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Volume 86, Issue 1

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

ECHOES, SILENCE, PATIENCE AND GRACE A preview of the upcoming album by the Foo Fighters

The student newspaper of the University of New Haven since 1938

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Welcome Back!

War Fails to Live up to its hype A review of Jet Li’s latest martial arts movie.

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Harry Potter Series Comes to an End



that are not planned by students. The first newsletter highlighted the latest sports games, an upcoming community service activity, and the Fall Speakers Series hosted by the library. The Student Events section conveniently groups all of the upcoming events that have been planned by the many clubs and organizations on campus. This week, this section detailed Welcome Week events, information about the Club Fair, and a full calendar of scheduled activities. In addition to the three major categories of news, the newsletter also contains View from the Hill,

In an age where childhood literature has started to take a backseat to video games and the internet, J.K. Rowling decided to write a coming-of-age story about a young British boy living in an unusual and imaginative world. Coupled with fairy tale creatures and dueling magic, J.K. Rowling created a universe in the Harry Potter novels that surprisingly caught the attention of children and adults worldwide. Since 1997, the world of young Harry Potter has come alive in the pages of six best-selling works. The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, and The HalfBlood Prince showcase Harry Potter, a young man growing up in a world of wizards and witches, in his fight to save good from evil and overcome an impossibly challenging foe. With the help of his best friends, the ever-lovable Ron Weasley and the clever Hermione Granger, we watched Harry grow into a young man and excel through all of his challenges. Followers of the series watched with bated breath as he flew in his first Quidditch game, experienced


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MEMORABOLE SUMMER IN SPORTS A recap of the controversial sports stories that rocked the world of sports this summer.

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MEET LOUIS ESWOOD III Get to know the new USGA President in his first Charger Bulletin editorial.

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INDEX Arts & Entertainment Bulletin Board

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Community & Advice

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Editorials Fun & Games

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National/World News

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New Haven News Sports

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Welcome Wagon volunteers help freshmen move in on Sunday, Aug. 26.


UNH Newsletter Simplifies Campus Communication




week the University of New Haven released UNH Today, its solution to full e-mail inboxes. UNH Today is a weekly newsletter that will be sent every Monday during the academic year to the inboxes of UNH students, faculty, and staff. When students receive the newsletter in their inboxes, they merely need to click a link to view the messages they would have received one-at-a-time in their e-mail accounts. Instead of deleting accumulated e-mail messages, students “can scroll down and see what they want to

do,” says Juli Roebuck, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Government Relations at the University of New Haven. The full newsletter includes three major sections: News Briefs, Campus Happenings, and Student Events. News Briefs focuses on what the university and its faculty members have been recognized for in the media lately. This week, the newsletter featured stories about the new UNH Freshman Study Abroad Program, the new faculty joining the UNH staff, and the research program that students were a part of this summer. Campus Happenings features events on campus

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Wednesday, August 29

Thursday, August 30

First Day of Classes  Make your Own Aquarium

 Comedians: Craig Carmean and Lisa Landry

Bartels Lobby, Noon-4pm

Residential Quad, 7-9pm

Friday, August 31  Women’s volleyball vs. Stonehill College North Campus Gym, 7pm

 Clam Jam  Residential Quad, 4:15-7pm  Radio Cats

 hypnotist: Jim Spinnato Residential Quad, 9-11pm

Residential Quad, 7-10pm

Sunday, September 2

Saturday, September 1  Women’s volleyball vs. Franklin Pierce College North Campus Gym, 11am

 Women’s volleyball vs. Bentley College North Campus Gym, 2pm

 Giant Twister and Mini-golf Residential Quad, 4-6pm

 Lazertron

Bookstore Parking Lot, 4-8pm

 Band: Bon-Journey

 Men’s Soccer vs. California University of PA Noon

 Trips Off-Campus: Clinton Outlets/ Block Island/ Bronx Zoo/ Farmington River Tubing

Monday, September 3 Labor Day  Labor Day Picnic and Supermarket Bingo TBA, 4:30-7pm

 Drive-in Movie: Knocked Up Residential Quad, 9-11pm


Bookstore Parking Lot, 8-10pm

Dear Members of the Class of 2011



By Dan Osipovitch A weekly recap of the positives & negatives at UNH



Having been one of the handful to stay on campus over the summer, it’s so nice to have everyone back here! I’d like to welcome new students and to say hello to friends and battery fans. I’m looking forward to a great year!

We are still waiting on the new website that we’ve been promised over and over again will be up “soon.” Our first impression of this school is by its website; ours is ugly and outdated. Give us what we were promised, and show potential students that our campus is worth it.

The Recreation Center is on schedule! Hopefully by this December it will be completed and ready for use. Having had a tour of the inside, I can vouch that it looks really nice and is much bigger inside than it looks from the outside. It will be a great addition to the campus.

If construction is going to get done on campus, do it right! The sidewalk in front of Buckman needed to be fixed, and so we got a new sidewalk installed. However, whoever decided on the project decided that only part of the sidewalk needed to look nice, and thus meshed new concrete with the old, broken down pavement. A drain was also installed to stop the water problems. Did anyone stop to assess all the problems with the sidewalk? Water always accumulated into a huge puddle that was impassable— the problem was not fixed, and the sidewalk is unusable in the rain. Thanks for nothing.

The offices in the upstairs of Bartels (Greg Overend’s office and the Chariot Yearbook/ Charger Bulletin office) have been rearranged and refurbished; it looks great! Feel free to stop by!

Welcome! You have arrived and are officially a college student. The past year of applying to colleges, worrying about getting in, the happiness you experienced when your acceptance letter came, your high school graduation, and saying goodbye to family and friends as you prepared to come to UNH is behind you. You are about to start a wonderful new adventure -- a new beginning. During the next four years you will be challenged academically and personally. As you encounter challenges, I hope that you will be inspired by the example of Dr. Paul Farmer and the message of Mountains Beyond Mountains to persevere and not give up. The following are some success strategies to insure you have a good year: Put academics first. College is different than high school

and you are here because you want to be. Work hard, manage your time well, go to class, meet deadlines, utilize campus resources, and seek help when you need it. Get to know your professors, and meet with your academic advisor on a regular basis. Your learning will depend on the interest, motivation, and discipline you bring to the classroom and your studies. Challenge yourself. Explore possibilities, meet new people, discover, and venture outside the UNH campus into the greater New Haven community. Be persistent, and don’t give up. Be open to students with different lifestyles and values from your own, but also be true to your own values and beliefs. Make good choices and be a community member who treats others the way you wish to be treated. Be sure you understand university policies and the Code of Conduct found in the

