Volume 88, Issue 15 | February 3, 2010
Charger Bulletin The official student newspaper of the University of New Haven since 1938.
Grammys Bring Amazing Night of Music Elton John in a musical duet that rivaled John’s last Grammy per–––––––––––––––––––––––––– formance with Eminem in 2001. The night was off to a fantastic On Sunday, Jan. 31, millions start musically. The first couple around the United States hun- of awards, Song of the Year kered down in front of their tele- for Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”, visions at 8 pm, Eastern Time, Record of the Year for “Use to view the 52 annual Grammy Somebody” by Kings of Leon, By ERIN ENNIS
rendition of “I’ve Got a Feeling” and Taylor Swift graced the stage with her idol, Stevie Nicks. Country group Lady Antebellum performed one of their more popular songs and Green Day joined the cast of their newly inspired Broadway show to perform “21 Guns.” More awards
FBI Releases 16,659 Page File on Martin Luther King
By KYLE QUINN-QUESADA STAFF WRITER
In an unprecedented act of declassification, the FBI file on the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been released by a freedom of information act request. The entire file, which spans 16,659 pages, had originally only been available at the FBI archives reading room at the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building in Washington DC. The entire file made up of 121 separate files is now on the FBI’s website in PDF form. The file, which gives an alarmingly intimate look at the personal life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is made up of interviews, surveillance, and wire taps the FBI had conducted on the Reverend and people close to him. At the time the FBI believed that the civil rights movement led by Dr. King was a communist plot aimed at destabilizing the United States. The FBI’s pursuit of King increased after the momentous March on Washington where Dr. Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift posed with R&B singer LL Cool J. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images) King gave the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Concluding the Awards. The top names in the and Country Album of the Year were also distributed: New Art- speech, an FBI memo declared music industry swept up the red (awarded to Taylor Swift) show- ist went to the Zac Brown Band Dr. King the “most dangerous carpet, adorned in the most glitzy cased the high diversity of this and Rock Album went to Green and effective Negro leader in the and unusual garments, to watch year’s nominees. Most of the Day. country.” the award distributions and in- industry’s most popular names, The FBI had begun to coWhile some performanctense musical numbers. Always including Swift, Beyonce, Kings es definitely stood out, a few vertly track King’s close busia captivating awards show, this of Leon, and the Black Eyed seemed slightly lackluster for ness and personal associates. In year’s Grammy celebration was Peas, were up for numerous the Grammy stage. Maxwell 1963, the then notorious FBI Dilike no other. awards and considerations. sung a slow graceful ballad rector J. Edgar Hoover requested The show opened with “Poker The night continued with fan- while a powerful group featur- a warrant to tap the Reverend’s Face” by Lady Gaga in her usu- tastic performances by Beyonce ing Lil Wayne, Eminem, and homes, offices and phones. al, or maybe unusual, style. She and P!NK. The Black Eyed Peas After the agency’s surveilthen returned to the stage with took the stage with a fantastic See GRAMMYS page 19 lance came up empty with re-
gards to communism, the bureau decided to reveal details of King’s infidelity and other transgressions to the public to further undermine him. With the release of these memos it has become increasingly clear that J. Edgar Hoover had become obsessed with discrediting Dr. King in any way, shape or form. When Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1964 it was too much for Hoover to bear and he had the FBI draft a letter to the Reverend detailing everything they knew about his sexual transgressions with the hope that he would commit suicide. “You are a colossal fraud and an evil, vicious one at that.” The draft had said, “The American public ... will know you for what you are, an evil, abnormal beast,” and “Satan could not do more.” Once again hinting that there was only one way out for the Reverend, the letter went on to say, “King, there is only one thing left for you to do.” The letter concluded, “You know what it is ... You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.” After his death on April 4, 1968, the FBI still recorded some of his close associates, but the file was closed shortly thereafter. If you would like to review the FBI file on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. it is now available to the public free of charge, go to http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/ king.htm for further information.
Obama Unveils $3.83T Budget with Massive Deficits By MARTIN CRUTSINGER ASSOCIATED PRESS
–––––––––––––––––––––––––– WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.83 trillion budget on Monday that would pour more money into the fight against high unemployment, boost taxes on the wealthy and freeze spending for a wide swath of government programs. The deficit for this year would surge to a record-breaking $1.56 trillion, topping last year’s then unprecedented $1.41 trillion gap. The deficit would remain above $1 trillion in 2011 although the president proposed to institute a three-year budget freeze on a variety of programs outside of the military and homeland security as well as increasing taxes on energy producers and families making more than $250,000. Echoing the pledge in his State of the Union address to make job creation his top priority, Obama put forward a budget that included a $100 billion jobs measure that would provide tax breaks to encourage businesses to boost hiring as well as increased government spending on infrastructure and energy projects. He called for fast congressional action to speed relief to
millions left unemployed in the worst recession since the 1930s. After a protracted battle on health care dominated his first year in office and led to a string of Democratic election defeats, the administration hopes its new budget will convince Americans the president is focused on fixing the economy. Republicans complained about Obama’s proposed tax increases and said the huge projected deficits showed he had failed to get government spending under control. But administration officials argued that Obama inherited a deficit that was already topping $1 trillion when he took office and given the severity of the downturn, the president had to spend billions of dollars stabilizing the financial system and jump-starting growth. Obama’s job proposals would push government spending in 2010 to $3.72 trillion, up 5.7 percent from last year. Obama’s blueprint for the 2011 budget year, which begins Oct. 1, would increase spending further to $3.83 trillion, 3 percent higher than projected for this year. Much of the spending surge over the past two years reflects the cost of the $787 billion economic stimulus measure that Congress passed in February
2009 to deal with the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The surge in the deficits reflects not only the increased spending but also a big drop in tax revenues, reflecting the 7.2 million people who have lost jobs since the recession be-
gan and weaker corporate tax receipts. “Having steered the economy back from the brink of a depression, the administration is committed to moving the nation from a recession to recovery by sparking job creation to get millions
of Americans back to work,” the administration said in a statement accompanying its budget. The administration’s $100 billion proposed jobs measure would be lower than a $174 bilSee DEFICIT page 2
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Apple iPad: The Next Step in Technology By LINDSAY LYNCH STAFF WRITER
Really Apple, what will you come out with next? It’s almost impossible to think ahead as to what else Apple could create for us. Years ago, computers were nothing like they are today. The days when dialup was the only way to get internet and when downloading pictures or songs could take days are long gone. Now we can email, instant message, and look up directions all on our iPphones and iPods. Don’t get me wrong I love my iTouch; I still can’t believe all the different things I can do with it. I can email, listen to music, play games, and instant message with friends: basically I can do everything with my iTouch that the iPhone can do minus call people or take pictures. If you sit back and think about it, years ago we were not this dependant on technology; however with new gadgets coming out daily it’s hard
not to get caught up in the next new thing. Apple’s next new thing is the new iPad, which is practically the “iTouch on steroids”. The reason behind it was that it would be something in-between the iphone and a laptop. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the new Apple iPad at the Apple special event. He went over its uses and all the things that an iPad can do. Let me tell you it does everything: you can search the web, send emails, and share your photos and sync them. You can also manage and listen to your music, view Youtube videos or online movies and shows, visit and download from the App Store, read iBooks, schedule your day with the calendar, and find names and numbers with contacts. Now that’s a lot and there can’t be more that it does but if you thought that you would be wrong my friend. You’re right: it doesn’t call your friends like the iPhone. But even if you are busy out and about
entire iPad by typing in what you are looking for with the Spotlight feature. The design of the iPad is so sleek and slim; it’s only
entire thing is touch screen so literally everything is at your fingertips. Now I know you’re all wondering: it must be in-
getting control of runaway budget deficits. The new Obama budget will also include a proposal to levy a fee on the country’s biggest banks to raise an estimated $90 billion to recover losses from the government’s $700 billion financial rescue fund. by Maideline Sanchez Those losses are expected come out to investigate. after 2 months and stay to come not from the bank The skunk then eats them with her for 1 year until bailouts but from the supas they try to protect their they are ready to mate. port extended to General beehive. Everyone knows about Skunks use their pow- the notorious foul smellerful claws to dig holes ing liquid that skunks and create their dens dur- spray through their anal ing the colder months and scent glands when they especially for the daytime feel threatened. The sulfur when they rest. Skunks mixed chemical is said to By LIZ DE LA TORRE smell like STAFF WRITER a combina- ––––––––––––––––––––– tion of rotten With the recent calamity eggs, garlic, and burned that has befallen Haiti, the rubber. They magnitude-7.0 earthquake may spray up did not just shock the Cato 15 feet in ribbean country on Jan. length with a 12 but left the world with high degree a haunting ambience of of accuracy poverty, suffering, death, and cause ir- and a struggle to move ritation and forward. “You see people t e m p o r a r y come here and they are at b l i n d n e s s . death’s door. More help is The scent is needed,” says Dr. Nancy are solitary and nocturnal also difficult to remove Fleurancois, who works at mammals hunting and/ and can be detected in far one of the hospitals in the or scavenging for food at distances by an insensitive city of Jacmel. Currently, the death toll in Haiti has night although, in the cold- human nose. risen above 150,000 with er parts of their range, they another 20,000 homeless may share dens with other in Jacmel, a city located skunks for warmth. in the south. Unaccounted Skunks commonly mate for are those buried under during the spring and are all the debris, but is said to considered polygamous estimate an extra 200,000 species, meaning they refatalities. With the overproduce with more than Skunks can only spray one female. The female 15 times before they run whelming need for food will search for a place to out of their liquid supply. and water, some survivors den before giving birth to They must wait 10 days in have turned to looting deher kits. The gestation pe- order for their bodies to molished stores and reriod is about 66 days and replenish more of the foul sorting to violence in areas such as Cite Soleil. when her litter is born they smelling chemical. While the general pubare blind, deaf, and covlic as well as celebrities ered with a soft layer of have graciously donated fur. The kits are weaned to the cause in Haiti, tryoff of the mother’s milk
Motors and Chrysler and insurance giant American International Group as well as help provided to homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosures. Also on the deficit front, the president has endorsed a pay-as-you-go proposal that passed the Senate last week. It would require any new tax cuts or entitlement spending increases to be paid for, and he has prom-
on the road you can send and check email so fast and easy. If you’re worried that the browser may be slow, no worries, the
iPad loads websites so fast you can do whatever you want with no delay. There is also a maps application so you can never get lost, a notepad so you can write and keep notes organized, and just like Apple’s laptops you can search the
Obama’s new budget attempts to navigate becon’t from page 1 far higher than a measure tween the opposing goals lion bill passed by the that the Senate could take of pulling the country out of a deep recession and House in December but up as early as this week.
