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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016
ISSUE 16
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ACADEMICS
HONORS COLLEGE LOOKS TO
IMPROVE RETENTION RATE
By LINDSEY RIBACK
The Honors College at the University of
Albany has less than a 30 percent retention rate.
The barriers: a minimum GPA requirement,
courses that don’t apply to all majors, and overall
confusion about the program.
The Honors College, which began in the fall
of 2006, refers to itself as a “community of
developing scholars” on its homepage, http://
www.albany.edu/honorscollege/who_we_are.
php. Roughly 125 students are admitted to the
program after they are accepted to UAlbany as
high school seniors. The program also allows about
35 freshman to apply during their first year and be
admitted as sophomores. As part of this smaller
community, students must complete 18 credits of
Honors College courses during their first two years
- 12 if they were admitted as sophomores - and
submit an original thesis at the end of their senior
year, which they will research and write under the
advisement of a UAlbany professor.
According to Leslie Halpern, the interim director
of the Honors College and an associate professor
of psychology, the program typically has 140
students each academic year. However, only about
40 students will actually graduate from the Honors
College come senior year.
She believes that the low retention rate is highly
attributable to the thesis requirement which is both
time consuming to write and difficult for students
to accomplish, who have to seek out a faculty
member and research a project that interests them.
To combat this, Halpern is working with
Jaclyn Napoleon, the senior assistant director of
Undergraduate Admissions, and Anita Hanson, the
academic advisor for the Honors College.
Napoleon coordinates the Honors College
Ambassadors, a group of Honors College students
who return to their respective high schools during
the winter and spring breaks with the hopes of
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The Honors College is having trouble retaining students who
enroll. Administrators are trying a variety of tactics to ease
Please see HONORS page 3 students’ fears and keep them in the College.
ALBANY
AROUND UALBANY
Albany
gathers to
celebrate
historic
Rapp Road
By STEFAN LEMBO-STOLBA
Milo Votava / Albany Student Press
UAlbany, Covered in Snow
Staff photographer Milo Votava fought through the sub-freezing temperatures to photograph the light layer of snow that settled over
campus. Pictured are the courtyard by the science buildings, University Hall (bottom left), and the courtyard next to Social Sciences.
An intimate group filled the
Rotunda in Albany’s City Hall
last Tuesday to celebrate Black
History Month with a showcase
of one of the city’s most historic
black enclaves: Rapp Road.
The interactions of the
audience were not characteristic
of a publicly held event at a city
building. Members of the crowd
embraced each other in a manner
akin to a family reunion. By
5 p.m. all of the 50 seats were
filled. It would soon become
clear that much of the crowd was
family —some by blood, and
some through the historic culture
of the Rapp Road community.
Following the movements of
the Great Migration in the 1920s,
Rev. Louis Parson of Shubuta,
Mississippi bought 14 acres of
land on Rapp Road in the Pine
Bush section of Albany. Over
the next several decades Parson
grew the community, transporting
black migrants from Shubuta,
making Rapp Road a home
away from home for a struggling
southern population.
The Rapp Road Historic
Association (RRHA) is a group
that was founded to honor
Parson’s work in creating the
Rapp Road community, and has
taken great strides to ensure that
Rapp Road would properly be
acknowledged for its historic
significance.
In conjunction with the New
York State Museum, the RRHA
has created an exhibit on the Rapp
Road community, which is on
display in the lobby of Albany’s
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ADMINISTRATION
TECH SERVICES WELCOMES
SIMEON ANANOU AS NEW VP
By LINDSEY RIBACK
With just a week under his belt as the new Vice
President of Information Technology Services and
CIO, Dr. Simeon Ananou took a break from his hectic
schedule to discuss with the Albany Student Press how
he became interested in the field of higher education
and to discuss his future at the University at Albany.
ASP: What prompted you to take the job here at
UAlbany?
Simeon Ananou: What I would refer to as
professional and personal growth, combined with the
university’s mission as articulated by the president in
the four stakes that he has laid out… UAlbany is an
institution that is on the rise. I remember after my first
executive committee meeting with the president and
colleagues, picking up the phone and calling my wife
to tell her how pleased and thrilled I am to have been
chosen to be part of this institution.
ASP: You’ve had a lot of different jobs in a lot of
different places. Which were your favorites?
SA: Higher education is a small community. I’m
proud to have been affiliated with all the institutions
that are listed in my bio. The one not listed is Ohio
State University, my alma mater, where I obtained
my undergraduate degree and went on to work for
a number of years. I was given the foundations of
what it means to connect information technology to
educational outcomes…I’ve been very proud of my
interactions with the student community. Tangible
accomplishments, which in my mind, have resulted in
improving the lives of the students.
ASP: Will you be looking to implement things from
earlier in your career to your current position?
SA: I don’t want to simply show up and start
implementing things because they look good or
because that’s what I’m used to. I am going to be
very intentional in the technologies that we choose
to implement. I know research is a very important
component of this institution and I am already in
contact with Vice President for Research, Dr. Jim
Diaz…The questions I am asking are to identify how
each request I receive is going to improve the learning
outcomes for our students, or make this institution
better in terms of research and community engagement.
When a request comes to my attention that can be
linked to any of those priorities, in my mind it is a very
important request to take.
ASP: You have a hectic schedule, what does or what
will a typical day entail for you?
SA: I have the best job on campus. On a typical day
I will be having a conversation with an academic dean
to explore technologies that can attract the students
into a particular program of discipline and help them
graduate. Or, I could be
having a conversation with
one of my own team members about a particular project
that is currently underway related to information
security and how we are going to improve the
university.
ASP: Besides having the best job on campus, what
else do you like about Albany?
SA: Being in the Capital Region is something
that I find fascinating… I am a small town person
and Albany is going to be one of the largest places I
have lived in many years. Being centrally located is
something I really enjoy, knowing I can get to those
metropolitan areas fairly quickly, but I can return to
the Capital Region to enjoy the quiet nature of Albany.
Also, I love to golf and I enjoy cross-country skiing
when the weather is appropriate, and I think I’ve landed
at a place where I can enjoy those two hobbies nicely.
ASP: What else do you enjoy doing in your spare
time?
is the cuisine. Cooking is something I find to be very
relaxing, especially in this transition where I am by
myself while my family is still in Maryland.
ASP: Are there any changes you would like to see at
UAlbany?
SA: As I talk to people on campus, I anticipate that
there will be a transformation of some sort in the very
near future. We have untapped potential in information
technology. I will continue the discussion to see how
we can initiate a transformation of some sort to be able
to tap those potentials better.
