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The.Pr.ess/Fciday, October 10>;l986/Nl.NE ' THE PRESS. S'JATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK,' COLLEGE AT CORTLAND Volume XVII Number 5 · October 10, 1985 Midterms:. to study or not to study ---------~---------~~-----------------------~-----------------~-~---~-~- By DIANE IRIARTE It is only October and it's still too early for finals, !Jut it's not too ea1\ly for midterms. Today most of your worries are probably over, but I'm sure it was ()fie tough week. I was ready to throw my books out ()[ the nearest window. One student told me about her old study habits. She's a college graduate, but nonetheless, she still remembers this timejust around midtepns ... ''I was the worst procrastinator. I Would talk all day about this all-nighter I had to pull off. Then I'd talk about it at dinner time around 7 p.m. and oh, I guess it would take me untillO p.m. to get mentally prepared.\ She continued to say how she would end up hang- ing out with her friends. They'd suggest downtown ~she'd agree; but just till midnight. (a decisionthat s.lte was faithful to). By the time she settled back in- to her work, it was too late. · \Around 1:45 a.m. I'd say 'I'm too tired for this s.tuff' and set my alarm for 6:30a.m.,\ she said as s.he laughed. \If only I'd sat down at 7 p.m. I would've been done by midnight.\ Sound familiar? Freshmen who do not yet have a grasp of this phenomenon, don't blow off studies, it will just pile up on you. I shouldn't talk. It has been four years later, and ['ve yet to get through a semesterwithout pullin.g some kind of all-nighter. How many recall this favorite: \No way! I'm not pulling another all- nighter again. They are murder! I refuse.\ We retreat to the library in search of the perfect hiding spot. Now this is a laugh. Those eagerly wan- ting to study, soon to come realizethat the one sacred building of study . actually has the most notorious social life at Cortland State; socializing spreads like the plague. · I asked freshman Kathy Casazza \Where do you study?\ \Oh at the library. I go to the late night reading room,\ she said, \so I can eat, drink and smoke.\ Trying to develop the perfect strategy that com- bines a social life, a study life, and good grades isn't easy. That's because there are no strategies to ac- quire the perfect study environment. It's the way students go about their work that is so amusing. We can relate to the library syndrome. How coHld you not stare at that cut~ guy or girl you saw the other night? The .Pepsi machine's around the corner. Your friends just stopped.by to talk 'for a ·minute. That makes three strikes, your out. It's always something; like juicy gossip about Saturday night, or staring out the window watching everyone walk up and down the hill. Anything that breaks through you study barrier. I asked another question to a freshman about all- nighters. \What keeps you going?\ Kelly Hogan said, \Coffee. Lots of coffee. And, oh yeah, \Vivies !\ (Vivarin, the over-the-counter drug that has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.) Another student, a senior, said, \I'm terrible when it comes to studying. I restrict myself. If it just gets past a certain time, too bad. I just go to bed.\ The \Johnny Carson/David Letterman Killer Combo\ will do it every time. To some, a 'Buzz' word is all that's needed to put off a student's studies.Familiar 'Buzz' words are: Beer, Popcorn, Downtown, Music, Mets' Game, Dead Nite, Imports, and even Boardy Barn. ... So much for studying, right? Off campus seniors Karen Sweeney and Christine Flynn say they do everything to keep from picking up the books. Flynn says, \I eat. l clean. I make a phone call home. Make a Diet-Coke run. I even resort to cleaning the bathroom! Then I read my eight chapters·from midnight till 5 a.m.\. \My life is (full of) all-nighters,\ admits senior Cindy Winthrop. I asked a lot of people, and calculated that this week was Ut:J.deniably a \Communications Major Week.\ Anybody taking Mass Media and Society? Editing and Graphics? Writing for Radio/T.V.? Mass Media Advertising? Television productions? If so, you took a test this week. Professor Bob Thompson got smart. He took the match off the firecracker, I was told, by postponing his Broadcast Programming/Management midterm until next week. He saved a lot of souls. Had he not made this tactical move, there definitely would have been an explosion in the Dowd Fine Arts building. Communications major Susan Boyd, a victim of midterm overload had no response. She just ner- vously jittered and muttered something about \in- sanity.