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The Independent Student Newspaper of Fairfield University The Reflection of Fairfield

Please Excuse Our Appearance! By: Alexandria Hein news Editor

Site of future residence for upperclassmen in 2011 located on the former Village parking lot.

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Who’s Who at Fairfield: A guide to who you need to know in the administration Mirror Staff

With people pointing you in many directions, your first month at Fairfield University can be taxing. People may tell you to see the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences if you want to switch your major or talk to the director of Residence Life if your roommate is intolerable. That may be all well and good, but just who are these people? Here is a guide that can help to clue you in. Name: Fr. Jeffery P. von Arx, S.J. Title: University President Location: President’s Office: Bellarmine Hall 123, ext. 2217 E-mail: Bio: Fr. von Arx started his academic career in 1982 at Georgetown University as a faculty member in the history department, where he served as chair from 1991 to 1997. During his time in Georgetown, he was a founding director of the Center for Austrialian and New Zealand Studies in the School of Foreign Service.

At Fordham, von Arx had direct responsibility for the operation of the college at Rose Hill, which is the original undergraduate division of Fordham University. He has served or is currently on the boards of trustees of Boston College, Canisius College, Loyola Marymount University and Xavier University. In 2002, von Arx joined Fordham’s board. He is also a member of the boards of Fordham Prep, Regis High School and St. Barnabus Hopsital, both in the Bronx. In 1969, von Arx receveid his undergraduated degree in history from Princeton University, which was also the year he entered the Society of Jesus. He recevied a master’s degree in history and philosophy and a doctorate in history from Yale University. As a 1981 graudate of the Weston School of Theology, von Arx was ordained in 1981. In 2004, von Arx succeeded Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., to become Fairfield University’s eighth president. Name: Fr. Charles Allen, S.J. Title: Executive Assistant Location: President’s Office, Bellarmine 123, ext. 2256

Welcome to campus Team’14! As John Ritchie, assistant director of Public Safety told The Mirror this spring, “Please excuse our appearance while we strive to make our facility a better place for the future.” That being said, here is a guide to all of the construction going on around campus, most of which was not here the last time you visited. Unfortunately the construction in the Quad, which you are now in the midst of, will not be completed in time for the fall semester. The new freshman dorm will be completed in August 2011. According to an earlier Mirror article the rooms will have over 200 square feet, as well as study rooms that will face the Quad, and a large lounge on the first floor. August 2011 also marks the end of the current construction going on in the Village in what was the parking lot for the Kostka/ Claver/library area. The new building will feature four, six and eight person apartments for upperclassmen, which means that when you, the members of the class of 2014, are upperclassmen it will be an option to live in. What remains of Dolan Hall is now completely covered with scaffolding for what Vice President of Administrative and Student Affairs Mark Reed described in February, as a renovation that will strip the build-

ing down to its walls. The former freshman dorm will also not be available until August 2011. Jogues Hall, located in the Quad, will house freshmen on the first floor, and sophomores on the upper floors in order to account for the loss of beds during the renovation of Dolan Hall, The new dormitories and renovations will provide over 200 more beds. The sophomores being displaced by freshmen in Jogues have the new option of living in the former Jesuit Residence, St. Ignatius Hall, which has also been renovated and is available in time for the 2010-11 school year according to school officials. The building will hold approximately 130 students in four-person suites. The Jesuits now live in a new building named The Jesuit Community Center located between the Dolan School of Business and Bellarmine Hall. In order to extend the parking lot of the Quick Center and St. Ignatius Hall, the parking lot as well as surrounding trees are being ripped up. A reported 20 percent of untouched forest area near the Quick Center and Hall are being destroyed to make room for the expansion. The administration continutes to stress that the renovations are to prevent crowding in the freshmen dorms.

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Mirror Cleans House At CSPJ Awards Stags Walk Away With 15 Out Of 16 Awards

By Annie Rooney Executive Editor Looking to cover campus and cover it well, The Mirror strived and succeeded in reporting on what is important at Fairfield University as it won 15 awards from The Connecticut Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (CSPJ) in the college journalism sections. CSPJ is a well-known journalism organization established in 1904 that has been awarding competitive newspapers in Connecticut for their accomplishments for years. This year, judging was done by professional journalists in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington State. Journalism professor Kenn Venit of Quinnipiac University and Al Terzi of WFSB-TV presented the awards to the numerous newspaper winners. Last year’s editorial team of senior editors won both first and second place in the Editorial/Op-Ed Opinion Column category with their pieces, “Fairfield should have helped Haiti months ago,” and “Independence at risk.” Two Fairfield journalists won both prizes in the Features category. Staff writer Jack McNamara ’10 took first place with his piece, “More than just a red polo,” that illustrates the inventiveness of Fairfield’s Resident Assistants in campus dormitories. John Padovano ’10 received second place for his sports feature “Mens lacrosse team adopts a little stranger.” In the General Column and General Reporting categories Dan Leitao ‘11 and Lily Norton ’10 took second place with their column “Stag-style commitment.” Norton also took first place for her general reporting piece “Environmental activists fight construction plans” that covered the protests on the deforestation of campus nature. Cleary’s “University, local leaders tied to Perlitz indictment” and Simmons’ “Perlitz detained without prejudice” tied for second place in the General Reporting category with coverage of the Fairfield alumni, Doug Perlitz, scandal Fairfield swept the Sports Reporting category with the

