Islam, Not ISIS

By Breonnah Colon

There is a tragedy taking place within the world and it is not getting very much media coverage, therefore many people are unaware of it. There is a genocide taking place in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. The country is located on the border of five others: India, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand and China. As a result of its geological location, the population of Myanmar is quite diverse, however, there is still a minority group within the nation- the Rohingya people. The Rohingya people are Muslim and practice Islam as their religion. It is this religious practice that is causing the Rohingya people to be targeted by the military of Myanmar since the religion followed by most people in the country is a form of Buddhism.

New sources such as CNN and BBC News have been covering stories on the genocide occasionally, however, the circumstances facing the Rohingya people have been taking place for as long as four years. In the year of 2012, Myanmar experienced a sort of civil war where an article on entitles “Is genocide unfolding in Myanmar?” by Matthew Smith explained, “Buddhist civilians and state security forces unleashed coordinated attacks against Rohingya and other Muslims. I documented pre-dawn raids and cold-blooded massacres.”

A lot of people are still at risk, especially children.

The article went on to state, “Children were hacked to death. Some were thrown into fires.” While the violence facing the Rohingya may have diminished over the past few years, it seems tensions are once again rising and the victims are the Rohingya people.

How could such a thing take place without anyone intervening? Well, whether or not an actual genocide is taking place has been quite a controversial topic, especially since the current leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi denies there is a genocide taking place, despite people referring to the horrendous acts against the Rohingya people can be equated to an ethnic cleansing. An article on entitled “Myanmar says ‘no evidence’ of Rohingya genocide” explained, “(The government in Myanmar) dismissed allegations of genocide on the basis that there are still Rohingya Muslims living in Rakhine and that Islamic religious buildings have not been destroyed. It said it had so far found ‘insufficient evidence’ that anyone had been raped by security forces, despite widespread claims. Accusations of arson, arbitrary arrest and torture are still being investigated.” The article also explains that there have been allegation of militant government forces targeting Rohingya civilians and killing them as punishment and retaliation for attacks by Rohingya rebels.

How could such a devastating terror take place for an entire group of people and most of the world not know? Did you hear about the three Muslim family members who were murdered in February of 2015 over an argument about parking? How about the woman in New York City who had her hijab set on fire in a “possible hate crime” in September of 2016? Most people would not be able to identify these stories, all of which were captured and shared publicly by reliable news sources such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and NPR. It is quite clear there has been a growing trend of violence against Muslims both within the United States and globally. Yet, if these things are being covered by such prominent ad well-known news sources, why aren’t these stories more widely known? Perhaps because bigger headlines read about terror attacks in Paris or Boston or even Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan carried out by the notorious terrorist group ISIS make up most of the news regarding the Muslim community. This sort of coverage leaves a very strong message about Islam and those who practice the religion in people’s’ minds and that message is almost always the idea that Islam is a very violent religion and Muslim are extremists who look to oppress anyone who goes against them. Much like the Rohingya people in Myanmar, this sort of majority thinking victimizes the minority group: Muslims.

Islam is the second largest religion in the world and fastest growing  major religion today, with as many as 1.7 billion people identifying as Muslim. That’s almost as much as a quarter of the entire global population. Despite the prevalence of the religion, however, Islam is very often misunderstood and preconceived as violent due to media coverage and stereotypes. This sort of social stigma deeply impacts individuals with Muslim backgrounds.

Jesus Maldonado is a Muslim of Puerto Rican descent. He faces a sort of discrimination quite rare due to the fact that he does not inherently look Muslim, yet is.

“People don’t believe me when I say I’m Boricua (Puerto Rican) and Muslim,” Maldonado said. “I usually have to speak in arabic and then spanish to kind of prove my point.”

The stereotypes goes beyond his language. Maldonado explained a time at The College at Brockport’s dining hall where he asked if the meat served was halal, which is a sort of dietary practice followed by Muslims. The server was a Muslim woman wearing a hijab, however, since Maldonado did not look Muslim to her she questioned what he knew about halal food and why he was asking.

Such situations take place constantly Maldonado explained. He was either too spanish for his fellow Muslims or too Muslim for his hispanic counterparts, however, this is nothing new for Maldonado.

“It doesn’t bother me. This is who I am, I’ve always been Puerto Rican and Muslim,” Maldonado said. “If someone is interested in either my faith or my culture we discuss it, if not we don’t.”