ASP: Did you grow up in Ohio as well?
SA: Yes I did… My father was a university
professor, so now you can connect the dots as to why I
have a passion for higher education. I often joke that I
knew the difference between a department chair and a
dean when I was four years old.
ASP: Did you always know you wanted to go into
higher education?
SA: No. I went to Ohio State as a Battelle Institute
Scholar, with an interest in electrical engineering,
hoping that I was going to make a chip that would make
computers or electronic devices. It wasn’t long into my
undergraduate years when I applied for a student job in
a research lab on campus. I was a freshman. They gave
me a broom and asked me to clean the lab because they
didn’t have anything else that a student would normally
do. I was very persistent and eventually they started
giving me technical projects and I became exposed to
the IT organization…The irony is that I came to work
in higher education information technology, while I
was still exposed to the liberal arts degree and that gave
me a completely different perspective.
SA: I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I love to
cook... My wife is French so there are things I have
picked up from the French culture and one of them
CRIME BLOTTER
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2/5/2016
Indian Quad-Mohawk
Tower
Report of fire
extinguisher sprayed by
unknown subject.
Unlawful Possession
of Marijuana
2/5/2016
Indian Quad-Mohawk
Tower
A female student
was found to be
in possession of
marihuana and referred
for the same.
Assault 3rd Degree:
With Intent to Cause
Physical Injury
2/5/2016
LT Lot
Report of a male student
that was assaulted by a
male subject.
Intrusion Alarm
2/5/2016
Chapel House
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Take into Custody
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Likely to Harm
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student found to
be having possible
mental health issues.
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by 5 Quad.
Criminal Mischief
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2/6/2016
Indian Quad-Cayuga Hall
Report of a male
student that caused
property damage to an
exit sign. A referral and
arrest were made.
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Continued from Page 1
City Hall for Black History Month.
Beverly Bardequez, president of the
RRHA, and F. Maxine Fantroy-Ford,
a second-generation resident of Rapp
Road both spoke at the event. Both
women shared fond memories of the
community’s history throughout the
past 60 years.
Bardequez and Fantroy-Ford spoke
about their personal experiences in the
community, and why it is important that
Rapp Road be placed in the forefront
of the city’s focus. Bardequez referred
to the community as an “endangered
species,” and represented her work with
the RRHA as her “fight to keep the little
community in tact.”
Fantroy-Ford read excerpts from
her memoirs, including her accounts
of the Rapp Road community and her
experience of growing up in such a
unique enclave of Albany.
“Some people called it the country…
sometimes there would be a pig or two
Criminal Possession
of Marijuana-5th
Degree
2/6/2016
Colonial Quad-CQ
Grounds
Two male student
were found to be
in possession of
marihuana and had
covered a smoke
detector with a plastic
bag. Referrals were
made.
Unlawful Possession
of Marijuana
2/7/2016
Alumni Quad-Waterbury
Hall
A male student
was found to be
in possession of
marijuana and marijuana
paraphernalia and
referred for same.
Disobey Mandate
2/7/2016
Washington Avenue
A male subject was
arrested for violating an
order of protection.
Criminal Possession
of a Controlled
Substance
2/8/2016
Freeman Hall-Northrup
Hall
Report of a male
student found to be
in possession of a
controlled substance. A
referral and arrest were
made.
Drug Complaint
2/8/2016
Podium-Mail Center
Report of a package with
the odor of marijuana
addressed to a male
student.
in the road,” she said.
In 2002, with the help of activists
and community members, Rapp Road
was officially registered as a national
historic district, according to the
National Park Service. The significance
of this designation resonated that night,
as this national recognition is a formal
acknowledgement of Rapp Road’s
historic value.
Over several decades, the Rapp Road
community has steadily decreased
in size. Of the 28 families that have
lived on Rapp Road, only 12 remain,
according to Bardequez. The sharp
decrease in population raises concerns
for the neighborhood as properties
deteriorate and developers sweep
through the area, purchasing large
swaths of land.
The story of Rapp Road aims to
serve a greater purpose in Albany. In
a closing conversation Pastor Richard
Parson, the nephew of the community’s
founder Louis Parson, summed-up their
objective saying, “We want to keep
the story alive… and recognize our
forefathers and where they brought us
from.”
Trespass
2/8/2016
PE Building
A male subject was
found to be trespassing.
Criminal Possession
of Stolen Property
2/8/2016
Indian Quad-Adirondack
Hall
Two male students
were found to be in
possession of fraudulent
IDs and marijuana.
One of the students
was found to be in
possession of stolen
toilet paper. Referrals
were made.
Grand Larceny
2/9/2016
State Quad-Cooper Hall
Report of unauthorized
use of a credit card.
Unlawful Possession
of Marijuana
2/9/2016
Indian Quad-Oneida Hall
Report of a package
containing marijuana
brownies addressed to
a male student. Student
referred.
Possession of a
Forged Instrument
2/9/2016
Indian Quad-Adirondack
Hall
Two male students
were found to be in
possession of forged
drivers licenses. An
arrest and referral were
made for both students.
Check a Subject
2/9/2016
Liberty Terrace-LT South
Report of a male student
throwing snowballs at a
window.
Domestic Incident
2/10/2016
Colonial Quad-Zenger
Hall
Report of male student
and a female student
having a verbal
argument.
Assist Other PD
2/11/2016
Other
Assisted SUNY Poly
Police Department with
subject in possession of
a controlled substance.
Petit Larceny
2/11/2016
Indian Quad-Mohawk
Tower
Report of clothes stolen
from dryer.
Phoebe Sheehan / Special to The Times Union
Beverly Bardequez speaking at an event on Rapp Road on Aug. 15, 2015.
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recruiting graduating seniors to the UAlbany program.
The thesis requirement is one of the main concerns she
has noticed among incoming freshman, and she tries to
put it into perspective.
“‘I’ll say, ‘Listen you’re a freshman now, this is three
years down the road. You’ll get the support that you
need and the resources you’ll need to make you feel like
wow I can do a thesis,’” Napoleon said.
While the resources that Napoleon mentioned
are available, many students are unsure of how to
obtain them. To improve this, Halpern is currently in
the process of working with Hanson to refine their
developmental advising model. This model will allow
Hanson to continue to advise Honors College students
throughout all four years, working as a supplemental
counselor to the advisor for their major, which will
hopefully guide them in the right direction when it
comes to the thesis.
“A big part of what we are going to ask her to do is to
act as the liaison to departments to help them [students]
find research mentors for junior year,” Halpern said.
