Forum 1: Class Community

Forum 1 will be live from 1/21 till midnight 1/28, this is the ice breaker session and will still be graded for participation, follow the guidelines on the rubric

I look forward to knowing you all and to see how our discussion helps us to know more about each other and at the same time give us a greater experience of contributing to the discussion forums, but as I said in the class, let’s start with getting to know each other and sharing of ideas on what made you take the Global ‘cyber politics’ course. Let me introduce myself, some of you have been in my classes before and for few of you this is the first time. Well let me take a more casual route than talking about my education qualifications or professional experience. I am from a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean called Sri Lanka, well many people did not know it existed including the immigration’s officer who processed me many years back entering USA. Apart from my academic interests such as International politics, cyber space and technology, I am a movie buff and love sci-fi, fantasy genres and a fan of Japanese anime. I grew up in time where American soft power was at its Zenith utilizing the star-studded arsenals of Hollywood and the TV studios. I was born to the Star Wars era, grew up when the Ex-Governator ,was s the Terminator and matured in life when the Internet took all our lives by storm and this cyber storm has changed everything and I can’t imagine how it would feel to be in a cyber-apocalypse well we can talk more as the forum heats up. Look forward to know you guys more



87 thoughts on “Forum 1: Class Community

    Michael LeFevre said:
    January 22, 2016 at 11:20 am

    When you first look at Jake Levin you may see a boy with many freckles and an awkward hair-style. But after getting to know him, I realized he is much more than that and he has experienced many different cultures and environments. Jake Levin was first born in Japan, and after four years of living there, his family, along with his parents, sister and brother, moved to Toronto, and he now currently resides in Chicago. Growing up in Japan, he was surrounded by young-inspiring baseball players and developed a love for baseball that has carried to St. Lawrence University. He currently studies Government and Business, and is a member of the baseball team. In his free time, Jake likes to play FIFA, listen to 50 Cent and Lil B, and hike/ski local mountains.

    Jake is interested in learning more about how social media platforms and cyber-space can help improve our daily lives. While having more than four different social media accounts, Jake feels he has already experienced the wave and emergence of cyber space and looks forward to exploring more options.

      cyberoutpost responded:
      January 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      Did you not ask Jake if he has any idea of visiting Japan soon? Jake even can reply to this questions, see how interesting just one conversation be opening up to very interesting events in people’s lives

        Michael LeFevre said:
        January 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm

        I do not believe Jake is planning on visiting Japan anytime soon. He only lived there because his father’s job made his family relocate a lot when he was little. I actually found out that Jake played in the 2007 Little League World Series Championship game, but unfortunately lost to Georgia, U.S. in extra innings.

      Emilio Nilooban said:
      January 24, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      I have been to Japan last summer with my father and we had a blast when we went there. We enjoyed sightseeing the rural and urban areas of the region, took pictures of the shinto and buddhist temples, rode the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto and ate delicious food. I’ve also noticed a strong emphasis on baseball when touring around the districts. In fact, the students at these schools take the game very seriously. If you haven’t been to Japan for a while, I strongly recommend going back and re-visit your roots!

        Michael LeFevre said:
        January 24, 2016 at 2:02 pm

        Emiliio- what were some of the food that you tried? I love sushi and after talking to Jake about how delicious the sushi in Japan is, I was wondering if you would also agree and say that the sushi is exquisite. Also, how did the districts place an emphasis on baseball? Were there many fields? Or are there a lot of kids playing baseball or stickball in the streets? Glad you had a great experience in Japan! Hopefully Jake can provide more insight…

        Emilio Nilooban said:
        January 24, 2016 at 5:08 pm

        Throughout our entire time in Japan, my father and I have committed a terrible sin. We actually never got the chance to eat sushi on our 5-day trip. However, we were able to try out many of the local restaurants at night after we finished sightseeing with a tour program. We were able to eat homemade ramen with duck, udon noodle soup ( and an array of vegetables and marinated meats that you grill yourself. When we first arrived in Japan, it was hard to eat at any of these places to begin with mainly because most restaurant establishments are cash only. Finding a foreign currency exchange or an ATM in english proved to be a challenge. In other words, before traveling there you should definitely exchange your currency beforehand. That said, I’ll definitely re-visit and make eating sushi my number one priority.

        In terms of baseball, I’ve seen that almost every school has a field dedicated to baseball. Cities in Japan are very tight in nature and the fact that all these schools choose to have a field solely dedicated to baseball instead of having some sort of multi-sport field makes me curious. However, I am not suggesting that other sports are not played, I’m sure these schools have gymnasiums fitted for that as well. In addition, I believe that Japan engages in professional baseball (Nippon Professional Baseball) that has teams representing certain cities in the region. I believe that baseball is the only sport that Japan gave professional status domestically.

        I’m sure Jake can tell you a lot more or correct me on certain things!

        Ness Billimoria said:
        January 24, 2016 at 5:19 pm

        Unfortunately I’ve never had the chance to visit Japan but I’ve heard and read a lot about the country’s fascination with American culture including its love of baseball.
        I’m surprised to hear you say that most of the restaurants were cash-only because Japan is a country that is known for its constant advancement of technology and how tech-savvy its population is, even though the country has such a high median age. So for restaurants not to take credit cards sounds weird but I guess it just isn’t as big a part of the culture there.

