Texas Health            week of the fall semester. Those     olds reported participating,          know that this publicity will
ceremony because he is a                Services for New York City           Science Center at San Antonio         forms are followed up with an        while other age brackets              carry them far with the college
model for students.                     and a former Alfred University       and was appointed president           email to students reminding          reported levels well over 60 per-     age demographic.
   He has served on several             Trustee.                             and CEO of Project HOPE on            them to register to vote. The        cent.                                    “Do not let the difficult
committees and boards, such as             Project HOPE is a volunteer       May 1, 2001. He is board certi-       email has an attached .pdf form         “Most 18- to 21-year-olds are      process of absentee voting
the Southwest Foundation for            organization that provides           fied in both internal medicine         as well as links for online regis-   busy establishing their own           become a huge obstacle,” stated
Biomedical Research and the             medical care and training to         and cardiology.                       tration, added Debertolis.           identity in the world,” stated        Debertolis.
San        Antonio        Medical       poor countries around the               Although Howe could not be            Registering to vote, and the      Rasmussen. “People over the              The University will be pro-
Foundation. Howe was also               world. The organization pro-         reached for comment, his office        sometimes complicated absen-         age of 30 have a higher interest      viding voter registration infor-
appointed by the governor to            vides approximately $100 mil-        stated that “he’s very much           tee voting process, leads to         in public issues, own their own       mation again next fall, but a
serve as chairman of the Texas          lion in resources each year.         looking forward to speaking to        voter apathy in the United           homes and have debts.”                quick stop at your board of elec-
Statewide Health Coordinating              Currently, Howe is the presi-     the graduates.”                       States, particularly among 18-          This increased interest in         tions is always a good idea,
Council.                                dent and chief executive officer         For more information on            to 25-year-olds, according to        public issues is statistically evi-   especially during winter break,
   “As a distinguished physi-           of Project HOPE, based in            Project HOPE, go to www.pro-          Tom Rasmussen, professor of          dent in increased voter partici-      she added. ❍
cian and professor who turned           Millwood, Va.                        jecthope.org. ❍


 Collegiate — not the place to pick up guys                                                                       Angelica features historic charm
     BY LACEY HOLMES
          STAFF WRITER                                                                                                            BY JESSICA PYLE
                                                                                                                                     STAFF WRITER
 A man can infatuate a woman
 for 24 hours or be the kind of                                                                                   Angelica, N.Y., is a local destination with small
 man that a woman grows old                                                                                       town historic charm.
 with, but most men are some-                                                                                        Taking a trip there can ease the pain of end of
 where       in   between.       The                                                                              the semester blues by offering an abundance of
 Collegiate Restaurant, or “The                                                                                   fun, inexpensive holiday shopping opportunities.
 Jet,” is the Alfred spot for all the                                                                                The town of Angelica is only about 25 minutes
 men life may bring.                                                                                              away from Alfred, less when driving back-roads.
    Cher once said, “A girl can                                                                                   The welcome sign proclaims that it is “a town
 wait for the right man to come                                                                                   where history lives,” established in 1805.
 along, but that doesn’t mean she                                                                                    The first house in Allegany County was built in
 can’t have a wonderful time with                                                                                 Angelica in 1802, and still remains there, along
 all the wrong ones.”                                                                                             with many other historical homes and buildings.
    The Jet is perfect for Mr.                                                                                    The homes on Main Street are very beautiful and
 Wrong.                                                                                                           very old, many of them built throughout the
    Mr. Wrong can be anything                                                           PHOTO BY LACEY HOLMES     1800s.                                                                                    PHOTO BY JESSICA PYLE
 from a bad blind date to the guy       The Jet is the perfect place for any kind of crowd, whether it be a          A circular park is at the center of the town, sur-   Angelica, N.Y., features incredible architecture on
 you meet at a party, have break-       blind date or a casual meal with your friends.                            rounded by five separate churches. The entire            several of its buildings, including the town post
 fast with the next morning and                                                                                   town strives to keep its history intact; there are      office, which dates back to the 1800s.
 never speak to again.                  become a tradition; lots of cou-     with lunch between classes. A        practically no signs of modernization visible.
    The Jet is an ideal place to        ples sit in the same booth each      spontaneous meal can turn into          Naturally, in a town that is so fixed on preserv-         The brand new Heritage Coffeehouse has been
 bring this guy because it’s casu-      time they come to the restau-        a tradition of sitting in booth      ing history, antiques are big business. There are        open only about a month. Inside, the décor is that
 al, inexpensive and the food is        rant. Couples can sit in their       number 12 arguing over politics,     at least six dealers on the small Main Street strip.     of one of the antique peddlers and continues with
 universal.                             favorite booth for hours drink-      wishing for sunshine and             Each of these shops seems to have found their            the historic theme. The tables are mostly dark,
    The Jet has no unnecessary          ing a bottomless cup of coffee       exchanging gossip.                   own niches in selling antiques, none of them are         burly wood, even the high-backed booths.
 romantic frills such as dim light-     and discover new things about           The Jet is the ultimate college   indistinguishable from the rest.                            The café offers a selection of delicious specialty
 ing and sexy jazz music. This          each other.                          town restaurant because it’s            Certainly there is something for everyone in          sandwiches, a soup of the day and some decadent
 diminishes awkwardness when               The Jet is not only a place for   casual and comfortable. Like the     this town, making it an exceptional place for holi-      cakes and deserts. The coffee selection is simply
 your frog of a date needs more         couples but for old and new          relationships in Alfred, the Jet     day shopping.                                            regular or decaf, with a machine that produces
 than a kiss to become a prince.        friends too. After a long day or a   can offer its customers a sweet,        The Angelica Country Store and Antiques,              hot chocolate and cappuccinos. The prices are def-
    Although a woman and her            late night out and about, the Jet    short meal, which can satisfy a      established in 1830, exemplifies exactly what this        initely right though, making up for the limited
 frog may be at one table, next to      has a variety of breakfast foods     need for infatuation.                town is all about. The women that run the store          coffee selections.
 them may be a couple that’s            to enjoy all day.                       The Jet offers a traditional      happily greet everyone that enters and then                 Less than a half an hour from the little hamlet
 been together for over 20 years.          Friends can break the monot-      dinner offering comfort and sat-     return to their conversations about fishnet stock-        of Alfred, there is a town that has a lot to offer,
    Routine and comfort are             ony of winter in Alfred with a       isfaction for those who crave        ings, antiques or current town gossip.                   especially when money is tight and there are still
 essential for long term relation-      mid-day omelet or an evening         something long term or just a           In one of the many rooms of the huge old house,       ten more people to find gifts for before the holi-
 ships. The Jet offers a sense of       filled with sweet potatoes,           plain fun meal that can be           there is a table boasting free cookies and coffee        days. Angelica thrives on the notion that it still is
 home and routine.                      friends and laughter.                enjoyed again and again with a       while you wander. The store is a warehouse of            an early American community; the town itself is
    The booths in The Jet have             The Jet cultivates friendships    group of friends. ❍                  things reminiscent of grandparents: gaudy old            an antique.
                                                                                                                  costume jewelry, women’s hats from the last hun-
                                                                                                                  dred years, cast iron toys and nutcrackers,              Directions:
                                        police, which was marked by             “I got a call from the mayor      kitchen tools and “appliances” that resemble tor-        To get to Angelica, take Interstate 86/17 west to
…Police                                 much statistical improvement.
                                           The police department wrote
                                                                             [Wednesday] night telling me
                                                                             that Officer Cicirello was in
                                                                                                                  ture devices, old corn cob pipes, glass bottles in
                                                                                                                  every color of the rainbow and a variety of new,
                                                                                                                                                                           exit 31. Take a right off the ramp, then a left at the
                                                                                                                                                                           stop sign. Go around the circle, then park. For
       CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE        662 traffic tickets from Jan.         charge,” said O’Grady.               handcrafted decorations for the holidays.                more information go to www.angelica-ny.net. ❍
                                        2003 to Nov. 25, up 197 from all        As officer-in-charge, Cicirello
matter of days.”                        of 2002. Arrests were also up in     will assume all responsibilities
   Other than that, Richardson          that span to 441, 97 higher than     of chief on an interim basis.
wouldn’t comment on any possi-          in the previous year, and DWIs          “Officer Scott Cicirello has               ACT NOW!
ble recourse he may take, if he         were up to 57 from 40 in ’02,        been with the Alfred Police
takes any at all.                       according to Richardson in a         Department in excess of five           Book 11 people, get 12th
   The timing of the decision is        Rob Montana article in the Dec.      years,” said Ostrower. “I expect      trip free. Visit the official
linked to Richardson’s proba-           4 Evening Tribune.                   that the village board will for-      Web site for spring break                                   Gothic Chapel
tionary period as chief of police.         “I’ve got to say that 85 to 90    mally appoint him as officer-in-       ‘04. The best deals to the
   “The basic probationary term         percent of the guys were all         charge at a special meeting on
                                                                                                                   hottest       destinations.
required for most original per-         happy with the way things were       Monday, Dec. 8.”
                                                                                                                   Group discounts for 6 or
                                                                                                                                                                   Wednesdays, Dec. 10, 17
manent appointments is not less         going,”     said     Richardson.        The board has started its
than 26 or more than 52 weeks,”         “Numbers were up, which              search for a permanent police         more.
according to the Civil Service          means we’re out there doing          chief, said Ostrower.                    www.springbreakdiscounts.com
                                                                                                                        or 1-800-838-8202
                                                                                                                                                                            Led by Jim Curl
Law. This probationary period           something, out there doing our          They will select from an
was scheduled to end Jan. 1,            job. We still had more to do, but    Allegany County civil service
2004 for Richardson.                    unfortunately, I wasn’t given a      list, said Ostrower, which is                                                    Pizza and Soda After Service
   Ostrower confirmed that the           chance to complete it.”              comprised of everyone who has
timing of the decision is related          The rest of the police depart-    passed the police chief exam,”
to the end of Richardson’s pro-         ment was in agreement that              Under civil service law, the
bationary period. He went on to         Richardson was great to work         board is obligated to offer the                                            Services and Communion are open
explain that in New York State,         for.                                 position to the top three scorers
there is generally a six-month             “I’d say 99 percent of our        — first, then second, then third.                                            to all who hunger for meaning in
probationary period for police          department liked him as chief,”      If nobody on the list takes the
chiefs, and that when villages          said Griffith.                        job, then there is open recruit-                                           life and are open to the possibility
make terminations, they com-               Scott Cicirello will be           ment and anyone can apply.
monly do so near the end of this        Richardson’s          temporary         (Aaron Margulis, news edi-                                               of God doing something new and
period.                                 replacement      as     officer-in-   tor, and Alison Savett, copy edi-
   Richardson’s dismissal brings        charge, according to Sargent         tor, contributed to the writing of                                               exciting with their lives.
an end to his time as chief of          Tim O’Grady.                         this story.) ❍
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Only student-owned business in Alfred worth the visit from non-Harder crowd
                 BY DANI ROE                                                                                    As a student-run business, all of the revenue         and faculty. Moka Joka offers a modest selec-
                 STAFF WRITER                                                                                is used only for supplies and paying the                 tion of foods and friendly atmosphere, but the
                                                                                                             employees. Moka Joka gets no outside funding             lack of non-artist attendance can be accounted
The scent of freshly brewed coffee fills the air.                                                            from the school, so it depends on its patrons to         for other reasons.
  Two students are concentrating heavily on a                                                                stay afloat. It is not a huge restaurant either.            “Going there is really not something that
game of chess, while another soundly sleeps on                                                               The menu consists of drinks and snacks. Their            crosses my mind on a regular basis,” said senior
a nearby couch. Though you may be thinking                                                                   most popular items include bagels and organic            theater technology major Ryan Spruck. “I also
that this is a scene from a business on Alfred’s                                                             coffee. Though, the café has no intentions of            think that everyone in Harder practically
Main Street, it is actually from a small nook on                                                             competing with dining services and local busi-           knows one another, so I think I’d be uncomfort-
the second floor of Harder Hall.                                                                             nesses. It exists so students can have a place to        able there not knowing that many people.”
  Moka Joka is a small student-run café and                                                                  relax and grab something to keep them going.                These sentiments are prevalent among many
may be the best kept secret of Harder Hall.                                                                     “It’s a privilege for us to be here,” said Frost.     of Alfred’s non-fine arts majors. Many are
Although this cozy establishment is open to                                                                  “We don’t want to be competitors.”                       intimidated be the idea of crossing into the
everyone in the Alfred community, many have                                                                     Even though Moka Joka is not a competitive            realm of the art students, while others don’t
never laid eyes on it.                                                                                       business, many students find that when they              even realize that it exists. Almost every art
  “I once though that it was just a little service                                                           are low on cash, it’s a good place to get a snack.       student would welcome another Alfred student
provided to art students,” said mechanical                                                                      “I spend too much money downtown, so                  into Harder Hall and Moka Joka. In fact, many
engineering major Bill Yuri.                                                                                 going to Moka Joka takes some of the weight              think that it would be a great step in develop-
  Most of Alfred University’s non-art students                                                               off my wallet,” said junior fine arts and glass          ing campus diversity.
and faculty haven’t even thought about stop-                                         PHOTO BY AMANDA CRANS   engineering major Mark Naylor.                              “I would love to see people from other parts
ping by Moka Joka, but they should think              Kevin Putalik stops in the homey atmosphere of            Moka Joka is widely known by art students             of the campus come here so they can learn more
again. It is the only business in Alfred that is      Harder Hall’s Moka Joka to play with an Etch-a-        to be an important rendez-vous. There is a lot           about the Harder community,” said Frost.
completely run by students, and it has a lot to       Sketch.                                                of room to socialize or have an organized meet-             Most art students say that people shouldn’t
offer.                                                                                                       ing. Different departments of study separate             be weary of the art school. There are a lot of
  Moka Joka was founded in March 1991 after           student café in 1993.                                  much of the art school, so it acts as a neutral          friendly people at Harder and at Moka Joka.
an art student was inspired to help create a stu-       Another purpose of Moka Joka is to exhibit           zone where all art students and faculty can              The café was not created just for art students.
dent-run coffee shop after seeing one at the San      student work. When the café was founded, the           come together as well.                                   It may be in the art building and have art
Francisco Art Institute. The original café            initial plan was to create a student-run café             “It’s definitely more of a community center           shown on the walls, but it’s a place for everyone
existed next door to the present Moka Joka and        where student work could be shown, and the             than a restaurant,” said Frost.                          to enjoy.
started as a lounge with a coffee maker in it.        tradition still continues to this day.                    Many art students and faculty come together
After the menu and clientele increased, it was          “Of all the gallery spaces, students get the         at Moka Joka. Anywhere from 20 to 50 people              Moka Joka is open Mondays-Thursday 8-11
moved to its present, larger location. The name       most exposure [at Moka Joka],” said manager            come to the café every day, but a miniscule              a.m. and 6-9 p.m., Fridays 8-11 a.m. and
of Moka Joka came out of a contest to name to         and senior fine arts major Steve Frost.                fraction of these people are non-art students            Saturdays and Sundays 12-3 p.m. ❍

