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Year xlii. Volume lxxxiii. Issue XXIII
Thursday, October 11, 2012 The Independent Student Newspaper at Boston University
SPECIAL ISSUE: HOCKEY PREVIEW
Men’s, women’s hockey players, coaches weigh in on upcoming seasons, pages 6–12.
BREAKING BARRIERS SG gets gender-neutral housing approved, page 3.
OPINION: $10K TO END ROBBERIES?
BU offers reward for successful tip, page 5.
Season of new beginnings
By Kevin Dillon Daily Free Press Staff
The Boston University men’s hockey team is back on the ice, preparing for a season of hopeful retribution. The 2011–12 team, which was marred by off-ice issues, ended its season with no hardware to take back home to Agganis Arena. BU lost the Beanpot in overtime to Boston College before falling short in both the Hockey East and NCAA tournaments. BU coach Jack Parker is looking to improve
upon that result as he enters his 40th season as head coach of the Terriers. This season, Parker has in a group of nine freshmen to make up the bulk of the team’s roster. With senior captain Wade Megan leading the way, the 2012–13 Terriers will look to turn a new page in BU hockey history and return to the top of Hockey East. Forwards The forward group is young, as the team welcomes five freshmen forwards to the roster. They are sure to get ice time early, as the Terriers will
likely rely on two freshmen in particular, Danny O’Regan and Wesley Myron, to play center on two of the team’s four forward lines. Another freshman forward likely to make an impact on the scoreboard is Sam Kurker, a Reading native who was a second-round selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 2012 NHL draft. “[The freshmen] have to be important there to be solid contributors to our team because they are going to be getting ice, but they don’t have to be the end-all — they don’t have to carry the team,” Parker said. “The success of the team is
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going to be decided by the sophomores, juniors and seniors. Especially the juniors and seniors.” Among those juniors and seniors are BU’s top two goal scorers from a year ago, left wingers Megan and junior Matt Nieto. Megan led the team with 20 goals last year, while Nieto was second on the team in total points with 42. While Parker said he considered those two the top offensive threats on the team, he does not plan on playing them on the same line.
Preview, see page 10
Safety, racial profiling sources of students’ frustration at town hall BU offers $10K
reward for tips about robberies
By Carol Kozma Daily Free Press Staff
Boston University students voiced concerns about safety on campus since the series of robberies, questioning potential racial profiling from the BU Alert System. Since Sept. 23, there have been three armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery on or near the Charles River Campus. BU Alert messages have described the suspects as two or three black males dressed in hooded sweatshirts each time. Chief of Brookline Police Daniel O’Leary, Chief of BU Police Tom Robbins and Vice President of Student Affairs Peter Fiedler fielded questions from more than 300 students in the Metcalf Ballroom. A number of students asked why only a race-based description was given to students, when the police had more information at their disposal. “I was glad that people brought that up so that we could address it to say that this is not what we are here for,” O’Leary said. “We are here to make sure that everybody is safe. These kids just happen to be black, you know — crimes are committed by every race — male, female. It doesn’t differentiate.” Fiedler said the way the BU Alert System described the suspects would have been the same for suspects of any race. “If it had been three white males who had committed these crimes, we would have done
By Amelia Pak-Harvey Daily Free Press Staff
O’Leary said he believed that the two robberies on Sept. 25 and Oct. 5, both of which included three young black males, are connected, but the two others, which included only two black males, might not be connected. The suspects used a black automatic pistol
Boston University announced a reward of $10,000 for those who provide leads on the suspects of the Brookline armed robberies, police said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. BU Police Department Chief Thomas Robbins said that anyone who provides information to the Crime Stoppers tip line leading to the apprehension of the suspects will receive the reward for their cooperation. “Since the first robbery occurred involving two of our students in the early morning hours of Sep. 23, we’ve been working closely with the Brookline Police Department, both the uniformed branch and investigative branch, to bring these suspects in,” he said. Brookline PD Chief Daniel O’Leary said he thinks the suspects in the third and second robberies are connected, pointing to footage of suspects in the third robbery on Friday.
Meeting, see page 4
Reward, see page 2
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Boston University Police Department Chief Thomas Robbins addresses recent incidents involving armed robberies at a town hall meeting in Metcalf Ballroom Wednesday night.
the same thing,” Fiedler said. “There is no prejudice, if you will, in terms of how we report it to the community.” The Brookline PD released more descriptions of the suspects during a press conference in Brookline Wednesday afternoon from a video of the second robbery, which showed all three suspects.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Robberies possibly connected, Brookline PD chief says Reward: From Page 1
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O’Leary called attention to two suspects in the footage, one who was wearing a gray sweatshirt and one in a red sweatshirt, who he said he believes are the same suspects as those involved in the Sep. 25 robbery. “The fellow with the red, he’s the one with new Air Jordan sneakers, with a red sweatshirt, who was involved in the second armed robbery,” he said. “He has
a black backpack and is described as having braces on his teeth.” O’Leary also called attention to a suspect with a purple backpack wearing a gray T-shirt and sweatshirt with a number “6” on it. O’Leary said police believe the robbery occurs in a short period of time after suspects walk out of camera view. “As they go out of camera view, there is a gap there where we’re not seeing them at all,” he
said. “The robbery, we believe, takes place during that gap, and then we see them in the next clip moving at a quick pace the way they came, heading up to Pleasant Street and eventually out toward Commonwealth Avenue.” The police have not ruled any connection between these incidents and the first and fourth robberies, O’Leary said. “We just aren’t really prepared right now to come out and say that,” he said.
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Campus & City Column
Freshman 15 Freshman 15? Bring it on. I spent the three-day weekend on my feet, walking up and down Commonwealth Avenue after an hour at FitRec and then strolling across Boston to Cambridge with my sister. Replace the last part with walking back and forth from classes, and it’s a typical Boston University weekday. With a schedule RHEA like this, I am OOMMEN totally prepared to lose at least 15 pounds before winter break. However, determination can get tiring, especially during exam time when I find myself wandering over to the dessert section of the dining hall. It’s obvious why students gain weight during their first year. If you’re in a hurry, grab a slice of pizza or two – there’s almost never a line for that! Feeling homesick? There’s a station composed of home-cooked meals. It’s basically heavy, creamy comfort food. And what about that piece of meat that claims to be a good source of protein? Well, it’s also surrounded by a layer of skin and fat. I was never a breakfast person because all my parents ate every morning were healthy wheat germ and flax seed cereals. But now I can have French toast, sausages, pancakes or bacon every morning. It sickens me. Being active during the week is still no excuse for students to eat junk food that they normally would not eat at home. It’s reasonable for dining halls to have one or two unhealthy food items on their menus, but if every item was Sargent Choice, students might get sick of it, and they would just go out and eat. Students must have the willpower to resist the ice cream bar and go for the salad bar instead. A thought that can deceive hungry students’ is that the food spread out in front of them isn’t free. They are paying thousands of dollars each year for it. And as the months go by, each dollar that left from their parents’ wallets can end up as extra pounds on students’ weight scales. To make matters worse, I do not know any student who has a weight scale in his or her dorm. They might not even realize they put on weight until they go home for the holidays. Not to mention the sweaters and puffy North Face jackets that are usually sizes bigger than what they’re supposed to be and therefore, make it harder to tell if one’s summer clothes still fit! Well, maybe that is too extreme... There is no need to limit your dinner plate to just raw vegetables and watery soup, but a limit should be in place. Freshman year can be full of surprises, but do not let weight gain be one of them. Rhea Oommen is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences and a weekly columnist for The Daily Free Press. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Stein promotes Green New Deal in Boston tour stop Warren launches
slew of attacks at Brown in debate
By Nora Philbin Daily Free Press Staff
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein appealed to her supporters’ resistance to dualparty politics in her appearance at the American Islamic Congress Wednesday night. “This is political therapy because a lot of people are locked in an abusive political relationship,” said Stein, referring to both major parties’ influence on the public. “I’m a doctor. People ask what kind of medicine I practice, and I say politics.” Stein reeled in an audience of 30 people at the American Islamic Congress on Newbury Street. She thanked the crowd for what she described as their rebellion of the two-party system. Stein spoke at the American Islamic Congress, while traveling on her Politics of Courage tour, to a group of about 30 people, ranging from college students to Boston activists and took questions from the crowd after her speech. Stein said her main agenda was to push her Green New Deal, modeled after former President’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal that was designed to lift the U.S. from the Great Depression in
By Allison DeAngelis Daily Free Press Staff
blau said. Some students said they worry that the few silverfish sightings will turn into a full insect infestation within Warren. “[The number of silverfish eggs] is gross — it makes me feel as if they are going to start multiplying really soon,” she said. “I have seen them in the hallway and I have actually found a couple in my room.” Ryan O’Farrell, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, said he lives in South Campus now, but if he still lived at Warren, he would want the silverfish gone. “I mean, they’re kind of gross,” he said. “They should find out where they’re coming from and do something about it.” If the sightings become more frequent, the Integrated Pest Management services will become involved, Walter said. They travel to the site of infestation and use pestcontrol methods such as laying down traps and cleaning the area. If these methods fail at exterminating the pests, the pest management services will also spray gov-
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown was thrown in defense mode for much of his third debate between his opponent, Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, Wednesday night, as Warren attacked Brown’s voting history on student loans and equal pay for equal work. The two Senate candidates tussled over student loans, women’s rights and government spending in front of a crowd at Springfield’s Symphony Hall. Warren said investing in programs such as Head Start is “our moral obligation” and “good economics.” She then criticized Brown for voting to allow student rates to double twice in 2011. In his rebuttal, Brown said he voted against the student rate plans because he did not want to see small businesses suffer as a result of a higher tax rate. In the end, tweaking federal programs allowed student rates to stay the same without raising taxes, he said. Cutting the budget was one of the few actions the two candidates agreed on, with Brown saying that the U.S. “can’t keep borrowing 42 cents for every dollar we spend.” Warren said an independent group that evaluated both candidates’ tax plans found hers 67 percent more effective at cutting the deficit than Brown. “If there is anybody who is listening to thinks my opponent is a taxcutter, let me put a stop to that myth,” Brown said. Several times during the debate, broadcast on New England Cable News, Brown said Warren and other Democrats wanted to take too much from taxpayers and small businesses, which are struggling to stay afloat. “They’re like pigs in a trough up there,” he said. “They’ll just take and take and take and take.” But Warren continued to tell voters she was there to fight for the middle class, calling it her life’s work. After Brown again cited the National Federation of Independent Businesses study, which he has used in the last two debates, Warren fired back, saying that the organization “is a group that endorsed Sen. Brown and other Republicans and named Ted Kennedy as enemy number one.”