        Andrew Reiley said:
        January 24, 2016 at 8:51 pm

        I have not had the opportunity to visit Japan yet, but when I do go, I would like to visit Hokkiado in the winter to ski Japow. Have any of you boys skied there?

        Tim Lasusa said:
        January 24, 2016 at 10:47 pm

        I too am very jealous about your trip to Japan. I love Japanese culture and food and have always wanted to visit. My friend who took this class last year visited and she told me all about her amazing trip from the food to her community. What she found most impressive was the incredible infrastructure in Tokyo, in particular the subways, and how they made the city so efficient. From what she tells me it seems pretty obvious that the country is highly technologically adept.

        cyberoutpost responded:
        January 25, 2016 at 5:59 pm

        This is the whole point of having this forum you guys bring out stuff that we have never known in full term, I love this conversation which is ongoing about Japan, many popular culture icons of the US would have not existed if it was not for Japan, Star Wars would never be there ..

        Jake Levin said:
        January 26, 2016 at 2:28 pm

        That’s awesome you were able to visit Japan last summer! I still haven’t been back since I moved but may a pursue a summer internship in Tokyo in the near future. All the cool shinto and buddhist temples, the bullet trains, and of course the amazing food are three of the things I remember most vividly during my time living in Japan and I am glad you got to experience what I feel are some of the best aspects of the country

        Colin Scott said:
        January 27, 2016 at 4:14 pm

        Emilio, did you have a chance to go to a professional baseball game while you were in Japan? It is a very competitive baseball league and many professionals from Japan have coime over to the U.S. and have played professionally here. It wpuld be interesting to go to a game and see if there is a major difference and see how different cultures cheer on a sport that is so popular here!

      Sam McGowan said:
      January 28, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Hey Jake, thats pretty cool that you played in the Little League World Series. I read that you enjoy skiing and hiking local mountains. I’m a pretty avid skier myself, and I was wondering where/what mountains you like to ski the best in this area?

      Robins Chery said:
      January 28, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      This is pretty awesome, one of my good friends is from china and he is always telling me about his great experiences that he’s had visiting japan, considering it was never too far for him to go to and where his family often to chose vacation at times. I’m also, a Government and Business in the Liberal Arts Major, and there’s nnothing i love more than a good FIFA game. Let’s get at it sometime!

    Emilio Nilooban said:
    January 22, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    After speaking with Trent Rosenberg during class time, I have learnt a lot more about him since last semester. Being born in Maine, Trent has spend most of his years on a ski mountain, allowing him to learn and enjoy both alpine and nordic skiing. He has attended public school for 4 years and spent his post-grad year at a private school. He adores watching All-American sports, especially sports, and always routes for the Boston teams since there is no official team representing his own state. Trent has also managed to travel to Costa Rica for 2 weeks with his classmates from Spanish class on a school trip . Even though, he had a couple of great experiences on the trip, he still ended up getting sick throughout the duration of his time over there.

      Jake Levin said:
      January 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      That is cool you were born in Maine Trent. My dad grew up there in a small town called Bath, and I spend a few days visiting family at Old Orchard Beach every summer.

        Michael LeFevre said:
        January 26, 2016 at 2:46 pm

        I too also visit Bar Harbor, Maine every summer…not sure how close that is to you Trent or Jake, but just throwing it out there.

        Trent Rosenberg said:
        January 27, 2016 at 10:08 pm

        Ive been to Bath a several times, its not too far away from me. Maybe two hours or so. I’ve also been to Old Orchard Beach, and in fact some of the family members on my dads side used to rent a house there for a week as well. But we’ve since changed to Wells beach which isn’t too far away.

        In response to you Michael Bar Harbor is a great place and Ive also been there. Its a little far from my house, maybe 2 1/2- 3 hours

      Thomas Mathiasen said:
      January 27, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Hey Trent, I have never been to Costa Rica but I’ve heard some really great things. Would you recommend going at some point? I’ve always wanted to go. Any place you would recommend going while I’m there?

        Trent Rosenberg said:
        January 27, 2016 at 10:02 pm

        Honestly Tom we went all over the place and I would definitely recommend going. The views were amazing, the food (especially the fruit) was insanely delicious and the people I met were all very welcoming. In fact when I got sick I was in the home stays portion of our trip and the family made me a bunch different things to try to help me, and didn’t complain once that I was essentially throwing up in there kids bed. If you get a chance to go there, I wouldn’t turn it down.

