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Spring 2018 Issue 1

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The Student Newspaper of Eastern Connecticut State University

January 25, 2018

Events to Look Forward to This Spring Semester!

Danielle Romanelli Staff Writer The start of a new semester means that there will be a large amount of new activities, shows, late nights, and events for you to take part in. The events that Eastern Connecticut State University puts on are usually free (and if not, a very low cost), Continued on Page 6

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Late Night Done Right Eastern’s new scoring king, Tarchee Brown / Marquist Parker Sports Editor The phrase “records are meant to be broken” has been a long-standing cliché in the world of sports. However, just because a phrase is overused, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. When Eastern took the court to play UMass Boston it may have seemed like just another mid-season game

against another underachieving LEC team, and you can excuse people who thought the 3-pointer senior forward Tarchee Brown (Rockville) made with 7:25 left in the first half was just 3 more points on the road towards a 26-point beat down they put on their opponents. Those 3 points by Brown actually made him Eastern Connecticut State University’s new all-time leading scorer.

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News: Amy Oestreicher’s Beautiful Detour

Ravonne Cockfield Alison Brown Staff Writers The first Late Night of the year has started the Spring semester off with a bang. CAB decided to bring us back to the 90’s! This highly anticipated event surely delivered. Most of us were young children in the 90’s, but that does not stop us from remembering the good parts of that decade. The night was filled with throwbacks. From the Bop It contest to the fortune cookie maker, there was something

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for everyone. There were a few stations that had “old-skool” written all over them. One of these stations was a table that was exclusively for popular 90’s candy, such as the powdery sensation, Pixy Stix. There was also a station where you could have Polaroid pictures taken. There were a good amount of 90’s themed props and activities, but what really made the event a 90’s night was the music. The event’s playlist consisted of genres that were very popular in the 90’s. We were vibing to a

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collection of old Pop, Hip-Hop, and contemporary R&B songs throughout the night. Despite how fun this may sound, the event didn’t end here. The attendees were in for a lot more as the night progressed. The Boyband Project, comprised of the four boyband stereotypes (sporty, sensitive, edgy, and the boy-next-door), then graced the attendees with a wave of hit 90’s song covers. Continued on Page 9

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Campus Lantern Editor-in-Chief CHRISTY ALLYN Managing Editor ELENA SORRENTINO News Editor REBEKAH BRANCATO Opinion Editor BROOKE COCHRANE A&E Editor VINCENT KNOX Sports Editor MARQUIST PARKER Advertising Manager JACKIE PIHONAK Advisors EDMOND CHIBEAU KEN DELISA Eastern Connecticut State University Student Center Room 108B 83 Windham Street Willimantic, CT 06226 #: 860-465-4445 Opinions expressed in The Campus Lantern do not reflect those of Eastern Connecticut State University, its administration, or its faculty. All published content is copyrighted, and reproduction requires the express written permission from the editorial board.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Amy Oestreicher’s Beautiful Detour Rebekah Brancato News Editor In her senior year of high school, Amy Oestreicher began her detour in life when her stomach burst. This left her unable to eat or drink for six years and necessitated twenty-seven surgeries to piece her digestive system back together. Amy, now a successful author, artist, and writer, came to Eastern on Jan. 22 to share her story and how she coped, as well as to share how life may not always go as expected. “I thought that my life was pretty much set out...I thought I’d go and major in theatre and study, and that would be my life,” Amy said, recounting her thoughts from high school. “A week before my senior prom, I got a really bad stomach ache. I didn’t know where it was from, and it wouldn’t go away.” That was how Amy’s “detour” started. Her stomach ruptured, and a month later, she woke up from a coma in the hospital. The doctors had taken out her stomach, leaving her unable to eat or drink, receiving nutrients only from an IV. For a while, Amy struggled to cope. She could no longer go to college, she couldn’t enjoy the tastes of food or even water, and she was frustrated with life. But after many years, Amy was able to find “Four Secrets

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Amy Oestreicher / to Resiliency” which helped her appreciate where life had taken her. These included gratitude, creativity, hope, and stories. By reading many stories, Amy noticed the pattern of the “Hero’s Journey,” a popular story structure involving a hero’s call to adventure and transformation. Amy started comparing her life to the hero’s journey, which helped her think of herself as a hero rather than a victim. Amy also coped with her situation by giving herself hope, even if it was built on lies. For instance, after her

first hospitalization, she began keeping countdowns of 10 days until she could eat again. Even though she knew she wasn’t going to be able to eat again for a long time, hanging onto a false hope and willing suspension of disbelief helped keep her going. Amy defined gratitude as the ability to center oneself in one’s values. One of the major coping skills she used was to create a list of values, one for each letter of the alphabet, which helped her stay mindful of her values and what she appreciates in life. Finally, Amy extensively

uses creativity and art as an emotional outlet. While she had always been passionate about theatre and acting, after her thirteenth surgery and a four-month long hospital stay, Amy discovered her passion for painting. With paint, she was able to express her feelings and emotions that she couldn’t put into words. Today, Amy writes for the Huffington Post and maintains a blog where others can write about their own experiences with life’s unexpected turns, whether they are good or bad. “What’s very cool, is that it’s all the same kind of arc,” Amy said, speaking of the stories people have posted on her blog. “Something unexpected happened, and they didn’t totally reject that detour, even though they didn’t know where it would lead. And eventually, after years and years and years, they eventually found a meaning from it. And I think…we don’t really have a choice, it’s something we have to do if we want to keep going.” Amy has also spoken at TED Talks, performed in musicals, and has written and produced her own musical called Gutless & Grateful. For more information about her life and work, you can visit her blog at


