CELEBRATING 100 YEARS 1916—2016 Passover or Parkfest? PAGE 4 Track and Field celebrates seniors PAGE 10 ALBANY STUDENT PRESS TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016 ISSUE 23 ALBANYSTUDENTPRESS.NET ON CAMPUS LIMITED PARKFEST TIX PROMPTS CHANGES By ILENE ROTHMAN After a struggle to obtain tickets to this year’s Parkfest, some students are demanding a change to the system. The first 500 tickets to the spring concert were distributed to students during the Cultural Carnival on April 17 and the following days of ticket distribution resulted in students skipping class and work to line up ALUMNI as early as 6:30 a.m. On Monday, April 18, the first day of ticket distribution, the overwhelmed Student Association shut down further sales after being mobbed by the student body. To release their anger and frustration with the distribution, students took to social media. In a post on Facebook, sophomore environmental science major Madison Corbeil said, “I am a dedicated student and also hold a part time job. I should be rewarded for working hard, NOT penalized for going to class. Instead, I am excluded from the main spring social event because I can’t afford to skip all of my classes and spend hours waiting in line.” Donavan Swanson, director of Programming for SA and a senior public administration major, immediately reached out to students and provided his email address to those who wanted to voice their concerns. One of the foremost complaints among students is that Parkfest ticket sales are not online. The University at Buffalo had its SpringFest tickets available for purchase through Ticketmaster. Swanson has addressed this issue and said online ticket sales will be available next Please see PARKFEST page 3 PODIATING PARKING Discrimination in the sharing economy Better technology, fewer tickets By RYAN MAESTRE The growing popularity of the online lodging service Airbnb has changed the way people list, find and rent overnight residency, but according to a study conducted by University at Albany alumnus Michael Luca, the increase in online anonymity may leave more room for discrimination. Luca returned to campus on Thursday, April 22 to speak about the research that he and his coworkers, Dan Svirsky and Benjamin Edelman, have conducted about discrimination through Airbnb. Luca and his team created 6,400 accounts looking to rent homes in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Baltimore, Dallas and St. Louis, with each account named under stereotypical white and black names. The experiment aimed to see how the rental experience of an individual with a stereotypical black name would compare with the renting success of someone with a stereotypically white name, and the results showed that there were high levels of discrimination against black guests from both white and black hosts. Under the study, the created accounts with black-sounding names, such as Jermaine and Tyrone, were accepted 15 percent less often than those with white-sounding names, like Allison and Brad. UAlbany students that are users of Airbnb said the results of Luca’s study are revealing. “This is eye-opening,” said Whitney Martuscello, a junior studying social welfare. “That’s not fair at all. I’d be pretty upset too if I were discriminated against just because of my name.” Both Martuscello and her friends use Airbnb. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics in 2002, Luca’s choice to focus on race in Airbnb was based on its “fantastic example of an online marketplace.” Luca said that since the website lets users see the race of hosts that were anonymously participating in the study, the results are more accurate than a website that does not allow the host or Please see ALUM page 8 By JHOANNA HARO Brandon Maxwell / Albany Student Press Great Danes welcome return of fountain While there’s no longer a Fountain Day, Great Danes are still taking advantage of the spring sunshine and cool water before finals approach. Aleks Siemenn, a freshman environmental science major, and Alan Dee, a sophomore accounting major, lounge under the sun in front of the business school. Alejandro Alvarez, Morgan Lorenz and Val Paulino sit at the central fountain’s edge soaking their feet in the water. “Suns out, guns out,” Paulino said. New technology in the University at Albany’s Parking and Mass Transit Office is intended to help students avoid parking tickets and improve customer service, according to the parking director. “At least two pictures of the citation will be downloaded into the computer through a ticketing machine which can help for the appeal process giving visual evidence,” said Jason Jones, parking director at UAlbany. Various payment methods like meters, online visitor passes as well as physical passes that are sold at the parking office, and pay and display machines in SEFCU are also available. “We are moving toward mobile pay technology to replace meters. LPR systems are plate recognition that speeds up seven times the job for the enforcers,” Jones said. One of the many ways Mass Transit is trying to help students from receiving tickets is upgrading the signs in the Colonial Quad parking lot, where many tickets are given out. According to Jones, they plan on changing the stripes to white and yellow Please see PMT page 8 HEALTH Campus asbestos removal may take decades By JANIE FRANK The abatement of asbestos in the Campus Center at the University at Albany is complete. However, asbestos removal across the entire campus will not be complete for at least another 10 years, according to Kerry Csontos, who is in charge of coordinating campus-wide asbestos removal. The asbestos removal on campus began more than 10 years ago, according to John Giarrusso, associate vice president of Finance & Administration for Facilities Management. The Campus Center abatement did not begin until the summer of 2014. “We on campus, like everyone in the country, are regulated for asbestos removal when it is disturbed,” Giarrusso said. “When the oversight and attention started, I’m not sure… We’ve been dealing with it on every project for decades.” Abatement became a concern in the 1970s when organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the New York State Departments of Health and Labor began to regulate it. Stephen Pearse, executive director of University Auxiliary Services, said this is normal for most buildings built between the 1950s and ‘70s. “Most of this campus was built in the late ‘60s,” Pearse said. “Asbestos was a miracle substance back in the ‘60s and it appeared in so many of the building components: floor tile, wall siding, mastics and caulk.” In the Campus Center at UAlbany, much of the Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) were in the glue used to hold down floor tiles, according to Csontos. There was also asbestos present in thermal duct insulations and exhausts ducts. Other SUNY schools have similar asbestos removal projects. The University at Buffalo has been dealing with abatement products since at least 2005, according to The Spectrum, UBuffalo’s student newspaper. SUNY Oswego has had projects involving asbestos removal since at least 2007, according to WTOP News 10. SUNY Canton, Binghamton University, and SUNY Geneseo also reference abatement