The Winners’ Box General Reporting 1st Lily Norton “Environmental Activists fight Construction Plans” 2nd Tom Cleary “University, local leaders tied to Perlitz indictments” 2nd Chris Simmons “Perlitz detained without prejudice” News Photo 1st Peter Caty “Village Construction” 2nd Peter Caty “Gunshots at last call” Editorial 1st Ed Board “Fairfield should have helped Haiti months ago” 2nd Ed Board “Independence at risk” Feature 1st Jack McNamara “More than just a red polo” 2nd John Padovano “Mens lacrosse team adopts a little stranger”

Feature Photo 1st- Peter Caty “Got Nuggets?” 2nd- Peter Caty “Fun Day at the Beach?” Honorable- Peter Caty “Monk’ing Around” General Column 2nd- Dan Leitao & Lily Norton “Stag-style Commitment” Sports Photo 2nd- Peter Caty “Flying high” Honorable- Peter Caty “Another Weekend, Another Test” Sports Story 1st- Keith Connors “A Coaches’ World” 2nd- Tom Cleary “Fairfield’s Kid Overcomes Life-Threatening Injury” Honorable- Chris Simmons “Just Short” Honorable- Tom Cleary “A Freshman in Name Only”

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solid coverage by sports editors Keith Connors ’10, Tom Cleary ’10 and Chris Simmons ’10. Connors secured first place with “A coaches’ world” and Cleary received second place with “Fairfield’s kid overcomes life-threatening injury.” Two honorable mentions were also given to Simmons’ “Just short” piece and Cleary’s “A freshman in name only.” Photo Editor and current Editor in Chief of The Mirror, Peter Caty ’11 dominated in all photo categories. Winning both first and second place in the News Photo category, he depicted Fairfield news in its best light with “Village Construction” and “Gunshots at Last Call.” His first place photo “Got Nuggets,”won for Features. Caty also received an honorable mention for his capture of the Tibetan Monks who visited the campus in the spring in his photo “Monk’ing around.” Dan Leitao ‘11 took second place with his “Fun Day at the Beach” photo. As this year’s editor in chief, Caty was extremely proud with the outcomes and expressed a hefty amount of anticipation for next year’s CSPJ competition. “The Mirror does so well in these contests because we attract students with excellent writing skills and creative minds and this is the place where those students can hone in and utilize those skills in a way that their shown in the best light,” said Caty. He is happy to be involved with such a great team and excited for future opportunities. “When you get published you get noticed and winning these awards only publicizes our paper more,” he said The Mirror’s long-time faculty adviser, Prof. James Simon of the English Department noted the prize-winning journalism came during a year when the staff faced months of controversy over a “He Said” column about The Walk of Shame. The paper changed several of its polices and dropped the column as a result. “Maybe adversity does bring out the best in people,” Simon said. He said the paper succeeds at different levels: as a place for students to get pre-professional training, gain new computer skills and enjoy a fun social setting.

People to know and where to find them CONTINUED FROM P. 1 E-mail: executive@mail. Bio: Fr. Allen joined the Jesuits at the age of 17. He has traveled to Mexico, Italy, Egypt, France, Spain, England, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philipines and a multitude of other countries. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from Boston College and an M.A.T. from Brown University. He also earned an S.T.B. in theology from Gregorian University in Rome and an M.Ed. from Columbia. A former headmaster at Fairfield Prep, he has served as the assistant to the president since 1994. He plays an important role in the activities of the President’s office and also serves as the secretary of the Board of Trustees and secretary of the Fairfield University Corporation. Name: Mark Reed Title: Vice President for Administrative Services & Student Affairs Location: Office of Student Affairs, BCC 408, ext. 2244 E-mail: mcreed@mail. Bio: Reed is an alumnus of Fairfield where he received a degree in mathematics and an M.B.A. He is also a former FUSA president. He returned to Fairfield as assistant dean of the School of Business and later served as associate director of Annual Giving. In 2001, he was named dean of students. He was responsible for judicial affairs, residence life and housing, student life and university activities, new student programs, off-campus student affairs and student advocacy issues. In 2004, he then oversaw the varsity athletic program as the Associate Vice President. In 2006, he was promoted to

Vice President of Student Affairs. Name: Thomas Pellegrino Title: Associate Vice President & Dean of Students Location: Dean of Students Office: BCC 408, ext. 3425 E-mail: tpellegrino@mail. Bio: Prior to entering the field of higher education, Pellegrino practiced law. An almunus of Fairfield, where he was a FUSA president, he graduated in 1990 then went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Syracuse in 1993. He practiced law for almost 10 years before beginning his career at Fairfield. He was a litigation attorney who focused on education and hazing law. His role as dean includes such duties as being an advocate for student issues, concerns and initiatives, particuarly as they relate to life outside the immediate classroom. Pellegrino also supervises many offices that relate to student life including Residence Life, Student Activities, student diversity programs, health, counseling, off-campus services and recreation.