Web site offers students chance to voice opinions on how good, hot professors are
      BY TIM INTHIRAKOTH                   delete or edit offensive reviews unre-      from peers when choosing a profes-           by word of mouth.                             ment right of free speech. In addition
           FEATURES EDITOR                 lated to teaching ability.                  sor and signing up for courses.                 The site admits the ratings are sta-       to the University’s teacher evalua-
                                              Associate Professor of English and          Junior history major Cathleen             tistically invalid and defends the hot-       tion,            Reagan            said
Students aren’t the only ones being        Acting       Director       of     the      Lavery agrees the site is an enter-          ness category as a fun aspect for stu-        RateMyProfessors.com is a unique
graded anymore.                            Communication Studies Program               taining, accessible source to find out       dents. According to an article by Hal         venue for professors to hear raw stu-
   The Web’s largest listing of college    Michael McDonough has 11 reviews,           other students’ opinions, but says it        R. Varian of the New York Times, the          dent feedback.
professors, RateMyProfessors.com,          the most of any AU professor.               lacks credibility because the postings       more attractive students perceive                RateMyProfessors.com originated
boasts over 3,000 schools nationwide       Though he has a smiley face and even        are anonymous and are personally             professors, the more positive the stu-        as a resource for students but profes-
with about 285,000 rated professors.       a chili pepper next to his name, he         biased.                                      dents’ opinions and ratings.                  sors across the nation have voiced
   Alfred University makes up 100 of       questions the validity of the Web site.        “One student may have completely             According to the site, 65 percent of       their opinions against and in support
those professors rated on the site            “Students should be able to voice        different tastes than another and            the overall ratings are positive.             of the site.
whose ultimate purpose is to be a          their opinion about professors but          give a professor a bad rating,” she          Professors should not be offended by             Ironically, the site sparks interest
resource for students to voice their       the hotness rating is inappropriate,        said. “Another student in the same           student reviews and “take them with           in students and professors alike who
opinion and make a difference in their     making the Web site more for enter-         class could absolutely love the profes-      a grain of salt,” stated McDonough.           are intrigued by the Web site’s con-
education, stated the site.                tainment rather than a serious              sor’s teaching style so it’s really a           The site’s usefulness can cross bor-       cept of public review, according to Mc
   The free site allows students to        review,” he stated.                         matter of finding out for yourself.”         ders, peaking interest of professors          Donough.
rate their college professors on clari-       The University offers an instructor         AU professors on the Web site             that may use the student reviews to              “I’m not surprised that most of the
ty, easiness, helpfulness and even         evaluation toward the end of each           have an average of four reviews each.        improve teaching styles or visit the          reviews are positive because the stu-
physical “hotness” using emoticons         class based solely on teaching ability.     The small numbers of reviews as well         Web site out of curiosity.                    dents here are an enjoyment to
and a red chili pepper for the aesthet-    The reviews are used as constructive        as the anonymity are a cause of con-            Assistant District Attorney of             work with,” McDonough noted.
ically popular instructors. Reviews        feedback for professors but aren’t          cern for junior psychology major             Allegany County and AU Law                    “Actually, I’m more interested in how
are monitored by an Alfred                 available          to         students.     Emily Pimpinella who says she would          Professor Michael Reagan believes             my colleagues from graduate school
University student to check accura-        RateMyProfessors.com says it pro-           rather base her opinion on course            the site is a good resource for stu-          are being reviewed.” ❍
cy. The student administrator can          vides convenient student feedback           times and requirements, rather than          dents to exercise their first amend-


…Changes
                                    town have just changed loca-
                                    tions. Instead of occurring at
                                    fraternities, they happen else-
                                                                        observations that it seemed
                                                                        that incidents were also
                                                                        decreasing.
                                                                                                              Ferrell stars in latest holiday flick
      CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE     where. There are as many par-          As statistics of incidents             BY CASEY LUMBRA                                                            Also, coming from a college
life focused on the lack of a       ties, and the same problems.”       shift, the campus and commu-                   STAFF WRITER                                                       student’s perspective, this
large social forum to meet             Alfred Police Department’s       nity await further changes in                                                                                     was very family-oriented and
other students. Macomber            former Chief Scott Richardson       the wake of Greek life’s elimi-       Have you ever had a friend                                                  more towards the children
called the new parties “exclu-      also pointed out that numbers       nation. The campus is still in        who told you a movie was so                                                 than the adults.
sive,” and Tibbens called the       can be deceptive, and that          the process of evolving into a        good that they were going to                                                   Overall, this movie was not
“degradation in upper and           arrests and incidents tend to       non-Greek campus.                     go see it for a second time and                                             worth what I paid to see it in
lower class intermingling” one      fluctuate naturally.                   “I think there have been           that you should go with                                                     the theatre, even though a
of the most pressing issues            “Numbers [of arrests] have       changes, but I don’t think            them? Then, by the end of the                                               friend of mine bought my
since Greek life’s demise.          gone up, but I wouldn’t say it’s    we’ve seen the complete evolu-        movie you are considering if                                                ticket. There is nothing in
   As a member of Kappa             due to any one reason or anoth-     tion of this process at all,”         this friend is really a friend or                                           this film that stands out from
Sigma, Tibbens was “so used to      er,” he said. “There are a lot of   Brody said.                           not?                                                                        the hundreds of other holiday
meeting up with a wide varia-       reasons why arrest numbers             Alfred Police Department’s           That happened to me over                                                  movies and I do not see it
tion of freshman and sopho-         go up and down.”                    Sgt. Rob Billings also pointed        the Thanksgiving break when                              PHOTO PROVIDED     becoming a classic.
mores, preps, geeks, athletes          Senior Sharrah Brown, who        out that many students who            a friend of mine dragged me          Will Ferrell stars as an overgrown        On a side note, two DVDs
–— all students … The odd           has worked for AU Security          came to Alfred when it was a          to see The Elf starring Will         elf in the latest holiday film.        that are out now, Pirates Of
thing is that the Greek system,     for the past three years,           Greek     campus     are    still     Ferrell. At first I was hesi-                                               The Caribbean and X-2: X-
as varied as it was, helped to      agrees that incidents on and        enrolled.                             tant to go see the film               that appeared in The Elf. But         men United, are both great
bring all of these groups           off campus tend to move in             “There are the same people         because of Ferrell. I enjoyed         this wasn’t the only thing            flicks and are a must-have for
together for a common pur-          waves but also feels that inci-     now who were around with fra-         his comedic performances on           about the movie that I was            anyone who is a movie fan.
pose, to have fun … now it’s        dents are moving toward a           ternities, so there are a lot of      Saturday Night Live for               disgruntled about. It wasn’t             Johnny Depp puts on a
almost sad.”                        downswing.                          the same problems. Maybe in           about a year and then it just         very funny!                           great performance and is
   In town, a similar trend of         “I would have to say that …      the future things will move           got stale.                               Granted there were a cou-          accompanied by Orlando
the shifting locations of parties   students have learned to con-       on,” Billings commented. “I’d           Every one of his characters         ple chuckles when I saw the           Bloom, or as most people
is being noted by the Alfred        trol their habits. Incidents are    say check back in four to six         are the same and I do not see         film mocking The Matrix and           know him, Legolas from Lord
Police Department.                  at a low this semester, which is    years and see what changes            him as a diverse actor.               the     Christmas       classic       of the Rings.
   Patrolman Paul Griffith          good,” Brown said.                  have happened then.” ❍                However, he was great in Old          Rudolph, and a midget kick-              X-2 is one of the few
commented, “The incidents in           Brown      echoed     Brody’s                                          School, so I figured I would          ing the crap out of Ferrell,          sequels that lives up to the
                                                                                                              give it a shot.                       but other than that it was dry,       reputation of the first movie
                                                                                                                Needless to say, it was the         repetitive humor that you are         and surpasses it. Go out and
                                                                                                              repetitive style of Ferrell           used to seeing.                       grab these movies now! ❍