Silverfish, see page 4
Debate, see page4
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Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein speaks to a group of supporters of Wednesday night as a part of her Politics of Courage tour.
1933. Stein said it is imperative to get Wall Street out of the White House. “We are at the breaking point,” she said. “We didn’t get here by accident.” The priority of Stein’s Green New Deal is to change the U.S. economy into a new, sustainable, green economy, ending the con-
flict that forces people to choose between jobs and the economy, according to a pamphlet handed out at the meeting. John Andrews, a Massachusetts volunteer for Stein’s campaign, introduced her and said she is “the woman who is changing politics” in the U.S.
Jill Stein, see page 4
Officials see fewer silverfish reports than in past years By Regine Sarah Capungan Daily Free Press Contributor
While students in Warren Towers often complain of silverfish and other insects in their dormitories, officials said there have been fewer reports of these pests than usual in the fall 2012 semester. There have been seven sightings of silverfish — small, wingless insects that resemble centipedes — in the semester, and students from three different rooms have filed complaints, said Bill Walter, assistant vice president for operations and services. In a residence hall with 600 rooms and about 1,800 students, the scale of these occurrences seems small. Since only a few students reported the sightings, the silverfish appearances cannot be considered an infestation, he said. “This is just something that is manageable,” Walter said. “This is something that we have to live with in an urban environment, and it is really no worse than it has ever been. In fact, this has been a little better than it has been in years of the past.”
The reports of insects in the dorms have been minimal this semester, said David Zamojski, director of Residence Life and assistant dean of students. “In an urban setting, we sometimes see insects in university buildings,” he said. Although the situation is not considered an infestation, the students of Marshall “B” Tower, where the complaints were filed, said they still feel unsettled. “It’s not a huge problem as of now, but they do eat fabrics and papers and stuff, so I hope we don’t run into that problem,” said Elissa Feist, a freshman in the School of Education. “I haven’t noticed [ruined property] yet.” Sarah Franzblau, a SED freshman, said the bugs have become a nuisance. “They are really annoying actually, because you will find them in your closet already, and so you will have to kill them,” she said. “It is just gross — annoying — and they are everywhere.” Silverfish can lay about 60 eggs each time they repopulate, Franz-
SG passes gender-neutral housing By Chris Lisinski Daily Free Press Staff
Boston University’s Student Government passed the gender-neutral housing initiative, said SG Director of Communication Cherice Hunt. “This is something that the university has approved,” she said. Hunt said no specific details are known at this point, but that genderneutral housing will be an option in the future. After years of pushing for gender-neutral accommodations, SG announced the initiative’s approval in an email to students Wednesday night. SG’s email included a flyer where “gender-neutral housing” was checked off in a graphic. “The meetings are still going on,” Hunt said. “The talks are still ongoing. This has been nowhere near totally figured out — it’s just some-
thing that we’re really excited that the university has given us approval.” In the spring 2012 semester, SG presented an official gender-neutral housing proposal to the administration after creating a subcommittee, surveying students and gathering input. SG officials announced in September that administrators were considering the proposal and discussing different options, and that signs were “very bright” for it to come to campus. Gender-neutral housing would be available as a specialty housing option in the 2013 housing cycle, SG officials said in September. In March, the gender-neutral housing subcommittee announced a five-part plan to integrate the propos-
Gender-neutral, see page 4
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Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences sophomore Ali Puilitt receives a manicure at Boston University Central Wednesday morning in a fundraiser benefiting Sharsheret Breast Cancer Organization.
Thursday October 11, 2012
Students should ‘call people out’ on ignorant remarks, Elmore says Meeting: From Page 1
in the first three robberies, but a silver revolver in the most recent incident. College of Arts and Sciences freshman Richa Kaul said the police departments could have answered race questions more directly. “I cannot imagine walking around this campus and feeling uncomfortable — it doesn’t matter what they have to do, they needed to make it so that BU African-American students do not feel uncomfortable on campus,” she said O’Leary said the police department hopes that the video of the suspects and the “generous” $10,000 reward are “going to get somebody to talk.” He said one suspect had a red hoodie, black backpack and braces,
the other subject had a gray T-shirt with the number six and another unknown number, as well as a purple backpack. The third suspect was not very descriptive, he said. O’Leary said after the meeting that he has used rewards in two cases, one which came to a quick conclusion, and another that took more time. He said he hopes this will speed the process. “Young kids who have a gun, you want to get both the gun, and them off the street,” O’Leary said. O’Leary said the police department has been in touch with all schools in the area in order to find a name to go with the two suspects. BU students received an email Wednesday afternoon with a link to a BU Today article informing them that a $10,000 reward would be granted
to any help leading to a conviction, and the video. “We obviously were concerned about the three first instances that happened, they were our family members, our students,” Fiedler said. “But when it ended up being on our campus last night [Tuesday] on our property, it really sort of changed the whole complexion of this situation.” Sgt. Michael O’Hara of the Boston Police Department said black students should not act defensively when approached by police. “You can also be a victim, and we are out there to help people,” O’Hara said. One student said that when she asked students on her floor whether or not they wanted to attend the meeting, one person warned her to stay away from black people.
Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore said students should confront others about such remarks, which he said are signs of ignorance. “When we don’t call people out on it, we should all be ashamed,” Elmore said. CAS freshman Morgan Phelps said the fears of racial profiling might be exaggerated. “I just felt like it went a little out of hand,” she said. “If the suspect was a white girl with red hair and a trench coat, then people would look at me too, so I don’t think it’s supposed to be racist.” O’Leary said although students might not see Brookline PD marked cars, the police have bicycles and unmarked cars patrolling the area. Robbins told students they should be aware of their surroundings, call
in any suspicious activity and if they are robbed and when out in Allston, walk with friends and join a group of students even if they are unknown. One student, who was not identified by name, asked whether or not BU would consider escort services for people living off campus, but Elmore said security in that area is overseen by the Brookline PD. “I am not going to say absolutely no to that, but I think we have to have some further conversation and discussion with the folks in Brookline whether or not the escort services move beyond that space or not,” he said. Fiedler told students at the meeting that these crimes were a “blip on the screen,” and that crime has decreased over the past two years.