Name: Michael Doody, S.J. Title: Director of Campus Ministry Location: Egan Chapel 103, ext. 2547 E-mail: mdoody@mail. Bio: Prior to coming to Fairfield, Doody was the director of campus ministry at St. Louis University from 1994-2005. Doody majored in Jesuit Studies in Ireland and has served numerous parishes and schools. Doody went on sabbatical at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology from 2005-2006. Then, in 2006, Doody became

the director of campus ministry at Fairfield University. Name: Jim Fitzpatrick Title: Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Location: Office of Student Affairs, BCC 408, ext. 2378 E-mail:jfitzpatrick@ Bio: A 1970 graduate from Fairfield, he is also the “voice of the Stags” at basketball games, providing announcments for nearly 40 years. He is also known for his commitment to service and won the Alumni Service Award in 1994. Name: Todd Pelazza Title: Director of Public Safety Location: Public Safety Department, Loyola 2, ext. 2559 E-mail: tapelazza@mail. fairfield.edi Name: Judith Weindling Title: Director of Health Services Location: Dolan 143, ext. 2151 E-mail: Name: Debnam Chappell Title: Dean of Freshman Location: Donnarumma Hall 251, ext. 2222 E-mail:

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Meet the Mirror Staff! Annie Rooney Executive Editor

Dan Leitao Managing Director/Editor

Year: 2011 Major: Communications Hometown: Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ

Year: 2011 Major: History Minor: Irish Studies/Journalism Hometown: New Canaan, CT

Fun Fact: I will never own 1,300 country songs.

Fun Fact: I own 1,300 country songs

Alex Hein News Editor Year: 2011 Major: English/Journalism Minor: Political Science Hometown: Massapequa, NY Fun Fact: I studied abroad last year in Italy

Kristen Golen Co-Sports Editor Year: 2012 Major: Communications Minor: Journalism Hometown: Malvern, PA Fun Fact: I run cross country for Fairfield U

Sasha Campbell Co-Sports Editor Year: 2011 Major: Communications Minor: Professional Writing/Journalism Hometown: Old Greenwich, CT Fun Fact: I once met Derek Jeter

Joey D’Alessio Online Content Editor Year: 2012 Major: English/Jazz Hometown: Short Hills, NJ Fun Fact: I played with the trombone player for the SNL band

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Elizabeth Connors Opinion Editor Year: 2011 Major: English/Journalism Hometown: Fairfield, CT Fun Fact: When I was younger I lived in Belgium

Devon Porrino Arts & Entertainment Editor Year: 2011 Major: English/Journalism Minor: Creative Writing Hometown: Chatham, NJ Fun Fact: I met Kiefer Sutherland on my 21st birthday

Amber Nowak Associate News Editor Year: 2012 Major: Art History/English Minor: Marketing Hometown: Mt. Vernon, NY Fun Fact: In my free time I like to salsa dance

Charlotte Adinolfi Associate News Editor Year: 2012 Major: English/Journalism Minor: Peace & Justice Studies Hometown: Cheshire, CT Fun Fact: I’m excited to be an RA in Loyola in the Fall

Letter from the Editor Dear Class of 2014,

Peter Caty Editor in Chief Year: 2011 Major: Politics/ Journalism Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Congratulation on becoming a student at Fairfield University and welcome to campus. My name is Peter Caty and I am the editor in chief of your independent student-run newspaper, The Fairfield Mirror. Only three years ago, I was in your position attending the freshman orientation. I can’t speak for everyone, but I was both apprehensive and excited about starting a new life at Fairfield. However, after three awesome years of college life I can easily call Fairfield my home, and it’s not going to be fun leaving this place when I graduate. If many of you incoming freshman are scared, don’t be. Although adjusting to college life may take a little while, within a month, you’ll forget that Fairfield was ever an unfamiliar place. The most important advice I can give you is to cherish your time here because what they say is true: each year at college goes by faster and faster. One way to develop lasting friendships is to become involved in campus activities. Joining The Mirror is a great way to achieve this. Whether you become a writer, photographer, editor, layout designer, or work with the website or the business staff, there is a place for you at this newspaper. Joining as a freshman is easy, but not essential. We accept anyone interested, whether you want to write one article or work on the paper for all four years.

I joined my freshman year as a photographer and now I am the editor in chief, so any type of advancement is possible. We meet each week on Thursday nights in our office in the Lower Level BCC and there is free pizza. Assuming that nothing has changed, freshman will be sick of Barone food by the first few weeks, so don’t worry; coming to the meetings for the pizza is fine. Yet, if you come to the meeting for the pizza, you might as well take a chance and try becoming involved because there is nothing to lose. Whether or not you ever step into The Mirror office, it is certain that you will become active by just picking up a copy of the paper and reading it. The paper comes out weekly on Wednesdays and is free to take a copy on various spots at campus. Since the paper is supposed to be a reflection of the student body, we try to reflect the diverse opinions that each of you share on campus, yet we do not always do this and people will complain. Complaining about the lack of or wrong coverage of issues on campus is not wrong, it’s healthy. If you have an issue with our content, please write a letter, call us or simply leave a note. We would love to hear from you! So what are you doing reading this paper? Drop it (after reading a few more well-written articles) go meet some friends and get involved. Trust me, you’re about to begin a great four years at Fairfield.

