Flu prevention is vital

By Sage Green

The Monroe County Department of Public Health has confirmed a total of nine flu-related deaths in Monroe County so far this season, while there have been as many as 2,236 confirmed cases of the flu in the county as of January 27.

An email was sent out to The College at Brockport students and faculty warning about the increase of cases and what symptoms to look for. Symptoms of the flu include: fever above 100°F, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The Hazen Center for Integrated Care at Brockport has reported a significant increase in cases of the flu in the past month. Lynne Maier, the Clinic Coordinator of Hazen Health Center, has seen approximately 40 students come into Hazen with the flu.

“The flu shot is the number one way we recommend for students to prevent the flu,” Maier said. “Our second recommendation is washing your hands. When you’re around campus, think about how many people have touched the same surface that you may be touching. We strongly encourage students to be almost obsessive about washing their hands.”

Junior nursing student Jensine Nguyen has taken these recommendations to heart.

“I am constantly washing my hands,” Nguyen said. “With everything I’ve seen on the news about the flu it’s pretty serious this year, and you can never be too safe.”

Though it may be difficult for college students to focus on their health when they have other things they need to worry about, it is still important to get a sufficient amount of sleep each night and to eat healthy. College students are often compared to a candle burning at both ends; however they need to remember that their health should be a top priority.

“What students need to do is look for warning signs,” Maier said. “If anyone is having difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in their chest, excessive vomiting, or dizziness, we advise them to go to the hospital immediately.”

Students have been fearful of the flu because of what they have seen on the news over the past months. With the recent talk of deaths caused by the flu, students are doing their best to prevent it.

Maier also suggested ways that students who already have the flu can find a sense of relief.

“They need rest and fluids most importantly,” Maier said. “And they also need to treat the symptoms. So if they have a cough, take cough medicine. If they are congested, take a decongestant. Advil and ibuprofen help as well.”  

The college has also put together something they call “meal slips” where students in resident halls who have the flu can contact their Resident Director or Resident Assistant to have food from the dining hall delivered to them.

Students across campus are taking flu season seriously this year. And during this time where illness is spreading, it is crucial for everyone to stay on top of their health.

Photo courtesy of morgue.com

The Oscars are Important, but Not That Important

By Dan Mansfield

I like tuning in to the Academy Awards. I think it is a great honor, and many critics consider it the highest honor a film can receive for a given category. Fair enough. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is made up of 6,000 professional filmmakers from all aspects of production, most of whom have prolific careers in the filmmaking business, producing some of the best films ever made. It’s nice to see who they think deserves to win.

It is the oldest media awards ceremony, first held in 1929 to celebrate the 1927/1928 film season. This year marks the 90th Academy Award ceremony. It is broadcast live in over 200 countries. You will seldom find another award ceremony that celebrates movies as much as the Oscars. and give those movies their recognition.  

This isn’t to say they are without problems, though. The biggest issue with the Academy is American exceptionalism. Foreign films never compete in any category besides “Best Foreign Language Film,” which wasn’t even made a full category until 1956 with “La Strada,” a fantastic Italian film directed by the wonderful Federico Fellini, winning. English language films are the only ones getting nominated for Best Picture, Best Original/Adapted Screenplay, Best etc. (with few exceptions).

And when it’s not an American film, it’s from the UK or sometimes Australia, which usually have Americans either financing or co-producing it in some fashion. There is, quite literally, a whole world of cinema people aren’t seeing because foreign films aren’t getting recognition from the Academy. They are treated as lesser, and each country can only submit one film to be considered for nomination. If you want a real good look at recognized films, check out some international film festival winners.

The second issue is with animation. Pixar and Disney get the nominations every time (the Academy’s favoritism toward Pixar is another issue even within this issue, but that one should be more obvious to the point I don’t need to talk about it at length). And these animated films are, as you can expect, American films. The only animated film from Japan, for example, to win the Best Animation Oscar was Spirited Away back in 2002. No anime has won before or since.

“Your Name,” a critically lauded animated film from the acclaimed anime auteur Makoto Shinkai, which broke the international box office record for an anime (even beating Spirited Away), didn’t receive a nomination, despite appearing on many critics’ best films lists for 2017. The film has a 97 percent “certified fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 8.2 out of 10. However, “The Boss Baby” did get a nomination, despite having a score of 52 percent with an average score of 5.5 out of 10. Even despite Boss Baby getting more reviews, a greater number of critics gave a positive review for “Your Name” than they did for “The Boss Baby,” which should be telling enough.