Stein says she aims to make Mayor wants pit bull muzzle legislation to stay higher public education free By Tanner Hawkins Daily Free Press Contributor
Jill Stein: From Page 3
Stein said she is not just fighting for the Green Party, but for the progressive movement and socialist alternative. “We need to stand up right now to create the green climate and the green economy that we deserve,” she said. Stein also addressed issues affecting students and young people, including loan debt and the cost of higher education. She said she wants to erase student debt by eliminating quantitative easing in the Federal Reserve, and instead have the Fed buy up student debt. “We can unleash power and creativity of students to reboot the economy who are right now virtually indentured servants,” she said. Stein said she had the goal to make higher public education free because for every dollar invested in education, the economy would get seven back. Moving on from the economy, Stein addressed the issue of the
expanding war overseas. She said she is disappointed that Obama did not turn out to be the country’s “peace president,” and said “the drone war is the best weapon the Taliban could have asked for.” At the end of her talk, Stein sung with Tom Neilson, a Massachusetts musician for social change, on a song calling for change in the economy. “Why does Obama decline?” he sang. “Is he afraid of Jill Stein?” Mike Heichman, a Massachusetts Green/Rainbow party member who came to the talk, said Stein is a great candidate but there is a lot of work ahead. “No matter who wins the elections, we have a lot of work to do,” he said. Emily Sabino, an audience member at the talk, said Stein is inspiring. “This time it felt like it won’t work to vote for Obama or Romney,” she said. “I don’t want to vote for a corporate candidate.”
Pest Management to take action if students see silverfish increase Silverfish: From Page 3
ernment-approved pesticides at the site, Walter said. “My understanding of this situation is that it is small in scale and being addressed promptly by qualified professionals,” Zamojski said. Before students could move into their rooms, all residence halls were
inspected to make sure that they were clean and could meet state health regulations, Walter said. At press time, there had been no reported silverfish sightings in dining hall at Warren. “Warren Towers is one of the better buildings on campus,” Walter said. “It was built to last and it has lasted for a long time.”
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After a recent pit bull attack left one teenager injured, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino began lobbying to keep an ordinance requiring pit bulls in Boston to be muzzled before it is replaced by a new state animal law banning breed-specific legislation. “The mayor believes this is a community rights issue,” said John Guilfoil, a spokesman for Menino. “The state went forward with its action to ban breed-specific legislation without first consulting with or seeking input from the cities and towns that would be affected by this.” The mayor considers this an issue that directly affects the citizens of Boston, Guilfoil said. On Oct. 5, two pit bulls escaped from their owner, attacking and biting a teenager and killing a cat. One dog was shot but not killed and both are in the custody of Boston Animal Control. The fates of the dogs will soon be determined. In response to the attack, Menino vowed to work to help keep the people of Boston safe from canine attacks, Guilfoil said. “We’re not trying to say that a specific breed of dog is all bad per say,” Guilfoil said. “I know that all breeds of dogs and all manners of animals can attack, but if you look at the numbers and look at the incidents in the city and a number of cit-
ies around the country, this particular breed has been responsible for a lot of them.” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed an amended Animal Control Act in August, which redefined the term “dangerous dog.” The Animal Control Act states that no dog can be deemed dangerous solely due to its breed, making breed-specific legislation unenforceable. “When we came with this bill we wanted to make it breed neutral,” said Reginald Zimmerman, a spokesperson for Patrick. “That’s why we support it. It’s not breed specific.” The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals agrees with breed neutrality in legislation, said MSPCA spokesman Rob Halpin. “It’s our view that those laws do not make pit bulls safer or other dogs safer or people safer,” Halpin said. “We should be looking at people and the behavior of dog owners and ensuring that we have dogs in the hands of responsible dog owners.” An argument against pit bulls is that they are responsible for many attacks within the city. Halpin said these statistics leave out the point that there are many more pit bulls in the densest areas of Massachusetts than there are other breeds of dogs. Consequently, there sometimes appear to be more instances in which pit bulls bite because there are
simply more pit bulls, he said. “We should stop blaming the particular breed of dog for attacks because it’s our position that there is no such thing as an inherently violent dog,” Halpin said. Halpin said public prejudice toward a specific breed of dog often results from a series of attacks the media focuses on. In the 1970s and ‘80s, German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers were viewed as aggressive dogs and were “unfairly cast,” he said. “What we try to do is try to shine a spotlight on the aspects of pit bulls that are great,” he said. “They’re loyal, they’re great family dogs, they have a lot of energy, they’re great for active people.” Menino can potentially still institute muzzle laws, Zimmerman said. He said the city could apply for a Home Rule Petition, which allows a specific area to be held exempt from a particular piece of legislation. If a Home Rule Petition is granted, Menino can further his work towards requiring the muzzling of pit bulls in public. “As a city we have to make sure that people are safe, and we believe that the law we have on the books helps keep people safe,” he said. “We will work aggressively to try to maintain some of our rights as a community to deal with this public safety issue.”
Brown: Paycheck Fairness Act has right idea, wrong timing Debate: From Page 3
The debate is the first one in this race to address women’s rights, including equal pay for equal work and abortion rights. Although Warren publicly called out Brown for voting against equal pay for equal work at the first debate at WBZ studios, on Wednesday the two debated the merits of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Brown said the act had the right idea, but was the wrong bill at the time, and said he felt the Lilly Led-
better Act was doing its job. Warren disagreed, saying that women’s rights are not something that the nation should still be debating in 2012 and that Brown “has a lot of excuses for standing on the other side.” “He’s had exactly one chance to vote for equal pay, and he voted no ... Those are bad votes for women. The women of Massachusetts need a senator that they depend on not some of the time, but all of the time,” she said. The debate, which tackled several
new topics, came just a day after two new polls put the candidates neck-inneck in the race. A WBUR and MassINC poll released Tuesday put Brown ahead by three points, while a University of Massachusetts poll put Warren ahead by 2 points. Both candidates’ leads fall within the respective polls margins of error. The final debate will occur on Oct. 30, just seven days before Massachusetts voters choose their next senator.
GNH residences could span from West to East campuses Gender-neutral: From Page 3
al. Each step would be implemented one per year at the beginning of the housing year in March. The first step would test genderneutral rooms in suite- and apartment-style residences, such as some South Campus apartment-style residences, Student Village I and StuVi II. The second step in the proposal would increase the dorm rooms available in the suite- and apartment-style
locations. Resident assistants would be trained, as gender-neutral housing spreads to additional residences. In the third step, gender-neutral housing would also become an option in East Campus apartment-style residences, including those on Bay State Road. The fourth step in the proposal would have gender-neutral housing implemented in Myles Standish Hall, Shelton Hall and 1019 Commonwealth Ave., which would incorporate a younger demographic.
In the fifth and final step, all residences would implement genderneutral housing. After four years of implementing the policy, students and administration would evaluate how genderneutral housing would work in Warren Towers, The Towers and West Campus’ Claflin Hall, Rich Hall and Sleeper Hall. However, Hunt said at press time she could not confirm when or where gender-neutral housing will be implemented.
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What’s on-campus safety worth? Boston University announced on Wednesday that it will give a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the armed robbers. The reward is a step in the right direction, as it will give the BU community more incentive to cooperate with police in putting an end to these incidents. However, one would hope the reward is not an excuse for police to rely upon students and staff for leads. Hopefully, the police will actively search for leads and not just wait by the phone lines. While BU students have eyes and ears in places the police departments do not, tracking down the perpetrators is a responsibility that should fall on police departments’ shoulders, not students’. More importantly, one must wonder how effective the reward offer will be. After all, what more incentive do students need than knowing that cooperating to the best of their ability will keep them safe? With each robbery, students grew more and more concerned about their safety. The fourth robbery elicited demands from stu-
dents and parents for the police to show more transparency. Those demands likely are what led to BU’s decision to offer up the $10,000 and the police department’s release of surveillance footage — footage that was caught on Friday. Footage that could have been released over the weekend, but that instead went public five days later after another robbery occurred. Releasing the footage earlier may even have prevented the fourth robbery from happening or at least could have given students a better idea of what to look for and what kind of clothing the suspects were wearing, not to mention their build and height (details police have not described in the reports). Students could have crossed paths with the robbers over the weekend and not have known it because the footage was not available to them at that time. While it is not surprising that the university has offered up a monetary award, one hopes that answers will turn up soon and the campus will not hear about a fifth armed robbery attempt.