      Robins Chery said:
      January 28, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      I just want to say this about Trent, He’s an awesome guy, He’s always there for his friends, whether its for homework, advice, or just borrowing his car haha. But most importantly, this kid knows how to shred. Interestingly enough, I got the option to learn how to ski or snowboard for the first time at Sunday River in Maine; where trent always skis when he’s in maine. I chose to Ski as opposed to snowboarding, because i felt like i would have better mobility of my feet. But anyways, trent was the one teaching a 19 year old guy how to pizza and french fry for the first time on the BUNNY HILL. But its fine, cause by the end I owned that bunny hill thanks to trent. But the most intersting that happened while i was being taught how to come to terms with the art of skiing was when i was speeding down the bunny hill not knowing how to stop; ready to face my doom in the crowd below. then out of nowhere he tackles the crap out of me, imagine trent form tackling a 255 pounf guy speeding down a bunny him, safe to say i thought trent was getting ready to RIP, but he actually destroyed me. Enjoy that Trent cause it’ll never happen again.

    cyberoutpost responded:
    January 22, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Emilio I guess there is much more about Trent we would like to know, what else did you dig up in that conversation. What about his dreams in life, places he like to travel? Trent you also can chip in to respond

      Trent Rosenberg said:
      January 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      I guess I have a lot of dreams, but honestly my focus right now is mostly on finishing school. As a junior I also think its time that I start looking to make connections in the job world so that when I do graduate I have opportunities waiting. So most recently I have been looking at possible internships for the summer, mostly in the same field as my major (gov) but not necessarily only that.

      One other dream is to go out west and ski everywhere and anywhere.

    Ness Billimoria said:
    January 24, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Andrew Reiley and I spoke in detail during the first class. We realized that we were neighbors in Sykes as well! Andrew is from Marblehead, Mass., not too far from Boston. He loves the outdoors and was telling me about some fantastic experiences he’s had sailing, trekking, climbing and skiing, which includes taking a semester off to enjoy them in a program. At SLU, he tries to get away every few weekends to ski a couple of hours away.
    During the summer, Andrew is a launch driver at a boat club near home which he loves since he’s really passionate about boats. He was telling me about different types of boats (which I know nothing about!) and it was quite interesting to learn about that.
    This is Andrew’s first Government class and is an Economics major here at SLU.

      Andrew Reiley said:
      January 24, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      I know a lot about boats, so if anyone ever wants to talk about them or needs a recommendation on what boat to buy, I’ll be here.

        cyberoutpost responded:
        January 25, 2016 at 6:01 pm

        Andrew why don’t you give us a sense of what made you so fascinated by boats, it was the river system in the US that united the country politically many American’s are no aware of it, if it was not for boats the US would have never got to where it is now.

        Andrew Reiley said:
        January 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm

        Being born and raised in Marblehead, MA, boating and sailing has been a big part of my life since. I first went cruising with my family up in Maine when I was a week old. My main sport growing up was sailing, which I am grateful for because the sport gave me the opportunity to travel from Canada to the Caribbean and to meet a lot of interesting people. This past summer, I did an ocean race from Marblehead up to Halifax on a 65 foot boat. I had done many deliveries on boats before, but this was my first experience with ocean racing. It is an entirely different sport than dinghy racing. I did get very good at racing dinghies. I sailed optis, lasers, 420s, and F-18 catamarans for most of my youth saying. At one point, I placed in 6th place out of 156 boats at 420 nationals. I have been able to sail all sorts of boats. I have also worked on boats for the past 6 years, 3 years as a sailing instructor and 3 as a USCG licensed launch driver.
        The US Navy started in my town, which for a while made me extremely interested in going to the Naval Academy for marine architecture. I also went to Tabor Academy, in which I received Naval Honors and a nomination to the Naval Academy. Had I been accepted, I would have had to go there. Life would have been much different at a military academy than it has been here at SLU.
        We also have a classic wooden lobster boat, which is the boat I enjoy skippering on during the summer.

    Andrew Reiley said:
    January 24, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Ness Billimoria is a senior here at SLU. He is from Mumbai, India and is fresh off the boat meaning he didn’t go to a boarding school like many other squash players I have met. He is a squash player here at St. Lawrence, which is super cool. I found out that he does not enjoy drinking nice beers like ales, but would rather drink light beers, such as bud light.

      cyberoutpost responded:
      January 25, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      As far as i know Ness is super interested in cricket too, I guess like many South Asians you guys should ask him about this sport which is still bit alien to North America

        Andrew Reiley said:
        January 25, 2016 at 9:43 pm

        If cricket was played in the US, I’d probably join a team. Many of my sailing instructors growing up were from foreign countries, with the majority from New Zealand and Australia. Whenever we would travel to a regatta or sometimes after sailing on a given day, we would play pickup cricket. It takes a while to get used to being able to hit the ball in any direction, but once you get the hang of it, the game is extremely fun. I think we played a modified version since all we had to do was run back and forth from the two bases until the ball was fielded back to the pitcher or when we were tagged out. I am not sure what the normal rules are and how fun the game is, but the version we would play was super fun. I am definitely a fan.

      Jake Levin said:
      January 26, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Ness, I played squash in high school and continue to play whenever I get the chance to. Not counting the schools that have their own squash facilities I feel like in the U.S. the only way to play squash is to be a part of a country or racquet club as there is a lack of public courts around where I live. I was wondering where in Mumbai you would play your squash along with how big the sport is among high school/college students in India?

