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May 05, 2005  Volume 26, No. 28
Change to foreign language requirement for transfers
The Faculty Senate Tuesday discussed the foreign language requirement for transfer students, approving a resolution that will continue the current practice through the 2008-09 academic year. Transfer students are currently required to complete one first-level college course in a foreign language. Beginning in fall 2009, transfer students will be required to meet the same general education foreign lang-uage requirement as entering freshmen — passing a third-semester, college-level course in one foreign language, or passing a second-semester, college-level course in two foreign languages.

In other business, the senate approved its slate of officers. Beginning in fall 2005, Susan Strehle, professor of English, will serve as chair; Sara Reiter, professor of management will serve as vice-chair; and Leslie Lander, associate professor of computer science, will serve as secretary.

Debate team finishes in top 10
The Binghamton debate team finished its season in the top 10 in the nation, it’s best finish ever.

The team was ranked 10th nationally by the Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA) and eighth nationally by the National Debate Tournament (NDT). Both ranking systems include more than 150 debate programs and took into consideration the entire team’s performance throughout the 2004-05 season.

“I’m glad I was able to be part of such a great program that became competitive while I was going to school here,” said Ravi Gupta, the team captain who graduates this semester. “If I had come here three years ago there would have barely been a debate team for me to join. We’ve come a long way in very little time.”

The team received their award in San Francisco, Calif., where CEDA’s annual national tournament was held. At the same time, sophomore Sarah Kemp was presented an all-American award for her commitment to the team and the spirit of debate. The award is given to 20 individual debaters each year. In addition to her participation as a debater, Kemp worked to train less experienced members of the team and worked with members of the debate team at her high school.

The work of veteran team members, including Kemp, helped lift the team’s performance, said Joe Schatz, team coach and a doctoral student at Binghamton University.

“If it wasn’t for all of her help, along with other more experienced team members, we never would have been able to perform as well as we did this year,” he said. “And what makes it all the more impressive is that we did this with less than a third of the resources of the average team, much less than that when com-pared with the other programs in the top 10, which includes Harvard and Berkeley. Next year we have our eyes set on the top five even if we continue to have fewer resources than our competition. The students here are bright enough to make this happen.”

Spring Choral Concert
The Spring Choral Concert, featuring the Women’s Chorus and the Harpur Chorale, will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall. Graduate student Emily Burr will conduct the Women’s Chorus, and Peter Browne will direct the Harpur Chorale.

The program includes works by David Willcocks, Aaron Copland, Antonin Dvorák, Kirke Mechem, Jacob Clemens, Joseph Haydn, Orlando di Lasso, Johann Sebastian Bach and William H. Harris. The concert is free. For more information, call 777-2592 or visit

Last lecture in series on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Donald Quataert, professor of history, will discuss “The United States and Israel-Palestine” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Unitarian-Universalist Con-gregation, 183 Riverside Drive, Binghamton. Quataert will examine relations between the Israeli state and the Palestinians and the role of the United States in that relationship. Since the principal conflict between the two parties centers on land, the lecture will give particular attention to Israeli settlement policies in the West Bank and Gaza since 1967. It also will focus on recent developments concerning those settlements since the beginning of the present Bush presidency. The lecture, co-sponsored by Broome County Peace Action and the Social Responsibility Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, is the last of three talks in a series on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 724-4793 or 748-9825.

Campus recreation hiring summer lifeguards
Campus Recreation is hiring summer lifeguards. To apply,visit. Applicants should drop off a copy of the completed application, with copies of certifications and a resume, at EG-102. For more information, call 777-2113.

Overflow procedures applied to paid parking lot on campus
The overflow procedure used in the parking garage is now being applied to the Paid Park-ing Lot south of the library. When the overflow sign is posted, there will be a flat rate of $2 if drivers have a valid campus hang tag or campus parking decal, enter between 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and leave by 6 p.m. The policy is only in force while classes are in session and no special events are occurring on campus. The program is being used on an experimental basis until May 16.

Binghamton students take part in Tri-Cities Opera performance
Binghamton University students taking part in the Resident Artist Training Program will take the stage during Tri-Cities Opera’s La Traviata, May 6-9. The students, who are earning their master’s degrees in opera in the University’s music program, include Julia Ebner, in the role of Annina, on May 7 and 9; Timothy Fallon, in the role of Alfredo, on May 7 and 9; Leslie Hochman, in the role of Violeta, on May 9; Mark Andrew Kratz, in the role of Gaston, on May 6 and 8; Andrew Sudduth in the role of Marquis, on May 6-9; and Stefanie Sudduth, in the role of Flora, on May 7 and 9.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8. A student matinee performance will take place on Monday, May 9.

All performances will be at the Forum, 236 Washington St., Binghamton. Students may purchase half-price “student rush” tickets on the day of each performance. Tickets are available at the box office.

Department of Biological Sciences hosts two seminars
The Department of Biological Sciences will host two seminars on Friday, May 6th. The first, at noon, features J. David Schaffer, a research fellow from Philips Research Labs in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., who will address “Genetic Algorithms for Electronics, Manufacturing and Molecular Diag-nostics, with an Excursion into Evolutionary and Computing Theory.” The second program, at 4 p.m. features Gregg Hartvigsen, associate professor of biology at SUNY Geneso, who will discuss “Modeling the Evolution of Inter-acting Species — the Confluence of Biology, Mathematics, and Computer Science.” Both programs will take place in S3-214 and are open to the University community.

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