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Tuition Increase
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The two buses chartere by the Stony war movement from the ideals King's name repre- to a dirge-like rendition of "We Shall Overcome"
Brook Social Justice Alliance to take people to sents. It's hard to imagine him supporting this war. on the tuba.
Washington D.C. were mostly full of townies. There was a crush as the march.began and Um, there's strength, in diversity.
Apparently there were few students at this apa- things got off to a slow start. This is not surprising Shop owners and other DC residents lined
thetic cormmuter college who were able or inclined considering there may have been 50, 000 people up along the street to watch the parade.
to show up for the six a.m. meeting time. The there. The mainstream press definitely underesti- A lot of people were there to show their support.
woman sitting next to me was coming to Stony mated but A.N.S.W.E.R. definitely overestimated. There was one memorable group of men standing
Brook for the first time this Spring to study health That's usually how it works anyway. If you want in front of a bar with posters that read: AVERAGE
sciences. She has grown children, and remembers to know how many people were at a demonstra- WHITE GUYS AGAINST THE WAR. Along the
protests against other unpopular wars on foreign tion double the Time's estimate or halve the orga- parade route leading between the mall and the
soil. I personally don't really remember Dukakis or nizer's. Washington Naval Yard only one sign could be
the Iran/ Contra scandal. I found an old friend who goes to school seen denigrating the march. Some young
We watched the sunrise over New Jersey in the city. She introduced me to the kids she came Republicans society stood on a marble balcony
and talked" about our hopes for the future of with and I lost my bus buddy in the crowd. Our lit- with a banner that read: HIPPIES GO HOME.
American democracy, and our fear of the bittl athing.
cold that we expected for the day we he This was an officially permitted rally and
planned to spend marching through tl ere were no incidents of police brutality that I
nation's capitol against a war that even mar w or heard about. But the police were always
who demonstrated believe cannot be averted ere along with the constantly hovering white
When the bus let us out in front of tl licopters: I heard a little civil disobedience
National Mall around eleven the sun was shi: as planned for the following day but I don't
ing brightly and the party was just gettir low what came of that. I know that as the sun
under way. The wind wasn't biting and n ent down I lost all feeling in my hands and
companion was able to kneel and, withoi ce. My new friends couldn't understand me
much trouble, print Long Island Grandmoth hen I tried to bid farewell through frozen lips.
Against The War on the poster board sl iere was some mishap in getting the Social
brought. Placard in tow we set off on a tour stice Alliance group back together with the
the mall. Communists and Socialists of evej is to Stony Brook but other than that no prob-
imaginable stripe ranged the lawn asking f n. It was a party and you should have been
donations in exchange for their political new ere.
papers. The Long Island Grandma noted with tle band fell into .step with a group whose banner I was there because I believe that citizens
pleasure the number of people of color who had identified them as Young Uptown Communists should be able to define the terms of political dis-
turned out to demonstrate their opposition to the Against the War. They are a group of mostly Black course and that one extra warm body at a peace
war, reflecting that this was more than a white lib- and Latino socially committed high school and col- rally can help to do that. What gets you through
eral issue. I noted silently with pleasure that not lege students. I nearly learned to say "can't stop the night?
everyone there was a dirty hippy. the power of the people 'cus the power of the peo- It was for similar reasons that I joined a
The crowd really did look like a cross-sec- ple don't stop" in Spanish but I am slow of wit. group of about thirty Suffolk county residents in
tion of America. Bands of people held banners Chants in English included: "hey, hey, ho, ho this front of a Methodist church on Route 25A close to
identifying themselves as visitors from nearly racist war has got to go" and other variations on Old Field Road (that actually doesn't narrow it
ever state in the uiion. If the composition of the traditional protest chants. Jumping up and down down much) for a candle light vigil the following
crowd was any measure, then the Midwest does and shouting at the top of your lungs is a good night. It was definitely a Long Island grandparents
not want this war any more than the supposedly way to keep warm and incidentally to keep from type crowd but there were a few younger people.
more leftist coasts. There were a lot of people there losing your mind. My friend seems to know about People without candles held up signs that said
old enough to remember the Second World War, one in ten Americans and knew a few of the HONK FOR PEACE and similar things. A lot of
along with the usual bunch who were in middle Uptown Communists already so we stuck with people honked for peace. We were positioned at an
and elementary school during the Gulf War. them for most pf the five hour march. intersection and at some red lights there would be
Veterans Against The War held up photographs of They were good company. They had two or three drivers leaning on their horns at once.
Donald Rumsfeld with captions that said: NEVER brought a lot of laughter and energy and hope It was like music. A few frat types leaned
SERVED. A lot of people brought their kids. with them on their bus along with their own out of their SUV's to shout pro-war slogans but I
There were two stages with enormous newsletter. We passed another bunch of youthful think they were just trying to keep warm.
amplifiers set up and a wide space between one socialists chanting, among other things, about their A few days later a friend of mine asked
another on the mall. The crowd was so thick I ambition to set the president's ass on fire. I wasn't me what the point of such a small protest in a little
never actually got to see any of the public figures immediately averse to the idea but then an town like Setauket could be. It's a fair question. A
who spoke but they could be easily heard. From Al Uptown Communist shouted them down pointing little vigil like that let the people driving by that
Sharpton to Jessica Lange, they all invoked Martin out that this was a peace rally. She was right. night who think invading Iraq would be criminal
Luther King's name as one who fought for peace There were a lot of young men and or stupid or both know that they are not the only
through peaceful means as well as one who had women who came to the rally with drums and cos- ones in town. Ask the honkers if there was a point.
explicitly condemned the Vietnam War. Organized tumes and a spirit of celebration. Kids dancing and Before recently I thought I was more alone in my
by the activist group A.N.S.W.E.R., the demonstra- banging pots and pans stood in sharp contrast to thinking than I actually am. Don't believe the AOL
tion was held two days before the great leader's groups of older demonstrators like the bearded polls. Most of America isn't online filling out sur-
birthday in an effort to draw strength for this anti- Midwestern types we passed who were marching veys.