on their websites. “Asbestos removal is a highly regulated and rather routine part of virtually any significant work we do to alter or upgrade original PRINTED BY THE TIMES UNION, ALBANY, NEW YORK — A HEARST CORPORATION NEWSPAPER Please see CC page 3 2 NEWS EDITOR: KASSIE PARISI [email protected] TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016 ALBANY STUDENT PRESS FIGHT FOR FIFTEEN Citizen Action’s campaign for minimum wage increase Kimari Hazward / Albany Student Press People gather on South Pearl Street to rally for a $15 minimum wage. Some hold signs saying #faithfor15. By JULIAN ALBAN Workers in the Capital Region rallied together on April 15 with Citizen Action of New York at two McDonald’s restaurants to protest for a $15 statewide minimum wage. The first rally began at 8 a.m. at the Hoosick Street McDonald’s in Troy. Another followed at the McDonald’s on South Pearl Street in Albany at 5 p.m. These rallies came just two weeks after the release of the 2016-2017 New York State Budget announced a minimum wage raise to $15 an hour by 2018 for parts of the state. Mark Emanation, the community organizer for Citizen Action, has spent the last five years actively pushing for a minimum wage increase. “We’ve been working for several years now to get the Legislature to raise the minimum wage…and this year we were successful in getting some of it done,” Emanation said. “New York City got $15 by 2018, Westchester County and Long Island by 2019.” Upstate exclusion Despite these victories, however, it seems as though the rest of the state might have been left out. Upstate New York will raise its hourly minimum wage to $12.50 by 2020. Emanation is not alone in his dissatisfaction with the significantly slower increase of minimum wage upstate. “It shouldn’t take graduation into it, it should take effect now,” said Jacque Jordan, a McDonald’s employee of seven years. “There’s no reason they [McDonald’s CEOs] can’t do it, they have the money.” Jordan is frustrated with her current living situation, which is all she can afford with her wages. “I live in a hotel, I pay $250 a week and my paychecks are $189 to $199 a week so I have to beg and borrow every week to make ends meet, which is no way to live,” she said. Raising children on fast-food wages The rally also had several strollers scattered around the location. According to a 2015 Fiscal Policy Institute testimony, 26 percent of fastfood employees have one or more children. A similar study conducted in 2013 by the UC-Berkley Center for Labor Research and Education, along with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Urban & Regional Planning, found that 20 percent of fast-food employees have family incomes below the federal poverty line with 23 percent in a “near poverty” status. This is defined as having an overall income between 100 to 200 percent of the federal poverty line. “I have kids to worry about and I need the union and I need benefits,” said Elizabeth Ritchie, an employee at Moe’s Southwest Grill. “When you give people who are living in poverty more money, they spend more money immediately. That is actually an economic driver and that increases demand locally and helps build new business and new jobs,” he said. William “Bill” Ritchie, president of the Albany Federation of Labor, had a similar view to Paparonne. He believes that an increase in minimum wage among fast-food employees would increase demand and allow employees to “spend their money immediately at places like McDonald’s.” “As far as I’m concerned, if the price of a Big Mac has to be increased by 10 or 20 cents so that people can have reasonable existences as workers, then I am for it,” Ritchie said. Concerns for raising the minimum wage The Next Steps Critics of raising the minimum wage have predicted an increase in product prices, layoffs to compensate for high labor costs, and the risk of businesses closing, but proponent Joseph Paparonne of FOCUS Churches of Albany disagreed. “The arguments against raising the minimum wage have been the same since the minimum wage was instituted and they’ve always been wrong,” he said. FOCUS Churches of Albany hosts a number of food pantries and soup kitchens throughout Albany, and Paparonne often sees low wage workers at their doors. While the future of the Fight for 15 in upstate remains unclear, protestors at Friday’s rally remained optimistic. According to Emanation, Citizen Action, with the help of local unions and churches, was able to find Jordan an apartment that she’ll move into at the end of the month. “We’re gonna go back and continue to fight over there. Build rallies, get new people elected, if they don’t want to vote for it get rid of them and, and that’s what I think about, it’s important to keep this out here,” said Emanation. CRIME BLOTTER CRIMINAL POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 4/15/2016 University Drive East Report of a female student with marijuana brownies. An arrest was made. OPERATING MOTOR VEHCILE IMPAIRED BY DRUGS 4/16/2016 University East Drive Report of a male subject driving with a suspended out of state license, driving while intoxicated and in the possession of marijuana. An arrest was made. TAKE INCAPACITATED PERSON FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT 4/16/2016 Empire Commons- B Cluster Report of an intoxicated male student, unconscious. Transported to hospital by 5 Quad. A referral was made. POSSESSION FORGED INSTRUMENT 4/16/2016 State Quad- Cooper Hall Report of two female students in possession of marihuana, marihuana paraphernalia and forged licenses. A referral was made for the same. FALSE REPORT FIRE EXPLOSION OR HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE OF PROTECTION 4/17/2016 Indian Quad- Cayuga Hall An unknown subject pulled the fire alarm for no apparent reason. ANIMAL REPORT 4/18/2016 Empire Commons- G Cluster Report of a cat stuck in a tree. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 4/19/2016 Dutch Quad lot Report of car being keyed. MEDICAL INCIDENT 4/19/2016 PE Building Report of a male student with laceration above eye. Transported to hospital by 5 Quad. AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE 4/19/2016 State Quad Lot Report of a male student found to be operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding. CRIMINAL NUISANCE 4/20/2016 Colonial QuadLivingston Tower Report of three female students with marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia. A referral was made. GRAND LARCENY 4/20/2016 PE Complex- SEFCU Arena Report of a stolen golf cart. MEDICAL INCIDENT 4/20/2016 PE Building Report of a male student with an injured knee. Refused medical treatment. DRUG COMPLAINT 4/20/2016 Empire Commons- C Cluster Report of subject to be smoking marijuana in public. PERSONS ANNOYING 4/21/2016 Other-Parking Management Report of four male students being rowdy. Referred for same. DOMESTIC INCIDENT 4/21/2016 State Quad- Fulton Hall Assisted subjects in a domestic dispute. MEDICAL INCIDENT 4/21/2016 Indian Quad- Cayua Hall Report of a female student having asthma attack. MEDICAL INCIDENT 4/21/2016 Indian Quad- Cayua Hall Report of a female student having asthma attack. CHECK A SUBJECT 4/21/2016 Roadways-Thurlow Lot Check a subject. CHECK A SUBJECT 