Student Housing for Rent: Available Summer 2011 and Academic Year 2011-2012.  Walk to campus. Desirable neighborhood. FURNISHED 2 cozy bedrooms w/ shared bath, living room, dining nook, micro & refrig on entire second floor of restored village home. Main kitch privileges, all utilities, wifi, washer/dryer, generator, TV, Central Air, off-street parking and alarm system. Use of rustic barn room w/ wood stove. Must tolerate dogs. $500 per person per month. $400 per person deposit. (585) 410-0733.

Affordable Student Housing: A Really Nice Place! Quiet Environment! 2 Min. from campus. 3 Bdrm House (singles available also) Fully furnished 1.5 baths, Off-St. Pkg, Water, Trash, Heat & Electric included. Front porch, nice yard, back deck, free laundry on site.  Wireless Internet/Cable in every bedroom. Non-smokers only. Pay by semester. Security Deposit Required.  Available: Spring Semester 2011 and Summer (Month to Month). For walk thru appt.: Call 797-5254 email:

Student Housing for Rent: Main Street artist's home available for 4 students. Includes 4 colorful bedrooms, 2 bath, laundry, parking $2,250+utilities. Fully furnished - all you need is your toothbrush and clothes! (585) 519-3655. (Aug included)

Student Housing for Rent: 4 bedroom apartment available for 2011- 2012 school year. Great location - Gas, electric, water, sewer, garbage removal included in rent. Washer and dryer. Local and reliable landlord - call Craig at 737-3230 or email at

Student Housing for Rent: Two 4 bedroom apartments. Gas, electric, garbage, water and sewer all included. Short walk to campus. Will rent the entire house to a group of eight. Call Craig at 737-3230 or email at

Student Housing for Rent: 2011 - 2012 School Year. 4 Bedroom house on 30 Livingston Street & 4 Bedroom house on 4 Highland Road Both houses have W/D and big back yards and are 4 blocks from the college. Both houses have off street parking. If interested call 243-4260 or email

Student Housing for Rent: 1500 sq. foot home in village available to 3-4 students 1/1/2011. New appliances, off-street parking available. $2500/student per semester, utilities, cable and Internet included, summer months free. Additional fee for pets. 585-402-6668.

Student Housing for Rent: Conesus Lake Waterfront Home - 15 minute drive to campus, 3 bedrooms, nicely furnished, laundry, dishwasher. Rent includes water/sewer, gas/electric, cable/high-speed internet, snow and garbage removal.  No Smoking, pet with approval. Summer storage if desired.  Immediately through May 2011. Lease and security deposit.  Up to 4 people may share at $1,200.00 per month. Photos upon request or 301-854-0284.

Student Housing for Rent: Available June 1, 2010. Yearly lease. 3 Bedroom house for rent located at 47 Oak Street.  Kitchen, dining room, living room, office, washer and dryer in the basement and lawn maintenance included in rent. $1,300 a month plus utilities. Please call 617-875-6297 or 585.472.2196. Email:

Student Housing for Rent: Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 spacious studio apt on main street plus a spacious 4 and 5 bedroom house. All are walking distance to campus Call 585-243-5549.

Student Housing for Rent: 2011-2012 academic year - all sizes - Main St., Wadsworth St. and Court St. close to campus. Contact Marilyn at (585) 991-7688.

Student Housing for Rent: Conesus Lake Waterfront  Home-Room for Rent - 3533 Pebble Beach Rd. Now thru May (2011), $325/month split utilities 716-548-0158

Student Housing for Rent: 2011-2012 school year. BRAND NEW 4 bedroom, 2 bath. Great location, W/D. nice porch, perfect for 4 girls. Call (585) 749-5435

Student Housing for Rent: 2011-2012 school year. BRAND NEW 4 bedroom, 2 and 1/2 bath, Great location, W/D. nice porch, perfect for 4 girls. Call (585) 749-5435.

Student Housing for Rent: Four-bedroom apartments for rent (2011-2012) on Court St. and Wadsworth St. washer/dryer, $2,500/person/semester plus utilities, lease & security. Call Rick at (585) 243-5937.