                                                                                                             Multi-talented Bruce bares all
                                                                                                                      BY TAHSHAUNA WILLIAMS                           football highlights from high school.
                                                                                                                                STAFF WRITER                             Bruce said that some of his musical inspirations
                                                                                                                                                                      are Sisqo, Michael Jackson and R. Kelly, and then
                                                                                                             Most students have never seen a recording studio         added that his inspirations in life are his uncle,
                                                                                                             in person, let alone one in their own room.              mother and father.
                                                                                                                But not the gifted Chaz Bruce, who smiled as he          “They started me [in music] before I was in
                                                                                                             showed me around his recording studio/dorm room.         kindergarten and I appreciate that,” he said with
                                                                                                                This studio/dorm room, filled with pictures of         delight.
                                                                                                             Bruce’s loved ones on his wall, a brand new key-            Bruce was interviewed as he was doing what he
                                                                                                             board and a synthesizer is essential to Bruce’s pas-     loves best, recording music in his personal studio.
                                                                                                             sion of music.                                              “Listen to this track, tell me if you like it,” he said
                                                                                                                “I told ya’ll I’m all about the music,” said Bruce,   as he played one of his latest songs.
                                                                                                             as he played some of the songs from his R&B group           Bruce said that he aspires to be a professional
                                                                                                             3rd Ave’s newest album, Mutual Understanding.            music and dance performer in the future, but if that
                                                                                                                Bruce, a talented freshman from Rochester, is no      does not work out, he would be committed to
                                                                                                             stranger to music and what it entails. However, not      becoming a music teacher so that other people can
                                                                                                             only does he sing, he also writes and produces his       share his passion for music.
                                                                                                             group’s songs. Not only does Bruce play the piano,          So what is Bruce all about? He purely enjoys
                                                                                                             drum set and steel drums, he plays tailback for the      music. He said that his favorite thing to do in a day
                                                                                                             Alfred Saxons’ football team. In addition to that, he    is to sing and practice his piano.
                                                                                                             still had time to start a hip-hop dance troupe at the       Even though Bruce evidently has a bright
                                                                                                             University.                                              future, when asked where he sees himself in five
                                                                                                                “I just like what I do, and I love music,” said       years, he simply said, “I’m living every day as a day
                                                                                                             Bruce, as he showed me some of his impressive            and nothing more.” ❍
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Serchias pull students together with Everything Nice Annual World AIDS Day
            BY STEVE FROST                                                                      the walls to the windows.
               STAFF WRITER                          educates about disease                        King built a sculpture out of over-
                                                                                                cooked mini-muffins. The muffins, which
One of this fall’s most playful and com-                                                        looked like they may have been cooked in                                          several programs ... You can
plete Student Gallery shows, Everything                                                         one of Serchia’s Easy Bake Ovens,               Doctors still                     suppress the growth of the
Nice, opened Nov. 24.                                                                           appeared inedible and resembled build-                                            virus,” he said.
  Chris Serchia and Jennifer Serchia                                                            ing blocks more than baked goods.               working on battle                    Through the Ryan White
curated Everything Nice, featuring their                                                           Adding a spin the bottle element to                                            Comprehensive             AIDS
work as well as the work of Megan                                                               this slumber party was Ashleigh Rosa,           against virus                     Resources Emergency Act,
Bisbee, Mandi King, Ann Barges,                                                                 who constructed a series of undergar-                                             most individuals with HIV or
Ashleigh Rosa, Liz Clark, Rachel Tutera,                                                        ments stretched onto canvases. The work            BY CARMEN CUSIDO               AIDS in the United States
Melissa Crotty and Julie Epstein. The                                                           was flirty and used lingerie as a sort of             DAILY TARGUM                receive federal dollars to get
show represented most areas of study in                                                         paint. Rosa’s work was shown next to a              RUTGERS UNIVERSITY            care and treatment. Many
the School of Art & Design, including                                                           pair of neon stockings made by Chris                                              poorer countries may face
video and neon.                                                                                 Serchia.                                        (U-WIRE) NEW BRUNSWICK,           challenges to treating HIV
  Chris and Jennifer Serchia organized                                                             Rosa’s work makes one examine how            N.J. — The United Nations         because of the lack of public
the show and told participants to trans-                                                        women use clothing just as they use cos-        and the World Health              health systems in those gov-
form the student gallery into a little girl’s                                                   metics to cover and enhance. However,           Organization        designated    ernments.
birthday party. This transformation was                                                         disembodied and exhibited, Rosa’s               Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day 15          “AIDS activists make a
apparent with Easy Bake Ovens, burnt                                                            undergarments felt as if they had been          years ago, to raise awareness     difference,” Crystal said,
muffin sculptures, a distorted swing set                                                        made into relics of the lost mysteries of       and education about AIDS —        adding poor people cannot be
and a window installation using what                                                            women.                                          a virus caused by the human       ignored as the disease could
looked like yellow frosting.                                                                       Everything Nice had no feminist agen-        immunodeficiency virus and        spread, and providing health
  The Student Gallery is plagued by peo-                                 PHOTO BY STEVE FROST   da. The Serchias were merely embracing          usually contracted by having      services for them is a “moral
ple who get their friends together to           Everything Nice by Chris Serchia was fea-       the absurdly pink side of women. They           sex with a person with the        challenge” — both in the U.S.
unload their studios into the space. Often      tured in the Robert Turner Student Gallery      moved past political dogma and joyfully         virus, getting a blood trans-     and worldwide.
these exhibits have only clay, paint or         which opened Nov. 24.                           embraced the “nice.”                            fusion from an infected donor        Although it might seem
video in common. The Serchia sisters                                                               Jennifer and Chris Serchia deeply sat-       or being born from an infect-     unlikely, AIDS is also gradu-
sought out people whose work would                 Jennifer took Polaroid portraits of the      urated the Student Gallery with                 ed mother.                        ally increasing for people
compliment each other’s and made a clear        artists dressed up to convey different          Everything Nice. Their drive to unify the          Although there have been       over the age of 50. “People
effort to tie it all together.                  aspects of prettiness. She also used these      artists involved and their attention to         breakthroughs      in    AIDS     with AIDS are living longer,
  Major unifying factors in the show            photos in a fanciful video entitled “I          detail, which included tying pretty pink        research and medicines since      and there is a lack of aware-
were several series of photographs by           Know What Boys Like.”                           ribbon around the gallery’s blinds, is          the beginning of the epidemic     ness and prevention in older
the Serchia. Chris took high contrast              Bringing an essential element of any         something that needs to be seen more            in the early 1980s, there is      people that are sexually
black and white portraits of the show’s         birthday party were Liz Clark and Mandi         often.                                          still work to be done to fight    active,” Crystal said.
participants and displaced them through-        King. Clark was responsible for the yel-           The Student Gallery is not an easy           the disease worldwide.               However,      treating    an
out the gallery. Some of the photographs        low frosting on the windows. Using icing        space to transform. However, they pulled           Stephen Crystal is a           AIDS patient who may also
were framed in Easy Bake Ovens and              tips and what looked like frosting, Clark       it off and had everyone in Harder Hall          research      professor      at   have mental illnesses may
make-up compacts.                               moved a flower-like “cakey” pattern from        smiling for days. ❍                             Rutgers           University’s    prove to be more of a chal-
                                                                                                                                                Institute for Health, Health      lenge. Crystal suggested

Snyder at home with Alfred University                                                                                                           Care Policy and Aging
                                                                                                                                                Research who also chairs the
                                                                                                                                                institute’s division on aging
                                                                                                                                                                                  coordinated care — doctors
                                                                                                                                                                                  with different specialties
                                                                                                                                                                                  working together to help
         BY NANCY WILLIAMS                                                                      a pleasant conversation with,” he said.         and its AIDS Research             patients manage their treat-
               STAFF WRITER                                                                        Later, Johnson was surprised when            Group, which conducts stud-       ments.
                                                                                                Snyder remembered him.                          ies in the areas of healthcare       “It’s like one-stop shop-
Sitting in a chair behind the circulation                                                          “For him to remember who I was, after        for the aging and HIV             ping. You see your different
desk at Herrick Library, David Snyder                                                           all the different students he sees on a reg-    healthcare. He said there has     providers working together
looks more like he is at home than at work.                                                     ular basis, is remarkable,” said Johnson.       been great progress in the        as a team,” Crystal said
   “Alfred University is kind of in my                                                          “But that just tells you something about        United States to prevent the      about coordinated care.
blood,” said David Snyder, a Herrick                                                            the character that this guy has. I think I’ll   transmission of HIV from an          “If someone has bipolar
Library assistant and assistant to the                                                          always remember Dave for that.”                 infected mother to her child.     disorder, it is important to
archivist.                                                                                         Johnson is now the president of AU’s            “There are anti-viral treat-   stabilize the disorder in
   Snyder’s mother was employed by                                                              Habitat for Humanity chapter. Snyder has        ments women [can use] when        order to treat HIV effective-
Alfred University for 30 years as the                                                           served as its advisor for slightly less than    they are still pregnant. The      ly,” Crystal said, adding
Executive Assistant to the Vice President                                                       one year, but stated he has “always             percentage of HIV babies          there are self-help and med-
of Student Affairs. His grandfather, a for-                                                     admired the organization.” He used his          has gone down in the [United      ical clinics in the United
mer Director of Buildings and Grounds,                                                          own vacation time to supervise Habitat’s        States], however, Crystal         States to help HIV and AIDS
                                                                              PHOTO PROVIDED
was also the “Voice of the Saxons” for the                                                      trip to Florida to participate in a “Blitz      said, “we have not succeeded      victims deal with the disease.
football team. Snyder prides himself on         Dave Snyder, an active member of Alfred’s       Build.” A Blitz Build is when a group of        in the poorer countries.”            The Middlesex-Somerset-
being a third generation Alfred                 Pep Band, marches in last year’s Hot Dog Day    Habitat volunteers build a house in only           Pre-natal treatment and        Hunterdon              Eligible
University employee.                            Parade blasting the University Fight Song on    one week.                                       prevention of HIV is cost-        Metropolitan Area is also
   “Dave is dedicated and enjoys his job,”      his kazoo.                                         “This group of students are good, hard       effective in poorer countries     commemorating World AIDS
stated Herrick Library Archivist Laurie                                                         workers, and it was fun to see all they         because it does not involve       Day      this    evening     at
McFadden. His quality customer service            The fans sitting near the band loved it,      did,” said Snyder.                              long life-term treatment for      Memorial Park in New
skills and being outgoing and helpful           but the majority of the crowd couldn’t             With all his work on campus, it is no sur-   the disease. “People can pre-     Brunswick, N.J., for a candle-
makes library patrons feel comfortable,         hear the spirit-driven melodies, according      prise that Snyder was nominated for an          vent HIV from spreading           lit procession and an inter-
added McFadden.                                 to Snyder. He sent an e-mail appeal to AU       Alfie     last    year   for   Outstanding      with a short-term interven-       faith service. The purpose is
   Snyder     graduated     from    SUNY        students with the hope of forming a Pep         Contribution to Campus Life by a Staff          tion and combination regi-        to raise HIV and AIDS
Morrisville in 1976 with an associate’s         Band of musical instruments. The                Member.                                         ments for eliminating trans-      awareness throughout the
degree in journalism. His fondness for the      response was great. And so began the AU            “That nomination meant a lot to me           mission such as neviropine, a     community and remember
Alfred community brought him back to            Pep Band that is now enjoyed by many. As        because I just love the students,” said         drug that has been used in        lost lives. ❍
the area upon graduation. He started pub-       advisor, Snyder plays along proudly hold-       Snyder.
lishing the Alfred Sun in 1976.                 ing his kazoo with his elbows held high.           The Alfred Sun is not his only off-cam-
   “I figured I would do the Sun until I got      “Dave is a level-headed advisor,” stated      pus activity. He is actively involved in the
a real job,” he said.
   For the past three and one-half years,
that “real job” has been at Herrick
Library. His love of journalism and com-
                                                David Yu, president of AU Pep Band.
                                                “Dave helps out with the infrastructure of
                                                setting up our tent in bad weather, trans-
                                                porting equipment in his minivan and
                                                                                                Alfred Business Association and his
                                                                                                church.
                                                                                                   Snyder was also recently re-elected to
                                                                                                the Board of Directors of the New York
                                                                                                                                                   APARTMENTS
mitment to the AU community keeps him           works as our point of first contact with        Press Association as a representative of
publishing on a weekly basis. Snyder
served as advisor to the student newspa-
per at SUNY Alfred from 1976 to 1997.
   “Working with students is really noth-
                                                alumni, parents and administration.”
                                                  Snyder is also a regular at Late Night
                                                at McLane. He shoots hoops with “his stu-
                                                dent friends.”
                                                                                                the Western New York District. There are
                                                                                                approximately 350 community newspa-
                                                                                                pers in New York. Being elected by his
                                                                                                journalism peers to represent the western
                                                                                                                                                         FOR RENT
ing new to me,” he added with a smile.            Snyder’s eyes sparkled as he fondly           New York region is truly a prestigious
   Alfred University’s atmosphere was
instilled in Snyder by both his parents.
                                                remembered his son, Jordan, currently a
                                                sophomore on the AU varsity basketball
                                                                                                honor, according to Snyder.
                                                                                                   “It’s difficult sometimes to be involved
                                                                                                                                                           SPRING SEMESTER
His father is one of the biggest fans of        team, being asked, “Who is that guy play-       in several organizations and maintain a                           AND    NEXT YEAR
AU’s Saxon football team. Snyder’s father       ing?”                                           job like he does, but he balances every-
has only missed three home football               “That’s my Pops,” he proudly replied.         thing very well,” said Johnson.
games in the past 65 years.
   “I was raised on Saxon football,”
                                                The nickname “Pops” is still used by many
                                                Late Night students.
                                                                                                Whether you call him David, Dave at the
                                                                                                Desk or “Pops,” David Snyder embodies
                                                                                                                                                    FOR MORE INFORMATION
Snyder said. “I love to make a lot of noise
at the games.”
                                                  It was during one of these pick-up
                                                games that Senior Matt Johnson first met
                                                                                                the spirit of Alfred University and the
                                                                                                Alfred community.                                     WWW.ALFREDRENTAL.COM
   Snyder was instrumental in reviving          Snyder. Johnson remembers meeting                  “Dave brings dedication, enthusiasm,
the past tradition of the AU Pep Band.
When he first became the advisor of the
                                                Snyder at Late Night as a freshman.
                                                  “He struck me as someone that is very
                                                                                                customer service, his extensive knowl-
                                                                                                edge of Alfred history and humor to work
                                                                                                                                                     OR     CALL 607-266-8921
Pep Band, it was only a kazoo band.             open, easy to talk to and someone to have       everyday,” added McFadden. ❍