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To the class of 2014... College, some say it is the best four years of your life. We agree. As exciting as this new era of your life is, the bewilderment of change is inescapable. You’re leaving your parents, your siblings, your comfortable bed and warming homemade dinners for a new lifestyle of friendships, cafeteria food, kegs and freedom. We remember our action-packed orientation in June 2007 and we know if there is anything orientation does, it questions your decision to come here after days of non-stop icebreakers, enforced activity attendance and awkward roommate experiences. Don’t worry the real life of a Fairfield student does not compare. Orientation is orientation, some love it some hate it. All of you can’t wait to get to college for real. Having your first stir fry dinner in Barone, all nighter in the library and shower with shower shoes are memories you will want to treasure. Once you get to Fairfield, life as a freshman will be interesting to say the least but the best part is that it is a fresh start and while orientation is the start of your career at Fairfield, it is not the start of real college life. The opportunities given to you at this University are endless. Realize that. You are given Division I sports teams, passion of the arts and theater programs and academic challenges in each area you choose to study. Most importantly you have friends. We cannot speak for your incoming classmates and upperclassmen but it would be no surprise if you graduate Fairfield in 2014 with the best friends of your life. Everyone says, “get involved.” We’re not going to tell you to join all kinds of clubs you have no interest in, but we will tell you to be open to new experiences and new people. Pick something you love and stick with it. Enjoy and take advantage of all the things Fairfield offers be it faculty advising or free food from FUSA functions. Trust us, your parents will appreciate it if you get your money’s worth from this University. But as you count down the days until your move in to Regis, Campion, Gonzaga or Jouge Halls get excited. You have four years of fun waiting for you. The Mirror welcomes the opinions and contributions of its readers: Letters to the editor must be timely and submitted in person at BCC 104, by email at All letters to the editor that are appropriate will be published either in print or on The Mirror reserves the right to edit letters and articles for content, length and grammatical error. Letters should be free of obscenities and personal attacks, and should contain correct and factual information. Letters should not exceed 500 words.

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The Things I Left Behind By Johhn Padovano Staff Writer My four years are up and I can’t believe it because (cliché warning) they’ve been the best four years of my life. What follows are some things I love about this school and things I think could be improved, as well as some advice in there- take it at your own risk: The Core: Two math classes? Okay- one is probably enough but that’s fine. A foreign language? That makes sense. Even HI-30 is completely understandable. But two religions, two philosophies and one more of either of the two? It’s utterly ridiculous. We should replace three of these classes with something we can actually apply to everyday life. By the time we are juniors the majority of Fairfield students have full kitchens and most of these students have no idea what they are doing. I didn’t think I would need a cooking class until my first day in Townhouse 94 when my roommate went running out of the house with an oven mitt on fire. The Levee: Make it a bar! Bars have hard alcohol and bartenders who know how to make mixed drinks. The Levee isn’t a bar. Despite all this, The Levee has a lot of potential, especially because more and more of age students will be living on campus. The major appeal of The Grape is that it is within walking distance for all the students who live at the beach. The University is trying to


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keep as many people as they can on campus; the least they could do is give students a legitimate place to hang out. Food: Some of my fondest college memories took place in the cafeteria. Every night at 6pm during my first two years of school, my friends and I would walk across the quad together and end up at the same table in the back left corner. Then junior year came around, we had a kitchen in the townhouse, and Barone got a facelift. Barone looks much better but I think the makeover robbed it of its soul. The booths make it hard to see across the room, which was half the reason people were there and the only reason why people stayed so long. There was nothing like sitting at those old round wooden tables coming up with nicknames for people you didn’t know or hashing out the details of what actually happened last night. Study Abroad: Do it. I went to Florence, Italy and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. One weekend I was in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day and the next I was off to the Greek island of Corfu for Spring Break. I ended up visiting six different countries, my favorite of which was Germany. Springfest in Munich will change your life. And only in Florence could I have gotten an A in physics. Intramurals: Do them. Intramurals have been one of the strongest bond-


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ing experiences for my friends and me. There is nothing like a group of friends coming together with a common goal and going to battle for it. Plus, there is a guarantee that something funny or embarrassing will happen to one of you and it will be a source of laughter for years. Flag football was by far my favorite and basketball was by far my least favorite. Pickleball and softball were really fun too, even though we never won a game. Lacrosse was always the least organized but the most fun even though I broke more sticks in the ten intramural games I played in than I did in four years of playing in high school. Alumni Hall: I understand why the men only play two games a year there. Harbor Yard is a great recruiting tool and we would never get schools like Georgetown to play us at home if we played in Alumni Hall. Also, if the games were on campus people still would not go. On a Thursday night would you rather go to a townhouse party or go to a game against St. Peter’s? The only way people are going to go to the games is if the Stags win. That being said, the women only had ten home games in Alumni Hall this year, yet every time I have tried to play in there Public Safety kicks me out. My friends and I would only go in there when all the other courts were being occupied, but Public Safety wanted nothing to do with it. Why can’t my friends and I feel like big shots and play on a DI court every now and then?


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The Beach: Fairfield would not be Fairfield without The Beach. Over your next year at Fairfield you will hear about all of these events and partys every weekend. Just a few things for all of you to remeber: 1. The Beach Has Real Police With Real Arrests 2. Seniors That Live At The Beach Have Security Deposits On The Houses 3. You Are Underage So Don't Be Stupid 4. Always bring a few of your own beers for long keg lines. 5. It is a 2.4 mile walk from The Grape to campus.That is a long 2.4 miles. 6. Have Fun, But Know When To Leave.

New Years: An old year ends and a new one begins

bringing in new beginnings, and 30’s of beer. Come down to the point for a Fairfield style New Years celebration.

Powder Puff: Boys will be boys, except when it comes to

Powderpuff Football where the girls take on the role of buff men as they run up and down the field. The boys coach them from the sidelines; right where they belong.