I N T E R RO B A N G A handful of Massachusetts towns have come under fire recently for proposing bans on mild offenses such as swearing in public and using Styrofoam. So we here at the ol’ Free Press wondered what each school would be prohibited from doing. • COM students be banned from tweeting in class. • ENG students would be banned from using the website DateMySchool.com. • CGS students would be banned from nap time. • CFA students would be banned from Urban Outfitters. • Dean Elmore would be banned from wearing bowties. • The FreeP would be banned from Bertucci’s.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012
On being courageous
umans are perhaps instinctively inclined to adopt principles of reasoning — everything has a cause and an explanation. I was so in love with the sincerity of objectivity that I began my Boston University career as a neuroscience major. Science is defined as a body of knowledge based on fact and observation. It is cyclical and thus self-correcting through peerreviewed journals and testable hypothesizes. Life is messy, and though I’ve always been interested in a lot of messy topics, I aspired to clean them up, organize them and then pack them up into color-coordinated and labeled boxes for future reference. Unfortunately, this attempt came with some realizations. All of those most memorable, box-able moments are about connection. For our generation, nearly all our life is about connection. We are always connected in some way, through Facebook or email or text. We need only look at how much time we invest in connection to come to the conclusion that it’s important — neurologically, it’s even how we’re wired. Connection gives us purpose and meaning, but when you ask your friends about love, they often tell you about heartbreak. When you ask them about belonging, they speak of being alone, of not being enough. We, as college students, are familiar with the sensation that we are not enough — not smart enough, thin enough, beautiful enough, rich enough, athletic enough. With this sensation of not enough, comes an underpinning of vulnerability. Vulnerability being the fear that someone else will see that we are not enough. When we look at people who are successful in life and in love, there appears a general pattern of connection without fear, of living with a deep sense of worthiness and courage. These people like Lauryn Gilroy or David Fontana have, with almost laughable simplicity, the courage to be imperfect. They have the compassion to be kind to themselves and consequently, kind to others. They have connection as a result of being genuine to themselves. They embrace vulnerability. They believe that what makes them vulnerable makes them beautiful. These people are willing to do things with no guarantees, willing to invest in relationships that may or may not work out. Worse than this, they believe these things are essential, that vulnerability is essential. I, the girl who curls scientific thought around her like a shield, at first thought this was betrayal. Research is about the ability to control and predict, and now here are these people telling me that the way to live
ARIELLE EGAN is with vulnerability, to stop controlling and predicting. There are people out there who would come to this realization, embrace it and release themselves into the light. I am not that person. I’m not even friends with that person. I wanted to take vulnerability, box it up nicely, tie it with a ribbon, be done with it and then have a beer and watch an episode of “Sex and the City.” So how is it that these people deal with vulnerability? What choices do they make that differentiates them from me? What makes us feel vulnerable? I have a few answers, at least for myself — asking someone out, applying for a job or thinking about what I’ll do post-grad. As it turns out we live in a vulnerable world, and one of the ways we deal is through numbing vulnerability. The issue here is that emotion cannot be numbed selectively. You can’t say, here is the bad stuff: loss, disappointment, fear — I don’t want to feel these. You can’t numb hard feelings without numbing the other affects. When we numb, we numb happiness, and then we feel vulnerable, so we have a few beers and a spoonful of Nutella. It then becomes this dangerous cycle. The more fearful we are, the more vulnerable we are and in turn, the more fearful we are. One of the things we need to think about is how and why we numb. I think one way we numb is by making the uncertain, certain. Religion isn’t about faith and mystery. It’s about certainty. I’m right, you’re wrong, shut up. This is politics. There isn’t any discourse or debate, just blame. We start to perfect, with SAT scores, college essays, the D1 team with a 4.0 GPA. We pretend that what we do doesn’t affect other people. From insurance companies and oil spills, to playground bullies and our personal lives, we act like what we are doing doesn’t have an impact on others. We need to put fear aside and let ourselves be seen, vulnerably seen. We need to love with our whole hearts, even when there is no guarantee — and that’s hard, but in those moments of heartbreak, we need to look at ourselves and say, to feel this vulnerable means I’m alive. We need to start working from a place that says, I’m enough, and maybe then we will stop reasoning and start living. Arielle Egan is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Fall 2012 columnist for The Daily Free Press. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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g n i n Ear In search of a second master’s, : s ’ A his Ruikka named assistant captain
Thursday, October 11, 2012
By Annie Maroon Daily Free Press Staff
All that’s left on the ice are a battered bucket of pucks, the snow scraped up by 20odd pairs of skates and Ryan Ruikka. The Terriers’ new assistant captain, now pursuing his second master’s degree, is gathering pucks one by one, stickhandling around the
bucket and flipping them in, seemingly unaware that everyone else has hit the showers. Ruikka, a six-foot-tall defenseman from Chelsea, Mich., is the last man left on the ice and the last player left at BU who was
here for the 2009 national championship. He could have moved on with his classmates in May, but because he redshirted his sophomore season with a knee injury, he still had one year of athletic eligibility left. Why not keep playing?
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“It’s definitely kind of weird, but at the same time you kind of appreciate it because most kids don’t get to come back for a fifth year, especially at a school like this,” Ruikka said. “So I’m definitely really soaking it in and taking advantage of it.” In September, Ruikka was named the Terriers’ assistant captain, serving alongside senior captain Wade Megan. Although he has never been the flashiest player on the ice — he has scored three goals and 12 points in 63 games — BU coach Jack Parker said he is the right fit to help lead this year’s team. “In past years, the assistant captain was a junior, but we wanted this senior class to have a little bit more say, so [Ruikka] was an obvious choice,” Parker said. “He’s a great student. He’s a great kid. This is his fifth year here. He went through a lot of adversity his first two years, not playing a game, getting hurt the first day of practice each year and losing the entire season, so he’s quite a story in himself because he’s still here.” Ruikka never seems to demand the spotlight, on or off the ice. But in light of the problems BU hockey faced last season, with two players being accused of sexual assault and the program coming under scrutiny from a university task force, it is easy to see why a coach would choose him to represent the team this year. He’s been chosen for the Hockey East All-Academic team for four years straight. Amid the task force’s findings that hockey players had been held to lower academic standards than the rest of the student body, he completed a dual degree in math and eco-
Ruikka, see page 9
Redshirt senior defenseman Ryan Ruikka is the only player remaining from the Terriers’ 2009 NCAA championship roster.
7 Questions with:
Captain and last season’s leading goal scorer, senior forward Wade Megan
1. Who is your all-time favorite NHLer?
Oh, tough one right out of the gate. I love Brett Hall. I love the one-timer. That’s what I remember him for, I remember I used to love watching him play and take the one-timer.
2. Who is your favorite fictional Mighty Ducks player? It’s gotta be Kenny Wu. He’s fun to watch, mobile out there. I like it.
3. What’s your favorite pregame meal?
Chicken and penne. It’s just one I’ve always had here. Started it when I got here at school [in 2009] and just had it every game since, so I got used to it.
4. What’s the best you or anyone else on the team has pulled? I’m not going to name any names, but one good one I like is grabbing someone’s cell phone when they’re not around and changing someone’s number, maybe a girl’s number, to one of the guy’s on the team and just having some fun with them. Maybe making them run around campus or something like that looking for her.
5. What’s the most-played song on your iPod?
Definitely an Eric Church song. I probably listen to them all about the same. “Smoke a Little Smoke,” probably, Eric Church.
6. What’s your favorite class you’ve taken at BU?
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Senior captain Wade Megan is a big fan of “Mighty Ducks” character Kenny Wu because he is “mobile out there.” Favorite class I’ve had at BU is “Snails to Whales,” first class I ever took at BU in the summer coming into freshman year. We went on a whale watch, and we went to a bunch of different islands and stuff around Boston. We looked at rocks and shells and stuff like that, so it was pretty hands-on, so it was
a lot of fun. I had a good time with that.