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Bickering siblings bring one-act show to life
Student Play Couples                                                                                                                                          Sisterly banter                       ant style.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       The vision of writer/director
Entertainment with                                                                                                                                            brings laughs,                        Jeremy Carey was successfully
                                                                                                                                                                                                    brought to life. Greenwood
Societal Insight                                                                                                                                              causes reflection                     and Stipkovits did justice to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    his script, but it was the words
          BY DANI ROE                                                                                                                                                                               that forced the audience to ask
           STAFF WRITER                                                                                                                                           BY KRISTEN NOETHER                themselves, “What if it had
                                                                                                                                                                        CONTRIBUTOR                 been me?”
Is listening to two squabbling sis-                                                                                                                                                                    Carey used descriptive and
ters bicker in a hospital waiting                                                                                                                             The night of Dec. 5 was filled        even profane language to
room your idea of a fun night out?                                                                                                                            with laugher and moments of           shock the audience, but at the
What if I were to add the words                                                                                                                               reflection.                           same time make them laugh.
sex, lesbian and rape? Then it’s                                                                                                                                 It’s Only a Test, a play writ-     The issues surrounding a
too bad if you missed It’s Only a                                                                                                                             ten and directed by Jeremy F.         newly rekindled bond between
Test, Friday’s student play writ-                                                                                                                             Carey, was performed in the           two sisters were explored
ten and directed by Jeremy F.                                                                                                                                 Rod Brown Acting Studio.              through humor, sarcasm, wit
Carey.                                                                                                                                                           The play featured Beth             and even silence.
   The two actresses, Beth                                                                                                                                    Greenwood        and     Vanessa         Interviews with several
Greenwood         and       Vanessa                                                                                                                           Stipkovits as Tabitha and             audience members revealed
Stipkovits, played the stereotypi-                                                                                                                            Cynthia, a pair of sisters            positive reviews.
cal sibling bloodbath nearly to                                                                                                                               reconnecting in                                           Among them
perfection. The storyline ran that
their mother was having a test                                                                                                   PHOTO BY HEATHER MUCKLEY
                                                                                                                                                              a hospital wait-
                                                                                                                                                              ing room while
                                                                                                                                                                                    “I’m thrilled                   was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roberts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               James

taken to determine the cause of         Beth Greenwood, playing Tabitha, demonstrates with a magazine why Vanessa Stipkovitz, playing Cynthia,                their      mother  beyond thrilled. It                 “I thought the
some pretty serious health prob-
lems, and the stress of the situa-
                                        biologically could not be her father, being that she is not a man.                                                    undergoes
                                                                                                                                                              mysterious test.
                                                                                                                                                                                a was better than                   play was very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    well     scripted
tion put the two more on edge           party rape.                              uncomfortable. This, in context,       though they might break down             Both Tabitha      I’d hoped for.”                  and performed
than perhaps was the norm for              This, followed by her feelings        was astoundingly appropriate for       laughing themselves. And to top       and       Cynthia          Jeremy F. Carey            in great style
them.                                   of helplessness, the rejection and       the atmosphere.                        it off, we didn’t get one melodra-    have their fare             writer/director           and I liked the
   They started by butting heads        feelings of abandonment inflicted            As for the performances, there      matic tear to remind us of a tacky    share of low                                          humor,” he said.
over silly things like mannerisms       on her by her friends’ misunder-         was much left to be desired. For       soap opera during the emotional       blows and witty sarcastic                Roberts was not alone in his
each didn’t like in the other.          standing, and the tension that           the most part, the characters          revelation of “the secret.” In case   remarks as they deal with the         view. The audience often had
Fairly quickly, however, the con-       had been present from the start,         were true to life and refreshingly     you’re dense, I was kidding on        anxiety of their mother’s             bursts of laughter while watch-
versation progressed to family          all culminated in a protracted           original in their delivery of the      that last one.                        health. The play derives much         ing the play and giggles could
issues and tension between them         silence.     Props, by the way,          lines. In one instance, Tabatha           As an added bonus, Carey           of its humor from the sisterly        still be heard while people filed
as a result of favoritism, and an       achieved just the right length on        made it a point to seek out eye        managed to get across a good          banter and it works well.             out of the theatre.
ambiguous status of separation          that.                                    contact, while Cynthia avoided it      message. What a novel concept!           Both performed their parts            Theatre Professor Becky
between their parents.                     Of course, there were flaws, as        at all costs. Furthermore, the         “It’s not your fault.” Donations      extremely well and gave each          Prophet spoke of the work that
   Eventually, they reach a rela-       with any debut work. In some             consistency was incredible.            were collected for the A New          other a lot to work with. The         goes into writing and directing
tive peace and embark on some           instances, I felt as though the dia-        So what’s this idiot have to        Hope Center to help rape vic-         acting was so convincing that         a production like this. The stu-
much-needed bonding time.               logue could have been refined fur-        complain about, you may ask?           tims, and shame on any who            the audience was drawn into           dent who does it must have
During the course of this part of       ther, and that although it was on-       Outstanding question, Watson.          couldn’t even find it in themselves    the waiting room and into the         determination and Prophet
the dialogue, it comes out that the     the-spot speech by “modern                  You see, their behavior and         to give the lint in their pockets.    world of the argumentative            said that “he had that.”
younger sister (Greenwood) is           girls,” some of the grammatical          mannerisms were a little too con-      Once again, don’t be dense. It’s a    siblings.                                Stephen Cook, a friend of
bisexual, much to the distaste of       errors were simply oversights.           sistent. The movements, tones,         very unattractive trait.                 The dialogue continues to          Carey’s,     was     enthusiastic
Cynthia (Stipkovits).                   Some crude phrases may have              and body language used in the             With a gun to my head for a        amuse and even shock the              about the production.
   In return for disclosing this        given a jolt to the delicate sensi-      beginning became stale by about        summary statement, it could be        audience, coming to a climax             “I’ve known Jeremy for four
“deep, dark secret,” Tabatha            bilities of the faint of heart, but it   halfway through, almost to the         said that the evening was a tri-      when Tabitha discloses to her         years and I’ve seen him suffer
pushes until her sister, in a rush of   is more than likely that they were       point of distraction. On several       umph. Keep up the good work,          sister an extraordinary secret.       for his work,” he said. “To see
emotion, discloses that the worst       entered into the script for the          occasions, usually after a laugh       though, in all senses of the             The spectators are now             him pull it off well makes me
experience in her life was a frat       effect of making the audience            from the audience, it appeared as      word. ❍                               privy to the intimate details of      really proud and he deserves
                                                                                                                                                              the sisters’ lives and the humor      all the credit in the world.”

‘Trash’ cinema’s                                                                            Note-ably better
                                                                                                                                                              continues       until    Cynthia
                                                                                                                                                              reveals her own secret. The
                                                                                                                                                              sisters’ relationship shifts,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Overall, it appeared that the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    reactions of the audience to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carey’s It’s Only a Test were

raw qualities                                                                                                                                                 revealing newly found compas-
                                                                                                                                                              sion.
                                                                                                                                                                 It wasn’t just the acting that
                                                                                                                                                                                                    positive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Carey himself was also
                                                                                                                                                                                                    impressed with the outcome of

deserve defense                                                                                                                                               made the play believable and a
                                                                                                                                                              joy to watch. The lighting and
                                                                                                                                                              set design worked well for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    his play.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       “I’m thrilled beyond thrilled.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beth and Vanessa did an unbe-
                 BY RYAN NYBERG                                                                                                                               play’s tone. It was simple but        lievable     job,”    he     said.
              OREGON DAILY EMERALD                                                                                                                            real. There was no flashy furni-      “Everyone did more than they
              UNIVERSITY OF OREGON                                                                                                                            ture or bright colored lights. It     had to and it was better than
                                                                                                                                                              was grey and cold, just like an       I’d hoped for.”
(U-WIRE) EUGENE, Ore. — The late, great film                                                                                                                   actual waiting room. The cof-            The script has been submit-
critic Pauline Kael once observed that “The movies                                                                                                            fee pot was even on and brew-         ted      to     the     Kennedy
are so rarely great art, that if we can’t appreciate                                                                                                          ing.                                  Center/American           College
great trash, there is little reason for us to go.” I                                                                                                             The costumes of the sisters        Theatre Festival New Plays
think of this quote whenever someone tells me that                                                                                                            helped the dialogue by match-         Competition. A staged read-
my extreme input of B-movies, exploitation films                                                                                                               ing their personalities.              ing will be given at the Region
and cheap horror flicks will “rot my brain.”                                                                                                                      Greenwood, as Tabitha, was         II Festival in Allentown,
   I watch these films with total awareness that                                                                                                               dressed in a brighter more            Pennsylvania if the play is cho-
they are cheap, poorly acted and, more often than                                                                                                             revealing outfit and it was in        sen.
not, ineptly made. But aside from this there is a                                                                                                             this apparel that she delivered          The festival begins on Jan. 7
beauty to them, though it is a degraded beauty, like                                                                                                          the brighter more shocking            and ends Jan. 11.
that of a train wreck or a condemned, rotting build-                                                                                                          side of the conversation.                The cast and crew were also
ing overrun with weeds. Often they can be more                                                                                                                   Stipkovits’     costume,    as     able to raise $100 through
aesthetically pleasing in their cheapness than most                                                                                                           Cynthia, used darker colors           donations. The money will
big A-list films are in their slick stylishness. With                                                                                                          and was more conservative.            go toward the A New Hope
the trash films, if a mistake is made, it is easy to                                                                                                           Her character was more con-           Center for victims of sexual
forgive because the limitations that the filmmakers                                                                                                            servative and seemed embar-           assault. ❍
work with are obvious. On the other hand, makers                                                                                                              rassed by her sister’s flamboy-
of big-budget Hollywood flicks, with giant budgets
and nearly unlimited resources, have no excuses
for the dreck that they put out.
   This might explain why cheap bad movies are
more enjoyable than expensive bad movies, but it
doesn’t really get to the heart of why they’re
enjoyable in the first place. For that, you have to
dig a little deeper. One possibility could simply be
the level of creativity. When strapped for cash,
filmmakers have to do as much as they can with as
little as possible. Without special effects to flash
across the screen every few seconds, the B-movies
of the past had to find other ways to keep the audi-
ence interested. Absurd plots and over-the-top act-                                                                           PHOTO BY AMANDA CRANS
ing did part of the job, but the greatest of these
                                                               The Noteables take over for the Stairwells as the feature group of the
films were also innovative in subtle, more technical
ways.                                                          semesterly A Cappella Night in the Knight Club. Above, from left, Adam
   Take “Night of the Living Dead,” for example.               Morgan, Ross Munson and John Kalish perform a song “note-ably” better
The 1968 original is now mostly remembered as                  than others that have come before them.
being the first real zombie film, yet there is much
more to it than that. Below the horror movie plot is         “House of Usher,” were incredible constructions of
a distinct film grammar that has rarely been used             Gothic mood.
so effectively. The camera angles are never cen-                So, from all this, the eternal question is raised: Is
tered, always too high or too low and sometimes              trash cinema art, or just cheap exploitative profi-
even twisting off to absurd degrees. This enhances           teering? I answer with another question: “Why not
the feeling of distortion and displacement more              both?” Most art is exploitative anyway, and it is no
than any cheesy effect or music possibly could. Yet          secret that many of the great B-movie filmmakers
it amazes me that so few people would consider               took extreme measures to get people’s asses into
“Night” a great film, or even an important one, but           theater seats. This is hardly different from the
it has done for horror cinema what “Citizen Kane”            market-study obsessed, high-concept hell that
did for everything else.                                     major studio filmmaking has become — save, per-
   Trash cinema also has its auteurs. Few people             haps, the level of calculation. The great trash films,
would consider Roger Corman a great filmmaker,                especially those of the 1950s and 1960s, despite (or
and on many counts they would be right. Films like           maybe even because of) their cheap marketing
“Gunslinger” and “The Undead” are indisputably               ploys, contained a rawness that no big budget film
awful, notable only for their lack of value. But then        can match, much like the rawness of early rock ‘n’
there are classic films like “A Bucket of Blood,”             roll: Distorted and dirty but full of life and energy.
“The Wasp Woman” and the original “The Little                   Maybe, as the big budget holiday season bears
Shop of Horrors,” which all work in one of the most          down on us, we ought to reconsider what is and
difficult areas: Satirical horror. Also, Corman’s             isn’t trash. Or maybe we just ought to look at art a                                                            Ask for our daily specials
cycle of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations, such as                little differently. Or something, anyway. ❍
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Miller dance performances impress wide range of spectators
          CHRIS DUNSHEE                                                                                                             Rossi said.                                  ence seemed to agree, as the hip-hop
            STAFF WRITER                                                                                                               Members of some of the dance              dancers received the loudest cheers
                                                                                                                                    groups expressed the same senti-             of anyone on Thursday night.
Last week’s dance showing at the                                                                                                    ments.                                          For other students, the recital was
Miller Performing Arts Center was                                                                                                      As freshman Alexa Roos munched            their last chance to perform in front
important for different reasons to                                                                                                  on a clementine orange minutes               of an audience. Senior Robin North
different people.                                                                                                                   before showtime, she said enthusias-         saw the preparations for this recital
   For some dance students, it was                                                                                                  tically, “This is gonna be super.”           as a way for her to remain connected
the culmination of a semester’s worth                                                                                                  She had prepared for two weeks            to AU. Living off campus, North
of work, as they performed their final                                                                                              with four other jazz dancers for their       spends weekdays as a student
projects during the three nights. For                                                                                               performance on Thursday night. Her           teacher at Alfred-Almond Central
the dance troupes, it was a chance to                                                                                               group’s choice of music — “Don’t Tell        School and weeknights attending her
show the other groups what they had                                                                                                 Me” by Madonna — was an ironic               art classes.
been working on for the past ten                                                                                                    one, as Alexa and many others who               “I needed to be active,” she said,
weeks.                                                                                                                              performed this past week have been           “and [dance] gave me a chance to be
   As Assistant Professor of Dance D.                                                                                               dancing since the beginning of the           on campus [outside of class].”
Chase Angier put it, it was an oppor-                                                                                               Material Girl’s career.                         She worked with choreographer
tunity to show the Alfred community                                                                                                    For Chaz Bruce and the hip-hop            Rob Bingham as he prepared his
the quality of the AU dance program                                                                                                 dancers, the showing was the public’s        unfinished piece “Patrick Swayze
in a “free, informal and fun” setting.                                                                                              first glimpse of what they could do.         Eyes.” The number will be per-
   The task of organizing such an                                                                                                   As the first hip-hop group officially        formed for the Dance Theater in
event was given to sophomore Mary                                                                                                   recognized by AU, they had prac-             February, but Robin won’t be on
Kay Rossi. It was she who proposed                                                                                                  ticed for a little over a month before       campus to perform in it again; she
the idea of the recital earlier this                                                                                                premiering their number Thursday             graduates later this month.
semester. Instead of just one night of                                                                                              night.                                          Finally, the recital was also a
solos and works in progress — as was                                                                                                   As the group’s head choreograph-          chance for the faculty to present
the case last year — Rossi instead                                                                                                  er, the pressures of creating an             some of their original works to an
suggested featuring performances                                                                                                    impressive number fell squarely on           audience. On Thursday night, “Wild
from different groups and students                                                                                                  his shoulders. However, Bruce — a            Kingdom,” which was written and
each night.                                                                                                                         multitalented lifelong performer —           choreographed by Angier, was pre-
   “Even though it’s an informal set-                                                                                               was disarmingly calm prior to the            sented. Linda Mitchell, professor of
ting, there’s still a lot of preparation                                                                  PHOTO BY AMANDA CRANS     group’s performance.                         history, choreographed a ballet,
that’s gone into this. I’m just glad       Two girls perform an adagio as choreographed by Linda Mitchell at the dance recital         When asked about it, Bruce simply         which was performed by Rossi on
everything’s come together so well,”       in Miller Performing Arts Center last week.                                              said, “It’s gonna be cool.” The audi-        Friday night. ❍