Beer Olympics: Come one, come all,

and support your country in Fairfield’s beer Olympics! Olympic games consist of flip-cup, beer pong, and other silly things to part-take in; so whether you’re 21 or not, come show your spirit!

Octoberfest: Gutentag! Good day! And welcome to Fairfield

University’s version of the all day drinking festival known as Octoberfest normally held in Munich, Germany instead of the Fairfield beach.

Mock Wedding: Love

is in the air at Fairfield beach where two seniors tie the knot in a fake, and obnoxious wedding and reception. Even if you’re not in the wedding party itself, venture on down to the beach and try not to get too choked up.

Clam Jam: Clam Jam is the mother of all festivals at Fairfield

beach. Everyone is invited to the day-long drinking binge on the point when the weather’s nice and the beers are cold.

Class of 2014: Off Campus

Mirror Staff's

Photo Illustration by Devon Porrino

Robeks... makes great smoothies and shakes that are not only delicious, but are extremely nutritious for you! Unlike the “food” at Barone… Cargo Bay...This little boutique is a hot-spot for girls who love to shop (which means all of us…) Including brands like Free People, the Fairfield U student can actually afford to pay for it since they also accept our Stagcards. Kiki's Nail Salon...For all the girls who know how important it is to find a good place for a mani/pedi and eyebrow wax, Kiki’s Nails is it. Not only is the service great and the price reasonable, but the stag bus will drop you off right down the street from its location on Post Road.

Firehouse Deli...Ahh you say the name and everyone is immediately hungry. Another place in town that accepts Stagcards, this Deli (which used to be the old Firehouse) is absolutely amazing. Beach Bum Tanning...Every now and then, it’s relaxing to lie on a warm tanning bed if you can’t make it to the beach being a freshman and all. And for all the guys: Gym, tanning, and laundry. Need I say more?

Senor Salsa...Located by the CVS shopping center, Senor Salsa is another must for the Fairfield University student. After hating Barone within a week, this close by Mexican restaurant will guarantee to give you a much needed change. Fairfield Community Theater...After a long, stressful week of college mayhem, who wouldn’t want to relax with a movie and movie theater popcorn? After a hit movie has been out of for a few months, the Fairfield Community Theater shows them on the big screen one last time for only five dollars a ticket. As a college student with a limited budget, who can beat that? Mo's Wine and Spirits...In 3 years when you reach

the wonderful age of 21 (and trust me, it is not overrated…) Mo’s is the way to go. They even give you a free shirt on your 21st birthday! Now if I can find a way to get a free 30…

CVS....Probably the most visited place on Post Road, the CVS shopping center includes CVS, Marshalls and Office Max; pretty much all the basic necessities for a college student. You can stock up on the much needed computer paper, new clothes for that party at the beach the first week of school, and condoms for all those hopeful guys… Sunny Daes...How can you go wrong with ice cream? Especially Sunny Daes, which is extremely close to school and has tasty ice cream all for a good price.

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Top Picks Jazzmans

On Campus The Levee

After a few weeks, Jazzman’s will fit into your everyday schedule before class, after class, before the library, and every other time you need a pick me up. The good news; their coffee is actually pretty good.

When you’re in need of really greasy and delicious food, go to the Levee. They deliver, take Stagcards, and have the best chicken turnover.

The Stag

Bellermine Lawn The castle on the hill is a nice place to retreat to when you just want to get away and chill. Be warned though; the turkeys also seem to like the peace and quiet of Bellermine lawn.

When you need a break from Barone, (which, trust me, you will) the Stag has great sandwiches, salads, sushi, and a newly added milkshake machine. You can also use your dining dollars here, which is an added bonus.

The RecPlex The RecPlex may not be the biggest gym on a University campus, but it gets the job done. Whether it’s to pump iron, release stress, or partake in an intramural sport, the RecPlex is a must to every student’s lifestyle.

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What You Really Should Bring Roommate assignments, housing assignments and a list of what you should and should not bring: standard items to receive from Fairfield before arriving in the fall for your first semester. Your wisened upperclassmen at The Mirror want to give you the real list of what you'll need and what you can leave behind.

the Stag bus, it will become a hassle for you to get to Stop and Shop frequently. • Enough clean towels. They will get smelly after a while. • Shower shoes. • Paper for your printer. • Printer ink • Flash drive Make sure you bring… • Cleaning supplies for your room…when • Rain boots and a rain coat, you will not be you first move in, you’ll want them. driving to class. • Buy used books or rent them. • Plenty of sweatshirts and sweatpants. After • Wine opener your first eight a.m., you won’t feel like dressing up • Shot glasses anymore. • Jumbo pack Of Solo Cups • Something nice to wear to Pres Ball…better • Cereal bowls, plastic forks and knives look your best! • Bring some clothes for cooler weather. Don’t bring… • Guys, bring a tie. You will need it. • Your car. You will loose parking and get • Girls, don’t forget your high heels. tickets. It is not worth it, trust us. • Extra blankets for when your roommate • Zip around binders and lots of extra loose won’t close the window. leaf. We use computers in college. • More than one fan for when your roommate • Iron or ironing board. Your mom won't be won’t open the window. happy, but you will never use it. (Unless you own • Multiple sets of sheets because you will oxfords) wish you listened to your mom on that one. • Extra shelving • Mattress pads –you will definitely want one • Candles. You will get written up. of these. • Larger size coffee makers. • Body pillow • All five seasons of the OC, we get Soap • Batteries Net • Tape • Books to read for fun • Bring extras of all personal care items. With

While these are great suggestions, don’t forget to keep in mind Fairfield’s suggestions as well.