Student Handbook. Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise. Get involved. Join a club or organization, participate in the many activities, events, sports contests, community service opportunities, speakers, and programs offered. Become a contributor to your campus community and actively participate in your college experience. Your first few days at UNH may seem like a whirlwind -meeting new people, adjusting to a new routine, finding your way around campus. You may also feel lonely, homesick, and wonder if you will make new friends and fit in. These are very normal feelings which others around you will also be experiencing. Adjusting means learning how to deal with a multitude of issues and your Resident Assistant, Academic Peer Mentor, See STEPS page 13

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By Associated Press Writers

Police issue description of suspect in Senate office burglary

HARTFORD—Police have issued a description of the suspect in a weekend burglary at Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd’s Hartford office. Police spokeswoman Nancy Mulroy says the suspect is a Hispanic male between 35 and 40 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall with short dark hair. He was last seen wearing no shirt, white low-top sneakers and black cargo-style pants. The suspect broke into Dodd’s office late Saturday, taing undisclosed items and leaving evidence at the scene.

Attorney General Gonzales Resigns By MATT APUZZO



WACO, Texas-–Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned, officials said Monday, ending a months-long standoff with critics who questioned his honesty and competence at the helm of the Justice Department. Republicans and Democrats alike had

demanded his resignation over the botched handling of FBI terror investigations and the firings of U.S. attorneys, but President Bush had defiantly stood by his Texas friend until accepting his resignation Friday, according to senior administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Justice Department planned a news

conference for 10:30 a.m. EDT, in Washington. Bush planned to discuss Gonzales' departure at his Crawford, Texas, ranch shortly thereafter. Solicitor General Paul Clement will be acting attorney general until a replacement is found, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting the announce-

ment. Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff was among those mentioned as possible successors. However, a senior administration official said the matter had not been raised with Chertoff. Bush leaves Washington next Monday for Australia, and Gonzales' replaceSee GENERAL page 5

Zack’s Wacky Stack of News Your place to find the oddest stories in mainstream news. By Zack Rosen

B R O O K H AV E N , Miss.-– Dr. Ed Carruth discovered a snake on a plane as it began licking his arm this past Thursday. “I guess it wasn't exactly an emergency, but I did almost hurt myself when I saw it." GREEN BAY, Wis.-– Annie the cat recently sneaked into the back of a truck bound for Virginia! She may love roaming, but this is more than she bargained for! The cat’s owner, Ann Roskam, said, “she's definitely a pretty darn independent cat. She likes to be outdoors all the time, but she comes home every morning.

When she didn't come home, we thought we'd lost her." PORTLAND, Ore.– Richard H. Berkey, 63, was charged with private indecency by sheriff’s deputies in Oregon. A group of campers tied him to a tree, keeping him bound until police arrived. The group of campers told deputies that they had recognized him from an incident last year and wanted to be sure he didn’t get away. LONDON-– A 12year-old British boy appeared in court last week, and was charged with throwing an object at a pensioner. The boy's mother

described the decision to charge her son as "an absolute joke." The boy, who cannot be named due to age, was arrested after a 74-year-old man reported him to the police for throwing a hard object in northern England. The hard object turned out to be a cocktail sausage. CARACAS– After waiting five hours for police to arrive, a Caracas family sent their murdered son to the morgue in a taxi. Afraid the body would wash away into a nearby creek, “we dragged the body to the edge (of the creek) and after five hours we hired

a taxi," according to a family member. JERUSALEM-– Israel's only commercial crematorium was severely damaged in a suspicious fire last week. Israeli news quoted fire ocfficials as saying that signs of forced entry were noted, rasing suspicions that the fire was set intentionally. The "Aley Shalehet" crematorium opened as a "dignified choice" of funerals for Jews, “who are buried in the Holy Land in accordance with Orthodox tradition in shrouds rather than in coffins.”

Stratford considers ban on low pants

STRATFORD, Conn.—Something that’s considered fashionable could be fineable if a Stratford councilman has his way. Councilman Alvin O’Neal is proposing a ban on baggy pants that are worn too low down with the hefty fine for those caught with their pants down. O’Neal said he is responding to complaints from senior citizens around town who notice young people wearing their baggy pants as low as possible, revealing their backsides. The councilman has proposed a town ordinance that would make it unlawful for people to wear “pants which fall below the buttocks to expose their undergarments,” with a penalty of $250.

CIA watchdog says agency did not effectively tackle al-Qaida before 9/11

WASHINGTON—The CIA’s top leaders failed to use their available powers, never developed a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida and missed crucial opportunities to thwart two hijackers in the run-up to Sept. 11, the agency’s own watchdog concluded in a bruising report released Tuesday. Completed in June 2005 and kept classified until now, the 19-page executive summary finds extensive fault with the actions of senior CIA leaders and others beneath them. “The agency and its officers did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner,” the CIA inspector general found. “They did not always work effectively and cooperatively,” the report stated. Yet the review team led by Inspector General John Helgerson found neither a “single point of failure nor a silver bullet” that would have stopped the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. In a statement, CIA Director Michael Hayden said the decision to release the report was not his choice or preference, but that he was making the report available as required by Congress in a law President Bush signed earlier this month.

Hurricane Dean batters oil installations after slamming the Yucatan peninsula

TECOLUTLA, MEXICO—Hurricane Dean closed in on the Mexican mainland Wednesday, battering evacuated oil platforms on the Bay of Campeche and threatening to regain some of the force it unleashed on the Yucatan Peninsula. Dean swept across the Yucatan on Tuesday after making landfall as a ferocious Category 5 hurricane toppling trees, power lines and houses – but sparing glitzy resorts on the Mayan Riviera. Driving rain, poor communications and impassable roads made it difficult to determine how isolated Mayan communities fared in the sparsely populated jungle where Dean made landfall after killing 13 people in the Caribbean. Greatly weakened from that overland journey, Dean moved across the Bay of Campeche in the southern Gulf of Mexico, home to more than 100 oil platforms, three major oil exporting ports and the Cantarell oil field, Mexico’s most productive.