Cornell U. researchers find cocoa combats cancer                                                                                                    Forward Stein named Empire
   BY VANESSA HOFFMAN                dents over whether green tea         dant activity and its relation to   Free radicals are directly relat-       8 Rookie of the Week
      CORNELL DAILY SUN              has more antioxidants than red       anti-cancer activities. After       ed to cancer and heart disease.
     CORNELL UNIVERSITY              wine or vice versa,” Cy Lee          that, Lee plans a biological        Antioxidants, on the other           Dillon Stein, a freshman for-        Andolina and freshman center
                                     says. He suggested that the stu-     activity test in which he will      hand, are substances or chemi-       ward on the Alfred University        Dillon Stein each had 12 points
(U-WIRE) ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell      dents settle their argument by       feed the substances to animals      cals that react with and neutral-    men's basketball team, has been      and eight rebounds, while
University researchers have          conducting research and com-         or humans.                          ize free radicals so that they are   named Rookie of the Week by          sophomore         guard     Chris
found that cocoa contains more       paring the antioxidant activi-       David A. Levitsky, a nutritional    unable to damage protein struc-      the Empire 8 Conference.             Lemasters added 11 points.
antioxidants than red wine or        ties.                                sciences professor at Cornell,      tures or DNA in the body.               Stein was honored for his               WOMEN’S HOOPS
green tea — a discovery impor-       Much research has been done on       remarkes that, “It’s very           Chocolate contains cocoa pow-        play in a 70-58 loss at Hilbert      Hilbert College rallied from a
tant because studies have            antioxidants in green tea, black     promising that they found the       der, so one would presume it to      last week, in which he scored 12     16-point       halftime     deficit
shown that their consumption         tea, red wine and cocoa —            antioxidants, but we still have     have equally as high antioxidant     points and pulled down eight         Tuesday evening to shade the
reduces risks associated with        although only as separate stud-      to see if actually consuming the    levels. However, Lee combats         rebounds. Through his first           visiting Alfred University
cancer and heart disease.            ies. In this particular study, all   foods has an effect.” He adds,      that, “it is good, but not as good   three games, Stein is averaging      women's basketball team, 48-47.
Chang Y. (Cy) Lee, chairman of       four beverages were tested           “The proof will be looking at the   as cocoa because of the extra        11 points and 9.3 rebounds for          Alfred (1-2, 0-0 Empire 8) led
the Department of Food               under the same conditions while      rates of atherosclerosis and can-   saturated fat and sugar.”            the 1-2 Saxons.                      at the half, 24-8, but was undone
Science and Technology at            using the same methods and           cer in the epidemiological (pop-    While a cup of hot cocoa has            The Saxons (1-2, 0-0 Empire       by turnovers as the host team
Cornell’s    Ag      Experiment      serving size. Results showed         ulation) studies.”                  one-third of a gram of saturated     8) fell behind by 14 points to       stormed back after intermis-
Station in Geneva, worked with       that cocoa had almost twice the      Phytochemicals are chemicals        fat, a standard 40 gram choco-       Hilbert, 39-25, at halftime as the   sion. AU had 24 turnovers for
Ki Won Lee, Cy Lee’s former          antioxidant capacity of red wine     that originate from plants; sci-    late bar has eight grams of satu-    host Hawks shot 54 percent           the game, with 13 coming in the
grad student, Young-Jun Kim          and two to three times that of       entists are still determining all   rated fat.                           from the field, including 60 per-     second frame. The final two
grad, in the Dept. of Food           green tea.                           of their health benefits. Lee        Lee adds that “there is an obesi-    cent on three-pointers. Alfred       helped Hilbert erase a four-
Science and Prof. Hyong Joo          The study: “Cocoa Has More           says that, “Understanding           ty problem in America; we have       outscored Hilbert 33-31 after        point deficit in the final minute
Lee     at     Seoul     National    Phenolic Phytochemicals and a        these phytochemicals in fruits      to change our lifestyle by           intermission, courtesy of 52-        of play.
University in South Korea.           Higher Antioxidant Capacity          and vegetables is very impor-       decreasing consumption of high       percent shooting, but the               Junior guard Michelle Kelly
The researchers have worked          than Teas and Red Wine” will         tant.” He explains that there       fat foods and having 5-9 serv-       Saxons hurt themselves by            scored a game-high 18 points to
on antioxidant and anti-cancer       be published Wednesday in the        are several ways to measure the     ings of fruits and vegetables a      turning the ball over 19 times in    pace Alfred. Sophomore for-
properties in food for close to 15   Journal of Agriculture and Food      antioxidant level in substances.    day.” He suggests to students        the game.                            ward Tess Coddington had 10
years, looking at many kinds of      Chemistry.                           In this particular study,           that, “If you maintain good             Junior guard Bruce Nober          points     and      added     nine
fruits and vegetables. “This         Lee says that this study is just     researchers created artificial       health now its easier to main-       paced four AU players in dou-        rebounds, while sophomore cen-
study began because of an argu-      one-third of his research. He        free radicals and then tested the   tain it as an adult.” ❍              ble figures with 13 points.           ter Kylene Knoll added 10
ment between the graduate stu-       plans next on exploring antioxi-     different beverages on them.                                             Sophomore       forward      Nick    points and eight rebounds. ❍




                                     Fiat Funnies




                                Cartoonist David Barnes
December 9, 2003                                                                                                  Saxon Scores                                                                                                                      Page 11


Road trip for Giants game leads to unexpected panic
H
         ere it is, almost the end of the          denly didn’t have press credentials                   talk to and what I could do to get cre-             and left a message when I still got no              guy called Roper and would have to
         season, and I finally made it             — a whole lot more stress than I                      dentials.                                           answer. I never heard anything back                 wait for him to contact Scott
         out to my second road game.               expected on the weekend over which                      I easily found where all the media                from him that day or the next morn-                 Berchtold, the Bills vice president of
    And as crazy as my first trip — the            I planned to relax and vacation a lit-                was gathered with plenty of televi-                 ing.                                                communications.
one to Miami back in week three —                  tle bit before work on Sunday.                        sion trucks including John Madden’s                   I figured I’d have to get to the sta-                After getting his OK, I was finally
was, I think this one definitely tops                 Apparently, the reason I didn’t                    famous horse trailer featuring the                  dium early the next day being that I                let in and all I could think was
it.                                                                      have     creden-                Horse Trailer Players of the Game                   was still without credentials so I                  “whew.” It turned out to be quite a
    I was going                                                          tials was that                  for the entire season as the Jets host-             took off around 8:30 a.m.                           bit of stress just to do something
down to New                                            BRYAN             the       Giants                ed the Monday Night Football game                     Of course, I just missed the sub-                 that I had been doing all season.
York           over                                                      deadline is dif-                against the Titans that week.                       way I needed to take to get to my car                  And after all that work just to get
Thanksgiving                                            SICK             ferent than the                   After talking to a few people, try-               up in the Bronx, so that put me back                in, it was a much less impressive
break with plans                                                         Bills. We knew                  ing to figure out how to go about fix-              about a half hour.                                  press box than the one I was used to
of covering the                                                          that the Bills                  ing this problem, I got in contact                    After the subway ride and the                     in Ralph Wilson.
Bills-Giants game                                     T        B
                                                        HE ILLS needed creden-                           with Scott Urbanowicz, pretty much                  drive to the stadium, I finally got                    At nine stories above the field, I
that Sunday.                                               BUZZ          tial requests by                the only person actually associated                 there shortly after 10.                             was looking almost straight down at
    However        a                                                     the Wednesday                   with the team that I could find at the                Then I had to wait around for                     the action. The players were just a
huge wrench got                                                          before a game,                  stadium.                                            media will call to open as that was                 bunch of helmets rather than num-
thrown into those plans shortly after              so we sent ours out early Tuesday                       He brought me down inside the                     the only contact I would be able to                 bers on the backs of uniforms.
I got down there.                                  morning. However, we found out                        stadium to make a few phone calls                   make with media relations from out-                    But at least I actually made it
    I drove down Friday afternoon                  Saturday that the Giants deadline                     and, of course, Avis Roper, the                     side the stadium.                                   inside.
with plans of just hanging out in                  for requests is the previous Friday.                  Giants assistant director of commu-                   So around 10:30, I finally get to                    Barring a miracle run, this will
New York City with a few friends                      So after a few profanities                         nications, was not available.                       talk to somebody at media will call                 likely be the last edition of the “Bills
Friday and Saturday night before                   Saturday morning, I regained my                         So Scott gave me his number to                    who tells me I have to wait another                 Buzz” as the next issue of the Fiat
going over to East Rutherford, N.J.,               cool and decided I’ve got to figure                   try to get in touch with him later                  half hour until Roper gets into the                 Lux will come out well into the post-
Sunday.                                            out how I’m going to get into that                    that day and let me know that he                    press box at 11.                                    season.
    However, when I woke up                        game.                                                 would be at the stadium between                       After standing out in the chilly                     I hope you enjoyed this column as
Saturday morning, I received a                        I headed over to Giants Stadium                    8:30 and 9 a.m. the next day.                       wind, I finally went back up to the                 much as I enjoyed covering the
phone call from my editor that I sud-              that afternoon to see whom I could                      I gave Avis a call later that day                 window at 11 and was told that the                  team. ❍



