Jake Kuryla: 2017 Outstanding Student Employee

The library recently awarded Jake Kuryla their 2017 Outstanding Student Employee presented by the Northern NY Library Network!

From left to right: Mike Beccaria, Library Director; Noel Coulantes, Library Technician; Ricky Williams, Library Technician; Jake Kuryla, Class of 2017; Andrew Kelly, Cataloging & Electronic Resources Librarian; Amy Pajewski, Student Outreach Librarian; Meggan Press, Teaching and Learning Librarian.

Ask An Advocate Part 4

By Deidre Loftus

Q: What do I do if I’m not sure I want to call the police after an assault?

A: Plenty of survivors of sexual violence are nervous or hesitant about police involvement for a variety of reasons. This decision is up to the survivor. The State Police have an investigator named Judie Trimboli who works specifically with college students. She can meet with a student and discuss what a police investigation would look like, without filing an official report and can help a survivor make an informed decision. Judie can be contacts at (315) 769-8760.

Deirdre Loftus is a Sexual Assault Prevention Educator for Planned Parenthood serving Paul Smith’s. She provides education, advocacy, and awareness and is available to discuss consent and sexual violence with anyone who is interested or has questions.


Woodmen’s Spring Meet 2017

The annual Northeast Collegiate Spring Meet is typically referred to as the “Super bowl” for collegiate woodsmen. Over 15 schools in the Northeast gather at a designated college to compete against one another for the coveted spring meet title in one of three divisions: Men’s, Women’s and Jack and Jill. Paul Smith’s College has been known for placing well in at least one of these divisions for the past few years. This last weekend, for the first time in spring meet history, all three divisions were won by the Paul Smith’s College lumberjacks and jills.

For those of you who do not know have a background in timbersports, it is a competition between individuals and teams to test their chopping, speed climbing, boom running, splitting, log rolling, and many other skills. Each discipline mimics the events that lumberjacks used to compete in during the time of logging camps, in order to prove they are worthy of being a lumberjack.

Along with this weekend came the Northeast Collegiate Stihl Timbersports qualifier. Each school in several regions throughout the United States sent their best Jacks and Jills to compete for a spot on the professional Stihl Timbersports men and women’s team. Their disciplines include the underhand chop, standing block chop, single-buck sawing and stock saw. At the end of this competition both Paul Smith’s athletes took first place, Jesse Cutting and Emily DeYoung.

The overall weekend was a great event for students, alumni, and families to connect with one another to cheer on our teams. With a clean sweep, all of our Jacks and Jills can now rest up for next season.

Kimi Sekorski is a senior at Paul Smith’s College in Natural resource management and policy. She will be on a rappelling fire crew in Oregon upon graduation in May.

The Market

To some, summer means water-sports, grilling, bonfires, warmer weather, and/or vacation. When I think of summer I think of all those activities, but as a cook I think of the farmers’ market.

The farmers’ market in Saranac Lake, Schroon Lake, and Lake Placid (known as the Ausable Grange farmers’ market) is one of the highlights of the summer months. It’s a social gathering, but the farmers’ market offers phenomenal local ingredients crafted by phenomenal people.

I have the opportunity to cook for people who appreciate great food. The great local ingredients from the market provide a great foundation to preparing great food, but it also puts a story behind the food. I can tell my guests a great deal about where their food came from, how it was produced  and a bit about those that produce it. This adds another dimension to their dining experience

If you get the opportunity, stop by one of the locations this summer. The Lake Placid market goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Schroon Lake is on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saranac Lake is on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy the summer and if you get a chance, stop by one of the farmers’ markets and see what the area has to offer.

Christopher Griffin is a chef/instructor at Paul Smith’s College. He is the owner of Kitchen 229 personal chef and catering services. He lives in Paul Smith’s with his fiancee, daughter, two dogs and their cat.


MSA: A Student’s Perspective on our Self-Study

By Ashley Hodge

As many of you have heard, our college is currently undergoing a self-accreditation process that involves faculty, staff, students, and Board of Trustee members. This is a process that occurs every 10 years to ensure that institutions are providing sufficient education to their constituents. The cool part of this study is that students get to be involved with the whole process—and our opinions matter.

Mel Johnson, one of the co-chairs for this process, asked fellow classmate Rob Craig and I if we wanted to be on one of the working groups. Through her little guilt-trip, we both agreed. At first, I was intimidated. I didn’t think I would be much help, and I was positive whatever I was going to say would be brushed off and considered useless. However, I was wrong, and happy Mel got me to join this process.

It’s refreshing to have your opinion matter in such a huge process. Whenever I speak out about a concern, or question what we’re doing, there’s no ignoring me or talking to me like I’m ignorant. My opinion and thoughts are valued because without the student’s input, we could never truly self-evaluate. We give a new perspective on the topics we’re discussing, and insight into how things really work on campus.

It’s also a fun learning process! Through my working group I’ve learned about our college’s mission and goals (which truthfully I had no inkling of) and how we are meeting them. It turns out, our college produces a strategic plan every five years that details the mission, vision, and goals of the college. It’s a great reference if you want to see what direction the college plans on going for the next few years.

I’m also gaining valuable skills. When working with someone who’s better than you at a task, whether it’s your basketball shooting or data collection skills, you can better yourself by observation. The members of my working group have been working in team environments for years, and their dynamics show me how to be a better team player.

Overall, this process has been a fun learning experience. I’m beyond happy that I got involved with our self-accreditation process, and proud that I’m working to help, in a sense, to improve our college.

Editor’s Note: MSA stands for Middle States Association

Ashley Hodge is a senior Biology major with a minor in Chemistry and GIS, and is also a member of the PSC Student Government Association.

Post-Election Depression

By Kevin Shea

I titled the email I sent out for The Apollos “Post-Political Depression.” I have decided to ignore the political situation we are currently in. Personally, I would have liked to see Senator Sanders in the White House; I believed he was our best bet. But the election has come and passed, and a tumultuous election season from all sides of the political realm – Democrat, Republican, Green Party, and every other political group – has left me wanting to take a step back from the anger. I assumed others would feel the same. Hence the title: Post-Political Depression. Depression, in this sense, referring to the drop in individuals paying attention to politics, not a medical depression.

Below, you, the reader, will find the cropped screenshots of the survey that was filled out. There are 100 total responses to each question (the most Survey Monkey will allow). What you will find is that around half of those who answered have changed how often they view or discuss politics since the election. Although a few more people view and discuss it less, some have become more interested in politics. Of course, this isn’t representative of the entire population of PSC, but it offers a glimpse into the aftermath of Apocalypse 2016.

It is my hope that, regardless of who one voted for in November, that we can now take some time to relax, stop shouting, and discuss as opposed to react. Far too often we chose a smarta** response, or threw a fit, that we never understood what those around us thought or believed. I am guilty of this. But it is no longer us versus them. We have to learn to talk.

Regardless of who you voted for, or how often you discuss and participate in politics, take some time to calm down. No one is in imminent danger. Watch an episode of Game of Thrones, or read the book American Psycho. Allow your mind and body to recover from the election season. You deserve it! When you’re ready, get back out there and chat away about the sexy topic of taxes, but this time, don’t explode over the mention of Hillary’s email scandal. She’s over it, and you should be, too.

By Kevin Shea

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