4/21/2016 Roadways-CQ Lot Check a subject. ADVICE Time managment, the reduction of anxiety By MIDDLE EARTH College life places rigorous scheduling demands on students. Students juggle various assignments and deadlines across multiple classes; they have extra-curricular schedules such as sports teams and clubs, and many students manage work and internship schedules as well. For many students, college is their first experience with such demanding and varied schedules. Add to these demands the challenges associated with being away from home, trying to establish new friendships, and discovering who they will be in the world, and it is easy to understand why the experience of feeling anxious is so common among the college population. While some of the social aspects of college life (e.g., friendships and self-discovery) unfold rather organically and require some patience, the ability to manage one’s time effectively can offer some relief from anxiety. Some students manage their schedules without the use of any tools such as day planners or smart phone calendars; they keep track of it all in their heads. Many of these students report doing quite well managing their time in this manner, but managing anxiety is another matter. When people describe the emotional experience of anxiety, they often mention racing thoughts, problems concentrating, feelings of dread, and difficulty getting rid of worries that rationally they recognize as disproportionate. This is where time management tools can help. Writing down one’s tasks, deadlines, appointments, etc. and checking them off as they are completed essentially removes them from one’s head and reduces the clutter that those racing thoughts and overwhelming dread may cause. Written down or stored in an electronic scheduling device, these items are less apt to fuel the experience of dread and looming angst. The distinction between tasks can become blurred in one’s mind during moments of feeling anxious; multiple manageable tasks can morph into what seems like one enormous and unmanageable chore. Checklists and calendar tools provide users a way to break things down. For example, that 20-page paper due at the end of the month might look something like this: Day 1: Brainstorm topics, preliminary lit review (2 hours) Day 2: Finalize topic, deeper lit review (4 hours) Day 3: Create outline of paper, reference prof’s guidelines from syllabus (2 hours) Day 4: R&R (Gym in the morning, lunch with a friend) Day 5: Write draft for two sections of the outline (2 to 4 hours) Day 6: Write draft for two more sections (2 to 4 hours) Day 7: Revisit and complete first two sections Be mindful that none of this information is intended to suggest that anxiety is not a real and difficult struggle for many students. If you find that you are having difficulties with time management or anxiety, there are options for you. If you are a University at Albany student, you can make an appointment at Counseling and Psychological Services with a mental health professional to discuss this subject further. To make an appointment with any of their clinicians, call 518442-5800. For additional information you can access their website at www. albany.edu/counseling_center. Also, if you would like to talk to a peer about additional ways to effectively manage your time, you can call the Middle Earth Peer Assistance hotline at 518-4425777. The Middle Earth Peer Assistance hotline is open when classes at UAlbany Source: Middle Earth are in session during the academic year (September through May). The hotline hours are from 1 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, and 24 hours on the weekends beginning on Friday at 1 p.m. NEWS TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 ALBANY STUDENT PRESS DANES SAY WHAT? This week, we asked students: Did you vote in the primary? Why or why not? EDITOR: LINDSEY RIBACK [email protected] 3 Name: Mike Almas u Year: Senior Major: Business Accounting Didn’t vote, didn’t know the location of the polls. Name: Alexis Fiddemon Year: Sophomore Major: Mathematics I voted, this is my first time, I want to take a stance on what I see that’s happening. q t Name: Alexander Martin Year: Senior Major: Communications Didn’t vote, I messed up my absentee ballot. p Name: Forhad Rahman Year: Junior Major: English Least like to see president: I voted, I heavily support Sanders and his policies, and I want to help him win this primary. Compiled by Milo Votava PARKFEST Continued from Page 1 year. “Student Association was not guaranteed that service as of this year, resulting in physical tickets and lines,” Swanson said. The fact that ParkFest is an exclusive event made the demand for tickets that much greater. As of Thursday, event attendance for a school with almost 13,000 undergraduate students was capped at 5,000 people, and 1,000 of those tickets were available to students who do not attend the university. Sophomore Nicole Lvov, an environmental science major, spent two hours on April 20 waiting in line and did not received tickets. “We pay for this with the student fee and I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that we have to wait in a line and not every student gets to go,” she said of the mandatory $100 fee that all UAlbany undergraduates have to pay. While the SA is a nonprofit entity separate from the university, it is the university that determines the capacity since the event is held on its property, according to Swanson. “In the future if there is such a desire to attend Parkfest such as this year, Student Association would be forced to hold the concert off campus and begin to charge students in order to pay for the venue,” said Swanson. After April 18, ticket distribution was capped at 1,000 per day and the University Police Department helped manage the line. On Thursday it was decided that there would not be a physical ticket distribution after the university decided to increase the maximum capacity. Instead, SA would raffle off the remaining 1,000 tickets. Despite students’ dissatisfaction with the distribution of tickets, Colin Manchester, next year’s vice president of SA, hopes students will look on the positive side of the event. “As far as ParkFest goes, I think the lineup we have really reaches out through many genres and appeals to a broad amount of students,” said Manchester, a junior who is double majoring in financial market regulation and financial analyst. ParkFest was held on Sunday, April 24 for a crowd of 5,000 students on the State Quad Field and was hosted by Terrence J and DJ Young Chow with performances by Pusha T, Timeflies, Hippie Sabotage, Jeremih, and headliner Future. CC Continued from Page 1 construction here on campus,” Giarrusso said. Removal can get pricy. The budget for the abatement within the Campus Center was included in its extension project budget. The cost of abatement in only the Campus Center was $575,000, according to Csontos. It is unclear how much it will cost to abate the entire campus, as every project has its own budget. “There is no way to get an estimate of cost,” Giarrusso said. He also said the removal will be drastic because asbestos is assumed to be in the majority of the buildings on campus. “All of the older buildings on this campus, on every