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By JoeFilippazzo
I bet that the first thing that comes to state. The proposed hike is part of a $4.3-billion that the state needs the money due to our eco-
your mind when you think "college student" is a budget proposal for 2003-04. It would be the first nomic situation andthey are presented with a dif-
slovenly dressed, exhausted, malnourished and increase since 1995's $750 addition and it would ficult dilemma: Increase tuition or cut funding for
(above all) penniless freeloader. The justification boost the current tuition of $3,400 to $4,800 at programs and classes. Although no one likes
for this stereotype lies in its accuracy. With this in SUNY and CUNY four-year institutions. tuition hikes and the word "tuition" is eerily rem-
mind, the bane of the average student's existence Luckily this is just a proposal for now iniscent of the word "tax," experts fear that cuts
is pretty obvious. No, not.Deng Lee's/ but bills. which is currently up for review by the governor will degrade the value of public education.
There's actually a quite brilliant explanation for and Legislature. Approved by 14 of the 16 board Basically, if you buy cheap, you get cheap. I
why we're all cheap bastards ... we have no members appointed by Governor Pataki, the pro- understand that no one enjoys giving a lot of their
money. In addition to paying tuition and loans, jected increase has met a good deal of resistance non-existent money to the state but, believe it or
we have to cough up a few hundred more for by student advocates and insolvent, destitute not, many schools such as the University at
tool-goers alike. Albany, and none other than the good old
timately it is the University at Stony Brook are among the top up-
vernor's budget and-coming prestigioup schools in the country.
oposal that- will Program cuts threaten to shoot down this
termine SUNY's momentum; a risk the SUNY system would not
xt move. Although like to take. To some economists the new plan
ýw York is currently seems inevitable.
low the national Finally the ever-elusive College Fee of
erage of $4,081 per $12.50 is revealed. This is. the state's way of sub-
ar for in state, public tly increasing tuition. While tuition raising caus-
iversities, it will be es rallies and headlines that draw national atten-
11 above states such tion, a non-descript, $60 Activity Fee or a $150
Connecticut, Texas Activation Fee for the meal plan are less obvious.
d California if the They are bitched about by a handful of kids over
1succeeds. lunch at the SAC and quickly forgotten. This
Unfortunately, method of fund raising is surreptitious, devious,
is unclear whether and perfectly legal but it doesn't bring in the kind
books, room and board, activities, transportation,. or not aides such as the Tuition Assistance of cash the state is looking for. This means that
athletics, technology arid laundry. There's basi- Program, lovingly referred to as TAP, will be it's time for a straight-up, give-us-money, tuition
cally a fee for everything up to and including the adjusted to account for the increase. We basically hike.
$12.50 College Fee. What the hell is a "college" .get stabbed in the leg then kicked in the wound The good news is that $1,400 is the ceil-
fee? Well, I don't know either but we're paying it! by the steel-toed boot of higher education. It goes ing price and worst-case scenario for the increase.
Oh, we got colleged reeeeeaaal good. Ain't without saying that this fine bundle of lettuce will Governor Pataki referred to the number as just a
nobody done been colleged this good since never! pose a problem for many people. When asked "starting point" in the budget negotiations.
But January 17th seemed like a typical about his feelings on the tuition increase, con- Debate and deliberation have yet to take place
Friday if you disregard the $1,400 kick in the ass cerned freshman Tristen Walker of Roth Quad and it is unlikely that studentswill ultimately be
SUNY students received. The State University of said, "Next year I won't have to steal ... I'll have charged the full 41 percent. The bad news is that
New York Board of Trustees made the proposal of to steal steal steal." we have no money. And it is our great misfortune
at most a 41% increase in tuition to combat the Currently, few alternatives to the hike that, as we all know, cash rules everything around
declining economy and financial condition of the have been considered very deeply. The truth is me. Cream, get the money. Pay another bill, y'all.

Bush Sneaks Out Against


I Affirmative
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By Jackie Hayes
"Any suggestion that the segregated past "these are not quotas" and testified to this fact in
was acceptable or positive is offensive and it is front of the Supreme Court on January 18.
wrong," stated Bush in reaction to Trent Lott's The brief filed by the White House is,
expressed support of Strom Thurmond's 1948 seg- according to a senior White House official, "very
regationist platform. Only about a month later, on narrowly tailored," addressing only University of
January 16, the Thursday before Martin Luther Michigan's policies, not those of other selective uni-
King Day, Bush attacked affirmative action and the versity. The brief does not ask the Supreme Court
University of Michigan's admissions' policies argu- to overturn the Bakke decision allowing that race
ing that they are, "fundamentally flawed and could be a factor in the admissions process. Since
unconstitutional." The White House filed a brief the brief is targeted solely towards the University
expressing their opposition to the University of of Michigan and acknowledges that race can still be
Michigan's admissions' policies regarding the court a factor, it is hard to define exactly what Bush is
case that is scheduled to go before the Supreme asking of the Supreme Court. Although Bush did-
Court on April 1, 2003. n't specifically address alternatives to affirmative
Jennifer Gratz, Patrick Hamacher, and action, while governor, he supported a state deci-
Barbara Grutter say they were denied admission as sion to abandon ethnicity-based admissions replac-, EOP program targeting economically disadvan-
undergraduates because of Michigan's race scoring ing it with the guaranteed admission of all students taged applicants and currently includes 500 stu-
policy. Applicants are scored on a point system. graduating in the top ten percent of their class. In dents. Stony Brook University also has an Office of
Potential students must score at least 100 out of 150 the brief filed by the University of Michigan they Diversity and Affirmative Action, yet the office is
points in order to be considered for admissions. stated that even with a "race blind lottery," African not involved in admissions and only handles com-
Applicants of ethnic minorities, mainly Native American enrollment would fall below 3%. Lee plaints of harassment and discrimination.
Americans, African Americans, and Hispanics, Bollinger criticized the White House brief stating Therefore the Supreme Court ruling will probably
receive 20 points. Bush criticized Michigan's poli- that Bush is trying, "to isolate a program and make not have a large affect on Stony Brook applicants.
cies stating, "at their core, the Michigan policies it seem exceptional, but the fact of the matter is that Yet it could affect many students and applicants of
amount to a quota system that unfairly rewards or Michigan's program is virtually the same as those other selective colleges and universities. If the
penalizes prospective students based solery on of selective universities across the country." University of Michigan is correct in its projections,
their race." Yet Mary Sue Coleman, University of If the Supreme Court does rule in favor of it could also result in a decrease in diversity on
Michigan's President says the university does not Gratz, Hamacher, and Grutter it is tough to say campuses nationwide. As for Bush's statements,
have and never has had quotas or a numerical tar- how this will affect college students nationwide. neither Judith Burke-Berhannan nor Valerie Sims,
get. Quotas were outlawed following the 1978 Stony Brook University does not follow a point sys- Affirmative Action Specialist at Stony Brook, cared
Supreme Court Case Bakke vs. University of tem. According to Judith Burke-Berhannan, Dean to comment on the university's support or opposi-
California Regents. Lee C. Bollinger, a previous of Admissions, the university's policies are "color tion to Bush's views on affirmative action.
University of Michigan President, also stated, blind." The university does not use race as a fac-

