Month: January 2016

Oscar Backlash

Jacquelyn White, Staff Writer

The nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced on Jan. 14, 2016. Some of the nominations include Bryan Cranston, Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. Both famous and non-famous people have noticed that for the second year in a row, people of color have not been nominated despite being in roles that were worthy of a nomination.

Although last year people used the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. this year the hashtag has become even more popular. People are using the hashtag to link to an article talking about the nominees. Even on Tumblr, users have quoted what actors have to say about the Oscars adding the hashtag at the end.

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Pioneers split weekend against conference foes

Patrick Rivers, Assistant Sports Editor

The Utica College men’s basketball team split in two home conference games over the weekend. On Friday, the Pioneers played host to Ithaca College and came out victorious 84-72.

Senior Robert Tutein led UC with 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting from the field. UC outscored the visiting Bombers 45-28 in the second half en route to the 12 point victory. Sophomores Carl Taylor and Ivan Iton combined for 21 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

Senior Rob Tutein led the Pioneers to victory over Ithaca with a season-high 29 points. Photo by Jeff Pexton

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Iowa Caucus Draws Near

Nicholas Souza, News/Online Editor

After months of campaigning, the first step of the presidential nomination process kicks off on Feb. 1 during the Iowa Caucus. These primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire are crucial in determining how a candidate will do with the rest of American voters and who will be the nominee of the parties.

Based on recent CNN/ORC polling, Clinton and Sanders are the top two presumptive Democratic nominees and Trump and Cruz are the top two presumptive Republican nominees. Voting for a candidate involves understanding what the big issues and which candidate aligns mostly with the voter’s views.

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UC Gets a Glimpse Inside The Civil Rights Movement

Marissa Filletti, Staff Writer

Matt Herron, famous for his work documenting the Civil Rights Movement, gave Utica College students, faculty and staff a glimpse into some of the most pivotal moments in U.S. history as part of UC’s week of events to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“The hope for our democracy is in this room,” photojournalist and community activist Matt Herron said as he began his presentation, “Mississippi Eyes: Shooting Civil Rights in the Deep South,” in Macfarlane Auditorium on Jan. 20.

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Students get back into the swing of school after break

Alyssa Camardo, Staff Writer 

Getting back into the swing of college is not always easy for students. After having a month off to relax and enjoy their personal lives, the last thing many college students want to do is come back to school and focus on classes. This means overall, less free time and more time spent studying for exams, doing homework in the library and writing papers.

Although coming back to school for the spring semester may seem like a drag to many, if students plan ahead it makes it much easier.

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Parking Improves for UC?

Amanda Fanelli, Assistant Features Editor 

Has the parking situation at Utica College gotten any better since the fall semester of 2015? Previously, the construction of the Welcome Center was not completed and some students found themselves frustrated and parking anywhere they could find a spot. While there may be enough parking on campus for students, not being able to park near their class buildings because of full lots has left many students annoyed.

Wayne Sullivan, Director of Campus Safety, said there is adequate parking on campus for all students. Since the completion of the Welcome Center, congestion in that area (the lot in front of the ECJS Building) has been relieved.

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Greek Life Adopts Kernan Classroom

Tionna De Freitas, Staff Writer 

Utica College’s Inter Greek Council, IGC, helped local students from Kernan Elementary School by providing 101 first graders with winter necessities including hats, scarves, gloves and coats to students in need. The UC Greek Community wanted to reach out to the local community in a way that would make a difference.

The idea of “Adopt-A-Classroom” grew because the entire UC community wanted to get involved.

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UC Bans Hoverboards

Imani Vincent, Staff Writer

Jeffrey Gates, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, sent an email on Jan.13 to the Utica College community announcing a moratorium on the use, possession, charging and storage of hoverboards in all buildings on campus. The reason for the ban is due to batteries in the boards bursting into flames while being charged.

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Utica College Hits Record Retention Rate

Shane Kelly, Staff Writer

This past fall, Utica College saw a record-breaking 645 students enroll at the college during the fall 2015 semester. This compares to 471 students during the fall 2014 semester; a 37 percent growth in students.

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Almost There: UC Announces Presidential Finalists

Matt Rogers, Co-Editor-In-Chief

On Jan. 13, in an email sent to the students and faculty of Utica College, Mark Salsbury, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, announced the three finalists for the position of president at Utica College.

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