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Students to Vote on Campus for First Time Students who have not yet registered still have a chance to vote with Same Day voting booths

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By Juliana Sansonetti Assistant News Editor Students who have not yet registered to vote do not need to worry about not having their voices heard in the upcoming election. There will be voting booths on campus on Nov. 8, the day of the 2016 Presidential Election that will allow individuals who have not registered to vote or who have not sent out absentee ballots to register and vote in the general election all in one day. According to the Dean of Students Karen Donoghue ‘03, the town of Fairfield approached the University and asked if the University would be able to host Same Day Voter Registration. President of the College Democrats Riley Barrett ’17 explained the concept of the booths. “If say, ‘John Smith’ was a registered voter in Massachusetts, but forgot to apply for an absentee ballot, he may go to the [Lower Level of the Barone Campus Center], re-register himself in Fairfield, Connecticut and cast his vote all in the same day,” Barrett explained. Voters who have already registered or those who have applied for absentee ballots are ineligible to participate in the

Same Day voting booths at Fairfield. In addition to having voting booths on campus the day of the election, there will also be shuttles to bring students to and from polls at Holland Hill School and Fairfield Ludlowe High School on Election Day if they are registered in Connecticut to make it easier for them to get out and vote, according to President of College Republicans Ariana Lenci ’17. The voting booths on campus, which will be used by both students and members of the town community, will open at 6 a.m. on Election Day and will close at 8 p.m. “The Office of Student Engagement is assisting the town with logistics, including hiring students to work the event,” commented Donoghue on the Same Day voting booths. Donoghue supported the project because it makes it easy for students to vote who have not yet registered. She emphasized the importance of students voting. Barrett agreed with the sentiment. “This last minute registration system will allow [students] to recognize READ



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Fairfield Assists Student Voting Process Compiled by Juliana SansonettiInformation contributed by the Department of Public Safety.


Tuesday, 10/11 12:25 a.m.- DPS found a broken window in the Faber Hall Dining Commons. DPS was unable to determine who caused the damage. Anyone with any information on the subject is encouraged to come forward to DPS. Friday, 10/14 11:38 a.m.- Residents of 47 Mahan Road reported a theft of Halloween decorations from outside their door. Two suspects were identified and referred to student conduct. 6:15 p.m.- DPS caught four individuals unloading an abundance of alcohol from the trunk of a car. The individuals were referred to student conduct for violations. 7:54 p.m.- A young man approaching Alumni Hall for the Lil Dicky concert ran from DPS when he was found in possession of alcoholic beverages. When he was caught on the ground floor of Meditz Hall, DPS dumped his alcohol. The individual was referred to student conduct. 7:56 p.m.- A student was documented for alcohol possession while attempting to enter the concert venue. The student refused to cooperate with officers and was referred to student conduct. 9:31 p.m.- Residence Life notified DPS of the smell of marijuana in the Townhouse 3 block area and found drug paraphernalia. Two students were referred to student conduct. Sunday, 10/16 12:34 p.m.- A theft was reported at the back of the Townhouse 9 block area. An individual stole two scarecrow figurines. A suspect was identified and referred to student conduct. 8:10 p.m.- An individual took a table from The Levee. He was identified and referred to student conduct.


Juliana Sansonetti/The Mirror Students utilize their newly renovated research laboratory classroom in Bannow Science Center.

Bannow Science Center Launches State-of-the-Art Laboratory By Elizabeth O’Hara Contributing Writer To become a chemist, you need practice with experimentation, but gaining knowledge about lab work while you’re an undergraduate student can be incredibly difficult. The new chemistry and biochemistry laboratories are now operational for Fairfield students to gain that lab experience. Fairfield University’s Bannow Science Center recently became home to many new and improved renovations in its research labs. The Chemistry Department independently renovated the undergraduate research lab, which was funded by the National Science Foundation grant, with an advanced organic chemistry teaching lab and an addition of an inventive mass spectrometer. Dr. Kraig Steffen spearheaded the project with assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry Dr. Aaron Van Dyke. Van Dyke explained that the plans for the renovation project began over two years ago. “A subcommittee was formed to assess space utilization with our department. I, along with [associate professors of chemistry] Dr.’s Kraig Steffen, Gary Weddle and John Miecznikowski, served on this subcommittee.” Van Dyke along with Steffen and their colleagues noticed the substantial student growth and saw that the renovations were necessary. “We’ve seen continual growth in the number of our majors, but even more significantly as other departments, that is, biology and schools [i.e. nursing, engineering] grow, those students are taking courses within chemistry. Having this additional laboratory space means we will be able to accommodate this student growth,” said Van Dyke.

These innovative labs feature advanced and top-of-the-line laboratory equipment. Many may notice the ever-increasing progress being made on campus. Projects like the recently completed Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex and School of Nursing, are, in part, because of the Fairfield Rising campaign. Van Dyke discussed how Fairfield Rising is an opportunity for the University to highlight the distinctive work being done by students, faculty and administrators. “Professor Smith-Carpenter in our department successfully spearheaded a $271,000 National Science Foundation grant along with myself, Professors Kubasik, Miecznikowski and Andersen.” The grant will allow for the purchase and launch of what is known as a MALDI-TOF-Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization – Time of Flight. The device is a mass spectrometer that can measure the molecular weight of compounds. “The MALDI will fundamentally transform the kind of teaching and research we do here at Fairfield. This will be the only instrument of it’s kind in southeast Connecticut. We expect to establish a Center for Mass Spectrometry at Fairfield so students and faculty from other universities can come to Fairfield to use this research-grade instrument,” explained Van Dyke. Many faculty members and students are excited about the capability of the high-tech instrument that would be located in Bannow. “The MALDI-TOF is a research-grade instrument that students can use to assign the identity of unknown chemical compounds. Faculty working with peptides or proteins will find READ


their agency on Election Day, itself,” stated Barrett. “The poll’s location minimizes student effort and hopefully its hype will encourage students to utilize their constitutional right.” Senior Isabella Perkins also recognized the importance of students utilizing their constitutional right to vote. “At 18, we start to have a legal obligation to get involved with our country’s government,” said Perkins. “We are now part of the population that gets a piece of the decision, depending on what we believe in and how we feel the country should be led.” Lenci believed that having the voting booths in a central location will be worthwhile. “I really think students will respond positively because I know many who are actively educating themselves and following the election,” said Lenci. “We have had an amazing turnout at our College Republicans meetings and are very happy with the amount of people talking about the issues.” Junior Zerin Sattar believed that the voting booths are a great convenience for students. “It makes it easier for people on campus to vote,” said Sattar. “A lot of people don’t have time to get out, especially since we all have busy schedules. I definitely think more students will be inclined to vote [because of the booths] because it’s such a convenience to them and they won’t have to drive off campus to vote.” However, Oumy Badiane ‘19 did not believe that students will be more inclined to vote because of the booths. “I think if people have made their minds up to vote already, then they were going to find a way to vote, even without the booths,” she commented. Lenci was optimistic about the booths. “Overall, I think it is a great idea because it is encouraging students to take action and to go out and vote,” she said.

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Role of Gender in 2016 Election Discussed in Panel Deanna Carbone Contributing Writer Gender has played a big role in the 2016 Presidential Election thus far with Hillary Clinton potentially serving as the country’s first female president and Donald Trump recently being accused of sexually harassing several women. In response to the influence of sex and gender in the current election cycle, the University called for a panel discussing the issue. Students gathered in the Faber Hall Dining Commons on Oct. 17 for a faculty panel regarding these issues. Once the seats were full, students began to sit on tables and crowd the floor to hear what

Colleen McElaney/The Mirror Students learned about the impact that gender and sex have on the 2016 presidential election.

the four professors had to say. The panel consisted of politics professors Gayle Alberda, Gwendoline Alphonso and Jocelyn Boryczka, as well

as English professor Sonya Huber. Alberda began the discussion by talking about how intensely women are scrutinized

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Juliana Sansonetti/The Mirror The Chemistry Department independently renovated the research labs in the Bannow Science Center using funds provided by the National Science Foundation grant.

Mass Spectrometer Highlights New Research Lab CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 the MALDI especially useful for sequence determination [i.e. figuring out the string of amino acids in peptides or proteins],” explained Van Dyke. The MALDI’s ability to image 3D tissue and materials will allow for this instrument to be widely used by faculty and staff across campus. Due to the increase in student interest in this field of study, these labs will allow for students to have the space and resources to work closely with classmates and professors. Chemistry student Lauren Kearney ‘19 believed that the new equipment and technology will be a great help with her academia. “With this new and updated equipment, I think we will really be able to partake in labs and experiments that are more

geared toward what we are studying,” Kearney said. “It is really helpful the way the lab tables are set up so that each student can work next to another student to help throughout the class. It is also nice having an inner table of desks so we can have the regular classroom experience while in the laboratory room,” said bio-engineering student Jennifer Egan ‘18. Following the addition of these cutting edge laboratories, many students will be offered more flexibility when it comes to the labs that they are provided. “The lab component of a chemistry course is essential to understanding the material in a hands on way,” said chemistry major Alicia Setzer ‘18. “These new renovations to the research lab will benefit us chemistry students by providing us with access to the newest technologies, which will allow us to gain a deeper understanding of the material.” While these new labs provide experience and opportunity

to many students, biology major Natalie Fulco ‘19 would like to see equal opportunity for other science majors. “I feel that a lot of science majors, with the exception of biology and physics, have received or are in the process of receiving new facilities or equipment, such as nursing, health studies and chemistry. I understand that renovations are expensive, but I would like to see equal opportunity for all majors to succeed and have access to modern technology/resources.” Nevertheless, the front line work and experience that the students are partaking in now will allow them to be prepared for the challenging industry outside of Fairfield’s campus. “In terms of the organic chemistry lab, students will now conduct experiments in research-grade chemical fume hoods. These are the same hoods they will see in graduate school or industry. We want their experiences in laboratory to prepare them for life after Fairfield,” said Van Dyke.