Animal Awareness Tip Most common skunks found in the United States, Canada, and South America have black and white fur and are divided into 3 different genera. Mephitis are hooded and striped, Spilogale are spotted, and Conepatus are hog-nosed skunks. Fur color may range f r o m black to brown to grey. T h e size of a skunk m a y range f r o m 40 to 94 cm and can weigh up to 18 pounds. Skunks are omnivorous creatures eating both plants and animals. They consume insects and larvae as well as earthworms, rodents, lizards, and frogs. They also consume berries, grasses, roots, fungi, and nuts. They may also act as scavengers, foraging for bird or rodent carcasses, especially left by cats or other animals. They are considered the predator of the honeybee, relying on their thick fur to protect them from the sting. Scratching the hive several times, the guard bees
make it even better than it already is. You can get the standalone dock and with the iPad’s Bluetooth technology you can use an Apple wireless keyboard and mouse with it. With the iPad case you’re not only protecting your iPad but it also allows you to use it many positions so you can look at photos, type emails, and watch videos without even having to hold the device. It can rest on a table and desk while you use it. It’s crazy how much technology has become a huge part of our everyday lives and with companies like Apple you can’t help but wonder what will they come up with next? Now I’m curious to see how well the iPads will sell: as AN AP/MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ PHOTO of right now you can’t buy slightly larger than a piece credibly expensive! Well it one yet, but you can get of paper, half an inch thin, starts at only $499. Inside notified as to when they and weights from 1.5-1.6 the iPad houses 16-64 GB will go on sale. I wonder pounds depending on if of flash space and Apple’s if it will take over the third you want just Wi-Fi or Wi- own custom designed A4 category that Apple hopes Fi 3G. It truly is incredible, chip. It’s capable of last- it will, only time will tell you can turn it anyway that ing with 10 hours of bat- as to what will come from you want and use it verti- tery life. It even has some the new Apple iPad. cally or horizontally. The awesome accessories that ised to create a commission to recommend by year’s end ways to trim the deficits. Editor’s note: Express your opinion on this issue by sending us an editorial! Email it to ChargerBulletin@newhaven.edu for possible inclusion in the next issue of The Charger Bulletin!
Haiti Death Toll Hits 150,000
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ing to rebuild and restore the country has become a difficult effort. As of now, relief workers in already ravaged hospitals are
roads and the small, overcrowded airport in Haiti, the distribution of supplies has been slow. In fact, with infection and disease
faced with meager sanitation, low food and water supplies, a shortage of medicine and surgical materials, coupled with a lack of physical therapy equipment. Dr. Laura Asher, a volunteer, says that the inadequate conditions have made her desperately seek aid with agencies, “It’s a constant need, a constant need. Every day we go out and beg.” Although 500 people a day have been treated, the high population in shelters has led to an increase in demand and immediacy in attention. But because of the ruined
more likely with untreated injuries, the hit that the healthcare system has taken may fuel a horrific upsurge in the death toll. As Haiti continues to rebuild beyond its unimaginable devastation, there is still hope that those afflicted by this disaster will find the care, peace, and strength needed to progress. If any time were as vital to come together as nations, the time is now. As Haitian rapper, Wyclef Jean, said, “Idle hands will make this tragedy worse. We must act now.”
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Mary Poppins Brings Magic to UNH Students By COURTNEY FABER STAFF WRITER
Saturday night’s SCOPE-sponsored trip to see Mary Poppins on Broadway was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! As soon as the group of students stepped off the bus in Time Square, the night was magical. Despite the cold, Times Square still sparkled and all the lights left everyone in awe. Once the show began, the magic continued. From the moment the show started to the moment it ended, it was filled with magnificent sets, wonderful costumes, lively dance numbers,
and all the songs from the movie everyone loves. My favorite number was when the entire cast sang
“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” The song was so upbeat and energetic I found myself entranced
throughout the entire number. It was hard not to enjoy yourself as all of the songs and dance num-
bers were exciting. Even though the play is full of wonderful songs and dance numbers, it does have a se-
rious message about putting family first and how “Anything can happen if you let it,” as stated in one of the numbers. Though some scenes are somewhat sad, when the Banks family comes to believe in the mantra that “anything can happen if you let it” everything soon changes for the better. If you are headed to New York City anytime soon and want a fun evening out on the town, I highly recommend you go see Mary Poppins! You won’t regret it!
Student Leaders on Campus Attend Leadership Day
By HEATHER BROWN STAFF WRITER
On Jan. 19, before most students even returned to campus, a group of over 100 student leaders gathered for Leadership Day 2010. This group comprised of Resident Assistants, Resident Directors, Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) members, and club representatives came together to attend and participate in the seminars. The day started with a continental breakfast, a welcome by Lisa Saverese, Assistant Director of Student Activities, Becca Kitchell, Assistant Director of Residential Life, and Greg Overend, Director of Student Activities. The student leaders then
listened to a presentation by Mike Weber, the key note speaker. Mr. Weber founded the Great American Opportunities Leadership Institute and has worked with students and business people across the country. His main focus for the students of UNH was the power of change. He strove to teach the students in attendance that although changing things within an organization is sometimes scary, it’s also essential to keeping the organizations on campus fresh and functional. The students then broke off into groups to attend the seminars. They ranged from how to lead in different situations to learning how to pass leadership on from one year to the next. The seminars were given by UNH staff members
including Ric Baker, Assistant Dean of Students, Michelle Scott, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, and Robert Hughes, Resident Director of Savin Court and The Regency. Once the seminars were done everyone gathered in the Alumni Lounge again to split into smaller groups in order to find information about Haiti to help with
the Office of Student Ac- the aftermath of the earth- to do during a formal dintivities’ fundraising event. quake, and much more. ner or a business dinner. Students gathered inforAt the end of the night All in all, Leadership D a y 2 0 1 0 was a g r e a t success. I would like to thank Lisa Saverese for all of her hard work in planning the event and I would like to thank all of the students who left mation about music and everyone took part in an their winter break early to the arts, agriculture, the etiquette diner. This taught participate in the event and devastation left behind in all of the attendants what become better leaders.
USGA Visits Boston to Attend Annual Conference
By HEATHER BROWN STAFF WRITER
The Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) is a student-run organization charged with being the liaison between the students of the university and the administration. It is responsible for representing the undergraduates at UNH. Comprised of senators and club representatives for over 80 organizations, the USGA has a budget of over $1.3 million to plan events for the UNH undergraduate student body. On the weekend of Jan. 22 and 23, members of this organization traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to convene and discuss the direction of the USGA and how to be successful as a USGA-
recognized organization. the USGA, Chris Rinck, anna Frometa, executive advisor Greg Overend, tions included the many Over thirty students were president, Chris Dempsey, assistant, and Deshawn Director of Student Activi- events that the USGA pays in attendance. vice president, Heather McGregor, sergeant-at- ties, made presentations to for, how to fill out USGA forms correctly, what class executive boards can do for you, what traditions exist at UNH and what we could make into traditions among others. The students also bonded during meals and during the free time offered to take in the sights and sounds of Boston. Keep your eyes peeled for new and exciting changes to take place within the USGA that will affect the campus on the whole! If you ever want to make any suggestions to the USGA just go to www.ChargerVoice. com and click the “Post a Concern” link on the left! All suggestions are A Rachel Barton/Chariot Yearbook Photo welcome and will be The executive board of Brown, treasurer, Dari- arms, along with USGA the group. These presenta- given full attention.
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8-Year-Old Left Waiting in the Cold
A Milford woman has been arrested after she left her 8-year old child outside waiting for the bus even though there was a school delay. The incident happened Jan. 29. Police say the child was outside for 45 minutes unsupervised in 16-degree weather. Ac-
cording to police, the child was flagging down cars to get a ride because he was so cold. Milford Public Schools had a 90 minute delay that day because of the weather, but the child's mother claimed she did not know about the delay. As a result, Ronni Cruz, 34, was charged with risk of injury. The child was examined by medical personnel and is now in DCF custody.
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Judge Delays Jury Selection For Steven Hayes with capital felony murder, assault, sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, arson, larceny and HARTFORD -- Sources risk of injury to children. told Eyewitness News that Hayes was charged in the Steven Hayes may have sexual assault of Jennifer tried to overdose on medication in prison. According to sources, Hayes was found unresponsive in his cell at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution around 7 a.m. Sunday. Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane said Hayes had, "some kind of apparent medical emergency." Hayes was transported to the UConn medical center in Farmington. Extra security was on hand while Hayes was at the hospital. Hospital officials would not confirm nor deny the informaHawke-Petit, Dr. William tion. However, according Petit's wife, and Komisto the New Haven Regis- arjevsky in the sexual aster, Hayes was placed in a sault of Michaela, their medically induced coma. daughter. Jury selection for Police said Hayes and Hayes' trial was set to re- Komisarjevsky entered sume on Monday, but has the Petits' Sorgum Mill been postponed until at Drive home during the least Wednesday. Hayes night. They said once indoes have the right to be side, they beat and bound present during the selec- William Petit and left him tion of his jury. in the basement. Police Joshua Komisarjevsky said the pair then terrorand Hayes are charged ized Hawke-Petit and her
daughters, Michaela and Hayley, for hours. Police said they surrounded the home after Hawke-Petit was taken by one of the suspects to a bank and made a with-
sentative in Connecticut, Granoth is experienced in working with municipalities and brings excellent organization skills to the office. She involves her whole family in her work with the Council. Her son, Rob Granoth, is a member of the band, Infinity Project, and frequently plays at WHCA events. Cathy’s favorite experience with the Council was acting with Barth McNeil as one of the main organizers of WHCA’s first Family Arts Night in 2009. Charles Williams takes on the role of Treasurer for the organization. As a filmmaker, Williams brings a visual perspective to the office, having documented the WHCA’s involvement in the community using video and photography. In 1999, he self-published a book titled, “The Chief,” a historical novel based on the life and times of the late FDNY battalion chief, Wesley Williams. New Board Member,
these goals is to help West Haven in their efforts at transforming the former Masonic Temple on Center Street into the West Haven Cultural Arts Center. Previous President and Vice Pr esident, Paul Scanlon and Rosemary O'Brien, are to remain on the Board of Directors. “I am excited to see what the future holds for the West Haven Council on the Arts,” said Rosemary O’Brien. “Paul Scanlon wrote up a list of our accomplishments over the past few years and it was extensive. Our challenge now is to keep up the momentum we’ve established so far.” "We are a vibrant organization," says Scanlon. "I am proud to be a member of such a hard-working organization and look forward to helping the new officers in any way I can." The West Haven Council on the Arts is a coalition of citizens dedicated to reviving art, cultural events
drawal around 9:30 a.m. Hawke-Petit was able to communicate to the teller that she and her family were being held hostage in their home, authorities said. The teller contacted police and police said Hawke-Petit was taken back to the home. Police said Komisarjevsky and Hayes set the house on fire before leaving the scene. They were arrested while attempting
to flee, Cheshire police said. The medical examiner ruled Hayley and Michaela's cause of death to be from smoke inhalation and Hawke-Petit's to be from asphyxiation. Hayley was 17 at the time of her death and had recently graduated from M i s s Porter's School i n Farmington. S h e planned to att e n d Dartmouth College. She also ran a charity called Hayley's Hope, which raised more than $50,000 to fight multiple sclerosis, from which her mother suffered. Hawke-Petit was 48 years old and was a nurse and director of the Student Health Center at Cheshire Academy. Dr. Petit and his wife were married for 22 years.