Coco eventually took home the gold for the 90th Academy Awards, as expected of the Pixar entry, but I’ve made my point. You also hardly see animated films win outside their category. An animated film has never won Best Picture.

The third issue is more industry-wide, but seems to have been fixing itself over the last few years, and it’s the lack of diversity. The vast majority of nominees and winners have been white men. But this year the first woman was being nominated for Best Cinematography. The first openly transgender person, Yance Ford, was nominated for his documentary “Strong Island.” The fifth woman was nominated for Best Director. Jordan Peele became the first black man to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

More black actors, writers and directors are being nominated and winning, and “Moonlight,” a superb film, winning Best Picture last year is a testament to how far black films and LGBT films have come within the Academy, which has really opened up to more minority recognition since the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag.

So tune into the Academy Awards. Enjoy them. I do. These are not bad films being nominated by any measure. The vast majority of them are quite good. Just don’t take their word as the end-all-be-all of what is the best in film. Explore. Look at what is winning around the world. You may be surprised at what you find.

Senior Moments: Class of 2018 talks graduation

By Sage Green

There are less than one hundred days left until graduation and the seniors are beginning to feel rather bittersweet about their last days here at The College at Brockport. Soon enough they’ll be taking their senior pictures, waiting in line at the bookstore for their cap and gown and framing that $100,000 piece of paper. As time continues to fly by, they can’t help but wonder how it all went by so fast.

Some seniors, are ready to graduate with no doubt in their mind. If anything the days are going by too slow. Dance major Olivia Cacciatore, is among those college seniors who are looking forward to walking across the stage in May.

“I feel like I was very ready for this moment,” Cacciatore said. “I am ready to graduate. I am ready for what’s ahead. I feel like I’m done with the school environment. I’m ready to go out into the real world, and find something in the corporate setting and just … start my career.”

Other seniors are more apprehensive about graduation. Their concerns are mainly in regard to what happens after college. Graphic design major Jeremy Moss is definitely feeling the pressure about having a job ready for after graduation.

“I, 100 percent, have anxieties about graduation,” Moss said. “My parents want me to have a job right after I graduate, so my main focus right now finding a job in graphic design as soon as I can.”

Some seniors are in complete disbelief that their college career is in its final stretch. Senior, Will Barr, can’t believe that his time at Brockport has almost come to an end.

“It doesn’t feel like there’s less than 75 days left of school, like that’s not a lot of time,” Barr said. “But I have a pretty good plan for after I graduate, and I feel pretty solid in that.”

When it comes to their final days at school, it causes some seniors to take a look back at their entire college career. They realized how much that the college has given to them throughout the years and they want younger students to know what they have available on campus.

“Make sure you use everything that’s offered to you,” history major Will Barr said. “Get involved, and make sure your friendships are genuine. Make sure you do know you want to do. And don’t just do something that’s going to make you a lot of money, like if you’re miserable making money there’s no point in making all that money.”

Many seniors take the time to reflect on their times here at Brockport and pass down what they’ve learned to any underclassmen.

“If you have doubts about joining a club or trying something new, you should just go for it,” Cacciatore said. “You can always back out if it isn’t for you, but you should at least try. Put yourself out there as much as possible. I started out being really shy, and because I got involved I have a lot of friends here on campus that will last a lifetime.”

Seniors are holding on tightly to what’s left of their college experience until they are forced to step out into the adult world. And no matter how the seniors may be feeling as they enter their final days as college undergraduates, whether that be nervousness, excitement or complete dread, the future is inevitable and they have almost survived their four years of undergrad.

The go-to late night food spots in Brockport

By Aidan Verbeke

As a follow-up to my last article on where to wet your beak in Brockport, this list will give you some direction on where to go past 2 a.m. to fill that void in your heart. That’s right, I’m talking about drunk food. These establishments are walking distance from the bars and will usually draw crowds outside waiting to get in. Though sometimes regrettable in the morning, your late-night meal can make you forget all your problems during the process. And isn’t that what college is all about?

Taste of Soul:

This one is a bit tricky because their hours are still being ironed out and it can be hit or miss on weekends. However, when it is open late, this comfort food newcomer deserves a spot up there with the legends.