7. What’s the funniest interaction you’ve seen between coach Jack Parker and a player? One of the funniest things I ever saw in-
volving Coach Parker was again freshman year, when I first got here, and I’m not going to say any names, but one of my fellow classmates – Coach walked into the locker room for the first time and one of my classmates said, ‘What’s up, Jack!” So I thought that was pretty good. Interview by The Daily Free Press staff
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Hockey nomad: Matt Nieto’s journey from California kid to BU hockey star By Kevin Dillon Daily Free Press Staff
The imaginary crowd roars as a 3-yearold Matt Nieto darts past one imaginary defender, fakes to his right and blasts an invisible puck past an imaginary goalie. Nieto runs around his living room, raising the miniature stick over his head as he celebrated his incredible feat. The move was one he had just seen on TV, as he reenacted the play he had just watched the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim perform. It was moments like those that began Nieto’s journey from his living room in Long Beach, Calif., to Agganis Arena as one of the Boston University men’s hockey team’s star forwards. Nieto is unlike the majority of Hockey East players because he is not from the typical hockey market. Ponds do not freeze over in southern California for some mid-January pond hockey with friends. Hockey is not a part of the soul of the area like it is in New England, Minnesota or Canada. But when Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Kings in 1988 and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim became a franchise in the NHL in 1993, the sport of hockey began to catch on in southern California. One child it caught on with was Nieto, whose parents signed him up to play roller hockey at his local YMCA. “A lot of kids from California start by playing roller hockey, and I think it’s good for developing skills that transition to the ice game,” Nieto said. “Then I made the transition to ice, and I didn’t want to go back.” Nieto spent most of his youth hockey
career with the L.A. Hockey Club where he played with future top California hockey products Emerson Etem and Rocco Grimaldi, among others. Etem was taken in the first round of the 2010 NHL draft by the Anaheim Ducks, while Grimaldi, who is playing at the University of North Dakota, was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Florida Panthers. With the abundance of talent around him, Nieto grew as a player and knew he was ready to take the next step in pursuing a career in hockey. That step was to move almost 3,000 miles across the country and attend Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn., for his sophomore year of high school, where he would be a part of one of the top prep school hockey teams in the country. Along with his friend and teammate Shane Sooth, Nieto packed his bags and flew to his new school, which was an allboys school. It was his first time away from home and his family for more than a few days for hockey tournaments. “It was a big transition,” Nieto said. “I was a young kid — I was 14 years old. To move away across the country from my family, that was pretty hard. But I knew it was a sacrifice I had to make to get to the level where I am today and along the way I have met a lot of great kids — kids I am still in touch with today.” Nieto was one of the youngest sophomores in the New England Prep School leagues, but he still recorded eight goals and 10 assists in 28 games in his lone season with the school.
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Junior forward Matt Nieto lines up a shot from the slot during Saturday’s seasonopening exhibition versus the University of Toronto. That performance was enough to get him noticed by the U.S. National Development Program, so after his freshman year he packed his bags again and flew up to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete at an even more elite level. His team consisted of an abundance of early-round draft selections, including former Terrier Adam Clendening and current Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler. Nieto said playing while participating in
the national program was demanding, it helped him develop the work ethic to compete at the professional level. “Being around guys like Fowler and seeing their work ethic and how they carry themselves — they are just professional and class-act guys,” Nieto said. “Just to look up to them as role models and seeing what they are doing every day really impacts us.”
Nieto, see page 11
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History repeated By Tim Healey Daily Free Press Staff
If Jack Parker gets déjà vu filling out his lineup card for Saturday’s season opener against Providence College, no one could really blame him. The 40-year Boston University men’s hockey coach finds himself in a position similar to one he was in four years ago: choosing between two goalies. Just like last time, both are freshmen. Both are Canadian. One is tall and lanky, the other a couple inches shorter. One is even donning 31 on the back of his jersey. And just like last time, someone will need to emerge if the Terriers are to be contenders. Then, it was Kieran Millan and Grant Rollheiser. Now, it’s Sean Maguire and Matt O’Connor. “They both were highly sought, highly recruited guys,” Parker said of the 2012-13 season’s pair. “When we recruited them, we were absolutely ecstatic that we got both of them knowing that one of them or both of them would be our goaltender this year. Either one is capable of stepping in and taking over for us.” Maguire reigns from Powell River, British Columbia, and the Pittsburgh Penguins selected him in the fourth round (113th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the last two seasons with his hometown British Columbia Hockey League team, the Kings, putting up a 2.39 goals–against average and .910 save percentage. O’Connor followed a slightly different path, opting to play with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League the last two years. He had a 3.04 goals–against average and .902 save-percentage, but it wasn’t enough for the Toronto native to get drafted.
Which of the two will step in and take over remains to be seen. What is known, though, is Parker’s plans to rotate the pair every game, just as he did last time around with Millan and Rollheiser. That plan worked fine in 2008 — until Rollheiser got hurt in late November. With the starting job in hand, Millan caught fire and led the Terriers to the 2009 national championship. Rollheiser got hurt again early in the 2009-10 season, giving his counterpart a chance for an encore and setting the stage for him to become one of the best goalies in the history of the BU hockey program. Millan finished his four-year career as the school record holder in saves (3,768), playing time (8188:16 minutes) and wins (81), among numerous other accolades. Rollheiser played 31 games. It’s hard to predict cruel twists of fate like Rollheiser’s injuries, but the fact that the Class of 2012 left big shoes to fill — and big questions marks to answer — isn’t lost on Maguire and O’Connor. “It’s definitely a tough act to follow,” Maguire, who coincidentally is wearing Millan’s old number 31, said. “They were a national championship team. Millan was rookie of the year. It’s going to be a battle.” Rather than being intimidated, though, both freshmen are eager to rise to the challenge. Both understand they will split time in the crease at the beginning, and they even see such a plan as beneficial to all involved. “It just allows you to compete during the week. Before you play a team with a different color, it always helps you to just have someone to raise the bar,” O’Connor said. “When you get too comfort-
With big question marks in net, freshmen goalies Maguire, O’Connor set to take center stage
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Junior Anthony Moccia (left), freshman Sean Maguire (center) and freshman Matt O’Connor (right) are the three goaltenders on Boston University’s roster. Maguire and O’Connor will share playing time while they compete for the starting job. able out there ... you can get a little relaxed. I’m not saying that that could be something negative, but it’s nice to have competition. It’s definitely a positive when you have someone pushing you like that.”
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Freshman goaltender Sean Maguire got his first taste of college hockey against the University of Toronto Saturday at Agganis Arena. Splitting ice time with classmate Matt O’Connor, Maguire stopped all 12 shots he faced in the half of the game he played.
Maguire agreed, and went as far to say a goalie of O’Connor’s caliber committing before him helped him make the decision to come to BU. The competition and companionship are that valuable. The team’s third goalie, junior Anthony Moccia, more than likely won’t compete for the starting job. Parker said he could be a player for the backup spot, but no matter Moccia’s position on the depth chart he has a certain, informal role as a tutor. “Moccia’s a really good guy,” O’Connor said. “He’s upbeat, and he’s a real hard worker, so it’s nice to have him show us around a bit and show us how things work our first year coming in.” If it were as simple as using each other to bring out the best, every team would consistently use two goalies. There are, of course, potential negative consequences. Someone could get rusty, especially if he has to go two weeks between games. Someone could have trouble working into a grove. Or someone could let a bad game followed by a long wait hamper his mental game, a factor Maguire said he needs to work on. Once in a while, though, a team will strike gold and neither goalie will let up. Just ask Brian Durocher, the head coach of the BU women’s hockey team. “If someone separates themselves, you make the move [and choose a starter]. If not, then you can go right down and pretty much run the table with two kids alternating,” Durocher said.
“They advantages would be from a team camaraderie [standpoint]. Sometimes you got both these guys working hard, you got both these guys competing against each other.” Durocher would know. During the 1977–78 season, Parker — then in the dawn of his head coaching career — platooned Durocher and Jim Craig, who went on to be the goaltender for the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Craig went a perfect 16–0 while Durocher was 14–2 en route to a Terrier national championship. “It didn’t hurt Jimmy Craig that he didn’t play every game,” Parker said. “What you don’t want is to have a No. 1 and a real distant No. 2 and that No. 1 gets hurt. So the ideal situation is to have two guys who are both real good.” Whether this year looks more like 1977 or 2008 or something else entirely, nobody knows. What all parties do know, however, is that no matter how it turns out they all have the same goal: win, and win often. “Every goalie’s goal is to play every game,” O’Connor said. “That being said, who knows what’ll happen. It’ll be up to everyone to see and I think Parker’s going to give us an opportunity. “It’s nice to know that I have a good relationship with Sean and we have a good tandem here. We’re looking forward to really helping out the team and being a good tandem in Hockey East.”