                                                                                                                 Saxon Scores
MEN’S BASKETBALL                                                                                                                                                                                                            1-meter Diving — 1, Geneseo, T.J.
     _____Empire 8 Standings_____
             Conference      Overall
                                                                                                         On your mark, get set ...                                                                                       Hirsch, 264.60. 2, Alfred, Peter Wachtel,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         203.85. 3, Alfred, Glenn Jewell, 174.30.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         4, Alfred, Pat O’Neill, 161.18.
Team         W L Pct W L Pct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            200-yard Butterfly — 1, Geneseo,
Fisher        0 0 —        5 0 1.000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Dan Kelly, 2:00.81. 2, Alfred, Kevin
RIT           0 0 —        1 0 1.000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Martin, 2:02.49. 3, Geneseo, John
Nazareth      0 0 —        3 2 .600
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Moore, 2:07.99. 4, Geneseo, Max
Elmira        0 0 —        2 3 .400
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         McArdle, 2:08.75. 5, Alfred, Bill Brown,
Hartwick      0 0 —        1 2 .333
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2:09.72.
Utica         0 0 —        1 2 .333
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            100-yard Freestyle — 1, Geneseo,
Ithaca        0 0 —        1 2 .333
Alfred        0 0 —        1 3 .250                                                                                                                                                                                      Dan Allen, 48.42. 2, Alfred, Alex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Crowell, 49.17. 3, Alfred, Matt Weems,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         49.75. 4, Alfred, Matt McNamara, 49.76.
      _____Saturday, Nov. 22_____
N.Y.U. Tournament First Round                                                                                                                                                                                            5, Geneseo, Chris Gaffney, 50.27.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            200-yard Backstroke — 1, Alfred,
   POLYTECHNIC (60)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mike Dube, 2:02.97. 2, Geneseo, Evan
   Bamba 12-18 5-8 29, Poricic 1-6 0-0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Smith, 2:04.39. 3, Geneseo, Pat
2, Jean 2-6 4-6 8, Ivezaj 0-6 0-0 0,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         McNelis, 2:06.01. 4, Geneseo, Rory
Smiley 2-10 0-0 5, DeSplinter 4-4 0-0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         O’Reilly, 2:10.08. 5, Alfred, Nick
12, Modeste 0-1 0-0 0, Seale 2-5 0-0 4,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bradley, 2:11.36.
Liebel 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-58 9-14 60.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            500-yard Freestyle — 1, Geneseo,
   ALFRED (58)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Josh Hinman, 4:58.93. 2, Geneseo,
   Hallett 1-7 0-0 3, Andolina 0-1 0-0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mike Wiese, 5:05.20. 3, Alfred, Jack
0, Stein 3-5 2-2 8, Nober 2-10 0-0 4,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Stover III, 5:09.25. 4, Geneseo,
Lemasters 8-11 3-3 20, Snyder 0-2 0-0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fernando Nussenbaum, 5:09.37. 5,
0, Fleishman 4-7 0-0 10, Winant 1-6 4-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Alfred, Brandon Striker, 5:13.99.
4 7, Nolan 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 2-5 2-2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3-meter Diving — 1, Geneseo, T.J.
6. Totals 21-54 11-11 58.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hirsch, 296.93. 2, Alfred, Peter Wachtel,
   Halftime — Polytechnic 24, Alfred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         187.35. 3, Alfred, Pat O’Neill, 182.63. 4,
26. Fouled out — None. Rebounds —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Glenn Jewell, 96.15.
Polytechnic 29 (Bamba 10), Alfred 42
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            200-yard Breaststroke — 1, Alfred,
(Stein 9). Assists — Polytechnic 14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Brian Gotham, 2:19.07. 2, Geneseo,
(Smiley 7), Alfred 10 (Lemasters 4).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Evan Smith, 2:20.27. 3, Geneseo, P.J.
Total fouls — Polytechnic 11, Alfred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Dunn, 2:21.63. 4, Alfred, Brendan Miller,
16.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2:24.41. 5, Alfred, Lawrence Toebbe III,
   A-336
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2:31.86.
      _____Saturday, Nov. 22_____                                                                                                                                                                                           400-yard Freestyle Relay — 1,
                                                                                PHOTOS BY AMANDA CRANS                                                                                                                   Alfred B, Kevin Martin, Matt McNamara,
N.Y.U. Tournament First Round
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Alex Crowell, Matt Weems, 3:15.05. 2.
    NEW ENGLAND (42)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Geneseo A, 3:16.20. 3. Geneseo B,
    Bishop 5-10 2-3 12, Duffy 0-0 0-0 0,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         3:24.73.
Latorra 0-1 2-2 2, Quinn 1-1 0-0 2,
Nelson 2-6 0-1 6, Sliney 3-7 2-2 8,
Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Betz 0-1 0-0 0,                                    ... GO!!!                                                                                                                                           WOMEN’S SWIMMING
Hanley 0-0 0-0 0, Zajmovic 1-1 0-0 2,                                                                                                                                                                                           _____Saturday, Nov. 22_____
Sondey 0-2 2-5 2, Miller 0-1 0-1 0,            The Alfred swim team faced Rochester Institute of                                                                                                                         SUNY Geneseo 133, Alfred University 105
Vanjak 0-2 0-0 0, Bouvier 1-1 0-0 2,                                                                                                                                                                                         400-yard Medley Relay — 1,
Smith 0-2 0-0 0, McLaughlin 1-3 0-0 2,         Technology Saturday, with the men’s team win-                                                                                                                             Geneseo B, Lindsay Swensen, Katie
Sylvia 1-5 2-4 4. Totals 15-43 10-18 42.       ning 123-112 and the women coming out on top,                                                                                                                             Raines, Brianne Krause, Sarah Lewis,
    NEW YORK (105)                             138-96. Above, Alfred and RIT swimmers take                                                                                                                               4:15.80. 2. Alfred B, 4:16.89. 3. Geneseo
    DeCorso 4-8 0-0 9, Boone 4-6 2-2                                                                                                                                                                                     C, 4:33.66.
10, Gilkerson 7-12 1-2 17, Bayuk 1-3 0-
                                               their marks for the 200-yard medley. At right, a                                                                                                                              1,650-yard Freestyle — 1, Alfred,
0 2, Brodzinski 2-3 1-2 6, Clare 3-5 0-0       pair of swimmers take off at the start of the                                                                                                                             Becca Coppola, 19:22.57. 2, Geneseo,
7, Basford 1-1 0-0 2, Moglia 0-1 0-0 0,        1,000-yard freestyle.                                                                                                                                                     Danielle Leder, 19:45.33. 3, Geneseo,
Sullivan 2-2 0-0 5, Janeczek 4-11 0-0 9,                                                                                                                                                                                 Danielle Diekow, 20:10.57. 4, Alfred,
Kildare 3-10 0-0 7, Clark 0-1 0-0 0,                                                                                                                                                                                     Elizabeth Meissner, 21:22.29. 5, Alfred,
Falcon 3-5 0-0 6, Bielen 7-10 0-0 14,                                                                                                                                                                                    Elizabeth Davis, 21:46.28.
Federowicz 5-5 1-4 11. Totals 46-83 5-                                                                                                                                                                                       200-yard Freestyle — 1, Geneseo,
10 105.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  K.C. Monahan, 1:59.57. 2, Geneseo,
    Halftime — New England 19, New                                                                                                                                                                                       Danielle Yaple, 2:03.21. 3, Alfred, Zara
York 44. Fouled out — None.                                                                                                                                                                                              Racz, 2:05.86. 4, Geneseo, Lindsay
Rebounds — New England 24 (Sylvia          8 (Poricic, DeSplinter 2), New York 29     RIT            0   0   —     2   0   1.000   Fouled out — None. Rebounds —                A-355                                    Swensen, 2:11.94. 5, Alfred, Jessi White,
7), New York 49 (Federowicz 8).            (Bayuk 8). Total fouls — Polytechnic       Hartwick       0   0   —     2   2    .500   Cazenovia 31 (Maleski 7), RPI 40                                                      2:12.52.
Assists — New England 9 (Quinn 3),         16, New York 17.                           Ithaca         0   0   —     1   1   .500    (Vestal 11). Assists — Cazenovia 8                _____Tuesday, Nov. 25_____              50-yard Freestyle — 1, Geneseo,
New York 27 (Kildare 5). Total fouls          A-446                                   Utica          0   0   —     2   2   .500    (Phillips 3), RPI 13 (Morin 3). Total         ALFRED (47)                             Brandy Wrighter, 25.67. 2, Geneseo,
— New England 15, New York 19.                                                        Alfred         0   0   —     1   2   .333    fouls — Cazenovia 21, RPI 22.                 T. Coddington 2-7 6-8 10, Kelly 4-14    Colleen Wayne, 25.91. 3, Geneseo,
    A-336                                        _____Tuesday, Nov. 25_____           Nazareth       0   0   —     1   2   .333       A-365                                   7-8 18, Affeldt 0-1 0-0 0, Sampsell 1-5    Jenny Cocco, 26.17. 4, Alfred, Lauren
                                              ALFRED (58)                             Elmira         0   0   —     1   3    .250                                              0-2 2, M. Coddington 2-4 1-3 5, Knoll      McCormack, 26.49. 5, Alfred, Tara
       _____Sunday, Nov. 23_____              Hallett 0-0 0-0 0, Nober 5-6 2-4 13,                                                       _____Saturday, Nov. 22_____          3-9 4-4 10, Buck 0-3 0-0 0, Mastin 0-0     Mungro, 28.54.
N.Y.U. Tournament Consolation Game         Lemasters 4-12 2-2 11, Andolina 5-8 1-                                                  N.Y.U. Tournament Consolation Game         0-0 0, Weidner 0-0 0-0 0, Webster 0-0          400-yard Individual Medley — 1,
                                                                                             _____Friday, Nov. 21_____
   ALFRED (74)                             2 12, Stein 3-7 6-7 12, Snyder 0-0 0-0                                                     CAZENOVIA (54)                          0-0 0, Polmanteer 0-1 0-0 0, Mulligan      Geneseo, Lindsey Fial, 4:55.40. 2,
                                                                                      N.Y.U. Tournament First Round
   Hallett 0-6 0-0 0, Andolina 0-3 0-0     0, Winant 1-3 0-0 3, Clemenson 1-3 0-0                                                     Maleski 1-6 5-8 7, Seymour 6-9 0-0      0-1 0-1 0, Foster 1-3 0-0 2, Lass 0-0 0-   Alfred, Lacy Clifford, 5:12.93. 3,
                                                                                         ALFRED (38)
0, Stein 4-10 5-6 13, Nober 2-5 0-0 6,     2, Nolan 2-3 2-6 6, Williams 0-2 0-0 0.                                                 12, Phillips 4-9 3-4 12, Agresta 4-9 0-2   0 0, Bradley 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-49 18-   Geneseo, Kate Potter, 5:14.42. 4,
                                                                                         T. Coddington 0-0 0-0 0, M.
Lemasters 3-11 0-0 8, Snyder 2-3 0-0       Totals 21-44 13-21 58.                                                                  9, Woodcock 2-4 1-2 5, Lewis 2-6 1-3 5,    26 47.                                     Alfred, Bonnie McDermott, 5:48.72. 5,
                                                                                      Coddington 2-5 0-0 4, Buck 3-10 0-0 7,
4, Winant 3-7 1-2 9, Clemenson 1-5 10-        HILBERT (70)                                                                         Habeck 1-2 2-2 4, Seamon 0-2 0-0 0,           HILBERT (48)                            Alfred, Briana Paquette, 5:55.76.
                                                                                      Kelly 3-12 1-2 8, Sampsell 0-7 0-0 0,
12 13, Nolan 2-3 5-6 9, Williams 3-5 6-       Kenney 2-7 0-2 5, Rembert 5-6 2-2                                                    Seibold 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-47 12-21         Curry 3-10 5-8 12, Smolarek 5-12 3-         1-meter Diving — 1, Alfred, Erin
                                                                                      Knoll 4-7 0-1 8, Mastin 0-0 0-0 0,
10 12. Totals 20-58 27-36 74.              12, Gioia 8-12 4-6 25, Wereley 1-3 0-2                                                  54.                                        7 13, Workman 3-7 0-1 6, Lee-Jeffries      Collins, 196.88. 2, Geneseo, Christine
                                                                                      Weidner 0-0 0-0 0, Polmanteer 0-1 0-0
   NEW ENGLAND (70)                        2, Marvin 4-9 1-4 9, Ufland 0-0 0-0 0,                                                     ALFRED (59)                             4-13 2-4 11, Hillebert 1-8 0-2 2,          Senneca, 192.23. 3, Geneseo, Sabrina
                                                                                      0, Mulligan 0-0 0-0 0, Foster 2-2 2-3 7,
   Bishop 3-6 2-2 8, Duffy 0-2 3-9 3,      Wojcik 2-6 4-6 9, Miller 4-9 0-2 8,                                                        T. Coddington 0-3 0-2 0, M.             Mitchell 0-5 0-0 0, Anderson 2-4 0-0 4,    Feldman, 175.35. 4, Alfred, Kathleen
                                                                                      Affeldt 0-1 0-0 0, Lass 0-0 0-0 0,
Sylvia 3-3 0-0 6, Nelson 5-13 3-6 15,      Zmuda 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-52 11-24                                                     Coddington 3-7 2-3 8, Buck 3-10 0-1 8,     Fie 0-1 0-0 0, Gaston 0-0 0-0 0,           Wittich, 171.75. 5, Alfred, Jamie
                                                                                      Bradley 0-1 2-4 2, Lyons 1-1 0-0 2.
Miller 3-3 1-2 8, Sliney 7-12 3-4 18,      70.                                                                                     Kelly 7-16 3-4 22, Sampsell 1-5 0-0 2,     Samuelson 0-3 0-0 0, White 0-0 0-0 0.      Wingate, 170.85.
                                                                                      Totals 15-47 5-10 38.
Betz 1-1 1-1 3, Zajmovic 0-0 0-0 0,           Halftime — Alfred 25, Hilbert 39.                                                    Knoll 3-5 4-4 10, Mastin 0-1 0-0 0,        Totals 18-63 10-22 48.                         200-yard Butterfly — 1, Geneseo,
                                                                                         NEW YORK (56)
Sondey 0-0 1-4 1, Vanjak 2-4 0-0 5,        Fouled out — None. Rebounds —                                                           Polmanteer 0-1 2-2 2, Mulligan 0-2 0-0        Halftime — Alfred 24, Hilbert 8.        Brianne Krause, 2:18.57. 2, Geneseo,
                                                                                         Bachman 1-3 2-4 4, Wojdowski 3-10
Bouvier 1-2 0-0 3, Smith 0-3 0-1 0.        Alfred 30 (Andolina, Stein 9), Hilbert                                                  0, Foster 0-4 0-0 0, Affeldt 1-2 2-2 4,    Fouled out — None. Rebounds —              Jessica Gucwa, 2:24.12. 3, Geneseo,
                                                                                      1-2 7, Kazay 4-9 0-0 8, Rochetti 0-3 0-0
Totals 25-49 14-29 70.                     31 (Kenney 7). Assists — Alfred 11                                                      Lyons 1-1 1-3 3. Totals 19-57 14-21 59.    Alfred 36 (T. Coddington 9), Hilbert       Danielle Leder, 2:28.74. 4, Alfred,
                                                                                      0, D’Ambrosio 3-10 0-0 8, S.
   Halftime — Alfred 32, New               (Andolina 4), Hilbert 19 (Gioia 6).                                                        Halftime — Cazenovia 23, Alfred         49 (Smolarek 11). Assists — Alfred 12      Rachel Saroka, 2:35.01. 5, Alfred, Becca
                                                                                      Rabinovitch 1-4 2-7 4, Costello 0-3 0-0
England 40. Fouled out — Nober,            Total fouls — Alfred 19, Hilbert 18.                                                    23. End of regulation — Cazenovia 51,      (Mastin 3), Hilbert 10 (Curry 4). Total    Coppola, 2:38.86.
                                                                                      0, A. Rabinovitch 1-1 0-0 2, Brajevich
Bishop. Rebounds — Alfred 42 (Stein                                                                                                Alfred 51. Fouled out — Seymour,           fouls — Alfred 20, Hilbert 20.                 100-yard Freestyle — 1, Geneseo,
                                                                                      2-3 0-0 6, Huhn 3-8 1-1 7, Higier 2-6 0-
11), New England 35 (Sylvia 7).                  _____Wednesday, Dec. 3_____                                                       Phillips, Knoll. Rebounds —                                                           K.C. Monahan, 56.15. 2, Alfred, Sara
                                                                                      1 4, Feder 2-3 0-1 4, Whitley 1-1 0-1 2,
Assists — Alfred 9 (Nober 3), New             ALFRED (62)                                                                          Cazenovia 29 (Maleski 10), Alfred 44       MEN’S SWIMMING                             Thompson, 56.27. 3, Geneseo, Sarah
                                                                                      Frazier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-64 6-17 56.
England 15 (Sliney 4). Total fouls —          Hallett 5-8 1-3 11, Andolina 0-6 0-0                                                 (M. Coddington 10). Assists —                                                         Lewis, 56.66. 4, Geneseo, Lindsay
                                                                                         Halftime — Alfred 24, New York                                                             _____Saturday, Nov. 22_____
Alfred 24, New England 29.                 0, Stein 2-3 2-5 6, Nober 3-9 0-2 6,                                                    Cazenovia 11 (Maleski 3), Alfred 8                                                    Swensen, 59.13. 5, Alfred, Jessi White,
                                                                                      26. Fouled out — T. Coddington, S.                                                      SUNY Geneseo 128, Alfred University 113
   A-236                                   Lemasters 6-10 3-5 17, Snyder 0-1 0-0                                                   (Buck 2). Total fouls — Cazenovia 17,                                                 1:01.56. 5, Alfred, Lauren McCormack,
                                                                                      Rabinovitch. Rebounds — Alfred 37                                                          400-yard Medley Relay — 1, Alfred
                                           0, Winant 3-8 1-2 7, Clemenson 3-12 0-                                                  Alfred 25.                                                                            1:01.56.
                                                                                      (M. Coddington 8), New York 47                                                          C, Mike Dube, Brian Gotham, Bill Brown,
       _____Sunday, Nov. 23_____           0 7, Nolan 1-6 2-4 4, Williams 2-8 0-0                                                     A-214                                                                                  200-yard Backstroke — 1, Alfred,
                                                                                      (Bachman 9). Assists — Alfred 7                                                         Brandon Striker, 3:41.92. 2. Geneseo A,
N.Y.U. Tournament Championship Game        4. Totals 25-71 9-21 62.                                                                                                                                                      Lacy Clifford, 2:17.80. 2, Geneseo,
                                                                                      (Knoll, Mastin 2), New York 9                                                           3:43.65. 3. Geneseo B, 3:51.84.
   POLYTECHNIC (53)                           ALLEGHENY (85)                                                                             _____Saturday, Nov. 22_____                                                     Lindsey Fial, 2:19.96. 3, Geneseo,
                                                                                      (Rochetti, Higier 3). Total fouls —                                                        1,650-yard Freestyle — 1, Geneseo,
   Bamba 3-8 3-5 9, Poricic 1-8 1-3 3,        Magnusen 6-16 2-2 15, Majzlik 9-11                                                   N.Y.U. Tournament Championship                                                        Katie DelloStritto, 2:21.29. 4, Alfred,
                                                                                      Alfred 18, New York 17.                                                                 Mike Wiese, 17:39.29. 2, Alfred, Jack
Jean 1-5 3-3 5, Ivezaj 1-3 1-2 4, Smiley   5-7 23, Johnson 3-3 1-1 7, Witucki 3-6                                                      RPI (82)                                                                          Rachel Saroka, 2:22.17. 5, Geneseo,
                                                                                         A-365                                                                                Stover III, 17:51.91. 3, Geneseo, Max
2-5 0-0 5, Kuykendall 0-0 0-0 0,           0-2 7, Dungee 2-5 1-2 7, Korpiel 0-0 0-                                                     Ferrari 5-15 3-4 13, Vestal 3-12 2-2                                              Alexis Cotronei, 2:38.20.
                                                                                                                                                                              McArdle, 18:00.56. 4, Alfred, Brandon
DeSplinter 1-3 0-0 2, Modeste 5-7 0-0      0 0, Sefscik 1-1 0-0 3, McKim 1-6 1-2 4,                                                8, Kaczynski 5-17 9-9 21, Comis 0-1 2-                                                    500-yard Freestyle — 1, Geneseo,
                                                                                              _____Friday, Nov. 21_____                                                       Striker, 18:02.75. 5, Geneseo,
12, Mass 0-0 0-0 0, Seale 1-1 0-0 2,       Turner 0-3 0-2 0, Brakery 3-3 0-0 8,                                                    3 2, Saunders 7-17 10-13 24, Morin 1-2                                                Danielle Yaple, 5:25.04. 1, Alfred, Zara
                                                                                      N.Y.U. Tournament First Round                                                           Fernando Nussenbaum, 18:21.67.
Omishore 2-3 2-3 6, Liebel 2-6 0-0 5,      Gainor 1-2 0-0 2, Ness 0-0 0-1 0, Casini                                                0-0 2, Eagles 1-1 0-0 3, Sherry 0-1 0-0                                               Racz, 5:40.05. 3, Alfred, Becca Coppola,
                                                                                         CAZENOVIA (46)                                                                          200-yard Freestyle — 1, Geneseo,
Jonkers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-49 10-16      1-3 0-0 2, McCloskey 3-7 1-2 7. Totals                                                  0, Choppy 2-4 1-2 5, Baranowski 2-4 0-                                                5:48.19. 4, Geneseo, Kate Potter,
                                                                                         Maleski 3-6 9-10 15, Seymour 2-8 1-                                                  Dan Kelly, 1:47.46. 2, Alfred, Matt
53.                                        33-66 11-21 85.                                                                         0 4, Totals 26-74 27-33 82.                                                           5:49.83. 5, Geneseo, Danielle Diekow,
                                                                                      2 5, Phillips 5-17 2-2 15, Agresta 3-8 0-                                               Weems, 1:47.65. 3, Geneseo, Josh
   NEW YORK (81)                              Halftime — Alfred 35, Allegheny                                                          NEW YORK (88)                                                                     5:55.37.
                                                                                      0 7, Woodcock 1-4 0-0 3, Lewis 0-1 0-0                                                  Hinman, 1:49.57. 4, Alfred, Matt
   Boone 2-2 0-2 4, Gilkerson 6-12 2-2     38. Fouled out — None. Rebounds —                                                           Bachman 4-8 0-0 8, Wojdowski 9-18                                                     3-meter Diving — 1, Geneseo,
                                                                                      0, Habeck 0-2 1-1 1, Spina 0-0 0-0 0,                                                   McNamara, 1:50.93. 5, Geneseo, James
14, Bayuk 0-1 0-2 0, Janeczek 7-12 4-7     Alfred 48 (Stein, Lemasters 8),                                                         4-7 22, Kazay 3-5 0-0 6, Rochetti 1-2 2-                                              Christine Senneca, 197.63. 2, Geneseo,
                                                                                      Seamon 0-2 0-0 0, Seibold 0-0 0-0 0,                                                    Traylor, 1:51.22.
22, Kildare 5-7 0-0 14, Clare 3-7 1-1 9,   Allegheny 46 (McCloskey 8). Assists                                                     2 4, D’Ambrosio 7-14 0-0 18, S.                                                       Sabrina Feldman, 191.78. 3, Alfred,
                                                                                      Lipska 0-1 0-0 0, Mason 0-0 0-0 0,                                                         50-yard Freestyle — 1, Geneseo,
Basford 0-3 0-0 0, Moglia 0-1 0-0 0,       — Alfred 7 (Winant 2), Allegheny 17                                                     Rabinovitch 1-3 2-2 4, Costello 0-1 0-0                                               Erin Collins, 191.10. 4, Alfred, Jamie
                                                                                      Totals 14-50 13-15 46.                                                                  Dan Allen, 21.82. 2, Alfred, Kevin
Brodzinski 1-1 0-0 3, Sullivan 0-0 0-0     (McCloskey 5). Total fouls — Alfred                                                     0, Brajevich 3-7 1-2 9, Huhn 3-6 6-8                                                  Wingate, 177.68. 5, Alfred, Kathleen
                                                                                         RPI (69)                                                                             Martin, 22.29. 3, Alfred, Alex Crowell,
0, DeCorso 0-3 1-2 1, Clark 0-0 0-2 0,     18, Allegheny 22.                                                                       12, Higier 2-2 1-3 5, Feder 0-0 0-0 0,                                                Wittich, 176.85.
                                                                                         Ferrari 2-3 0-1 4, Vestal 5-15 2-2                                                   22.50. 4, Alfred, Bill Brown, 22.57. 5,
Falcon 3-8 0-0 6, Bielen 4-4 0-2 8,           A-287                                                                                Whitley 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-67 16-24                                                     200-yard Breaststroke— 1, Alfred,
                                                                                      12, Kaczynski 9-12 3-4 21, Comis 1-5                                                    Geneseo, Jeremy Hinman, 22.90.
Federowicz 0-1 0-4 0. Totals 31-62 11-                                                                                             88.                                                                                   Sara Thompson, 2:32.11. 2, Alfred,
                                                                                      4-7 6, Saunders 3-7 2-4 8, Morin 2-6 1-                                                    400-yard Individual Medley — 1,
23 81.                                     WOMEN’S BASKETBALL                                                                          Halftime — RPI 39, New York 46.                                                   Bonnie McDermott, 2:46.50. 3, Alfred,
                                                                                      2 6, Eagles 2-4 0-0 4, Woodman 0-0 0-0                                                  Alfred, Mike Dube, 4:25.55. 2, Geneseo,
   Halftime — Polytechnic 19, New                                                                                                  Fouled out — Comis. Rebounds —                                                        Lauren McCormack, 2:53.30.
                                               _____Empire 8 Standings_____           0, Van Slyke 0-2 1-2 1, Pelletier 1-2 0-                                                Pat McNelis, 4:29.04. 3, Alfred, Brian
York 49. Fouled out — Poricic.                                                                                                     RPI 48 (Vestal 13), New York 42                                                           200-yard Freestyle Relay — 1,
                                                       Conference      Overall        0 2, Choppy 2-7 1-2 5, Baranowski 0-1                                                   Gotham, 4:37.81. 4, Geneseo, John
Rebounds — Polytechnic 33 (Bamba,                                                                                                  (Huhn 8). Assists — RPI 11 (Vestal                                                    Alfred A, Tara Mungro, Elizabeth
                                           Team        W L Pct W L Pct                0-0 0, Totals 27-64 14-24 69.                                                           Moore, 4:42.69. 5, Geneseo, P.J. Dunn,
Poricic 6), New York 39 (Falcon,                                                                                                   4), New York 21 (Wojdowski 6). Total                                                  Meissner, Jessica Zekus, Jessi White,
                                           Fisher       0 0 —        6 0 1.000           Halftime — Cazenovia 16, RPI 30.                                                     4:43.38.
Federowicz 7). Assists — Polytechnic                                                                                               fouls — RPI 22, New York 23.                                                          4:12.42. 2. Alfred B, 4:41.67.
                                                                                 AU
        Women’s Swimming                                                                                                                                        Men’s Swimming
        defeated RIT, 138-96, Saturday
        in the Saxons home opener
                                                                          Sports
                                                                          Fiat Lux • Alfred University • December 9, 2003
                                                                                                                                                                         topped RIT, 123-112 at home
                                                                                                                                                                                 Saturday afternoon