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Integyri~ty, or La Thereof Mismanaging Editor


Dustin Herlich
The Stony Brook Statesman recently printed on to say they print more often than our own
a letter from a reader (1/30/03) questioning the paper. They pointlessly remark we receive more Associate Editor
quality of their publication. This letter was money from Polity than they do, conveniently Adam Kearney
responded to with a long-winded editorial that leaving out their advertising revenue, of which
needlessly branched out beyond the scope of the we get very little. Lets recall whose newspaper
Business Manager
Diana Post
reader's question. The editorial is childish, offen- consists of "roughly 50 percent" advertising.
sive, and ignores journalistic integrity. Who really has more money? News Editor
The letter to the Statesman brings up valid The Statesman continued by attacking the Joe Filippazzo
points, questioning the need for so many editors credibility of Shelanu and goes as far as to say,
as well as the exorbitant amount of advertise- "There is evidence to suggest that these alloca- Ass. News Editor
ments per issue. Instead of answering these tions and the office space provided to certain Jackie Hayes
inquiries maturely, the editorial makes ridiculous groups are being used in certain ways that do not
claims. It states editors "put in more hours than a benefit the community at large, but rather pro- Features Editor
Joe Hughes
full time job," which in reality is the equivalent of vide a few students with personal perks."
working 9:00 - 5:00 weekdays, and impossible for This comment, while ignorant and child- Photo Editor
a full time undergraduate. ish is also a strong example of poor journalism. Ceci Norman
In response to the inquiry about advertis- The editorial provides no "evidence" of students
ing versus articles, the Statesman admits "roughly using our money on "personal perks." This can koppi edetur
50 percent of each edition," and goes on to say be considered libel. Michael Prazak
their advertising "reflects our campus diversity, The letter written to the Statesman is clear-
containing widespread viewpoints." The editori- ly criticizing the Statesman's quality. Their edito- Production Mngr.
al also defends its use of written pieces from other rial response attempts to deflect that criticism Adam Schlagman
sources, namely, The Chronicle For Higher without answering it. The editors of the
Education. Corporate advertisements and Statesman should seriously sit down and have a Webmaster
Rich Drummond
reprints from other publications cannot possibly look at their own publication before they attack
.tailor itself:to::the viewpoints of a specific com- others. They should be embarrassed to claim Ombudsman
munity. such high standards of integrity and quality jaIpaH IlassnI
If this wasn't enough, the Statesman goes' when they depend on advertisements and con-
on to criticize other campus publications. These tent from other publications to represent intellec-
attacks are more than uncalled for. Quantity is no tual views.
excuse for quality; yet the Statesman editorial goes

Jason Amoroso, Jeff Blanch, Tim

·- Editorial: A Fistfull of Tuition


Connors,Mike Fabbri, Aaron

.. Feingold, Chris Genarri, Rob


Gilheany, Bill Gioconda, Glenn
"Squirrel" Given, Sam Goldman,
Twelve hundred dollars can buy you a lot: lege, aside from hunting down employment, the Pam Gradowitz, Allan Katz, Gregory
a computer, a used car, sex, etc. In short, that's a only clear option would be joining the armed Knopp, Brian Libfeld, Rich Mertz,
lot of money, and money is one thing most SUNY forces. Maybe if enough college dropouts enlist, Jamie Mignone, Walter Moss, Ejima
Oyibo, Andrew Pemick, Derrick
students don't have. For many of us, the primary we won't even need a draft. Prince, Anna Maria Ramirez, Brian
reason we go to a SUNY is because we can't afford A tuition hike alone is bad enough, but "Scoop" Schneider, Chris Sorochin,
anything else. Clearly, a tuition hike of $1200 when TAP is cut by 33%, and EOP programs are Brian Tovar, Doug Williams, Jon
would mean that many of us wouldn't be able to cut by half, it adds up to more than just a tuition Vaillancourt, Nina Zakharenko ,
finish college. hike. Students had to pay a fraction more of what
So what is the logic behind Pataki's $184 they will currently be paying, and look how many The Stony Brook Pressis published fortnight-
ly during the academic year and twice dur-
million budget cut? The last tuition hike in 1995 of left SUNY. Imagine how many would leave ing the summer intersession by The Stony
$750 resulted in roughly 30,000 students dropping SUNY now. Forty, fifty, even sixty thousand Brook Press, a student run and student fund-
ed non-profit organization. The opinions
out of the SUNY system. That means 30,000 stu- maybe? The numbers are not as far fetched as you expressed in letters, articles and viewpoints
dents are left with no choice but to enter the work- think. Just ask around, and see who you know do not necessarily reflect those of The Stony
3rook Press.Advertising policy does not nec-
force early to pay off loans for an education that that might need to leave school. essarily reflect editorial policy. For more
they could not even complete. Good thing, this Imagine how much money schools will information on advertising and deadlines
call (631)632-6451. Staff meetings are held
frees up more young people then ever for the lose in lost student fees, and even how much Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. First copy free. For
upcoming war's draft. money the SUNY system itself will lose if there are additional copies contact the Business
Manager.
L::ast time there was a huge decrease in tens of thousands less students paying tuition. It's
SUNY enrollment. This time, an even greater a no win situation. When you add up the facts, The Stony Brook Press
Suites 060 & 061
dropout rate is expected, especially since this hike you really start to wonder what they were think-: Student Union
is twicethe last. Theoretically, depending on what ing with the tuition hike and aid cuts. Get used SUNY at Stony Brook
kinds ofaid astudent receives, tuition could dou- to Saluting. Stony Brook, NY 11794-3200
ble. Quite disturbing when you think about it. (631) 632-6451 Voice
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Hi there, Well, I suppose I'm not in a position to complain, so