Scooby Dooby Oops!
Escobedo looking to avoid penalty box, take home hardware as senior
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Ruikka to serve as role model in 5th season with Terriers Ruikka: From page 6
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Senior defenseman Sean Escobedo attempts to evade a University of Toronto player during Saturday’s exhibition at Agganis Arena. By Tim Healey Daily Free Press Staff
Nov. 7, 2010, was a pretty average day for the Boston University men’s hockey team. The Terriers fell behind 2–0 to Brown University early in the first period, but they battled back and a late Wade Megan goal gave them a 4–4 tie at Agganis Arena. For Sean Escobedo, however, the game was anything but ordinary. BU coach Jack Parker sat the then-sophomore as punishment for taking game-misconduct penalties in back-to-back contests the week before. It is the only game out of 115 the defenseman has missed in his three years thus far donning scarlet and white. “That was a big wake-up call on controlling my temper, my emotions and staying out of the penalty box,” Escobedo, now a senior, said. “Sitting out that game definitely wasn’t fun ... I’ll never forget it.” Dressed in a suit instead of his game sweater, sitting in the stands instead of being on the ice, Escobedo decided he never wanted to do that again. And so far, so good — he has yet to take a major penalty in the nearly two years since getting benched. Cutting down on the number of penalties, his self-described biggest weakness, has been a focus since his freshman year. And while that’s not necessarily evident in the stats — he served 60 minutes last year after doing 62 minutes the year before — Escobedo said he has indeed made some changes.
“It’s been up and down, really, but I think overall I’ve improved a little bit maturity-wise on the ice, realizing situations, being able to be a little bit riskier in certain situations,” Escobedo said. “Coach Parker has definitely said a few comments to me over the years about controlling my temper and everything like that.” For Escobedo, taking the next step forward could prove to be especially important during BU’s 2012–13 campaign. The Queens, N.Y., native is far and away most experienced of the seven Terrier defensemen, with four of the other six blueliners — freshmen Ahti Oksanen and Matt Grzelcyk, sophomore Alexx Privitera and junior Patrick MacGregor — having played 75 NCAA games combined. Mix that Escobedo’s default influence as a senior, and he has suddenly become a leader of the defensive corps, one of many the Terriers have on the team. “If you look at our junior and senior classes, whether it’s a letter on your chest or not, you’re a leader,” Escobedo said. “Being an upperclassman, the guys coming in look up to you, whether you realize it or you don’t ... Now I definitely take a little bit more conscious effort of [being a role model] and make sure I’m doing the right things in front of [the younger players] especially.” Escobedo said he was thrust into the role in the 2011–12 season after BU’s well-documented, mid-season departures of Corey
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Trivino, Charlie Coyle and Max Nicastro. “Obviously we didn’t just lose teammates, we lost good friends of ours, so that’s always tough — especially in the middle of the year,” Escobedo said. “But it helped me mature a little bit quicker and grow up a little bit faster, and I think that was better off for me and for the team because now we know we were able to develop a lot more leaders that way.” Escobedo hasn’t lost sight of what people know him best for — his easy-going, class-clown persona and humor — but he has learned when to cut it out, another sign of that newfound sense of maturity and responsibility. “I have to embrace it,” Escobedo said of his reputation, his face breaking into a grin. “The stigma of having the ‘class-clown’ [label], sometimes rubs people the wrong way, but how can I not enjoy this? We’re in a great city, great school, everything like that, great atmosphere.” If Escobedo can continue to find that fine balance, he will likely be a crucial pillar on BU’s 2012–13 roster. Parker spoke highly of the defenseman at the end of last season, saying Escobedo was the team’s best defensive defenseman all year and that he grew up a lot on and off the ice. He also said Escobedo might have a better chance of making the NHL than other defensemen because he’s a “stay-athome-and-play-defense” type of player.
The coach reiterated much of that sentiment in the days leading up to Escobedo’s fourth year as a Terrier. “He’s one of our best penalty killers. He’s made big strides here as far as how smart he is, how good he is, how competitive he is,” Parker said. “He’s got to make a big stride in his ability to stay out of the penalty box, but that’s a crowded box.” Escobedo is entering his final campaign with the usual list of predictable goals: win the Beanpot Tournament in February. Win the Hockey East tournament in March. Then keep the momentum going to find success in the NCAA tourney, and maybe even go all the way. What’s different this year, though, for Escobedo and what is left of the original Class of 2013 — Megan, Ben Rosen and Ryan Santana — is that it is their last chance. The group will try to avoid the unfortunate designation of being a class that failed to win any of those titles in their time at BU. “That’s something that I know I don’t forget, and I know the rest of my class doesn’t forget either,” Escobedo said. “We’re already seniors, and it’s kind of the last hurrah for us, so it’s going to be a special year ... We strive every year to win Beanpots, Hockey East tournaments and national championships, and unfortunately it hasn’t gone our way the last couple years. “That’s definitely fuel on our fire.”
nomics and a master’s in economics. His second master’s will be in finance. BU was the second-most penalized team in Hockey East last year, but Ruikka was rarely part of the melee: He had 18 penalty minutes, by far the fewest of any BU defenseman. The next most-disciplined blueliners, Alexx Privitera and Patrick MacGregor, each served twice that many. While Ruikka did play just 29 of BU’s 39 games, he still averaged fewer penalty minutes per game (0.65) than any other defender. Ruikka said he and Megan both feel an added responsibility to represent the Terriers well after the events of last year. “[Athletic Director] Mike Lynch asked us to keep an extra eye out and make sure guys aren’t doing things they shouldn’t be doing, and step in when we should step in and not just turn our shoulder and let things happen that we know shouldn’t be right,” Ruikka said. “We’re held more accountable, and it’s a good thing — it’s what guys need because it helps you grow up and be a better person.” Injuries marred Ruikka’s first two seasons at BU, and even once he got healthy, playing time was never a given. Ruikka began the 2011-12 season competing with MacGregor to be the team’s sixth defenseman, and he was a healthy scratch 10 times. But by the end of the year, after Max Nicastro was removed from the program and Privitera missed time with an injury, he became a regular starter, earning himself a more secure role this year. “I don’t think [being] assistant captain automatically gets you more ice time,” Parker said. “But I think that he’ll be in the lineup. He’ll be an important player. He’s always going to be the fourth, fifth or sixth defenseman. He’s not a power-play guy that gets all of the ice time. He’s a very good penalty killer, so he’ll get ice time there as well … He won’t [want] for ice time, that’s for sure.” Several of his teammates left BU early to join the pro teams who drafted them, but no NHL team has drafted Ruikka. He said he does plan to continue playing hockey after he graduates, likely in Europe, before looking for a job — “maybe I’ll use some of the majors I’ve got,” he said. Megan, a soft-spoken leader himself, said Ruikka will set an ideal example for an uncommonly young BU team that features nine freshmen. “He always says the right thing and he is definitely a big role model, especially for the younger guys coming in this year,” Megan said. “If they follow what he does, all of them will be okay.”