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The Charger Bulletin Goes Online




Although it has not yet been released to the public, The Charger Bulletin will soon have an official website! Expected to be released in September 2007, The Charger Bulletin Online will include weekly articles written by The Charger Bulletin staff. This includes arts and entertainment, sports, political news, and editorials. WEST HAVEN—

National news stories, as well as a multitude of new features can also be expected. In addition to new articles written each week, The Charger Bulletin Online will also include an online archiving system. Now, if you ever want to read an article from a past issue, you can simply go online and find it. Connecticut and national news will be broadcast on The Charger Bulletin Online as well, streaming

live from mainstream news sources such as Yahoo! News, The Washington Post, and Channel 3 Eyewitness News in Hartford. Students will be able to subscribe to The Charger Bulletin Online, which will enable subscribers to receive notifications when the site is updated. Look around campus, in your UNH e-mail, and in The Charger Bulletin for official release announcements.

Class of 2011 Has Arrived


The Class of 2011 poses together on Sunday, Aug. 27.

I am delighted to welcome you to campus for the 2007-08 academic year. I hope you will take note of the many changes that have occurred over the summer. Perhaps most visible is the ongoing construction of the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center on Boston Post Road. Basketball, racquetball, volleyball and multi-use athletic courts, state-of-theart exercise machines, yoga classes and far more will be available to you once the center opens in December. Other physical changes to the campus: •A new turf field behind New Hall will accommodate a variety of sports, in-

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Department Spotlight, UNH Fast Facts, and Sports News. View from the Hill features what students and faculty are doing on and off campus. Department Spotlight recognizes a specific department each week, identifying the people involved and the work they do there. This week, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions was featured. Some upcoming departments identified include Campus Police and the bookstore. The main appeal of the newsletter is its brevity and convenience. “We know everyone is very busy,” says Roebuck. “[It is designed so you can] look at it, get out of it, and go to class.”

Last year, the Campus Communications Committee began planning some sort of newsletter that could provide students with on-campus events and news all in one place. The committee worked with a UNH marketing office to create a design. Now, with UNH Today’s completion, the University Advancement Office has taken over and released this solution to a lack of campus communication. The newsletter will be sent to the “UNH All” mailing list, which includes all UNH e-mail addresses (residents, commuters, faculty, etc.). As well as being sent to anyone on campus, the newsletter can be written by anyone on campus. Students and staff

A Word with President Kaplan

cluding intramurals. •A new music ensemble room has been added to Dodds Hall. •Parking spaces have been added in front of Maxcy Hall and to the lot behind Winchester Hall. •Renovations were made to Kaplan Hall to accommodate Career Services and Experiential Learning, relocated from Maxcy Hall. •The University College was relocated to Echlin Hall from Kaplan Hall. •Improvements are in progress at Frank Vieira Field and the softball field on the North Campus. As we improve and refine the look of the campus, we are also adding sev-

eral new programs. Note these programs in the area of student life: •IGOR (International Graduate Orientation and Registration system): International graduate students will be able to use the new IGOR system for onestop advisement, registration and general information on life in the United States. IGOR programs will be held on September 6 and September 10. •The Diversity Peer Educator Program: Student leaders will work with Residential Life and Intercultural Relations to implement diversity programs on campus. •Charger Challenge Experience: Incoming students are

invited to participate in an adventure August 23 through August 26 at Bement Conference Center in Massachusetts. •Academic Peer Mentors: Three upperclass students will live in the three freshman areas and act as resources for freshmen. •F.A.S.T. (Faculty and Students Together): Eight faculty members are assigned to one of eight residence hall areas to interact with students outside the classroom. •First-Year Student Leader Training Program: Students will be trained in methods that will help first-year students adjust to campus life. •Business Living Learning Commu-

nity: Participants will live together in Botwinik Hall and will interact frequently with Business faculty and staff. Guest lecturers, off-campus trips and special advising access are part of the program. •Common Read Program: First-year students received a copy of Pulitzer Prizewinning author Tracy Kidder’s Mountain Beyond Mountains and were asked to prepare a written response to a question for their First Year Seminar class, which houses the Common Read Program. Speakers, group discussions and films will connect students to the book’s themes. •D.R.E.A.M. Ori-

members can send any news and events they would like to be included in the newsletter to UNHToday@, which can also be found under “UNHToday” in the global address list within UNH email accounts. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday prior to the date of publication. Due to informal structure of the newsletter, administration involved in its creation “hope it builds a sense of community,” says Roebuck, “Maybe students will be encouraged to do an internship or study abroad because they see what other students are doing.” Students are urged to look for UNH Today in their e-mail accounts every Monday.

entation (Disability, Resources, Education and Access Management): An informative program for students who were on an EIP or 504 plan in high school. Students learn the difference between high school and college, learn about campus resources, and meet new friends. Here are just a few of the many changes in academics: •The Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences has created a concentration in International Justice and Security, which will combine Fire Science classes with International CrimiSee CHANGES page 13

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ment might not be named by then, the official said. "Better late than never," said Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, summing up the response of many in Washington to Gonzales' resignation. Gonzales served more than two years as the nation's first Hispanic attorney general. Bush steadfastly – and at times angrily – refused to give in to critics, even from his own GOP, who argued that Gonzales should go. Earlier this month at a news conference, the president grew irritated when asked about accountability in his administration and turned the tables on the Democratic Congress. "Implicit in your questions is that Al Gonzales did something wrong. I haven't seen Congress say he's done anything wrong," Bush said testily. Gonzales, 52, called Bush on Aug. 24 to inform him of his resignation, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to not preempt Gonzales' statement. The president had Gonzales come to lunch at his ranch on Sunday as a parting gesture. Gonzales, whom Bush once considered for appointment to the Supreme Court, is the fourth top-ranking administration official to leave since November 2006. Donald H. Rumsfeld, resigned as defense secretary one day after the November elections. Paul Wolfowitz agreed in

May to step down as president of the World Bank after an ethics inquiry. And top Bush adviser Karl Rove earlier this month announced that he was stepping down. Reacting to Monday's developments, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said that Gonzales' department had "suffered a severe crisis of leadership that allowed our justice system to be corrupted by political influence." Gonzales could not satisfy critics who said he had lost credibility over the Justice Department's handling of warrantless wiretaps related to the threat of terrorism and the firings of several U.S. attorneys. As attorney general and earlier as White House counsel, Gonzales pushed for expanded presidential powers, including the eavesdropping authority. He drafted controversial rules for military war tribunals and sought to limit the legal rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay -- prompting lawsuits by civil libertarians who said the government was violating the Constitution in its pursuit of terrorists. There were indications that the development came suddenly. Bush normally handles Cabinet resignations with efficiency, only allowing news of them to leak when a successor has been chosen and appearing with both the person departing and the replacement when the public announcement was made. That was not to be the case this time, the official said.