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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Second Annual Women’s March

The Face of Revlon Elena Sorrentino Managing Editor

Halsey speaking at the Women’s March in New York City / Christy Allyn Editor-in-Chief On Jan. 20, 2018, demonstrations for the Women’s March were held for the second straight year in countries across the globe, including the United States, Canada, the UK, and Italy, as well as many others. Though the march has been heavily critiqued, the rallies attracted hundreds of thousands of participants. More than 200,000 people attended the march in New York City, NY, while over 1,000 attended in Hartford, CT. One of the themes of this year’s march was “Power to the Polls”, with the goal of women to register to vote and then elect more women and democrats. Speakers such as Ashley Bennett and Nancy

Pelosi urged women to run for office. “To change the system, we need to change the players and have women at the table,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. One of the most talkedabout aspects of this year’s march was Halsey’s speech in New York City, in which she used a poem to reflect on her experiences with sexual assault. “It’s 2002 and my family just moved and the only people I know are my mom’s friends, too, and her son. He’s got a case of Matchbox cars and he says that he’ll teach me to play guitar if I just keep quiet,” she read. “And the stairwell beside apartment 1245 will haunt me in my sleep for as long as I am alive.” Halsey also referenced her miscarriage. “I even went on stage that night in Chicago when I was having a miscarriage. I mean, I pied the piper, I put on diaper and

sang out my spleen to a room full of teens.” She ended her poem calling for action, telling women to listen and “be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongues”. She also added, “For the people who had to grow up way too young, there is work to be done. There are songs to be sung. Lord knows there’s a war to be won.” Halsey responded to all her support on Twitter after the march, saying she was both comforted and saddened by all those who could relate. Donald Trump also took to Twitter to comment on the march. He encouraged women to get out and march, and to “get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that had taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!”

Gal Gadot has become the new face of the beauty company, Revlon, as the brand’s front-woman for their Live Boldly campaign. According to PopSugar, “the idea behind this is to bring powerful women together to share experience about life and beauty diversity. Gal represents these ideals perfectly as a successful working woman and mother.” It seems as though she fits perfectly into this role, as her most recent and famous role as Wonder Woman has become a feminist icon that represents a change in our society towards female empowerment. Her character indicates that females, both as characters and in real life, do not need to simply remain in supporting roles. Gadot is well known for supporting these ideals and beliefs in real life as well. On Revlon’s website, Gadot is quoted: “There’s a cultural shift happening […] where feminine power is recognized and I’m so proud that I get to witness and live this amazing change.”

“There’s a cultural shift happening[...] where feminine power is recognized and I’m so proud that I get to witness and live this amazing change.” While many people wholeheartedly support this appointment, others are skeptical of her status. This dislike of her in this role stems from her

political and military history. As an Israeli actress, she has previously served in the Israeli military and has historically spoken out in support of them. Many people over the past year have taken their thoughts to Twitter with the

“I think we are in a moment where we must persist that all women’s empowerment includes ALL women.” hashtag #BanWonderWoman. Recently, Amani al-Khatahbeh, who runs MuslimGirl Magazine, was offered Revlon’s ChangeMaker award. She declined, stating on Twitter that she was unable to accept due to the company’s associations with Gadot. She declared that in other instances it would have been an honor, but that Gadot’s support of the Israeli military was a problem for her because she views their actions as harming women in certain areas. Therefore, she viewed Gadot as an empowering force for some women, but not all. Al-Khatahbeh stated, “I think we are in a moment where we must persist that all women’s empowerment includes ALL women.” Gadot herself strives to avoid talking about her military experience, and the comments in support of the Israeli military that people object to are from over two years ago. She hasn’t responded out to the comments against her.


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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hartford Area Launches Sustainable CT Program Lynn Stoddard Institue for Sustainable Energy Sustainable CT, a new statewide initiative to support Connecticut’s cities and towns, will have its launch in the Hartford area on January 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Center for Contemporary Culture at the Hartford Public Library, in collaboration with the City of Hartford. Created by towns for towns, the initiative includes a wide-ranging menu of sustainability best practices, tools and resources, peer learning and recognition. “Sustainable CT provides support to help the City of Hartford and all of our communities achieve the shared values of improved wellbeing, economic vitality, and environmental stewardship,” said Shubhada Kambli, sustainability coordinator of the City of Hartford, who will also serve on Sustainable CT’s newly formed board of directors. Many Hartford-area municipal leaders, experts and community members have worked together for the past 18 months to develop Sustainable CT, including Khara Dodds, director of Land Use Planning and Services for Glastonbury, who will also serve on Sustainable CT’s newly formed board of directors; Matthew Hart, town manager of the Town of West Hartford and co-chair of the Cultural Ecosystems Working Group; Mark Moriarty, director of Public Works of the City of New Britain and co-chair of the Sustainable CT Transportation Working Group; and Jennifer