Student Housing for Rent: Spring, Summer and Fall terms. Walking distance to campus, parking available, $2200/semester/student, all utilities included. Call for details: 585-519-4139, if no answer call 585-507-5107.

Student Housing for Rent: 21 Orchard St., four-bedroom apartments for rent with living room, kitchen, bath, off-street parking, W/D, basement lounge, deck, wireless internet included and summer storage available. $1,990/semester per person. Call (585) 474-0511 or email gbusa1776@yahoo.comStudent Housing for Rent:

5 bedroom apt: located above The Idle Hour for 2011-2012. Utilities included, recently remodeled. Contact 843-514-2787.

Student Housing for Rent: 2011-2012 school year. Court St., includes heat, hot water, trash, off-street parking, on-site W/D. Sizes from 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 & 3 bedroom. Call (585) 233-8398.

Student Housing for Rent: 2011-2012 school year. 2 four person apartments on Main St. with parking in rear. Call John 585-737-7420 or

Incidental Amusements

We now find ourselves on the brink of winter, staring down finals week and starting to catch the beginnings of a holiday spirit (or perhaps a cold). Though snowfall and Scantrons are impending, we get to look forward to all the awesome activities that come with December.

Sledding is a classic, but every year you realize that you don't quite have the energy to run up a hill all day like could when you were younger. I'm also pretty sure that everyone knows at least one person who has ended up in a cast as a result of sliding into something.

Sledding is a good time, but it's got nothing on sleddin'. For anyone unused to outdoor motor sports, sleddin' is slang for snowmobiling, and your knowledge of sleddin' is directly proportional to how far north you live. My hat is off to whoever first thought up snowmobiling, and I can only guess that it involved quite a stroke of genius to put a high powered engine onto a pair of skis and a tank tread.

I wonder how long people lived around mountains before someone decided, "Hey, why not strap long pieces of wood to our feet and try to slide down these things," so I checked it out on Wikipedia. Apparently snowmobiles were originally developed for hunting in Norway around 3000 B.C., and were promptly used to entice people to pay large sums of money for houses on mountains known as "condos" in Norse mythology.

The best part about skiing and snowboarding is that you get carried to the top of hill on what's basically a folding sofa suspended from a wire. It's important to understand the difference between skiing and snowboarding: Skiers typically race down the hill in funny jumpsuits. Snowboarders usually sit on the top of terrain parks in baggy clothing and exchange slang terms and snowboard tricks.

It's thanks to skiing and snowboarding that poutine came to exist. Poutine consists of French fries drenched with cheese and gravy that give you enough fuel to keep you warm and enough cholesterol to chill out your turns as you shred the mountain. Poutine is most definitely a Canadian invention, and it's the best way to warm up frozen skiers after they race back to the lodge.

As great as outdoor activities are, by the end of the day we're all pretty ready to return to the warmer temperatures offered by the ski lodge or our homes, most likely expecting hot chocolate and a warm meal in exchange for being so productive on a wintry day.

Invasion of privacy well worth safer flights

For some of us, the upcoming release from Geneseo means voyage by airplane, and all the hassle and joy that air travel involves. I drive home, so some may argue that I have no right to make any sort of statement about airports and the procedures that take place in them, but I have listened to people who do fly whenever they go home and feel qualified to make a statement based on their experiences and, of course, on my own beliefs about liberty and safety.

In November, the Transportation Security Administration added airport screening procedures that include the use of full-body scanners, which display nude images of passengers' bodies to screeners, and pat-downs which allow screeners to touch all body parts of passengers including breasts and genitals. Many have decried these measures as constituting an invasion of privacy and, in the case of the X-ray scanners, a health risk.

I'm assuming that the majority of readers were alive during 2001. That September, I was nine years old and in the fourth grade when my teacher got a phone call that caused her to burst into tears.

No one would explain anything. I only found out what happened when I went home and my mom had to explain to me that people who hated our entire country and all the people in it had attacked us. Yeah, a little confusing to a nine year old who pretty much thought the only bad guys were Voldemort, who isn't real, and Adolf Hitler, who is, of course, dead.