Cons: Like I said above, the hours are not permanent right now so don’t only have your heart set on fried chicken or pork chops.  

Pros: Comfort food at a reasonable price. You won’t even know you’re in the mood for fried chicken or mac & cheese, or even some deviled eggs, until it’s all gone. If greasy is your way to go, Taste of Soul should be your last stop before home.

Perri’s Pizzeria:

Perri’s menu runs deep during the day and can do more than just slices of pizza. But when it comes to late-night, and for the sake of this article, there are only three options that matter: Cheese, Pepperoni or Buffalo Chicken. The line is usually out the door but the huge slices are worth the wait.

Cons: Service can get a little hairy with all the customers jammed in there. Be sure to say your name clearly, listen for it and don’t let anyone steal your identity and in turn, your slice. Also with everyone jockeying for position in line, tempers can flare.

Pros: Pizza is an anytime food, most would agree. Most would also agree that it is close to its best after a night of drinking. The quality of the pizza is great and the quantity is even better. Each slice comes equipped with a nice little sleeve that the ‘za slides right into to save for later. Of course if you simply can’t wait, or don’t trust your inebriated self when it comes to balance, the restaurant stays open until 3 a.m.

Jimmy Z’s:

The ultimate. When the lights go on and you finish your last drink, the next question is you’ll have to ask yourself or your buddies is simple: “Should we get Jimmy Z’s?” If the answer is yes then you have some more questions about the menu that you’ll have to decide for yourself but you cannot go wrong with a garbage plate.

Cons: The first time you walk past Jimmy Z’s you might think it is a nightclub with the line and bouncer at the door. It seems daunting and can sometimes cost you an extra 20 minutes or so, but if you’re loyal you’ll be rewarded.

Pros: A garbage plate is an Upstate New York specialty and Jimmy Z’s boasts a top-notch plate every time. Whether you had a little too much to drink or were the responsible one tasked with getting your friend home safe, a garbage plate will hit the spot. The staff is friendly and the service is first-rate, especially considering the volume they see every weekend.

Brockport Nightlife Rundown

By Aidan Verbeke

Barber’s Grill and Tap Room

22 Main Street

Brockport, NY 14420


Overview: Barber’s is your best bet for a night to hang out, drink some beer and eat some wings. While it is usually not known for being the final stop for students on the weekend, it is a favorite for alumni and locals. There are 36 beers on tap are served in their signature mason jars. Free popcorn is handed out in empty beer pitchers.

Night Not to Miss: Monday. Wing Night at Barber’s is something every student should experience at least once their Brockport careers. Traditional wings are $.50 from 8 p.m. until Midnight with 15 sauces to choose from. If you don’t mind walking out smelling like the fryer, Wing Night is can’t miss.

Don’t Just Take it from Me: “When I come back to Brockport, I usually go to Barber’s more often than I did when I was a student. It just has more of an alumni vibe now and sometimes that’s better than the college crowd.” Amelia Brueckman, Brockport Class of 2016.  

C & S Saloon  

34 Main Street

Brockport, NY 14420

585- 637-3233

Overview: Probably the most “dive” bar on our list, C & S is another hangout where wings and beer reign supreme. Pool, darts and Big Buck Hunter are also features that enhance the drinking experience. There are picnic-type tables as well as booths that can comfortably fit a large amount of patrons.

Night Not to Miss: Thursday. From 11 until 1 a.m. on Thursdays, C & S will be bumping. Customers can enjoy $1.50 mixed drinks and tap beers. Thursdays are a staple for students and is when C & S solidifies itself in Brockport.

Don’t Just Take it from Me: Thursdays are my favorite night to go out in Brockport and it Is because of C & S. It’s cheap and fun and the music is awesome.” Bridgette Schaal, Class of 2018.


Fazool’s Casual Italian Kitchen

51 Market St

Brockport, NY 14420   


Overview: Yes, you read that correctly. Former Brockport students have been shocked at find out that Fazool’s threw its hat in the late-night ring this year. Once known for its chicken parm, Fazool’s is now one of the main destinations for students to go until last call. The main room features plenty of televisions and sports memorabilia that will catch your eye. There is a patio for when the weather is nice that provides more room for drinking and catching up.

Night Not to Miss: Friday. Landing the coveted Friday spot is quite an impressive feat for this new hotspot. The live DJ and embarrassing karaoke are the biggest sellers for students. There is often a decent line outside around midnight, but the wait is worth it. $6.00 pitchers of beer await you on the inside.