Men look to repeat, women shoot for first championship
         BY ALEX RASKIN                                                                                                                                                    of a start this year as the men did,
           SPORTS EDITOR                                                                                                                                                   not losing until the Nov. 22 meeting
                                                                                                                                                                           with Geneseo. As the team continues
How about an encore?                                                                                                                                                       to improve from a sixth place finish
   Last season, first year head coach                                                                                                                                      two years ago to last year’s runner
Brian      Striker      led     Alfred                                                                                                                                     up, this team is expected to perform
University’s men’s team to its first                                                                                                                                       well.
state and Empire 8 championships.                                                                                                                                             “The women this year are a bit
   This year, however, the men have                                                                                                                                        inexperienced,” said Striker, “but
to work even harder to compete in                                                                                                                                          our freshman women have strong
the tough Empire 8 conference.                                                                                                                                             middle and long distance swim-
   The women themselves have put                                                                                                                                           mers.”
together another strong team, build-                                                                                                                                          The women’s team seems deter-
ing upon last year’s second place fin-                                                                                                                                     mined, this year to not be the bride’s
ish in the Empire 8 for which they                                                                                                                                         maid again, but that will be easier
didn’t even have a complete team.                                                                                                                                          said than done.
   Brian Striker is familiar to AU                                                                                                                                            Ithaca, last year’s champion, tradi-
even though it is only his second sea-                                                                                                                                     tionally is very strong in women’s
son here as head coach.                                                                                                                                                    swimming and diving, winning 12
   Striker is a graduate of Alfred                                                                                                                                         NYSWCAA titles and 13 conference
University, as well as a five-time                                                                                                                                         championships during head coach
recipient of All-American certifica-                                                                                                                                       Paul Miller’s 20 years on the job.
tion while here at Alfred.                                                                                                                                                    The Saxons won’t get a crack at
   Todd Striker, his brother, was a                                                                                                                                        Ithaca until Dec. 9, but the team
10-time recipient of the honor while                                                                                                                                       believes it will be ready.
at Alfred.                                                                                                                                                                    “We have a lot more depth this
   Brian Striker’s greatest success                                                                                                                                        year,” said women’s captain Lacy
for the Saxons, however, was                                                                                                                                               Clifford. “We’re pretty good all
arguably his acceptance of the                                                                                                                                             around.”
Empire 8 Coach of the Year trophy                                                                                                                                             The Saxons will need every bit of
for men’s swimming and diving.                                                                                                                                             their depth to swim at their top level
                                                                                                                                                 PHOTO BY AMANDA CRANS
Even with all of his success however,                                                                                                                                      for the team to produce against the
                                           Freshman Zara Racz swims in the 1,000-yard freestyle in Saturday’s meet against Rochester Institute of Technology. Alfred’s
Striker still gives the credit to his                                                                                                                                      tough     Empire      8    competition.
                                           women’s team came away with the 138-96 win while the men won 123-112.
team.                                                                                                                                                                      Clifford and company are doing their
   “We swim well at the big meets,”       formers such as, but not limited to,       tributing as well with two first-place      “We gave Geneseo a run for their          best with Clifford leading by exam-
said Striker.                             Kevin Martin, Mathew Weems and             finishes of their own in the first        money,” said Striker, referring to          ple with six first place finishes and
   Fortunately for Striker and the        last year’s Rookie of the Meet, Brian      month and a half of the season,           the Saxons narrow 128-113 loss on           63 points overall, putting her second
Saxons however, they swim pretty          Gotham.                                    which saw the Saxons defeat               Nov. 22 in which both Gotham and            overall on the team behind co-cap-
darn well at all of their meets. That       Last year, Gotham put on a show          Nazareth and Fredonia while losing        Mike Dube received first place fin-         tain Sara Thompson.
is one reason the men are going to be     for the Saxons throughout the sea-         to Geneseo and finishing second out       ishes while the 400 medley relay               Both the men and the women have
in the race for a championship all        son by dropping two seconds off of         of five at the Geneseo Invitational       team also grabbed a blue ribbon.            their work cut out for them, but the
season.                                   his 100-meter breaststroke and nine        and third out of four at the Harvest        Despite the loss, Striker still sees      team seems to have the right atti-
   “This is definitely one of the best    seconds off of his 200 individual med-     Relays.                                   areas that are improving.                   tude for the rest of the season.
teams we’ve had here [at Alfred],”        ley time. So far this season, Gotham          While the start of their season          “We need to improve our diving,              “Everyone came back ready to
added Striker.                            has a total of 52.25 points, placing       hasn’t been as successful as they         but we brought in Shawn Austin, a           work this year,” added Clifford.
   You won’t find anyone arguing          him second overall on the team             may be used to, the Saxons have           good college diver himself to help             With hard work and the team’s
with him there. The Saxons                behind sophomore Alex Crowell.             done particularly well against some       them out,” he said.                         obvious talent, it should make for an
returned some of last year’s top per-       Weems and Martin have been con-          good competition.                           The women got off to just as good         interesting season in Alfred.❍



