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October 04, 2007  Volume 29, No. 6
Debate team ranked first in nation

Binghamton’s debate team won every division in which it entered teams during the first two weeks of competition, putting it in first place in the country.

Triumphing over schools such as Cornell University, the University of Rochester and NYU, Binghamton had a record of 88-12 after competitions at Towson University and King’s College. 

Members Matt Malia, Jake Gartman, Ben Crossan, Tansy Woan, Kevin Qi and Bill Sebelle all posted impressive victories at the last tournament, said Joe Schatz, director of debate.

Enrollment under way for Flex Spending Accounts

The 2008 open enrollment period for the Flex Spending Accounts runs through Friday, Nov. 16. The Flex Spending Account (FSA) is a state employee benefit that saves you money by allowing you to pay for certain expenses with pre-tax dollars.

The two benefits that are included in this program are the Health Care Spending Account, which lets you set aside your own money to pay for health care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance or other benefit plan; and the Dependent Care Advantage Account, which allows you to set aside your own money for eligible child care, elder care or disabled dependent care expenses that are necessary for you and your spouse, if you are married, to work.

For more detailed information or to apply, go to or call 800-358-7202. If you wish to participate in either of these programs, you need to re-enroll each year.

McDonald to serve as director of scholarships


Janice M. McDonald, assistant dean of Harpur College, has accepted the newly created role of the director of scholarships, fellowships and awards.

McDonald has been a member of the University community as a graduate student and staff member for 31 years. She holds a bachelor’s from Fordham University and a master’s in anthropology from Binghamton. She has worked in the Harpur Dean’s Office, the Graduate Office, the Public Archaeology Facility and the Student Affairs Office.

This appointment is half time beginning on Oct. 1, and will become full time on Jan. 1, 2008.

Journalist to speak about Jerusalem

Journalist Barbara Sofer will deliver the 12th annual Pauline and Philip Piaker Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Temple Israel in Vestal.

Sofer, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, writes a weekly column for the Jerusalem Post that deals with the challenges and miracles of everyday life in Israel. She’s also the author of five books. Sofer’s talk, “Jerusalem: Beyond the Matrix – Hope and Healing Amidst the Paradoxes,” will be followed by a book signing and dessert reception.

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Filmmakers to speak, present their work

Binghamton University’s Visiting Film Artist Series will feature three contemporary filmmakers this semester. All artists will be on hand to present their work.

The schedule of screening events is as follows:

Lecture and complete works by Martha Colburn, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in LH-6. Colburn, who’s based in Holland and New York City, is a self-taught filmmaker who has completed more than 40 films since 1994.

Lecture and complete works by Phil Hoffman, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in LH-6. Since  his arrival on the Canadian experimental film scene in the late 1970s, this Toronto-based filmmaker has been recognized as Canada’s pre-eminent diary filmmaker.

Lecture and complete works by Leslie Thornton, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in LH-6. Thornton is a painter turned video- and filmmaker who teaches in the Modern Culture and Media Program at Brown University.

The series is sponsored by the Broome County Arts Council and funded in part by the Experimental Television Center, which is supported by the New York State Council of the Arts. It’s co-sponsored by the Harpur College Dean’s Office.

Graduate student wins prestigious scholarship

Steve Loscalzo has received a $1,000 scholarship from Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the computer science honor society.

Loscalzo, who graduated from Binghamton in May with degrees in computer science and math, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Service last spring. He’s now a graduate student in computer science and works as a teaching assistant.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08