campus and in every neighborhood in this country likely has [asbestos] in floor tiles, plaster, construction glues and adhesives, pipe insulation, fire rated doors, roofing felt and glazing,” he said. The entire removal process will take “probably decades.” “We have over 5,000,000 square feet, so getting to every building will take time,” Giarrusso said. Sessions begin May 23, 2016 and run throughout the summer THUR. MAY 5th ACADEMIC PODIUM 8:30p - 10:30p [S M A L L FOU N TA I N ] Flexible 4 and 6-week sessions Online course options available 5/8: Late Night Coffee House* | 8:30p - 10:30p Registration begins March 21, 2016 and is ongoing CAMPUS CENTER EAST ADDITION REAK COFF 2016 EE B *FREE FOOD GIVEAWAYS SNAC 5/9: Late Night Snacks | 8:30p - 10:30p K ATT A DUTCH & STATE QUAD CK 5/10: Late Night Desserts | 8:30p - 10:30pTREATS DUTCH & STATE QUADSWE ET albany.edu/summer HAVE A NEWS TIP? EMAIL US AT [email protected] 4 OPINIONS EDITOR: KEVIN MERCADO [email protected] TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016 ALBANY STUDENT PRESS RELIGION ON CAMPUS PARKFEST OR PASSOVER By AMANDA ZIEGLER-IANNOTTI I ’m sure many are familiar with the Jewish holiday of Passover. Many may have seen the “Rugrats” episode with Grandpa Boris talking about the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt. There is a chance most people have a Jewish friend who celebrates the holiday and has spoken about their Seder with them. Passover this year was celebrated from April 22 to April 30, beginning Friday night at sundown and ending Sunday night at sundown. It is customary for this holiday in particular to be spent with family. Many Jewish kids want to go home, and many Jewish families expect them home. For many Jewish students at the University at Albany, it is not an option to stay on campus in order to attend a concert instead of celebrating Passover. “Jewish people are not supposed to drive or travel by public transit within the first two days of Passover, also the two more widely celebrated days,” said Irit Block, wife of Rabbi Jeremy Block of Aish NY. Jewish students would have likely gone home on Thursday or Friday and come back up to school some time late Sunday or Monday. Parkfest was Sunday, April 24, with doors opening at 1 p.m. In my case, I don’t particularly care for Future, the headlining artist. I also am not so serious about my religion that if Parkfest were to feature an artist I did want to see, I would travel during the hours many others wouldn’t. However, I am not the only Jewish student on campus, and I personally know plenty of Jewish people who both celebrate Passover and would have liked to see Future. One such student is Bryan Nichols, who said he originally planned on going home for Passover, but decided to stay on campus this year so that he could attend Parkfest. He had been unable to attend previous years because of finals and end-of-semester papers. He’ll be celebrating Passover at Rabbi Block’s home Friday night, and Rabbi Gavriel Horan’s home on Saturday night. Nothing is wrong with Nichols wanting to attend Parkfest, but some people are more observant of the holiday than him. Senior Jennifer Perlman went home for the holiday, even though she loves Future and had been looking forward to Parkfest since September. She said she didn’t feel like it was really a choice, because for her it was like choosing between God and a concert. Perlman feels it’s disrespectful to have the concert scheduled this weekend, Source: Wikipedia.org The Jewish holiday, Passover, consists of a ceremonial dinner known as a Seder. when it could have been held any other weekend that didn’t fall on a religious holiday. So then why, with Passover being a well-known Jewish holiday and UAlbany having a large Jewish population, would Parkfest be held during a weekend when many Jewish students could not be in Albany? Was the university unaware of the holiday, or did they not care that Jewish students would have to miss the yearly concert? Whatever the case, plenty of Jewish students are feeling overlooked. StiLL ACCeptiNg AppLiCAtiONS FOr Our SepteMber CLASS Academic Excellence. 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Advertisements, as well as letter and column content, do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ASP staff. All unsigned editorials are written with the approval of the editorial board. The ASP is a registered trademark of the Albany Student Press Corporation which has exclusive rights to any materials herein. Contact the ASP for information and publication schedules: Newsroom: Campus Center 326 Email: [email protected]; [email protected] www.albanystudentpress.net OPINIONS TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016 ALBANY STUDENT PRESS ASSISTANT EDITOR: DANIEL PINZON [email protected] 5 CENSORSHIP Kevin Mercado / Albany Student Press The Albany Student Press experienced its first-ever form of censorship that can be traced. Tour guides during the Accepted Students Open House were told to remove all ASP issues that featured the headline “Assault reports up 200 percent,” as it looked bad on the university as a whole, despite the story speaking favorably for the university. Students are more open to report sexual assault. SILENCING THE VOICES OF STUDENTS By KEVIN MERCADO T he First Amendment says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” Therefore, censorship is a clear violation of our First Amendment rights. A Google search of the word “censorship” defines it as, “the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts.” Recently, the Albany Student Press received the unfortunate news that tour guides at the University at Albany campus were disposing copies of the paper because the word “assault” was written across the top. It’s believed that admissions didn’t want potential students to get the wrong idea about the university. Editor-in-Chief Kassie Parisi covered the incident for the ASP. The ASP obtained a tour guide group message which read, “Hi team! If anyone is in the LCs today and sees the ASP that says something about assault. Please remove them. Grab a stack and recycle them. I felt horrible doing it but it’s just not something we want to welcome our families with this weekend.” The censored article in question “focused on the fact that the reports are increasing because there are now more ways for students on campus to report and get help regarding sexual assault, such as the University Advocacy Center,” Parisi wrote. This is just one example of how censorship doesn’t work. Had the article been carefully looked at, this entire mess could have been prevented. The article was in the interest of the university and could have been incorporated in the tours to say that the University is advocating for the awareness of sexual violence on college campuses and is actually doing something about it. The article’s message was lost under the discretion of the tour guide; it was a bad judgment call. As reported in Parisi’s article, UAlbany Provost James Stellar responded to the incident, saying, “The decision was an inappropriate judgment call, and inconsistent with our values as a University. The free and open exchange of data and ideas is a principle on which we, and all universities, stand. