Pioneers have strong showing at Brockport

Jim McLaughlin, Sports Editor

The Utica College men’s and women’s track and field team put together a solid performance in last week’s meet at SUNY Brockport.

Junior sprinter Nicodemus Gambill continued to display his talents coming in first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.01. Gambill has wanted to stay consistent throughout the season and he feels that he did a good job of doing that on Saturday.

“I thought I did good for the most part,” Gambill said. “I made it a goal of mine to be consistent in every competition I am in, so I was happy with my time on Saturday.”

Senior Shane Ruffing (middle) had a solid showing for UC as they competed at Brockport over the weekend. Photo by Jeff Pexton.


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Swimmers fall at St. Lawrence

Nick Woodman, Staff Writer

The Utica College men and women’s swimming team traveled to St. Lawrence this past weekend, but weren’t able to come home with a win as both the men and the women lost.

The men’s squad fell 116-95, while the women were defeated 120-61.

As soon as the Pioneers arrived in Canton, and all they saw was nothing but red and grey everywhere, they Pioneers knew they weren’t in Utica anymore. However, the team was ready to compete and earn a victory.

The men’s team was led by junior Chris Halsey who took first in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:56:57. Senior Raphael Warnon was able to end the day with two first-place finishes. The Pioneers’ top swimmer won the 200-yard I.M. with a time of 2:06.29 and the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.32. Senior Kaleb Bright finished the day coming in first place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.71.

Senior Raphael Warnon paced the Pioneers, as he finished first in two different events. Photo by


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Player Profile: Sarah Wiatr

Jacqui White, Staff Writer

Ever since senior Sarah Wiatr began competing in the triple jump, she was instantly hooked and knew she wanted to continue her career past high school.

Wiatr began participating in track back in seventh grade when her school only offered two spring sports. She was able to test up in middle school so she could compete at the varsity level. However, eighth grade is when she decided to try triple jump for the first time. That same year Wiatr ended up breaking her high school’s record in the event.

Sarah Wiatr

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GOLDEN; Pioneers sweep Neumann while raising 4K for cancer

Anthony Cittadino, Staff Writer

The Utica College women’s hockey team faced off against ECAC West Conference rival Neumann University twice this past weekend in the Fourth Annual Gold-Ribbon game for childhood cancer awareness. The Pioneers swept the weekend.

The gold ribbon event was a huge hit this year, raising a record $4,007 for cancer awareness. All proceeds from this event will be donated to 15-year-old John Gallardo and his family of Rome, New York. Gallardo received a successful bone marrow transplant in the spring of 2015 and is now in remission.

In Friday’s matchup, the Pioneers handled the entire game, beating Neumann 5-1. Nationally ranked goalie Kiera Goin had another spectacular night, stopping 27 shots and allowing just one goal late in the contest.

The scoring started with senior Morgan Reed, who scored her 15th goal of the season in the first period. She was assisted by juniors Jane Pagano and Gabrielle Schnepp. Schnepp ended the night with two assists and felt great after the win.

“The overall team performance was great this weekend,” she said. “A lot of players contributed to the goal scoring this weekend which helped a lot. It feels amazing to raise that much money for the family from Rome that is in need. It also is cool that we got to raise awareness about childhood cancer.”

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The Utica College women’s hockey team raised awareness and over $4,000 to fight childhood cancer. The Pioneers also swept Neumann over the weekend. Photo by Jeff Pexton.

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Men’s hoops falls against Alfred

Pat Rivers, Assistant Sports Editor

The Utica College men’s basketball team lost a close one against Alfred University, losing 76-70.

The Pioneers played well throughout the game, keeping it close. But Alfred hit some key shots in the end to pull out the victory. Junior Agim “Iggy” Hamiti and senior Robert Tutein led UC in scoring with 21 points each.

Junior Agim Hamiti scored 21 points to lead the Pioneers in Saturday’s 76-70 loss against Alfred. Photo by Jeff Pexton.


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Storm Jonas Hits Home for UC

Tionna De Freitas, Staff writer 

The massive winter storm that rocked the northeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S. last weekend, killing almost 60 people and leaving $2 billion in damages, has been rated the fourth most severe snowstorm to hit in the past 60 years, according to the Associated Press.

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Interns Stress Importance of Learning on the Job

Marissa Filletti, Staff writer 

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”

As busy semesters come and go, students are continuously encouraged to do internships. Aside from looking great on a resume, internships create endless opportunities for students; providing them with real, hands-on experience, allowing them to network with professionals in their field and teaching them valuable skills that cannot be learned in a classroom. Not only that, but students can better assess the type of work they enjoy doing, allowing them to specialize their major to better fit the specific area of the field that they want to enter.

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Students Add Excitement to Winter With Outdoor Activities

Alyssa Camardo, Staff writer 

Upstate New York can be slightly boring when the weather is cold and gloomy, especially during the winter months. However, there are ways to get outside and enjoy the snow, too. The Utica College Outing Club encourages students to get outdoors and be active, even during the winter. In the past, the Outing Club has gone geocaching, indoor rock climbing, camping, and much more.

Some of the popular favorite winter activities among UC’s college community are skiing, snowboarding, sledding, hiking and snowshoeing. The Adirondacks, which are only a little over an hour away, offer some great opportunities to go hiking in the wintertime and enjoy a scenic view. Many recreational centers around the area also offer hours for public ice-skating.

Val Bialas Ski Center is only a five-minute drive from campus and offers inexpensive skiing, snowboarding and tubing if the weather cooperates. Woods Valley Ski Area in Westernville, New York is also under a half an hour from UC and is a great place for students to get outside and ski, snowboard or tube.

Outing Club member Anastasia Fitzpatrick gave some information on past events the club participated in.

“Last semester we went ice skating at the recreational center here in Utica,” Fitzpatrick said. “We were discussing going on a skiing and snowboarding trip but we are still working on getting adequate funding for that. For winter activities in general, I know that someone hosted a snowman making contest last year which brought a lot of people out to work on that.”

Zachary Guay, the Outing Club’s President, said his favorite winter activities are skiing and snowboarding.

“There are many fun and great activities to stay active during the wintertime such as hiking, snowshoeing if there is snow, skiing, snowboarding, and ice-skating,” Guay said. “If you are looking to be quite active, then snowshoeing is something I would suggest.”

The Outing Club has not officially met yet this semester, but it has gone ice-skating, snowshoeing, and winter camping in the past.

“I think that the weather is perfect right now for winter hiking so that may be the next activity in the club,” Guay said.

The Outing Club at Utica College is currently working on possibly setting up an event for students to attend during this winter.

When considering the topic of winter activities, the majority of the students felt a strong desire to stay active and fit, even when the weather is unfavorable.

“To stay fit and active during the winter, I Crossfit and snowboard. I also run on the treadmill because it’s very important to me to stay fit,” junior Jennifer Hoage said.

Whether it is sledding, snowboarding, snowshoeing or hiking, it is important for students to break up the winter and be involved in outdoor activities.