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or what they are wearing. Alberda brought up that the media coverage for the election would be different if the two nominees were both women. “If the nominees were say, Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton, the media would get tired of focusing on their hair and outfits. They could have actually been more focused on their policies,” said Alberda. Alphonso followed Alberda and discussed that sexual discrimination has tremendous potential to inspire women’s participation in politics. She brought up the 11-point lead Clinton gained in the swing state, Ohio after the videotape of Trump came out. Alphonso also explored the different kinds of womanhood that the parties promote. Sophomore Michael Casarella was shocked at the huge lead Clinton gained. “I knew Trump would definitely lose supporters because of his comments, but I would have never thought that Clinton would go up that much in the polls,” Casarella said. Boryczka, discussed how Trump has taken the route of focusing on Clinton’s flaws rather than the structural issues that have to be resolved. She explored the blame that Trump consistently places on Clinton for issues such as terrorism and Obamacare, issues that Clinton is powerless to fix on her

Colleen McElaney/The Mirror The Gender and Sex in the 2016 Election panel drew in a large crowd of students.

own. Boryczka said that his tactic diverts the attention from the real issues onto Clinton. Additionally, Huber talked about how “gender in Hillary’s case is seen as a fraud; luring women to vote for her because of their shared gender.” She expressed the belief that Clinton’s gender plays a huge role in the amount of criticism she has received throughout the race. “[Clinton] is doing a brave thing by going into an environment where she will be attacked relentlessly regardless of what she does,” Huber said. Sophomore Sabrina Musto disagreed with what Huber had to say. “I don’t think Clinton receives criticism because she’s a woman; she receives criticism because of all she’s done. I don’t think gender has anything to do with it,” Musto said.

The students and panelists thought that the panel went smoothly, despite the fact that it covered controversial topics. “I thought the panel was very interesting. We weren’t sure how it was going to go,” said Alphonso. “It could have been very combative, but instead it was very civil and respectful. It was more empathetic rather than straightforward political science.” The students in the audience had varying opinions on how they felt about the panel. Some students saw it as the ability to see things in a different light. “I thought they talked about some good ideas. Talks like this are a good way for the campus and the American electorate to get the discussion started,” said James Poccia ‘19. “It’s good to see what everyone’s think-

ing, even if you don’t 100 percent agree with it,” said Joey Schinella ‘19. Other students felt that the conversation didn’t present enough neutral information and felt dissatisfied with the panel. Freshman Kamryn Jebb only presented one side of the argument. “I wasn’t aware of the statistics regarding the bias toward women, but overall I felt the conversation was very one-sided,” she said. “I felt that all the statistics about women in the media are things we’ve all seen before. The panel emphasized how important it is we come together as a nation, but no one presented the strategy of how we should actually come together,” said Kelsey Shockey ‘18. Sophomore Justin Flayhan agreed with Jebb that the conversation was one sided. “I thought the talk was completely biased. I thought they were putting words into our mouths saying we don’t trust Hillary because of her hair or her pantsuits, but I don’t trust her because of her 33,000 emails and Benghazi,” he said. When asked if there was one thing the audience should take away from the panel, Alphonso said, “I think that women have a really important role to play and that women’s participation can transform politics. Women all have different opinions. Even though we all have different things to say, we shouldn’t be silenced.”

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"Man-Tax" Doesn't Solve Discriminatory Pricing Toward Women (In dollars)

Prices of Pharmaceutical Products: Men vs. Women

By Ariana Puzzo Managing Editor When we go to the store with a specific product in mind that we want to buy, we tend to peruse the aisles to see which brand will get the job done well without breaking the bank. We don’t think that our gender will determine our out-of-pocket expense. However, sometimes there is simply no way to avoid spending more money than necessary, especially if you are a female. The phenomenon that I am referencing is known as the “pink tax,” which refers to the upcharge of approximately 7 percent that women are

charged for particular pharmaceutical products, in addition to numerous other types of products or services. According to a recent article in TIME Magazine, Thompson Chemists, an independent Manhattan pharmacy, advertised early last week that there would be a 7 percent “man tax” on products, while women would shop tax-free. Although the intention of the store was to “raise awareness” about how much money women are required to spend on similar products that men buy for less, they went about doing it the wrong way. Rather than imposing what appeared to be a reverse tax, the pharmacy should be doing two things: encouraging the company’s whose products

they sell to equalize the cost of their products and every industry, products for female consumers were raising awareness by educating consumers. more likely to cost more. Specifically: Girls’ toys According to TIME, “In an interview with cost more 55 percent of the time, while boys’ toys Gothamist, Thompson Chemists’ owner, Jolie cost more 8 percent of the time … Women’s clothAlony, noted that … instead of increasing certain ing cost more 40 percent of the time, while men’s prices, Alony was simply applying a [7 percent] dis- clothing cost more 32 percent of the time … Senior count on women’s products and making up the dif- home health care products cost more for women 45 ference out of pocket.” percent of the time and cost more for men 13 perAlthough I can see the appeal in showing cent of the time.” men how women are forced to live on a daily basis, There is an evident discrepancy between these simply redistributing the discrimination is not the products, a puzzling phenomenon since, accordway to resolve the issue. Instead, it will only divide ing to the study, the products are similar in make people further and exacerbate the issue without and model. While there may be a perceived notion coming up with a long-term solution. Additionally, that women use certain products more than men so the short-term solution does more to harm feminist companies surmise that they can capitalize on that ideals than it does to aid them since they are not or some other reason, there is no reason for certain reaching for equality, but rather looking to redirect products generally uninfluenced by gender to be oppression toward men. marked higher for women than men. Therefore, stores like Thompson Chemists There certainly needs to be action taken should encourage the companies that produce the against the pink tax, but punishing men with a 7 products that they carry to address the problem of percent increase is not the solution. In addition to gender discrimination. According to a 2015 study a discussion being had between the stores and the entitled, “From Cradle to Cane: The Cost of Being brands, there can be more education on the topic. a Female Consumer” done by New York City’s De- An educated consumer can effect change in conpartment of Consumer Affairs, it was reported, “In sumer spending by avoiding gender specific prodall but five of the 35 product categories analyzed, ucts when possible, instead opting for gender-neuproducts for female consumers were priced higher tral products. Yet it is the “middle man,” the store than those for male consumers.” owners, who have an obligation to their customers Additionally, an important factor in the study to prevail upon companies to promote equality in is that the products they compared were similar their pricing practices and end discriminatory gentypes of items in branding, appearance, ingredients der pricing. and other qualities. The study showed, “In Information Contributed from

Donald Trump Represents the Demise of the Republican Party By Alexandra Thimble Contributing Writer Following the past week’s allegations of Donald Trump’s sexual assaults on various women throughout the years, including the recent release of a video with remarks made by him in 2005 on the same topic, Republicans across the board began to frantically pull their support or condemn Trump’s disgusting words. Although some view the reaction as a cowardly unity within the Republican party — where Republicans have only just seen the error of their ways and are trying to climb out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves — it clearly shows a divide in the Grand Old Party and where their loyalties lie. While the reaction doesn’t necessarily signal the end of unity within the party, it does show how weak the GOP has become in terms of not only supporting their nominee, but in supporting each other in the decision as well. Disagreements within a party don’t have to be viewed as a bad development. The split of opinions is good; it shows that not everyone is completely tied to party lines and that they have enough sense to not let the title of their party blind them to a potentially catastrophic nominee. However, what the differing opinions do show is that Republicans failed to initially elect a nominee that they can all stand by. Instead of discrediting Trump in the first place and throwing their full support behind someone with actual political experience, and instead of treating him like the joke that he is, Paul Ryan, the speaker of the house and therefore, the most pow-