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"Alberto Gonzales was never the right man for this job. He lacked independence, he lacked judgment, and he lacked the spine to say no to Karl Rove," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "This resignation is not the end of the story. Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House," Reid warned. The flap over the fired prosecutors proved to be the final straw for Gonzales, whose truthfulness in testimony to Congress was drawn into question. Lawmakers said the dismissals of the federal prosecutors appeared to be politically motivated, and some of the fired U.S. attorneys said they felt pressured to investigate Democrats before elections. Gonzales maintained that the dismissals were based the prosecutors' lackluster performance records. Thousands of documents released by the Justice Department show a White House plot, hatched shortly after the 2004 elections, to replace U.S. attorneys. At one point, senior White House officials suggested replacing all 93 prosecutors. In December 2006, eight were ordered to resign. In several House and Senate hearings into the firings, Gonzales and other Justice Department officials failed to fully explain the ousts without contradicting each other.

USGA President’s Corner Welcome! My name is Louis Eswood III, and I am your current Undergraduate Student Government Association President. I am currently a junior here at the university, with majors in Fire Science – Fire/ Arson Investigation and Fire Science – Fire Administration, as well as a minor in Criminal Justice. I come from Parsippany-Troy Hills, which is nestled nicely in the northern part of New Jersey. I have been heavily involved in clubs such as the Scuba Club as well as the Fire Science Club. Over the summer, the members of the USGA have been working hard to plan all of the trips and events that will take place this year. These events are funded by your student activities fee which comes included with your

Louis Eswood III USGA President tuition. Now I know that you can think of a million things better to do with your money than give it to the university, but that small fee can take you a long way. Overnight trips, carnivals, barbeques, speakers, and comedians are just a few examples of what that money gets you. I strongly urge you to attend every possible event you can and to join as many clubs and organizations as you can without overwhelming yourself. Since it was once your money, you might as

well help spend it. One great initiative which was started toward the end of last year was the launch of www.chargervoice. com. This website is run by the Undergraduate Student Government Association and it allows you to voice your opinions, concerns or ideas to the leaders of your student government. This feedback is then sent to the proper committee and addressed to the administration of the university of need be. It’s a great way for the USGA to hear your opinions twenty-four hours a day. Please utilize this tool throughout the year. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback please do not hesitate to contact me or stop in my office located on the third floor of Bartels Hall. Stay safe and have a great year!

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Battle of the Titans: Youth vs. Adulthood A few weeks ago, my seven-year-old cousin asked me “Are you a teenager?” Truthfully, I answered, “No,” since I turned twenty last December. “Then are you a grown-up?” he asked. I didn’t know how to respond. Were those my only options? If I’m not a teenager anymore, then am I a grown-up? Sure, my age doesn’t end with “-teen” anymore, but does that make me a grown-up? Can I only be a teenager up until the age of twenty? How are we supposed to define adulthood? And how do we know when we have reached it? Society makes adulthood out to be a

dreaded disease. Year after year, people discover more and more products, regimens, and “secrets” that are supposed to maintain youth. Everyone’s desire to stay young makes it difficult for those of us who are still actually young. Why is the pressure to grow up so intense when we will only long for youth again once we reach adulthood? Living in limbo as a college student makes me wonder which is better: youth or adulthood? On one hand: youth. On the plus side, it comes with less responsibility and more fun (of course!). On the down side, you usually have to answer to

others and don’t have ner and spend a decent as much control over amount of money. But your own decisions. the waiters still ignore The other option: me because they asadulthood. Usually sume I am not going considered more bor- to tip well. I have the ing and stressful, power to choose which courses I adulthood am going comes to take and with more responwhen. But I still have sibilities and a lot to get my schedule more bills approved. to pay. However, For years, I have no one Celina Natola can debeen the Editor-in-Chief most refine you but you. You run your sponsible person in own life and, in turn, my immediate famcan reap the benefits ily. However, my of your own success. mom still doubts that Unfortunately, we I have the initiative often have no control to create a successover whether we are ful life for myself. considered teenagers As college students, or grown-ups. I can we have already taken afford to go out to din- steps to become adults.

We have already chosen what we want to do for the rest of our lives. Sure, we may change our minds at some point in the future. But the fact is we have already started walking down a path that could determine the rest of our lives. I think that makes us a little “grown-up” already, even though most of us made these decisions while we were still seventeen or eighteen. Nevertheless, we still have a lot of teenager in us. We have the freedom to sleep in until noon if we really wanted to (just take later classes). We also have the energy to stay up until the early hours of the morning (from studying of course).

What it boils down to is this: no matter what the world is pressuring you to be, you are only going to be as “grown-up” as you feel. When I meet people my age that have children, I know that I am certainly not there yet. However, when I meet people that blow off every responsibility they have, I know I’m glad I grew out of that a long time ago. Even though Hollywood influences us to think differently, youth and adulthood are just states of mind. Now, I think I can finally answer my little cousin. I’m only grown up when I have to be.

A few weeks ago, I had the rather disturbing opportunity to interview someone who I’ve recently been doing some online research on. Her name is Shirley PhelpsRoper. By hearing the name alone, the majority of you are probably unfamiliar with her. Trust me – if that’s the case, you’re really quite lucky. Shirley PhelpsRoper is one of thirteen of Fred Phelps Sr.’s children. Fred Phelps is the pastor and leader of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka Kansas (not to be confused with the Westboro Baptist Church of Westboro, Canada). Although I’m not a Christian, I have nothing against the majority of Christian churches, as well as other denominations. But I certainly have

something against the WBC. According to Wikipedia, the Westboro Baptist Church expresses “condemnation of the LGBT people, Roman Catholics, Muslims, and Jews, as well as populations it considers to support the aforementioned groups, including Swedes, Canadians, and Americans.” Shirley PhelpsRoper is the main spokeswoman for the church, and has been on Hannity & Colmes, Headline News, Paula Zahn Now, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Tyra Banks Show, The Ricki Lake Show, The Howard Stern Show, Rolonda, Jenny Jones, Bimbo Banderas, and many other radio programs and newspapers. In Great Britian, she has appeared on Sky News, Jeremy Kyle, Channel 4 with