Stag Glossary BCC; Barone; Bar One; the Caf –the Cafeteria. The Stag- On campus “diner” located in the Barone Campus Center Jazzman’s- Campus Café for breakfast items.

Levee- Restaurant and bar located near the townhouses. Dmitri Salad- Salad in a bread bowl with crispy or grilled chicken from the Levee. Cohabitation/ Cohabitate- “Accommodating” a member of the opposite sex in your room after regular hours. Sexile- The experience of being locked out of your room while your roommate is “accommodating” a friend. Rounds- RA’s checking for disorderly conduct after 8pm. Beerpong- A game involving cups, ping-pong paraphanelia, and alcohol. Beirut- A term preps properly used to ‘beerpong’. Waterpong- Classic beerpong in which water is placed in the cups and your drink held at your side. Rez life- The office of Residence Life manages student housing. Jez Rez- Black building on the hill in front of the library that houses our resident Jesuits . FUSA- The Fairfield University Student Association handles student affairs and organizes various campus activities (like trips to Broadway shows!) IRHA- The Inter-Residential Housing Association is composed of groups of individuals representing each housing complex. WVOF- Fairfield University student radio- you can have your own radio show! Media Nerds- Usually found in the media Center or hovering around Jim Mayzik, these students can list famous directors in alphabetical order and assemble the TV in your room. IRC- Stands for “Ignatian Residential College” Kairos- We wish we could tell you, but it’s a secret. The Quad- Collection of Freshman and Sophomore dorms on the main campus area. Level of RA concern: significant. Townhouses- Junior and Senior housing that acts as the center for weekend socialization on campus. RA concern: moderate. Suites- Housing for Sophomores and Juniors located behind the library. RA concern: minimal.

The Village- Senior apartments located behind the library. The Beach- Off-campus senior residences. NO RA’s but you will have to deal with Fairfield Law enforcement. The Point- Cluster of Senior houses located on the beach. Do not think you will get here you’re first weekend out, you must work your way up. The pond- Body of water located between the Dolan School of Business and the Quick Center. Great place to sit and write, draw, or reflect. Not good for swimming. Things that are Free: The Mirror- The best independant student newspaper and we heard the staff is pretty good looking too. Late Night at the Stag- On the first Friday of every month FUSA hosts free food and entertainment at the Stag. Tutoring- Other students give you help on whatever class work or test you need to study for...especially when you have missed the last three weeks of class Counciling- When that first semester gets just too stressful, stop helping your friends procrastinate and talk to someone who will really listen to you Writing Center- Teachers can be sticklers on those first papers and if you can’t get the hang of it, these students will help you perfect your prose Math Center- For quizzes your math teachers gives you or help on any kind of math problem Extreme bowling- Hosted by FUSA, this is something fun to do on Thursday nights with your friends. Walsh Art Gallery- Incredible works of art as close as the Quick Center. The Rec Plex- Campus gym, to lift those weights and work those legs on the treadmill, bike or elliptical. Pizza at Wednesday-night Mirror Meetings- What’s better than getting free pizza, learning to write better and meeting new people? We don’t know about you, but nothing sounds better than that! The Lib- Short for library, this is the best place to study if your roommate is being too loud, you need help with research or need a printer pronto!

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Dear Dee,

I’m a Freshman at Fairfield, and I love it. But after a couple of weeks being of here, I can feel homesickness settling in. It’s not that I don’t have fun and enjoy the company of everyone here, but I miss my family and life at home. Also, my girlfriend lives at home and I really miss her, which in turn makes me miss home. What should I do? Thanks, Homesick Dear Homesick, First of all, welcome to Fairfield! Your home for the next four years. Now, don’t fret when I say that. I call it home because I promise that in enough time it truly will feel like another home. However, this doesn’t mean that at the beginning it isn’t normal to feel homesick, especially with someone you’re in love with back home. As much as it hurts to be homesick I have some good news for you; it’ll slowly fade away. When first getting to college, you’re so used to your life at home, your friends at home, hell even your chores you left at home. It’s easy to sit and think about all these things you miss when you’re sitting in class and trying to find where you fit in. I suggest joining a club, an intramural sport, or even leaving your door opened to meet more people. Over time, you’ll go to parties, begin working on group work with people from class, and those people will become your friends. Soon enough, you’ll find yourself in an amaz-

Send YOUR questions to deardee@ fairfieldmirror. com ing group of people where you feel comfortable and right at home. And when you go home for breaks, it may sound funny now, but you’ll see that you’ll miss your friends at Fairfield. As far as your girlfriend, family, and even pets, they will still be there when you go home, which is the best part! Of course still keep in touch with them as much as possible, but make sure you’re also getting out there and making new friends, experiences and memories. After all, these are the best four years of our lives. Disclaimer: This column is for entertainment only. The author is a student, not a licensed therapist, and this column is not intended to take the place of professional advice. The views expressed are the author’s and are not necessarily shared by The Mirror or its staff.

iPhone vs. BlackBerry It's Not Really About Phones Cause Alex Would Lose Best and Worst Parts Of Freshman Year