News from The West Haven Council on the Arts
By ROSEMARY O’BRIEN
BOARD MEMBER, WEST HAVEN COUNCIL ON THE ARTS
West Haven, CT – On Thursday, January 7th, the West Haven Council on the Arts held elections at their monthly meeting. The new officers and Board Members are as follows: President, Kevin Davignon Vice President, Barth McNeil Secretary, Cathy Granoth Treasurer, Charles Williams Board Members: Elaine Carroll, Paul Scanlon, Rosemary O’Brien A little about the officers: West Haven resident and newly-elected President of the WHCA, Kevin Davignon, is the Principal Architect at EDA Architecture located in Stam-
ford, CT. He serves on the West Haven Energy Commission, the West Haven Arts Center Building Committee, and is one of the driving forces of the future Arts Center building. Barth McNeil, Vice President, is a theatre veteran with over 20 years experience, both on stage and as a technician. Before being elected to VP, he served as the WHCA’s first Treasurer. According to McNeil, one of his greatest experience with WHCA to date was as Production Coordinator and Stage Manager for West Haven Summer Youth Theater’s production of Godspell Jr. this past summer. “I’m sure there are more good things to come and can’t wait to get going again with the kids next summer,” says McNeil. Cathy Granoth will remain in the position of Secretary for this second round of executive officers. As a union repre-
Elaine Carroll, General Manager of the Stamford Symphony, is an experienced performing arts administrator with a Masters Degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University. Her undergraduate degree is in flute performance and she plays and sings with a local Irish band. “I love when the arts and Downtown work together to make West Haven a magical place,” says Carroll who lives very close to the Center. “This past summer I put my 2-year old in her little red wagon and we walked over to the Green on a mid-summer’s night. She fell asleep listening to her neighbors perform Shakespeare.” All of the officers and Board members, new and old, along with the membership, look forward to helping the West Haven Council on the Arts achieve their goals in the coming years. One of
and tourism in our community. Our mission is to strengthen and promote the arts in West Haven by nurturing an appreciation of and participation in artistic endeavors in all media. Through the conversion of The Masonic Temple on Center Street into the West Haven Cultural Arts Center, we intend to provide a forum for local, regional and national artists to display their talents. Meetings are held in the basement of West Haven City Hall on the first Thursday of each month. The public is invited to attend and new members are always welcome. Membership is $40 for a family and $20 per individual. For more information contact the WHCA at 203932-2102, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view our blog at http://whcac. blogspot.com.
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Nominate Your Intern Supervisor
the 2010 Work-Integrated and Internship Employer ––––––––––––––––––––– Award to be awarded at the Experiential EducaIf while a UNH intern, tion Day Celebration on your internship supervisor Wednesday, April 8, 2010. p r o vided y o u with an exceptional experience t h a t laid a firmer foundation for the world o f work a n d y o u would l i k e him or her to be acknowlSubmit a paragraph or edged for his/her strong two telling us who this leadership and mentor- outstanding mentor is/ ship, nominate him/her for was and why you want to By ARLEEN ANDERSON
DIRECTOR OF INTERNSHIPS
nominate him/her for this prestigious award. Include your name, year, major, dates you interned and a short description of your role. Tell us what this person did/exuded that made you want to try harder or made you feel capable. Should your supervisor be selected, this information will be referred to in the presentation. Be sure to provide the person's name, title, name of the company and contact information. The winner/ recipient will be invited to be a guest at the EE Day celebration in April to receive the award. All nominations must be received by Mar. 25, 2010. Only complete nominations will be considered. Send nominations to Arleen Anderson at Anderson@newhaven.edu by March 25.
Mamma Mia, It’s a Meatball!
The movie is based in Swallow Falls, a little is––––––––––––––––––––– land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This is This past Twisted where the town is forced Thursday, people got treat- to eat sardines for every ed to dinner and a movie. meal. The up and coming There was spaghetti and aspiring scientist, Flint meatballs in an all you Lockwood, designs a macan eat buffet. The movie chine that converts water playing was Cloudy with into food. Somehow this a Chance of Meatballs, a machine gets up into the cute but hilarious movie atmosphere and weird with a lot of slap stick hu- things start to happen, mor. where food rains down
By ASHLEY BOGDANSKI STAFF WRITER
from the sky instead of water. Will Swallow Falls be gone forever or will Flint come and save the day? While you may have missed an opportunity to watch the movie with some free food, watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on your own to find out! Also, make sure to check out future Twisted Thursday events!
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Hope For Haiti Now Raises $57 Million performances occurred while calls came pour––––––––––––––––––––– ing in. Actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Denzel On Friday, Jan. 22, Washington, told stories of countless people across the nation came together with one goal in mind—to aid Haiti in its dire time of need. George Clooney’s Hope for Haiti Now telethon aired on popular networks such as MTV and Bravo with the help of celebrities of all kinds. Musicians, actors, actresses, and producers rallied together to help with the cause. Justin Timberlake, Bono, Steven Spielberg, Brad Pitt, and many others used their talents and presence to promote donations for Haiti. Singers Rihanna, Jay-Z, Bono, and The Edge performed an original song called “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)”, Beyonce sang “Halo” with Chris Martin on piano, and many other rescue missions and surviBy VANESSA ESTIME STAFF WRITER
vors in the earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12. Lisa Paulsen, the CEO and president of the Entertainment Industry Foundation,
public has set a new standard of giving for a relief telethon with Hope for Haiti Now, and the donations continue to come
accumulated more than 57 million dollars and the donations are still flowing. For the next six months, people can donate through
visiting the Hope for Haiti online site. The earnings will be divided between the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, the Red Cross, the U.N. World Food Program, UNICEF, Yele Haiti Foundation, and other disaster relief organizations. An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck the Caribbean island on Jan. 12, making it the worst disaster to befall the improvised country in 250 years. Numerous countries, such as the United States, Canada, Brazil, and the United Kingdom, responded to the call and guaranteed humanitarian aid--funds, rescue and medical assistance, and support personnel--to the poorest country in Western Hemisphere. Even after this tragedy, there is still hope to rebuild Haiti from the ground up in the coming years.
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was quoted saying, “The in.” The relief telethon text messaging, calling, or
Pastor Accused Truck Driver of Pulling Gun Fire in Houston Chokes on Chili; on Son at Church Blamed on Crashes Inflatable Gorilla
ALCOA, Tenn. – The son of a well-known Alcoa pastor has taken out an order of protection against his father, claiming he was threatened with a gun during an argument at a church over his lack of church attendance. The order of protection was filed by 32-year-old Michael Louis Colquitt against 60-year-old Joe Colquitt, pastor of St. John Mission-
ary Baptist Church. The younger man told police his father pulled out a handgun when they met at the church to discuss church attendance. He told officers his father pointed the gun at him and threatened to kill him, his wife and family. Joe Colquitt declined to comment when contacted by The Daily Times of Maryville. A Feb. 4 hearing was set in Blount County General Sessions Court.
HOUSTON – Fire department officials said an out-of-control inflatable gorilla was blamed for a rooftop blaze at a Houston shopping center. No injuries were reported in the fire early Thursday. The remnants of the inflatable
gorilla were seen at the site. District Chief Fred Hooker said some type of a "blowup doll" was on the roof, the item deflated and landed on some lights, leading to the fire. Fire authorities said two stores suffered minor water damage. Part of the rooftop also was seen to have suffered fire damage.
LOWELL, Mass. – Police said a Massachusetts lumber truck crashed into a home after the driver was knocked unconscious by a small chili from Wendy's. Lowell police said Eric Gremm reported that he choked on the chili when the truck hit a bump, causing him to pass out as the flatbed truck veered off the road and slammed into the home. The man, 59, said
emergency workers at the scene told him that he had passed out, but he could not remember losing consciousness. Police said the truck hit the foundation of the home, and authorities were worried that the home might collapse when the truck was pulled out. Gremm was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police said he could be cited for eating while driving.
February 3, 2010
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10 Things That Piss Me Off About the Grammys By ZACK ROSEN
There are ten things I’d like to discuss that piss me off about the Grammys. No, I’m not going to touch upon certain styles of music. But there are quite enough other things to talk about that should get my point across. 1. The fact that Justin Beiber is, like, 10 years old. And Ke$ha Is, like, a whore. As far as Justin Bieber goes, somebody needs to tell him he isn’t that amazing. Also, he’s only ten. Oh, and Bon Jovi and Beyoncé look nothing alike, kid. 2. Ke$ha’s voice. “Toes, toes.” “Phones, phones.” “Sha-oes, shoes.” Enough said. 3. People who don’t understand why Lady Gaga didn’t win everything. Don’t get me wrong… nothing is more enjoyably addictive than Bad Romance. I don’t really mind Lady Gaga. But she’s new. She’s not going to win Record of the Year, nor did she deserve it. Kthanxbye.