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Kertanis, director of Health of the Farmington Valley Health District and co-Chair of the Sustainable CT Public Services Working Group. The Sustainable CT platform supports a broad range of actions, such as improving watershed management, supporting arts and creative culture, reducing energy use and increasing renewable energy, implementing “complete streets” (streets that meet the needs of walkers and bikers as well as cars), improving recycling programs, assessing climate vulnerability, supporting local businesses, and providing efficient and diverse housing options. There is no cost to participate, and communities will voluntarily select actions that meet their unique, local character and long-term vision. After successful implementation of a variety of actions, municipalities will be eligible for Sustainable CT certification. “We are excited to register and become a Sustainable CT certified community,” said Ted Shafer, first selectman of Burlington and officer of Sustainable CT’s pending board of directors. “The program provides an engaging opportunity to be recognized for our sustainability successes

Sustainable CT logo / EasternCT and to access new opportunities for funding to become an even more sustainable community.” The initiative was developed under the leadership of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University in partnership with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. Three Connecticut philanthropies-the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Hampshire Foundation and the Common Sense Fundhave supported the program’s development and launch. The Hartford area regional launch event is for anyone interested in learning more about Sustainable CT and how to get involved in supporting implementation of Sustainable CT actions. Event attendees will include municipal elected officials and staff, residents, nonprofits, businesses, college and universities. Tabling organizations will be present to highlight existing sustainability initiatives and successes in the Greater Hartford region. Regional launch events will be held throughout the state in January. For more information and to register for any regional launch event, visit

Aspiring and veteran human resources professionals can now attain professional certifications from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at Eastern Connecticut State University. The registration deadline is Feb. 15  for the session running from  Feb. 21May 16. Classes will take place on Wednesdays from  5:30-8:30 p.m. in Webb Hall, room 215, on the Eastern campus. The course costs $1,250 for SHRM members and $1,400 for non-members. As an official SHRM Education Partner, Eastern is offering a certification course that will prepare individuals for the SHRM Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional exams while equipping them with the most up-to-date knowledge in the human resources industry. Learn from a certified instructor who provides expertise, insight and one-onone guidance. Network, share experiences and discuss topics

“Learn from a certified instructor who provides expertise, insight, and one-on-one guidance. Network, share experiences and discuss topics with a diverse group of HR professionals.” with a diverse group of HR professionals. Stay on track to earn your certification with a structured learning experience. Take advantage of funding options such as tuition reimbursement. The SHRM exam window is May 1-July 15, 2018. The exam application deadline is  March 23; the late exam application deadline is April 13. Eastern will offer more SHRM certification sessions in the future. For more information or to register, contact Sandra Rodriguez at

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Resources for the Graduate Record Examination Samantha Carman Staff Writer If you are a senior, or someone who likes to think about the future, chances are you’ve thought about attending grad school after you graduate from Eastern Connecticut State University. If you’ve thought about graduate school, then you’ve also thought about the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations). For those who don’t know, the GRE is basically the SATs for college students. It’s an exam that people take if they are interested in going to graduate school. Like with the SATs, scores are sent to schools that you are interested and are used as a part of your application. When I first began my journey of applying to graduate school, the GRE was definitely the most intimidating part. However, despite it being so nerve-racking, it is possible to pass this exam, even without spending an insane amount of money. To make this process easier, here are some of my tips and tricks for finding resources to pass the GRE on a budget: 1. Check the library for Practice books Our library has just about any book that someone could think of. When I first started studying for the GRE, the library was one of the first places I looked for books. They have books that contain practice questions for the general knowledge exam as well as many of the subject exams. Math and psychology are some examples. 2. This was by far the most helpful resource during my studying. Accessing this source is a little lengthy, but it is worth it. First


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you have to go to, then hover over the virtual plaza and click on “student plactita.” Then you have to select the Testing Education Reference Center (TERC), scroll down until you find our school. Our school’s code is ecsu2017. After selecting the Testing Education Reference Center again you will be brought to another page. There will be a tab that says grad school and under that tab information can be found about GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT. You will have to create an account to access the test prep material but once you do you will be able to take several different practice tests all of which you receive a score for as soon as you finish. 3. ETS When I registered for the exam, I was given the option to purchase test prep materials. Some of these materials would have added to the already pricey cost of the exam but there was also the option to choose some that were free. I was able to “buy” two different practice exams that I could retake as many times as I wanted. 4. Check to see what your grad school offers This may not be something that all graduate schools offer, but some of the ones that I was looking at sent me GRE prep materials when I began an application with them. There were things like what sort of questions would be in certain parts of the exam as well as practice questions different from the ones that were in all of the other practice exams that I had taken. All I can say is STUDY! The GRE is not as scary as it seems. Hopefully these resources help you. I wish you all the best of luck!