While Maldonado may be used to the sorts of stereotypes and discrimination that cause a difference for those who practice religion, others are not so used to it. Dayana Germain is a Christian woman of Haitian descent, yet her partner is an Egyptian Muslim. While religion wasn’t a big part of their relationship in the beginning, her partner has recently started to become more involved in his faith.

“He’s been reading the Quran more and he prays several times, sometimes three times a day,” Germain said.

While the practices of her partner do not bother Germain she admits that it’s certainly a different experience for their relationship which has caused her to learn more about Islam.

“I didn’t know too much about Islam. I knew it was a religion and that there were some things people were saying bad about it, but I like to know things for myself so I didn’t just listen to what others said,” Germain said.

She went on to explain that she has also taken to reading the Quran and was surprised by the teachings she came across.

“I’m a Christian woman, but even I must admit the teachings (presented by the Quran) are really good,” Germain said.

Both Maldonado and Germain are touched by Islam everyday, both experience the impacts of having the guidelines and teachings of Islam play a role in their lives. Yet many others do not have this firsthand experience and as a result view Islam only by preconceptions introduced by the masses. It is this sort of understanding that allows such horrors like the genocide in Myanmar to take place against innocent Muslim people. What can we do to help put an end to the discrimination and mistreatment of a group of people that make up almost a quarter of the world’s population? Educate ourselves.

“I would say just do research so you can know for yourself,” Germain said.

Perhaps with a wider understanding of Islam and the different cultures that make up the faith, the major headlines will ring with just as much urgency when Muslims are under attack as when non-muslims are attacked and maybe those attacks wouldn’t happen so frequently in the first place.


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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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.


Department Reorganization to Save Brockport $500,000

Jim Haynes, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Brockport, announced a plan to save half a million dollars by reorganize the college’s academic departments.  Photo: courtesy of

By: Siomara Germain

Changes are coming to The College at Brockport’s school system.

Jim Haynes, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced that Brockport is reverting back to their old school system.

There are five schools on this campus: the School of Business Administration and Economics, the School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Education and Human Services, the School of Health and Human Performance and the School of Science and Mathematics.

All the majors and minors at Brockport fall under the college’s five schools method.  For example, journalism, communication studies, English, anthropology, music, history and film studies majors all fall under the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Majors like biology, chemistry, math, pre-med and computer science fall under the School of Science and Mathematics.

Prior to the five schools method that currently occupies this campus was the three schools method.  Haynes said the college will be switching back to the old ways: from five schools to three.

This new system will be done by combining some of the schools. However, according to Haynes, the deans and secretaries of the schools to be eliminated will not lose their jobs.

The three new schools that the college will have will be the School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education, Health and Human Services.

The School of Arts and Sciences will be a combination of the current School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the current School of Science and Mathematics. This change will bring about some minor changes in major classification.  For example, Anthropology will be moving from the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to the science unit of that school and the criminal justice department.

The general education classes that the students are required to take in order to graduate will, for the most part, be in one school.

The new School of Education, Health and Human Services will be a combination of the current Schools of Education and Human Services and the current School of Health and Human Performance.

The current School of Business will remain free standing because a lot has been invested into it. The School of Business contains some of the schools professional programs and currently has the accounting, public administration, business administration, economics, and finance departments.

Haynes said a lot of money will be saved with the new school system. The plan will save the college around $270,000 a year.

“In four years, we’ll have over a million dollars in savings,” Haynes said. “That money can be used for all kinds of initiatives.”

The plan will give the college the ability to invest in its future. The goal is to make education more efficient and to support students and faculty research with the money saved.

“Every dollar we don’t spend on unnecessary administrative overhead will be invested to benefit more important needs,” Haynes said.

About $250,000 has already been saved in the provost office. If one adds that amount to the $270,000 that the college will be able to save a year after combining the school, that’s over half a million dollars.

Changes are coming indeed, but great changes that will only benefit this institution.


New Dorms and Remodeling Plans Announced for Brockport


Photo from The College at Brockport web page.

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.

Freshman charged with assault

Student faces charges after alleged altercation in Gordon Hall. Photo courtesy of:

By Ryan Bagley and Brian Elliott

Freshman Dylan Jones has been charged with third degree assault against the students and second degree assault against the University Police officers following an incident at Gordon Hall March 19.

A press release from the Police Benevolence Association (PBA) alleged that three students, two of whom are ResLife staff members, and two University Police lieutenants were assaulted.

The Police Benevolent Association press release commended University Police for handling the situation non-violently.

“Crimes that occur on campus are no different from those in municipalities,” the PBA press release stated. “We applaud the work of our University Police officers who put themselves in harm’s way to protect students, staff and visitors around the clock.” 