4. People who haven’t heard of Smokey Robinson or John Legend. I legit heard from someone who, when the Michael Jackson tribute began, didn’t k n o w w h o Smokey Robinson or J o h n Legend were. Smokey Robinson is one of the most influential R&B singers ever, and John Legend’s last name is freakin’ “legend!” Grow up and stop listening to Eminem, and maybe you’ll know who these guys are.
You may hate R&B or hip-hop, fine. But don’t refuse to listen simply because the music is “too popular” or because you like classic rock. Open your eyes! 6. Taylor Swift. I ’ m not really a big fan, but the girl [apparently] writes her own music. A n d s i n g s pretty well. That
said… Last night she was awful. Absolutely awfully out of tune. When she sang a duet with Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, Taylor Swift 5. People who don’t listen was so bad that I could to R&B because it’s what barely hear the bahh-ing of everybody listens to. Stevie’s lamb-voice. I admit that rap, hiphop, and R&B aren’t my 7. The fact that Elton preference in musical John got lost. genre. But that doesn’t Seriously, wtf was that! mean that I won’t listen to Lady Gaga and Elton them. Even if I don’t like a John!? I mean, sure, it was song, I make a point to lis- kinda entertaining. But to ten to it so that I can learn be quite honest, I think Elmore about music. ton John just got lost. He
probably took the wrong By ERIN ENNIS ASSISTANT EDITOR turn at Albequerque, fell ––––––––––––––––––––– on the ground (that explains his dirty face SunIt is officially February! day night) and then started Wait, I take that exclamaplaying piano. tion point back. There is absolutely NOTHING ex8. MJ’s kids. I’m sure somebody will citing about February. It put a hit out on me for say- is freezing outside, graduing this, but let me preface ation is looming precariit by I love Michael Jack- ously over my head, and son’s music. Honestly love classes have started to hit that slump before Spring it. But I don’t like how his Break. Oh yeah, and did I family and agents are ex- mention Valentine’s Day? ploiting his poor kids. Stop February couldn’t be computting them on stages and plete without the holiday I telling them to talk about hate the most. No, this is not the anhow great their father was. gry ranting of a jaded, Whether the tears are real or fake, I don’t need a kid single girl on Valentine’s telling me how amazing Day. I’ve spent a couple of their dead father was just Feb. 12 celebrations with so that you’ll sell more a lovely valentine by my side. But frankly, I think copies of a DVD. this holiday is 9. Making Green Day a all just a lot of hype and really musical. annoying (oh, Um, what? did I mention 10. Autotune, autotune, cheesy?) over expressions autotune. It has it’s uses. It sounds of “love.” Yep right, neat. It’s fun. It also proves that’s love in big gihow many modern musicians have no musical tal- gantic quotaent. You’ve got “pain” in tions. Valenyour name for a reason, T. tine’s Day has All I can hope for is nothing to do that, maybe, next year will with actually provide for less reasons to loving someone, but with complain. a commercialized card/candy industry and recognize that some Jew- the need for men to not be ish traditions may seem a “in the doghouse.” That’s right, not all bit strange to an unfamiliar onlooker – especially women are obsessed with something as suspicious Valentine’s Day. Not all as a small black box. The members of the female issue is not whether or not species really care about the boy should have been sappily romantic cards, investigated, but rather flowers, or pre-boxed why the investigation packages of old chocolate was initiated. How can candy. No really! What do we maximize security if any of those things actuwe don’t even know what ally say about your admiration for your significant we’re investigating? Now more than ever, other? “I love you, really, each person must strive but being original is comto reach beyond their pletely out of my budget.” realm of familiarity into Or, instead, “I really wantthe deep, dark unknown. ed to buy you something Learning about other reli- else, but I just didn’t have gions, ethnicities, and cul- the time and I settled for tures will help you broaden Hallmark and Godiva.” your horizons and achieve Or, my favorite “This is blissful awareness. And what everyone else is getwho knows, maybe one ting.” Remember elementary day your knowledge will prevent you from missing school, when everyone got a paper baggy and you your connecting flight. made enough valentines for your entire class? Then you handed them out like they actually meant something? Sure, that cute boy you may have noticed for the first time without the cooties may have given you an “extra special” batman valentine…but chances are he gave Suzie, Michelle, and Jane ones too. From such a young age, we’ve been disillusioned that Valentine’s Day ever meant anything more than heartbreak, cheesiness, and a nice market for the Hallmark companies.
The Safety of Awareness
By MELANIE ROVINSKY STAFF WRITER
Ignorance is bliss – well, that’s what we’ve all been told. And up until last week, I would have happily agreed with that phrase. However, a recent news story got me thinking about all of the problems that result from being misinformed and unaware. On Jan. 21, a commuter plane en route from New York to Kentucky was diverted to Philadelphia when a Jewish teenager caused a scare by pulling out small boxes containing sacred scrolls. Tefillin, as the boxes are called, are strapped to the arm and head during morning prayer. Unfamiliar with the ritual, the captain landed the plane, which was
immediately investigated by police, bomb-sniffing dogs, and FBI and Transportation Security Administration officials. When I first read of the incident, I found it utterly hilarious. I couldn’t believe that such a comical mistake had been made. However, my humor slowly turned into disbelief, which inevitably gave way to anger. How could such a blatant error have been made? Now, I am fully aware that when dealing with matters of airline security, one must conduct him or herself with extreme care and sensitivity. And I have no intention of belittling the amount of seriousness given to these incidences. I do believe, however, that this mistake brings up other problems inherent in
our society. Growing up, I was one of the five “actively” Jewish kids (including my sister and cousin) enrolled in the Meriden Public School system. I never adopted a minority mentality, but I grew quite used to being around individuals who knew little to nothing about my religion. For this reason, I am not surprised that the boy on the plane faced uncertainty or even accusations. What does bother me, is the fact that not a single person aboard, flight crew included, had ever seen or heard of tefillin. Even more surprising, is that the plane left from a major airport in New York – not Meriden, CT. In retrospect, I fully understand that when it comes to safety, nothing can be left to chance. I also
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Oh right…and let’s not forget those people that are NOT attached at the hip to another. How about all those single people out there? I don’t mind being single on Valentine’s Day…I hate the holiday anyway. But for those people who are completely fed-up with being loveless, Valentine’s Day is a painful reminder of how much love you are NOT getting. Nope, no candy for you. Flowers? Forget it. You obviously aren’t special enough this one freaking day of the year… cue the sob story. REALLY?! And we actually CONTINUE to celebrate this holiday!? I am not the sour-type of person. I really do like romantic gestures. I love
long walks, holding hands, and all that other stuff that makes a relationship incredibly enjoyable. I like showcasing my affection…but Valentine’s Day is not the day to do so. If you tell your significant other you love them on Valentine’s Day, all you are really doing is keeping up with the Jones and doing what everyone else wants to do. The “grand display” of your love means absolutely nothing because it’s shoved together with bright pink ugly hearts. If you love someone, Valentine’s Day is not the day to say it. Stop worrying about “being in the doghouse” and be original! Buy your girl something completely original. Do something out of the box. Celebrate your love the day before Valentine’s Day…or on a day that actually means something. Stop worrying about a baby with a bow and arrow and start worrying about the unique relationship you have! Valentine’s Day is just another reason why the normal people out there never look forward to the month of February. Celebrate when it matters, and let this insane holiday slowly fall to the wayside. Editor’s note: Do you agree? Do you think Erin’s nuts? Let us know! ChargerBulletin@newhaven. edu
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The Woes of Waiting in Line
By HEATHER BROWN STAFF WRITER
If you’re an undergraduate student at UNH, you’ve probably stood in line at some event to either get your ticket or get some free stuff. If you’re a student like me, you HATE standing in line. Unfortunately, lines are a part of not only student life at UNH but of life in general. We stand in line at the grocery store, the RMV, at the mall, in the cafeteria to pay for lunch, and at the movies. Lines here at UNH are notorious for extreme disorganization and having one person hold the place for 10 others who come later. The Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) and the Office of Student Activities (OSA) has taken steps to ensure that sign-ups go more smoothly. There is now a policy in place that requires either a graduate assistant with the OSA or a USGA executive board member to be at all sign-ups for large events to ensure that they run smoothly. Everyone staying in line, not cutting the line, and being orderly all
together mean that signups are running smoothly. Last week, SCOPE held sign-ups for their roller skating trip and their Mary Poppins on Broadway trip on the same night. Students started lining up at 7:00pm even though no one would be able to sign up until 9:00pm. Glenn Altshuler and Lindsay Lynch, the CoChairs of SCOPE, did the only thing they could think of to make sure everything stayed orderly, they gave out numbered tickets and then had people sign up in that order. This was meant to ensure that everyone stayed in line according to number and that there was no cutting. Personally, it’s about time someone took the time to make sure there was no cutting. If I wait for two hours in line I get upset when people cut me. They didn’t wait in line; I did. This being said I was shocked to see how many students were complaining about being given a ticket with a number. I would have given Glenn and Lindsay a hug for sticking up for me, just another student in line. To all students who will wait in line to sign up for
a trip this semester, please be patient! The people who plan these trips don’t want to screw you over by taking their friends first. If you think there are some students receiving preferential treatment, let the OSA grad assistant or USGA e-board member know. That is what they are there for! If you don’t believe me that there really is a policy that stands up for you, the student, go to www.ChargerVoice.com and take a look at the Treasurers’ Manual under Treasurer Documents. It’s there, I promise. How do I know? I put it there after the need for it was brought to the attention of the USGA President, Chris Rinck. What does this mean for you? This means that the USGA does listen to your concerns. Most importantly, this means that the USGA is holding organizations that have signups accountable to keep them fair for you, the average student. All we can ask for is that the process is fair and I believe we will all see more organizations trying to make sign-ups that way.
