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.”

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.

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Taste of Soul brings southern charm to Brockport

By Adam Simmons

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Taste Of Soul can be found on Main Street in Brockport.

The Village of Brockport introduced a new restaurant on Dec. 6, 2017, called Taste of Soul. Taste of Soul is a small but family-oriented restaurant specializing in southern fried chicken, buffalo wings, ribs, fish and other popular southern dishes. Timothy Lee, owner of the new establishment, has always carried a love for cooking and is finally pursuing his passion at 77 Main St. in Brockport.

 We had the pleasure of speaking to general manager, Keri Frank, who had only optimistic things to say about this new business.  

“Timothy Lee, our owner, grew up in Alabama and always had the goal of opening a restaurant,” Frank said. “ Eventually he moved to the Brockport area to be closer with his family.  Driving down Main Street one day he saw the location for sale and put it all into action.”

Many businesses in Brockport thrive thanks in part to being so close to The College at Brockport community when classes are in session.

“A huge reason as to why many students love Taste of Soul is because of our vegan menu,” Keri Frank said. “When many think of a restaurant specializing in southern fried chicken and other foods of that nature, they don’t expect a vegan menu which has gravitated many.”

Since its opening, the restaurant has experienced a constant flow of customers. The Daley family had nothing but positive things to say after enjoying dinner at Taste of Soul. 

“The service here is phenomenal,” Michael Daley said. “Not nearly enough places surrounding the area have southern fried chicken, especially this good. We like how family friendly the place is.”

“Every time we walk through the doors we’re immediately greeted with a hello from an employee,” Erin Daley said.  

Taste of Soul is slowly but surely leaving its mark on Main Street and the village as a whole. As it works to become an established business in the village, the potential for it to become a staple of the community seems infinite.

Ithaca College Forms Contingent Faculty Union

By Ryan Smith

Over the past few months, Ithaca College has been home to tense negotiations as Ithaca’s contingent faculty has battled for better benefits. Two contingent faculty unions have come together to ask for better pay and better benefits.

Since August 2016 Ithaca College’s adjunct contingent faculty has been vocal on their desire for pay increases and better job security. This is mainly because Adjunct professors are met with many disadvantages when compared to a full-time professor. Their salaries are usually lower and are sometimes on an hourly basis. They also risk losing their position as it is not permanent. Not to mention that adjunct professors do not work enough hours to receive benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans. The full-time contingent faculty would also bring the same complaints to the college administration in December of 2016.faculty-protest-2_FF.jpg

At the end of 2016 the two unions would join and begin negotiating with the Ithaca College Administration. In February, after several attempts at negotiating with no success, the IC Contingent Faculty Union/Service Employees International Union announced that they would be holding a strike vote. This immediately raised the pressure for the college to negotiate with the union. After much deliberation, the majority of union members voted in favor of the strike. The strike was to last two days and to occur on March 28th and March 29th. As the day crawled closer and closer, the college came to an agreement with the union. The IC Contingent Faculty would go on to post an official public update detailing the agreement. You can read the full statement here. Simply put, the agreement included pay increases and the desired job security.

What makes the agreement so unique is that the adjunct faculty have no tenure like full-time faculty. Tenure allows full-time teachers and professors to indefinitely hold a position once they have been with the school for a certain period of time. No benefit even remotely close to this was made available for the contingent faculty. Some of the new benefits detailed in the Contingent Faculty’s update give members guaranteed appointments and interviews if they have been with the college for a minimum of three years. While it is not exactly like tenure it offers job security for contingent faculty like never before.

Breaking the silence to end the violence

By: Charlotte Luft

*trigger warning* This story contains explicit content some viewers may not be comfortable with.

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Photos: courtesy of @alyssadaley21 on Instagram

Signs that read “Cats against Catcalls”, “Find the missing Black + Brown Girls in DC #findourgirls” and “Real men don’t objectify women” filled the area surrounding the Liberty Pole in Rochester in order to protest victim blaming and rape culture, on April 21 at 5 p.m.

The Slut Walk initially started in Toronto in 2011  when a Toronto police officer said “women should avoid dressing like sluts,” in order to prevent sexual assault.

Three speakers told their own stories and a friend’s story of survival.

The event coordinators, before the speakers took the stage, told the audience if anyone felt triggered there were two counselors from Hazen Center for Integrated Care near a table behind the crowd.

Lore McSpadden, a member of the Gay Alliance, was the first speaker. She told the crowd about how she was 10 years old when she was first sexually assaulted and only 14 years old when she was raped by five men and a friend. When she was questioned about the rape the detective asked her what she had been wearing that evening.

