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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, September 12, 1986, Image 11

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1986/ELEVEN ~E .P • Seniors jump on the reality wagon By DIANE IRIARTE same boat anyways? Welcome back students I A brand new semester, brand new friends, ·brand new teachers, classes and challenges. Arriving back at ·State University College at Cortland · is always an. enlightening experience each and every studious year. I mean, that's why we're here, right'? To receive an education, to learn about our interests. To experience new and different things. To find ourselves. Yes, that's why we· invest our precious time and money, to assess our future and find out where we're go- ing in life. Our very own distinguish- ed Professor Devereaux Ken- nedy sums up in his lecture during Deviant Behavior that 'the individual' is promoted in our society; raised as an American in this country, the land of opportunities, we can become anything we want to. Hail the red, white and blue, our futures are wide open. This is why there are such things as college institutions installed across the cou.ntry. .:Jhese pr~~~e ~he open 9~rs · · ' to our 'mdtvtdual' sueeess, or at least · those fortunate enough to afford the advan:. tage of a college education, which we all know many can't. Isn't college great? Rem,.. ~ber how it was? Otice· · you got your high ·. says your SAT's don't quite make it. Who needs Brooke, anyway? ~ school diploma in your hand, away welid'.- ~ose applica- tions. A -s.ckqol like Boston University possibly if you're into cobblestone streets; ,a division I university, say, Princeton, if you've got the • SAT's and the connections; throw in a few SUNY col- leges for good measure, and Cortland sounded good on your Jist. Binghamton University, you've heard through the - gr~pe vine, is fairly jappy and Fredonia is just too · damn cold. Scratch those ideas. The applicli\tions have come. b3ck · ~ile;,i have been answere(\; OK -- you decide· you are not into cobblestone streets • after all; Prince1on So there you are. Cortland State it is~ Your parents set you up and ship you off to Cortland County: It's all kind of strange at first. Maybe it's yo~r first time away from home. Maybe it's not. Eitlter way, the doors have j11st sprung open for you to enter your 'individual' success. Remember back at the beginning? You're here to find out who you are. Super. Things. are great. You don't really know what suits you yet -·· maybe you're an ~ex~ ploratory' student. Doesn't matter. The experience is what counts, right? Y 5>U sweat and groan through -each semester. Maybe by now you've decid- -- ed on a major~ A few times. Poli-Sci.. No, Bio. Whatever now (after memorizing the name of each vein, artery and' microscopic structure humanly possible found in the body of man, you're in the right to say you made the wrong decision in P .E~). You wait for those mid- term grades to reveal a string of/ \S's\ (SATISFAC· TORY). More than likely, they're not. but, hey, the parties and friends ~re great alwavs. And aren't we in the . - Now let me ask you again. Isn't college great?· It feels as though the fun' and games will never end. College is a security - the security of returning each )rear, like a blanket that faithfully awaits you each night ... But that's not what I am writing about. The fear of graduating is what it's all about. And who you are. And what you want to be. Face it. Come next year in May, for the seniors at SUCC, as it has for each graduating class and for those to come, the security we've known all our college lives slips out from our grasp like that blanket in the night. You've never known the years to go any faster than . the ones you spend in col- lege. It is an uneasy feeling. You may feel cheated, wor- ried, probably -pissed, feeling ripped off from time deserv- ed. Underlying in what Prof. Kennedy really meant was being an individual in America and having all 'op- t.iQns _ opened leads to one thing: confusion. ' Oh, don't get me wrong! There are those students out there (and you know who you are) who honestly ~d truly believe they · know which direction the ball is rolling, what they want to be and most of all, who they are. On the other hand, there's a good percent of us who are staring at our senior year with our mouths open. ~ The parties have been stupendous. The friends, times - simply wonderful. But for those looking to graduate in May, '87, it's our senior year. And no one's saying you can't live it up. But while your heads are in the clouds, keep two ·feet on the ground. So. welcome back. senior students. Next year, it'll be welcome to the real world. Faculty display artwotla:-ahilitg By THERESE VAN V ALEN Dugan·, Barbash, Kawalski, and Prentis.s were some of the names displayed during the Annual Faculty · Art · Exhibition last Friday night in the Dowd Fine· Arts Ceriter. This event which oc- curs eight times throughout the year provided a colabora- tion of interesting, and ar- ticulate pieces of work pre~ented. by numerous faeulty members. . Mark Wemple, an SUCC junior and active mem~er in . the Arts Exhibltlon Associa- tion.says, \This presentation is a celebration of what's be- ing viewed among the faculty here at Cortland.\ eluding a. piece \No Stray Way\. The Faculty Exhibitidn will continue for the next month or so. - · \Hopefully;\ _said Wem- ple, \the -Exhibition _-will All of the art displays were finally give student:s\.~\Inl).tt; noted for their extreme broadened perspe,ctiv:e of significance, which would· their teachers str.O,n§ abilities also include representa- and talents.'.~ .. _.. ~ tionalist, George Dugan, and He also says that every :~o - his personal yet abstract often, the _d'~partment views of ordinary moments wanted a -show ·.specifically seen ·in his capturing work for the students and faculty entitled; \Sunbathers\, and members. The various art Libby K0walski's colabora- works ~eing .shown was a tion of cloth weaving designs gep.~ral. prev1~w . Qf wilat enha~cea by ~omput~r>S\ .. in,. - .. w~u¥.:I:!le,~:&een m tt~e· upc()91- ing season. One of the main reasons for. presenting such an ex- hibition . is for it bein:g a \$ood' way for artists- to show their ability, - to •et faculty and students who don't have anyJnterest irt the a,rt.field see what their fellow .. te;;lqliers .. are. do}rtg:)n . their urecreati~nal'' tune. _ .. , Another cilrllment concer- ning· ~e, artj~i's'· W;.tS the 1act · ~hat Jhes~ .parti<:iP,al}J~ l,la've unique tal~ntS . add . ab)~ti~s and \just -donTrecieve~ic'o much recognition in. the com- munity\ states Wemple. J Met Steck, director and coorpinator of the art 8allery feels the gallery provides \an active pdrf' ()f the c-ultural college atmosphere''. W,9rking in the field of art is far· fr()rb: being a new . asP,ec~ i11 her life. Sbe has been .an active member herself in the 1 cultural, ar- tisi(ic c6mmumcy. F~r the Pa:~t eleven- tearst she has worked . at the Cortland Art • Council wiilrmost of her ex- peri,~ce:.i!l;~he Visual Arts .. . ~Tht,i!~~t~ars a~~' Janet ap- plied fqr tl posttton here at the Galler)' and thorClughly enjoys all the ~experience which comes along with. it ...

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