here's something more constructive. How about finding a
Please remove the old website URL (sbpress.org) student in the journalism or media studies program to
from your paper's masthead immediately! work specifically on the website? Perhaps you can ask
The domain name has expired, and it has been taken Norm Prusslin to allow the web person to receive academ-
over by a Russian cybersquatter who is linking it to Asian ic credit through his class, as an incentive to keep up the
hardcore porn! work.
I realize you guys are probably still away on winter If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to con-
break, so Dave Ewalt and I bought two new domains for tact me anytime if you have any questions or ideas. The
The Press today. website means a lot to alumni and other people off campus
We reserved stonybrookpress.org and who miss seeing the print edition, and I'm certain we can
stonybrookpress.com, to make sure they don't get taken over make this work.
too. We'll hand over everything to your current editors
when you're ready to publish web content on a regular Talk to you soon! :-)
basis.
In the meantime, we will put up an interim cover Michael Yeh
page and a page for alumni. Starting early next week, the
URLs will lead to my website, biomonkey.net. When Gary
has his server ready, he'll be able to host the site.
Anyway, we should talk sometime about finding a
way to put each issue on the web in a timely fashion. I
understand that you're all busy with schoolwork and other
duties. (Hey, after all these years, I'm still in school
myself!) But to be honest, I'm more than a little disappoint-
ed that almost nothing has been done to update the site
since I left in 1999. In fact, I was still listed as the adminis-
trative contact person until the domain expired a few
weeks ago.

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Dear Stony Brook Press,

My name is Jess. I have a problem, a problem with


poop. I don't know why, but since the day that I realized I
would be given a cookie for pooping correctly, I've been
obsessed. It's not so much the physical poop matter that I
love, because let's face it, that's just foul, but I'm more
focused on the actual process of defecating. It's such a
rewarding experience. You can't sit there comfortably and
tell me that when you poop after holding it in for a whole
day you don't feel relieved, with a hint of elation. Maybe
it's just my heightened acuity to all things involved with
the process of eliminating, but I have noticed that the
majority of the bathrooms here at Stony Brook carry the
potentially hazardous, Grade F, one-ply, toilet paper. That
stuff is just ridiculous. It literally hurts. I would like to
meet the guy that invented that trash and give him a slap
across the face with a palm full of sandpaper. I feel that a
call of action is necessary. We don't need the fancy-
schmancy, lotion infused, springtime scented, top-of-the-
line wiper, but we should at least be given something that
doesn't take the fun out of pooping. Am I wrong to dislike
what the school feels is suitable for the sanitary needs of its
students and faculty? Am I wrong to like poop?