Opinion Thursday, January 25, 2018

I Am Not Ashamed About Not Graduating in Time

Brooke Cochrane Opinion Editor Applying to college or university is one of the most stressful and scary things a person can do in life. Scholarships, award ceremonies, and so much more put a lot of pressure on someone who isn’t supposed to feel pressure. College makes you grow up faster than you want to. It happens in a matter of seconds and no one warns you about it. When I applied to Eastern, I didn’t get in at first. You can imagine my disappointment. But I was introduced to the Summer Proof of Ability (SPOA) program, which is a program Eastern has that allows student who applied, but didn’t quite meet credentials, to take summer courses to prove their ability to attend college. Eastern was the only affordable option I had, so I took it. During the summer leading into my freshman year, I came to Eastern once a week to take an introductory English class and a Health and Wellness class. I know once a week doesn’t sound bad, but sitting in an English class for five hours is torturous for even the most scholarly English students. Once the summer was over and I passed the classes, I went on to move into Constitution Hall in the fall of 2014. My first roommate, Sam, is still my roommate four years later. I was very blessed to have a roommate with whom I had so much in common. We bonded, we helped each other with homework since we initially had the same major, and we jammed to the same music. Living with Sam made my college experience so much easier.

Eastern Connecticut State University’s 2015 Graduation ceremony / No one ever talks and of itself. I started here at about the hard part of college. Eastern scared to death because It’s always about the friends, I had no idea what I wanted to parties and “thirsty thursdays.” do with my future. It stuns me But no one really talks about that people expect seventeenthe in between. Yes, classes are year-olds and eighteen-yearhard, we all know that. But no olds to know that. Four years one ever talks about the struggle later, I am the president of the of not being able to take enough Creative Writing Club, the credits in one semester. Or, opinion editor of the school knowing the classes you need newspaper, I’ve done two to take that are required for radio shows, an internship on your major, but aren’t offered campus and I’m in the midst in the semester convenient for of doing a second one. I like to you. I am now approaching the challenge myself every semester end of my four years here, and and push myself to be the best I won’t be graduating in May that I can be. And after all that with the rest of my friends. I’ve accomplished through And I’m not ashamed of it. my college years, I’m still not I grew up struggling graduating in time. But there with school. I’d like to blame it on isn’t anything wrong with that. my Attention Deficit Disorder, College isn’t easy but I’ve learned to live with it. In no matter what school you high school, I constantly needed attend. I am not ashamed of help and always felt bad when I not graduating in time. In knew I wasn’t doing my best. In the end, we all get a degree college, I learned that you have and hopefully go on to get a to do your best. And sometimes, job or go to grad school or do being the best you can be doesn’t whatever it is you aspire to do. take you all the way to the end. You should be proud of yourself And that’s okay. There’s nothing for getting to where you are wrong with not finishing college right now. Life isn’t easy nor is in four years. Just being in it perfect. Once you understand college is an accomplishment in that concept, life become easier.


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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Illusionist Puts on a Compelling Show At Eastern Allison Brown Staff Writer To kick off the spring semester, Eastern put us under an illusion with a hypnotist. If you were not at the hypnotist show last Thursday night, Feb. 18, you definitely missed out. Laughter could be heard from the entire Student Center as Eastern students fell under a hypnotic state. There was never a dull moment in the entire show. I’ve been to some hypnotist shows before, one being at Eastern last year, and I can say this show was one of the better ones. Eric Mina, the hypnotist that performed, combines comedy, inspiration, and fun to create unique show for his audience. The show started off with several people falling under the transitive state. Midway through the show, Mina left only the ones in a deep state on the stage so that

each skit was intensely funny. It never fails to amaze me to see what people do when they are in this dream like state. For me the best part was the twerking competition and the dance party because everyone looked

“I enjoyed it because I got to see people in a transitive state which is fun to participate in.” ridiculous yet talented at the same time. It’s wild that someone can make you do something while you aren’t conscious of it. Even if someone did not want to be hypnotized, there were still ways for him or her to be engaged. Several times, Mina asked the audience what he should do to the people hypnotized. There were a lot of funny suggestions such

as seeing their friends naked in the audience and act like puppy dogs. Don’t worry; no one’s clothes came off. Sam Torino, an Eastern student, describes the show with excitement, “I enjoyed it because I got to see people in a transitive state which is fun to participate in, but is more fun to watch because then you get to remember the whole show instead of just what your friends tell you what happened afterwards.” The show was a great way to get my mind off of the weekly school stress and homework. I think Eastern has always managed to do a good job when it comes to giving students a variety of social events throughout the week. After the show, I heard several compliments from both the audience and participants about the fun event. I look forward to more events Eastern has this upcoming semester.