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erful Republican in the country, and the rest of the GOP have allowed Trump to completely divide their party. At their core, Republicans believe in the betterment and survival of the state and about what will most benefit the continued presence of their policies in the political arena. To put it bluntly, they’ve screwed themselves over by supporting Trump. Ryan faces a critical weighing of options that is, to a lesser extent, echoed in the minds of the other members of his party. Do they favor personal political ideologies that say supporting Trump now will damage their potential for a successful future political career or do they suck it up and vote for the man who they’ve somehow got leading their party so that the GOP doesn’t get torn in half? It’s a personal versus community decision, which is why Ryan has teetered so much and for so long on this decision. He’s done a significant amount of damage to himself already; even if he were to fully withdraw his support of Trump at this point with less than a month until the election, it would look like he was jumping ship as soon as he was 100 percent sure that the boat was going under. It makes him look spineless and indecisive, as if he can’t practice what he preaches in denouncing every one of Trump’s statements, yet not moving from his side. He can’t win his internal battle of morality versus duty, and the transparency of his struggle makes the entire affair all the more embarrassing to watch. The situation becomes even more muddied because of the kinds of people that are backing each side. Many Republican senators have pulled their support, along with high-ranking Re-

As kids, we were expected to look up to athletes as immortal role models of both athletic and moral superiority. However, our maturity made us realize that these athletes aren't always as prodigious as they appeared back in the day. On Oct. 17, the Association of Tennis Professionals ruled in favor of enacting an eight-week ban and $25,000 fine for Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios. The 21-year-old purposefully lost a second-round match to Mischa Zverev and afterwards, insulted fans in attendance of the Shanghai Masters. The ATP deemed that Kyrgios’ “conduct [was] contrary to the integrity of

the game.” Given the recent string of infractions and suspensions enacted across the world of sports just in the past year, the idealistic image of athletes continues to be tarnished for millennials. Between Pittsburgh Steelers Le’Veon Bell’s four-game suspension for a DUI and missed drug testing to New York Mets Jenrry Majía being banned from the MLB for life after testing positive for Boldenone, 2016 alone continues to be a tumultuous year for suspensions in sports. As immortalized as we want these “heroes” to remain, it is hard to look past the bitter taste that many of these athletes have

publican leaders as well, and yet the vast majority of those still in the Trump camp are lower-level senators and representatives that just will not budge. The lower-level majority of the party wants to stick to their nominee, so it’s now become a struggle between a minority of major power versus a majority of minor power. Also, those with high standing have the brand names to support them; none of the living former presidents formally support him, George P. Bush being the only outstanding member of the entire Bush family who says that he will cast his support for Trump. Prominent Republicans like Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Arizona Senator John McCain and Governor of Ohio and former presidential nominee John Kasich have all pulled their support for Trump at various points during the election cycle, denouncing him and his campaign as one that, as Kasich stated, “has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country.” The current political climate surrounding the GOP is a breakdown where they have made the mess themselves, but by the same token can be seen as a sort of banding together because many of them realize that it was a massive mistake and are trying to correct it by reprimanding Trump for his disgusting words. Nonetheless, the arrow points at a breakdown within the party, for Trump’s sexually aggressive words that were revealed have just become the tipping point for many Republicans, causing them to turn tail and salvage what remains of their respectable careers, a majorly divisive problem in and of itself.

left in our mouths. We always wanted to believe Babe Ruth in “The Sandlot,” ushering the classic line, “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” However, it’s tough when our heroes show that they are still human despite their extraordinary abilities. Younger generations do not deserve to have athletic role models who seem to disregard the rules set before them and act on pleasure rather than positive action. Even as college students, we still look up to these athletes and buy their merchandise, which makes it upsetting when we learn that these athletes have become accustomed to unhealthy life-

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styles. More so, it reminds us that it can be unwise to put someone on a pedestal when at the end of the day, an athlete is still human and is susceptible to making the wrong decisions. Such as the case will be for Kyrgios and countless other athletes, these instances will most likely be pardoned down the road and be forgotten by both fans and officials. For those who are young and constantly absorbing their surroundings, these instances contribute to the culture that normalizes the disregard that athletes are expected to pay to the rules, and more importantly, their fans.

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Candidates Come Out Swinging in Second Debate


CLINTON By Mirror Staff By Samanta Quinones Contributing Writer

In the Second Presidential Debate on Oct. 9, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton made history. As the second debate for a Democratic female candidate, this debate was already won by Clinton in the beginning due to her civil behavior, unlike Trump. He was recently caught in another scandal for his remarks made in 2005, when he said unpresidential things about women. One of Trump’s comments said was “grab [women] by the p***y,” among other sexually aggressive comments. During the debate, Trump stated that it was just “locker room talk,” but what he said may still catch up to him in the end when it comes to his percentage of women voters. Trump’s apology for the comments made over a decade ago came early on the morning of Oct. 8. However, what could one expect? He’s running for president of the United States, the most prestigious title in the country, so of course everyone who doesn’t want him in office will look for anything that will derail his campaign. On both sides, people are trying to target the candidates on their mishaps. However, Trump’s exact words were “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize,” which isn’t really an apology. His statement felt like more of an obligation that he was forced to say, rather than a sincere apology. Clinton and Trump started the debate off by not shaking hands and opted instead to glare at each other, which I thought was strange. Eventually, the two answered questions from both Facebook and the audience, with each candidate having two minutes to answer the questions.

In total, Clinton spoke for 39 minutes and five seconds, while Trump, who repeatedly said that he was getting no time to answer the questions and that it wasn’t fair, spoke for 40 minutes and 10 seconds, according to CNN Politics. Clinton won the debate; she dominated the stage yet again with real answers to the questions and explanations of exactly what she would do as president. She kept herself calm and collected. Trump, on the other hand, skipped over the questions that he didn’t want to answer and spread false information. When discussing U.S. loans to Iran and the San Bernardino attack, Trump said that many people saw the bombs coming, but no one ever saw the bombs, according to CNN. Trump was disrespectful to Clinton and to the moderators, Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz, by talking over them and having witty fivesecond comments to throw off Clinton in what she was saying. He didn’t seem comfortable talking about the issues and as the Republican nominee, he should be confident while debating the issues with the Democratic nominee. Time and time again, during the debate, he spoke poorly of President Barack Obama, specifically regarding ObamaCare, and said that both Obama and Clinton won’t say “radical Islamic terrorism.” Trump also touched upon how immigrants are coming into our nation and how there is a necessity to set barriers to prevent that from happening. Yet, he wants the other countries to pay for it, such as his desire to build a wall at the Mexican border. They ended the debate with the question of something that they respect about the opponent. The audience laughed and according to The Washington Post, Clinton responded first saying, “His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald.” Trump then responded after that saying, “She doesn’t quit. She doesn’t give up and I respect that.” The third and final debate is scheduled for tonight at 9 p.m.

Trump By Andrew DaRosa Executive Editor

As Election Day approaches, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump prepare their policies and rhetoric for their third and final debate, which — like the previous two — highlight the candidates’ responses to issues plaguing the country. On Oct. 9, Clinton and Trump engaged in the second debate of the series, with Trump eventually taking back prominence after an atrocious showing at the First Presidential Debate. Under scrutiny due to recent remarks concerning his potential sexual assaults of women, Trump had a strong performance in terms of overall presentation against his opponent and he sharpened the rhetoric of his policies. The debate immediately took off with the moderators, both of whom align with the democrats, addressing Trump about the aforementioned sexual assault allegations. Trump professionally handled the line of questioning and said that his words were not subject to action. Additionally, he said that worse things have come from Clinton in terms of sexual misconduct, such as the case of Kathy Shelton, who Clinton silenced by shutting down her case back in 1975 after Clinton defended the accused, Thomas Alfred Taylor. Clinton served as a criminal defense lawyer for Taylor during his trial in which Shelton stated that Taylor had raped her along with an accomplice. To the dismay of many, Clinton requested the removal of the case, which was granted.

In addition, Clinton was cited by The Washington Post as laughing at Shelton in court at the conclusion of trial and during a private interview, which was leaked to the general public in 2007. The allegations against Trump should come as no surprise as almost every modern political candidate has come under some form of scrutiny prior to their nomination. Before President Barack Obama’s first presidential nomination in 2008, allegations arose of his unconstitutionality. It was said that Obama refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance and maintained a secretive relationship with Reverend Jeremiah White, who was considered to be pro-Muslim, someone who blamed the U.S. for the 9/11 attacks and also assumed that the country was hiding the cure for HIV. These allegations were eventually settled as I’m sure these attacks on Trump will later, too. Besides defending himself against the wavering allegations, Trump also managed to strongly defend the various points of his policy, something that Clinton failed to do as successfully. He stated that he has already conducted a thorough process to find Supreme Court justices, citing that he had 20 candidates in mind for the position. For Clinton, there was no solid definition for her methodology other than that her justices would uphold Roe v. Wade and the Marriage Equality Act, both of which she was staunchly against before her tenure as secretary of state to Obama. Critics seem to constantly attack Trump, such as David Sable and Will Johnson from CNN who co-wrote an article stating, “Although he keeps talking about himself as a political ‘outsider,’ he is rapidly losing the credibility to make such a claim.” However, these same critics seem to be pardoning Clinton for her intrinsic rejection of the law with her email scandal and wikileaks breakthroughs that the Democratic National Convention, along with Clinton’s campaign, took advantage of Senator Bernie Sanders during the primaries. Though there are many things that can be negatively stated about both candidates, I feel as though Clinton and Trump should both be looked at in the same light of scrutiny, even if Trump’s rhetoric may anger the general public more than Clinton’s actions. For Trump, the way to place the odds in his favor is through the continual rise in performance during the debates, the final of the three debates occurring tonight. In a nation that seems to be constantly opposing Trump, the Republican candidate must maintain his drive and political antiestablishment to gain the lead on Clinton prior to Nov. 8. Photocompilation by Andrew DaRosa/The Mirror