xoxo,
Jess
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By Sam Goldman
The:two combatants eye each other nerv-. But it's outside of dueling that things "Then it just became casual duels." But not before
ously, like gladiators in a Roman arena. They sit become interesting. You -can be the victim of some CBA legends were established, such as that
on their chairs warily; and to get ready, they fix Crotchball anytime, anywhere. Therefore, people of a man nickpamed only "Legend". Andy recalls,
their genitalia so as to protect themselves. Oneof .. who play (and once you throw back at someone, "he came in with a friend of ours and he wanted
them pulls out an object, about a foot and a half make n6ro'isTakle, ytr are IN), must constantly to play. We were playing with a hackeysack. He
long, with the ominous-sounding name of "the protect themselves from getting hit in the balls. didn't flinch, he just looked away." Another CBA
Death Rattle". True to its name, it rattles when Andy describes a typical situation. "We were story involves David "Weed Guy" Bucceri facing
you shake it around, due to the bunch of hackey- down in the basement of the Math Building play- a man named only "Mr. Clean" in the first and
sacks stuffed inside. ing hack. I brought down a cold Snickers bar; I only "Iron Man Match". It was made up of four
One man takes the Death Rattle in his intended to eat it ... I go, 'Guys, you wanna see 15-minute quarters, with any Weapon allowed.
hand, while the other sits back in his chair, legs something funny?' They were done by,
open, bracing for the shot. The weapon is thrown Then I slid into tl ftime.
shot-put style. It makes a low arc in the air and middle of the circ No matter what
lands firmly in the other's crotch. The u•diere -and-hit-my-friend Sfuture of the
moans and grabs their genitalia, partially in awe, the balls." In fa( A is, Andy is
partially because they are afraid they will be next. Andy and his frieni )ud of himself. "I
The man who was just hit by the Death Rattle gri- were getting so par re so many people
maces, but he does not move from his seat. noid about gettih yanized on some-
Rather, he picks up the weapon and begins to aim hit that, near the ei ng so stupid," he
it, with the intention of inflicting the same pain to of last semester, th is, smiling.
his opponent. kind of took an un( The duel, set up
Wondering what the fuck this is all ficial break. "Il CBA HQ, is
about? Welcome to the Crotchball Association, stressful, real ween Andy and
headquarters located in Amman C116. Come in, because you alwa friend, Justin
but keep one hand on your nuts at all time. have to cover yoi *doy.On hand are
The Crotchball Association is made up of self." low CBA mem-
a group of Stony Brook students, numbering The ladies need not feel left out, as they bers David "Weed Guy" Bucceri, Matt Siciliano,
about 20 in 'all, who pass the time knocking each too are invited to play, even though they natural- Nick Shaillas, myself, Jackie Hayes (whom you
other's privates into oblivion, whether in "duels" ly have a physical advantage. can thank for the photos), and two gentlemen,
like the one mentioned above, or just in free-form Andy Miraialle sums up the appeal of one who didn't wish to be named and another
fashion, where every crotch is a potential target, the CBA in this way: "How funny is it when you who gives it out as "Anon Y. Mous." The infa-
and no one is safe. ' see soneone get hit in the balls and go down?" mous Death Rattle is in use tonight. The two sit
What can be used? Nerf footballs, wal- As a freshman student last semester, about three feet apart, with the 'audience on the
lets, water bottlesjuggling balls two-pound bags Andy and riendsjust began throwing rand sides, most of them (myself included) protecting
of instant coffee. "Just about anything, really," objects at each other's crotches. "It became some- their balls in some form or another.
says CBA founder Andy Miravalle. If you want to what of a pastime," said Andy. Eventually, during Unfortunately, this duiel has been a bit one-sided,
duel, though, the CBA has created some special a sleepless night, Andy came up with the idea of as Justin, in his first duel this semester, is a bit
weaponry for the task.. Besides the aforemen- turning this pastime'into something semi-official, rusty, and has been missing the target, to Andy's'
ipned "Death Rattle," also available for use are and the Crotchball Association was formed. Andy relief, and the audience's dismay.
such items as "The Cube," a c ade up about 120 stickers, looking It's Andr's turn to throw. He carefully
about an inch wide filled with li )mewhat like the Major League judges the distance, and throws it at Justin. It hits
pieces from the board game Cross iseball logo, printed them out him- him and almost immediately Justin's face turns
or "Nut-Chucks," which, true to lf, and began sticking them across an unnatural shade of purple, and a second later
namesake, consists of two pieces I mptis. If you are wondering what he's on the floor. Andy is the winner this time. He
together with heavy-duty tape. tey look like, you can find one in the celebrates modestly, then wonders how he got
The CBA is seri-ous-aboul en's room next to the Union Deli. him, as it appeared the shot was off-target. "I
dueling (or as serious as this can r Eventually, the thing just snow- tucked HIGH!" Justin blurts out. He jumps on his
ly get, anyway). When you duel, lled. Official rules for dueling were heels (said to help one recuperate), goes to the
cannot protect yourself in any way. No hands. No made, including such things as how to challenge bathroom to check his faculties, while-Nick and
stuffing socks down your pants. Nothing. In fact, an opponent (slap him/her in the face with a David sit down, tuck in, and get themselves ready
to ensure that your opponent has a clean shot, glove) and theme songs (like "Eye of the Tiger" or for their own Crotchball duel.
you have to lean back in your chair as far as you the Indiana Jones theme). Standings were printed If you and your friends are just sitting
can while still sitting upright. The only pre-match up for everyone involved and posted outside around in your dorm, watching TV, and there's a
preparations that can be made involve "tucking," Andy's door. There was even discussions about water bottle (empty or full, it doesn't matter)
the act of tucking in your balls higher than nor- getting a professor to sponsor them, so they could lying around, surrepticiously grab it and hurl it at
mal, to hopefully give the opponent a more diffi- be an official campus club, but they felt that get- someone's crotch. If they throw it back at you,
cult target to hit. The first one to fall off his chair ting a teacher to support them would be hard, if you're playing Crotchball. Keep playing, and
in pain loses the match. After 15 minutes, the not impossible. maybe someday you will be summoned to
judges (a.k.a everyone else.who is watching) call At some point, they felt that they had Amman C116 to take on the pros.
