What Would Students of SUNY Oswego Do if They Won the Lottery?



They say that money can’t buy you happiness but, what if you won the lottery? On October 19th 2018, the Mega Millions made national headlines because of a new record setting jackpot reached 1 billion dollars. It makes you ponder what one would do if they won that jackpot. I went around the Campus of SUNY Oswego asking multiple members of the community one simple question, what would you do if you won the lottery?

Graduating this semester Lyndsey Becker said that she would go straight to the Bahamas. “With all the work and stress I put into to graduate early I deserve to relax” is what Becker told me. She is currently looking for a job after graduation and said that the market is tough and competitive, winning the lottery will definitely get that pressure of searching for a job off her shoulders. “After this semester I have no time to relax I need a job, winning the lottery would be an escape from life.”

Sophomore Joseph Brennan said if he won he would keep a low profile, “I don’t want people to know I won. I think my friends and family will act differently towards me.” Brennan explained that he would not know how to interact with his family and friends and prefer to be distant from the winnings. Unfortunately for Brennan, he cannot keep a low profile around his friends and family, if you win the lottery in the state of New York you must reveal your identity when you accept the winnings. According to ABC.com, Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina are the only states that give lottery winners the option to remain anonymous.

The assistant hall director of cayuga hall, Chelsea Fearon said that if she won she would move her fiancé to Oswego. Fearon explain why she would, “Since I accepted this position it has been hard on both sides, long distance sucks.” Currently her fiancé is living in the west coast, and they have made plans to get married in the summer of 2019. “Winning the lottery would make life so easy, we can be together again, the money will help with cost of the wedding, the honeymoon, a house but, that’s just a dream, you know?” Fearon said quickly coming back down to earth.

“If I won the lottery I would give it all away and keep nothing” is what Emily Emmons told me. Emmons wants nothing to do with the money. Emmons explained to me that “Once you win people will start asking for favors, people who I barely even know will approach me, I don’t want to keep it, I’m scared that it might change me.” Emmons wants to be true to herself and thinks that having millions of dollars will cause her to make terrible decisions and change her personality. “You know the saying, more money more problems and I definitely don’t need any more problems in my life right now” Emmons said in a serious tone.

Marquel Jeffries gave me the quickest response when I asked him the question, without thinking he said “I have to give back to my community back home.” Jeffries holds the position as the director of diversity and inclusion on campus, community development holds a special spot in his heart. The Buffalo native believes that anybody who makes a significant amount of money should give back. Jeffries told me passionately that “You have to go to your roots and give back, you have to nourish the community that raised you to create a giving cycle.” Jeffries is no stranger when it comes to giving back to his community, three years ago he created the F.R.A.N.C.S Scholarship for musicians to help them expand their dreams while going through school.

Winning the lottery can be a blessing and/or a curse. People fear that winning the lottery will not make their life better but more difficult. People who might have similar thoughts as Brennan and Emmons fear that their relationships with family and friends will change and become toxic. In the other hand winning the lottery can give people the opportunity for them to live their most desirable lifestyle. The concern of time and money would disappear once someone wins the lottery. You get the chance to pay away loans and bills, spend more time with family and friends, visit new places, experience new things, and make a difference in the world.




Social Media & College Life



With social media being such a prevalent force in the lives of today’s youth, it is easy to acknowledge that there is an effect on the lives of those who use it frequently. Throughout the increase of social media use it is hard to determine whether or not the impact has been positive or negative. The main social media sites that are being utilized most frequently among college students in the United States are Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. Now, social media can benefit those who use it as a means to stay in contact with friends and family, and as a way to remain up-to-date on the lives of those they care about. However, the lines between beneficial and detrimental begin to blur because people are losing their ability to moderate the amount of time they dedicate to social media. Social media is seen in a different light by many and it is important to understand the different perspectives others have.


While the effects of social media can clearly be seen by fellow students, what about the professors who teach these students? I spoke with Professor Mejias a professor who teaches Social Networks & the Web and he thinks that social media is one of the main contributing factors as to why students are so distracted. He says that from his experience while teaching social media has become a distraction not only on campus but in class. Students are often checking their phones and prioritizing what someone said on Facebook over the information being taught in class. Professor Mejias says that he believes that social media is changing the way students are learning now with students expecting information to come to them quickly and precisely versus opening up a book and taking the time to find the information. With that all being said he doesn’t think it’s all terrible. He can appreciate the fact that students now have an unimaginable amount of information at their fingertips and while they may not always utilize its full potential, it is definitely an advantage.


Another point of view I was able to collect was from a student on SUNY Oswego’s campus named Jonathan Arcese. Arcese is a senior who is on the Student Association Programming Board. He has a lot of engagement with a large number of students on campus because of his campus involvement so he understands the impact that social media has on the students. He sees social media as a beneficial tool because of the ability to advertise to a large number of people. As someone who’s organization is responsible for reaching large numbers of people, social media is one of the best ways to do so. It’s a useful means of promoting content and spreading the word very quickly. It is also a convenient way of staying informed on what is going on in other organizations on campus.


Social media is a world of its own; the countless number of pictures can be very distracting, and students can lose track of time and important deadlines. These distractions can contribute to procrastination which could then add to the overall stress and anxiety students are already feeling. It is also extremely important to remember that every picture, post, tweet and snap that is published online becomes public and can be viewed by everyone. This can harm a student’s reputation as individuals who personally do not know the student can make judgements based on the image they portray over social media. Future employers also have access to these posts which can influence their decision on who to hire and not hire. People tend to think that once something is deleted it’s gone for good but in actuality it is still accessible and what you post can affect you for years to come.


The impact that social media has on youth in college does not just affect their academics but their actual social life as well. According to research that is being conducted, social media is affecting the way youth look at friendship and intimacy. Patricia Greenfield, a developmental psychologist at UCLA says that young adults’ ideas of friendship have been greatly persuaded by their involvement with social media. She goes on to say that young people feel socially supported by having large networks of friends and followers online. This results in a decline in real, concrete, intimate friendships. Instead, many young people now derive personal support and verification from the likes and feedback they get on their posts. This can have a vast decrease on their self-esteem and their self-image.


The most important thing to remember in regard to social media and college life is that social media is not inherently evil. It is not designed to destroy the people who use it, so it is imperative to utilize social media in moderation and practice self-control. Time management is a vital skill to have, especially while in college and social media can be a tool to help learn this skill. Too much of anything is not good, so balance is key.

Educational Buildings  




When it comes to renovations and remodeling SUNY Oswego comes in big. Shineman Center is the latest example that. Opened to the public in 2013, Shineman center has served STEM field students. Just recently in 2016 Tyler Hall reopened for classes. At the moment Tyler Hall is still being renovated. Lanigan has not been touch since it has been built in 1967. However if SUNY Oswego does decide to touch Lanigan Hall expect a jaw dropping reopening.

I decided to take pictures of these three buildings to tell the history of the recent renovations SUNY Oswego has done for its educational buildings. The buildings were big so I tried to fit as much as I could by slanting the camera. I purposely pick where the signs of the building were located. I wanted to show the differences of renovations and age of the buildings.


Frederick Torres


Name: Frederick Torres

Year: Senior

Major: Broadcasting and Mass Communications

Hometown: New York City

Frederick Torres has attend all four years in SUNY Oswego. Through the school he was an intern for NBCUniversal’s The Maury Show. This past summer he completed an internship with DialougeDirect fundraising for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He is now currently interning for Spectrum Sports News in Syracuse.