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Second Class Seniors
By STEPHEN ACEVEDO STAFF WRITER
SENIORS DESERVE SENORITY! SENIORS DESERVE SENIORITY! This is my take on the whole rooming situation for next school semester. For those unaware, allow me to explain my loud introduction. Over this past winter break the University of New Haven sent out letters to all UNH students stating that as of the fall 2010 semester, seniors will no longer be guaranteed housing on campus. For many, this came to a shock, but for others, it does not seem too big a deal. But this university decision is not one that can simply be ignored. Before continuing on any further I would simply like to state that this new policy does not directly affect me; sadly I will be graduating this semester. As for the rest of the seniors on campus, you have every right to be angry. Depriving the chances of seniors in receiving on campus housing is a low blow. I have heard much debate on this issue and analyzed both sides of the story. I can even go as far to say that I understand the school’s reason for its decision and that in truth, they have a strong point. I absolutely agree with the university on the idea that freshmen and sophomores
should automatically receive on campus housing. The truth is, freshmen and sophomores both need nurturing, and we all did when we were college newborns. The problem for me is not the making of space for new incoming students, but rather when seniors have to suffer for the university’s actions. This new problem facing the university is not a battle between freshmen and seniors, as a matter of fact, no student is to blame. The fault lies solely on the university and their steps in handling a growing campus. I understand that colleges are businesses as well and I am aware that sometimes changes need to be made and that there is not always an easy transition; but planning and organizing is one of the key factors for change, and this is where the university failed. With growing popularity it is not surprising to see the school over enrolling, but if you are going to bring in more students make sure to have the space to maintain such an increase; I wouldn’t buy 50 fishes and only buy a 1 gallon fish tank to put them in. I’ve heard the excuses, “Oh, well… once you’re a senior it’s that time for independence…blah blah blah.” At the end of it all, seniors are suffering for the schools lack of
planning and dare I say, GREED. The school as a business should know that you always take care of your dedicated and experienced workers; no one put more time and sweat into this school than our seniors. Seniors deserve the right to stay on campus; we should not be treated as second class, no matter what the reason. I am currently a senior, and I must say it is great living in Soundview. As a freshman who started out in a suite of 16 boys and living in a tripled room in the basement of Bethel, it sure feels great finally moving on up to the newest dorm on campus. I mean isn’t that the one of the perks to being a senior? The idea that after putting in your time you finally get to pick the dorm you’ve always wanted? Well that’s how I always thought about it; and as a freshman, I couldn’t wait to be a senior for that reason. As for all other students that think they are safe, soon you guys will be seniors as well and will be in the same shoes. As for the school, please do not say that there is no more room, if so, make room. The way I see it, seniors are like janitors working in the building for many years, and now that there is a new spill, here’s the mop, you clean up the mess.
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The 1960’s were punctuated by leaders like Martin Luther King who is best known for his dedication and loyalty to equality and human rights. One of King’s most heralded accomplishments was his March on Washington where he delivered his “I Have Dream” speech and made great strides to end segregation. Come walk the New Hall’s path to equality, and experience for yourself the march towards equal rights through the building’s decorations and postings of key facts that paved the way for the freedoms of today.
Black History Month Improv Jam Session, February 15th @ 9pm in Forest Hills
Jazz and blues, the most celebrated genres of music in the United States, find its roots in black history and culture. Beginning on Southern plantations in 19th century, the songs were never recorded, always performed by memory, and were often improvised. While jazz and blues have developed from its roots in African American spirituals and improvisation to a multi-million dollar music genre, we must not forget the beginnings of this notable form of expression. Join us as some of Forest Hills' very own musicians improvise jazz and blues suited to our modern culture.
Black History Month Scavenger Hunt, February 15th @ 8pm in the Dunham Common Room
Get a team! Learn some facts! Win a prize! Come learn more about the culture and contributions that make Black History Month a time to remember and reflect! The Dunham, Ruden and Campbell Street staffs will be your hosts, so come out and support! Black History Month Scavenger Hunt, February 16th-19th beginning each night @ 8pm with the RA on duty in the Sheffield Lobby There have been numerous items invented by black inventors that we use everyday. People don't realize the large contributions in our invention history and how black inventors have been a large part of this. Come down each night and learn about the items that have been invented, who the inventors are, and how they came up with their ideas in a fun way!
Mississippi Burning, February 17th @ 8pm 2/17/2009 in the Botwinik 1st Floor Common Lounge
Watch the movie Mississippi Burning with residents and staff and afterwards discuss the movie and answer questions about Black History that will lead to the movie prize give away!
Black History Month Trivia, February 18th @ 8pm in the Regency Common Room
Name the poet who wrote “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Who is the founder of the modern day hip-hop movement, Phat Farm, a division of Phat Fashions, is symbol of men's contemporary American culture, mixing the urban aesthetics of the streets and the preppy culture of the Ivy League? Who was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, she was reared by her grandmother on a farm where she "began her broadcasting career" by learning to read aloud and perform recitations at the age of three? Join the Regency and Savin Court staffs and win big!
A Walk in Their Shoes, February 19th-26th in the Soundview Common Areas
Residents will experience a walk through the civil rights period. The building will be segregated in the common areas in order to illustrate the extreme conditions AfricanAmericans faced during Civil Rights Movement. Information regarding the Civil Rights movement will be placed throughout the building as well, so take a moment to stop, read and reflect!
A Race Through Time, Sunday February 28th @ 9pm in the Winchester Lobby
Residents will pair up or compete individually in a history challenge that will test their knowledge of important contributions and events in the African American Culture. Solve the clues to win a great prize and discover some bonuses along the way!
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Go Greek! Recruitment Week Monday Feb 8th- Friday Feb 12th Come out to meet the Greeks in the Quad every night at 9:30pm IFSC sponsored Greek Informational Thursday the 11th at 7pm in the Alumni Lounge
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USGA President’s Corner Fellow UNH students, for transporting their sound system around I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are getting back into the swing of classes. Before we know it, Spring Break will be here and many of us will be heading to find the sun. As some of you may have seen, the USGA has purchased a golf cart to be used by all student organizations. Soon the cart will be decorated with USGA logos and chargervoice.com apparel. This cart is going campus along with many to be used by members other events. The cart of The Charger Bulletin will also be a big help at to help with the deliv- events like Homecomery of the paper every ing and Spring Weekend. Wednesday morning. This cart can be used by SCOPE will also be us- any club or organization ing this cart as a means that expresses a need for
it. If you or your organization would like to use the cart, go to www.ChargerVoice.com and fill out a Golf Cart Request. I encourage any students who have any questions about UNH or how to get involved to come visit the USGA offices located on the top floor of Bartels Hall. You can find students any time of the day to answer your questions or help you in any way that they can. Have a great week, Christopher Rinck USGA President
Delta Chi Ready a For New Decade
By SAM COX DELTA CHI
On the heels of one of the most successfully semesters yet for the Delta Chi Fraternity at UNH, the chapter is in 1st place in USGA point standings and was awarded IFSC Greek of the Year. Regardless, the brothers are ready to start the new decade with many events, with recruitment as its most important goal. The brothers will be hosting their annual Blood
Drive in the German Club on Feb. 9 and 10 to support the American Red Cross. Recruitment week starts in February and the brothers are looking forward to meeting all the new faces and will be hosting a TGIF food night, game night, and a smoker at Gippers in Milford. The brothers are looking forward to participating in Season Three of RecSports intramurals in dodgeball, handball, and basketball. The chapter will also be hosting a par-
ty for the upcoming Super Bowl. In the coming months, the brothers will be participating in many community service events ranging from soup kitchens to charitable walks and hosting another blood drive in April. The brothers would like to congratulate brother Martin J. O’Connor for being a recipient of the Oskar Schindler Humanitarian Foundation Endowed Professor Award!
Don’t Forget Your Flu Shot!
H1N1 Flu vaccine still available at Health Services via appointment by calling 203 932-7079. No cost and currently we still have a good supply of vaccine left. CDC continues to recommend that all obtain the vaccine. GO RED for Women, the National Wear Red Day is Feb. 5, 2010, as in the past we ask everyone to participate in that day by wearing something red – also as in the past UNH will continue its support by asking that each Friday in February you wear something red. Also Health Services will be happy to monitor your Blood Pressure all you need to do is come into our office for a reading, do you know your numbers? The American Heart Association continues to raise the awareness of cardiovascular disease in women and wants to empower them with knowledge and tools to turn personal choices into lifesaving actions. Cardiovascular disease is the leading death of Connecticut women. To many women die each year because they are unaware that they may be at risk. One in three women suffer in silence, and almost one women in the United States dies every minute of this largely preventable disease. Make the right choices for your heart, monitor your diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking provide healthier hearts for all. Everyone can play a key role in the fight against cardiovascular disease for more information call (203) 294-0088, or 1-877-RED-DAY-7, or visit http://www.americanheart.org/ctgoesred/
Did You Know? Groundhog Day
SCOPE It Out!
by Lindsay Lynch SCOPE has lots in store for the UNH community this issue! Every week, SCOPE has meetings in Meeting Rooms A&B in Bartels Hall at 4:30pm on Thursdays. All are welcome to come and encouraged to join! We have lots of fun at our meetings [editor’s note: it’s true! They do!] and you can come share your ideas as to what you want to see planned on campus. Here is what we have planned for this week! The SCOPE Film Committee will be showing Law-Abiding Citizen in the Alumni Lounge at 7:30 pm on both Wednesday and Friday evenings. Our Weekend Programming Committee will be hosting a trip to Willy D’s for Go Karts on Friday, February 5. The bus will be leaving at 6:15pm in the Maxcy parking lot, and we will be there from 7-10pm. On Saturday, February 6, our Weekend Programming Committee will be hosting Make Your Own Tye Dye T-shirts and Tote Bags in the Bartels Café at 7:00pm. Come on out and make a cool shirt or bag! Next Tuesday, our Day Programming Committee will be hosting Funny T-Shirts in the Bartels programming space from 12-4pm. You can get a picture of your head on a funny cartoon body. As with all SCOPE events, come on out and see what its all about!
by Joann Wolowowicz
Feb. 2 is the one day of the year when a little furry animal named Phil gets a whole lot of attention. Feb. 2, 1887 was the first day in history when Groundhog Day was celebrated in Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Traditionally, if a groundhog comes out of his hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. No shadow will result in an early spring. When did this funny little tradition get started? Who started it? And more importantly, why was the groundhog chosen? Believe it or not, Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian traditions of Candlemas Day, a day where the clergy would bless and distribute candles for winter. The candles were symbols of how long and cold the winter would be. Later on throughout history, the Germans selected an animal, originally a hedgehog, to predict the weather. Once the tradition arrived in America, the German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition, this time using the areas plentiful groundhogs. In 1887, there was a newspaper editor who belonged to a group of groundhog hunters from Punxsutawney. These men declared that Phil the Punxsutawney groundhog was the only true weather-forecasting groundhog, making him immediately famous. Ever since then, the future generations of the first Phil have been the most famous groundhog family. However, there are many other towns in America that have their own groundhogs that they look to on Feb. 2. Tens of thousands of people converge on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney each Feb. 2 to witness Phil’s prediction. There is always a three-day celebration featuring entertainment and activities. Groundhogs, otherwise known as woodchucks, go into hibernation in late fall. In February, these animals emerge from their winter slumber surprisingly, not to predict the weather, but to look for a mate. They come out of hibernation for good in March. So hopefully this year the unofficial, official winter forecaster will predict something warm coming for us in the near future. If not, you can expect some chilly weather heading our way, but with the winds we have been having, what else is new.