By Dan Leitao Might As Well Be Justin Long

Congratulations! You have been accepted into the class of 2014 at Fairfield University. After years of watching American Pie, Old School, and Animal House you will be attending college, the best four years of your life. Babes, Bench Presses, Beers, and Bars, are your new priorities. So guys better get prepared because as Joel Goodson of Risky Buisness taught us “College women can smell ignorance ... like dog shit.” So don’t be ignorant. If college is the best four years of your life, then Freshman Year is the worst of the best. If you’re a guy that is. Guys. All those hot girls you friended in the Accepted Students Class of 2014 Facebook group and are planning to get with aren’t going to be looking for you next year. They will be looking for the Juniors, Seniors, and Sophomores –oh and above all else, Lacrosse players (even if they loose 7 straight). The best chance you have of “getting some” while in college is by going back home and telling a High School girl you’re in college. To make the situation better, I suggest finding friends with older siblings at Fairfield or making friends with some hot girls quickly, because two girls for every guy you bring to a party is an easy way to get your self invited back. Guys and girls, if you care to focus on anything besides the opposite sex and drinking, you will realize that college actually has more to offer. The best part

is you’re a freshman. The least amount of work and most amount of time you will ever have, you will have while in college. So go out and try new things. Go to a sports game, write for The Mirror, hang out in the quad, and of course go to whatever the new freshman bar is. Girls, If he plays guitar with his door open, walks around with a Lax stick, or plays a Division 1 sport, it might seem like a good idea. But don’t fall for it. Juniors and Seniors are fun, but spend some time with your own class too, you will be with them for four years. Guys, I’ll pass on a little more knowledge that I have than Alex did for freshman girls. By the end of Freshman Year you will come to two realizations: First, those girls you friended over the summer have had their best year in college and will never again be as good looking. Before you know it, you will be one of those Junior boys and soon enough, you will be sick of those girls in your grade. Second, the best part of Freshman year is that by the time its done. You will be a sophomore and might have better luck getting Freshman girls.

By Alex Hein Still Can't Hear You Now

Welcome to your first year at Fairfield U! You now have the honor of being called “A Stag.” Here are a few quick tips so that you don’t soil that beautiful reputation of ours. First and foremost, the turkeys are not afraid of humans, not a good idea to chase them around. Yes, that really was a deer you just watched prance across the rugby field and yes, the smell you are suffering through belongs to a skunk. Boys, here is a warning directed at you, the ones who brought the Frisbees and the guitars. Seeing as there are 90 other guys jumping around with your destroyed T’s, pastel shorts and flowing locks you are not impressing anyone, put the toys away and do not strum that guitar into all hours of the night. Most of you don’t sound like the Jack Johnson you hope you are, but if you want to improve you can take lessons for credit! Plug to the music department. Girls, be wary of the boys that travel in numbers. The amount of recent “Bromances,” popping up are actually disheartening, especially in the Town PS. Go To The First Soccer Game, First Houses. Don’t fall for the incoming BasketBall Game, and First Lacrosse Varsity athlete routine either; over half Game. of them will never make it through their And don't do a theme party costume unless preseason anyway. Also those theme you are willing to go the extra mile. parties, make sure you double check that everyone is participating, wouldn’t that be a horror on Facebook. Sent From My iPhone Boys and Girls, following the

recent trend of becoming Jersey Shore cast wannabes, put that Bose system on low, not everyone wants to live next door to “The Situation” and “Snookie.” I’m not knocking your choice of music, in fact it’s great pre-game music but, it is sure to attract attention to your room thanks to the paper thin walls. Don’t wind up in the “Crime Beat” section over a fist pump session. The Beach really is our “tropical paradise,” even though the water is the Long Island Sound and the sand is more like a pebble farm. Don’t knock it! To make it to the beach as a freshman is going to be a little tough, not that we don’t want to meet you all, I am just warning you of the awful Fairfield Cab Company. Do not make the mistake of calling for a cab twice, your number may wind up on the alleged block list. Lucky are those who are in Jogues as freshmen. Please do not allow me to overhear you complain about your housing. As a former freshman Dolan resident, the fact that you are not secluded in the corner of campus for your first year at college is a luxury in itself, not that I didn’t make wonderful friends in that building. Okay Stags, that is all that I have to write, I could go on but then I wouldn’t have the luxury of watching you make some of the same mistakes that I made. Lets face it, those are the stories we remember anyway. Have fun! Sent From My Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

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The FU Bucket List Our suggestions for things to have done by the time you graduate: Ride the Stag Statue Sled down Bellarmine Hill with trays from Barone

for the day Sit down at a table with people you’ve never talked to

Enjoy a chicken turnover at the Levee

Ask for your lunch from the Stag in Spanish

Spend the night in the Library

Stay in Barone for three meals

Hook up with someone in every dorm

Swing on the swings at the beach

Hook up with someone in every year

Collect a dining set– bowl, mug, silverware,

Have a Barone date

napkin holder– from Barone

Walk home from the Beach

Have your name printed in The Mirror

Get a ride back to campus from a

Try out for a play or a sport you have never

Dominoes delivery guy Have lunch with a Professor

played Go on a study date

Have a drink on the roof of Loyola

Own a pet that is not allowed on campus

Play Hide and Seek in the BCC at midnight

Party in a townhouse basement

Have an impromptu dance party in your

Drink with a professor


Throw up in the middle of a class

Go on a service trip

Ride a bike around campus

Attend a mass held in your dorm

Spot for justin long at the Rec Plex

Take the train to New York or New Haven


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A Guide to Fairfield Sports:

1. Ed Cooley is the Men’s Basketball Coach

sailing, skiing and snowboard, soccer, tennis,track, volleyball.