abomination. Keith Allen, and had a their 60-minute documen- How better to grab the tary done by the BBC. attention of this generSo although I was flat- ation. […] We want as tered she’d speak with many people as we can The Charger Bulle- get to see the words – tin, I certainly was so if that name will get not proud of speak- them there – good!” Shirley ing with her. and the Shirley Westboro explained Baptist to me that Church the WBC’s have rewebsites cently are “all been in just ways the mainto deliver a stream final call to Zack Rosen news for a doomed Assistant Editor their picknation.” I eting of asked her why she c h o s e military funerals. They www.GodHatesFags. claim that America com as their website, is a “fag nation,” and rather than a more that America has a civilized title such as “fag army” with “fag www.WestboroBap- soldiers.” Disgusted She yet? You should be. explained that it is The WBC claims that their job “to preach because the Army a pure gospel and be defends a nation that faithful to the written supports homosexuword […] and make ality, the Army is a this generation know bunch of “fag en-

ablers” and are going to hell. Here are some other examples that should disgust you: - The Westboro Baptist church picketed the memorial of the 2006 Sago Mine disaster on January 15, 2006, claiming that the mining accident was God’s revenge against America for its tolerance of homosexuality. Picket signs included “Thank God for Dead Miners.” - The church has picketed Billy Graham revivals, claiming that the televangelist will burn in Hell for not preaching the “God Hates Fags” message. The WBC called the preacher a “Hellbound false prophet.” - Remember the Amish school house shooting this past October? The WBC planned on picketing the funerals of the five girls who were mur-

dered in the shooting. Their signs were going to refer to the girls as “whores,” claiming that they would “burn in Hell.” Fortunately, radio personality Mike Gallagher was able to dissuade the WBC by providing an hour of unrestricted airtime on his show, to give the families of the girls a peaceful funeral. The Westboro Baptist Church also boasts, “Thank God for 9/11,” “Thank God for the Tsunami,” “Thank God for Katrina,” “Thank God for IEDs,” and “Thank God for AIDS.” After the Virginia Tech massacre, they thanked God for that too, and wished it were more than 31 students. In my interview with Shirley, she claims that “[…]

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Steps for Success By Sijith Salim -

Extracting the Best from Your Student Life We are getting ready to enjoy one of the most precious moments in our life, to be a part of the global community of students from all around the world joining hands to form a new world of friendship and happiness. It is the time to make new friends. We are going to begin our swim through the pool of knowledge, extracting the pearl of wisdom and guidance. It is the time to work towards realizing your ambitions; the time to use our efforts to make our dreams come true; the time to decide how your career and personality is going to shape the direction of your life. For those who have not yet decided what they want to become in the future, college offers excellent opportunities to help students make the decision of what exactly they want to

achieve in their lives and how to go for it. The main objective of your life as a student should be to extract the best out of yourself and mold the true “YOU.” There are different ways to make this happen and we will discuss a few of them. Extracting the best out of our professors. Our professors are our guides who are there to shape our future. How much we succeed in our lives lies in how we best utilize our professors. All of them would be willing to help us in any way, but we have to take the initiative extract the best out of our professors. Utilizing library facilities. Libraries always play a crucial role in student life. We here at UNH are bestowed with an excellent library with loads of reference materials, journals, and magazines; not to

mention the computer tunity to make lots of lab facilities and the friends while enjoystudy areas provided ing your campus life. to students. How we Taking advantage are best going to use of computer lab fathis immense resource cilities. If you are of knowla comedge is a p u t e r d e ci s io n science, we need electrito make cal enw h i l e gineerwe start ing, or our stuforensic dent life. science Particstudent, ipating in computcampus ers and Sijith Salim activithe Interties. The net play UNH student com- a very crucial role in munity organizes dif- our student life. UNH ferent cultural activi- has many computer ties throughout the labs equipped with academic year. There the latest computers are many student or- and high-speed Inganizations conduct- ternet connections. ing various events that To extract the best you can be a part of. out of our student These organizations life, it is very imbring students from portant for us to best different nationalities utilize these resourcand communities to- es available to us. gether to work for a Cultivating any common cause. Tak- talent you might have ing part in these activ- deep within you. If ities gives an oppor- you’re a talented

painter, you might want to volunteer to design brochures and logos for various student activities around campus. Since I used to read a lot, I naturally got the urge to write, but that remained buried deep inside of me until I joined this university. I was then given an opportunity to write, bringing out the best of my writing skills to the benefit of all the students of the community. Similarly, many of you might have the talent to write. Joining The Charger Bulletin can play a key role in bringing out the writer in you. Deciding what you want to achieve in your life. If you look at history, most of the important personalities who shaped our lives and our future were once students like you and me. They once got the burning passion in them

to succeed and to achieve their dreams while they were students. This passion to succeed pushed them in the right direction during their student lives. Just think for a moment about what you want to achieve in your life. If you still haven’t kindled the spark in you, don’t worry; this student life is the best time to make it happen. The student life we now enjoy is a blessing which will soon go away from us. How we best utilize this most precious moment of our lives will decide our future success. Let us all make sure we extract the best out of our student lives, preparing ourselves for the role we are going to play and to make this time in college a real memorable one.

Celina’s Salacious Celebrity Gossip Brit is investigated LOS ANGELES— We all knew the Department of Social Services would be after her someday. Finally, the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Britney Spears. Unfortunately, according to, the investigation has nothing to do with “physical mistreatment” of her two sons. “Sources say the complaint lodged with DCFS involves allegations of poor

dental hygiene, as well as poor eating and sleeping habits for her kids,” the site claimed. Sources also wonder if the investigation was caused by a complaint submitted by Kevin Federline, Spears’s low-life exhusband. Whether or not it was K-Fed who issued the complaint, it is about time someone actually started worrying about those boys.

The latest in celebrity news and gossip -By Celina Natola

The latest Hollywood trend of serving jail time won another victory last week. Lindsay Lohan pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor charges. In turn, the L.A. District Attorney ordered her to serve 24 hours in jail by Jan. 18. 24 hours for nine misdemeanor charges? It’s great that the California judicial system is finally punishing celebrities for their crimes, but can’t Lindsay gets jail we be a little more time reasonable? Nicole LOS ANGELES— Richie served 82 min-

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utes in jail and was released due to overcrowding. These stars deserve to serve time somewhere. A mental hospital would work just as well as a jail.

his family and is now in stable condition. Owen, what were you thinking? First of all, if you are a celebrity that is going to commit suicide, you have to make sure Owen Wilson’s sui- you don’t survive. cide attempt fails The press backlash miserably from this story is goLOS ANGELES— ing to make your life Owen Wilson was even more unbearhospitalized for a able. Also, if you had suicide attempt on succeeded, you would Sunday, Aug. 26. Ac- just become one of cording to Star maga- those celebrity suizine, the actor cut his cide victims whose left wrist and took an death becomes one of excessive amount of those tragic moments pills. He was found by that turn into so much

more. Weeks after the death, numerous “family members” would start writing their memoirs and average people would report stories of “unusual behavior” in the days prior to the suicide. You deserve better Owen.