Another issue the interim director is looking to
address within the next year is better integration of
Honors College courses with the honors classes specific
to academic majors.
Andrea Sanfilippo, a sophomore double majoring in
financial analysis and accounting, made the decision to
withdraw from the Honors College upon realizing she
would not be able to fulfill both her Honors College
requirements and those for the honors programs in her
majors.
“I had no time to spare taking [Honors College]
classes not applicable to my majors,” said Sanfilippo,
who was initially drawn to the program because of its
smaller community within the university. “Also the fact
that it is unclear if students can double-count [the thesis]
or not shows that there is a lack of communication.”
Halpern hopes that the lack of clarity and contact
between the academic departments themselves and the
students will be ironed out within the next year so that
“the Honors College will improve and grow. That’s
always the goal, to enrich the experience.”
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Some students feel constrained by the Honors College requirements, saying that they can’t fit their majors’ honors
classes in addition to the Honors College’s classes.
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“That Dragon, Cancer” is a video game dedicated to Joel Green, developed by his father Ryan Green. The game was made to capture Joel’s life, alongside the Green
family, in order to portray the emotional distress that comes with cancer as well as convey how precious life is.
TECHNOLOGY
‘THAT DRAGON, CANCER’
A video game that captures real life
By DANIEL PINZON
W
e are now capable of simulating
tragedies through technology.
Video games make the
realistically impossible virtually possible.
Video games enable people to create worlds
where the imagination can roam free.
However, not all video games nowadays are
made to entertain.
“That Dragon, Cancer” is a memoirstyle game developed by Ryan Green
that simulates the experience of his infant
son, Joel Green, who was diagnosed with
cancer. The game itself has restrained
controls, limiting the player on what they
can manipulate and what decisions they can
make.
Nevertheless, the point of this game is
to tell Green’s story. Its intentions don’t
align with the essence of escapism, which is
what most games follow. With this unique
take, the evolution of technology is being
exploited through his video game, creating a
more practical use of technology.
The game is also just as beneficial.
It’s essential in the name of expression.
Ultimately, this game is dedicated to
Green’s son.
“We needed to find something we could
do as Joel’s parents, since we could not heal
him,” Green said to theguardian.com.
Video games do allow a degree of
escapism for people, to distract oneself from
the harsh reality. Escapism does benefit
society, as life can get too hard and people
need a distraction. However, “That Dragon,
Cancer” strips video games’ association
with escapism, revealing that video games
aren’t solely forms of entertainment.
This game will be revolutionary as it’s
capturing an emotional experience and
reveals the true evil of cancer.
Admittedly, the overall concept of
this game may seem overwhelming.
Alyssa Hathaway, a psychology major
at the University at Albany said, “[It’s]
a little morbid, its intentions were good,
its execution not so good… I feel like
it’s a virtual reality, it’s making light of
something serious, it’s not a joke, you don’t
put yourself in that situation.”
It may seem as though the game is
exploitive of cancer, however we can’t
overlook its context.
“That Dragon, Cancer” is the closest
experience to living with cancer or having
a loved one with cancer anyone can get. It
emphasizes the idea that life is intended to
be amazing and one should not take any
moment for granted. Some people are less
fortunate than others.
These memoir games open the minds of
people. It allows people to feel the epitome
of empathy.
This game isn’t alone in its category. It
is a breakthrough, but other memoir-like
games exist. For instance, “Freshmen Year”
by Nina Freeman creates the experience of a
woman being sexually harassed while going
to a bar. This genre of video games takes
“stepping into someone else’s shoes” to the
next level.
And even though no one is eager to
simulate these types of scenarios, they
weren’t created to be fun because they
aren’t fun. Video games give people the
opportunity to pose as characters that have
no consequences. And it’s nice to make your
character jump off a cliff, as it can respawn,
but now video games are capable of creating
real-life experiences.
They can broaden our understanding on
certain experiences, experiences that people
have to face in life. And unlike other games
that treat death so loosely, this game takes
death seriously. There is no respawning in
real life.
MEDIA
The updated UAlbany app
By MILO VOTAVA
F
or the first time since its debut in
2014, the University at Albany’s
mobile app, available on both
Apple and Android devices, recieved
a much-needed update on Jan. 14.
Besides changing the home screen from
a tiled menu of different features to a
background image of the main campus’s
iconic fountains, the developers added
some much-needed changes to the app.
However, while it’s a lot better than it
was, the app has a long way to go to be
truly helpful.
All the options are still there, but the
way users access them has changed. To
get to them now, users need to press the
smaller list option in the upper left corner.
All the options can now be found on a list
that appears on the left side of the screen,
overlaying the image of the fountains. This
is a rather annoying feature since users
cannot get out of this menu unless they
press the home button on the bottom of the
screen, but some students find the aesthetic
appeal of the background image worth the
struggle.
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University at Albany’s mobile app has undergone a much needed update. The
update is aesthetically pleasing, yet still has room for more improvement.
The UAlbany app also allows students
to log on with their MyUAlbany account
username and password. This gives
students the option to check things such
as their GPA and schedule straight from
the app. However, this feature can also
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be annoying because it logs users off if
the user closes the app, but not if the user
switch tabs on their phone.
One of the nicest options that the newly
updated app has is a ribbon at the bottom
of the screen. Its position is fixed, and
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even navigating to other pages of the
app will not take it off the screen. This
can be a problem, especially since users
can’t get back to the previous page if they
accidentally press the home button.
The ribbon does have easy access to the
features that UAlbany students used most
on the original version of the app, like
the CDTA bus schedule and the laundry
application, which lets students check if the
dryers in their building are available.
Overall, the app feels like it’s more
focused on aesthetics than function. While
it looks a lot more streamlined, modern,
and is a great improvement from what it
used to be, some of the menu functions are
more of a hindrance than an improvement.
It is nice to see that the app creator
listened to the suggestions he received from
its users, and that he seems truly committed
to giving all the relevant information about
campus to those who need it. However,
they have missed some essential functions
like being able to access email. The next
update should focus more on the functions
of the app, and streamlining them to be
easier to use, instead of focusing on how
the app looks.
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Presidential candidates should practice being more inclusive religiously. Some candidates put an emphasis on the representation of Christianity, which limits their
connection to the American population.
POLITICS
DEVOTED CHRISTIAN POLITICIANS
Are presidential candidates being religiously inclusive?
By STEFAN LEMBO
R
eligion and politics are two words that, when put
together, make most Americans cringe. The issue
of politicians leading with their religious values
is a point of contest that summons the question:
“What about separation of church and state?”