\ · Your study habits may not be all there, but if you make it to your classes, you 'II be set. As Flynn pointed out, \Classes are the most important.\ It's not that students don't do their share of work, it's all the procastinating. The one inevitable locationand final destination for those looking to study is one's room. I find it's the one place a person can trust to find solace. I'm not reputed as a library goer, so it works for me. But then my housemates have got cable television . . . Tina: sounding better than ever By JAMES HENKE . Ro/fing Stone Magazine BREAK EVERY RULE, Tina Turner, Capitol, * * * Ill fact, Tina Turner plays by all the rules on the follow up to \'Private Dancer,\ her multi-platinum comeback LP. Turner has assembled maily of the same musicians a.nd songwriters who worked ()fi that album, including Mark Knopfler, David Bowie, Paul J}rady, Rupert Hine, Terry Britten and Graham Lyle. But it sounds like everyone i!llvolved was trying too hard LO duplicate ''Private Dancer's\ successes rather t !tali come up witlt anything new. Every track seems aim- ed straight down the middle of the road, and there are no little surprises along tlte lines of ller cover versions of Ann Peebles \I Can't Stand the Rain\ or AI Green's \Let's Stay Together.'' Tina sounds as good as ever, and this is ,ertainly a well-crafted, suJJerb-sounding LP, but _i_s would have been even better !had Turner tried to stretch out just a little. THE SUN STORY, Various Artists, Rhino, ***** It's about time that an American record company started sorting through the vaults of Sun Records, the le~endary Memphis-b~se.d label that was home to El~ts Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy. Orbison, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and a host of otller rock & roll pioneers · back in the 50s and early 60s. This two-record set presents a mini-history of Sun, from such early R & B-flavored cuts as Jackie Brenston's \Rocket 88\ (considered by many to be the first rock & roll record ever) and Junior Parker's . \Mystery Train,\ to Elvis' first single, \That's All Right,\ Perkin's \Blue Suede Shoes\.and such other rock classics as \Whole Lot- ta Shakin' Going. On,\ \Great Balls of Fire,\ \Ooby Dooby,\ \Red Hot\ and so on. If you don't already have these songs in your collection, or if you're eager to learn about the roots of rock & roll, this is as good a place as any to start. MATCH GAME, Marti Jones, A&M, * * * Y2 In a period dominated by black, female pop-soul singers, Marti Jones is something of an oddity:· a white, female pop singer who has more in common with Dusty Springfield than with Aretha Franklin. This is Jones' second album - last year's ''Unsophisticated Time\ \YaS an overlo()k~d , gem - and she and producer Don Dixon (R.E.M.) bave \ opted for a more heavily pro- duced approach, no doubt hoping that it will work to Jones' benefit in the radio marketplace. · Jones' voice is warm and sensual, and she's a keen in\' terpreter of other peopte's material; tltls LP not . only features songs by Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw and David Bowie, but also I _..\\ cuts by tne tlritish band Free a cross between the Grateful and pop singer John David. Dead, circa \American All ill all, it makes for a Beauty,\ and Creedence through a break-neck speed. 54-40, eprise, * * * Vt splendid pop recorg, the kind Clearwater Revival. Curt that was more~ ~ommon a Kirkwood's guitar playing Imagine R.E.M. with decade or so ago than it hi to- runs though the whole , more tightly constructed d vocabulary of C& W and songs and a harder-edged ay. OUT MY WAY, Meat rockabilly picking, while the guitar sound, and you'll have Puppets, SST, 1 * * * V2 rhythm section of Cris some idea of what this Cana- L ike Husker Du, Kirkwood and Derrick dian group sounds like. Phoenix's Meat Puppets Bostrom keeps the music Though heavily influenced have evolved considerably moving at a brisk pace. by nee-psychedelic bands since their days as a hard- For old times' sake, the here and in England, 54-40 core tlzrash band. Five or the Puppets have also throwrr in seems to know the value of a six' songs on this mini-LP a cover of \Good Golly Miss good song, and it's because the group sounding t..,..ik=e==M.,o=l,;ly,::..,_\_w_hl_·c_h_t_h__:ey;__.::...·f __ o-,-f..,..t_h_a_t _th-=a=t=th=i=s :::L_P=s=u=c~ce:::-e_d_s .--r-

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