“I remember the police officer’s smirk,” McSpadden said.

McSpadden recounted how her pain seemed to be amusing to the officer taking her statement.

The final point McSpadden made in her speech was about the LGBTQ+ community and their experience with sexual assault.

Bailey Morse, president of the Brockport chapter of the American Association of University Women, was the second speaker; she recited a poem called, “An Open Letter to My Best Friend’s Rapist”.

In the poem Morse recalls what her friend went through after being raped.

Michelle Boyd, who has also spoken at the “Take Back the Night” event at The College at Brockport, spoke about her experience with rape and the way she was treated afterward.

Boyd was 21 years old when she was raped and caught HIV which has since progressed to AIDS, by one of her husband’s friends. When she told her husband she had been raped he beat her and demanded to know why she had let herself get raped. After she told her story to the police they had her take a lie detector test and asked questions such as: “What type of sex did you have in the past and currently like to have?”

Amanda Littere, a senior and one of the organizers of the event, was the final speaker and she recited a piece of slam poetry called “9 Things I Would Like to Tell Every Teenage Girl” by Melissa Newman-Evans.

After all of the speeches were made, the protestors made their way around the area by the Liberty Pole and shouted chants through the streets of Rochester such as “Join together, free our lives, we will not be victimized!” and “However we dress wherever we go yes means yes and no means no.”

Seniors Rebkah Linberger and Ameera Bhanji along with Littere organized the Slut Walk for their macro project for the social work department. Each senior had different things they wanted attendees to get out of the event.

“I would say to survivors that you’re never alone,” Linberger said. “There’s always resources for you and more people are affected than you could ever imagine so you always have someone behind you whether you know it or not.”

For Littere the main message she wanted to communicate is that there is always something you can do.

“I want them to feel empowered,” Littere said “If they see something do something, I don’t want this to be swept under the rug.”

April is sexual assault awareness month, the Slut Walk’s route went through a high traffic area of Rochester in order to get the message out to as many people as possible, but this is still an ongoing issue.

“It’s an ongoing issue and this is an event that happens every single year so if people didn’t make it out this year they can go next year or even take it on next year and make it their [macro] project,” Bhanji said.

New York State is the First to Implement Free Tuition

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By: Ryan Bagley

“Excelsior” in the original Latin translates to “beyond lofty.” The definition that people have come to know, however, is a rallying cry of success.


On April 8, the New York State Budget was announced, and it contained an idea that had a path identical to that of its namesake.

The Excelsior Scholarship will make public colleges and universities in New York State tuition-free for families that make less than $125,000 annually. The program is set to be implemented in stages, as most fiscal programs are. Beginning in the fall of 2017, public colleges and universities will be tuition-free for families with an income that falls below $100,000. In 2018, it will be increased to $110,000 and the program will reach it’s ultimate goal of $125,000 in 2019.

According to a table on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s website, 75.7 percent of families with college-age students are eligible for the program, or around 942,186 families.

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There is a catch to coverage on such a large scale, however, that makes it far more of a loan than a handout.

In order to keep the money, students will have to remain in New York State for the same number of years that they received assistance. With the state barely remaining in the pink with “brain drain” numbers as of late, this provision is meant to ensure that students don’t simply leave with the knowledge they earned tuition-free by means of state-only expenditures.

“Students are required … as the program makes a major investment in the state’s greatest asset – our young people – scholars will be required to live and work in-state for the same number of years after graduation as they received the scholarship while in school,” Governor Cuomo’s website read.

The state hopes to lead the way with this endeavor, cementing its place in history as an advocate for students and the common family looking for a better life.

“With this Budget, New York is once again leading the nation and showing what responsible government can achieve. The result is a Budget that advances the core progressive principles that built New York: investing in the middle class, strengthening the economy and creating opportunity for all,” according a statement from Governor Cuomo.

The College at Brockport Financial Aid is not positive yet how many students will benefit, but with 75.7 percent of families eligible, they expect the number to be high.

Hollywood Comes to Brockport II

By: Charlotte Luft

James J. Goldthwait, alumnus of The College at Brockport and assistant producer, said he has a rule of threes when someone new is trying to break into the film industry. When you meet someone new, Goldthwait said to ask them to introduce you to three more people and then ask those people to introduce you to three more people. Soon, Goldthwait said, you will have a whole list of people who can help you to get where you want.