Since this nation was established, religious rhetoric
has found a way to creep into American culture and
government. From “In God We Trust” to the Pledge of
Allegiance, the word God infiltrates all levels of society.
Unintentionally, phrases like “God bless you” and “God
forbid” have been ingrained into our culture. These phrases
aren’t inclusive, as some candidates are blatantly referring
to Christianity.
God is not only ingrained into American culture but is
also openly embraced by an overwhelming majority of the
population. According to a report by the Pew Research
Center, more than 70 percent of Americans identified as
Christian in 2014. This statistic highlights the unbalanced
proportion of Christians in the United States, which then
influences the political elections. In fact, according to
Pewforum.org, Protestants alone made up 53 percent of the
2014 electorate.
The hope for any election should be to select candidates
based on their policies and their ability to affect change.
Unfortunately, with Christianity so deeply woven into our
culture, the simple task of choosing a political candidate
becomes blurred by religion. With the vast majority of
the United States sympathetic to Christianity, politicians
cater to the religious sectors of the electorate through the
use of God in their rhetoric. In doing so, they identify their
personal religious views in elections.
On a simple level, this inclusion of God in political
rhetoric consists of “God bless America” after public
speeches, claiming that you pray before meals and attend
church every Sunday. Simple uses of God in political
speech are to appease the average American Christian
citizen. And it works, as Christianity and the United States
culture are basically intermingled.
When George W. Bush was president, the use of
religious rhetoric in politics bypassed the casual use of
“God bless America.” Instead, Bush started the wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq after God told him, “George, go fight
these terrorists in Afghanistan… George, go and end the
tyranny in Iraq,” according to a report by Nabil Shaath, a
Palestinian foreign minister. Uses of religious rhetoric like
this bring personal religious views too far into the public
and, in this case, global sphere, deviating from secular
government, which is expected in a nation built of diverse
immigrants with diverse religions.
In this year’s presidential election, it is evident that
candidates have not abandoned their effort to sweet-talk
the large number of evangelical voters. Donald Trump
recently received an endorsement from “one of the
evangelical community’s biggest names,” Jerry Falwell
Jr., according to a report by The Washington Post. Trump
has briefly spoken about his religious views, stating he has
“a great relationship with God” and that the Bible is his
“favorite book.” Trump has also gone on record stating
that he wants “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims
entering the United States” in one of his common outbursts
of xenophobia.
In contrast to Trump, Bernie Sanders, the Democratic
socialist, announced that he is “not actively involved with
organized religion,” according to an interview with The
Washington Post. If elected Sanders would not only be
the first Jewish president, but a president who does not
incorporate religious rhetoric into his political display.
It is with this pivotal presidential election that we will
see the direction our nation is heading in. Regardless
of who is elected, if either Trump or Sanders end up
in the White House, we may see the nation come to a
religious crossroad: one being political secularity, the
other being political bigotry. Regardless of which road is
taken, it seems as though the nation will react in favor of
inclusiveness, thus slipping away from the stronghold of
conventional Christianity.
RACIAL ISSUES
Minority womens’ poor
portrayal in pornography
By SUE CHEN
A
dmit it, we love porn—well, at least
those of us who actually watch it
love it. However, things can get a
bit distasteful as we look at the facts
and logistics on what goes on behind the
scenes in the porn industry.
The porn industry is one of the most
prolific and fascinating phenomenon. It
caters to adults, both male and female,
spanning several ages. It is inclusive to
people of all ethnicities: It is essentially a
menu of whatever turns one on.
However, despite the growth and
advancements in the porn industry,
racial fetishization and racism are still
widespread and prevalent.
In pornography, minority women are
most commonly fetishized and categorized
by racial stereotypes. For instance, Asian
women are continuously showcased as
submissive and subservient to their male
counterparts. Latinas are almost always
labeled feisty, “hot and spicy” or “sexy
senoritas.” Black women are always
portrayed as aggressive, demanding and
even “extremely ghetto,” as porn star Misty
Stone puts it.
The porn industry also plays into
stereotypes of minority women as they
always have a specific role within each
individual ethnic group. A scene with a
Hispanic woman would typically involve
the Hispanic woman being a maid. When
a black woman is on camera, she would
Source: the30ish.com
Porn industries reinforce racial stereotypes in order to please their viewers. In
doing so they fetishize races, clouding the cultural value they have.
be portrayed as a thug, or the aggressive,
dominant type. Some videos featuring a
black woman are labeled as “Black ghetto
girl…” whereas when an Asian woman is
filmed, she is either a masseuse in a silky
kimono or an innocent schoolgirl, waiting
for a command.
In contrast, when white women are
filmed, they play roles such as doctors,
lawyers, teachers or other high status
professions.
“The porn industry makes money from
fetishizing minorities. There’s no way
around it. They sell this fictionalized idea
on what minorities [are] and it affects
how men perceive many women around
the world,” said Maria Pareja Borsic, a
University at Albany senior.
In addition to minority women being
fetishized, they are also some of the lowest
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paid actresses in the industry. Specifically,
black women are currently paid the least,
with Latinas and Asian women following.
Similarly, minority men are also negatively
portrayed, some of whom are not even
given enough time on camera. Asian men,
to be specific, are rarely in pornographic
films, unless it is with another Asian
actress. Asian men are also portrayed as
weak or docile. Contrary to Asian men are
black men in porn who, most of the time,
are portrayed as aggressive thugs.
To make matters worse, white actresses
demand higher salaries when they are
asked to perform with a black man.
In an interview for The Daily Show,
porn star Lisa Ann said, “White girls will
ask for double, triple and even quadruple
to do an interracial scene,” and when they
reject the offer to shoot with a black man,
they say things like, “My parents don’t
want me to do interracial.”
Today, the porn industry may appear
to be racially inclusive, as it does include
people of all colors. However, it is
continuously showing racial biases and
stratification through its portrayal of
women of color and how it pays them.
“Although the porn industry has the
diversity needed to entertain the whole
ethnic spectrum, it is heavily stereotyped
and that results in negative preconceived
notions [of] women in different ethnic
groups,” said Brent De Leon, a UAlbany
sophomore.
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EDITOR: JULIA DAY
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INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER
CONDUCTOR ISAAC CHUEKE
TALKS CULTURE AND MUSIC
By MILO VOTAVA
Milo Votava / Albany Student Press
The humble, personable Chueke spoke at a seminar on the UAlbany campus on
Feb. 10.