Don’t Just Take it from Me: “Fazool’s came out of nowhere this year but it is definitely my favorite place to go. The staff is awesome and the atmosphere is great.” Connor Hutchins, Class of 2020.

The Red Jug Pub

38 Merchant St

Brockport, NY 14420


Overview: Though to most it may seem like “The Jug” has been around forever, it has only been in Brockport since the Fall Semester of 2016. Everything you can look for in a college bar, Red Jug has a large half-circle bar with plenty of beers on tap and bartenders to serve them. The weekends get crowded and loud and anyone who likes to dance and sing can find comfort at Red Jug.

Night Not to Miss: Tuesday. It is well-known that Red Jug is a weekend hotspot but Tuesdays are perhaps the most bang for your buck. $1.00 drafts on most beers attracts a large crowd of students looking for a midweek night out.

Don’t Just Take it from Me: “Red Jug came around when Brockport needed a new, fun bar and it has not disappointed. Every night of the week can be a good time.” Zac, Sikich, Class of 2018.



Katy Heyning named new SUNY Brockport Provost

Educator, activist and doctorate holder Katy Heyning has an impressive résumé. Most recently she has been able to add the position of provost at The College at Brockport to this lengthy list of accomplishments. With more than a decade of teaching experience and multiple publications and awards, the college is thrilled to bring such an accomplished woman to the campus.

Starting out her career as a fifth-grade teacher in a suburb in Highland Park just north of Chicago, Heyning spent the bulk of her career in higher education at various institutions. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona before moving to the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. At UWW, she held positions as professor, Chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Department, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies and Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies amongst a number of other committees and terms on the Faculty Senate.

While she was living in Wisconsin, she and her partner of 25 years were at the forefront of couples pressing for same-sex marriage in the state. She was interviewed several times in regard to her activism for LGBTQ rights and happily lived out her dream of marrying her partner alongside seven other couples once same-sex marriage became legal in the state.

The provost is responsible for the education in the BA/BS programs curriculum, the Delta and Honors College programs, Military Science programs and the Student Learning Center among other things. After two years as Interim Provost, Jim Hayes’s tenure came to an end and as an important position on a college campus, the hunt for a new provost for the following 2018-19 academic year began. After the hiring was announced, President of the College at Brockport Heidi Macpherson, Ph.D., was more than excited to bring Heyning to campus.

“I’m delighted that Dr. Katy Heyning will be joining The College at Brockport as our new provost,” Macpherson said. “She brings a wealth of experience in higher education leadership, including on a national stage in her work on teacher education preparation.”

She intends to bring her focus on education and her research into higher education reform to the campus and is excited to join the students, faculty, staff and community here at Brockport.

Stay on the Beat -Episode 2

Transcribed by Erika Curtis

For the second installment of the Brockport Beat’s Podcast, Stay (Run?) on the Beat, podcasters Corey Rozwadowski, Panos Argitis and Stephanie Ballard once again began with discussing the 2018 Winter Olympics. Cory started the conversation by explaining that Norway was leading all countries in medals with a grand total of 37 so far. The US in comparison is ranked 4th with 21 total medals, 8 of which are gold. Also noted was that the US men’s curling team was going for placement for the first time ever.

“I could see myself doing [curling], it doesn’t seem that hard,” said Argitis in response to the news of the curling team. “It looks like going out into the backyard to play bocce ball,” said Rozwadowski in agreement. He did go on to say however, that it had to have taken some kind of athleticism, because an Olympic Athlete from Russia was recently stripped of his bronze curling medal for testing positive for PEDs which is a synthetic steroid. The team noted that Switzerland came out with bronze for curling in the end.

They spent some deliberation on whether or not the Russian athletes would be permitted at the next Winter Olympics at all due to the extreme amount of criticism for illegal doping. It is for that reason exactly that Russian Athletes cannot compete under the Russian flag, something the team touched upon last episode. The widespread Russian doping prohibited the country itself from competing, forcing individual athletes who passed rigorous doping tests to compete under the OAR instead, however some have seemed to have slipped through the cracks as noted by the podcasters.

They signed off the first topic by informing the audience that this weekend would be the last for the winter Olympics before going into a discussion on Brockport Men’s Basketball. The semi-final match-ups for the SUNYAC tournament. Tip-off for the Brockport v. Oneonta game will go down tonight at 5:30 and it will be a good one as Brockport has lost one and won one to Oneonta this year.