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Lil Dicky $aves Red Sea Madness By Alfredo Torres Sports Editor

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Once the madness from Alumni Hall seemed to settle down, over a thousand students anxiously awaited the night’s final performance, Lil Dicky. However, before students were able to enjoy the show, they were given the opportunity to grab some food from several different food trucks, including Garden Catering and Colony Grill, found along the Barone Campus Center lawn. As students waited for their food to be served, members of the Fairfield University Student Association helped set up the stage and floor for the night’s main event. When it was finally time for the show to start, students stormed the court and grabbed the spots where they would remain standing for the remainder of the performance. Once students settled, the lights began to dim and the countdown from 10 began. From the smoke and darkness emerged Dicky with his red No. 42 Fairfield jersey. The moment he stepped onto the stage, the madness from earlier in the night resurrected as students jumped with enthusiasm while he performed his first song of the night, “Professional Rapper.” Junior Philip Sibert, who was in the audience, expressed his joy following Dicky’s first song, saying, “I knew he was coming out soon. All of a sudden, I heard the music and for him to start off with such an iconic song just got me pumped.” Following his first song, Dicky introduced himself to the crowd and received a huge roar in response. After performing a few more songs, he decided to take a break by quenching his thirst with some water, the first of many times the rapper interacted with the crowd. He asked them if they were thirsty, and as students clapped and cheered, Dicky responded by dousing all those in front of him with water, catching several students off guard. That was the first of many times that

Dicky would grace the crowd with a sea of water. After getting the crowd riled up, Dicky then got their attention as he called for them to join him in singing the national anthem, a routine he usually adds to his performances. Halfway through the concert, Dicky whipped out yet another prop — this time a box of Nature Valley Bars. Asking the audience if they were hungry, Dicky flung a variety of granola bars throughout the court. Toward the end, he brought one last prop, a vegetable platter that he scattered around the crowd as if he was in a food fight in a cafeteria. When asked about the prop throwing by Dicky, FUSA Director of Marketing & Public Relations Nina Poosikian ‘17 stated, “Lil Dicky throwing props was definitely unexpected, but the crowd seemed to love it and that’s all that matters. We put on the events for the students, so if they’re having a good time, we’re happy.” Before the night was over, Dicky had one last idea in mind in order to end the show with a bang. As he looked over the crowd at Alumni, he asked for one volunteer for his final song “Lemme Freak.” Dicky pulled a girl up on stage with the help of security and offered her a seat. As the song started to play, the two locked eyes and the Philly rapper began his suggestive performance. Following the performance, Dicky was set to travel down to Miami, Fla. for a couple of more performances. Dicky said, “Touring is cool, you get to see different parts of the country and the world even, like I'm going to Europe in two weeks.” Dicky commented on what’s next for him saying that he will be “working on more music, I’m just so far away from the next project.” He is looking to drop a new music video soon for his new single, “Pillow Talk.” Overall, Red Sea Madness featuring Lil Dicky was a huge success, selling over 1,000 tickets and drawing the largest crowd on record for both Red Sea Madness and FUSAsponsored concerts. “Overall, it was one of the most attended FUSA concerts in the past few years and was the highest attended Red Sea Madness ever,” said Poosikian. “As an organization, it’s always amazing to see your event do well and see the students enjoying it.” Creative Commons/Wikimedia

Castillian American: Safety Abroad By Nicholas Anthony Abroad Columnist Petty theft, white-collar crime and political corruption take siege as the main sources of crime in Madrid. Misconduct due to drunkenness is frowned upon and unlikely, according to political correspondents. A full-time student at Saint Louis University Madrid told us that the city is safer at 4 a.m. than New York at noon. That surprised me considering she’s a 20-year-old American citizen with an elementary level of Spanish vocabulary, who walks home alone from clubs in the early hours of the morning. She did have a word of advice during orientation. “Nightlife is an exciting part of Madrid’s culture. You should try to go out dancing at ‘discotecas’ [clubs] or drinking at bars with friends as much as you can. Though you should know some important tips before going.” 1. The metros stop running at 1:30 a.m., so bring cab fare. It shouldn’t be more than €10. 2. Manage the battery life on your cell wisely in case you need to call for help. 3. Be wary of the bars in the Sol area. Some, like the infamous establishments — that will remain unnamed — will try to drug you. Most clubs should be fine though. As she left us, I wasn’t sure how I felt about a young woman strolling around la Puerta del Sol or Gran Via — the Times Square of Madrid’s center — alone, attempting to find her way home in the middle of the night. But who am I to judge? Orientation was three days after our arrival and I hadn’t gone out yet, myself. Nightlife is a major part of the culture in Madrid. The SLU Madrid student government attempts to get everyone involved. Oftentimes, students will distribute promotions throughout the day for events at bars and clubs around the city. Their mission is to facilitate an environment where a multicultural student body can meet while experiencing the flare of the city. This festive and chaotic culture was appealing to me as I began researching Madrid. Online, I found locations such as Kapital, the seven-story dance club and El Chapandaz, a bar constructed as if it were a cavern where drinks pour down from stalactites on the ceiling. The nightlife scene seemed much more extravagant than a few house parties at the Townhouses or a police-monitored day drink at Lantern Point. I remembered what my parents had reiterated time and time again before I left: “Exercise extreme caution,” which is obvious and responsible behavior that any foreigner would deem a priority when traveling abroad to Europe. “Extreme caution” is also advised by major media outlets like Fox News, CNN, the NY Times and by the U.S. State Department when regarding the possible threat of terrorism overseas.

I have lived here in Madrid for about a month and crime seems to be almost nonexistent. Terrorism has yet to threaten one who is walking the streets at night or taking the packed metro to the center of the city. I wonder now what all of the commotion in American media is truly all about. Yes, there are horror stories of severe crimes in the news and yes, there are even alerts sent around now and again of potential terrorist activity around Europe. Where exactly did the stereotypical lawlessness of the “unpoliced European streets” and the daily threats of terrorism my friends back home had warned me about all go though? I felt it necessary to conduct further research on crime in Madrid to discover the truth. During my inquiry, I sat down with Dr. Chris Ealham, a political science professor at SLU Madrid. Ealham, a native of the United Kingdom, is a resident of Spain for almost nine years. He explained that the general overview on crime is divided amongst ideological groups and political factions of citizens. “Like many places, it’s mainly how you conceive crime. The feminist thinkers tend to focus on gender violence, particularly domestic abuse and the murder of spouses or ex-spouses. Conservatives will focus on property damage and in recent years, a growing focus [is placed] on white-collar crime and political corruption. Often, many experience petty theft such as pick-pocketing in tourist areas.” Spain has seen a drastic change in its number of homicides over a 10-year period. According to Eurostat, a Directorate-General of the European Commission that provides statistical information to the institutions of the European Union, police records report a quantitative statistic of homicides showing a rapid decline. The evidence discloses a 587 count in 2003 to 76 in 2012. As Ealham explained, “Madrid, being the sixth largest European city by population, has one of the lowest murder rates. The public has generally shifted their attention to corruption that is directly affecting the economy and unemployment rates. White-collar crime and political corruption such as money laundering has resulted in meteoric rise of anti-corruption political parties like the left-wing Podemos, which has over 70 parliamentary deputies, as opposed to right-wing Ciudadanos, which has over 30.” Ealham made it clear that Ciudadanos are still under investigation for alleged bribery and various forms of political corruption involving over 90 leading politicians. The majority of citizens equate these forms of corruption to the growing unemployment rates within the country and its effect on the economy. Madrid saw its last terrorist attack in 2004. The Atocha railway attacks were the most devastating, killing almost 200 people and injuring thousands. Around 20 were British and American citizens. Nonetheless, in more recent times, students and professors, as well as foreigners and natives, seem to feel comfortable in Madrid and focus on life without much crime.