the match. "gone too far," so the official rules were scrapped.
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Ready or not, the tuition hike for SUNY the new budget plan came during the winter depend on. A 50 percent slash to the opportunity
and CUNY is at the gate. Students are most like- intercession, when most students were spread programs (EOP, SEEK) is to go into place, greatly
ly to find themselves paying much more for edu- out, some even outside the state or country, hurting the first generation college students,
cation as soon as this semester. The tremendous unable to resist or impact the decision in any many from poor communities and families. The
increase in tuition amounts for all public univer- way. Furthermore, the decision was made in such net result will most likely be a withdrawal rate of
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out by the All on a Saturday, simply be unable to pay for the cost of higher
administration. ly when the education.
new budget c is statistical- The first interest of a politician is to get
not only calls )re apathetic to re-elected. To get re-elected you would need rat-
increases in the ews. The stu- ings. Anyone who has ever taken an Economics
of attendance, were caught or a Political Science course knows that the best
proposes cuts they were way to get ratings is to give the taxpayers tax
many essential vulnerable, cuts. Tax cuts, however result in a depletion of
grams. Yet, v rated from state funds; something is needed to bridge that
students are fi colleges and gap. In the case of New York Sate, the governor is
with a higher arsities, and obviously planning on using the backs of college
the State legisla importantly, students to ride out triumphantly, under the ban-
is proposing each other. ner of tax cuts. The people get their taxes back,
stantial tax 5s the students Pataki gets his ratings, we pay the price, seems
which will drain the already depleted.treasury. of SUNY and CUNY are able to unite in a speck like a nice plan, right? Well, if you like being the
Albany's politicians are using SUNY and CUNY of time before the budget is set, there will be a lot people's and the governor's bitch and paying out
students to close the budget gap that is to result more loans taken out in the years to follow. of your own pocket for education that is actually
from the tax cuts proposed by Pataki. Should the The new tuition hike is the most sub- free in most modern countries, that sure is a nice
new budget pass, hundreds, even thousands of stantial increase in the cost of public education sounding plan.
students will be forced to withdraw from univer- ever witnessed'by our generation. The new pro- As apathetic as all of us here are, at USB,
sities and colleges across the state, depriving our posed budget for the State University calls for a none of us like paying for anything, we prove
economy of the most needed human resources. 41 percent tuition increase, that's about $1, 400 that every time we visit the SAC cafeteria. So
Albany does not employ stupid people, more then students are paying now. maybe for once we actually should pay attention
as far as taking our money is concerned anyway. Unfortunately, the hike does not stop with to what is going on around us and realize that it
Pataki's team of politicians and bureaucrats tuition. Pataki has proposed a further 33 percent does impact our lives directly. If we don't fight
strategically planned out their actions, encoun- cut to the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), for our right for a higher education, we will lose
tering minimal resistance. The announcement of something most SUNY and CUNY students the battle of our lives. , ,
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By Ana Maria Ramirez
Monday morning. The doors to the corner of the first floor, the price to enter is your Glenn Webb who actually transferred to Stony
Staller Art Gallery are locked shut. The paintings own presence. And because the gallery is what Brook from Buffalo states: "If I would have stayed
and floor pieces have already been removed from Inkles states as a non-generating income pro- in Buffalo I would have never gone on to make
the previous exhibition. gram, it is under-funded. the art that I do now, just because Inever had the
The lights have been turned off over the empty "The gallery is in trouble," Inkles said. "We've technical facilities to do it. This department is
space. The white pristine tiles that cover each got a very tiny budget and we have to stretch it... really lucky to have faculty like Christa Erickson
square foot of the floor have already been we don't bring money in from the gallery, it's all and Stephanie Dinkins.
cleaned. The walls have been spackled and paint- one direction. So everything we do in the gallery Stephanie Dinkins, who teaches undergradu-
ed over the punctured holes, nails had previously has to be subsidized with money we raise. Right ate and graduate courses in Electronic Media and
left behind. now the gallery is being funding completely and Video, believes that this year's show is going to
ThP oallpr~ nna w aw itc fnr thp orrarllatso cfi- tntalny nn indr raicino llarc rilh <:a1Ile r Center be very dynamic. "When Glenn first got to Stony
dents to come a; Brook he was computer illiterate, it's wonderful
again fill the roc idds that if to watch his growth."
with their new ci 't a large Inkles encourages students who are not only in
ations in this yea: )f people the art department to go the exhibits and
annual Masters to the even to this reception in particular, which is
Fine Art exhibit. len it will scheduled for Saturday, February 15 from 6:00 to
Art Galle harder to 8:00 pm, to come experience the exhibit and ask
Director Rhon "If I've the artists about their pieces.
Cooper has seen nts in the "I think someone who has no training at all can
MFA exhibits in the njoying it, walk in that gallery and walk away with some-
years she has held i worth sub- thing. The artists that I've talked to are much
position. "When I fi Ifwe don't more interested in the average person that walks
came to the galle idents in in here and says what they think of it and how
there wasn't an Ml we don't they react to it."
program, there wenr ple coming Cooper agrees. "The MFA students are wonder-
lot of one person shows and I tried to have more to it and it's sitting there empty, then there is less ful. They are always interesting, they always do
group shows," and she adds, "there are actually reason to subsidize it," Inkles said. "It means get- great stuff, they're always so different. The MFA
fewer shows now because we have less money." ting bodies in to prove that we need this gallery." show usually has cutting edge works and for
As the Director of the Staller Center for the But even with all these setbacks, Cooper stills anyone who is interested in popular culture and
Arts, Alan Inkles explains that up until a couple takes great joy in curating every show. She states doesn't know much about art this show is partic-