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Events This Spring Semester! Continued from Cover Page so you should consider taking part in these. Located in your dorm rooms is a CAB (Campus Activity Board) event calendar. If you don’t live on campus, there is a bulletin board on the first floor of the Student Center that has all events on it. You should take a look at it and highlight some that are of interest to you. The first event that I am looking forward to is the movie night on Feb. 2 at 6:00pm in the Student Center Theatre where “Bad Moms Christmas” will be playing. I saw this movie over winter break, and I am excited to get to go see it again. It was full of comedy and witty jokes. There are many other movie nights throughout the semester: Feb. 28, March 2, March 20, March 23, April 3 and April 17. Another event that you should look into is going to see “Wicked” on Broadway. “Wicked” is a world famous musical about the wicked with of the west from the famous movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” Personally, I am not a huge fan of musicals. But if you are, this is an event that you do not want to miss! Not only will you get to spend time in New York City, but also get to see “Wicked” for significantly cheaper than you would if you were to buy the tickets on your own. This event will sell out fast, so you want to get to the student center right when they go on sale. The event is taking place on Feb. 24, tickets go on sale Feb. 15 at 3:30pm in the Student Center. In addition to all of these great events, another huge

event taking place is a trip to go to the Islanders Ice Hockey Game. This event will take place in New York, on March 24. Just like the Broadway event, you will want to get the tickets as early as possible if this interests you, as it will sell out fast. Tickets go on sale March 8 at 3:30pm in the Student Center. One of the best things Eastern has is the Campus Activity Board. They put on such great events, their Late Nights being one of my favorites. These are on Friday nights at 9:00pm. This semester, the dates of the CAB late nights

“One of the best things Eastern has is the Campus Activity Board. They put on such great events.” are on Feb. 10, March 2, March 23, and April 13. These often have free food, free games, free activities, free merchandise and so much more! Who doesn’t love free stuff? Come out and have a great time! Finally, Eastern’s annual Spring Fest is April 25 through April 29. Last year, Spring Fest was so much fun, I can not wait to see what is going to come of it this year. We usually get a bunch of rides, candy, popcorn, and not to mention, the spring concert! Check your calendars, and make sure that you make this semester the best it can be.


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Expressions Thursday, January 25, 2018

Moon Jennifer Zuniga

Every time I look at the moon, I think of you. You remind me of something so captivating.  Every time I look at the moon, I think about us. You know, how life would be if we were together.  But the fact is, you also remind of how far the moon is from earth.  There’s days where I feel so distant from you.  And there I go trying to distant myself from you, yet I find myself coming back to you every time.  And in the night time, you are the person I want to talk to.  Truth is, every time I look at the moon, I talk to it as if I were talking to you. But clearly, the moon is only out during the night time. I need to stop dreaming and let go of you before you leave my heart looking like the crescent moon... broken.

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G-Eazy’s Diverse New Album Delivers

G-Eazy / Jake Insinna Staff Writer On Dec. 15 G-Eazy released his fourth studio album entitled “The Beautiful & Damned”. The album boasts a whopping 20 songs and only one is under 3 minutes. Most of the songs have at least one featuring artist, but there are a handful of tracks with only G-Eazy. The album has a mixture of old and new sounds and each song has its own identity, meaning that even with the large amount of songs, none of them are similar sounding, which can be a problem especially with longer albums. The production is very good, for the most part his features are good, and G-Eazy himself sounds good. The way he opens the album is very interesting, almost as if he’s opening a concert. The first two songs, “The Beautiful & Damned” and “Pray for Me” play through, and at the end of the second song the music ends and a female’s voice says, “Ladies and gentleman, The Beautiful and Damned.” This is interesting because those two songs represent the main two styles of the album. The first being the more pop-friendly rap with a singing chorus, and the more “hardcore” rap with


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harder beats and classic G-Eazy lyrical content being the second. There is such a huge variety of sound that it is hard to pinpoint just a few standout songs. The album starts hard and fast with thick bass and hard beats in songs such as “Legend”, “Pray for Me”, and “The Plan”, but also has a few callbacks with the songs “But a Dream” and “Him & I” that bring back the sounds of the “Must Be Nice” and “Almost Famous” albums. Songs like “The Beautiful & Damned”, “Him & I”, and “Sober” are all songs that could easily gain radio time with the rap verses and pop singing choruses that are common in pop-rap. As the album plays through, the songs become slower and give way to a new sound. The songs “Summer in December”, “No Less”, and “Leviathan” are very different than what we’ve heard from G-Eazy. The songs are slow and closer to R&B than rap. “The Beautiful & Damned” greatly displays his diversity as an artist. He has songs featuring the Cardi B, Charlie Puth, A$AP Rocky, and Kehlani, ensuring there is something for everyone, so it is absolutely worth a listen. The album is refreshing and shows some real growth and some insight into what we might be hearing more of from G in the future.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Late Night Done Right

Continued from Cover Page They performed songs from icons NSYNC , Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, and even more up to date songs by One Direction. Soon the entire student center was filled with people belting these wellknown songs out and falling over the cute band. Whether it was from the groups attire of overalls, jerseys, and glittery tops or not, the performers definitely had a touch of “oldskool” that made the event a night full of fun and laughter. The band was very engaged with the audience. For instance, the group asked a few volunteers to come on stage to

participate in a dance contest, which was very entertaining. The members even came off of stage to serenade a few audience members during their musical numbers. At one point during the performance, they brought an audience member on stage. After their performance, The Boyband Project stuck around for pictures and proved they were a very friendly group. When asked to describe her feelings on the event, Lauren Mondak, ’19, responded, “Being the first week of school, I was definitely more stressed than usual and being able to play some twister and jam out to a boyband made my week much more bearable.”