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Album Spoilers: October 2016 'Big Boat' by Phish 'Revolution Radio' by Green Day By Brendan Zimmerman Assisstant Vine Editor

By Andrew DaRosa Executive Editor

Not since the explosive release of 1994’s “Dookie” has Green Day sounded so young and hungry. Gone are the gimmicks and concepts that plagued their recent efforts. Instead, the power trio taps into the frantic three chord-laden energy that made them famous from the start. By the end of the first track, one thing is made clear: Green Day is ready to retake the punk scene again with their latest album, “Revolution Radio.” Fresh off an induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Green Day reemerged from a nearly four-year hiatus and released an album that revitalizes their trademark, over-the-top social commentary mixed with their catchy distortion formula. “Revolution Radio” may not reach the prophetic insight of past albums like 2004’s Bush-era commentary “American Idiot,” but it still has plenty to say about our current society. The lead single, “Bang Bang,” outlines the twisted motives of a shooter who simply wants fame. The song, with its controversial subject matter, offers an uncomfortable look into the issues of gun control. The lyrics probe the killer’s mindset and attempt to establish an unsettling, yet empathetic look into the problems that are attributed with untreated mental illness. However, in true Green Day fashion, heavy guitar sounds blended with a throbbing bass line mask the song’s controversy in order to create a danceable rock track simultaneously. The rest of the album follows a similar pattern, as thematic elements weave in and out of the tracks, offering different bits of social commentary. The next standout song is the title track, which, according to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, is actually about a Black Lives Matter protest that the singer witnessed in California. The track is the most pop-oriented song on the album with its bubble-gum lyrics and harmonic vocals. The end of the album fizzles out in comparison to the beginning. The tracks start to feel too similar to each other and do not carry the same energy generated by the singles. However, even lazy Green Day songs outweigh other pop-punk groups in terms of listenability. The important factor that separates Green Day from other similar-sounding groups is their musical chemistry. Every note from Armstrong’s guitar and percussive hit from Tré Cool’s drum kit feels precise and meticulously structured compared to other rock bands. Instead of relying purely on messy distortion and out of control drums to capture the listener’s attention, Green Day creates a sound with purpose; whether it be from Mike Dirnt’s melodic basslines or Armstrong’s rhythmic guitar strums. The masterful interplay of instruments shines through on “Revolution Radio,” even on the lesser tracks, and it helps support the album overall. Fans of Green Day will be excited to find the band back in prime form, ditching the use of gimmicks and instead, delving into their roots to produce an album that captures the energy of their early work. “Revolution Radio” acts as a functional album that aims to probe societal problems while providing catchy rock songs that appeal to the inner punk in everyone.

For musicians, the live concert experience is the make it or break it factoid that can shift the popular opinion of many fans, with the likes of Motley Crue and Bob Dylan on the negative end of the spectrum while Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen lie on the opposite side. Phish is one band that was never lauded for their studio efforts while simultaneously being praised for their tenuous live performances that span all the way back to 1983. “Big Boat,” the 13th studio album released on Oct. 7 from the Vermont quartet, serves as a satisfactory template for the group to fiddle with during their live performances — with each song already having made their live debut sans “Running Out of Time.” However, the group succeeds in reaching back to the core of their roots, pushing the limits of sonic resonance while having boundless fun behind their respective instruments. As much credit as I can pin on this record, the first track, “Friends,” comes off as clunky and has no distinctive rhythmic components that justify the track to open such a fresh and inviting album. Drummer Jon Fishman’s almost childish lyrics, though self-admired, sound more apt for a television show intro rather than a Phish song, which sadly starts the album off on the wrong foot. Taking this into consideration, Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Mike Gordon and Fishman allow the loose cannon of composition to flutter about, especially on “Blaze On,” which stresses the message of enjoying the time we are given while boasting a comprehensive funk-induced tracking. This may be the most fun any “Phan” has heard from a studio effort since the 2000’s “Farmhouse.” Another commendable track is “No Man in No Man’s Land,” which was featured extensively during 2015’s Summer Tour and bursts with a healthy dose of frenetic, chromatic scales courtesy of Anastasio and a grooving bassline from Gordon, the “cactus.” Equally as eclectic is “Breath and Burning,” which boasts a well-suited horn section that adds a fourth dimension to the already immense composition. Where Phish thrives is when the group slows the tempo down and places heavier emphasis on McConnell and Anastasio. “More,” which arguably may be one of the better compositions on the record, explores the lapse of time and realization of the now. Anastasio even beckons to his audience, “My history, I tend to revise/With chapters upon the floor/I tell myself I'm part of a tribe/And that I've been here before.” The formula is further christened as the group tackles “Tide Turns,” which brings back the horns and slows the tempo, creating another emotional analysis of time. Although Phish has never succeeded in the studio markedly, “Big Boat” offers a refreshing take for the weathered tribe of hippies and their brand of comically complex jam rock.

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature By Colleen O'Connor Vine Editor The times are certainly a-changin’ when it comes to viewing music as something more substantial than mere ear candy for the average listener. On Oct. 13, the esteemed 18-member Swedish Academy bestowed upon Bob Dylan the one award not many realized he could win — the Nobel Prize for Literature — “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” according to the press release. Dylan’s victory, a first for the music community, revolutionizes song lyrics and groups many of these lyrics as a form of poetry. He joins the ranks of historic authors like William Butler Yeats, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. Dylan is also the first American to win the award since Toni Morrison in 1993. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minn. in 1941, the 75-year-old singer-songwriter, operating under the stage name Bob Dylan, roared into the music scene in 1961 with his Woody Guthrie-esque folk music. Possessing timeless albums such as “The Times They Are a-

Changin’” and “Highway 61 Revisited” in his repertoire, Dylan cemented his place in the kingdom of music greats early on in his career. Some of his more controversial protest songs, many of them, like “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” off his sophomore release “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” are what catapulted him into the spotlight. His knack for articulation and beautiful lyricism, especially on the aforementioned album, allowed his songs to stand on their own even without his signature croon to back the lyrics. Dylan adds the Nobel Prize for Literature to his already-filled shelf of accolades — 12 Grammy awards, one Golden Globe award and one Academy Award. Additionally, Dylan is a recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation “for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power,” according to the release issued with the award. Few can contest the influence that Dylan had on music, especially his lyrics and folk style and his Nobel Prize adds to his status as one of the greats.

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airfield Athleisure Combines Comfort and Fashion While fall often presents a host of new fashion trends and styles, it can also prolong trends that have been circulating through the fashion industry for a few seasons. Cue the athleisure trend, which has made its mark on the industry since last fall and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Likely the perfect trend for college students, “athleisure” refers to wearing pieces typically worn for sports or athletics as casual streetwear. What’s especially intriguing about the trend is that there is no one way to do it: there is no singular piece that defines the trend, nor is there one sole brand available to help you achieve the look. It can be as simple as pairing your favorite slouchy jogger sweatpants with classic Adidas sneakers, styling your go-to leggings with a v-neck T-shirt and a denim jacket or even wearing athletic-inspired pieces, such as a jacket with racing stripes down the sides. Though if you want to create a look that is equal parts comfortable and cutting-edge, there are a few brands you might want to check out. Adidas: The athleisure trend breathed new life into Adidas, almost making it the face of the look. From their classic Stan Smith sneakers — named after the tennis player Stan Smith — to their jogger sweatpants, your athleisure look will surely not be complete until you add an Adidas piece. Girls and guys alike can get a taste of the trend by wearing one of Adidas’ signature sneaker styles with their favorite pair of jeans or leggings. IVY PARK: Co-founded by Beyoncé, IVY PARK’s collection doesn’t just offer athleisure-style items; it is also an athletic wear brand, delivering stylish workout gear for women inspired by Queen Bey, herself. Sweatshirts, T-shirts, sweatpants and accessories all being readily available for women, you can craft your athleisure look in Beyoncé’s image — and then go work out like her later, too. Incorporating two trends at once is the new woven bomber jacket, blending the athleisure trend with the resurgence of classic 90’s looks. FENTY Puma x Rihanna: The pinnacle of athleisure; the collaboration offers a wide range of athletic-inspired looks that are designed specifically with fashion in mind. Possessing a modern, almost futuristic, aesthetic at times, the FENTY line presents shoes and apparel for women — as well as men’s shoes — that will bring your athleisure look to the next level. FENTY leaves no stone unturned, offering everything from cropped track jackets to high-heeled leather sneakers to men’s platform sneakers. While the collaboration is surely worth a look, you’ll also need to watch your bank account: accessories start at $30 and the line tops at $1,800. If the comfort of athletic wear and the style of streetwear is calling your name, be sure to check out these great options for all things athleisure. Instagram/@weareivypark


Michael Drabik Returns to South Side By Alicia Phaneuf Contributing Writer

The South Side Cafe in Faber Hall buzzed with the excitement of students who were eager to spend their Saturday night listening to blues, soul and jazz music performed by latest New York spotlight, Michael Drabik. The South Side Cafe opened its doors on Oct. 15 at 10 p.m. for students to create sand art, eat food and have some coffee while listening to Drabik’s relaxing and innovative music compilations. Inspired by musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and John Mayer, Drabik’s music echoes their style and energy. Having performed at Fairfield in the past, Drabik was eager to return to campus. “Three years ago, Fairfield invited me to campus and it was fantastic,” said Drabik. “I like to see students returning to hear me play year after year as I've grown as a singer.” It wasn’t until Drabik entered college that he was introduced to the world of music. He explained that his college roommate played the bass, which he thought was really interesting. That ultimately inspired him to immerse himself into the musical genres of jazz and soul. Known for energetic performances, Drabik did not disappoint Fairfield students due to his dedication to intricate guitar work and expressive lyrics. Sophomore Tom McDonough attended the performance hoping to have an easygoing Saturday night. “I like how the music is really calm and relaxing, especially during this part of the year when there are midterms and other stressful things happening in classes; this music kind of takes it all away,” said McDonough. Sophomore Kristen Yost also attended the performance and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere that Drabik provided. “The music played at South Side was calming to listen to and brought a good vibe to the rest of my Saturday night,” said Yost. Fairfield@Night advertised that as a nationally renowned

artist, Drabik has performed at venues including Webster Hall, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall and the Bowery Electric. According to Drabik’s website, “In January 2014, he was named the Bitter End's Singer-Songwriter Sessions ‘Artist of the Month.’ And in September 2014, Michael released a self-titled EP now available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.” How was Fairfield fortunate enough to book such a prestigious musician? Junior Marydjina Barionnette, event manager for Fairfield@Night, explained that they were able