Goldthwait was not the only alumnus who came to revisit the campus on April 7th. Jesse D. Goins, an actor who starred in “Robocop”, and Paul A. Overacker, a technical director, also visited the college.  The last time Goins, Goldthwait and Overacker were all at the college was for the Hollywood Comes to Brockport event in 2011. This year, three out of the four alumni returned again for the Hollywood Comes to Brockport II event.

Unfortunately, Stuart A. Kreiger, another alumnus who was to be the fourth member of the panel, was unable to come due to an issue with his flight, which left him stuck in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Before the main event at the Tower Fine Arts Mainstage Theatre was a lunch with students where they could meet and network with the alumni. Students asked questions all throughout the lunch, until the group broke to move to Tower Fine Arts. One of the questions asked at both the lunch and at Tower Mainstage was: what is your favorite memory of Brockport.

Goins’ best experience at the college was when he protested with the Black Student Liberation Front, now known as Organization for Students of African Descent, to get African American studies as a major on campus.

“It [his experience at Brockport] gave me a broader sense of what it meant to be a human being and not just an actor,” Goins said.

Though during the lunch Goins only talked about his experience with the Black Liberation Front, he later also recalled on another experience at the college that he felt was a big part of his time spent here at Brockport. He talked about putting on the play “Hamlet.” He recalled how during a fight scene that used actual metal swords, one of the actors lost his sword and it got stuck in the set.

“They [the actors for “Hamlet”] were doing this amazing fight scene and at one point the guy is supposed to lose his sword,” Goins said. “So he loses his sword, flicks it over his head and it sticks in the set.”

When talking about his career, Goldthwait always went back to the long hours and dedication it takes to be successful. He remembered the long hours he used to work with “Grey’s Anatomy” when his daughter was younger. There was even a moment when he was tucking her in on Sunday night and she actually said, “See you Saturday.” After this encounter with his daughter Goldthwait decided he needed to cut back on his hours.

“My job is schedule it all, make sure it stays on schedule and when the wheels fall off the wagon is to figure out how we are going to adjust to get back on schedule,” Goldthwait said. “It’s a long day, our days are twelve hours and that’s not counting lunch.”

Overacker mostly works in sports and makes sure that the captions at the bottom of the screen during broadcasts are correct along with a plethora of other things. Overacker said technology is constantly developing and he has to stay on top of it because it is a part of his career.

“As a freelancer I have to stay on top of the technology by going to training at different facilities or different companies,” Overacker said.

For the first time in six years students had the chance to experience the wealth of knowledge these three alumni had to offer. To learn more about the careers of the alumni who visited April 7th, go to the Daily Eagle.

Chantelle Nasri Elected BSG Treasurer


By: Curt Case and Johnny Nixon

Chantelle Nasri has won her campaign to be Brockport Student Government’s new treasurer. Nasri believes the clubs and organizations she is involved with on campus have prepared her for this position.

“I have worked side by side with the student body, clubs and departments in helping them plan, organize and execute events for almost two years now,” Nasri said. “I have gained adequate insight into what motivates them, what they want and what they need.”

Now that the campaign is over Nasri says that she has made arrangements to shadow Zach Loveless, the current BSG Treasurer, to make for a smoother transition. She plans to work hard to communicate “openly and effectively” with the student body.

“I want to take that a step further and begin advocating for them,” Nasri said.

Nasri says she wants to use her experience from different clubs to help them progress. Nasri want to aid the clubs at Brockport in expanding and reaching a greater number of students.

Nasri is a junior working towards a dual degree in Finance and Mathematics. Nasri’s background includes her work in Marketing for the Student Union, her membership of the Leadership Development Program (Presidential Level), serving as an EOP Academic Tutor, and being the Chair of the Planning Committee for Tunnel of Oppression. She also occasionally attends club meetings of various groups on campus. 

The BSG Treasurer’s duties include creating the budget for the coming school year by allocating funds to clubs, programs and other segments of Student Government.

“It is prevalent to be analytical and strategic, which my background in Mathematics has taught me to do effectively,” Nasri said. “Further, understanding the concepts of budgeting and financial allocation, along with statistical research has been provided to me as a Finance major in the School of Business.”

Nasri believes that being personable and having good communication skills is the most important aspect of holding an executive position in BSG.

“However above all, being a leader requires a level of humbleness to which you teach and learn from your peers,” Nasri said.

Nasri recognizes that being a leader is about critically listening and having a good understanding about the students she is trying to lead, in turn helping to direct and delegate them to achieve their desired goals.