Happy Groundhog Day, everyone!
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BSU presents... February is Black History Month!
BHM Fact of the Week
Garrett Augustus Morgan (1877 - 1963) invented, among many other things, a 3-way automatic stop sign, which he sold to General Electric. It was used in the United States until the 3-light traffic sign was developed.
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Charger Chat “We are all just rabbits chasing the carrot.”
- Some old guy in the hospital
by Josh Van Hoesen
Waffles are one of my favorite breakfast foods, and I have to say I like the new UNH: for me that means University of New Hope, not No Hope as some students setup in Bartels. I dont have to worry about any batter dripping, or measuring out keep saying. Here’s a little word to ye nay sayers: every college has its downsides the proper amount, so now I always get my perfect waffle. Gratzi! but if that’s all you focus on then you’ll never see the good stuff, so do us all a favor and shut up and go blow a goat. I don’t know if you noticed, but there’s a new layout to The Charger Bulletin and I love it! It’s like going from a mini coop to a mustang: the difference is amazing! I love Accepted Student Day as much as the next person; I actually quite look forward to meeting all these new students. But do they have to walk down the middle of the street and block traffic for 20 minutes?
Shawn’s Hotties of the Week The Gal Kristina Bensley Name: Kristina Bensley Major: Criminal Justice/Fire Science Hometown: Matamoras, PA Year: Senior (2010) Involvement: A- Team, Resident Assistant (Botwinik), USGA senator Why is she this week’s Hottie? Kristina Bensley is this week’s Hottie because of her dedication to the USGA and Residential Life. She is always smiling and happy to be a part of UNH. Thanks Kristina!
by Shawn L. Tremblay
Corey Scott Name: Corey Scott Major: Fire Science/Chemistry/Biology Year: Freshman (2013) Involvement: FSCC, A- Team, Hall Council President Favorite Movie: The Bourne Identity Favorite Musician: Everything Why is he this week’s Hottie? As a freshman, Corey is very involved on campus. He would like to start his own talk show for UNH radio. He is very unique, and he is friendly with everyone on the New Haven campus.
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HOLLYWOOD ... Still a mystery how all those lovely ladies in littlenothing dresses and no wraps didn’t get pneumonia walking the Golden Globes red carpet in the cold. Also, those who will admit, do admit that the show was a bit long and more than a bit boring. And wait, all ye award-show watchers, there are more to come. This is not really Hollywood news, but it’s news. I was never a Katie Couric fan until now. After watching her on The Charley Rose Show tell about her coverage of the Haitian disaster, and the young 13-yearold lying in the street who held on to her while they set both his broken legs, I say “Congrats, Katie.” It must have really been a “tough go.” And please, please George, and I mean Clooney, please get rid of that hairy facial stuff. You are gorgeous clean-shaven, but under that hirsute adornment -- No! Glenn Close, on the Late Show With David Letterman, in a skirt and blouse looking not at all like those “little black dress” ladies. And next time you see her, take a good, long look at her face. A trip to a plastic surgeon, maybe? ... AND aren’t you a wee bit tired of this Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien brouhaha. ... And while we’re on random subjects, if ever there is a need to portray President Barack Obama, try Denzel Washington. Remember when Sarah Ferguson married into the royal family? She was sort of heavy, with bouncing red hair. Today she is slim and trim, with the trendy long, straight hair, bangs and parted in the middle. It’s also a whole new facial look, and she is “tres sexee.” What’s next for the Duchess of York in showbiz, well, we’ll just have to wait and see. Aside to Kerry G. of Miami: You ask why we don’t see more pictures of the stars’ kids, e.g., you would love to see Julia Roberts’ twins Phin and Hazel. Answer: They have good reason to maintain their privacy and not flaunt pics of the offspring, ever since way back when the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped. And to Bertha J. of Santa Barbara, Calif.: You ask why we don’t see Paris, Britney, Lindsay and the like presenting at award shows. Good question. I’ll try to find the right answer, although I think it’s because they have never been award winners. They have merely “performed” in private life.
BITS ‘N’ PIECES: Harrison Ford may be a good actor, but he is certainly not a good interview. Watching him on “The Late Show” was dull. However, he still brings in big bucks at the box office, and that’s what counts in the totaling up. ... Chris Pine back in Hollywood after shooting in Philadelphia. And as far as I know, there is no “numero uno femme” in his life. ... Did you know that Grace Kelly and Ray Milland had a romping affair before she met her “Monaco Man”? ... And Warren Beatty and Joan Collins had “a go-round” for a while. ... And finally, Alfred and Alma Hitchcock once gave a dinner party where all the food was dyed BLUE. I kid you not!
Q: Al Pacino is one of my all-time favorite actors. Can you tell me what he’s been up to lately and what I can see him in next? -- Paul G., Vero Beach, Fla. A: The most recent Pacino news has Al taking on the title role in the movie You Don’t Know Jack, which is based on the life of assistedsuicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian. The multi-award-winning star, who turns 70 in April, stars alongside Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, Danny Huston and Brenda Vaccaro in the Barry Levinson-directed biopic, which will be released later this year. He also just began production as King Lear in King Lear and has a half-dozen movies waiting in the wings for him to star in. *** Q: I absolutely love the procedural dramas like Criminal Minds and Law & Order. I heard that there are even more spin-offs of these shows in the works. Is that true? I hope so! -- Patty J., via e-mail A: A few weeks back, NBC programming chief Angela Bromstad announced that the network is in talks with Law & Order creator Dick Wolf about introducing Law & Order: Los Angeles, which would mark a location departure for the series, as it’s always taken place in New York. There also have been some rumors floating about that Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to star in a Criminal Minds spin-off for CBS. *** Q: On the final night of The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien, he joked that he’d like actress Tilda Swinton to play him in a movie of his life. While my husband and I thought it was funny, I got to wondering, how did Tilda feel about that comment? -- Trudy J., Harrisburg, Pa. A: Tilda has just a great a sense of humor as the next person. When asked by Movieline if she’d be game to play Conan if the chance were ever offered, she exclaimed: “I would just be only too happy. Yes, yes, yes, absolutely!” She even went so far as to suggest that they help each other out with their various entertainment and promotional duties, offering that Conan could stand in for her and help to promote her movies. “And why not? Every girl should have a doppelganger.” *** Q: When is the new Parenthood series going to premiere? It seems like I’ve been waiting forever! -- Faith G., via e-mail A: Our wait is almost over. Parenthood is set to premiere on Tuesday, March 2, at 10 p.m., just a few days after the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. It was originally scheduled to air on Mondays at 9 p.m., but since the cancellation of The Jay Leno Show, NBC has had to do some major schedule shuffling to fill in the 10 o’clock gaps. But don’t even get me started on Jay -- I am Team Conan all the way! Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at email@example.com. For more news and extended interviews, visit www.celebrityextraonline.com and twitter.com/Celebrity_Extra.
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NFL Playoff Picture
By ALEX KRATMAN STAFF WRITER
Well it’s that time of year: winter is in full swing, snow is falling, and the best teams in the NFL have played throughout the season to secure a playoff spot. So far the playoff season has been highly dramatic, but at the same time boring. This year playoffs have been filled with excitement, nail-biter games, and games that a normal person turned off by the second quarter. The Super Bowl was determined in the end with the Colts and the Saints playing for the championship. Starting with the AFC Division with the wildcard weekend, the Jets faced the Bengals at home and the Ravens met the Patriots in New England. The Jets and Bengals games ended being a rematch of the last regular season game, which ended with a lopsided win for the Jets. This game wasn’t any different. The Jets outplayed and outscored the Bengals 2414, which let the Jets move onto the second round. The Pats game was speculated to be an easy blowout or the Patriots, but reality would say differently. The game ended up being a huge loss in which the Ra-
vens won big against the Pats 33-14. The NFC division weekend ended up being a rematch of the last games of the regular seasons, with the Cowboys facing the Eagles and the Packers facing the Cardinals. If anyone watched these games, it looked like a repeat of the final games of the regular season. The Cowboys and Eagles game ended up with a one-sided win for the Cowboys 3414. As for the Packers and the Cardinals, it seemed to be the most interesting of the wildcard games. The game ended in overtime, with the spectacular offenses of both teams being overshadowed by an unusual defensive Arizona touchdown. The next set of games came quickly. Starting in the AFC, the Ravens traveled to the Colts and the Jets played the Chargers in seriously one-sided games. The Colts knocked off the Ravens, 20-3 and the surprising Jets overtook the Chargers. This win surprised many people, as the Jets had been the underdogs in the playoffs. In the NFC, the Cardinals played the Saints and the Cowboys played the Vikings. The Cardinals outplayed the Saints by the numbers; however the Saints still rallied 45-14. The Vikings
and Cowboys game was a bit of a nail biter. This season has been a great season for Brett Favre, leading the Vikings to the playoffs and over the Cowboys 34-4. Contending for the AFC title game were the Colts and the Jets. Many people did not think that the Jets would get this far in the playoffs, especially with a rookie quarterback and coach. This game at first glance looked like the Jets might pull off the impossible and win against the Colts, who were one of the best numerical teams during the regular season. The second half of the game was a different story. Payton Manning led the Colts to a win over the Jets, which sent the Colts to southern Florida for the Super Bowl. The NFC championship, which involved the Vikings and the Saints, was the most exciting game of the entire playoff season. The game was back and forth and ended in overtime. Breakdown by star quarterback Brett Favre led to a late overtime field goal by Saints kicker Garrett Hartley, securing New Orleans first trip to the Super Bowl. Make sure to catch the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, and our in-depth analysis article on Feb. 10!