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the ASP.” UAlbany administration were fortunately able to recover the papers and get them back on stands fairly quickly, which is good news for the ASP. But, the ASP is certainly not the first school paper plagued with censorship. According to David R. Wheeler in an article for The Atlantic, Lori McKown was an adviser for the school paper at Butler University in Indianapolis. This past September, she was relieved from her position. According to the article, “Her most recent employee evaluation, signed on April 13, 2015, had listed a rating of ‘above expectations,’ asserting that she ‘consistently performs at a level that meets, and often exceeds, the institution’s expectations.’” It was later revealed that McKown had sent a private email which spurred her release from the adviser position. Get your ASP writing for our last issue of the semester. Email [email protected]il.com for more info. This summer catch up with your friends and your future... at Columbia-Greene. TWO SUMMER SESSIONS Summer Session I: Open Registration on May 12 • Starts May 16 Summer Session II: Open Registration on May 12 • Starts July 11 Also, non-matriculated students can register weekdays. Route 23 | Hudson, NY | 518-828-4181 | MyCommunityCollege.com /ColumbiaGreeneCC | @ColGreeneCC | /ColumbiaGreeneCC TOMORROW, TODAY. cgcc_4year16_ualbany_4.9x6.5.indd 1 What tops it off - she was replaced with someone from the university’s public relations team. “It’s a clear conflict of interest for a university public relations professional to advise a college newspaper,” said College Media Association President Rachele Kanigel. Wheeler asks in his article, “In an era of tight budgets, and heightened brand consciousness, are administrators more afraid than ever to leave students in charge of the student newspaper?” Maybe I can understand that a university wants to display its campus with the utmost esteem, but to hide the voice of its students is a violation of our rights. If the right to free speech is clearly defined in the Constitution, at the very beginning no less, then that right should be respected despite the “negative” repercussions it may have. According to an article in The Atlantic, Susan Zake, a journalism professor at Kent State University, wrote, “I still find it hard to believe that a bunch of smart people at a university can’t understand what a free student press should look like.” Zake puts into words exactly what most of us are thinking. How can someone think that violating the Constitution can make the school look better? And realistically, I don’t think a lot of those students would have stopped to look at the paper, especially during a walking tour. Even if they did, I’m sure they would have had the common decency to actually read at least the first paragraph or so. The ASP is another student paper that was silenced. FINANCES Money vs. college By DANIEL PINZON C ollege is the official practice run for life. And one of life’s many tasks includes being in charge of your own money. As the youth enter into young adulthood, we have been taught that money is important, it’s essential for a decent living. With this in mind, we either take that message seriously or as a joke. As a college student we are either overwhelmed in paranoia of being low on money or we spend without a care. Money is important, but it shouldn’t guide our lives. As we were constantly reminded by our high school administration, the cost of college shouldn’t impact our decision. Yet how can we not let it? Simply being in college, a student is most likely in debt, setting the foundation for financial struggles. We don’t want to add on to this established debt. I have experienced the life of the extreme sides of prioritizing money. I didn’t spend a single penny in the fall semester, however when the spring semester came around, I spent everything I had. It’s clear the ideal money spending habit is somewhere in the middle. I have gotten to the point that I would think if I didn’t buy a pack of potato chips, I would save a dollar. I would save so much money if I didn’t buy anything, obviously. That is most definitely not the case. As much as a person would think that this dollar will stack up into millions, spending a dollar will not drown you in debt. By not spending money, you are restricting your potential of living. It’s good to save money, but what does one gain if all they do is save? They may be able to afford one expensive object or experience, however the little experiences and expenses matter. Depriving oneself from buying snacks or buying new clothes is not experiencing all of life. It’s significant to point out that a student is able to buy a cup of coffee every now and then, and that won’t kill them financially. 3/30/16 12:55 PM FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @ALBSTUDENTPRESS Nonetheless, no one should dedicate their life to paying off debts. Debts will be paid eventually, in theory. No one should dedicate all their money to debt, as it’s a part of life, not the entire span of it. With that said, caution should still be used when considering going into debt. You can spend money, but not too much. You can buy some things, but not everything. If there is anything the majority of the University at Albany students spend fast or carelessly, it’s Munch Money. Many students treat Munch Money as if it’s not real money and swipe away, spending their $200 or $400 in the first month. And I think, when people waste it all, that is their first rude wake up call. Students continue the rest of the semester with no Munch Money, realizing that the next semester, they should be more cautious with their spending. Or they could be the person that adds on more Munch Money and indulge in their spending. “It’s so easy to keep buying things with Munch Money, but when you can’t buy anymore because you spent it all, that’s when I realized I need to calm down with the spending,” said Michael Chen, a UAlbany freshman. “I didn’t keep in mind my balance and I didn’t [waste] Munch Money for the second half of the semester.” Mastering the art of spending is hard, especially for a college student, who is potentially putting all they have into education. Hopefully, this education will pay off in the end, and it should in theory. Nevertheless, going to college is already a risky move. Going to college is the equivalent of accepting debt. Unless someone is part of the lucky few who don’t have to worry about expenses, most are forced to accept debt. Congratulations to them, but I’m still going to worry about my money situation. I think it’s important to remind students that money isn’t everything. Don’t hinder yourself by not having money. But also, don’t hinder yourself by saving too much money. Ultimately, this is your money, this is your hard earned money. Spend it wisely and as you please. 