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Freshman : Terriers to rely on freshmen class Focus Preview: From page 1
“I don’t think Megan and Nieto would benefit from playing the offwing or playing center for us. That is the only way they would play together,” Parker said. “They are our top two. If you put them on a line, that line is going to be a threat because those two guys can score goals and create.” One key man for the offense will be junior forward Sahir Gill, who Parker slotted at either the top-line center or right wing. The sophomore class of Evan Rodrigues (2g, 10a), Cason Hohmann (2g, 6a) and Yasin
Cissé (2g, 3a) will be looked upon to make significant improvements from last season. Cissé, a redshirt sophomore, is one player in particular Parker is looking to make a jump to the top two forward lines. “I have no question [Cissé] has the ability to be a very, very good player in this league and a guy that could get a lot of ice time for us,” Parker said. “He’s more mentally ready to do that now than he ever has been. Seniors Ben Rosen and Ryan Santana will likely serve on BU’s third or fourth lines and provide depth for the
Defense The Terriers’ blue line took a hit this summer when defenseman Adam Clendening decided to forgo his final two years at BU to sign a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks organization. However, even with Clendening gone, the Terriers’ defense is primed to be a strong unit. Leading the group will be senior Sean Escobedo and junior Garrett Noonan, who will serve different roles as members of the defense. Escobedo, who scored three goals in 39 games last season, is more of a defen-
sive defenseman that will see lots of ice time and play against the opposition’s top forwards. Noonan, on the other hand, plays more of a two-way role from his spot on the blue line, and tied for the NCAA lead in goals by a defenseman during the 2011–12 season with 16. “[Noonan is] in an obvious role as a leader on the team because of how much ice time he gets. He’ll kill every penalty, he’ll play every power play,” Parker said. “He’s coming back as probably a guy that people will be looking at as being an all-league type of defenseman, have a chance at be-
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Junior defender Garrett Noonan led NCAA defensemen with 16 goals last season and will likely play a key role in the Terriers’ defensive corps this year.
ing an All-American type of defenseman.” Also among returning defensemen are redshirt senior assistant captain Ryan Ruikka (0g, 5a), junior Patrick MacGregor (0g, 3a) and sophomore Alexx Privitera (4g, 10a), all of whom played large roles on the team’s defensive corps last season. Privitera in particular seemed to hit a stride at the end of last season, totaling six of 14 total points on the season in the final nine games. The Terriers will also be bringing in two freshmen to help the defense, as Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk and Kirkkonummi, Finland native Ahti Oksanen will join the team for the 2012–13 season. Goaltending The primary question mark for the Terriers this season is in between the goal posts, as Parker will be looking for a way to replace the consistent standout play of all-time BU wins and saves leader Kieran Millan. With Millan and fellow goaltender Grant Rollheiser graduated, the team has brought in freshmen Sean Maguire and Matt O’Connor to take over the starting goaltender job. Parker said he expects the two goalies to trade starts at least at the beginning of the season and sees nothing wrong with not having a set No. 1 goalie. “It will be great if they played every other game for all four years,” Parker said. “That is a pretty nice way to keep each guy pushing the other guy and getting them to play up to their capabilities.” Junior goalie Anthony Moccia is also on the roster and will have a chance to earn playing time for the first time in his career this season. The Medford native was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team in the 2011-12 season. “We are taking a good hard look at him,” Parker said. “It’s not as if it is written in stone. But we recruited these two guys to come in and step in, and one of them at least is going to be the guy.”
Parker, men’s hockey team prepared to apply Task Force recommendations after season of off-ice issues By Annie Maroon Daily Free Press Staff
Boston University men’s hockey has focused on more than just its on-ice questions over the last six months since the season ended. Much of the attention has focused on the Men’s Ice Hockey Task Force, which investigated the team’s behavior and the ways in which BU gave preferential treatment to hockey players. BU coach Jack Parker said the task force’s recommendations were all reasonable and would benefit the program, but also that some of the controversy stirred up by a Boston Globe article on the task force was unwarranted. “We want to take into account what the results were of the task force, what their recommendations are, and all of the recommendations can’t possibly hurt us,” Parker said. “They’re going to make us better. All of the recommendations are going to make the student body better. So we’re enthusiastically enforcing them.” However, he said The Globe’s story, which focused in part on a
celebration at Agganis Arena after the team’s 2009 national championship, was based on unreliable sources. “Most of the things that were misrepresented did not get to the task force report, because the task force and the NCAA part of the task force that investigated found out it was baseless,” Parker said. “The problem was that somebody wrote something down in a subcommittee report that had to be investigated, and that is what was leaked ... I knew that in the end they would get the story right. But in the end, they didn’t keep the innuendo out of the newspaper, and that is what caused problems.” Former BU players, notably defenseman Colby Cohen, spoke out publicly against some of the allegations against the program,
and Parker said he had no problem with them doing so. “They have a right to express what they know to be the truth,” Parker said of those players. “I don’t think the task force was
by some of the things that were said had every right to say, ‘we were there, we were on that team, we know what happened and that’s not quite right.’” Parker said the largest change the hockey program has made after the task force’s findings were released has been overhauling its drinking regulations. He said of-age players — and college students in general — were drinking liquor rather than beer more often than he realized. Those habits, combined with the players’ attitude that they could or should drink harder on Saturday nights since those were the only nights players 21 years and older were permitted to drink, contributed to some of the inap-
“The problem was that somebody
wrote something down in a subcommittee report that had to be investigated, and that is what was leaked.”
Men’s hockey coach looking to bury anybody. They got information. Sometimes, they got information from people that thought they knew it was the truth. So I don’t think the task force was in any way out to get people with hidden agendas. But I think that the players who were taken aback
propriate behavior described by the task force report. Parker also said that players must be accountable for each other and keep each other from getting into trouble when they drink together. “Of course, I’m not in the bar watching what they drink, so bystander training with regard to sexual assault is important, and bystander training with regard to how our team drinks is important too,” he said. Overall, Parker voiced unequivocal support for the task force itself and the recommendations it made for the program. “I don’t think it’s anything that’s going to be too demanding on their time,” Parker said of the recommendations. “I don’t think it’s going to be overwhelming to them or take their minds off school or hockey ... I do think it’s a refocus for them, and it gets them into the reality that people are looking at. Perceptions, reality, there’s no sense in saying ‘yeah, but’ — we’ll just change that perception [of the team’s behavior].”
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Co-captain Poulin to lead Terriers Women’s hockey primed Poulin: From page 12
prepared for her.” Her decision paid near-immediate dividends as the Terriers made their way to the NCAA Championship game during Poulin’s first season. During the contest, which the Terriers went on to lose 4–1, Poulin scored the team’s lone goal. She came out of the season with numerous honors, including Hockey East Rookie of the Year. “She is hands down one of the best teammates I’ve ever had,” said Holly Lorms, BU’s captain during Poulin’s freshman year. “I am even lucky to have that one year with
her.” During her sophomore season, Poulin took on the role of assistant captain. According to Durocher, however, Poulin struggled in this position because of her respect for the upper classmen as well as her injuries that kept her off the ice. That did not stop her teammates from selecting her as co-captain for the 2012–13 season as a junior with senior Jill Cardella. “She learned through adversity,” Durocher said. “She’s another year more comfortable ... When she speaks, she picks her spot and people listen. That’s a sign of the
respect she garners from the team.” While Poulin would like to see the Terriers win another Hockey East Title and win their first Beanpot as a varsity team, she also has another dream in the not so distant future — a spot on the 2014 Canadian Olympic team. While she would miss a season at BU, Durocher said he hopes Poulin would return to the Terriers squad as a senior for the 2014–15 season. From there, he said, she would pick right back up with her key role in BU hockey. “She would come back as the consummate leader.”
for another NCAA run
Women’s preview: From page 12
wanting to do it and follow their leaders … I think we’re going to be seeing them on March 24. They’re going to be bringing that trophy home.” Before they try to take home that trophy, however, the Terriers need to knock out a few strong teams during the top half of their season. In particular, BU will need to
face Cornell University for the first time since that fateful March day that featured six periods of hard-fought hockey. “I’m sure there’ll be a little bit of added excitement there because both teams are considered strong teams,” Durocher said. “Obviously they ended our season last year, as we did the year before to them, so there’ll be some extra energy in the building that time around.”
Well traveled Nieto returns to Boston as top scoring option Nieto: From page 7
The National Development Program competes against college teams, which is something BU coach Jack Parker said he likes when he is recruiting a player. “One of the great things about that program is it’s almost like you get incoming freshmen who have already played a year of college hockey because they play a lot of college teams and they are over their heads a little bit, but they still compete real hard and they play well,” Parker said. After scoring 14 points in 13 games in 2008–09 and 25 points in 30 games the following season, Nieto had a decision to make in whether or not to play Canadian junior hockey or college hockey. Once he decided on the college
route, he had to decide which school to attend. “I visited [BU] and BC,” Nieto said. “I just loved the city of Boston and I knew it was between one or two of these schools. I just loved the BU campus. I loved everything about this place.” So, once again, Nieto packed his bags and flew to Boston, where he has settled for the past two years. His freshman season, he scored 10 goals and 13 assists, helping him get drafted
in the second round (47th overall) by the San Jose Sharks. At first glance, getting drafted
than a six-hour drive away from Long Beach, which is longer than the distance between Boston and Philadelphia. That’s not exactly a homecoming. “I’ll tell you one thing,” Nieto said. “A six-hour drive is better than a six-hour flight. So I was happy about that.” The next destination for Nieto, which could be out west in San Jose or back east with the Sharks’ AHL affiliate in Worcester, might not be too far away if he continues to shine at
“I’ll tell you one thing — a six-hour
drive is better than a six-hour flight.”