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Anticipation Builds for Foo Fighters’ Sixth Album By MIA BECKER STAFF WRITER


While the summer of 2007 has come to a close, a new season for the Foo Fighters has just begun. The band’s newest single “The Pretender” hit radio stations in early August. Lead singer Dave Grohl sings, “What if I say I'm not like the others/ What if I say I'm not just another one in your place/ You're the pretender/ What if I say I will never surrender.” The band isn’t close to surrendering anytime soon. After almost 13 years together, the Foo Fighters are an-

ticipating their sixth studio album. The album, titled Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, will consist of 12 songs and is due to be released Sept. 25. The 12-song set will include “The Pretender” as well as “The Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners,” a song Grohl wrote in tribute to two Australian miners that were trapped underground for two weeks in the spring of 2006. Grohl’s inspiration to write “Ballad” started when the miners originally requested an iPod with the Foo Fighters music on it while awaiting rescue. After hearing the

news, Dave Grohl wrote a personal letter to the miners stating, “Hey guys, it's Dave. You're in our thoughts and prayers. When you get out, there are two tickets and two cold beers waiting for you wherever you want to see the band." The miners eventually saw the Foo Fighters play at the Sydney Opera House soon after. The record anticipates new, as well as

Networks Release Original Fall Lineups



What is the fate of primetime television for 2007-2008? While many popular shows are returning, other shows have ended their run. The CW’s fall lineup is bringing back popular shows such as Girlfriends, which is getting closer to its last season, as well as America’s Next Top Model, Supernatural,

and Smallville. However, will the shows be enough pull to bring in consistently high ratings? The most highly-rated shows on the CW network like 7th Heaven, Gilmore Girls, and Veronica Mars ended their running in 2007. CW hopes to continuously engage viewers with premiering new series like Aliens in America, and the anticipated series Gossip Girl, based on the popular

best seller book series. Other television networks like NBC and CBS are still the highest-rated stations even with the departure of their most popular television shows like Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond ending years ago. However, NBC’s hit show Scrubs is rumored to be departing within the next year. Fox is introducing See SERIES page 11



familiar, territory. The band worked with producer Gil Norton who recorded the band’s 1997 record

The Colour and The Shape. Dave Grohl commented on his experience working with Gil again, “Gil

is heavy on preproduction. The first two weeks, I just sat with


two of California’s biggest Asian mob families. With his personal life slipping, Crawford must prevent a major “war” from occurring and avenge the death of his partner by killing the man they call Rogue. The action in the movie is at best slightly above average. There are flashy cars and an even flashier car chase scene. Also, there is no lack of bloodshed. Some scenes are so intense it would make any horror film director jealous. However, when Jet Li’s name is attached to a movie, one would expect an amazing display of martial arts. Unfortunately, Li’s character would rather hold a gun and shoot people. That is not to say there wasn’t any “classic” fighting; just not nearly enough. But perhaps the biggest disappointment is the final showdown

between agent Crawford and Rogue. This movie is hyped with the tagline, “Jason Statham and Jet Li are at war.” The two men throw a few punches and a few kicks that could barely be seen thanks to the over usage of a handheld camera. Within two minutes, the fight is over as well as the movie. One will be left with a few unanswered questions. If one is a fan of blindsiding plot twists, this movie will be an interest. Towards the end, the audience is hit with a twist that most people will never see coming. It leaves the line between good guy and bad guy blurred, and it is a clever display of tragic irony. However, if one stops and thinks of the logic and purpose this twist serves, the twist’s effectiveness

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Jet Li’s War Falls Flat



When the announcement came that two of the action genre’s leading men, Jet Li and Jason Statham, would play opposite each other, certain expectations were set. For one, the actors would share a good deal of screen time together. Also, the movie would be loaded with breathtaking action. However, War proves that having two huge action stars does not guarantee a successful movie. In fact, it may be the set up for a big disappointment. The story centers on FBI agent Jack Crawford (Statham) and his lust for the vengeance of his murdered partner, killed by the hands of an elusive assassin, Rogue (Li). All the events are played out with the backdrop of a gang war between

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This year in The Charger Bulletin: Ask Ernie and Collective Assessment

Advice columns designed to assist you with any problems that you can’t resolve on your own. Collective Assessment to receive advice from three anonymous students. The three different points of view will provide you with a wide array of opinions and advice. To ask Collective Assessment a question, e-mail Please write “Collective Assessment” as the subject. Ask Ernie offers advice from Ernie, the coolest mohawk on campus. Ernie offers creative solutions and advice for any type of problem. To submit a question to Ask Ernie, e-mail ChargerBulletinAE@ Please write “Ask Ernie” as the subject. Both columns will be printed throughout the fall semester

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Controversy Shakes Up Summer Sports

agreed to share information about gam––––––––––––––––– bling activities and the This summer, the involvement of league sports scene officials has been with the marred by N B A . controversy In anin three ino t h e r fluential naevent that tional sports. shocked New stories the sports like the point world, shaving scanone of dal by NBA the NFL’s referee Tim m a j o r D o n a g h y, stars, NFL star MiMichael chael Vick’s Vick was involvement charged in a dog fightwith dog ing crime, and fighting, the pursuit of which Barry Bonds c o u l d breaking send the the all-time Atlanta AN AP/ HARAZ N. GHANBARI PHOTO home run re- Tim Donaghy during a timeout at an NBA game in April. Falcons cord in MLB Since the news quarterback to prison have made this sum- was reported, Don- for up to six years. mer a memorable aghy has resigned as On July 30, one of one within the ath- an NBA referee. In a Vick’s co-defendants letic community. press conference on Tony Taylor pleaded A story that people July 26, NBA Com- guilty to his role in believe will affect missioner David Stern the dog fighting. Taythe NBA for years to stated, “If the allega- lor claimed that the come, NBA referee tions prove true, this dog fighting was, in Tim Donaghy has could be one of the fact, run mostly by been accused of point most damaging scan- Michael Vick. Claims shaving. The FBI is dals in the history of were made that Miinvestigating Don- American sports." chael Vick would train aghy, who had been Donaghy pleaded dogs to fight0 and kill officiating games guilty to gambling them by shooting, for 13 years, on the charges on Wednes- electrocution, and premise that he bet day, August 15. He hanging if they were on basketball games was arrested, released not tough enough. over the 2005-2006 on a $25,000 bond, On August 14, and 2006-2007 sea- and faces the possibil- Vick’s other two cosons, including ones ity of up to 25 years defendants pleaded in which he officiat- in prison. Donaghy’s guilty to charges of ed. The NBA is scru- sentence is scheduled dog fighting, leaving tinizing mane games for November 9. On Vick as the only one to in which Donaghy August 17, Donaghy not plead guilty. Three