Diving into Print and Electronic Collections: Sports Resources in the Library
By HELLA HEYDORN
MARVIN K. PETERSON LIBRARY
2010 is an exciting year in international sports: The Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada in February, and the Soccer World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, in June are two of the most-watched events in the world. Both share the spirit that athletic competitions have: the ability to unite people in mutual excitement and enthusiasm for sportsmanship, athletic grace and speed, and peaceful yet fervent rivalry among countries. If you are researching a paper on doping, sports economics, or just indulging your interests in the final standings of your favorite team, a visit to the Marvin K. Peterson Library is the perfect pretext to explore our print and electronic resources, particularly for a subject as multi-faceted as sports. Sports and international events offer a myriad of aspects that are exciting to scholars and lay people. From medicine to law, from the social sciences
to international relations, business, psychology, and education, you don’t have to be an athlete to take an interest in this fascinating topic. Our reference collection on the first floor has standard works such as Sports Market Place or the Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure among many other print resources. Search the Library’s online catalog for books on a particular subject (for example, the history of the Olympic Games, or the economic and crosscultural aspects of professional sports). Check our databases for recent or historical newspaper articles, scholarly articles, biographical information or online reference articles. Last but not least, surf the web sites that we have select for their reliable and interesting content. You may know, for example, that the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896. But did you know that only 12 nations responded to the invitation of the International Olympic Committee? The American team was one of the
largest with 13 members (only the Greek team was larger). The British team counted only 6 athletes. (Guttmann, Allan. The Games Must Go On. New York: Columbia University Press, 1984. 15). Or consider that “when British soldiers in Afghanistan and southern Iraq wanted to befriend the locals, they played a soccer match. On Christmas Day 1914, British and German soldiers in the First World War trenches did the same thing.” (Szymanski & Zimbalist. National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2005. 1). If you like to find out more interesting facts and facets on whatever topic you are researching, or if you need help using any of the print or electronic resources at the Library, sports-related or otherwise, come to the Information Desk. For a complete listing of the Library’s Subject Guides, please visit: http://www.newhaven. edu/library/Guides/Subject/
REC Sports Continues
By KAT WILBERDING STAFF WRITER
Season 3 of REC Sports is underway, Group X classes have started up, and the Beckerman is busier than ever. While the new semester has brought an initial explosion of programs like the Get Fit Charger Challenge and the new BOSU Boost Group X class, more quality activities are to come. ChargerREC is proud to bring back instructional classes this Spring. Classes offered are: Belly Dancing, Kenjutsu, Mat Pilates, Unarmed Fighting Skills of the Samurai, and Yoga.
Curious about a class? Stop by the free demonstrations of each class going on all this week. The demo schedule is online at our website and in our magazine. The arrival of February also brings Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is exciting and there is a lot of great food to be had during this festive day. But you don’t have to break your healthy life style. Come join us at the Beckerman on Tuesday, Feb. 16 for Fit Tuesday. Anyone who participates in a Group X class on Fit Tuesday will automatically be entered into a drawing for a prize. So come “combat the fat” this
February with Fit Tuesday. REC Sports will be holding several one day tournaments throughout both seasons this semester, so be sure to look out for those. In honor of breast cancer awareness month, REC Sports will be holding a big pink volleyball event on Friday, February 19th. Please look out for more information on this one day volleyball tournament. Come out and support breast cancer awareness. As always stop by, visit the website, take a magazine, and check the bulletin for more news and updates from the Beckerman.
the NFL Commissoner. Money talks! Goodell's idea of having this event, a week before is to have higher ratings, and make more money. In essence, money and higher ratings aren’t the only reason to have a Pro Bowl: it's to showcase more young talent. Chris Johnson isn't bad, but you have veterans like Tom Brady, and Phillip Rivers injured, limiting the playing scope. Goodell is so focused on getting higher quality, and this decision may drive up the ratings a little bit. Above all else, this doesn't make any sense. Why are we having the Pro Bowl to begin with? The
NFL is unique and doesn't need an all-star game. The last situation Goodell needs is to have player's get injured and head to the offseason being hurt. Overall, the Pro Bowl is a learning experience for the young player's to make a bigger name for themselves. The game is so meaningless because the players will only think about the grand stage and that is winning a Super Bowl Championship. Will Goodell fix the Pro Bowl, or get rid of it once and for all? We will all find out soon.
and ties through the first 15 minutes with not team being able to build a lead larger than six points. The back and forth action lead to 21 lead changes and eight ties through the entire game. Both teams started to heat up from the floor with both teams shooting over 45 percent from the floor. With three-pointer by Casey Miller with 4:27 left the Warriors took the lead for good at 65-63. That story of the second half was the Warriors ability to make the three-point shot, 6-8 in the second half and the Chargers in ability, 1-8. The Warriors kept coming at the Chargers and they could not recover. The Warriors lead climbed to nine with 90 seconds left on jumper by Gennifer Roy. UNH was led by Helen Marte with 25 points, one short of her career high, on 10-13 from the field and 5-7 from the free throw line. The Chargers shot 46 percent from the field for the game but only 23 percent from three-point
range. Four of Merrimack’s five starters were double figures. Lead by Gennifer Roy with 23 points, Casey Miller with 16, Kelly Schatzlein had 13 and Tiffany Colon added 11 points and six rebounds. The Warriors shot 53 percent from the field for the game with a 38 percent clip from behind the arc. With six games left in the regular season the Lady Chargers will look to get back on track and start making a push up the standings during the month of February. With four of their last seven at home the Chargers will look to capitalize on playing on their home court. There are some winnable games down the stretch when they host Southern Connecticut State and American International. There also some tough games with St. Rose and Pace, both top five teams on conference, coming to Charger Gymnasium.
The 2010 Pro Bowl: An Epic Failure
By TOM CHIEPPO STAFF WRITER
For the first time, the NFL is holding it's Pro Bowl game in the same location where Super Bowl 44 will be held Sunday Feb. 7 in Miami, Florida. The Aloha State held the Pro Bowl for thirty years, and it will not be seen in the tropical state like everyone hoped. Instead, of having the Pro Bowl after the big game, it will be held a week before. No free trips to Hawaii for the player's and their families this year. This is one of Roger Goodell's worst moves as
Warriors Overwhelm Chargers with Late Second Half Surge
By PHIL PAQUETTE STAFF WRITER
WEST HAVEN – The University of New Haven women’s basketball team struggles continue with their inabilities to shot from behind the threepoint line, as they fell to the Merrimack College Warriors on Saturday afternoon 81-72. The Chargers jumped out to an eight nothing lead to start the game but the Warriors chipped away at the lead over the next four minutes to take the lead 13-12 with 13:22 left to play in the opening half. The Warriors built a lead of five over next six minutes to 21-15. Over the final six minutes of the first half the Chargers kept trimming the lead and eventually taking a four point going to the half when Dominique Stellmacher hit a running three at the buzzer to give UNH a 34-30 lead. The second half was filled with lead changes
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A Special Thanks from SHRM Hello everyone, Thanks to the support of the university community, the SHRM Ink and Toner Recycling Program is going strong, and continues to be a helpful source of fundraising for our graduate student organization. I hope that with everyone’s participation, this program will be an asset to SHRM and the UNH family for years to come. As always, if you have any questions about the program, or if you notice a full bin, please email us at UNHshrm@newhaven.edu. Thank you all for your help, and don’t forget to recycle! Krzysztof J. Chorzepa MAIOP Graduate Student ‘10
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Legion Brings Religion and Thrills to Screen
By ALEX GARDNER STAFF WRITER
Legion brings an interesting mix of mythology, action, and a hint of suspense to the silver screen in an apocalyptic spiritual thriller. Set in a remote desert in the southwest United States, a young woman named Charlie (played by Adrianne Palicki) is supposedly carrying the second coming of Christ after God has given up all hope in humanity. The Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) however, still has hope and has come to earth to protect the child from the ensuing extermination. What follows is a series
of trials in an attempt for those closest to Charlie to survive and give hope to humanity. The various members of the group face their own personal battles throughout the duration of the film, providing something else to take the viewer away from the rampant “shoot 'em up” scenes. The side-stories, while not the most compelling or original, give the characters some depth and some personality beyond their will to live. The movie has its fair share of action sequences, although none of which are too spectacular, save for the fight between brothers Michael and Gabriel.
Legion spends a lot of time emphasizing the fact that, even when it seems all hope is lost, there will be those who keep their faith and give reason for humanity to continue. The meat of the story revolves around Michael trying to defend his decision to go against God and restore the faith in humanity that God himself once had. The most fitting line to describe the movie comes in a cutscene between Gabriel and Michael, where Michael explains his defiance by saying, “You're giving him what he wants. I'm giving him what he needs.” Overall, the movie has something appealing for fans of a number of genres.
Patrick, both who have Pompe disease, a rare genetic disorder caused by an enzyme deficiency that leads to muscle weakness and typically death. The family seems to be out of options, but a near-death experience for Megan at the hospital prompts John
family to go into business with Stonehill, building a chance for a cure. Stonehill has a scientific breakthrough, Crowley has the business smarts to market it, but it's still a question of whether they can have a cure ready in time to save Crowley´s children.
Those fans of apocalyptic story lines will be pleased with the way that the biblical references are tied into the story line. Fans of high-powered action movies will be thrilled with the amount of action scenes that make the cut and keep them entertained. If you are looking for suspense, a number of scenes will keep you on the edge of your seat while you wait for the next shock. If you are considering a movie to see over the weekend, and are a fan of any genre of film, Legion is definitely a movie worth your watch.