        Ness Billimoria said:
        January 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm

        Hey Jake, unfortunately the situation in India is similar to the US in the sense that it is limited to members-only clubs based mainly in the big cities. Only a couple of private schools in Mumbai have squash courts, and till 5-7 years ago I don’t think any schools had them. Again, much like the US, this exclusivity is slowly changing and there are a few more inner-city programs coming up that are funded by NGOs and the government, which is great to see.

        Tim Lasusa said:
        January 26, 2016 at 10:46 pm

        Its interesting you say that Jake. You are right in that in the US the majority of squash is only accessible in clubs or schools. However right now there is a huge push for public squash facilities in New York City, and one non profit organization has even developed and designed a public outdoor squash court for a location in Manhattan, and has a large amount of backing from squash fans. If anyone wants to check it out here is the website:

        Sam McGowan said:
        January 27, 2016 at 11:28 am

        Tim, that would be really cool to see something like that go into action. I actually recently started to play squash since school started this semester, and have been having a blast learning more about the game. I look forward to playing some more. Good luck the rest of your season!

      Moustafa Bayoumy said:
      January 28, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Ness and I are on the same team together and I know that he studied abroad in London last semester. I would say that he is no longer a “fresh off the boat” student.

    Colin Scott said:
    January 24, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I met Sam McGowan for the first time in class on thursday. While we got to talking I leanred Sam is from Norwell Massachusettes not too far outside of Boston and is a junior here at SLU. Sam is a government and Econ double major. We found we both have common interests in sports and he is a fan of the Boston sports teams which are the total oppsoite of my favorite New York Teams. He is also a big fan of going skiing during the winter months.He told me he went out skiing a few times during our winter break. Sam went to a high school with about 800 students and played football and lacrosse while in high school. During our conversation he told me about a friend he has who plays football for Union College which is pretty cool since I play football agaisnt Union every year.

    Tim Lasusa said:
    January 24, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    In class on Thursday I met fellow senior Tom Mathiasen, who is a Boston-area native and attended Concord High School where he was a member of the football and baseball teams. Tom is a government major and is an editor for the Hill News. He is also a fan of all Boston teams in particular the Red Sox which is unfortunate as history will show that the New York Yankees are the far superior team and forever will be. During his summers, Tom used to work as a golf instructor and is very much an avid golfer. Although not a member of the team he can be found hitting stolen golf balls onto the St. Lawrence course during the warmer months of the school year.

    Jake Levin said:
    January 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Michael LeFevre is a Sophomore who resides in the picturesque community of Poughkeepsie, New York. While attending a high school who’s enrollment is more than twice that of St. Lawrence he captained the debate team and was a key staff member at a local YMCA. At SLU Michael is a Business and Government major. Outside of class, Michael is a member of the baseball team. His hobbies include “hitting chest” at the gym, going on long runs, and reading Sports Illustrated. One thing Mike wants to do this semester is eat healthier food.

    Michael is looking forward to learning more about the current cyber technologies being used by major governments around the world and enjoys reading about the different aspects of the internet.

    Michael LeFevre said:
    January 25, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Jake, thank you for providing a thorough introduction of myself, I look forward to explaining more though. As a concerned citizen, I am disgusted at how some animals are treated and handled when being processed for food. I made a stance that 2016 would be the year I became Vegan, and I am slowly working towards my goal. While I am unsure if I used the term “hitting chest”, I do enjoy benching at the gym and that is my favorite exercise. When I was a kid, I had a friend who would collect all of the posters in Sports Illustrated and hang them up in his room. After a couple years of subscriptions, his wall soon was filled with famous athletes dunking, hitting home runs, holding trophies, and celebrating success. Ever since then I have had a subscription to Sports Illustrated, and continue to enjoy the articles.

    I believe that through cyber technology, governments will be able to better understand their citizen’s needs and wants, and through the connection of internet and consumable goods, the possibilities are endless.

      Colin Scott said:
      January 27, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Hey Mike, going vegan is very interesting. Do you think your gainz when “hitting chest” in the gym will be affected by this lifestyle choice? I know here at SLU, there are many options for vegan eaters and seems like it could be a easy transition. I have seen many people make the change to vegan and even vegetarian eating and I know personally i do not think i would be able to it. You bring up a compelling point about the mistreatment of animals though. Do you think eating vegan will all you to maintain yourself especially with the upcoming baseball season looming? Go Saints!

        Patrick Sullivan said:
        January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

        This is an interesting topic as I have three sisters and a mother who are all vegan. My father and I aren’t yet we get to see on a daily basis the trials and tribulations that a devote vegan must go through. I have tasted many recipes for various vegan dishes and honestly find myself liking most of them. You really have to be creative to construct a dish that lives up to your tastes buds high standards and has the vital necessities to replenish your body with the nutrients that are lost daily. The biggest hurdle is acclimating your body to these different foods, which takes about two or three weeks. After that you almost don’t even notice how the food tastes different, as it becomes the norm.

        Henry Preston said:
        January 27, 2016 at 9:12 pm

        Mike, whats your stance on hunting wild game? Although I don’t hunt, everyone else in my family does and I benefit from a full freezer of venison every year when I go home. These animals are killed in a very humane way, its a quick death when there’s a 2″ hole punched through the lungs. Additionally, the meat is some of the healthiest you can get, as it is truly free range. The only downside is its tough finding someone who actually knows how to cook it right.