“They’ve come to the semis for 4 consecutive years now and from what their form shows, I think they’ll get over Oneonta tonight,” said Argitis who talked to the assistant coach earlier in the week to get an idea of how Brockport would pull through to the finals. Argitis believes that they have a good run at making it to SUNYAC finals and explains why with a brief backstory of the last two Oneonta v. Brockport games earlier in the season.

Rozwadowski and Argitis both believe that SUNY Plattsburg will be the SUNYAC favorite with a home-field advantage and a 17 game winning streak. They ended the conversation by noting how well the football team did earlier in the year and hoping that the basketball team would do equally as well.

By relating the SUNYAC games to the recent NBA All-star game, Rozwadowski was able to Segway into a conversation about Fergie managing to upstage the All-star crew with a rendition of the National Anthem that left the country talking on twitter for a week now. Panos doesn’t recommend listening to it if you haven’t already and proceeded to note the players expressions of holding back laughter while the Anthem was being sung.

“She was trying to make the National Anthem sexy. It is not supposed to be sexy,” commented Rozwadowski, following it up by noting that her rendition was “too extra” and had no reason to spice it up. Ballard chimed in to tell the audience of Fergie’s ex-husband who went on the Ellen DeGeneres show to defend her. Both the boys agreed that she was talented but that the spiced up anthem was unnecessary. They ended the conversation with some highlights of the All-star game.

They discussed next the Black Panther movie that Rozwadowski mentioned had taken the world by storm recently. In its opening week it made $242 million, already more than its budget and $80 million more than another Marvel movie, Civil War, made in its opening weekend. Overseas, the movie has already made over $2 million.

While Argitits and Rozwadowski have not seen it yet, they both plan on seeing it soon and have heard nothing but good things. Ballard commanded most of this conversation as the only team member to have seen it so far and she had nothing but great things to say. She said it was very intriguing and educational and that she loved seeing all of the women working together to get some great girl-power.

To end the 2nd episode, the team did a quick overview of campus events in the coming weeks. The career fair will take place next week on March 7 from 12-4pm at the SERC and is open to any and everybody, from any major or year who is looking for a job or internship. More than 40 vendors will be there and it is a great way to network. The graduate school fair will also take place next week on March 6 from 6-8 pm in Cooper Hall. The first ever Brockport Beat Speed Dating event will take place on February 28 in the Union Lounge from 6-8pm as well.

Argitis, Ballard and Rozwadowski signed off their second ever episode of Brockport Beat’s ‘Stay on the Beat’ by inviting their audience to  tune in a couple weeks for episode three.

Black Panther Saves Wakanda and the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Spectacular Flare

By Dan Mansfield

In summary, Black Panther is fantastic, one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date. However, as a standalone film, it still works as a great piece of popcorn entertainment.

After a quick summary of how Black Panther’s powers work (and how Wakanda sustains itself with vibranium, a new mineral which crashed into the country on a meteor), the new king of Wakanda, T’Challa, returns home to replace his now dead father as ruler. From this moment, Black Panther already excels. The production design and visuals are astounding. Another reviewer had remarked that Wakanda is Blade Runner if it had taken place in Africa instead of LA. While the stories share no similarity, the breathtaking setup of the small country is no less appealing to the eyes with its city buildings and skyscrapers reaching into the African sunrises and sunsets, waterfalls cascading over rocks to create pools of clear water that coat the land, as well as its underground vibranium mines with its cool blue crystals, which allow the futuristic trains to pass though at high speed.

We then head to South Korea for a detour as T’Challa tried to pursue Klaue, who is working with Erik Killmonger, another native Wakandan, to smuggle vibranium out of the country. The action really pops here, as T’Challa chases Klaue who is running, escaping by car (including a number of cool shots of T’Challa running across the side of a building, and riding a car to get to the villain). Killmonger then returns to Wakanda to usurp the throne from T’Challa.

T’Challa rides atop a car in the South Korean half of the film.