Other students had similar reactions to Mondak’s. School can be very stressful, which is why having social events where we can leave behind the term papers and studying is important for a college campus. CAB has always managed to provide opportunities like this one, hosting a roller-skating derby event, and an all you can eat ice cream event last semester. There was something at this event for everyone, whether it was the free food, a photo booth, game contests, or music. It was truly a night away from the stress of the school term. I look forward to CAB putting on more events as great as this one.

2017 Gaming Year in Review Eric Warner Staff Writer As 2018 begins, it is time to look back at how the video game industry has changed during 2017. Many see it (or wish to see it) as the spiritual successor of 2007, which is seen as an amazing year in gaming. Within that year, many of the early 2000’s greatest video games were released, such as “Bioshock”, “Halo 3”, “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare”, “Mass Effect”, “Guitar Hero 3”, “Super Mario Galaxy”, and “The Orange Box”. These games changed the gaming industry forever; with the storytelling of “Bioshock”, the multiplayer of “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare”, and the world building of “Mass Effect” and “Super Mario Galaxy”, they set a standard for future games that are still used to this day. Allegra Frank, a writer at Polygon (a

popular gaming news and review website), stated, “2017 was the best year in games since 2007: A once-a-decade phenomenon that was a unique inflection point in the history of consoles. I predict 2017 will be looked back upon in a similar way”. 2017 had many successful video games, the top selling in the U.S. (according to the NPD Group, not including digital or PC purchases) being: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Call of Duty: WWII NBA 2K18 Destiny 2 Madden NFL 18 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Grand Theft Auto V Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands Star Wars: Battlefront II Super Mario Odyssey Mario Kart 8

While some of these games did release in previous years (“Mario Kart 8” and “Grand Theft Auto V”), most of these games were released this year and many were runners up for game of the year, the winner being “The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild”. Many games graced us with new worlds, beautiful graphics, and amazing multiplayer, but 2017 is also known as the year that micro-transactions and loot boxes took over. Micro-transactions are exactly what they sound like, transactions purchased within a game. Some of the well-known instances of these are in apps, such as “Clash of Clans”, “Candy Crush”, and “Pokémon Go”. Continued on Page 10


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A&E Editor Vincent Knox

Arts & Entertainment Thursday, January 25, 2018

2017 Gaming in Review

“Still/Live” Art Gallery Comes to Eastern

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Top games of 2017 / Continued from Page 9 In the app world, games are usually free, but their game mechanics usually take time to accomplish a goal. Instead of walking around looking for Pokeballs, you can buy varying size packs of Pokeballs with real-life currency: 5 dollars for a pack of 10 Pokeballs, thus gaining gameplay time. Loot boxes are different only in that the contents of the box are randomized. Console game companies have seen the success of these methods and used them on their console games, most notably games made by Electronic Arts (EA). This technique has spread in the console gaming world, where the game isn’t free, but instead costs 40 to 60 dollars. Games that previously didn’t have micro-transactions would now fall apart without the microtransaction system. This system is making players worry about the pay-to-win concept. This is distressing to many players, as people that don’t participate in microtransactions or loot boxes can become heavily under-leveled or under-prepared, making

them unable to play like those that did. This concept lead to EA to losing 3 billion dollars worth of stock. Countries and agencies are also now beginning to see loot boxes as forms of gambling. Many console gaming companies now see that players don’t want microtransactions in their video games, but many games are still affected by this. “Destiny” and “Destiny 2” are examples of games causing many to worry about “Anthem”, an upcoming 2018 EA title that appears to be very similar to “Destiny”. Despite thses worries, there is still hope for 2018. Many games that have been announced to release this year do not include microtransactions or loot boxes. Games that were planning to include those systems are now being changed so they won’t receive the same feedback as EA did. There are also many great games to compete for game of the year this year, such as the PlayStation 4 exclusives “God of War”, “Spider-Man”, and Rocksteady’s highly anticipated “Red Dead Redemption 2”. 2017 may have had its ups and its downs within the gaming world, but it left 2018 to become perhaps the most ameliorative year in gaming history.

The Art Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University will present “Still/ Live” from Jan. 16 to Feb. 22. An opening reception will be held on Jan. 25 from 4-6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. “Still/Live” explores how four contemporary artists

working in photography and time-based media (video and kinetic sculpture) have reimagined the genre of still life. Mauricio Alejo’s photographs and videos focus on everyday objects in familiar domestic spaces. Through these careful arrangements, Alejo invites the viewer to see simple objects anew. Dave Greber’s trilogy of video loops combines still life

with video game aesthetics, while Cynthia Greig uses drawing and photography to create hybrid still life images and videos. Through his kinetic sculptures, Robin Mandel draws upon the still life tradition to investigate tension between stillness and motion, presence and absence, materiality and immateriality.