    Thomas Mathiasen said:
    January 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    On Thursday, I had the chance to sit down and find out more about my fellow senior, Tim Lasusa. Hailing from New York City, Tim is an Art major here at St. Lawrence and a member of the SLU Squash Team. This past summer, Tim had a really cool opportunity to intern at US Squash, something he really enjoyed. As it seems to the case with some of the other conversations in this forum post, Tim is unfortunately an avid Yankees fan. Despite my displeasure at his choice of baseball team, we were able to find common ground for our enjoyment of outdoor activities, in particular fishing and skiing, as well as our shared experience of playing high school basketball.

    When Tim isn’t in the classroom or on the squash court, you may be able to find him in his suite, perhaps watching some of his favorite movies including Inception and the Star Wars series. Hey, maybe this year he might be able to see Inception star Leo Decaprio finally win a Oscar for the Revenant!

      cyberoutpost responded:
      January 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      I am interested to know what you guys feel about the Oscar controversy, it would be nice chatting about it in a lighter setting like this but in a candid manner

        Ness Billimoria said:
        January 25, 2016 at 9:06 pm

        I haven’t read too much about the controversy, but I personally feel that it is a bit much saying that the members of the board are “racist”. The board seems to primarily comprise of older white men (which is now being changed), but to imply that they are racist just because there was no black male nominee seems a bit far fetched to me.

        Tim Lasusa said:
        January 25, 2016 at 10:41 pm

        To be honest, with all these streaming services that are available I never go to the movies anymore. Other than my recent visits to see the new star wars movie and the Big Short, I had not been to a movie theater in over a year thanks to Netflix and iTunes. It would be impossible for me to have any insight on the movies that are up for nomination or any of the films that got passed and im sure im not the only one in that situation.

        cyberoutpost responded:
        January 26, 2016 at 7:54 pm

        Netflix is part of cyberculture and it is seriously (qualitatively) changing how we consumed TV and Cinema and it is a disruptive technology, changing human behavior in ways we never conceived few years ago. Thus in an academic sense cyber is a disruptive + generative force. It disrupts the established and creates new alternatives and throws us into accepting them from Netflix to Uber this is why I am passionate about the cyber phenomenon

        Moustafa Bayoumy said:
        January 25, 2016 at 10:51 pm

        I would have to say that I agree with Tim. Although I enjoy watching movies during my down time, I rarely go to the movies. For that reason, I am not up to date with movies and the Oscar controversy. However I am interested in learning more about it.

        Emilio Nilooban said:
        January 26, 2016 at 2:44 am

        I would have to agree with Ness. Assuming that the members of the board are racist for not choosing a black nominee seems to big of a stretch. Not knowing a lot about the story myself, it’s possible that Jada (and perhaps Will) may be doing this in order to garner public attention and be perceived as an influential celebrity that fights for racial equality. This could also be a reactive response from either Will or Jada when not receiving a nomination for this year’s Oscars.

        Multiple actors responded to Jada’s tweet/video, Whoopi Goldberg and Janet Hubert to name a few. Whoopi used her own oscar win as an example when defending the board’s fair judgements on selecting nominees and winners. Janet, on the other hand, recorded a video explaining how both Will and Jada Smith should grow up and understand that things can’t always go their way. In addition, Janet made it clear that there are other things happening around the world that are more important then the Oscars.

        Side Note: Janet Hubert was the actor who played Aunt Viv in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!

        Dylan Kirby said:
        January 26, 2016 at 3:26 pm

        Great question, I was actually wondering what the controversy was because I often find myself aloof from pop culture. After doing some research I came across a quote from Matt Damon, “There’s two years in a row that there are no people of color nominated. That’s insane.” I agree with Ness about this incident having nothing to do with racism. Personally I believe that this is another example of PC culture creating a hostile environment.

        Cory Latour said:
        January 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm

        I am a huge movie fan, but I often find myself despising awards ceremonies like the Oscars and the Golden Globes. It perpetuates Hollywood culture and this idea of fame as the most important thing. When examining Hollywood, remember the tragic figures like Robin Williams, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Chris Farley as examples of people who got lost in this culture. Why can’t we just acknowledge the good movies and round up all of the bad ones to burn in a festive bonfire? I never choose to watch any of these awards shows, as I would much rather spend my time watching an actual movie with a bowl of chili by my side…extra sour cream!

        Thomas Mathiasen said:
        January 27, 2016 at 7:37 pm

        I also haven’t read much into the controversy yet, but I will be interested in seeing how it plays out over the next few weeks. I’m in the same boat as Tim, most of the movies I watch are streamed on Netflix or Comcast so I have only seen a few of the Oscar contenders. Hopefully I can see a few more before the big show so I have a better opinion on the matter.