Men’s hockey forward by San Jose would represent a homecoming for the California kid. However, San Jose is more than 350 miles away and more
the collegiate level. Nieto finished last season with 16 goals and 26 assists for the Terriers and enters his junior season leading as the leading returning point scorer. Nieto has certainly come a long way from running around with a hockey stick in his living room. He has traveled from the safety and warmth of his home in southern California to the cold and unknown of Salisbury, Ann Arbor and most recently, Boston. But everywhere he has been, he has been pursuing a dream that is relatively unusual for a California kid — playing professional hockey. “I have no regrets,” Nieto said. “I wish I could have been home a little longer, but it was the sacrifice that I had to make to be at the level where I’m at today.”
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Poulin looks for healthy season as co-captain of women’s hockey By Meredith Perri Daily Free Press Staff
A mere 20 minutes into the first game of the season, it looked as though history had repeated itself. Junior Marie-Philip Poulin, the co-captain of the Boston University women’s hockey team, left the bench with just minutes left in the first period of the Terriers’ games against Boston College after blocking a shot with her hand. “I got a lot of flashbacks to the last two years,” said BU coach Brian Durocher. The terrifying moment passed as Poulin, slightly sore, came back onto the ice at the start of the second frame, and went on to assist on the game-tying and game-winning goals. In two years with the Terriers, the talented forward has yet to play a full season as she has suffered three significant injuries. The shot off her hand against the Eagles mimicked that of when Poulin fractured her wrist when playing the University of New Hampshire during her freshman season. The injury cost her six games, yet she still managed to break BU’s singleseason goals and points records, marks that were later surpassed by teammate Jenn Wakefield. Compared to the setbacks Poulin faced in her second season at BU, however, the fractured wrist sounds like nothing. Two games into the 2011–12 season, in a contest against the University of North Dakota, Poulin took a hit that went unnoticed by most. Poulin ruptured her spleen, landed in the hospital and was off
the ice for first semester. “I think you could say that injury was the worst that could have happened,” Poulin said. Even after the worst was over, and she had healed from her abdominal injury, Poulin still had to sit on the sidelines. In the midst of her first game back, a Jan. 15 contest against the University of Maine, Poulin scored her first goal of the season. Later on in the game, she fractured her wrist again. Despite all this, Poulin has taken that adversity and turned it into a positive. “Being out last year, that made me a better person to react when something happened that’s not supposed to happen and just being able to come back stronger,“ Poulin said. After recovering from both setbacks, Poulin still managed to score 25 points in just 16 games. “It’s absolutely tremendously frustrating for her and, I think, everybody around her,” Durocher said. “When you have somebody like that that goes through a tough, tough time, it truly is frustrating and really hard to be around because you’re kind of at a loss for words.” While her success is an impressive feat considering her challenging first two seasons, it is not altogether that surprising. “Probably since she was 14 or 15, everybody recognized that she was a wonderful skater who had strength and power,” Durocher said. “But she also had a quality, probably her best quality is the fact that she sees the game at the highest level.” That talent has brought Poulin
around the world as she competed at the highest of levels, including an important spot on the Canadian Olympic team that won gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Poulin considered playing in the Olympics a dream since she watched it on TV in 2002. This goal eventually came to fruition, as she served as the youngest member of the 2010 Canadian team. Even more than that, she became a hero as she scored the two goals that allowed Canada to beat the U.S. team
in the gold model round. “It’s hard to describe,” Poulin said of her experiences in Vancouver. “When I think about it, I shiver ... To be on the ice representing my country ... I couldn’t ask for more.” Before she went to the Olympics, Poulin had cut BU off her list of potential schools. That one year, however, changed everything. First, the Terriers won their first Hockey East Tournament, defeating the University of Connecticut on an overtime goal by former Terrier
Tara Watchorn. The win catapulted BU into its first NCAA Tournament appearance. These advances, as well as the addition of a few other impressive Canadian players, shed the Terriers in a completely different light. “Some good fortune went our way,” Durocher said. “I think she kind of reassessed everything and saw Boston as a good option, knew that BU was a good institution academically, and I think felt like maybe our team was a little bit better
“It was so emotional when we played that game, and we’re still talking about it,” said junior cocaptain Marie-Philip Poulin. “I think it’s great motivation for us to talk about and know that we can go there and compete against those great teams.” Now, seven months later, the Terriers have returned to the ice with a No. 6 ranking in the NCAA, pending any changes that should happen by Thursday because of win over Boston Col-
lege, and No. 2 spot in Hockey East, as well as a rejuvenated and relatively healthy squad. Last season featured a BU team that was wrought with injuries — some to the team’s most essential players — as well as night’s when BU coach Brian Durocher had concerns about his team’s compete. “One of the real focuses here is to try to have the entire season be a strong body of work,” Durocher said of his goals for this season.
“There were certainly some ups and downs last year that partially were injury, and maybe a little bit of lack of preparation on given nights.” Much of this depth comes from the team’s veterans, who helped keep the squad going despite the struggles last season. Included on this list is Poulin, even with her severe injuries last season that limited her to just 16 games, Isabel Menard, who transferred to BU during the 2011–12 academic year, and Kayla Tutino, who played a dominate role in her freshman season with the Terriers. The Terriers will also have senior Jenelle Kohanchuk back on the ice after she missed all but seven games last season due to a severe concussion. “[Kohanchuk] is a decorated player, who’s played on the under-22 teams and was a very good player in this league, and was off to a fantastic start last year,” Durocher said. “She had a really unfortunate injury, so I hope she can … add some depth that will also be very important to the team. Joining Poulin, Menard, Tutino and Kohanchuk are five freshmen forwards who bring a promising future with them to the ice. One of these freshmen, Sarah Lefort, even reminds Durocher of a former Terrier star, Jenn Wakefield. “[Lefort’s] a real power winger,” Durocher said. “She may have some of the qualities that Jenn Wakefield had — a tremendous shot, good size, very strong when she goes for the net.” During the Terriers first game of the season — a contest against BC, who was ranked the top team in Hockey East — Lefort notched two goals, including the gametying and game-winning tallies to
put the Terriers on top. Overall, BU added eight new skaters to its roster, including junior transfer Shannon Doyle, who comes to BU after playing two seasons at Colgate University. After losing three of their top blueliners to graduation in the 2011–12 season, the Terriers will need senior Kathryn Miller and junior Kaleigh Fratkin to fill the void on what Durocher has called a “blue-collar” defense. “On the back end, you got a couple of players like Kathryn Miller who is never going to be a statistical wiz out there, but she’s a kid who is very smart, plays the game well,” Durocher said. “I think the other [dark-horse player] is Kaleigh Fratkin, who is probably as good a skater, as strong as anybody out there. And she’s been around the Wards and the Watchorns and the Bouchers, but I think this will be the time for her to sort of blossom here and capture the attention of a lot of the people that watch the game.” In the net, the Terriers will continue to use Sperry, who Durocher said had earned her spot in the top of the team’s depth chart. Meanwhile, senior Alissa Fromkin will make appearances through the year after missing most of last season because of an injury. Third-string netminder Braly Hiller will not play this season as she goes through season-ending surgery. With the squad back to about 100 percent, the team has a significant chance to dominate its conference. Former Terrier captain Holly Lorms said the team could very well go on to win it all. “I think they have an opportunity to do something that no Terrier team has done before,” Lorms said. “If they stay on the path of
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Junior forward Marie-Philip Poulin looks to lead the team on and off the ice as a co-captain this season if she can stay healthy.
Rejuvenated BU women’s hockey team aims for another NCAA bout By Meredith Perri Daily Free Press Staff
Exhausted and defeated, thensophomore goaltender Kerrin Sperry fell to the ground. With 10.1 seconds left in triple overtime, Cornell University managed to pull ahead and knock out the Boston University women’s hockey team from the NCAA Tournament. Sperry and her teammates were motionless on the ice as their comeback-themed season came to an end.
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Junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry, redshirt sophomore defender Caroline Campbell, senior forward Isabel Menard and senior captain Jill Cardella.