days after Vick’s from Hank Aaron Bonds, he responded other two co-defen- was played, congrat- by saying, “This redants pleaded guilty, ulating Bonds. Bonds cord is not tainted at investigators were then gave a brief all. At all. Period.” Bonds has been told that Vick was re- speech, thanking his sponsible for at least teammates and fans under much scrutiny eight dog killings. for all their support. in regards to whether Finally, on Mon- Bonds, who usually or not he used perday, Aug. 27, Vick does not show much formance-enhancing pleaded guilty to emotion, was to the drugs throughout his federal dog fighting point of tears of hap- career. Major League Commischarges. Sentencing is piness as he walked Baseball scheduled for Dec. 10. into the dugout and sioner Bud Selig has congratulated been greatly criticized On Tuesday August was 7, what is considered by Giants Manager for how he is handling the most important Bruce Bochte. When the Bonds steroid sitrecord in sports was it was time for the top uation. While Selig broken. Barry Bonds of the sixth inning, was not in attendance became the all-time Bonds went back out for the history-making home run leader when to left field, only to be home run by Bonds, he slugged his 756th immediately removed he did give a statecareer home run in from the game by Bo- ment the day after, the bottom of the fifth chte, allowing Bonds which stated, "While inning against the to receive one more the issues which have Washington Nation- standing ovation from swirled around this record will als at the continue AT & T to work P a r k themin San selves Francistoward co, Caliresolufornia. tion, toA s day is a soon as day for Bonds congratm a d e ulations contact on a truly with the remarkball, he a b l e threw achieveh i s ment.” hands These up in the AN AP/ MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ PHOTO events air out Barry Bonds three days after breaking Hank Aaron’s homerun record. proved to of relief the sold-out crowd. be ma- jor stories and began trotWhen Bonds was throughout the sumting around the bases. Game play halted for asked if he thought mer, and promise several minutes, while people would consid- to continue to make Bonds celebrated with er this record tainted headlines throughout teammates and fam- because of the al- the rest of the year. ily. A video message leged steroid use by


over Postkeeper Morgan Luschenat's head. The pressure applied by the Chargers finally broke through less than a minute later. Off a corner kick, the ball bounced out to beyond the top of the goal box, where Grimaldi launched her gamewinning goal into the top right corner.



officiated in, where he may have shaved points to win bets he placed on games.

Freshman Goal Leads Women’s Soccer to Victory



Freshman Nicole Grimaldi connected on a line drive from about 20 yards in the 58th minute, lifting the 23rd-ranked University of New Haven women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Post University

on Sunday, Aug. 26. The game was part of the 2007 Connecticut Cup, hosted by the University of Bridgeport. The defense was tight throughout the game for UNH, allowing just one shot in each period. UNH freshman goalkeeper Kelly Schindler collected her first

collegiate shutout. The Chargers had back-to-back scoring attempts in the 59th minute, first with a contested shot along the goal line off the foot of Holly Dawson. The rebound came out into the middle for Jen McGurrin, who chipped toward the top of the goal but not high enough to get

Post's best chance to equalize the score came with 8:10 remaining when a header try in front of the net went wide of the goal posts. For the most part, the Chargers maintained possession of the ball in the attacking end of the field to preserve the shutout. The games at the Connecticut Cup,

which also featured Bridgeport and SCSU were the first of four on the road for UNH to open the season. This weekend, the team travels to Southern New Hampshire University for the Labor Day Classic. The team's first home match is Saturday, Sept. 8 against the College of Saint Rose.

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New Series Overpower Fall Primetime Lineup con’t from page 8

the greatest amount of new television programs, the most anticipated being Back to You, the sitcom starring Kelsey Grammar (Frasier) and Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond), while it still has returning series like House, Bones, and Prison Break. ABC is also returning the awardwinning series Ugly Betty, as well as other shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Boston Legal. What about other television stations? FX, which is known for its racy and pushing-the-envelope television series, is bringing back its most

popular show Nip/ Tuck in its fifth season (its longest season yet with 22 episodes). While many shows are no longer returning, and many others are soon coming to an end, what is in store for primetime over the next year? Will the new series being introduced by various stations be interesting enough to last season to season, and more importantly, engage their long-time viewers? It is clear from the fall lineup that in the next year the age old question is going to be asked again: is it time to finally throw away our televisions?

Li and Statham Unable to Save War

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may be in question. But the movie is not all bad. Jet Li is a professional and once again delivers a tremendous performance despite his talents being stifled by script limitations. While he cannot be classified as someone of Li’s stature, Jason Statham brings his own charm to the screen. He is witty, entertaining, and one of the premiere action actors active today. Also, the film’s pacing leaves little down time and, as a result, no slow scenes. The supporting cast of actors such as Devon Akoi and John Lone give the film authenticity.

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his first kiss, and survived through terrible hardships. Harry overcame struggles with the losses of loved ones and the ever-changing turmoil of being a very un-normal teenager. As Harry grew from the first book to the sixth, muggles (nonmagic folk) worldwide grew with him and fell deeper in love with literature. Warner Bros. Entertainment brought Harry and his wonderful world to life on the big screen in 2002, showcasing the first of what would be

seven novelbased Harry Potter movies. Daniel R a d cliffe, Rupert Grint, a n d Emma AN AP/MAX NASH PHOTO Watson The series’ actors at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. joined a cast of stellar adult ac- brought an exciting with romance, actors (including Rob- yet bittersweet end tion, death, love, and bie Coltrane, Alan to the riveting Harry mystery, Harry Potter Rickman, and Gary Potter series with the and the Deathly HalOldman) and cata- final novel, Harry lows sold more copies pulted the series into Potter and the Death- opening day than any the homes of millions ly Hallows. Book- previous fiction novel around the world. stores worldwide were and provided everyJuly 21, 2007 jammed at midnight one with the sound as thousands of Har- ending one could ry Potter enthusiasts only expect from J.K. stood in line to receive Rowling. The hype the newest, and last, that followed the book of the series. At launch on July 21 not the Barnes and Noble only proved that the in my hometown, age of video games nine hundred people and the internet has (including myself) slowly faded into the waited inside amongst distant past, but also a party of creatively that children’s books dressed fans and triv- can touch those of any ia games while over age. Parents, teachers, one thousand fans teenagers, and everycrowded the streets one in between have outside. “Potter Ma- become captivated by nia,” as many called books because of J.K. it, had hit full force. Rowling and the nowThe Deathly Hal- famous “boy who lows did not disap- lived.” While Harry point for those who may never grace a had avidly followed new space in our Harry through his first bookshelves again, six years at Hogwarts it is evident that “litSchool of Witchcraft erature mania” may AN AP PHOTO and Wizardry. Filled stick around long after