    Trent Rosenberg said:
    January 25, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I would like to introduce, Emilio Nilooban to the rest of the class. Emilio is a junior here at St. Lawrence, and has an interesting ethnicity, as he is half Greek, half Filipino. Emilio has traveled around both the United States and Canada throughout his lifetime, and has spent time in New Jersey, Florida and Montreal. In his time off from school he continues his adventures around the globe including a trip to Japan last summer multiple trips to Greece, all coming throughout his lifetime. Emilio can also speak 3 languages, English, French and Greek which no doubt helps him on his journeys to different countries. When he isn’t traveling though, he enjoys video games to relax and unwind.

      Dylan Kirby said:
      January 26, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Hello Emilio. I have lived in both New Jersey and Florida so we are a lot alike. Unlike you, the only language I know is english, but I do know a little bit of American Sign Language. What type of video games do you play? I’m pretty good at Clash of Clans

      Thomas Mathiasen said:
      January 27, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Emilio, you’re obviously a well traveled person. Is there a place that you have enjoyed the most or a place that you have already gone to and would like to go back?

      Will Kauppila said:
      January 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks for the introduction to Emilio. Wow! you have lived all over and also done some cool travelling. I have lived in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and California for extended periods of time and would like to learn compare our experiences. World travel is a great interest of mine, and also video games. If you ever want to battle in FIFA soccer just let me know! I am looking forward to getting to know you better throughout the semester.

      Emilio Nilooban said:
      January 27, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Dylan- I never really got into Clash of Clans, although I have a lot of friends that are up to date in that game. Also, I find it really neat that you know a bit about American Sign Language! I wonder if learning it would be a real challenge to take on. I’m currently playing Fallout 4, but I do play League of Legends avidly with some of my friends.

      Thomas- Every place you visit has something very authentic and appealing about it. It’s hard to pinpoint my favorite place since each and every place has it’s own special feature. I encourage all of you to travel to places that go beyond North America. It’s a refreshing, enjoyable and mind enlightening experience exposing yourself to a culture that is completely alien to you. It enables you to see the world through a different lens.

      Will- I’m so bad at FIFA. I noticed that there are a lot of people on campus that play FIFA for days, I should really step up my game…

    William Kauppila said:
    January 25, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I’m Will Kauppila, I’m really excited for this class, and to learn about how the increasingly technologically dependent and interconnected world is affecting issues of international politics today.

    I know lots of my classmates this year, and am looking forward to a super fun and academically stimulating time with everyone! Shoot me at 617-314-0831 or email at if you ever want to chat I am interested in everything my peers share above.

    Will Kauppila said:
    January 25, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Hello. I’m Will and am super excited for a fun and academically stimulating semester with this class. I am particularly interested in learning about the fundamental importance of the increasingly dependent and interconnected world of cyber technology, and the role it plays in international politics and strategy.
    I know lots of my peers in the class and pumped for a great year! Shoot me a text at 617-314–0831 or email at if you ever to chat I’m interested in everything above!

      cyberoutpost responded:
      January 25, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Will, you can continue the conversation here, why don’t you tell us something about you exculding the academic stuff that would be a great start and you also can join into the ongoing conversations here on different themes from sports, boats, Japan to food

        Dylan Kirby said:
        January 26, 2016 at 4:16 pm

        Will also has a beautiful english setter (dog) named Frankie. I have the same breed of dog and his name is Bomber. As with Will I am also very interested in learning about the role international politics plays in governing the multinational web

      Cory Latour said:
      January 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Will! Just added you on Facebook my man, if you want to chat with me online sometime. Was it you that waved to me earlier today? I look forward to hearing your opinions on topics like Net Neutrality and Big Data. I feel you will be able to provide some clairvoyance on the topics that will help me understand the things to come. I think I saw you walking your dog Frankie the other day, and I must agree with Dylan that she is beautiful. Looking forward to a great semester to come.

    Moustafa Bayoumy said:
    January 25, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    When I spoke to Robins (class of ’17) during our first class, he made me realize that there’s more to a person than meets the eye. Robins first seemed like a very easy going and chill guy with no worries. However, as I got to know him better, I discovered that, like many of us, Robins struggles with issues in his life. What I found most interesting was his care-free attitude despite troubling times. Like myself, Robins is an athlete. He played baseball until high school when he decided to start playing football instead. In fact, he came to SLU after being recruited by the coach. He is currently no longer playing football for SLU and focusing on classes instead.

      Will Kauppila said:
      January 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm


      I would love to hear more about your experience on the squash team and being an international student. I am very interested in Middle Eastern politics, and used to be on the the tennis team here so I think we would have a lot to talk about.

        Moustafa Bayoumy said:
        January 28, 2016 at 8:14 pm

        It has been an amazing experience so far. My freshmen year was challenging because of the new culture and language; however I am happy to say that I am very much used to everything now. Being a member of SLU’s squash team was also a new experience for me because I had never experienced squash as a team sport. I had always played as an individual before coming here. It has certainly taught me a lot.

      Henry Preston said:
      January 27, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      I got to know Robins better this fall when we played rugby together and were side by side in the scrum. It was definitely a nice way to spend fall afternoons, except for the occasional downpour. Running may not be his strongest quality, but he can hit like a mac truck.