Isaac Chueke, professional Brazilian
conductor, came to the University at
Albany on Wednesday, Feb. 10 to host a
talk about the history and importance of
Brazilian music and culture . Chueke, who
trained in music in four countries, said he
“symbolically has a music degree in four
countries,” though he got his doctorate of
music in Paris.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Chueke’s life
started out musical, as it was an important
part of his family life. However, his family
considered music to be a hobby, not a
profession. He had to fight them to be able
to study what he loved. This led Chueke to
cultivate an independent nature early on.
His parents’ opinion on his profession
has improved over time. In fact, Chueke
seems to be highly motivated by his family.
One of his most moving memories of
performing was when his wife, a pianist,
and his daughter, a singer, performed
with him. Though they all have their own
careers, he said that it was nice to be able to
bring his family and music together.
Besides his family, Chueke is also
inspired by his home country of Brazil.
He feels a personal responsibility to teach
others about the country. He enjoys being
a kind of ambassador for the diverse music
that comes out of Brazil. This was what
he focused on during his talk: the music
of Brazil, how it evolved over time and its
historical significance.
Chueke seemed to not mind that there
was a rather low turnout at his seminar. In
fact, he seemed happy to be able to reach
out to more people personally. Chueke
talked about the history of Brazil, especially
how the country was under military rule
in the 1960s, and how music was not only
a form of entertainment but also a way
to express yourself and rebel against the
government.
The language of Brazil has been
Portuguese for hundreds of years but it was
influenced by the many different cultures
introduced to Brazil. Chueke believed
that “language gives music impressions
and rhythm, and a general impression that
makes it different.” He also went over
different types of traditional Brazilian
instruments.
Chueke then brought up some sound
clips of various traditional and modern
music. Two of the clips that stood out the
most were a traditional violin piece, then
the same traditional piece but remixed
with faster electronic bass beats. The
juxtaposition of the same piece in such
different styles was nice to hear, and
showed how the history of traditional music
is not lost in the modern age. This also
carries over to traditional dances, such as
the samba schools that have annual parades
and competitions, of which Chueke showed
us some videos. The entire event is focused
on how Brazil still honors its past while
continuing to progress.
The event ended with Chueke having
everyone clap along to the beat of another
traditional song. Throughout the entire
experience, I was touched by how kind
Chueke is. He shook everyone’s hands
with a strong grip when they went to
talk to him. He listened to everyone,
asking them questions, and he seemed
genuinely interested. For someone of such
international prominence, he was humble,
and welcoming to everyone. He brought not
only the culture, but the spirit of Brazil with
him, with his attitude and personality.
REVIEW
Hands Like Houses release
powerful new rock album
Source: bottomlounge.com
By AIDEN BEAN
Australian rock group Hands Like Houses has never been
one to stray away from a challenge. Their past two releases,
“Ground Dweller” (2012) and “Unimagine” (2013), have
pushed the boundaries of alternative rock and post-hardcore
while still holding on to those anthemic choruses and peppy
instrumentation, ensuring them lifelong success not only in
small punk clubs, but potentially bigger arenas as well. All
this hard work and steadfast dedication has finally resulted
in the strongest album of their career.
“Dissonants” sets a high bar for many other alternative
bands to follow and likely fail. It takes everything great
from their first two releases and uses these elements to
create an album largely devoid of filler, resulting in an
album screaming with memorable hooks, powerful vocals
and authentic instrumentation from many genres. In a
perfect world, this album would be Hands Like Houses big
break.
Album opener and first single, “I Am,” is the first of
many anthemic choruses about outcasts and rebellion, a
fairly clichéd lyrical topic, but Hands Like Houses writes
them so well. Also evident on this track, unlike those from
their past releases, is a hardcore-influenced breakdown that
rears its head throughout most of the other tracks on this
record. The guitars are in the forefront on this one, finally
giving Matt Cooper and Alexander Pearson the opportunity
to show off just a little bit past the genre norms.
“Perspectives” is the perfect follow-up and an almost
pristine example of a one-two punch. Electronica influences
are few and far between, astonishing considering that
this band was once labeled as “electronicore.” Listeners
can tell the band is truly aiming for something different,
long-lasting and memorable past the first few listens.
With another exciting breakdown in this track, the heavy
influences are intact but the chorus screams, “Put me on the
radio” in the best way possible.
Their most recent single, “Colourblind,” is the highlight
of the record. A perfect representation of their influences,
this one moves through a Linkin Park-inspired intro,
Jonny Craig-sounding verses, a huge pop punk chorus,
an atmospheric middle section and an almost djent-styled
breakdown. Mid-tempo track “Glasshouse” showcases the
group’s technicality in the intro which leads to a crushing
breakdown. An element that may shock core fans on this
tune, and a couple others throughout the album, is the
emphasis on drum-and-bass styled patterns, particularly
on verses. However, unlike the trend in EDM music,
Hands Like Houses’ style of drum-and-bass is 100 percent
authentic and leads to a much fuller sound.
While the first half of the record was predominantly
heavy, the second half showcases the group’s ability to
meld various genres, particularly pop, into their hardrocking sound.
“Division Symbols” has the most memorable chorus
on the record and, if slowed down, could pass off as a
late ’90s Backstreet Boys track. “Momentary” bends
genres into R&B and may leave listeners wondering if
it’s Justin Bieber they’re hearing. But he track is no love
song or acoustic jam - the chorus still hits like a thousand
bricks. “Motion Sickness” has a spine-shivering bridge
and buildup, with emotionally strained vocals courtesy of
Trenton Woodley—who has really come into his own on
this record, often wowing the listener with vocal trickery
and powerful pipes—and an interesting instrumentation,
featuring the first guitar solo on the record.
As technically interesting and powerfully hardhitting as this record truly is, there are only two slight
disappointments in the form of single “New Romantics”
and later album track “Grey Havens.” “New Romantics”
simply relies on everything Hands Like Houses is good at,
breaking no true new ground and relying on the simplistic
moments from many of their past songs. Other than an
industrial-sounding and fairly interesting breakdown, “Grey
Havens” is the same deal. A typical second-half filler track,
the song doesn’t stand out and gets lost in the onslaught of a
fairly long and adventurous album. On their own, these two
songs would probably stand out as some of the best rock
songs of this year.
Hands Like Houses never fails to disappoint but this is
when we’ve finally seen them transform from post-hardcore
little leagues to arena rock. Not many bands can rock a
heavy sound and counteract that with influences ranging
from pop to punk to R&B. Bands with this amount of
diversity and intrigue are the ones who are usually capable
of producing not only genre-shifting records from here on
out, but also booking those bigger gigs, expanding their fan
base, getting on the radio and bringing their sound to the
mainstream. With “Dissonants,” a frankly astounding, wellthought-out, well-produced, authentic, real and interesting
alternative rock record, Hands Like Houses has finally
crossed that barrier.