University Police Chief Mark Giblin said that the officers were responding to a call that a Residential Life (ResLife) staff member had been attacked by another student.

“The officers were called for a disturbance for a student who had physically struck ResLife staff,” Giblin said. “[UP] responded as soon as they got called, they encountered the individual, he got physical with them, he was arrested, he was arraigned in village court, so now the prosecution is underway.”

Due to strict Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws and confidentiality clauses within the Code of Student Conduct, a good portion of information related to the incident is confidential.

There have been two cases within the past few months involving students being charged with felonies, and it is because of these laws and clauses that no detailed information regarding a student’s current enrollment or boarding status can be released by those who oversee the records that contain said information.

College spokesperson John Follaco said the process through which decisions are made regarding suspension from classes and removal from residence halls is a process that favors campus safety.

“Whenever Student Conduct is made aware of an allegation of a serious violation, such as a felony arrest, that has the potential to cause concern for campus safety, interim measures are considered,” Follaco said. “Interim suspensions provide Student Conduct with the time necessary to conduct a proper and fair investigation while ensuring the safety and well being of the entire campus—something that is always our highest priority.”

Incidents of assault within residence halls are not common and stray far from the norm of liquor law and noise violations that ResLife staff usually handles. From 2013-2015, disciplinary referrals for residence hall liquor law violations outnumbered residence hall assaults 857-to-1.

Giblin believes this incident is no cause for alarm on campus.

“It’s a rare occurrence. We typically don’t see it. It’s really a rare occurrence for a student or a suspect or anybody to raise hands against University Police.”

Incidents like this are rare, but when they do happen, Giblin said to call University Police and allow them to handle the situation.

Understanding oppression

By: Charlotte Luft

South Africa, segregation and Hitler; what do these three things have in common? They are all perpetrators of oppression.

Oppression is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority.

To begin The College at Brockport’s annual Tunnel of Oppression, held in the Union Ballroom March 7-8, counselors from the Hazen Health Center asked groups going in the tunnel how they defined oppression.

Everyone was given a chance to add to the definition before continuing on to the first of nine rooms.

Upon entering the first room groups were presented a slideshow showing people with disabilities, created by Pi Kappa Phi. The guide for the tunnel then read to the group how people with disabilities are being oppressed because able-bodied people look down on them.

The group was then lead into the next room about suicide, created by Residential Life. In the room there was a 16-minute video playing where people who knew someone who committed suicide talked about the way it was dealt with by them and others. On the wall of the room were quotes such as, “I sat there and my mind played every bad memory, every failure, every negative thought until it was screaming so loudly in my head I wanted to scream out loud”.

The Office of Diversity did its room on micro-aggression. On the wall of the room there were pictures of people from the internet that had been whitewashed. Throughout the room there were also cards with examples of micro-aggression and a quote card where people could fill out experiences they have had.

Groups were then led into the Organization for Students of African Descent’s room which visually displayed segregation by a rope down the center of the room which displayed two desks; one representing the experiences black people face and the other the privilege white people experience. They displayed a white board with the racial slur students at the college got an email about during the fall semester as well as two white females on the track and field team at the college wearing blackface in an Instagram post.


Poster for the Tunnel of Oppression. Photo: courtesy of


Cultural Council displayed President Donald Trump’s America by placing quotes from the president up on their wall, visually building the physiological wall Trump has created since the beginning of his presidency.

Girl Up played a one-minute video featuring a young girl named Kidan who spoke about her dreams for the future only to have her mother at the end of the video explain why Kidan would not be able to achieve her dreams. After watching the video groups were asked to add a message to the board to send to Kidan.

War on Poverty was the theme Habitat for Humanity chose for their room. In its room it posted reasons why people were poor and statistical information about homeless people such as, “20-25 percent of the single adult homeless population suffers from some form of severe/persistent mental illness”.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars had two poster boards on the floor of their room. One of the posters featured facts about low-income schools and the other about high-income schools. One fact featured on the board was that low-income students are four years behind in grade level by the time reach 12th grade.

Women in Technology portrayed a room about the oppression of women in six different industries. There were six large sheets of paper in the shape of a body posted to the wall in the room with facts about each industry. The six industries that were focused on were: sports, media, financial and accounting, science technology engineering and math, legal, and medical.

The tunnel finished with the Hope Wall, which featured quotes from people who had been through the tunnel to keep people optimistic for change.

Students left the tunnel of oppression with more knowledge and a lot to think about in regards to different social issues.