of years ago Staller had funds covering the that each new exhibit feels like unwrapping a ularly interesting," Cooper said. "It seems to me
gallery costs, but now these have been depleted. new present, she's always excited to see how that because they're still in school this is a really
One reason for this is from all the budget cuts each one turns out. good opportunity to be very inventive and be
placed on Stony Brook University, as the other The present that is set to be unwrapped from very innovative because they have- fewer
SUNY universities have experienced. February 1st - 22nd will display the works done restraints."
"Since the 19 years of being here, between by the graduate students, Sarah Bielski, Makiko So as of now, the gallery sits and waits for the
being a student and working here, we've had Miyamoto, Raymond Prucher, Jeffery Allen Price artists to finish the final touches and finally get
cuts, but I have never seen them so severe as and Glenn Webb. the pieces installed/ It waits for Webb to erect lis
this," Inkles said. The group, who already have experience dis- two paper houses under a Astroturf lawn and for
Most students know the Staller Center for their playing their pieces in solo exhibitions at the Miyamoto to hang up her spherical netted white
weekly movies, plays, or concerts that are shown Graduate Gallery in the library, will now be fabrics. It waits until the lights are turned back
on the Main Stage or in the Recital Hall where exhibiting their final pieces, on, for the doors to be opened and for one person
students get up to 50% off on box office tickets. demonstrating how far each one has come from to quietly walk in and look around.
But as for the gallery, nestled at the far right hand three years before,
..... Man of TLa Mancha
By Ralph Sevush
I've always thought of MAN OF LA over-blowing it for a "Broadway sound". they rush through it, tossing it off as if it were
MANCHA as one of a handful of greatest musi- But I did have some quibbles, too. unimportant. But once you've heard Peter
cals ever written and produced on the Broadway Ernie Sabella's "Sancho" is a tad goofier O'Toole perform this monologue, having it treat-
stage. It is rarely revived in major productions, and a tad less moving than other Sanchos I've ed so cavalierly was a disappointment.
however, and the last Broadway revival, with seen. He gets laughs, but no tears. But, despite these drawbacks, this LA
Raul Julia and SHEENA EASTON, sucked mon- The choreography is only OK, and given MANCHA is a satisfying interpretation of one of
key balls. short shrift. the great texts and scores produced for the stage.
The current Broadway incarnation stars My main problem was a directorial one. Why great?
Brian Stokes Mitchell (star of RAGTIME and This is the story of a man, Don Miguel de Thematically (if not chronologically), it
KISS ME, KATE) and Hollywood's Mary Cervantes, thrown into prison by the Spanish is the UR-text. It says that we can transform the
Elizabeth Mastrantonio, along with Ernie Inquisition, where he is to await his fate. He.is an world if we transform ourselves. The catalyst to
("Pumbaa") Sabella as Sancho. And it most defi- actor and playwright, accompanied by his friend our own transformation? It is our artists, our
nitely does not suck monkey balls. and servant Sancho Panza. In the prison, his fel- poets, our shamans and storytellers. They 'can
In fact, not having had the opportunity low inmates are about to steal' allhis possessions, teach us to see ourselves in our purest nobility,
to see Richard Kiley and the original Broadway including his precious, leather-bound manu- allowing us to become those things dreamt for us
production but having seen almost every High script ... an unfinished story he is writing. He is by our dreamers. It dramatizes the power of the
School, community theater and stock production placed on "trial" by the other prisoners... the story in our lives. Every other story that so
in the tri-state area over the last 25 years, I feel crime? Idealism. He pleads guilty, then as a affects us, then, can be seen as an example of this
quite comfortable saying that this is the best pro- defense he performs his story of The Man of La story's simple profundity, and proof of this
duction of this transcendent work I've ever seen. Mancha. story's essential truths.
I have no idea who put the stick up NY For this show to work at its best, it's nec- And this doesn't even consider the
Times critic, Ben Brantley's ass, but his soul must essary for Cervantes to seduce his fellow.prison- craftsmanship inherent in a libretto that adapts
have shriveled up and blown away when his ers into his story first, before they '•lTurn and such a work of literature and finds this unique
opening night review failed to appreciate what eventually lure the audience in. Cervantes picks structure to tell this story. Nor have I even
was going on nightly at the Martin Beck theater particular roles for each of the prisoners to per- touched on the fact that the writers created a
in Times Square, NYC. form, and their transformations during the show score with no bad songs, and some of the best
On the whole, this production of Man of become our transformation. ever written for the stage, including the still
La Mancha is a beautiful work. For example: In this production, however, you don't moving THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM.
I knew she could act, but who knew Miss even see Mastrantonio's "Aldonza" until her first In other words, Ben Brantley is an ass-
Mastrantonio could sing like that? song, so she doesn't seem to BE one of the pris- hole. Run, do not walk... yada yada yada blah
Brian Stokes Mitchell lives up to his oners... and it is HER transformation that is the blah blah...
billing, even while standing in the long shadow most profound. Also, the other prisoners (they
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As the priest, Mark Jacoby does a lovely, pear too quickly and then WANTT A WUCARI
ethereal "To each his Dulcinea"... a short, almost return with all their atten-
throw-away song that contains the heart of the tion on US... way too soon.
show's viewpoint. It is a thematic misstep that
The design elements, sets and lighting keeps this production just
especially, were innovative and powerful, mak- this side of paradise.
ing me re-imagine this work I'd imagined so In fact, the pacing of
the whole show seemed
many times before.
The famous "rape scene" is staged to RUSHED, as if they were WANT A NEW STEREO?
emphasize and de-romanticize its sadistic vio- afraid to bore us. This was
lence. Unlike prior productions, they don't try to especially true of Cervantes'
turn this horrible event into some form of styl- classic "I'VE SEEN LIFE AS
ized ballet, even though they seamlessly choreo- IT IS" speech. Stokes per-
graph its startling stage action. formed it as many actors
The orchestrations are simple and doing Hamlet do with the
authentic, featuring Spanish guitar, without "To be or not to be" speech...