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FILM REVIEW
DEADPOOL DONE RIGHT
Source: screenrant.com
By ELENA POLLACK
If a shady guy in a shady bar hands you a shady business
card and offers you a shady deal of becoming “better than
better,” maybe you should walk away.
Ajax (Ed Skrein), the man behind the “shady” business
card, has no intention of helping Wade Wilson, played by
Ryan Reynolds. Wilson is a mercenary who is fighting for
the little guy. He is no superhero. But when he’s diagnosed
with terminal cancer, he will do anything to save himself,
and therefore save his love, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin),
from dying with him.
But Ajax turns Wilson into a self-regenerating mutant,
permanently deforming his skin. After developing these
powers, Wilson takes on the vigilante-like name of
Deadpool and tracks down Ajax, intending to both heal
himself and kill the man who tortured him and hundreds of
others for profit.
This two-hour movie was hilarious, bloody, and
downright sexual. Reynolds does a fantastic job of
portraying the childish, sexual and utterly crazy person that
is the Merc with a Mouth. The character himself is very
close to his comic rendition, written by Fabian Nicieza
in 1991. He is inappropriate, deadly, childish, loves to
kill, and continuously breaks the fourth wall by speaking
directly to the audience several times throughout the film.
The action scenes were thrilling, but not too bloody or
over the top. The fighting was good, although not entirely
realistic. The humor was the best part. With references to
other movies in the comic world, witty one-liners, sexual
references and well-timed jokes, from the very first credits
to the time the lights went up, no one in the theater could
breathe for laughter. One of my favorite scenes was when
Deadpool finally asked for help. He made a few allusions
to some other movies and left me dying of laughter in my
seat. As always, the beloved Stan Lee made a cameo in this
movie.
On the romantic side of things, one could say it was
a romantic comedy, in that Wilson’s goal was to avenge
himself and find a cure so he could return to Vanessa. There
is a damsel, who might not be much of a damsel, and there
is lots of love—R-rated love, that is. I was apprehensive
about the romantic aspects as the character is not supposed
to be a very romantic person, but it worked. The romantic
plot wasn’t too cheesy, and fit in nicely with the rest of
the movie. The director, Tim Miller, rather than make the
love interest a sweet and innocent girl who tries to save the
“villain,” made Vanessa Wilson’s perfect match.
Two other characters in the X-Men universe made
an appearance: Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna
Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapicic). While the film
introduced the former, the latter had already been portrayed
by Daniel Cudmore in “X2,” “X-Men: The Last Stand” and
“X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Colossus was definitely
a hero and Negasonic lived up to her name as a teenager.
These two X-Men attempt to recruit Deadpool as a
superhero and then join in for the big finale. Unfortunately,
we don’t get to see any other X-Men in this film, but one
can only hope this new character will make appearances in
the films to come.
Overall the film’s portrayal of this comic book legend
did not disappoint. This was certainly Deadpool done right.
HALFTIME SHOW
Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyoncé
unite for Super Bowl’s 50th halftime
dancers wore outfits reminiscent of the Black Panthers, a
revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization
active in the United States from 1966 until 1982.
However, Beyoncé and Mars still may have outshined
Martin in almost every way. They worked the stage and
the crowd in an electrifying fashion that mild-mannered
Coldplay might have lacked. And as if Queen B didn’t
dominate the show enough by debuting a new song and
making a political statement, she also announced that she
will be heading on a world tour this spring.
So while the stage was eccentric and the atmosphere
nostalgic, Martin’s overall performance was
underwhelming and left something more to be desired.
Maybe bringing out two of the most memorable halftime
show veterans was the wrong way to go. Fans were also left
scratching their heads, wondering why Martin and Beyoncé
didn’t sing Coldplay’s track “Hymn for the Weekend,”
which B is featured on.
Overall, it was an entertaining show, but it’s up to the
fans to decide who they thought the real star was.
By AMANDA CASE
Chris Martin and his band Coldplay headlined the 2016
Super Bowl Halftime Show, held at Levi’s Stadium on
Sunday, Feb. 7, in Santa Clara, California.
The show started with Martin on the field, surrounded
by fans, running and singing Coldplay’s hit song “Viva
La Vida.” Then, he hopped onstage with his band and
performed “Paradise” and their new tune “Adventures of a
Lifetime.”
A marching band dressed in luminous yellow and pink
uniforms surrounded either side of the stage and dancers
twirled around brightly-colored flower umbrellas during
Coldplay’s last two songs. The stadium radiated a plethora
of colors from the audience and the performers, and the
stage itself doubled as a video screen, pulsing with a
whirlwind of colors under Martin and his band as they
played.
But it might have been Beyoncé and Bruno Mars
who stole the show. Martin introduced Mars, who was
accompanied by dancers and DJ Mark Ronson. Dressed in
all black, wearing gold chains around their necks, Mars and
his crew performed his hit “Uptown Funk.” He worked his
way around the stage during his whimsical performance,
showing off his funky dance moves.
The excitement elevated as Beyoncé popped on the field
to debut her new single “Formation.” She was surrounded
by an army of dancers and a drumline. Beyoncé fiercely
strutted her way to the stage where she and Mars faced off
in a soulful battle, mixing their two songs together. Martin
reappeared and the trio finished “Uptown Funk.”
The pace slowed down as Martin jumped on the piano
and played “Fix You.” The stage displayed a tribute video
of numerous past halftime shows under their feet while
Martin serenaded the crowd.
Once again, Mars and Beyoncé came together to join
Martin to declare “We’re gonna get together somehow,”
ending the show singing “Up and Up.” Martin also tossed
in lyrics by U2, Prince and Mars himself. At the end of
the performance, fireworks and sparklers shot up from
the edges of the field and the audience held up signs that
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spelled out the words “Believe in Love.” It was a highspirited moment as everyone was unified through the
music.
There are questions, though, of what the true nature of
the performance was about. It was obvious that Coldplay
was trying to promote love, but some believe they were
also standing up for gay marriage because of the colorful
scheme throughout the stadium and some fans waving
rainbow flags.
It is also up for debate whether the performers were
trying to break down racial barriers. But Beyoncé
seemed to cause a stir because she and her back-up
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FOOTBALL
Morning off-season tests UAlbany football
Connor Murphy / Albany Student Press
The Great Danes endure fitness tests during the off-season that push them to their limits first thing in the morning. Some of their practices take place on Bob Ford Field.