        Robins Chery said:
        January 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

        Thanks for the shout out Henry! Those were some great times in those scrums, you really came through for us when we needed a hooker to continue mowing down whoever was in front of us. I’m wishing you a very speedy recovery to you can get back to helping us kill it in these scrimmages. While running may not be my strong suit, i’m hoping you can show me some crazy cardio workout, I may not survive, but its all good man.

    Sam McGowan said:
    January 25, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    How’s it going everyone, my name’s Sam McGowan. The other day in class, I had the chance to talk to Colin Scott, a junior who I had not had the pleasure in meeting yet. Colin hails from Middletown, New York, which is only about an hour and a half from the city.
    We talked about sports, and I learned that Colin is a right guard on the SLU football team. Previously before SLU, Colin played at Pace University, another school in New York. Like he mentioned above in his comment about me, Colin is an avid New York sports fan, and he especially likes the Yankees. Since I come from Boston, the sports teams that we follow are completely different.
    I believe this particular class will be Colin’s second class that he has taken with Professor Vidanage. Like myself, Colin has an interest in learning more about government and politics, so this course should be really engaging and thought provoking.

      Thomas Mathiasen said:
      January 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Hey Sam. I had the unfortunate opportunity to speak to another Yankee fan, just kidding Tim! What are your thoughts on the Red Sox this year? It was too bad about the Pats but hopefully the Sox can get out of the basement again and get close to another WS.

        Sam McGowan said:
        January 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm

        Hey Thomas, I’ll be honest I haven’t really followed the Sox this off season too in depth given that all my sports focus has been on the Pats and Bruins the past couple of months. Although, I’m really excited to see David Price. Definitely will be a huge factor and big addition for the Sox struggling pitching staff.

    Charles Segar said:
    January 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    My name is Charlie Segar and I am sitting here in class very excited to engage in this course. Already the focus on the sheer mass of online activity is interesting and I am excited to see how it relates to global cyber politics on a global scale. I am from Watertown, Massachusetts and am a senior here at St. Lawrence. I see a lot of familiar faces in this classroom and look forward to creating discussion and getting to know all of you!

      Will Kauppila said:
      January 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Greetings Charlie,
      Interesting point about internet traffic. Makes me wonder what the most visited types of site are. Super excited to have class with you dude!
      For those that don’t know Charlie, he’s a real standup guy and is super good at sports and other cool stuff.

    casega12 said:
    January 26, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Shalom everyone!
    My name is Charlie Segar and I am sitting here in class very excited to engage in this course. Already the focus on the sheer mass of online activity is interesting and I am excited to see how it relates to global cyber politics on a global scale. I am from Watertown, Massachusetts and am a senior here at St. Lawrence. I see a lot of familiar faces in this classroom and look forward to creating discussion and getting to know all of you!

      Patrick Sullivan said:
      January 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Charlie I found I was amazed by a similar statistic in yesterday’s class as well. The portion of the class when we went over the volume of online activity in grand total and then by country amazed me. I realized just how little I knew about the worlds online accessibility.

    Cory W. Latour IV said:
    January 26, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Greetings fellow classmates,

    My name is Cory Latour and I am currently a senior here at St. Lawrence. I am from a small town in Vermont, but that does not mean that I haven’t traveled the world! I am a Spanish major, but my interest in this class stems from the comparative politics class I took. I am very active on Facebook, so if you want to friend me, I love chatting online. At any given time, I am chatting with several close friends online. My other hobbies besides the internet include watching Netflix and chilling, eating fine French cuisine, driving for the sake of driving without any destination in mind, and managing my collection of stamps. I look forward to engaging with everybody on the forums, as I find other people’s opinions are invaluable tools to expanding my own learning. If you see me around, don’t be scared to wave at me; chances are I will wave back!

      Dylan Kirby said:
      January 26, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Request sent; your willingness to embrace the cyber realm will only increase your experience in this course. Do you use any applications that are driving centric? I’ve heard of people using “Waze” to post police men monitoring with radar guns …just some food for thought.


        Will Kauppila said:
        January 27, 2016 at 8:08 pm

        Hey guys,
        it’s true that my buddy Dylan and I are both English setter lovers! Best dogs out there, I highly recommend to all my peers in the class to google image search them, you WILL be impressed.
        Something I just found out about Dylan I didn’t know before is that he is a fellow “Wazer”. Waze is a great app for traffic, it is community shared data driven based, and I personally prefer it to Google Maps, it is so helpful.

      Will Kauppila said:
      January 27, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      I look forward to learning more about your eclectic interests throughout the year. It seems we both share a taste for relaxation and good food and drank, it will be enjoyable to discuss throughout the semester. I agree with your point about experiential learning and the value of listening to our peers diverse opinions here at SLU!

    Jonathan Bucknall said:
    January 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Hello peers,
    My name is Jonathan Bucknall and this is currently my last semester here at the lovely St. Lawrence University that we all know and love! I am a Global Studies major so that is where my interest in this class came from and look forward to learning all about global cyber politics throughout the semester. I believe I know most of the people in the class and for those of you that I do not know feel free to give me a shout if you see me around campus.

