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February 28, 2008  Volume 29, No. 21
America East Tournament coming to Binghamton

Binghamton will again play host to the America East men’s basketball tournament this year. Games are scheduled for Friday-Sunday, March 7-9, at the Events Center.

All-session passes cost $52 and are on sale now. Individual session/game tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, March 3, at the Events Center Box Office. Session/game tickets are $20; $10 for undergraduates. There’s a special price of $5 for Binghamton undergraduates with ID for games in which the Bearcats play.

There are also special alumni deals, including all-session passes for $45 and hotel discounts. Contact Felicia Malarkey at 777-2424 for details about the alumni specials.

Staff members, students honored by STOC

The Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition recognized 20 young professionals earlier this month for their accomplishments and contributions to the local community. Two Binghamton staff members and two graduate students made the list.

Bethany Beecher, learning disabilities specialist in Services for Students with Disabilities; Erik Colon, senior academic adviser in Harpur Academic Advising; Guru Madhavan, a graduate research assistant in the Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center and a Ph.D. candidate in bioengineering; and Sean O’Hagen, a graduate student in clinical psychology, were among those honored.

STOC received nominations for 62 people. The effort was part of STOC’s “20 in their Twenties” program, aimed at addressing brain drain in the region and increasing public awareness of outstanding young people in the area who want to stay, said Kim Cerretani, STOC’s administrative manager.

Applicants sought for faculty-student scholarship

Applications for the 2008-09 Faculty-Student Scholarship are available through Financial Aid Services in SW-109.

Ten scholarships/internships of $3,000 each will be awarded to students who are juniors, seniors or new graduate students in 2008-09. Recipients work 10 hours per week throughout the academic year in one of the following on-campus internships: Environmental Sustainability Intern, BU Scholars Program Development Intern, Electrical and Computer  Engineering Web Design Intern, Physical Facilities Information Technology, OCC Transport Bus Service Planning Intern, Discovery Center Intern, Energy & Environmental Intern, Multimedia Design Intern, Study Abroad Marketing Intern or University Ombudsman Student Liaison.

Applications are due March 19.

Memorial service to honor Frederick Garber

There will be a memorial service for Frederick Garber, distinguished professor of comparative literature, from 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 7, in FA-258.

Garber, a Thoreau scholar, helped to establish the study of comparative literature at Binghamton when he joined the faculty in the 1960s. He died June 26, 2007, at the age of 77.

To honor Garber’s deep love of poetry, Pierre Joris, professor of English at the University at Albany, will give a presentation during the service. Joris, an accomplished poet, translator and scholar, is a former student of Garber’s. Refreshments will be served.

In the News

Binghamton University was mentioned in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Oct. 31 regarding spirits, ghosts and hauntings on college campuses. There are rumors about ghosts and strange, unexplainable phenomena throughout the campus. Colleges and universities throughout the nation have also reported strange phenomena.

Herbert Bix, professor of history and sociology, spoke in The Raw Story, Japan Today, Islam Online (Dubai), Agence France-Presse and The Philippine Daily Inquirer on Oct. 31 about the Bush administration’s “war on terror.” Bix, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his biography Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, said he believed U.S. aerial bombings and alleged use of torture in Afghanistan and Iraq constituted war crimes. Bix was also featured in The International News (Pakistan) and The China Daily on Nov. 1 and in Monday Morning Magazine (Lebanon) on Nov. 6 for similar comments.

President Lois B. DeFleur was named in The Chronicle of Philanthropy as a recipient of the 2007 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. 

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences, was featured twice in November in New Scientist Magazine (UK). A Nov. 3 article, “Survival of the Selfless,” was an abridged version of a review for his book in the December issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology. On Nov. 10, Wilson was again featured for his thoughts on the evolution of religion, suggesting not that religion is good or bad, simply that it has evolved to be hard-wired into our brains, and cannot be ignored.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08