And it is after this point that Killmonger is fully established as a villain in his own light, complete with an inventive shot of him walking into the throne room where the camera rotates to reflect the new absurdity of the story’s developments. Some critics have panned Killmonger’s character of simply being an evil version of the Black Panther, a notion I reject. The film’s dialogue up to this point makes him his own character with his own motivations, separate from T’Challa. Killmonger wishes to use vibranium to empower Wakanda and others across the world so it can rule the world with its own powerful empire in the vein of the British, while the current king wishes to instead share the mineral with the world peacefully to help others.

The characters are all brought to life thanks to the stellar performances of Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Letitia Wright as T’Challa, Killmonger, and Shuri, respectively, all of whom capture the emotion beautifully. They laugh, cry, and ponder perfectly on cue as if it were really happening.

All of this is assisted by the film’s curated soundtrack, which was put together by Kendrick Lamar. The beats he chose, and the rhythm he created gave a flow to the film unique to Panther. If the anime Cowboy Bebop is space jazz thanks to its soundtrack, then Panther is superhero hip-hop.

After a final climactic battle, which is a spectacle all on its own, the film winds down, T’Challa and Killmonger finally settle their score. It all comes together gracefully as Ryan Coogler, the film’s (astonishingly young) 31 year old director, gives the audience what it deserves, as well as two post credit scenes to help the film tie into the MCU again for the next films. Black Panther will return in Marvel’s The Avengers: Infinity War.

Until then, the film is definitely worth seeing more than once, with new things to appreciate in each viewing.

Grade: A+

The Problem With Commuter Parking

By Mark Cuminale


Students are in the midst of a battle at The College at Brockport. The struggle: territorial rights to some of the most coveted space on campus.

The problem is commuter student parking.

“It’s difficult to find a spot sometimes, especially during peak hours,” business administration major Nicholas Lafaro said. “I’ve noticed a lot of cars fighting [to find] parking spots. It’s frustrating but you do what you’ve got to do.”

Primetime for student parking starts around 10 a.m. and from that point, until roughly 2 p.m., the student lots are a battlefield. Wide-eyed student drivers circle around endlessly—hands clenched, lips pursed intently—roaming for an opening in a sea of cars, trucks and vans.

“Parking is at its worst around 11 a.m. or noon,” says sophomore Brianna Halladay. “It’s awful, especially when everyone is trying to get to class at the same time.”

For students like Lafaro and Halladay, who pay $124.60 for an annual parking permit, the thought that this fee does not guarantee them adequate parking seems counterintuitive.

“I was thinking to myself—how can they charge us all this money for parking if there’s not enough parking spots to go around?” says Lafaro in dismay. “It’s kind of difficult to understand. I find myself parking on Main Street in Brockport and walking sometimes.”

Parking and Transportation Services’ Senior Parking Enforcer David Sevor (known around campus as “Big Bird” due to his bright yellow parking enforcement jacket) sees things differently.

“There is plenty of parking but the problem is that [students] can’t find spaces close to where they’re going,” Sevor said. “The most overcrowded parking lots that we have right now are over by Hartwell.”

Though certain lots might not be ideal for all students, Sevor hopes that students will weigh their options when looking for an ample place to park their cars.

“We suggest that people be cognizant of lot D, which is over on Holly Street,” the Senior Parking Enforcer said.

Though Sevor admits that the Holley Street location might not be the clear choice for most students, with its 10 to 15 minutes walk to the most central areas on campus, he maintains that, “It’s better than driving around in circles and getting frustrated.”

With an icy-cold winter underway and more to come, lines that divide parking spaces can become obstructed from view by ice and snow. This has caused a problem already this semester. Students in parking lot D began parking in a makeshift third row, ostensibly blocking-in cars that were now parked in the middle section of an impromptu three tier parking situation.

Another parking obstacle that Sevor has identified is student residents that park in commuter designated zones.

“Residents have a tendency to park in lots that don’t match their permits’ designation, and therefore they obstruct commuters from parking,”Sevor said. “Our goal with ticketing is to free up some space for people with permits.”

The territorial battle over student parking has many similarities to that of a modern turf war—a fight for space with no end in sight.

Say It Isn’t So: Debunking the Brockport STD Myth

By Mark Cuminale

For many years, The College at Brockport has been the subject of a particularly nasty rumor that claims it has the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the nation.

If you look up “SUNY Brockport” on Urban Dictionary, you’ll find a vulgar account that condemns the college for its “excessively high STD rates,” and its low academic standards.