Willimantic Whitewater Partnership Lynn Stoddard Institue for Sustainable Energy Three world-class design teams from Connecticut have been selected to prepare detailed design concepts for public artwork that generates renewable energy for the future Willimantic Whitewater Park site. Members of the public were invited to attend an information session and community forum at Eastern Connecticut State University on Jan. 17 to offer

input on the design competition and the art installation’s prosed location on Bridge Street in downtown Willimantic. The invited design competition arose from a collaboration between Willimantic Whitewater Partnership, the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts and the

Land Art Generator Initiative. From proposals submitted by 15 multi-disciplinary teams, the selection committee chose Pirie Associate Architects of New Haven, Gray Organschi/ Howeler & Yoon Architecture of New Haven and Boston and Swiftwater Hub of Mansfield and Hartford to develop detailed designs. The designs are due at the end of February. In March, one winning design will be selected and the winning team will develop working blueprints.

The proposed location for Willimantic’s Whitewater park / Robison Imagery


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Sports Editor Marquist Parker

Thursday, January 25, 2018

NFL Awards Predictions

Nick Foles and Tom Brady/ Marquist Parker Sports Editor This NFL season was one of the most unique in recent memory. From injured superstars to twitter feuds with Trump this season has been filled with storylines. Lets look at some of the most compelling storylines heading into Super Bowl 52. The continuation of a dynasty: The Patriots’ dominance has been unprecedented: 10 Super Bowl berths in franchise history, the most in NFL history. Dallas, Denver and Pittsburgh are all tied for the next spot, with eight apiece. The Patriots also have 8 AFC championships, 5 Super Bowl titles, and an insane amount of regular season wins. We all know The Patriots are the kings of the NFL, but why should they feel confident about winning this Super Bowl, because they aren’t won off pedigree. Start with familiar faces on the opposite side who played a huge part in the Patriots’ Super Bowl win last

year -- running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Chris Long. They are thought of highly in New England and now to win another Super Bowl, the Patriots will have to stop them. And then consider this angle: When the Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years in the 2004 season, they beat the Eagles to do so. Now as they go for a third Super Bowl in four years, it is the Eagles again. They win the turnover differential. Arguably the most impressive statistic in the Bill Belichick era is the Patriots are 159-15 when they have a positive turnover differential (including playoffs). So always start there when it comes to the team’s chances at winning. X factor: Danny Amendola, WR. Amendola has racked up 196 yards and two touchdowns on 18 grabs this postseason. It’s the route running, the quickness and the scheme in New England that makes him a prime X factor in the Super Bowl. Look at how the Patriots create space inside of the numbers or focus on Amendola’s ability to shake

coverage in a phone booth. This allows Brady to dice up the middle of the field on highpercentage throws in the shortto-intermediate passing game. And that’s a blueprint for success. The Dream Season: The Eagles are in a rare place where they were expected to be here and it is a surprise that they are here. They’ve proven they’re an elite team that is able to overcome any obstacle, no matter the circumstance. They lost franchise QB Carson Wentz, left tackle Jason Peters, running back Darren Sproles and linebacker Jordan Hicks before him, and still pushed through the NFC to reach the Super Bowl for the third time in franchise history. The Eagles’ deep and relentless front four only sacked Minnesota’s Case Keenum once Sunday but hit the quarterback eight times on a day he threw two INTs. Brady was sacked three times and hit seven by a Jacksonville defensive line that’s probably even more acclaimed than Philadelphia’s. However Brady shrugged off the heat, especially after halftime, when his pair of fourth-quarter TD throws proved fatal to the Jags’ Super Bowl aspirations. Starting inside with DT Fletcher Cox, Philly has the talent to make Brady uncomfortable, very often the key to beating him. Nick Foles needs one more elite game to put his name in elite company. The Vikings essentially dared Eagles QB Nick Foles to beat them. With 352 yards and three TDs through the air, he did. The next question is how will New England attack Philadelphia’s offense? Foles hasn’t committed a turnover in the playoffs, and his

postseason efficiency is through the roof (122.1 QB rating). It might be worth focusing the game plan on him given the Patriots’ built-in familiarity with Eagles RBs LeGarrette Blount, who spent most of the previous four years in Foxborough, and Jay Ajayi, an ex-Dolphin. X factor: Malcolm Jenkins, S. Tom Brady has reached a level where simply pressuring him is not enough. You must get pressure with only a four-man rush. Your other seven defenders are vital in coverage; Brady identifies pressure concepts so well before the snap that he’ll often throw before your blitzer can arrive. With seven bodies in coverage, you have a chance to at least make Brady hold the ball. It’s no coincidence that his only two Super Bowl losses have come against the two best fourman rushes he’s faced: the 2007 Giants and ’11 Giants Jenkins’ versatility should be on full display in what I expect to be an aggressive defensive game plan under Schwartz. Look for Jenkins to get some matchups against Rob Gronkowski (pending his status). He has the skill set and the physicality to compete in coverage. And don’t forget about Jenkins coming hard off the edge in those Philadelphia blitz packages. Add in the ability to drop down as a run defender, and Jenkins can have a major impact against Brady and the Patriots’ offense. David vs. Goliath: Foles will be making his fourth playoff start in Super Bowl LII, while Brady makes his eighth Super Bowl appearance. The Patriots have reached the Super Bowl for the third time in four years,

while the Eagles haven’t been since the 2004 season, when, incidentally, they lost to New England. Philly has a veteran coaching staff; headed by Doug Pederson, who continues to earn renown as one of the NFL’s most creative, play callers, and sharp defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. But it’s tough not to think they’re at a disadvantage going against such an experienced team and group of assistants, including two coordinators, Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, who have been in their roles since 2012. As recently as two years ago, Brady holding the ball against a dominant pass rush would present optimism for Patriots opponents. But with how well Brady has navigated messy pockets and thrown from under duress this season, it’s likelier that Brady’s sixth Super Bowl title will simply be achieved in even more spectacular fashion than the first five. Prediction: 24-21 Patriots. Rob Gronkowski wins MVP.