2. Fairfield University has 11 Women’s Varsity Sports Teams and

Women’s Club Sports: equestrian, ice hockey, martial arts,

nine Men’s Varsity Sports Teams

rugby, sailing, soccer, skiing and snowboard, tennis, track,

3. Harbor Yard Basketball games are well worth the FREE 15 min-


ute bus ride to Bridgeport

12. Best way to get sports info. (besides,

4. Fairfield University will be hosting the 2010 MAAC Cross

go to

Country Champs at Hammonassett Beach State Park

13. There are more than 25 different intramural teams!

5. Robert Morris University joined MAAC Women’s Rowing

14. Go to games because THEY ARE FREE!

6. Fairfield University’s Rob Gariano (Nutley, N.J.) was drafted

15. Hall of Fame 2009 Inductees: Joanne Saunders ’02, Volleyball

in early June by San Diego Padres in the 36th Round of the MLB

and Samuel Peterson ’97,Lacrosse


16. Male Athlete of the Year: Anthony Johnson ’10 , Basketball and

7. Fairfield University won Colleges Sports Media Award for Best

Female Athlete of the Year: Katie Mann ’10, Volleyball

Live Game stationed on January 30, 2010 against

17. Michelle Yoshida was a triple-winner at MAAC for the second


year in a row for women’s swimming .

8. Anthony Hajjar (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was named to Louisville Slug-

18. Women’s Tennis Team won the MAAC for the 2nd straight year

ger Freshmen All-American Team

19. Returning three top scorers for Men's Soccer are, Eric Ilisje ’11,

9. Joseph Marra (Smithtown, N.Y.) was selected in the seventh

Jack Burridge ’12, and Nuno Rodrigues ’13

round of the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft

20.The 2010-2011 academic year marks the 30th year of MAAC com-

10. Nine Fairfield University Athletes received 4.0 GPA's this past


spring semester

21. Fairfield’s hosts the 2011 Men’s Basketball MAAC

11. Men’s Club Sports: baseball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, rugby, Chamionship at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

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Sports Editors Sasha Campbell and Kristen Golen

Peter Caty /The Mirror

Point Guard Derek Needham '13, who led the Stags with 16.4 points and 5.2 assists per game and was the top scoring freshman in the MAAC last year, looks to be a young leader for the Stags next season.

The Promised Land

By Tom Fitzpatrick Sports Colujmnist

In the summer of 2007 I sat in the lower level of the BCC with half of the class of 2011. I listened to every “important” person at Fairfield tell us about the school that we would be joining in September. The last speaker was Ed Cooley, the second-year men’s basketball coach at the time. Coach Cooley made a proclamation: The Stags would be in the NCAA tournament before our class graduated in May of 2011. These were welcome words to anyone who had followed the program since its last NCAA tournament berth in 1997. The confidence and definitive tone Cooley spoke with had me sold. In the three seasons since, the Stags have taken consistent steps forward in reaching this goal. The wait continues. Many students talk of the lack of a crowd at the men’s games. We’ve heard all of the reasons. We’re

not that good. I don’t want to drive to Harbor Yard. Why aren’t the games on campus? In my opinion, there’s only one way to turn this sentiment around, and that is an appearance in the NCAA tournament next March. Conference championships are won just as much in the summer as they are on the actual court in the winter. While we’re all working (or not) this summer, the men’s basketball team will be spending a large part of theirs working on ending the 13 year NCAA tournament drought. I believe next year is the year, and I have several reasons. Siena has been our biggest obstacle in winning the MAAC tournament the past few years. The Saints from upstate New York have gone to the big dance three straight years, but just graduated 3/5 of their starting lineup and lost their excellent coach Fran McCaffery to the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten. The third-place Iona Gaels also lost several key seniors and head coach Kevin Willard to Seton Hall of the Big East. Niagara and Rider are always strong, but do not bring back as much talent as Fairfield will. While it’s helpful to look at the schools we’ll be fighting with next year, it really comes down to our own team. The Stags are really going to miss graduating seniors Anthony Johnson and Mike Evanovich. Johnson rallied from a career-threatening blood clot at the end of his junior year to have a phenomenal senior year in the paint for us while Evanovich

could always be counted on for timely three-point shooting. Make no mistake though, the players coming back are talented and experienced enough to bring home a MAAC championship and NCAA appearance. Dynamic senior swingmen Yorel Hawkins and Warren Edney will be back from season-ending injuries. Reigning MAAC rookie of the year Derek Needham will be running the show with a year’s experience under his belt. Sophomore center Ryan Olander has emerged as an inside-outside force this past season and will continue to improve. If rumors of 6’ 7” forward Greg Nero getting an extra year from a medical redshirt exception are true, the roster will truly have no weaknesses. Last year, we held an 11 point halftime lead against Siena in the MAAC Championship game. Although the end result was a 7 point overtime loss, that game should have this team hungry; hungry to go out this summer and improve individually, so next fall the team can improve as a whole. Sometimes a heart-breaking loss is the only thing that can get the most out of a team. In this case, we won’t know for months. In my opinion, anything short of a berth in college basketball’s most prestigious tournament should be considered somewhat of a letdown. Ed Cooley has done a great job turning this program around, and has an excellent chance of bringing this team to the promised land next March.

In Four Years You Will Be Leaving So Make It Count

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