6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR: JULIA DAY [email protected] TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016 ALBANY STUDENT PRESS BAND INTERVIEW AMERICAN AUTHORS TO ROCK DOWNTOWN ALBANY Source: American Authors Facebook The band American Authors, known for their hit song “Best Day of My Life,” will perform in Albany this week. By NICOLE WALLACK scene or genre, just kind of having fun. Rock band American Authors made a huge debut with their chart-topping single “Best Day of My Life” from their first album, “Oh, What A Life,” catapulting them into fame. Now, their follow-up album “What We Live For” seems poised to firmly plant the band in superstar status when it is released on May 13. I spoke with American Authors lead singer and guitarist Zac Barnett about the band’s upcoming album and their current club show tour, which will be passing through Albany at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen on Apr. 27. ASP: Did you feel any kind of pressure with that followup album? ZB: For sure…we just tried to really work as hard as we could and write the best songs that we could. And also it was important to us to not stop writing and not just feel like “Okay, we have some songs that are pretty good and stop.” …We’re still writing because you never know where something great is going to come from. Albany Student Press: What motivated the small more intimate club shows for your tour? Zac Barnett: We just wanted to start playing this new album. We’ve been working on it for so long that we wanted to do a tour leading up to everything else and really just make it a small intimate show where our fans can really come out, hear the new songs, and we can really start gauging a real reaction from people who know our music. ASP: Were you expecting the amazing success of those singles from your first album that prompted those big shows and all of that exposure? ZB: Not really. We were just writing to write and we were just trying to write good, fun, exciting music for us, and we were trying to not hold back. And that was the first time we had ever done that where we weren’t trying to label ourselves or brand ourselves into any certain ASP: What is your writing process like? ZB: It’s all super collaborative. You might get an initial idea, that’ll come from a certain person, but then we all bring it into a room and we all work on it together and make it into what the final product ends up being. ASP: You were the Blue Pages, before you were American Authors, what prompted that name change? ZB: We had just been a band for so long that we had been performing for so long under one name and our music had changed so much since the first day playing together. We were in a new city, we had moved from Boston to Brooklyn, and it was a new time and it seemed like the right move for a new chapter in our lives are musicians. ASP: Do you feel that your experience going to Berklee College of Music helped you to develop your skills? ZB: Berklee was great. Because for one, it allowed us to meet each other. Without Berklee, we wouldn’t know each other and we wouldn’t be in this band, at least not what it is today. So that’s huge right there. Also it’s nice because it does facilitate you with a bunch of tools that you may not use every day, but it’s always nice to have them in your back pocket ... I think that it just overall gives you a better understanding of music. ASP: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians? ZB: Practice and having an open attitude about things. I know so many people who just stay in their own bubble and they’re not open to trying new things and are not open to doing things maybe a little differently. Music is changing so much nowadays, that you really need to have a good attitude and be open to always experimenting and always being willing to write with new people or experiment with new genres or try something that might be a little scary and a little different because without that you’re really just limiting yourself. ASP: Who is your biggest musical influence? ZB: I started out listening to classic rock, which is a huge part [like] The Beatles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. That was always so huge. And then nowadays I’m always looking for new stuff. Our most collective influence is probably Coldplay. They’re just so great … We’re taking so many influences from so many different places … while also staying true to who American Authors are. You can follow American Authors on Facebook, Twitter, and on weareamericanauthors.com for additional information on “What We Live For” and their current tour. “What We Live For” hits shelves on May 13. LITERATURE UAlbany professor hosts ‘An Evening of Poetry’ By JON MILLER April is National Poetry Month, a time for bookworms and aspiring writers to celebrate the work of some of the greatest poets the genre has to offer. In correlation with National Poetry Month, the University at Albany’s own Leonard A. Slade, Jr. held “An Evening of Poetry” on Tuesday, April 19 to read and discuss his works. Slade is a professor in Africana Studies and English and the director of the Doctor of Arts in Humanistic Studies Program and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. An expert in black literature and poetry, he is also a renowned writer with several published books of poetry. Slade read some of his best work to the crowd from his books “Sweet Solitude,” “God Put a Rainbow in the Sky” and his most recent book, “Nobody Knows.” In between each poem, Slade referenced quotes from a diverse group of poets. Some of the quotes from the mentioned poems included “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility” by William Wordsworth, and Slade’s personal favorite, “Poetry is the human soul, entire, squeezed like a lemon or lime, drop by drop into atomic words” by famed African-American poet Langston Hughes. Beginning the night with a reading of “Acquittances,” much of Slade’s work tied back to his experiences as well as the people that he considers valuable to his life and work. Acknowledging those who inspired his work, he noted that many of his poems are dedicated to them. His wife, Roberta Hall Slade, to whom he dedicated his book “Sweet Solitude,” was also the inspiration for one of Slade’s poems in “God Put a Rainbow in the Sky.” George Hendrick, who donated to the Africana Studies scholarships that Slade is very much associated with, also influenced Slade’s poem, “My Professor.” The poem is a tribute to someone that Slade considered a mentor and true inspiration when he was a studying student. One of the most significant poems of the night was titled “Black Madonna” from “Sweet Solitude” which he owes his inspiration to his mother, Elizabeth Langford Slade, who he considers to have been his best friend. Much of Slade’s poetry covers social and racial issues of past and present. Significant in his work, it requires no arduous effort to see his true passion of AfricanAmerican history and the ways he incorporates it in his literature truly echoed throughout his three books. “Nobody Knows” featured references to the controversy in Ferguson, Missouri and the social injustices that accompanied it. By far, the fiercest of Slade’s work, “The Country Preacher’s Folk Prayer” was equipped in an almost gospel song and southern accent. As Slade sang and shouted the words, the crowd was able to feel and understand the compelling meaning behind each stanza. “The Country Preacher’s Folk Prayer” resonated with much of the listeners before Slade closed the evening again with Langston Hughes’ iconic quote. Source: albany.edu Leonard