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Sports Editor Marquist Parker


Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Scoring King Continued from Cover Page The bucket gave him eight points in the game and 1,658 in his career – one more than Nick Nedwick (2008-12). Brown, a 6-foot-3 inch guard/ forward, began the season ranked ninth all-time with 1,376 points but advanced quickly up the ladder thanks to a career-high 22.5 scoring average this season. He took over second place ahead of Rich Vega (1998-02) with 29 points in a loss to Cabrini University Dec. 20 in Florida, and a 31-point effort in a win at Amherst College later on in the season. Brown finished with 18 points (3-of-3 from three), career-high 16 rebounds and seven assists. Senior guard Kendall Marquez (Willimantic) led all players in the game with 19 points (5-of-8 from three), scoring the 900th point of his four-year collegiate career in the process. Muckle added ten points and five rebounds and junior forward Leonel Hyatt (Greenwich) grabbed seasonhigh nine rebounds to go along with five points without a turnover in 29 minutes. The Warriors waited until Jan. 20 to recognize Brown’s stellar career. The Anchormen of Rhode Island College were 4-12 heading into this game and looked to put a damper on the celebrations by beating Eastern in their own gym, and that looked very likely with an impressive first half where they jumped out to an early lead on the Warriors. Then the team recovered from a disastrous start by scoring the first 14 points of the second half

and went on to record its 34th straight Little East Conference regular-season home victory, 6149. Ranked No. 22 nationally, Eastern (15-2, 7-0 LEC) missed 16 of its first 20 shots and trailed by as many as 14, and by 12 with 5:28 left in the first half. Down by nine at halftime, the Warriors opened the second half with a 14-point run over the first five minutes that lifted them into a five-point, 37-32 lead. Holding to a two-point lead with six minutes left, Eastern outscored Rhode Island (4-12, 2-5 LEC) 14-4 the rest of the way to remain undefeated in the conference with its sixth straight overall win and a sweep of the season series with RIC for the second straight year. The Anchormen dropped to 1-7 away from home this year. Held scoreless and managing only one rebound in eight firsthalf minutes, junior forward Leonel Hyatt (Greenwich) responded with 11 points and five rebounds in the second half. He was 4-of-5 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the foul line. Sophomore point guard Carlos Gonzalez (Springfield, MA) added ten points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in the second half. Over those decisive final six minutes of the game, Hyatt had six points and a rebound and Gonzalez eight points, two steals, an assist and rebound. Tarchee didn’t disappoint individually, as he led all players with 17 points and 13 rebounds and he also blocked two shots, stole the ball three times, and handed out four assists. Gonzalez scored ten of his 12 points in the second half and also doled out seven assists with four rebounds and four steals. Senior guard Kendall Marquez (Willimantic) moved to within

14 of 1,000 collegiate points with 14 points (4-of-9 from distance) and Hyatt finished with 11 points and six rebounds. The top team in the LEC ball security, the Warriors gave it away only nine times – three in the second half – while forcing RIC into 12 of its 19 turnovers and 31.8 percent shooting in the second half. Junior forward Justin Campbell, who managed only four points and five rebounds in 37 minutes in RIC’s earlier 8661 loss to Eastern, dominated inside with 15 points (7-of12 FG) and 11 rebounds and Adham Floyd chipped in 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Rhode Island got out of the gate quickly, putting together a run of 18 straight points to turn a four-point deficit into a 14-point, 25-11 lead with under six minutes left in the first half. While Eastern was shooting 32.1 percent in the half, Campbell was sparking RIC with eight points (4-of-6), seven rebounds and three steals and 6-foot-8 inch junior center Grant Gillis had seven points and five rebounds. Gillis picked up two quick personal fouls to start the second half, and was slapped with his fourth with 7:18 left and Eastern up by three, 45-42. With Gonzalez on the bench much of the half with two personal fouls, Brown and Marquez (two three-pointers) kept the Warriors within striking distance by combining for 19 of Eastern’s 23 points, with Brown also grabbing seven rebounds. Ranked first in the LEC in both scoring and defense, Eastern was limited to its lowest point total of the year, but also recorded its least points allowed this season after keeping RIC to 17 points in the second half.

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Spring 2018 / Issue 1: January 25, 2018  

The first issue of Spring 2018. The Campus Lantern is the student newspaper of Eastern Connecticut State University.

Spring 2018 / Issue 1: January 25, 2018  

The first issue of Spring 2018. The Campus Lantern is the student newspaper of Eastern Connecticut State University.