I was alive when 9/11 happened, and I remember the panic, the sorrow, the yellow ribbons we put on the trees in our front yard – the fear shared by an entire nation.

If I can remember every detail of a day that happened when I was only nine, surely everyone else can. What confuses me is how anyone who either experienced it or has learned about it could possibly complain about tight security in airports. The machines, which aren't even in all American airports yet, are only a little more invasive than a hospital X-ray.

I would let my privacy be invaded 2,977 million times over if it could have saved any lives that day, and it is beyond unfortunate that we did not have such advanced security measures then. Instead of developing phones that can do everything but breathe for us, perhaps we should have focused on improving security.

Think about it: would you really rather preserve your precious privacy and allow an armed terrorist on your plane, or allow a little leeway in order to prevent another 9/11?


Politics isn’t black and white, why should it be red and blue?

President Barack Obama's announcement Tuesday that he would agree to extend the Bush tax cuts for all Americans – including those filers reporting over $250,000 in annual income – is the latest depressing reminder that nationally, change has come not through a unified effort of leaders to develop a comprehensive path toward accomplishing our nation's goals, but through a scrambled and directionless patchwork of red and blue victories.

In each election, every American receives a single vote through which to express their ideas on governing the nation by choosing a representative whom they feel will speak and act on their behalf in Washington, D.C. Because thousands, and in some case millions, of votes are needed to win an election, national candidates are typically unable to mobilize the massive campaigns necessary to reach voters unless they are independently wealthy or they receive the backing of a major political party.

Most Americans, of course, do not align themselves wholly with either set of ideals. The range of social, economic and policy issues that face the United States today are vast and complex, and many thoughtful individuals are able to express reasoned, coherent opinions on a palette of topics that permit them to transcend the sweeping categorizations of Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, pro- or anti-government.

Come Election Day, though, most people find themselves with a difficult choice: cast a symbolic but practically useless vote for a candidate who doesn't have the visibility or momentum to win an election, or vote along party lines on the precept that it's best to sacrifice a few ideals for the sake of ensuring that the most important ideas retain a voice at all.

In short, Americans make a compromise in order to make the most effective use of an imperfect political system. We'd like for the people we elect to do the same.

The two-party system, psychologically and systemically entrenched into the fabric of our country, is flawed. With the understanding that drastic changes giving minority parties a meaningful voice in Washington are not possible in any sort of short-term timeframe, we call upon legislators to consider the diverse and often divergent opinions of their constituents and vote as an agent of the people, not the party.

Who's Who in the Arts?

It's not always fun and games being the music director of WGSU, Geneseo's radio station. Just ask junior Joe Targia. Deciding what songs to play on the radio? Opening boxes full of free CDs every week? Going to awesome house shows all the time? Playing the musical saw? Let's be honest, the job sounds like a lot of hard work.

Running the station may be hard at times, but fun and games are abound. For someone who hadn't thought all that much about being on the radio before coming to Geneseo, Targia doesn't seem to be complaining.

"Everyone I've ever met on WGSU shares a common love of music," Targia said. "We don't all like the same stuff, but we all like it in the same way, and it's really an implicit bond. I'm generally way too shy of a person for something like a radio show, but everyone was so inviting and genuine that I joined my first week here. Needless to say, they got me hooked."

Since then, Targia's responsibilities associated with the station have certainly increased. But then again, so have the perks. In addition to trying to keep suppliers happy enough to send more free CDs to the station, Targia organizes weekly music staff meetings at which students can come and take an album home over the weekend to review. He says that when it comes to his own taste in music, "If it's new and original and an authentic product of the artist's passion, I'll probably enjoy it."

As it turns out, a music director's job doesn't end on the weekends; it just gets even better. "Most of my house show experiences have been more memorable and rewarding than huge festival headliners I've seen. The authenticity and intimateness is really an incomparable experience," Targia said.

"Geneseo has built up a bit of a reputation as a great place to play, because we'll crowd up in a basement and dance all night long."