“It is about asking the questions that others don’t, speaking your mind and not falling to the pressures of a challenge,” Nasri said. “I find myself challenged in all aspects of my life: my classes, my job and my personal/ social life to which I pride myself on having a solution-oriented mindset. When faced with conflict, my initial reaction is, how can I fix it?”

There are four main issues of Nasri’s platform that she plans to work on. She wants to advocate for students and clubs, be fully transparent with club and BSG budgets, reassess the student activity fee, and work on providing financial and organizational support for clubs and students. 

Short term, Nasri wants to be able to learn the dynamic of BSG as well as to educate the college community about it.

“I think that it is important for students to know the resources they have available to them and how they can be maximized,” Nasri said. “Long term, I want to leave behind a legacy of being transparent.”

The students have a right to vote on things and be involved in the decision making of all budgetary decisions; especially when it is their money.

“I want to advocate for students in a way that they actually feel is making a difference, and this can hopefully become the culture of BSG’s relationship with Brockport students,” Nasri said.  

In terms of student life, Nasri’s goal is to improve the perception of BSG. She wants students to have more trust in BSG and feel like it is an outlet to which they can utilize to reach out to the administration.

“Right now, BSG gets the short end of things, and I believe that it is because students are not kept in the loop of how and why decisions are made,” Nasri said. “Thus, transparency is key in fixing this communication issue. If this information is made public, students will better understand the system.”

Nasri encourages students to get more involved with BSG. She says BSG is a great resource to help guide students in the right direction when they ask questions or seek advice.

“Most importantly, BSG has both the capability and power to acknowledge suggestions and concerns of students, address them, and ultimately solve them,” Nasri said. “After all, we cannot be ‘For the Students, By the Students’ without the students.”

After Brockport, in May 2018 Nasri hopes to begin her Financial Analyst career in Chicago or New York City. However, ultimately her goal is to be self-employed in the real-estate or insurance markets.


New Dorms and Remodeling Plans Announced for Brockport


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The College at Brockport is making a lot of changes lately. With the North Campus Revitalization Project, more construction is set to appear on the campus.

Recently, The College at Brockport revealed that they will be building a brand new residence hall. This news came after it was reported that Mortimer Hall is infested with asbestos.

“The construction of this new residence hall at SUNY College at Brockport is another example of this administration’s commitment to investing in modernizing and updating our colleges and universities across New York,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in a statement. “Keeping our university campuses competitive and up-to-date is vital to ensuring we attract the best and brightest to lead New York into the future.”

The new dorm project, which is financed through and is being built by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s SUNY Dormitory Facilities Program, will start construction in late May and is set to finish during the summer of 2018.

An Orleans Hub article stated the following: “The residence hall will be constructed using an innovative panelized construction system that allows wall components of the four-story building to be built in an off-site factory at the same time site work and foundations are being prepared. The building will be steel construction with concrete floors. It will have fire-safety features, including full sprinkler and fire alarms systems, as well as state-of-the-art security systems and card access throughout. SUNY College at Brockport building new $21 million residence hall”.

The new dorm is set to have 256 beds and two students per room and a private bathroom in each room. Students at Brockport are currently paying approximately $3,900 each academic year for room and board. Each year the price increases. By the time this new dorm is built, the price is will be higher.

The new dorm will house sophomores and juniors and has yet to be named. It will stand on the field where the rugby team used to practice. Don’t worry, rugby will be given a new and improved place for their practice and games.

Brockport students shared how they reacted to the news of the new dormitory.

Brockport junior Tianna Leggette doesn’t understand why the school is spending $21 million on a new dorm when other construction projects currently happening on campus are not completed.

“The walkway from the middle quads to the other end of campus is barely finished,” Leggette said. “Let’s not talk about the major inconvenience it has caused students when getting to class and they’re already on the next plan for construction.”

Leggette believes the money could be used for other things that does not involve the campus looking pretty.

“Let’s spend some money to fix the infested dorms and the dorms with barely any heat during the winter season,” Leggette said. “Let’s spend some money on improving what’s wrong with other things we already have on campus.”

However, the new dorm will be an improvement on a lot of the things that students are currently complaining about with the current dorms, such as heat and air conditioning.

Brockport junior Dymani Poyser said he doesn’t really care for it.

“It’s just more things that I am not going to get the chance to experience,” Poyser said.

Middle quad dorms like Dobson, Benedict, Harmon and Gordon hall, which has been around for decades, will also be renovated. But everything will be done one at a time.