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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed state budget for the coming fiscal year aims to plug the state’s $10 billion budget gap without a single tax increase. Instead, Cuomo is calling for dramatic cuts in funding for Medicaid, state operations and education. Among the most controversial of the proposed cuts […]

Poetry slams began in Chicago in the mid 1980s, becoming nationwide by 1990. Marc Smith, aka “Slam Papi” is credited with its birth. Tell this to a slam poet, however, and you’ll be met with a chorus of “So what!” The creation is not the focus. The beginning is not […]

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill in early February that will, this summer, ban smoking in 1,700 city parks and along 14 miles of city beaches in New York City.  The ban also includes marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas such as Times Square.  While these city laws may not directly […]

Protests! Protests! Protests! Protests! Protests! Protests! Wow. And here’s Joe the Plumber, milking it.  Speaking of Joe the Plumber, what WOTS would be complete without some Sarah Palin bashing from our favorite opining outlets? You know—eating young, torturing the bible—all that good stuff. Also from the Observer, we gain literary prowess! […]

The campus is buzzing with a budget debate which is sure to remain a hot topic all semester long. The budget cuts proposed by the SUNY New Paltz administration are poised to face intense opposition from students and faculty alike. On Tuesday, Feb. 22, SUNY New Paltz students are holding […]

A couple dozen people gathered in the Student Union Feb. 15 to watch the second televised showdown of man vs. machine onJeopardy!. IBM’s latest technological advancement, a supercomputer named Watson, was again pitted against human opponents.  Watson emerged triumphant against its competitors, Jeopardy’s greatest champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.  After the three day […]

It’s a world where you can perform magic spells, fight dragons and create potions. Mingle with humans, elves, Halflings, dwarves and Orcs, while preparing for battles. No, it isn’t Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. It’s SUNY New Paltz’s own LARPing society, right here on campus.  LARP stands for […]

It has been just four months since the 2010 midterm elections, and, just like that, the 2012 presidential season is already creeping its away upon us. Over the coming months, you’ll see President Obama barnstorm one “swing state” after another, holding countless rallies while having to walk that fine line […]

Akron/Family, a rock-psych band based out of New York, is known for its freak-out jam sessions, thumping rhythms and epic live shows, which sometimes brings people from the crowd on stage. Since 2002, Akron/Family has declared itself an eccentric freak-folk group whose lyrics focus on the cosmos, space and existentialism. In […]

On Feb.10, Egyptian President  Hosni Mubarak announced in his speech to the Egyptian people that he would be delegating his authority to Vice President Omar Suleiman, but would not resign. Egyptian protesters were enraged and warned of violence as early as Friday. Mubarak seems to be testing the will of the Egyptian […]

This winter, storms pummeled the SUNY New Paltz campus, blanketing the school grounds with a thick sheet of snow. Everything from benches to bicycles have been covered by the frozen white powder, which caused cancellation of classes on Feb. 1 and 2. [nggallery id=16]

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My problem with The Town isn’t that it’s directed by Ben Affleck. It has nothing to do with Rebecca Hall’s one face for every scene. Even Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively didn’t bother me as much as I expected her to. No, my issue with the Oscar-nominated film is the male lead’s performance. […]

I’ve always been rather fond of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. From her brief tenure as a U.S. Congresswoman through her appointment by Gov. David Paterson to fill Hillary Clinton’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, Gillibrand has struck an impressive and independent chord in the political arena. She has a streak of fiscal […]