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to invite Drabik after attending a programming conference by the National Association for Campus Activities. “Usually we run events for students who aren't into the party scene and try to create an environment where students can just relax,” said Barionnette. “This is nice jazz music, which is really great for the atmosphere that we are trying to bring to students as they make arts and crafts and eat some food from the cafe.” The evening’s performance also showcased saxophone player Julian Massiah and drummer Rory Duffy, who has a show coming out this winter on Amazon Prime entitled the “Marvelous Maisel.” Yost commented on how incorporating these two musicians enhanced the overall performance. “Some songs used the saxophone and others used the guitar, which created a unique sound to each song,” said Yost. Drabik loves performing alongside Massiah and Duffy, and later elaborated on why he continues to pursue a career in music. “It's just one of those passions that you just can't shake,” said Drabik. “To a certain degree it's like priests, where you feel like you have a certain calling, and that feeling is what keeps me going.” McDonough was excited that Drabik, a professional musician who is making his name known in New York City, took the time to travel to Fairfield and perform his music. “I think it's really cool that Fairfield@Night was able to book a singer from New York whose vocation is built around music,” said McDonough. In addition to providing a relaxing and entertaining atmosphere for students, the night also brought a sense of gratification to Drabik himself. “People are very receptive here and it's great to perform in a different crowd. In NYC it feels like you always have to win people over, compared to a college campus where students are just so interested,” said Drabik. “I really want to thank Fairfield for having me back. It's cool to play nationally and still know that Fairfield is a home away from home.”

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Heard It Through The GrapeVINE By Cara Lee Contributing Writer New Orleans. Nicknamed the “Big Easy.” Known for its round-the-clock nightlife, ongoing Mardi Gras celebrations, deliciously spicy food and for being the unchallenged center of jazz. It’s also where this week’s “Heard it through the GrapeVINE” spotlight, Dr. Patricia Behre, hails from. Behre is a Yale alumna who works as an associate history professor at Fairfield. Her fields of specialty are in French early modern history, 16th century through 18th century general European history, Jewish-Christian relations and the history of skepticism. While she never learned an instrument for herself, her brother is a professional drummer and she grew up surrounded by music in the historic, lively city of New Orleans. “In New Orleans what we care about most is jazz and it’s just everywhere. You’re always going out to music, always hearing jazz.” Behre’s musical selections are influenced by her life experience, seemingly infinite knowledge of history and her love for her hometown. “The Saint James Infirmary Blues” – Dave Van Ronk “One of the greatest jazz songs ever. I’ve heard it a million times and when I go to New Orleans every year for Thanksgiving, I go to Preservation Hall — the most famous place in New Orleans for hearing traditional jazz ‘Trad Jazz’ — and request it. It’s a really great, great song.” “Didn’t He Ramble” – Louis Armstrong “I like that one because it reminds me of my father, who has a very colorful, explosive, big personality. This song — it’s a song about someone with a big, explosive

personality. If I go to Preservation Hall, this is the one I request. ‘St. James Infirmary Blues’ is played all the time — most people who know Trad Jazz know that song, but [this] is a little more obscure and that’s always fun.” “The Single Petal of a Rose” – Duke Ellington “While at Yale I took a course on Duke Ellington and we were studying this suite really intensely. Breaking it down, understanding it musically and studying the social circumstances it came out during. A historian, even at that age, I was more in touch with that aspect. Duke Ellington wrote [this] suite of music specifically for Queen Elizabeth II because he was going to be traveling to London to visit her. Going to England, away from the segregated South, meant finding a much more enthusiastic audience and gaining more freedom to travel … so Ellington wrote this suite of music for her and ‘The Single Petal of a Rose’ is one piece in that suite that is the most exquisite piece of music that I have ever heard ... It’s this lovely, delicate, exquisite piece of Modern Jazz and it’s just spectacular and that’s a really favorite piece of music.” “Baba O’Riley” – The Who “When I was a teenager I inherited all of my older brother’s records when he went off to college and he’s a Who fanatic. Actually, he’s a professional drummer and he’s wrote and has performed a one man show about the drummer of The Who, Keith Moon. He actually navigated with Pete Townsend for the right to play The Who music in that.” “Across the Border” – Bruce Springsteen “Both my husband and I were widowed in our first marriages and we both reconnected with this song during

'Luke Cage' Confronts Societal Issues in Netflix’s Latest Series By Brendan Zimmerman Assistant Vine Editor “For black lives to matter, black history and black ownership must also matter.” In Netflix’s latest original series, “Luke Cage,” the villain Mariah Dillard speaks this line with prophetic gravitas, underlining a central theme that permeates the superhero action-drama. Marvel’s recent foray into the street level hero tackles poignant issues regarding racial tension across the nation with confidence and purpose, and delivers a superhero that stands for the black community. Released on Sept. 30, the third installment in a series of Netflix shows created by Marvel continues to ground the grandiose spectacle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by providing a hero that is not only more relatable to viewers, but also more relevant to modern society. Previous efforts like “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil” brought a darker, more serious weight to the Marvel franchise, and they effectively set the bar for pertinent superhero character studies. In this vein, “Luke Cage” continues that tradition and succeeds admirably. The show revolves around the titular superhero, a man with bulletproof skin, who realizes his great power comes with the responsibility of protecting the people of Harlem. The premise itself raises thought-provoking ideas: what happens when you remove the fear of being shot in an environment that sees racial tension and murder regularly? Cage rises to the forefront with his abilities and attempts to become a hero for Harlem while aiming to break down the senseless violence that plagues his community. The show’s first season plays out over 13 episodes and gradually builds to a frantic pace. It begins with slow — yet important — insight into the central characters over a few episodes, all while revealing the motivations and conflicts that will threaten to break Harlem apart. Along with Cage, his foil Misty Knight, a detective who represents the law and order that shuns vigilante justice, emerges as a street-smart opposite force. Of course, superheroes are only as good as their evil counterparts and the malevolent villains in “Luke Cage” do not disappoint. Criminal masterminds, Cottonmouth and Dillard seek to exploit Harlem’s community with ruthlessness and violence, while the shady character of Diamondback returns from Cage’s past aiming to destroy the hero’s world. However, the show’s surprise standout character is the soundtrack itself. One of the many important aspects of black culture is music, specifically jazz, soul and hip-hop. All three distinct genres blend into a perfect mixtape that captures the essence of black America. Groups like the Wu-Tang Clan are referenced constantly, while soul singers including Charles Bradley and Nina Simone lend their evocative voices to highlight emotional moments in the show.

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our [time as widows]. When we got married, we made it our wedding dance song because we thought it really captured this combination of having suffered some kind of loss and then having moved on from it with some sort of hopefulness.”

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'In Defense of My Mistake' By Eleanor Sgaramella Contributing Writer at The Inkwell The house was dark. The inky kind of dark, that makes it seem as though you’re looking at the world through your eyelids. And I was tired and shaky. I tried to peel back the shadows like stickers but they would not come off the waxy page, and I felt my knees cracking against each other while I blindly walked. Then I fell. And metal strings tangled into my hair, while glossy splinters coated my thighs, and I was on the ground. I struggled as the hollow body held my limbs, vines reaching for my curls, but gave in and submitted to its tinny prison, until light flooded the house again. That morning I faced my acoustic-attacker, and the damage was too much. So I’m sorry I broke your guitar, and I’m not coming back.

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Coffee Break Editor: Gabriella Minos

Horoscope: Which ‘Friends’ Character Are You? ARIES


(April 20 – May 20) You are Monica Geller. You don’t believe in settling, but when it comes to those you love, you’ll stretch yourself as thin as you can to accommodate and provide for them.


(July 23 – Aug. 22)

(Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

(May 21 – June 20) Just like Chandler Bing, you are full of witty comebacks, but don’t worry; we see right through your facade. Inside, you’re just a beating heart.

You are a little on the bossy side and you love to be in control of your relationships. Just like Ross Geller, you tend to be shy around new people.

You are Carol Willick, Ross’ first ex. You are reserved and practical while having high expectations of yourself and those around you.


(June 21 – July 22) You are Gunther. You wear your feelings on your sleeve. Since you are so full of emotions, you may find it hard to get over that one person.

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(March 21 – April 19) Like Phoebe’s eventual hubby, Mike Hannigan, you know what you want and are not afraid to stand up for what you believe is right. You do what you have to do for those that you love.