A. Slade, Jr. was awarded Editor’s Choice Award for six of his poems published in “Today’s Best Poets Anthology.” MISS THE SHOW? READ ABOUT IT ONLINE AT ALBANYSTUDENTPRESS.NET ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016 ALBANY STUDENT PRESS SPEAKER SERIES EDITOR: ELI ENIS [email protected] 7 FILM REVIEW Dark twist for Disney By AMANDA CASE “The Jungle Book” is resurrected in the new action-packed blockbuster, which includes famous voices like Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong’o. Jon Favreau of “Iron Man” fame uses stunning computer-generated imagery to revive this classic tale by Rudyard Kipling, recreating the jungle animals we all knew so well. For those of us who need a recap of the 1967 original movie: Mowgli, played by newcomer Neel Sethi, is a child who has been raised by wolves but finds out he is no longer welcome in the jungle by the menacing tiger Shere Khan. Having been harmed by man, Shere Khan promises to eliminate anyone he sees as a threat to the jungle. After abandoning the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a journey to find humans, accompanied by Bagheera, a panther who has become his stern mentor. On his captivating voyage of selfdiscovery and adventure, Mowgli encounters many jungle creatures including the free-spirited bear Baloo (Murray), seductive python Kaa (Johansson) and the persuasive orangutan King Louis (Walken). Some of these animals don’t have Mowgli’s best interests at heart and he finds this out through epic animal battles and suspenseful encounters. This live-action adaptation is much more dramatic than the original. There are moments of edgy violence and startling scares. Even the timeless tune “I Wanna Be Like You” comes at a tense time in the film, almost leaving the audience somewhat haunted. But even with all the action, the movie stays true to its Disney roots and maintains a light-hearted spirit with humor sprinkled in throughout. Source: Laura van den Berg Writers Institute presents award winning author By LEE McPETERS Laura van den Berg visited the Writers Institute at the University at Albany to give a seminar for students last Thursday, April 21. As an excellent writer, van den Berg was bound to give the audience a treat, and that she did. Held in the Standish Room in the Science Library, the seminar started off with a spokesperson from the Writers Institute, who gave a short biography and started the discussion with few questions. The real treat came when the floor was opened up to the audience. Many students asked questions about everything from her writing process to more personal questions, such as how to work with struggles in writing, and how to get ideas as. Throughout, Van den Berg answered all questions in depth and with kindness. She was never aloof and never put down a question as stupid or irrelevant. “You can ask me anything…it is virtually impossible to embarrass me with anything,” van den Berg said. Van den Berg was raised in Florida and now lives in Boston with her husband who is also a writer. She is also a teacher - she expressed that she experiences much joy from both professions. She has written two short story collections: “What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us” (2009) and “The Isle of Youth” (2013). “Find Me” is her first novel, released in 2015, and she revealed that she has a new novel in the works as well as some new short stories. As a child, she did not enjoy school and eventually completed high school by finishing a GED. While attending night school, the idea of writing fiction never crossed her mind until she realized she didn’t enjoy her first major, philosophy, and decided to try a fiction workshop. Van den Berg also talked about her writing process. To her, she said, struggles and insecurities were things to embrace about the writing process, not a sign of weakness or insufficient talent or worth. While short stories are the format in which she enjoys to write most, she said that she enjoyed writing novels as well. For Van den Berg, a novel is a story that has too much to offer and a short story would not do it justice. VISITING STUDENTS WELCOME AT Some of the characters also offer a comfort that we’re used to from many Disney characters. The visuals are pretty mindblowing to say the least. The animals look very tangible, down to every last strand of fur. Their facial expressions are captured in a way that’s extremely realistic for animation. The entire movie was shot using motion capture and then the scenes were cut together. Using that footage, the effects team then built the film’s sets virtually. “Everything was mapped against the virtual sets,” Favreau told Wired Magazine. “We designed the sets like you would for a video game.” The filming took place in a warehouse in Los Angeles while Sethi acted out the scenes on small sets created by the production designers. Other actors stood in for the animals and props and blue screens were also used during filming. Meticulous lighting was programmed to create particular shadows of the different animals as well. The creators definitely pushed filmmaking technology further than it’s ever gone before. Despite being created this way, similar to the methods used in “Avatar” (2009) and “Gravity” (2013), “The Jungle Book” appeared as if it was actually shot out in the jungle with real animals. It never seemed to be fake, only stunning. Since opening on April 15, the movie so far, has grossed over $300 million worldwide and has become the highest grossing Hollywood release ever in India, with about $24.6 million since opening. The movie, which cost roughly $175 million to make, continues to climb the Hollywood charts and is sure to pave the way for future Disney remakes. Two Good Reasons to Join Us at East Addition on Saturday Night! 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AMOUR [email protected] ALUM Continued from Page 1 renter to share a profile. With its “outstanding” reputation – roughly two million active listings – and a well-designed interface, Luca said that Airbnb is paving the way for room renting, generating over $25 billion since its creation in 2008. Amanda Flood, a senior majoring in psychology, used Airbnb during her trip to Canada in March 2016. She said that her experience with the service was successful, but feels that with the results of Luca’s study, the potential discrimination between hosts and renters is a problem for the service’s customers. “If I got denied, I’d be upset because Airbnb is so affordable,” Flood said. TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016 ALBANY STUDENT PRESS PMT “We’re in college, and we like Airbnb’s lower prices.” Online marketplaces are changing the way in which customers buy services. One of Luca’s suggestions to reduce potential discrimination on Airbnb is to label discrimination illegal in the service’s terms and conditions. “My hope is that this paper will shed light on the implications of the choices market designers make,” Luca said. “My goal is to help online businesses to create a better - and fairer - society.” Luca is currently an assistant professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School. According to the Harvard Business Schools’ website, he works closely with