“In my 17 years [at The College at Brockport] I’ve heard that [the STD rate] is the highest in the state, the country and the world,” Clinic Coordinator at the Hazen Student Health Center Lynne Maier said. “It’s absolutely not true! Our STD rates fit within the national average of any college population.”

Though data indicates that there is nothing abnormal about the STD rate on campus, the rumor still persists.

“It was a rumor I heard freshman year,” senior Elisha “Eli” Madison said. “Everyone was saying that we were number one in chlamydia or herpes or some other vague STD. After I heard like four people say it, I checked to make sure it wasn’t true.”

The fact that Madison no longer believes the STD myth is a testament to his own diligence and research.

For many students, the STD myth gets placed into a mental filing cabinet for obscure information where it stays unchallenged.

“I have heard that we have the highest rate of STDs, on campus, in the dorms and stuff like that,” sports management major Kaylee Pilon said. “I’ve lived in Brockport all my life, so I can’t really justify it, or deny it.”

For Maier, whose office performs around 90 STD tests a month, the fact that the truth is obscured by a heinous myth is a point of contention for her.

“I actually had a friend call me from Buffalo and say she wouldn’t send her daughter to Brockport because of [the rumor],” Maier said. “We should probably do some social media campaigns to help break it.”

Though she doesn’t approve of the false rumors, Maier insists that it is still extremely important for sexually active students to get tested.

“You don’t need to get tested because of the [rumored] high STD rate,” Maier said. “You need to get tested because you’re having unprotected sex and you should want to do what’s best for  your health.”

Stay on the Beat -Episode 1

Transcribed by Erika Curtis

For the first ever installment of the Brockport Beat’s podcast, Stay On The Beat, podcasters Corey Rozwadowski, Panos Argitis and Stephanie Ballard began by covering the kick off of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Discussing the Opening Ceremony that took place on Wednesday, February 8, 2018 as well as the new events that were added to the already diverse set of games, Argitis said, “I think it’s a very exciting time for the Winter Olympics.” The trio mentioned the huge game budget of over $12 billion and the problems involving South Korea losing a few million dollars in the process, but soon continued on to their favorite games and athletes. Rozwadowski’s love of snowboarding and Shawn White’s impressive career tumbled into the next conversation they had regarding why, in Rozwadowski’s opinion, the Olympics games were so much bigger in Europe versus America. The trio finished off their Olympics discussion by mentioning the Russia scandal involving mass- doping by athletes and the results of them being banned as a country from participating in the games, thus making Russian athletes compete independently.

Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy video that, according to Rozwadowski “broke the internet”, was the next topic. Rozwadowski mentions that while he is “not one for all that ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’…”, he did find the video kind of interesting. Argitis on the other hand was just shocked that Jenner’s closest friends and family knew for the last 9 months and didn’t say anything. After commenting on the unique names of all the Kardashian family’s children, Ballard concluded the discussion by adding in news regarding Jenner’s ex-boyfriend Tyga, whom she “dated for years” prior to baby-daddy and current beau Travis Scott. Tyga had reportedly had asked for a DNA test because he thinks Jenner’s daughter is his, and Argitis made a comment about him just wanting in on the Kardashian drama.

Argitis then lead into the next topic of Brockport Men’s Basketball by saying he thought they were “really hot this season” and discussing the exciting games they had coming up against SUNY Oneonta and SUNY New Paltz that weekend. While Brockport is currently 10 and 4 in the conference, Argitis thought that they had to play their best game and finish strong to get into the first round of the SUNYAC tournament that kicks off on February 20. Rozwadowski finished up by commenting on their need to play a better defense before adding in a Segway into NBA news.

Focusing in on the trade that occurred last week, Rozwadowski began by calling it “one of the craziest trade deadline days [in] history.” Twelve trades in total between NBA teams sent Isaiah Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers and left the Cleveland Cavaliers with many new and younger players. In Rozwadowski’s potentially unpopular opinion, Cleveland “set themselves up for the future” by getting younger players, however Argitis thinks that they will still have a problem defensively.

Rozwadowski made one last jump to NFL news regarding Josh McDaniel’s decision to stay with the New England Patriots instead of taking the job as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Both Argitis and Rozwadowski took note of the difficulty McDaniel’s will have in potentially filling current Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s successful shoes as well as the potential consequences of angry Pats fans if he is unsuccessful.

The trio signed off their first podcast at around 20 minutes and concluded by inviting their audience to tune in to Stay On The Beat with its next issue in two weeks.