By CELIA BALF
Morning runs. Sounds like something
one might enjoy along the beach, in warm
weather, perhaps casually stopping to pet
a cute dog when it walks by, right?
Wrong. At least to a University at
Albany football player.
After winter break ends the entire
football program has a meeting where
a draft takes place to select teams for
morning runs. The captains get to choose
the teams, meaning they want to pick
the players they think will do the best
in the running and speed tests, but also
they also want to consider who will
excel in the classroom because all these
components are taken into account when
the final points are tallied.
It’s a 5 a.m wake up. The athletes trek
their hardly woken bodies from any of
the quads on campus or, for some of the
upperclassmen, from downtown to the
turf to condition.
They are out on the field by 5:55
a.m. on the dot. You don’t want to be
late. Not only does that jeopardize your
running team, but it could also mean a
nasty punishment from Head Coach Greg
Gatusso.
“If anyone is late for anything they’ll
get a 6 a.m. on a day we’re not running in
the morning and your team will lose 50
points. And if you’re late for runs, don’t
even bother showing up cause it’ll be 10
times worse for you once you get there
so you just have to accept defeat and take
the next 6 a.m.,” captain Mike Nicastro
said.
Morning runs separate the guys who
are distracted in the offseason from the
ones willing to sacrifice their time, bodies
and mental toughness for the sport. It’s
hard to think of a better test than forcing
a group of college guys to wake up two
or three times a week a the crack of dawn
to run their bodies into the ground in
Albany winter weather.
“It’s freezing out, but once you start
running around it’s okay,” Nicastro
said. He also added how the first week
can be unsettling because it’s not very
difficult, but then the week after is when
the conditioning coaches start dispersing
trash cans around the field because
everyone is puking.
“I would say last year the second
week of morning runs more than half the
team puked, it was pretty gross,” Nicastro
said.
Connor Hughes, the main coach of
strength and conditioning for the football
team, runs the morning sessions. His
voice projects in the same manner on
the turf as it does in the weight room. If
Hughes is out there he is going to make it
worth his while to help make these men
better.
Morning runs don’t only put pressure
on these guys to challenge their bodies
physically, but they also force them
to focus on their studies because a big
portion of the point system is doing well
in school.
Nicastro says you want your team to
be the fastest and the smartest, because
the winner usually gets some exclusive
gear from Gatusso.
“Last year Gatusso got the winning
team Nike bucket hats with ‘UAlbany
Football’ on it,” Nicastro said.
It’s hard to imagine getting your
body moving at its fastest so early and in
negative degree weather. The turf must
sting to touch - forget feeling your fingers
and toes. It’s a mental battle above all
else out there.
The UAlbany football team was 3-8
overall last season, so perhaps for the
team and coaches they believe it’s the
offseason that will be their best bet in
improving in the CAA conference.
The runs are set up like this each
morning:
Different stations switch up on
occasion, however the main ones for
running are called ‘Four Quarters’ which
consists of four periods of a different
running exercise for five minutes straight.
After that a running test called
“Gassers” might happen which is
essentially from one end line to the
other, or a half gasser or quarter gasser
which is just a shorter back and fourth
sprint. Apart from just running, there are
different stations like 5-yard-10-yard5-yard sprints, sled pushes, figure eight
cutting drills, box drills, cone drills,
tennis ball competitions, relay races and
so forth.
There are lots of different
competitions that help build a better
overall athlete and also test different
components of the team’s athleticism.
The football team is going into week
two of morning runs, so be forewarned if
you’re thinking of playing some pickup on Bob Ford Field. There might be
dozens of trash cans and uneasy football
player’s leftovers.
LACROSSE
Danes bounce back to dominate Black Bears
as the game progressed.
UAlbany, who will search for a new identity this year without Miles or Lyle
Thompson to set the tone, shook off rust early, netting the first six goals of the game,
It was brutally cold on Friday afternoon, but that didn’t stop the University at
and not looking back afterward.
Albany men’s lacrosse team from defeating Princeton University 11-6 in a preseason
Sophomore attack Connor Fields, who broke the UAlbany single-season record for
scrimmage at John Fallon Field.
goals scored by a freshman last season, showed his accomplishment was no fluke after
UAlbany battled with last year’s Ivy League champion, a team that came one goal
scoring the team’s first two goals. Co-attack Seth Oakes also contributed two goals,
short of clinching a berth in the NCAA tournament a season ago.
including a beautiful no-look back-handed shot in the first quarter. The tandem figures
As expected, the frigid conditions led to a sloppy start for both teams. Each squad
provide much of the offense for Head Coach Scott Marr’s team this season.
struggled to settle into a rhythm offensively, as demonstrated by several dropped
Senior captain John Maloney, who was recently drafted 51st overall in the Major
routine passes. However, the Great Danes found their groove on both sides of the field
League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, added a goal in the first as well, giving UAlbany a
4-0 lead after one.
In the second quarter, the UAlbany defense proved it is to be feared just as much
as the offense. Senior Blaze Riorden, who is believed to be the best goalkeeper in the
country by some of his teammates, showed off his skillset with a few tremendous saves,
and his teammates fed off of the intensity of the preseason All-American selection.
Princeton’s offense looked rattled at times by the stout UAlbany defense. Throw
in freezing temperatures on top of that, and the Tigers were clearly frustrated for the
Saturday, Feb. 13 - Princeton
majority of the game. That frustration led to careless penalties, which UAlbany used to
Saturday, Feb. 27- Drexel
its advantage to capitalize on multiple man-down situations.
Saturday, March 5 - Cornell
In the third quarter the rising frustration displayed itself as the referees were forced to
Saturday, March 19 - Stony Brook
separate players and issue penalties. Princeton proceeded to score two goals, but a pair
of goals by junior attack Jake Cullen in the fourth helped squash any glimmer of hope
Wednesday, March 30 - Harvard
the Tigers had.
For the second scrimmage in a row, reserve goalkeeper Trevor Cross entered in the
fourth quarter to give some relief of Riorden, who seems to be on the field at all times
this season.
Saturday, Feb. 27 - Cornell
With two scrimmages under their belt, the Great Danes (No. 13 in Inside Lacrosse
Sunday, March 13 - Villanova
magazine’s preseason poll) hope their preseason wins will translate in to ones that
Saturday, March 19 - Wagner
actually count in the standings. UAlbany, picked to win the America East this season,
Wednesday, April 6 - Binghamton travels to the Carrier Dome Feb. 21 in its season-opener to take on Syracuse, who are
ranked No. 5.