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By Amberly Timperio
It's comforting to know that in this age of I should say this at the outset that I thor- Despite multiple distractions, blindfolds, scream-
peril, with the dogs of war lapping at our door, and oughly enjoyed the show, much to my (and lovely ing girls, and the occasional few people who
images of destruction flying at us from all sides, Samantha's) chagrin. We, don't blush easily, it clapped out of sync, the foursome never lost their
that you can still have a kicking good time banging seems, but the band caused quite a stir. After the frenetic energy: 't only seemed to build to incredi-
on junk that people have thrown sweaty, and very talented men whet our collective ble amounts. With pressure and build-up there
away. appetite with numerous drum-solos that would should always be a release, and I submit that more
Such was the Recycled Percussion make John Bonham proud, they stepped up to the than a few of those ladies double-clicked the mouse
Program last Wednesday night - a good old viscer- mic for some beats and rhythms. You see, they are: that night. (My lips are sealed.)
al experience for young and old alike. I had the orally savvy as well. After all was said.and done, and the sweat
privilege of sitting next to some lovely people, a A female audience member voiced her mopped from our collective brow, groupies had
very vocal contingert of females who got need for the sounds of "oral pleasure," and the men stationed themselves by the stage, lying in wait for
increasingly into the program as the four sweaty obliged. At that moment the whole audience truly the performers, Justin, Zack, Aaron and Ethan. As I
and muscular performers beat, bashed and embraced the show. Sure, content didn't exactly go walked by I heard many students make the com-
slammed their way to an enthusiastic standing ova- up a moral notch, irison.
tion. complaining. "Dude, that was just like
But I'm getting ahead of myself. The men were tru( omp."
In case you are not familiar with this breed ers, and they di "No man, it was better
of musical stylings, it might help to picture a literal deliver. I'm just tan Stomp."
blur of lightning-speed hands and sticks hammer- they didn't rem "Yeah, see if you can nab
ing on shit you would find at the dump. Large plas- shirts. teir sticks."
tic tubs with stains of unknown origin, hazardous As men I ambled up to two of the
waste-buckets, rusty scrap-metal, and those indus- that night subside erformers afterward, Ethan
trial-strength blue vats from Sears. In the spirit of ber the lights goir id Aaron, and as it turns out,
the current war, (or maybe not since I often make metal on metal .ey are some swell guys to
wild associations), they also used a lot of nuclear making wild, bright sparks fly into the air; almost boot. The group started humbly after a talent show
parts, oxygen tanks, and a large phallic missile like ginger fireworks, which, thinking back, pro- in high school, and now make all their coin from
la'ncher at the end. " duced a very strange burnt smell that no one this gig, playing an astounding 300 shows in 10
And of course, the unflappable duct-tape, seemed to mind. months. (For more info:
without which we would all be lost, holding it all These were indeed performers. Anyone www.recycledpercussion.com)
together. (except for me, for I am without musical ability), As-a last note, some of you may have the
At moments during the production two of can pick up an actual instrument, honed and attitude: 'If I wanted to see people beat on garbage
them donned motorcycle helmets, which they uti- designed for a specific musical purpose and play. cans I'd go up to Penn Station.' But I insist, next
lized in the act. It seems they brought out every- But who among us can produce a "high energy time you get a chance, check these guys out. If not
thing, say it with me, "except the'kitchen sink." But rhythmic experience," with a bunch of crap I for their raw talent, speed and propensity for show-
guess what, they used that too. wouldn't want to store in my basement. manship, then simply for the sweaty man-candy
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I was thrown a pair of free ducats to the It doesn't work. You definitely notice that who slept with whom, who topped whom and
opening night of IMAGINARY FRIENDS, a new the play sucks. whom cares?
play by screenwriter Nora Ephron (SLEEPLESS The cast is great: Swoozie Kurtz as tart- I take that back. There is one idea the
IN SEATTLE), with songs by Marvin Hamlisch tongued fabulist Hellman, and the great Cherry notion that while fact and fiction would seem
and Craig Carnelia. Opening nights on Broadway Jones as the upright moralist McCarthy, trading polar opposites, they are interrelated ideas and
are usually big events, and not easily passed up. barb for barb. Harry Groener is charming in the often difficult to distinguish. McCarthy is a pro-
This opening had a definite HOLLY- role of ALL the men in their lives. They just have found acolyte of the truth, Hellman a fantasist.
WOOD flavor. Spielberg was there, along with no play to act in. Their war of words is philosophical, intellectual,
pal Tom Hanks, and their respective better halves; Biography is a tricky thing. It is such a emotional and personal, yet.they also wonder if
Candace Bergen, looking lovely; Meg Ryan, look- presumptuous endeavor. Someone's life is only they could've been friends.
ing a bit thin but still cute as a button; Patricia interesting if (1) compellingly told, and (2) that - Hellman to McCarthy: "You wrote the
Neal (yeah, she's still alive, but just barely); Dick life has some relevance to an audience unrelated truth and called it fiction"
Cavett, who is referred to often in the play, wan- to the subject by either blood, culture, era or - McCarthy to Hellman: "You wrote fic-
dered around seemingly lost; Caroline Rhea (who geography, and (3) explores universal themes. tion and called it the truth"
let HER in here?); Kurt Vonnegut, who keeps This play does none of those things. Then occurs a soft-shoe number. Two
looking older and older (I fear he might just dis- Firstly, it is not compellingly told. The guys with straw hats and canes ... one "Fact" and
integrate one day); ditto re: Tony Randall, also in characters just describe their lives through mono- the other "Fiction". Why? I guess they needed to
attendance; Dominick Dunne, shorter than I real- logues to the audience, with very little interaction do a set-change and wanted to kill some time. Or
ized; playwright John Guare, working the room beyond mere banter. There is no dramatic conflict; distract us from the fact that nothing is happen-
with aplomb... there is almost no narrative structure, beyond a ing, nor will anything happen for the duration of
... and a massive buildup of furs and col- climactic court-case in which Hellman sued the evening.
lagen and power ties so intense that it made the McCarthy for defamation. But the case never real- Ephron ultimately does nothing with this
old theater vibrate with the ostentation of wealth ly happened because Hellman died, and it is nugget this idea about the fact/fiction dichotomy.
and influence. utterly anti-climactic as staged. The play ends up Instead, she explores the two women's child-
What about the play? Oh, yeah. The play. being just an accumulation of biographical inci- hoods, identifying particular incidents that
It sucked. dent. We learn little and the characters learn noth- would make each choose to see the world in their
It is the story of Lillian Hellman and ing, since they're dead to start with. Occasionally, particular way. So, again, the idea is only there to
Mary McCarthy, two leftist ladies of letters who the "action" is interrupted for a song and dance further explicate the particulars of these two fig-
feuded during their lifetimes, and were now, number. This does not help the non-existent nar- ures, giving Freudian interpretations of their
apparently, embroiled in their feud throughout rative flow. live's work not to explore any larger questions,
eternity in a hellish afterworld of their own devis- Secondly, the story is about the biogra- but merely to understand these two people. It is
ing. With a few songs. And some soft-shoe num- phy of two people, only one of whom I'd ever biography for its own sake.
bers. heard of, but neither of which has really endured The problem, of course, is I don't care
I kid you not. as significant figures as we move into the 21st about these two people or their endless feud. And
Lyricist Craig Carnelia's work is the best century. OK, lets say Hellman gets the benefit of nothing Ephron does makes me care. And that is,
thing in the show, despite typically shlocky the doubt based on pure name recognition. Still, after all, her job here.
watered-down music from Mr. Hamlisch. But did I want to know her life story? Not particular- Go back to Hollywood, Nora. There, the
why are there songs in this play? Because, there is ly. ability to write a clever quip pays much better. In
no PLAY... and the veteran stage director Jack Well, perhaps I would if it were told for the theater, we want illumination of the human
O'Brien and 1st-time playwright Nora Ephron try some greater purpose, to explore some essential condition. Or at least drop a chandelier of more
to divert the audience from this fact with all kinds and enduring themes. But the only thing going on significant proportions.
of razzle-dazzle. in Ephron's play is soap opera. Who hurt whom,

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Death Egg Zone

Governor Pataki wants to increase


your SUNY tuition by 1,200 dollars.

Governor Pataki wants to cut funding


to SUNY and its financial aid programs:

33%cut to TAP

50%cut to EOP [and related programs)

15% cut to the SUNY operating budget