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Major/Minor: Communications/Marketing Fun Fact: My friends and family like to take me on day trips just to see what will happen to me

Where are you from?: Boston, Mass. Favorite place to get a burger: Burtons



(Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

(Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

You are Joey Tribbiani, the romancer. You’re charming and easy-going. You love to flirt and are good at it, and one thing that we can’t ignore is your big heart.

You are determined and excitable, like Janice. You are a little obsessive when you see something that you like, but that just adds to your charm.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Like Rachel Green, you are a free spirit, completely your own person. You may be overly optimistic sometimes, but everyone needs someone like you in their life.

Best coffee shop: Dunkin’ Donuts Einstein’s order: Sesame with cream cheese Funniest joke: Sometimes I tuck my knees into my chest and lean forward. That’s just how I roll. Favorite band: A Rubber band Favorite sports team: All Boston teams Best concert you’ve been to? Couldn’t tell you, I worked them all.




(Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

(Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

(Feb. 19 – Mar. 20)

As Dr. Richard Burke, not only is everyone in love with you for being such cool person, but you have your life together. You’re practical and a great friend.

You’re Ugly Naked Guy and everyone secretly loves Ugly Naked Guy. You are generous, completely independent and even a little unconventional.

Just like Phoebe Buffay, you are a free spirit. You are imaginative and sensitive. You feel everything on a deep level.

Pet peeves: People not using the correct kind of insect repellent What is your favorite club that you are in and why?

I have a confession; improv is my favorite club on campus. Not only does it allow for you to express yourself in a very creative, comical way, but it allows for a certain thrill to stimulate your brain because you never know what’s going to happen next. Besides, there is nothing better than jumping into a random scene and taking the plot to an entirely new comical dimension.

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Weekly Pick-Me-Ups Fairfield students helping to make the best of Hump Day

The funniest skit I ever performed in was during Fall Welcome, where the entire skit was teaching people the various ways to ‘successfully’ ride the Stag statue, but every time the people changed within the scene, so did the method of riding the Stag.

What is the funniest memory that you have or story that you have heard at Fairfield?

Sophomore year we were required to go on a retreat. Living in Loyola at the time, there were numerous stories being passed around that the retreat residence was haunted. So a couple friends and myself decided to bring some of the stories to life. At the retreat, I hid under a bed and rocked a rocking chair back and forth, while my friends played up the incident in the hallway. Still squeezed under the bed, I remained rocking the chair. Peers started to freak out while some thought that they would be tough and enter the room and looked around. Unfortunately for them, even after coming in the room and looking around, they could not find me. So naturally, everyone began freaking out including the adults on the trip. While my friends and I slept like babies that night, everyone else flipped over their rocking chairs and slept in the same room as if they were stuffed animals in a claw machine. The entire building at the time believed this story until the last time we all met at the end of the sophomore year, where I announced that I was the ghost of room 325.

If you could have any job in the world, what would you do? I would be a micro expressions analyst.

What Fairfield tradition will you miss the most when you graduate?

It’s hard to pick one tradition. I know that I will miss going with all my friends to all the major events that the school puts on. Oh, and riding the stag.

Sophomore Denise Esposito Contributed Photo

Junior Alexia Rhodes Contributed Photo

How many comments did you get — or do you still get — about your Boston accent when you first came to Fairfield?

Every day someone comments on my accent. Let’s just say I have said “park the car in Harvard yard” more times than I have physically parked my car there.

Who is your favorite professor? Dr. Eliasoph

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This Week in Sports: Fairfield's Finest

Megan Theiller '18 & Manuela Nicolini '20

Missed It: Friday, October 14th -Bryant defeats Field Hockey, 2-1

Saturday, October 15th -Wagner defeats Men's Tennis, 4-3 -Niagara defeats Women's Soccer, 1-0 -Volleyball defeats Siena, 3-0 -Niagara defeats Men's Soccer, 2-1

Sunday, October 16th

-Field Hockey defeats Siena, 4-1 -Volleyball defeats Marist, 3-0 -Men's Tennis defeats Hofstra, 5-2 -Hofstra defeats Women's Tennis, 6-1

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On Oct. 18, fresh off capturing their 12th win in a row, Megan Theiller ‘18 and Manuela Nicolini ‘20 took home Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference weekly honors. For the second time this season, Theiller achieved MAAC Player of the Week after smashing home 28 kills and notching 12 digs between the Stags’ two-game sweep of Siena on Oct. 15 and Marist on Oct. 16. Nicolini was on top of her game this past weekend as well, as she totaled 43 assists and 10 blocks against the Empire State rivals en route to being named MAAC Rookie of the Week. She is the first Stag to win the award since Theiller received the distinction five times in the 2014 season. Fairfield is back in action on Oct. 22 when they travel to Iona looking for their 13th straight win.

Eric Austin '18 Eric Austin ‘18 propelled the Stags men’s golf team to 2nd place on Oct. 17 at the Sacred Heart University Fall Classic at Great River Golf Club in Milford, Conn. Austin finished the two-day tournament in 3rd place on the leaderboard at +5, followed by fellow Stags Kellen Jordan ‘19 and Kevin Duncan ‘19 who finished at +10 and +11, respectively. Having an overall score of +38, Fairfield trailed only host Sacred Heart who ended with an impressive score of +23. The Stags did beat out Holy Cross, who struggled throughout the event with a +68 performance. This was Fairfield’s final time taking the links in the fall season as they look to pick up from where they left off come spring. Photo Contributed by the Sports Information Desk

Red Sea Madness 2016 Upcoming This Week: Wednesday, October 19th -Women's Soccer vs. Monmouth, 7 p.m. -Men's Soccer at Monmouth, 7 p.m. -Women's Tennis at Providence, 4 p.m. -Volleyball at Siena, 7 p.m. Friday, October 21st -Swimming vs. Holy Cross, 6 p.m. Saturday, October 22nd -Women's Soccer vs. Rider, 1 p.m. -Volleyball at Iona, 1 p.m. -Men's Soccer at Rider, 7 p.m. Sunday, October 23rd -Field Hockey at Monmouth, 1 p.m. -Volleyball at Manhattan, 1 p.m.

By Alfredo Torres Sports Editor It truly was a sea of red as students gathered on Oct. 14 to usher in the upcoming basketball season with its annual pep rally, Red Sea Madness. This year’s rally was a huge success as students dressed in red filled every seat of the bleachers in Alumni Hall in anticipation of this year’s basketball team. “I noticed a lot more energy from the crowd and everyone was enjoying themselves,” said Morgan Rosemann ‘18, who noticed a significant difference compared to his first year back in 2014. The madness started when the lights went dark and the introductions for both basketball teams commenced.

Throughout the hall, students roared, creating an atmosphere unlike any other. The women’s basketball team was up first as they introduced their three new additions to the Stags: freshmen Sam Kramer, Erika Schlosser and Nicole Bus. The sophomores proceeded next followed by the juniors and finally the senior class who came out for their final Red Sea Madness. Last but not least, the coaching staff of the women’s basketball team rounded out the order. It was now time for the men’s basketball team as they introduced their new faces, including freshmen Olivier Cadieux, Deniz Celen and Nemanja Zubec.

The rest of the team was introduced in the same order as the women’s team, followed by the men’s coaching staff. “My friends who play basketball were one of the reasons I went,” said Michael Caldwell ‘18 after attending his first Red Sea Madness. “I wanted to show support and all my other friends were going to the concert, so we decided to go and support our classmates.” The night included several contests, including a threepoint shootout that Tyler Nelson ‘18 came out victorious over Sam Kramer ‘20. There was also an opportunity for a lucky student to win $10,000 if they could sink in a halfcourt shot, but the contestant was a tad wide, failing to convert.

For the final contest of the night, Olivier Cadieux ‘20 and Matija Milin ‘19 faced off for an epic dunk contest. A couple of rounds of back and forth action left Milin victorious after completing an extraordinary dunk to send “oohs” and “ahhs” throughout Alumni Hall. This year’s Red Sea Madness featuring Lil Dicky was a huge success as it was the highest attendance to date. When asked about her first time experiencing Red Sea Madness, Liv DeMatteo ‘20 said, “As a first year student, I really enjoyed Red Sea Madness and the Lil Dicky concert because at this point in the year, it was a new way to connect all of us together as a school.”

In this week's issue... - Stags Cruise Past Marist for 12th Straight (Page 14)

- Stag Spotlight: Q&A With Brenna Brown '17 (Page 15) - Buckley '18 Carries the Stags Past Siena 2-1 (Page 16)

- Check out the Best Shots From Red Sea Madness (Page 16)


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Chalk yet another one up in the win column for the Stags. On Sunday afternoon at George Bisacca Court in Alumni Hall, the Stags extended their win streak to 12 in a row with a commanding victory over the Marist Red Foxes. After an intense first set in which Fairfield came out on top 28-26, the Stags found their rhythm and put together a complete performance in the next two frames winning 25-18 and 2514. As it was throughout the season, it was the trio of Megan Theiller ‘18, Skyler Day ‘18 and Megan O’Sullivan ‘17 that propelled the offense on the afternoon. They combined for 37 of the Stags’ 46 kills, continuously finding the weak spots in a Red Fox defense that was on their heels all afternoon. The first set was a heated battle that saw seven ties during the frame. Although Fairfield never relinquished the lead, Marist hung around with a powerful offensive attack that posted 17 kills in the set. When the Stags were able to dig out of the Red Foxes’ spikes, they made the most of their opportunities on the offensive end as they tallied 15 kills on an impressive 31.4 hitting percentage. Set number two looked as though Marist would carry over their confidence from the first set once they got off to a hot start in the game’s first few points. However, Fairfield’s poise soon prevailed as the Stags slowly but surely made their way back into the set, separating themselves from the Red Foxes in

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Volleyball wins their 12th straight; back-to-back MAAC Championships?

