Richard Barberio, Political Science, presented the paper

Richard Barberio, Political Science, presented the paper “Presidents Playing with Fire: The Use of ‘Backfires’ to Manage Scandal” to the Northeastern Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting, in Philadelphia, PA on November 9-11, 2017. The paper explores response strategies employed by presidents faced with scandals. Existing political science scholarship on this topic centers on two strategies; stonewalling and cooperation. The paper’s argument is that there may be a third form of strategic response, building a “backfire” to lessen the damage caused by a scandal. The paper argues that backfires rely on misdirection, such as the manufacturing of competing scandals or other forms of spectacle. Analysis of scandals during the Nixon, Clinton, and Trump administrations indicates that while systemic factors increase the likelihood of a backfire, the individual president’s approach to the use of the power of the presidency is an equal if not greater factor in the likely use of this type of response.

The Seminar Series in Biology presents

“Sisyridae and Sponges: A Genetic Approach” presented by Alyssa Rothfuss, MSc student, Biology Department, State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Alyssa earned her BS in Biology from State University of New York College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta) in 2014 and began her MS in Fall 2015. While a graduate student, Alyssa worked to broaden her knowledge of aquatic ecosystems and population genetics, focusing on the relationships between freshwater sponges in the Otsego Lake watershed. Alyssa has been employed by the Biology Department as an adjunct lecturer to teach genetics labs.

In this presentation, Alyssa will be discuss freshwater sponges from local waterways. Little is known about which species of freshwater sponges (Haplosclerida: Spongillidae) and spongillaflies (Neuroptera: Sisyridae) reside in the Otsego Lake watershed, or the population structures of these organisms. In order to better understand the population structures of these organisms, and identify species, an analysis of the cytochrome oxidase I (COI) and wingless (wnt) genes was performed. Results of this analysis include new distribution records for some species of freshwater sponges and spongillaflies in the Otsego Lake watershed, and insight into the relationships between populations and generations of spongillaflies discovered.
This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday December 1st in Science I room 121. See attached poster for more details.

About this seminar series: This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.


SUNY Oneonta Swim Team’s NCAA Champions are coaching hour long one-on-one swimming lessons for ages 4-16 from beginner strokes to competitive advantages. The swim team and the student team of production staff for this event cordially invite you and your family to join us for the benefit and importance of swim safety. The event will be held on campus in Chase Gym by the Swimming and Diving program, registration and payment information is provided in the flyer as well as online at

As students holding this event we would like to also use this opportunity to thank the faculty and staff that work so hard to keep our campus together by extending to them a special discount opportunity! Please help us help you and allow us to thank you for continuously keeping our campus running smoothly and safely by allowing us to assist you by teaching your children the importance of swim safety! Or perhaps to use this opportunity to let your swimmer get one-on-one training from an NCAA champion on their strokes to gain competitive skill.

The faculty discount will be 50% off $15/child by simply stating your name and position upon registration!
Any further inquires please e-mail!

SUNY Oneonta University Police to Present Colors

“Join us for SUNY Oneonta Community Night at the Binghamton Devils game on Friday December 8th vs the Syracuse Crunch at 7:05 PM at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, NY! Reduced ticket prices start at $14 (a savings of up to $8.75) plus all SUNY Oneonta purchasers are eligible for a post game photo on the ice after the game.

Come see your University Police present the colors pre-game! Represent your community, catch a great game and save some money. For questions, contact the Binghamton Devils directly at 607-722-7367 or see Lt. Callahan at University Police.

Tickets will be left at the Binghamton Devils will call booth under the name listed on the order form. To purchase tickets, visit this link.”