Thanks for ‘stupifying’ sports, Fox Raynor chosen to play in
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       hank you Fox Sports for the
       “glow-puck” and for letting
       Terry Bradshaw prove he
                                    Aztec Bowl in Cancun
                                         because if they did, they would be
                                         watching ESPN.
                                           One reason that a football fan
                                                                                 “Beg, Borrow, or Deal,” find their
                                                                                 way onto the network while actual
                                                                                 sporting events such as hockey
can spell the word “cat” without         might have more interest in             and basketball games can’t be
spotting him the “C” or the “T”          ESPN’s broadcast is because while       found.                                  Senior tailback hop-
(I’m not making that up).                Fox was breaking down what it              Is this another MTV situation
   Thank you for giving                            takes to be a Cowboy’s        where the primary network won’t         ing Division III all-
Tom Arnold a chance to                             cheerleader             on    even show what it had originally
tell me what he thinks                             Thanksgiving Day, ESPN        intended its station to broadcast       star game gives him
about Oregon’s new                                 was explaining why the        (when was the last time MTV
football uniforms on                               Dolphins had some dis-        played videos for more than 15          national attention
“The       Best    Damn                            tinct advantages for their    minutes).
Sports Show Period”.                               game against Dallas. By          The worst came to ESPN in the           Alfred University's Jesse Raynor
   And thanks to every-                            the time Miami won the        form of Jim Rome, a Fox Sports          has been selected to play in the 2003
one     at    Fox    that                          game most Fox pre-game        Radio talk show host who claims to      Aztec Bowl, an all-star football game
thought it would be a                              viewers were assuredly        be controversial but always seems       that pits players from Division III col-
good idea to leave John                            fixated upon the routines     to secure his lips around the back-     leges and universities against the
Salley alone with a           ALEX RASKIN          and the dedication of the     side of anyone who stops by his         Mexican National Team.
female         co-worker.      SPORTS EDITOR       Cowboys’ cheerleaders.        show, minus Jim Everett, who               The game, sponsored by the
Rupert Murdoch and                                    Cheerleader    updates     punched Rome and chased him             American         Football       Coaches
the rest of News Corp. are trying        aren’t the only brain-busting com-      into a corner a few years back          Association (AFCA) will be played
their hardest to ruin sports all         mentary that Fox can produce.           when Rome was on ESPN2.                 Saturday, Dec. 13, in Cancun, Mexico.
together.                                With the holidays approaching the          Rome takes his audience on a         Raynor is one of 42 NCAA Division
   Mary Cardaras gave a Nevins           Fox Sports reminds us that Terry        wild ride of idiotic opinions and       III seniors chosen by the AFCA to
auditorium crowd a stirring              Bradshaw Sings Christmas Songs          taking frequent pit stops to have       play in the game.
speech about the “Foxification” of       for the Whole Family, which was         what is known as a “smack-off.”            Raynor recently concluded a stellar
news on Nov. 3. The underlying           released three years ago, is an         This is where Rome pins his             playing career at Alfred, which saw
theme of Fox’s coverage was, in          inspiring collection of cheerful hol-   clones, which is what he calls his      him break several school records,
Cardaras’s opinion, a lack of            iday songs. How many ESPN com-          listeners, against each other in a      including career rushing (3,865 yards),
integrity on the part of the station.    mentators        have     Christmas     battle of sports intellect.             career scoring (326 points) and career
   While many Americans are look-        albums?                                    If it sounds entertaining, that is   touchdowns (44). He was named the
ing forward to a new year with a           For some reason, Fox Sports,          because stupid is contagious and        2003 Empire 8 Player of the Year and
presidential election that could be      which is its own cable channel and      you might have been too close to        a First Team All-Conference selection
decided in large part by the pro-        division of the regular Fox net-        the TV while watching Fox.              at running back after rushing for 1,184
fessionalism, or lack there of, of       work, feels that ESPN is lacking           “But Alex,” you might be asking      yards and 11 touchdowns.
Fox News, I am looking forward to        in its coverage. While ESPN,            yourself, “why does it matter what         Raynor was also a starting corner-
another year of cheap and stupify-       much like CNN, tends to relay           sports programming I watch if           back and the Saxons' punter, place-                                  PHOTO BY BRYAN SICK
ing sports coverage by more than         valuable information, the geniuses      they all tell me the same score in      kicker and primary kickoff return           Jesse Raynor works out prior to the start
one Fox network.                         at Fox realize that a healthy dose      the end?”                               man. He averaged 37.5 yards per punt,       of the season in August. Raynor was
   The most prominent program on         of Tom Arnold would suffice in the         It matters to anyone who con-        earning Second Team All-Conference          rewarded for his outstanding senior sea-
the Nickelodeon of sports net-           place of content.                       siders himself a fan, and it defi-      honors as a punter.                         son with an invitation to the Aztec Bowl in
works is Fox’s pre-game football           I know what you’re thinking. If       nitely matters to anyone who may           The Aztec Bowl serves as the tradi-      Cancun, Mexico, a Division III all-star
show, which features NFL greats          Fox Sports has the entertainment        place a friendly wager or 10 on any     tional    season-ending     game     for    game against a Mexican all-star team, in
Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw            value of a “Billy Graham Classics”      particular night. Sports fans are       Mexico's college football season. The       which Buffalo Bills linebacker London
along with former Cowboy and             marathon, then I should just            like news junkies, only we might        game has been played 29 times since         Fletcher played in 1997.
Dolphin      head    coach    Jimmy      change           the        channel.    think that former Knicks forward        1947, with the last six contests match-
Johnson.                                 Unfortunately, it is not that easy.     Bill Bradley would kick the crap        ing the Mexican National Team               current    NFL      players:    London
   The host of this madness is             Cardaras had the insight to spot      out of that guy that ran for presi-     against Division III all-stars from the     Fletcher (John Carroll University,
James Brown, who can’t be blamed         that Fox News’ sloppy techniques        dent with the same name. We want        United States. The United States has        1997, now a linebacker with the
for the show even though it stinks       seem to be affecting the way that       accurate, relevant information.         won each of the six meetings, includ-       Buffalo    Bills),  Clint     Kriewaldt
on ice. If you’re looking to find out    CNN is formatting its network.             What Fox is doing is becoming        ing last year's 15-9 victory in Torreon,    (Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1998, now a
the latest jokes about Jimmy             Now ESPN, which I consider a            popular by selling us a sexier          Mexico.                                     linebacker    with    the    Pittsburgh
Johnson’s hair, or maybe if you          surrogate parental unit at this         brand of what we already have,             Raynor is the second Alfred              Steelers) and Josh Warner (SUNY
would like to see adult A.D.D. at        point) is cheapening its standards      which is exactly what happened          University player to participate in the     Brockport, 2000, now an offensive line-
its worst (Bradshaw), this is a          to crack that ever so profitable 18-    with their news organization.           contest. Former Saxon strong safety         man with the Chicago Bears).
show for you.                            to 34-year-old demographic.                Let’s shut off Fox Sports and        Brian Keefer, a 2001 AU graduate,              This year's Aztec Bowl will be
   For some reason however, it has         New shows and segments on             never watch, unless they have an        played in the 2000 Aztec Bowl in            played at Estadio Cancun 86 in
been the No. 1 pre-game show in          ESPN, including “Playmakers,”           actual game on: if not for the sake     Merida, Mexico, which the United            Cancun. Coach for the U.S. team is
America for six straight years,          “The Budweiser Hot Seat,” “The          of sports, then for the sake of get-    States won, 27-26.                          Ron Schipper, former head coach at
which suggests that not that many        Coors Six Pack of Questions” and        ting Tom Arnold off of TV. ❍               Aztec Bowl alumni include three          Central College in Iowa. ❍
Americans have cable after all,          the horrid reality game show

				
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