One last point of praise is for the special effects. With the use of computer graphics and other digital devices, the film is able to blow-up, slash, and shoot anything or anyone who enters the line of fire. Overall, War is a decent movie which The cover of the final book in the Harry Potter series. is victimized by a subpar script and mediopast records, most nocre directing. The po- con’t from page 8 tential was there, but it him around the table tably on their doublenever comes through. and talked to him album In Your Honor, Jason Statham and Jet about arrangements, which consisted of Li are class acts and harmony, and melody. electric and acousgive the audience a Once we narrowed it tic discs. “After that few thrills and overall down from 40 songs tour, I finally realized great entertainment. to 20, we went and sat the melodic possibiliUnfortunately, that is in a rehearsal space ties hidden in a lot of not enough to make for about four weeks.” our songs. We had The Foo Fighters been kind of caged by this a must-see picture. have experimented the fact we were just Rating: 6/10 with new sounds on a four-piece band.

Echoes Reminiscent of Prior Albums With additional instrumentation, which we'd never really experimented with before the last album, we could take songs from ground level to soaring heights." As the new record is due to be released in September, a long and supportive tour of North America is

expected to soon follow. Further information regarding Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace can be found on www.foofighters. com, pre-ordered on I-tunes, and ticket information on www. t i c k e t m a s t e r. c o m .

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TRIVIA TEST By Fifi Rodriguez 1. TELEVISION: What was the setting of the TV sitcom "Wings"? 2. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Where are the summer Olympics going to be held in 2012? 3. MYTHOLOGY: What is the name of the Roman goddess of wisdom? 4. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the Yucatan Channel? 5. THEATER: Who wrote the Pulitzer prizewinning play "The Time of Your Life"? 6. TOYS: What famous toy did George Lerner invent in 1952? 7. MEASUREMENTS: An olympiad emcompasses how many years? 8. MUSIC: What baseball player is mentioned in the Simon & Garfunkel song "Mrs. Robinson"? 9. MEDICAL: A lack of Vitamin B-12 results in what illness? 10. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, "Without fools the rest of us could not succeed"?

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The Doomed World We Live In con’t from page 6

when God uses an IED against you, he does a MUCH better job! He doesn’t miss! This nation has shot at us – and when God sent the shooter to Virginia Tech – he didn’t miss!” And as for the war in Iraq, the WBC wrote the following on their website: “George W. Bush has been suckered into a blood war that God is using to punish this filthy nation, and your children are being blown to smithereens as that punishment. Number of Americans who have entered Hell as result of this bloody takeover of Babylon: 3,169 WBC (Westboro Baptist Church) prays for it to be 3,169,000!!!” Although I’m not a Christian, I do have many Christian friends. So I asked Shirley what she would say to those Christians who are appalled by the way

the WBC preaches the Bible. Shirley responded: “I say they are lying false prophets and part of the Doomed American population that calls themselves Christians and they are NOT!” Me: So of the approximately 2.1 billion Christians on this earth, you fully believe the 72 people who go to your church are the only ones in the right? SPR: I don’t know if 72 are right [… and] don’t call them Christians – they are NOT! Me: What would you call them then? SPR: Liars! Perverts! God-haters! As I continued my interview and research even further, I found out that she was arrested recently for negligent child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, flag mutilation, and disturbing the peace over an anti-gay protest at the funeral of a soldier this past June. Shirley was ar-

rested after her 10year-old son stomped on an America flag during a protest at the funeral of a National Guardsman who was killed in Iraq. Although she could face three months in jail and a $500 fine, Shirley claims that the action is protected by the U.S. Constitution. In response, Shirley told me that “[…] everyone knows in Doomed America that you can not only stand on the flag, but you can BURN the flag […] and you might find this hard to believe, but not all cops take their oath serious – I’m kidding I bet you know that! […] But today the case pends – it is set for some motions in November.” To get me onto another question, Shirley then said, “don’t worry about that case – shortly this nation will have SO much to worry about – they will forget their idol that blood flag!!”

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Changes at UNH con’t from page 4

nal Justice courses and social science studies. •The College of Arts and Sciences is now offering a course in Arabic. •The University’s new Global Studies major is in its first full year. •The Tagliatela College of Engineering is now offering a B.S. in System Engineering. The College has also established a Corporate Partner Program to create closer

ties between the University and industry. The University is also introducing a new weekly e-newsletter – UNH Today – to keep you up-to-date on campus news and student events. You will notice posters on campus announcing this new resource for students. Be sure to check your University e-mail account every Monday for UNH Today to learn the latest on campus. To have your campus news includ-

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ed in the e-newsletter, send it to We have resources to meet the needs of every student at the University. Take advantage of those resources. Become an involved student and make the most of your days here at the University of New Haven. Welcome! Steven H. Kaplan President

To call the Minnesota bridge collapse of this summer a good thing, to call the Holocaust not bad enough, and to call 9/11 and the Virginia Tech tragedies a Godsend is appalling. I contacted Shirley because I wanted to learn more about her. During the interview, I remained calm and very peaceful, and I listened to what she had to say. So I invite you, as a reader of The Charger Bulletin, to go out and question things that don’t sound right to you. If your roommate does something you’re unsure about, question it; if the university does something you disagree with, question them; if the U.S. government does something you are disgusted by, question it. Questioning knowledge is what will lead you to success.

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Academic Advisor, FE001 Class, Faculty and Staff are all here to assist you as you make the transition to the university. I look forward to getting to know you over the next four years and wish you much success and, a wonderful college experience filled with learning and fun as you prepare for your future. Sincerely,

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