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Extraordinary Measures Delivers
By NATALIE BRANDT STAFF WRITER
Truth is often more compelling than fiction, and filmgoers love a heartfelt human interest story. Extraordinary Measures seems to have everything going for it: A touching story based on the best-selling book The Cure, a timely subject in healthcare, and two highprofile actors in Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford. Fraser plays John Crowley, a real-life businessman shown at the beginning of the film working at Bristol-Myers. The movie starts with the introduction to Crowley, who tries to balance work and family. He arrives in the nick of time for his daughter Megan´s birthday, revealing the Crowley family, with John's wife Aileen (Keri Russell) and their three children John Jr., Megan, and Patrick. But all is not well. Time is running out for 8-yearold Megan and 6-year-old
to reach out to Dr. Robert Stonehill (Ford), an eccentric scientist. He works at the University of Nebraska with experimental research that could hold a cure for children suffering from Pompe. Nevertheless, Crowley gives it his all: "I can't just sit there while my kids are dying." He quits his successful job and moves his
Director Tom Vaughan's film certainly means well and it gets some things right, even when it might have taken an easier route. Yet the overall feel is one of a generic, feel-good drama, albeit one with Harrison Ford stomping around most of the time as if someone kicked him in the shins. Y e t one thing Va u g h a n gets exactly right is the Crowleys' relationship with their children. Despite the severity of their illness, they're still kids. They are perfectly capable of misbehaving and of being punished for AN AP/MATT SAYLES PHOTO it. They live At this point Extraor- with their children, and dinary Measures shifts their children's illness, day its focus from a family- and night. It's their reality, based medical drama to a and most treat it as such. critique of the corporate Most films take a sappier establishment. Their start- approach. Extraordinary up company runs into all Measures does not. manner of impediments, Had Vaughan applied most of them predictable: the same focus to the rest not enough money, not of the film, it would have enough time, not enough been all the more effecexperience in trying to get tive, and all the better, as a drug to market. well.
Publicist: Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard Are Engaged
NEW YORK – Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are engaged. Bell's publicist, Marcel Pariseau, confirmed the couple's engagement but said Monday that no other
details are available. The 29-year-old Bell and 35-year-old Shepard appear in the romantic comedy "When in Rome." The actress was a presenter at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Her TV credits include "Heroes" and "Veronica Mars."
Grammy Awards Ratings Are Music to CBS' Ears
award show's highest rat––––––––––––––––––––– ings since 2004. The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards logged a NEW YORK – The Gram- year-to-year viewer boost mys have made sweet mu- of more than a third and sic in the ratings, with the dominated network rivals
show's biggest TV audience in six years. Preliminary Nielsen figures Monday show the CBS broadcast attracted 25.8 million viewers. That would be the annual music
Sunday night. ABC took the runner-up position for the evening. It beat out the third-place Fox network with 9.1 million versus 4.3 million viewers, respectively.
Charger Bulletin Featured Upcoming Release from RottenTomatoes.com
After the success of He’s Just Not That Into You, Valentine’s Day arrives to make cinemagoers swoon. Garry Marshall directs a star-studded ensemble, including Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, and Jamie Foxx.
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Phoenix Returns for Charity
people struggling with depression, thoughts of sui––––––––––––––––––––– cide, and even addiction. Self injury is another probIt has been nearly a lem that the charity foyear since actor Joaquin cuses on, which can often Phoenix appeared on the include the growing trend Late Show with David Letterman sporting an unkempt beard and sunglasses in addition to displaying unusual behavior. Phoenix, who starred as the music legend Johnny Cash in the 2005 film Walk the Line, produced an enormous reaction from fans after his strange interview with Letterman in February 2009. The actor muttered and spoke in a slightly inconsistent manner before revealing that he intended to quit acting to become a rapper. This appearance was followed by several others, where Phoenix spoke and acted the same, disappointing many of his fans who began to speculate that the then 34-year-old actor had suffered a mental breakdown or was under the influence of drugs. Some believed that the strange antics were meant as a publicity stunt. However, after stepping out of the limelight for the past six months, Joaquin Phoenix has reappeared free of that infamous scraggly beard in an online video advertisement for the nonprofit organization To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA). Join- among teenagers known as ing him in this important “cutting”, as well as other public service announce- fatal methods of inflicting ment are Miley Cyrus and pain on oneself. FollowPhoenix’s ex girlfriend, ing Tworkowski’s serious actress Liv Tyler. The message about helping video begins with Phoe- those who do deal with nix poking fun at himself these issues daily, the vidand his belligerent an- eo then turns into a bit of a tics as he speaks with the comedic skit to encourage founder of TWLOHA, Ja- people to help the charity mie Tworkowski. The two gain funding for its work. explain that the purpose of With the help of Miley the organization is to help Cyrus, Phoenix and Tyler By CARA PETITTI STAFF WRITER
are further educated on how to log onto the social networking site Facebook to vote for TWLOHA in a recent online contest sponsored by Chase Bank. The contest set a goal for each
encourage Beth’s unluckiness in love, until a persistent reporter jumps in the game, but is his love real? This easy romantic comedy involves not one, two, but six comical and “magical” relationships. Although it is predictable, its plot is not overly complex and there are some surprising character flaws and plot twists. The movie stars Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel and is a must see for any fan of chick flicks and romantic comedies.
Grammys Boast Lots of Wins
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charity involved to acquire the most votes possible from their supporters around the world. The organization with the most votes would receive one million dollars towards their cause from Chase Bank. While it was announced that another non-profit organization called Invisible Children was the winner on Jan. 25, TWLOHA was
to re-record the charity Bono, Wyclef Jean, Carlos tune to benefit Haiti. Santana, Enrique Iglesias, ––––––––––––––––––––– Among those sched- Usher, Toni Braxton and uled to perform on the Lady Gaga. The session LOS ANGELES – Twen- revamped track the night will be held at the same ty-five years after star- after the Grammy Awards recording studio where studthe original was cut d e d — the historic A&M a n complex in Hollythem wood. " W e Quincy Jones, Are the who produced the World" 1985 anthem, anraised nounced last week m i l that he planned to lions redo the song to benof dolefit recovery from the l a r s deadly Jan. 12 earthto aid quake in Haiti. famine The session was relief all the talk at Sunin Afday night's Grammy rica, festivities. Music celebproducer RedOne rities said being asked to of a participate was "the d i f biggest honor a musiferent cian can ever do." gen"Having Quincy, eration our father of music AN AP/EUGENE HOSHIKO PHOTO ... and Lionel Richie were set to gather Monday night were Akon, Jason Mraz, asking me to contribute ASSOCIATED PRESS
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given $100,000 dollars for third place. Tworkowski stated on the organiza- By CAROLE MCFADDAN STAFF WRITER tion’s website that Phoe––––––––––––––––––––– nix’s resurfacing in the promotional advertiseWhen in Rome is the ment definitely sparked story of a disillusioned romantic work-a-holic New Yorker, Beth, who travels to Rome and steals coins from the magic Fountain of Love. While the coins seem to attract an assortment of strange suitors, the ambitious art curator is challenged in her work and holding off the crazies! The strange suitors
Drake seemed more focused on effects than the musical abilities of the artists. However, audience members seemed pleased overall with the performances, as many stood up and danced along with the music. Allowing for audience participation at home, Bon Jovi performed three songs live, accompanied with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. Viewers at home could vote for the last song of the set during the awards ceremony and the actual performance. The winner? One of Jovi’s most popular songs, “Livin on a Prayer.” The most inspirational moments of the Grammys this year did not come A CELEBUZZ.COM PHOTO from acceptance speeches, but from memorable perenormous public interest. formances. Celine Dion, Whether his original biJennifer Hudson, Usher, zarre appearances were Smoky Robinson, and meant as publicity stunts or not, the press surrounding Joaquin Phoenix’s current project with To Write Love On Her Arms has created a very positive result for the mental health charity. By SOLVEJ SCHOU
Carrie Underwood took to the stage in memory of Michael Jackson, practically singing one of his songs with him. Two of his children, Paris and Prince, accepted his lifetime achievement award with tears and thanks. Then, Mary J. Blige and Andre Bocelli joined forces to sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in memory of those lost in Haiti in a moment that was both brilliant and moving. Overall, the Grammy Awards this year were momentous, exciting, and filled with the usual intrigue of the music industry. The final award of the night, Album of the Year, went to the young and thoroughly surprised Taylor Swift, who accepted graciously. Hopefully, next year’s Grammy Awards can compete with the show Sunday night.
Transformers, Land of the Lost Lead Razzies
Stars Gather to Cover “We Are the World” for Haiti
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and help, I said of course, because this is not about me," he said. "It's about Haiti." Written by Michael Jackson and Richie, the original "We Are the World" thundered up the charts when it was released on the radio and in record stores in March 1985. An unprecedented number of top pop musicians gathered at A&M the night of Jan. 28, 1985, following the American Music Awards, to record the tune. The song featured 45 American superstars, including Jackson, Richie, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper. The record raised more than $30 million for USA for Africa, a nonprofit organization founded by the singers to fund hunger relief in African nations.
LOS ANGELES – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen made a fortune. Land of the Lost tanked. Both films are equal earners at the Razzies, though, grabbing seven nominations each on Monday, including worst picture of 2009 and worstacting slots for Will Ferrell and Megan Fox. Other worst-picture nominees: Sandra Bullock's romance All About Steve, the action tale G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and the Robin WilliamsJohn Travolta comedy Old Dogs. Bullock earned a worstactress nomination for All About Steve. She's expected to score an Academy Award nomination Tuesday for her hit drama The Blind Side. "She could be the first person ever to win a Razzie and an Oscar in the same weekend," said John Wilson, founder of the Golden Raspberry Awards, now in their 30th year of singling out Hollywood's low points. Winners will be announced March 6, the
night before the Oscars. Razzie voters also are making worst-of-thedecade picks. The worstpicture nominees are Travolta's Battlefield Earth, Tom Green's Freddy Got Fingered, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's Gigli, Lindsay Lohan's I Know Who Killed Me and Madonna's Swept Away. Affleck and Travolta are up for worst actor of the decade, along with Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers and Rob Schneider. Lohan, Lopez and Madonna are nominated for the decade's worst actress, along with Mariah Carey and Paris Hilton. Wilson said the worstactress category probably would come down to Hilton and Lohan, while "Eddie Murphy I would guess would be pretty hard to beat as worst actor of the decade." Razzie 2009 nominees also include Miley Cyrus as worst actress and her dad, Billy Ray, as worst supporting actor for "Hannah Montana: The Movie." For worst actress, Bullock, Cyrus and Fox are up against Beyonce Knowles for Obsessed.
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