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BASKETBALL
WHAT HAPPENED
THIS WEEK:
By BRYAN SAUR
Jonathan Peters / Albany Student Press
Women’s basketball beats UNH 85-48 in front of 3,000
fans on Commitment to Education Day at SEFCU Arena.
Jonathan Peters / Albany Student Press
Women’s basketball’s 13-game winning streak stopped
by trip to Maine, they lost 53-65 to a team whose threepointers made the difference.
Following a tough loss
Thursday night against New
Hampshire, the University
at Albany Great Danes
(21-7, 10-3 America East)
bounced back and defeated
the Maine Black Bears
(8-18, 4-9 America East)
108-64 on Sunday.
The Great Danes
dominated right from the
start and the Black Bears
never contested. Despite the
Black Bears’ struggles this
season, the Great Danes are
coming off a loss the last
time these two teams met
up back on Jan. 15, when
the Danes lost 81-79 up in
Maine.
Ray Sanders led the way
for the Danes with 22 points
and three steals.
“Our defense was solid
tonight for the most part,”
Sanders said after the game.
“We wanted to bounce back
after UNH and wanted to
show what we were capable
of defensively as a whole
unit.”
Sanders made a great
defensive play at the 10:52
mark, making a steal in the
backcourt which led to an
easy layup.
After ending the first half
on a 15-2 run in the final
4:16, the Danes came out in
the second half and scored
the first 12 points.
At 13:30 Sanders made
a nice pass in transition to
Peter Hooley who threw
it down for a big dunk.
Seconds later, Sanders
forced another steal and
made the wide open dunk,
sending cheers throughout
SEFCU Arena.
Hooley finished 5-9 from
the field with 12 points
before sitting out most of
the second half.
Coach Will Brown
was proud of his team’s
performance.
“We did a good job
following the scouting
report,” Brown said. “Our
defense made stops which
got us out in transition and
got us easy opportunities.”
With the lopsided score,
10 Great Danes got to check
into the game and all 10 of
those players scored. Dallas
Ennema had a season high
16 points in 20 minutes of
action.
“It’s fun to see guys
come off the bench and
contribute,” Sanders said.
“We just wanted to execute
the gameplan and have a lot
of fun.”
There was a scary
moment when freshman
guard Joe Cremo hit the
floor hard going up for a
layup at 13:06. He laid on
court briefly before coming
out of the game. The injury
was not as serious as it
looked and Cremo checked
back into the game at
the 7:06 mark with a big
ovation from the UAlbany
faithful.
The 108 points is the
first time the Danes reached
triple digits this season and
they tied UMass Lowell
for most points in a game
this season when they did it
against Maine on February
11th.
The Danes continue to
dominate at SEFCU Arena
and are a perfect 12-0.
Now the Danes will be
focused for their big game
7 pm Wednesday night
at SEFCU arena where
they will face the Stony
Brook Seawolves (21-4,
12-0 America East). The
Seawolves are currently in
first place in the America
East and have the longest
winning streak in Division
I college basketball with 18
games.
ATHLETE’S CORNER
Players weigh in on Valentine’s Day plans
By CELIA BALF
For student-athletes, Sundays aren’t
a day off. It’s typically a game day, a
practice day, or a lifting or conditioning
session, depending on the season
and the sport. This past Sunday was
Valentine’s Day, meaning studentathletes everywhere had to find the love
and basketball spark to their otherwise
fleeting college relationship or fling.
The 2000 hit movie “Love and
Basketball” is the quintessential college
athlete love story: Male basketball
player meets a female one, and while
one succeeds, the other one struggles,
providing an imbalance that creates
an emotional nightmare. But at the
University at Albany—as well as many
other places—it doesn’t work out quite
like that. But it’s still fun to see what
some of the UAlbany student-athletes
had in mind for the special day.
Unfortunately the UAlbany women’s
basketball teams had their hearts broken
on Sunday, giving the team its first loss
in conference play all season. It was
a big-time matchup at Maine, a game
which featured the No. 1 and No. 2 teams
in the America East. The game proved to
be more important than picking the right
restaurant—the Danes fell 65-53 in their
first loss in the America East this year.
After losing to them on the road
earlier this year, the men’s basketball
team Danes welcomed Maine to SEFCU
Arena for a revenge date. The Great
Danes manhandled the Black Bears,
winning 108-64, the team’s largest
margin-of-victory this season. It is
reasonable to conclude the game put a
damper on the night of some of Maine’s
players who may have had romantic
plans for later in the day.
But for those student-athletes who
didn’t have to worry about a game,
love—or something like it--was in the
air. Some said they were swamped with
work and would share the love with
their assignments. As for others, they
said certain beverages would be their
date on Valentine’s Day, while a few
recognizable names planned elaborate
dates for their partners to make the day
extra special.
Football players like to give off
the image that they are tough and
emotionless. But surprisingly, UAlbany
has a few romantics on its team.
Offensive lineman and waffle
enthusiast Kevin Malloy—who is known
as an Ed Sheeran lover--said he had a
whole day planned for his girlfriend.
“There’s this little dive of a breakfast
place called ‘Dan’s Place’ I love. We’re
going to go there for breakfast and just
spending the day relaxing and doing
some work, sadly,” Malloy said. “But for
dinner I’m cooking her a three-course
meal here and then gonna give her
favorite chocolates.”
When asked about what was on the
dinner menu, Malloy asked
for good luck wishes. Why?
“The meal is marinated
shrimp, baked potatoes
and steak. And for dessert?
Cake,” Malloy said.
The Albany Student
Press will have to follow up
with Malloy’s girlfriend for
a review of Chef Malloy’s
work.
Kyle Sakowski, a junior
safety for the football team,
may surprise readers with
what he had in store for his
girlfriend, who is a member
of the dance team.
“I’m picking up an
Edible Arrangement and
roses for her on Friday.
Then I’m bringing her to
the movies on Saturday
because she cannot go out
due to a basketball game
Source: Chef Malloy’s Snapchat
on Sunday,” Sakowski said. This meat heart is just one example of how a student
“Then on Sunday I’m giving athlete expressed his feelings on Valentine’s Day.
her roses again after she
performs at the basketball
know,” said Sakowski, who was
game and bringing her to the
interviewed prior to the Sunday date.
place I took her for our first date.”
It’s no doubt the young woman
Sakowski and his valentine went to
will be pleasantly surprised about the
D’Raymonds—a Loudonville-based
date, especially when she realizes the
Italian restaurant--on their first date, so
whole school will know how much of a
Sakowski said he would take her there
romantic “bad-boy” Sakowski can really
after she danced at the basketball game.
be.
“It’s all a surprise--she doesn’t
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