companies and cities, including Yelp, Facebook and the U.K., to help them become more data-driven. Continued from Page 1 in the parking lot to show differentiation between the two areas. Parking tickets at UAlbany are a big deal for college students who are often frustrated when a small piece of paper is left on their windshield with an amount they have to pay. To help student avoid tickets, Mass Transit offers a variety of source tables throughout campus with information as well as information on Uptown and Downtown campus parking through social media and its website. Jones said it is the student’s responsibility to understand the rules and regulations, although he understands that the information is not broadcasted properly and the department hopes to adjust signs. Appeal citations are available for students online through MyUAlbany. Most students who appeal their tickets at the beginning of the semester have a high chance of succeeding, according to Jones. Appeals for tickets from Colonial Quad also have high success rates, since the signs are unclear. According to Jones, 90 percent of their customers enjoy the parking services, while the other 10 percent are dissatisfied due to tickets. 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EMAIL US AT TH[email protected] SPORTS TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016 ALBANY STUDENT PRESS Douglass DANES DEFEAT YALE at dawn By BENNETT DRAKE This past week the men’s lacrosse team was lucky enough to play on Bob Ford Field at Tom and Mary Casey Stadium during the school’s annual “Spring Stomp.” The team always looks forward to these opportunities because of the atmosphere that comes with it, especially the 7 p.m. face-off under the lights. It seemed like Binghamton caught some of that big game energy as well and came out and matched us punch for punch all night long. On paper we knew we were the better team, but Binghamton made us prove it by not backing down at all. U.S. History 2 (HIS 204) IN ONL E • O N S I T E • O N Y O U R WA Y Convenience without compromise. PGraduate on time! PTransferable SUNY credits PAffordable tuition PGCC offers 150 summer courses • more than 50 online! 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They carried all of the momentum into overtime because of their late goal, however the mood on the sideline never changed. I never felt like we were going to lose that game, and I believe the other 46 guys felt the same way. We got two huge stops from Blaze in over time and one crazy outside shot from Seth, and that is all we needed to get the victory. Tuesday we are back in Casey Stadium to face our cross-town rival Siena. This game is always a fun one to play in because of how close both of the teams are together. Even though the Saints aren’t having their best season you cannot overlook them. Both teams know that this is a special game on the schedule. I am looking forward to getting back into the big stadium and playing in front of our fans for the last regular season home game of the year. I think this was good for us because we had been playing just okay lacrosse up to this week and we needed a team to wake us up heading into Yale week. As much fun as the atmosphere in Casey Stadium was last week, nothing can compare to the on-field energy at Reese Stadium during our top 10 matchup with the Yale Bulldogs this past Saturday in New Haven. We could have played this game out in a farmer’s field and I think it would have had the same energy and excitement that was brought by both teams. It was a game we have had circled on our schedule for a few weeks now because of the NCAA tournament implications that it holds for both teams. The win gave us what is called a “significant win” to add to our resume. This is the type of win that we were desperately in need of all year. The energy was present right from the pre-game as both teams were being vocal to each other in a classic SUNY versus Ivy way. There always seems to be an edge between us two for some strange reason. The game itself was best described WE NEED A SPORTS EDITOR! Email [email protected] to apply. 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SOCCER Amazing Abby teams up with Great Danes to battle Saints By KIANA RUGER Last Friday, the University at Albany women’s soccer team had a game under the lights in Tom and Mary Casey Stadium against in-city rivals Siena College. Normally we would tackle this game as any other game against the Saints -- eager to play, anticipating a fight and expecting a win. Except, today, something was different. There was this new feeling -- a new drive in all of us that we never had before. As we waited for the first whistle to blow, we heard a 5-year-old girl cheering her heart out among our fans. It was at that very moment that playing this game meant so much more. Her name is Abby. We like to call her Amazing Abby, since it’s more fitting. Last year UAlbany women’s soccer proudly became a part of the program Friends of Jaclyn. The program allows sports team across the nation to “adopt” a child who is suffering from a chronic disease. This adoption allows the child to experience what it’s like to be a part of a sport and more importantly, part of a team. Last year we got the privilege of meeting Jaclyn, the inspiration for the foundation. This past week at our banquet we got to adopt Abby. As soon as we met her there was an instant connection. Abby is battling leukemia. You’d think all the therapy, hospital visits and battles she’s faced would bring her down, but Abby is quite the opposite. You would never be able to guess what this girl is going through. She has a bright, loving, carefree personality and is a stunning person on the outside as well. In fact, she’s way more of a people person than most of us, so we’re learning from her each day. Abby surprised us at our game and when we found out she was there, we all ran to her and gave her a big hug. She told us that she practiced how she was going to run up to us and we all complimented her on her Albany sweatshirt and number 10 jersey that the team gave her a week before. After our visit with Abby, it was time to focus on the game. As our coach gave her usual pregame talk, she said something that stuck with me. Sure we had fitness testing all week and were going into this game in a new formation, but Abby was there supporting us with a smile on her face as she’s battling leukemia. If she can do that, playing a 90 minute soccer game should be pretty easy. Unfortunately we didn’t get the result we were hoping for. We settled with a 1-1 tie with our lone goal coming from Cait Paltsios in the first five minutes and Siena’s goal coming in the last 10 minutes. On top of how awful it felt to not come out with a win, I was also concerned with how Abby would feel after the game. Sure enough her sparkling face came running to me and gave me a hug. She then made me race her. I could hardly get my legs to go after a long game, however I couldn’t turn down a race against Abby. Abby beat me in several full field races. The team couldn’t have asked for a more special person to adopt as a Great Dane. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @SPORTS_ASP! Source: Meghan Merritt Kiana Ruger and Abby walk on Bob Ford Field.