Family Weekend is here, what are your plans?

Last presidential debate this week, what are your expectations?

The Sox take it all in the bottom

I am so poor and tried to $ave Dat

It'd be amazing if I could win anything back-to-back ... especially the lottery, but a MAAC championship would be cool too.

My mom won't answer my question about getting a keg for the family? Is that wrong? She's a Fairfield alumna; she knows how this works. Also, Creed (Dan) and I have matching moms.

Self plug: If you've ever wanted to see what I look like in real-life, I will be speaking/stuttering at the Open Visions forum on Thursday. I have to try to do the impossible and be professional — will keep you updated.

Honestly, the four remaining teams are great. Can't complain if any of these teams win it all.

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Madness, but not Red Sea.

Indians vs. Cubs and the Cubs lose in game 7 on a walkoff.

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Didn't go, but I got to spend all Friday night stressing about my film project before realizing that I put the camera on the tri-pod backwards.

Hopefully. I'd like to be able to rub that in my cousins' faces since they're more interested in volleyball than me (should I say that?).

My roommates are always excited when my parents come visit because it means that they'll get something other than Barone food.

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the later part of the frame to come away with a seven-point advantage in the end. Fairfield reversed the script on the attacking end, posting 15 kills while limiting Marist to only nine putaways. Marist waived the white flag in the third set as the Stags established control right from the get-go and never looked back. Defense once again turned into offense with the Stags only allowing four Marist kills to their 16 putaways. Again, it was a collective team effort that enabled the Stags to capture their 12th straight win of the year. From top to bottom, the team has one heartbeat and one incredible work ethic. For O’Sullivan, who is in her fourth season in the red and white, she has never seen anything quite like the way her team is clicking right now. “It is honestly great. I am so proud of the team that I am on,” said the middle blocker who finished with 10 kills of her own. O’Sullivan added, “I could not ask for anything more. We are just continuing to fight and to work hard in practice, and I hope we go up from here.” Fairfield is now 11-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play and 18-5 overall, having not lost a game since Sept. 10 when they were ousted by Villanova. That being said, head coach Todd Kress is never content as he knows that the Stags still have a long way to go during the season. “I am looking for us to keep working hard, to put blinders on and stay focused everyday,” Kress said. By maintaining a simple, yet driven mindset, the Stags look balanced to repeat as MAAC Champions. Fairfield looks to stretch the streak to 13 on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they travel to Iona for a conference matchup against the Gaels.

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Sophomore Buckley Scores Two Goals to Carry Stags Past Siena 2-1 for Second Win in MAAC By Alfredo Torres Sports Editor Defending a championship is always a tough task for any team. The defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Field Hockey Champions came out the gate struggling to pick up a victory as they started with a 1-10 record in out-ofconference play, picking up its lone win against St. Louis back on Sept. 3. When asked about the start to the season, head coach Jackie Kane stated, “The biggest challenges we have had is pulling everything together and having a strong defensive effort and strong offensive effort in the same game.” Now with the beginning of MAAC play, the Stags have a fresh start and an opportunity to reach the top of the conference. For the Stags first conference game, they hosted Rider on Oct. 7 at University Field and picked up their first conference win with a final score of 3-1. Senior goalkeeper Caitlin Bennett provided a huge boost for the team as she finished the game with a total of 14 saves, while Captain Ann Burgoyne ‘17 knocked down two of the team’s three goals on the game. “[The win was] huge. It has propelled us forward,” said Kane of the team’s first MAAC win. Although the following game was not part of conference play, the Stags were able to come out victorious for their second consecutive win when they hosted the Villanova Wildcats. Senior Julie de Paeuw scored two goals in less than 10 minutes in the second half of play, also providing an assist. Sophomore Emma Clark and Jamie Appelberg ‘18 each added a goal, giving the Stags a 4-1 victory. Once again, Bennett proved to be pivotal as she finished the contest with seven goals. Following the Stags victorious weekend, Bennett was recognized for her total of 21 saves against both Rider and Villanova, as she was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week. Now with this award, it marks two consecutive weeks that a

Alfredo Torres/The Mirror Junior defender Erin Buckley finished Sunday's contest with a total of four points on two goals leading her team to victory over MAAC foe.

Stag won the defensive player of the week award, as Caitlin Gilligan ‘19 previously won the award. “Goalies have to make the saves that they’re supposed to make, but what both Caitlins have done is that they’re making the saves to win the game for us. Their effort obviously turned it into a victory for us,” said Kane of having back-to-back defensive players of the week. Bennett is not letting the award get to her head as she said, “It doesn’t mean that much because there’s a new one every week. It’s more about the rest of the team doing the scoring; it’s really a team effort.” The Stags’ two-game winning streak would come to an end at the hands of conference foe Bryant in overtime with a

final score of 2-1. However, Fairfield would bounce back the next game when they traveled to take on Siena and came out victorious behind a two-goal effort by defender Erin Buckley ‘18 edging the Saints 4-1. “I play defense, so it’s nice when I get to go up on the circle and score,” said Buckley. “We’re feeling pretty good, 2-1 is a good place to be and our wins were good solid wins and our one loss was close. So we’re pretty confident going into these next games,” said Bennett of the vibe from the locker room. Now with a few conference wins under their belts, the Stags look to carry the momentum when they host crosstown rival Sacred Heart on Oct. 21.

Stag Spotlight: Q&A With Brenna Brown '17

Photos Contributed by Sports Information Desk Senior forward Brenna Brown looks to lead the Stags down the stretch as they prepare for the MAAC Tournament at the end of October. Brown leads the Stags with five goals in the season.

By Daniel Montgomery Assistant Sports Editor Q: What has Fairfield meant to you over the course of the past three years and how has the school helped you better yourself as an athlete and a person? Brown: As one big experience, Fairfield University has given me a really good balance between my academics and my athletics. It has been a place where I can challenge myself on and off the field and have the opportunities to do well, so that is important to me. As an athlete, it has made me better in that there have always been players on the team that have pushed me to get better every single day since I was a freshman. I still feel pressure in a good way to perform and keep improving, and I feel like that translates into the classroom everyday, making sure you are getting your work done and staying organized. Q: You have been a contributor on the team for four years now. What is it like to reflect upon all the games you have played in the red and white? Brown: It means a lot to look back. It is cool to see how I have changed as a player from freshman year to senior year. Freshman year, I felt like I had such a long way to go to have an impact on the team, but as I got older, I saw myself having more of an impact and now it is good to be a senior trying to convey the message to the younger girls of constantly working hard and making sure the team improves. Q: Obviously it has been a tough year for the group. How have you, as a senior leader, continued to lead the girls and encourage the group to keep fighting as you still have meaningful games ahead? Brown: Yeah, it has been a tough season, but our captain Anna Borea and the other senior leaders have all done a really good job of staying positive and continuing to push the team to keep working no matter the outcomes of the games. I think that even though it has not been a great season, we still have games coming up that mean a lot to us for other reasons like Monmouth, who is always a team we want to beat as well as Rider and Manhattan. They are all really important games for us to

win even though the season has not gone the way we wanted it to. Q: As a team, you just set the record for most shots in a game at Lessing Field with 43 against St. Peter’s and you have also experienced much individual success as well, being named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic team in all your years here. That being said, what accomplishment are you most proud of here at Fairfield? Brown: One of my major accomplishments has been maintaining a good grade point average. Last year, I was named to the CoSida Academic All-District First Team, which recognized studentathletes excelling on and off the team, but especially in the classroom. I was on that list with a lot of players from big schools who have really impressive resumes and things like that, so that was an honor to be on that list. Q: Anything can happen when MAAC tournament play rolls around, so how is the team approaching the final few games of the regular season leading up to tournament play? Brown: We are approaching it with the mindset that we are just going to finish strong so that we can have something positive to look back on. We want to know that we played our hardest every moment we were out on the field and we worked hard to beat every team we could. Q: You are definitely part of a tight knit team. What do you enjoy most about the group? Brown: What I enjoy most is how close everyone is. No matter what players you are with on the team, you will always have a good time. Also, we always support each other, so if you have a rough day or a good day, someone is always there to share that with you no matter who it is. Q: Once soccer is over, what are you looking forward to your senior year? Brown: I am looking forward to a spring with no morning practice. I think just getting to sleep a little more and enjoying the nice spring weather if it warms up at any point. I am looking forward to having a lot of time to do work and to have free time.


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