      Patrick Sullivan said:
      January 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Bucky, Global studies seems to be a very interesting major. Since I am not familiar with it, how does it tie into the class’s syllabus and what other experiences have you taken away from your major that help you get ready for this class. I am new to Government classes so I am trying to find my bearings as the class starts. If you would like to further discuss this my email is Thanks!

    Dylan Kirby said:
    January 26, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Greetings! My name is Dylan Kirby and I am from Southport, Connecticut. I decided to take this course because I do a lot of things on the internet and would like to learn more about the specific ways global political powers interact and shape the content. Not saying I look at unorthodox content, but it would be interesting to see what content is blocked. Besides browsing sites, I am an avid bird hunter. I look forward to our unique views guiding the forum in a positive direction.

      Cory Latour said:
      January 26, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Just accepted your friend request! I look forward to chatting with you online to learn more about bird hunting. Many of my relatives and friends at home in my native Vermont also love bird hunting, but I must admit that I never accompany them. Do you bury the birds after you shoot them? I’m imagining a little bird cemetery in my head.

    Bob Bennett said:
    January 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Greetings Boys!!

    During the first day of class I had the exquisite pleasure of chatting with Patrick Sullivan. I’ve already noticed that we have several other Bostonians in the class (including myself), but after picking Patrick’s brain for a few minutes I learned that he lives in Connecticut and only makes it to Cape Cod during the his free time in the Summer. We share a strong, personal, and intimate bond for the New England Patriots that I believe will never die out regardless of any setbacks. I believe we will develop an equal passion for this course and the greater cyber realm as the semester progresses and we are exposed to the potentials of real cyber power.

    Bob Bennett said:
    January 26, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Hey Boys!!

    I’m Rob Bennett and during the first day of class I had the exquisite pleasure of chatting with Patrick Sullivan. I’ve already noticed that we have several other Bostonians in the class (including myself), but after picking Patrick’s brain for a few minutes, I learned that he lives in Connecticut and only makes it to Cape Cod during the his free time in the Summer. We share a strong, personal, and intimate bond for the New England Patriots that I believe will never die out regardless of any setbacks. I believe we will develop an equal passion for this course and the greater cyber realm as the semester progresses and we are exposed to the potentials of real cyber power.

    Patrick Sullivan said:
    January 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Hey there Fellas,
    I got the chance to talk speak with Mr. Robert Bennett last Tuesday and got to see just what makes this man tick. Bobby’s mother and father live in Massachusetts just as his older sister does. His older sister is 25 now, and went to Bates for her undergraduate degree and Brown for her graduate work. Now she molds young minds at the Lilja public school in Natick Massachusetts. The Bennett family also has a plethora of pets both household and not. He has a chicken coop, pet snake, multiple dogs, a bunny, genuine pigs, and a couple of cats. Now many of you may think, Bobby spends most of his summers in Cape Cod like most of the Massachusetts population. However, we have a plot twist. Bob spends a lot of his time in the summer and winter in New Hampshire at his grandparent’s houses. He enjoys boating, fishing canoeing, jet skiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and rope swinging. While in the winters he snowmobiles, skis various mountains, and toboggan races competitively. A similarity Bob and I have is that we both went to small high schools with small graduating classes (~160-180 kids). And finally, despite their recent loss, Bob and I share a deep burning passion for the Patriots and other Boston sports teams. Regarding our class work, we both expressed our excitement on the topic of cyber politics and our increased desire to learn more about the subject.
    Thanks Guys!

    Henry Preston said:
    January 27, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Good evening everybody, I’m hopping on the message board late, but reading your posts has taught me a little about everyone. Who knew there were so many people who grew up in Mass. I’m a fellow Masshole, I just escaped and live in Vermont now (yeah, same place as Bernie). I went to high school with Andrew Riley, and its strange to think that we’ve known each other for 7 years now. Its going to be interesting for me to learn about the more technological side of politics, especially because I’m more of a hands on person, but I’m looking forward to it.

    Robins Chery said:
    January 28, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Hello there my friends!

    Sorry I’m so late to the forum guys! Going forward, I had the chance to sit down with Moustafa Bayoumy and get to know him, and he is definitely not what I had expected. Most of his friends refer to him as “Moose” and thats how I first heard of him as well but never officially and never in person; so we definitely got a good laugh out of that one. For technicalities sake, Moustafa is a Sophomore from Egypt! He is a Government and Business in the Liberal Arts Double Major much like myself also he does not eat pork of any kind. However, here’s the game-changer, as well as being a scholar at St. Lawrence University, Moustafa is one of the top Squash players in the entire world! He left egypt as the #2 ranked squash player in Africa as well as the world, & he came right here to St. Lawrence University. It’s hard not to be impressed, it’s an impressive resume. Considering i’m a guy who’s very big on American Football, I asked Moustafa on his opinions, and he told me that growing up there wasn’t much of that; in fact, soccer, basketball, and squash were the only sports he was immersed in growing up. He got into squash because of his parents, and we all know how that turned out. In addition, Moustafa shared with me that he hadn’t even seen a football game before. I found that very interesting, because i noticed that i began to put myself in his shoes and see things from how he did, and i truly found it to be a moment of taking one more step to not just knowing an international student but Moustafa as a person.

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